Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practice

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only 7 players show up at PH volleyball team training Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHighly-touted forward Christian Standhardinger finally showed up at Gilas Pilipinas’ Wednesday afternoon practice at Meralco Gym.The 27-year-old Fil-German made his first public appearance with the national team as he is set to be a part of the Philippines’ squad for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Standhardinger arrived late Tuesday night from Germany and was welcomed to the team by SBP president Al Panlilio, coach Chot Reyes, and team manager Butch Antonio.Also joining the team’s practices for the first time were Mac Belo, who just recovered from a torn meniscus surgery, and Jio Jalalon, who was coming off a flu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso attending the sessions were SEA Games-bound players Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Ray Parks, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose, Von Pessumal, and Almond Vosotros, as well as fellow cadets Matthew Wright, Ed Daquioag, and Fonzo Gotladera.Jones Cup import Mike Myers was also on hand for the sessions. View commentslast_img read more

PSG set to complete shock move for Choupo-Moting

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are poised to complete a shock move for Stoke forward Eric Choupo-Moting, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.A deal for the 29-year-old has come rather out of the blue, while Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat is poised to join the former Schalke man in the French capital. The move, however, does raise questions about the future of young PSG academy product Timothy Weah, who has impressed in the opening weeks of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking to the press on Friday, the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss confirmed that both Cameroon international Choupo-Moting and Bernat are on the verge of signing: “I am not going to lie, we are trying to get both players to sign – they are undergoing their medicals now. I do not know if others will follow.”While the arrival of the Stoke man comes as a surprise, Tuchel has argued there is a logical line of thought behind the move.”We have been looking for a backup to Edinson Cavani for a while,” he said. “Eric gave us an opportunity. He is a player of top quality & can impact games from the bench. We wanted a strong player, able to hold the ball up & dominate aerially.”PSG had previously stated that Weah would remain at the club and not move away on loan, yet Tuchel has suggested that they may rethink that stance in the light of the imminent arrival. “His arrival will influence Timothy Weah’s future. That said, they are different types of player,” he said.Meanwhile, the coach also gave an update on the fitness of his squad prior to Saturday’s trip to Nimes. While they will still be without Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves, Tuchel is hoping to count on one player returning.”Marco Verratti is back in training & we will decide together later if he will be coming to Nimes with us,” he said.PSG have a perfect record in Ligue 1 thus far this season, having earned nine points from a possible nine. They lead the league on goals scored from quick-starting Dijon.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova vows to ‘rise up again’ after French Open snub

first_imgMaria Sharapova said on Wednesday she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban following a decision by the French Open to deny her a wild card entry.Sharapova was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament, which she has won twice, but the French Tennis Federation (FFT) took the unexpected decision on Tuesday to refuse her entry.”If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday,” Sharapova said on Twitter on Wednesday.”No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”pic.twitter.com/Rtpywk8iKt- Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) May 17, 2017Sharapova’s return from a 15-month ban has split opinion in tennis circles, with some players arguing she is being given special treatment after receiving wild cards for tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.Accepting the decision to bar her from the French Open without rancour would give the Russian a chance to rise above the furore, according to former world number three Pam Shriver.Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where she is already one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the title.”She’s smart and savvy,” Shriver, who won 21 grand slam women’s doubles titles, said on ESPN. “She needs to take a step back and reconcile that her return to major tennis is going to have to wait and not be bitter about it.advertisement”It’s a chance to be above it all and complimentary.”Sharapova tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.The Russian said she had taken the drug “legally” throughout her career to treat medical conditions and had not realised it had been added to WADA’s banned list a few weeks before the tournament began.She was initially banned for two years but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the suspension to 15 months on appeal after finding she was not an “intentional doper” .The five-times Grand Slam champion, one of the sport’s biggest names, is guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event but will need a wild card to get straight into the main draw at the All England Club.last_img read more

