Pumaren decries ‘crucial’ calls in Adamson loss: Refs shouldn’t decide the game

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blue Eagles earn Final Four spot, down Tamaraws Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The first was Ben Mbala’s block on Sarr which looked to be a goaltend violation, in Pumaren’s eyes and the video replay, and the second was the foul call on Jerie Pingoy as the Adamson point guard wrestled the ball away from Kib Montalbo.“I don’t want to sound like a sour grape but it showed there were a couple of calls that were questionable.”With the loss, the Soaring Falcons fell to a 6-4 card but stayed at the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said the Falcons’ 80-74 loss to defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament came down to crucial calls.“We shouldn’t let the referees decide the game,” said Pumaren Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Arguably the biggest controversial call of the game was Papi Sarr getting called with a three-second violation with 49 seconds left in the game with the Soaring Falcons down by only two, 74-72.What made the call questionable was that official call was a three-second violation while the baseline referee called an offensive foul on Sarr.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 opening“First of all I don’t think that was a three-second violation,” said Pumaren. “That was crucial, the refs made the decision.”A couple of more plays in the third quarter also left Pumaren bewildered. View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

IPL 8: Rahane helps Rajasthan Royals bounce back to winning ways

first_imgAjinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday.Riding on a 113-run partnership by Rahane and Nair for the second wicket, Royals posted a challenging 189 for 2 in 20 overs.In reply, Daredevils were never close to matching the skills displayed by Royals and eventually ended their innings at 175 for 7 in 20 overs. Skipper JP Duminy was the top scorer for Daredevils with 56 runs off 39 balls.For Rajasthan, James Faulkner was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets and finishing with figures of 4-0-22-2. Shane Watson finished with 4-1-25-1. Dhawal Kulkarni went for runs but picked up two wickets. Staurt Binny also picked two wickets in his two overs.last_img read more

Alcatel launches Windows 10 budget phone, OneTouch Fierce XL

first_imgAlcatel has launched a new Windows 10 based phone, theOneTouch Fierce XL. Not quite living up to its name, the device is anentry-level device. The device will go on sale later this month or early nextmonth.The device is powered by the new quad core Snapdragon 210which is clocked at 1.1GHz and is assisted by 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM which isexpandable via a MicroSD card slot. The device sports a 5.5 inch screen thatcomes with an HD panel (1280×720). On the camera front, the Alcatel OneTouchFierce XL comes equipped with an 8Megapixel primary camera and a 2Megapixelfront facing snapper. Despite the chipset’s capability of shooting 1080pvideos, the Fierce XL can only shoot 720p videos.The device houses a 2,500mAh battery unit which seems tinyfor a 5.5 inch screen. The company claims a 0-100 percent charge in 3 hours anda talk time of 14 hours from a single charge. The device will be capable of 4GCat 4. speeds and will feature Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n bands. Thecompany hasn’t revealed the price of the device but has promised to keep it inthe affordable bracket. The device will only be available in light blue.last_img read more

CSK to donate first IPL proceeds to Pulwama martyrs’ families,CSK to donate first IPL proceeds to Pulwama martyrs’ families

first_imgPublished on cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chennai Chennai Super Kings will donate proceeds from their first IPL home game to families of the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni presenting the cheque. The 12th Indian Premier League will begin with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore and ticket proceeds of the game, scheduled to be heal at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday, will go to the kin of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 terror attack, said CSK’s Director Rakesh Singh. “Chennai IPL first home match ticket proceeds will go towards the families of the victims of Pulwama Attack. Captain MS Dhoni, who is honorary Lt. Colonel of the Indian territorial army, will present the cheque!” Singh said on the team’s twitter handle. Tickets to the much-awaited game were sold out within hours of the opening day sale. More than 40 jawans lost their lives in the attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in South Kashmir’s Pulwama. A convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, came under attack on February 14. As a mark of respect for the personnel who lost their lives, Indian cricketers recently sported special army caps during the third ODI against Australia and donated their match fee to the National Defence Fund. COMMENT March 21, 2019 SHARE × IPL COMMENTSlast_img read more

