first_imgPBA IMAGESMick Pennisi has decided to hang up his sneakers for good.The 42-year-old big man has opted to end his 17-year PBA career as he pursues his poultry business overseas.ADVERTISEMENT “He said that it’s been set for a long time now and he can’t back out. We respect his decision,” said Tan.An Eastern Michigan product, Pennisi burst into the league as one of the players elevated by the Red Bull franchise in its entry to the PBA, establishing himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers.He has since won five titles in his stops with Red Bull, San Miguel, and Star, while also seeing action in Barako Bull, Phoenix, and finally GlobalPort.Pennisi retires with a career average of 7.6 points on 35 percent shooting from three, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He is also seventh in the list of all-time career three-pointers made, trailing legendary marksmen Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, and Al Solis.With Pennisi ending his PBA run, that leaves Asi Taulava, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Hontiveros as the league’s eldest statesmen.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentscenter_img GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan shared Pennisi bid the team goodbye on Friday as he leaves for Thailand to focus on other matters.“He told us his plans long ago, but we wanted to keep him until the end of this season,” said the affable team executive.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 shutoutThe Batang Pier wanted Pennisi to at least barge into the PBA’s 5,000-point club as he sits 33 points shy from achieving the feat.However, the Fil-Australian center could no longer stay, sharing that his move has long been scheduled. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgMithali Raj’s T20 strike-rate has always provided fodder for his critics but what India’s ODI skipper can’t fathom as to how some of the players with worse strike-rate never come under scanner like her.Still coming to terms with the biggest controversy in women’s cricket involving her, former coach Ramesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to finish her career.However, Mithali feels that she has always been unfairly targeted despite some of the other players also coming cropper in shorter formats.”In the first game [of Women’s T20 Challenge], there were a couple of players whose strike rate was below 100. Was it made an issue? No. Because it doesn’t come in the radar because it is not Mithali Raj,” Mithali told ‘Cricbuzz’ in an interview.People troll only me: Mithali RajHowever, without naming young Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali pointed out at a top-order player, who had a strike of 50 against England. While Mithali didn’t name the young Mumbaikar, but she had scored 11 off 22 balls in the T20 game against England which India lost narrowly.”The last England home series, a top-order [batter] had a strike rate of fifty. Did I make an issue? Was it made an issue? Still, people are trolling me only! Because from the non-striker end I have to go and play. I played four dot balls and I was trolled. That’s what I am saying – it’s not fair. If today I am turning out to be a rebel then you should know which situation has made me like that,” said Mithali, who had scored 30 off 32 balls in that match.advertisement”I’m not saying the fact that I am the best T20 player. No! I know where I stand. But to unfairly pinpoint at the only thing you can pinpoint in my whole batting analysis then I can pick out numerous players in this current Indian team and I can question you. But why is it that only I am being questioned?”She also lashed out at a former India player, who has used social media to criticise her.”There are certain players who have played women’s cricket are using the platform of social media to lash out. That is very sad. I cannot name because I don’t want to,” Mithali said. Many in Indian cricketing circles feel that Mithali is pointing fingers at a former skipper, who is now a broadcaster also.”But as a player, you feel sad that at this level you are being singled out for the fact that I stood up for myself. I have not done anything wrong standing up for myself. And I have not done anything wrong in reaching out to the board because I am under the board. I have not gone to the media. I reached out to them [board],” Mithali spoke about her letter where she had alleged that former coach Powar had ill-treated her in the West Indies.”Honestly, it will take time for me (to get over the controversy). It will because when things happen all of a sudden and you did not expect it to happen the way it has happened, it will take time for me to get over it. Yes, sometimes it still flashes. Eventually, I will get over it at some point.”Also Read | There is still time before women cricketers get equal pay, says Mithali RajAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Port of Gothenburg six-monthly report published today shows that European freight volumes strengthened during the first half of the year whilst global container trade fell. Around 30 per cent of Swedish imports and exports pass through the Port of Gothenburg. Fluctuations in the economy are reflected very clearly in variations in freight flows.Ro-ro traffic, which accounts for a large proportion of seafreight in northern Europe, rose by three per cent during the first half of 2014. The highest increases were for trade with Germany (nine per cent), UK (eight per cent) and Belgium (eight per cent). In total, 286,000 ro-ro units were shipped during the period.Magnus Kårestedt, CEO Port of Gothenburg, said:“European freight has risen steadily for the past year or so thanks to the recovery in the economy. We have recently seen signs of a slow-down in growth in Europe although this has yet to be replicated in our volumes.”Reduced global trade in containerised goodsGlobal trade commonly takes place using container vessels. During the first six months of the year, container traffic fell by nine per cent, with exports falling more than imports. In total, 424,000 containers were shipped via the Port of Gothenburg during the period.