Griffey Leads Hall of Famers

first_imgNEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was considered Mr. Clean during 22 years in the major leagues, untainted by accusations of drug use as he climbed the home-run list during the height of the Steroids Era.He nearly made a clean sweep in Hall of Fame voting.Griffey received 437 of 440 votes in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, a record 99.3 percent.“It’s real simple,” he explained after the announcement. “I’ve always said that I’ve got to look my kids in the eyes and you want to play fair.”Mike Piazza, the top offensive catcher in baseball history, was elected, too, and will be inducted along with Griffey in Cooperstown on July 24.Among the many muscled sluggers whose accomplishments were questioned during a time when chemists preyed on clubhouses, Piazza was made to wait until his fourth appearance on the ballot. After falling 28 votes shy last year, he was selected on 365 (83 percent).He wouldn’t say whether he was upset about being sullied by suspicions. “That’s the freedom we have,” Piazza maintained. “You can say these things, and that’s the country we live in.”Griffey topped the previous high percentage of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992. The identities of the three writers who did not vote for Griffey was not immediately known.“I can’t be upset,” he said. “It’s just an honor to be elected, and to have the highest percentage is definitely a shock.”A player needs to appear on 75 percent of ballots to gain election. Jeff Bagwell missed by 15 votes and Tim Raines by 23. Trevor Hoffman, second on the career saves list and appearing on the ballot for the first time, was 34 short.Total ballots dropped by 109 from last year after writers who have not been active for 10 years were eliminated under a rules change by the Hall’s Board of Directors.With a younger average electorate, Roger Clemens rose to 45 percent and Barry Bonds to 44 percent, both up from about 37 percent last year. Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and Bonds said he never knowingly took any banned substances.“They were Hall of Famers before all this stuff started,” Griffey said.Mark McGwire, who admitted using steroids, received 12 percent in his 10th and final ballot appearance.Half of baseball’s top 10 home run hitters are not in the Hall: Bonds (762), Alex Rodriguez (654), Jim Thome (612), Sammy Sosa (609) and McGwire (583). Rodriguez, who served a yearlong drug suspension in 2014, remains active. Thome’s first appearance on the ballot will be in 2018.Griffey believes drug-testing, which began in baseball in 2003, should eliminate the possibility of stigma for the current generation of players.“There won’t be any questions and you’ll know from here on out,” he said.Some players who admitted using steroids claimed they chose the needle because of pressure to compete. Griffey said he never was tempted.“I also had a dad that said you’re never going to be the biggest, you’re never going to be the strongest and you’re never going to be the fastest,” he said. “There’s always going to be someone in each of those categories, but the one thing they can’t do is outwork you.”“I never really worried about what somebody else was doing, because it was out of my control,” he added. “I was already popular. It wasn’t that I needed to jump out and surprise people.”Griffey and Piazza had contrasting treks to stardom. Griffey was selected first in the 1987 amateur draft and became the first No. 1 to make the Hall. Piazza was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 1,390th pick on the 62nd round in 1988; since the draft started in 1965, the lowest draft pick elected to the Hall had been John Smoltz, taken with selection 574 on the 22nd round in 1985.“It crystalizes how special this game is,” Piazza said. “It separates it from other sports. Athletic talent definitely helps, but it’s not the only thing that can make you successful.”Griffey was known simply as “Junior” by many as a contrast to his father, three-time All-Star outfielder Ken Griffey, who played alongside him in Seattle during 1990 and ’91. The younger Griffey became a 13-time All-Star outfielder and finished with 630 homers, sixth on the career list. After reaching the major leagues in 1989, he was selected for 11 consecutive All-Star Games in 1990.Wanting to play closer to his home in Florida, he pushed for a trade to Cincinnati — his father’s old team and the area he grew up in— after the 1999 season. But slowed by injuries, he never reached 100 RBIs again after his first season with the Reds, and he moved on to the Chicago White Sox in 2008 before spending his last season-plus with the Mariners.Griffey is likely to become the first player in the Hall with a Mariners cap. He wouldn’t say whether his bronze plaque should portray the look he’s most known for.“I haven’t really thought about the hat backwards,” he said.Piazza said he was directed not to speak about the hat on his plaque, which ultimately is decided by the Hall. After reaching the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992, Piazza was dealt to Florida in May 1998 before he could become a free agent, then traded eight days later to the Mets.He played for the Mets’ 2000 National League champions and remained with New York through 2005, hitting a memorable go-ahead home run in the first game in the city following the 2001 terrorist attacks. During a career that ended with San Diego in 2006 and Oakland the following year, he hit better than .300 in nine straight seasons and finishing with 427 home runs, including a record 396 when he was in the game behind the plate. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza had a .308 career batting average.While 6-foot-3, Piazza claims to not have a distinctive athletic body.“When you see a basketball guy out there or a football guy, you kind of know it,” he said. “And baseball guys, I think that’s why the public relates to us.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 starts getting Android 9 Pie beta update

first_imgSlowly and steadily Android phone makers are bringing Android 9 Pie to their phones. Smartphone companies like Sony, HMD, OnePlus, and others have updated some of their compatible phones to Google’s latest operating system. Xiaomi has also joined the bandwagon. The company is rolling out the Android 9 Pie software update in beta to its second Android One phone, Mi A2, launched earlier this year. The Android 9 Pie on the Mi A2 comes along with November security patch which in addition to some new features bring general bug fixes and improvements.As mentioned, the Android 9 Pie is rolling out to the beta users for now and we expect Xiaomi to officially roll out the OTA update to happen very soon. Xiaomi, however, is yet to officially announce about Mi A2 getting the Android 9 Pie update. But now that the update is in its beta stage, it won’t be wrong to say that the stable build of the update is close to official release.With the Android 9 Pie update, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will get updated with all the features that Google’s latest operation system packs. The features include – new navigation gestures, adaptive battery and brightness options, app actions, slices, improved security features, Digital Wellbeing, new accessibility menu, new screenshot shortcut, among others. In addition to these new features, the November security patch also brings general bug fixes and improvements to the Mi A2.The Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched in India for a starting price of Rs 16,999. This is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage variant. The smartphone is available in four colours in India — Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. The Mi A2 has already received appraises about its bloatware free software, and with the Android 9 Pie, we expect Xiaomi to further improve the user experience. The Mi A2 currently runs a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe Mi A2 Android One phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 2160x1080p resolution. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processors which also run phones like Vivo X21, Nokia 7 Plus, and BlackBerry Key 2. The Mi A2 also comes with impressive cameras for its price segment. The phone comes with a 20-megapixel camera on the front paired with a soft LED flash. The selfie camera of the Mi A2 uses AI for better portrait shots.ALSO READ: Xiaomi hikes prices of Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TVs in IndiaOn the rear panel, the Mi A2 includes a primary camera of 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 sensor and a secondary camera of 20-megapixel Sony IMX 376 sensor. The rear camera setup also comes paired with a dual LED flash. The smartphone features by a 3,000mAh battery paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology support.last_img read more

