Alex Compton taking it slow with returning Vic Manuel

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The bruising power forward finished with six points and one rebound in just 8:48 of play.“We gave him a minutes restriction, we played him but not too much just for him to get in the flow,” said Compton. “He just got to keep on doing the work, it’s great to see him in uniform.”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, logistics“I’m sure they also understand that we have to keep him healthy.”Manuel was solid for the Aces in 2018 averaging 18 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33 elimination games and he had his best conference in the Commissioner’s Cup, putting up 24.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mission impossible? How Federer can beat Nadal at Roland Garros Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Vic Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It was a long time coming but star forward Vic Manuel eventually made his season debut with Alaska in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.Manuel, who dealt with back and leg injuries for almost seven months, returned to the court in the Aces’ dominant 103-80 victory over Magnolia Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The following season, however, saw Manuel miss the entirety of the Philippine Cup and Alaska’s firs three games in the Commissioner’s Cup due to injuries.Still, Compton believes Manuel will be able to regain his top form in the latter part of the season’s second conference.Compton added that he doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake he did in the Aces’ first game of the Commissioner’s Cup where point guard Chris Banchero hurt his hamstring.“He is way too valuable for us to rush him and we don’t want the same mistake we did with Chris Banchero,” said Compton whose team now owns a 3-2 record. “We want to make sure he’s doing all the work and he’s doing good, but it has to be a process.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgTop Indian athletics officials have been saying that Top Indian athletics officials have been saying that these figures were due to doping violations at the university, age-group and government departmental level competitions. These figures were mainly based on the information supplied by the National Anti-Doping Agency and undated by the WADA on the basis of cases received till February this year. The NADA tested 4340 samples in 2014 (all urine samples), out of which 99 were found to have Adverse Analytical Findings. There was a case of no sanction in case of one athlete and seven cases are still pending, amounting to a total of 91 Anti-Doping Rule Violations. A total of 217,762 samples were tested and analysed in 2014 worldwide by WADA-accredited laboratories. 2287 samples were reported as Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs), out of which 1647 are ADRVs (1462 analytical and 185 non-analytical). The number of ADRVs are compiled after excluding cases of Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), no case to answer, no sanction and pending cases. Crisis-ridden athletics contributed the highest of 244, followed by another dope-tainted sport, cycling with 166. Weightlifting (142), Football (80), Wrestling (56), Rugby Union (52) and Boxing (42) followed suit in the hall of shame. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

Kyler Murray’s Dad’s Reaction To Touchdown Is Going Viral

first_imgkyler murray looks to pass at the college football playoffMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)We’ve got a ballgame – finally – at the College Football Playoff semifinal contest between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma.The Sooners’ star quarterback, Kyler Murray, just avoided a couple of Alabama pass rushers and found a wide receiver for a long touchdown pass.It’s now a two-score game.Alabama leads Oklahoma, 31-20, toward the end of the third quarter.Murray, Lincoln Riley and the rest of the Sooners’ sideline was extremely fired up with that latest touchdown pass.The father of the star Oklahoma quarterback, meanwhile, stayed calm and collected.Check it out:Settle down, Kevin.— rcb05 (@rcb05) December 30, 2018Murray’s father, Kevin, played professional baseball, so he knows a thing or two about staying calm in big moments.Alabama and Oklahoma, meanwhile, are about to begin the fourth quarter.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts Gets Big Preseason Honor

first_imgformer alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is no stranger to awards. At Alabama, he was first team All-SEC, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and SEC Freshman of the Year.There has rarely, if ever, been this accomplished a transfer quarterback. Combined with Oklahoma’s incredible recent history of quarterback development, and expectations are quite high for Hurts under the tutelage of Lincoln Riley.Ahead of next week’s Big 12 media days, Hurts continues to draw early hype from the media. Media members voted on the preseason All-Big 12 teams, as well as a few preseason awards, and the Oklahoma quarterback is represented.Jalen Hurts won the vote for Big 12 preseason Newcomer of the Year.Given his previous success at the sport’s biggest program, this probably isn’t a bold prediction. Hurts will have some competition for the league’s top awards. His Texas counterpart Sam Ehlinger is selected as the preseason first team All-Big 12 quarterback, and Offensive Player of the Year.Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray is the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The full list of All-Big 12 selections:The preseason All-Big 12 team is out.Offensive Player of the Year: Sam EhlingerDefensive Player of the Year: Kenneth MurrayNewcomer of the Year: Jalen Hurts— Max Olson (@max_olson) July 9, 2019Hurts started in 28 of 38 games for Alabama, eventually losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa. He’s completed 62.8-percent of his throws, going for 5,481 yards, 48 touchdowns, as 12 interceptions through the air, and 1,945 yards and 23 scores on the ground.last_img read more