“This could be an indication that Swedish trade with rapidly expanding economies in other parts of the world  is not growing at the same rate as previously,” Magnus Kårestedt continued.The Port of Gothenburg handles almost 60 per cent of all containers shipped to or from Sweden.Car exports continue to increaseIn total, 89,000 new cars passed through the Port of Gothenburg during the first six months of the year, up 17 per cent on the corresponding period last year. The upturn can be attributed largely to the rise in exports of Volvo cars.More ferry passengersPassenger traffic rose by five per cent during the first half of the year. A total of 774,000 people chose to take the sea route to or from Gothenburg for business or pleasure. It has also been a record-breaking year for cruise ship visits with 73 calls (38 during the first half of the year) and 120,000 cruise passengers. Downturn for oilGothenburg is also the location of the largest energy port in the Nordic region. During the first half of the year, there was an 11 per cent fall in crude oil imports and the shipping of refined products such as diesel and petrol. The underlying factors are low margins for refined products and uncertainty about global oil prices.Press Release, August 21, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: GoodBulk Owner and operator of dry bulk vessels GoodBulk Ltd. has expanded its fleet with a 2009-built Capesize vessel, the Aquamaka.The company took delivery of the 179,362 dwt unit, constructed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, on April 27, 2018.Aquamaka is the final out of the seven initial Capesize vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors in October 2017.The company said that the purchase was financed with a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing credit facilities and the issuance of 1,280,000 new common shares to funds managed by CarVal.Including the Aquamaka, GoodBulk has a fleet of 25 vessels, consisting of 22 Capesize vessels, of which two are expected to be delivered by July 2018.last_img read more

first_imgCanada will assist the United States in co-hosting a major international meeting on North Korea in an attempt to find a non-military solution to a nuclear crisis, which escalated Tuesday with a record-setting missile test by the rogue state.They will convene foreign ministers from the countries involved in the Korean War and from important regional actors like Japan in a meeting whose date has not been set but which will likely occur in Canada early next year.The conference had been under discussion for weeks between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and they chose to announce it late Tuesday after North Korea carried out its longest-ever missile test.A meeting of this magnitude “hasn’t been done before,” one Canadian official said.“It’s been years since diplomatic conversations went dormant … This is part of an effort to involve all the players who should be involved … It helps give legs to a diplomatic solution.”A statement by the U.S. State Department said: “Diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now.” It said the U.S. remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearization and to ending belligerent actions by North Korea.That message stands in contrast to recent remarks from the U.S. president. Donald Trump has expressed skepticism that diplomacy might work and even questioned the point of his secretary of state participating in political talks.Trump was curt in public comments Tuesday.“I will only tell you that we will take care of it,” Trump told reporters at the White House.“It is a situation that we will handle.”He made the remarks during a meeting attended by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who added context about what had just occurred.Mattis said that mid-day, Washington time, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. He said it represented a milestone in North Korea’s decades-old nuclear program, which has been used in the past to build leverage and extract concessions from other countries.The North said in a special televised announcement that it successfully fired what it called the Hwasong-15, a new nuclear-capable ICBM that’s “significantly more” powerful than the North’s previously tested long-range weapon.The missile travelled about 1,000 kilometres, flew for 53 minutes, and landed within 370 nautical kilometres of Japan’s coast.“It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” Mattis said.