first_imgCristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue of a child interviewer during a promotional event in Japan.With a few people laughing as the youngster attempted to speak to the Real Madrid player in Portuguese, Ronaldo applauded the fan, telling those in the room they should be impressed at the fact the boy is trying.It was lovely stuff and not a tantrum in sight.RONALDO’S FIVE BIGGEST TANTRUMSlast_img


first_img “The players have been dressing in prison garb the last five or six years,” Jackson said before Tuesday’s exhibition game. “All the stuff that goes on, it’s like gangster, thuggery stuff. It’s time. It’s been time to do that.” “But one must remember where one came from. I was wearing bib overalls when I was a player one time. But I wasn’t going to the games or events in them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dress code mandates players wear collared shirts and slacks or dress jeans to games. Inactive players on the bench will have to wear sports coats in addition. Players also can’t wear baseball caps or oversized jewelry when engaged in team-related activities. “To a majority of these young men,” Jackson said, “the rap stars, hip-hop guys are really kind of like heroes or colleagues. … We even have some that are owners in the league. And it’s not the same audience. Our audience is corporate businessmen and businesswomen and kids. So it’s a different audience that you’re dealing with and these players should be aware of that.” Jackson acknowledged that enforcing the code will be difficult and there will be many fines issued. The biggest loser out of the whole thing might be the Yankees, with at least one Lakers player showing up each day wearing a New York cap. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t do a better job at representing ourselves,” forward Lamar Odom said, “that they feel like they’ve got to enforce a dress code.” LAKER NOTES:Kwame Brown and Gilbert Arenas, former teammates turned antagonists, got through Tuesday’s game without incident as the Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 111-108 in OT at Rabobank Arena. … Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team’s roster would not be fixed until the February trade deadline but admitted how difficult it would be for a player from outside to pick up Jackson’s triangle offense. “It’s not an ideal situation,” Kupchak said, “and that’s a factor if we decide to do anything.” … The Lakers waived guard Will Conroy and learned that forward Corie Blount has a sprained left foot. Blount will be re-evaluated in a week and did not make the trip for Tuesday’s game. center_img BAKERSFIELD — On the issue of the NBA’s new dress code, which covers sports coats but not soul patches on the bench, Allen Iverson and Phil Jackson apparently are going to have to agree to disagree. Jackson hadn’t even read the full memorandum sent to teams but has emerged as an outspoken supporter of the dress code, referring multiple times in recent days to the attire of some players as “prison garb.” last_img read more


first_imgThis is the text of a touching Instagram post of Charles Woodson Wednesday morning to his friend and mentor Willie Brown, with whom he shared the Raiders’ No. 24. Brown died Tuesday at age 78:Crazy day, man. Had you really thinking about the circle of life. You know what I mean? My youngest son’s birthday yesterday was Oct. 22, turned 9 years old. You know how it was. He came down the stairs, laughing and giggling and excited about being 9, man. It was hugs and singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ you …last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The bipartisan CREAATE Act — a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products — was recently introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The passage of the bill would increase investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development program (FMD). A companion bill was introduced in the House earlier this year.MAP and FMD are public-private partnerships that promote U.S. agriculture. Together, they are responsible for 15% of U.S. agricultural export revenue-$309 billion since 1977.“MAP and FMD are critical programs for building and expanding global markets for American agricultural exports. We must increase investment in these programs,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association. “These programs deliver a strong return on investment. Every $1 invested in MAP and FMD generates $28 in exports-that means more American jobs, and more money coming into our communities. Now more than ever, we need to invest in export and market development programs like these to build global demand and help farmers’ bottom lines.”Funding for MAP and FMD has not kept pace with inflation, administrative costs, the growth of the global marketplace, or the investments other countries have made in their own export promotion. The FMD program is also under threat to lose its baseline funding when the farm bill expires in 2018.The CREAATE Act would gradually increase MAP funding from $200 million to $400 million per year and FMD funding from $34.5 million to $69 million per year, over the next five years.“Thank you to Senator King, Senator Ernst, Senator Donnelly, and Senator Collins for leading the effort to strengthen the MAP and FMD programs. These programs have already been successful, but with increased investment, they can help even more American farmers and ranchers compete around the world,” Spurlock said.last_img read more


