Olympiacos Takes Panathinaikos, 76-70

first_imgCostas Sloukas had 16 for the winners while one-man gang Mavrokefalidis had 23 for the losers. Game two will take place June 10. In the battle for the third spot PAOK leads 1-0 after beating Aris 67-60 in a contest between Thessaloniki’s squads.TweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS – In another battle of the eternal enemies, Olympiacos struck first to beat a weakened Panathinaikos, 76-70 to win the first game of the Greek Basket League finals.The favored Reds had their hands full with the Greens, overcoming 0-for-13 shooting from three-point land in the first half, forced to the outside by a tight zone that Panathinaikos threw up.Panathinaikos center Loukas Mavrokefalidis, meanwhile, hit 4-of-6 three pointers to keep his team in the game throughout before Olympiacos’ radar worked from long-shot land.In the second half, Olympiacos pulled away to take a 51-390 lead, upping it to 72-58 as Panathinaikos, without injured Esteban Batista and Nikos Pappas, and James Gist, serving an eight-month ban for drug use, fought gamely to stay in it.last_img read more

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BFI President Ajay Singh to contest for position in world boxing body’s EC

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh is in fray to be Asia’s representative in the AIBA Executive Committee when the under-fire world body goes to polls where controversial interim President Gafur Rakhimov is set for re-election to the top post. Singh’s nomination was approved, along with 10 others from the Asian bloc, by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) election committee chairman Jost Schmid on Wednesday in Lausanne. The elections are scheduled to be held on November 3 during the AIBA’s annual conference in Moscow starting November 2. Currently, India does not have representation in the AIBA EC. Veteran technical official Kishan Narsi was the last Indian to find a place in the EC but his tenure ended after the BFI came into existence in 2015. Singh will face competition from nominees of Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and the UAE. Singh, also co-founder of low-cost airline Spicejet, is currently a member of the Asian Boxing Confederation’s EC. The AIBA, which is in International Olympic Committee’s line of fire right now, is set to defy the IOC and elect Rakhimov as President after his was the lone nomination approved for the position by Schmid. The IOC has warned that boxing’s future in Olympics would be in jeopardy if Rakhimov is re-elected. The Uzbek has been linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department and is fighting a legal battle to get his name cleared, insisting that he is innocent. He took over as AIBA’s interim President after the long-serving Dr Ching Kuo-Wu was forced to step down following a revolt last year owing to allegations of financial mismanagement during his tenure. AIBA has been struggling to end the turmoil that followed his ouster.advertisement Its funding has been stopped by the IOC, which spoke of “significant concern” over key areas including its governance and ethical and financial management. The IOC has warned that should the AIBA fail in addressing all its concerns, boxing would be axed from the biggest stage of all. The popular combat sport has been contested at every Olympics since its introduction at the 1904 Games, barring Stockholm 1912. The most recent IOC warning came on Wednesday after an executive board meeting in which it expressed concerns about the “grave situation within the AIBA and its current governance.” “These include the circumstances of the establishment of the election list and the misleading communication within the AIBA membership regarding the IOC’s position,” read a statement issued by the IOC. “Therefore, the IOC reiterates its clear position that if the governance issues are not properly addressed to the satisfaction of the IOC at the forthcoming AIBA Congress, the existence of boxing on the Olympic programme and even the recognition of AIBA as an International Federation recognised by the IOC are under threat.” PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Ramos: Door open for Neymar at Madrid

first_imgTransfers Ramos: The door is open for Neymar at Real Madrid Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 13:13 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Neymar Primera División PSG Ligue 1 The Spanish defender heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain’s star forward amid talk of sensational move to the Spanish capital Sergio Ramos said the door is open for former Barcelona star Neymar to swap Paris Saint-Germain for Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.Neymar joined Ligue 1 giants PSG in a world-record deal worth €222 million in August but there is already talk of unrest with the Brazil international.Neymar 13/2 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player According to reports, Neymar is unhappy with life under PSG head coach Unai Emery, prompting speculation of a sensational switch to La Liga and Champions League titleholders Madrid.Asked about Neymar, Madrid captain Ramos told Cadena Ser : “I like to have the best and it’s clear Neymar is one of them.”Maybe it was easier for him to go to PSG, instead of directly to Real Madrid.”They are personal decisions, you never know what can happen because football goes around a lot.”I already have the door open for him if he wants to come. I also have a good relationship with him.”Neymar has scored seven goals in eight Ligue 1 games this season to help PSG move four points clear of reigning French champions Monaco during the international break.He has also netted four goals in the Champions League to lead PSG through to the last 16 with two matchdays remaining.last_img read more

