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La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief With the new season just around the corner, both La Salle and Far Eastern University would rather close the dark chapter between the two schools and focus on the upcoming tournament.“It’s very unfortunate that it happened,” said Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo. “I wish it didn’t happen, but we’re no longer talking about it. I also told the boys to no longer talk about it, to not post anything in social media because nobody wins in social media. We were focused on the UAAP.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag also expects both squads to adhere to league rules.“They are champion teams, so I expect them to act like champions and they will behave like champions,” Saguisag said. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “Actually, I did not do that. All of the coaches there were running, pushing everyone to temper the situation. I was just doing that. If you put motive in all of the coaches’ actions there, you can put a spin on it, but I opted not to say anything about it because the issue will just get bigger,” he said.READ: Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao CityWith the air already cleared on both sides, Ayo and Racela hope that both parties can put this issue to rest and look forward to the 80th Season of the UAAP, which unfurls this coming weekend.“Hopefully, we settle this. I also asked our admin if we can patch things up, because this is sports,” said Ayo. “Hopefully, we learn from this. We won’t go somewhere where we can’t control the situation. Hopefully, the two teams learn something from this.”“Everyone is excited about the coming UAAP season. We’re excited about our first game, and it just so happened that we’ll be against La Salle. So let’s leave it at that and let’s all move forward and move on,” said Racela, who is in his first season with FEU.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “I want to close the book of that FEU-La Salle. What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is to not to dwell on the past and to move forward, move on and be mindful of the present. Let’s forget what happened,” Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said.READ: Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle-FEU preseason gameFEATURED 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 shutoutLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo, left, and Far Eastern U menter Olsen Racela share a laugh during the UAAP Season 80 press conference. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe two teams figured in a bench-clearing brawl two weeks ago in a pocket tournament at Kadayawan Festival in Davao that resulted in a double forfeiture of the game. Ayo defended himself from accusations of strangling FEU forward Arvin Tolentino during the scuffle, saying that he was just trying to pacify the situation. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Craig eager to fit in with TNT teammates

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT import Michael Craig filled up the stat sheets in his first PBA game with a triple-double in their 106-96 win over Kia in the Governors’ Cup.Craig led the KaTropa with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, and he knows that what he does is all for the improvement of his chemistry with his TNT teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “I think it should be me fitting in with them, I’m the import,” said Craig Friday at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “And I feel like I’m doing a great job in that aspect.”TNT played its first game of the Governors’ Cup later than the other teams in the league as the KaTropa played in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, and Craig used the time between the two conferences to get acquainted better with his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’ve been here a little bit earlier,” said Craig, who was with TNT during the six-game series against eventual champions San Miguel. “So I’ll see how every thing works and how every thing goes. And I think I got to feel how they like to play.”And Craig, despite not playing in the San Miguel series, added that the Beermen are already in his sights. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” said Craig. “I would definitely want to play in that game because of the intensity, I love their players, they’re competitive and I just want to go out and be part of that competitiveness.” National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Aguilar thinks Standhardinger fits Gilas’ needslast_img read more

Buboy: Face Floyd, then quit

first_imgMOST READ HOLLYWOOD—If it were up to Buboy Fernandez, he prefers that his best friend Manny Pacquiao gives it just three more fights before calling it quits.But, of course, not before fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the second timeADVERTISEMENT Ceres beefs up champs league roster Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “You don’t run out of opponents, there are plenty out there,” said Fernandez. “But what would Manny do, fight them all?”While he’s confident that even at 40 years, Pacquiao can mow down the welterweight ranks, Fernandez is concerned about what it would make of his career if he loses to up-and-coming fighters.“He has nothing to prove anymore,” said Fernandez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said Pacquiao needs to face the Australian anew in order to prepare things up for a second megafight with Mayweather.Against Mayweather, they will have to work thrice as hard.“Triple-time hard work,” Fernandez said.However, there appears to be no concrete indication that the highly-anticipated rematch will actually take place.Instead, several other names like young guns Danny Garcia, WBA super welterweight king Keith Thurman and Errol Spence were being floated as next possible opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I don’t decide on that (Mayweather-Pacquiao 2),” said Fernandez in Filipino. “But we all want that to happen.”Fernandez admitted it’s going to be a tough job for him as chief trainer to devise tactics against the undefeated American, who is currently in retirement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFernandez is 2-0 at the helm of Team Pacquiao following wins over Lucas Matthysse last July and against Adrien Broner on Saturday night for the WBA regular welterweight title.Almost immediately, the camp of Pacquiao’s 2017 tormentor, Jeff Horn, called out the Filipino superstar for a rematch. View commentslast_img read more

