Gilas enters killer stretch

first_img“My concern is (South) Korea,” Reyes said after a 100-85 decision of Japan, which the Filipinos were only able to fend off after a 12-0 run late in the fourth period as Gilas again labored under a bum start at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.The Filipinos, after rising to 3-1, battle the Koreans at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and Reyes would have wanted his men fresher because from there, Gilas takes on Iraq and then Atletas All Stars Lithuania in the next two days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We needed to rest more guys today and rest them for Korea,” Reyes said. “But we needed to play people extensive minutes (with the game being close). We don’t know how we will compete against Korea. But we will try our best.”The Koreans, who have dealt the Filipinos numerous heartaches in the past, were set to battle the Lithuanians later on Tuesday. After victories over Chinese Taipei B, India and Iran, Korea went into that game still undefeated. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes pointed out that he used Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright and import Mike Myers longer than he had planned.All three finished in twin digits, with Myers completing a double-double with 17 and 17 rebounds and Wright chipping in 15 and Ravena 11. Jio Jalalon also had 11 points and two steals in his finest game yet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Bobby Ray Parks will be out for the third straight game for Gilas with a swollen left foot, giving Reyes one less reliable wingman on the floor.The Filipinos were tipped as the heavy favorites against Japan’s Under-24 squad but trailed for most of the game, needing that one telling burst late in the final frame to snuff the fight out of the Japanese and win for the third straight day.“We needed a lot of focus and we weren’t able to execute that in the first half,” said Christian Standhardinger, who is pondering on starting a PBA career when the team planes back home.“We had the urgency in the fourth period and got going on defense,” he added after finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds which he highlighted by finishing a fastbreak play with a two-handed dunk in that 12-0 run.“In an elite tournament like this, there’s no such thing as an easy game,” Reyes said. “They (Japanese) gave us everything we could handle. In the end, we were fortunate to pull it off.”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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Creamline targets 5th straight Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI—Chot Reyes played some of his aces more than he thought he should have on Tuesday afternoon against an enemy Gilas Pilipinas could have conquered rather easily.And this is a concern as the Filipinos head into what the firebrand coach said is “the belly of our schedule” in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational here.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