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Krieger backs Rapinoe over Trump in White House feud

first_imgThe war of words continues between Donald Trump and the U.S. women’s national team, with Ali Krieger having sent her support to Megan Rapinoe and joined her in saying she would not be visiting the White House.  For those keeping count, that’s now three of the USA’s biggest female stars, with Alex Morgan having made her stance on the matter clear as well, who have publicly said they would not visit the President should they be invited.  Trump, who has hit out at Rapinoe on multiple occasions, did so again via tweet on Wednesday, but offered an invitation to the entire team, win or lose, after the World Cup.   Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Women’s soccer player, Megan Rapinoe, just stated that she is ‘not going to the F…ing White House if we win’,” Trump wrote on Twitter.  “Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, black unemployment is at the lowest level in our country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019″I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! “We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team. “Be proud of the flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!” But Krieger has joined a growing list of players who say they will not be making the trip to visit Trump, and hit back at the President for his treatment of women, the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.  In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) June 26, 2019″In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.” Krieger’s support of the LGBTQ+ community should come as no surprise. The defender is engaged to goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, with the two having gone public with their relationship prior to the World Cup. As for Trump, it will be interesting to see if his invitation holds as the list of players unwilling to attend grows.  The President pulled his invitation to NBA champion Steph Curry for “hesitating” to accept in 2017, prompting NBA superstar LeBron James to call him a “bum”. Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017The USWNT has more pressing business to attend to for the moment, however, with a quarter-final against host nation France coming up on Friday.last_img read more

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School Investigating Alleged Racist Slurs Made By Player Against 5-Star QB

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The University of Georgia is investigating alleged racial slurs made toward Bulldogs’ five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields.UGASports.com is reporting that the school is investigating alleged racial remarks made by a Georgia baseball player against the Bulldogs’ freshman quarterback.From the report:Georgia officials released a statement on Monday expressing concern over a weekend incident involving a member of the Bulldogs baseball team. The statement was in response to UGASports inquiries into alleged public misconduct.No specifics were given in the email sent to select Georgia beat writers. According to multiple UGASports sources, however, the alleged incident involves first baseman Adam Sasser making racially derogatory comments directed toward a Bulldog football player during Saturday’s game between Georgia and Tennessee.“We are aware of a reported incident this weekend involving conduct by one of our student-athletes. While we are limited in what we can say about the incident at this time, I want to reemphasize that we do not c​ondone discriminatory behavior,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “The University’s Equal Opportunity Office thoroughly reviews all reported violations of our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy to ensure an appropriate response.”A Georgia student tweeted that he heard a racial slur being used toward Fields during the game.“Put the n***er in…”- referring to Justin Fields is what a young adult white male screamed while surrounded by black students.— JoGo? (@bigtimejg) September 29, 2018Georgia’s baseball coach released the following statement:“I expect every member of our team to behave at all times in a way that upholds the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia, and it is disappointing when that doesn’t happen,” head coach Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “While I cannot comment on this matter, we cooperate fully in any investigation involving an alleged violation of University policies.”Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Christina Applegate To Be Honored At Wonder Woman Walk

first_imgAward-winning actress and breast cancer advocate Christina Applegate and distinguished oncologist and women’s health advocate Dr. Philomena McAndrew will be honored for their persevering and courageous fight against breast cancer at the inaugural Jessica M. Berman WONDER WOMAN WALK for Breast Cancer, presented by Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) and the Jessica M. Berman Memorial Foundation (JMBMF) on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Palisades Park, 851 Alma Real, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.Check-in begins at 8:00 AM PST; 5k walk begins at 9 AM PST. Over 600 registered walkers will participate in this family-friendly event, which celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.Jessica M. Berman, a loving Los Angeles wife, mother and friend, was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer while five months pregnant with her son Leo. At the tender age of 34, she became a tireless fighter for her life, an inspiring advocate for others afflicted by this disease, and a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. Since childhood, Jessica had an affinity for Wonder Woman, the warrior princess fighting for justice and peace. She came to embody this heroine in her personal battle against breast cancer. Though Jessica passed away on August 24, 2014, at age 38, her legacy lives on through the WONDER WOMAN WALK.The proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Jessica M. Berman Fund at Tower Cancer Research Foundation, which provides funding for important and innovative breast cancer research and patient support services.TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient’s greatest ally since 1996. The foundation is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. Tower, which is focused on Southern California, provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education. Tower’s vanguard LACanSurvive free patient support services program includes patient mentoring, cancer support groups, classes, workshops and support for caregivers. In line with its mission to advance cancer research on every level, Tower supports forward-thinking and talented physician scientists with awards of annual grants to those doing cutting edge bench-to-bedside lab research.To register for the walk, visit www.wonderwomanwalk.org or call 310.299.8470.last_img read more

