Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

first_img“Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Mapua takes a 12-day breather before facing JRU on August 22. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Co suspected that Estrella suffered an MCL injury, as he kept his team’s leading scorer off of Mapua’s game on Friday. Gabo, meanwhile, fought through the pain but could only muster two points in the four minutes he played in the game.Their absence were truly felt in the Cardinals’ 66-55 loss to the Red Lions, which sent them to their fifth straight defeat and further down the cellar at 1-6.Though Co got a huge boost in the emergence of Christian Bunag, who racked an eye-popping 20 points and 18 rebounds, the mentor knows that won’t be enough as he hopes to get more surprises from his line-up.“From the start of the season, all I wanted is to have a good showing, not necessarily winning. Winning is a bonus. But I always tell them that we will play good basketball,” he said.“We have to play good basketball, disciplined basketball, take the open shot and not the hurried shot. There are losses that are still good shows. It’s basketball, there will be winners and there will be losers. It’s just that we lack the manpower.” ADVERTISEMENT Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, Conor McGregor looks on before fighting Jose Aldo in a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Aldo believes McGregor has no chance to accomplish a stunning upset of Floyd Mayweather when the fighters meet in a boxing match Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/John Locher, FileLAS VEGAS  — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will fight with smaller gloves, though not nearly as small as the ones McGregor is used to wearing.Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves, approving 8-ounce gloves for the Aug. 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission to request the waiver.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Title hopes end as Philippines falls to Korea anew in Fiba Asia Cup Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Commissioners also approved veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the fight.Under Nevada regulations, 10-ounce gloves are required in fights above 147 pounds and the bout is set for 154 pounds. But Mayweather has worn 8-ounce gloves most of his career, and McGregor has worn 4-ounce gloves in his UFC fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCommission Chairman Anthony Marnell led the way in approving the smaller gloves, but not before chastising the two camps for using the issue as a pawn in social media to try and sell tickets for the event. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title

first_imgJanuary 28, 2018 × Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates holding the Australian Open championship trophy. January 28, 2018.   –  REUTERS SHARE COMMENT Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates holding the Australian Open championship trophy. January 28, 2018.   –  REUTERScenter_img Published on  A tearful Roger Federer surged home to beat Marin Cilic in five riveting sets and win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne today.The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.“I’m so happy it’s unbelievable. This is a dream come true, the fairytale continues for me,” Federer said at the presentation.“After the great year last year, it’s incredible,” the 36-year-old added as he broke down in tears. “This is what you live for, to one day experience these moments.“This one tonight reminded me more of 2006 here when I beat Marcos Baghdatis in the final and had a great run to the final and was a huge favourite going in,” he later explained.“I was keeping the composure and I was just so relieved when everything was said and done and I think I felt the same way tonight and that’s why I couldn’t speak, it was terrible.”Federer added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.Despite his latest triumph, he will remain world No.2 behind Nadal, with Cilic moving to a career-high three.“It was an amazing journey to come to the final. It could have been the best two weeks of my life, but Roger played a great fifth set,” said Cilic, who was chasing his second major title after winning the 2014 US Open.“I want to thank my team, you’re unbelievable. We worked hard for this year, hopefully we will lift these trophies in the future.”Federer now leads Cilic 9-1 with his only defeat coming in the semi-finals of the 2014 US Open. Shaky opening  The roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid enervating evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).Federer broke Cilic’s serve six times and lost his twice and hit a total of 24 aces to the Croat’s 16.Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game.The Croat found it difficult to settle as he dropped serve again to trail 0-3. The Swiss star served out the set in just 24 minutes, capitalising on Cilic’s shaky opening.Cilic worked his way back into the match and in the second set tiebreaker he got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.But the six seed lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2 before clinically serving out the set in 29 minutes.Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net, but he broke back in the sixth game after working three break points.He was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth.But Federer stayed calm and crucially broke to 2-0, and then got a vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving him to serve out for the championship SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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East Bengal defender Anwar Ali suffers heart attack, stable

first_imgFormer India international and East Bengal’s central defender Anwar Ali on Tuesday suffered a heart attack while returning home after a training session, but is said to be stable now.The central defender was returning from practice when he suffered the heart attack, prompting his teammate Gurwinder Singh to rush him to the hospital on EM Bypass.”He was admitted with discomfort and uneasiness. The ECG and angiogram report showed no major blockages. He’s is doing okay and stable now. He is young and age is on his side,” Sunip Banerjee, cardiologist at Medica Superspecialty Hospital, told PTI.This is a fresh blow to East Bengal, who have already given up on their title aspirations in the I-League, but the player has not been ruled out of the Federation Cup as yet.”He should be fit to play before the Federation Cup. We are awaiting some other blood reports to see when he can be discharged,” the doctor added.The defender was sidelined after the club’s 1-3 loss to Churchill Brothers as East Bengal went on to lose four matches in a row to bow out of the I-League title race.last_img read more

