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June Mar Fajardo scores 40, surging Beermen sink Batang Pier

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lady Eagles soar past Lady Maroons Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The reigning five-time MVP had everything going for him offensively as he hit 14 of his 15 attempts from the field and went 12-of-16 from the free throw line.Four other Beermen scored in double figures with Terrence Romeo firing 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field that went with six rebounds and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarcio Lassiter added 15 points built on four 3-pointers while forwards Arwind Santos and Kelly Nabong had 11 points apiece for San Miguel, which claimed solo third place with a 6-3 record.The Beermen took a 103-92 lead after a basket by Fajardo with 5:13 remaining but the Batang Pier fought back and came within three, 110-107, with still 36 seconds left. MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo was a force to be reckoned with as San Miguel Beer held off NorthPort, 113-107, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo couldn’t be stopped, unleashing 40 points and hauling down 19 rebounds to lead the Beermen to their fourth consecutive win.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Chris Ross, however, came through in the clutch for the Beermen as he knocked down a triple to put the game out of reach, 113-107, with 12 ticks to go. Ross finished with nine points and seven assists.Mo Tautuaa led NorthPort with 28 points and 13 rebounds. The Batang Pier have now dropped their last five games after opening the season with a pair of victories.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy

first_imgThe former Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill has alleged that there was an “orchestrated” and “pointed” campaign mounted against him regarding the LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) controversy.Speaking at the count centre for the Glenties Electoral Area tonight, he said:“There was without a doubt an orchestrated campaign, both political and personal in the last ten days or two weeks and the media allowed themselves to be used and exploited. But all that said, and I didn’t get a fair hearing… I accept the decision.” He was first elected as a councillor in 2009, before taking the reins from former Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle (SF) last June.Five years ago during the last Local Election, he topped the poll.He arrived at the count centre at around 9pm, after losing his seat at 1,222 votes on the seventh count of this year’s election.He tells Donegal Daily that it has been a difficult few weeks. “Look when I was in there for ten years… I did everything I could. I think that I served the electorate… as well as I could. I had the great honour of being chairman of the council for the last year… I done that as well as I could.”When asked if he would run again in the next election he said it is “too early to say”, but would consider running “down the line.”His priority now, is enjoying spending time with his wife and two children.When asked about how he was supported throughout his political campaign he said that “people are nice and people are genuine and people are sorry for me on a very personal level.”“I can’t put into words the level of anguish and hurt that I feel for not me personally, because I will get over it, but for supporters of mine and family members of mine… they shouldn’t have been put through that.” “Not all the facts of certain stories were always out in the media… it’s difficult for me to comprehend the attacks that were made in a personal capacity on members of my team, my supporters and particularly my family. And if that’s what politics is about…”“I didn’t make personal attacks ever in my ten years in politics on any individual”, he said, adding that he doesn’t believe that this is what politics in Donegal should be about.He described the alleged campaign against him as being “pointed”.“It was a very pointed campaign I suppose, the LIS story, which has gone on since 2017. Some media outlets were happy to run it three and four times, from 2017, [running] the same story but always insinuating that I had done a wrong-doing somewhere.” He said that people can make up their own minds as to whether the story had a political motivation behind it, but added that “I am not going to cast aspersions upon anyone, that is not who I am.”If there is an investigation, he says he is certain that it will show that everything was “above board” and that “I had no hand, act, or part in it.”“I had wanted an opportunity to be able to represent the people of this area because I believe it is the best area in the whole world.“The people have spoken and I accept what they have said and I will take stock of where I will go from now on,” he concluded.He wishes those who were elected the best of luck.Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilSeamus O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Purify signs to NDNU

first_imgBobbie Purify, former Eureka High and College of the Redwoods basketball player, signed a letter of commitment to head to Belmont to join Notre Dame de Namur’s program in the fall.Purify, a kinesiology major, said NDNU’s kinesiology program along with the opportunity to keep playing the game she loves made the decision a clear one.“I had offers from some out of state schools but I wanted to be able to continue in my major,” she said. “I think NDNU is a good fit for me.”The versatile guard …last_img