Manchester City take big step towards title with derby win at United

first_imgManchester City took a big step towards retaining the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday sending them back to the top of the table.City have 89 points, one more than rivals Liverpool, with both teams having three games to play — and none of them against top six opponents.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain in sixth place with 64 points, outside the Champions League qualification slots as the early promise of the Norwegian’s reign dissipates.United are surely keen to get this season over with and begin the rebuilding they need — they have now lost seven games out of their last nine in all competitions and were outclassed after the break by City’s composed, intelligent passing and movement.Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured a comfortable win for City, who have now won 11 straight league games.The form book suggests City should win the title, much to the frustration of Liverpool who have lost just once this season.However, City captain Vincent Kompany was not getting carried away.”Nothing is played out yet. Burnley is a difficult away game next and there is plenty to play for, both for us and Liverpool. We will deal with the other games in the next days,” said the Belgian.”We need three wins. We cannot expect the opponent to drop points.”United, smarting from their 4-0 hammering at Everton on Sunday, at least played with aggression and energy in the scoreless first half but created little beyond an optimistic long-range effort from Marcus Rashford.advertisementCity were slow to find top gear although the irrepressible Silva tested David De Gea with a thundering drive and Raheem Sterling shot straight at the Spanish keeper after dribbling his way to space inside the box.Guardiola was forced to adjust his lineup six minutes after the interval when Brazilian holding midfielder Fernandinho went off injured and Sane was introduced.But it was no surprise that Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva was the man who broke through.He picked the ball up on the right flank and cut inside on to his left foot, surprising De Gea with a low drive that sneaked in the bottom corner in the 54th minute.United’s night was summed up when some rare shaky defending from City saw the ball loop towards the back post but Jesse Lingard miss-kicked completely and the opportunity had gone.City then doubled their lead — Fred giving the ball away in midfield, Sterling breaking forward before feeding Sane on the left with the German’s powerful drive flying in off the outstretched leg of De Gea, who probably should have done better.”There is a difference in quality. That is why they are top and we are where we are,” said Solskjaer.”They have set the standard. Living in Manchester we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them,” he said.Also Read | Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri charged with misconductlast_img read more

Khan Wembley deal would move NFL London team step closer to reality

first_img Read more 1:24 Shahid Khan bought the Jaguars for $760m six years ago. Photograph: Diamond Images/Getty Images Topics Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley stadium NFL His purchase of the Jaguars for $760m was not a surprise. He had tried to buy a majority stake in the Rams, then in St Louis, two years before. He became the league’s first non-white and Muslim owner. And he immediately gained a profile as an American comfortable in London, establishing the Jags as the NFL franchise regularly playing in the UK. “I love sports,” he said on Thursday, gushing repeatedly about Wembley’s prestige, calling the stadium’s name “holy” to him. He also said Wembley is “underutilised” and promised to bring renovations that would make it a more desirable facility.Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, has made figuring out London a priority and one source told the Guardian that several years ago, before Khan bought the team, Goodell had expressed concerns about Jacksonville’s viability as an NFL market in private meetings.While Khan and Jaguars officials were careful to say a Wembley purchase will only help the market, an NFL team owning a London stadium makes the whole idea of a full‑time London team a bigger possibility. features ‘If you sell Wembley, then you sell Big Ben? And Buckingham Palace?’ – video Read more Pinterest Play Video Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sportscenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook He was speaking about the elite society of 32 NFL team owners who form one of the most exclusive clubs in sport, overseeing a $14bn operation. Their selectivity in who they allow to buy a franchise is legendary, as evidenced by their famous refusal of Donald Trump’s bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Each owner must add something to their group – many of whom are part of families that have owned their teams for years. Khan’s, it seems, is in the dual lives he has planted in the US and UK.For more than a decade the NFL has been serious about expanding globally, fearing that while it is the most lucrative league in the world its popularity does not stretch much beyond the US. Several league executives and team owners have told the Guardian in recent years they are committed to seeing whether a franchise could be placed in London full‑time.Given that Khan – who was raised in Pakistan and the US and spends considerable time in London – also owns a precarious NFL franchise with limited resources, he has been viewed as an obvious link to make the NFL’s aspirations come true. The fact he has embraced London, committing the Jags to an annual game at Wembley, has only raised that perception.The announcement of his £500m-plus proposal to buy Wembley stadium immediately sounded alarm bells that he may be looking to move the Jaguars to London, which has become a regular host of NFL games. Sportblog On the morning Shahid Khan increased his profile in the London sports scene, he sat in the headquarters of the Jacksonville Jaguars and laughed into the phone. It was a great roaring laugh that lingered even as he began to speak.“If you know the NFL, you know you don’t choose them they choose you,” the Jaguars and Fulham owner told the Guardian on Thursday. FA’s proposed sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan is a sign of the times Facebook Share on Twitter While he did not make a promise to keep them in Jacksonville, he was quick to say “it is too early” to determine whether an NFL team would work in London full-time. He then added “this is a step to stabilise the Jaguars” in Jacksonville. He said he hopes to have them play a second game each season at Wembley and believes doing so will be key to the team’s success in Florida, which is home to two other NFL franchises. “How do we grow?” the 67-year-old asked. “Most football fans in north-west Florida are not Jaguar fans because they are from somewhere else. We have to work hard to find football fans.”London, he believes, offers an opportunity to grow that base. He added that the team’s international profile has grown, especially since the Jags ended years of losing with a run that left them just short of this year’s Super Bowl. He said the team is “one of the five most recognisable” NFL franchises overseas and their merchandise outsold the other 31 teams internationally in November and December. He said these gains offset the limits of Jacksonville, which is the NFL’s seventh-smallest market. FA holds talks to sell Wembley to Fulham owner Khan in £900m deal Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Khan has been speaking with the FA for more than a year, ever since worries arose around the Jaguars that a sale of Wembley to a group uninterested in the NFL may take away the one obvious spot for the league to play most of its London games. As talks expanded, team officials realised the potential of keeping the revenue from food and beverage sales of not only Jaguars games at Wembley but also from all events. They also liked the idea of no longer paying rent at the stadium.But his interest in London makes Jacksonville fans nervous he intends to move the team. He was something of a mystery when he bought the Jags in 2012. He had not been a major player in US sports. Forbes Magazine has labelled him the NFL’s fourth-richest owner – with an estimated worth of anywhere between $5bn and $7bn, grown through his ownership of the car-parts company Flex-N-Gate – a firm for which he worked as a student at the University of Illinois. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

