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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn’t help but applaud his teammates’ efforts.“I’m still okay, and we fought earlier,” said Alejandro. “It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I’m still proud of my teammates because I saw that they really fought hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, when they trailed the Blue Eagles 67-65, when Ateneo managed to outscore them 18-7 in the final period.And although there was a huge disparity between the two teams in the fourth, NU was able to prevent Ateneo’s inside scoring. MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.National University’s veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles converted 11 of their three-point attempts.Still, Alejandro doesn’t care much for the numbers and instead would look at the intangibles.“For me as long as I see them fighting, not giving up that is fine with me,” said Alejandro.And even with NU staying at the sixth seed with a 3-6 record, Alejandro said there’s no panic in the team and that they can still turn their fortunes around in their remaining five games.“There’s no panic, and we have to work about it,” said Alejandro who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. “As long as we play this kind of game we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

first_img…more concerned with increasing revenues – JagdeoDespite the Government’s reluctance to speak on or engage parties in helping to address the issue of high fuel prices, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo claimed that there is fiscal space to make the adjustment with the tax regime to allow a reduction of gas prices for local consumers.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo told a news conference on Thursday that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, there was a system used in cases like these, where the taxes can be adjusted based on the movement up or down on the gas price, so that the benefits would be passed onto the people.Given the mounting criticisms and the need for serious attention to be paid to the issue, the PPP/C General Secretary said, “The Government through public pressure must adjust the rate at the pump. They have a lot of room. They have the fiscal space as well as the tax play to make that adjustment.”The former Guyanese Head of State recalled that when the prices for crude oil stood at about US$75 per barrel, lower that the US$120 high before the rapid tumble a few years ago to about US$28.“We had argued that with the rapid tumble, the benefits should have been passed on to the Guyanese public, who would have seen lower prices at the pump and in their electricity bill. They never did that. And what happened was that they raked in billions in revenue; they collected over $25 billion at GPL alone.”He told the media that now the crude prices have gone up back to about US$75 a barrel and not US$120 as yet, there is definitely room to make significant adjustments to the price of fuel at the pump.But Jagdeo said he is convinced that the Government may not be too keen on implementing that, especially based on the fact that they are more concerned about collecting more revenue. “Not to give people a chance because price for fuel has an impact on production as well as cost of living. They don’t see this as a responsibility but one to collect taxes. They just want to collect more taxes,” he asserted.Another point raised by Jagdeo was the fact that under the PPP/C Government, the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) was used as a regulatory agency whereby the price at the State-owned entity set a precedence for other companies to follow. “Now they are keeping the price high at Guyoil, so the private companies are raking in large sums of money because they don’t have to make adjustments,” he claimed.In recognising the protest actions being taken by minibus operators in relation to the increased fuel costs, Jagdeo said Government’s response to this issue just highlights how incompetent they are at resolving very simple issue, especially those that have a direct impact on people lives and the economy.“What we are seeing with the manifestation of protests is because of the incompetence of Government and their desire to rake in as much as they can… and then waste it, not to see how they will temper cost of living,” he said, explaining that minibus operators are also faced with a ban on used tyres.He said “If they (minibus operators) don’t adjust their prices, then the transport cost may go up because since 2015 they minibus operators been saying to me that they have to buy new tyres and their costs have gone up and now have to pay taxes on other stuff. So they are faced with another situation,” he added.While persons have shared their displeasure with the increased prices, many public transport drivers have expressed that it will affect them if it continues to escalate. Several minibus drivers have said the increase in fuel will ultimately lead to the increase in transportation costs.There have been widespread protests some small and other large, at various parts of the country, particularly for minibus operators plying the East Coast or East Bank Demerara routes.In September 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due to the hurricane, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost. Again, in February of this year, Guyoil adjusted its prices upwards. The average price of gasoline around the world is US$1.15 per liter.A check at the pumps on Thursday revealed that Guyoil is selling fuel at $230 per liter while privately operated Shell was selling at $239 per liter and Rubis was selling at $235 per liter.last_img read more