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Hollywood landing on Yellowknife runway for Ice Pilots airline

first_img(Buffalo Airways Lockheed Electra. From website)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn airline currently featured in a reality television program about northern bush pilots saw one its aircraft land at the Yellowknife airport Monday with its right landing gear jammed.The Buffalo Airways plane skidded to halt off the runway after its pilots spent an hour trying unsuccessfully to dislodge the malfunctioning landing gear.Joe “Buffalo” McBryan, owner of Buffalo Airways, said the pilots made a “textbook” emergency landing with just two of three landing gears working.The two pilots and three crew members aboard walked away unscathed from the Lockheed Electra aircraft, said McBryan.“It was something that was precautionary and very well practiced because you have an experienced crew,” said McBryan. “Nobody is hurt or upset. It is more an inconvenience to the disruption of (air) traffic.”The captain of the plane “has been flying Electras out of Yellowknife his whole life,” said McBryan. The co-pilot has been with the company for nine years, he said.Buffalo Airways is featured in the History Television reality series, Ice Pilots NWT, which, according to the show’s website, follows “the adventures of maverick Arctic airline, Buffalo Airways.”A spokesperson for the Northwest Territories’ Department of Transportation initially said there were six people aboard. Earl Blacklock said he believed the sixth individual was a camera operator for the reality television series.Omni Film Productions would not comment on the incident.McBryan said there was no sixth person aboard and no cameras on the aircraft.“There was no Ice Pilots on board today,” he said.McBryan said the flight was on its way to Yellowknife from a camp in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, when the pilots discovered there was a problem with the right landing gear about an hour before its scheduled landing at 11:30 a.m. local time.“They called me on the radio and I called the engineering brains to make sure we did every drill,” he said. “We talked to three different people on the phone, we got all their advice and it didn’t work.”The pilots attempted two “bounced” landings to try and dislodge the malfunctioning landing gear before deciding to land, said McBryan.In a bounced landing, pilots try to land hard on the working landing gears in hopes the impact will pop the malfunctioning wheels.“They bounced the aircraft twice on the runway,” said McBryan. “The third option was to land without it.”The landing wasn’t as dangerous as it sounds, he said. The plane landed with its two working landing gears which kept it stable until it lost speed. Once the right side dropped, the plane “did a big arc” and went off the runway.“Hollywood can make it dangerous if you want to put John Wayne in there,” said McBryan. “It is not a dangerous situation. The airplane was down before I realized it was down…It’s happened many, many times before. We have a very well trained crew that went through all the drills.”McBryan said the airline will now work with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to find out what went wrong.“There’ll be lots of paperwork,” he said.The North, however, has been hit by several deadly crashes in recent months.Last October, an Air Tindi Cessna crashed about 200 kilometres east of Yellowknife, killing two people, including the pilot.A month earlier, an Arctic Sunwest Twin Otter crashed in Yellowknife’s Old Town neighbourhood, killing the pilot and co-pilot.In August, a First Air 737 crashed near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, killing 12 of 15 people aboard.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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MMA coach Jackson seeks ‘nominations’ for New Mexico push

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A mixed martial arts coach who has trained fighters like Jon Jones and Holly Holm is inviting New Mexico businesses to join his effort to promote the American Southwestern state.Greg Jackson, who co-owns Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced Monday he is asking for people to nominate businesses and organizations to join his “New Mexico Experience” push.Jackson introduced his “New Mexico Experience” campaign earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia, while coaching at UFC 234. The campaign seeks to promote New Mexico businesses and tourism.The trainer is scheduled to coach Jon Jones and Diego Sanchez at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas. He says during the event he will promote University of New Mexico Athletics and three other New Mexico companies or organizations.The Associated Press read more

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Case against Prasannas immunity

The diplomatic immunity can only be removed by the sending state, in this case Sri Lanka. But the British Foreign Office can request for a waiver of the diplomatic immunity, lawyers appearing on behalf of GTF have said. In the event the Sri Lankan government refuses to remove his diplomatic immunity then the British Foreign Office can deport him based on the court ruling. “Every alleged war criminal of Sri Lanka must know that the Tamils will not rest until justice is served for the terrible crimes they are alleged to have committed. This along with other legal proceedings must send a message to the regime that they are not welcome in the international scene. There remain other alleged war criminals in Australia and in New York where we will start proceedings soon,” Suren Surendiran, Spokesperson for the Global Tamil Forum told the Colombo Gazette.Silva was in the military during the final war against the LTTE and GTF is demanding that Major General Prasanna Silva be held accountable for the alleged war crimes committed during the battle.  (Colombo Gazette) A court case has been filed against the diplomatic immunity given to Major General Prasanna Silva, the defence attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) filed the case today demanding that the British Foreign Office remove Silva’s diplomatic immunity so he can face legal action in London. read more

