AFP official booed out of forum Team Philippines has so far gone undefeated in its first two games in the first window of the grueling series, notching wins against the Japanese away from home and then clipping Chinese-Taipei at the Big Dome last November.Gilas is holding Monday-only practices for the past month and will kick up its preparations leading to the matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlatche had been notorious for coming in late in preparing for tournaments with Gilas. But not this time as the Filipinos would have to be perfect if they are to stand a chance against the talented charges from Down Under. Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Blue Eaglets seal 14-game sweep, enter UAAP Finals 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche flew into the country sans fanfare on Friday and will be having enough time to train with Gilas Pilipinas as it readies for clashes against Australia and Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying series in less than two weeks.The 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net in the NBA will be suiting up yet again and spearheading the Filipinos against the Aussies, ranked 10th in the world, on Feb. 22 in Melbourne and versus the Japanese three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Fowler gave himself a break: “You kind of have to say, ‘Hey, it’s a major, I played well this week.’”Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under. That score would have won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of this championship. But rain-softened Erin Hills was a new U.S. Open course and a much different creature than most of the previous hosts. Fowler’s 10 under was only good for a fifth-place tie.Thomas bogeyed three of the first five holes and tied for ninth at 8 under, eight shots out of the lead.The two Americans, the closest thing to household names and/or favorites on a third-round leaderboard full of players looking for their first major, were left to tip their hat to countryman Brooks Koepka, who played close-to-flawless golf and tied the U.S. Open record in relation to par at 16 under.“It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under,” Thomas said. “I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him.”ADVERTISEMENT Brooks Koepka caps record week with US Open title MOST READ Rickie Fowler on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ERIN, Wis. — Rickie Fowler was hoping to wipe away the past. Justin Thomas was hoping to relive it.Neither got what they were looking for Sunday at the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH He was spectacular Saturday, never more than when he hit a 3-wood from 300 yards to 8 feet on No. 18 for an eagle putt that he drained to record the 31st score of 63 in major history. His 9 under was the best-ever U.S. Open score in relation to par.That put him in Sunday’s final pairing — a 2:54 p.m. tee time — and Thomas, an early bird, said it was “bizarre for me,” hanging around the house he shared with Fowler, trying to avoid the phone, the TV, all that was being written and said about him until it was time to go to the course.Once he got there, he never got comfortable.He hit a good putt on No. 2 that got caught the left edge of the cup and spun out, and settled for bogey. A chip on the fourth almost went in, but then trickled back to 4 feet and he blocked the par putt to the right.“Obviously, that’s just one shot, but that was a pretty big turn,” Thomas said of the bogey on No. 4. “It went from (maybe) a good save and a tap-in par to now going 2 over through four and really behind the eight ball.”After his 68 on Saturday put him in contention yet again at a major, Fowler said he was looking forward to what was supposed to be a windier, tougher day at Erin Hills. But he said the wind wreaked havoc with his putts, blowing them off line and putting him in spots where “getting kind of the right gust at the right time was kind of key.”Fowler needed 30 putts on Sunday, compared to 24 on Saturday. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey. It put him at 10 under, three out of the lead, and Fowler never got closer.It added another less-than-fantastic finish for Fowler at the majors.He was two back of Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson heading into the last round at the 2014 Masters but shot 73 and never threatened. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others. (Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson made more memorable runs at Rory McIlroy at those events.). At this year’s Masters, he entered the final round trailing by one but shot a 76 and was far from the drama between Garcia and Justin Rose.A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments “If you look at the negatives too much, you’re going to be stuck doing that the whole time,” Fowler said. “You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn’t happen a whole lot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery during a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix.As was the case in previous majors where he’s contended, Fowler did little to put real pressure on the leaders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.“Well, it wasn’t going to be like yesterday, regardless,” Thomas said, acknowledging that record-setting days don’t come around all that often.