It’s Not You: Recruiting Is Broken!

first_imgIt’s hard to tell which is more painful: the traditional Radio Silence treatment that job-seekers get from employers, or the terse, unfriendly email message containing some variation on the sentiment “Your background does not meet our needs, but feel free to apply again. (Or drop dead – either way.)”Corporations spend millions of dollars on branding campaigns designed to endear them to consumers and business buyers. So why do they post a job ad, receive hundreds or thousands of resumes, and then actively ignore and even insult the vast majority of those respondents? They do this every day. You begin to wonder: do the Marketing chiefs at these companies, and their peers in HR, believe that people who apply for jobs don’t  buy products and services, or have friends and family members who do? It’s incomprehensible, but it’s clear: the recruiting function is broken, in all but a very few hiring organizations.Why do CEOs allow HR people to trash their brands in the talent community? Maybe CEOs don’t understand that it’s a viral world, or that smart employees have plenty of choices when choosing where to work. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe they’ve decided that it’s the most docile and uncomplaining job-seekers, versus the smartest and most creative ones, who’ll be most welcome in their companies. Either way, it’s helpful for job-seekers to remember this: It’s Not You —  the recruiting process is dysfunctional.Why is the typical recruiting process so cold and so insulting? I believe it’s because these processes are designed to screen people out, not to bring them into the fold. Corporate recruiting systems rest on the premise that there are, and will always be, far more qualified candidates than the employer can possibly interview, so the folks who don’t like the ever-raising bar, the invasions of privacy and the overall rudeness of the system can go jump in a lake.When I was starting out as a corporate HR person, we were taught that the addition of staff members to a team is a two-step process. First comes Recruiting, and then comes Selection. In many employers, the department and/or the function are still called Recruiting and Selection. Recruiting is the early part of the process, where the company posts ads and gets the job-opening word out in other ways. Selection is the later part of the process, where the candidates are winnowed down to a small number and eventually to one lucky new hire. The whole Recruiting and Selection framework is based on the notion that people are simply dying to work for your company, and will crawl over broken glass to have the chance to interview in your shop. Little time and energy, if any, are spent figuring out how to sell candidates on the job opportunities available, or how to keep candidates feeling respected and listened-to during the process. Who needs to waste cycles on candidate TLC, when so many people are job-hunting?Here’s who needs to: every company that cares about the quality of the people it hires. Ditto for every employer brave enough to make its lofty mission statement something more substantial than a framed plaque in the lobby. If employees are our greatest asset, we can make that plain in the way we bring people into the firm. If ’employees are our greatest asset’ is an empty platitude, we can make that obvious, too. Large corporations do it every day.One job-seeker sent me an email containing two links, and caused me to snort coffee out my nose laughing. The two links led me to two very different pages on the website of a local bank. One page, designed for customers, talked at length about the bank’s hometown culture and its attention to every account holder, from little Tommy with his piggy bank to dear Mrs. Whittington and her church choir fund. The other link led me to the landing page for job-seekers applying to work at the bank. Different story! In brusque, governmental gobbledygook, the good people of the bank let job-seekers know in no uncertain terms what their time as a candidate was going to be like. “Applications whitch (sic) are incomplete in any way will be rejected. Candidates scheduled for interviews who arrive late by one minute will not be considered. Failure to provide [blah, blah, blah] is reason for immediate termination of the interview process.” Hey — you have a great morning, too! Who wants to work for people who would begin a relationship that way? The juxtaposition of the “we’re just folks” marketing message and the we-hate-you job-seeker message was a priceless reminder that marketing talk is cheap. Actions are loud, and their impact lasts longer, too.Recruiting is broken, so take heart: it’s not you that is flawed, or unworthy, or deficient somehow. You are fine. You will find a good job, and if it’s not a job in one of these talent-repelling Black Hole salt mines, all the better. I don’t want you to work in a place like that, anyway. The next time you receive a terse, bureaucratic ‘get lost’ message from a prospective employer, don’t think “Oh, too bad; I didn’t get the job.” Be happy – you dodged a bullet! Organizations that treat job candidates like cattle don’t deserve you, anyway.__________________________________Find out what other Glassdoor.com Clearview Collection bloggers (a team of career and workplace experts) have to say about the state of corporate recruiting today.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs Content Marketing