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Annan selects Nigerian to serve as head of UN peacebuilding office in

Mr. Omoregie, 59, a veteran UN official, replaces Joao Bernardo Honwana of Mozambique, who left the post in mid-September to return to UN Headquarters.The Nigerian has worked with the UN since 1978 in a variety of posts and was most recently Chief of the Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch in the Department of Political Affairs’ Security Council Affairs Division.His appointment comes as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh briefed the Security Council today on Mr. Annan’s latest report on the work of UNOGBIS.In that report, Mr. Annan said that while Guinea-Bissau has made some progress towards political reconciliation, it remains so poor and has so many enduring tensions that the risk of a major setback is ever-present.The socio-economic situation is also dire, with a sharp drop in revenue from the staple cashew nut crop, a poor rice harvest this season and the problem of salary arrears in the public sector combining to exacerbate social tensions.The Secretary-General said he plans to revise slightly the mandate of UNOGBIS, which has been operation since 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau recover from a bitter civil war, and extend it until the end of next year. read more

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Ohio State synchronized swimming takes first at Jessica Beck Memorial Meet

The Ohio State synchronized swimming team performs their routine during the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. OSU won with 93 points.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe pools of McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion provided a watery platform to allow fire to battle with ice.For the first time this season and the last time at home, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team performed its routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Saturday. Hosting Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio University, OSU proved to be in a league of its own, sweeping first place in all four categories as well as first place overall with 93 points. The next closest was Michigan, who finished 46 points behind OSU.With eight swimmers apiece — the maximum number allotted for team performance — the OSU Scarlet Team and the Gray Team portrayed the two elements of temperature. Donned in red, the Gray Team’s choreography and music portrayed fire, while the Scarlet Team sported blue and took on ice.The Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko and Lauren Nicholson, juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack, placed first in the team division with a total of 88.1 points, while the Gray Team, composed of seniors Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Cory Justice, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Natalie Huibregtse, took home second with a score of 84.05.The division of OSU’s varsity synchronized swimming team into two squads is based upon skill, with those athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed in Scarlet. However, Chelsea Aton, who serves as the Scarlet Team’s captain, and Natalie Gaylord, the captain who swims on the Gray Team, agreed the sub-squads make for friendly competition.“It’s really cool because we get to cheer each other on at practice and spur each other on every day, and I wouldn’t say there was any rivalry between us, but it is like a friendly competition, and we want to push each other and also encourage each other,” Chelsea Aton said after the meet.Although Scarlet and Gray secured the top spots in their first performances of the routines, coach Holly Vargo-Brown named endurance as a working point for the remainder of the season.“The routine is new, it doesn’t automatically come to you — the timing, the pattern changes, the lifts, making sure all of us are coordinated on the same effort to make sure they are super high,” Vargo-Brown said. “The Scarlet’s first lift was ‘wow’-high, super good, but it just takes time. It takes consistent practice every day next to the people around you, so it’ll come.”OSU swimmers also took the top spots in the trio, duet and solo divisions. Davidson, Maryanko and freshman Morgan Boneberg placed first in trios with 87.15 points, Baranski and Hack won duets with a score of 84.27 and Maryanko took first in solos with 89.9 points.Maryanko was one of seven seniors honored before the meet as part of senior night. Though the season is fresh in start and there is much time left before her final performance with the Buckeyes, Maryanko said the team’s support system is unmatched.“Right from the first day, I felt like I had 25 sisters,” Maryanko said. “I feel like an entire unit. We don’t feel a separation between two teams. We practice together, we always support each other no matter what, and even if one team has a day off and the other has practice, the team will come and support them.”However, the meet in itself, in memorial of former Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck who died in her sleep Sept. 15, 2005, before her senior season, held a special place in Vargo-Brown’s heart, she said.“She was one of my swimmers at the time,” Vargo-Brown said of Beck, who was part of the Gray Team. “What’s cool about Jessica is that she continues to remain, in her passing she has continued to remain a part of this team in spirit. It’s just really nice to have been her coach and now still coaching and having an entirely new group of people who don’t know her, have never met her, we still know that her spirit has lived on and impacted the team, which is really, really a wonderful thing to see.”The team is set to compete next in Richmond, Va., Saturday.Correction: A prior headline of this article had Jessica Beck’s last name misspelled. read more