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano. Photo: Reuters.Former Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stefano, 88, one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died in the Spanish capital two days after suffering a heart attack.Real’s honorary president passed away at the Gregorio Maranon hospital at 15:15 GMT on Monday, the club said in a statement.”It’s a very sad day,” Real forward and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo said on his Twitter feed in one of an avalanche of tributes that poured in after the news broke. “For me, for all the Madridistas, for the world of football.”Ronaldo’s predecessor as World Player, Lionel Messi, said on Facebook: “The world lost a legend today, Don Alfredo Di Stefano. An amazing man on and off the field.”Alfredo Di Stefano with Diego Maradona. Photo: Reuters.Argentina-born Di Stefano, who helped transform Real into one of the world’s leading teams in the 1950s and 60s, was admitted to intensive care on Saturday.He had suffered an 18-minute respiratory arrest, the emergency services said.”He was the most complete player I’ve ever seen,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on the website of soccer’s world governing body (www.fifa.com). “He was also my favourite player.”I was following him very closely when he was playing for the great Real Madrid team and I was a young sports reporter. Later I had the privilege to meet him … and we became good friends in football. I will always remember him.”Blond arrowKnown as ‘La Saeta Rubia’ (blond arrow), Di Stefano joined Real in 1953 and became a naturalised Spaniard three years later.advertisementAlfredo Di Stefano with David Beckham. Photo: Reuters.He helped the club win five successive European Cups between 1956-60 and scored in each of the finals. His death comes just weeks after Real won their 10th European crown.Di Stefano’s international career was less spectacular and he made a handful of appearances for Argentina and later Colombia, while he was playing club football there, before netting 23 goals in 31 games for Spain.He had a number of health problems in recent years and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2005 after heart surgery.”A legendary player, a myth,” Spanish state secretary for sport Miguel Cardenal said in a statement.Former Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stefano and Club President Florentino Perez (L) are presented the FIFA Club of the Century trophy by FIFA President Joseph Blatter during the FIFA World Player of the Year awards in Rome on December 11, 2000. Photo: Reuters.”There was nobody who stood comparison. He laid the foundations of a team that was named the best of the 20th century and that this year won the European Champions League.”The legacy he left in Real Madrid’s DNA was of fighting to the end and never giving up. Don Alfredo was the greatest.”Real president Florentino Perez announced that, according to the wishes of Di Stefano’s family, the body would lie in repose at the club’s Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday.”Today is a day that we never thought could come, a day of absolute sadness for the Madrid family and the world of football,” Perez told a news conference.”The greatest Real Madrid player and the best of all time has left us,” added the construction magnate.”His legend will last forever. Alfredo Di Stefano changed the history of this club. He is a myth and he is Real Madrid.”Alfredo Di Stefano with Luis Figo. Photo: Reuters.
Rivero is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game thus far in this preseason tournament while Paras is tallying 17.0 points and 5.0 boards per game.“I don’t think that it will be any different from last year when Ricci and Kobe played for the Gilas Cadets against La Salle,” said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario. “It is just another game. No different. We come out and play anyone.”The Maroons tote an even 1-1 card thus far. UP lost to San Beda, 75-66, in its first game before bouncing back to hammer Arellano, 78-69.“This is a good test for us,” UP coach Bo Perasol said. “We don’t have our entire roster as some are out with minor injuries, but we are seeing others step up such as James Spencer and that is what we want.”In other seniors hoops matches, National University makes its preseason tournament debut when it takes on unbeaten Letran (2-0) at 2 p.m., while Centro Escolar University takes on the Tigers at 5:45 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Game time is at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.La Salle is coming off an opening day win over University of Santo Tomas, 72-49, where the Archers faced former coach Aldin Ayo and ex-reserve Brent Paraiso.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis time, the Archers take on Rivero, who was instrumental in its last title run, and Paras, who once suited up for the school’s junior program.Rivero and Paras have been picking up the cudgels for the Maroons in the absence of guard Juan Gomez de Liaño. View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle will test a fancied University of the Philippines squad that is anchoring its hopes this year on two players the Green Archers are quite familiar with.La Salle battles the Maroons in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Sunday, with UP again unveiling Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras new recruits who have green roots.