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Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick grabs a point to add to Brighton’s home angst

first_imgShare on LinkedIn 44 Connolly 13 Hendrick Share on Twitter Facebook Pinterest Burnley 6 Mee (s 80′) 46 Alzate The Seagulls started the second half much as they finished the first and were rewarded in the 51st minute, when Maupay volleyed home a March cross to score his first home goal. Then Davy Pröpper sent a header narrowly over the bar as his side looked to wrap up the points. Super Son strikes twice as Tottenham demolish Crystal Palace 9 Brighton Off target 6 Burnley 5 Brighton On target 1 Burnley 13 7 Goal attempts Brighton & Hove Albion BUR38BRI62% (s 78′) Share on Pinterest Neal Maupay scores the opener for Brighton. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters 3 6 Fouls A late equaliser from Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick earned his side a 1-1 draw as Brighton’s winless streak at the Amex Stadium continued.After a goalless first half Neal Maupay broke the deadlock, striking a superb volley from the edge of the box. The Seagulls looked to be heading towards victory before the ball fell to Hendrick outside the penalty area and he sent a powerful drive past Mathew Ryan. 3 Bong 15 Webster 1 Ryan Substitutes 25 Lennon Brighton kept the intensity up, putting pressure on the Burnley defence to try to score a second, with the substitute Aaron Connolly missing one of the better chances in the 89th minute. Against the run of play, however, the substitute Hendrick’s fine stoppage-time strike grabbed Burnley a point. Burnley Moussa Djenepo’s solo strike seals points for Saints at Sheffield United 24 Propper 23 Pieters Topics Read more (s 90′) 2 Lowton 6 Stephens Share on WhatsApp Premier League 26 Bardsley Corners The Observercenter_img (s 59′) 28 Baluta Possession 8 Bissouma 27 Button Lineups Substitutes 5 Dunk 1 Pope 13 Gross Read more Brighton 10 Barnes 11 McNeil 27 Vydra 9 Wood (s 66′) 12 Brady 7 Maupay 4 Cork BUR BRI (s 84′) 4 Duffy Match stats 18 Mooy Brighton have not won at home in the Premier League since their 1-0 victory over Huddersfield on 2 March. They have now lost five and drawn three of their last eight games there, leaking 17 goals while scoring only four as Graham Potter’s wait for a first home win goes on.“It was frustrating. I feel for the players because they put a lot into the game,” said Potter. “For the first 20 minutes Burnley were the better team but then we grew into it. It would have been nice to hang on but that’s the Premier League. One thing can hurt you and that’s what happened.”The early momentum went in favour of the visitors, and the Clarets came close to taking the lead when a Dwight McNeil cross was almost turned into his own net by Dan Burn after Adam Webster failed to clear the low ball.In their first clear opening of the game Brighton worked the ball through midfield to Burn but Maupay failed to control his pass. Before half-time Solly March and Glenn Murray both tested Nick Pope in Burnley’s goal. Share on Messenger 20 Hart Share via Email 20 March 38 62 14 Gibson 33 Burn Share on Facebook 5 Tarkowski match reports 18 Westwood Twitter 17 Murray 19 Rodriguez Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Oklahoma Getting Criticized For Uniform Choice vs. Texas

first_imgoklahoma quarterback kyler murray warms upMORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Entering the rematch between Oklahoma and Texas, the Sooners knew strategic adjustments were going to be made. However, they also decided to change their uniforms for this game as well, and clearly those watching the Big-12 Championship aren’t thrilled about it.Instead of using its regular home jerseys, Oklahoma decided to go with the ‘Rough Rider’ alternate uniforms.Well, it’s not sitting well with the audience, and they are now criticizing the Sooners for this decision on Twitter. Even Chris Vannini of The Athletic chimed in on the conversation.Man, Oklahoma. You’ve got one of the cleanest road uniforms in CFB, iconic. The alternate stuff is disappointing.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 1, 2018To be completely honest, it’s quite surprising that many people are furious over the Sooners’ uniforms. Besides, they are 4-0 when wearing these alternates.However, an undefeated record in these jerseys won’t stop fans from trolling Oklahoma.Oklahoma in their alternate uniforms vs Texas pic.twitter.com/ykex4iVTbl— Darren (@djohn90) December 1, 2018There are no lines that won’t be crossed by football fans.These Oklahoma uniforms are sooooo ugly. Why? The burnt tree print is just not a good look. pic.twitter.com/N8MRlsnL9e— Will Baizer (@WillBaizer) December 1, 2018The Sooners currently trail 7-0 to the Longhorns, but Kyler Murray is leading an impressive first drive for Oklahoma.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

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Alabama Assistant Coach Taking A Job With Cleveland Browns

first_imgA Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)One of the least-successful NFL franchises of the last decade has just landed a top assistant from one of the best college teams of the last decade.According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is going to take over as defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns.Lupoi is coming off his second year as defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach under Nick Saban.Prior to working at Alabama, Lupoi worked as a defensive line coach at California from 2008 to 2011 and at Washington from 2012 to 2013.Feldman also noted that Lupoi had a big hand in recruiting a number of star Alabama players, namely Tua Tagovailoa, Jonah Williams, Najee Harris, and others.BREAKING: #Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi is going to take a job on the Cleveland Browns staff, coaching the D-line, per source. Was a huge recruiting force the Tide as primary recruiter for Tua, Jonah Williams, Raekwon Davis, Najee Harris, Alex Leatherwood, Trevon Diggs & Dylan Moses.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 17, 2019A former defensive lineman in his own right, Lupoi takes over a Browns defensive line that includes Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett, along with several other highly-touted linemen.Earlier in the week, the Browns announced the hiring of Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach, with former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks serving as defensive coordinator.last_img read more