Don’t Understand Why Conflict of Interest Issue Was Created: Mary Kom

first_imgNew Delhi: MC Mary Kom said on Wednesday that she failed to understand why conflict of interest allegations were levelled against her in the issue of her coach Chotte Lal Yadav being in the running for the Dronacharya Award.Mary Kom was part of the committee that recommended names to the Sports Ministry for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards. However, she recused herself from the final meeting of the committee after it had emerged that Yadav was in contention for the Dronacharya Award and that his name had come up after Mary Kom herself recommended it to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).Yadav’s name was not included in the final list of recommendations that the committee compiled.”It was all very unfortunate. I have previously been the chairman (of the committee) and this is the second time that I have been a part of it. There was no controversy at all. I don’t know what happened this time,” said the Olympic medallist.The six-time world champion also confirmed that it is because of this issue that she decided to recuse herself from the final meeting of the committee.”If I was there, an even bigger problem would have been created,” she said.”This is affecting me. It is not my problem who gets or doesn’t get the award. Those who deserve it should get it,” she added. arjuna awardbfiboxingBoxing Federation of India First Published: August 21, 2019, 6:51 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Arsenal F.C. face defensive crisis ahead of FA Cup final

first_imgArsenal face a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea with Gabriel ruled out with a knee injury and Laurent Koscielny suspended after being red-carded against Everton last weekend.With Shkodran Mustafi also an injury doubt, manager Arsene Wenger is running out of central defensive options.The only good news was that Brazil defender Gabriel’s injury is not as bad as first feared when he was taken off on a stretcher in Sunday’s league finale.”Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks,” Wenger told a news conference on Wednesday. “We had a scare about his cruciate but it’s medial. He avoids surgery.”Shkodran Mustafi, we have some worries, because he is still sick at the moment. He has not trained yet,” said Wenger.”It’s unbelievable and unpredictable and we are hit hard in a position where we need to be strong on Saturday. We have to find solutions and hopefully I can find those solutions.”Per Mertesacker came on for Gabriel for his first action of the season against Everton and look set for a place in Saturday’s final squad.last_img read more

J.W. Walsh Really, Really Loves Oklahoma State

first_imgJ.W. Walsh loves him some OSU. And why wouldn’t he?No. 4 talked recently about why his time in Stillwater has been so fun, why he didn’t transfer and how it’s all going to be over so very soon.“I’ve put so much work in. I didn’t want to go anywhere else and not feel that same chemistry on the field,” said Walsh. “You’re just not going to have that same brotherhood. The fans, the community and the coaches have made it one of the best experiences I could have ever asked for.”“He’s still the biggest leader on our team,” added David Glidden.“When you run out of that tunnel on Saturday with 60,000 people wearing orange, there’s nothing better. Everything I’ve had here, there’s no way I could have had it at another place. “There’s a reason I’ve stuck around here for so long and it’s not just because I love football and it’s not just because I thought this was the best place for me to play. It’s been the best opportunity for me to build great relationships and play the game that I love with the people that I love.”Sources tell me Oklahoma State is looking into adding Walsh’s face as an alternate logo for future Oklahoma State football helmets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Man United 1 Bournemouth 0