2010: The Year of Treasure Hunters

first_imgT he first Indian to welcome US President Barack Obama at Mumbai airport on November 6 was then Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. He was sacked minutes after Obama left India because of his direct involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which flats meant for Kargil heroes and,T he first Indian to welcome US President Barack Obama at Mumbai airport on November 6 was then Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. He was sacked minutes after Obama left India because of his direct involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which flats meant for Kargil heroes and widows were virtually stolen by powerful politicians, bureaucrats and defence officers who abetted construction on disputed army land. Chavan’s relatives owned three flats in Adarsh. He was confident that his mentors-a guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, and Rahul Gandhi-would save him. Chavan was self-delusional. It was the judiciary that forced the political class to move. On December 22, a division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice U.D. Salvi hearing the case noted, “Everybody who was supposed to clear a file has been gifted (a flat in Adarsh).” Adarsh was not the only scandal in the Year of the Treasure Hunter. The total loot of the public exchequer in 2010 is estimated to exceed Rs 4 lakh crore. An analysisreveals that real estate is corruption’s biggest cash cow. According to realtors, 60 to 70 per cent of the price of property transactions in all major Indian cities is in cash. A finance ministry report of December 2009 states: “Of the Rs 4,500 crore seized in income tax raids, around Rs 2,000 crore involves land. Politicians are earning money per sq ft of the floor space index awarded to construct buildings. This is a result of commercialisation of politics,” says former Mumbai High Court Judge B.G. Kolse-Patil. The cbi discovered that it was Chavan, who as state revenue minister in 2000 cleared the society’s ownership conditions to admit civilians along with defence personnel, thereby opening up a real estate gold-mine. “The Congress is the fountainhead of corruption in the country,” says bjp leader Rajnath Singh.advertisementIn 2010, allegations of corruption-referred to by Wharton academic Jitendra Singh as “a kind of shadowy market”-were made against the spectrum of the national establishment. Politicians like Chavan, B.S. Yeddyurappa, Suresh Kalmadi and Mulayam Singh Yadav; senior army officers like former army chief General Deepak Kapoor and Major General R.K. Hooda stole the headlines of the year with a glittering cast of friends, mentors and hangers-on from the media and bureaucracy.Chavan’s personal assets run into hundreds of crores of rupees. In his hometown Nanded, Chavan Inc owns dealerships, real estate worth crores, sugar mills and educational institutions. He insists that his commercial ventures are legal and he has done nothing wrong. For a politician who declared his net worth as Rs 24.61 crore  in 2009, india today investigations revealed that the estimated worth of assets held by Chavan and his family amount to much more. “The politicians in the entire country are corrupt. Why talk only about Maharashtra?” says Kolse-Patil. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray says, “We are facing a challenge to cure the disease of corruption.” Chavan, however, is defiant. “The investigations will prove my innocence,” he says.   The country has got used to the idea of corrupt politicians. It was shocked to learn that officers of the rank of general and admiral were involved in Adarsh. “Here is a man whom we trusted, here is a person on whose orders we were ready to go to battle,â€? said Chief of Staff General V.K. Singh about his predecessor General Kapoor. In his application for a Rs 80-lakh apartment, General Kapoor lied that his annual income was Rs 2.8 lakh while when it was actually around Rs 7.2 lakh. When this application was turned down, the then Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh used his arbitrary powers to clear it. Adarsh is not the only example of Kapoor’s real estate adventures. The Haryana Government gave him a Gurgaon plot for Rs 36 lakh with a lock-in payment period of five years-a knockdown price for land valued at Rs 7.5 crore. In Sukna, West Bengal, army land was allegedly given to builders at throwaway prices. The military court indicted two army officers for this deal-one of them was Kapoor’s staff advisor Lt. General Avdesh Prakash. Kapoor reportedly used his clout to save Prakash from a court martial. The armed forces have earned the unsavoury nickname, the “Harmed Forces”.Real estate besmirched the reputation of Karnataka’s Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa as well. In June 2010, Yeddyurappa was preparing for a spotlight moment, ordering a bespoke Italian suit from Bangalore fashion designer Prakash Lamba as a change from his usual white safari suit to preside over the two-day Global Investors Meet in Bangalore from which he expected to raise at least $66.3 billion as investments for Karnataka. In private, Yeddyurappa was taking decisions that would blow up in his face. On November 17, 2010, Karnataka Lok Ayukta Santosh Hegde announced there was enough evidence to establish a prima facie case against Yeddyurappa. The Opposition released documents-around 2,000 of them-alleging that Yeddyurappa flouted rules to get prime land worth Rs 500 crore allotted to family members; his sons bjp MP B.Y. Raghavendra and Vijayendra became beneficiaries of state largesse after their father became the Karnataka deputy chief minister in 2006. Raghavendra was allotted a government plot in Bangalore under the MP’s quota and paid Rs 10 lakh for the land whose market value was over Rs 2 crore. Yeddyurappa also denotified the Bangalore Development Authority (bda) land which his sons and son-in-law Sohan Kumar allegedly grabbed at throwaway prices. Yeddyurappa’s daughter Umadevi was allotted two acres of government land to set up a bpo. Some of his family members were allegedly allotted five acres in Shimoga to build a hospital, and two acres for a factory in Bangalore. In March 2010, 11 more acres in Bangalore worth crores were denotified in Vijayendra and Raghavendra’s favour against the advice of the bda and the Urban Development Department. Later, his kin returned the land following a judicial inquiry. Five previous chief ministers gave similar deals to their relatives including Dharam Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda’s son H.D. Kumaraswamy who is yet to return the land allotted to him.advertisement”The names of my family members are being dragged into imagined corruption cases to cover up their (Opposition’s) own misdeeds,” says Yeddyurappa, responding to the Opposition’s charges of corruption.The Opposition also alleges that the chief minister took a bribe of Rs 20 crore from the Bellary-based South West Mining Ltd; supporting documents claim that the money was allegedly deposited into the bank accounts of Raghavendra, Vijayendra and Sohan Kumar.If land was exploited by the corrupt, the skies were open to political plunder as well. On November 14, the dmk, unable to withstand the heat from a belligerent Opposition, a hostile Congress and an angry media, ordered Andimuthu Raja to resign as telecom minister. Raja was accused of favouring select telecom companies-Swan Telecom, Unitech, S-Tel, Datacom Solutions, Idea, Spice, Systema, Tata and Loop-in acquiring 2G spectrum licences in a valuation game which is estimated to have cost the country a notional Rs 1.76 lakh crore. “As a lawyer, I will abide by the law, not evade it,” Raja said. His slogan during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls was “Oru kilo arisi oru rupa, oru hello 50 paisa” (One kg rice at one rupee, a hello on the phone at 50 paise). The Niira Radia tapes exposed how much his hellos cost the country. Veteran Congress leader of Tamil Nadu EVKS Elangovan says “Karunanidhi must’ve been aware of things.”In power, there is no free lunch. So what did the telecom companies give Raja and Radia in return of the favours? The CBI and the ed are investigating a money trail that leads to the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Mauritius. “Raja represents a front for a number of undesirable organisations. He is a front for anti-national agents,” says Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party president. There may be political exaggeration in the accusation.advertisementRaja stuck to his chair for 400 days after the scam surfaced. A CBI official claims that the minister used this time to manipulate or destroy evidence. No incriminating documents were found when the agency raided his house on December 8. According to one source, documents were also destroyed at Radia-owned Vaishnavi Communic- ations’s office in Delhi. Employees had burned thousands of documents to prevent them from falling into the hands of the CBI. “The Government should constitute an Integrity and Ethics Commission urgently to check corruption and initiate stringent action against corrupt practices,” says assocham President Dilip Modi.The climate of venality spawned a variety of hunters who sought to seize what they could. Public anger began to mount. When Suresh Kalmadi, the most visibly tainted face of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, walked into a Delhi restaurant on a late October weekend, he was surrounded and heckled by diners who called him a thief. The CBI and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) estimate that the 66-year-old Congress Rajya Sabha MP caused a loss of Rs 5,000-8,000 crore of public money through financial and administrative malfeasance. In 2003, the Indian Olympic Association estimated the Games would cost the country Rs 1,620 crore. By 2010, the bill had risen to Rs 11,500 crore. With other additional expenditure, the Games expenditure was estimated to be around Rs 30,000 crore, making the 2010 Commonwealth Games the most expensive sporting event ever. CBI sources says that of the Rs 665 crore spent on overlays, around Rs 200 crore was stolen. Following the CVC report on financial misdemeanors, the CBI raided the ioa offices and arrested close Kalmadi aides T.S. Darbari, Sanjay Mahindroo and treasurer Jayachandran.Some of the statistics are stunning. The infrastructure cost for the cwg was Rs 2,904 crore but Rs 5,503 crore was released. Where did the extra money go? The CVC investigated 16 Games-related projects totalling Rs 2,477 crore and found that corrupt officials and contractors tampered with initially discounted tenders. The organising committee inflated bills by at least 30 per cent. The CBI raided Kalmadi’s residences in Delhi and Pune. “I am innocent till proven guilty. I have not taken any decision alone,” Kalmadi says.Many more careers and reputations tumbled as other skeletons of corruption fell out of hidden closets. In Mumbai, private financier Rajesh Sharma, chief of Money Matters (India), and senior bank officials were arrested in a bribes-for-loans affair. The arrests have made corporate India uneasy. Though the licence raj has ostensibly ended, lobbyists are still needed for project clearances. “We need to be clear about what is defined as corruption. In an economy where competition and enterprise are driven by individual endeavours, and there is no strong government hand, these things flourish,” says P. Shankar Raman, executive v-p (finance), L&T. Following these arrests, the market value of lic Housing Finance shares plummeted from Rs 10,159 crore to Rs 2,365 crore. Investors lost Rs 2,300 crore in a day. “There are enough regulatory bodies in the country but they don’t have the teeth to enforce regulations,” says Richard Rekhy, ceo, KPMG, one of the largest of audit, tax and advisory services firms in the world   There was one unusual instance of corruption. While Adarsh, the cwg and other scams largely involved powerful cabals, Ketan Desai, president of the Medical Council of India, was the lone ranger of graft. His modus operandi was to ask for bribes in return of government recognition for private medical colleges. After the CBI arrested him for accepting Rs 2 crore as payola for one such deal, raids conducted in Delhi, Punjab, Mumbai and Ahmedabad revealed that Desai and his family owned 10 houses, two commercial properties in Mumbai and gold worth Rs 39 lakh.During the Adarsh hearing, Justices Marlapalle and Salvi asked, “Why has no fir been registered except the one on the missing files in the case? Don’t tell us committees will be formed to conduct inquiries. Committees are formed and dissolved, nothing happens.” Nothing happens because a corrupt system closes its ranks to protect its own. India remains stuck in the purgatory of corruption.with Nivedita Mukherjee, Kiran Tare and Nirmala Ravindranlast_img read more