first_imgA new analysis of data collected from coal-fired power plants shows that groundwater contamination from coal ash dumps is nearly universal. The Guardian writes that of the 265 coal power plants in the U.S. that monitor groundwater, 242 of them report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant. Contaminants include arsenic, a known carcinogen, as well as cobalt, cadmium, and lithium. The study, led by Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) attorney Abel Russ, is based on data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018, three years after new federal coal ash regulations were issued. EIP and Earthjustice, which also took part in the study, said stronger regulations are needed to protect drinking water from contaminants.RELATED ARTICLESCoal Production Hits 35-Year LowCoal Is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report SaysA Cloudy Future for CoalCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Data was collected from more than 4,600 monitoring wells around ash dumps at the 265 coal-fired plants, about three-quarters of the total number of coal-fired plants operating in the U.S. The remainder of the plants were not required to meet the federal monitoring rules because they had closed their ash dumps before the rule went into effect, or because they were eligible for an extension, EIP said. Although groundwater extracted from the monitoring wells showed widespread contamination, the safety of drinking water in nearby wells is not known because power companies are not required to test private wells. The report’s authors said U.S. coal plants produce about 100 million tons of coal ash annually. For much of the last century, they said, the ash has gone into unlined landfills and waste ponds that were vulnerable to leaks. The majority of the coal plants report unsafe levels of at least four toxic constituents of coal ash, according to the report. “Many of the coal ash waste ponds are poorly and unsafely designed, with less than 5% having waterproof liners to prevent contaminants from leaking into the groundwater, and 59% built beneath the water table or within 5 feet of it,” the statement said. In addition, the report notes, the federal Coal Ash Rule does not cover coal ash dumps that have been closed, even though they, too, are polluting groundwater. The report says there are hundreds of these ash dumps across the country. A trade group representing the coal ash industry contested the findings and said EIP’s interpretation of the monitoring data was faulty. The top polluter is in Texas The list of the 10 sites where groundwater pollution was worst included power plants in Texas, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Utah, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Heading the list is the San Miguel Power Plant in Christine, Texas, about an hour south of San Antonio along Interstate 37. The report notes that groundwater near the plant is contaminated with at least 10 pollutants that are leaking from coal ash dumps. They include cadmium and lithium at concentrations more than 100 times what are considered safe. The 400 MW plant is owned by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative, a member-owned mining and power generating cooperative. The cooperative’s website devotes several pages to the benefits of coal ash. “Coal ash is king in Texas,” the website says. In a section titled “Coal Ash: Beneficial for Everyday Life,” the cooperative says coal ash has a variety of uses in construction, manufacturing, and environmental remediation. Fly ash, another byproduct of burning coal, is useful for road construction and for making concrete. The website asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency has classified coal combustion products (CCPs) as non-hazardous. “The agency made that determination after more than 20 years of study,” the website says. “In fact, it and other federal agencies encourage the use of CCPs and other recycled materials in construction.” According to the website Ashtracker, the San Miguel plant has 26 groundwater monitoring wells, all of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels. Groundwater contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, boron, beryllium, cobalt, cadmium, thallium, arsenic, selenium, radium, fluoride, mercury, molybdenum, and antimony. The second and third most polluting plants are, respectively, Duke Energy’s Allen Stream Station in Belmont, North Carolina, and PacifiCorp’s Jim Bridger power plant in Wyoming. San Miguel responds Nothing new here, the San Miguel Electric Cooperative said in a written statement to Green Building Advisor. The cooperative said that data the Environmental Integrity Project used in its analysis had already been cited in an earlier report on groundwater contamination. “As was the case with that report, San Miguel is well aware of the situation, as the data was collected and reported by San Miguel and is posted on San Miguel’s