DPP Hails Boyne as Exemplary Public Servant

first_imgStory Highlights Miss Llewellyn recalled that her fondest memory of Mr. Boyne was appearing as a guest on Profile and the verbal jousting that ensued. “I was able to see him standing shoulder to shoulder with all the former Prime Ministers that he worked with. What struck me was that he exemplified the best as a journalist. Here was a man that every single Jamaican, both here and abroad and people in the international sphere, could admire,” she said. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, has hailed the late veteran journalist and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne, as an exemplary public servant.In an interview with JIS News after signing the condolence book at the agency, today (January 11), Miss Llewellyn said Mr. Boyne “gave service above self to Jamaica” while employed to the information agency.The DPP recounted sharing in the 30th anniversary celebration of ‘Profile’, the weekly television programme which Mr. Boyne hosted on local television, at King’s House on February 27, 2017.“I was able to see him standing shoulder to shoulder with all the former Prime Ministers that he worked with. What struck me was that he exemplified the best as a journalist. Here was a man that every single Jamaican, both here and abroad and people in the international sphere, could admire,” she said.Miss Llewellyn recalled that her fondest memory of Mr. Boyne was appearing as a guest on Profile and the verbal jousting that ensued.“I had to pad up like a master batsman to face the deliveries coming from Mr. Boyne. I said to myself, I met my match. He was a very worthy gladiator in the arena of how one articulates, using one of the most effective weapons, words,” she said.Mr. Boyne passed away on December 18 at the age of 60. His funeral will be held on Sunday, January 14 at the National Indoor Sports Centre, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, has hailed the late veteran journalist and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne, as an exemplary public servant. last_img read more

Capsized Trawler Adrift in Shipping Lane off South Africa

first_imgzoom South Africa’s charity National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) issued a warning that a large fishing vessel capsized and has been floating in a shipping lane some 9.8 miles south off Cape Point since May 1.Smit Amandla Marine, the company contracted to respond to maritime emergencies off of the South African coast, has warned that the vessel’s hull is made from fiberglass and cannot be detected by radar.NSRI Simonstown have attached life-jacket strobe lights onto the wreck in an effort to make the wreck more visible to passing traffic.NSRI says it is yet unknown what vessel this is or where it originated. A Marine Biologist who is an NSRI Hout Bay volunteer and who accompanied NSRI Simonstown suspects that, judging by barnacle growth on the wreck, she may be about two months old.The Smit Amandla tug will tow the capsized vessel away from the coast today.last_img read more

Steve Aoki Donates Memorabilia To Hard Rock International

first_imgAmerican electro house musician Steve Aoki donated various pieces of memorabilia from his personal reserve to Hard Rock International’s world-famous memorabilia collection.American electro house musician Steve Aoki accepts a $50,000 checkCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Sebastian SardouTo celebrate the partnership, Hard Rock International donated a $50,000 check to the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund.Steve Aoki signs the $50,000 check to the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, presented by Hard Rock InternationalCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Sebastian SardouSteve Aoki has always made it a point to take a proactive stance when it comes to social and humanitarian issues. He recognized the need for immediate humanitarian relief and essential medical research to help with crises and newfound heath issues that arise every year around the world, and uses his global influence to raise money for organizations dealing with these issues using funds raised from his own touring events, memorabilia auctions and partnerships with like minded artists.Steve Aoki unveils memorabilia donated from his personal reserve and discusses his partnership with Hard Rock International and his work with the Steve Aoki Charitable FundCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Sebastian Sardoulast_img read more

