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Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

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Unemployment looms for Australia’s cricketers: Union

first_imgMore than 200 of Australia’s top cricketers face unemployment within days, with a bitter pay dispute “extremely” unlikely to be resolved by a deadline on Friday, players’ union boss Greg Dyer has said.Australia’s top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), with the current agreement set to expire on June 30.ACA president Dyer said players and Cricket Australia remained “a long way apart” on basic issues and the union was preparing its members for unemployment.”It is extremely likely that as of July 1 we’ll be jumping over the cliff together,” Dyer told local media on Tuesday.”The fundamentals of the deal are nowhere near to being resolved.”Over 200 of Australia’s most senior cricketers are unemployed as of the 1st of July.”We will be assisting in whatever way we possibly can in that but they’re unemployed.”At the heart of the dispute is a long-standing agreement that gives the players a fixed percentage of the revenue of the game, a deal which CA says prevents them from sufficiently investing in the grassroots.CA offered a revised deal on Friday but the union quickly rejected it.Unless the impasse ends, the upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa, a two-test series in Bangladesh and a limited-overs tour of India are under threat, with the Ashes also looming at the end of the year.CA has declined to comment on the negotiations but said in announcing its revised offer last week that it was “100 percent committed” to resolving the MoU by the deadline.advertisementFormer Australia test opener Ed Cowan, who is contracted for New South Wales state, said players remained unified and resolute in their demands, and cast doubt on Steve Smith’s test side boarding the plane for Bangladesh for the test series starting Aug. 27.”The next line in the sand is probably the tour of Bangladesh, do the players go on that late August?”My gut feeling is probably hit and miss for security reasons (and) MoU reasons.”The ACA has already made moves to prepare for a lockout, setting up a business to manage and market players’ intellectual property.last_img read more

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Ravens Take Back 7,000 Rice Jerseys

first_imgBALTIMORE — More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore’s stadium on Sept. 20.The Ravens handed out 5,595 new jerseys before running out before middayay, then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up their jerseys once new shipments arrive in October.Rice, the face of the team, had his contract terminated and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL this month for domestic violence.Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said the Ravens spent “six figures” on the trade-in. He declined to disclose an exact figure.“We anticipated over the two days getting about 5,000 people, so we got about 2,000 more,” Byrne said. “We just felt it was the right thing to do, and that’s why we did it.”Byrne said the jerseys collected by the NFL team will be given to companies that deal in scrap materials.“The NFL licensed jerseys are not recyclable because of certain materials in parts of the jersey, so what we’re going to do is offer them to companies who deal in scrap,” Byrne said. “We’re not getting paid for it. We’ll just give it to them, and they can do with it as they please.”Approximately 15 percent of those who showed up had their jerseys rejected because either they were not officially licensed by the NFL or hadn’t been available through the team’s online or stadium store. The team offered them token gifts in exchange.“It’s clearly an unusual time for the franchise,” Byrne said. “The one thing that we’ve tried to be is transparent. So this is new territory for us. We’re learning as we go.”Fans began lining up as early as 4 a.m. on the first day of the exchange on Sept. 19. By the time gates opened at 8 a.m, there were estimated to be more than 1,000 people in a line that stretched at least halfway around the stadium.The most requested jerseys, according to the team, were those of quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith. Five other player jerseys also were available.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’: Central Africa

first_img(Adding details) Bangui (Central African Republic), Jun 19 (AFP) The Central African Republic (CAR) today said a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain “is a fake”.”The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake,” foreign ministry chief of staff Cherubin Moroubama told AFP.The document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014,” he said.In addition, the passport — a copy of which has been seen by AFP, and bears the date of March 19, 2018 — does not carry the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane, Moroubama said.On Friday, lawyers for Germany’s three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April. This, they argued, granted him immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt.”Becker’s job profile does not exist” in the CAR’s records, Moroubama said.Furthermore, the passport says that Becker’s diplomatic function is “financial charge de mission”, a role that “has nothing to do with sporting questions”, he noted. In April, the 50-year-old former tennis star had tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera at a meeting in Brussels. Becker shook up the tennis world at Wimbledon in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17, defending the trophy the following year. The German went on to enjoy a glittering career and amassed more than $25 million (21.65 million euros) in prize money. (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisementlast_img read more

