LATEST STORIES The 14-year-old from Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte got his chance for redemption after blazing the trail in the boys’ 5000-meter run on Thursday in the Mindanao qualifying leg of the sportsfest in search of the finest athletes age 15 years old and younger.“I ran in the finals last year, but didn’t finish the race,” said Gumban in Filipino after topping his event in 17 minutes and 14 seconds to retain the title he captured in the qualifiers in 2018 Oroquieta City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Grade 8 long-distance runner from Sto. Tomas National High School injured his foot during the finals in Baguio City last year.“I’ll come in prepared for the finals, I don’t want to waste this opportunity again,’’ said Gumban, who ruled the same event last week in the Davao Regional Athletic Association meet. View comments 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Either Ormoc City or Tagbilaran in Bohol will host the 2020 Batang Pinoy National Finals.Gumban got off his bunk as early as three hours before the race and defeated Lordy Salpid of General Santos City (19:05.07) and Rome Laviste Jr. of Davao del Sur (19:12.66).He intends to pull off a hat-trick by winning the steeplechase and 1500m at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex track oval before the meet organized by the Philippine Sports Commission ends Sunday.Mary Joy Mancera of Davao del Sur shared the spotlight with Gumban after dominating the girls’ discus throw (26.28 meters) while Rona Bacus of Cagayan de Oro asserted herself in the girls’ triple jump (11.01 meters).Zamboanga City was a force in pencak silat with 13 gold medals, overwhelming South Cotabato and General SantosCity, which collected six gold apiece.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Alex Cabagnot happy to see former players Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio in the PBA TAGUM CITY—Aaron Gumban’s golden dream ended in tatters in the previous Batang Pinoy national finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Zamboanga City also showed its might in karatedo with three golds courtesy of Hanica Regino (girls 11-12 intermediate kata) and Jullian Pueblo (boys 12-13 intermediate kata pool A and C).Duplicating Zamboanga’s feat at the NCCC mall were Mary Geerica Galsing (girls 8-9 intermediate kata), Christian John Borongan (boys 12-13 intermediate kata Pool B) and Marcu Noel Pacapac (boys 8-9 advance kata) for Calamba, Misamis Occidental.Swimmer John Alexander Talosig increased his gold-medal production to four after besting the field in the boys 13-15 200m freestyle (2:05.43) and 15-under 400m individual medley (5:00.58).The 14-year-old from Southern Christian College eatlier won the boys 13-15 200m IM (2:19.74) and 15-under 1500m free (17:52.25).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Sun force Game 5 in WNBA Finals with win over Mystics Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The 23-year-old Obiena, however, doesn’t want any hint of overconfidence as he sees his competition on equal footing heading into the regional meet.“I may have the slight edge but it’s a competition. Anything can happen. Hopefully, I can be the one standing on top of the podium holding the Philippine flag,” said Obiena during the PSA Forum Tuesday at Amelie Hotel Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTS Greatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe 6-foot-2 Obiena is fully aware that the stakes are high given that he will be competing before a hometown crowd expecting nothing less than for him to finish on top.“What I can do is do what I can,” said Obiena, whose father Emerson is a silver medalist in the 1995 SEA Games and a bronze medalist in the 2005 SEA Games. “I will do my best to win the SEA Games gold. It’s our home country. It’s going to be a shame if I lose and I know that,” said Obiena, fully recovered from an ACL injury he sustained just days before the 2017 edition.The pole vault competition is set Dec. 7 at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, which is the main hub of the biennial event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES FILE – Obiena exults after clearing 5.71 meters for the championship and the new meet record. —AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino Olympian EJ Obiena looms as one of the favorites to win the gold in pole vaulting in the Southeast Asian Games here later this year.Obiena has a personal best 5.81 meters, a distance which ranks 10th in the world and is .46 meters than Thailand’s Porranot Purahon’s mark that won the gold in the 2017 SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Coco Crisp tinkered with his swing for a few days and finally got the results he has been looking for.That is critical for a team trying to hang on in the AL West after owning the best record in baseball for a majority of the season.Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the A’s beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Aug. 19 to snap a five-game losing streak.“I haven’t been hitting well at all so I’m trying to figure out some things to try to be successful with whatever I’m dealing with,” Crisp said. “These past couple of days, whatever I’ve been trying to do it seems like it could work so I’m trying to stick with that and see what happens.”Crisp wouldn’t divulge what changes he has made to his swing but it is clear he knew something had to change.Coming off a miserable road trip when he went 2-for-23, Crisp grounded out and singled before lining an 0-1 pitch from Mets starter Dillon Gee down the right field line with the bases loaded. It was Crisp’s third triple this season.The A’s, who avoided losing six consecutive games for the first time since 2012, remained a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.“It’s very rare that he goes through a stretch like that,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said of Crisp. “It’s not like he was striking out all the time (or) taking off-balance swings. A hit like that, especially with runners in scoring position in a tight game, can do wonders for the personality.”Kazmir (14-5) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He retired nine of his final 10 batters after giving up a solo home run to Travis d’Arnaud leading off the fourth.New York lost its third straight.Oakland had been mired in a team-wide hitting slump before coming up with its most productive game in a week.Crisp, the A’s leadoff hitter who has been in and out of the lineup with lingering neck pain, provided the biggest boost with his first multi-hit game since July 8.Josh Reddick added a two-run homer, and Alberto Callaspo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly two batters before Crisp’s bases-clearing hit.The Mets avoided making history but couldn’t snap their skid.New York had been held to four hits or fewer in its previous five games. According to stats provided to the team by Elias Sports Bureau, no club had ever done that in six straight.The Mets managed seven hits this time but it wasn’t enough to prevent their second loss in three games against the A’s this season.Gee (4-6) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander fell to 0-5 in his past seven starts and is winless since July 9.