Press release: RSH Quarterly survey published covering Q4 – January to March 2018

first_imgFiona MacGregor, Executive Director of Regulation, said: in the year to March 2018, providers agreed £10.1 billion of new facilities, £2.5 billion more than in the previous year 95% of providers having sufficient debt facilities to last over 12 months or more – with the sector’s re-financing risk and re-pricing risk remaining low an moderate increase in the 18 month pipeline for both affordable home ownership (AHO) and market sales total investment in new supply at £10.0 billion in the 12 months to March 2018 was broadly in line with forecasts – with investment in new housing supply expected to be £14.3 billion over the 12 month forecast period capitalised major repairs increased 4% in the year to March 2018, and are forecast to increase further in the year to March 2019 The survey provides a regular source of information regarding the financial health of PRPs, in particular with regard to their liquidity position. The March survey includes additional annual data, particularly relating to private finance. Where any information received through the Quarterly survey indicates a potential concern, this is followed up with providers. Although providers currently remain in a strong financial position, the regulator will continue to closely monitor sales exposure and sales activity. Where sales revenues are lower than forecast or where a provider is reliant on sales receipts, we will seek assurance that the individual providers have sufficient access to liquidity. The Quarterly survey sets out information such as the amount of borrowing by registered providers and where they have borrowed it from, the number of affordable home ownership homes and market sale homes they have built and sold. Alongside a programme of periodic In Depth Assessments and regular financial stability checks, it provides regulatory assurance on the sector’s financial strength and the continued viability of individual providers.The regulator’s Quarterly surveys are available on our website.Further informationThe regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions.The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.For more information visit the RSH website.Our About the Regulator of Social Housing page has contact details for media enquiries.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. The Regulator of Social Housing’s latest Quarterly survey shows that the social housing sector has sufficient access to finance and is in a robust position to respond to any changes to the wider economic environment.The survey report, published today (31 May 2018), covers the period 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 and includes forecasts up to 31 March 2019. This quarter’s survey, based on responses from 229 private registered providers (PRPs) and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes, also includes annual data relating to private finance, impairment and non-registered entities.Some of the main findings in this quarter include:last_img read more

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Tottenham being backed to WIN the Premier League – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Tottenham are now third favourites to win the Premier League [12/1], behind Arsenal and Manchester City, after moving to within six points of top spot.He also looks ahead to Monday’s top-flight action, with Manchester United v Chelsea the stand-out fixture.Louis van Gaal is under huge pressure going into the Old Trafford clash, and Stevens says United are 13/8 to claim a first win in eight games, while the Blues are 15/8 and the draw is 11/5.Arsenal. meanwhile, face Bournemouth at the Emirates looking to bounce back from their humiliating defeat to Southampton and are 4/9 to get beat the Cherries [7/1 for the win] and get their title charge back on track.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman

first_imgLove Island 2018 winner Jack Fincham has set out to find a young Donegal woman – to reunite her with her passport.The reality star revealed on Instagram that he found a passport belonging to a local woman at Ibiza airport today.And he is calling on his 2.4million followers to help him find the owner.  Jack was jetting into the holiday island when he discovered a passport belonging to a woman called Jade Deery on the ground outside the airportHe shared a photo of the passport on his Instagram story, where it shows that Jade is from Co. Donegal.Instagram post shared by Love Island’s Jack Fincham @jack_charlesfJack is now calling on Jade to message him so he can arrange to drop the passport in a safe place for her to collect it.Jade’s holiday may have gotten off to an unlucky start, but little does she know that she has a famous good Samaritan lending her a helping hand!  Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DLDC event celebrates the successes of social enterprises

