‘Legit NBA talent’ Manny Harris as NLEX import too hard to pass up for Guiao

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former NBA veteran Manny Harris had his first practice with NLEX on Tuesday. Photo taken from the NLEX Road Warriors’ Twitter accountMANILA, Philippines—Despite the strong showing of Olu Ashaolu, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao felt that the chance to tap the services of a proven NBA talent in Manny Harris was too hard to pass up.Guiao eventually made the tough decision to let go of Ashaolu and bring in Harris, who had stints with NBA teams Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks before wreaking havoc overseas and in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Lacson says P82 billion lost in tax revenue from Chinese imports in 201702:294 million bags of imported rice still at NFA warehouses — administrator02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The Road Warriors are set to parade Harris, who had his first practice Tuesday, on Wednesday against the Columbian Dyip at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We thank Olu for helping us get to where we are, for the strong start this conference. But the opportunity to have Manny Harris opened up for us and we had to make the difficult decision to grab the chance to realize a long-standing desire to have Manny play for the Road Warriors,” said Guiao in a statement posted on NLEX’s Facebook account Monday.NLEX is currently tied with San Miguel Beer in second place after going 4-1 with Ashaolu in tow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceGuiao, though, believes Harris is capable of taking the Road Warriors to even greater heights.“Manny is a legit NBA talent who has the ability to impact the game on both ends, a proven scorer and defender—a winner in his chosen field,” Guiao said. This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sangiao believes PH fighters will rise again after 1-4 result in ONE: Century Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Ashaolu, who averaged 22.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in five games in the Governors’ Cup, has nothing but love for the Road Warriors.“I enjoyed my time with NLEX. It’s a great team atmosphere where everyone came in to work and get better each day,” he said. “I have no doubt these guys will continue to fight and surpass people’s expectations.”After starring for the Michigan Wolverines in college, Harris went undrafted in the NBA in 2010 but managed to make the Cavaliers’ roster and played two seasons in Cleveland.He then, landed spot on the Lakers in the 2013-2014 season where he played nine games and averaged 8.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.The 30-year-old Harris went overseas and played in Turkey, China and the G-League before seeing action for the Mavericks in the 2016-2017 season for four games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Toni Duggan: ‘I’ve been bigging up the Spain game like a World Cup final’