“He was up in the zone,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s not where he’s supposed to be. The balls Coco hit were because he fell behind in the count. He’s a better pitcher than he’s showing.”(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The upcoming World Test Championship will feature jersey numbers behind the white shirts for the first time but there are two numbers that the Indian team is unlikely to use during the Test series against the West Indies in Antigua starting 22 August.Sachin Tendulkar’s famous jersey No 10 has already been “unofficially retired” by the BCCI from white-ball cricket after pacer Shardul Thakur wore it briefly and was heavily trolled on social media.While no Indian players wear the No 10 jersey as a mark of respect for Tendulkar’s stupendous achievements, there is a strong possibility that jersey No 7 worn by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in limited-overs will also not be used in the days’ format.It is learned that most of the Indian players will opt for their limited-overs jersey numbers.”Virat is expected to wear 18 while Rohit wears 45. Most of the players will wear their respective ODI and T20 numbers. Since MS is no longer playing Test cricket, jersey No.7 is available but there is very little chance that any of the players will wear it,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.”People relate jersey No 7 with MS. The consignment of numbered jerseys will only arrive in the Caribbean only after ODI series,” he added.While a jersey can’t be retired officially, the BCCI may mull a move as Dhoni’s stature in Indian cricket is such and they also have the Thakur trolling incident on the back of their minds.Dhoni, who has been playing limited-overs internationals since 2015, has taken a two-month sabbatical to serve the Parachute Regiment under the Territorial Army where he is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.advertisementThe Ashes, starting 1 August, will be the first bilateral under the World Championship banner. It will also be the first such series where players will have jersey numbers.The move by ICC is an effort to popularise the game and help fans connect better with the players.Also Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbers
Here’s what he had to say via David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times.“I really do think that Clemson is a great program, but there will never be another Alabama. I feel like we’re in our own realm…Georgia is definitely the hardest team I’ve played in college.”More from Alabama LB Dylan Moses: “Georgia is definitely the hardest team I’ve played in college.” #SECMD19— David Paschall (@DavidSPaschall) July 17, 2019It’s an interesting series of comments from Moses, especially considering the result of Alabama’s games against Georgia and Clemson.Alabama defeated Georgia in the SEC Title Game by a final score of 35-28. Two games later, Clemson smoked the Tide in the national title, winning 44-16.To say an undefeated Clemson team that won the national title by nearly 30 points isn’t as good as Georgia is definitely a hot take. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers is wrapped up by Dylan Moses #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier this week, SEC Media Days kicked off with coaches and players from the conference talking about the upcoming season.On Wednesday morning, it was Alabama’s turn. Head coach Nick Saban was the biggest draw of the day, but it was one of his players that stole the show.Star linebacker Dylan Moses made a few controversial comments about the previous season and Clemson’s football program.According to Moses, Georgia is the “hardest” team Alabama played last season, not Clemson. He also thinks the Tigers aren’t on Alabama’s level as an entire program.
Kolkata: The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday called off the aggressive public campaign on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill , scheduled to take place on Thursday.The medical association emergency action committee changed its earlier decision about the withdrawal of services on August 8. IMA in a press release on Wednesday said that they deferred their agitation and health services in the hospitals will function normally on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMedical students and resident doctors across the state took a war path and remained adamant with their decision. Ever since the IMA, the largest organisation of doctors in the country spelt out their movement, the doctors in various government hospitals in the state responded to the call. The doctors from various government hospitals and various organisations of doctors in the state were continuing agitation against the NMC Bill. They took to streets with banners and festoons. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA few days ago, doctors observed a token protest and did not attend the patients in the outpatient departments of various state-run medical colleges in the state inconveniencing patients. The IMA decided to cancel the withdrawal of health services after a delegation under the leadership of IMA National President, Dr Santanu Sen along with other senior leaders, medical student representatives and junior doctors met with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. In view of the certain clarifications and assurances given by him and considering the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy flood situation in North East, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts of the country as well as untimely sad demise of former Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj, IMA deferred its call for withdrawal of services. The date will be fixed later. The IMA officials also felt the need for further dialogue and creating awareness about hazards of certain provisions of NMC Bill. IMA has decided an aggressive public campaign against section 32, 50 and 51 which legitimise quackery, capping of fee in undergraduate and post graduate medical education and the lingering uncertainty of the career of medical students. IMA also appeals to the President of India to withhold assent until the dangers of the bill are adequately addressed.
