Manny Pacquiao: I have no plans to run for president

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Life begins at 40: Manny Pacquiao believes his career is not yet over Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants During his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Pacquiao said he doesn’t have any plan to try for the presidency.“To become a president, I don’t have that in my mind right now,” said Pacquiao after he defeated Adrien Broner via unanimous to retain his WBA World welterweight title Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I have no plans to run for president.”Pacquiao (61-7-2) has been a legislator since 2010 when he was elected to the Lower House of the Philippine Congress as the representative of Sarangani. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—The idea of Manny Pacquiao running for the presidency of the Philippine has been floating around since the boxing icon became a senator in 2016.Pacquiao is already eligible for the presidency since he turned 40 on Dec. 17, 2018, but the top post in Philippine politics isn’t the focus of the boxer-senator.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES He was then re-elected in 2013 before becoming a senator in 2016 to serve a six-year term until 2022.“I’m happy serving the people as a senator and giving honor to our country,” said Pacquiao who’s been a philanthropist since becoming one of boxing’s biggest names in the early 2000s.“I’m so thankful for the fans who came here to my fight, thank you for the support,” said Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Syed Modi International: Sameer Verma, Saina Nehwal storm into quarter-finals

first_imgDefending champion Sameer Verma kept his hopes of qualifying for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou alive by reaching the quarter-final of Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament in Lucknow on Thursday.The third seed, who is currently placed 12th in the race to Guangzhou rankings, defeated China’s Zhao Junpeng 22-20, 21-17. He will meet world number 64 Zhou Zeqi, who beat India’s Harsheel Dani earlier today.Meanwhile, three-time champion Saina Nehwal clinched a comfortable win over compatriot Amolika Singh Sisodiya. The former world number one face eighth-seeded compatriot Rituparna Das, who beat fellow Indian Shruti Mundada 21-11, 21-15 in a one-sided clash.Good win today..21-14 and 21-9 … tomorrow quaterfinals #syedmodiinternationalbadmitonchampionship2018 #Lucknow #lndiasuper300 pic.twitter.com/A9kX6nQf7NSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) November 22, 2018Two-time champion Parupalli Kashyap was made to work hard by Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik as the Indian shuttler needed three games to book a clash with eighth-seeded Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand.Sai Praneeth progresses, Subhankar Dey crashes outB Sai Praneeth, seeded 4th, brushed aside Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-12, 21-10 and will take on China’s Lu Guangzu, seeded sixth, ended the run of Saarlorlux champion Subhankar Dey with a 21-13, 21-10 win.Also read: Syed Modi International Day 1 round-upIn women’s singles, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka also notched up a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Reshma Karthik 21-12, 21-15. She will square off against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui, seeded 7th.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also entered the last eight by defeating compatriots Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram 12-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a mixed doubles match.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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It’s almost time for FSU

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! A few quick notes, links, and predictions here from yours truly before we get things rolling with Florida State on Saturday night.If you missed anything leading up, here’s the best stuff to read to get you fired up for the game:Feature: Tyreek Hill and the allure of the unknownHow to watch: Week 1 guideFeature: 2014 wish listPreview: Mrs. Pistols previews the gamePreview: PFB contributors give their season picksPreview: FSU Q&APreview: Why Oklahoma State might winIf you missed it this morning, Gameday was a circus. There was an insane Trail of Tears sign, Lee Corso pounding beers and shooting guns, and this Pete photobomb, which was awesome:Other notes• I would appreciate you reading this piece I did on new beginnings and the 2014 season.• I’m heading over to AT&T Stadium at about 3 PM to cover the game — cover a real live game! — for CBSSports.com. Don’t worry, I’ll have plenty of content for PFB as well, including 10 thoughts, superlatives, and other goodies. It might just be a little later than usual.• As I write this tOSU trails Navy at the half. Wouldn’t it be wild if only one OSU won on Saturday and it wasn’t the one playing Navy…• I’m not sure I’ve been this stoked for a season opener since the Georgia game in 2009. I know OSU likely won’t win but it’s still going to be a blast.• New threads tonight? It would be a good spot — national television, defending champs, young squad — for them.• Things I’ll be watching for at the game: How the young linebackers respond, where Tyreek lines up, whether FSU dares JW to beat them deep, Gundy dancing.• Again, low odds, but how much would this whole thing flip on its head if OSU won and OU lost tonight…? It would be the inverse of how last year ended.• When I introduce myself to players and coaches in the postgame I’m going to say “hi, Kyle Porter, Pistols Firing, blogger kid from Dallas…could you talk about…”• I’m fascinated by the QB situation (per the usual for a Gundy-coached team). Will JW have a quick hook? Is there a script already in place for Daxx? Does Rudolph tease us with Lunt-like lasers? I have no idea what to expect.PredictionsUnis: White (alt.)-Orange-Black[1. This is more hopeful than anything, I think.]Score: 47-31 NolesTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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Province Helps North Queens Schools Family