Rix Sea Shuttle Goes with Damen

first_imgJune 4, 2014 zoom UK-based Rix Sea Shuttle will shortly take delivery of their first ever Damen vessel – a Fast Crew Supplier 2610 – to support their growing involvement in the offshore crew transfer market.The new vessel, the Rix Lion, is due for delivery on July 4, just 6 weeks after signing the contract.“Our yards in Singapore and Vietnam build the FCS 2610 as a stock model,” said Damen Sales Manager United Kingdom & Ireland Arjen van Elk. “As such, we can offer our clients very fast delivery times.”This particular vessel was constructed at Damen Shipyards Singapore.“We chose the Damen FCS 2610 because it is the best vessel on the market,” said Rix Sea Shuttle Director James Doyle. “It is a vessel with an excellent reputation and our customers demand that.”Rix Sea Shuttle requested the Rix Lion to have a number of adaptations.For example, a deck crane and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer. A second generator set and a high pressure cleaner have also been added.The FCS 2610 offers a safe and stable platform for fast crew transfer combined with a large deck with equipment movement. The twin hulls reduce the slamming movements associated with fast transport at sea.“Offshore wind turbine technicians are typically non-mariners, so we aim to get them to work as comfortably and as safely as possible,” said Mr. Van Elk.last_img read more

ITF Wants Gorgon LNG Evacuation Procedures Investigated

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation has put to question Chevron’s management of Gorgon LNG project evacuation procedures in the wake of recent cyclone threat.More than 1,000 workers were stranded on Barrow Island, off the north-west coast of Australia, after Chevron decided not  to evacuate its workforce ahead of the arrival of the Category Three Cyclone, Olwyn, according to the union.ITF President Paddy Crumlin said many of these workers were expected to sleep on blow-up mattresses on floors and in corridors in what appeared to be sub-standard conditions.“Chevron missed its window in evacuating workers who are now unnecessarily stranded on Barrow Island in the midst of a severe tropical cyclone,” Mr Crumlin said at the time of the cyclone approaching.“You’ve got to wonder why Chevron kept people working until it was unsafe to evacuate them. There needs to be a proper investigation into why this has happened because it is Chevron’s fault that the workers are still there.”In addition, ITF said that a support vessel for the Gorgon Project, The Europa, has done its best to avoid the cyclone. However, the union said it received information that the vessel had been battling eight metre swells.The ITF quoted an email from a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) member saying many onboard were sea sick and unable to leave their rooms.“Half the staff are sick to their stomachs due to the outrageous weather conditions, the glass window shattered on the galley near the dining room, and the waves are nearly as big as half the boat,” the ITF quoted the email as saying.Mr Crumlin said Chevron has mismanaged the Gorgon project since its inception.“Gorgon is a multi-billion dollar project requiring thousands of workers on Barrow Island yet there is not enough accommodation to house the workers adequately in an emergency,” he said.“Workers were left scared and confused and you really have to question Chevron’s management of this entire episode.”last_img read more