first_imgLANCASTER – Departing from tradition, the Lancaster West Rotary on Monday honored public servants in management positions at its annual salute, recognizing six Antelope Valley leaders. Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Bennett and battalion chiefs Joe and Ted Lindaman, sheriff’s Capt. Carl Deeley, CHP Capt. Nick Norton and Lancaster Public Works Director James “Randy” Williams were honored at a Rotary luncheon at the Antelope Valley Inn. “Historically, we’ve honored the officers in the community, and this year we felt it was a good idea to pay honor to the commanders in the different areas because seldom times do they get the recognition they deserve for overseeing these programs,” Rotary President Sandy Smith said. Bennett, in effect the Antelope Valley’s fire chief, is a 20-year veteran who heads 18 fire stations. “We feel these vocations are worthy of being honored by the Rotary because we’re all about service,” Smith said. “It’s a natural partnership for Rotary to be honoring people in our community for making a difference.” (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Longtime Antelope Valley residents Joe and Ted Lindaman are the county’s first brothers to serve simultaneously as battalion chiefs. Deeley, a 28-year department veteran, commands one of the county’s largest stations, which in addition to serving the contract city of Lancaster, serves unincorporated areas including Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles and Quartz Hill. Norton is an 18-year Highway Patrol veteran who was assigned to command the Antelope Valley area station in Lancaster. Williams is a former Navy captain who has served in his current position since 2003. His colleagues say he’s established a can-do attitude in public works, coining the motto: “Fix it before others know it’s broken.” Smith said the honorees embody the spirit of Rotary, an international organization dedicated to providing community support services across socioeconomic and generational lines. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega High School striker Henry Atola is congratulated by Education Principal Secretary Bellio Kipsang after guiding the team to the Schools’ title. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1- Henry Atola’s image will linger in the memories of Kakamega High School fans for a while with his injury time winner having gifted them their 14th National Secondary School Games football title in Eldoret last weekend with a 1-0 win over Central’s Olbolosat.Atola, a tall, shy but a menacing striker was at the heart of Kakamega’s campaign at the School Games in Eldoret and his success from the week-long tournament has pushed him to believe he can actually do better, his hero of choice being Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga. Olunga who currently plies his trade in the Chinese top tier made his name at the School Games, starring for Upper Hill School before he made his big moves in the Kenyan Premier League to Thika United, Tusker FC and Gor Mahia.“I look at him and how much he has succeeded and that is the same path I want to follow. He was in the school games and excelled just like me and hopefully, I can follow in his footsteps. He is my role model,” the Form Three student noted.He is also encouraged by the other big names who excelled from their performances in the school games including Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama, his elder brother MacDonald Mariga, Dennis Oliech among others.“Football is what I want to do as a career and everyday I work hard at it. I know that I can be successful as long as I keep the discipline and work hard,” added the tactician.Atola also plays for the Green Commandos team that features in the National Super League and has banged in seven goals so far. His coach Brendan Mwinamo is also pleased with how the forward has performed so far and has tipped him for success.“He is a very brilliant striker and he has shown it on the pitch. He is scoring in the NSL which is a tough league and even here in the school games, he has shown his worth,” Mwinamo said.Kakamega High School players celebrate after winning the National Secondary School games football title. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe striker now hopes he can translate that same form when the team travels for the East Africa School Games in Musanze Rwanda where he wants to help the side clinch the regional title.“It was great for us winning the title at home and now we want to go and get the East African gong as well. We have a good team, we have the belief and with hard work, nothing is impossible,” added the striker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgEL MONTE – Three sting operations netted 37 arrests Tuesday night and early Wednesday on a variety of charges, authorities said. Offenses ranged from purchasing liquor for minors to prostitution to drug possession. The largest block of arrests, 19 misdemeanors, came from a “shoulder-tapping” sting where three minor volunteers asked adults to buy alcohol for them, according to El Monte police Lt. Santos Hernandez. Additionally, police impounded seven cars from people who were driving without licenses or had arrest warrants. The “shoulder-tap” operation ran from 5 to 11 p.m. at 20 liquor and grocery stores throughout the city. At the same time, on Garvey Avenue, police arrested seven women suspected of prostitution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“These were all career prostitutes with previous records,” said Hernandez. El Monte officials lately have focused on combatting prostitution. The City Council last week passed an ordinance that allows police to arrest convicted prostitutes who are standing on a street corner. The ordinance takes effect next year. Early Wednesday morning, police carried out an operation at a homeless encampment along the Rio Hondo River wash next to Rosemead Boulevard. They made 11 arrests and issued 10 citations for narcotics. One of the arrests, on suspicion of possessing speed, was a felony. The rest were misdemeanors, said Hernandez. All 11 suspects remained in police custody Wednesday afternoon. Police plan to clean out local homeless encampments by removing left-behind junk and periodically making arrests, said Hernandez. “We made arrests today, but people will be back there tonight to sleep,” he said. “It will take a few weeks to clear the place out.