SA calls for ‘clear action’ on eurozone

first_img17 April 2012 South Africa’s economic growth is “reasonably stable” but still vulnerable to problems in the eurozone, and the country looks forward “to a far more clear set of actions” from European countries to give certainty to global markets, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan was speaking at a Foreign Correspondents Association breakfast in Johannesburg on Monday, ahead of a G20 meeting on Thursday and Friday where leaders are expected to find out if they are any closer to an answer to the European crisis. The meeting is also expected to look into whether the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adequate resources and if it requires additional funds.‘Multi-polarity is where we are heading’ Globally, the world is moving towards multi-polarity, where traditional methods of growth are no longer operational, Gordhan said. “We are living in epoch-changing shifts in the economy; they don’t happen overnight nor can they be judged over a short period. These are shifts that are reflected in the way in which global growth is being distributed. “Multi-polarity is where we are heading,” Gordhan said. “It shouldn’t be seen as this enforced historical change that we have to live with, but rather as a vital necessity to ensure that global growth is restored .”Ratings agencies’ comments ‘unwarranted’ Gordhan described the decision by some ratings agencies to place South Africa on a negative watch as “an unfortunate casting of European shadows on the South African scene. “There is nothing to suggest in the numbers or policy pronouncement that this government has made to justify the kind of doubts that rating agencies are placing on South Africa.” There were, however, social demands to better deliver resources. Gordhan said this was not driven by demands for more money to be spent, but rather for money to be better spent and less subject to corruption, a matter which government was attending to. “We want to build up a 10-year fiscal framework, which will tell us what we can afford and how we need to grow the economy to overcome challenges,” the minister said. South Africa was working to improve growth with its recently announced infrastructure programme, as well as with the competitive programme for the industrial sector, support for emerging farmers, investment in science and technology, and employment expansion – particularly for young people, for whom processes were “taking too long”. “There are immense opportunities on the continent,” Gordhan said.Reducing unemployment On the issue of reducing unemployment, Gordhan said this ambition depended on the extent of economic growth, labour absorption, as well as greater investment in industries with a larger capability to employ people. “I admit [we are] not easily going to meet some of the targets we set, but I’m hopeful that some of the programmes we put in place might begin to change the picture. If we can get the global economy to settle down and get back to a growth path, we might see a different picture in about five years.” South Africa aims to create five-million jobs by 2020. Gordhan said more needed to be done, adding that 70 percent of the job creation target had to come from the private sector. The minister stressed that incentives for business to create jobs were available, and that far more “urgent discussion” was needed in this regard. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Lithium Reinvents Itself as a Social CRM

first_imgRelated Posts steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Lithium has changed its game. Once limited to customer communities, the company has moved to become a complete social CRM for the enterprise. Lithium’s new approach creates a flow of information from the social web into your community. The result is the creation of valuable content, community-driven support, and the identification of engaged customers. The only stumbling block may be the ambiguity behind the company’s new messaging. Defining Social CRMReleased this week, Lithium’s new suite takes their previously forum-centric software and ushers it in to a Web dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to brand themselves with a buzzword that lacks a fixed meaning in the market currently. The social CRM (or CRM 2.0) label may be accurate when applied to Lithium, but it depends on which definition you pick. We’ve seen vendors tout CRMs with internally-focused collaborative features called as such, but what it commonly means is CRMs connected in some way to public social media or support systems. With such a wide ranging use of the term, Lithium is likely to have a hard time maintaining a clear and focused message on what the software actually does. Social Media MiddlemanAll marketing aside, there is substance to what is new about the software. Lithium acts as content repository and community site like before, and this is retained in what’s now quaintly called the “tribal knowledge base,” formed of something like a wiki, instead of just forums. Lithium is also is now acting like a channel between the consumer Web, your community, and your company CRM. They integrate with leading CRMs like Salesforce.com, and they draw in blog posts and Twitter search. For the Twitter tie in, the widget can be embedded in just about any page, and the keywords can be set on a page-by-page basis. If there’s a particularly relevant discussion going on, then a tweet can be used to seed a forum thread.Stiff CompetitionLithium is one of the top community solutions for the enterprise, but in this new space, they’re facing some determined competition. Many see the core of social CRM as being a way to monitor public conversations about the enterprise from within your usual CRM software. In that frame of mind, Lithium is going to have a hard looking more useful than tools such as Oracle social CRM and Salesforce.com’s Service Cloud, which already integrates with Twitter.Compared to other examples of social CRM, the core base for Lithium is still going to be those who want a customer community that identifies and rewards engaged people. Whether or not the customers that make these communities tick are going to get excited by integration with the social media spectrum is the question that remains to be answered. center_img Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