first_imgWithin days of a tragic fire that destroyed their elementary school and damaged their high school, the Department of Education is acting to restore normalcy for the families and students of Caledonia, Queens Co. In a pre-dawn blaze on Thursday, Sept. 14, North Queens Elementary School was levelled. The adjoining North Queens Rural High School suffered severe water and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. “My heart goes out to the affected families and I am very relieved that no one was injured,” said Minister of Education Karen Casey, who visited the site on Thursday afternoon. “I have directed staff at the Department of Education to work with the school board to develop short- and long-term plans to help the community recover,” said Ms. Casey. The Department of Education is fast tracking existing plans to renovate the high school and to add an elementary wing to the building. Planning will continue throughout the fall and the architectural work is to be completed by spring 2007. Construction contracts should be awarded by April 2007. With an aggressive construction schedule and cash flow, work should be completed by late 2007. On Friday, Sept. 15, Jim Gunn, acting South Shore Regional School Board superintendent, announced that the board is considering split shifts at South Queens Junior High, in Liverpool. The board has hired a company to clean up North Queens Rural High School and portables will be moved to the site as soon as possible and readied for the returning students. There are an estimated 278 students registered in the two schools.last_img read more

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New Drug Education Curriculum Resources Introduced for Junior High Schools

first_img Super Powers (Grade 7) Super Powers Part 2 (Grade 7) My Back and My Brain (Grade 8) Drug Land (Grade 9) Angels and Demons (Grade 9) Getting from Here to There (Grade 9) Super Powers (Grade 9) This resource for the Healthy Living curriculum is the first of its kind in Canada. It has been tested with youth in the province, is voluntary and will help teachers meet mandatory learning outcomes for health education. Feedback on student engagement and response to the lessons from classrooms around the province has been positive. The lesson plans can be accessed at novascotia.ca/education . Junior high school students now have access to new drug and alcohol prevention curriculum resources. The departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Health and Wellness introduced seven lesson plans for grades 7 to 9 today, Feb. 19, to get students talking about the pressures and influences that may lead to using substances like alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs. “We can take these lessons and create spaces for meaningful conversations with our students about the conditions around their lives and the pressures they face,” said Dan O’Leary, a teacher and guidance counsellor at A.J. Smeltzer Junior High School in Sackville. “I’ve experienced these lessons in the classroom and I’ve seen youth speaking up and talking about their lives in ways I’ve never seen before.” The lesson plans are available as part of the current health education curriculum. Teachers, mental health clinicians, guidance counsellors and school board administrators from across the province were invited to participate in training sessions to help them implement the lesson plans. So far, more than 300 teachers and counsellors have attended sessions. The province will provide ongoing support and coaching, as needed. “I am pleased that we are able to provide enhanced resources that will help our students with drug and alcohol prevention and ensure they are provided with the right information to help them make positive life choices,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Prescription drug misuse can devastate families and it’s an issue I have dedicated myself to for a number of years. “Bringing real-world curriculum to junior high school students to open a dialogue with them is something advocates from Get Prescription Drugs Off the Street have fought for, and something I am very proud of.” The lessons are:last_img read more

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Mamata ropes in master poll strategist Prashant Kishor

first_imgKOLKATA: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday met with master poll strategist Prashant Kishor, whose latest success is Project Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh.Kishor came along with TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee to Nabanna in the afternoon and held a meeting with Mamata Banerjee for one hour and forty minutes, after which the Bengal CM signed up for Kishor’s “election-winning package”. According to Trinamool Congress sources, Mamata and Kishor deliberated over the causes of Trinamool Congress’ poll set back in the Lok Sabha. Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for West Bengal. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”He is a poll expert and naturally our supreme leader listened to his opinion about the causes and trends in this Lok Sabha polls. They also deliberated over a road map prescribed by Mamata Banerjee for the future to checkmate BJP in Bengal,” said a senior Trinamool Congress leader. The Chief Minister is hoping to reclaim lost ground after the BJP made inroads in the parliamentary election. The BJP, which increased its tally to 18 seats, is pulling out all stops to challenge the Mamata-led Trinamool in the 2021 assembly elections. Prashant Kishor struck gold with the successful campaigns of Narendra Modi in 2014 and Nitish Kumar in 2015. The only blip on his radar was his failure to resurrect the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.last_img read more