first_imgAs part of Social Inclusion week 2019, Donegal Local Development (DLDC) hosted an information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’ to showcase the work of Social Enterprises in Donegal.Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact. Like other businesses, social enterprises trade in goods or services on an ongoing basis. However, any surpluses they generate are re-invested into achieving a social impact.‘Enterprising Communities’ was an information and networking breakfast morning to promote and celebrate the achievements of local social enterprises and to acknowledge the social benefit and social impact they provide. It created the opportunity for representatives to meet & network with their peers and to benefit from shared learning. While celebrating the successes of social enterprises DLDC also highlighted the need for a strategic approach in addressing the many challenges.DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’The event also provided the opportunity for the DLDC team to meet with representatives from local social enterprises, to further promote the launch of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022 and to update attendees on the core objectives of the policy.This policy document is long overdue, however DLDC welcome the strategic approach it contains and the commitment to providing supports for the Community & Voluntary Sector which will help social enterprises reach their full potential. The launch of this policy marks the start of a new phase in the development of social enterprise in Ireland. The speakers representing local social enterprises were selected randomly and invited to come along to share their stories. Although from different geographical locations throughout Donegal, the challenges they face are very similar and the need for additional supports are common to all. The contribution from the social enterprise representatives was key to the success of this event. They are the volunteers & managers who deliver a positive response to social and societal issues and DLDC commends them on their great work.DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’Keynote Speaker was Patsy McGonagle, founding member of the Finn Valley Club and current Chairperson of Donegal Local Development CLG.MC was Andrew McNulty from the Community Development team at DLDC and Speakers on the day included:• Margaret Larkin, DLDC, who gave an overview of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022• Karen McCormick – LYIT – Restart+ Programme• Mick Quinlivan – Cairde Le Cheile, Letterkenny• Mary Coyle – Ionad Naomh Pádraig• Michael Travers – Bundoran Community Centre• Tracy Peoples – Premier Services, MilfordDLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC information and networking breakfast morning ‘Enterprising Communities’DLDC event celebrates the successes of social enterprises was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DLDCsocial inclusion weeklast_img read more

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Fortuna closes strong to hold off McKinleyville for thrilling 80-74 win

first_img“We knew we had … Fortuna >> The last time the Huskies saw the Panthers, Big Blue was left looking at the same number on the scoreboard for final last three minutes and change.It wasn’t the same Wednesday night.Not by a long shot.Behind the ever-impressive sharp shooting of senior guard Sam Betts, the Fortuna boys basketball team opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to get the lead and then held on from there to claim a thrilling 80-74 win over McKinleyville at Damon Gymnasium.last_img read more

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Understanding Indoor Air Quality (1) – Building Science Podcast