India deliver under pressure to level series,India deliver under pressure to level series

first_imgOctober 25, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE cricket Published oncenter_img India produced a professional performance under pressure to beat New Zealand by six wickets in a must-win game and level three-match series 1-1 here today.Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45) led an inspired Indian bowling effort to restrict New Zealand to a modest 230 for nine. Later, Shikhar Dhwawan (68 off 84 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (64 not out off 92) struck timely half-centuries, enabling the hosts to complete the chase in 46 overs.The series decider will be played in Kanpur on October 29.There was a slight doubt whether the second ODI here will go ahead as planned after pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was suspended for allegedly agreeing to tampering with the pitch in a TV sting operation.However, the game began on time after ICC match referee Chris Broad inspected the pitch.India, who had to bounce back following their shock loss in the series opener, proved their mettle with an all-round effort.The chase was comfortable for India despite losing Rohit Sharma cheaply for the second time in the series.Dhawan was back to his best and played shots all around the ground enroute to his 22 ODI fifty. His sublime innings comprised five fours and couple of sixes including the one he hit over midwicket.The southpaw shared a 57-run stand Virat Kohli (29) before adding 66 runs with Karthik, who too played a valuable knock.Karthik, playing at number four after coming in at five in the previous game, grabbed the opportunity with a ninth ODI fifty.After Dhawan’s departure, Karthik and Hardik Pandya (30) forged a 59-run stand to secure the game for their team.Earlier, Kumar produced a fine swing bowling display while his pace colleague Jasprit Bumrah (2/38)) and young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/36) picked up two wickets apiece as Indian bowlers came out determined after being asked to bowl.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel (1/54) too justified the team management’s decision to play him in place of Kuldeep Yadav, by removing the well settled Tom Latham (38).The Indian bowlers had New Zealand under their mercy from the onset, picking up wickets at regular intervals to reduce the visitors to 58 for four inside 16 overs.The hosts did not allow the New Zealand batsmen to settle down at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium.New Zealand suffered a disastrous start as Kumar and Bumrah wreaked havoc by removing their first three batsmen inside the opening seven overs.Kumar gave perfect start to India by removing the opening duo of Martin Guptill (11) and Colin Munro (10) quickly.Bumrah then had skipper Kane Williamson (3) LBW, leaving the visitors tottering at 27 for three.While Guptill nicked one to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps, Williamson was trapped in front of the wicket by Bumrah with New Zealand struggling at 25 for two.The visitors reviewed Williamson’s decision but that went in vain.Munro, who hit a towering six during his brief stay, was the next to depart as Kumar went through his defence.In-form Latham and Ross Taylor (21) too failed to repeat their last match’s exploits when they conjured a 200-run stand in a winning cause.Taylor, who struck two fours and looked in set for a big knock, was dismissed by Pandya in the 16th over as the right-handed batsman edged one to Dhoni while trying to hook a Pandya delivery.Latham stuck just two fours, a cut and a pull, and partially tried to steer his side out of trouble with his trademark sweep and reverse-sweep shots.But the southpaw’s stay was cut short when he was bowled by Patel across the stumps while the batsman went for a sweep.Henry Nicholas (42) and Colin De Grandhomme (41) then tried to resurrect the Kiwi innings by adding 47 runs for the sixth wicket before the partnership was broken by Kumar.Chahal then took two consecutive wickets in the 44th over by dismissing Grandhomme and Adam Milne (0) to stand in chance for a hat-trick which didn’t happen.Towards the end, Mitchell Santner’s 38-ball 29 and Tim Southee’s unbeaten 25 helped New Zealand reach the 230-run mark. sport × COMMENTSlast_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Barreiro Penalty vs Hyderabad FC Takes NorthEast United FC to Top of Table