Singapore: India looks at an open, inclusive and balanced region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law, External Affairs Minister S Jaishanakar said on Monday, as he sought Singapore’s support in addressing the challenges posed by the changing world. Addressing the inaugural session of India Singapore: The Next Phase of Strategic Partnership, Jaishankar said, “There is no hegemonic power to underwrite an international order but nor is there a global compact among nations. The international situation today is under stress.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn geopolitics, it’s not only the rise of China and the sharper competition between the United States and China but the simultaneous rise of several countries, the promise of an Asian century whose rise still has challenges to overcome, he said. “We do see multilateralism in retreat. There are question marks about the effectiveness of institution that we have set up in the last 50 years,” he said. Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, Jaishankar said, “We look at an open, inclusive and balance region connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, underpinned by the rule of law and anchored in ASEAN unity and centrality with East Asia Summit as its principal forum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHis comments came amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. “We are poised at a very important juncture in the world politics. It is not obviously an easy time, but also not a disheartening time. I think a lot would depend on the imagination and the dexterity with which we together address many of the challenges,” he said. Recalling India’s ties with Singapore, Jaishankar, who was earlier posted in Singapore as the high commissioner said, “When we came together in the contemporary phase of our relationship, it was the time when the world was changing and India was changing.The two changes had something to do with each other. “At that time India was facing severe balance of payments crisis and was embarking on radical economic reform. Then world was changing and the Cold War was coming to an end. “It was very clear that a lot of assumptions on which the world was working had to be revised. In that situation, India turned to Singapore and Singapore responded. We had the Look East Policy. Singapore then became a key partner in India’s growth and development,” Jaishankar added. It also became a bridge to this region, he said. “In 1992, India launched the India-Asian partnership and by 2005 we were members of the East Asia Summit,” the minister said. During that period Singapore was a direct source of investments into India. Its financial market was a major source of capital. Singapore was the first country with whom India signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, he said. “We have a robust defence relationship. We have just completed 25 years of uninterrupted naval exercises which I think is the longest India had with any country. Now we have extended it as a trilateral with Thailand,” he said. “In political, strategic as well as economic and commercial areas, Singapore has become a fulcrum for India’s policies east of India. Today, what started as a bilateral relationship is something that has grown very much bigger,” he said ahead of his meeting with the leaders of the country.
US builders began work on fewer houses in November, though 2012 likely to show big gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 10:25 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer houses in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was 3 per cent less than October’s annual rate of 888,000, the fastest since July 2008.Still, the decline follows months of strong gains. Housing starts remain on track for their best year in four years, and the housing market overall appears to be sustaining its recovery.An encouraging sign was that applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, rose to 899,000 in November, the most since July 2008.“Growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months … so some giveback is not a concern at this point,” said Robert Kavcic, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.Housing starts fell 5.2 per cent in the Northeast from October to November. Starts in the West fell 19.2 per cent. Over the past year, housing starts have declined nearly 26 per cent in the Northeast, the only region to record a year-over-year drop.The overall slide in construction in November was due to single-family homes. Builders began work on 4.1 per cent fewer single-family homes than in October. By contrast, construction of apartment buildings, which tends to fluctuate sharply, rose 1.4 per cent in November, driven by higher rents.Housing starts were 21.6 per cent higher last month than in November 2011. Housing starts are far above the annual rate of 478,000 touched in April 2009, the recession low. They’re still well short of the roughly 1.5 million annual rate consistent with a healthy market.But numerous signs suggest that the housing market is picking up. Builder confidence rose in December for a seventh straight month to the highest level in more than 6 1/2 years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.The index of builder sentiment rose two points to 47, the highest since 2006. Builders are more optimistic, in particular, about current sales and buyer traffic, the survey found.Readings below 50 still signal negative sentiment about the housing market. But the index has been rising since October 2011, when it was 17.More people are looking for a new house or apartment, encouraged by modest job gains, a gradually improving economy and mortgage rates near record-low levels. At the same time, fewer homes are available for sale. The low supply is helping lift prices.Sales of previously occupied homes rose 2.1 per cent in October. New-home sales fell slightly that month, slowed by steep declines in the Northeast from Superstorm Sandy. But they were still 17 per cent higher that month than in the same month a year ago.Sandy struck the East Coast on Oct. 29, disrupting businesses and cutting off power to 8 million homes in 10 states.