Read Next Asi Taulava now can heave a sigh of relief.Filipino-Tongan basketball player Pauliasi “Asi” Taulava has scored against the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as the Court of Tax Appeals acquitted him of P9.55-million tax evasion charges.In a 41-page decision dated Nov. 3, the CTA First Division said BIR failed to prove that it properly served the final letter of demand informing Taulava of his tax assessment for the year 2004.ADVERTISEMENT The prosecution did not present the registry receipt issued by the Bureau of Posts or the registry return card as proof that Taulava was mailed the assessment notice, which he denied receiving.The failure to give due process to Taulava “gives rise to the conclusion that the accused is under no obligation to pay for the subject taxes,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Erlinda P. Uy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAssociate Justices Roman G. del Rosario and Cielito N. Mindaro-Grulla concurred in the decision.BIR accused Taulava, who currently plays for NLEX Road Warriors and is the oldest active player in the Philippine Basketball Association, of failing to pay his deficiency income tax and value-added tax for the year 2004. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort PBA D-League Draft set Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Duterte calls out gov’t agencies: Simplify transactions or I’ll kill you? PLAY LIST 02:24Duterte calls out gov’t agencies: Simplify transactions or I’ll kill you?01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The said assessments were stated in separate assessment notices dated Jan. 5, 2009. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments MOST READ
Norwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United are equipped to deal with a challenging February schedule.The Red Devils are yet to lose since Solskjaer was named caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December, winning eight and drawing one of his nine games in charge.United’s strong run is sure to be put to the test in the coming month, with Premier League fixtures against Leicester City and Fulham preceding the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That fixture is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Chelsea before a blockbuster encounter with fierce rivals Liverpool on February 24.But Solskjaer is sure United are up for the challenge.”It’s [the squad] very equipped, we’ve had now six weeks together, found out what strengths and weaknesses we’ve got,” he said.”We’ve risen to most of the challenges, maybe the setback of the Burnley goals we conceded will make us move to the next level because we’ve given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four earlier than we thought.”We start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well and then the three big ones with PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea.”Then you think that’s done and it’s Crystal Palace away. It’s a tough month but we’re ready, I’ve got a big squad, it’s only Marcos Rojo now who’s out for a period.”United head to the King Power Stadium on the back of a comeback 2-2 draw against Burnley on Tuesday, the first time they have dropped points under Solskjaer.The Foxes earned a fine 1-1 draw at leaders Liverpool and have also beaten Chelsea and Manchester City this season, and Solskjaer is aware of the difficulty Claude Puel’s side pose.”I watched Leicester’s game Wednesday night,” Solskjaer added. “They’re a team full of energy and pace.”Obviously they defend well, they drop back and defend so it’s hard to break them down and they’ve got the pace up front with Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton. So, it’s going to be a tough challenge but we like challenges.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
What a card! Juventus defender Alex Sandro has always been popular amongst FIFA players due to his lightning pace and now EA Sports have given him an outrageous Flashback card on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.The 93-rated Brazilian has phenomenal stats with 95 pace, 94 dribbling, 82 shooting, 92 defending, 93 passing and 91 physicality.In fact, he only has three in-game stats which aren’t in the green (finishing, free-kick accuracy and penalties), while his best stats are 96 sprint speed, 99 shot power, 99 crossing, 97 short passing, 97 reactions, 94 ball control, 92 interceptions, 94 stand tackle, 94 slide tackle and 99 stamina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? There are just three challenges to complete in the Squad Building Challenge to earn this card which is a fair price to pay after you follow Goal’s guide below…Flashback Alex Sandro 1 – La Vecchia Signora Requirements: Minimum number of Juventus players: one, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 80, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution: David de Gea (57,000), Kasper Schmeichel (5,000), Toby Alderweireld (27,000), Jan Vertonghen (32,500), Daniele Rugani (1,300), Fernandinho (29,750), Luiz Gustavo (2,100), Anderson Talisca (3,100), Giuliano (1,000), Oscar (1,700), Willian Jose (2,300) = 162,750 coins total.Rewards: One rare electrum players pack of which is worth 30,000 coins.Flashback Alex Sandro 2 – Serie A TIM Requirements: Minimum number of Serie A players: two, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 80, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution: Alisson (24,000), Raheem Sterling (27,500), Jardel (950), Felipe (2,500), Yann Sommer (3,500), Fernandinho (29,750) Lucas Leiva (2,800), Giuliano (1,000), Bernardo Silva (6,900), Lorenzo Insigne (39,250), Dries Mertens (26,750) = 164,900 coins total with RW to RM (200) and CF to ST (200) position change cards.Rewards: One prime gold players pack which is worth 45,000 coins.Flashback Alex Sandro 3 – Selecao Requirements: Minimum number of Brazil players: one, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 80, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution: Jan Oblak (51,000), Jose Gimenez (9,300), Stefan Savic (1,300), Nacho Fernandez (5,600), Gabriel Paulista (1,400), TOTS Luuk de Jong (57,000), Hakim Ziyech (3,700), Illarramendi (8,000), Quincy Promes 5,400), Champions League Dusan Tadic (20,250), Willian Jose (2,300) = 165,250 coins total with a CAM to CM (2,500) position change card.Rewards: One rare players pack which is worth 50,000 coins.
Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less It’s easy to reach a zen-like trance when you have a truly tasty drink in your hand. The feeling is further amplified when you’re in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by friends and family members, and not shelling out $10 per cocktail. Sadly, the prospect of setting up a home bar is daunting to many aspiring home drinkers. For help setting up and stocking a home bar, we’ve turned to Tim Heuisler, former bar manager and current general manager of Time, a bar/restaurant/club/music venue in Philadelphia, PA. As it turns out, setting up a home bar really isn’t that hard.SpiritsA bar isn’t a bar without booze. Of course, you could set up a home juice bar or frozen yogurt bar, but that’s not what this guide is about. When it comes to spirits, Tim Heuisler suggests that you stay in the $20-$35 range. “When you’re first getting into it and you’re messing around at home, you don’t need the 40-50-60-70-dollar bottles. You just don’t,” he says. “If you’ve got fresh citrus and other good ingredients, then, it’s not necessary to be pouring a 40-70 dollar bottle of aged rum into your drink.” Still, you want something that is well made and won’t make you cringe. Here’s a brief look at the basic spirits. Don’t feel compelled to get them all right away — when you’re starting out, just stick with the ones you actually like.Single-Malt Scotch: The only exception to the $20-$35 rule is single-malt Scotch whisky, which is definitely worth splurging on. “I always keep one or two single malts at home that I don’t typically mix with anything, except maybe a dash of water,” says Heuisler.Bourbon Whiskey: “I like anything done by the Buffalo Trace Distillery,” says Heuisler, “So Buffalo Trace, obviously, and the Eagle Rare 10-year, in Pennsylvania, is under 30 bucks. It’s an awesome 10 year old.”Rye Whiskey: “The newly-packed Jim Beam Rye — it’s a 90-proof, green label rye — is awesome,” says Heuisler. “I usually go with that, or Old Overholt. Both are under 30 bucks a bottle.”Gin: “Gin is a must — especially moving into the spring and summer months,” says Heuisler. “I’ve been pouring a lot of Aviation Gin lately. That’s what I have in my house right now — it’s an awesome American gin.”Rum: “I typically like to mess around with dark rums, just because there’s a lot more flavor involved and they’re a lot sweeter,” says Heuisler. “You can get a really really nice aged dark rum for 25 bucks, and you can also get a pretty awesome clear rum for under 20 bucks if you’re making daiquiris.”Tequila: “There are a lot of companies out there that are really putting in the time, the money, and the effort to make a proper 100% agave tequila,” says Heuisler. “Siempre Azul is one of my favorites. Cazadores Reposado, that’s another bottle that’s under $30, it’s awesome.”Vodka: Heuisler doesn’t keep vodka in his home. It doesn’t really do it for him. If you are partial to this clear potato spirit, however, just remember the $20-$35 range.Related: The Manual’s Liquor-Laden Gift Guide for Booze EnthusiastsCordials (Liqueurs)Since you’re stocking a home bar, you shouldn’t feel like you need to have a dozen cordials on hand at all times. Instead, you should just get liqueurs on an as-needed basis. “Depending on how often you’re making drinks at home, a single bottle could last you six months,” says Heuisler. “I definitely buy cordials sporadically.”Pick one or two easy-to-make cocktails that you like, and get the appropriate cordials. The Manhattan, for example, is a great first cocktail. “All you need is vermouth and bitters,” says Heuisler. “Those are two super-cheap and super-versatile things that are used in a ton of drinks.”Fresh Fruit and MixersMost home bars don’t have the ingredients necessary to make every cocktail in The Ultimate Bar Book. For simplicity’s sake, just keep the ingredients to your favorite drinks on hand. If you’re hosting a party, maybe make a small menu of 3 or 4 cocktails for your guests to choose from — that way, you won’t feel overwhelmed by leftover drink ingredients.Fresh Citrus: Fresh lemon, limes, and grapefruits are great to have on hand regardless of your alcoholic preferences. Citrus juice and rinds are key elements of numerous popular cocktails. “Fresh citrus is huge,” says Heuisler. “You don’t want to get any of that frozen stuff from concentrate — having fresh fruit makes a big difference.”Simple Syrup: Many cocktails call for sugar, whether in the form of granules, cubes, or simple syrup. “I can barely fry an egg, but I can make simple syrup,” says Heuisler. “Anyone can boil water and add equal part sugar and make simple syrup. So, I always keep that in my fridge. I don’t think it will ever turn; it’s just sugar water.”Other Ingredients: Depending on what you like to drink, you might keep Coke, Sprite, soda water, champagne, cranberry juice, egg whites — the list of potential ingredients is endless. “Use whatever you got available to you,” says Heuisler. “Once you understand that most drinks are just a spirit, citrus, sugar, and aromatics, you can incorporate almost anything in your fridge into your drink.”EquipmentEquipment is where a lot of people get tripped up. Some guys want as little time as possible to elapse between wanting a drink and enjoying a drink. However, most pieces of bar equipment are very inexpensive, and having the right gear on hand can seriously boost the production value of your cocktails.Metal Shaker: A metal-on-metal shaker is perhaps the most important piece of bar equipment you can own. “If it’s metal on glass, that’s fine, but metal on metal is going to keep your cocktail that much colder.”Hawthorne Strainer: If you’re going to be a serious home bartender, you’ll need a Hawthorne strainer. A lot of bars double-strain their cocktails, but you don’t really need to do that when you’re just starting out. A Hawthorne strainer should keep most of the pulp and muddled herbs out of your drinks.Bar Spoon: If you’re not shaking a cocktail, you have to make sure it’s properly stirred. Generally speaking, a typical spoon won’t cut it for a tall cocktail, which is why it’s a good idea to have a long bar