first_img footballHyderabad FCindian footballindian super league First Published: November 6, 2019, 10:21 PM IST Hyderabad: A late Maximiliano Barreiro penalty proved to be the difference as NorthEast United FC defeated Hyderabad FC to climb to the top of the Indian Super League standings at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.The teams had their fair share of moments in a closely-contested tie, but a handball in the 86th minute helped NorthEast United edge past their opponents. Robert Jarni’s team remain unbeaten and have eight points from four games, while Hyderabad sit ninth on the table with three points.The hosts were quick to take the game to the opposition with Marcelinho impressing in the final third. Four minutes into the game, the Brazilian forward dribbled into the box, executed a step-over to outfox Mislav Komorski and thumped the ball towards the goal from a tight angle, forcing goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury to make a low save.Hyderabad were aggressive in their approach throughout the first-half, but their final ball lacked the threat to fetch an opener. At the other end, the visitors struggled to make an impact and failed to test the goalkeeper in the opening 45 minutes.Marcelinho once again showed his quality when he danced into the box but his cross towards Gani Nigam in the centre was headed clear.Redeem Tlang got the better of the hosts’ defence soon after the restart with a clever run in behind the defence. Substitute Maximiliano Barreiro lobbed a well-timed ball for the Indian forward whose powerful shot from an acute angle was kept out by Kamaljit Singh at his near post.The Highlanders, who sought a way back into the game, suffered a blow when Asamoah Gyan had to be forced off the field due to an injury. His replacement Panagiotis Triadis nearly made an instant impact when he flicked Reagan Singh’s low cross from the right flank towards the goal following a clever run, but Kamaljit was up to the task.Hyderabad found it difficult to maintain the intensity with which they ended the first half. Mohammed Yasir latched on to an excellent pass by Stankovic but sent his effort wide from inside the box. With clear-cut chances drying up, Rohit Kumar tested the keeper from outside the box after the hour-mark but hit it straight at Subhasish Roy.There was drama at the end as a Jose Leudo strike from the edge of the box hit Shankar Sampingraj’s hand, resulting in a spot-kick for the visitors. Barreiro stepped up and coolly slotted home from the spot, leaving Kamaljit with no chance and sealing an important win for his team. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Errani beats Strycova to clinch Dubai title

first_imgItaly’s Sara Errani thrashed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 to win the Dubai Tennis Championship final on Saturday. Former French Open runner-up Errani has fallen to 22nd in the WTA rankings after a slump but showed she is rediscovering her best form with a dominant display as she claimed her ninth title.”It’s been a tough week and I’m really happy for me, my team and my family and friends,” she told the WTA website.Despite the gulf in class, Errani struggled to close out the match when leading 5-1 in the second set, finally completing the job in the next game on her fifth match point.Next week sees the men take centre stage in Dubai as world number one Novak Djokovic returns to action for the first time since winning the Australian Open last month.last_img read more

There is still no decision over F1 future: Fernando Alonso

first_imgMcLaren driver Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he has still not taken any decision on his Formula One future and is keeping “other categories” as option.Having secured a switch to Renault from Honda as their engine suppliers, the Spaniard is expected to stay at the newly-powered British team next year.But Alonso, whose contract expired in September this year, insisted that he was not sure about extending his contract and that he was thinking about all options.”All options open. There is still no decision. So we’ll see. I continue to have all the options open,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.Alonso has been linked with both Le Mans and the Daytona 24 hour race for 2018.The 36-year-old further insisted that one of his main goals is to be the best driver in the world, with especially focussing on his desire to clinch the ‘triple crown’.”As I have said several times, one of my goals is to be the best driver in the world, the most complete in the world, and for that I still believe you have to win in other categories too and especially the ‘triple crown’. That is one of my goals,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.”Sometimes, we focus on F1, because it is the best competition in the world of maximum technology. But there are other categories with other cars – with less technology – that require different driving and different skills and it is a major challenge for someone who specialises in something else,” Alonso continued.advertisementHowever, Alonso, who has been named as the ‘Rookie of the Year’ for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500, downplayed any suggestion of a full-time switch to Indycar.”The whole season at Indycar I do not have in my mind in the short term. But the 500 miles, after my experience of this year, is attractive,” Alonso concluded.last_img read more