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Five stories in the news for today Oct 11

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Oct. 11———TRUDEAU-TRUMP TO TALK TRADE TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his approach in a sit-down with U.S. President Donald Trump today is to find common ground. The two leaders are to meet as round four of talks to revamp NAFTA get underway. Key issues on the table this week include government procurement, remedies for trade disputes and on Saturday, what could be contentious talks over agriculture.———FEDS: NO TAXES ON EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTSThe Trudeau government insists that employee discounts will not be taxed despite an updated Canada Revenue Agency document that suggested they will be. Political rivals and business lobby groups have voiced strong concerns that such a policy could lead to higher taxes on retail workers, many of whom earn lower wages. But National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier insists that Ottawa is not targeting retail-sector workers. She says the CRA guidance document was only meant to help employers understand their tax-reporting requirements.———QUEBEC PREMIER TO SHUFFLE CABINET TODAYQuebec Premier Philippe Couillard will shuffle his cabinet this morning in a bid to give it a younger look ahead of next year’s provincial election. According to data compiled by The Canadian Press, more than a third of his cabinet ministers are over the age of 60 and only 19 per cent are under 50. The general election is set for next October.———SEARS CANADA PLANS COMPLETE SHUTDOWNSears Canada is giving up on the idea of remaining in business after seeking creditor protection in June. The retail chain has decided to shut its doors and is seeking approval to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees without a job. That doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada announced in June. The court overseeing Sears Canada’s operations is set to hear a motion on Friday seeking approval for the liquidation and a wind down of the business.—DEALING WITH MONTREAL’S DEVALUED TAXI PERMITSThe head of one of the companies offering financing for taxi permits in Montreal insists there is still a market for the much-devalued commodity. The price of a permit has decreased almost 40 per cent since Uber began operating in Quebec about four years ago, according to the province’s Transport Department. Michel Hebert’s company, FinTaxi, is doing what it can to prop up the market by refusing to finance permits at a value below $110,000 — regardless of how much a seller is willing to offer.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Conservative MP Erin O’Toole will hold a news conference in Ottawa to discuss the latest round of NAFTA talks.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on mortgage regulations in Canada.— Toys R Us Canada will file a motion in Ontario Superior Court as it tries to reorganize under bankruptcy protection.— The Supreme Court of British Columbia is scheduled to release a decision regarding assisted dying legislation.— Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna speaks to the London School of Economics.— Closing arguments begin in Montreal in the murder case of Randy Tshilumba, accused of killing a Maxi store clerk in 2016.— Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa attends the groundbreaking of a new 5,000 seat entertainment complex in Niagara Falls.— Members of the rock band Foreigner hold a news conference in Calgary to talk about a new musical.last_img read more

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Morocco, China Discuss Boosting Military Cooperation

Rabat  –  The means to beef up military cooperation between Morocco and China were raised, on Thursday in Rabat, during a meeting between Supreme Commander and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), General de Corps d’Armée, FAR’s General Inspector and commander of the Southern Zone, and Chinese Major General Yao Yunzho, Director of the Department of the World Military Research at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Science.The meeting tackled the results of bilateral military cooperation as well as the opportunities for further boosting cooperation in areas of common concern, FAR’s General Staff said in a statement.Special focus was given to cooperation prospects between the Royal Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army notably in areas pertaining to training and the exchange of visits. The talks are part of the momentum that has been characterising the bilateral friendship ties, added the statement.Major General Yao Yunzhu is leading a Chinese military and civilian delegation on a visit to the Kingdom on December 10-13. read more

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Nuclear reactor in southern Japan being loaded with fuel before restarting next

TOKYO – A nuclear plant operator has begun loading fuel into a reactor in southern Japan before it resumes operating next month in the first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.Kyushu Electric Power Co. says the first four fuel bundles were loaded into the Sendai plant’s No. 1 reactor Tuesday. The utility plans to finish loading all 157 fuel bundles Friday ahead of final inspections for an Aug. 10 restart.Regulators affirmed the safety of two Sendai reactors last September. The second reactor is scheduled to be restarted in October.All of Japan’s more than 40 reactors are offline for repairs or safety checks. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to restart as many of them as possible to meet the nation’s energy needs and grow the economy. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nuclear reactor in southern Japan being loaded with fuel before restarting next month read more

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Car quality improves even as new technology is introduced