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“They took all the workers from the companies and nearby shops,” said Haidar Mohammed Eleibi, who works for the Swan Transportation Co. in the Salihiya area. He said his brother and a cousin were among those taken away, along with merchants, passers-by and even men selling tea and sandwiches. “They did not give any reason for it,” he said. “Police came afterward and did nothing.” Another transportation worker, Amjad Hameed, said 15 cars rushed into the area and the random seizures began. “We asked them why but nobody replied,” he said. The Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry, which oversees the police and has been accused of backing militias in sectarian violence, denied its forces were behind the attack. Mostly Shiites work in the area where the kidnappers struck. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen in police uniforms staged a brazen daylight raid on bus stations in central Baghdad on Monday, kidnapping at least 50 people, including travelers, merchants and vendors selling tea and sandwiches. The operation was a direct challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s efforts to restore security in the capital, which has been hard hit by suicide attacks, roadside bombs and sectarian death squads. Gunmen arrived at midmorning Monday and began randomly grabbing people in the shabby business district, where several transportation companies are based and buses pick up passengers bound mostly for Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohamedawi said. The attackers blocked the roads and beat people before putting bags on the captives’ heads and leading them to vehicles one-by-one, a witness told an Iraqi television station. They herded their victims into more than a dozen vehicles, according to witnesses and officials. Al-Mohamedawi and the ministry said at least 50 people were abducted. Monday’s kidnapping was the latest in a series of setbacks for al-Maliki. The Shiite prime minister has also been frustrated in his efforts to crack down on sectarian and militia violence in the oil-rich southern city of Basra, where attacks have been unabated despite his declaration of a state of emergency on Wednesday. And al-Maliki still has not been able to reach consensus among Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian parties on candidates for interior and defense minister – posts he must fill to implement his ambitious plan to take control of Iraq’s security from U.S.-led forces within 18 months. Separately, a 30-year-old Iraqi man accused of helping the kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan was sentenced to life in prison, while two other suspects were acquitted, a court official said. Hassan, 59, the director of CARE international in Iraq and a citizen of Britain, Ireland and Iraq, was abducted in Baghdad in October 2004. She was killed a month later. Her body has never been found.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgSinn Féin spokesman on fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, has called on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that the Naval Service is very vigilant of a Lithuanian-registered super trawler, the Margiris, which is off the west coast.Deputy Ferris said: “I am gravely concerned at the news that the Fisheries Protection Authority has confirmed that this ship, which was previously banned from Australian waters, is off our coast.“The Irish Naval Service has seen the vessel’s log and confirmed that it has a 5,000 tonne quota for blue whiting. “However, this is the second biggest fishing vessel in the world and now it is registered in Lithuania so it can fish in European waters. This begs the question if the Lithuanian flag is a flag of convenience.“Irish fishermen and women are constantly monitored by the Naval Service to ensure that they are not fishing over quota or for fish for which they do not have a quota.“I hope that the same vigilance will be employed on this super trawler for as long as it remains in Irish waters and that a physical inspection of its catch will take place.”  ROGUE TRAWLER OFF OUR COAST – TD was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — The first 20 games of the Sharks season could be used as an ink-blot test to determine whether someone is a glass half-empty or half-full person?On one hand, the Sharks (10-7-3, 23 points) are holding down first place in the Pacific Division by a point despite the natural adjustment period of adding Erik Karlsson into the mix, Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup after two major knee surgeries and the team’s league-worst 88.97 percent save percentage in even strength play.Th …last_img read more