first_imgNonprofit communication is changing-and not just because of social media. Thanks to content marketing, instead of simply keeping donors up to date, nonprofit communicators and fundraisers are directly tying more long-term goals to communication and seeing great results. Here are the three reasons why you don’t want to miss out!1. Content marketing uses the great stuff you already have.Is your nonprofit putting out unique information, like a blog covering community development, data on homelessness, or white papers about animal welfare? Content marketing means using your existing content to attract people (like donors) to your cause. Putting out irresistible content can encourage people to connect with you because they want to know more. But when you’re just keeping them up to date with a newsletter or asking for money with an appeal, you’re not giving them anything, so your message can seem like an interruption.2. Your “partners” will eat it up.With so much emphasis on “finding your target audience,” “identifying your target audience,” and “messaging for your target audience,” it can be hard to rethink who you’re talking to and why. Instead of focusing on your supporters and their demographics as a “target” to be aimed for and an “audience” to broadcast at, think of your supporters as your partners. Although it’s still a good idea to segment the people you’re communicating with, it’s important to think of them as people who are interested in dialogue. By engaging in content marketing and truly informing supporters, you can develop a back-and-forth conversation that encourages regular communication and lays the foundation for a lasting relationship.3. It’s the first step to becoming a favorite cause!The more you participate in continuous dialogue with your supporters, the greater your chance of becoming a favorite cause. If donors put you at the top of their list, you’ll reap huge rewards: more donations over time for bigger amounts and more regularly. And how do you remain a favorite cause? You keep communicating!Okay, so how do you do it?Stay tuned for part two of this article: developing your nonprofit’s unique voice.last_img read more

Ziva Dhoni doesn’t care about IPL trophy, just wants to run on the lawn

first_imgZiva Dhoni was in the spotlight once again as Chennai Super Kings lifted the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy for the third time in their history at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets to win the IPL 2018 and register a fourth win over the Kane Williamson-led team this season.With the celebrations in full swing, Ziva was seen on the ground enjoying with Dhoni and his CSK teammates. Not just the elders, Ziva also ran around with her buddies Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh.Later Dhoni took to Instagram to post a picture of himself, Ziva and his wife Sakshi thanking people for supporting CSK and congratulating Shane Watson for his 117 not out that brought CSK’s victory.Watch: Ziva leads CSK’s baby brigade as Dhoni’s men lift IPL 2018 trophyIn the end of the post though, Dhoni added “Ziva doesnt care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn.”Watson overcame a slow start on his way to an unbeaten 117 to guide the Chennai Super Kings to an eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai.Chasing 179 for victory, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai eased to the target with nine deliveries to spare to complete a fairytale comeback to the popular Twenty20 tournament.advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSChennai, easily the most consistent team in the tournament with four runner-up trophies, returned to the 11th edition having served a two-year ban along with the Rajasthan Royals following a spot-fixing and illegal betting scandal in 2013.Former India captain Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first and his bowlers never allowed the Hyderabad batsmen to score too freely.Also read – Whole of Tamil Nadu deserves this, says Sehwag as CSK lift 3rd IPL titleHyderabad captain Kane Williamson top-scored for his side with a 47 off 36 balls while Yusuf Pathan scored a brisk unbeaten 45 off 25 deliveries to take Hyderabad to 178-6 in their 20 overs.The total appeared big enough when Chennai started their chase with retired Australian international Watson unable to score off the first 10 balls he faced.Also read – CSK players elated: Who said what after record third IPL titleChennai were 20 for one after five overs and looking down the barrel when the burly opening batsman decided to open his arms.The 36-year-old peppered all corners of the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea with powerfully-hit boundaries and ended up with 11 fours and eight sixes in his 57-ball knock.Watson added 117 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina, who scored 32, and picked up a single off teenaged Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to complete his hundred, his second of the season.Also read – Shane Watson savours special 2018 with CSK after nightmarish 2017 with RCBRashid, 19, was the biggest threat to Chennai’s chase having single-handedly dismantled the Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday’s playoffs with an all-round show. But Chennai kept him wicketless in his four overs while scoring 25.Chennai had finished behind table-toppers Hyderabad in the group stage but defeated them in the playoffs at the same venue on Tuesday. They picked up their third IPL trophy after a gap of seven years.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Capello: Bonucci can’t defend