Kathryn Borel emerges from anonymity with a scathing indictment of Jian Ghomeshi

Borel blamed the CBC for not helping her when she first lodged a complaint.“When I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that yes, he could do this, and yes, it was my job to let him,” she said. “The relentless message to me from my celebrity boss and the national institution he worked for were that his whims were more important than my humanity or my dignity. So I came to accept this. I came to believe that it was his right.”Borel left the CBC because of the abuse and now works in California. The CBC apologized for how Ghomeshi treated Borel and said that the broadcaster has implemented changes to prevent something similar from happening in the future. “What Ms. Borel experienced in our workplace should never have happened and we sincerely apologize for what occurred,” the CBC said in a statement. “As we said in April of 2015, the incidents that came to our attention as it relates to Mr. Ghomeshi’s conduct in our workplace were simply unacceptable. We apologized then and we do again today.”In April 2015, CBC President Hubert LaCroix offered an apology for the broadcaster’s role in the toxic workplace environment. This followed an independent, third-party report into the myriad allegations against Ghomeshi.I want to apologize to Ms. Borel for my behaviour toward her in the workplace“To be clear, like the trial in February and the subsequent ruling, this particular court case is also unrelated to our decision to end Jian Ghomeshi’s employment with CBC. As we said in March, based on the evidence that came to our attention, Mr. Ghomeshi’s actions were not in line with the values of the public broadcaster nor with our employee code of conduct and we stand by this decision.”Ghomeshi apologized today for his “thoughtless and insensitive” behaviour, saying he has spent the last 18 months reflecting on his actions and the damage they have caused. During that time, he has seen a therapist whose identity is protected by a publication ban. In a letter submitted to the court, the registered social worker said that Ghomeshi “has been a highly engaged participant…. He continues to take accountability for his choices and actions, and continues to explore and practice skills that support healthier relationships.” [np_storybar title=”Full transcripts of Borel’s statement, CBC response and Ghomeshi’s apology” link=”#1″ ] [/np_storybar]TORONTO — A former colleague of Jian Ghomeshi who accused him of sexually assaulting her says his courtroom apology is an admission of guilt even though it won’t lead to a criminal conviction.Kathryn Borel, a former CBC employee, says she agreed to a peace bond over a trial because “it seemed like the clearest path to the truth.”She says that in the three years they worked together, Ghomeshi made it clear to her that “he could do what he wanted to me and my body.”According to the allegations read in court, Ghomeshi grabbed Borel from behind at work in 2008 and ground his pelvis into her. Laura Pedersen / National Post Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, said he had been through an “intensely public trial.”She said he has come through the situation with dignity.The apology is “everything the Crown and courts” had asked him to do.Crown lawyer Michael Callaghan read a brief statement of facts on which the prosecution relied for the peace bond.[np_storybar title=”A recap of Aileen Donnelly’s live updates from court” link=”#codeword”] [/np_storybar]“By apologizing for his actions, Mr. Ghomeshi accepts responsibility for his actions,” Callaghan said.Ghomeshi will have to stay away from Borel and not possess weapons under the peace bond, which is not a finding of guilt.In March, Ghomeshi was acquitted on sexual assault and choking charges related to three other complainants.Ghomeshi had previously insisted he did nothing wrong and pleaded not guilty.Laura Pedersen / National Post After signing a peace bond, the Crown withdrew the charge of sexual assault for which Ghomeshi was slated to stand trial in June.Ghomeshi, 48, was charged one year ago in relation to the incident.Borel consented to waiving a court-ordered ban on publicly identifying her.“I want to apologize to Ms. Borel for my behaviour toward her in the workplace,” Ghomeshi said.“I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately. I did not appreciate the damage that I caused. I understand this now.”Peter J. Thompson / National Post He had been expected to stand trial next month on a single charge of sexual assault related to the 2008 incident at CBC headquarters.The summary sexual assault charge Ghomeshi faced carries a maximum of 10 years behind bars on conviction.In March, the former host of the CBC radio show “Q” was acquitted of sexual assault and choking charges related to incidents alleged to have occurred in 2002 and 2003.In finding Ghomeshi not guilty, Judge William Horkins said he simply did not believe that the three complainants, who all had some kind of romantic encounters with the accused, were credible — sparking raucous protests outside the court from women activists decrying how the justice system treats sexual assault complainants.One of the three woman, Linda Redgrave, said after Wednesday’s hearing that she, too, wanted an apology.“I would like to hear him say he was sorry. I would like to hear him admit that he did what he did to me, and I actually want to know why,” said Redgrave, who has also agreed to be identified.“He’s admitting to wrongdoing only by force; he was forced into it with this peace bond. Where’s my apology?”The full statement from the CBC:What Ms. Borel experienced in our workplace should never have happened and we sincerely apologize for what occurred. As we said in April of 2015, the incidents that came to our attention as it relates to Mr. Ghomeshi’s conduct in our workplace were simply unacceptable. We apologized then and we do again today. To be clear, like the trial in February and the subsequent ruling, this particular court case is also unrelated to our decision to end Jian Ghomeshi’s employment with CBC. As we said in March, based on the evidence that came to our attention, Mr. Ghomeshi’s actions were not in line with the values of the public broadcaster nor with our employee code of conduct and we stand by this decision. We accepted the findings of the Rubin report and have since made significant progress on all the elements of our year-one action plan. We’ve launched new mandatory training programs for HR staff, for managers and for all employees. We’ve introduced a new bullying and harassment helpline. We’ve revised our process for capturing the details of bullying and harassment complaints. We are responding to complaints with renewed discipline and rigour, and learning from the data to improve prevention and early resolution. The past year’s progress has set a strong foundation for what’s next and the work that remains. That is, to have a broader conversation around culture with a clear focus on a healthy climate to support the wellbeing of all our staff. A full transcript of Kathryn Borel’s statement outside the courtHi, everyone, thanks for coming out and listening. My name is Kathryn Borel. In December of 2014, I pressed sexual assault charges against Jian Ghomeshi. As you know, Mr. Ghomeshi initially denied all the charges that were brought against him. But today, as you just heard, Jian Ghomeshi admitted wrongdoing and apologized to me. It’s unfortunate but maybe not surprising that he chose not say much about what exactly he was apologizing for. I’m going to provide those details for you now. Everyday, over the course of a three-year-period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body. He made it clear that he could humiliate me repeatedly and walk away with impunity. There are at least three documented incidents of physical touching. This includes the one charge he just apologized for, when he came up