“It’s a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that could threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”He said the South Koreans responded by firing some pinpoint missiles into the water, to make the point that it could fire upon its neighbour and rival. Mattis called the North Korean action a threat that endangers world peace, regional peace, and the United States.In a statement, Freeland called this latest launch a “reckless and dangerous act” that presents a “direct threat to the world” that cannot be tolerated.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – A total of 71 passengers, including 13 women, were rescued from two different inflatable rafts by the Royal Navy of Morocco, operating off the coast of Tangier on Tuesday, February 20.The majority of the men and women aboard were originally from sub-Saharan countries. A source from the military said that the dinghies were drifting in distress due to choppy waves and bad weather.The 71 rescued are the latest in a growing number of men and women making the precarious sea voyage in hopes of crossing the Mediterranean for Europe. Elsewhere on the Mediterranean on Tuesday, near Spain’s Alborán island, the Spanish search-and-rescue operation Salvamento Marítimo conducted separate rescued a total of 60 people aboard two rafts carrying 33 and 37 passengers respectively. These are far from isolated incidents. Already since the start of 2018, Morocco-based National Observatory of Human Rights (ONDH) reported in January that over 1000 migrants tried to enter Spain during January 2018.Salvamar Hamal rescata a 60 personas de 2 pateras (33+27) al norte de la isla de Alborán. Localizadas por avión Sasemar 101 y buque SKS Mosel pic.twitter.com/YsmRm73FB3— SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO (@salvamentogob) February 20, 2018On Monday, the human rights non-profit organization Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) projected a sharp rise in the number boats crossing the sea between North Africa to get to Spain during the weeks and months ahead.Speaking on Radio Granada, CEAR spokesman José Carlos Cabrera predicted an “avalanche of dinghies” as men and women attempted to reach Europe via the Andalusian coast in the weeks ahead. CEAR estimated that half a million people, from Libya westward to Morocco, are on the move and that many of them are preparing to cross into Europe.Cabrera also shared that Spain is not prepared to adequately receive migrants in the medium or long term.Salvamento Marítimo announced in January that their collective operations had rescued 18,937 migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2017, marking a 182 percent increase since 2016. read more

24 September 2009China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are emerging as global ‘green’ leaders, with both Asian nations investing large chunks of their stimulus packages into low-carbon technologies, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, as leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations kick off their meeting in the United States city of Pittsburgh. China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are emerging as global ‘green’ leaders, with both Asian nations investing large chunks of their stimulus packages into low-carbon technologies, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, as leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations kick off their meeting in the United States city of Pittsburgh.China has spent over one third of its economic recovery funds on railways, water infrastructure and renewable energy, while the ROK has dedicated 80 per cent of its stimulus package to promoting energy-efficiency in buildings, waste management and other areas.UNEP credited countries including Australia, the US, Japan, Germany, South Africa and France as being among the countries which have also used the financial crisis as an opportunity to embark on a new green path.But the agency and economists are warning that the green component of the global stimulus package falls short of the $750 billion – or one per cent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – needed to curb carbon dependency.UNEP’s latest update, the body’s Executive Director said, is both “cause for optimism and cause for concern.”Achim Steiner pointed out that while the fact that 15 per cent of stimulus spending are green in nature is a positive development, the transition to a low-carbon future is “patchy” and “far from embedded.”The G20 meeting in Pittsburgh – attended by nations representing nearly 70 per cent of the world’s population and 90 per cent of global GDP – is an opportunity for countries to “re-confirm their pledges and review their options so that the investments being made in addressing the crises of the here and now carry forward a double, triple and quadruple dividend – addressing climate change, natural resource scarcity and decent employment possibilities for two billion people,” he added. read more