first_imgManchester United 1 Bournemouth 0: Lukaku eases scoring concerns after derby day woes Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 05:54 12/14/17 RomeluLukaku - cropped Getty Images After being criticised for his role in Manchester United’s loss to Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku was back on target against Bournemouth. Romelu Lukaku eased concerns about his goalscoring form with the winner as Manchester United bounced back from derby day disappointment by edging Bournemouth 1-0 at a sodden Old Trafford.Belgium international Lukaku hit the ground running with seven goals in as many Premier League appearances following his £75million move from Everton, but a run of one in nine led to criticism and the resurfacing of questions over his ability to score against big clubs.That scrutiny intensified after the striker’s failure to clear from set-pieces led to David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scoring in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over United on Sunday, a result that saw Jose Mourinho’s side fall 11 points behind the league leaders, and he responded by finding the net against Bournemouth. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku headed a delivery from Juan Mata – in as one of four changes for the Red Devils – beyond Asmir Begovic, though his muted celebration suggests the relief gained from returning to the scoreboard was scant for the 24-year-old.Once more United had David de Gea to thank for keeping them on top, the Spain goalkeeper denying Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser as Eddie Howe’s side proved dangerous on the break in the first half.However, the visitors’ intensity dropped in the second period and, despite Anthony Martial blazing over from six yards and his replacement Marcus Rashford hitting the crossbar, United held on for a win that restores their three-point advantage over third-place Chelsea and keeps pace with City – 4-0 winners over Swansea City earlier on Wednesday.FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 BournemouthBack to winning ways for @ManUtd after Lukaku finds the net with a pinpoint header#MUNBOU— Premier League (@premierleague) December 13, 2017Mourinho wrote in his matchday programme notes that United must not dwell on being denied a “clear penalty” in their defeat to City – which descended into a mass post-match altercation in the tunnel about which the FA has requested more information – and Jesse Lingard tried to get the home fans cheering again in the opening minute, but his ambitious overhead kick was nowhere near the target.The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession but looked vulnerable to Bournemouth’s counter-attacks, Daniels and Dan Gosling forcing saves from De Gea within two minutes of each other.But Lukaku ensured it was United who struck first, rising above Nathan Ake at the back post to head Mata’s cross into the top-right corner, though Howe may have complaints about Martial appearing to catch Adam Smith with his arm in the build-up..@RomeluLukaku9 loves playing Bournemouth. He notches his th goal in #PL matches#MUNBOU— Premier League (@premierleague) December 13, 2017Lukaku was booked for a late challenge on Harry Arter for which the midfielder required treatment, and in the time added on as a result Fraser almost caught De Gea, who reacted well to stop Junior Stanislas’ deflected strike in the 30th minute, out from an acute angle.United appeared to have more of a grip on the game after the restart, but Martial wasted a great chance to put it to bed just before the hour mark.Lukaku’s attempt to dink a shot from the left of the box beyond the onrushing Begovic was inadvertently deflected to the France striker’s feet by the keeper, but he contrived to fire over a gaping goal from six yards.Rashford replaced Martial in the 66th minute and he saw a thunderous attempt from just outside the box crash back off the underside of the bar soon after.Jermain Defoe was dropped despite scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend and, after he replaced Stanislas with 19 minutes remaining, De Gea was required to keep out the England striker and a stoppage-time effort from Fraser to ensure United took maximum points. Key Opta Facts:- Manchester United have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games at Old Trafford (L1), keeping a clean sheet in eight of these victories. – Following their promotion in 2015, Bournemouth have taken just 13 points from a possible 87 against the “top six” teams in the Premier League (29 games).- Bournemouth had five more shots on target than the home side in this game – the last opposition side to have more in a Premier League game at Old Trafford was Liverpool in March 2014 (six more).- Since the start of 2016-17, Romelu Lukaku has scored 30 goals in 38 Premier League appearances versus “non-big-six” sides.- The Belgian has scored six goals in five appearances against Bournemouth in the Premier League, with five of those coming in home games. – Luke Shaw made his first appearance in the Premier League this season, although he hasn’t completed 90 minutes in the competition since October 2016 (0-0 v Burnley).  read morelast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic.La Repubblica says former manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have identified the 21-year-old centre-back as the man to solve his defensive woes at Old Trafford.And despite Mourinho’s sacking, United are still pressing ahead to complete a deal.And it goes on to state officials have been locked in talks with Milenkovic’s agent throughout the Christmas period in order to get the transfer over the line.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to bring in reinforcements to help boost interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to secure a top four spot.But the club are not expected to spend too heavily once the window re-opens, preferring instead to get the majority of funds for their next permanent boss. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Scenic Eclipse Sails in on Wave Season With Several Great Offers