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The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Mosquito Bites

first_img Ably Apparel Clothing Is Almost Impossible to Get Wet or Dirty Pompadours and More: The Best Mid-Length Hairstyles for Men Editors’ Recommendations One sure-fire option to avoid itchy mosquito bites this summer? Lock yourself in a hermitically sealed room from now till first frost. Since that’s not really an option for your sun-loving self, there are these fifteen guidelines that should keep crawlers from carousing on your dermis.1—Use Bug Spray CorrectlyFirst rule: Sunscreen first, bug spray second. Be sure to apply it to every millimeter of exposed skin and choose wisely. The US Army prefers Deet and if you’re heading out into the woods, so should you. Go no less than 20% and keep the 100% stuff for swamps, marshes and malaria zones. The stronger the dose, the longer it lasts. You can also go with another chemical called Picadarin, an old European favorite, which is gaining popularity in the US. It hasn’t been proven to be any more or less effective than Deet, though it’s slightly less toxic. If you’re just hanging out at the pool, beach or a backyard BBQ, Skin So Soft (or any product using the ingredient IR3535) should do the trick without repelling people as well. Naturalists have a laundry list of herbs they say clear the air of bugs, but lemon eucalyptus oil is recommended by the CDC and the most effective for mosquitos, cedarwood or tea tree oil fights fleas and rose geranium, juniper and thyme keep ticks away. And then there’s Catnip oil, which is said to be ten times more effective than Deet…but that might be because you’re also covered in cats.2—Clip OffSo there are these new-ish clip on devices that emit a vapor of insecticide and metofluthrin (don’t ever try to say this word after a pool side beer or two) and claim up to 11 hours of protection. Studies have found they offer about two hours and have made some people sick. And what of the use of high-frequency sounds to ward off mosquitos? Bogus, say scientists. You’d have better luck tricking the pests into thinking it’s winter by playing the Chipmunk’s Christmas.3—Complete Your Cover with ClothesClothes keep you from being naked, with the added benefit of helping to stop bug bites. Thing is, you have to do more than just wear them. If you’re parading through tall grass (the preferred habitat of lyme disease-carrying ticks), shrubbery and thick woods (especially near stagnant water), dork it up—tuck in everything (including pants into socks). But even that’s not always enough; some mosquitoes like the Asian Tiger Mosquito and one in South Florida called Gallinipper are big enough to get through your threads. If you’re in an aggressive bug zone, you’ll want permethrin treated clothes. Buy ’em pre-treated or do it yourself (just don’t ever put this stuff directly on your skin). Lastly, clothes can be good camo; you’re easier for biters to see when you’ve got on dark clothing, so dress in light, neutral colors.4—Shock Therapy Doesn’t WorkA Rutgers University study shows that only 1% of the insects drawn in by the death light of a bug zapper are actual biters.5—Survey Your ScreensEver wonder how you got those mosquito bites on your butt without ever having been undressed outdoors? They might have gotten into your house though a small tear window screen. Same goes for your tent.6—The DoorsAre a great band for summer road trips. But the ones on your home should open outward and have automatic closing devices to make it harder for bugs to get inside.7—Mow the Lawn, Trim the ShrubsMosquitoes, fleas and other such parasitic insects thrive in the shade of your yard. Landscape your home and reduce their habitat.8—Fan FavoriteBugs are much better at biting than they are at flying. If there’s a fan available, standing near it reduces biting possibilities greatly. (Notice you never get bitten when it is windy outside?)9—Walk Away from the WaterStanding water is where adult mosquitoes make baby mosquitoes and where you are sure to get bitten. If you’ve got a pond in your backyard, stock it with goldfish—they feast on mosquito larvae. And if you have a fountain or water feature with no fish involved, add a bit of white vinegar into the water every week. It will prevent larvae from growing.10—Don’t Worry B HappyWhile not completely conclusive, some scientists have found that taking between 50 to 100mg of vitamin B-1 or Thiamine, helps repel mosquitos. The vitamin is released though sweat and is thought make your smell less appealing.11—FireBeing a pyro has its plusses—smoke of any sort deters biting insects. From campfires to church candles, they all work. If you’re spending a lot of time outside, incense coils with malathion or permethrin are the most powerful in avoiding mosquito bites.12—Don’t Sweat ItNo really. Shower often. Wear deodorant. Change your socks. Clean your underwear. To bugs, your sweat is like bourbon. They’ve actually got a sweet tooth for the lactic acid present in your sweat (especially the yellow fever mosquito), so no more running out of the gym without taking a shower. Also, make sure to avoid any grooming products that use Alpha Hydroxy, which is a form of lactic acid. It’s up to you if you want to go with cologne or a scented soap; scientists don’t agree if this helps or hurts your cause.13—Stand StillInsects are attracted to movement.14—GarlicEating garlic won’t keep the bugs away, but if you’re really into the smell, rubbing some on your skin will keep them (and probably other people) away for about 20-40 minutes.15—TimingThe inconvenient truth about mosquitos is that, in general, their favorite time of day to eat happens to coincide with the same times dermatologists say its best to be out in the sun—morning and evening. 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The 2018 JUNO Gala Dinner Awards in Vancouver honours past present and

