Estrella repays Co’s trust as Mapua finds silver lining in lost season

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Andoy Estrella for the lead! Bang! 74-71 Mapua. 20.6 left. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 5, 2017 And the graduating guard is just hoping that victories like these could spur the younger players on in the future.“These wins are big for us so that next season, the younger players that will come will have the confidence,” Estrella said. “It’s a boost in their morale, so I want them to think that we shouldn’t quit until the end. That even though we’re already out of the Final Four, we should continue playing, continue practicing, and continue fighting.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the game tied at 71 with 30 seconds left and the ball in his hands, Andoy Estrella only had one person in his mind: coach Atoy Co.“I knew I had to give him a reason to trust me again. I haven’t been playing that well lately. So during our practices, he was giving me confidence to make up for the bad games,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Estrella had the chance to redeem himself and Co gave him the opportunity to as the Cardinals went to the senior playmaker for the crucial basket.He measured his defender with the clock dwindling down. He stepped just before the arc and hoisted for a three over Flash Sadiwa. Swish. The Cardinals took the 74-71 advantage with 20.6 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What followed was a solid defensive job on the other end and a Leo Gabo layup to seal the game shut to hand Mapua its third win in 15 games with the 76-71 shocker over the Altas.“I just paid off the trust coach Atoy has been giving me,” said Estrella.It was not his first time to step up to the plate, burying a game-winner against Letran back in July for the Cardinals’ first win of the season.In a season where positives are not as abundant as the seasons prior, moments like Estrella’s game-winner are are a big deal for the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Tearful Andy Murray simply relieved to end losing grand slam run

first_imgOnce the immediate euphoria of winning Wimbledon for a second time had subsided, the tears flowing down Andy Murray’s face bore testament to the sheer relief surging through his body.Instead of charging up the stands to hug his nearest and dearest — as he had done in 2013 when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion — Murray slumped in his chair and sobbed into a towel just relieved to have ended a 36-month search for a third grand slam title.Sunday’s 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) victory over Milos Raonic ended a barren stretch that had included coming off second best in this year’s Australian and French Open finals to his nemesis-in-chief, Novak Djokovic.While the world number one’s shock third-round departure from Wimbledon elevated Murray to title favourite, he also knew that one false move on Sunday could leave him with the dubious distinction of becoming the first man in the professional era to lose the finals of the season’s first three grand slams. (Match Highlights)’WIN EXTRA SPECIAL'”I’m just really proud that I managed to do it again after a lot of tough losses in the latter stages of the slams over the last couple of years,” said Murray, who became the first British man since Fred Perry in the 1930s to have his name engraved more than once on the gilded surface of the Challenge Cup.”This win feels extra special because of the tough losses,” he added. (Royal couple grace the occasion)”I’m also proud to get my hands on the trophy again as I’m aware of how difficult these competitions are to win once,” Murray said.advertisement”To do it twice here, an event where there is a lot of pressure on me to perform well … I’m very proud with how I’ve handled that over the years.”With the 15,000-strong crowd, including greats such as Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, roaring their approval, there was one man on Centre Court who maintained a poker face throughout the jubilant celebrations.A month after rekindling his coaching relationship with Murray following a two-year hiatus, it was job done for Ivan Lendl as Murray’s win-loss record during the grasscourt season improved to 12-0.Lendl has now proved that when it comes to Murray, he is the coach with the Midas touch.During their first spell together from 2012 to 2014, the Scot won his previous two slam titles and the Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.’FULL FAITH IN IVAN LENDL’So why does the relationship work so well?”Ivan’s a leader. That’s important,” Murray said.”I trust in what he says, mainly because of the results we had the last time we worked together. I played my best tennis under him,” he added.”He was always trying to get me to play more offensive tennis. I did that and got results from it.”He’s very honest with me. He says exactly what he thinks. (I) don’t always like hearing it but it is often what I need to hear.”In Lendl’s absence, Murray had reached three major finals but each time Djokovic had proved to be a recurring nightmare that simply would not go away.However, after winning only two of his previous 10 slam finals, the world number two hopes Sunday’s victory and his reunion with Lendl will put him on the path to re-addressing that imbalance.”I still feel like my best tennis is ahead of me, that I have an opportunity to win more,” the 29-year-old said.”Everyone’s time comes at different stages. Some come in their early 20s, some mid 20s. Hopefully mine is still to come.”last_img read more

