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Rookie of the Year award just the beginning for De Liaño, Maroons

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ll just try to get better every day and improve and be better next season.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “For sure this trophy will motivate the team, this will improve the intensity in practices, and this will help us do better in practices,” said Gomez De Liaño Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I had a big role coming in and I had to do what I had to do, I’m grateful I got this award. I mean this is just the beginning, not just for me, but for the team as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGomez De Liaño nabbed the award after finishing the eliminations with averages of 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in helping the fifth-seeded Fighting Maroons take a 6-8 win-loss record.The rookie, though, is wary that his newfound notoriety would make him a moving target of their opponents.center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manning benching low point of a year the Giants went south Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIndividual awards are recognitions for one and one person alone.Yet for Juan Gomez De Liano, the Rookie of the Year for the 80th season of the UAAP, his trophy is not just for him but also for the whole University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Medical costs soar for aging prisoners

first_imgVACAVILLE, Calif. – California prisons will soon be overwhelmed with elderly inmates, and many will require expensivemedical care around the clock, according to state policy analysts. The state legislative analyst projects that by 2022 there will be at least 30,200 inmates 55 and older, compared with 7,580 now. Geriatric inmates are expected to be 16 percent of the prison population, up from less than 5 percent now. “The more elderly, the more costs,” said Dr. Nadim Khoury, chief deputy for clinical services at the California Medical Facility. Experts say a key problem is that inmates often struggled for years with drug abuse and led unhealthy lifestyles, so many have major health problems. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spends nearly $34,000 a year for each typical inmate, but doctors and experts say older inmates cost about $70,000 each, and severely ill ones cost much more. Hepatitis and other liver disease, as well as diabetes, are more common in older inmates and are costly to treat. Analysts said tougher sentencing laws cause more inmates to spend the bulk of their adult lives in prison. In the current prison population, one inmate in every six – 28,470 of nearly 168,000 – is serving a life sentence. Khoury also said severely ill inmates cannot be released or paroled unless proper medical treatment is assured.last_img read more