first_img Twitter FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AT THE 2018 JUNO GALA DINNER & AWARDS GO TO WWW.JUNOAWARDS.CAIn recognition of Gord Downie’s moving tribute to friends and family, Introduce Yerself, the former Tragically Hip frontman was awarded Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN) with collaborator Kevin Drew, as well as Adult Alternative Album of the Year. A tribute to the legend is scheduled for the JUNO Awards broadcast Sunday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: VANCOUVER, March 24, 2018  – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today honoured and recognized the achievements of the Canadian music industry at the 2018 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN. Hosted by CBC q’s Tom Power at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the exclusive ceremony honoured artists and industry leaders with 36 JUNO Awards and four special achievement awards.center_img Advertisement Facebook The evening celebrated the longstanding achievements of world-renowned, Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, who took home statuettes for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year. The BC native will take the stage tomorrow evening, giving a performance from her award-winning album, Turn Up The Quiet.First-time winners took the spotlight, receiving more than half the evening’s awards (20 of the 36 awards). Alvvays(Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade), Anciients (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year), Barbara Hannigan (Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral), Do Make Say Think (Instrumental Album of the Year), Ivan Decker (Comedy Album of the Year Sponsored by SiriusXM Canada), James Barker Band (Country Album of the Year), Jan Lisiecki (Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble), Janina Fialkowska (Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber), Jocelyn Morlock (Classical Composition of the Year), Kendrick Lamar (International Album of the Year), Kirk Diamond (Reggae Recording of the Year), Kobo Town (World Music Album of the Year), Nick Fiorucci (Dance Recording of the Year), Marianne Collins with Ian Ilavsky and Steve Farmer (Album Artwork of the Year), Rezz (Electronic Album of the Year), Riley Bell (Recording Engineer of the Year), The Beaches (Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), The Color (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year), The Dead South (Traditional Roots Album of the Year) and The Glorious Sons (Rock Album of the Year) all took home their first JUNO statuettes.Additional highlights of the evening include the presentation of four special awards: The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, presented by Jann Arden to broadcast trailblazer and fearless music industry veteran Denise Donlon for her significant role in shaping the Canadian music scene and paving a path for success for women in the industry.  The International Achievement Award, given to Arcade Fire in recognition of the band’s tremendous global success. The band joins a prestigious group of recipients including Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan and Drake. The Humanitarian Award handed out to Gary Slaight for his devotion to Canadian music, emerging Canadian artists, and his ongoing philanthropic support of health care, social service, culture and at-risk youth at home and abroad. Lastly, the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award was presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation to Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy for his extraordinary impact on music education.The night featured captivating performances by 2018 JUNO nominees Clairmont The Second (Rap Recording of the Year), Iskwé (Indigenous Music Album of the Year sponsored by APTN), James Barker Band (Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and Country Album of the Year), Terra Lightfoot (Adult Alternative Album of the Year) and one of the 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners, Caveboy.The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN kicked off the awards weekend. The 47th annual JUNO Awards will air live on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena, broadcast live nationwide at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: CBC MusicCARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.Premier Partners of the 2018 JUNO Awards: The Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver, Apple Music and TD Bank Group.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsHashtag: #JUNOSAbout CARAS:The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on The 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit junoawards.ca.About SOCAN:SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Alumna to break down dance research at Brock conference

When the Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC) hosts its eighth annual conference at Brock University later this week, alumna Mary Fogarty (MA ’07) will be a guest of honour.The hip-hop and dance scholar, an early graduate of Brock’s Interdisciplinary MA in Popular Culture, is now an associate professor in the Department of Dance at York University and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Hip-Hop Education Center.She will deliver the conference’s keynote address, “What makes a man break? Masculinity, Ageing and Aesthetic Choices,” and give a dance demonstration to accompany her talk.Fogarty is looking forward to the address, and to a homecoming of sorts.“I had a great experience as a graduate student at Brock,” she says. Her time at the University was enhanced by faculty support, the school’s research culture and a strong cohort of students who remain her close friends. Her program also created a unique environment for scholarship.“Brock offered a space where I didn’t have to defend my choice of studying breaking at a time when most people thought the style of dance had basically died by the mid-1980s,” says Fogarty.Fogarty’s focus on breaking, or breakdancing as it is often known, grew from her own experience as a b-girl. Her work has taken her to the heart of hip-hop research at the Show & Prove conference, the Schomburg Center in Harlem, Cornell University and NYU’s Hip-Hop Education Center, where she has served as a visiting scholar for two different tenures — from 2013-15 and 2017-18.Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Imani Kai Johnson, The Oxford Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance Studies, will be a culmination of more than a decade’s commitment to the study of breaking.“It’s a radical project that has my heart and soul in it, and I feel it will be a good place to end my work about hip-hop culture,” Fogarty says.“When I started this research, I wanted some good books in the library about the subject I was most passionate about, but there were none. Then I wanted to develop a subfield of hip-hop studies devoted to the dance. All that is now happening, so I feel liberated to move on to my next area of research knowing that I have accomplished everything I set out to do all those years ago when I was a graduate student at Brock University.”Fogarty has decided to take a step back from giving public talks about breaking, but she made an exception for Brock.“I accepted this final invitation because I wanted to experience coming full circle and presenting where I first did, as a student all those years ago, on breaking.”Conference organizer and Executive Director of PCAC, Associate Professor Scott Henderson in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, is delighted that Fogarty is returning to give the keynote address.“It connects the history of PCA-Canada to the graduate program and lets us celebrate the study of popular culture, where someone with a film background came into a pop culture MA, went into a popular music PhD and is now teaching in a dance program.”Henderson notes that the field of Popular Culture has evolved in the eight years since PCAC was created by Brock faculty members and the inaugural conference was held in Niagara Falls.“In the past, scholars attending the conference came from many other disciplines, with their own interests in studying popular culture. While this remains true, there has been an increase in the number of people whose primary field is related to pop culture,” says Henderson.“Popular culture is no longer an ‘outside interest’ for scholars in other areas; it has matured as a discipline itself.”The PCAC conference runs from May 3 to 5, and will draw more than 60 people from across North America to Brock University. Fogarty’s talk, which is open to conference participants, will take place Friday, May 4 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts beginning at 8 p.m. read more