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 11:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Wednesday, April 1, 2015, file photo shows a wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima on display at the New York International Auto Show. Despite adding sophisticated electronic safety features and touch screens that once were prone to glitches, most automakers improved their reliability scores this year in an annual survey of new-car buyers. The 2016 survey of more than 80,000 car buyers from February through May found that Korea’s Kia had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles at 83. It was closely followed by Porsche at 84, Hyundai at 92, Toyota wit 93 and BMW with 94. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Car quality improves even as new technology is introduced DETROIT – Despite adding sophisticated electronic safety features and touch screens that once were prone to glitches, most automakers improved their reliability scores this year in an annual survey of new-car buyers.The latest survey by the J.D. Power consulting firm determined that quality improved for 21 of 33 auto brands in the survey. This year’s scores improved 6 per cent over 2015, double last year’s increase and the biggest jump in seven years. And for the first time in 27 years, a brand for the masses led the pack as Kia edged out Porsche as the automaker with the fewest problems.“It has become clear that automakers are listening to the customer, identifying pain points and are focused on continuous improvement,” said Renee Stephens, vice-president of U.S. auto quality at J.D. Power.Touch screens, voice recognition and Bluetooth technology have long been bugaboos for automakers, and for years they have brought down scores in the surveys. But last year automakers turned a corner, and this year they improved even more, Stephens said. The improvement in part is due to people getting used to new technology, but automakers also are simplifying the devices, taking out screens that seemed cool but were hard for users to grasp, she said.The study also found that U.S. nameplates collectively scored better than foreign-based competitors for just the second time in the survey’s 30-year history. And for the first time since 2006, mainstream brands had fewer problems than more expensive premium brands.The 2016 survey of more than 80,000 car buyers from February through May found that Korea’s Kia had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles at 83. It was closely followed by Porsche at 84, Hyundai at 92, Toyota wit 93 and BMW with 94. The survey asked owners about problems in the first 90 days of ownership.The worst-performing brands were smart, Fiat, Volvo, Land Rover and Mini, according to the survey.The average score for all brands was 105, seven problems fewer than last year. The Chrysler and Jeep brands, which for many years have been toward the bottom of the survey, showed the most improvement. Chrysler’s problems fell from 143 to 114, boosting the brand from 31st place in 2015 to 20th this year. Jeep rose from 29th place to 18th, improving its problems per 100 vehicles from 141 to 113.General Motors led all manufacturers with seven top finishers by segment, followed by Toyota with six.GM’s Chevrolet Spark led the city car segment, and the Buick Cascada convertible tied with the Scion tC for top sporty car. GM’s Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain tied for top compact SUV, and the Chevy Tahoe was the most reliable large SUV. Chevrolet’s Silverado won in both the light duty and heavy duty large pickup categories.The survey is the first major assessment of quality for 2016 vehicles, and it’s closely watched by car shoppers. Consumer Reports magazine’s influential quality study comes out in October and includes other years.Among the findings from J.D. Power this year:WINNERS AND LOSERS: Kia, which took top honours, had only 83 problems per 100 vehicles. Mercedes’ smart minicar brand was last with 216 problems.MOST IMPROVED: Chrysler and Jeep climbed 11 places each. Jeep finished 18th with 113 problems, while Chrysler finished 20th with 115 problems.BIGGEST SLIDE: The Jaguar luxury brand plummeted 24 spots to 27th with 127 problems.Stephens said that brands with the most revamped models tend to score lower, while those with older vehicles that were carried over into the new model year score higher.____This story has been corrected to show that General Motors had the highest number of segment winners instead of Toyota. read more

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Reintegrating former rebels into civilian life a serious concern in Colombia UN

Jean Arnault warned members of the Security Council that the vast majority of those being reintegrated still have no clear economic prospects or livelihoods, once the monthly sum they currently receive as part of the peace process, comes to an end next August.The Colombian National Council for Reintegration, which includes members of FARC and the Government, has a huge task before it, he said, and must agree on its approach to projects, lands and reintegration.Over the past year, he continued, FARC-EP, the Government and the UN Verification Mission have learned that local authorities must be empowered, and more systematic links should be developed with the private sector, universities and other actors “willing and able to assist with long-term reintegration.”Another worry expressed by Mr. Arnault was the sense of legal uncertainty felt by former FARC-EP members. Reconciling peace and justice, he said, is a controversial and emotional issue everywhere. The peace process seeks to bring the full guarantee of due process, victim’s participation and the benefits of restorative sanctions, which he described as a “promising solution to old and difficult dilemmas.”The Verification Mission chief deplored the continued killings of social leaders in Colombia, citing the killing, just a few days ago in the town of Bolivar, of the leader of a government-sponsored coca crop substitution committee, an element of the peace process, together with his two sons. He said that there is a pressing need to prevent and prosecute these crimes.Noting positive developments, Mr. Arnault said there was a strong spirit of cooperation between the members of the bodies tasked with implementing the peace agreement, and the political participation of former FARC rebels in Colombia’s two chambers of Congress, where they are contributing to debates and legislation. read more