The Secretary-General “noted with concern” that Myanmar’s national convention was reconvened without the involvement of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other political parties that won the majority of seats in the elections of 1990, his spokesman said in a statement.”[He] reiterates that, for the national convention to be credible, it must be all-inclusive and that all the delegates must be able to express their views without sanction,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.”The release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has clearly indicated her willingness to work with the Government, and U Tin Oo, Deputy Chairman of the NLD, as well as the lifting of the remaining restrictions on the NLD, are essential if the international community is to recognize the national convention as a legitimate forum for democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar,” he added.Mr. Annan and his Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, were dismayed that, despite assurances from the Government, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) did not take these necessary steps, the spokesman said.”The Secretary-General appeals to the countries in the region to counsel the SPDC to take these steps,” Mr. Eckhard said. “In the belief that a solution can still be found through dialogue, the Secretary-General calls on the SPDC to allow his Special Envoy to return to Myanmar as soon as possible.” read more

In a press statement, Council members condemned the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements along the contact line in Donetsk region that lead to deaths and injuries, including among civilians. The members of the Security Council expressed their full support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and underlined the need for strict compliance with resolution 2202 (2015), which endorsed the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” aimed at ending the violence in eastern regions of Ukraine. “The members of the Security Council called for an immediate return to a ceasefire regime,” the statement concluded. Earlier in the day, the humanitarian community and the Humanitarian Coordinator in the country also expressed grave concern by the “drastic deterioration” of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and its humanitarian consequences.In a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN and its aid partners in the county expressed particular concern about the impact on the civilian population on both sides of the ‘contact line.’” Casualties continue to be recorded. Sustained targeting of and damages to civilian infrastructure adds to the already difficult conditions. This situation, they said, is exacerbated by the harsh winter, and may have irrevocable consequences. “The Government of Ukraine is doing its outmost to provide support and to coordinate humanitarian efforts.”The humanitarian community stressed that due to the shelling, the Donetsk Filter Station (DFS) stopped working on yesterday, leaving some 15,000 to 17,000 people in Avdiivka without water, and potentially affecting up to 400,000 people served by the facility. Moreover, on 30 January the fourth power line to the Avdiivka coke plant was damaged by shelling, leaving it without power, and further impacting on the supply of hot water. Urgent repairs are needed to restart the heating system. With temperatures falling well below -10 degrees Celsius, should the heating system stop working it will freeze and will require weeks to restart. In Donetsk, city water is being redistributed from Verkhniokalmiuska Filter station, and other cities are surviving by using local water reservoirs designed to provide 24 hours of storage. In villages such as Vasylivka, Spartak, Verkhnotoretske and Kruta Balka water delivery has stopped altogether, and in part of Yasynuvata water is now cut.“An immediate cessation of hostilities is urgently needed to prevent further loss of lives and to enable repair teams to urgently restore critical basic services to hundreds of thousands of affected civilians living in -10 below zero temperature,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Neal Walker. read more

Since its rather hazy inception at Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Ontario, in 1989, people from all over the world have attempted the beer mile: a four-lap, four-beer testament to just how insane elite runners really are. As the beer mile migrated south from Canada, the event gained traction on college campuses in the United States as an unofficial tradition to celebrate the end of track season, when young runners were in peak physical shape and seeking reprieve from a notoriously regimented sport.Seanna Robinson, the former women’s beer mile world record-holder, went to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, when the beer mile rules were still being ironed out. The competition still operates on the “Kingston Rules,” which outline the penalty lap that is incurred if a runner vomits before finishing. “The naked run, the Timbits challenge and the beer mile were just some of the many things we did that played at running and celebrating,” Robinson said. When Robinson started running beer miles at Queen’s University, women were only required to drink three beers, skipping the first. She argued for the beer mile to be the same for men and women.At around the same time Robinson was pioneering for four-beer gender equality, and setting her longstanding record, Patrick Butler — at the time a member of the Wesleyan University track team — purchased the domain BeerMile.com. He’d seen the Kingston Rules online and wanted to adopt them in the U.S., as well as to create a place to aggregate and keep track of “official” beer mile results from all over the world. That was in 1998, and there were 452 beer miles logged on the site that year. Now there are