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Wichita State build big early lead holds off Baylor 7163

WICHITA, Kan. — Samajae Haynes-Jones had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Wichita State held on to defeat Baylor 71-63 on Saturday night despite letting a 33-point lead get cut to five.Erik Stevenson added 18 points and Markis McDuffie had 15 for Wichita State (4-3).Tristan Clark and Mario Kegler each scored 12 points to lead Baylor (5-3). The duo combined for 20 points during the second-half rally.Trailing by 29 at halftime, Baylor methodically got back in the game, cutting the Shockers’ lead to 60-55 with 3:47 to play.But that’s when Wichita State’s two stars of the game — Stevenson and Haynes-Jones — came through with baskets. Haynes-Jones’ 3-point play pushed the lead back to 10 with 2:16 remaining.Baylor did not score in the game’s first 6 1/2 minutes, and with 7:10 remaining in the first half, Wichita State led 20-4 and had held Baylor to 2-of-18 shooting.Haynes-Jones had as many first-half points as Baylor, scoring 15 on five 3-pointers. Stevenson came off the bench to hit three first-half 3-pointers, helping the Shockers build a 44-15 halftime advantage.It was one of the 10 largest halftime leads for Wichita State in 40 seasons.BIG PICTUREBaylor: The Bears’ lethargic first half cost them the opportunity for their best victory so far this season.Wichita State: The Shockers, using eight newcomers in the first half, earned a quality win that might show a young team’s potential.UP NEXTBaylor: The Bears take a two-week break before travelling to Arizona on Dec. 15.Wichita State: The Shockers play Oklahoma at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Dec 8.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jeffrey Parson, The Associated Press read more

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Oline struggles at the forefront of Ohio State offensive rut

OSU redshirt junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) and senior center Jacoby Boren (50) guard during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter scoring 20 points in its victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies, the Ohio State football team convened Monday morning, and the recurring theme of the day was the team’s lackluster offense through three games this season.Currently ranked 53rd in the nation in points per game, a lot of scrutiny in recent weeks has fallen on the offensive line, which coach Urban Meyer called a focal point of the OSU football program prior to the game against the Huskies.Senior Taylor Decker, the starting left tackle and team captain, opened up on the offensive line on Saturday following the Buckeyes’ 20-13 victory.“Everybody is going to play odd against us now, we’ve showed that we struggle against it. And that kind of takes away our double teams, which is what we like to do and run the ball up the middle,”  Decker said.Running the ball up the middle was junior running back Ezekiel Elliott’s signature play in 2014, but he has not looked like the same guy who rushed for over 200 yards in all three of OSU’s 2014 postseason victories.The St. Louis native is averaging just 5.4 yards per carry, a full 1.5 yards less than last season. Remove his 80-yard touchdown run against Virginia Tech on opening night and his average would drop to 4.1, which would rank 119th in the nation. “You prepare for one defense and they come on another one,” Decker said.  “When we double team we can move people and we can displace them. That odd defense, we just have to prepare for it better and have some better answers and just execute.”Elliott was not the only player on the offensive side of the ball to struggle.  Before being replaced by redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett in the second quarter, redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones was intercepted twice, completing only four passing attempts against the 80th-ranked Husky defense.Decker said he feels part of the struggle of the offense can be placed on the performance of the offensive line, which he does not feel is playing up to its standard. “It is very frustrating because I know we’re capable of executing much better. Our offense is being held back by us,” he said.After calling Saturday’s game one of the “worst-executed” offensive performances since he arrived in Columbus, Meyer echoed Decker’s sentiment that the offensive line must improve.“I’m not okay with five turnovers and lacking execution and not being able to control the line of scrimmage, because that’s a recipe for failure, at some point you’ll fail miserably,” Meyer said. “Turnovers, if you can’t control the line of scrimmage, you’re not going to win a big game. And those two things have to get fixed fast.”On Monday, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash offered why he believes the offense is struggling.“When you’re facing an offense like ours, they’re loaded with a talented group of offensive linemen and skilled players and quarterbacks, a lot of these teams feel like they probably have to do something different,” Ash said.  “If somebody came out offensively against us defensively and did something completely different than what we’d prepared for, guess what, it’s going to be a bad day for the Buckeye defense, too.”But on Monday, Meyer sounded more confident that the offense is well on its way to improvement.“If you look historically what an Ohio State offense is for us, it’s control the line of scrimmage, best perimeter blocking in America, which we had last year, and a very good, solid play, action passing attack. That’s not what’s going on. So we’re going to get that fixed,” Meyer said. “I wish we were playing tomorrow.”Meyer is not alone in his confidence that the Scarlet and Gray offense will turn the corner. After the game on Saturday, Decker maintained that the offense would round into form.“At this time last year we weren’t playing at that level. Year-to-year we keep getting better and I have all the confidence in the world in our line,” Decker said.Anxious to rectify the offense, the Buckeyes will look to support a top-ranked defense that has led them thus far during their undefeated season on Saturday when they are set to face Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Are The Trail Blazers For Real