first_imgBoston, January 8th, 2018 – The Scenic Eclipse is one of the most anticipated luxury yachts in many years – and is expected to turn heads when it launches in April 2019. In celebration of the arrival of the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic has announced several specials available during the Wave Season. Guests booking any April 2019 through Aug 2020 departure by Feb. 28, 2019 will enjoy complimentary private roundtrip transfers between their home and the airport; free deposit protection coverage; and up to $500 per person on board credit. Guests booking any 2019 North American voyage will also enjoy a free two-night hotel stay in New York City. As sales have been brisk for the 228-guest luxury yacht, it is advised that travel agents and consumers book early. Fares for the Scenic Eclipse are truly all-inclusive, covering every aspect of the cruise, excepting massages and hair dresser services, and use of the ship’s helicopters and submarine. All meals in any of the nine restaurants or 24-hour room service, all excursions, all drinks at any of the eight spacious lounges and bars and in room mini-bar, butler service, gratuities, lectures from onboard experts, airport transfers, etc. – all included. Guests looking to extend their dream vacations can choose from a variety of Scenic’s new Escorted Land Journeys that add multi-day land tours to cruises. These land adventures, with no more than 20 guests, are fully escorted by experienced tour directors and include hotel accommodations, some meals, all tours with local guides, tipping and more. The ship has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet — to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. And then there is the technology: innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super); redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, and a sister ship to launch in 2020. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching in 2019 for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or; phone 844-788-7985; or email: Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Richmond County

first_imgRICHMOND COUNTY–Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img

Strike, protest in Tunisia town as social unrest mounts

first_imgKASSERINE, Tunisia- A general strike gripped the central Tunisian town of Kasserine on Wednesday amid rising discontent over the government’s failure to improve living conditions three years after the revolution.On Tuesday evening, dozens of protesters attacked a police post in the nearby village of Thala, witnesses told AFP.Shops and public offices remained closed in Kasserine, while hundreds protested in the streets, shouting slogans including “The people want the fall of the regime,” the rallying cry of the Arab Spring. Tunisia’s powerful UGTT trade union confederation called the strike to coincide with the anniversary of the first death in the town during the January 2011 uprising that toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Central Tunisia has long suffered from neglect and a lack of opportunity, which were driving factors behind the revolution that began in nearby Sidi Bouzid, when a young street vendor burnt himself alive in protest at his impoverished circumstances.“On this day, which marks the death of the first martyr of the revolution in Kasserine, we wanted to protest against underdevelopment and the poor economic situation,” trade unionist Sadok Mahmoudi told AFP.The political class must know that we remain committed to the goals of the revolution — dignity, freedom and work.”On Tuesday evening, protesters threw rocks at a police post in Thala, north of Kasserine, wounding two policemen, Tunisian media reported.The police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, witnesses said.  Strikes and demonstrations have been on the rise in Tunisia since the autumn, fuelled by the persistent economic malaise and a political crisis triggered by the murder of an opposition politician last July.last_img read more