first_imgMilan Capello: Milan flop Bonucci can’t defend Joe Wright 07:57 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) leonardo bonucci - cropped Getty Images Milan Hellas Verona v Milan Serie A The Milan defender has found himself on the wrong side of scathing criticism from a former Rossoneri coach after a poor start to life at San Siro Former AC Milan boss Fabio Capello says Leonardo Bonucci “can’t defend” and was fortunate to play in a system that suited him at Juventus.The Italy international moved to San Siro from the Serie A champions in a shock €42million deal but he has struggled badly for form during a difficult time for the Rossoneri.Capello, who guided Milan to four Scudetti and the 1994 Champions League in a glittering spell in the early 1990s, has offered his own rather scathing assessment of Bonucci’s qualities and the reason behind his poor performances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He’s the best Italian defender when he has the ball at his feet. He’s among the top three in the world,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.”But he can’t defend. He has big problems. It was ideal for him at Juventus, where he was free. It’s perfect for him to play in a three [in defence]. Playing in a four is hard.”Bonucci has played in 16 of Milan’s 18 Serie A matches this season.Gennaro Gattuso’s side, who face Inter in a Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday, sit 11th in the league table.last_img read more

Watch: David Warner’s kind gesture towards Josh Hazlewood is winning hearts

first_imgWatch: David Warner’s kind gesture towards Josh Hazlewood is winning heartsAshes 2019: David Warner was spotted making runs to Josh Hazlewood almost every time the Aussie pacer was to bowl and taking his cap from him to pass it on to the umpire. scorecard commentary graphs India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 15:24 IST David Warner was spotted making runs to Hazlewood almost every time he was to bowl. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWarner took four catches in England’s embarrassing capitulation on day two, after playing a valuable knock of 61 runs on day oneWarner was spotted making runs to Hazlewood almost every time he was to bowl and taking his cap from him to pass it on to the umpireIt saved Hazlewood from walking almost 20 meters before every over which eventually helped him in restoring the energy in his bowlingAustralia set a daunting target of 359 runs of England to win the 3rd Test match and prevent them from retaining the Ashes.However, England played brilliantly on day three and need 203 runs to win with seven wickets in hand. It was Joe Denly and Joe Root’s 126-run partnership which has put England on a dominating position in the match.And if England manages to pull this run chase, would be the second-highest in a Test match at Headingley.David Warner has been at the center of events which have led to Australia dominating the Leeds Test.Warner took four catches in England’s embarrassing capitulation on day two, after playing a valuable knock of 61 runs on day one.However, it was David Warner’s kind gesture towards his team-mate Josh Hazlewood, which caught the attention of fans across Twitter.Warner was spotted making runs to Hazlewood almost every time he was to bowl and taking his cap from him to pass it on to the umpire.Warner jogging to fetch Hazlewood’s cap to save his legs at the start of each over is my new favourite thing. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/VitnsvZr0ICat Jones (@Cricketbatcat) August 24, 2019It saved Hazlewood from walking almost 20 meters before every over which eventually helped him in restoring the energy in his bowling.This is also a perfect example of a team spirit which is on display from the visitors who have come prepared for the Ashes this time around.Warner is still on the nose with England fans, who continue to ‘boo’ the batsman each time he comes to and from the crease, but it doesn’t seem to bother him.advertisementAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting optimistic about Australia’s win in third Ashes TestAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Australia vs EnglandFollow David Warner No data available! advertisement view more view less Nextlast_img read more