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing sales market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the homebuilders association.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motor Codes, the government-backed self-regulatory body for garages, is moving to cut car buyer complaints with a consultation on the development of a code of practice.The average amount that Office of Fair Trading research says is spent by motorists on rectifying faults with newly purchased used cars is £425. Motor Codes, the operator of a code of practice for UK garages, is now developing a used car code to combat this problem, identify responsible businesses and boost car-buyer confidence.Designed to let customers know exactly what to expect from a retailer, the used car sales code will set out a step-by-step customer service charter, covering all aspects of a car purchase, from advertising to aftersales. Its content is currently the subject of an industry-wide debate, with used car retailers, manufacturers, Trading Standards and the media mapping out the most effective content. Motor Codes is also urging car buyers to voice their concerns and have their say about what standards retailers should commit to.“Despite the vast majority of used car retailers upholding the very best service standards and there being clear regulations in place, figures from the OFT tell us that consumers are nervous about buying used cars,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes Managing Director. “This needn’t be the case. Garages across the whole of the UK back the principles of our Service and Repair Code, backed by our independent advice service. Motorists can already make an informed choice on where to take their car for a service. With the used car code, they’ll be able to choose with confidence where to spend their hard-earned cash when it comes to replacing their car.”With over 6,000 garages committed to its existing customer service guidelines, Motor Codes aims to offer peace of mind to motorists throughout all dealings with their garage or car dealer.Visitors to its website can use an online garage finder and are presented with a list of local garages, complete with ratings and comments from existing customers clearly visible.“Motor Codes offers a network of safe haven garages,” added Mr Mason. “When the used car code is adopted, this will complete our offering to motorists. In all their dealings with garages or car retailers we want people to be reassured that they can find a business they can trust. This way, we can make an impact on reducing those complaint figures and make car ownership a much more hassle-free experience.”Initial consultation on the used car sales code commenced this week, with public opinion due to be sought later in the year.Motorists wanting to search for garages signed up to the existing Service and Repair Code should visit www.motorcodes.co.uk.
A ‘bed-blocking’patient has been left waiting more than three and a half years to be discharged from hospital despite being declared fit to leave. The patient, who has not been named, and who suffers from a “serious mental health condition” plus a learning disability and physical health problems, has now been in a hospital bed for 1,338 days.Welsh cabinet secretary for health, Vaughan Gething, sent the figures to Conservative Assembly member Darren Millar after he called for details on the longest number of bed days lost by individual patients experiencing delayed transfers of care. No patient should have to wait almost four years to be discharged from hospitalDarren Millar Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In the letter, Mr Gething lists the longest delays experienced by individual patients at each of Wales’s seven health boards, as of January 2017, and reveals that along with the Hywel Dda University Health Board patient who has been waiting for three-and-a-half years, two other patients in the country have been stuck in hospital beds for more than a year-and-a-half each.Mr Millar described the delays as “truly scandalous” and said it was clear that a more integrated approach between the Welsh NHS and other care providers was long overdue.He said: “No patient should have to wait almost four years to be discharged from hospital.”While bed blocking is extremely costly for the NHS in Wales, the real cost is the quality of life of patients for whom it affects.” The letter goes on to say that it is anticipated that the health board’s clinical team anticipates being able to discharge them “in about six months”.Mr Gething wrote: “We have recently been advised that using a bespoke commissioning approach, the health board has secured a provider who is able to meet all of the patient’s complex needs, subject to some structural alterations to their premises.”Two other health boards, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) (589 days) and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (583 days) were caring for patients who had been waiting more than a year to be discharged, according to the letter.Commenting on the letter, a spokesman for the Welsh Government said the figures must be seen in context.He said: “Delayed transfers of care are at their lowest level for 12 years.”This is an exceptional achievement, especially when considered against the backdrop of increasing demand on services as our population ages.”The patients referred to in this correspondence had complex needs associated with mental health conditions and required highly specialist – often bespoke – services to be put in place. None were occupying acute hospital beds.”Mr Gething also wrote that the February census period had shown a reduction in delayed transfers of care for the fourth successive month.The Labour AM said: “We continue to have lower totals than were previously seen in Wales … this position has been achieved despite additional pressures the NHS in Wales faces through the winter months