first_imgWomen’s football Share on WhatsApp Since then Phil Neville has replaced Mark Sampson and the rapid development of a recently professional domestic league has enabled the manager to replace his predecessor’s necessary pragmatism with a more expansive philosophy. This more fluently swashbuckling approach came unstuck at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on Friday when Canada’s pressing game stifled England’s creativity and Neville’s side lost 1-0.Duggan believes atonement can come at Swindon, where England will benefit from her inside information. “I think it’s going to be a very good game this time round because we’re playing a different style now,” she says. “Hopefully we can impose our style and have a bit more possession than last time.“Spain are wonderful in possession and very, very good in attack but we’ve come a long way from the first camp with Phil in terms of how we attack and how we keep the ball under pressure.”With “seven, eight or nine” of her Barcelona colleagues likely to be in the visiting squad, Duggan has been going through their strengths and weaknesses with Neville and his staff. “There’ll be times when we don’t have the ball,” she says, before a nod to the opposition in this summer’s World Cup group. “That’s football and it’ll happen against Scotland, Argentina and Japan. There’s going to be times when we don’t have the ball but we’re very disciplined and we’ve built our foundations on defending. It’s something we’re very good at.“I’m always bragging with my Spanish teammates at Barcelona, saying I’ll take the 30% possession and two goals we scored in the Euros; a win’s a win. They just laugh and say: ‘We had all the ball.’” Share on Messenger A crowd of around 15,000 is expected but the Football Association and Premier League clubs are currently discussing staging women’s fixtures at bigger stadiums next season. Last month a crowd of 60,739 gathered at the Wanda Metropolitano for a match between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, a record for a women’s club match. Similarly in Italy, 39,000 fans turned up at the Allianz Stadium where Juventus Women met Fiorentina.“It’s what I always believed would happen,” says Duggan, who remains unperturbed that only 5,682 turned up at the 7,000-capacity Academy Stadium last Friday. “It’s happening a lot more now in Spain. I’ve been there two years and to see the strides that have been made already is amazing. Hopefully it’ll be England next and the same will happen at a league game here.” Nikita Parris: ‘Women’s football needs to build from the ground up to flourish’ Reuse this content Read more Share via Email Topics Phil Neville tells England not to lose feelgood factor over one defeat Read morecenter_img Share on Facebook interviews Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Arguably England’s greatest strength is an ability to mix things up on the pitch, to mesh differing styles while showing off the sort of flexibility instilled by the tactically astute Sampson. “I think that ability is why we’ve been so successful,” Duggan adds. “We can adapt our style to win games. It’s in our nature to have that direct threat at times but now we’re a lot more technical, a lot more comfortable on the ball. We’ve got a bit of everything now.“But if you look at the girls on our teams, a lot of them, like the Manchester City girls and the Chelsea girls, play possession-based games so it’s only right we do it as a national team as well. Right the way through the England setup that’s the style they’re looking for going forward. The junior teams all play possession-based; maybe times are changing for English football.”Consequently she hopes to see Spain struggling to regain possession at Swindon, where England will be without Steph Houghton, who has been withdrawn to manage a groin complaint in the buildup to the World Cup. “I’ve been bigging this game up like it’s a World Cup final,” Duggan says. “It should be great for the fans.” Caption: The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Spain women’s football team England women’s football team Share on LinkedIn As befits an adopted Catalan, Toni Duggan knows that beating Spain is one thing but outpassing them something else entirely. Not that the Barcelona forward is remotely daunted by the prospect of facing Iberian opposition in an England shirt at Swindon on Tuesday night. Duggan has always been one of life’s optimists but she genuinely believes her international teammates can monopolise the ball in an important warm-up for this summer’s World Cup in France.That would mark quite a departure from two years ago, when England beat Spain 2-0 during Euro 2017 in the Netherlands yet ceded the majority of possession to their opponents. Staged amid torrential rain in Breda, that group game saw Spain dominate to an almost embarrassing extent on an evening when counterattacking goals from Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor prefaced England’s victory.last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Says If He Could Hit Someone With A Snowball, It’d Be A Michigan Fan

first_imgDraymond Green being interviewed.draymond green snowball michigan fanThursday, Nike released a new two-minute commercial dedicated to “Snow Days” which features over a dozen of the brand’s professional athletes lining up against each other on the football field. One of those athletes is former Michigan State star Draymond Green, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.Nike also released a “Behind The Scenes” look at the commercial, and asked a few of the athletes who they’d hit with a snowball, given the chance. Green’s answer? A University of Michigan fan. Check it out:This isn’t the first time Green has expressed his dislike for the Wolverines. If you’re interested, here’s the actual commercial – it’s actually very cool.last_img

Maryland Announces New Head Coaching Hire

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Another head coaching vacancy has been filled.After a tumultuous 2018 college football season, Maryland has finally found its new head coach. Former Maryland assistant and interim head coach Mike Locksley – currently offensive coordinator for Alabama – is headed back home.Maryland took to Twitter to make the news official.Welcome Home!We are excited to announce Michael Locksley as the head coach of Maryland Football. #LOCKedIn ? | #FearTheTurtlehttps://t.co/7ysnt51mQz pic.twitter.com/CLeCcqVDuC— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) December 5, 2018Matt Canada, who entered the season as the offensive coordinator at Maryland, assumed head coaching duties after the school placed DJ Durkin on leave. He took over as  the interim head coach when Durkin was fired as well.Despite his close proximity to the program, Canada did not get the “interim” status removed from his title.Locksley formerly coached at New Mexico where he racked up a rough 2-26 record. After his stint there, Locksley took over as the offensive coordinator at Maryland and then served as the team’s interim head coach for six games – going 1-5.Now there’s an opening on Nick Saban’s staff.last_img read more