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Is there a Droid Bionic viral prelaunch campaign underway

first_imgEarlier this week, the Twitter account @MDB228 appeared, tweeting cryptically about the form factor and pending release of a mystery Android phone. Without ever mentioning it directly, the features that the account discusses – in first person – clearly point to the Motorola Droid Bionic. The question is whether or not the account is official and part of some viral pre-launch campaign, someone leaking information, or just a huge hoax.Around the same time the account appeared, Amazon posted product listings for a car dock and a desktop charging dock for the Droid Bionic, complete with features. Neither product listing confirmed release dates or prices, and Amazon quickly pulled the pages, but the fact they even got posted leads us to believe we’re closer than ever to a launch.AdChoices广告The Twitter account however, tweeted on Friday that we were 1,166,400 seconds from launch, which would put the launch date as August 4th, which lines up with what we’ve heard before. That said however, the language used by the MDB228 account reads informal and unofficial, and definitely not penned by a PR firm or anyone whose job it is to write corporate communications.The account also makes a number of philosophical statements about the upcoming device with meanings that aren’t entirely clear, like “I will be updating faster than those around me,” and “I will not be stopped.” They say “The future will cost you. Take precautions,” and promise more information soon.A number of other Twitter users have cast doubt on the possibility that the account is some kind of viral, under-the-covers campaign, pointing out that the account is only following Motorola and a number of Android community blogs. They note that the account isn’t following Verizon Wireless, or even the Droid Landing account, since @DroidLanding is the account usually used for Verizon Wireless announcements around Motorola Droid phones.Whether the whole thing is a hoax, which appears likely, remains to be seen. It’s also possible that the person behind the account has some inside information about the Bionic, and the fact that Motorola and Verizon Wireless have been so quiet about the long-delayed device means the public is starved for information about it.More at Twitter via Android Centrallast_img read more

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500000 tickets allocated for Popes mass as full Irish schedule is confirmed

first_img By Daragh Brophy Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10.30am: Arrival at Dublin International Airport (official welcome)10.45am: Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin11.15am: Arrival at the Presidential Residence (welcome ceremony in front of the main entrance of the Residence)11.30am: Visit with the President12.10am: Arrival at Dublin Castle for a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps (speech by Pope Francis)3.30pm: Arrival at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral4.15pm: Transfer to the Day Centre of the Capuchin Fathers (private visit)7.30pm: Arrival at Croke Park7.45pm: Feast of the Families at Croke Park (speech by Pope Francis)Sunday 26 August8.40am: Departure by plane for Knock, followed by immediate transfer9.45am: Arrival at Knock Shrine (Angelus at the square in front of Knock Shrine)11.15am: Departure from Knock by plane11.50am: Arrival at Dublin Airport followed by lunch with the Papal Delegation2.30pm: Arrival at the Phoenix Park3pm: Mass at the Phoenix Park (Homily by Pope Francis)Later: Meeting with the Bishops at the Convent of the Dominican Sisters (speech by Pope Francis)6.30pm: Farewell ceremony at Dublin AirportMore information on how to get tickets for the main pubic events is available at the new government website (www.gov.ie/popeinireland).500,000 tickets will be made available for the Phoenix Park mass, while 45,000 is the site capacity at Knock.“While disruption is unavoidable for a visit of this scale, the Government is aiming to ensure that any disruption to businesses and individuals due to the visit is minimised as much as possible,” a Government press release said.“Necessary alternative arrangements are being developed and will be communicated to those impacted well in advance.“More information will be rolled out in the coming weeks for those who may be affected.” http://jrnl.ie/4064120 Updated Jun 11th 2018, 12:30 PM THE FULL SCHEDULE for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland later this summer has been confirmed this morning.The leader of the Catholic Church will spend two full days in the country on 25 and 26 August.The main events of the visit were already known – including the Pope’s speech at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin’s Croke Park on Saturday 25 August and his mass the following day at the Phoenix Park.The full details of his planned visit to Knock in Co Mayo (Sunday) and to the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless families (Saturday evening) were also announced today.Archbishop Eamon Martin, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin announced the schedule and took questions from members of the media in Maynooth this morning.The government also set up its official website for the visit and urged anyone interested in attending the two main public events at the Phoenix Park or at Knock to make sure they had tickets before planning their journeys (more details below).Here’s the full itinerary:Saturday 25 August  Monday 11 Jun 2018, 12:30 PMcenter_img 63,124 Views Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share490 Tweet Email2 500,000 tickets allocated for Pope’s mass as full Irish schedule is confirmed Details of the August visit have been confirmed this morning. 128 Comments Jun 11th 2018, 11:48 AM last_img read more