Gallery: Eastern Cape, a place of natural wonders

first_imgCross the border into the Eastern Cape, whether along the N6 or N2, and an overwhelming calm takes over. Its green hills, dense forests and warm seas embrace the visitor, revealing all that is sacred and making you feel as if you have arrived home.The Eastern Cape’s landscape is varied and suits the taste of any tourist. You can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, hike the forests of Tsitsikamma, lounge on any of its golden beaches and take in the savannah culture of the Karoo. (Images: Shamin Chibba, unless stated otherwise)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The Eastern Cape’s natural landscape is varied and caters for tourists of all kinds. One can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, surf the Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay , hike the forest in Hogsback and explore the oddities in the savannah-like Karoo towns.The Eastern Cape is a storied part of South Africa, filled with people carving out a life in what is the country’s poorest province. Despite this, its people have a lot of heart and if you spend a little time with them, you will feel as if you have always belonged there.The East London beachfront hosts one of the country’s biggest New Years’ bashes each year. But between the parties, it is calm, with many East Londoners walking or running on the promenade at the end of the day.Kologha Forest in Stutterheim is the second largest natural forest in South Africa after the Knysna Forest. It can be explored by foot, mountain bike and even on horseback. For those looking to do a spot of fishing, the forest’s waterways are home to trout. Be on the lookout for the forest’s many inhabitants, which include bushpigs, bats, monkeys, duikers and numerous birds. (Image: SA-Venues.com)Built between 1860 and 1880, the Donkin Street terraced houses in Port Elizabeth are actually integrated as a single unit. The whole street was declared a national monument in 1967.Tiffindell Ski Resort, in the Southern Drakensberg, is South Africa’s only ski and snowboarding resort. Established in 1993, the resort has since become the country’s winter playground. It uses snow making and grooming machines to maintain the ski hill. (Image: Tiffindell Ski Resort)The Eco Shrine in the mystical village of Hogsback is a nod to the power of art, nature, science and the sacred. In the distance are the three ridges from which the Hogsback takes its name. Some speculate that Hogsback’s magical surrounds inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Residents have run with the claim, with names like Camelot, Hobbiton, Rivendell, The Shire, Lothlorien and Middle Earth seen everywhere. When you visit, don’t forget to hike to the Madonna and Child waterfall. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, stands 36.6 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of nine metres.Found in the town of Storms River, the Big Tree is a yellowwood. This species, South Africa’s national tree, is endangered. Before yellowwoods were cut and logged almost to extinction, they dominated country’s landscape, particularly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Today, there is just 10% of the yellowwood trees of 350 years ago.Hole in the Wall is a village south of Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. In isiXhosa, the area is called esiKhaleni, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say the name comes from the cracking sound made by waves slapping the rocks while others believe it comes from a legend about a young maiden who fell in love with one of the mythical ‘sea people’. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s number one surf spot, known as Supertubes. It attracts some of the best surfers in the world for the Billabong Surf Pro Championship, in July each year. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The beachfront in East London is a great place for tourists to pick up arts and crafts.The N2 road runs along the Eastern Cape coast, linking Cape Town and Durban and beyond. It forms part of the Garden Route. The road cuts through some of the country’s diverse flora and fauna as well as picturesque Eastern Cape towns such as Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea.A man and his dog, a common sight at Nahoon Beach, East London.In Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House is a testament to the power of imagination. With its numerous sculptures of owls, bottle-skirted hostesses, mermaids, camels and pilgrims, The Owl House has become almost a required stop for visitors to the Karoo village. Depending on your outlook, the place is either weird or wonderful. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth’s city centre was declared a public space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin. It has a lighthouse and stone pyramid monument upon which an inscription was placed by Donkin in honour of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named.The Paul Sauer Bridge, better known as Storms River Bridge, has become symbolic for travellers along the Garden Route. It was the highest concrete arch in Africa at 120 metres above the river until the Bloukrans Bridge was built in 1984. The latter stands at 216 metres above the river. Both bridges are on the N2. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)In times long past, the home of elephants and, more recently, woodcutters, the village of Storms River attracts the curious tourist with its charm and special ambiance. With little lighting, silence and few people, it is perfect for anyone in search of a bit of solitude.Whatever your taste, you can find pristine beaches void of people or touristy resorts along the long Eastern Cape coast.The East London Golf Club, one of the oldest and best courses in the country, has hosted the South African Championships six times and the Africa Open Golf Challenge. Overlooking Nahoon Beach and Nature Reserve, it is considered a must-play course by golfers.The dolerite columns of the Valley of Desolation, just 14 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, rise 120 metres from the valley floor. The nearby Camdeboo National Park, seen in the background, is known for its biodiversity, with more than 220 species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals. (Image: South African Tourism)last_img read more

Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam Insulation

first_imgA rugged subslab vapor barrierA cross-laminated plastic vapor barrier was specified. We installed a StegoWrap membrane, 15 mil thick product. All lap joints and seams were sealed with the tape provided by the manufacturer. Typical pipe and conduit penetrations were sealed with tape also. Where penetrations were ganged too closely together to allow detailing with the tape, mastic was used to seal the vapor barrier to the piping/conduit. This is an accessory product offered by the vapor barrier manufacturer. Where the vapor barrier intersects with footings at the building perimeter, a special butyl tape was used to seal the vapor barrier to the footing. This seal was important to provide air barrier continuity between the slab-on-grade assembly and the exterior wall assembly.It turned out that we were very fortunate to have moved the vapor barrier to the top side of the foam insulation since it rained heavily for a few days in early August. The rain didn’t create any serious water problem as most of it ran off to the edges of the slab area, and what remained dried off relatively quickly. If the vapor barrier had been placed over the gravel, below the insulation, we could have had a major issue on our hands with water retained in the foam insulation layer.A 4-inch-thick concrete slab was placed on top of the vapor barrier. We paid close attention to the concrete mix design. We utilized a mix design from CalPortland with a 0.42 water-cement ratio, as was specified. When pouring a concrete slab directly over a plastic vapor barrier, the use of a low water-cement ratio mix design is important to help minimize slab curling and also to minimize the potential for moisture-related problems with floor finishes applied over the slab. Four inches of EPS is the right amountOnce the team actually started believing this could work, the next concern became how much insulation to use. Together, we landed on the idea of 4 inches of EPS foam, based on a sense this would provide a good balance of cost and constructability. In particular, we were trying to avoid the thicker levels of insulation that have been used on some Passivhaus buildings.Throughout the design process, PHPP iterations were run that looked at using more or less foam foundation insulation; yet the team kept coming back to the 4 inch foam layer. We looked at the relationship of the foundation R-value to changes in other envelope parameters such as the wall R-value, the window U-factor, and the roof insulation. After numerous iterations, the 4 inch foam thickness was agreed to by the team.So, how does this work? The foam is placed under the entire slab on grade and wraps around and underneath the footings at the building perimeter. The 4 inch foam thickness is reduced to 1 inch at bearing wall locations, resulting in a thickened slab with reinforcement, to serve as footings for those walls at the building interior.Due to the seismic design of the project, there are several large, deep footings that serve as the base for hold-downs to resist high lateral loads on the building. These deep footings were actually poured such that the slab insulation runs continuously over the top of the footing. As designers and builders working on the Orchards at Orenco multifamily project in Hillsboro, Oregon, we’re getting our feet wet with Passivhaus design for the first time. Our collective common sense suggested that we should be suspicious of this idea. Nearly all of the building’s structural loads are placed on the footings and it strikes many people as possibly a fool’s errand to place building footings on foam.However, after extensive research it became clear there is a long history of using certain types of very high density expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation underneath major structural works of all kinds, including roadways, bridges, and runways. Our concerns receded based on the evidence and we were swayed — yet still reserved and cautious. The caution persists to this day and will follow us until this is a well-established building practice, without significant drawbacks. Coordinating with subcontractorsAs clearing and grubbing began at the site, and then the initial excavation activities, the construction team began a detailed coordination process. To properly construct a high-performance Passivhaus design, diligent, proactive coordination of the work is required of the general contractor. There is no substitute for diligence when it comes to this coordination. Even a highly developed and accurate set of design documents does not include all the information needed to build the project, and inevitably there will be some gaps in documentation or a need to modify a detail slightly, or in a major way, to achieve the design intent while accommodating construction variables such as sequencing of the work, manufacturer’s installation instructions, etc.Coordination of the work is fundamental to all construction projects, but the need is heightened when executing a Passivhaus design, especially when it comes to the detailing of the airtight and thermal-bridge-free building envelope. For example, at some detail conditions there could be four or more trades that impact the airtightness of the building since they each supply and/or install components that are integral to the air barrier system.An important duty of the general contractor is to actively communicate with the entire group of subcontractors, to let them know about the Passivhaus and requirements on the project, and to educate them about key issues that may impact their scopes of work and the overall Passivhaus certification. Due to the intricacies involved with material specifications and detailing of the Passivhaus design, communication with the subcontractors that impact the building envelope needs extra attention.On the Orchards project, a full day Building Envelope Coordination (BEC) meeting was held on site during the first month of construction, to gather together all the envelope-related subcontractors and key suppliers and review project requirements, including specifications, detailing, schedule, sequence of trades, etc.Scheduling this meeting very early during construction allowed the team to work through any gaps or inconsistencies in the scopes of work of various trades, as well as any issues related to the design documents. Upon completion of the BEC meeting, resolved issues were addressed readily and efficiently through the project submittal process. Issues that needed further examination or design work were addressed through the project Request for Information (RFI) process. The coordination work touched all major elements of the design, including the foundation, exterior walls, windows and doors, and the roof. The concrete contractors were hesitant to place concrete footings on rigid foamTo move forward from this point we had to overcome a little hesitation from the concrete crew. They’d never prepped a concrete foundation to go on top of insulation before. This idea raised more than a few eyebrows. After explaining the purpose of the foam layer below the footings and slab, resistance was overcome, if only temporarily.To construct the footings at the building perimeter, 4 inches of Type IX EPS foam were placed on top of the gravel base, the foam was informally tested to ensure solid contact with the base, formwork was constructed on top of the foam, and then concrete was placed. After initial set and curing, the formwork was stripped and EPS was applied to the vertical face of the footing.Upon completion of the initial footing work at the building perimeter, preparations for the slab on grade were made. A capillary break layer with 6 inches of clean crushed gravel was placed over the rock working pad and compacted to a dense state. A radon mitigation system was installed on top of the gravel base. The system includes 4-inch perforated flexible piping wrapped in filter sock material and embedded in an additional layer of gravel, 6 inches thick, placed on top of the compacted gravel base. The gravel provides a minimum 1 inch cover over the piping.Four inches of Type II EPS foam was placed on top of the gravel base. The design documents indicated a single layer of foam; however the crew pushed to use two layers of 2-inch foam for the installation. The crew believed the foam would lay flatter and provide more stability on the gravel base going with the two layers. This also had the advantage of allowing for staggered joints in the boards and eliminate direct heat flow paths that would occur at butt joints in the boards had we used only one layer, as is typical with roof insulation installation. The foam was trimmed to fit tightly around penetrations. Any gaps were filled with expanding spray foam sealant.For the most part, the slab insulation went down well over the gravel base; however, there were a few issues with getting the foam to lie flat and stable. These issues were resolved by reworking the gravel. The geotechnical engineer called for 2”- ¼” gravel whereas a smaller rock or pea gravel would have helped to eliminate the issues we encountered. It should go without saying that any high-performance building should be built on a solid foundation. So why would we set our building on a layer of foam insulation?The answer, of course, is to limit thermal bridging. Those bridging effects can cause a significant amount of heat loss through the mass structure at the base of the building. By thermally isolating the building foundation from the ground, building performance is improved, not only from an energy performance standpoint but also in terms of comfort and moisture management. Does the StegoWrap vapor barrier go above or below the rigid foam?An important concern that arose during the coordination process was the location and detailing of the subslab vapor barrier. The vapor barrier was not clearly indicated in the architect’s details, although a vapor barrier had been specified. In the slab on grade assembly drawing, the vapor barrier was indicated to be installed below the slab insulation. The Walsh team questioned this location, given our concern that a large amount of water could collect in the slab insulation layer if it should rain prior to a slab pour. The configuration of insulation and vapor barrier essentially created a sealed “bathtub” that could hold a lot of water. Not a good scenario!Even though we were in the dry summer months in Portland, there is always a chance of rain. When we pointed this out, the architect understood the concern and agreed with relocating the vapor barrier to the top of the slab insulation. Furthermore, the detailing of the vapor barrier at the foundation perimeter was not clear in the design drawings. We discussed this with the architect and sorted out the termination details as part of the coordination process, working with the vapor barrier manufacturer’s standard details and sealing products. With these details resolved, construction on the building foundation began. We put rigid foam under the footingsIn some high-performance building circles, it has become common to place a layer of insulation under a slab on grade. This is especially the case in colder climates. What’s new with Passivhaus design is the idea of completely isolating the building foundation from the ground, not only under the slab, but also under the footings. RELATED ARTICLES The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Walls and Windows for the Orenco PassivhausFoam Under FootingsPolyethylene Under Concrete SlabsMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in Oregon Mike Steffen is a builder, architect, and educator committed to making better buildings. He is vice president and general manager of Walsh Construction Company in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Cisco Hires Barclays To Help It Off-Load Linksys