There Are 4 Bowl Games Today – Here’s The Schedule

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football bowl season rolls on today with a handful of solid contests. Four match-ups highlight the action today including a few teams that are hoping to finish the season in the top-25 – Army has a shot at the polls with a win today.No ranked programs are in action, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the four-game schedule coming up Saturday afternoon and night:Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPNLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Army at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNDollar General Bowl: Buffalo vs. Troy at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNSofi Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNThe late college football games today will be up against two NFL games as the Tennessee Titans face off against the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Chargers face off against the Baltimore Ravens.There’s plenty to watch this weekend.last_img read more

Nebraska Students To Vote On Football Balloon Tradition

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has a long-held tradition of releasing red balloons into the air, following the Huskers’ first touchdown during games at Memorial Stadium. While many Husker fans love the tradition, a number of groups have raised concerns about the environmental impact.In 2014, an environmentalist unsuccessfully petitioned the school to end the tradition. A few years later, a lawsuit was raised, but ultimately thrown out in court.Through this fall, the balloons continue to fly. However, the tradition was brought into the spotlight once again last November.A marine biologist found a Huskers balloon, still inflated, on the coast of East Hampton, New York on Long Island.The local alumni association said that it does not release balloons, but speculated that it might have been local fans. It does seem unlikely that the balloon flew all the way from Lincoln.It still once again brought the tradition to the forefront, as those concerned about the environment push for the school to change it.Now, Nebraska-Lincoln students have the chance to vote on the balloon release tradition.The vote is non-binding, but the results will go to the athletic department. From The Daily Nebraskan:Government Bill 26 moves to add a question to the spring general election ballot to survey the student body about eliminating the balloon release at football games. The ballot item would only pose the question to collect students’ opinions and is not binding.Currently, Husker football fans release balloons after the first touchdown during home games at Memorial Stadium. The bill states people have pressured University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s administration to eliminate the tradition because of the environmental damage the balloons cause.If passed, students will answer whether they are against the balloon release, support the tradition or are indifferent to the issue.1011 Now in Lincoln spoke to a number of students who support continuing tradition, although it was short of a true sampling. Still, it will be interesting to see what the student body believes about this, given the environmental ramifications.[The Daily Nebraskan]last_img read more

Wife of former hostage Joshua Boyle back in US with children Report

first_imgOTTAWA – The American wife of former overseas hostage Joshua Boyle has reportedly left Canada and returned to the U.S. with the couple’s children, nearly six years after being abducted while backpacking in Afghanistan.Caitlan Coleman returned home to the U.S. on Monday with the three children, all of whom were born while she and Boyle were held for five years in captivity by a group with links to the Taliban, according to a report by ABC News.Boyle did not accompany his wife and children and remains in Canada awaiting trial after Ottawa police charged him in December with multiple offences, including assault, sexual assault, unlawful confinement and causing someone to take a noxious substance.The charges against Boyle relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any details that might identify them or any witnesses.None of the charges has been tested in court. The charges relate to incidents that allegedly occurred after the family was freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces and returned to Canada last October.Boyle was granted bail last month under strict conditions that include staying with his parents at their home in Smiths Falls, Ont., and wearing a GPS ankle bracelet to track his movements.Boyle and Coleman have been under the spotlight since they were taken hostage by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan in 2012, when Coleman was five months pregnant.After being freed and returning to Canada, the family stayed for several weeks with Boyle’s parents in Smiths Falls, Ont. They then moved to Ottawa, where they had been living for about a month when Boyle was arrested.In his younger days, Boyle attended high school in Kitchener, Ont., and earned a degree from the University of Waterloo in 2005.He was briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, sister of Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who spent years in a U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being captured in Afghanistan.In 2011, Boyle married Coleman, who was raised in Pennsylvania, during a lengthy trip the pair took to South America.The following year, they set off for Russia and travelled through Central Asia for several months, winding up in Afghanistan.The family’s dramatic rescue last October made global headlines, and even led to a meeting on Parliament Hill with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.last_img read more