and against a backdrop of increasing demand for both health and social care services as our population ages.”Welsh Conservative shadow health secretary Angela Burns AM said the “shocking” figures were “a further indictment of the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to process patients through hospitals and into community care within an acceptable timescale”.Joe Teape, director of operations for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are unable to discuss individual patient cases, however we continue to work hard to reduce delayed transfers of care and have good relationships with our local authority and third-sector partners in providing care in the community as and when appropriate.” Patients are being left on hospital wards when they could be cared for in the communityCredit:Peter Byrne /PA A spokesman for ABMU Health Board said the 589-day delay was due to waiting for adaptations to the patient’s home to be completed.He said: “ABMU Health board, working closely with local authority and other partners, strives to discharge patients from hospital as soon as they are well enough to leave, either to their own homes or to the next stage of their care.”However, our overriding priority is to ensure patients are discharged into a safe environment.”For some patients this means they will require additional support arrangements to be put in place, which can include home adaptations requiring to be carried out prior to discharge.”Cardiff and Vale University Health Board was contacted for comment.For each health board the number of bed days lost as a result of an individual patient experiencing delayed transfer of care as of January 2017 were as follows:Hywel Dda University Health Board: 1,338Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board: 589Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: 583Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: 330Powys Teaching Health Board: 218Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: 162Cwm Taf University Health Board: 135
Savvy computer users are often suspicious about links, and rightly so. Clicking the wrong one could cause malicious code to execute, which could do anything from infecting your computer with malware to, apparently, wiping your phone data completely. At the Ekoparty security conference, researcher Ravi Borganokar demonstrated how a single line of HTML code could be used to run a factory reset or even clear the SIM card on certain Samsung phones. All it requires is for the user to click a link, scan a QR code, or read an NFC tag, and once it starts the user can’t back out.The exploit uses Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes, which are normally dialed into GSM phones to register them, perform diagnostics, or otherwise communicate with cell network servers. The exploit cleverly embeds a remote wipe USSD code into a web page so that it immediately loads into a phone’s dialer. On some Samsung phones running TouchWiz, the device will then automatically dial the code and start the process. Susceptible models include the Galaxy Beam and Galaxy S2. Though apparently the issue was patched on some models and the AT&T Galaxy S3, for example, is not vulnerable.Samsung is currently looking into the issue further, and details are still coming out about which devices are affected. For the time being, however, it appears that only Samsung phones running TouchWiz are susceptible (so not the Galaxy Nexus or any device running stock Android), and only if the malicious URL is loaded in the stock browser, rather than Chrome. The current fix for the issue is to disable automatic site loading in QR and NFC readers, and be careful about clicking potentially dodgy links.Android enthusiasts generally dislike TouchWiz and other manufacturer modifications to the OS because they get in the way of a pure Android experience. But this exploit highlights a more serious problem with Android’s openness: another layer of software means more potential for security holes.via Slashgear
Pizza is enjoyed by the millions, yet it isn’t only savored in bars and restaurants. Foodies now have another hotspot to appreciate this cheesy Italian dish: The Museum of Pizza.Located in Brooklyn, New York, this exhibit-meets-Instagram playground gives visitors a glimpse of the past, present, and future of pizza via artwork. From psychedelic pies to abstract slices, The Museum of Pizza doesn’t come short on culinary admiration. As a creation of Nameless Network, a Brooklyn-based youth media network, The Museum of Pizza aims to celebrate pizza culture and explain why pizza is a game-changer when it comes to comfort food.Ready to feast your eyes on all things pizza? Read on to learn about The Museum of Pizza, which will be open until Nov. 18, and why it’s worth a trip for your social media feed.Pizza in the Past“History of Pizza” (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)Your first stop at The Museum of Pizza is a cinema room, where you’ll get the 411 on pizza’s historical facts. Dubbed “History of Pizza,” this interactive movie exhibit provides background information on Italy’s cuisine roots, key pizza ingredients, and how delivery boxes rose in popularity during the ’40s and ’50s. Fun fact: According to The Museum of Pizza, approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. That’s a lot of ooey, gooey, and cheesy effort.Trippy Parlor“Psychedelic Pizza Parlor” print (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)A plate isn’t the only place for your delicious pie. Pizza culture is the next must-see exhibit on the tour, and artists including Sarah Bahbah and Jeremy Couillard, are serving up slices in many art forms. Take in a pizza box collage or trippy graphic pizza print at the exhibit, “Psychedelic Pizza Parlor.” Considering there are so many paintings, prints, and plushy variations of pizza, you’ll want to carve out at least 10 minutes to see the meal in the most beautiful, colorful, and wacky forms.Pizza box art (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)A Slice of Instagram Heaven“Pizza Beach” (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)Behind the glass? Not here. Visitors get to take part in the “cheesy” fun at The Museum of Pizza with interactive 3-D art exhibits that highlight the famous dish.Hit up “Pizza Beach,” by Adam Green, to soak in the sun, enjoy the water, and get lost in a pizza paradise. Or, if you’re dying to see the fusion of beauty and pizza, come see “Say Cheese” by Shawna X, where there are sculptures of a pizza compact, pizza lipstick, and toe nail art designs. The best part? It’s all open for the ‘gram, just in case you wanted to snap some shots of your pizza-perfect atmosphere.