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Espanyol vs Real Madrid: Bale returns to Los Blancos’ bench

first_imgReal Madrid are seeking to build a head of steam when they travel to face Espanyol after back-to-back wins .Last weekend they scored an impressive 2-0 win over Sevilla to cement their position in the top four of La Liga and then followed that up with a come-from-behind Copa del Rey success over Girona. Both of those matches were played at the Bernabeu and mid-table Espanyol will be hoping to stop them in their tracks, though the form of the home side is woeful. 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? Game Espanyol vs Real Madrid Date Sunday, January 27 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers Roberto, Diego Lopez,  Defenders  Rosales, Darder, Didac, Melendo, Javi Lopez, Lluis Lopez Midfielders Piatti, Roca, Hermoso, Granero, Pedrosa, Sanchez Forwards Borja Iglesias, Léo Baptistao, García, Alex Lopez Espanyol are set to be without four defenders for this encounter, though of these absentees only David Lopez is a regular. Naldo Pereira, Oscar Duarte and Adria Pedrosa are also missing.Hernan Perez is their only other selection issue.Confirmed Espanyol starting XI: Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, Lluis Lopez, Hermoso, Vila; Baptistao,Roca, Darder, Alex Lopez; Iglesisas, Garcia Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Courtois, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco, Asensio Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo, Bale, Mariano Real Madrid are boosted by the return of Welsh forward Gareth Bale, who has missed six games since suffering an injury against Villarreal on January, 3.Left-back Mercelo continues on the bench at the expense of Sergio Reguilon.Keylor Navas and Jesus Vallejo are definitely sidelined.Confirmed Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, ViniciusBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 8/11 to take the win, while a draw is available at 3/1. Espanyol are priced at 7/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2018-19Ten points behind defending champions and bitter rivals Barcelona, if Real Madrid are going to stage a storming comeback and claim the Primera Division title, they cannot afford to drop cheap points, which means winning at venues like Espanyol.Under Santiago Solari, they are starting to show signs of the battling spirit and confidence expected of a Madrid team, epitomised quite brilliantly by Sergio Ramos’ Panenka penalty during their midweek Copa del Rey win against Girona.But the creases have not entirely been ironed out, as their recent defeat against Leganes proved. Their road to redemption, therefore, promises to be a long one – and not without bumps.The impressive victory against Sevilla last weekend, achieved thanks to goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric, is the surest sign yet that they are slowly heading in the correct direction. “I try to face each game with the maximum guarantee of winning,” he explained on the eve of this clash. “I want all the players who are involved to be focused and to work with enjoyment. “Espanyol are capable of putting us under pressure and have fast forwards in attack. They’re dangerous and that’s why I’ve repeated so often the need for concentration and to pay attention from the first second.”Their Barcelona-based opponents were also in Copa del Rey action in midweek, drawing the first leg of their quarter-final 1-1 with Real Betis. Rubi’s side, however, have been lamentable in recent weeks in La Liga, losing eight of their last nine matches, dating back to November 11.They would seem, then, ideal prey for a Madrid squad increasing in both strength and confidence.last_img read more

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Seven persons injured in fire

first_imgNew Delhi: Seven persons were injured in a fire reported from Narela area, Punjabi Bagh on Wednesday. The victims include two minors children. The Delhi Fire Services said that a call received at 4.39 am regarding fire incident at Punjabi Colony B-Block, Narela. Two units of firefighters were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. “The fire was in four electric meters and a general store in which seven persons got burn injuries. All of them were rushed to a hospital,” a fire official said. As per the officials, Ayush (8) and Vijay (4) sustained 20% burns. Other victims Mahesh (16) and Raju Ram (15) sustained minor wounds while Bhagwan Swarup (25) suffered 35% burns. Satpal (22) sustained 40% burns. Another victim Amarjeet (23) with 80% burns is said to be in a critical condition.last_img read more

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Highlights of the NDPGreen deal in British Columbia

