JPV, Kaya score huge wins, keep foes winless

first_imgJPV skipper Takashi Odawara accounted for the other goal for the Marikina side, which hiked its tally to six points for fourth spot.Uesato opened the scoring nine minutes before halftime and added another goal just five minutes after the restart. After Odawara struck in the 51st minute, Uesato, playing in his second season with Marikina, completed his hat trick in the 76th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundMintah scored on a penalty and was also involved in the three other goals for the Makati club, which had seven points on two wins, a draw and a loss.Mintah earned the penalty that Adam Reed promptly converted to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, before setting up strike partner Robert Lopez minutes later. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April After Filipino-Nigerian striker Chima Uzoka pulled one back for Ilocos, Mintah was back tormenting Ilocos, assisting on Joven Bedic’s goal. Mintah got on the score sheet later on with another penalty, before Uzoka scored from the spot in stoppage time to peg the final score.Ilocos absorbed its second loss in three matches.“It was a time, but you have to expect that the home team will fight until the last whistle,” said Makati coach Noel Marcaida. “But for us, we took advantage of the two goals in the first half.”ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ View comments More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JPV Marikina and Kaya FC Makati kept Stallion Laguna and Ilocos United winless with emphatic away victories last Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Japanese striker Takumi Uesato bagged the first hattrick in the history of the league to propel JPV Marikina to a 4-0 triumph at Biñan Football Stadium, while Kaya FC Makati leaned on Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah’s superb play in a 4-2 drubbing of Ilocos United at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ San Diego trails Chineselast_img read more

Apathy is the winner of the Presidential race in Donegal

first_imgApathy is the order of the day for the Presidential election in Co Donegal.With a turn-out of between 38 and 40%, there are little if any spectators at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny where the counting is now taking place.The issue at this count centre is the lack of tallying wiht the only party represented is Sinn Fein. Despite that just 20% of the overall vote is being tallied.A Sinn Fein spokesman said they had applied to have more tickets to tally at the centre but were turned down.“We could have tallied the entire count but we were not allowed to have enough people at the centre,” he said.Of those votes Michael D Higgins is leading the race but Peter Casey is a close second. With 80% of the total of 246 boxes just opened, Higgins is on 39% of the vote with Peter Casey close behind on 34%.Of the other contestants, Liada Ní Riada is on 10%, Sean Gallagher is at 8%, Joan Freeman is at 7% and Gavin Duffy 1.7% but that tally is a limited tally.Among the interested spectators, who were few and far between here this morning, was Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Deputy Pearse Doherty and Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.Apathy is the winner of the Presidential race in Donegal was last modified: October 30th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ask It Results: A Stitch-y Question, What’s Best for Stitch in Tomorrowland?