“Say Cheese” by Shawna X (Photo Credit: Genevieve ScaranoIn-the-Box Predictions“Welcome to the future/Dark side of Moon” by Gazoo (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)We dabbled in pizza’s past and present, but we’re even more curious about its future. Even though technology will continue to increase, pizza isn’t going anywhere. It will still be in different forms, whether it’s a classic margherita style or a deep dish pie, and consumed by the masses worldwide. As “Welcome to the future/Dark side of Moon” by Gazoo suggests, “The Future is Pizza.” It could be 2018 or 3018, and pizza will still be a top meal pick for generations to come.More on Geek.com:National Pizza Month: Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza FlavorsAstronauts: They’re Just Like Us! Rocketeer Orders Pizza on Return to EarthDomino’s Japan Introduces the Decadent Ultra-Topping Pizza Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site
UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya Apparently stung by high profile flight from the country of several economic offenders, premier crime investigative agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against top banker Chanda Kochhar, who is being probed over alleged fraud during her tenure as the chief executive officer and managing director of ICICI Bank.Apart from Chanda Kochhar, the lookout notices also include her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot. The development comes weeks after Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a criminal case against them for alleged money laundering, according to media reports.The CBI and the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken opposition flak over the flight aboard of several top businessmen including liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchants Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi. Facing the general election in a matter of weeks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government can ill-afford to face another embarrassing flight in a high profile economic offence investigation.The CBI last year issued lookout circulars at all airports against Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot last year. The Economics Times reports this is the first time LOC has been issued against Chanda Kochhar.”LOCs were filed after the FIR and are mandatory in cases where such economic offences are alleged. In recent times, keeping an eye on travel plans is a top concern for regulators,” the newspaper quoted an official as saying.ED registered a criminal case for alleged money laundering against the Kochhars, Dhoot, and others, to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning a Rs 1,875-crore loan to the corporate group.ED filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, taking into account a CBI complaint filed last month. An ECIR is the ED’s equivalent of a police first information report (FIR). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANSThe agency is probing the possibility of amassing tainted assets from any kickbacks the loan deal might have generated. The ED is expected to summon the accused named in the ECIR soon, according to reports.Allegations of conflict of interest against the CEO first arose in October 2016 following the ICICI Bank’s sanctioning of a loan to the Videocon Group. The allegation was that though Kochhar’s husband had alleged beneficial business dealings with Videocon managing director Venugopal Dhoot, yet the bank CEO continued to function on the credit committee that sanctioned the loan in 2012.An ICICI Bank inquiry found that Kochhar violated the bank’s code of conduct and its board decided to treat her October resignation – tendered while she was on leave – as a termination. Kochhar said she was “utterly disappointed, hurt and shocked” by the decision. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:39Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Bungie’s next big title, the first-person shooter space-themed pseudo MMO Destiny, is due out in one week on September 9. If you participated in the beta or watched livestreams but still need something to satiate your caped space warrior hunger, Bungie has something that should hold you over until next week. Using Google’s Street View technology, Bungie has built Destiny Planet View, allowing you to explore various game worlds using the familiar Street View medium.Planet View gives you an audio tour of the game’s locales, providing trivia and tidbits about the game’s lore mixed in with real facts about the corresponding real-life planets.Using the Planet Viewer, you can explore Mars, Venus, and the Moon as they appear in Destiny. The accompanying narration explains why, for instance, Venus is rife with jungles as opposed to a barren space rock like the real-life analog. Mars is still a desert, though it’s occupied by a military faction, while the Moon is occupied by an ancient evil, which will hopefully turn out less cliché in the game than it sounds in summary.When exploring, you can click on game-related objects in the environment to receive more info, such as vehicles, items, and even Easter eggs. It’s obviously not as expansive as a regular Street View experience, and Bungie didn’t throw the whole game into the engine so as to not ruin anything. It’s basically a glorified advertisement, but it’s much better than a standard commercial or pre-roll video ad on YouTube.