California to fine developer for building pricey beach hotel

LOS ANGELES — A developer could be hit Wednesday with a record $25 million in fines and fees for constructing a high-priced hotel on the Southern California coast after obtaining a permit for a property with moderately priced rooms, in what state officials called a “bait-and-switch” building scheme.Sunshine Enterprises violated a state law that enshrines public access to beach areas, according to the California Coastal Commission. The agency is expected to approve a $15.5 million penalty — the largest in its 40-year history, said commission supervisor Andrew Willis. Commissioners could recommend an additional $9.5 million in mitigation fees to make up the loss in low-cost lodging, he said.“We hope this is a painful price to pay. We want this to be a deterrent,” Willis said Tuesday.Sunshine Enterprises was permitted to rebuild and expand two motels — the Pacific Sands and a Travelodge — that were among a dwindling number of affordable accommodations along a tourist-heavy strip of pricey hotels near the Santa Monica Pier. The new hotel would not offer a bar, restaurant, spa or other “luxury” amenities and rooms would cost about $165 a night, according to the permit application.But the company let the permit expire and instead built the boutique Shore Hotel, where rooms with a “bed and breakfast package” start at around $300 and ones featuring Pacific Ocean views can run up to $800, documents show.Under the landmark Coastal Act, the commission protects resources including marine habitat, fisheries, shoreline public access and less-expensive visitor accommodations.Efforts to make sure lower-income people can visit beaches and also afford to spend the night are central to the commission’s mission, said Sean Hecht, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.“We don’t want beaches to become only a place for the wealthy. We have many residents who don’t live within driving distance to the coast and they should be able to enjoy it and spend some time,” said Hecht.Sunshine Enterprises will pay any ordered penalties and work with the commission to reach “full resolution of this matter,” the company said in a contrite statement Tuesday.“Shore Hotel recognizes the hotel was opened without the Coastal Commission’s permit and regrets this violation took place and the length of time it has taken to rectify this violation of the Coastal Act,” the statement said.Sunshine Enterprises lost in court after suing when commissioners denied an after-the-fact permit for the new Shore Hotel. An appeals court this year upheld the commission’s denial.“The court upheld that it was a bait-and-switch,” Lisa Haage, the commission’s chief of enforcement, said of Sunshine Enterprises’ actions.The $9.5 million in additional fees are part of a possible enforcement action that would require the Shore Hotel to cease operations within 180 days unless it obtains new permits while meeting a number of additional requirements.Money from the fine and mitigation fees will be held in a “violation mediation account” that helps fund projects that offer “some kind of replacement for people who would’ve stayed at the motels that were demolished,” Haage said. For instance, she said, the funds could be used to rehabilitate old motels or hostels and expand campgrounds.By using its powers to issue penalties the commission is living up to its broad mandate given by legislators, Hecht said.“If you give an agency authority, but there’s no enforcement, you don’t get the impact,” he said. “This kind of fine sends a message.”___Follow Weber at Weber, The Associated Press read more

One in four thyroid cancer cases registered near Chernobyl site likely caused

About 20,000 thyroid cancer cases were registered from 1991 to 2015 among people who were under 18 in 1986 and lived in the affected areas of the former Soviet Union, according to the latest study by the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which was released ahead of International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.The Committee now estimates that one in four of those cases is attributable to radiation exposure.“Thyroid cancer is a major problem after the Chernobyl accident and needs further investigation to better understand the long-term consequences,” said UNSCEAR Chair Hans Vanmarcke.The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April 1986 spread a radioactive cloud over large parts of what was then the Soviet Union, now the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. Nearly 8.4 million people in these areas were exposed to the radiation.Around 116,000 people were evacuated from the area at the time, and a further 230,000 in recent years.On 8 December 2016 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.Mr. Vanmarcke digs deeper into the findings of the latest report in a full interview with UN News here: read more

Nigeria Top UN officials say more support needed to ease humanitarian crisis

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock made this call as they wrapped up a two-day official visit to Nigeria to rally support for the Government-led efforts on the ground, especially in the conflict-torn northeastern Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.“We are committed to Nigeria and to the people of Nigeria,” said Mr. Lowcock, who heads up the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Humanitarian aid can only be a temporary solution, he said and was pleased to visit the region alongside the UNDP Administrator to help join up humanitarian and development efforts “to save lives, help stabilize the situation, rebuild lives and communities for the future.”“We must do everything we can to prevent this crisis from continuing for years,” Mr. Lowcock told reporters in Maiduguri, at the end of the visit, which also included meetings with Minister of Finance Zeinab Ahmad, government ministers and high-level officials. They visited projects in Bama town and Ngwom community in Borno, the state most affected by the 10-year conflict, where humanitarian and development workers are providing life-saving assistance and implementing development programmes. The two officials heard first-hand testimonies from people affected by the Lake Chad Basin crisis who are trying to rebuild their lives.“We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to communities across the north-east of Nigeria,” said Mr. Steiner. “Helping people affected by the crisis requires us to work together – humanitarian and development organizations alike – to tackle immediate humanitarian needs and the root causes of the crisis.”The Government of Nigeria has launched recovery initiatives and efforts in north-east Nigeria aimed at rapid stabilization. Early recovery and livelihood activities implemented by UN agencies and international and local NGOs seek to address the underlying causes of the conflict, lay the foundations for sustainable development and prevent aid dependency.The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east has spilled over into the Lake Chad region. It remains one of the most severe in the world today with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe alone.According to OCHA, food security and the nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the north-east, particularly given the high levels of aid dependency, compounded by the lack of access to land or other livelihood opportunities. Up to three million people are estimated to suffer from critical food insecurity. Almost a million children aged from six months to five years are acutely malnourished, with 440,000 facing Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).The visit follows an international donor conference held in Berlin in early September during which some $2.5 billion was pledged for humanitarian, stabilization and recovery projects in the Lake Chad region. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looking to rebound against Illinois