From Syria to the Olympics, refugee tells how she swam for her life

first_imgLast year Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini had to swim for her life when the boat she was traveling in while trying to reach Europe broke down; this month the teenager will be swimming in the Rio Olympics.Yusra, who is a member of the first ever Olympic refugee team, told how she and her sister Sara feared they might drown after their overloaded dinghy started taking in water as they crossed the Mediterranean to Greece.Along with another refugee they jumped in the sea and pulled the boat for three hours through the water, saving the lives of 19 others.“When I was in the water there was fear. You don’t know whether you are going to live or die,” the 18-year-old said in a video interview published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).Yusra, who will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, is among 10 athletes in the refugee team, which will march behind the Olympic flag at Friday’s opening ceremony in Brazil.“When I was swimming for my life, I never would have believed I would be where I am now,” the IOM quoted her as saying.The two sisters, who now live in Germany, left their home in Syria’s war-battered capital Damascus a year ago and headed to Turkey.One evening they boarded a dinghy on the Turkish coast along with 20 others – around three times as many people as it was designed to carry.“Before you go on the boat, people tell you that you are going to die,” Sara told the IOM in an interview published on Monday. “So the first thing you think about when you get on that boat is death. You don’t think of anything else.”Hundreds have died crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey as they tried to reach Europe after fleeing conflicts and political turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere.Sara, also a swimmer, said she told her sister that if their boat capsized during the journey they should just try to save themselves as it would be impossible to help everyone else. But when the engine stopped and the boat started deflating she realized she could not let the others drown.“We needed to have less weight on the boat and nobody else besides us could swim… When I first got into the water my whole body was shaking like it does just before competition,” she said. “At that very moment I felt that life was bigger than me alone. All the people on that boat were part of me. I thought it was my duty to jump in the water… if I [had left] them I would feel bad with myself for the rest of my life.”She described how her father’s friend cut off her trouser legs in the sea to stop her clothing weighing her down. After two hours she was battling exhaustion and knew she risked falling asleep and drowning.“It was getting dark and cold, the wind was blowing and I was freezing. I could not open my eyes anymore, they were full of saltwater,” she said.They eventually arrived on one of the Greek islands in the middle of the night.Her sister Yusra says she hopes her story will inspire others. “Now we are training really hard,” she said. “I think about making my parents proud and everyone who supported me.”The teenager has three dreams. “I hope that they will open the borders for refugees, and I hope to get a medal in the Olympics, and that my home town is in peace again.”[Thomson Reuters Foundation]TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Steve Smith continues absurdly prolific run to change the mood again