Starbucks to expand delivery in US China

first_imgNEW YORK — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China.The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with UberEats. It isn’t yet saying which stores will offer it.In China, delivery will be offered from 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of this year, up from 150 stores at the end of September. Starbucks is partnering with delivery service Ele.me in that country.Starbucks made the comments at an investor presentation Thursday in New York.Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says Starbucks has learned a lot about delivery since launching it in China in September. The company has special spill-proof cups, for example, and is making beverages hotter so they will be the right temperature to drink when they arrive.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Brock hosts Southern Ontario neuroscientists

Tyler Brown, graduate student from the University of Western Ontario, hangs a poster at the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association annual meeting.About 140 neuroscientists and graduate students visited Brock on May 7 for the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA) annual meeting.Participants from nine universities attended the one-day conference, which saw research talks, poster presentations and friendly socializing in Academic South.The event was a chance to promote Brock’s work in the field of neuroscience, said Stefan Brudzynski, a Brock Psychology professor cross-appointed to Biological Sciences, as well as president of SONA and chair of the event organizing committee.“It is good for Brock,” he said. “It emphasizes our role in local neuroscience and gives us an opportunity to present what we’re doing.”Three Brock graduate students gave talks at the conference, he said.Participating universities were: Brock University of Western Ontario University of Toronto University of Windsor Wilfred Laurier University Queen’s University University of Guelph University of WaterlooStephani Grella, graduate student from the University of Guelph, discusses her poster presentation with fellow Guelph student Jeff Franson. read more

Latin America faces huge task to reverse discrimination against Afrodescendants – UN

The top UN human rights official made those remarks in a speech to the first Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean on the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) held in Brasilia, Brazil, last week and which bought together States, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society, particularly those of people of African descent, as well as UN bodies from the region.“I am struck by the enormity of the task before us,” Mr. Zeid said. “Ten years to reverse five centuries of structural discrimination? Racial discrimination that has deep roots grown in colonialism and slavery and nourished daily with fear, poverty and violence, roots that aggressively infiltrate every aspect of life – from access to food and education to physical integrity, to participation in decisions that fundamentally affect one’s life,” he said.“A decade is such a short time,” he noted.Mr. Zeid called on States to honour their commitments and obligations under international human rights law and use all the tools at their disposal to make concrete progress in advancing the rights of Afro-descendants. The tools include international human rights treaties, the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) on eradicating racism and xenophobia, as well as the framework provided by the UN General Assembly for the International Decade. The themes for the Decade are: Recognition, Justice and Development. “Today, there are more than 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean – about 30 per cent of the population. Yet Afro-descendants throughout much of the region are almost invisible in the halls of power – economic, academic, professional or political, at local or national levels. High rates of inequality persist,” he said.At the end of the meeting on Friday, the delegates adopted a declaration which recalls the UN General Assembly’s Programme of Activities of the International Decade and reaffirms their commitment to the full implementation of the Durban Declaration at national, regional and global levels.States also pledged to adopt affirmative action policies to alleviate and remedy inequalities in the enjoyment of human rights in access to education and employment, in line with the particularities of each country.“Let us seize this chance to tap the untapped potential in hitherto invisible communities. Let us pledge to use these 10 years to turn a corner,” the High Commissioner said. read more