Affordable Housing Program Moving Into High Gear

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–Affordable Housing Program Moving Into HighGear Low-to-moderate income earners in Nova Scotia will soon have moreaffordable housing options thanks to several new projects plannedunder the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement thisfall. “We expect a lot of activity from the program this fall,beginning with the announcement of a Metro-based affordablehousing project in the coming weeks,” said David Morse, Ministerof Community Services. Mr. Morse explains the department has been working inconsultation with community agencies, non-profit organizationsand the private sector over the past year to identify areas ofneed across the province and develop criteria for the program. “Nova Scotia has a unique housing profile and we want to ensurethe program addresses our needs and benefits as many individualsand families as possible,” said Mr. Morse. “The result is a made-in-Nova Scotia program that will create or renovate a significantamount of affordable housing in our province.” The minister said that the first project under the AffordableHousing agreement is an example of the housing that will becreated or renovated. The newly constructed 15-unit apartmentcomplex in the Annapolis Valley opened its first five units inAugust and the remainder will be ready for occupancy in November. “This is just the beginning,” said Mr. Morse. “We want to createother new rental housing projects in areas of need throughout theprovince and will be issuing a proposal call to gauge interestfrom potential developers. We’re moving the program into highgear and look forward to working with our community partners tostrengthen the affordable housing supply in Nova Scotia.” The five-year, $37.26 million Canada-Nova Scotia AffordableHousing agreement, signed between the province and the federalgovernment last fall, is an important first step in addressingthe need for affordable housing in the province.last_img read more


first_imgRyan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool 2. (Twentieth Century Fox) It caught the real Deadpool’s attention and Reynolds responded: “Um… @tylerperry, if you could film six more minutes of this, we’d have Deadpool 3. Or @nobodysfool part 2.”Thrilled to get feedback from the actor, Tyler returned to social media early on Thursday and wrote: “You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.”You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) November 1, 2018Tyler isn’t the only star who has heaped praise on Reynolds in recent weeks – the actor’s Life co-star Jake Gyllenhaal wrote a touching Variety essay in honour of the publication’s New Power of New York list last month.“What we all want for our friends in this business is for the world to see what we see, and as actors, that only happens in a perfect storm of timing and the full luck,” Jake wrote. “After years of waiting and struggling to fit his unfortunate, pear-shaped physique into the skinny jeans of a conventional romantic lead, Ryan made his own luck with Deadpool.”He added: “For all of the effortlessness that Ryan projects, the man works tirelessly. He writes all night so he can be present for his kids and wife all day… So often – too often – the wildly talented people of our world funnel the lion’s share of their energy into their work, but as good a writer and comedian as Ryan is, he is a better friend and father and husband. And that, for me, is the true mark of power.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a Halloween hoot when Tyler Perry dressed up as his movie superhero Deadpool to promote his new movie Nobody’s Fool.The actor and director added his beloved cross-dressing character Madea’s grey wig and carried a handbag as he pretended he was the movie matriarch behind the Deadpool mask in the online video, trying to hide from Tyler Perry, who earlier this week revealed he was killing off the grandmother following one more film.“MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY,” Tyler captioned the video he posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY. @nobodysfool @TiffanyHaddish @VancityReynolds— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 31, 2018last_img read more

Saganash wants probe of money spent by Ottawa fighting Aboriginal rights

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCree NDP MP Romeo Saganash has asked Canada’s auditor general to probe the millions of dollars Ottawa spends fighting Aboriginal rights and title cases.Saganash sent a letter to Auditor General Michael Ferguson requesting an operational audit of the expenditures to determine whether Ottawa is using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently battling First Nations over rights.“I am asking that your office conduct an investigation into the government’s policies and practices to oppose the status and rights of Aboriginal peoples and defend itself in the courts,” wrote Saganash in the June 12 dated letter. “Such adversarial actions serve to unjustly deplete Aboriginal peoples’ financial resources and do not promote reconciliation.”The federal Aboriginal Affairs department spent over $100 million between 2012 and 2013 on legal fees, according to federal government records. The department’s own internal risk assessment found that a lot of the litigation money has been spent on losing causes.“As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly rule that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations,” according to the department’s risk profile for 2011.Ottawa has also recently twice challenged the rulings of the Specific Claims Tribunal, which was created to settle outstanding historical claims that had reached a stalemate at the negotiating table.The Federal Court of Appeal handed a loss to Ottawa earlier this month on one of those challenges, upholding the tribunal’s ruling in favour of the Kitselas First Nation.Ottawa is also challenging a tribunal ruling that sided with the Williams Lake Indian Band.In the letter, Saganash said he’s requesting the audit because federal departments have failed to adequately respond to his requests for clarity the amount of money specifically spent battling rights and title cases.“The answers to these requests…have been lacking,” wrote Saganash. “With many departments stating that this information was not ‘readily available.’” read more