first_imgBefore this year’s Ashes the contest was expected to be two good bowling attacks against two brittle batting line-ups. In large part that has played out. One exception has been that across the first four Tests, Australia fielded three excellent fast bowlers to England’s two. The other exception, which creates rather a large skew, has been Steve Smith producing one of the most dominant sequences of batting ever recorded.Australia’s fast bowlers have mixed and matched around a core of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, giving England’s batsmen no break at all. England have had Stuart Broad in vintage form and Jofra Archer bringing a whole new energy but Chris Woakes has been marginalised and modestly effective, and his temporary replacement Craig Overton offered more with bat than ball. Since you’re here… Read more The Ashes Share on Twitter Australia sport Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England cricket team The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Read more Jofra Archer says flu-ridden Steve Smith ‘didn’t look as nailed on as usual’ Reuse this content When a team takes an early wicket, spirits are high. You are up, they are down. Celebrations erupt. A second wicket should be even better. Yet since his hundred on the first day of the series, a sense of foreboding seems to spread through the ground when a second wicket falls. In comes Smith and out go hopes of taking a third.Most notable is the way that Smith has neutralised England’s best. Broad has moved the ball viciously from around the wicket to Australia’s left-handers, taking edges on one side of the bat, pads and stumps on the other. As soon as Smith has arrived, Broad suddenly appears to shrink back into being a modest right-arm trundler.With Smith’s movement outside his off stump, any lateral movement Broad can find is negated. Smith is happy to treat the bowler with respect much of the time, defending in between knocking a run or two to square-leg, but the boundaries he carved through cover at the Oval had more than a hint of dismissiveness.Archer was in with a chance early in the innings, drawing a couple of indiscreet pushes. But while England supporters seem to think the Archer bouncer is a secret weapon, Smith has calmly got underneath it ever since he was hit on an uneven pitch at Lord’s. No one in the world is less impressed by the delivery. Share on Facebookcenter_img Australia cricket team Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Topics features Both attacks have been refreshed with all-rounders in the final Test, with Mitchell Marsh taking his first Test five-for, mostly on the first day, before Sam Curran grabbed an important three wickets for England on the second.But still in Smith-free circumstances England’s line-leaders on their own might have been enough. Broad has so utterly toasted David Warner that the Australian opener came out at the Oval going wild against Archer, swinging and missing at balls so wide they barely landed on the cut strip. The last time Warner played like this he smoked 30 from 13 balls in Cape Town before losing his stumps, one day before he got busted sandpapering the match ball. Let us just say it does not betray a serene state of mind.Warner has been out in single figures eight times out of nine. Two other openers have failed apace. Usman Khawaja, who could have opened, had already been dropped from No 3. Travis Head at No 5 was punted while Matthew Wade bashed one declaration hundred but has not looked reliable at the crease. Tim Paine has produced one defiant innings from No 7 but needed more.Had No 4 been filled by a batsman of similar calibre, Australia might have come to the Oval trailing 4-0. Instead the visitors have had Smith, meaning the fifth Test panned out like the fourth, and the second, and the first. He came to the crease at two down for bugger-all, batted through the departures of his colleagues, then did what he could with the tail.His 80 was his lowest score for the series in six attempts. What has stood out most about this absurdly prolific run is how the atmosphere of an innings has changed every time he has walked in. Soon enough, runs came from Archer as easily. When wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow burst out laughing after fooling Smith into a dive while taking a run, Smith immediately played a leg-side flick from Archer so pure that no one moved before it hit the fence. Don’t mess with me, it seemed to say.In the end perhaps even Smith was tired after a long series, missing a ball from Woakes that hit his pad directly in front. England would have seen it as a victory to get him for only 80. Australia were rolled over 69 runs behind, Archer taking six wickets. But again the contributions around Smith were barely there. Without him that deficit alone would have been match-losing. For now Australia remain in the game. What a series England’s bowlers might have given their team had it not been for the batting of one man. Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Ashes 2019last_img read more

AAPA Wants Dredging Funding Commitments Met

first_imgPress Release zoom With more than 400 ports, corporations, associations and individuals as signatories, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) finalized and sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees, urging them to meet the dredging funding commitments made in the 2014 Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), passed in May.The letter is part of an AAPA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led “Hit the HMT Target!” campaign to impress upon lawmakers the need to annually fund what was authorized in WRRDA. Additionally, AAPA developed a “Dear Colleague” letter signed by 58 congressional House members, urging House appropriators to work with the Senate to craft a final appropriations bill that meets WRRDA’s spending targets and allocation provisions.AAPA is also encouraging congressional Senate members to sign onto a similar “Dear Colleague” letter to Senate appropriators.In July, the House approved fiscal 2015 appropriations that approximately hit the USD 1.2 billion HMT target, thanks to a floor amendment put forth by Cong. Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Cong. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) that passed overwhelmingly 281-137. However, the Senate subcommittee report, issued in July with no further action taken on it since then, proposed an amount that is USD 100 million shy of the first-year WRRDA appropriations target.“With these letters, we’re reminding House and Senate members of the overwhelming support of organizations and individuals across the nation to adequately fund the harbor maintenance levels and provisions they approved in WRRDA last May,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and CEO.“WRRDA established a new funds distribution approach to address increased Harbor Maintenance Tax-related appropriations, including more equity for donor ports, emerging harbors, underserved and Great Lakes ports. It’s now the law of the land, and our goal is to see it funded and carried out as intended.”The next step in the “Hit the HMT Target!” campaign is for AAPA to meet with the U.S.Congressional leaders and their staffs, in collaboration with major shipper groups, to emphasize and gain support for the HMT funding and policy provisions in WRRDA 2014.last_img read more