Quite a lot is happening in the Western Conference playoff race. Postseason fixtures like San Antonio and Oklahoma City are struggling. Minnesota is without Jimmy Butler for the foreseeable future. The Pelicans are surging, but thin. This has set up a power vacuum behind the top two teams, Houston and Golden State, ripe for just about any team in the contending peloton to push into a high playoff seed and home-court advantage. Maybe even an upstart like the Portland Trail Blazers.With 19 games to play, the Blazers sit third in the West, looking as likely as anyone to hold onto home court over the final month and change. Portland is on an 8-1 run, including six straight wins. Damian Lillard has averaged 33 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds over that stretch. He has jump-started an uncharacteristically dormant offense, and the wins have followed. But it isn’t Lillard’s outbursts that have lifted Portland’s profile above where it’s been in past seasons. That would be the defense.After years of playing some of the worst team defense in the league, the Blazers are seventh in defensive rating on the season, according to NBA.com. It hasn’t been entirely smooth — after a strong start to the season, the team ranked just 22nd in January and 12th in February — but Portland seems to have righted the ship during this latest stretch. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the team had a 102.9 defensive rating during that stretch, which would put Portland at the top of the league if that were its season-long figure.The curious thing is the Blazers have done this without many of the obvious tells of a good defense. They don’t force many turnovers (third-fewest per 100 possessions); they give up free throws at an average rate; they are average to below-average defending the pick-and-roll and drives, according to data from Second Spectrum; and they don’t block an extreme number of shots or keep opponents out of the paint. In a way, it’s the opposite of the Milwaukee Bucks conundrum: The team gets results without the typical stats that go along with them.What Portland does do is stay in good position and limit high-value shots. According to Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality stat, which takes into account shooter and defender position, as well as other variables, the Blazers give up the lowest quality shots of any defense in the league, at an implied 49.5 effective field goal percentage. This is in part because the team denies 3-point attempts, ranking fourth in opponent 3-point attempts per game, and keeps high-value corner-three attempts down.In fact, if we think about the Portland defense as a longer term proposition, there’s some reason to believe that the team’s defensive slide in January had as much to do with random chance as anything else. Over that month, the Blazers improved their defense as far as opponent shot quality goes, posting an implied 49.3 eFG% in that month, better than its current league-leading 49.5 figure. More goes into a defense than the X and Y coordinates of opposing shooters, but given Portland’s contain-first system, it’s crucial that the fundamentals held up even when the defense was struggling.The way that system works also allows for Lillard and backcourt partner CJ McCollum, not exactly lockdown defenders, to contribute to the defense without having to stick with their opponent. It involves dropping the defending big man very deep into the lane in pick-and-roll coverage and daring the ballhandler to shoot a pull-up. From there, the defense is set up to defend a drive or a pass to a roller, thanks to the deep-lying big man, and if the ballhandler pulls up or hesitates for even a half-step, Portland’s guards can fight over the screen and get back into the play to challenge.This isn’t always a sure bet — Lillard can still be bullied by bigger guards like Russell Westbrook when isolated — but overall it engages weaker defenders into the plan rather than leaving them to their fates and hoping they don’t spring a play-ending leak. In all variations on the design, the goal is to take the responsibility of containing dribble penetration away from the backcourt and to put it on center Jusuf Nurkic in the middle or more capable defenders on the wings. (Nurkic defends the most shots on a per possession basis and does so while holding opponents to an acceptable eFG and, crucially, not fouling at an astronomically high rate as he did early in his career — an important task for any defender playing the garbage-man role. This volume is a big reason the guards can play as they do. It’s also likely a big reason that Nurkic gets clocked in the face so often.) It doesn’t always work. But the team didn’t need a league-stopping defense; it needed to dredge its defense out of the depths of the league table.Ironically, it’s been the Blazer offense that has been holding the team back for much of the season, which is why Lillard’s recent dominance has translated so neatly into wins.Lillard isn’t as efficient as other star guards, such as Steph Curry or James Harden, but he’s having a career-best year running the pick-and-roll, creating 101 points per 100 chances, according to Second Spectrum, and 103 points per 100 chances on drives. These are very good numbers, particularly for a player burdened with as much defensive attention as Lillard typically gets, but not quite good enough to carry an entire team. McCollum has had a slightly down year, but he’s still hugely productive.Aside from Lillard and McCollum, no other Blazer can produce on the drive, which makes creating space difficult for this offense. Bad things happen when Shabazz Napier and Evan Turner drive. And insofar as the Blazers even have a post game, it’s not one that anyone would want to claim. They rank 27th in points per direct post-up, according to Second Spectrum, down among bottom-dwellers like Atlanta and Memphis. Nurkic takes the biggest share of blame here, registering fewer than 80 points per 100 chances created out of post-ups. There are some brights spots, such as the Lillard-to-Al-Farouq Aminu connection, but when every functional piece of the offense shares a vector through one or two players, the team will rise and fall as its stars do. Luckily, the Portland stars can thrive on their own, at least to a point. Lillard is one of the premier practitioners of the pull-up 3-pointer, a staple of the best offenses in the league — he’s shooting more than five per game and converting 38 percent of them. McCollum, meanwhile, takes his pull-up game inside the line. He shoots 40 percent on his pull-up threes but takes only three per game, compared with more than six pull-up twos. His season is a bit of a dropoff from his last, but an enviable one for nearly anyone else’s standards.The Blazers have one of the harder schedules remaining in the Western Conference playoff race and will have to rely not only on Lillard and McCollum to continue to lift an otherwise leaden offense, but also young players like rookie Zach Collins and Pat Connaughton to continue contributing through a playoff push. It’s a lot to ask. But Portland’s last several playoff runs have involved juggling a similar number of balls in the air. And with what appears to be a firm foundation on defense for the first time in years, the backcourt only has to make up for the deficiencies of one side of the ball, not two. That may not be enough to give the Blazers much of a shot of getting past Houston or Golden State, but it’s progress just the same.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Many achievements to be celebrated in 100 years of Flexco

first_imgFlexco (Flexible Steel Lacing Company) is celebrating 100 years of “connecting the world” and kicked-off its Centennial year on March 27, the anniversary of its formation. The US manufacturer of mechanical belt fasteners, belt conveyor components, maintenance tools and engineered transfer systems has grown from a small Chicago workshop to emerge as a world leader in providing effective solutions for improving belt conveyor productivity. Today, from its headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois, near Chicago, the company serves mining customers on six continents through a global network of subsidiary offices, sales representatives and distributors.“The occasion is a tremendous source of pride for the company, as well as each of our 450 employees based in 14 countries throughout the world. It’s a fitting time to remember and appreciate the people and innovations that have helped make us leaders in our industry,” said Richard White, Flexco’s President. “Our vision is to become the leader in maximizing belt conveyor productivity for our customers worldwide through superior service and innovation. Company values include: great people, integrity, collaboration, innovation, achievement and commitment to our customers. Our success is measured by our customers, the only reason we are in business. We will ultimately know how well we are achieving our vision based on the value our customers derive from our partnership.” Flexco’s vision and underlying values are built on many of the same operating principles put in place by company founders George E. Purple, Albert B. Beach and Phillip S. Rinaldo when they opened their workshop 100 years ago in Chicago. On the merits of a promising, patented fastener design, the founders began with the mission to manufacture a metal-hinged joint lacing that would replace rawhide lace, which at the time was the most common method of joining transmission belts.Throughout its 100 years in business, Flexco has experienced a remarkable record of consistent sales growth. This growth has continued through the Great Depression, numerous recessions and two World Wars.The company moved to its present headquarters in Downers Grove in 1971. At that time, Flexco also expanded its North American sales force to reach the entire US and Canada. Flexco’s first international subsidiary was established in Manchester, England in 1984. Today the company has overseas subsidiaries in the UK, Mexico, Germany, South Africa and Australia with sales offices in China, India, Southeast Asia and South America. Currently international sales account for just under 50% of Flexco’s total revenue. During the 1990s the company continued to expand its operations and product line, reaffirming its mission to maximize belt conveyor productivity. In 1996, Flexco acquired Clipper Belt Lacer of Grand Rapids, Michigan and, in the process, considerably expanded both its manufacturing capabilities and range of products. New products such as belt scrapers, belt positioners and trainers, pulley lagging and conveyor skirt clamps became part of Flexco’s standard product offering. Portable installation and maintenance tools, including belt cutters, skivers, clamps, lacers, rivet drivers and lifters; have also been added to reduce conveyor downtime, while accelerating and simplifying belt repairs.Most recently, Flexco has added Controlled Flow Material Transfer Systems through its Parramatta Group in Plainfield, Illinois and Tasman Warajay in Queensland, Australia. In 2003, Flexco acquired Tasman Warajay, an engineering and construction company, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of large, engineered transfer chutes for bulk handling conveyors. The company’s proprietary Controlled FlowT technology provides the world’s only transfer chute that truly controls the velocity of the material flow while reducing dust generation.Today, Flexco markets a broad line of products under familiar brand names, including Alligator¬, Clipper¬, Tatch-A-Cleat¬, Rockline¬, Mineline¬ and Eliminator¬. With its expanded range of products, Flexco has adopted a systems approach and serves customers worldwide as a provider of belt conveyor productivity solutions. “Our sales representatives function as consultants. Their knowledge of conveyor belt operation goes well beyond splices,” White said.While over the years Flexco’s product lines have expanded along with a growing number of distributors and manufacturing facilities, the company continues to base its leadership status and continuing success on the premise with which it started 100 years ago — a forward thinking approach devoted to assisting customers to work more safely and productively with conveyors.last_img read more