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Wardrivers take note: You may not have as many Linksys routers to hack if Cisco’s rumored sale of its consumer-facing Linksys unit actually happens. Well, you will, but the technology may be in a whole other form.The name “Linksys” was synonymous with home-network routers throughout the world, as driving with a Wi-Fi device down most streets will demonstrate. I can go out into my backyard right now and find three Linksys networks in range (along with a couple of Netgear routers and a whole bunch of AT&T U-Verse and Comcast routers).The proliferation of AT&T U-Verse and Comcast routers may be one of the reasons why Bloomberg is reporting that Cisco has hired investment-bank Barclays Plc. to sell the Linksys unit, which Cisco bought with much fanfare for $500 million in 2003.Cisco is not commenting on this news, so one should take it with the requisite grain of salt. But the move would match Cisco’s pattern of dumping its consumer businesses. In April 2011, Cisco announced it would shut down its Flip camera business. The idea was — and still is — to get back to Cisco’s priorities: “core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video.”Presumably Linksys would not fall into core routing, but one would imagine that Cisco might make an exception for its subsidiary if Linksys were bringing in significant money.When Cisco picked up Linksys for a mere half-billion dollars, it was estimated that router maker had something like 39% of the home-networking market. Orders for Linksys products have since weakened significantly. In 2010, In-Stat said Linksys’ revenue amounted to just 9% of total revenue for the market segment.One reason why Linksys may have stumbled so far could be broadband providers policy of leasing equipment to customers — equipment that comes as part of the deal for most broadband contracts. While tech-savvy consumers are more likely to save the monthly equipment rental fee to go buy something else on their own, a majority of subscribers won’t bother.Linksys devices were occasionally part of the packages offered by the broadband firms, but not often enough to change its fate.For these people, the rental cost is transparent; just something that’s part of the monthly bill. Plus, setting up a router on your own, when the one that the broadband provider gave you is working just fine seems silly to them. Normally, I could get haughty about security, but when my provider came in to install its box, the installers actually gave me a good lecture about changing the router’s default password. (I sent the router back, but just to save the money.)This will not be the end of Linksys, of course. There is already speculation that the technology will shift to the set-top box sector, and that’s a pretty good guess. It’s a very sure bet that Cisco won’t get nearly the price that it paid for the company nine years ago. But that will have to be the price Cisco pays to for its realignment.center_img Tags:#networking brian proffitt Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