spoon. That said, you can probably do without a bar spoon if James Bond is your roommate.Muddler: A muddler is great for releasing the aromas and oils from citrus and herbs; however, a bonafide muddler isn’t absolutely essential. “You don’t necessarily need to crush it,” says Heuisler, “you’re just putting some pressure on it. You can use a spoon if you really want to. But a muddler is cheap — a lot of this stuff is really cheap.Glassware: When you’re first starting your home bar, you probably don’t need to invest in a dozen of each type of cocktail glass. However, it’s fun to collect handsome and/or funky glassware. “One of my favorite things is having nice glassware,” says Heuisler. “That’s what I have at my house. I can make a drink pretty easily, but it’s nice to have a proper glass for it. It can make you seem like you might actually be sitting at a bar, and not someone’s kitchen.”Mallet: While ice cubes are fine for some drinks, other drinks — including the Mint Julep — benefit from crushed ice. If you’re partial to crushed ice, you would do well to have an ice mallet. If nothing else, you’ll have a great time smashing stuff in your kitchen.Jigger: A jigger is super handy for measuring precise amounts of fruit juice, spirits, cordials, or whatever else you might put in your cocktails. Standard jiggers measure 1.5 oz on one side and .75 oz on the other.Don’t let this list intimidate you. Instead, do your best and think of your home bar as a work in progress. No man goes to the hardware store and buys $10,000 worth of tools at once; rather, he collects the tools in his garage over time. Consider taking the same approach with your home bar. Start out simple, then slowly increase your collection of spirits, liqueurs, and equipment. After a while, you’ll have a formidable bar that will make your place a top hangout spot. Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations
“For a number of years, there existed only a set of rules which…were crafted by the Custodes and in or around 2006, a Committee comprising the then Chief Justice, the Custodes, the Legal Reform Department and personnel from the Ministry of Justice crafted a Code of Conduct and incorporated the existing rules,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said. Stricter rules are coming for how the country’s Justices of the Peace (JPs) operate, following the passage of the Justices of the Peace Act, 2018 in the Upper House on Friday (February 23). It provides for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; and increasing the geographical and monetary jurisdiction of JPs. Stricter rules are coming for how the country’s Justices of the Peace (JPs) operate, following the passage of the Justices of the Peace Act, 2018 in the Upper House on Friday (February 23).The Bill, which was passed with five amendments, is aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of JPs.It provides for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; and increasing the geographical and monetary jurisdiction of JPs.Piloting the Bill, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said that despite the importance of the functions of JPs in the country, there is no legislation governing how they operate.“For a number of years, there existed only a set of rules which…were crafted by the Custodes and in or around 2006, a Committee comprising the then Chief Justice, the Custodes, the Legal Reform Department and personnel from the Ministry of Justice crafted a Code of Conduct and incorporated the existing rules,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.Making note of the Justice of the Peace (Jurisdiction) Act of 1850, which is to be reviewed, the Senator pointed out that it only governs the judicial functions of JPs and does not affect the majority of issues covered under the current Bill.Mrs. Johnson Smith said the Justices of the Peace Act will go a far way in “impressing upon the minds of not only the JPs, but all Jamaicans the seriousness of the Office of Justice of the Peace,” and would address certain matters pertaining to how JPs operate.She noted for example, that “the rules are silent” on what should happen to a JP who has been criminally charged or convicted, in terms of whether his commission should be suspended or revoked.“Can you imagine that a JP could be charged for fraud or even convicted and still be allowed to retain his seat? Clearly this deficit in the law must be arrested immediately,” she stressed.The Senator said another issue is the perennial problem of JPs losing their seals through negligence, or carelessness, with the Government having to fork out 50 per cent of the replacement cost of the seal, and the JP only being required to pay 50 per cent.“Statistics have shown that the majority of seals reported as stolen were stolen just simply being left in parked motor vehicles. The Government cannot continue to fund negligence…everyone must be responsible for instruments of office placed in their care and custody,” she said.Mrs Johnson Smith said there is also the issue of whether it is proper for a JP to charge a fee for his services, noting that it has long been known that this should not be the case.“It will now be entrenched in law…that a JP cannot and shall not charge for their services,” she said.In the meantime, companion Bill, the Re-naming of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2018, was also approved by the Senate.“As it relates to the name of the Petty Sessions Court, from as far back as 2007, a Task Force mandated to review and make recommendations for the improvement of our justice system, recommended that the name of the Petty Sessions Court be changed to the Lay Magistrates’ Court,” Mrs Johnson Smith noted.According to the Task Force, this would help to change the public’s perception of this Court, as, often times, Lay Magistrates (JPs) are not afforded the respect as other judicial officers, despite the serious nature of their role.“So, it is for all the above reasons, and more, that the law must be refined and clarified to reflect the increasing significance of the Office of the Justice of the Peace to our society,” Mrs Johnson Smith said.The Bill was passed with no amendments. Story Highlights