Waitrose rebrands its British ready meals which are made with meat from

first_imgLet’s test this. Describing a meat dish as ‘British lamb’ but making it from New Zealand lamb is…— Herdwick Shepherd (@herdyshepherd1) February 12, 2017 @waitrose can you explain this ?? British meals made with NewZealand #lambs 👿👿👿 #buybritish ?? pic.twitter.com/FOQXinBFMq— rattycastle (@rattycastle) February 12, 2017 Waitrose is to rebrand some of the ready meals in its “British” range because they use meat from New Zealand.The microwaveable meals will instead be labelled “Classic”, after criticism from consumers.The change will only affect recipes containing lamb, such as the Lamb Hotpot and Shepherd’s Pie. Products made from pork, beef and chicken will keep the “British” branding, as all the meat used in those comes from the UK. The problem was first noticed last year, at which stage stickers were places on the front of the packs to make it clearer that the lamb was from New Zealand.Now the supermarket chain is to go further with by rebranding the packaging.”We are about to re-launch the range with the branding “Classic”, removing the large ‘British’ reference from the front of pack,” a spokesman for the supermarket said. “This was only ever supposed to denote the origin of the recipe but we understand why confusion has arisen.” The supermarket is now looking into getting more British meat into its ready meals.The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Meurig Raymond told the BBC: “We made our concerns very clear to Waitrose right from the beginning on this product.”The inclusion of the word ‘British’ in the brand name despite the meat being sourced from New Zealand is misleading for shoppers – and it’s frustrating for British farmers, especially those who produce lamb Waitrose could have sourced.”center_img A farmer from the Lake District had started a poll on Twitter at the weekend asking whether the previous lamb labelling was acceptable or not.It attracted over 4,000 votes in 12 hours, with 97 per cent of respondents voting “Unacceptable (and a lie)”. @skier517 Hi Trish, ‘British’ is the name of the range of meals denoting the origin of the recipe. We understand why confusion has arisen.— Waitrose (@waitrose) February 13, 2017 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.last_img read more

Christmas deliveries now taking two days longer than previous years as online

Retailers struggling to cope with a bigger than expected online shopping boom are taking too long to deliver items, resulting in a surge of complaints from shoppers. Research by retail analysts at accounting firm Accenture show retail delivery times during the Christmas period have gone up, with firms now taking an average of five days to deliver, compared to 3.6 days last year.It tracked the deliveries of 57 retailers and found one in three are slower at getting parcels to their owners than their stated maximum delivery.  A quarter of retailers admitted they were struggling to cope with purchasing demands at peak times.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––And in a further kick in the teeth, customers are also being asked to spend more in order to qualify for free delivery, with the spending threshold for free delivery rising by 5 per cent compared to last year, it found. It comes after official stats showed retail sales jumped more than expected in November, helped by Black Friday promotions and stronger growth in sales of household goods.Official figures showed sales rose 1.4 per cent from October, despite economists’ forecasts of a 0.3 per cent gain.Separate data from complaints handling firm Resolver shows complaints about online shops and delivery firms in December has soared when compared to the same period last year. This December it has taken 443 complaints a day about online shops and delivery firms, having tripled from last December when 166 complaints a day were taken. Siobhan Gehin, managing director at Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy, said: “While many retailers delivered an excellent customer experience, a surprising number of retailers struggled to deliver a strong ordering and delivery experience across channels.  Those retailers now only have a limited window to fix problems with longer delivery times and technical issues ahead of the Boxing day and January sales, if they’re to satisfy customer’s high expectations.“Certain UK names are consistently strong while others need to re-focus investment to enhance their competitive agility and ensure they’re equipped to deal with promotional peaks. As brands face fierce competition and wavering customer loyalty, poor performance during these crucial calendar events can leave a lasting impression. “ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Mans lifeless partially burnt body found in Rosignol fishing vessel