first_imgShare This!All joking aside about how dated the Carousel of Progress is or how deep under your skin the song in it’s a small world can get, people genuinely like those attractions. If either of them were closed to make a meet and greet, there would be justifiable outrage from every corner of the Disney fanverse. But sometimes there are attractions that have earned a reputation for being irritating with a surprising amount of universality.Mission to Mars is one of the attractions that I have distinct memories of on early trips to Walt Disney World. (Although technically it was Mission to Almost Mars, seeing as you never actually got there.) It was a solid enough attraction, but it was incredibly dated. I personally loved ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, except being nailed in the face one time with “blood”, but I do remember watching adults and children alike come out ashen-faced and clearly traumatized. Disney must have had at least decent hopes for it, putting the “part B” of the ride in DisneyQuest, and yet it really missed the mark in Magic Kingdom because of the high kid:adult ratio. Why they didn’t just move it over to the Studios is anyone’s guess–it would have been amazing there. But I remember the outright hate about the attraction going around while the ride was open, with the idea that something…ANYTHING….would be better than this. I can imagine that a boardroom discussion went something like this:“Well, we’ve got this attraction where a scary alien comes out and eats people. Can we make that a little more kid friendly?”“Stitch is an alien, but not scary.”“Okay, but what about the eating bit?”“We’ll have him eat a chili dog. People will love that. Just a scent, no blood and guts being splattered on people.”And thus Stitch’s Great Escape was born. And….people generally didn’t like it. But how much did people not like it? Recently, Stitch’s Great Escape has moved to seasonal and now appears to have been replaced with a Stitch meet and greet. Was this an improvement or not? We asked you:Which do you think is a better use of the Stitch attraction space in Tomorrowland?Here’s your results.Meet and Greet (1,157 votes, 68%)Overall, while many more people think that a meet and greet is better than the attraction, for some people, it was a case of “anything is better than the attraction”. Some other write-in suggestions we received included stroller parking, a new attraction (with ideas like WALL*E or Tomorrowland being mentioned by name, although my vote would be for Big Hero 6), or bringing back the previous attraction(s). Some people were actually keen with the idea of a Stitch meet and greet, if Stitch was in his alien form or Stitch was meeting and greeting with fellow experiment Angel. There also was quite a bit of love for having a meet and greet inside, out of the rain and the heat. But in general, the consensus by most votes was anything is better than the attraction, and since there were only two choices, this was the default.Stitch’s Great Escape (535 votes, 32%)At the end of the day, some people actually do like this attraction. It has some neat effects, and it does fit the bill for being more child friendly than the previous version. For kids who are fans of Lilo and Stitch, this attraction has a bit of child-like charm, and has some appeal because the height requirements means it is something to look forward to. In many ways, the popularity of hating the attraction is far greater than actually hating the attraction. And there’s many people who would prefer to have any attraction–even an unpopular one–over yet another meet and greet.So there’s the results. Feel free to share what you think would be the best use of the space in the comments. Meanwhile, next week’s Ask It is live on Twitter and on the blog here. We’ll be back with your results next week!last_img read more