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Got to believe At 11 a.m., Ateneo continues its rebuilding stage in the post-Kai Sotto era when it faces Adamson in the lone high school match of the day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Deepika Padukone’s magnificent attires at the Cannes Film Festival this year made sure she remained in the news during her stint at the French Riviera.While we were still swooning over her sultry, wine red-carpet dress at Cannes, Deepika gave us a reason to forget everything and reminisce her XXX: Return of the Xander Cage days.The leggy lass showed up in a black outfit at filmmaker Karan Johar’s 45th birthday bash, which wasn’t something we hadn’t seen before–but it did have the same bewitching effect on us.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniDeepika Padukone donned a black, fishnet top that beautifully accentuated her perfectly toned body, and made sure she looked super sensual.She teamed up the turtle-neck top with a black, trumpet skirt, which was matched perfectly with her sizzling top.Also Read: In pictures: Deepika Padukone’s Cannes 2017 fashion diaryDonning black Christian Louboutin pumps, and minimal makeup, Deepika looked beyond hot in this black attire. And we can’t help but relate her fishnet look to the ensembles she sported during the promotions of her Hollywood film XXX: Return of the Xander Cage.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniDeepika was also seen wearing a sultry outfit on similar lines for a track in Raabta, an upcoming film starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniAlso Read: Deepika Padukone’s most experimental look at Cannes Film Festival is also her most gorgeous yetThe Bajirao Mastani actress clearly has a thing for fishnet, and we’re only glad that she dons them so often.advertisement
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has had a slew of transfers this season. That’s not surprising, considering the Huskers have a new coaching staff led by Scott Frost. What is uncommon is that most of these transfers have ended up at the same school.Tristan Gebbia, Tyjon Lindsey and Avery Roberts are all transferring to Oregon State, which boasts some coaches from the Huskers’ old staff.The Huskers have a new transfer in running back Greg Bell.Frost explained today why he’s blocking Bell from transferring to Oregon State.From ESPN.com:Scott Frost’s comments today about Oregon State, regarding the Greg Bell transfer, are interesting — in light of the fact that as of next Monday, Nebraska can’t block anyone (including Bell) from transferring to any school. And Bell is likely not going to consider OSU anyway. Nevertheless, Frost doubled down today on the permission-to-contact restriction, saying “there’s no doubt in my mind” that Tristan Gebbia, Tyjon Lindsey and Avery Roberts were contacted by former Nebraska staffers now at Oregon State. If any contact occurred before the players received scholarship releases, that’s tampering, of course, and against the rules.You can watch Frost’s comments on the matter below:Frost: “It doesn’t create something that competitively fair and balanced.” Interesting response today from the #Huskers coach on why they blocked Greg Bell from going to Oregon State. pic.twitter.com/8AqTKZey6p— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) October 11, 2018Nebraska, yet to win a game this season, is playing Northwestern on Saturday.
Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material Kim’s new futuristic snowshoe (and the company’s first winter product), the Snow Leopard 25 ($240 and slated for retail winter 2019-2020), applies the same collapsible technology used for Alite’s camp chairs. “We felt there was a bit of staleness in the snowshoe market,” he tells The Manual. “Snowshoes can be a bit inconvenient at times; they’re often bulky and difficult to store when not in use, not to mention carrying them in or usually on your bag or backpack. We’ve imbued the Snow Leopard 25 with our chair technology so it’s fully foldable, making it super portable and easy to carry. We’ve done extensive testing with other snowshoe designs and even with the added function of foldability, our new design doesn’t sacrifice any performance.”The feel of these snowshoes compared to your pop’s old pair is more solid in their connection to the ground, thanks to the construction of the frame and the sturdy pivot axel that runs beneath the crampon. “Your feet also feel more supported in the binding because it is set on the cross bar that is attached directly to the frame. This also helps keep the snowshoe parallel to your feet and gives a nice flow and action when in-step,” says Kim.”While the differences are highly foundational (did we mention you can collapse the Snow Leopard 25 into itself for compact carrying?) the difference is also skin-deep. Editors’ Recommendations Tae Kim has reinvented the snowshoe.Growing up in Alaska, Kim spent most of his time outdoors (his favorite piece of gear was his snowboard) and went on to graduate from Stanford University’s prestigious d.school. He took a role with The North Face, where he was the design director of hard goods for eight years, but split from the outdoor giant to found his own brand, Alite Designs (you’ve probably heard of their casual camping outdoor furniture). And now he’s reinvented the snowshoe. No big deal.