Hyderabad: In a big jolt to the Congress in Telangana, as many as 12 of its 18 MLAs were recognised as members of the ruling TRS by the Assembly Speaker Thursday hours after they moved him seeking a merger of their group.Capping a day of fast-paced political developments, Speaker P Srinivas Reddy acceded to the request of the 12 MLAs considering the fact they constituted two-thirds of the Congress Legislature Party, a requirement for a merger under the anti-defection law. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistA bulletin from the assembly Thursday night said seats had been allocated to the 12 MLAs along with the members of the Telangana Rastra Samithi Legislature Party in the House. Unless the merger is reversed, the Congress is set to lose its Opposition Party status in the assembly as its strength has come down to six. With the merger, the TRS strength in the 119-member House with one vacancy has risen to 100, including the Speaker. AIMIM led by Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi has seven members in the assembly, while the BJP one. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had won two seats in the December polls, that saw the TRS scoring an impressive win, but one of them had also announced his decision to join the ruling party. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe assembly also has an independent and a Forward Bloc MLA. The Speaker’s decision came even as the embattled Congress cried foul, accusing the TRS of purchasing its MLAs and announcing its decision to move the court Friday. The setback to the Congress in Telangana comes at a time when the party has been on the backfoot in several states following dissidence among its ranks after the Lok Sabha elections drubbing. The day unfolded with the MLAs meeting Srinivas Reddy and giving him a representation for the merger of their group after Rohith Reddy, representing Tandur constituency, became the 12th Congress legislator to jump the ship. In what appears to be a calculated move, the decision of Rohit Reddy to desert the party came a day after the Congress strength in the assembly came down to 18 following the resignation of state party chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as MLA on his election to the Lok Sabha. Rohith Reddy’s decision boosted the strength of the defectors to the two-thirds figure, thus insulating them from any possible action under the anti-defection law or the 10th Schedule of the Constitution. Since early March, as many as 11 Congress MLAs had switched loyalties. Slamming the Speaker’s decision, Uttam Kumar Reddy said Congress would move the Telangana High Court challenging it.
KELOWNA, B.C. — A University of British Columbia engineer has led a study about a coating he helped develop to one day easily de-ice windshields, airplane wings and power lines.Assistant professor Kevin Golovin of UBC’s Okanagan campus says the coating called low-interfacial toughness, or LIT, would first be used for automatic ice makers inside freezers.He says ice in a mould in a freezer is melted with heat before it lands in a cup, and that uses up about a quarter of the appliance’s energy.Golovin says a Michigan company is looking at using the coating in freezers to save energy by eliminating the whole heating step.He partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan and their study has been published in the journal Science.Golovin says de-icing windshields and other large surfaces with anti-freeze is environmentally hazardous because it contains either ethylene glycol or propylene glycol that often lands on grass and in wastewater.“The amount of de-icing fluids it takes to take ice off an airplane wing is extremely bad for the environment,” he said.Coating surfaces with LIT material, made of plastics that could be biodegradable or bio-based, would allow ice to slide off without having to be forcibly scraped, like on a windshield.Golovin says the new material helps scientists understand how ice adheres to a surface and that once a small crack is made to get rid of ice in a small area, the entire area can be de-iced in a domino-like effect.The research was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Defence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.The Canadian Press
At an audience that followed the presentation, the new High Commissioner among other matters, briefed the Governor General on recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the Presidential and General Elections, and the emergence of a consensus based political culture in the country characterized by an all-inclusive approach. This he said included an engagement with the large Sri Lankan diaspora around the world comprising all communities. Governor General David Johnston among other matters said “High Commissioner Jawad, welcome to Canada for this latest posting in your distinguished diplomatic career”.He further stated “Dating back 60 years, Canada and Sri Lanka’s long-standing relationship stems from our shared Commonwealth heritage. It’s also anchored by our strong people-to-people ties: the Sri Lankan diaspora in Canada is estimated to number between 250,000 and 300,000 people”. The Governor General noted that “These relationships are a wonderful basis upon which to deepen our friendship and work together to build peace and prosperity in our respective countries. Canada looks forward to a bright future working with Sri Lanka”. (Colombo Gazette) Canada says it looks forward to working with the new Sri Lankan Government and deepen the friendship between both countries.Ahmed A. Jawad presented his Credentials as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Governor General David Johnston of Canada at a ceremony held at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa yesterday (Thursday). High Commissioner Jawad recalled the historically warm relations between the two countries based on commonwealth ties and values and elaborated on the commercial, economic and investment prospects in the country. He welcomedthe Canadian government and private sector to be part of Sri Lanka’s development drive.