first_imgVICTORIA – Some of the key elements of a deal between the NDP and Green party on a minority government in British Columbia:— The legislature would be recalled within one month of the swearing in of an NDP government.— A referendum on proportional representation will take place in the fall of 2018, concurrent with the next municipal elections in the province.— If it is approved, proportional representation would be used in the next provincial election.— The parties agree to work together in good faith to consult British Columbians to determine the form of proportional representation that will be put to a referendum.— The NDP and Greens will actively campaign in support of the system of proportional representation that is agreed on.— Legislation would be introduced in the first sitting of the legislature to ban corporate and union donations and contributions from non-residents of British Columbia to the province’s political parties, as well as placing limits on individual contributions and conduct a review of campaign finance and the Elections Act.— The fixed election date would be moved from May to a date in the fall, starting in 2021.— Implement an increase to the current $30-dollar per tonne carbon tax by $5 a tonne per year, beginning April 1, 2018, while giving rebate cheques to ensure a majority of taxpayers are better off financially than under the current carbon tax formula.— Immediately refer the Site C hydroelectic dam construction project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.— Employ every tool available to the new government to stop the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which has already received federal approval.— Set up an arm’s-length commission that will be tasked with “establishing a pathway” to a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour and overseeing regular rate reviews.— Create an emerging economy task force to address the changing nature of business over the next 10 to 25 years.— Establish an commission to support innovation and business development in the technology sector, and appoint a commissioner with a mandate to advocate on behalf of the province’s technology sector in Ottawa and abroad.— In its first budget, the NDP would develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs program, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.— Invest in home care to enable seniors and other people who need assistance to stay in their own homes.— Appoint a minister of mental health and addictions to develop and implement a mental-health and addiction strategy and a youth mental-health strategy.— Develop an immediate response to the fentanyl crisis based on successful programs that invest in treatment-on-demand, drug substitution, early-warning monitoring systems, and a co-ordinated response to overdoses.— Implement an agreed upon approach to improving access and reducing the cost of post-secondary education for students.— Invest in childcare and early childhood education to improve quality, expand spaces, increase affordability and ensure childcare is accessible for all families, with a focus on early childhood education.— Eliminate medical service premiums.— Make housing more affordable by taking action to deal with the speculation and fraud that the NDP and Greens say is driving up prices.last_img read more

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Manslaughter trial begins for Calgary man charged in death of grandson

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary manslaughter trial has heard that a five-year-old boy was seen slowly shuffling with a bandage on his head shortly before he died.Allan Perdomo Lopez, who is 59, is charged in the 2015 death of his grandson Eneas Emilio Perdomo, who went by Emilio.Pablo Palomera testified that he sometimes saw Perdomo Lopez, his wife Carolina Perdomo and the boy at a weekly flea market.The trial heard Palomera had a table where he sold retro video games and collectibles and got to know the family because they all speak Spanish.Palomera says Perdomo Lopez had spoken about adopting the boy from Mexico and the child seemed quiet and afraid when Palomera first met the boy at the market.Palomera says he called Child Protective Services when he saw the boy in the spring or summer of 2015 and he could barely walk.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Rush HeARTS Luncheon

first_imgRussell Simmons, Cynthia Nixon, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley and Angela Simmons were just a few of the many attendees at last week’s Rush HeARTS Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel, hosted by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Russell SimmonsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesCynthia Nixon served as the host of the event that honored Daymond John, Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers, Amber & CC Sabathia and featured artist Shantell Martin, who were recognized for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives.Cynthia Nixon at Rush HeARTS LuncheonCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe luncheon featured a special guest performance by Marsha Ambrosius and music by DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss.The Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon raises funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth.last_img read more

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Anadarko Broadcom rise Ulta Beauty Big Lots Cooper fall

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Altria Group Inc., down 22 cents to $54.18The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.Anadarko Petroleum Corp., up 47 cents to $52.06Energy company stocks rose along with the price of crude oil after OPEC leaders agreed to cut production next year.Ulta Beauty Inc., down $38.45 to $254.47The cosmetics retailer issued an earnings outlook that disappointed investors.Broadcom Inc., up $1.32 to $228.56The chipmaker reported big gains in earnings and revenue from its fourth fiscal quarter and said it would raise its dividend.The Cooper Cos., down $34.02 to $243.01The medical device maker reported earnings that missed analysts’ estimates and issued a weak forecast.Big Lots Inc., down $9.30 to $31The discount retailer reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $6.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.United Natural Foods Inc., down $4.85 to $14.88The organic and specialty foods distributor reported results that were far weaker than investors were expecting.Vail Resorts Inc., down $48.52 to $223.25The ski resort operator reported a loss that was much wider than a year earlier and revenue that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry

LOS ANGELES — Banking officials are urging Congress to fully open the doors of the U.S. bank system to the legal marijuana industry.Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form.But most banks don’t want anything to do with pot money for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still considers marijuana illegal.That conflict forces many businesses to operate only in cash, making them targets for crime and creating problems with paying taxes.A proposal in Congress would allow pot businesses to access banking services, while sheltering banks from prosecution for handling pot money.Some banking officials urged lawmakers at a House committee hearing Wednesday to pass the measure. Others say it wouldn’t work because pot remains illegal at the federal level.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more