Surplus Auction Set For Oct 18

first_img The auction is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Auction Advantage warehouse at 11 Mount Hope Ave. The items can be seen Friday, Oct. 17, from noon until 4 p.m. and on auction day between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Photos are available online at . The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted. Government’s next surplus auction is Saturday, Oct. 18, in Dartmouth. Among the equipment people can bid on are: cars, pickup trucks and a utility van lawn mowers and tractors snowblowers utility trailers forklifts ATVs farm tractor snowplows for one-ton trucks leaf blowers commercial kitchen equipment.last_img read more

Venezuelan diaspora in Canada holds out hope for democracys return

first_imgMONTREAL — Rebecca Sarfatti, a Toronto-based activist originally from Venezuela, says the retirement income her mother living in Caracas receives every month doesn’t cover the cost of bread and cheese for more than two days.“Meat has not been seen in a long while,” she said in an interview Thursday from Toronto. “Fish — forget about it. People are relying on grains and rice and whatever they can find.”Sarfatti is part of the Venezuelan diaspora in Canada looking anxiously at the political turmoil in their home country. But she is holding out hope that the 35-year-old opposition lawmaker who has declared himself interim president, Juan Guaido, can restore democracy in Venezuela.On Wednesday, violence flared once again in the South American country and at least 12 people were reported killed in the escalating confrontation with President Nicolas Maduro, who has drawn increasing international criticism.Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, said Wednesday in Caracas, that his taking power is the only way to end the Maduro “dictatorship” in Venezuela, which has seen millions flee in recent years to escape sky-high inflation and food shortages.Canada, the United States and many Latin American countries quickly announced support for Guaido. But other countries, including Russia, Turkey, China, Iran and Syria, are backing Maduro.Soraya Venitez, a Montreal artist and activist originally from Venezuela, participated in a protest Wednesday against the Maduro government. It was one of many rallies held in Canadian cities and around the world in response to an appeal from Venezuela’s National Assembly to take to the streets.Venitez, who works with a lobby and aid organization called the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum, said when she announced at the protest that Guaido had declared himself to be interim leader, people had tears in their eyes. “There is hope now. It’s a big window of hope that has been opened,” she said. “We want to rebuild our country.”Venitez, like Sarfatti, has family members all over the world who have left the deteriorating political climate in Venezuela. Two of Venitez’s female relatives recently fled Venezuela and travelled “for days” to Peru by bus and on foot, she said.“One is 23 years old and the other is 25 years old,” she said. “They are working now in Peru and sending money back to their families.”Sarfatti, also with the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum, said her mother is lucky because she owns her home and has a relative with a job living with her who helps pay expenses. Many others aren’t as fortunate, she said, adding that the price of basic foodstuffs increases so quickly due to inflation that the cost of cheese could almost double within 24 hours.She said the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum raises money to get supplies into Venezuelan public hospitals. Members send aid packages by boat, which reach her group’s network of doctors and human rights workers. They store the supplies in private homes until they can be smuggled into hospitals. Sarfatti says the material needs to be brought in clandestinely because if not, it will be stolen.“There are no official channels” that would allow her group to send aid openly, she said. “I know it sounds crazy, but this is the reality.”While Canada and others have supported Guaido, Venezuela’s top military brass pledged their support for Maduro on Thursday, delivering vows of loyalty before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.In an address Thursday, Maduro recalled the long history of heavy-handed U.S. interventions in Latin America during the Cold War as he asked his allies for support. “Don’t trust the gringos,” he thundered to a crowd of red-shirted followers. “They don’t have friends or loyalties. They only have interests, the nerve and the ambition to take Venezuela’s oil, gas and gold.”Sarfatti said she recognizes that being aligned with the United States in support of Guaido gives ammunition to Maduro supporters who claim his critics are tools of an imperialist power. But she said the support of Canada and other Latin American countries for Guaido shows the opposition is much broader.“We appreciate the support of the world,” she said. “But at the end of the road, it’s us who have to step up. Our leaders have to step up and stand straight against this evil.” — With files from The Associated PressGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Police Dismantle ISIS-Linked Terrorist Cell