The lifeless and partially burnt body of a man was discovered during the wee hours of Tuesday morning in a vessel after it caught alight at the Rosignol Fishery, Mahaica- Berbice.Police say they have only been able to identify the man as “Rajaul” of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.While details remain sketchy, Police “B” Division Commander, Linden Alves told INews that the discovery was made at around 02:00hrs today when two watchmen on duty at the fishery noticed smoke emanating from the boat.The watchmen, this publication was told quelled the erupting fire before the Rajaul’s body was discovered.It is believed that the now deceased man, who is said to have been an alcoholic, may have been imbibing and lit a stove onboard the vessel, before falling asleep.INews was told that the stove may have fell during that time, resulting in the fire.Rajaul’s body was found with burn marks, suspected to be as a result of the blaze and no marks of violence.No one has been arrested in this regard.However, Alves posited that until a post mortem examination is completed, it is difficult to ascertain if the now deceased man died before, or during the fire.A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted tomorrow.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDecomposing body bearing marks of violence found on Berbice roadAugust 13, 2018In “Crime”BREAKING…Body of Ithaca man fished out of trenchMay 7, 2018In “Crime”Body found in Carifesta Avenue trench awaiting identification- PoliceApril 9, 2018In “Crime” read more

Taoiseach says he understands concerns as ministers question Ireland 2040 marketing

first_img File Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share12 Tweet Email I appreciate the concerns that have been raised. I agree public money should never be used to promote Oireachtas candidates and that there shouldn’t be a blurring of lines. Guidelines were issued to ensure that didn’t happen, but it’s evident that those guidelines need to be strengthened and I will do that but now the focus is severe weather.The Strategic Communications Unit, set up by the Taoiseach with a view to streamlining the government’s communications, has come in for frequent criticism from the opposition benches since its inception.The new SCU exists in tandem with the current Government Information Service (GIS), which runs all day-to-day communications concerning the Department of the Taoiseach.The unit will cost some €5 million to run this year.Read: Taoiseach defends marketing of Ireland 2040 plan as opposition calls for answers https://jrnl.ie/3879306 Speaking to RTÉ’s News At One, Varadkar said he’d spoken to all three over the last 24 hours to allay their fears. Varadkar said that only two of the pieces featured people who were not current Oireachtas members.“I should say that there were 160 advertorials in papers, all clearly labelled. There were only two which featured non-Oireachtas members – one is a Sinn Féin councillor and another is a pic of a Fianna Gael councillor standing beside Michael Ring. TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR says that he “understands” concerns around the promotion of the Project Ireland 2040 plan.Questions have been raised about how advertorials in newspapers have been presented during the €1.5 million rollout of the plan.The government’s controversial Strategic Communications Unit is heading up a sweeping strategy to promote the plan across traditional and online media.The Ireland edition of The Times has reported that regional newspapers were directed by an ad agency to ensure the ads appeared as regular news items.The fallout from the controversy led to concerns at Cabinet, as Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, Transport Minister Shane Ross and Communications Minister Denis Naughten all raising it with the Taoiseach. Zappone said that public money should not be used to promote Oireachtas candidates. File Image: Sam Boal Source: Katherine Zappone/Twitter Mar 1st 2018, 2:51 PM center_img 58 Comments 7,721 Views Taoiseach says he ‘understands concerns’ as ministers question Ireland 2040 marketing The rollout had caused concern at Cabinet. Image: Sam Boal I am seeking urgent clarification re recent advertising deals on #Ireland2040 …@ellenmcoyne will have more details Thurs. There can be no blurring of lines between news and advertising…— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) March 1, 2018 Short URL Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 2:51 PM By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