In tug-of-war type of game in which momentum and emotions flooded the floor, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Northwestern, 3-1, on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes now own a 19-8 overall record and are 10-5 in the Big Ten. Since their loss against then-No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday, coach Geoff Carlston said he has been focusing mainly on how his team would respond after a disappointing loss. Carlston was particularly happy in the way his team fought back after losing the second set against the Wildcats. “I think we played some really good volleyball at times tonight, and you know … volleyball is volleyball that way,” Carlston said. “I really liked how we played in game three in particular, able to grind it out, win that one and respond after game two.” Just like they did against the Gophers, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start. In set one, the Buckeyes looked like they may have been able to put the game on cruise control with a commanding 25-17 win in the first set. Northwestern, though, seemed to have other plans in set two and orchestrated a comeback where OSU saw their 16-9 lead turn into a 27-25 loss. For senior outside hitter Mari Hole, the third game was an important match that tested them both mentally and physically. “Game three was just that, to try to come back from what happened in game two, and we did a good job of just staying focused, staying with the game,” Hole said. “Like they had the momentum coming into game three, so we knew they were going to be coming strong out of the locker room, and we just had to match that energy.” Hole was proud of the way her team handled adversity, especially in a game where momentum didn’t seem to be on their side. “I think we did a good job of just continuing, working on our stuff, and in game four we got the momentum back and we just kept going,” Hole said. And at the end of the day, all that mattered to Carlston was that his team was the last one standing. “I’m happy. It’s good to get out of here with a win,” Carlston said. “Get some rest and start getting ready for Illinois.” As the season starts to wind down, Carlston acknowledged that this is the part of the year where they need to be sharp, stay fresh for upcoming games and for his younger players to adapt. “I think everyone is tired,” Carlston said. “The Big Ten is grueling and so every team in our conference … this is where the freshmen, they’re already done with their state tournaments typically by now, and so they’re (younger players) in uncharted ground right now. We got five matches left, and they have been training hard for three months. We need to be fresh, as fresh as you can possibly be for Saturday’s match.” Sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul said that it’s important to take care of their bodies in a strenuous season of the Big Ten. “It’s definitely different than being completely fresh, but we just try to focus on taking care of our bodies and getting enough sleep so that it doesn’t affect us too much,” Faul said. With the game against Northwestern in the books, Carlston is already expecting a tough fight from rival Illinois on Saturday. “They’re another really good team that’s been ranked,” Carlston said. “Everyone is jockeying for their position for the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to play well.” Faul said every Big Ten game is important, but playing against Illinois will be an exciting game to her and to her team. “Illinois will be an exciting team to play against,” Faul said. “It was an exciting match at their place, and I think we can get a good crowd at our home too.” In order to defeat the Fighting Illini, Carlston pointed out a couple of key things that his team will need to do against a tough opponent. “So we’re going to have to be healthy, be fresh and come out ready to fight from the get go,” Carlston said. “You just got to be ready to play.” Faul said they just need to make sure that they don’t forget their basics, and continue to play their style. “I think just staying focused the next two days, keep up our basics, keep up our basic digging, passing and hitting everything in the same groove we have been doing all season,” Faul said. The Buckeyes play Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Gwyneth Paltrows lifestylebrand Goop offering largest ever UK dress size for inclusive collection