Rabat – The Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), under the General Directorate for National Territory Surveillance, disbanded, on Tuesday, a terrorist cell composed of four extremist members operating in Casablanca and the Mograne rural commune in the Kénitra province, said the Interior Ministry in a statement.The preliminary investigations showed that the cell members, who swore allegiance to the so-called emir of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS), adhered to dangerous terrorist projects targeting the Kingdom’s stability and security, by planning operations against vital sites in Casablanca, in accordance with the agenda of this terrorist organization, the same source said.The suspects will be brought to justice after the completion of the probe led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office. With MAP read more

Negotiators at UN Climate Change Conference press forward on key issues

Climate change talks in Bali aimed at charting a roadmap for action moved ahead today with focused negotiations on the key elements aimed at guiding the process that will continue after the Conference ends.Delegates, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and conference officials generally agreed that there were signs of progress in the discussions, although no firm decisions have yet been reached.While Hans Verolme, Director of WWF, said that while the conference “should get on it,” there had been progress and that some countries had put forward a number of good proposals.Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, reported that countries had held useful discussions on future action on climate change, particularly on the objectives and principles. He said there was a strong focus on providing incentives for developing countries to limit their growth of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as recognizing the efforts those countries were already making in that area. Talks also continued on ways to provide developing countries with newer and cleaner technologies and on the issue of deforestation, where delegates have agreed to conduct work on methods on issues that include how to assess forest cover and emission reductions. Trade ministers from more than 30 countries will be in Bali to discuss climate change issues this weekend and about two dozen finance ministers will meet early next week. It is the first time that these ministerial groups have organized meetings in connection with a climate change conference. The meeting could help the development of a financial response to climate change, which Mr. de Boer said was essential for the new deal to tackle the problem. “It is the oil that will make the machinery run.” He said that investments of around $20 trillion would be needed by 2030 to meet the world’s hunger for energy, with more than half of that demand coming from developing countries.Developing countries, he added, would need incentives to alter the course of an “investment super tanker.” Those incentives would need to be agreed as part of post-2012 climate change deal under the auspices of the UN for which negotiations need to be launched at Bali. 7 December 2007Climate change talks in Bali aimed at charting a roadmap for action moved ahead today with focused negotiations on the key elements aimed at guiding the process that will continue after the Conference ends. read more

Soldier injured as train rams into military truck

A soldier was injured when a Colombo bound train crashed into a military truck in Chavakachcheri today.The police said the truck had attempted to cross the railway track when the train crashed into it. Reports from the area said that four soldiers were in the truck when the accident occurred.The four soldiers had managed to jump off the truck when they saw the train and in the process one soldier suffered injuries and was admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)

The College Football Playoff Pits Two Balanced Teams Against Two Great Defenses

The semifinal games of the College Football Playoff are on Dec. 31. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine breaks down the two semifinal matchups. Share on Facebook

Saddleworth Moor fire 100 soldiers arrive to help tackle vast blaze that

The troops from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, on Thursday joined more than 100 firefighters who have been working rolling 12-hour shifts to tackle the seven square miles of Saddleworth Moor, smouldering with pockets of fire since Sunday. An RAF Chinook is also on stand-by should Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) request helicopter help to airlift heavy equipment to high ground on the tinder-dry moors. 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. Problems faced included frequent changes in wind direction,… Exhausted firefighters are being helped by 100 soldiers as they tackle a vast moorland blaze in Greater Manchester, which fire chiefs fear will last for several weeks as the scorching weather continues. read more