own CCR website,” the statement says. The cooperative took issue with the report’s  ranking system because it does not recognize that groundwater could be “previously impacted by naturally occurring levels of constituents making it unfit to drink,” as is the case at San Miguel. “Never in the EIP report does it disclose, recognize or explain that there is no evidence of risk to human health at San Miguel given that the groundwater alleged to be contaminated by CCR units is not used for drinking,” the cooperative said. The statement adds, “This appears to be an intentional omission, indicating EIP’s clear purpose of triggering fear and suspicion, as opposed to presenting a balanced view of the facts.” San Miguel said it was conducting all required investigations and that it would take any corrective actions required by law. The industry says it is fixing the problem Tom Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association, a trade group that promotes the recycling of CCPs, said he had not seen the EIP report. He said his organization is focused on recycling, not managing coal ash in landfills and ponds. He referred questions on that issue to another industry group, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. Jim Roewer, its executive director, said in a telephone call that the EIP report overstates the extent of the problem. The report’s authors interpreted the data differently than the procedure outlined in the federal coal ash rule. “The evaluation of the data that EIP took is overstating the extent of violation of groundwater protection standards,” Roewer said. “In some cases, they’re pointing to constituents that there aren’t groundwater protection standards for and saying that’s a violation. Well, no, it’s not, under the rule.” He also said that results of groundwater monitoring don’t necessarily mean that anyone’s drinking water is contaminated. Roewer said some companies have already started looking at corrective measures, as outlined in the federal rules. “There are impacts out there,” he said. “Those impacts are being addressed by the industry… Any impacts we’re having on groundwater that have been identified as a result of our monitoring program will be addressed as required by the rule.”last_img read more


first_imgBoston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) turns up court after making a three-pointer during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Celtics won 92-88. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON, Massachusetts—Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog.Boston’s second-year forward was not even thinking about basketball after learning about the sudden death of his childhood best friend, Trevin Steede, on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was tough to kind of accept it,” Brown said. “Everybody was kind of in shock.”But after talking to his family and having conversations with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Brown looked to the basketball court to find solace. The 21-year-old ended up playing one of the best games of his young career.Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said about Steede.They met after Brown transferred to Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Boston trailed by just 47-42 at the half, closing the quarter with a 13-2 spurt.Celtics guard Gordon Hayward, who has been sidelined since suffering a broken ankle on opening night, was on hand for Thursday’s game. He sat behind the Celtics’ bench and received a loud ovation from the Garden crowd when he was shown on the jumbotron. Playing his second game since suffering a facial fracture, Irving shed his protective mask in the second quarter. Then, with the game tied at 88, he was fouled on his layup attempt and calmly made a pair of free throws. Durant then came up empty on his jumper on the other end.Golden State led by as many as 17, but had to lean heavily on its reserves as its trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Durant struggled offensively.Curry, who returned to action after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, was the most ineffective. He was 3 of 14 from the field — 2 of 9 from the 3-point line — and had nine points.“It was just one of those nights,” Curry said. “We had control of the game despite how bad we all were shooting. We just didn’t sustain ourselves defensively.”Curry sat for a long stretch after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter.“We kind of fell out of our rotation in the third quarter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were just tougher and smarter than we were tonightBoston came in limiting opponents to just 94.5 points per game, the stingiest mark in the NBA this season. It did even better against a Warriors team that entered the night averaging an NBA-best 119.6 points.The Warriors went without a point from Durant’s 20-foot pull-up with 4:49 left in the third quarter until Omri Casspi’s floater with 34.5 left tied it at 68 — a 19-2 Celtics’ run.Curry, Durant and Thompson were just 7 of 26 combined from the field in the first half. But the Warriors were able to maintain their lead thanks to 14 fast-break points.Durant was the only one of the three to score during a 12-0 Warriors run late in the second quarter. Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I remember I didn’t have any friends,” Brown said. “The first few days I sat at the lunch table by myself — I’m super quiet and didn’t know anybody.”Steede noticed Brown sitting alone one day and told him he could sit with him.“Ever since then we’ve been best friends. … He’s been my brother.” Brown said.He said the circumstances of Steede’s death are still being determined and he declined further comment out of respect for his family. After the final buzzer, Irving walked over and embraced Brown.“Ky gave me the game ball and said, ‘This one was for Trevin,’” Brown said.Kevin Durant had 24 points for Golden State. The Warriors had won seven in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgGreen Hills Software announced the integration of u-blox automotive connectivity and positioning technology with the Green Hills Platform for Secure Connected Car. The Green Hills INTEGRITY real-time operating system and Multivisor secure virtualisation provide the trusted software foundation and impenetrable partitions to securely and safely combine Linux-based connected car services with critical application and vehicle bus services utilising u-blox portfolio of connectivity modules – all in a single Electronic Control Unit The Platform uniquely enables vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to safely leverage open-source software while providing unmatched system flexibility, scalability and performance without compromising system safety or security when executing critical applications like remote vehicle monitoring & control, electric vehicle management and regulatory reporting, eCall / bCall, telematics services and ADAS data.The connected car’s Telematics Control Unit, commonly called a “shark fin,” must possess absolute embedded device security to confidently manage both general and vehicle / life critical data. u-blox provides the essential positioning, short-range wireless and cellular radio technologies, while Green Hills provides the foundational safe and secure embedded run-time software environment required to secure next-generation high speed, complex Connected Car modules.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: X-Ware enables IoT on Microsemi’s Mi-V RISC-V ISANext Rohde & Schwarz: test solutions for Broadcom 802.11ax Wi-Fi deviceslast_img read more


first_imgIt was a thrilling end to National Touch League 2019, with a drop-off in the Men’s Open grand final between the Hunter Western Hornets and Central Queensland Bulls. The Hornets started strong but couldn’t get more than a couple up on the Bulls throughout the whole game. The Bulls were on six tries against seven with seconds to go before scoring and sending the game into a tense drop-off that ended with the Hornets taking the chocolates.The Women’s and Mixed Open finals weren’t as tight. The Sharks dominated both games. In the Women’s, the Sharks beat the Sydney Scorpions 7-2. Post-match, Sharks captain Sammy-Jo Curtis said it was the team’s perfect combination of youth and experience that got them through. “We’ve got a really young side, they can just run all day. The girls are so fit,” she said.“They’re young but they’ve got experience – they’ve got Elite 8s under their belt, they’ve got Premiership, they’re Aussie youth players, we’ve got a lot of experience on our side.”In the Mixed Open, the Sharks won 10-6 against the Sydney Mets, but the win didn’t come easily. “It was a grind,” said co-captain Michelle Evans. “[The Mets] put on a tough performance, nothing but respect for them.”Her co-captain Steven Loutitt, agreed: “It was super tough, end-to-end, so great stuff from our guys to hold in there. Really proud of them.”Here’s a list of Grand Final results for all divisions. (Stay tuned for Players of the Finals.)Men’s Open: Hornets 8 def. Bulls 7Women’s Open: Sharks 7 def. Scorpions 2Mixed Open: Sharks 10 def. Mets 6Men’s 30s: Scorpions 8 def. Sharks 6Women’s 30s: Cobras 8 def. Rebels 1Senior Mixed: Scorpions 6 def. Raiders 2Men’s 40s: Sharks 6 def. Scorpions 4Women’s 40s: Scorpions 3 def. Sharks 2Men’s 45s: Scorpions 6 def. Sharks 3Women’s 45s: Broncos 3 def. Scorpions 0Men’s 50s: Scorpions 5 def. Cyclones 4Men’s 55s: Scorpions 5 v Pineapples 4Men’s 60s: Cyclones 3 def. Cobras 2Congratulations to the Sydney Scorpions for taking home the Golden Boot!For more info on NTL 2019, go to the National Touch League website.last_img read more


first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino admits he’s ‘suffering’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s been “suffering” during their poor start to the season.Poch, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final last season and is on the radar of both Manchester United and Real Madrid.But asked if Spurs can still match his ambition, he said: “I hope, yes. That is my wish.”“You can be frustrated and disappointed sometimes but the challenge is to get back to where we were.” He added: “In football, I have suffered only two big disappointments.“One, when I was a player and there was the penalty at the World Cup.“The second was in the Champions League final. I so much want to win a trophy with Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more