Point of Sale Machines in Courthouses

first_img Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring, Court Management Services, Audrey Rose-Morgan, said the initiative will be of benefit to the court as well as to the public. Point of sale machines have been implemented in courthouses across the island to better facilitate the public in carrying out a range of transactions, such as the payment of traffic fines, bail bonds and maintenance allocations.The implementation, which is part of a thrust towards the modernisation of the courts, has been completed in all but one court as of December 2017.Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring, Court Management Services, Audrey Rose-Morgan, said the initiative will be of benefit to the court as well as to the public.“Many times when persons go to court and are charged, offered bail or fined, they will be remanded if they do not have the cash to pay immediately. This facility offers them on-time payment if they have a debit or credit card in their possession. This can be used for any transaction involving payment to the court,” she explained.Mrs. Rose-Morgan further noted that this is part of improvements in the courts’ security, as large sums of cash were being collected at some locations on a daily basis.“It also makes things a lot faster, in that the processing time to swipe your card is different from having to collect money, write a receipt and process each transaction. It also reduces the build-up of members of the public waiting to be processed,” she said.The point of sale facility was implemented following a successful pilot in six courts in 2016. Point of sale machines have been implemented in courthouses across the island to better facilitate the public in carrying out a range of transactions, such as the payment of traffic fines, bail bonds and maintenance allocations. “Many times when persons go to court and are charged, offered bail or fined, they will be remanded if they do not have the cash to pay immediately. This facility offers them on-time payment if they have a debit or credit card in their possession. This can be used for any transaction involving payment to the court,” she explained. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Second teen pleads guilty in First Nation womans fatal beating

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – A second teenage girl charged in the fatal beating of a young woman from an eastern Manitoba Indigenous community has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.The body of Serena McKay, who was 19 and from the Sagkeeng First Nation, was found last April.Two girls, who cannot be named because of their ages, were charged with second-degree murder after video of the bloody attack circulated on social media.One of the girls, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Winnipeg youth court Wednesday.She agreed to a statement of facts that includes witness statements from neighbours and DNA evidence.The Crown indicated it will seek an adult sentence.Another teenager, who was 17 when McKay died, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.McKay was a Grade 12 student at Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School.The video showed a young woman lying bloodied on the ground and barely conscious as she was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head.Court heard a drunken argument led to the vicious on-camera beating.last_img read more

Morocco 5 Soldiers Detained for Alleged Link with Islamic State

Rabat- Amid ongoing efforts to deter the rising number of Jihadis in North Africa who pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS, the Moroccan Police reportedly arrested 5 Moroccan soldiers last weekend in Marrakech, in connection with their alleged communications with ISIS.On Sunday, five soldiers reportedly were arrested and detained on investigation by the Regional Command of the Royal Gendarmerie in Marrakech.  They are suspected of communicating with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS, according to the Moroccan daily Al-Akhbar newspaper.This came only four days after the Royal Gendarmerie arrested a soldier November 4, at the military base of Ben Guerir, Marrakech, over his alleged links with ISIS via the Internet. The suspect had been under the surveillance of the Regional Command of the Royal Gendarmerie in Marrakech, as he was taking part in a Military exercise between the British and the Moroccan militants, near Marrakech. On November 4, the soldier was caught red handed while communicating with ISIS.According to the same source, the suspect is said to have revealed during the investigation, that five of his fellow soldiers at the military base of Ben Guerir were also involved in his communications with ISIS.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