About eight men died of drug overdoses in the Barton street jail between 2012 and 2016, as an inquest looking into their deaths is being held.We heard from a man who has spent time inside the jail as he shares details of what he experienced as an inmate.The man goes by the name Cha Cha Jim James. He says he knows first hand what its like inside these walls.“Its scary what’s happening inside here right now” “The overdoses are crazy you know”.“I can understand why people are overdosing because I know how it feels to be locked in there and confined in there”The inquest has heard there’s a lack of physical activities and fresh air. There’s a small outside yard where inmates can sometimes walk around. One of the proposed recommendations is funding to reinstate four recreation officers to allow access to programs and the gym sits empty.
Voicing dismay at numerous such breaches over the last 36 hours, Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, reminded all parties that one violation cannot justify another.He said the latest violations disturbed the relative calm that had returned to the Blue Line following increased tension last month when Israeli jets flew over Lebanon, including Beirut, at low altitude after two Israeli soldiers and a Hezbollah militant were killed in an exchange of fire.There were six air violations today involving eight aircraft and four drones and four yesterday with five aircraft and eight helicopters. There were no reports of anti-aircraft fire.Last month Mr. Annan recommended a six-month extension for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), set up to confirm Israel’s withdrawal following a series of incursions and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area. Citing the ongoing clashes, he warned that “considerable risk remains that hostile acts will escalate and lead the parties into conflict.”
The East is still the inferior conference — the average NBA team would stand to gain about two extra wins by moving from West to East. How much is two wins worth? It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it also isn’t going to make or break a team’s fortunes. The top-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers, for instance, would still be projected to win more than 60 games if they were given the schedule of a typical Western Conference team.Then again, the Cavs have a rare stockpile of talent by the standards of the East — we think they’re far and away the best team in the conference. That’s not exactly a bold prediction; perhaps more interesting is the No. 2 ranking CARMELO bestows on the Boston Celtics, who finished last season with the eighth seed in the East. Boston’s scoring attack wasn’t very good last year, but CARMELO thinks the team’s turnaround will be fueled by major improvements on the offensive end.As for the rest of the conference, the Atlanta Hawks’ projected decline — from 60 to 46 wins — might surprise their fans, but because many of last season’s stars are expected to regress to the mean, CARMELO thinks they’ll take equal steps backward on offense and defense. Along the same lines, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets are projected to fall out of the playoffs (particularly Brooklyn, who we project to be in the East’s cellar), while CARMELO calls for the Charlotte Hornets to ascend to the postseason after sitting it out last year.WESTERN CONFERENCE 3BullsCentral+0.115+2.04+2.147.8 7HornetsSoutheast-1.0170.017-1.039.4 10PistonsCentral+1.210-3.127-1.936.6 Here at FiveThirtyEight HQ, we’ve been pretty excited about the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.OK, that’s a bit of an understatement.For starters, we rolled out CARMELO,1Short for, ahem, Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization. our system for predicting the career of every NBA player, and we’ve been encouraging all who will listen to check out their favorite player’s projection. (Yes, our friends and families have asked us to stop.) We also used CARMELO to preview all 30 NBA teams.In each of those previews, we listed a “projected record” for the team in question to get a sense of what their fans should expect this year. But the trouble with writing these previews over such an extended amount of time is that we didn’t really get a chance to run the numbers for every team all at once. And if we had, injuries and transactions would have rendered those projections out of date by now.So to our eagle-eyed readers: Yes, we know, the projected wins for each team did not perfectly average 41-41 across the entire NBA.2They came close; on average, we were about 0.9 wins too high per team. We also didn’t adjust the numbers for strength of schedule. But we have now. Here’s an overview of each conference’s projected standings, which takes into account CARMELO’s ratings and each team’s schedule.3Our original predictions have a .996 correlation with these updated ones, so very little changed when we plugged our talent ratings into the 2015-16 NBA schedule. Unsurprisingly, the main difference came between conferences, where the same amount of generic talent in the CARMELO model will buy you more wins in the East than the West.EASTERN