(Uh, big deal.)The next best thing to walking on water is walking over snow, which allows you to hike through frozen tundras during any season. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger surface area so that the person’s foot does not sink into the powder. However, with this distribution comes cumbersome size. If anyone has tried carrying their snowshoes while not in use, they know it’s a hassle and a half. Needless to say, snowshoes aren’t optimally designed for anything other than snowshoeing. “Lots of snowshoes nowadays look kind of the same,” Kim says, “So we designed the Snow Leopard 25 with a new aesthetic angle so that it stands out in a category that has remained greatly unchanged. It looks sexy … Can I say that about a snowshoe?”Yes, Kim, because these futuristic snowshoes are dripping with winter sex appeal, flashing gold carbon steel and matte white tarpaulin.Both the bones and the face of the Snow Leopard 25 were made possible by the means of Kim’s design process. After being with The North Face for so long, Kim started Alite with a focus on making the design studio and workshop more hands-on, especially in terms of prototyping. Kim says, “We built out a wood shop and a metal shop as well as a sewing studio so we can do lots of rapid prototyping in-house. We also have a really small design team that has an intimate relationship with each product we create.”Now thanks to Kim, next winter we’ll have foldable, easy to store, easy to travel with, ‘sexy’ snowshoes that have never been offered before. “Bringing along a pair of snowshoes for a weekend trip no longer has to be a big commitment with space in your pack or the car,” Kim says, with attention to the recreational outdoorist who isn’t quite as hardcore. In that respect, the visual appeal of Alite’s snowshoes make for a stunning wall mount (much classier than your old college posters).“It’s a snowshoe that works great, is aesthetically pleasing, and that folds nicely and easily creates more opportunity for people to use it,” Kim adds. “And hopefully inspires some folks who never thought they’d snowshoe to go outside and try.” How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker
Nova Scotia is now cleaner and greener, thanks to Saint Mary’s University’s switch from oil to cleaner burning natural gas. Energy Minister Barry Barnet was on campus today, March 3, to celebrate the start of the school’s natural gas heating system, and to kick off Saint Mary’s Sustainability Fair. “Natural gas is a cleaner, healthier, made-in-Nova Scotia energy solution,” said Mr. Barnet. “This is a resource in our own backyard, helping us move to a greener energy future. “The province’s 2009 Energy Strategy commits Nova Scotia to becoming cleaner and greener by the year 2020. Making smart energy choices like natural gas are essential to helping us get there.” The new heating system establishes an anchor load for the surrounding area. As a larger customer, Saint Mary’s conversion allows Heritage Gas to expand its network further into Halifax, and creates more opportunities for natural gas use by local residents. The conversion from oil to natural gas allows the university to heat more than one million square feet of space and reduces the university’s emissions by more than 2,000 tonnes per year — equal to taking about 400 cars off the road. Saint Mary’s University president Colin Dodds said the school is dedicated to sustainability and environmental stewardship and continues to make energy efficiency a priority. “Conversion to natural gas speaks to our commitment to the environment,” said Dr. Dodds. “Students, faculty and staff are showcasing that commitment at today’s fair and throughout Sustainability Week, highlighting our energy retrofit, academic leadership around sustainability, guest speaker series and other initiatives.” “We’re pleased to offer Saint Mary’s a reliable and healthier energy source, and we’re proud to help improve the local air quality for both campus and neighbourhood residents,” said Ray Ritcey, president of Heritage Gas. “Saint Mary’s is also the anchor load in this part of Halifax to attract other businesses and residents to natural gas.” The conversion was made possible with a contribution from the Nova Scotia Gas Market Development Fund. The province has supported natural gas conversion projects in Burnside and at health-care facilities in Amherst, Dartmouth and Halifax. In 2008, the fund contributed to nearly 14,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emission reductions from residential and commercial customers. Saint Mary’s University Sustainability Week runs until Friday, March 6, and includes a fair on sustainable products and initiatives, a panel discussion and a special presentation by author Silver Donald Cameron. For more information on events, visit www.smu.ca/sustain/activities.