GSMB probes islandwide tremor

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) is investigating the cause of the earth tremor felt on the island last night, the second within the space of a week.The GSMB said that tremor felt in almost the entire island on Saturday had registered between 3-3.5 on the Richter scale. He said this was the second mild tremor to have been felt in Sri Lanka within the space of just one week.The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau has begun gathering data on the two earth tremors as it is an unusual occurrence in Sri Lanka.“We don’t usually feel earth tremors like this especially within the space on one week. So we are gathering all the data to study this carefully,” Dr. N.P Wijeyananda said. “The tremor was registered in all three seismology stations in the country. We are now trying to identify the epic center of the latest tremor,” Dr. Wijeyananda said. The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that the tremor was felt in Colombo and as far as Jaffna and Nuwera Eliya.“We got several calls from the public on Saturday saying they felt a slight earth tremor. It was felt in almost the entire island. We told them not to panic,” DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said. He said that the epic center of the first tremor was identified as being from the central part of the country and officials were now trying to identify the epic center of the second tremor. (Colombo Gazette) GSMB chairman Dr. N.P Wijeyananda told the Colombo Gazette that the tremor was registered only in Sri Lanka and not neighboring India. read more

Struggling Buccaneers 49ers not giving up on themselves

TAMPA, Fla. — With six games remaining in mostly disappointing seasons for Tampa Bay and San Francisco, both struggling squads are seeking answers that will help them beyond 2018.The odds may be against either club salvaging the year with a playoff berth, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything meaningful the Buccaneers (3-7) and 49ers (2-8) can accomplish beginning Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.Tampa Bay is turning back to Jameis Winston a month after benching the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick with hopes the fourth-year will settle a debate about whether he’s the right quarterback to lead the franchise moving forward.Meanwhile, San Francisco returns from a bye week during which coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff did some self-scouting. The second-year coach had a straight-forward message for players when the team reassembled for practice.“There’s a lot on the line,” Shanahan said. “That’s stuff that is obvious. Everyone knows that, but to state it to guys and just make people aware because you never assume that everyone knows what you’re talking about. There’s always guys you’ve got to let them know what the deal is in this league.“You come back and people might think you don’t have much to play for. You have everything to play for,” the coach added. “You have your career, you have your livelihood, you have the guys next to you and you have showing people that you want to be (with the 49ers). When you start to think of that, you think of all the challenges ahead. I’m excited to do it.”Winston is excited to have another opportunity as Tampa Bay’s starter. He sat out the first three games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, then turned the ball over 11 times in 14 quarters after getting back on the field.Ryan Fitzpatrick posted dazzling passing numbers during a 2-0 start, however the 14-year veteran has lost his past five starts and the Bucs have dropped seven of eight overall to jeopardize their chances of ending a 10-year playoff drought.“I’m just grateful that I’m back on the field,” said Winston, who replaced Fitzpatrick during the second half of last week’s 38-35 loss to the New York Giants and led four straight touchdown drives to get Tampa Bay back in the game.Coach Dirk Koetter isn’t saying if he considers the job Winston’s for the remainder of the season.“You’ve got to win. That’s all that matters in this league,” Winston said. “You can look at stats … but you’ve got to win to be up to the standard of excellence we’re held to at this position.”The 49ers lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury in the third week of the season. Nick Mullens, who’ll make his third straight start Sunday, replaced an injured C.J. Beathard three weeks ago and has gone 1-1 while throwing for 512 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while beating the Raiders and losing to the Giants.One person who’s not surprised Mullens has responded to the opportunity is the quarterback’s former college coach Todd Monken, who’s now Tampa Bay’s offensive co-ordinator.Monken recruited Mullens to Southern Mississippi in 2013 and left to join the Bucs in 2016.“He’s everything you want in a player and as a quarterback,” Monken said. “He’s elite in a lot of areas that are hard to find when it comes to his toughness, mental toughness, his preparation, how much he enjoys playing football and his personality, where guys are going to gravitate toward him.“He’s not a flashy guy, he’s not going to say the wrong thing. He’s just going to work his rear end off. I couldn’t be happier for him. … We wouldn’t have done the things we did at Southern Miss without him. He’s made me a better coach.”Some other things to know about the 49ers and Buccaneers:MORE MULLENSMullens followed up a record-setting debut with a much more mediocre performance in a loss to the Giants before the bye. Now San Francisco wants to see which version of Mullens shows up against the Bucs.In his debut against Oakland, Mullens joined Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton as the only players with at least 250 yards passing, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in their first career game. He also had the most efficient debut since the merger for a player with at least 20 attempts, posting a 151.9 rating in the 34-3 win. He followed that up with two interceptions in the loss to the Giants, but remains the starter ahead of Beathard.PROLIFIC NUMBERSTampa Bay has the NFL’s top-ranked passing attack (374.6 yards per game) and leads the league in total offence (458.5). Turnovers and a porous defence have hindered the team’s success. The Bucs have a NFL-worst turnover differential of minus-23. The defence is yielding a league-high 32.9 points per game.SOMETHING HAS TO GIVEThe Bucs have been giving the ball away at a staggering rate with their 29 turnovers tied for the most through 10 games since 2012. They face a 49ers team that has generated only five takeaways, the fewest in the league through 10 games since at least 2000. One of these teams should be able to fix that problem at least for one week on Sunday.___AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLFred Goodall, The Associated Press read more