about 40,000 total races — 4,439 of them coming this year (as of Dec. 3).Butler knows the database isn’t complete — he estimates that less than 10 percent of beer mile results are actually submitted to the site. But it’s prominent enough that some competitors want out. “I probably get five or six emails a week from people saying, ‘Can you take my name off of your site? I’m trying to get a job,’” said Butler, who maintains the database himself as a passion project.Nick Symmonds, an Olympic middle-distance runner, isn’t concerned about being associated with the beer mile. If anything, he’s a proponent of the sport. “Most people don’t know what a 1:42.9 in the 800 means — which is what I did at the Olympics — but they understand what a 5:19 beer mile is,” he told me in Austin. Symmonds runs professionally for Brooks and definitely does not need to run beer miles in his spare time — for the prize money or the notoriety — but he schlepped to Austin from Seattle to create continued interest in track and field. When asked why he came to the World Championships, he said, “There’s a chance they’ll continue to watch us in two years [at the 2016 Olympics].” “Who’s got the legs, lungs and stomach to hold it all down?”The bald announcer was trying to get the crowd going before the races began. The event was meant to be held at Yellow Jacket Stadium, a proper 1,600-meter indoor running track. But last-minute concerns from the track’s owners about the imminent binge-drinking forced the race to move to a motor-racing track on the outskirts of Austin. Beneath an empty grandstand with seating for thousands, what would be the homestretch of a Formula 1 race had been transformed into a makeshift track — an oblong oval marked off by orange construction cones. The turns were too tight and the straightaways too long, but for an event that is as much about drinking as it is running, it was good enough.On the final straightaway loomed the party zone, straddled by two tables with beer lined up in rows of four. Each of the 117 participants got to choose his or her own beer, and the best runners could drink the night’s special “Beer Mile Brew.” Hops & Grain, a local Austin brewery and event sponsor, brewed the German-style blonde ale to contain only 2.2 volumes of CO2, down from a typical 2.6 volumes. Chuggability is critical in a beer mile.The women were up first, adjusting track shorts-wedgies with one hand and holding their first beers with the other as they waited to start. When the gun fired, the group of twelve toned, lean women cracked open their cans. While drinking, they waddled like drunk penguins from the back of the party zone to the front, then took off running. In the crowd, some people were sporting shirts reading, “You just got beat by a mother of six.” They were the friends and family of Chris Kimbrough, a 45-year-old Austin local, who broke the women’s world record in October on her first attempt with a time of 6:28.6.At the World Championships, though, Kimbrough was struggling; by the third beer she was doing that pre-vomit shiver that a body does when it wants to stop — and it would take her 32.3 seconds to finish beer No. 4. She stood no chance against Elizabeth Herndon, a 29-year-old professor and marathoner who came out of beer mile obscurity (and Ohio) to down her fourth beer, a New Belgium Fat Tire, in just 21.4 seconds. Herndon smashed the world record with a time of 6:17.8. Kimbrough placed fourth.Just minutes after organizers rinsed away the liquid vomit from the women’s race, 10 tank-top wearing men lined up at the same starting line for the elite men’s final. One guy was wearing jorts.James Nielsen, the highly contentious current world record-holder with a time of 4:57.0, was not among them. Nielsen said he “physically could not make it that week.” Others interpreted his absence as a clear indicator that he couldn’t defend his world record because it wasn’t legitimate.In a video he posted to YouTube, Nielsen downs his second beer in less than four seconds — a feat that other beer milers say is physically impossible. Symmonds and fan-favorite Corey Gallagher were both vying to break the elusive sub-five minute beer mile, if only to put Nielsen in his place.Bud Light Platinums featured heavily in the men’s elite race, and when the starting gun fired, iridescent blue bottles tilted skyward. Gallagher, wearing a single glove on his beer-chugging hand, downed the first in an astonishing 6.1 seconds, but coasted through lap one in 67 seconds (6 seconds slower than his final lap), allowing the guy in jorts to take the lead. But no one could drink like Gallagher. It didn’t take him longer than 10 seconds to finish any one beer, and with the final lap in sight he demolished his fourth beer faster than his previous two — in just 7.3 seconds. He rounded the last turn well ahead of the pack, the crowd screaming as he looked on pace to break 5 minutes. But he crashed through the finishing tape without breaking the threshold: 5.00.23.