The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom bestsellers for week ending February 15:Fiction1. Killer by Nature: An Audible Original Drama by Jan Smith, narrated by Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, Will Mellor & Thomas Turgoose (Audible Studios)2. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely, narrated by Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt (Audible Studios)3. Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch, narrated by Jesse Einstein (Audible Studios)4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)5. Dodge & Twist: An Audible Original Drama by Tony Lee, narrated by Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha & Kara Tointon (Audible Studios)6. Mala by Melinda Lopez, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)7. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike (Audible Studios)9. The Others by Jeremy Robinson, narrated by R. C. Bray (Breakneck Media)10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore Publishing)Nonfiction1. Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash’s Greatest Album: An Audible Original Drama by Danny Robins, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)2. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)3. Morning Meditations for Daily Magic by MoveWith, narrated by Jeremy Falk (MoveWith)4. 21 Days of Meditation by Aaptiv, narrated by Jess Ray (Aaptiv)5. Take Control of Your Life: How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)6. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)7. The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber, narrated by Will Collyer (Hachette Audio)8. Sleep Better by Aaptiv, narrated by Jade Alexis (Aaptiv)9. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)10. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, narrated by the author (Thomas Nelson Publishers)—–The Associated Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN helps ease former fighters return to civilian life

6 February 2009The United Nations is helping former combatants and members of self-defence forces to ease back into civilian life in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and opposition-dominated north. The six-month initiative will offer vocational training and assistance for some 1,300 people and set up over 1,000 micro-credit projects, such as cattle farming and retailing activities.Funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund, it is a joint scheme of the UN peacekeeping operation in the West African nation (UNOCI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the non-governmental organization International Office for Migration (IOM).So far, around 10,000 former fighters have been disarmed in Côte d’Ivoire, with an additional 35,000 combatants and 20,000 self-defence group members waiting to be reintegrated. Some 9,000 ex-fighters will be integrated into the army and national police force.Demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters is an important part of the 2007 Ouagadougou Agreement, the political accord reached in neighbouring Burkina Faso that aims to reconcile the Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles. read more