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UN nuclear watchdog fights heavy water sustains fresh water

Such activities by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlight how nuclear science and technology can help boost incomes and support broader-based efforts for meeting basic human needs, especially in the world’s poorer countries, according to the agency’s latest Staff Report.IAEA cited its use of isotopic tools to encourage sustainable water management in South America, China, Namibia, Indonesia, El Salvador and many other countries across the globe. The Guarani Aquifer System, for example, shared by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and considered one of the most important fresh groundwater reservoirs, is just one of 73 IAEA projects looking at how dwindling freshwater supplies can be sustained. In an international effort, the IAEA is focussing on finding ways for all four countries to share the aquifer in a way that will not cause it to run dry in the future. A nuclear tool, called isotope hydrology, is used to give scientists indispensable information on how much water is available, its quality, how quickly it is replenished and where it flows from. Piecing that information together reveals how the precious resource can best be managed. The report noted Secretary General Kofi Annan’s speech to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York last week outlining just how vital water management is. “Tensions over water could even generate conflict, within and across borders, although water also offers great opportunities for cooperation,” Mr. Annan said then. “So the stakes are high. Without an integrated approach, we could face a tangle of problems. But with one, we could generate a cascade of progress.” Land degradation is also firmly on the IAEA’s agenda. For example, since 1997 it has supported six countries – Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia – in the fight to turn arid wasteland into economically productive fields. Efforts have paid off with salt-tolerant plants now growing in the wastelands, providing sources of food or income for farmers. read more

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Christie mentor avoids prison time in United bribery scandal

Christie mentor avoids prison time in United bribery scandal by David Porter, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 7:49 am MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE ‚Äì In this July 22, 2014, file photo, United Airlines jets wait at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. David Samson, who resigned as chairman of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in March 2014, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, March 6, 2017, after he pleaded guilty July 14, 2016, to bribery for using his post to get United Airlines to run money-losing direct flights between Newark, N.J., and Columbia, S.C., saving him an hour’s driving time to his weekend home. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) NEWARK, N.J. – The former head of one of the nation’s most powerful transportation agencies and a longtime mentor to Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced Monday to four years’ probation and home confinement for pressuring United Airlines to reinstate a money-losing flight route to give him easier access to his weekend home.Many in the courtroom sat stunned as U.S. District Judge Jose Linares imposed a sentence that will allow David Samson, former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to serve his year of home confinement likely at the South Carolina residence that was the object of the scheme that landed him in court.Samson, 77, who pleaded guilty to bribery last year for the backroom deal, could have faced as much as two years behind bars under his plea agreement. He and Christie have been close for years, and he headed Christie’s transition team after Christie’s 2009 election. Christie appointed him to the Port Authority in 2011.Linares told the packed courtroom that the volume of letters he received from high-ranking public officials in support of Samson — including from former Gov. Jim McGreevey and three former state attorneys general — helped sway him to impose the lighter sentence.While Linares called Samson’s crime “a complete abuse of power” and said the details “befuddle the mind,” he said Samson “is entitled to some credit for a lifetime of good work and public service.” The damage to his reputation “has a punitive aspect to it, which affects people like Mr. Samson very severely,” Linares added.Samson left the courthouse without commenting. During brief remarks to Linares, he was contrite.“I know I violated the law and violated my own standards of right and wrong,” he said. “I deeply apologize. First and foremost to this court, and I apologize to my family and friends and I apologize to the public to whom I owed much better.”During the sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna urged Linares to impose a harsher sentence and said probation would “send a loud and clear message that even brazen acts of corruption like this one wouldn’t really be punished at all.”Afterward, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said he was “obviously unhappy” with the sentence.“The message we wanted to send to the public is when people abuse the public trust they’re going to be punished appropriately,” he said. “In this particular instance the court was moved, obviously, by the fact Mr. Samson has had a long and distinguished career at the bar in New Jersey, lots of incredibly important public service, and ultimately the court found that more persuasive than the need for general deterrence.”Linares also sentenced Samson to 3,600 hours of community service and imposed a $100,000 fine.According to court filings, Samson wound up saving roughly an hour’s driving time by flying into Columbia, South Carolina, to his home in Aiken instead of from Charlotte, North Carolina. United discontinued the flight shortly after Samson resigned in early 2014.Samson began to lobby for the flight almost as soon as he became chairman, Khanna told the judge. United agreed to revive the flight at a time it was seeking a deal with the Port Authority for a new hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.“He wasn’t lobbying United for something New Jersey residents were clamouring for or something the Port Authority needed,” Khanna said. “He asked one of the world’s largest airlines to create a flight route just for him.”United Airlines was fined more than $2 million, and then-CEO Jeff Smisek and two other high-ranking United officials were forced out in September 2015.The Port Authority oversees billions of dollars in assets and revenues and operates the New York area’s major airports as well as bridges, tunnels, ports and the World Trade Center. Revelations about what was jokingly dubbed “the Chairman’s Flight” came on the heels of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, which culminated in the criminal convictions of two former Port Authority officials in a political retaliation plot.Samson wasn’t charged in that scandal, though the scheme’s admitted mastermind testified Samson knew about the plot before it was put into action. read more