It’s latest fashion venture – described as a “clean-lined, sophisticated capsule” – will add to the UK’s growing plus-size clothing market, which is currently valued at £6.5 billion.Earlier this year, Marks and Spencer launched a Curve range offering 100 pieces ranging in size from a UK 18 to 32, whilst last year Ashley Graham became the first plus-sized woman to feature on Forbes’ highest-paid models list.Goop’s new collection features five pieces including a dress, jumpsuit, peacoat, and tuxedo jacket with matching cropped trousers, a look that Ms Paltrow regularly wears on the red carpet. The pieces range from £187 to £327.The website has sold items of clothing from various brands since 2012, including Joseph and Stella McCartney.Speaking about the collaboration with Goop, the founder of Universal Standard, former fashion journalist Alex Waldman, told The Business of Fashion:  “This is really about making [size inclusivity] the new normal through a variety of channels.“The thing that should determine [your clothing] choices should be your taste and your budget. We don’t need any more barriers than that.” In June 2017, Ms Paltrow was forced to hire a lawyer to vet all of Goop’s claims following a complaint from Nasa after the site promoted “wellness stickers” that claimed to use Nasa technology.The website, which began as a newsletter produced by Ms Paltrow for her friends, has grown into a $250 million business. Goop has faced heavy criticism for the treatments it promotes, which include bee sting therapy Paltrow The largest ever female dress size offered in the UK has been created by Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversial “lifestyle-brand” Goop.The American actress and business woman has launched a “size-inclusive” clothing collection which includes a UK size 44.The largest size currently available in the UK is a 36 and one of Britain’s largest women is understood to have worn a size 40 when she was at her biggest.The collection, which has been done in collaboration with Universal Standard, a brand which aims to bridge the gap between straight and plus size clothing, marks the first time that a size larger than a UK 16 has been made available on the Goop site.Established in 2008, Goop is an online brand that has faced heavy criticism on numerous occasions for the treatments it promotes, including bee sting therapy, a salt shampoo to detoxify your scalp, and “vagina steaming”. 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

Hitachi introduces new solution for heavy equipment paint waste

first_imgHitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) has implemented what it believes to be a unique process to reduce chemical waste from the painting process at its factory in Amsterdam. Developed in cooperation with Advantage Chemicals, the process will save an estimated €60,000 per year on labour and energy costs, as well as disposal costs for waste water and sludge.Before the new system was introduced in December 2011, the painting process produced approximately 260 t of waste per year. It used a classic sinking system, in which the paint would sink or form a sediment at the bottom of the pool of water beneath the paint facility. Twice a year, the pool had to be cleaned, and the water and paint had to be removed, which was costly in terms of labour, energy, water and waste removal.The new system has reduced the amount of waste by 88% per year. HCME Production Engineering Manager Robin Huijsman, who is also Compliance Officer for Environmental Regulation, explains: “Cleaning the pool beneath the paint facility twice a year was a difficult and dirty job. With the new system, we are able to remove the overspray paint from the water and reuse the water. Thanks to the new system, the facility is cleaner and the filtering system that removes paint particles from the air functions better.”The new process combines real-time CoAg (coagulation) systems with waste water treatment systems. Instead of sinking or forming as sediment, the paint is suspended in the water and pumped to a waste treatment tank. “For this tank, we asked Advantage Chemicals to develop a chemical that is able to remove the paint by making it float,” added Huijsman. “The floating paint sludge is then skimmed off the top of the tank and is estimated at 30 t per year. We are delighted with the results of the new process. The reduction in chemical waste is one of our key environmental objectives and has improved the overall carbon footprint of the HCME factory in Amsterdam. In addition to cost benefits, there are health benefits too, with less solvents being released into the factory air and less dust.”last_img read more

Ashampoo server hacked customer names and email addresses stolen

first_imgIt was only a few weeks ago that we reported on Epsilon’s database being hacked and exposing customer data to spammers. That was a serious data breach purely because of the number of big name companies Epsilon stored customer data for. Today, on a smaller scale, but no less serious, Ashampoo has reported a similar server breach with customer data being stolen.Chances are you have come across or used at least one of Ashampoo’s products, with their most popular being Burning Studio and WinOptimizer. An Internet company that counts over 13 million customers on its books, it specializes in offering a range of downloadable software covering disc burning, multimedia, system utilities, office productivity suites, CAD, and ironically security software too.Rolf Hilchner, CEO of Ashampoo, has posted on the company’s website explaining exactly what has happened. Apparently hackers managed to break into one of Ashampoo’s servers that held customer data. There was a hole in their security and by using it Ashampoo customer names and e-mail addresses have been taken, but no payment and billing information was accessed.Ashampoo believe the addresses taken are now being sent malicious e-mails with a PDF attachment. If you go ahead and open that PDF file some code is run attempting to gain access to your system through known security holes. As the hackers collected these e-mail addresses from an Ashampoo server, it makes sense that they will try and mask the e-mails as an order confirmation or marketing of some sort.The best advice we can give is to ensure your system is up-to-date with security patches and to treat any e-mail associated with Ashampoo with caution. If you haven’t placed any orders recently, then you shouldn’t be receiving any e-mails of this sort from them.Read more at Ashampoolast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 trailer teases next big battle