“This is the world record, James Nielsen is a cheat and a fake,” Gallagher declared post-race, swigging a replenishment drink from his silver plastic trophy.Nielsen vehemently denies all accusations of cheating. “I think people can drink beers even faster than me,” he said when reached by phone. “I am definitely not the human limit on how fast a beer can be drank out of a can — I’ve seen faster.” Canadian Corey Gallagher heads down the straight away trailed closely by Australian Jack Colreavy at the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Josh Baker for Flocasts AUSTIN, Texas — Beer miles are won and lost in the “party zone.” When participants in the world’s most athletic binge-drinking event cross into it, they stop running, hastily down a minimum 5 percent ABV beer and then take off again. The zone is only 10 meters long.The best male beer-milers spend somewhere between 4 and 6 seconds in their first stop in the party zone; the best women stay for about 11 seconds. By their fourth time through — the beer mile requires four laps of running, four beers of chugging — the competitors slow. With shaky legs and winded lungs, these same men average about 14 seconds and the women about 31 seconds.1For this calculation, I did not include the final beer split of Kelly Williamson at the Beer Mile World Championships because the time was such an outlier at 1 minute and 30 seconds.But things are different at the Beer Mile World Championships, which were held here for the first time in early December. The champions drank their final beers almost twice as fast as the average elite runner in the competition — 7 seconds and 21 seconds for the male and female winners, respectively. In a race with the motto: “Chug, Run, Repeat,” the fiercest competitors guzzle through the party zone as fast as Olympic triathletes put on their post-swim socks. Members of the Women’s Elite race chug beers at the starting line of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts Athletes competing in the open heat of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship crack open their first beers at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts “This thing has been going on for 30 years with thousands of results and no one’s really paid attention, and then all of a sudden it’s on national news and people are noticing,” Nielsen said. The video of his world record-setting mile has been viewed 1.35 million times.Some of the participants at the World Championships admitted to running the beer mile in part to dispel the myth that elite runners are some strange breed of nutrition-obsessed freaks. “People think we hang out in a cabin eating chia seeds,” said 42-year-old Luis Armenteros, who placed third in the men’s sub-elite division with a time of 6:03.2. “I can’t drink everyone under the table, but I can drink a lot.”“There is the perception that elite runners are machines whose bodies are temples, but we have our vices,” said Jack Colreavy, a 25-year-old runner who traveled from Sydney, Australia, to race in the elite men’s group, but who was unable to finish. “And mine is drinking beer.” read more

first_imgPASOK is returning to government as a result of a substantial landslide which saw PASOK emerge with a clear cut majority of 160 seats, according to the latest electoral results from the Greek Ministry of Interior.On current trends there has been a 8.2 percent national swing away from New Democracy and a decrease in the support for both KKE and SYRIZA, with 98 percent of the Greek vote counted.The clear winners have been PASOK which enjoyed a swing of 5.8 percent and the far-right wing LAOS who have increased both their share of the national vote and the number of seats they will enjoy in Parliament.New Democracy is predicted to win 91seats, KKE 21 seats, LAOS 15 seats and SYRIZA 13 seats.The  Oikologoi-Greens only managed to attract 2.52 percent of the national vote which means they will not be represented in Parliament because they did not meet the minimum 3 percent threshold to be able to be represented.This is in contrast to 2007 when New Democracy won 152 seats with 41.8 percent of the vote, PASOK won 102 seats with 38.10 percent of the vote, KKE 22 seats with 8.15 percent of the vote , SYRIZA  14 seats with 5.04 percent of the vote and LAOS 10 seats with 3.8 percent of the vote.38 electoral regions shifted from New Democracy to PASOK in the national elections. The electoral regions which shifted to PASOK include Evro, Drama, Kavalas, A’ Thessaloniki, B’ Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kilkis, Imathia, Pierias, Florina, Kozani, Grevena, Ioannina, Arta, Thesprotia, Preveza, Larisa, Magnisia, Trikala, Karditsa, Kerkyra, Leykada, Kefallonia Fthiotida, Fokida, A’ Athinon, B’ Athinon, Attiki, Korinthia, Arkadia, Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Kyklades.New Democracy maintained its traditional support in Pella, Serres, Kastoria, Argolida, Messinia and Lakonia while PASOK maintained its traditional base of support in Rodopi, Xanthi, Zakynthos, Aitoloarkania, Achaia, Ileia, Euboia, Evritania, Evoia, B’ Pireaus, Dodecanese, Chania, Irakleio, and Lasidi.Voting in the key electoral regions in Athens, Thessaloniki and Pireaus show that the swing against New Democracy have been greater than the swing to PASOK.In the electoral region of A’ Athinon there has been a 8.4 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 5.6 percent to PASOK.In the electoral region of B’ Athinon there has been a 8.6 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 6.2 percent swing to PASOK.In the electoral region of A’ Pireaus there has been a 8 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 6.2 percent swing to PASOK.In the electoral region of B’ Pireaus there has been a 9.3 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 6.5 percent swing to PASOK.In the electoral region of A’ Thessaloniki there has been a 7 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 4.4 percent swing to PASOK.In the electoral region of B’ Thessaloniki there has been a 7.3 percent swing away from New Democracy and a 4.6 percent swing to PASOK. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Another day, another Doctor Who rumor: British tabloid The Mirror tipped the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey return of the First Doctor this Christmas.David Bradley will reportedly reprise his role as William Hartnell’s Time Lord during the annual holiday special.Hartnell joined the show, originally pitched as a children’s series, in 1963; he played the titular character for three years until his deteriorating health and poor relations with the production team ultimately led to his departure in 1966.The London-born actor was twice fictionalized: first as a character in Doctor Who audio drama Pier Pressure, starring Sixth Doctor Colin Baker; and again in 2013 TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time about the creation of Doctor Who, in which he was portrayed by Bradley.Perhaps best known as Hogwarts’ cantankerous caretaker in the Harry Potter films, Bradley also appeared in 2012 episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” alongside the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory, and Rory’s dad.And he may return to the Whoniverse later this year, as the First and Twelfth Doctors must “work together to save home planet Gallifrey by moving it to another dimension,” according to The Mirror.David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell in “Adventures in Space and Time” (via BBC America)“David was convincing as Hartnell [in An Adventure in Space and Time], it’s exciting he’s back,” the paper said, citing an “insider.”The BBC has remained mostly mum about season 10—the last for star Peter Capaldi and producer Steven Moffat, who already teased the return of a previous incarnation of the Master.If John Simm can wreak havoc alongside Michelle Gomez’s Missy, why shouldn’t a dead Doctor have another go at the TARDIS?“Four years ago [in the 50th anniversary special “The Day of The Doctor”] it took all the previous Doctors to save Gallifrey, so maybe some of the others will also pop up in Capaldi’s swansong,” The Mirror‘s anonymous source said.“It’s great that the First Doctor will be there to help out during those all-important regeneration moments,” they continued, hinting that the now-infamous close-up shot of Capaldi’s eyes in “The Day of the Doctor” was actually “the start of his own regeneration.”Like I said: wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.While fans should probably take these rumors with a pretty big grain of salt, they’re not entirely farfetched. After all, it does sound like a great way for Moffat to tie up loose ends before handing Doctor Who off to showrunner-in-wait Chris Chibnall.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Autumn Statement speech that fuel duty will be frozen at 57.95p litre for the seventh consecutive year from April 2017.The continued freeze is estimated to save the average car driver £130 a year and van drivers £350 a year. This is the longest fuel duty freeze in 40 years.Rupert Pontin, director of valuations at Glass, said: “For the motorist using their car today, the fuel duty freeze is good news. For people whose personal budgets are under some pressure, these measures are worthwhile if unspectacular.”Charlie Elphicke, member of Parliament for Dover and chair of APPG for Fair Fuel, added: “I’m delighted the Chancellor listened to the concerns of drivers and FairFuelUK supporters up and down the land. He is absolutely right to put more money in the pockets of hard-pressed families and small businesses.”last_img read more

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said an endangered adult who had gone missing in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday night, has been safely recovered.According to Miami-Dade Police, 57-year-old Hugo Valencia had been last seen on Sunday, near the 700 Block of Northwest 102nd Street. He was seen wearing a blue shirt and beige pants.Police said Valencia, who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair, had left his residence on foot and did not contact any family members while he was gone.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNew York-based b-to-b media publisher Asset International, which serves the the finance market, is continuing its growth into the European market by further segmenting its aiCIO (chief investment officer) brand into more regionally-focused editions. Since launching in 2009, the brand has averaged 50 percent revenue growth each year—spread across digital, events and print. The brand has been producing regionally-based events in Europe and Austraila, and is now planning to customize its editorial content to those areas as well. “We’re making a bigger push on the geographic side to create new versions of our websites and print editions to go with our geographically-based events,” says Jason Cassidy, senior vice president of strategy and development. Editorially, the new demographic editions, as aiCIO editor Kip McDaniel refers to them, will better target investment issues relevant to a particular region or country. “Editorially, our focus is on pools of money of a half-billion dollars and larger,” he says. “Around half of those are U.S.