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On Deck A Sabermetric Broadcast

Although sabermetrics has substantially reshaped baseball’s on-field product over the past few decades, its progress in the broadcast booth has been slower. It’s not hard to see why the two trends haven’t moved in lockstep: While teams adopted the analytics model out of the need to win games, the same market pressures didn’t apply to commentators. For teams, integrating sabermetrics meant they were more likely to win; for commentators, it meant they were more likely to confuse. But now a younger generation is steeped in analytics, and statistically minded fans obsessively check sites such as Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference and Brooks Baseball to get what broadcasts and talk radio aren’t providing.Broadcasters have taken note. In the past few years, we’ve seen some geeky milestones: Sun Sports produced a special sabermetric broadcast of a Tampa Bay Rays game, and WGN flashed a run expectancy matrix on screen during a Cubs broadcast. And Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver, not exactly standard-bearers for the analytics movement, are off the air.On Saturday, Fox Sports 1 is hoping to facilitate the next breakthrough for on-air stat-geekery. During Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, the channel, working in conjunction with its Just A Bit Outside blog, is mounting a broadcast that promises to focus on “statistics, sabermetrics, and graphics, with plenty of debate and conversation while the action plays out on the field.” The show will feature a split-screen, with the game in one window and in the other a panel that includes longtime sabermetric proselytizer Rob Neyer and ex-players turned stat-friendly broadcasters Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski, not to mention current San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. It’s an experiment in whether mainstream America — or at least the America that watches Fox Sports 1 on a Saturday night — is finally ready for metrics to invade Morgan and McCarver’s former province.Kapler certainly seems to think it is, noting that plenty of numbers now widely used on TV (like WHIP and OPS) were once just as foreign to viewers as xFIP and Ultimate Zone Rating. “Baseball fans are ready to absorb metrics they can use to predict what’s coming,” he said.Along similar lines, Neyer hopes the JABO broadcast can put numbers to the baseball fundamentals that fans are used to. “We’ll be talking about the same things that everybody else talks about, just on a somewhat different — and ideally, higher — level,” he said.Neyer’s pet example is pitch framing. While most serious fans know that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is an expert in what Neyer calls “stealing” strikes on borderline pitches, the NLCS coverage will highlight the fact that Molina’s counterpart on the Giants, Buster Posey, is just as good at that dark art according to the numbers.But it won’t be all numbers. The coverage also aspires to effectively blend advanced statistics with the experience of the former players on hand, as well as Black’s managerial mindset. (For instance, in addition to a studio area, the set will also feature one of those whimsical mini-fields upon which Kapler and Nitkowski can perform hands-on demos.) Host Kevin Burkhardt will guide a running conversation that Kapler hopes will appeal to fans seeking hardcore analysis — statistical or otherwise.There’s a tension in any sabermetric treatment of baseball between the cool empiricism of numbers and the gauzy comfort of narrative. In the post-season that’s even more pronounced, because it’s so difficult to make sense of the randomness that short series bring. Neyer thinks the Fox broadcast can straddle that line.“We’re lucky, given the mix of the people who will be on the set, to do both things,” he said. “Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski are both quite well-versed in sabermetrics. … We can a cite a number, but [when an event] doesn’t fit the statistical narrative, Gabe Kapler can literally jump out of his chair … and demonstrate what happened, and why.”Everyone I talked to — including Kapler, Neyer and producer Matt Schnider — also emphasized that the broadcast will have room for debate between the sabermetric outlook and the conventional wisdom. “Those things do come up,” Neyer said. “One of the tricky things for us will be [when] somebody says something that maybe isn’t supported by the data, we’ve got to be able to jump in (on my laptop or with one of our researchers) quickly and find out if that’s true, and then get it out there and see if we can hash it out.”Perhaps the telecast, then, is better thought of as an update to the way baseball broadcasts are done, rather than a groundbreaking exercise in sabermetric programming. It will be the first televised, in-game manifestation of what Baseball Prospectus’s Dayn Perry famously described as the ideal marriage between sabermetrics and traditional thinking:“A question that’s sometimes posed goes something like this: ‘Should you run an organization with scouts or statistics?’ My answer is the same it would be if someone asked me: ‘Beer or tacos?’ Both, you fool. Why construct an either-or scenario where none need exist?”In a field where traditional broadcasts have clung to more or less the same format for half a century, the beer-and-tacos approach is a refreshing change of direction. read more