first_imgThis podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called “Building Science Fundamentals” taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation.Last week, Dr. John discussed humidity and the damage it can do to a building. This week, Dr. Joe explains his preferred method of evaluating indoor air quality and why it works. He also points out that air contaminants are usually a symptom of the breakdown of building materials by water, heat, ultraviolet light, and ozone.__________________________________________________Practical air quality evaluationWe’re going to do the four p’s: people, pollutant, path, pressure. That’s a way of looking at indoor air quality, it’s a completely different way of looking at things from the traditional industrial hygiene community view of indoor air quality, which is based on concentration of contaminates versus dilution. That approach is completely correct, completely accurate, and totally useless. The approach that I’m going to propose is not completely accurate, not completely precise, but extremely useful. And so, as an engineer, this is going to be approximately correct, but not precisely or strictly correct. So it’s gonna get you eighty, ninety percent of the way to understanding what’s going on with very little effort; and once you’ve got the big picture sort of figured out, you can then transition into the traditional, industrial hygiene approach.How it worksOkay. What’s this based on? If you have people over here, and you have a pollutant over there, you don’t have a problem because the people and the pollutant aren’t in the same place. You need a way for the pollutant to get to the people; so you need a connection. You need a path. If you have people here, the pollutant here, and you have a path, you have a problem. Well, you don’t yet — you still need something to push the pollutant down the path to the people. You need a pressure. So you need all four things for there to be a problem: people, pollutant, path, pressure.Many different people and pollutantsThe trouble with people is that they’re people! No two people are alike, so it’s difficult to get a uniform or identical response from people to a similar exposure. Some people are more sensitive than others to the same exposure. I’m a very sensitive person and you know, even to modest exposures of things I react in strange ways. You know a very small amount of alcohol makes me do very, very, very strange things. So anyway, people don’t act the same way to the same exposure. So it’s very difficult to make recommendations on exposures, because, how do you choose which group of people, or what type of person you’re dealing with? In terms of pollutants, there are a million of them available to deal with! Which one do you pick? You would go broke if all you did was try to measure pollutants. The problem with pollutant measurement technology is that we don’t have the ability to go into a space and measure the pollutants in the space. Now I’m going to be very careful about what I’ve just said. If you go into a space, we don’t have the technology to measure the pollutants in the space. You don’t go into a space and ask: “what’s in the air in this space?” You go into a space and you ask: “is this in the space? or this in the space? Or is this in the space? You’ve got a million choices to ask about. So when somebody says: “We’ve tested the air in this space, and we didn’t find anything.” No, what they’re really saying is, “What we tested for we didn’t find within our limits of accuracy of the test procedure that we used.” That’s very, very different from saying, “There’s nothing wrong with the air.” Just means what we tested for, we didn’t find within the limits of the test.Don’t start with air testingWell how the hell do you know what to test for? Well, you shouldn’t test for things until you already understand the problem. And so, that’s why all of the people who really know about indoor air quality, like the EPA and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, say that the last thing you should do is start off an investigation of indoor air quality by doing air testing. Because any of the money that you use on testing won’t be available to you to fix the problem. And the air testing is always going to find stuff in the air, you’re just not going to know what it means. And it gets even worse. If you find stuff in the air you have to ask yourself, is it bad or good? And more fundamentally, where did it come from? We don’t know whether it’s bad or good because very few contaminants have known dose/response relationships so we can actually set acceptable or unacceptable limits to it. So it’s very difficult to measure something in the air, and say, “This is actually bad, and it’ll be good if it drops below this concentration.” We can only do that with very few things. Usually it’s stuff that people don’t manufacture, make, or distribute. So we have really, really good standards for radon. Why? Nobody makes it. Who are you going to sue, God? Right? So let’s say you find something in the air. Where the hell does it come from? Well, that’s pretty fundamental, or pretty important.Pollutants often come from damaged materialsAnd so I’m going to say: forget about that. Most pollutants come from things that get really hot, or really wet, or exposed to ultraviolet light or ozone. We call these things damage function. When damage functions act on materials they damage them. That’s why we call them damage functions. And one of the things that results from the damage is that the stuff falls apart. And as it falls apart, or breaks down, the break down particles are often contaminants in the form of gasses and particles. So as you expose materials to damage functions, your break down products can be viewed as contaminants that are in the form of gasses and particles and the particles are very tiny, they have a very tiny aerodynamic diameter that they can get into the air, and be transported in the air as the solid form.What’s the biggest source?And so what part of your building gets the hottest, and wettest, and most exposed to ultraviolet light and ozone? It’s the roof. So what’s the typical roof? You know, a black EPDM membrane. And you’re on the top of that black EPDM membrane roof in July. And the temperature is what? One