-based and about half are non-U.S., but based in markets with strong retirement markets. It made sense for us to focus our content on those markets. At first we were serving our content equally to all parts of the globe. As our audience grows we want to refine that.”That refinement will naturally begin to focus on content of use to a local market. Not all U.S. financial policy decisions, for example, impact everyone around the world. “A Dutch pension fund doesn’t really care about the Dodd-Frank Act,” adds McDaniel.Nevertheless, the magazine will continue to offer global content that’s shared between editions. “A lot of what a global head of a pension plan cares about is truly global in nature,” says Cassidy. “It’s similar to other sectors, like IT. A lot of the content is global, and then there’s the local content to attract a dedicated reader.”Right now, aiCIO has about 20,000 subscribers, just about split between print and digital platforms. And its site broke a record in February with 30,000 uniques. On the business side, the new content segments open up opportunities for an expanded advertising pool. “Clearly there are players that are trying to reach a global market, but there are advertisers who—especially based on the nuances of where budgets are being allocated—are spending on U.S. or European markets only,” says Cassidy.last_img read more

first_imgMedak: Chairmen of various corporations called on ZP Chairperson Hema Latha on Tuesday for TRS membership.Housing Chairman Bhoomi Reddy, Election Reddy, P Bhoopathi Reddy, Rajamallu, Manoharabad Vice MPP Vittal Reddy, farmer coordination samithi president Sudhakar Reddy,Shoban Raj, Mahesh Goud, Chandu, Shiva and others were present.last_img

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:34 X Tobin Arthur says his company angelMD works like a “Match.com” for startups.Houston lags behind other cities when it comes to raising money, or “venture capital,” for startups.Seattle-based angelMD may be here to help.It’s itself a startup and recently opened an office in the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute here in Houston.We spoke with CEO Tobin Arthur for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Listen Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Submit Looking for a case for your iPhone or iPad? Or maybe a screen protector? ESR has you covered in its latest set of deals.ESR Cases and Screen Protectors are Discounted for a Limited Time – Grab them TodayIn the list of available discounts from ESR, we’re gonna kick things off with the company’s tempered glass case for the iPhone X. Usually this retails for a price of $18.99, which is not that expensive at all, but it’s now down to just $13.29 once you apply the code 8NXB9J8L at checkout. We highly recommend this one if you’re looking for all around protection.The soft marble pattern case for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus is also discounted today from $7.99 to $3.79 if you apply the code TU6IO7DX at checkout. For just $3.79, it’s an insanely good deal.Moving on, iPad 9.7-inch users can pick up the lightweight smart case for a price of just $9.99 instead of $12.99. It doubles up as a kickstand and will protect your tablet’s display as well. Use the code IPAD2018 at checkout for the discount.On the screen protector side of the fence, ESR’s full coverage screen protector for the iPhone X is discounted to just $3.46 from $10.19. If you are looking for some protection for your iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, then the company’s 3-pack screen protector deal is for you. It’s available for just $3.49 instead of $10.49. And last but not the least, the 3-pack of ESR’s iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus screen protectors is down to just $3.49 instead of $10.19. All screen protector deals require the code 9PPNOQ4F at checkout.last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Costa Rican lawmakers will discuss a draft bill to determine whether it is fair that physicians receive a salary increase every time an adjustment in wages is approved for other workers.The bill is at the top of the Legislative Assembly agenda and is expected to be voted on in a first round of debate Tuesday night.The current law states that doctor bonuses and incentives for overtime, availability and night shifts are taken into account within a regular salary, but lawmakers believe this is “a misinterpretation of the law.”The Social Security System, or Caja, currently must resolve some 2,000 lawsuits filed by doctors for payment of these incentives. The Caja already has lost more than 300 of the lawsuits, costing the state-run health care system ₡3.5 billion ($7 million).The law, created in 1982, has caused much controversy because Caja officials said the wage system could take the institution into bankruptcy.It is estimated that the remaining cases could mean payments of some ₡174 billion ($348 million) to other doctors.A ruling today by lawmakers would not end lawsuits already in process.On Monday, the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) announced that they will protest in coming days to force lawmakers to vote on changes that would “keep all other workers from getting fair wage increases.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more