As opposition grows uranium miners fear their days in Quebec are numbered

MONTREAL — Fears about radioactive contamination may close the door to uranium mining in Quebec just as public angst shelved shale gas extraction in the province in 2011.“Like shale gas, it touches a sensitive chord in Quebec,” says Ugo Lapointe of MiningWatch Canada, which opposes mining of the metal that fuels nuclear power plants.Hundreds of municipalities have joined First Nations to oppose uranium mining, worried that it could threaten their health, harm natural environments and ruin traditional hunting and fishing.Quebec’s environmental regulation agency (BAPE) has concluded there is no “social acceptability” for uranium mining to proceed at this time. After a year of study, a three-person panel said that it would be premature to authorize development of Quebec’s uranium industry.While uranium mining has made substantial progress, especially in containing waste, there are still many uncertainties and “significant gaps in scientific knowledge of the impacts of uranium mining on the environment and public health,” it said in a lengthy report.The panel said the province could make the current, nearly two-year moratorium permanent, but advised the government to take its time to minimize potential costs, including a large potential payout to Strateco, which is suing the province for $190 million for holding up its mining project in northern Quebec.A permanent ban would align Quebec with British Columbia and Nova Scotia, coal-producing provinces that have rejected uranium mining.Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel has appointed an interdepartmental committee to review the environmental agency’s report.Currently, Saskatchewan is the only uranium-producing province in Canada, and the second-largest producer in the world behind Kazakhstan.How Quebec got its mining groove back after years of red tape and royalty hikesQuebec Liberals oppose PQ’s ‘Petrobec’ policy for Anticosti drilling, oil developmentIn 2013, its output for three mines was almost 9,000 tons, or about 16 per cent of global production. Quebec’s identified uranium reserves are relatively small at about 8,800 tons, the BAPE said.Industry observers and environmentalists say the regulatory agency’s report has given Heurtel cover on the sensitive issue.“Going against the BAPE … could be very dangerous politically for him,” said Louis Simard, associate professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa.He said BAPE, which has been around for 35 years, has a lot of credibility with Quebecers.But the agency’s report ignited an angry response from the head of Canada’s nuclear safety watchdog, which said its conclusions and recommendations “lack scientific basis and rigour.”To “suggest that uranium mining is unsafe is to imply that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the government of Saskatchewan have been irresponsible in their approval and oversight of the uranium mines of Canada for the last 30 years,” Michael Binder wrote in a letter to the minister.The nuclear safety commission said there is no link between cancer development and living near or working in a mine or processing facility. It added that environmental monitoring in northern Saskatchewan has shown no risk to health from traditional foods consumed by aboriginal populations.While nuclear power is seen as a way to reduce greenhouse gases, its global use has fallen to about 12 per cent. The International Atomic Energy Agency expects the share of nuclear power will remain stable through 2035 even though some 67 new plants under construction will nearly double uranium demand to 122,000 tons from around 67,000 tons.Strateco CEO Guy Hebert, whose Matoush uranium project has been idled, criticized suggestions that not enough information is available on health risks.Hebert said Canada’s former uranium capital of Elliot Lake has become a thriving retirement community, even though 12 uranium mines operated for decades in the northern Ontario community until the 1990s under older, less stringent, regulations.“If it was a disaster or a deserted, deadly place, nobody would go there,” he said in an interview.The CNSC has said that mining in Elliot Lake did indeed cause “irreparable harm” to several lakes used as mine tailings ponds. But it added that downstream lakes that were negatively affected have gradually recovered with radioactive concentrations in surface water below Canadian guidelines for drinking water and to safely consumer fish.Valerie Fillion, head of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, said the government faces a tough decision because the environmental report has created uncertainty for foreign investors looking at other mining projects in the province.“Yes it’s political, but it’s also very economic because if they want us to bring investment to Quebec, some of those investments might not come depending on the decision they make.” read more

Indian intel on Sri Lanka

An Indian intelligence report has found that some Pakistani elements are using Sri Lanka to enter India and may pose a threat.Times Now TV reported that it had got an intelligence report stating that Lashkar-e-Toiba, Tehrik-E-Taliban and LTTE elements may also join forces. The Indian TV report said that Indian intelligence has suggested that a close eye be kept on Tamil chauvinistic elements in India as well as those with a Sri Lankan background. (Colombo Gazette) However the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs of India R.P.N Singh had told the television station that he has no information on the matter. read more

Mark Cuban discusses sports Shark Tank Major League Gaming in Reddit AMA

first_imgMark Cuban, HDNet founder now mostly known for owning the Dallas Mavericks and host of reality TV series Shark Tank, took to Reddit on Christmas Eve for an Ask Me Anything session. Just as he appears on the show and when making statements about the NBA, Cuban was direct and candid when answering questions, providing some amusing anecdotes and informative insight.A number of the questions and answers had to do with Shark Tank, where Cuban revealed some behind-the-scenes facets of the show. Fans of the show would note that there is quite a bit of T-Mobile product placement going on, and Cuban agrees, saying none of the hosts of the show enjoy it. Because this AMA was handled on the internet, someone responded with a montage of some of the more egregious T-Mobile product placements, which you can be embarrassed about and watch here. Cuban also revealed that even if an entrepreneur’s idea gets accepted, about 25% of them fall through after the camera’s stop rolling, due to a wide assortment of issues that end up being discovered, from people not paying their taxes to straight up lies about the idea. He also said that the only investment he’s ever made on Shark Tank that lost him money was Toygaroo, which is essentially a Netflix for toys.Cuban spouted some other fun lines, such as when someone asked him what a billionaire buys his kids for the holidays, he said “The same junk that everyone else buys.” He later said the most expensive gift he bought anyone for Christmas this year was under $200, and he also said he’s part of Amazon Prime in order to get better rates.He also brought his famed sarcasm to the AMA, responding to several sports-related questions with witty remarks. When asked what he thought David Stern was — the current commissioner of the NBA that Cuban has publicly clashed with many times — Cuban simply said “a great tailor.”Cuban also said he’s taken a look at Major League Gaming and finds it interesting, though he hasn’t spent enough time checking it out as of yet. He answers some more questions, including a bunch about the NBA, so head on over there and give it a look.last_img read more