behind me while I was standing near my desk, put his hands on my hips and rammed his pelvis against my backside, over and over, simulating sexual intercourse. Throughout the time that I worked with him, he framed his actions with near-daily verbal assaults and emotional manipulations. His inferences felt like threats, or declarations like I deserved to have happening to me what was happening to me. It became very difficult for me to trust what I was feeling. Up until recently, I didn’t even internalize that what he was doing to my body was sexual assault because, when I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that yes, he could do this, and yes, it was my job to let him. The relentless message to me from my celebrity boss and the national institution he worked for were that his whims were more important than my humanity or my dignity. So I came to accept this. I came to believe that it was his right. But when I spoke to the police at the end of 2014, and detailed my experiences with Mr. Ghomeshi, they confirmed to me that what he did to me was, in fact, sexual assault. That’s what Jian Ghomeshi just apologized for. The crime of sexual assault. This is the story of a man who had immense power over me and my livelihood admitting that he chronically abused his power and violated me in ways that violated the law. Mr. Ghomeshi’s constant workplace abuse of me and my many colleagues and friends has since been corroborated by multiple sources, a CBC fifth estate documentary and a third-party investigation. In a perfect world, people who commit sexual assault would be convicted for their crimes. Jian Ghomeshi is guilty of having done the things that I have outlined today. So when it was presented to me the defence would be offering us an apology, I was prepared to forego a trial. It seemed to be the clearest path to the truth. A trial would have maintained his lie; the lie that he was not guilty. And it would have further subjected me to the very same pattern of abuse that I am currently trying to stop. Jian Ghomesi has apologized, but only to me. There are 20 other women who have come forward to the media and made serious allegations about this violent behaviour. Women who have come forward to say that he punched and choked and smothered and silenced them. There is no way that I would have come forward if it wasn’t for their courage. And yet Mr. Ghomeshi hasn’t met any of their allegations head-on, as he vowed to do in his Facebook post of 2014. He hasn’t taken the stand on any charge. All he has said about his other accusers is that they are all lying, and that he is not guilty. And remember, that’s what he said about me. I think we all want this to be over, but it won’t be until he admits to everything that he has done.A full transcript of Jian Ghomeshi’s apologyI want to apologize to Ms. Borel for my behaviour towards her in the workplace. In the last 18 months, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on this incident and the difficulties I caused Ms. Borel, and I have had to come to terms with my own deep regret and embarrassment. I enjoyed a position of privilege in my job at the CBC as the host of a program I loved. I was a person in a position of authority and leadership, and I did not show the respect that I should have to Ms. Borel. I did not always lead by example and I failed to understand and truly appreciate the impact of my conduct on Ms. Borel’s work environment. That conduct in the workplace was sexually inappropriate. I realize that there is no way for me to know the full impact on her personally and professionally. I now recognize that I cross boundaries inappropriately. A workplace should not have any sexualized tone. I failed to understand how my works and actions would put a coworker who was younger than me, and in a junior position to mine, in an uncomfortable place. I did not appreciate the damage that I caused, and I recognize that no workplace friendship or creative environment excuses this sort of behaviour, especially when there is a power imbalance as there was with Ms. Borel. This incident was thoughtless and I was insensitive to her perspective and how demeaning my conduct was towards her. I understand this now. This is a challenging business to be in and I did not need to make it more difficult for Ms. Borel. The past 18 months have been an education for me. I have reflected deeply and have been working hard to address the attitudes that led me, at the time, to think that this was acceptable. I apologize to my family for letting them down and in particular for the impact that all of this has had on my dear mother and my sister. I apologize for the burden my actions have placed on those dear friends who have stood by me throughout this difficult time. I regret my behaviour at work with all of my heart and I hope that I can find forgiveness from those for whom my actions took such a toll.A full transcript of Marie Henein’s statement to the courtI want to make a few very brief comments because at this stage, 18 months later, I cannot think of much that has not been said about this matter by someone somewhere. But there are a few, final thoughts that I would like to say and I think need to be said at this moment. Let me begin by thanking the court for accommodating us today and allowing the matter to be brought forward. The conclusion of this matter is entirely appropriate for all the reasons set out by Mr. Callaghan. The conclusion to this matter today, as your honour knows, is entirely consistent. It is not an admission or a plea. I want to thank Mr. Callaghan and Ms. Klukach. And while prosecutors need not be thanked for the job that they must do, it would be wrong to not acknowledge that in some cases, this is quite simply more challenging than others. They have done so. I am grateful to Mr. Callaghan and Ms. Klukach for their integrity. They did the right thing. In the last 25 years in the criminal justice system, I have never seen a case like this one. I have never had a client be the subject of such an unrelenting public scrutiny and focus. I have been witness to it as closely as anyone can be. It is a focus that has not only been on Mr. Ghomeshi but also his family and those that have stood beside him. He has taken this time to reflect in a meaningful and sincere way. His apology demonstrates that. Throughout this, he has had his liberty restricted. He has been, as your honour is aware, on bail for 18 months. He has been through one of the most intensely public trials in our history. He has not been allowed to function in the most basic and routine of ways. The last 18 months are one of the most difficult I have witnessed anyone ever having to withstand. I do not think many of us would have been able to do so. But he as. With dignity and the solemnity that is appropriate, he has demonstrated his respect for the judicial system throughout. With this apology, Mr. Ghomeshi has done everything the Crown and the courts have asked him to do. It is in my sincerest hope that with the conclusion of this proceeding, Mr. Ghomeshi can move forward. On a personal level, it is my equally sincere hope that the Canadian public can now move forward. And while this matter has consumed the attention of so many, there are many equally important matters in this country that the public wants to know about and that I hope we can now turn our attention to.This is what Crown Michael Callaghan said in court today on the #Ghomeshi matter (1/3) pic.twitter.com/quQjmtqNSS— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) May 11, 2016Crown Callaghan’s comments in court today #Ghomeshi (2/3) pic.twitter.com/Wcpo22I9j9— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) May 11, 2016Crown Callaghan’s remarks in court re: #Ghomeshi, last page (3/3) pic.twitter.com/pKaokWHYDl— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) May 11, 2016FirstPrev1 of 1NextLastThere are no entries on this page.FirstPrev1 of 1NextLast read more