6 Essential Tips for Hosting Friendsgiving This Year

first_img 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities In just the past few years, America has seen the rise of a new national holiday. Friendsgiving is the special day when people (usually young, often single, frequently broke) gather together to celebrate the blessings of a “family” they’ve chosen for themselves before dutifully boarding airplanes to observe Thanksgiving with the “real” family. We predict that in the not-too-distant future, schoolchildren will study this holiday with the same curiosity and reverence accorded the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.You may scoff at our audacity and call Friendsgiving a millennial fad. However, this holiday is fast becoming just as important a cultural institution as the one that appears pre-printed in your calendar. Like Thanksgiving, this holiday was invented out of sentimental thin air rather than religious tradition and its roots are equally shrouded in mystery. (Did it really come about as a result of TV’s Friends? Is a Twitter hashtag responsible for its ascendance as a widespread movement? Is Bailey’s Irish Cream the Friendsgiving analog to the Thanksgiving turkey?)These questions will continue to be debated long into the future, likely over many a Friendsgiving table. Studies show that more than half of all 18- to 34-year-olds intend to attend a Friendsgiving celebration in addition to a traditional Thanksgiving with family.Friendsgiving is still a special time to share your sense of gratitude for the community you’ve built by choice, not by genetics.It’s easy to understand why. If you celebrate ahead of the officially recognized holiday, Friendsgiving offers a great chance to strengthen your soul in preparation for the often trying ordeal of family gatherings. If you celebrate afterward, it allows you to decompress, restore, and recalibrate your sense of independent adulthood.Even if your traditional Thanksgiving offers the rare combination of functional family dynamics and decent skills in the kitchen, Friendsgiving is still a special time to share your sense of gratitude for the community you’ve built by choice, not by genetics.If you’ve never hosted Friendsgiving before, though, it can be hard to disconnect your party preparation from the pressure and obligations that too often accompany a family gathering. So here’s a handy cheat sheet for hosting a Friendsgiving party that guarantees good times, minimal stress, and all the warm fuzzies your heart can holdFood Is a Secondary FocusLook, if the point of Thanksgiving were just to eat great food, we’d all go out to a restaurant. The real objective is gratitude. And guess what doesn’t lead to gratitude? Laboring under a sense of obligation as the host. So, as you’re planning your Friendsgiving, don’t hesitate to start with what you really enjoy doing.If cooking is your wheelhouse, then by all means, sit down and craft a Michelin star-worthy menu. (You might also want to take a stronger hand in which guests are assigned which dishes. You don’t want your chronically late friend in charge of appetizers or your gluten-free friend on stuffing duty.)But maybe your real skill lies in crafting the experience (staging the food, decorating the table, curating a playlist). Or maybe you’re a magician when it comes to gathering people together and getting them to have fun. Lean into whatever aspect of party-planning you really enjoy and leave the rest to your other friends. And if there should be something nobody wants to take care of? Leave it alone.Lean Into What You Like (and Forget About What You Don’t)One of the most tiresome Thanksgiving traditions is how every guest is compelled to kiss the host/chef’s ring. Never mind if he/she hates cooking, or is really bad at it. You’re going to eat what they put out and like it.The joy of Friendsgiving is that there are no rules when it comes to food. The objective is that everybody brings the foods they love to cook, eat, and share. If that means three kinds of made-from-scratch dressing and takeout spring rolls, so be it.Now, if you or one of your guests has an uncompromising standard for a certain item on the menu, that’s fine. But then that person has to take charge. If you’ve got a friend who is always finding fault with other people’s turkeys, guess who just got drafted to main-course duty?But hell, there’s no rule saying you even have to have a turkey. If no one wants to put six hours into roasting a bird, screw it — grill some gorgeous salmon on a cedar plank, make a giant pot of vegetarian chili, or just pick up an order of buffalo wings. Make it your Friendsgiving mantra that no holiday dish is so important that it’s worth stressing out over.Maintain a No-Obligation Guest ListNormal Thanksgiving brings about as much guilt-fueled guest list action as anyone needs in their life. Your party is known as “Friendsgiving” for a reason. That means no inviting people because you feel bad for them, or because they invited you to their last thing, or because you haven’t had time to hang out with them in a while. If you want them at your party, invite them. If you don’t, don’t. Limit your guest list to the small, manageable, and genuinely friendly.If you want them at your party, invite them. If you don’t, don’t.This applies to guests of your guests, as well. While it can be controversial to place limits on your friends’ plus-ones, do it for the big-picture good of your party. If your buddy really needs his latest Tindr match by his side, he can throw his own Friendsgiving celebration.Make It Easy on YourselfIt’s no small thing being a party host. As tired as you get of hearing your mom complain about how nobody appreciates all the work she puts into getting the family together … well, she’s got a point. So take a note and do things to make Operation Party easier on yourself. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years:Send around a Google spreadsheet that lets people sign up for different dishes, prep duties, and other party-associated tasks.Remind people to bring their own tools for serving their dish. (If someone else is doing the turkey, they’d better come with their own electric carving knife.)Don’t sweat the start time. Is it really that big a deal if the sweet potato casserole gets eaten before the appetizers show up? What matters is that everyone comes hungry and goes home satisfied.If you want to limit the alcohol offerings (and the potential for party-pooping shenanigans), offer people who don’t want to cook the option of bringing a bottle of specific spirits for a specialty cocktail you’ll be serving. To make life even easier, mix up a big batch of said cocktail in a pitcher or punch bowl and call it a day.Want to make dish duty a breeze? Tell everyone to bring their own plates and cutlery. It’s the best way to ensure that nobody (i.e., you) gets stuck with post-feast cleanup. Plus, it’s better on the environment.Stock up on ice, aluminum foil, and stain remover. Trust us on that last one.Get everybody to kick in $5-$10 for a cleaning service to tidy up your place the day after. After playing host, you deserve to enjoy a great brunch, a leisurely hike, a day in bed with Netflix — whatever continues the warm fuzzy feels for you.Grease the Gratitude WheelsEven if you didn’t grow up religious, the specter of awkward gratitude recitations looms over just about every family Thanksgiving table. For Friendsgiving, there’s an easy way around this: make gratitude a drinking game!Here’s how: As people show up, have them write down three things they’re thankful for on a notecard and toss them in a hat. At dinner, pass the hat around and have each guest pull a card out. As each person reads the clues out loud, everyone else guesses who wrote the card. If the group guesses who the card belongs to on the first try, the owner of the card drinks. If no one guesses, the owner of the card chooses someone who drinks.Have a Good TimeNever forget that the whole point of planning a party is that you have fun. Nothing kills the vibe of a party faster than a stressed-out host. The better time you’re having, the better time your guests will have. How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Klaveness to Take Delivery of 3 CABU Carriers Soon