Brazilian claims Quiksilver Pro Durban

first_img28 April 2009Brazilian Jadson Andre seized the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Durban title at Ansteys Beach on Sunday, putting on an amazing display of backhand power surfing to beat Australian ripper Owen Wright in the final.Andre walked away with $20 000 in prize money and 3 500 World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings points for the win. With a heat score of 18.00 out of a possible 20, the highest score of the entire event, he put his stamp on the event as a deserved winner.In clean four-foot conditions and a pushing tide, the Brazilian goofy-footer was in incredible form, blasting some inverted backhand vertical moves on his way to victory.After two early waves, Andre showed his intentions when he logged a 7.00 to take an early lead. Wright quickly answered back with a 5.00, but as Andre arrived back in the lineup he found himself sitting directly in the path of a heaving right.Near perfectFlying off the bottom, the Brazilian squared up and went vertically up the face to smash a huge re-entry, sending spray flying into the air. Racing down the line, he then backed up his initial cracker with two additional turns to secure a near perfect 9.33 out of a possible 10 and leave Wright needing a combination of scores to take the lead.Not one to lie down, the plucky Australian paddled into a solid left-hander that walled up perfectly for him as he boosted a beautiful aerial move to pick up an 8.33 and close his required score down to 8.10.With just nine minutes to go Wright found a similar looking left and again boosted a huge 360 aerial, but unfortunately he came unstuck on his second move, a vicious forehand layback, and scored only a 6.83.In the 32nd minute of the 35-minute final, Andre put the nail in Wright’s coffin as he paddled into a big left and smashed two powerful forehand turns as the crowd on the beach showed their appreciation. The judges awarded him an 8.67 to effectively end Wright’s hopes of taking home the title.‘Really happy’“I’m really happy to have won this event,” said the elated victor, after spraying the crowd with champagne, “and I’d just like to thank all my friends and everyone who was on the beach today supporting me.“When I was out in the water I just concentrated on surfing as well as I could, and I am really happy to have won such a prestigious event.”Andre’s form throughout the event was excellent and he eliminated a host of big name surfers on his way to the final, among them World Tour stalwart Victor Ribas (Brazil), superbly talented Kirk Flintoff (Australia) and Bluff local Rudy Palmboom.“I’ve had a great time here in Durban,” said runner-up Wright at the prize-giving, “and I’m super stoked to have made the final. This is the second final I’ve surfed against Jadson, so I guess now it’s one-all buddy!”Semi-finalsBoth semi-finals were closely contested affairs, with each of the winners only sneaking through on the siren.In the first semi-final new school standout Julian Wilson took on compatriot Wright. Starting off slowly, Wilson was behind for most of the heat until a huge forehand 360 aerial saw the judges award him an 8.00 to push him into the lead.Needing a low six to take back the lead, Wright found a meaty looking left right on the siren, milking it all the way to the beach where he finished with his own 360 air to post a 6.33 and knock his 21-year-old compatriot out of contention.In the second semi-final, Australian Matt Wilkinson found himself having to contend with an in-form Andre who had put on a phenomenal display of aerial surfing in the quarter finals to eliminate Ireland’s Glenn Hall.Changed tacticsAs the tide pushed in, Andre changed tactics and began using his rail as he carved some beautiful turns. However, he had a terrible start to the heat, breaking his board on his opening wave and losing time as he had to swim in and get a back-up of the beach. Meanwhile, Wilkinson went to work and began to build a lead over the unfortunate Brazilian.Andre fought back hard, but in the dying seconds he found himself in second place and facing elimination.Needing a low score, he paddled into a medium size left-hander and carved it up all the way to the beach, ending in the shore-break before stepping off his board and running on to the sand.When the commentator announced his wave score, a 5.23, enough for him to advance to the final, an elated Andre punched the air with his board.Durban favouriteDurban’ favourite Travis Logie bowed out of contention in the quarter finals of the event as Australian surfers came to the fore and dominated the round. Fresh off a win in the Mark Richards Pro in Newcastle, Australia, Logie went down to Owen Wright and was clearly disappointed at the defeat after showing great form throughout the event.Nevertheless, a fifth-place finish saw the 29-year-old pocket $2 950 in prize money and 2 275 points for his efforts, a substantial boost to his 2009 WQS campaign.In the quarter-finals, despite starting with a classic tube ride, Logie came unstuck on several of his follow-up waves and was unable to answer Wright’s heat score of 15.57.Quiksilver Pro JuniorThe final of the Quiksilver Pro Junior preceded the main event and featured Umhlanga Rocks’ surfer Kyle Lane against Hawaii’s Kiron Jabour.Lane was quickly out of the starting blocks, finding himself in his element in the running four footers to take an early lead.His backhand attack proved too much for the Jabour and when the siren sounded the Hawaiian found himself short of the South African’s 14.83. Lane’s win saw him walk away with $2 500 in prize money.“It’s been a nerve-wracking week waiting to surf the final,” he said after leaving the water, “so I just surfed and trained as much as I could, and I guess it paid off in the end, and I’m really stoked.”The Quiksilver Pro Durban was contested by some of the world’s best surfers and carried the highest possible WQS rating and $145 000 in prize money.RESULTSQuarter-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (15.57) 2. Travis Logie (12.83) Heat 2:1. Julian Wilson (11.17) 2. Daniel Ross (7.77) Heat 3:1. Jadson Andre (12.84) 2. Glenn Hall (4.56) Heat 4:1. Matt Wilkinson (8.44) 2. Marco Polo (8.40) Semi-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (12.16) 2. Julian Wilson (11.84) Heat 2:1. Jadson Andre (10.03) 2. Matt Wilkinson (9.16) Final 1. Jadson Andre (18.00) 2. Owen Wright (15.16) SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BRICS give credit to local currencies