first_img Originally published May 5.  Latest twist is a tough one to take and we’re very upset Thanos vs. Game of Thrones Night King: Here’s who’d win Season 8: How to adjust your TV for a cinematic picture We should all thank Game of Thrones for Cersei Lannister 57 Photos Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today TV and Movies Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4: The good, the bad… More Thrones Bidding farewell to those who died in the Battle of Winterfell. Helen Sloan/HBO How can there be only two episodes left in the last season of Game of Thrones?But there’s no time to stop, lift a glass of Arbor Gold and reflect on the show coming to an end. HBO aired a trailer for episode 5 after episode 4 Sunday night, and things are only getting more tense.The teaser didn’t offer any spoilers, but best-villain-ever Cersei looked smug, Tyrion looked nervous, and Euron was checking those skies for a certain flying blowtorch. And hey, Jon Snow, good thing you took the Pony Express instead of riding your dragon after all. Game of Thronescenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags 0 Post a comment Share your voice Game of Thrones’ second-to-the-last episode airs May 12 on HBO. 7:17last_img read more

Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

first_imgOn Thursday, climber and Arctic veteran Lonnie Dupre  left Talkeetna for his fourth attempt to be the first person to summit Denali in January.Download AudioClimbing Denali is hard.  Even in peak season, temperatures dip below zero, and frostbite is a real concern.  In fact, this summer saw one of the lowest summit rates in decades, owing largely to weather.  Not many people attempt North America’s highest peak in winter.  Lonnie Dupre is one of the few who has.  He is beginning his fourth attempt to summit the mountain in January.  His previous attempts were all thwarted by the weather.  Dupre says he’s surprised at how mild the Alaskan winter has been so far.Lonnie Dupre during his 2012 attempt on Denali. (Courtesy Lonnie Dupre)“I’m surprised on how little snow and how warm it’s been in Alaska, overall.  That opens up a whole new bit of news, maybe, on climate change and what’s been going on with the weather these days.”Lonnie Dupre takes climate change seriously.  Many of his expeditions have been to raise awareness for the changing environment.  Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures in the lowlands of Alaska, however, Dupre says it will still be very cold on Denali, with temperatures potentially dipping to fifty-below-zero.  Under those conditions, Lonnie Dupre says the body requires a lot of calories just to keep going.“It’s like throwing a log on the fire, right?  You’ve got to keep the firewood coming…”Lonnie Dupre estimates he’ll be taking in about 4,500 calories per day to keep his internal furnace running.  He says that hydration is even more important, and that he plans to drink four or five liters of melted snow-water each day.Daylight is also a major factor affecting winter climbs.  Lonnie Dupre will only have a handful of hours each day to try to make progress.“A big challenge, aside from the cold, is you only have a limited time to travel, because it’s dark.  I’m leaving at the darkest time of the year, so it only leaves you maybe five hours of useable light in mid-December.”Crevasses present a challenge to Denali climbers regardless of the season.  Without team members, Lonnie Dupre will be on his own should he find himself in an area where crevasses have opened.“A preventative measure to not drop into one of those bad-boys is to take a big, long pair of skis, and I’m taking…about a thirteen foot long spruce pole with me.”Like much of his gear, Lonnie’s eight-foot long skis are custom.  In fact, he made them himself.  This year, he is also bringing along a tent, sleeping bag, and down suit that should help him stay warm.  Overall, Dupre feels good about this year’s attempt.“You always get those butterflies in your stomach right before you go, but I’m excited to get moving.  I’m feeling really good about this year; I’ve trained hard.  I’ve got all the equipment I could have wished for for this trip.”As with his previous attempts, Lonnie Dupre’s primary goal is to get back safely, though reaching the summit of Denali would be a definite plus.last_img read more

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