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers#news Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud It is inevitable for any considerable enterprise to consider how the cloud and the data center can be combined in the most dynamic, efficient and secure way as possible.It’s a decision making process that gets even more complex when considering the dizzying terminology that makes sense only after considerable conversation.I kept thinking about these customers when listening to Hewlett-Packard (HP) discuss its new hybrid cloud service.HP is announcing today that it is offering:A public cloud environment for customers that want all of its IT services in the cloud.An extended data center environment that leverages the security of the data center with the distributed network of a cloud environment.An automated cloud management system for managing multiple cloud and data center environments.Workshops to help IT managers and executives better understand the complexities of what’s available and better define what they need in order to create a network that meets their needs.It gets complicated when Hewlett-Packard starts getting into the details of what they are offering. It’s not the first time we have heard a company call what they are offering a hosted and private cloud environment. That’s how HP describes its offering for what amounts to an extended data center that uses a virtualized environment to create a network that leverages the cloud and its core, on-premise environment.But this is the nature of the market. Customers believe they need private clouds. What they really needs are flat networks to move resources in a virtual environment. The network needs to be able to manage any variety of applications that between thousands of virtual machines.To do that, HP offers a converged infrastructure that includes the storage, servers that can be provisioned in clusters, the network, power and cooling and the management software.My colleague Klint Finley spent a few days with HP and learned a lot about these infrastructures:HP claims that not only can it do all the work of setting up racks, wiring, optimizing power consumption and building out the full data center for you – it claims it can do so at the fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. HP takes advantage of assembly line productivity to industrialize the process of creating data centers.The management software is a critical component of the offering. It may also be on of the most important aspects of what is required to manage a virtualized infrastructure. It’s the automation component. It orchestrates the process so virtual machines can be managed effectively.The team at HP realizes that there is an inherent complexity in the language associated with today’s complicated array of data center offerings. So we can see why workshops make sense. In the end, though, we find the language a bit of a folly. The hardware and software that HP is selling costs millions of dollars. What it provides is a network, albeit different from previous generations, it is still a network. Not to say the technology is unnecessary, it’s just more what we think of as networked data centers rather than cloud computing. Related Posts center_img alex williams Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.The 30-year-old Russian, a three-time winner on Stuttgart’s clay courts, received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension.She had a nervous start in front of a supportive crowd but quickly found her strokes and her trademark shrieks to power past the world number 36 7-5 6-3 and set up a second-round clash against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.”It’s the best feeling in the world. To know I would be walking back into the arena was very special,” Sharapova said in a courtside interview. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time.”She added: “When I am on the court, because I have been doing it for so long, even though you are rusty and trying to get a rhythm, you try to block everything out. I am a competitor by nature. That’s when I am at my best.”Sharapova has also received invitations to play in Madrid and Rome and will find out in May whether she will be given a wild card for the French Open.Some players, including Vinci, have criticised the wild card awards, saying a doping offender should have to start from scratch and build up their ranking by playing in the lower tournaments again.advertisement”I am not an individual that’s angry or bitter. I let things go,” she told a post-match news conference. “I am being offered wild cards from tournament directors. I am not getting a wild card to receive a trophy or a gold platter.”I still have to go through matches and win them.”REDUCED BANSharapova’s initial two-year suspension was reduced to 15 months after she tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a medication the Russian had been taking within the rules but which was then reclassified as a banned drug.”It’s important to play, points, games, sets. It is a journey that officially starts today and I look forward to playing as many matches as I can,” said Sharapova, the second highest paid female athlete last year according to Forbes.”I spent a long time without hitting any balls. I didn’t know when I would be back. I went to school for a little bit, I grew my business and had a normal life. I put the racquet away for a little bit.”I felt I had to grow as a person and I felt I had to step up and do it.”Sharapova was clearly nervous at the start, firing three forehands long in the first game, double-faulting on her first service game point and being broken by the Italian who took a quick 2-0 lead.It took 15 minutes for Sharapova to win her first game but she gradually improved her service, started attacking Vinci’s and clinched the first set after an hour.Sharapova, growing in confidence with every point despite a dozen unforced errors in the first set, broke the Italian early in the second, and her 11th ace put her 5-3 ahead.She broke the 34-year-old again to secure the win on her first match point.last_img read more