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11 Things Were Looking Forward to at PAX West

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target This weekend sees Seattle play host to PAX West. It’s been 15 years since the first Penny Arcade Expo, and the event has become one of the major summer tentpoles for geek culture, featuring all the big names and hundreds of indies showing their stuff, along with panels, parties and other events.While we’re a little disappointed that the planned live demo of CD Projekt RED’s much-hyped Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be happening, there is plenty of other good stuff to do this weekend in Seattle. Here are 11 things we consider must-sees at PAX West. Maybe we’ll see you there.PlaydateThe handheld gaming market isn’t what it used to be now that we all have phones that can play just about anything, but Panic Inc’s bizarre handcrafted portable console might be a big disruptor. The Playdate is a yellow box with a black and white screen, a NES-style D-pad and a crank on the side. It retails for $149 and fits in the palm of your hand at just 3 inches square. Instead of buying software, new games will be automatically delivered to the device every Monday for 12 weeks. PAX West will be the first opportunity the public has ever had to playtest the device and a new game from Keita Takahashi, creator of Katamary Damacy.Warp Pipe PassLines at PAX can be truly epic, so we recommend taking any shortcut you can get your hands on. If you have a Nintendo account, sign up right now for a Warp Pipe Pass. This special token will let you cut in line at Nintendo’s booth and play Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield before the plebs do. There’s absolutely no reason not to do it, so unless you like making awkward small talk and taking three steps forward every five minutes, get yourself in this Warp Pipe before you head to the show.Final Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix have been working on a modernized version of one of the most influential console role-playing games of all time for what seems like decades, but Final Fantasy VII Remake is just about ready to pop out of the oven. They’re going all out at Pax West, with an exhibit booth designed to look like Sector 1’s train station and a massive model of Midgar’s Mako reactor. The first part of the remake is scheduled for release in March of last year, but you’ll be able to get your hands on the playable demo from E3 at Square’s booth. You can also get a photo of yourself on Cloud’s badass motorcycle.Supergiant 10th Anniversary ConcertMusic is a big part of PAX, and this year’s Jamspace delivers several days of chiptunes and more. But the must-hear concert for the weekend happens on Saturday night, when development studio Supergiant delivers a 10th anniversary show with a number of musicians playing tracks from their games Bastion, Transistor, Pyre and the upcoming Hades, which is currently in early access. The company has long been known for their incredible game music, and there’s a full orchestra on the bill. Nerdcore rap legend MC Frontalot opens.Predator: Hunting GroundsGetting your hands on new games for the first time is a huge part of PAX, and one title that we’re hyped for is upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Predator: Hunting Grounds. Based on the classic action franchise, it lets one player take control of an alien hunter armed with invisibility and massive strength while the others form up a fireteam and try to accomplish objectives before the beast picks them off one by one. Initial impressions seem wildly positive, and we’d bet the lines to play this one on the show floor are going to be very long indeed.True Dungeon Abyssal SwampSure, you go to PAX West to get the latest on video games, but why not test your skills in something a little more physical? True Dungeon has been running fantasy-themed escape rooms since 2003, and their offerings just get more impressive year after year. They’re bringing Abyssal Swamp to the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel for PAX. Teams of ten enter the seven-room dungeon and have only 120 minutes to solve puzzles, defeat monsters and loot the temple of an “ancient apocalyptic death cult.” Live actors, animatronics and more make this an escape room like no other. Definitely worth checking out when you need a break from the main convention floor.TEPPEN InvitationalGungHo and Capcom’s bizarre free-to-play card battler TEPPEN is a lot better than the concept would lead you to believe, with some interesting strategic layers involved in collecting and deploying characters from across the company’s many franchises. The game has exceeded 2 million downloads in the month of its release, and September sees a “Day of Nightmares” expansion coming with Resident Evil goodies. The companies are flying in a number of fighting game legends to compete in a one-day tournament, and it’s confirmed that Marvel Vs. Capcom legends JWong and ChrisG will be on hand, among others, to vie for a $23,000 prize pool. Will their skills translate to the card battling realm? Only one way to find out.Borderlands 3Gearbox has been embattled in recent years as president Randy Pitchford alienates former co-workers and gets sued seemingly every day, but we’re still hyped for Borderlands 3. What can we say? The franchise has always blended humor and loot-grabbing shooter action into a sundae of addictive fun. The third installment is making a huge splash at PAX West, with a huge booth featuring 50 playable game stations where you can test out all four of the game’s characters. The booth, which they’re co-hosting with Nerdist, will also have plenty of swag and cosplay opportunities. Friday also sees a special presentation at 1:30 in the Main Theater.IGN & Cyberpunk 2077 Cosplay PartyEven though CD Projekt Red won’t have their game playable on the show floor, it still remains one of the most anticipated titles on our release calendar. On Friday, August 30, 8 p.m., head down to the Showbox SoDo for a special event hosted by our pals over at IGN. This one caters to the cosplay maniacs that are one of the best reasons to go to PAX, offering the people who come correct in the most impressive costumes the chance to win $15,0000, a professional photoshoot that will be used on a magazine cover, and a trophy. Who said dressing up as video game characters wouldn’t ever get you anywhere?Untitled Goose GameThe indie game we’re most excited to see this year is probably Australian studio House House’s Untitled Goose Game. The upcoming stealth title puts you in control of a pain in the ass bird that has to accomplish a variety of tasks while distracting humans with your honk and bite, among other goose skills. House House have teased a “special announcement” for this year’s show, and considering they had it playable on the show floor last year, this year we’d bet on a release date at the very least. We’re sure you’ll be able to have some time with a newer build as well.OmegathonOne of the most ridiculously exciting events every year is the Omegathon, which takes randomly selected attendees and pits them against each other in a multi-day, multi-game tournament. 20 players compete in two rounds a day, with the lowest scoring eliminated until only two remain to face off in the final day’s mystery event. Some of this year’s picks include speed drawing board game Doodle Rush, wildly addictive fireworks arena shooter ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS and 2000 puzzler Super Bust-A-Move. It will test players to their utmost, with only one being able to claim the grand prize. It could be you!More on Geek.com:Treasure Trove of New ‘Shovel Knight’ Games Coming to PAX WestThe Coolest Games at Gamescom 2019The 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019last_img read more