Brasilia: Superstar Neymar was ruled out of the Copa America on Thursday after tearing his right ankle ligament during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar. “Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will neither be fit nor have time to recuperate sufficiently to participate” in the tournament, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. The injury to the world’s most expensive footballer is a big blow to the hosts’ preparations for South American continental championship, which begins in just over a week’s time. A distraught-looking Neymar was seen covering his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha Stadium on Wednesday night. A large ice pack had been strapped to the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s lower right leg while two members of Brazil’s support staff carried him from the pitch. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe injury comes just nine days before Brazil’s opening Copa America game against Bolivia. Minutes after Richarlison had opened the scoring in the 17th minute, Neymar was substituted with the CBF saying he had suffered “a ligament rupture at the level of the right ankle”. With Neymar ruled out, the host nation face an uphill battle to win South America’s continental championship for the first time since 2007. Neymar’s ankle injury was just the latest twist in the soap opera surrounding the striker, who has dominated headlines in Brazil since Saturday after a woman accused him of raping her in a Paris hotel. Neymar has strongly denied the allegations, published intimate images on social media in his defence and had continued to train with his Brazilian team-mates for the Copa America, which kicks off June 14. Earlier on Wednesday, the CBF president Rogerio Caboclo had insisted for the second time this week that Neymar would play in the Copa America despite the seriousness of the allegations. Caboclo’s assurances, who cost PSG a world record fee of 222 million euros ( 248 million) in 2017, came after CBF vice president Francisco Noveletto was quoted by Brazilian media Tuesday as saying he was willing to “bet” that Neymar would quit.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean officials have travelled to North Korea by train to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for an aspirational project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South.Wednesday’s ceremony at the North Korean border town of Kaesong comes weeks after the Koreas conducted a joint survey on the northern railway sections they hope to someday link with the South.The ambitious project is among a variety of peace gestures agreed between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they push ahead with engagement amid a stalemate in larger nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.But beyond on-site reviews and ceremonies, the Koreas cannot move the project much further along without the removal of U.S.-led sanctions against the North.During his three summits with Moon and a meeting with President Donald Trump in June, Kim signed vague statements pledging a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing how and when it would occur. But followup nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for months over the sequencing of the denuclearization that Washington wants and the removal of international sanctions desired by Pyongyang.South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, said the Seoul government plans to conduct further surveys on North Korean railways and roads before drawing up a detailed blueprint for the project.“Actual construction will be pursued in accordance with progress in the North’s denuclearization and the state of sanctions against the North,” the ministry said in a statement.Even if the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization and gains sanctions relief, some experts say updating North Korean rail networks and trains, which creak slowly along the rails that were first built in the early 20th century, could take decades and massive investment.Seoul said it received an exemption to sanctions from the U.N. Security Council to proceed with Wednesday’s ceremony as it involved the usage of South Korean transport vehicles and goods. The Koreas’ joint survey of North Korean railways in November, which also required U.N. approval, marked the first time a South Korean train travelled on North Korean tracks.The Koreas in December 2007 began freight services between South Korea’s Munsan Station in Paju and the North’s Panmun Station to support operations at a now-shuttered joint factory park in Kaesong. The South used the trains to move construction materials north, while clothing and shoes made at the factory park were sent south. The line was cut in November 2008 due to political tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.The Kaesong factory park was shut down under the South’s previous conservative government in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.The Associated Press
CALGARY — Penn West Petroleum Ltd. stock fell to a new 52-week low Tuesday after the company announced four vice-presidents stepped down.Penn West shares dropped 3.5 per cent or 41 cents to $11.19 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after earlier falling as low as $11.05.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer said the senior executives whose departure was effective immediately are: Hilary Foulkes, executive vice-president and chief operating officer; Thane Jensen, senior vice-president and operations engineering; James Burns, vice-president of corporate planning; and Wendy Henkelman, vice-president, treasury.The company did not offer an explanation beyond that “improved execution is the key to realizing the value inherent in the company’s asset base.”“We will continuously make the necessary changes to deliver on our business plan,” it said.The company has been restructuring, partially to pay down debt.Penn West agreed in principle last month to sell $1.3-billion worth of its non-core properties, representing the equivalent of 12,000 barrels per day of production.The Calgary-based company said it would use funds from the sale to repay a portion of the money drawn on its credit facilities.“Recently announced agreements to sell assets have provided Penn West with operational and financial flexibility, allowing the company to maintain its dividend while applying capital to high rate of return projects in its portfolio,” it said in a release Tuesday.The company has been positioning itself to concentrate on light-oil plays, particularly along the Cardium formation in southern Alberta.During the most recent third-quarter, risk management activities helped pushed the oil and gas producer into the red. Last week, it reported a net loss of $67-million or 14 cents per share in the quarter.That compared with year-earlier net income of $138-million or 29 cents per share.The big swing was mainly due to unrealized losses or gains on the company’s risk-management contracts, partially offset by unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses.By other measures, Penn West had a more stable quarter.Revenue was $840-million, down from $861-million a year earlier. Funds flow was $344-million or 72 cents per share, down from $348-million or 74 cents per share. Production fell to the equivalent of 160,339 barrels of oil per day from 161,323 barrels per day.