first_img14 April 2011Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS grouping of influential developing countries – have signed an agreement to use their own currencies instead of the predominant US dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other.The Times of India reported that the first-of-its-kind agreement was signed at the third BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, China on Thursday.“Our designated banks have signed a framework agreement on financial cooperation which envisages grant of credit in local currencies and cooperation in capital markets and other financial services,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a news conference with the other BRICS leaders.According to the The Times of India, the five BRICS economies together hold around 40 percent of the world’s currency reserves, the majority of which is still in US dollars.The interbank co-operation agreement was signed by Luciano Coutinho, president of Brazil’s development bank BNDES; TCA Ranganathan, president of India’s Exim bank; Vladimir Dmitriev, chairman of Russia’s Vnesheconombank; Gao Jin, deputy president of the China Development Bank; and Jabu Moleketi, chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.News agency Reuters reported on Thursday that the China Development Bank was ready to pump up to 10-billion yuan of loans into Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa this year.“Chen Yuan, the bank head, said the yuan loans, as part of the BRICS efforts to reduce the use of US dollar in bilateral trade and investment, would focus on big projects in oil, natural gas and infrastructure fields,” Reuters reported.The Times of India noted, however, that the agreement was limited to credit, and did not extend to trade.Reuters also reported that the agreement was an in-principle one, with no discussion of amounts to be loaned or targeted projects, although Chen was quoted as telling reporters on the sidelines of the summit that the focus would be “on existing projects, because it generally takes a few years to prepare for new large projects.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgNational Volunteer Week is underway and the SHRM Foundation wants to take a few moments to say THANK YOU to all of our many valuable volunteers!Our amazing volunteer have shared that their desire to “give back” is second nature and the act of volunteering is just part of who they are. When we reached out to our volunteers to better understand what made them inclined to volunteer the responses were varied but similar,“I want to help provide opportunities to others.”“My hope is to help make change in another person’s life.”“Because I’m able, I want to help others unable to help themselves.”This is no surprise to us that our volunteers and HR professionals are known to be empathetic and service-driven people. And we need their help! Each year the SHRM Foundation relies on the support of more than 1,000 volunteers to raise funds for our programs and review grant proposals, scholarship applications and educational resources.Kim, Michael and Phyllis are just a few outstanding examples of the many SHRM Foundation volunteers that help us fulfill our mission each year.Kim Cottage, SHRM Foundation Chair for SHRM – Long Island, “has been part of the SHRM family for 20 years.” Kim is not only a devoted SHRM Foundation volunteer fundraiser and advocate she is also managing partner for National Recruiting Group. She believes that as a volunteer she is able to “help individuals grow and be the best they can be.” Michael Davino, CFP, serves as SHRM Foundation Director for Big Bend SHRM in Florida when he is not working as a financial advisor. Michael stepped in to assume the role of SHRM Foundation Director in his chapter because “they needed someone to fill the role, and I was willing to serve wherever I could help the most.”Phyllis Hartman, SHRM-SCP is founder of PGHR Consulting, Inc. and volunteers to review scholarship applications and research reports for the SHRM Foundation. Phyllis “was raised with a strong belief that reaching out to others is our responsibility as human beings.” Phyllis believes that volunteering is rewarding because it increases her feeling of self-worth.THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who do what “comes natural” by volunteering!For those interested in volunteering or learning more about the SHRM Foundation visit, and follow us on Twitter (@shrmfoundation).last_img read more