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Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon increasingly unstable

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE Alan Shatter has said that Lebanon – where Ireland’s Defence Forces perform peace-keeping duties – is becoming “increasingly unstable” due to the civil war in Syria.Shatter also revealed that Ireland had received a request from the United Nations (UN) within the last month to deploy a number of additional observers to the headquarters of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria.“These requests are currently receiving consideration and a decision will be made shortly,” he said.Responding to Parliamentary Questions on whether more Irish troops would need to be committed to Lebanon, Shatter said that there was no plans “at this time to increase Ireland’s contribution to UNIFIL.”Troops overseasThere are currently 439 Irish Defence Forces personnel serving overseas – 427 Army, two Naval Service and 10 Air Corps personnel.In response to questions about overseas numbers from deputies Dessie Ellis and Bernard J Durkan, Shatter outlined the breakdown of troops:UNIFIL – 357 personnelEU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia – 10 personnelEU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) – eight personnelEUFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina – seven personnelThe NATO-led international security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo – 12 personnelInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan – seven personnelObservers and staff to various United Nations and OSCE missions – 23 personnelStaff appointments at UN, EU and OSCE headquarters – 15 personnelThe defence minister said that this reflected the government’s continued “commitment to our responsibilities in the area of international peace and security.”Read: Syria: 3.1 million children need ‘urgent’ help >last_img read more

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Oireachtas agenda Mortgage repossession Northern Ireland and Seanad reform

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILLeaders’ Questions begins the day at 10:30am, while members agree to the rest of the day’s agenda in Order of Business just before 11am.There are two Bills on the agenda today, which will soak up any spare time: the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill, which addresses the ‘Dunne ruling’ and clears the way for banks to repossess homes in major mortgage distress; and the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2012 which will legally enforce new three-year spending ceilings for government departments.They’ll be discussed until 1:30pm, when there’s a lunch break, and resume after the following:Leo Varadkar taking questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportDiscussion on four Topical Issues at 3:45pm, until just after 4:30pm90 minutes of debate on Sinn Féin’s motion calling for a new initiative to reinvigorate the Northern Irish peace process, between 7:30pm and 9pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s day is probably one of the most high-profile it’s had for some time – between 4:30pm and 6:30pm members will debate legislation extending Seanad voting rights to all citizens, and massively overhauling its role in scrutinising statutory instruments (which make up almost 90 per cent of Irish laws). More here.The morning has the more usual formula, however: a 75-minute chat on anything and everything at 10:30am; a discussion on Ireland’s wind energy at 11:45am, and a debate on the OECD’s report on Irish pensions at 3pm.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESFour committee meetings today to be streamed online…It’s an early start for the Justice committee, which convenes at 9:30am to meet Alan Shatter and discuss proposed amendments to his new bill cracking down on money laundering and terrorist financing. (Watch here.)The Social Protection committee meets at 1pm when officials from the Department of Social Protection visit to discuss possible changes to the rent allowance system. (Watch here.)While the Seanad’s future is debated elsewhere, the committee on Public Expenditure and Reform debates legislation which originated there – considering amendments to Feargal Quinn’s Construction Contracts Bill. (Watch here.)Finally, the Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee meets at 5pm to examine the latest matters on which the public has demanded action. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Pain of defeat and what ifs still raw for Leinster as Cullen