What You Should Expect

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Expected ExpectationsYour dream client should expect you to pursue them over time. They should come to expect your calls, your emails, your invitations, and all of the efforts you put into nurturing a relationship. They should expect you to be unrelenting. They should not learn to expect you to disappear after a single touch only to return in 90 days.Your dream client should expect you to create value before claiming any. They should learn something of value from you—even if they never decide to buy from you. You might feel that it’s dangerous to share ideas, but it’s more dangerous not to share them . . . It eliminates the perception that you create value.Your dream client should expect that you’ve done your homework. They should expect that you’ve read about their company, that you’ve looked at their competitors, and that you’ve read their profiles on LinkedIn. They should expect that you have done the work you need to answer the most basic of questions before they sit down to speak with you.Your dream client should expect you to know what they don’t know. They should expect you to help them with new ideas and insights based on the work you are doing with other clients. They expect that while you don’t have as deep experience in their industry that your broader experience gives you a different and valuable view.Your dream client should expect you to know how you intend to help them move form the status quo to some better state. They expect you to know what the next steps you need to take together should be, and they expect you to be able to describe how you create value together by taking those steps.Your dream client should expect you to help them make your case inside their company by helping them build consensus. They should expect you to meet with their teams, their peers, and their management to gain an understanding of how what you are proposing needs to be adjusted to fit their needs.Your dream client should expect you to help them defend the investment that you are asking them to make. They should expect you to arm them with a killer value proposition. They should expect you to help them understand and explain their return on investment. They should expect you to help them understand and verbalize the risks of underinvesting.Your dream client should expect you to ask for what you need in order to help them. They should expect you to tell them the truth, to be candid, and to fearlessly talk about the challenges of producing better results.You Should ExpectYou should expect your dream client to resist your efforts to open a new relationship. You should expect that they receive too many calls from too many salespeople who disappoint them with an inability to create value.You should expect your dream client to resist your efforts to upset the status quo if they aren’t already aware of their need to change. If they are aware of their need to change you should expect them to have some ideas about what they want that won’t jive with your solution.You should expect your dream client to have unreal expectations. You should expect them to suffer under the spell that they can have everything they want, better, faster, and cheaper. You should expect that they’ve been told this lie many times in the past, only to be disappointed.You should expect resistance. You should expect delays. You should expect to have to start over. You should expect creating and winning an opportunity to take longer than you presently expect.You should expect your dream client to be protective of your relationship. You should expect them to struggle with bringing in new and additional stakeholders for fear of losing control and not getting what they want. You should expect them to withhold.You should expect your dream client to push back against the necessary investment needed to produce better results. You should expect them to compare your price to your competitors. You should expect that they believe you are a commodity, and that they will likely treat you like their clients treat them. You should expect their purchasing team and their executive management team to disconnect the value you create from your price and ask you to discount.You should expect that the stakeholders in your dream client’s company will resist you. You should expect that they are skeptical of you and your change initiative. You should expect them to expect you to earn their trust.You should expect your dream client to underestimate the real effort necessary to change their organization. You should expect them to underestimate the problems and challenges that will occur as you move forward. You should expect them to get cold feet, to feel stress, and to worry. You should expect to have to join them in the foxhole when the bullets fly.You should expect your dream client to hold you accountable. You should expect them to believe that you are going to execute and that you are going to manage your company’s effort to deliver the results that you sold, that you promised.Prepare to Meet These ExpectationsThere is nothing like knowing what to expect.If you know what your dream clients are likely to expect from you, you can prepare yourself and your team to deliver it. You can prepare to meet those expectations.If you know what you are likely to expect from your clients, you know how to prepare to effectively deal with it. If you are wrong, if your dream client surprises you, you’ve lost nothing by preparing.last_img read more