What is the correlation between the TV show Happy Days and the popular expression “Jumping the Shark”? Happy Days premiered on television on January 15, 1974. Within a few weeks, kids were at school giving Fonzie’s (Henry Winkler) “two-thumbs up” sign to everyone about everything, and for a while, it seemed like every other sound out of kids’ mouths was the character’s trademark “Ayyyyyy!”. Happy Days was wildly popular – until it “Jumped the Shark”. Yes, Happy Days is the origin of that saying. Publicity photo of Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard) from Happy Days.Some of the other characters in the show rubbed off on the kids too, or at least their trademark sayings. Much like “Bazinga!” from The Big Bang Theory when it first aired in 2007, people (meaning adults and children) told each other to “sit on it” when they wanted to tell them off – mostly it was joking.Sometimes people said “You’re a real Potsie”, after the character played by Anson Williams, but that was kind of rare. Some older boys, who wanted their peers to think they had gotten somewhere with a girl, would take after the character Richie Cunningham’s (Ron Howard) singing the first lines from Fats Domino’s 50s hit Blueberry Hill – “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill…”Photo from the premiere episode of the television program Happy Days. Richie (Ron Howard) is on a date with a pretty classmate (Kathy O’Dare) his friend, Potsie (Anson Williams), pushed him into asking for.High schools held “sock hops,” again in imitation of the show, and some girls would occasionally put their hair in a ponytail, wear their boyfriend’s varsity jacket and borrow some of their mom or grandma’s old poodle skirts. When Fonzie’s one great love Pinky Tuscadero (of course, with her “gang”, the Pinkettes) was introduced, some girls in school began to snap the fingers on both hands in the way the character did on TV – thankfully, Pinky was only on three shows.The show was one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, and for the first few years of its run, it, along with the ground-breaking series All in the Family, dominated the Nielsen ratings. Beyond the 50s theme, the show did delve into some current issues, but not too deeply. However it did include some interesting and poignant moments when Richie’s father or mother would teach him, or his sister Joanie about growing up.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Richie (Ron Howard) and Fonzie (Henry Winkler) at Fonzie’s apartment over the Cunningham’s garage. The episode deals with Fonzie’s destroyed motorcycle.One of the trademarks of the show was that Fonzie, the “greaser”, would not allow himself to be called “chicken”. Early in the show, we learned that he liked to jump motorcycles (which neatly played off the popularity of the sport because at the time, daredevil motorcycle jumper Evel Knievel was planning to jump the Snake River Canyon in his steam-powered Skycycle X-2. In the episode, which is a two-parter, Fonzie breaks his leg trying to set a new record but comes back after much doubt to do it successfully.Fast forward a couple of years later, and we have Fonzie in California with the Cunningham family and friends. He was recruited by a Hollywood scout to be in the movies and goes to LA, taking his adopted family with him. While there, his leather jacket and jeans on the beach draw the attention of a California golden-boy who calls himself “The California Kid”. Fast forward a bit and the Kid has challenged Fonzie to a water-skiing duel. Part of the reason for this was that Winkler (whose character was so popular he could make “suggestions” to the storyline) wanted to show off his water-skiing skills – at which he was quite good.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Fonzie (Henry Winkler), John Anthony Bailey, and Richie (Ron Howard), in “Fonzie’s Office” (the men’s room) at Arnold’s drive-in. The episode deals with Fonzie’s new friend and intolerance. When parents learned that Fonzie’s friend, Billy “Sticks” Downey, would be a guest at Richie’s party, they wouldn’t let their teens attend it.The key to all of this is that the jump isn’t going to be for distance, or over buoys, but over…a TIGER SHARK!!!”, and boy, was that played up in the time that people were still scared about Jaws. Much later, Ron Howard was talking about the show on a podcast, and related how he and Donnie Most (who played “Ralph Malph”) were looking over the script for the show. Most asked Howard: “What do you think of the script?”, to which Howard replied, sort of resignedly, “people like the show – it’s hard to argue with number one.” Then Most looked up and said, “He’s jumping a shark now?”Related Video:And with that, a phrase was born, though it would take a few years for someone to come up with it on his own to describe the exact time when anything (especially a TV show) had lurched from success into decline. A student named Jon Hein and his roommate, Sean Connolly were whiling away the hours one day in 1985, when they remembered Happy Days and how it got worse from the moment that Fonzie literally jumped the shark. Hein later wrote two books about the “jumping the shark” moments of TV shows, movies series’ and more, and the phrase became part of the lexicon.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Potsie (Anson Williams), Richie (Ron Howard), Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Ralph Malph (Donny Most) at Arnold’s drvie-in. The episode deals with Fonzie’s attempt to set a record by leaping over 14 garbage cans with his motorcycle.Lately, another phrase found its place next to “jumping the shark”, and that’s “nuke the fridge” from the last installment of the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, when the hero climbs into a fridge and survives an atomic blast. Critics blasted the moment.Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Photo by John Griffiths CC BY-SA 2.0As for us viewers in 1977, I don’t know what we were thinking. Actually, I was 14 and I do kind of remember being suckered. Making it worse, Fonzie was wearing his leather jacket while water-skiing. The end of the first segment left you hanging while you watched documentary clips of a tiger shark with ominous Jaws type music. “Is Fonzie gonna make it??” I know, in talking to my friends, that we all knew that he was going to – as if ABC was going to have its most beloved character eaten!Related Article: Why are Grumps called ‘Party Poopers’?But there was part of all of us that thought that would’ve been kind of cool, especially when the show kept going and going. It ran too long, until 1984, and it’s ratings were never the same after Fonzie was caught “jumping the shark”.