CONFERENCE 15NetsAtlantic-3.828-3.929-7.721.7 8JazzNorthwest+0.514+0.88+1.343.8 15LakersPacific-1.923-4.830-6.722.1 8PacersCentral-1.219-0.219-1.437.7 1CavaliersCentral+8.210.018+8.163.2 5RocketsSouthwest+4.03+0.610+4.752.6 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 13NuggetsNorthwest-4.329-0.923-5.226.3 11MagicSoutheast-1.420-0.721-2.136.1 10SunsPacific-2.624+1.96-0.738.2 In the West, the Golden State Warriors are once again our pick for No. 1 in the conference. But beneath them, there are some shake-ups: The Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished out of the playoffs last season after an incredible spate of injuries, are right back near the top of the standings, as are the new-look San Antonio Spurs. Those teams push the Los Angeles Clippers down to No. 4, highlighting just how stacked the West continues to be.CARMELO also thinks the Houston Rockets will fall from second to fifth in the conference, thanks to a declining defense. And it forecasts an extreme decline for the Portland Trail Blazers — without LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland is projected to drop from fourth in the West to 12th. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the playoff picture, our numbers call for the Dallas Mavericks to cede their No. 7 slot from a year ago to the Pelicans, while the Utah Jazz and (shockingly) the Kings battle over the conference’s eighth and final postseason berth.As mentioned above, the West figures to once again dominate the East. While the Cavaliers project as the NBA’s most talented team (by fractions of a ratings point over the Warriors), each of the next six best teams are in the West, as are six of the seven teams we project to win 50+ games. But there might be slight hope for improvement in East-West relations: CARMELO thinks the East will gain five total wins on the West, compared to last year’s split between the conferences.No matter what happens between the conferences, though, we think they’ll be represented again in the Finals by the Cavaliers and Warriors come next June.4Cleveland has a much higher probability of getting there. And we’re really looking forward to seeing how their paths potentially take them there. 12BucksCentral-3.326+0.79-2.634.4 2ThunderNorthwest+6.12+0.513+6.658.0 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 1476ersAtlantic-6.730-0.822-7.522.0 9HeatSoutheast-0.316-1.324-1.637.7 9KingsPacific-1.018+0.414-0.638.3 3SpursSouthwest+2.37+4.22+6.457.1 5RaptorsAtlantic+0.712+0.116+0.844.5 6WizardsSoutheast-1.721+1.57-0.341.0 2CelticsAtlantic+2.08+0.415+2.449.2 4HawksSoutheast+0.711+0.611+1.345.7 13KnicksAtlantic-3.527-2.926-6.424.8 1WarriorsPacific+3.05+5.01+8.161.3 4ClippersPacific+4.04+1.95+5.956.1 12Trail BlazersNorthwest-1.822+0.612-1.336.2 11MavericksSouthwest+1.49-1.925-0.638.0 7PelicansSouthwest+2.36-0.620+1.844.9 6GrizzliesSouthwest+0.613+3.13+3.750.5 14TimberwolvesNorthwest-2.625-3.128-5.724.9
Image: Philip Toscano-Heighton/PA Wire By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 21st 2017, 8:21 PM Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 8:21 PM 15,010 Views http://jrnl.ie/3456780 36 Comments ‘It was just not good enough’: Theresa May apologises for reaction to Grenfell tragedy Reports emerged that the cladding may have given off gas that contributed to some of the 79 deaths. Share13 Tweet Email Image: Philip Toscano-Heighton/PA Wire UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has apologised for the official State response to the Grenfell Tower fire believed to have killed 79 people, saying it was “just not good enough”.“That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most. As prime minister I apologise for that failure,” she told the House of Commons today.Fire toxicity experts meanwhile, have said that insulation boards fitted outside the tower gave off highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas which may have contributed to some of the deaths, reports Sky News.CriticismTheresa May had come in for sharp criticism for not visiting the survivors of the blaze on her first visit to the area, when both the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Queen Elizabeth did.There had also been criticism from the survivors about the lack of coordination in the State response.Last week, angry protesters stormed local authority headquarters demanding justice for victims and survivors.Residents had long complained about fire safety risks at Grenfell Tower, but said the concerns of the multi-ethnic, largely working-class inhabitants had been brushed off by local authorities. Source: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association ImagesSpeaking today, May said: “The support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough.People were left without belongings, without roofs over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do, and where they could seek help. Short URL The government has announced that 68 flats had been bought for survivors in an upmarket housing development on Kensington High Street.A pledge has also been made to rehouse all the survivors either in their local borough or in neighbouring ones.