Center will work shoulder to shoulder with Nitish Kumar for Bihar’s development, says Narendra Modi

first_imgOn his first official visit to Bihar after Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised that the Centre would work shoulder-to-shoulder with him for the development of Bihar.The Prime Minister shared the stage with Mr Kumar at the centenary celebrations of the Patna University and later launched a slew of road and sewerage projects worth over ₹3,700 crore at Mokamah.Lamenting that no Indian university figures among the top 500 globally, Mr. Modi said the government intends to provide ₹10,000 crore to 20 varsities to ensure that they are counted among the best in the world.Bihar is blessed with both ‘Gyaan’ and ‘Ganga.’ This land has a legacy that is unique: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 14, 2017 Responding to Mr. Kumar’s fervent plea that central university status be granted to Patna University, Mr Modi said, “Issues like grant of central status have become a thing of the past. We will provide an assistance of ₹10,000 crore to 10 private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years. All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class.”The universities will not be selected by the Prime Minister or a chief minister or any other political figure, he said ; their potential will be assessed by a professional, third party agency.Patna University should meet the challenge to become among the 10 best public universities to get a ₹10,000 crore grant in five years and an autonomous status, he said.Prominent Patna University alumni and local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, former finance minister, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav were conspicuously absent from the dais.“Nitishji is committed to development of Bihar…the central government would work shoulder-to-shoulder with him for the development of Bihar and by 2022 when the country would celebrate 75 years of Independence, Bihar too will be among developed States,” Mr Modi said.“Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory,” he added further.However, reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement, former professor of Patna University, Nawal Kishore Choudhury told The Hindu, “It triggered great disappointment and resentment not only among teachers and student community but society at large…It’s also a cause of great worry that the Prime Minister announced to hand over government universities into the hands of private players.”Taking a potshot at Mr Kumar’s demand being turned down, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said, “Bihar’s backstabber CM begged in front of his new almighty to accord central university status to Patna University but PM out-rightly rejected his demand while showing him his actual place and status…I feel bad for Nitish chacha (uncle)”.Though, other alumni like Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy in the cabinet Sushil Kumar Modi, union cabinet ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha shared stage with the Prime Minister.Later, after attending Patna University’s centenary celebration function, Mr. Modi left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna and launched several development projects of national highways to bridges and sewage treatment plants worth of over ₹3,700 crore. He also listed achievements of his government and its aspirations for the development of Bihar and the country as well.last_img read more