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Monday was 75.54 cents US, up 0.17 of a cent from Friday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.3238, down 0.30 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6848, down 0.36 of a cent, and US$1.2727, up 0.02 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4819, down 0.34 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
Grammy nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will be hitting the stage tonight at Valley Heights Secondary School.The band is visiting Valley Heights in between stops in neighbouring American cities.“We are able to have them perform on a non-traditional concert night, a Monday, at an early time so that we can all have an early night and be ready for school or work the next day,” said Sara Moody Veldhuis, head of music at Valley Heights.Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will be performing Monday afternoon for the students, and for the public at 7 p.m.Waterford singer-songwriter Amber Banks will open the evening.“I first came to know of Amber through her dad, Bobby Banks of local blues band favourites The Shoe Shine Boys”, said Moody Veldhuis. “Amber has been posting YouTube videos for a while now, and I have been quietly following her.”Moody Veldhuis knew she had to find a place to showcase Amber after hearing her rendition of Queen’s “Love of My Life.”Some music students at Valley Heights will have the opportunity to perform alongside the Crowmatix in the evening.The proceeds from this event will be going towards the school’s music program and Aging Instrument Campaign.“The costs to run a music department, by nature, are quite high”, said Moody Veldhuis. “This is a chance for us to not only experience and enjoy some fantastic musicians, but to be able to contribute funds back into the program, just by attending.”Tickets can be purchased at Cashmere and Cobwebs, and C-Squared Home & Décor at both their Port Dover and Port Rowan firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2011 Black Hat conference is officially over, and the results of this year’s Pwnie Awards are out. The Pwnie Awards recognize superior brilliance in the field of information security, as well the most spectacular failures within the field. Of course, award winners get to go home with a My Little Pony spray-painted in gold, though the winners that fall into the latter category may not want to keep the reminder.The winners are chosen by a committee of security industry stars from nominations submitted from the information security community. This year’s awards featured nine categories which included Best Server-Side Bug, Best Client-Side Bug, Best Privilege Escalation Bug, Most Innovative Research, Lifetime Achievement, Lamest Vendor Response, Best Song, Most Epic FAIL, and Epic Ownage.Of course, Sony was everyone’s top choice for Most Epic FAIL. How could the company not be after we watched the company fail time and time again this year? Sony was actually nominated five times. The nominations were for laying off a significant amount of network security employees just months before the major Sony PlayStation Network hack that shut down PSN for over two months so the company could rebuild it by scratch. There was also that whole 77 million Sony Online Entertainment users whose accounts were hacked. And remember when GeoHot published how to jailbreak the PS3? This was not a good year for Sony.But speaking of GeoHot, the Best Song award went to George Hotz, AKA GeoHot, for his epic rap about his legal battles with Sony who sued the hacker over his PS3 3.55 jailbreak that revealed the vulnerabilities of PS3’s security. You can watch the video below, but be warned, there’s some NSFW language in there.As for the Epic Ownage category, nominees included Anonymous, LulzSec, and WikiLeaks – all big names in the world of hacking this year. However, the winner came out as Stuxnet. The Pwnie website points out that Stuxnet’s rootkit destroyed centrifuges, its worm disrupted national nuclear programs, and has written 0day exploits and rootkits for equipment that no one has even heard of. Clearly, they totally 0wn.Congrats to all the winners — though some are actually losers.Read more at the Pwnie Awards website.