Detective garda awarded €60k after middle finger deformed in assault by scaffold

first_img Jan 30th 2017, 10:20 PM Detective garda awarded €60k after middle finger deformed in assault by scaffold thief Detective Daire Daly confronted a scaffold thief in Celbridge, Kildare, in 2013. By Saurya Cherfi Monday 30 Jan 2017, 10:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,665 Views Image: Shutterstock/Cheng Wei 26 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Cheng Wei A 41-YEAR-old detective garda, who suffers a permanent deformity in his right middle finger since he was assaulted while arresting a man who was stealing scaffolding, has been awarded €60,000 compensation in the High Court.Detective Daire Daly said during a garda compensation hearing that on the night of 27 January 2013, he was off-duty and walking in the St Wolstan’s Abbey area in Celbridge, Kildare, when he saw a man acting suspiciously.Detective Daly told his barrister, Breffni Gordon, that he saw through a fence that the man was trying to enter a building and was wearing white latex gloves and a scarf covering part of his face.The court heard that Detective Daly, who is based in the Drug and Organised Crime unit in Dublin, called Leixlip garda station to inform them of the incident.He said that while he was waiting for his colleagues to arrive, he confronted the man and showed his garda badge.  The man had told him he was not trying to break into a house but wanted to steal scaffolding nearby.Detective Daly had told the man that garda reinforcement was on its way.  The man had first waited patiently, before suddenly head-butting Detective Daly in the chest while shouting “f**k you guard.”A confrontation had followed between them and the man managed to knock him to the ground, twisting his right hand and in particular his middle finger backwards.DeformityJustice Bernard Barton heard that the man went through the fence in the direction of a white van where an accomplice was waiting and shouted “guards, guards”.  Both had managed to escape in the van.Detective Daly said he felt severe pain in his hand the next day and attended to the Emergency Department at the Hermitage Medical Clinic in Fonthill, Dublin.He said that following extensive examination, it was discovered that he had suffered a tendon injury in his middle finger and had undergone surgery.Gordon said Detective Daly had needed to undergo a second operation of his finger a few months later.  He had attended numerous physiotherapy sessions and had been out of work for six months.The court heard that Detective Daly’s life had been affected by the incident.  He had to give up playing football and had developed a sensitivity to the cold in his hand, affecting his golf activity in winter.  He also had difficulty lifting heavy items.Detective Daly said he was now unable to straighten his finger, which was bent towards his palm.  The court heard his deformity would be permanent.  He also had a permanent scar on his finger following the surgery procedures and sued the Minister for Public Expenditure.Barrister Paul O’Reilly, for the Minister, said malice had been accepted by the State and today’s case was one of assessment of damages.Judge Barton said Detective Daly suffered a very serious injury but “was not making much of it”.  He awarded him €60,000 for past and future sufferings.Read: Concerns raised for missing Dublin teenager >Read: Woman attacked as she walked through south Dublin estate > Short URL Share7 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Kozanites support Cultural Centre

first_imgLast Sunday in Williamstown, the Committee of the Lassanis Club of Kozani announced a $10,000 donation for the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture in Melbourne.The 15-story building will house the Greek community of Melbourne and Victoria, while also providing new function rooms and gallery spaces. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Happy Takes Some Time to Get its Story Started

first_img Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues Stay on target It’s weird to think of Happy! as a show that’s capable of slowing things down. Even in its second episode, the story moves slower than in the pilot, but pacing of the episode is as frenetic as ever. Happy! feels like one of Edgar Wright’s early movies. It features tons of frenetic cuts, accompanied by big, loud visuals. The characters are always going. Even scenes where one character is meant to be stalling another feels like it’s moving at the speed of light. I guess an imaginary unicorn freaking out on cocaine will do that to a scene. For all the big, loud, fast action, it’s a little jarring to look back at the episode afterwards and realize that not a whole lot actually happened.It’s the same thing that happens to a lot of shows in their second episode. The pilot is where a new series shows you everything it’s capable of. It introduces the character, the world, a basic story formula and shows off whatever the creators feel is the most spectacular or attention-grabbing element of the show. A good pilot is hard to live up to, and Happy! had a very good pilot. After all that, and episode about a man slowly accepting that yeah, he’s probably a father, isn’t going to feel as exciting. Even though there is some very good stuff happening in this second episode.Medina Senghore and Lili Mirojnick (Photo via Syfy)The episode picks up right at the end of the pilot, with Nick hearing from Happy that he’s a father. He crashes the car, things real and imaginary fly through the air in a beautiful slow-motion ballet and suddenly we’re watching Jerry Springer. The gag goes on for just long enough to make you wonder whether you sat on the remote. It’s a really well-done facsimile of the show. Jerry’s there and everything. It’s so good, my girlfriend walked into the room, looked at me funny and asked if I was seriously watching Jerry Springer. Then we see Nick in the chair and it becomes clear. This is how he’s processing the information that he has a daughter. Instead of a DNA test, Jerry brings up an old photo of Hailey’s mom. Nick recognizes her immediately but, like most of the men on these trashy daytime talk shows, he refuses to accept that he’s a father.That’s really what the entire episode is about. If we’re going to go all Hero’s Journey on a show about a CGI talking unicorn, this is the point in the myth where the hero rejects his call to adventure. In all that long Springer parody, which isn’t quite as funny as the show wants it to be, Nick doesn’t accept that Hailey’s his daughter. He spends the episode denying it, stringing Happy along and locking him in a dryer, which he turns on. Also, yes Nick somehow survived being t-boned by a semi truck. If the pilot established anything, it’s that this dude is real hard to kill. How he didn’t even break any bones in the crash is beyond me, but I guess the story has to move forward somehow. All Nick wants to do is get a new set of clothes, some money, guns and then to get out of town. He knows The Password and Blue is sending no shortage of dudes after him to get it.Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt (Photo via Syfy)So far, the password thing is mostly working as a MacGuffin. Nick has it, bad guys want it, that’s all we know, and it’s really all we need to know. It does the job of putting obstacles in Nick and Happy’s way. It’s just not that compelling when we don’t know anything about it really. We know whoever has it can become super powerful. It might have something to do with demons, considering a brief line said by one of the guys Nick killed in the pilot. That’s about it. We’d be much more invested in the chase if we had any more information about what the password is and why Blue wants it so much. But hey, at least it leads to some good action scenes. Nick’s quest for clean clothes is waylaid by some mobsters who work for a rival crime boss now. They want to prevent Blue from getting the password and that means killing Nick. Well, trying to. I’ve never seen someone get their head bashed in with an apartment mailbox door before. Or have their face scraped off on the side of a stucco wall. The violence on this show continues to be shocking, over-the-top and so much fun to watch.I also enjoyed the poker scene a lot too. Happy manages to get out of the dryer and is very angry with Nick until Nick tells him he’s trying to get money and guns to find Hailey. He convinces Happy to help him cheat, and takes the entire table. Happy may be imaginary, but he still exists. He also inadvertently snorts a ton of cocaine and bounces off the walls, prompting Nick to end the game. With money and guns in his pockets, Nick heads out of town and Happy realizes that he never intended to help Hailey. We also learn why Happy knows about Nick in the first place. Hailey once saw a photo of Nick, guessed that he was her dad, and since he was a respectable cop at the time, built him up in her mind to be a hero. Nick isn’t that guy anymore. The show really makes you feel for Happy as he discovers that Nick is a bad person. And he’s turning Happy into a bad imaginary friend too. Of course, in the end, Nick has a change of heart. He and Happy head back into the city to find Haley. Together. Because you can’t say “no” to a blue CGI creature with Patton Oswalt’s voice. Just ask Chef Linguini.Bryce Lorenzo and Joseph D. Reitman (Photo: Screenshot via Syfy)In the midst of all the frantic action of Nick’s scenes, we got some deeply unsettling moments with Hailey. She spends the entire episode talking to another child, she believes, in the next box over. They talk about how they’re scared of this evil Santa Claus and how Hailey sent her friend to go find her dad. The reveal at the very end that Hailey has been talking to Very Bad Santa using a high-pitched childlike voice is genuinely chilling. The show pulled off the reveal very well, and I was actually more disturbed by that than any of the violence that preceded it. We also got a few scenes of Detective McCarthy learning that Blue is holding her mother hostage until she brings in Nick alive. The creepy doctor from the pilot, the one who wanted to slice up Nick’s penis like salami (just thought I’d bring that image back to your minds), is the one holding McCarthy’s mother hostage. He’s being decent to her for now, treating her to a makeover. And she’s not doing too well mentally either, so she doesn’t really know what’s going on. In any case, we do feel for McCarthy, and it’s a good way to bring hers and Nick’s stories together again. When the show gets around to it.Happy! remains a fun, violent, hilarious, overwhelming show in its second week, even as it slows down its storytelling just a little bit. It doesn’t quite live up to the promises made by the pilot, but then what could? Now that they’ve gotten through Nick’s rejection of whether or not he is a father, they can get to the real meat of the story quicker. At least, I hope so. In any case, I look forward to lots more hectic holiday horror in the weeks to come.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Report finds that SDSU professor discriminated against student because her race