“The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable and it is our duty to support them,” Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.CladdingThe new claim about the potential for the cladding to have emitted deadly gas came from fire toxicity experts this evening, speaking to Sky News.They said that the insulation boards installed during a refurbishment of the tower produce highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas when they burn, and their positioning on the building means that every flat could have been filled with enough gas to kill those inside.Establishing if it caused deaths, however, may not be possible due to the condition of the victims. Source: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA ImagesAt least three people injured in the fire had been treated with an antidote for this deadly gas.Richard Hull, professor of chemistry and fire science, said: “The outside wall of the building had 150mm of PIR foam (fitted), and once the fire had spread to that every flat would have its own source of PIR foam, which would have produced enough hydrogen cyanide to kill all the people in that flat.”As of this morning, 10 people were still being treated in hospital following the blaze. Six of them were in critical condition.With reporting from AFPRead: Young teenage girl airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty swimmingRead: Dublin Airport is looking for better ways to scare off birds
Tablettes tactiles : découvrez les stars de 2011Très attendues cette année, les tablettes tactiles font partie des produits high tech les plus en vogue. Face au succès de l’iPad d’Apple de nombreux fabricants ont voulu tenter l’aventure. Ils nous promettent ainsi plusieurs terminaux qui devraient arriver sur le marché dans les mois à venir.Toshiba, Asus, Motorola, RIM, ou encore HP. La concurrence promet d’être rude cette année pour Apple, qui a su faire de sa tablette, l’iPad, un succès international. Les autres fabricants veulent à présent tout faire pour séduire le grand public avec des terminaux aussi sophistiqués, et parfois moins chers. Et pourquoi s’en priveraient-ils puisque le produit fonctionne bien sur le marché ? Rien qu’en France, pas moins de 435.000 tablettes se seraient écoulées depuis mars 2010 d’après le cabinet d’études GfK (voir notre article). Si l’iPad d’Apple se taille la part du lion des ventes de ce type de terminaux, est-ce que cela sera toujours le cas dans 6 mois, lorsque les fabricants auront sorti leurs tablettes concurrentes ? Les tendances, rencontrées au dernier Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas, début janvier, plaçaient en tout cas la Motorola Xoom au premier rang des concurrents sérieux à l’iPad. Pour se maintenir en tête des ventes, Apple a tout intérêt à proposer quelque chose de véritablement nouveau avec son iPad 2, qui devrait être commercialisé dans les mois à venir.Découvrez les tablettes tactiles attendues cette année en images, sur Maxisciences. Le 28 janvier 2011 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles Seth Rollins Pinterest Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE recently posted video (view above) with current Universal Champion and Iowa native Seth Rollins making a surprise appearance during a recent NXT Live event that was held at the RiverCenter in his hometown of Davenport, IA.WWE stars meet NY Mets playersWWE posted a recent video (view below) with Braun Strowman, Natalya and Titus O’Neil meeting Major League Baseball’s New York Mets during WrestleMania 35 week at Citi Field. Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, and Mickie James threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Daniel Bryan Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions
Coach Rafa Benitez believes the Magpies have had a very bad start because of the difficult schedule the team was drawn onNewcastle United lost 2-1 against Arsenal and now have equaled their worst start in English Premier League history.The Magpies have yet to win a single match after 5 Weeks of the 2018-2019 season.They have lost four and tied one game, leaving them at the bottom of the standings.“The fans, they can see from the beginning the fixtures and say, ‘Hmmm…’. I remember reading your comments, ‘Hopefully, we can win against Cardiff because it’s an (important) game’,” Benitez told The Chronicle Live.“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected. But still, we are not happy with that, for sure.”“It’s something that we have to manage now and be sure that we keep the confidence and we keep working like we did in the first half,” he added.“I will not talk about just possession because it’s not an issue.”“For us, it’s to be sure that you can be there, you can create chances and if you miss the last pass in the final third or this kind of situation, fine, but at least you are there and we were there,” he continued.“That is the main thing for me and the positive for the future, to try to manage the games and approach the games like we did in the first half.”“The second half, like I have said so many times, as soon as you make mistakes against the top sides, if you are a little bit wide, they can kill you on the counter-attack,” he concluded.