By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 15 Jun 2018, 2:10 PM http://jrnl.ie/4073030 Exhumed body is not that of teenager missing since 1994 Arlene Arkinson was 15 years old when she disappeared. Short URL A BODY EXHUMED in Co Sligo is not that of a teenage girl who went missing in 1994.Arlene Arkinson (15) from Castlederg in Co Tyrone disappeared after a night out in Co Donegal in August of that year.She was last seen in the company of convicted child killer and rapist Robert Howard, who died in 2015. He was acquitted of Arlene’s murder, but remains the prime suspect.BBC News is today reporting that a body was exhumed from a grave in Co Sligo in March. Arlene’s family have since confirmed it was not her body.Her sister Kathleen told the BBC: “My hope in finding the remains of my sister, Arlene, have been dashed again.“I prayed it was Arlene and was devastated when I was told it wasn’t. We seem to suffer blow after blow.” Share61 Tweet Email 5 Comments Arlene Arkinson has been missing since August 1994. Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images 35,535 Views Jun 15th 2018, 2:10 PM Arlene Arkinson has been missing since August 1994.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Costas Socratous, a former Labor Party staffer turned whistleblower, claims he was involved in branch-stacking in several key Melbourne ALP branches.Mr Socratous claims he was employed by former MP Theo Theophanous and parliamentary secretary Telmo Languiller to recruit members to the Albion and East Ardeer branches, to bolster the numbers of the ALP’s Right faction.Mr Socratous told The Age, “whilst working for Mr Languiller and Mr Theophanous it was my job to recruit members, renew their memberships every year and arrange payment of membership fees for the members we recruited.“I was regularly given large amounts of cash to pay these new memberships and also their renewals.”The cash, he said, came from the ALP’s Derrimut electorate account, private individuals and businesses, as well as the occasional injection from the accounts of members of parliament.”I was instructed to use these funds to pay for ALP membership renewals,” he said.The scheme, Mr Socratous claims, also benefited Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and federal parliamentary secretary Bill Shorten.Mr Languiller and Mr Theophanous have denied the allegations.The State Opposition has called for the claims to be vigorously investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman as well as the Victorian and Australian Electoral Commissions.Opposition scrutiny of government spokesman David Davis told reporters, “these allegations are serious, they relate to corruption inside the ALP and real issues of corruption and integrity inside the Brumby government, they must be investigated.”Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighed into the debate this morning, backing Mr Languiller on ABC radio.“I understand that these claims are hotly contested by Telmo, who is one of the state members in the area, so obviously there are varying versions and a hot contest here,” she said.“What I would say of course is that it has been unlawful under the ALP rules for a long period of time for someone to pay ALP memberships on behalf of another person.”Ms Gillard also denied any suggestion that 80 per cent of memberships in her own electorate west of Melbourne were fake.Mr Socratous says he is prepared to give sworn evidence to the Victorian Electoral Commission.