New romantics after 57 years men break through at the Romantic Novel

first_imgMen have been named as winners of the Romantic Novel Awards for the first time, ending more than half a century in which female writers held a monopoly on affairs of the heart.Kerry Wilkinson and Marius Gabriel are the first men to be honoured at the ceremony since the awards were founded in 1960.Wilkinson, an author best known for his million-selling Jessica Daniel detective series, won the young adult category with Ten Birthdays, the story of a teenage girl dealing with bereavement.The award for best historical novel went to Marius Gabriel for The Designer, a novel set in 1940s Paris. Gabriel began his career in the 1980s writing Mills and Boon novels under a female pseudonym, but now uses his own name.Nicola Cornick, chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, said female readers have accepted that men can write about love.“Women wanted to feel that they were reading stories by women for women, but these days that is an old-fashioned attitude. They are increasingly comfortable reading stories by men, and over the last few years there has been an increase in publishers submitting books by men,” Ms Cornick said.“Writing under a female pseudonym is what used to happen in the 1970s and 1980s. I can think of a number of people who were members but always wrote under a female name.” The Association only discovered his true identity in 2009, a year before O’Donnell’s death.Other winners at this year’s awards included Dani Atkins, who won the overall Romantic Novel of the Year award for This Love. Jilly Cooper received the Outstanding Achievement Award. “Perhaps men have always written these types of story but they’ve been hidden in different genre types by publishers and editors – people who assume the books won’t sell otherwise, and want a car chase thrown in to make it a bit more blokey.”Gabriel said it felt good to win an award under his own name. “For a long time the conventional wisdom in publishing was that women simply wouldn’t buy a romantic novel written by a man. So there was quite a lot of pressure from my publishers to keep quiet about who I was, in case sales suffered.”I suppose it’s love that men are not supposed to enjoy reading or writing about. But my reviews tell me that a good many of my readers are men, so there,” he said.Wilkinson and Gabriel are the first men to win under their own names, but one other male winner can be found hidden in the archives.The Romantic Novel of the Year 1978 was Merlin’s Keep by Madeleine Brent, a breathless adventure about a girl raised in the Himalayas by an English soldier.Brent’s publisher picked up the award on her behalf, explaining that she was in Mexico. Years later, it emerged that Brent was actually Peter O’Donnell, creator of the Modesty Blaise comic strip. Wilkinson said he did not set out to write a “romance” or a novel aimed at women. “It was, and is, a story about growing up in a small town,” he said. 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. Romantic Novel Awards In previous years the Romantic Novel Awards have been an all-female affairCredit:Ian Joneslast_img read more