Trains cancelled across country as Storm Bronagh brings flood warnings

Met Office forecaster Rachael West told the Press Association: “Storm Bronagh is moving towards the north and east and we are going to continue to see strong, blustery and gusty north-westerly winds.”We are looking at gusts of between 45 and 55mph across the UK and associated with that some heavy showers with some hail and thunder.” We’re sorry, but the 08:28 Faversham to St Pancras service is cancelled this morning after the train was damaged by a fallen tree last night near Higham. Alternative trains for St Pancras leave Faversham at 07:59 or 08:59.— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) September 21, 2018 Speed restrictions were in place for many trains across the network in Wales and the west and north of England due to high winds, which were forecast to reach 45-50mph across much of the country.In Wales a landslip in the Dinas Rhondda blocked the railway line between Ystrad Rhondda and Porth, while a tree stopped trains between Carmarthen and Milford Haven. There were also reports of delays to planes arriving at Manchester Airport due to windy conditions.A Met Office yellow warning for wind has been in place this morning. It may be a tricky commute this morning due to poor weather from #StormBronagh. Take a minute to read our tips and advice here from the experts @HighwaysEngland @TheRAC_UK and @IAMRoadSmart— Met Office (@metoffice) September 21, 2018 Overnight a gust of 76mph was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, while winds could reach up to 60mph during the day on Friday, particularly on the north-west coast of England.In south-west Wales there were 12 flood warnings in place on Friday morning, with nearly 40 flood alerts issued across the country, and further warnings in place in Staffordshire, Chesterfield and South Yorkshire, with more than 30 alerts across the north of England and West Midlands. Trains have been cancelled across the country after trees were blown down by Storm Bronagh, which reached wind speeds of 76mph as it hit Britain overnight.Flood warnings have followed after some parts of the UK had a month’s worth of rain in one night. The Met Office and police warned that surface water is still an issue on the roads, as commuters faced hours of delays because of the dangerous driving conditions.Rail cancellations affected thousands of passengers coming into London, with services disrupted by the weather just a day after Storm Ali, the first named storm of the season.Those travelling to, from and around Scotland faced yet another day of cancellations and delays, after Storm Ali made travel almost impossible on Wednesday and Thursday.The A1 near Gonerby Moor in Lincolnshire was closed on Friday morning as recovery crews removed a lorry that had left the carriageway, while flooding on the M6 at Crewe forced a slip road to be closed for several hours. 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. read more

PS3 drops to 199 at GameStop

first_imgAs with every console Sony has released, over time the components used get cheaper to manufacture, or redesigns are done that combine parts and therefore save a considerable amount of money. Sony then has a higher profit margin on each console sold, or the option to drop the retail price of the machine.It’s been 8 months since the last official PlayStation 3 price drop, which saw Sony knock $50 off the recommended price and take it to $249.99 for the 160GB machine. It was a welcome price drop, but didn’t look so great when in February the PS Vita Wi-Fi model was released at the same price. It made one of the two machines look expensive.So, is Sony going to cut the price of the PS3 again soon? GameStop isn’t waiting to find out as they have just dropped the 160GB model of the PS3 to $199.99. There’s no confirmation of this being a permanent drop, but you can apparently walk into a GameStop today, or visit online via the link below, and pick up a brand new machine for 200 bucks.The decision to lower the price is either a surprise promotion from the retailer, or an early introduction of a coming price announcement from Sony. Either way, selling the hardware $50 cheaper will certainly boost sales, and probably lead to more game sales due to the saving. If it turns out to be a permanent drop, other retailers will be forced to follow and lower the price too.If you’re in the market for a PS3 I wouldn’t chance waiting to find out why the price has been changed, just get down to a GameStop ASAP and pick one up.More at GameStop, via Joystiqlast_img read more