27 mesures pour réduire la facture énergétique du paysLa ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a présenté vendredi 16 décembre une feuille de route visant à améliorer l’efficacité énergétique du pays. De quatre mois de travaux menés dans le cadre d’une table ronde réunissant pouvoirs publics, entreprises et consommateurs, sont sorties 27 mesures censées réduire la facture d’énergie de plus de 20% à l’horizon 2020.Extinction des enseignes lumineuses commerciales entre 1h et 6h du matin, création d’un prêt à taux réduit pour encourager les entreprises de moins de 50 salariés à financer des travaux d’économies d’énergie, aider les communes de moins de 2.000 habitants à rénover leur éclairage public, stimuler l’achat de produits moins énergivores, ou encore cumuler le crédit d’impôt développement durable et l’éco-prêt à taux zéro : le ministère de l’Ecologie (lien non disponible) a publié vendredi une liste de 27 mesures, une feuille de route, visant à réduire la facture énergétique des entreprises, des ménages et des pouvoirs publics.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéD’aprèsNathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, les engagements pris dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement permettront d’atteindre “17% d’amélioration énergétique en 2020”. Et grâce à la feuille de route dévoilée vendredi après quatre mois de travaux menés lors d’une table ronde réunissant pouvoirs publics, entreprises et consommateurs, a-t-elle affirmé, “on arrivera à réaliser presque cinq points d’efficacité énergétique de plus”. Alors que l’Union européenne s’est engagée à améliorer de 20% son l’efficacité énergétique à l’horizon 2020, NKM assure que la France est capable de dépasser cet objectif. “Au total, la politique nationale en faveur de l’efficacité énergétique doit permettre une diminution des consommations à l’horizon 2020 comprise entre 19,7 % et 21,4 %. Cela représente l’équivalent de la consommation annuelle de 16 millions d’habitants” souligne le ministère.Le 20 décembre 2011 à 13:45 • Maxime Lambert
SNOQUALMIE PASS — An injured hiker who fell Saturday afternoon near the Alpental ski area near Snoqualmie Pass was rescued Sunday morning.The King County sheriff’s office says the hiker who spent the night at the pass and was rescued by a sheriff’s rescue helicopter. The Seattle Times reports the hiker was taken to Harborview Medical Center with unknown injuries.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The community is invited to a fundraising event to assist Bill Woods and his family from 2pm to 6pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall’s Upstairs Hall. Bill Woods Jr., a 1985 graduate of Wilmington High School and all-around stellar athlete and great guy, is suffering from systemic scleroderma which has compromised his lung function. Billy is currently being evaluated to see whether or not he is a viable candidate for a bi-lateral lung transplant.In The Community: The Wilmington Kids Rides have raised over $180,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund over the past 12 years. This year, the annual PMC Wilmington Kids Bike Ride is hoping to raise $16,000 to help fight cancer. Children from preschool through 6th grade can ride their bikes from 9am-11am beginning at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center on Carter Lane in Wilmington.Each rider must pay a $15 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge organization. Face painting, refreshments, and free raffles will be all be happening the day of the ride. For more information, visit http://kids.pmc.org/wilmington.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting its Annual Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the church’s back entrance. Church members are selling plants dug from their own gardens, including tomato plants, hosta, herbal, and more. In years past, most plants were priced between $1 and $3. The sale is being organized by the church’s “Hannah Circle” group, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and other charities.In The Community: Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street, Tewksbury) is donating a percentage of all sales on mini-golf and ice cream purchases to Wilmington High School’s Class of 2020 from noon to 3pm. No flyer is necessary, but make sure to mention Wilmington High School.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
United States Federal regulators are investigating complaints that the front passenger seat belts in Hyundai’s Sonata cars broke loose during a crash-like situation and whether the South Korean carmaker should recall about 313,000 such midsize sedans.Also read: Hyundai to showcase Tucson, Sonata hybrid, N Vision 2025, Genesis G90 at Auto Expo The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday initiated the investigation following two complaints that the seat belts detached. However, the federal agency has received about a dozen such complaints from Hyundai owners about defective seat belts from the 2013 model cars. In one of the cases, an injury was also reported due to the seat belt issue.In every case, the owner claimed that the front passenger belt broke away from its anchoring point on the floor, the investigators wrote in a report on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Another vehicle ran the red light and hit us at approximately 45 miles per hour,” an owner from Buena Park, California, said, recalling a crash in August, according to Forbes.”The passenger seat belt failed at the point where the lap restraint attaches to the car running board. The passenger that was wearing the failed seat belt during the accident was 110 pounds while the driver was 270 pounds. The driver’s seat belt functioned as intended.”If the preliminary probe suggests any concern, investigators would extend the probe for further technical analysis, following which a recall may be ordered.In September 2015, Hyundai recalled about 130,000 of its 2015 Sonata models due to an issue related to the front passenger seat belt. That year, the automaker recalled nearly a half-million midsize cars from the 2011 and 2012 models in the US to replace key engine parts because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail.