World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide TNT’s Pogoy scoreless since career performance in Game 1 Heruela finished with five points, two assists, a rebound, and a steal with no turnovers in his 14 minutes on the floor, but more importantly, he also hounded Jayson Castro on defense which added to the struggles of the KaTropa’s main gunner.June Mar Fajardo said he’s no longer surprised with the way Heruela is playing in the finals.After all, he’s the same guy who proved to be the perfect backcourt partner for the now three-time PBA MVP back in their days in University of Cebu.“We know what Brian can do. since his days in Blackwater, he was the starting point guard and we know he can contribute to the team. I’m just happy for him that he came in and was able to help us out,” Fajardo said in Filipino.Heruela shunned the praises and credited the huge second half spurt to San Miguel’s execution as a cohesive unit.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela. PBA IMAGESBrian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today.Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as he orchestrated a pivotal 16-5 run which tilted the momentum to the Beermen’s side en route to a 109-97 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I think it’s a collective effort from the whole team,” he said. “Me personally, I just want to play hard and do the best way I can to help my team in every way. Good thing that we had a good run, we executed well, and we’re able to have good defense which is why things went our way.”Though he’s not expecting anything in the coming games, Heruela shared that as always, he’s ready anytime coach Leo Austria calls his number.“I always prepare myself mentally and physically. Whenever coach puts me in, I’m always ready,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heruela was making all the right plays that Ross almost didn’t want to go back in the game in fears of ruining San Miguel’s flow.“I was telling the coaches in the third quarter, ‘Don’t worry about me. Let them play, let those guys play and get their confidence because we have a really talented team from all the way down to the last man on the bench.’ Everyone’s capable of contributing and coach has a way and its won us a lot of titles, but when those guys get their numbers called, they’re ready and they produced for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss also gave Heruela his stamp of approval.“He was amazing, man. When I got the flagrant one, he came in and we didn’t miss a beat.” 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. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments
Ilkay Gundogan is ready to step up and help fill the void left by Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian suffered a knee injury on Wednesday that left him on crutches.City confirmed after training on Wednesday that De Bruyne had sustained an injury during the session and that he would be sent for further tests.They refused to specify what they believe the injury to be or how long he will be missing for, but Goal understands De Bruyne could miss between two and three months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Should such speculation prove accurate, City’s Premier League title defence would suffer an early blow, but Gundogan – who only started half of his 30 top-flight appearances last season – thinks he can shoulder some of the burden of replacing him.”Yeah, I do feel fresh – maybe because the World Cup was also very short for us [Germany], unfortunately,” Gundogan told Omnisport.”But I do feel ready. I was able to play nearly a full season last season after having big injuries. It was tough.”At the end, I look at my stats and I made about 50 games last season. It was a really good run for myself.”So I hope this one will be similar, especially in terms of the way we play and in terms of winning.”The Blues midfielder suffered an injury during training. #mancity https://t.co/kNnAjzw8cs— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2018Nevertheless, Gundogan is hopeful De Bruyne is able to feature again soon given his importance to their title charge last term.”Actually I didn’t even see what exactly happened because it was at my back,” he added. “Obviously, we are all hoping that it is not too serious because Kevin, especially last season, had a great impact on us.”He’s very important – a key player for us, so we hope he is able to return as quick as possible.”Fellow midfielder Fernandinho believes De Bruyne is not coping too badly with the situation, and he echoed Gundogan’s sentiments about the 27-year-old’s importance.”He’s OK. We don’t know yet what has happened and as soon as the doctor knows we will have the news,” Fernandinho said.”Of course, he has been so important for us last season and I hope he can get well soon to play football again as soon as possible.”Gundogan and Fernandinho were speaking at the world premiere of All or Nothing: Manchester City, available on Amazon Prime Video from Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
We already know that Moto E4 and E4 Plus are in works. Both the smartphones have been subjected to several leaks and rumours in the past, which did give us a partial glimpse of the devices. Now, in the latest leak, a popular tipster – Ronald Quandt shares the complete specs sheet of the Moto E4. Apart from the specs, the new leak also reveals the launch date and price as well.Also Read: Moto and Lenovo brands to co-exist only in India as Lenovo set to revamp phone businessRonald Quandt’s tweet reads as follows: “Motorola Moto E4: more detailed specs, Canada MSRP is 249,99 CAD, interesting to see NFC (certain markets) and GG3, supposedly ships July 17”. The shared tweet clearly indicates that the upcoming Moto E4 is set to launch on July 17. That being said, rumours making rounds on the web revealed that Moto E4 Plus will also be announced alongside the Moto E4. So, if Moto E4 is launching on July 17, probably, so is the Moto E4 Plus.If the new leak is to be believed, Moto E4 will be priced at CAD 249.99, which is roughly around Rs. 12,000. To recall, previously leaked rumours suggested that the upcoming Moto E series phones will fall under the mid-range categories. That being said, there are high chances that the price range tipped by Ronald can be almost accurate. However, as the company is yet to confirm the price of any of its upcoming devices, this bit of information should be taken with a pinch of salt.advertisementMotorola Moto E4: more detailed specs, Canada MSRP is 249,99 CAD, interesting to see NFC (certain markets) and GG3, supposedly ships July 17 pic.twitter.com/IOCddU3o6L- Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 28, 2017Furthermore, Roland Quandt also shares the entire specification sheet of the Moto E4. The listing reveals almost everything about the upcoming Motorola smartphone. As per the listing, Moto E4 will sport a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display and run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. Further, the upcoming Moto E4 will be powered by a 1.25GHz MediaTek MT6737M Cortex-A53 quad-core chipset which comes along with Mali-T720MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The listing also states that that the storage memory can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.Also Read: New Moto G5S Plus leaks again, shows phone in Midnight blue colourOn the optics front, the Moto E4 is expected to come equipped with an 8-megapixel camera sensor of the rear. The back camera will come with an autofocus and LED flash feature as well. On the front, the Moto E4 will sport a 5-megapixel selfie sensor. Moto E4 is also tipped to come with a 2800mAh battery and will be announced in Lunar Grey colour variant. However, the company may announce several other colour options as well.The leaked listing further suggests that the upcoming Moto E4 will come with several connectivity options like — 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Javier Saviola scored twice in the second half to lead defending champion Olympiakos to an easy 5-0 win at Apollon in the Greek league on Saturday.David Fuster opened the scoring in the 26th minute, Costas Manolas made it 2-0 in the 31st and Andreas Samaris added a third in the 43rd before Saviola scored in the 63rd and 80th minutes to complete the victory.At the halfway point of the season, Olympiakos has 16 wins and just one draw, a record for the league. It is also the first team to be undefeated away at this point.Second-place PAOK, 13 points behind, hosts Levadiakos Sunday.Third-place Atromitos, 17 points adrift of Olympiakos, beat Panthrakikos 3-1 Saturday. Also, OFI won 2-1 against Panetolikos, the only team not to lose to Olympiakos this season.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Rishabh Pant is enjoying a much-deserved break from international cricket and making the most of this opportunity by spending time with his family and friends.Pant was the center of attention and dominated headlines in India and Australia throughout the Border-Gavaskar series. Not only did the Bharat Army dedicate a song to Pant, but he also returned back home having made quite a lot of new fans including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.Even the Australian Prime Minister couldn’t help but praise Pant for his competitive spirit while also taking a cheeky dig at him as he hosted both teams at his residence. During the event he was also seen babysitting Tim Paine’s kids as he met with Paine’s wife Bonnie and the couple’s two kids.Not only did Pant break records with his glove-work and bat, the young stumper also became the broadcaster’s favourite during the series thanks to his constant banter with the Aussies from behind the stumps.The host broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics during the series just to listen to what Pant had to say to the Aussie batsmen.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018Now back home in Delhi, the 21-year-old revealed that his family loved the way he sledged the Australian players, especially captain Tim Paine, during the series.”That is how I am. If someone provokes me, I’ll give it back. I had a duty to do for my team. But I know the code of conduct. I remember my values. I have sledged and people have actually loved it.advertisement”That my mother and sister enjoyed it makes me happy,” Pant was quoted as saying by the Times of India.Pant also went on to state that he idolizes legendary wicket-keepers Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni, but he doesn’t try to copy them in any way.”I do idolize Gilchrist and Mahi bhai (Dhoni). But that doesn’t mean I want to become that same person. It’s not about copying your idol. It’s more about learning things from them. I want to be myself. I want to be Rishabh Pant,” Pant added.The Delhi Capitals star recently shared a fragment of his personal life with his fans after he posted a photograph of his with his girlfriend, Isha Negi, on social media.Pant captioned the photo as “I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy.”Suresh Raina was quick to react to the photo with a set of emoticons ranging from approval to happy to laughing.Isha also shared the same photo on her Instagram and captioned it, “My man, my soulmate, my best friend, the love of my life.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso Read | Rohit bhaiya, more than happy to babysit Samaira: Rishabh Pant
After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 recently Samsung is all set to launch the third M series smartphone in India today. We are talking about the Samsung Galaxy M30. Samsung India will be hosting a launch event for the Galaxy M30 at 6PM today in India. We believe the Galaxy M30 will be an upgraded version of the Galaxy M20.Ahead of the launch, the South Korean smartphone company has revealed some key details about the Galaxy M30. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy M30 will come packed with a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. One of the key highlights of the Samsung Galaxy M30 will be its triple rear camera setup which will include an ultra-wide angle lens. Another highlight of the Galaxy M30 will be its massive 5,000mAh battery that will come paired with 15W fast charging support.With just a few hours left for the launch rumours and leaks have revealed almost all the specs of the Galaxy M30. Rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy M30 will be powered by an Exynos 7904 SoC -paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.In terms of camera, the Samsung Galaxy M30 will include a 13-megapixel primary sensor paired with an f/1.9 lens, secondary 5-megapixel camera paired with an f/2.2 lens, and third will be a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture. On the front the Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel with an f/2.0 aperture for clicking selfies.advertisementThe smartphone will be available on Flipkart after it is officially launched in the country today. The Amazon India website shows the smartphone in pictures and highlights its waterdrop notch display, slim bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. As for the pricing the rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to cost somewhere around Rs 15,000. This means that the Samsung Galaxy M30 will go against the Redmi Note 7 which is all set to launch in India tomorrow, Feb 28. The Galaxy M30 is expected to be available in two colour variants — Black and Blue.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 has the looks and the camera to be a mid-range winner in IndiaALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 with on-screen fingerprint sensor could launch under Rs 30,000 in IndiaALSO READ | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and Huawei
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren says no-one is getting carried away with being top of the table.Lovren says the current team has slowly learnt to neither look back or forward, at history or at what they hope to achieve. Instead, the calm around the training ground allows them to concentrate fully on the task in hand.“We don’t look at who is behind us or in front of us. It’s more only about us and that’s how we should do it always,” he said.“We learn from all these previous seasons. When you look against Newcastle it was quite a tough first half, there were chances but we couldn’t find the right spot to score.“Luckily enough I scored but again we had this winning mentality that kept us going, and the second half we played like a new game.”
State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is challenging tertiary-level students to use their talents to assist in finding solutions to social problems. Story Highlights “They don’t have the freedom that you have. We are trying our best to give them hope and to be reintegrated in our community without having to feel that they have to go back to the gangs,” he pointed out. “As youngsters who have been given an opportunity to be educated at the tertiary level, don’t sit back, because they (criminals) will take over. Do not keep quiet, because they will get louder,” he noted. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is challenging tertiary-level students to use their talents to assist in finding solutions to social problems.Addressing a youth forum on Tuesday (January 23), at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in St. Andrew, he encouraged the young people in attendance to use their education to shape the society that they desire.“As youngsters who have been given an opportunity to be educated at the tertiary level, don’t sit back, because they (criminals) will take over. Do not keep quiet, because they will get louder,” he noted.Senator Charles said they could play a role by contributing to the Ministry’s ‘We Transform Jamaica’ initiative aimed at the rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders.“They don’t have the freedom that you have. We are trying our best to give them hope and to be reintegrated in our community without having to feel that they have to go back to the gangs,” he pointed out.He advised them to go to Facebook and sign up for the programme. “We are giving you a platform to play a role for change,” he said.The youth forum, dubbed ‘Creating Awareness Through Revolutionary Entertainment (CARE)’ was organised by ProChangeJa, a non-profit organisation set up to help needy students in communities within the vicinity of the UWI.It included presentations from the Ministry of Health and several organisations that are working in vulnerable communities.Topics addressed included mental health, development through sport, domestic violence, paediatric cancer, autism awareness, corruption, youth and crime, schooling versus education, and teenage pregnancy.
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of new Secretariat buildingshere at the existing location. The “Bhumi puja” was performed at the D Block in the Secretariat complex situated near the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake. Several state ministers, including A Indrakaran Reddy and Vemula Prashant Reddy, TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao and Chief Secretary SK Joshi were among those present on the occasion. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Once the designs are finalised, some of the old buildings located in the existing Secretariat would be demolished as per requirement, a senior official has said. The Telangana Cabinet has recently appointed a Group of Ministers headed by Road and Buildings Minister V Prashanth Reddy on the construction of new secretariat building. The Cabinet had endorsed the final decision-making choice on the building designs to the Chief Minister. The state government also indicated that the new secretariat which would come up in about four lakh sq-ft would cost around Rs 400 crore. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Meanwhile, the opposition BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao alleged he was not allowed by police to organise a planned protest against the construction of new Secretariat buildings, by demolishing some of the the existing structures. “If protest is not allowed, what is the state of democracy in Telangana,” the BJP leader asked. Andhra Pradesh last week handed over all the four blocks (in the Secretariat complex) which were under its control to the Telangana government paving way for it to construct a new Secretariat. The AP government was allotted four blocks in the secretariat complex here after bifurcation of the state in 2014, as Hyderabad was made common capital for both the states for a period not exceeding 10 years. The Telangana government is in the process of identifying office space for accommodating staff during the construction of a new secretariat complex.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Political Ottawa is abuzz with speculation today about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reshape his cabinet Monday after the unexpected resignation of longtime Liberal Scott Brison from his post as Treasury Board president.The cabinet shuffle is expected to be small, with as few adjustments as possible to fill the void of Brison’s departure.But given the internal importance of Treasury Board when it comes to government spending, the shuffle is expected to include at least one big name.Brison’s departure also leaves Trudeau’s cabinet without representation from Nova Scotia — a hole expected to be filled on Monday as part of the shuffle.The Liberals hold all 11 seats in Nova Scotia, but senior sources have pointed to Sean Fraser and Bernadette Jordan as likely candidates.A minimal shuffle will allow ministers to focus on completing tasks within their mandate letters with the aim of helping the Trudeau government steer as smoothly as possible into the fall election.
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned why the Maternity Benefit Act would not be applicable to the ad-hoc employees of the Delhi University (DU) when it was applicable to contract labourers of any establishment or government undertaking.The query by Justice Suresh Kait was posed to the DU while issuing notice to the Centre, the university and the Aurobindo College here, seeking their stand on a female ad-hoc professor’s plea alleging that she was denied maternity leave as she was not a permanent employee. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”If it (the Act) is applicable to any shop or establishment or government undertaking or government institution, then why not to the university is the question,” the court said. It further asked, “Why not applicable to ad-hoc when it (the act) is applicable to contract labourers?” The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 5 last year. During the brief hearing, the college said the professor’s application for maternity leave was forwarded to the DU and a response was awaited. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also told the court that the petitioner had not contended that the Act was applicable to the college or the university. The lawyer representing the DU told the court that there were no rules or regulations in the university to provide maternity benefit to ad-hoc employees. The woman, in her plea, has contended that under the Maternity Benefit Act, she is entitled to six months’ leave, but the university did not grant her the relief as she was not a permanent employee and was employed on ad-hoc basis.
Britain has expressed concerns over the incidents which took place in Weliweriya last week.UK Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt said he noted with “serious concern” emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya, in which at least 3 people died. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo had also last week expressed concerns over the incident.The Embassy called on the Government of Sri Lanka to respect the rights of people to protest peacefully, and urged restraint from all sides. (Colombo Gazette) “My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured,” he said. Burt urged the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation, the British Foreign Office said.
Private survey: Growth at US services firms surges to new high in July by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this June 12, 2015 photo, Dayamyra Perez Fernandez prepares a lunch to go for a customer at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for July on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – Business at U.S. services companies surged in July, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday.The institute said its services index rose to 60.3 last month, highest since the index was created in 2008 and up from 56 in June. Any reading above 50 shows growth in the services sector.Its measure of business activity for services firms rose to 64.9 from 61.5 in June. New orders and employment were also up strongly. Export orders also rose at a faster pace, despite a strong dollar that makes U.S. products and services more expensive in overseas markets.Anthony Nieves, chairman of the institute’s services survey committee, said growth in services usually cools during the summer, so the July surge “is a bit unusual.” He said a strong job market might be helping services firms. Unemployment has tumbled to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ 90 per cent of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies.Fifteen of 18 services industries reported growth.The performance of the services sector last month was in contrast to U.S. manufacturing: On Monday, the institute reported that factories were less busy in June. Its manufacturing index slipped to 52.7 last month from 53.5 in June. Hiring slowed at U.S. factories last month, but production and new orders rose.Adam Collins, economist at Capital Economics, said the growth in services last month “more than offsets the weakness in the manufacturing sector … All things considered, this survey reinforces our view that the economy is on a strong footing and suggests that (economic) growth will accelerate in the second half of the year.”The economy grew at an annual pace of just 0.6 per cent from January through March and 2.3 per cent from April through June. Economists are expecting annualized growth of 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent in the second half of the year.
Gold Claw, a professional gold pan, is the fastest and easiest way for anyone to pan for gold, claims Klint Washburn, its designer. He has announced plans to launch a fundraising campaign through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, following a successful Kickstarter fundraising venture. The newest and most innovative way to pan for gold, Gold Claw invites users to: · Pan like a professional with no prior experience or training required· Experience simple and fun gold panning—just “Shake and Tilt”· Enjoy an extremely durable and long-lasting product· Pan many times faster and yield more gold than traditional methods Washburn says “panning for gold the traditional way requires years of training and practice to yield even the slightest of results. This is due to ineffective technology that, if not utilised properly, could let the miniscule flakes of gold slip away. Gold Claw has taken this antiquated method’s basic properties and repurposed them to create a fun and easy way to prospect for gold. In fact, the Gold Claw pan is so easy to use.” Washburn claims that even a child can out pan a traditional pro their first time learning the tool. The Gold Claw is great for professionals and those who struggle with traditional gold panning equipment, but the simplicity and ease of use really opens the door for anyone who has ever wanted to experience the magic of finding their own gold. “I have spent a lot of time studying the physical and chemical properties of gold,” said Washburn. “I found that dynamics at and below the surface push gold up and carry gold out of the pan. Using this knowledge, I created a new design for a gold pan that is much more effective.”Washburn’s idea was to take the gold-catching ridges found at the bottom of a traditional gold pan and move them to the surface. When liquefaction, or the separation of materials into layers according to weight, takes place, the ridges are in an ideal position to capture gold as the lighter layers of soil flow out of the pan.With Gold Claw, it takes under 30 seconds to pan gold. Gold Claw is the product of many iterations of prototypes. Washburn, a professional in engineering design, constructed the Gold Claw and sent the blueprint to 3D printing company Whiteclouds to model for testing his product. Washburn went through many iterations to perfect the design using Tritan copolyester as the base material with its reputation of indestructibility in the outdoor industry.In September 2016, Washburn began a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his project. Washburn was able to meet his goal of $20,000 in just 35 days of campaigning. Propelled by the success of that campaign, Washburn is now attempting to reach a new funding audience at Indiegogo. “The Gold Claw is more than just an improvement, it’s a paradigm shift,” Washburn said. “With this new design, a newbie can literally outpan a pro!”To learn more about Gold Claw and the Indiegogo campaign, visit https://igg.me/at/GoldClaw.
Among the items recovered from that culvert after Winter’s death was a matchbook from a business in Henderson, Nevada. The Mandez family had relatives there. The cops said this proved that Mandez had been inside Winter’s house on the night of her death: He had burglarized her home, and thus, under a dubious extension of Colorado law, he was necessarily guilty of first-degree murder. 2. Welcome to SomaliaThis charming and poignant comic strip tells the story of what happened when Somali-born parents Amiir and Cawo took their Oslo-raised children on a trip from Norway back to their home country.BBC, approximately 5 minutes reading time3. Philippines: Stunned and devastatedA deadly typhoon struck the Philippines last week, leading to incredible devastation. Dr Natasha Reyes writes in Opinion and Insight about how resilient Filipinos are – but how unprecedented the scale of disaster they are facing is.TheJournal.ie, approximately 4 minutes reading time, 861 wordsFor sure, there are wounded people who have not yet received medical attention. Usually, in these types of disasters, the main needs are related to people being displaced from their homes, and the injuries are relatively minor – cuts, broken bones, head wounds. But with so many houses and buildings having collapsed because of the strong winds, we’re expecting to see some significant injuries.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Prison without paroleSam Mandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but as Andrew Cohen writes, things only got worse from there.The Atlantic, approximately 12 minutes reading time, 2491 words
If you’ve been waiting for a modern phone to come out that can hold up against more severe conditions, it looks like Samsung might be selling exactly what you are looking for in the coming weeks.Most people would love to hear that their phone will survive that accidental tumble down the stairs, or to not have to cringe when the phone slides off the top of the car as you pull out of the parking lot. Unfortunately, most people also want their phones to look like phones, and not some sort of military issue brick that could also double as a defensive weapon.Manufacturers have been working hard to make the thinnest and sleekest handsets possible to compete in the market, and to add rugged durability to that design is often too expensive to justify. Samsung seems to think they have what it takes, with plans to release a ruggedized Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks.While the Galaxy S4 itself has proven that the screen can stand up to quite the torture test, all parts of the phone have to hold up under stress in order to be considered rugged. There’s been no mention yet of what specs would be on board this phone, or how exactly it would be ruggedized. It’s pretty unlikely that Samsung is planning a durable 5-inch phone with all of the trimmings. Samsung will more than likely use this opportunity to further spread the Galaxy S4 name by releasing a unique piece of hardware with similar color schemes, but mostly different hardware, just like they are doing with the Galaxy S4 Mini.A ruggedized Galaxy S4 of any description would be a great addition to that market. Most of the companies making highly durable smartphones right now are releasing clunky bricks of grey or black with outdated software and very little in the way of additional features. For Samsung to enter this market niche with a modern design, a current version of Android, and even a handful of the most recent TouchWiz features would see the handset fly off the shelves in places where this kind of phone is a commodity.If Samsung is indeed releasing a rugged Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t take long for the company to dominate that market.Now Read – System dump unlocks Galaxy S4 content, makes it available for other phones
By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/4517047 We exist for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes all over Ireland – whilst offering the people of Ireland fun, responsible play.“Nearly 30c in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back into the areas of youth, sport, recreation & amenities, health & welfare, arts, culture & national heritage and the Irish language.”But is this claim correct? Does the National Lottery exist for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes?The evidenceThe National Lottery was established by the government in 1986, began trading in 1987, and was initially owned by An Post.When set up, its purpose was to provide funding for “sport and other recreation, national culture (including the Irish language), the arts and the health of the community”. However as the recession laid siege to the national finances in the early 2010s, the government put the licence to operate the National Lottery up for sale.It was eventually sold to a consortium made up of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, An Post and the An Post pension funds.Under that agreement, a private firm ultimately co-owned by the trio, called Premier Lotteries Ireland, was awarded a 20-year licence in 2014 to operate the National Lottery.The Canadian pension fund ultimately controls the majority of Premier Lotteries Ireland’s shares, with An Post and its pension funds holding minority stakes.The relevant legislation was updated with the National Lottery Act 2013, which replaced the previous laws and established a regulator to oversee the lottery.Premier Lotteries Ireland paid the government with an upfront sum of €405 million to secure the contract.The licence to operate the National Lottery stated that Premier Lotteries Ireland had to allocate 65% of its gross gaming revenue – made up of its total ticket sales minus prize money – to good causes each year.It was also required to provide regulators with a statement containing details of its contributions to those causes – which includes funding for many small, community organisations – for every 12-month period.According to Premier Lotteries Ireland’s most recent financial statements gross ticket sales amounted to €800 million in 2017. The company paid out €452 million in prizes to players, representing around 56% of its total ticket sales.More than €226 million was distributed to good causes, representing the 65% share of gross gaming revenue that the State licence required the company to hand out to worthy initiatives.That left Premier Lotteries Ireland with an operating profit of €17.4 million – after its running costs, including staff expenses and other overheads, were stripped out.However due to financial expenses of €31 million, the company posted a net loss of €13.5 million for the year. The largest portion of the financial expenses came from interest due to ‘related parties’.Elsewhere in the accounts, the company noted that it had more than €220 million in loans and accrued interest outstanding to its parents: the pension funds and An Post. These loans incurred a hefty 9% rate of fixed interest.Without the interest charges to Premier Lotteries Ireland’s owners, the company would have delivered a slender profit for the year.In addition, An Post delivered services worth €2.2 million to Premier Lotteries Ireland – which it part-owns – in 2017, while another firm called Camelot provided “systems implementation and support services” worth €9.7 million during the year.Camelot runs the UK national lottery under licence and it is also owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.Meanwhile, Premier Lotteries Ireland’s ultimate parent company in Ireland paid out its first dividends to shareholders of €84.6 million in 2017.So between the dividend payout and intra-group charges, the National Lottery’s licence holders benefited by more than €96 million from the operation of the service for the year.Canadian ownersThe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – Premier Lotteries Ireland’s majority owner – describes itself as “Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan with $189.5 billion in net assets”.Under a section describing “our investments” on its website, the fund says: “Our investment program has one goal: to earn the best possible returns, at an appropriate level of risk, to pay pensions to our members.”That means that the company responsible for running Ireland’s National Lottery is itself majority-owned by a Canadian investment firm.Lottery statementWe asked the National Lottery for a statement based on the claim in question for this FactCheck.A spokeswoman told us: “The National Lottery was set up on a statutory basis by the Irish Government, under the National Lottery Act 1986, with the express purpose of raising funds for Good Causes all over Ireland.This did not change when Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) was granted a 20-year licence to operate the National Lottery in 2014. PLI is a consortium made up of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and An Post and An Post Employees’ Pension Fund. It is important to point out the difference between PLI and the National Lottery. PLI is the vehicle which operates the National Lottery.”The spokeswoman added that since 1987, around €5.4 billion had been raised for good causes through the National Lottery.Some 91c of every euro spent on National Lottery games went either to good causes, prize money or retailer bonuses and commissions, she noted. The remainder went towards paying for Premier Lotteries Ireland’s operations and any profits.VerdictThe claim made by the National Lottery was that it “exist[s] for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes all over Ireland – whilst offering the people of Ireland fun, responsible play”.As shown above, however, the company that operates the lotto – Premier Lotteries Ireland – is majority-owned by a Canadian investment firm which promises to deliver returns for its members.It is true to say that the company provides hundreds of millions of euro in funding for good causes each year, while it also pays out hundreds of millions of euro in prize money. However it is also a business which seeks to make money and pay its shareholders: which it did to the tune of more than €84 million in dividends in 2017.Which means that, while the National Lottery does indeed raise hundreds of millions for good causes, it also functions as a cash-generating asset for its owners.PLI, the operators of the National Lottery, does draw a distinction between the National Lottery and themselves as operators of the National Lottery but that distinction ignores the reality that the gambling by the public on the National Lottery funds both the National Lottery and the operator PIL, and therefore the National Lottery (funded by this public gambling) cannot truly claim to exist ‘for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes’. As a result, we rate this claim: Mostly FALSEAs per our verdict guide, this means the claim contains an element of truth but is missing critical details or context. Based on the information set out above, the National Lottery may have been set up with the goal of raising money for good causes, but it also serves as an income-generating asset for its licence-holders and therefore can not be described as existing for the “sole purpose” of raising money for good causes.TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here.With reporting from Peter Bodkin Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM FactCheck: Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists ‘for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes’? It made the claim in a press release following the release of a gambling survey last week – but is it correct? 46,087 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55 Comments Share11 Tweet Email3 Mar 5th 2019, 12:06 AM Short URL LAST WEEK, A major piece of research into gambling was published and it showed that lottery and scratch cards were by far the most common way people gamble in Ireland.According to the gambling prevalence survey – published on Wednesday by Ministers of State David Stanton and Catherine Byrne – 56.7% of people in Ireland had a bet on a lotto or bought a scratch a card in the past year, with 35.4% doing so in the last month.In response to the publication of the data, the National Lottery issued a statement.It said: “The National Lottery differs from other forms of gaming in that it is based on many people playing, but spending reasonably small amounts.
Among the victims of the wildfires that swept through east of Attica last week were hundreds of defenceless animals. One of them, has emerged as a symbol of survival.According to a report by Reuters, Loukoumaki, a white poodle cross estimated by vets to be about four-and-a-half years old, was found in Mati by animal rescuers two days after the inferno hiding behind a garden barbecue in a brick-built hollow.One of the volunteers who found Loukoumaki, Artemis Kyriakopoulou said the dog, which is believed to be a stray, was unable to move from the trauma, and had difficulty breathing, his fur singed yellow from the flames and smoke. She eventually managed to lure him out of the hollow with a tin of dog food.“He just looked like a burnt shaggy rug … Even its eyelashes are burnt; I wonder how this dog survived,” Diana Topali told Reuters.The 42-year-old is currently fostering Loukoumaki, who has been put on antibiotics and is on the way to recovering.Along with the 91 people who died as a result of the fires, hundreds of pets and stray animals are believed to have perished.A screen grab taken from video footage shows Loukoumaki at the place where he was found by the animal rescuers. Photo: Investing.com UK via Artemis Kyriakopoulou/Reuters TV via ReutersDiana Topali with Loukoumaki in the yard of her house in Porto Rafti. Photo: KathimeriniA screen grab taken from video footage shows Loukoumaki at the place where he was found by the animal rescuers. Photo: Investing.com UK via Artemis Kyriakopoulou/Reuters TV via Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer You’ve heard the phrase “no pain, no gain.” Well, how about “Cycle faster, or forget about binge-watching the latest season of Orange Is the New Black“?Less than catchy, I know. But that’s the idea behind Ronan Byrne’s DIY pedal-powered home entertainment system Cycflix.The project requires a stationary bike, Arduino, and Netflix account: Hook up the microcontroller to the exercise machine to control streaming based on how hard you’re working out; motivation is propelled by cliffhangers and FOMO.Follow Byrne’s instructions to get set up, then dictate your exercise routine, pick a TV show or movie, and start cycling. Once you reach your intended speed, the program begins playing; drop below that pace for too long, and it automatically pauses.“The main gist [is that] Firefox will open and play Netflix and monitor your speed for the workout routine you designed,” Byrne wrote in his online directions. “If you are going below the speed for too long, Netflix will be paused until you get back up to speed.”Using another streaming service, like Amazon Video or Hulu, takes only “a few changes,” the Dublin Institute of Technology student said.Most people equate Netflix with dropping crumbs between couch cushions, general idleness, and, if you’re lucky, the faint sense that you should be doing something more productive.Engineer Byrne, however, hopes Cycflix can help encourage more people to get behind the handlebars and tain.“Right now it has enough functionality for me,” Byrne said. “After all, it was to help me learn some Python [programming language] and maybe (a big maybe) get me using the exercise bike.”Ready, set, go (via Ronan Byrne)Netflix had a similar idea in March, when it introduced the DIY personal trainer—its fourth “Make It” project. Get “that extra push” on the treadmill or cross-trainer with motivation from your favorite Netflix characters.Do you need a drill sergeant like Terry Crews (Ultimate Beastmaster), “Red” Reznikov (OINTB), or Frank Underwood (House of Cards)? Perhaps you work better under pressure from Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)? Or will the optimism of Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Stephanie Tanner (Fuller House) get you to the finish line?You (or a tech-savvy friend) will need a background in building electronics and coding; check Netflix’s detailed bill of materials before getting started.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.