Crucial cushion

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Mariano confident PPL will start this month Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Abueva led Phoenix with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. But a game after spoiling an 18-point, 21-rebound night with 10 missed free throws, the double-edged sword of the Fuel Masters may have cost his team a shot at tying the series when he ran to the dugout after his sixth foul. He also weighed down Phoenix with seven turnovers for the night. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Marcio Lassiter hit a key three-pointer going into the final two minutes and San Miguel Beer proved steadier in the clutch to score a 92-82 victory over Phoenix Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lassiter’s three put the Beermen ahead, 84-80, after they had trailed by as many as 12 early in the game, and the Beermen also got a key break when a fouled-out Calvin Abueva further dented Phoenix’s hopes with a crucial boo-boo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAbueva was slapped with his last foul on a June Mar Fajardo attempt and the energetic forward sprinted straight to the dugout instead of heading for the bench. That drew a delay of game technical—Phoenix had already committed a similar infraction earlier—and Alex Cabagnot knocked in the free throw to make it 85-80.Fajardo then split his free throws off the Abueva foul to make it a six-point lead in the final 1:10. Lassiter hit the dagger thirty seconds later to stretch the lead to eight and send Phoenix into the Holy Week break on the wings of desperation. Once again, San Miguel Beer found itself stymied by the handcuff-like defense of Phoenix Pulse.And once again, the Beermen found a way to thwart the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Obviously, it’s not over yet,” Lassiter said after compiling 24 points and seven rebounds. He scored 17 of his total in the second half. “We still need two more wins and it’s going to be a dogfight.”Game 3 of the series takes place on Easter Sunday.Fajardo, after being held below double digits for the first time in the tournament in Game 1, had 19 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as he soldiered past a punishing Phoenix defense down low.Fajardo and Lassiter came out strong in the third where they combined to tie the game going into the payoff period after trailing for most of the first half.“We knew that in the first half we weren’t playing the way we should,” said Lassiter. “We knew in the second half that we needed to play San Miguel basketball. Share the ball, make the extra pass, get stops and keep grinding and grinding it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

At the buzzer!

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Marc Barroca nailed a jumper at the buzzer as Magnolia slipped past San Miguel Beer, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBarroca finished with 22 points, his same output in a humbling Game 4 loss to the defending champions, to lead the Hotshots to within a win of knocking the crown off the Beermen’s heads.“It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” Barroca said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But even with momentum on the Hotshots’ side, Victolero refused to be complacent.“Yes,” he said about being one game away from the title. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking at a couple of friendly games with European powerhouses to prepare Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba World Cup in China.“[We are] in touch with Andrei Kirilenko. He wants us to go to Russia,” said SBP president Al Panlilio on Wednesday.“Initially, it was just a one-game trip. We were [partial about it] but they said they’re willing to expand it to two games,” he added. “It’s something we’re trying to finalize with Andrei.”Kirilenko, a former NBA star, now serves as the president of Russia’s basketball federation.Panlilio said the SBP is also eyeing a friendly against 2006 World Cup champion Spain.Gilas Pilipinas is in Group D play Angola, Italy and Serbia. A game with wild momentum swings—and a bizarre fan incident in between—was fittingly capped by a wild finish.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The roller-coaster game, which featured huge runs by both squads, moved to bizarre—and scary—territory when a fan in Spider-man costume stormed the court, accidentally hitting June Mar Fajardo and causing a wild commotion.He was chased and detained by security personnel and an apparent companion was dragged from his seat and also detained.That seemed to spark Fajardo, who hit a three-point play and keyed a run that had San Miguel swallowing a 13-point lead and tying the game at 86 on a Terrence Romeo triple.But the Beermen came up with several dry possessions, including one where Magnolia set up camp around Fajardo down low and when the five-time MVP made the exit pass, none of San Miguel’s gunners dared pull the trigger.Those flubbed opportunities led to the Magnolia possession with 14 seconds remaining that set the stage for Barroca’s heroics.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoDyche’s bully reality: How Arsenal & Emery passed their latest test