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9yearold girl dies from accidental shooting in Oregon City

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. — Authorities say an Oregon man practicing drawing and holstering his handgun for a job guarding armored vehicles fired a shot that killed a 9-year-old girl.Police in Oregon City said the shot came from the house and struck the girl in the head as she was playing in the backyard.An earlier Associated Press story that indicated the man was cleaning his gun when the incident occurred has since been corrected. Police said they are investigating the shooting Monday as an accident but wouldn’t formally make a determination until their investigation is complete. They said no decision had been made about charges.The girl was identified Monday as Shayla May Shonneker. Police said the man was 32-year-old Joseph Wolters, who lives at the home with the girl’s mother. Police said he recently got a security job with an armored transport company and was preparing for a qualifying procedure.Wolters, who is a decorated Iraq veteran, was arrested in 2007 after the U.S. Military mistakenly claimed Wolters was a deserter.last_img read more

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Hanley Wood To Fold Two Magazines

first_imgOn the decision to fold these titles, Anton says, “These shutdowns are part of an ongoing process to right size our portfolio; like the builders in our audience, we simply had too much inventory. They had an oversupply of houses; we had an oversupply of advertising-driven media. Supply must match demand.” These changes come on the heels of Hanley Wood embarking on a “digital-first” approach that includes the centralization of editorial resources to Hanley Wood headquarters in Washington, D.C. At the time, Anton reiterated the importance of print to the company, “I emphasized that part of the process would be to make sure the magazines are protected and, in fact, would benefit from this reorganization–we will NOT stopping printing magazines.” In early August, Moody’s Investor Services said Hanley Wood revenue has fallen “below the level at which the company can cover its fixed costs and it continues to consume cash”, and the company will mostly likely have to restructure. Anton would not comment on the size of Hanley Wood’s debt or an impending restructure, saying only, “We strongly believe the company has sufficient liquidity to fund day-to-day operations in the foreseeable future.” Like the construction industry it follows, b-to-b publisher Hanley Wood continues to trim its business operations. FOLIO: has learned Building Products magazine will fold with its last 2011 issue, as will Big Builder magazine. These closures follow the sale of Pro AV to NewBay Media in mid-September.Though the website will still operate, eBuild.com (a directory of building materials and construction tools) will no longer develop its online product directory. Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood LLC, tells FOLIO: in an email, “Our audience increasingly uses manufacturers’ websites to collect product information.”Anton says these changes are partially due to changing consumer habits, “Product tabloids [like Building Products] are no match for online search.”Big Builder’s closure is a result of the still struggling construction sector. “This magazine, which served a large volume builder market that has almost been destroyed by the housing downturn, no longer attracted sufficient advertising,” says Anton.last_img read more