first_img Lancaster and Cullen at training in UCD today. Another one, we don’t make a great call, Clermont contest well, then we get a bit jittery. We lose three line-outs of the first four. When it happens in the first 15 minutes it builds pressure on ourselves.“Defensively, on the edges, we just got caught watching and not aware of that player on the very, very edge on the touchline. We got a bit sucked in. It’s something we would have practiced quite a bit, we just didn’t deal with it – obvsiously Isa is binned, so he’s not there for one.”Nacewa returned though, and Richardt Strauss began finding targets with his darts. So Leinster scrapped their way back into a game that should have been well beyond them. Indeed against anyone else at this level, it might well have been, but Clermont and their inescapable history of falling at late hurdles in European competition looked ripe for picking by Leinster.Raking over the what-might-have-beens of Dan Leavy’s 55th minute chalked off try doesn’t exactly ease the anguish of defeat. But it’s tough to avoid. And the alternate scenario is clear in Cullen’s head:“The momentum of the game is completely different,” Cullen begins with all the ‘ifs’ acknowledged.“Suddenly Clermont are the ones that have to play. I thought we looked, bar the first 15 minutes, comfortable in defence. We could put defensive pressure on them, probe the ball in behind them and make them play out from deep. The game takes on a different complexion…” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAlas, the Laws were obeyed and Leinster were not able to add another comeback onto their European highlight reel. But, like Munster, Leinster don’t have to look very far for solace.With the rising stars of Leavy, Carbery, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Peter Dooley and Josh van der Flier all involved yesterday and the season’s breakthrough talents Adam Byrne, Ross Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin primed to go against Glasgow, Leinster have a squad with many more miles on the clock.“There’s so many of them in that 21 to 25 bracket, I am genuinely excited for the future for Leinster,” says Cullen. Pain of defeat and ‘what ifs’ still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final The head coach says he is ‘genuinely excited’ about Leinster’s future given the age profile of his squad yesterday. Apr 24th 2017, 9:16 PM THERE WASN’T EVEN a full 24 hours breathing space between Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final exit and Leo Cullen’s press conference at the province’s Clonskeagh base today.So, the pain of exit, and the manner of it, was still etched deep on the faces of staff and players.A player of the month award couldn’t muster a smile onto the face of Joey Carbery and when Cullen was asked to compare the feeling to his playing experiences there was more of a grimace to his expression than anything elso.“We lost to Perpignan in 2003, I remember it like it was yesterday,” the head coach said, with the ghosts of semi-finals past lurking on his shoulders.“It really does stick with you for a long, long time especially when there’s things you feel you could have done better…”There’s no getting away from the mountain Leinster gave themselves to climb, a 15  – 0 deficit inside 15 minutes.Though they ultimately come away with credit for steadying the ship and forcing Clermont to dig deep for the win, the malfunctions of the line-out and their vulnerability to David Strettle in that period will have been first on the agenda in this morning’s review.“Firstly the line-out: there’s a delay with the ball — and it’s how we manage that situation so we’re not standing with tension building. The ball is called to the tail, it’s a good call, it’s free. We don’t execute our drill and the throw is a fraction over. 13,281 Views Follow us: the42.ie Monday 24 Apr 2017, 9:16 PM European exits for Leinster and Munster but progress has been madeSharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle Lancaster and Cullen at training in UCD today. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHOcenter_img I’m really proud of the effort the players put in. We went through it today as a group. It’s still pretty raw and fresh in peoples’ minds. Players did well fronting up. We’ve a big game on Friday in the RDS, so it’s important we try to get it out of our system as soon as we possibly can.“The players have been very open and honest today. They want to learn the lessons, they want to see if they can get better and move forward.“One of the good things is that we know we have another semi-final to come in three four weeks time. We’ll make sure we learn the lessons, so we’re better when we’re in that scenario again.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Share12 Tweet Email Short URL By Sean Farrell https://the42.ie/3356376 33 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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NASAs InSight Lander Is Mars New Weather Forecast Provider

first_img It’s extremely chilly on Mars, according to InSight: The NASA lander will now provide you with a daily weather report from the Red Planet.Starting on Tuesday, NASA’s InSight lander will provide daily stats on temperature, air and wind pressure recorded on Mars, NASA announced in a press release. The public tool, which was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Spain’s Centro de Astrobiología, will allow people to see what weather conditions are like on Mars.Did you know I’m sending back daily weather reports from #Mars? Highs have been in the single (or negative) digits lately. Overnight lows — well, let’s just say I’m glad I brought thermal blankets. Brr!Latest weather: https://t.co/gqGuWiEtbxRead more: https://t.co/1mnronEPod pic.twitter.com/WpSqy2rcvG— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) February 19, 2019Thanks to a package of sensors dubbed the Auxiliary Payload System (APSS), InSight will give more weather updates than any previous mission to the Red Planet. InSight can record this weather data during each second of every Martian day and send it back to Earth. The lander will continue to provide daily weather reports for two more Earth years and send updates on seasonal changes to NASA JPL scientists.“APSS will help us filter out environmental noise in the seismic data and know when we’re seeing a marsquake and when we aren’t,” said Don Banfield of Cornell University, who leads InSight’s weather science operations. “By operating continuously, we’ll also see a more detailed view of the weather than most surface missions, which usually collect data only intermittently throughout a sol.”NASA’s new Martian meteorologistGet daily #Mars weather reports from @NASAInSight, including temperature, wind speed and air pressure: https://t.co/iJWVFoTyNI pic.twitter.com/hF1Hc3OdAo— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) February 19, 2019Receiving updates from “Mars’ meteorologist” is easy: Visit the Mars Weather page on NASA Mars InSight Mission’s website to access daily updates on the Red Planet’s temperature and wind pressure. The latest weather forecast, which was provided by InSight on Feb .17, said Mars’ surface had a high temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit and a low temperature of -138 degrees Fahrenheit. So basically, InSight would advise you to stay warm and bundle up in some blankets, because it’s freezing there.“It gives you the sense of visiting an alien place,” Banfield added. “Mars has familiar atmospheric phenomena that are still quite different than those on Earth.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s InSight Lander Deployed Second Instrument on MarsCrew Simulations Expose Weak Spots in NASA Mars MissionNASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover Stay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 last_img read more