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego State professor discriminated against a white student because of her race, investigators from the California attorney general’s office found.According to a 51-page confidential report obtained by The Daily Aztec, investigators sustained three specific complaints against American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge made by recent SDSU graduate Crystal Sudano against Monge — that he discriminated against her, harassed her and retaliated against her by threatening her grade. A fourth complaint, thatMonge discriminated against her on the basis of a disability, was not sustained.Under the conditions of CSU Executive Order 1097, which outlines the complaint process, individuals involved in a complaint are instructed to maintain confidentiality until the conclusion of the investigation and appeals processes.According to the report, Monge sent at least 15 “inappropriate” Facebook messages to Sudano, including one in which he calls members of the university’s Associated Students “Frat Bros and Sorority Sisters … who do not easily empathize with non-whiteness” and another in which he claims other students have called the current student government president, who is black, an “Uncle Tom.”He also wrote to an investigator that it is “quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil,” according to the report summarized in The Daily Aztec.Sudano eventually decided to drop her course with Monge last spring, and the investigation found Monge at fault for her decision to withdraw.State University Office of the Chancellor, The Daily Aztec reported. The investigation by the attorney general’s office was performed at the behest of the CSU and is only a first step. The case may be re-investigated, and possibly reviewed by the University Senate.San Diego State University is committed to creating a learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” SDSU spokeswoman Jill Esterbrooks said regarding the complaint against Monge. “The university prohibits discriminatory behavior and harassment of any kind on campus, and takes allegations of misconduct by any member of the campus community very seriously.“The university responds to all reports of alleged violations by members of the campus community, and takes appropriate action to prevent, investigate, correct or discipline such conduct.“San Diego State University does not discuss pending matters due to privacy rights of all parties involved and to protect the integrity of the review process.”Monge is a controversial figure on campus. His master’s thesis, “Fail, Montezuma! The last vestiges of an obscured yet stubbornly persistent culture of racism at San Diego State University,” described what he considers to be the racist history of SDSU’s mascot, the Aztec.He backed a resolution from SDSU’s student government in favor of ending the Aztec in April 2017 — an effort that ultimately failed. However, the University Senate — which mostly consists of faculty, with a handful of student members — passed a non-binding resolution in November to retire the use of the human “Aztec Warrior” mascot and investigate the appropriateness of the continued use of the Aztec name. Report finds that SDSU professor discriminated against student because her race KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img January 8, 2018 Updated: 12:13 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, sdsu FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Kudos this Week…

first_imgKudos go to Hunter Grills, Newbern, Tenn., who spoke to a local first grade class about farming this month. Hunter discussed how farmers grow our food and the importance of hard work. Thanks for taking time to educate about where food comes from and how farmers do their jobs Hunter!Click here to see last week’s ASA Kudos!last_img