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Suspect in shooting robbery of dog food vendor remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCigarette vendor remanded for cannabis possessionOctober 6, 2017In “Court”Man accused of attempting to murder his child’s mother remandedApril 20, 2018In “Court”Fish depot robber lands in Court again …remanded for illegal possession of firearm, ammoAugust 14, 2017In “ammo” Accused: Naresh SamarooAn Albouystown welder, Naresh Samaroo, was on Thursday remanded to prison for the attempted murder of dog food vendor, Shane Cooper.The 21-year-old man was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he made his court appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge, alleged that on September 24, 2018, while in the vicinity of Stevedore Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown he caused grievous bodily harm to Shane Cooper with intent to commit murder.Defence attorney for Samaroo, Latchmi Rahamat, in an application for bail told the court that her client was held pass the 72 hours detention period without allowance.The police prosecutor however, informed the court that the accused was positively identified as the perpetrator who committed the act and as a result objected to bail being granted to the accused.Magistrate Latchman upheld the prosecution’s submission and refused bail to Samaroo and adjourned the matter until October 17 when he will appear before the Chief Magistrate.Cooper of Bamboo Drive, Meadow Brook Squatting Area, was shot in his abdomen and left leg during the attack.The 26-year-old man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and was admitted a patient at the institution.Based on reports received, the incident occurred about 20:40h at the corner of Aubrey Barker Road and Stevedore, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Cooper was plying his trade as a dog food vendor when he was allegedly shot and robbed by Samaroo.After committing the act, the suspect fled the scene in a waiting motorcar. read more

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RK Vardar find goalkeeper in Algeria – Khalifa Ghedbane

Kalifa GedbanKhalifa GhedbaneRK Vardar RK Vardar Skopje have found the addition to the goal line for the season which began few weeks ago.The 21-years old promising Algerian goalie Khalifa Ghedbane signed a contract until the end of the season with VELUX EHF Champions League 2017 winners.Gebdan is coming from the Spanish team Angel Ximenez. He is 200cm tall.RK Vardar have duo Arpad Sterbik – Strahinja Milic in previous season. Both left the club, so Macedonians signed 22-years old Serb Dejan Milosavljev from RK Partizan Beograd. ← Previous Story Fuchse Berlin without Mijajlo Marsenic for several weeks Next Story → VIDEO: Flying Stefan Vujic (Steaua Bucuresti) read more

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Okada Manila ramp drives Universal to higher sales narrowed loss in 2Q19

first_img RelatedPosts The improvement in operating results during the latest quarter was almost entirely on the back of Okada Manila, where net sales increased 45.2% year-on-year to JPY31.42 billion (US$296 million) – narrowing the operating loss from JPY3.04 billion to JPY1.82 billion. Adjusted segment EBITDA soared from JPY290 million in 2Q18 to JPY4.97 billion (US$46.8 million).“At Okada Manila, the highest priority is to continue adding attractions and amenities,” Universal said.“Work is continuing on Hotel Tower B to add more hotel rooms and some rooms in this tower became operational in July 2019. More rooms will help support continued growth in the Integrated Resort Business as well as better position the resort to host large group events and foreign tour groups. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin is expected to continue to expand during 2019 as sales growth lowers fixed cost as a percentage of sales.“VIP casino revenues are expected to continue growing driven by the addition of new junkets, and more demand from existing junkets. Mass market table and gaming machine revenue is expected to continue growing as the property continues to ramp up and new casino marketing initiatives continue to be implemented and improved.“Increasing number of hotel rooms, retail outlets and other amenities are expected to drive additional visitation and mass market casino revenues.”Universal’s pachinko and pachislot business saw net sales decline 15.6% to JPY20.20 billion through 2Q19 but operating profit climb 191.1% to JPY2.97 billion. The company said it has responded to strict new rules governing the industry in Japan and low approval rate of new titles due to strict compliance testing of new machines by selling major pachislot and pachinko titles that can “earn the support of a broad range of users and energize Japan’s pachislot and pachinko market.” Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp posted a 12.9% year-on-year increase in net sales to JPY52.54 billion (US$495 million) and a narrowed operating loss of JPY3.85 billion (US$36.3 million), down from JPY6.93 billion, in the cumulative quarter to 30 June 2019 due to the ramp of Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila.Net loss attributable to owners of the company was JPY9.04 billion (US$85.2 million) compared to net income attributable to owners of the company of JPY172.54 billion due to Universal having last year signed its settlement agreement with Wynn Resorts which resulted in JPY74.47 billion in interest income and JPY158.80 billion in gain on redemption of stock through 2Q18. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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Google warns Titan Security Key has Bluetooth bug that leaves it vulnerable