Japan PM holds talks with Trump looks to win trust

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed Japan’s prime minister to the White House with a warm embrace Friday as they looked to shore up a long-standing security alliance and repair economic ties shaken by U.S. withdrawal from a Pacific trade pact.Trump greeted Shinzo Abe as he arrived in his black sedan at the doors of the West Wing. Abe, a nationalist adept at forging relationships with strongmen leaders, was the only world leader to meet the Republican before his inauguration and is the second to do so since the new president took office.Trump and Abe held talks in the Oval Office, to be followed by a joint news conference and a working lunch. The two leaders will depart on Air Force One on Friday afternoon for a trip to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. Trump and Abe are scheduled to play golf Saturday.Other leaders of America’s closest neighbors and allies, such as Mexico, Britain and Australia, have been singed by their encounters or conversations with Trump. But Japanese officials are optimistic the invitation to visit Trump’s “Winter White House” signals a more positive outcome.The meeting comes as Trump appears to be shifting toward a more mainstream stance on U.S. policy toward Asia — consolidating alliances and cooperating with rising power China.last_img read more

This futuristic transportation system may end the supply chain industry as we

first_imgEinride’s self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle T-PodEinrideEstablished automakers are shifting their focus to develop driver-less cars, and automated trains are replacing the manned ones. The trend is about to bring radical changes in the world of transportation. Now, Swedish transportation company, Einride, has announced that it is working on world’s first completely emission-free, road-based transportation system.Einride’ T-Pod, a self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle, is designed to enable a single driver to control several trucks remotely. The company aims to replace the entire supply-chain infrastructure and offer futury mobility solutions with safe and eco-friendly vehicles.Also read: Nvidia teams up with Bosch for self-driving car project”Our vision is to enhance the lives of a billion people through the delivery of a global, impact-positive supply chain infrastructure,” wrote Einride on its website. Einride’s self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle T-PodEinride”That means we don’t believe our work is done when we’re carbon neutral. Our design process is driven by aiming to have a net positive impact – whether that might be improving the lives of transport workers, or reducing road traffic accidents, every element of our system aims to have a measurable positive impact on the planet.”Einride’s T-Pod is seven metres (23 feet) long, weighs 20 tons (18,143 kg) when fully loaded and can travel 200 km (124 miles) on single charge. The company aims to roll out 200 such vehicles by 2020.As things stand, it looks like the vehicle will be worth the wait.last_img read more

School Official Criticizes Dropout Factories Report On Texas Public Colleges

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /02:56center_img WikipediaUniversity of Houston-Downtown Listen A new report shows that Houston is home to public colleges with the lowest graduation rates in Texas – and perhaps in the nation.The study even goes as far as to calling those schools, “dropout factories” – a label some schools named in the report, are not too happy about.Tamara Hiler is co-author of the report released by Third Way, a Washington-based think tank. It found students in Texas public colleges have just a 40% chance of earning a degree within six years.Hiler says “dropout factories” is a term that’s long been applied to high schools, but colleges deserve the same critical scrutiny.“When a high school in this country is not graduating more than two-thirds of its student body,” says Hiler, “the federal government actually says that a state or a district has to intervene in that high school and put in place a support plan or an intervention plan to make sure that a school is paying attention in getting that graduation rate up. Yet, at the college level, no such comparable bar exists.”The study found that the University of Houston-Downtown had the lowest graduation rate in Texas – just 13 percent of U-H-Downtown students earn a degree within six years.But the school’s Interim President, Dr. Michael Olivas, says those numbers are misleading and don’t reveal the complete story.He says that almost half of the students at UHD are the first in their families to go to college and about two-thirds of its students end up transferring from other campuses or community colleges to UHD.Dr. Olivas says compared to where he’s employed, Texas’ top universities get a disproportionate share of resources.“When flagship schools in College Station and in Austin just as examples, are 50,000 students, “ UHD’s leader says, “who take mostly advantaged students and who are subsidized heavily by research grants as well as endowments that are long-established by law, the Permanent University Funds, I don’t think that everybody is going to have the same opportunities that they do.”Indeed, the report does show that the schools in Texas with the highest completion rates are Texas A&M in College Station followed by the University of Texas at Austin.Dr. Olivas adds that UHD charges the fifth lowest tuition in the state and students who do graduate from the school, finish with less debt.Hiler does acknowledge that the report only shows data for first-time, full-time students – not transfers or those students who are part-time.“The purpose of the study,” its co-author says, “is to shift conversations away from just cost, in a year when political candidates have been promising ‘free college tuition,’ but instead to a conversation of value – making sure we’re bringing value to students’ lives when they decide to enroll in a school and take out loans and sort of expect to have college be their ticket to the middle class.”The report also showed that Texas Southern University has the eighth-lowest completion rate of any four-year college in the nation and charges students more than the national average.TSU officials did not respond to a request for comment on the study.last_img read more