Recession worst than expected

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s gross domestic product contracted in 2011 at a particularly steep rate of 6.8 per cent, the highest on record, following three years of recession. The data for the last quarter of 2011, released this week by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), showed a 7 per cent decline in GDP on an annual basis, worse than any of the forecasts issued by the government or Greece’s official creditors. This serves to quantify the problems that the market has been facing over the last few months, with the drop in industrial production, retail commerce and construction being the main factors behind the contraction. It also serves to explain the soaring of official unemployment to over 20 per cent of the work force. Worse still, with the measures the government has just agreed to for the containment of public spending and the reduction of salaries in the private sector, there are hardly any grounds for anyone to claim that the economy will be able to post even a minimal rebound this year. Preliminary estimates for 2012 and 2013 already point to a 4 to 5 per cent contraction, continuing the cycle of GDP shrinkage that started in 2008. ELSTAT data show that industrial production posted an 8.4 per cent drop in 2011 compared with the year before, with manufacturing output dropping by a whopping 9.5 per cent. Retail commerce turnover dropped in the January-November 2011 period by 6.8 per cent annually, while sales volumes fell by 9.9 per cent in the same period,Construction volume in the first 10 months of 2011 fell by 37.6 per cent year-on-year while new permits declined by 28.7 per cent over the same period. Even in tourism there was a decline in the accommodation turnover by 1.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same quarter in 2010. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Waymo Lyft Collaborate on SelfDriving Cars

first_imgSelf-driving car development firm Waymo has inked a deal with ride-hailing service Lyft to bring autonomous vehicle technology to the public.The unexpected partnership promises “pilot projects and product development efforts,” according to The New York Times, which first reported the new tie-up.“We are partnering with Waymo to safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots,” a Lyft spokeswoman confirmed in an email to Geek. “Waymo holds today’s self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world’s best transportation.”Two years after unveiling its first fully functional self-driving car, Google in December spun off its autonomous vehicle project into a new division.“Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility,” CEO John Krafcik said at the time. “We’re a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.”Just not at the hands of an Uber driver.Waymo sued the app-based startup in February, alleging that former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski stole proprietary technology before leaving to found Otto, which Uber later acquired.A judge on Monday rejected Waymo’s request to halt Uber’s self-driving research, but ruled that Levandowski can’t work on any LiDAR-related projects.Despite this very public fight, Waymo remains committed to autonomous tech and believes Lyft is the perfect partner to make that dream a reality.“We’re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible,” a Waymo spokeswoman said. “Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places.”Each firm comes with its own partnerships: Waymo is working with Fiat Chrysler on a fleet of minivans, while Lyft is working with GM to test autonomous Chevy Bolt vehicles.In 2015, Google completed its first fully self-driving car ride, when one of its prototype vehicles chauffeured Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, through Austin.“The ability to complete a fully self-driven trip on everyday public roads, with no test driver, was a big milestone for our team and the history of this technology,” Krafcik said last year. “It was the signal that we could begin to shift our focus from foundational technical work towards launching our own company so we can offer many more rides, in more places, for more people.”Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. Eastern with comments from Waymo and Lyft.last_img read more

Bray Wyatt deletes all of his tweets Issues a new cryptic message

first_img Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event WhatsApp Twitter WWE star Bray Wyatt issued a cryptic tweet on his Twitter account this weekend.Wyatt, who has been off WWE television since August after tagging briefly with Matt Hardy, deleted all of his tweets on his account.He did appear and wrestle at the Starrcade event a few weeks ago.Wyatt appears to be hinting at some sort of character change.Today I am someone different. Today I have finally become who I really am.— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) December 8, 2018 Pinterest Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 center_img Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPVlast_img read more

Spurs renew interest in Brazilian star

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have reportedly reignited their interest in signing Brazilian winger, Malcom, according to Sports Mole.The 21-year-old signed for Spanish giants Barcelona, during the summer transfer window but has struggled to break into the first team, and his situation has alerted a lot of clubs across Europe.Tottenham were among a host of clubs in the running to sign the Brazil Under-23s international before he opted to join the Spanish champions in July.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.The former Bordeaux man has had limited opportunities under current Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, featuring for a combined 25 minutes in all competitions since arriving.Reports in the Spanish media suggests that Mauricio Pochettino’s side could now make a fresh approach for Malcom, while Italian giants, Inter Milan are also interested.The same report also indicates that Barcelona will only sell the former Malcom if a bid in the region of £50m is made, which is £15m more than they paid to sign him in the summer.last_img read more