first_imgGoogle is offering a free replacement for the Bluetooth edition of its Titan Security Key. Sarah Tew/CNET Google’s security key has a bug. On Wednesday, Google issued a warning about its Titan Security Key, specifically the Bluetooth edition of the device. The key has a security bug in how it pairs with a device over Bluetooth, and how that pairing is authenticated. A nearby attacker could rename any Bluetooth device with the Titan Security Key’s name and trick a user into connecting to that fraudulent device instead. Once connected to the victim’s gadget via Bluetooth, the hacker would be able to take actions on the machine, Google warned. Google also noted another attack scenario, where a nearby attacker could connect to a person’s Bluetooth security key before the real owner did. In that situation, if the attacker already knew the person’s login credentials, the account would be accessible. Google recommended unpairing the Bluetooth key and requesting a replacement. The company warned that if you’re using the security key’s Bluetooth pairing, you should make sure you’re in a private place where a potential attacker couldn’t be within 30 feet. Security keys are generally an effective way to prevent account takeovers, but Google’s disclosure on Wednesday provides examples of how hackers might still find ways around them. Still, this vulnerability requires an attacker to be nearby, and to orchestrate a targeted, coordinated hack. “It is much safer to use the affected key instead of no key at all,” Christiaan Brand, Google Cloud’s product manager, said in the company’s post about the bug. “Security keys are the strongest protection against phishing currently available.”You can check if your Titan Security Key is affected by looking for a “T1” or “T2” on the back of it. Google is offering a free replacement. The Titan Key also comes in a USB form, which isn’t affected by this bug.  Laptops Security Tags 0center_img Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

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Walker vetoes bills allowing lawmakers on gas pipeline board insurers to use

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker vetoed two bills this week that would have allowed legislators to serve on the board overseeing gas pipeline development, and insurers to use credit scores to adjust rates.Listen nowAlaska Gov. Bill Walker talks about the state’s budget on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 during a press conference in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)The gas line bill would have added three legislators as non-voting Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board members.Senate Bill 125 sponsor Senator Mia Costello, an Anchorage Republican, said Walker is missing an opportunity to be transparent.“This is the most important project that the state of Alaska will face in our future,” Costello said. “And as a lifelong Alaskan and a parent of young children, I’m very concerned that the Legislature is being told that we’re shut out of listening in to discussions.”But Walker said in a letter that the Alaska Constitution prohibits legislators from serving on the AGDC board. He said that’s because legislators can’t hold multiple offices — and it would violate the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.Acting Attorney General James Cantor said in a formal opinion that he found legislators sitting as non-voting members on four other state boards – in a way that runs counter to the constitution.These boards oversee the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said it’s too soon to say what, if any, actions he will take regarding these boards in response to Cantor’s opinion.A lawyer for the Legislature wrote in a memo that the bill – and lawmakers’ role as non-voting board members — may not violate the Constitution.Senate President Kevin Meyer, an Anchorage Republican, says the 45 billion to 65 billion dollar project would benefit from legislative involvement.“With the governor now talking about going alone on the gas pipeline, certainly you would want the appropriating body – the body that’s holding the purse – as involved and in the know as possible,” Meyer said.Separately, the insurance bill the governor vetoed would have ended Alaska’s status as the only state that forbids insurers from considering members’ credit histories when they renew their car or homeowners insurance policies.Supporters say Senate Bill 127 would benefit most people in the state.But Walker says the credit ratings are notoriously unreliable and would hurt consumers, especially low-income ones. He also says those who’ve experienced unemployment or identity theft face hurdles in seeking protection from the bill’s effect.These vetoes were Walker’s third and fourth ever, other than partial budget vetoes.last_img read more