Annan voices serious concern over attempted extrajudicial killing by Israel

“He reiterates his consistent opposition to such actions,” a statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said of the attempt against Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi. “Today’s action is likely to complicate even further the efforts by the Palestinian Prime Minister to halt violence and terrorism by Palestinian groups.”Mr. Annan condemned the killing in the attack of Palestinian civilians, including a mother and her three-year-old daughter. “He calls again on the Government of Israel to desist from the disproportionate use of force, especially in densely populated areas,” the statement added.The Secretary-General, who yesterday deplored violence by Palestinian groups over the weekend, said he believed Israelis and Palestinians faced a stark choice. “Either they follow the Road Map that leads to the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security; or they take the low road that spirals down into an endless cycle of violence, counter-violence and revenge,” the statement declared.”Events of the past few days illustrate in graphic form the consequences of the latter course,” it said.Mr. Annan urged leaders on both sides to “show the wisdom, courage and restraint needed to commit themselves to implementing the Road Map,” the plan drawn up by the diplomatic quartet – UN, United States, European Union and Russia – calling for Israelis and Palestinians to take a series of parallel and reciprocal steps over the next three years towards the vision of establishing two states living side by side in peace and security. read more

Intel cuts SSD pricing introduces new 120GB X25M

first_imgIntel is attempting to encourage geeks everywhere to add an SSD to their PCs this holiday period by cutting prices and introducing a brand new 120GB model to its X-25M line.The 80GB X25-M drive now has an RRP of $199 while the 160GB drive has been dropped to $415. But the sweet spot for many PC builders may come in the form of a new 120GB model that costs $50 more than the 80GB drive at $249. Even Intel admit it’s the best value drive they offer in the X25-M range on a dollar-per-GB basis.AdChoices广告The X25-M is Intel’s Mainstream range of drives offering up to 250MB/s read speeds and between 70-100MB/s write speeds depending on the size of drive (larger drive equals faster writes). Read latency is 65ms, life expectancy is 12 million MTBD, and SMART comes as standard.Troy Winslow, director of product marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group, made it clear this price cut was to get people buying SSD as gifts this year:Every Christmas, consumers are looking for the latest tech gadget; this year, with prices dropping, the solid-state drive is becoming more mainstream and can make the single greatest improvement to PC performance. With an SSD, tech shoppers can give the gift of a technology makeover that will help speed up, or breathe new life, into a current PC by just swapping out the hard drive for an SSD. Read more at the Intel press releaseMatthew’s OpinionWhile the write performance isn’t fantastic on these drives, the read performance is. If you’re building a new system or just want a faster booting machine then these reduced prices will sure be tempting.The 160GB is still way over priced at $415, but the 80GB and 120GB drives are just about acceptable if performance is your goal. However, the 120GB drive is worth the extra $50 as the write speed increases from 70MB/s to 100MB/s. So not only is it cheaper in terms of dollars-per-GB, it also outperforms the 80GB offering.Is anyone who was sitting on the fence waiting for SSD pricing to drop now tempted by this 120GB drive? It’s got me thinking about an upgrade.last_img read more

Latest iPad 2 case has new hole suggesting Mini DisplayPort slot

first_imgYesterday the tech world was distracted away from future Apple device rumors due to news of Steve Jobs taking medical leave again. But it didn’t take long for tech sites to get back on track and notice a new iPad 2 case with two new holes.It has been suggested before that the iPad 2 could ship with an SD card slot. That would account for one of the new holes in this case. But what is the second one for?AdChoices广告The top guess suggests that the cutout in the middle top of the casing is for a Mini DisplayPort. Some might suggest it could be a USB port, but the existing dock connection on the iPad can handle USB with the appropriate connector so why split that functionality out into a separate port and position it on top of the iPad 2? A Mini DisplayPort does sound like the more appropriate addition.If such a port were added it would allow video to be streamed over a cable rather than through the air, or for iPad 2 to output to a large HD display turning the tablet into a big remote or touch interface you don’t need to look at. A HD output connection would also fit if the iPad 2 does ship with the higher resolution display and ability to output at a resolution of 2048 x 1536.While we don’t know if this case has been made knowing what the final iPad 2 looks like, evidence that it is correct comes from two separate manufacturers adding the same cutouts to their case designs. AppleInsider has shots of one, while M.I.C. Gadget has shots of the other.via Engadgetlast_img read more