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Dyche’s bully reality: How Arsenal & Emery passed their latest testby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Intimidation? Stand over tactics? That is, literal stand over tactics? Oh no, not on this Arsenal. It may’ve worked in the past. But as Sean Dyche and his Burnley discovered on Saturday. Unai Emery and his players are a very different proposition today.They tried, did Burnley. They really did try. Going into the game, Dyche promised Emery and Arsenal a dose of reality. “Reality tactics”, he dubbed it.And the Clarets manager was good to his word. The visitors threw everything at Arsenal. Wrestling. Stamping. As Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remarked after his two goal performance, “Yes, it was a physical battle, it was really, really hard”.But this lot are no southern softies. Not when you have players like Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis ready to fight your corner. Not when even your manager is ready to give the opposition an earful. But they did try, did Burnley.Not once. But twice. Twice Ashley Barnes did his best Sergio Ramos impression, wrestling Sokratis to the Emirates turf. The first time ended with Barnes having the Gunners defender in a headlock. That was only after he had stood over his marker. But Sokratis was never going to be intimidated. Indeed, it was his reaction to Barnes’ antics that helped the Clarets striker escape a booking.Barnes only received a short word from ref Kevin Friend – no doubt helped out by Sokratis, as he put an own arm around his shoulder before asking, almost laughing as he did, “what dya think ya doin'”? The pair would be at it again later in the game, this time in the middle of the pitch. But just as before, they broke up without Friend brandishing a card.Then it was Matteo Guendouzi’s turn to be tested. But even this 19 year-old from France wasn’t to be cowed. Barnes – again – was the instigator, stamping a prostrate Guendouzi square on his chest. Again, there was no action shown by Friend. And for all the complaints about diving from Dyche in the aftermath, Guendouzi’s reaction was more Roy Keane than Neymar. Just as Sokratis had previously, Guendouzi’s response went some way to Barnes avoiding punishment. That Dyche complained about diving from the home team was baffling given the spot fires sparked around the pitch by his No10.But perhaps he was still coming down after copping it from Emery at the final whistle. A team reflects it’s manager. And this one – like so many on the pitch – is no shrinking violet.To be fair, this wasn’t Emery’s fight. And there really was no need for the Arsenal manager to get involved. But he’d had enough. Enough of Dyche’s bellowing. Enough of his complaining. Grabbing Dyche’s arm, he let him know what he thought of his antics. The pair squared up. It wasn’t Barnes versus Sokratis. But Emery wasn’t going to turn the other cheek.On paper, Arsenal should always be defeating Burnley at the Emirates. And the 3-1 scoreline stuck to script. But the manner of how these three points were achieved tells us everything about today’s Arsenal.They’re not a nasty team. Nor an overly physical one. But there’s a presence about them. There’s a bit of steel in there. From Soka and Seo to the kid from Lorient. You’re not going to intimidate this lot. There’s enough heavy duty in there to allow attacking players like Aubameyang the room to do their thing.Gary Neville, the former Manchester United captain, has branded past Arsenal teams, the ones of Arsene Wenger, as “soft”: “Technically they were as good as anything we’ve seen in England in my time. But there are all kinds of attributes that make up a football side and they didn’t like it when the contest became physical.”You always felt you had a chance against them because you could get about them, bully them.”And you fancy Dyche went into Saturday’s trip with the same sentiment.But this is a very different Arsenal from the team of the past decade. And the manager is certainly a polar opposite to what Dyche had grown used to finding upon Burnley’s visits to North London.As those around the Pemier League are fast realising. Emery’s Arsenal can outplay you. And outfight you. Whether it’s on the pitch. Or by the touchline. You can’t intimidate this lot. Just as “reality” snapped back at Dyche on Saturday.Dyche & Emery having a disagreement at FT. #twitterclarets#UTCpic.twitter.com/6Bi28yhv4p— TurfCast (@TurfCastPodcast) December 22, 2018 last_img read more