Fisherman on a boat off the Miami coast were enjoying a day on the water as they reeled in what looked like a nice sized shark. It turns out the shark was just bait for another massive bull shark that popped up out of nowhere to rip the catch.The stunned, tailless shark continued to thrash around as it spewed blood in the water to signal any other would be shark cannibals in the water. Merely a flesh wound.Sometimes you eat the shark, sometimes the shark eats you. This looks like Woj circling the LeBron James decision scoop.
A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 will hit the auction block in December, where it is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars, Christie’s said on Monday.The so-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts and being sold on Dec. 11, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs, then just 21, to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, Christie’s said.”It all started with the Apple-1 and with this particular machine,” said Andrew McVinish, Christie’s director of decorative arts.”When you see a child playing with an iPad or iPhone, not too many people know that it all started with the Apple-1,” he added. “So to be able to own a machine that started the digital revolution is a very powerful attraction.”The computer is being sold by Robert Luther, a Virginia collector who bought it in 2004 at a police auction of storage locker goods without knowing all the details of its history.”I knew it had been sold from the garage of Steve Jobs in July of 1976, because I had the buyer’s canceled check,” Luther wrote on a kickstarter page soliciting funding for a book on the machine’s history.”My computer had been purchased directly from Jobs, and based on the buyers address on the check, he lived four miles from Jobs.”In 1999, the Ricketts Apple-1 was acquired by Bruce Waldack, an entrepreneur who had just sold his company, DigitalNation. Waldack eventually lost his fortune, left the country and died in 2007. The Ricketts Apple-1 was auctioned at a self-storage facility in Virginia, where Luther purchased it.An Apple-1 expert serviced and started the computer, running the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and an original Apple-1 Star Trek game to test it out, Christie’s said.The computer will be sold with the canceled check from the original garage purchase on July 27, 1976 made out to Apple Computer by Charles Ricketts for $600, which Ricketts later labeled as “Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage in Los Altos”.A second canceled check for $193 from Aug. 5, 1976 is labeled “Software NA Programmed by Steve Jobs August 1976.” The checks were used as evidence for the city of Los Altos to designate the Jobs family home on Crist Drive for eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.Last month, the Henry Ford organization paid $905,000 at auction for one of the few remaining Apple-1 computers, which was more than twice the pre-sale estimate.Fewer than 50 original Apple-1s are believed to be in existence of the few hundred originally produced.(Editing by Patricia Reaney, Bernard Orr) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read November 3, 2014 Register Now »
Cancun, Q.R. — International travel figures have increased this year for Cancun and Riviera Maya with Houston, Chicago and Toronto leading the way.Marisol Vanegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, announced that in the first four months of 2018, figures from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation reported an increase in international and domestic passengers.He says the United States, Canada, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Brazil continue to be the main markets for international tourists for the region. He added that for the US market, the total number of passengers from Houston increased 3.8 percent with an increase of 1.9 percent from Chicago.The Toronto-Cancun route, he noted, saw the largest increase of 14.5 percent in passenger volume.According to a statement, the recent US Department of State Travel Advisory update issued by the US government says that as of July 16, the state of Quintana Roo maintains a Level 2 travel alert, the same level as other popular destinations including Berlin, London and Paris.According to the US update, although crime rates saw an increase since 2016, they say it is targeted toward criminal organizations adding, “There are no restrictions for US government employees traveling to Quintana Roo, which includes tourist areas such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya.” The summer vacation season for Cancun and Riviera Maya is in full swing with millions of students out of school and families hitting the beach for their summer vacation. The summer tourist season, which includes both national and international visitors, will continue until September.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Cancun, Q.R. — A video from a business in Cancun details three men arriving to demand extortion money from a small hotel.The video captured the extortion demand last week. It shows three men arriving to the small hotel lobby with two guarding the entrance and one approaching the manager. The hotel, which is located on José López Portillo Avenue, was one of 28 businesses asked for extortion money since January of this year.In this particular case, the man approaching the hotel manager shows him a gun and demands money in the name of the Cartel of Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).According to information provided by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, 28 extortion reports have been made before the Attorney General’s Office since January.Hernán Cordero Galindo, president of the civil association Ángel Ciudadano, said that they are aware of two businesses closing down over the past three months due to the demand of extortion payments.One of them was a private language school, while the other, a store. He says that in these cases, the businesses were receiving threats about the collection of “floor rights” adding that it is a common issue businesses owners deal with.The highest reported cases of extortion for businesses occurred between March and June of this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)