La construction de lEPR de Flamanville prend du retard

first_imgLa construction de l’EPR de Flamanville prend du retardEDF a indiqué qu’après l’accident mortel survenu sur le chantier en janvier dernier, la construction du bâtiment devant abriter le réacteur de l’EPR de Flamanville avait pris “quelques mois” de retard.Le 24 janvier, la construction du bâtiment du réacteur de l’EPR de Flamanville, dans la Manche, était arrêtée. Une enquête était menée sur le chantier pour déterminer de quelle façon était mort un soudeur de 37 ans. Il avait chuté de 18 mètres de haut après qu’une des 20 grues du chantier ait percuté la passerelle où il se trouvait.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLa construction avait repris deux mois après mais de façon plus lente afin d’éviter un nouvel accident. “Cela a un impact sur le jalon de la pose du dôme du bâtiment réacteur. Les enchaînements derrière [l’arrêt de deux mois] sont un peu moins rapides. Priorité à la sécurité”, a indiqué le directeur, M. Ménager. Le dôme devait initialement être posé à la fin de l’été. L’effectif du personnel (3.300), lui, devait passer à 3.700 intervenants avant la fin de l’été mais, là aussi, un décalage est prévu.Le directeur est par ailleurs opposé à un moratoire sur le chantier, demandé après les accidents à répétition sur la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon suite au tsunami du 11 mars. M. Ménager a expliqué qu’il n’allait “pas attendre qu’on nous dise quoi faire. On avance et je modifierai” si besoin. Comme il l’indique, “c’est un risque industriel qu’EDF prend. C’est financier. Les journées d’arrêt coûtent très cher. Revenir sur l’installation une fois le chantier un peu avancé [est en revanche envisageable]. Evidemment, on a intérêt à le faire le plus vite possible”.Pour le moment, la date de mise en service de l’EPR reste 2014 mais les choses peuvent encore évoluer. En effet, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire a des “présomptions de défauts susceptibles de remettre en cause l’efficacité des adaptateurs qui contrôlent l’activité du réacteur”, indique Science et Avenir. Le 12 mai 2011 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bridge council to mull Hayden Island options

first_imgPORTLAND — The shape of future vehicle access to Hayden Island may be resolved Friday when a high-level advisory committee meets in Portland.The Columbia River Crossing’s 10-member Project Sponsors Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s regional office at 123 N.W. Flanders St.The committee has been chewing over a couple of alternatives, put forward by Portland-area officials to lessen the hulking footprint of the new bridge on Hayden Island.One option would remove the interchange from the island altogether, connecting motorists via two smaller arterial bridges from the south.The other would slim freeway lanes through the island with a smaller single interchange.The sponsors council agenda also includes work group updates on transportation and land-use modeling, performance measures and managed lanes and transportation demand management.last_img read more

Obama talks gay rights in Seattle

first_imgVancouver man greets president in SeattleSEATTLE — President Barack Obama told supporters at a Paramount Theatre fundraiser in Seattle on Thursday that a vote for his opponent was a vote for going backward.In a speech that acknowledged the economy is still struggling, Obama drew the biggest applause for his passing references to support for gay rights and abortion rights.He pointed out Washington voters’ upcoming ballot measure on gay marriage and said Americans should be able to find success regardless of their circumstance, “no matter what you look like, no matter what your last name, no matter who you love.”The crowd at the Paramount, seated around tables on the main floor, rose to its feet to cheer wildly.Without referring directly to marriage, Obama expanded on the theme of same-sex equality.“We are moving forward to a country where every American is treated with dignity and with respect and here in Washington you’ll have the chance to make your voice heard on the issue of making sure that everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, is treated fairly,” Obama said. “You’ll have a chance to weigh in on this. We are a nation that treats people fairly.”Opponents of the new law allowing same-sex marriage said this week they have more than half of the signatures they need to qualify a proposed referendum seeking to overturn the measure.last_img read more

Odisha government mandates 7hour duty for college teachers

first_imgBhubaneswar: The higher education department on Friday issued a notification to teachers of all government and aided non-government colleges in the state to perform their duty for at least seven hours. “All teachers posted in government and aided non-government colleges of the state, including the principal, shall perform the duty for at least seven hours on every working day,” the notification said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The directive is, however, not extended to guest teachers. The notification said that the teachers will have to devote time for the library, research and extra classes, apart from the usual teaching work. The education department also made 75 per cent attendance compulsory for the students. “College students have to attend at least 75 per cent of the classes, failing which they shall not be allowed to appear in the end-term examination,” stated the notification. The attendance of the students will be monitored on a monthly-basis and parents of those who fail to attend 75 per cent of the classes, will be contacted, the notification read.last_img read more

HAL starts IPO process files DRHP with Sebi

first_imgA view of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s Hawk assembly line. The Hawk is a tandem-seat aircraft for ground attack, flying training and weapon training, powered by an Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine.Wikimedia CommonsState-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd on Sunday said it has initiated the process of Initial Public Offer (IPO) with the filing of the Draft Red Herring Prospectus with market regulator SEBI, financial portal Moneycontrol.com reported.HAL has initiated the process of IPO with the filing of the Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) on September 29, 2017 with SEBI, the company said in a statement, according to the report.The Union government had in 2012 approved the sale of a 10 percent stake in HAL. It had in 2013 appointed four merchant bankers: SBI Cap, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Axis Capital, for managing the stake sale.HAL CMD T Suvarna Raju said, “This is a major milestone towards listing of the defence PSU which is slated for partial disinvestment by the government of India.”A top company official had said during the Aero India in February that 3.615 crore equity shares at a face value of Rs 10 would be considered for the IPO, the valuation of which would be done by the Book Running Lead Managers (BRLMS) and the other financial experts.During 2015-16 twelve crore and five lakh shares were offered for buyback in all, amounting to Rs 5,265 crore, HAL had earlier said.last_img read more