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2018 Toys For Tots Is Underway On The Kenai

first_imgKenai Peninsula Businesses have partnered with the Salvation Army since 2009, serving over 450 families, for the annual Toys for Tots donation drive. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Toys for Tots, of the Kenai Peninsula, is in the midst of their two-month-long toy collection to help those in need. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the Kenai Peninsula. Johna Beech: “The Salvation Army is handling our distribution this year, which is incredible, we’ve partnered with them ever since we started Toys for Tots in 2009.” Toys for Tots will continue to collect unwrapped toys through December 15. For a complete list of toy drop locations http://kptoysfortots.com/toy-drop-locations/last_img read more

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21 get bail at court but police cannot arrest them

first_imgKamruzzaman aka DukhuTwenty one accused in a murder case secured bail from the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court in Dhaka after surrendering to it on Monday although police could not arrest any of them 14 days after the murder.Kamruzzaman aka Dukhu, younger brother of Jahangir Alam, chairman of Badda’s Beraid union parishad in Dhaka, was killed in an alleged gun battle between supporters of a ruling Bangladesh Awami League MP and the union parishad chairman on 22 April.The court of Md Khurshid Alam also sent three accused – Farukh Ahmed, Aiyub Ansari and Maruf Ahmed – to jail in connection with the murder case.Main accused Farukh Ahmed is a nephew of the MP, Rahmatullah, while Maruf is a cousin of Farukh Ahmed.Expressing his astonishment, plaintiff Jahangir Alam told Prothom Alo, “Those who are specifically charged with murder got bail but police could not make any arrest!”The Badda police station officer-in-charge Kazi Wazed Ali, however, claimed they have been trying hard to arrest the accused.Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and detective branch (DB) of police also have conducted drives to arrest the accused, he said.Court sources said police arrested two, whose names are not on the charge sheet. Currently, they are in jail.CMM court’s chief public prosecutor Abdullah Abu said he did not know about the bail of so many murder accused as he could not go to the court on Monday due to illness.He said he would take necessary actions after checking the matter on Tuesday.Defence lawyer Abu Sayeed said he told the court that there was no specific charge against any of the accused included in the charge sheet.The case statement said accused Aiyub Ansari opened fire from a shotgun aiming Kamruzzaman. Bullet-hit Kamruzzaman tried to flee the scene. But, Mohsin Kabir opened fire aiming the head of Kamruzzaman with an intention to kill him. The victim then fell down. Then, Maruf Ahmed and Emdad Hossain shot at the back of Kamruzzaman.Plaintiff Jahangir Alam said the accused talked to main accused Farukh Ahmed over mobile phone several times during the shooting. They were repeatedly saying that this [murder] is being done as per the order of Farukh. They have killed one, and others will also be killed.Police, however, could not seize any weapons used in the murder.OC Kazi Wazed Ali said the suit has not resolved with the bail of 21 accused. All the weapons used to commit the murder will be seized. Three accused sent to jail will be interrogated and the accused on the run will be arrested.Earlier, Jahangir Alam alleged that a clash between the MP Rahmatullah and him ensued since January after he had obstructed the MP from making his son a councillor in the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation.Jahangir also said he and his supporters were being obstructed from doing business and this is why they had filed general diaries.Murdered Kamruzzaman also filed a GD on 13 April against a few people on charge of obstructing his business, he mentioned.Jahangir Alam further alleged that the MP bought a piece of land that belonged to a mosque in one-third price of the current market price exerting his influence.Refuting all those allegations, on 23 April, MP Rahmatullah told Prothom Alo that he lived in his government residence in Gulshan in Dhaka. He claimed that he was an MP for four times but never applied for a government plot since he was not greedy.And buying a mosque’s land at a lesser price is beyond question, he added.last_img read more

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