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness has revealed that three 80,500 dwt CABU combination carriers being built for the company by China-based Zheiang Ouhua Shipbuilding will be delivered soon, starting from this September.The naming ceremonies for the first two vessels, MV Balboa and MV Baffin, took place last week at the shipyard in Zhousan.According to Klaveness, MV Balboa will be delivered at the end of September 2016 and MV Baffin in November. On its maiden voyage, MV Balboa will ship caustic soda from Taiwan to Australia.The third vessel, MV Ballard, is scheduled for delivery in January 2017.Klaveness ordered the three CABU combination carriers in 2013 and 2014.“The new vessels have been designed to reduce fuel consumption with 5-10 % achieved through amongst others an optimal hull form, fuel saving devices and a low RPM main engine with large diameter propeller,” according to the company.In December 2015, Klaveness ordered three 83,500 dwt combination carriers from China’s Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding, slated for delivery during the second half of 2018.Klaveness’ current fleet is comprised of six CABU combination carriers, eight containerships and one Kamsarmax vessel.last_img read more

Oakland Breaks 11YearOld Record for November Imports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Port of Oakland had its busiest November ever for imports in 2018, shattering an 11-year-old record. The port said that it handled the equivalent of 83,364 loaded 20-foot import containers last month. That beat the old November record of 76,902 containers set in 2007.November imports were up 15 percent over the same period in 2017, a rise which was attributed to the increase in cargo volume due to continued strong U.S. consumer spending.The port added that importers are rushing cargo into the U.S. in case new tariffs are imposed next year as part of the trade war with China.“We’re encouraged by our latest cargo statistics,” said John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Maritime Director.“At the same time, we remain cautious as we approach the new year with uncertainty.”The port’s total volume, including imports, exports and empty containers, was up 5 percent in the first 11 months of 2018. If the trend continues, Oakland is expected to set a new cargo volume record for the third straight year.last_img read more

No one can give stable govt in present circumstances HDK

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka caretaker Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that no one can give a stable government in the state in the present political scene after the fall of his ministry two days ago. Kumaraswamy said the resignations by the rebel MLAs of the Congress-JDS coalition had pushed the state towards by-elections. “Whether you focus on the developmental activities or the by-elections at 20 to 25 places, an atmosphere created by theBJP? We cannot assume that the government will remain stableeven after the elections,” Kumaraswamy told reporters. The Kumaraswamy government was reduced to a minority in the critical trial of strength in the assembly on July 23, when the confidence motion moved by him was defeated with 99 voting in favour of it and 105 against, ending a three-week long high-voltage political drama. Kumaraswamy, who was speaking to reporters after meeting senior Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, said he expressed his gratitude to him for having withdrawn his resignation to support the coalition government. He said Reddy has shown his commitment to Congress. Reddy was among the 16 coalition legislators who had resigned their assembly membership, but he later retraced his step and voted for the government. Treading cautiously, the BJP is yet to stake claim to form the government as the final word on the number game has not been said yet with the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar still to decide on both the resignations of the rebels and pleas for their disqualification.last_img read more

Solidarity with the Mikmaq people all over Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsDemonstrations have been on going across the country in support of the anti – fracking protestors in New Brunswick.From British Columbia to the east coast hundreds of Aboriginal and non – Aboriginal activists have been hitting the pavement to show they’re in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people.As APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports, it looks like a resurgence of the Idle No More movement.last_img