7 injured in Bengal cracker factory fire

first_imgSeven persons were injured in a major fire at a firecracker factory at Sonarpur in South 24 Paraganas district on Sunday. Among the injured, three are in a critical condition.The incident took place in the Gobindapur area around 12.30 p.m. Locals said they heard several loud explosions soon after the blaze engulfed the factory. Not only was the factory completely gutted but several nearby houses were also damaged by the explosion. Four fire tendered rushed to the spot and doused the flames after almost an hour.The incident generated severe discontent among locals who alleged that even though the factory had no licence it was allowed to run by the district administration.last_img

IMD downgrades cyclone alert for Odisha coast

first_imgThe Odisha government has alerted 15 District Collectors to be prepared for heavy rain as the India Meteorological Department revised its prediction saying cyclonic storm was likely to miss the State’s coast.“We had a detailed discussion with IMD officials. The latest IMD forecast says the predicted cyclonic storm could miss the Odisha coast and move away towards West Bengal and Bangladesh,” said P.K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, on Tuesday.Mr. Jena said the Collectors were asked to stay alert for heavy rain to be caused by cyclonic storm. People should not resort to panic-buying, he said.“The depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and north Andaman Sea moved westwards with a speed of 11 kmph and lay-centred about 270 km west-northwest of Maya Bandar (Andaman Islands), about 890 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 990 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said.According to bulletin, it is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.“It is very likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal & adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts,” it says. Squally wind speed reaching 40–50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to commence over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha–West Bengal coasts from November 8 evening and gradually increase thereafter.The State Agriculture Department has asked farmers to harvest ripe paddy and store the stock at a safer place.last_img read more

At CES 2019 LG on juggling AI smarts and protecting our personal

first_img Share your voice 3:01 Smart Home Security Preview • Mycroft wants to be your smart-home’s brain Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Mycroft Smart Home AI Platform What the heck is LG’s ThinQ AI? LG executive David Vanderwaal shows off a homebrew machine and talks AI. Angela Lang/CNET For the past two years, LG has talked up the prospects of artificial intelligence. At CES 2019, the company pushed its ThinQ AI platform forward by allowing it to give you personalized recommendations based on your usage pattern. But that means collecting your data at a time when consumers are waking up to the fact that tech companies have been exploiting our personal information — sometimes with disastrous results. David Vanderwaal, senior vice president of marketing for LG Electronics’ US arm, as well as the main presenter at today’s CES 2019 press conference, helped break down how the company’s AI platform works, the issue of data privacy and why consumers should care. The following is an edited transcript of our interview. Tags 0 Q: What the heck LG ThinQ?Vanderwaal: LG ThinQ is our artificial intelligence platform that allows not just individual devices to react to commands, but also takes user data, lifestyle data, and pulls them together to make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable. So how does this work?LG’s vision for AI takes what we call lifestyle data, and that’s going to allow us to look at things like how our products are used in the home. For example, what television shows you watch, how often you do laundry, what type of clothes do you wash, how often do you clean your home. All those are combined with both internal and outside environmental factors to learn what users’ specific circumstances really are, and from there, offer proactive suggestions based on that user’s lifestyle.Does that mean you’re collecting our data?With LG, data privacy is extremely important to us, so the way that we’re protecting it is in a hybrid manner. So, their individual usage of that device is stored on the device only. But the aggregated data of how users use the device altogether is stored on a cloud. So always privacy is protected for the individual consumer. How else is LG protecting our information?Consumer data and the privacy to it is extremely important to LG. Everything is opt in. 85 Photos Post a comment Why should consumers care about AI?The challenge with all of us who are trying to explain artificial intelligence to consumers is what are the benefits? We’ll use a lot of use cases to actually show consumers what kind of lifestyle benefits they’ll see when they use artificial intelligence. Like what?A great example of ThinQ platform is understanding that a consumer washes clothes every Saturday. By knowing every Saturday, the AI platform, called LG ThinQ, is gradually accumulating what the behavior is and offering suggestions for how to get better washing.Is this all just a gimmick?With LG, we’re trying to make artificial intelligence relevant. Because right now, there’s a lot of artificial intelligence that consumers are using and not even knowing it. So we’re trying to make it simple to understand and show the benefits of why artificial intelligence will help products. And to communicate the idea of products communicating with one another. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Artificial intelligence (AI) LGlast_img read more