I was Batman The CW Batwoman’s pilot screened to fans during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush.”The character of Tommy Elliot … ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush, but we’re seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much,” Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series, will be making a cameo at some point during the show’s first season. TV and Movies Post a comment 3:44 Share your voice 62 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose’s Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume — a decision that was influenced by how the character is military-trained.”She’s actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face,” Dries said, noting that Rose’s character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.Without getting too far into spoilers, Dries and Schechter mentioned that Kane’s time at the military academy would have taken place before the end of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, heavily affecting how Kane’s experience as an out lesbian went at the military academy. The CW The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Batwoman, who previously debuted during a crossover with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl series, will also be developing a stronger relationship with Supergirl as the shows begin to cross over further.Dries said that, while glimpsed during the show’s Elseworlds event, viewers will eventually “see that core bond move into a Kate-Kara friendship,” referencing Supergirl’s lead character of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist.Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was first revealed in August 2018, at the time with a confirmed appearance for the Elseworlds event with the possibility of a series. That series is now set to debut Oct. 6 on The CW. 0
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed the interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), terming the move as “very positive for the economy.”The RBI cut its repo rate by 25 basis points, to 7.75%, for the first time in almost a year, on the back of easing inflation and weak demand.Repo rate is the rate at which banks borrow from the RBI. A reduction in the rate makes funds cheaper and helps retail and institutional borrowers reduce their interest outgo, a key factor in deciding to fund projects or investments through a bank loan.”Reduction in the rates is a positive development. It will lead to more money in the hand of the consumers and result in greater spending. It’s positive for the Indian economy,” Jaitley told reporters on Thursday, according to Business Line.He expressed hope that the move will assist in reviving the investment cycle that the government seeks to restore.Meanwhile, Subramanian noted that the move would provide some fillip to the economy, directly and indirectly.”It does signal a shift in the underlying (monetary) stance going forward,” said said Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry in an interview with television channel CNBC-TV18. Chief economic adviser at India’s Finance Ministry Arvind Subramanian (bottom L) listens to finance officials during their meeting in New DelhiReutersThe BSE Sensex traded at 28,016.24, up by 669.42 points or 2.45% at 1:23 pm.
The United States braced Sunday for a second day of furious protests against Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries as the White House doubled down despite a partial stay from a federal judge.Protests were scheduled outside the White House and in New York’s Battery Park, which looks across to the Statue of Liberty-America’s famed beacon of freedom and immigration-and expected at airports nationwide.Trump signed the temporary ban as an executive order on Friday afternoon, suspending the arrival of all refugees for at least 120 days and barring visa holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.Also affected were foreign dual nationals, who may not have needed a visa to enter the United States, for example British citizens, and at least initially green card holders already on the path to US citizenship.The inclusion of green card holders sparked particular outrage, leading White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to backpedal Sunday, telling CBS television that the ban “didn’t affect them.”Nevertheless they are still liable to face “extreme vetting” at US borders upon arrival.The travel ban triggered shock and confusion, as well as a wave of anger at home and abroad, sparking demonstrations Saturday at airports in Washington, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.Travelers were detained at US borders, splitting families-such as a father unable to reach his son’s wedding, and a grandmother unable to meet her grandchildren-and officials warned it was a “gift to extremists.”On Saturday night, a federal judge in New York partially blocked the order, saying that US authorities could not to deport refugees or other people detained on arrival.But Trump-the New York real estate billionaire turned Republican commander-in-chief-was unrepentant Sunday, defending his policy in the face of growing outrage across the globe and from Americans at home.“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!” he tweeted to his nearly 23 million followers.Bannon promoted -The Department of Homeland Security said it would comply with court orders not to deport those already detained, but said it would otherwise continue to enforce the order.“Prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the US government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” it said in a statement.Trump fanned further disquiet by giving controversial adviser Steve Bannon, a founding member of far-right website Breitbart News, a permanent seat on the National Security Council at the expense of other security chiefs.While Bannon was promoted, the Director of National Intelligence and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now be present only when “their responsibilities and expertise” are required, said an executive memorandum.The exact number of those affected by the travel ban is unclear, but Judge Ann Donnelly ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect.She issued the emergency stay late Saturday night but did not broach the constitutionality of Trump’s order to the anger of protestors at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where thousands had gathered.“People are prepared to stand against this” said David Gaddis, 43. “Every day he’s in office, it’s a national emergency.”Deporting those travelers following Trump’s order exposes them to “substantial and irreparable injury,” Donnelly wrote in her decision.The American Civil Liberties Union went to court after two Iraqi men, one of whom had worked as an interpreter for the US military after the 2003 US-led invasion, were detained on arrival at JFK.Overseas outrage -A second federal judge in Virginia issued a temporary order restricting authorities for seven days from deporting legal permanent residents detained at Dulles Airport just outside Washington.The order follows through on one of his most controversial campaign promises, to subject travelers from Muslim-majority countries to “extreme vetting”-which he declared would make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists.”The State Department has said that only people holding a dual citizenship with the US will be allowed to enter.The plan triggered a fierce political backlash, but was endorsed by Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.Democratic lawmakers have also been up in arms, seeing the ban as an opportunity to galvanize outrage to the new president.“This is not who we are,” wrote former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Twitter.German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the restrictions, saying it was “not justified” to target people based on their background or religion and a spokesman said Berlin will examine the consequences for German citizens.British Prime Minister Theresa May, who met Trump in Washington on a charm offensive last week, said she did “not agree” with the restrictions.British athletics legend Mo Farah, who was born in Somalia, called it a policy of “ignorance and prejudice” that could keep him apart from his family, based in Oregon, while he is currently training in Ethiopia.And in Iraq, a key partner in the war against jihadists for more than two years, there were calls for a reciprocal ban on US citizens.