Dorel says investments in Latin America and China will drive longterm growth

Dorel says investments in Latin America and China will drive long-term growth by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 8:21 am MDT MONTREAL – Dorel Industries says heavy investments to expand production and distribution capabilities in Latin America and China will generate long-term returns and give the company more control.“We are making very strategic investments, which we know are in the best interest of our shareholders,” CEO Martin Schwartz said Wednesday in discussing its second-quarter results.The Montreal-based maker of bicycles, child car seats and ready-to-make furniture is spending US$120 million to buy one of China’s largest manufacturers of infant and juvenile products, bought a Brazilian bicycle manufacturer that runs the largest factory outside Southeast Asia and has recently started distribution in Mexico.Schwartz said the acquisition of Hong Kong-based Lerado Group will provide the company with its first manufacturing in juvenile products, such as child car seats and strollers, to improve growth in Asia and make it more competitive in the U.S. market.The purchase of Caloi in Brazil is already helping Dorel’s revenues and profits and is allowing the bike manufacturer to produce its brands locally.“The reception from retailers in Brazil has been very good, and allows us to better reach the middle-class consumer, the fastest growing segment in Brazil,” he told analysts.Continued momentum in its bicycle division is expected to drive Dorel’s results through the fourth quarter when sales traditionally pickup during Christmas and the summer season in the southern hemisphere.It expects double-digit earnings growth in the juvenile division in the second half of the year, even after excluding a U.S. product liability settlement related to a 2008 accident in which a child travelling in one of its car seats was seriously injured.Dorel was ordered by a Mississippi jury to pay half of a US$52-million judgment to the family of a child injured in the crash. Most of Dorel’s liability was covered by insurance.Strong growth in the recreation and leisure division contributed to a nearly 15 per cent boost in profits in the second quarter.Dorel (TSX:DII.B) earned US$15.2 million or 47 cents per share for the three months ended June 30. That compared to US$13.2 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Excluding restructuring costs, adjusted earnings equalled 51 cents per share, well below the 67 cents forecast by analysts.Revenue for the company, which reports in U.S. dollars, grew 9.2 per cent to $655.8 million from $600.4 million.The recreation and leisure division’s operating profit more than tripled to $15.2 million from $3.7 million on a 20 per cent boost in sales to $286.2 million.Organic revenues at the bicycle business grew about 11 per cent in the quarter and by 15 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal year from both independent bike dealers and North American mass merchants. Dorel said the results were also helped by improved weather and a continued rebound in most global bike markets.The juvenile division’s operating profit increased 2.2 per cent to $16.2 million on $251.3 million in revenues, led by the performance in Europe and Brazil. The division benefited from 10 per cent organic growth in the quarter and 16 per cent year-to-date in Latin America, which was largely offset by a weaker currency especially in Chile.Home furnishing profits were $5.2 million, down 27 per cent from $7.2 million a year ago, as revenues slipped to $118.3 million despite continued growth of Internet sales.The company manufactures a number of children’s products under the Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort brands, while its bikes and related products include brands such as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and Sugoi. It has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and employs 6,300 people in 24 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dorel shares gained 36 cents at C$38.25 in Wednesday afternoon trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

VIDEO First season defeat for Barca in Plock

FC Barcelona suffered the first season defeat in the Polish city of Plock, where Wisla showed fantastic performance and took points from the rival. Look how WISLA TV saw fantastic handball evening last Saturday… ← Previous Story Eljaish win Asian Clubs Championship! Next Story → EHF EURO 2014: “Guerreras” and Denmark reach Main Round

Amazon Kindle will be free by November if price keeps falling at

first_imgAlthough Amazon‘s plans for the Kindle as an e-book publishing platform have been made clear by the software’s ubiquity across nearly all operating systems, what is less clear is Amazon’s plans for the Kindle e-reader in this post-PC, tablet-centric age.When the Kindle first debut back in 2009, it was a pretty cool gadget, launching at $350 and seemingly worth every penny (competing e-readers cost several hundred dollars more). Then the iPad came along, and made the Kindle suddenly seem irrelevant. Who wants a monochrome e-reader that just lets you read e-books and nothing else when you can have a vibrant, living, full-color tablet that can do everything from browsing to video to games?Amazon’s rather perfunctorily reduced the price of the Kindle since the iPad debuted down to $139 for the WiFi only version, but they’ve yet to update the Kindle to address any of the iPad’s strengths. It’s still black and white. It still just does reading. Amazon hasn’t even hinted that they’re working on the most obvious counter to the iPad: a color Android tablet. What gives?Check out the chart above. That’s what gives. Every generation, the Kindle — while barely improving in specs — gets cheaper and cheaper. At the current rate of price drops, it’ll cost almost nothing by November of this year.It now looks like this might have been Amazon’s plan for the Kindle all along. They don’t want to compete with the iPad. They just want to be able to give a free e-reader to every Amazon Prime subscriber, and sell it to everyone else at such a dirt cheap rate that literally no one in the country won’t be able to afford it. Amazon wants Kindle to be ubiquitous with e-books, which not only means making sure Kindle e-books are readable on every gadget out there… but also making sure they are readable by people who don’t have any gadgets at all.Brilliant.Read more at Techniumlast_img read more

Audiences captivated by Cretan Brotherhood event

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was a special celebration for all Cretans on Sunday, 18 November at the Ivanhoe Performing Arts Centre, as the Cretan Brotherhood’s dance school made a special presentation of traditional dances that are rarely witnessed outside the bounds of Crete.The element that separates these performances from other, more commonly known ones is their origin, as they come from the more isolated locations and villages of the island.Also a great impression on the event was made by the traditional sounds of Cretan music and the outfits worn by the performers.The Cretan dance school has grown in membership from a measly 50 to over 150 in these last five years and this event was a great opportunity for some of the older members to demonstrate the fruit of their labours.Through the teachings of these dances, the students are taught about the rich cultural heritage and history of the island of Crete.last_img read more