MS Dhoni was given out rightly here is why

first_imgThis angle clearly shows the bails being broken before Dhoni makes his creaseiplt20.comThe Indian Premier League (IPL) Final turned out as just the type of classic it was expected to be. Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma found a way to defend just nine runs in the last over of the innings and secured their fourth title.But the biggest talking point that emerged from the match was not the individual brilliance of any one player but the decision of the third umpire to give Mahendra Singh Dhoni run out at a crucial stage of the game.There is an intense debate on social media about whether Dhoni’s bat was behind the line when the bails were dislodged or not. The problem with making the decision was the fact that one angle showed the former India captain clearly not having his bat behind the line when the bails get dislodged while the other was blocked by a fielder. After deliberating for a long time, the TV umpire eventually decided that Dhoni was out. This wicket, arguably, turned the match in MI’s favour. Many CSK fans have argued that the bails need to be completely dislodged before the batsman makes the crease for him to be run out, and since the bails were only partially removed from the stumps at the when MSD was short of his ground, the umpire should have adjudged him not out. Mumbai Indians with the trophyTwitter/Mumbai IndiansWas the decision right?So, was Dhoni really out? Or, was he wrongly adjudged dismissed? Let’s look at the rules first. The MCC Law on run out (38.1) says, “Either batsman is out Run out, except as in 38.2, if, at any time while the ball is in play, he/she is out of his/her ground and his/her wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder even though No ball has been called, except in the circumstances of 38.2.2.2, and whether or not a run is being attempted.”So, the key words there are “wicket is fairly put down.” However, this seemed too vague, so the ICC which can frame the rules of the game, decided to make things clearer. The rules state that the bails have to be ‘broken’ before the batsman grounds his bat behind the crease to achieve a run out.So, bails being broken is important. Some people have a misconception that the bails need to be completely removed from the stumps. But if one has been watching cricket over the years, he would realise that umpires mainly look at when the bails are disturbed and not necessarily when they are completely detached.One of the angles of Dhoni’s run out clearly shows that his bat was short of the crease when the bails were lifted. This, by the standards of cricket, is sufficient for them to be considered broken. So, it is clear, Dhoni was out and CSK fans cannot crib about it. Let’s give credit to both teams for putting up a great show and hope that similar excitement awaits us in the World Cup as well.last_img read more

Fresh influx of Myanmar Rohingyas into Bangladesh

first_imgAt least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh. AFP File PhotoHundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday.They said at least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh, some claiming they had been abused by soldiers in Myanmar.The latest influx follows a months-long bloody military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in Myanmar last year that led tens of thousands to flee across the border. The United Nations has said the violence may amount to ethnic cleansing.Abu Toyyob said he escaped with his seven-member family as the army vandalised Rohingya houses and detained young men.”They arrested my younger brother from home and injured my two-year-old son by kicking him with boots,” the 25-year-old told AFP.”I immediately set off with my family and crossed the Naf two nights ago,” he added, referring to the river that divides the two countries.Dhaka estimates that nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the resort district of Cox’s Bazar, which borders Rakhine.Their numbers swelled last October when more than 70,000 Rohingya villagers began arriving, bringing stories of systematic rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar soldiers.Bangladesh border guards said they had stepped up patrols after reports of a military build-up on the other side of the river.Last week, the UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee voiced alarm at reports that an army battalion had flown into Rakhine to help local authorities boost security in the region.Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine, who are seen as interlopers from Bangladesh, denied citizenship and access to basic rights.But they are also increasingly unwelcome in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where police often blame them for crimes such as drug trafficking.Dhaka has floated the idea of relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island off its coast, despite opposition from rights groups.An official with the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which looks after settlements for unregistered Rohingya refugees, said the organisation was aware of new arrivals.The numbers were “not as alarming as the October influx,” the official said.last_img read more