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Book authored by 15yearold released

first_imgHyderabad: A coffee table book titled “Hyd and Seekh”, conceptualised and authored by Sahil Verma, was released at Hotel Park, Somajiguda here on Saturday. Hema Chennupati, principal, Oakridge School and other guests were all praise for the passion and focus of Sahil Verma in bringing out the book, which started as a school project to take shape of present work par excellence. Sahil Verma, who is just 15 years old student, thanked his grandparents, parents, teachers and others for their encouragement and support.last_img read more

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No more missing in Banani fire Police

first_imgA Bangladeshi forensic expert looks on as he works at the scene of the burnt building in Dhaka on 29 March 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo: AFPPolice on Friday said they received no fresh report about anyone missing in Thursday’s Banani fire that killed 25 people.During previous major fire incidents, many gathered at the sites or hospitals looking for their missing relatives. But no one has been seen at the Banani fire site since morning.”We’ve received no report of anyone missing until now,” police chief Mohammad Javed Patwary told reporters after visiting the 22-storey building in the afternoon.Police chief Mohammad Javed Patwary. File photoA massive fire swept through the high-rise on Kemal Ataturk Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Six people were initially reported missing but rescuers later recovered the bodies from the building.”No one has contacted us about anyone missing in the fire,” Banani police’s inspector (investigation) Borhan Uddin told UNB in the afternoon.A top fire service official said the building had “minimal firefighting equipment” that were “unusable.” Housing minister Rezaul Karim later revealed that FR Tower was built violating the building code.last_img read more

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Police on Manhunt After Fatal Shooting

first_imgA Maryland man died after being shot in a Southeast parking lot on April 27. District authorities are looking for the suspected killers.Christopher Devin Heard, 37, Oxon Hill, Md. in Prince George’s County, was fatally shot around 4 a.m. April 27. Police said officials were called to the scene after receiving reports about a man down in the 2300 block of Ainger Place, SE.Heard was found unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot in front of a Southeast residence, according to police. Police said he died on the scene.The Metropolitan Police Department released video surveillance of the violent incident, showing two suspects and a vehicle of interest. The footage shows what appears to be a black car drive onto the lot and park. The two suspects get out of the vehicle. One of the suspects is wearing dark pants and white and black sneakers, while the other suspect is wearing a baseball cap and denim.The video does not show the actual shooting. The two suspects are behind a truck when the incident takes place and then they run away and ride off in the vehicle.Police said still in search of the suspected shooters. “The case remains under investigation and no arrests have been made,” Aquita Brown, a spokesperson for the department, told the AFRO on May 1. Police do not have a motive for the homicide.Violent crime in the District is down 10 percent from the same time last year (6,387 in 2016, 5,759 in 2017) as of May 2, according to D.C. police data. The area of the shooting had 21 crime incidents in the last year with 11 incidents occurring in 2017.last_img read more

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Nintendo NX expected to launch June 2016

first_imgNintendo would really like you to go out and purchase a Wii U today. Sales are still not great of the company’s latest-gen games console, but they are much improved compared to the past couple of years. However, Nintendo itself has raised question marks about the future of Wii U because they’ve confirmed the Nintendo NX is in development. And now we have a release window.July 2016 is the month we should expect the Nintendo NX to hit store shelves. This isn’t an official confirmation from Nintendo, it’s what the supply chain has been told. Nintendo has apparently asked its manufacturing partners to perform a pilot production run in October of this year. If that goes to plan, the NX will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics with a July 2016 launch in mind and production hitting 20 million in the first year.The official line from Nintendo before today is that the Nintendo NX will be “revealed” in 2016. That suggests Satoru Iwata getting up on stage and explaining what it is, just like he did with the Wii U, but hopefully making a much better job of it this time. If the July release is real, though, he’ll be doing that reveal in March or April so the general public has time to get excited about it and Nintendo can kick off a major global PR campaign. Alternatively, the reveal could happen in July and the supply chain has misinterpreted the information.It’s still unclear exactly what the Nintendo NX is. Nintendo describes it as a “dedicated games platform,” but also as a “brand new concept.” It has been suggested it is a combination of games console and handheld, but I doubt Nintendo would want to combine the two and risk its very lucrative handheld business. Whatever the case, we have no more than a year before we know exactly what Nintendo’s next hardware play is.[Image courtesy of Kohel Yamada on Flickr]last_img read more

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