TCI Police Revenge Porn Child Porn Warning

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – Turks and Caicos Police are concerned with the surge in apparent child pornography circulating in the country; we say apparent because while it appears the individuals on videos being spread feature under aged islanders, it is unconfirmed at this point.In a media notice, Officer Kevin Clarke outlines that the filming and spreading of the material are against both the law; the actions are exploitive and Police is prepared to prosecute anyone caught in this illicit activity and the release even talks about, ‘revenge porn’. Clarke said,  “We cannot tell people what to do during their sexual encounters, however, as an adult if you allow recording of the act it is important to be informed about revenge porn. Revenge Porn is defined as the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent via any medium and with the purpose of causing embarrassments or distress. The victims of this humiliating, unacceptable and degrading act can be any age, men or women. This practice has also been described as a form of Domestic violence and sexual abuse and is normally carried out by an ex-lover…” As for penalties according to Turks and Caicos law; six months in jail or a $5,000 fine or both. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Joe Biden Announces Presidential Run

first_img Michael Dwyer/AP FileIn this April 18, 2019, file photo, former vice president Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston. 00:00 /29:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced his decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Presidential Election.This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze who are the front runners for 2020 and discuss whether Biden has a real shot of winning the Democratic nomination.Jay and Brandon also discuss ideological shifts in the Democratic Party and how they could impact the 2020 election.NATIONAL2020 Presidential roundup – Congressman Seth Moulton is in; Elizabeth Warren’s answer on student debtPresident Trump cancels Iranian oil sanction waiversMueller report fallout, Treasury misses deadline for Trump tax returnsHouse Oversight Committee v. President Trump on financial recordsTEXASMJ Hegar announces Senate runDallas and San Antonio municipal roundupTexas House votes to legalize the farming of industrial hempDebate on property tax and school finance billsEnd of Confederate Heroes Day?End of Daylight Savings Time?You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Sophie Moll, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

After El Paso Shooting Experts Say Mental Illness Is Not To Blame

first_imgAssociated PressMelody Stout and Hannah Payan comfort each other during a vigil for victims of the El Paso shooting.Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas needs to do a better job of addressing its mental health care challenges after a deadly mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.Speaking at a press conference after the shooting, Abbott said the state has enacted new legislation in the wake of last year’s shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston. The governor held a series of roundtables at the Capitol in 2018 aimed at strengthening student safety.“During that time we did not, as far as I know, evaluate for and plan for an incident like this,” Abbott said. “That said, I can tell you that perhaps the most profound and agreed upon issue that came out of all of those hearings was the need for the state and for society to do a better job of dealing with challenging mental health based issues.”The governor said mental health “is a large contributor to any type of violence or shooting violence.”But researchers and advocates are pushing back against the idea that mass shootings are tied to mental illness. Rosie Phillips Davis, president of the American Psychological Association, said in a statement that blaming gun violence on mental illness is unfounded and can reinforce stigma about these conditions.“Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness,” she said. “The rates of mental illness are roughly the same around the world, yet other countries are not experiencing these traumatic events as often as we face them. One critical factor is access to, and the lethality of, the weapons that are being used in these crimes. Adding racism, intolerance and bigotry to the mix is a recipe for disaster.”Studies have shown most people living with serious mental illness are never violent.Jeff Temple, a professor with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, says drawing such associations in the wake of mass shootings could make people hesitant to seek treatment for mental health conditions. Temple co-authored a study which found mental illness is not to blame for gun violence.“When something like El Paso happens, the first thing people jump to is, ‘Man, that guy must have been insane,’” Temple said. “‘He must have had a mental illness.’ Well, maybe not. Maybe it is something else going on. Maybe there’s some hostility. Maybe there’s some anger.”Temple’s study examined mental illness symptoms and personality traits and found people with a hostile demeanor were about three and a half times more likely to have threatened someone with a gun.“What we found was that overall, mental health symptoms were unrelated to both carrying a gun and threatening someone with a gun,” he said.In the end, Temple said the risk of violence comes down to access to firearms. The study found people with access were 18 times more likely to have threatened someone with a gun.“By and large, it seems to be, that person has access to guns,” Temple said, “and that is the common factor in all shootings.” Sharelast_img read more

Bengal CM remembers Swami Vivekananda on death anniversary

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered Swami Vivekananda on his 116th death anniversary and urged the people to live up to the ideals the spiritual leader espoused. “On this day, the great philosopher, Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi. Remembering him on this solemn occasion. Let us strive to live up to the ideals he espoused, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Swami Vivekananda, who passed away on July 4 in 1902, played an important role in the spiritual enlightenment of the masses. He spread the Vedanta philosophy in the West and established the Ramakrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission to serve the poor. “He taught the world the true meaning of Hinduism: universal brotherhood,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Another day another report of a 2017 draft prospe

first_img Another day, another report of a 2017 draft prospect meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.This time, it’s a linebacker with championship experience.Alabama outside linebacker Ryan Anderson has an upcoming private workout for the Arizona Cardinals, per a source. Has worked out for Texans— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 13, 2017Anderson played in all 15 of the Crimson Tide’s games in 2016 and led the defense with 19 tackles for loss and was second with nine sacks. For good measure, the Daphne, Alabama native added 10 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and one interception. Top Stories In last season’s College Football Playoff Championship loss to Clemson, Anderson had seven total tackles, two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.In the national semifinal against Washington, Anderson had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Alabama a 17-7 lead late in the second quarter. They’d go on to win 24-7.Anderson stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at a stout 253 pounds and could be seen by the Cardinals as a linebacker to plug into a rotation to replace Kevin Minter, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals last month.He didn’t do much at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but clocked a 4.78 40-yard time.In his latest mock draft, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay projected Anderson to be a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens (74th overall). Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) runs into the end zone for a touchdown with Alabama defensive back Marlon Humphrey (26) against Washington after an interception during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more