Analyst Trumps Oil Tweet Is Noise In The Signal

first_img 00:00 /00:47 Listen Share X Oil prices have been falling in recent days, bad news for the Texas energy economy, but apparently good news for President Trump.Trump has complained about what he considers too-high oil prices before. (Pricier oil means pricier gas for drivers.) The president continued that on Twitter this week.Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018And then, prices dropped. So was it all Trump?Not exactly.“That’s going to be noise in the signal,” said analyst Matt Badiali with Banyan Hill. He said the president’s tweets do have an impact, but broader market trends like basic supply and demand still hold more sway.“We’re seeing the fundamentals drive the long-term trend, but sure, oil prices are going to move up and down in the short term to different drivers,” Badiali says. “And Donald Trump is just the most vocal U.S. president, so certainly he’s going to have an influence.”Last month, before the recent slide, prices hit four-year highs. Research firm DrillingInfo says that was probably the highest they’ll get for the foreseeable future. Listen 00:00 /00:47 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA pump jack near Orla, Texaslast_img read more

RAPIRO wants to spread joy of robots with Raspberry Pi

first_img Citation: RAPIRO wants to spread joy of robots with Raspberry Pi (2013, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “If we are successful in our Kickstarter, we will publish 3-D data (.stl) on our website, allowing you to customize the RAPIRO with a 3D printer,” according to the campaign page.Kits available on Kickstarter do not come with a Raspberry Pi and camera module. © 2013 RAPIRO: Mounting of a Raspberry Pi camera module As for progress, the campaign has taken in more donations than its original £20,000 goal. The initial offer of a full kit at £199 was already snapped up. The offer was for a full kit with estimated delivery date of December; prices after that start at £229, up to £5,000 for a custom-designed RAPIRO, where the shape would be 3-D printed especially for the pledger. At the time of this writing, the campaign has taken in £31,002 with 178 backers.center_img ( —The Raspberry Pi is a computing milestone as a very low-priced computing device running Linux; now a Japanese inventor wants to rev up another kind of breakthrough, with an affordable robot kit that can work with the Raspberry Pi and its camera module. Say hello to RAPIRO, as its makers say, “the robot you always wanted as a kid,” and, as its makers ask, pledge some money for it too, because it is a Kickstarter campaign. Charlotte robot tells the world where it’s not going Explore further The makers want to raise funds to get it off and running in full production mode. RAPIRO is billed as an affordable and easy to assemble humanoid robot kit. This comes with 12 servo motors and an Arduino-compatible servo control board. RAPIRO was designed to mount with the Raspberry Pi and camera module in the head. Taking its selling points one by one, the question is, how affordable? The makers claim the kit is 1/10th the price of current Linux-powered humanoid robot kits.Next, the RAPIRO robot is billed as cute. How cute? Its 12 servo motors are for the neck, waist, feet, and arms. RAPIRO can grip a pen, and can turn its head and waist. Then there are RAPIRO’s LED eyes, lit brightly by RGB LEDs. Next, the claim is that it is easy to put together. How easy? Assembling RAPIRO just takes a screwdriver. No soldering is involved.The developer behind RAPIRO is Shota Ishiwatari of Kiluck Corp. in collaboration with three other small companies in Japan. Ishiwatari designed RAPIRO with 3-D CAD, built circuits, and wrote the code. Now he and colleagues are in promotion mode. They want to start a robot revolution, in the spirit of Raspberry Pi, where the robots can not only be enjoyed as cute but also eventually customizable and programmable.last_img read more