FeedBlendr – Feed Remix Service

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex iskold 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market You can also get an instant OPML file of the input feeds. This OPML can then be reusedby FeedBlendr for more remixing. For developers, there is a piece of JavaScriptthat can be inserted into any document and then restyled using CSS.FeedBlendr for developersThere is much more that you can do with FeedBlendr, if you are a developer. Thisversion of FeedBlendr offers four handy features. First is the simple ability to blendfeeds using REST. To create a blend, you simply query and pass the title, list of URLsor OPML file. This feature is conceptually similar to digg this! orpost to next feature lets developers link to the blend from any web site. There is asnippet of code that needs to be added to the site to accomplish this. You can alsocustomize the look of the blend. However if you need more fine-grained control over theblend, you can use the JSON API. Finally, you can also create and fetch blends using the FeedBlendr API. This is mostlyhandy for backend/server side software.Ideas for blendsIt is natural to ask just what sort of things can be done with FeedBlendr. Despite itssimplicity, it can be used to create a range of interesting remixes. For example, you canremix a feed of new movie and dvd releases from different sources, producing a singlemovie feed. You can also use FeedBlendr to mix different media. Here is a feed that combines items tagged‘universe’ from and flickr.The website contains a whole page of tips on how to use the service. Here are somethat looked fun to me:Make your own radio or tv station, by mixing together your favorite podcasts orvideos.Blend events from multiple Google calendars;Combine feeds from,, and toget an ‘all-about-you’ feed.Finally, for those of you who love ego surfing, use Google Blogsearch to get news foreach variant of your name – e.g. alex iskold or alexiskold – and thenblend them all together for one healthy ego massage.Beyond blendingFeedBlendr is a well thought out service, but surely what we are seeing today is justthe beginning. Other feed operations make sense. For example filtering feeds, by onlyletting through items that have certain keywords. Back in November, Richardprofiled several such RSS services – including FeedRinse and BlastFeed. Another thing to do with feeds issorting. Items can be ranked using a pluggable criteria – in the simple case, keywords;in a more complex case, a user’s tastes. Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web FeedBlendr is a web service that lets you remix yourfeeds. It has just launched the public beta of its second version. At first glanceFeedBlendr does not appear to have a lot of bells and whistles, but it is an interestingand intelligent service that lets you easily remix many kinds of RSS feeds. And aftercloser examination, we can see that developer Beau Lebens has put a lot of love into thesite – and actually there are bells and whistles after all. Let’s take a look…FeedBlendr featuresThe basic idea behind the service is really simple – it’s a pipe that takes one ormore RSS feeds (or OMPL file) and outputs a single feed. For example, if you are intogadgets, you might combine Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear like this: Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There is a general set of operations that make sense to perform on feeds. Certainlyblending, filtering and sorting operations are part of that set. It also makes sense tohave a version of the blend that throws out duplicate entries, based on a supplied itemidentify. Please add other useful operations in the comments.ConclusionOnce we think about remixing of feeds, we notice the similarity with Yahoo! Pipesand other remixing services. Yahoo! Pipes also helps you create new feeds, using theoperations that we discussed. However, it is a generic tool and does not have many of thelittle handy things that FeedBlendr does. These differences aside, both FeedBlendr andYahoo! pipes contribute to the growing trend of letting users remix the web.And the remixing trend, in turn, is part of the increasing segmentation andpersonalization of content. To let users pick, choose and combine existing informationacross different web sites, blogs, podcasts, pictures and video — is powerful, becauseit helps people focus their attention on what is important to them. So widgets, pipes andblenders likely signal the onset of the AttentionEconomy.Give FeedBlendr a try – and share with us the mixes that you make. The service allows you to combine RSS feeds with Atom feeds and it also produces theoutput in both formats. Here is the resultinggadget blogs feed in RSS 2.0 format. The items (posts) are merged together andordered by date. This is the basic function that you would expect, but FeedBlendr alsoinnovates with a set of additional convenience features.Firstly there is a set of buttons that lets you subscribe to your output feeds viayour favorite news reader. But the next feature is really convenient. You get twoURLs that let you view the feed either in the browser (WYSIWYG format), or on your mobiledevice. Here is the browser version of our gadgets feed: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

North Dakota Might Exempt Military Retirement Pay

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum indicated in his State of the State address that:– his budget proposes a 100% personal income tax exemption for military retirement pay; and– he will enter into agreements with American Indian tribes to administer sales and use, alcohol, and tobacco taxes.2019 State of the State Address, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, January 3, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img