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Tánaiste announces €600k grant for planned €5m redevelopment of London GAA headquarters

first_img17 of the best pictures from the weekend’s GAA actionCadogan brothers and Aidan Walsh set to miss Cork hurlers quarter-final against Tipp Source: GAAGAA President Liam O’Neill welcomed the development.“We are delighted to confirm details of this exciting new development which will serve the needs of London GAA and its clubs for many years to come. Rarely, if ever, has there existed a higher level of awareness of the rich heritage of our games in London – thanks in no small part to the exploits of the county’s footballers and hurlers in recent times.“I would like to thank the Department and An Tanáiste Eamon Gilmore in particular for their support of this project and I wish London every success with it.” Source: GAAFunding was also announced for several other overseas GAA projects. Asian clubs in Myanmar, China and Hong Kong will benefit along with the Asian county board. Queensland in Australia, the Middle East county board and South Africa Gaels will also receive funding.In Canada there will be funding for clubs like Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver while European clubs in Vienna, Munich, Moscow and Brussels are also amongst those that will benefit. TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE today announced a grant of €600,000 towards the redevelopment of the Ruislip GAA grounds in London as part of the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The project was launched today in Croke Park with the government grant helping to fund a €5m development of the home of London GAA in the north-west of the city.The GAA at central level will provide €1.4m for the new facility with the outstanding balance being met by London GAA and its clubs.The construction on the proposed development will commence in September 2014 and it is planned that the refurbished facility will re-open in time for London’s Connacht championship opener in May 2015.A new covered stand will be built with terracing on the opposite side of the ground. The new 3,900 capacity facility will also house the administrative office of London GAA.“Our investment in the new facilities at Ruislip recognises the central role of the GAA in the Irish Emigrant community in London”, remarked the Táinaiste.“It’s often a first port of call for our newer emigrants, and a home from home for others. The development of Ruislip will make it a better place to play and to watch Gaelic Games in London and can only help reinforce the strong sense of community which is so evident amongst the many generations of Irish people living there.”last_img read more

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iFrogz Updates Lines for the Holidays

first_imgYesterday we shared news of Case-mate releasing updated iPhone 4 and iPad cases for the holidays. It’s not the only one in the holiday spirit. Case-maker iFrogz has also updated its looks for the season and you can find them all at Best Buy stores exclusively. Shown here is the Luxe Lean Frost Phase line, an iPhone 4 case. You can also try the Luxe Edge, a thin bumper-style two-part case that comes in a two-pack of blue/black and iron/black.For an ’80s preppy look, check our the Fusion case, available in plaid and argyle. I’m also crazy about the model called the Spy, which has a funky op-art pattern and a cut-out that lets the phone’s Apple logo show through. The new cases are in the $25 to $35 neighborhood. To see the full line, read this iFrogz blog post.last_img read more

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Troika talks to focus on structural reforms

first_imgGreece is set to seal an agreement with the troika this week on a 13.5-billion-euro austerity package but the two sides still have ground to cover with respect to structural reforms.The austerity package contains about 11.5 billion euros in spending cuts and another 2 billion in tax hikes. Kathimerini understands that Athens and the troika will agree on a formula that will see 7.8 billion euros (about 70 percent) of the reductions come from cuts to wages, pensions and welfare benefits.Negotiations over the next few days are likely to focus on the details of structural reforms demanded by Greece’s lenders.One of the stumbling blocks last week was the coalition government’s resistance to the troika’s request for compensation for sacked workers to be reduced and for automatic three-year pay rises to employees earning the minimum wage to be scrapped.Sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini that the government is close to an agreement that would see employees who have been with the same employer for a minimum of 16 years maintain their right for compensation equal to 12 months pay. Athens has yet to agree with the troika on whether compensation should be capped beyond that. A decision over the automatic pay increases is also pending.In terms of public sector dismissals, the government has proposed that 11,000 civil servants who have committed offenses or have been deemed unproductive be fired. However, it may have to agree to another 3,000 bureaucrats losing their jobs after the merging or closure of public bodies.On Friday night, the Finance Ministry submitted a bill terminating the services of all the heads of departments at tax offices, customs and at the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE). New heads will be appointed following an evaluation, as requested by the troika.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Opens CEO Search Following Censkys Departure

first_imgWith today’s swearing-in of Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, the American Soybean Association (ASA) officially opens the search for its next chief executive officer, ASA President Ron Moore said today.“ASA has been a constant voice for soybean farmers, and as we approach our centennial, we will need a steady, assertive and visionary hand at the helm of our association. We have put a national search framework in place to search for the most qualified candidates from both inside and outside the industry, and we will begin reviewing materials from those candidates immediately,” Moore said.ASA has retained Hedlin Ag Enterprises to receive resumes from interested candidates and lead the ASA Search Committee through the search and interview process. Those interested in the position can view a description and submit materials by clicking here.Censky officially departs ASA today after 23 years, 21 of which he spent as head of the organization. Moore said that while bittersweet, the process of carrying the industry forward must continue without interruption.“We can’t thank Steve enough for the legacy he leaves here at ASA. We are a more effective and representative advocate for soybean farmers because of him,” Moore added. “He leaves big and well-worn shoes to fill—this isn’t an easy job, but it’s a rewarding one. We look to the candidates for the CEO position to bring their innovation and experience and novel concepts for advancing the soybean industry to us.”last_img read more

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