NA Prison officer detained after ganja contraband find

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into prisoners posing on FB with contrabandMay 14, 2018In “Crime”Four Prison Officers to be charged for smuggling contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”3 Lusignan prison officers being investigated after parcel thrown over fenceMay 1, 2018In “Crime” A New Amsterdam (NA) Prison Officer is now in hot water after he was seen on surveillance footage smuggling a parcel later found to contain narcotics and contraband into the said prison.The officer who reportedly admitted to the offence was seen with the parcel which reportedly came over the prison’s fence.This publication was informed that he was later seen with the said package conspiring with a prisoner to secure same in the prison’s kitchen.According to the Director of Prisons, Glawdin Samuels after acting on the information received, a middle manager of the prison conducted a search when the said parcel was discovered.The parcel reportedly contained some 1032 grams of cannabis along with 36 packs of cigarettes.As such, the prison officer has since been handed over to the Police. read more

Hawk Measurement streamlines calibration for level measurement

first_imgTo help simplify the calibration of its 4th generation acoustic technology on the Sultan Acoustic Wave Level, Hawk Measurement has added a new firmware program, making start-up a much simpler process. This will allow for up to 22 different applications in mining as diverse as ROM bins, process slurry sumps, primary crushers, stockpile monitoring and positioning that can start up with a minimum of adjustments.Converting the AWR234SUXXXX Remote Sultan transmitter from a 3-4 wire AC/DC supply to a 2 wire loop powered 24v DC supply sometimes meant calibration changes to the transducer, but this is now automatically calibrated with the new firmware upgrade. Jack Evans, President of Hawk, America, stated “We have known for some time, that simplifying calibration will mean better customer acceptance. This firmware gives new life to a product that is still the most powerful and flexible Acoustic Transmitter in the market.”last_img read more

Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a token charge

first_imgTHE INCREASE IN charges for Freedom of Information requests has been defended by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who says that charges are appropriate “in the current climate”.Speaking during a debate on the legislation this afternoon the Minister described the €15 fee as a ‘token charge’ and added that such fees were entirely fair ‘given that the average cost to process such requests was €600′.He said the fee must be viewed in light of the fees paid by people in other circumstances and specifically cited the recent introduction of prescriptionSinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald who opened the debate in the committee this afternoon said it was “dishonest” of the Minister to talk about the prescription charge given that its recent increase was a decision taken by his own Government.McDonald criticised the “eleventh hour” decision on Friday to add extra charges to the legislation. These changes she said had “taken all the good” out of the positive aspects to the FOI Bill which extends it to more public bodies such as NTMA, the Garda Síochána and the Central Bank.McDonald along with TDs Stephen Donnelly and Seán Fleming had requested that the debate on the bill be adjourned for a number of days or weeks to allow time for experts and interested parties such as the NUJ appear before the committee. This proposal was rejected by the wider committee.The three TDs argued that the charges for FOI requests would act as a disincentive for investigative journalists and in particular freelance journalists.“Manifestly different questions”Howlin said that the primary reason for charging for each additional FOI request was to prevent “manifestly different questions” in individual requests. The Minster argued that departments must be able to discriminate between different questions contained within a single request that are completely separate issues.He said that he wanted the civil servants employed to process FOI requests to be given standardised training so that those making FOI requests “don’t get different responses” from different branches of the State.McDonald completely disagreed with Howlin’s assessment that the inclusion of charges acted as a method of preventing requests being loaded by separate questions saying that the very existence of fees in the first place creates the problem of people loading questions into a single request.AmendmentsThe Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform is this evening discussing amendments to the bill. Intended for discussions are the nature of exemptions intended for commercial semi-state companies to allow them to compete with private companies.The merits of the inclusion of state monopolies such as Irish Water in FOI legislation will also be debated.Read: How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries? >Read: Department’s FOI amendments ‘run entirely contrary to spirit’ of bill >last_img read more