hundred and eighty degrees. So you go up on that roof, and you’re standing there, and you go (inhale) — what do you smell? The roof! The roof is emitting huge quantities of VOCs — volatile organic compounds. If you take your hand and you rub it on the top of the roof it’ll actually fall apart in your hand. If those particles get into the air we have an aerosol. So you can actually sense — feel with your own nose because your nose is actually more accurate for detecting chemicals than a gas chromatograph — and you can actually smell the roof breaking down while you’re on it. Which is why it’s always a good idea to put you’re building’s fresh air intake up on the roof. Because you then actually hoover up the VOCs and eject them right into the breathing zone of the occupied space.The pollutant is the symptom, not the problemWho are the mold folks here? There are a couple of mold folks here. What we’ve learned is that you don’t look for mold because you’re always going to find mold in the air. What you look for is the wet spot, because that’s where the mold is coming from. So you search for mold by looking for water. Alright? So you search for VOCs not by looking for VOCs; you search for VOCs by looking for something that’s hot that would be giving off the VOCs. So you look for pollutants by looking for the thing that’s hot, or wet, or exposed to ultraviolet light, or to ozone. And then ask yourself, are those things connected to the breathing zone of the occupied space by a pathway and pressure relationship? I only sample after I know what’s going on, in order to shut up people that don’t know what’s going on. So you don’t look for pollutants, you look for the hot spot, the wet spot, the spot that’s exposed to ultraviolet light and ozone and work backwards via a pollutant, pressure, and pathway relationship. So you do an indoor air quality investigation by thinking in two dimensions at the same time. On one axis is what? People, pollutant, path, pressure. On the other axis is hot, wet, UV. Now, there’s ozone in there, but the first three damage functions are in order of magnitude more significant than the fourth one. So the really, really important ones are hot, wet, UV; ozone is kind of important, but it’s not in the same league as the other one. Why even mention it? Because it’s not insignificant. In other words it’s not the big three, but it can cause you some grief. Are you with me on this?How damaging are these effects?Now, each one of these effects by itself is annoying. Two or three of them acting together is really, really bad. We view these as being exponential and synergistic. Exponential means that each affect by itself gets very, very, very bad, but nor on a linear increase, but on a really ramping increase. So we know with temperature, every ten degree rise Kelvin in a material doubles the off-gassing rate. That’s eighteen degrees Fahrenheit. So you double the badness of a material every 18 degrees. Using Joe math that’s approximately what? Twenty. So every twenty degree increase you double the off-gassing. Now, it doesn’t take very long to have a factor of four. That would be how many degrees? Forty. Cause it’s two by two, so the first twenty degrees doubles it, the second twenty degrees doubles the double. So that would be four. See you want your salary to be increasing exponentially, not linearly. Right? Ok. Now the same thing with humidity. It turns out as you double vapor pressure, you basically double off-gassing. And that’s approximately eighteen percent relative humidity. That’s purely by chance. They’re not connected, the eighteen and eighteen — it just happened serendipitously … accidentally … I can’t even frickin’ pronounce it. Alright. Now the same thing with UV light. Every ten percent increase in UV light results in the doubling of the factors. Now when any two of them are acting together, they’re not additive affects, they’re multiplicative affects, so if you really what to trash something, make it hot, make it wet, and expose it to sunlight. And then zap it with a little bit of ozone.Why should people care?It’s the same thing for humans, not just materials. It’s true. If you want to live a long time, you go to some place that it’s cold, that it’s dry, you protect yourself from UV light, you stay away from urban areas, because urban areas have what? Ozone! And you eat nuts and berries. So you’ll live a very long time but you’ll feel miserable and wish you were dead. So where is the worst place to retire? Florida! Cause you’re going to a place that has what? Hot, wet, humidity, and it’s an urban area. So you’re going to frickin’ die. Alright, let’s go to hospitals. The worst thing to do if you’re sick is to be in a humidified space. The dryer it is, the healthier it is. So why do we humidify hospitals? Cause they’re filled with explosive gasses and we don’t want them to blow up. That’s very unhealthy. Unfortunately, you get lots of mold and bacterial growth and that’s really bad, cause if you’re sick, your immune system is weak, and you’re exposed to these opportunistic pathogens. So the most dangerous place to be if you’re sick is in a humidified hospital. It’s part of the new health care system. Alright. People, pollutants, path, pressure. Cause there’s always going to be a pathway, and there’s always going to be pressures. You can never get rid of all the holes, you can just get rid of the big holes.last_img read more

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Working with Flowcharts in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDo you have tips for organizing your workflow in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. The Flowchart PanelTo access the flowchart, first I’ll make sure I have my desired composition open or selected in the project panel. Next, I’ll select Composition > Composition Flowchart. Once the flowchart panel opens, I’ll see all of my comps listed. I can also see all of the layers in each composition. The problem is that I’m not really enjoying this layout, so I’m going to customize my flowchart to make it more intuitive and easier to navigate.Display OptionsThere are a number of ways I can customize the display of my flowchart, all of which are in the panel drop-down menu. First, I don’t really like that the chart is flowing up. I prefer a left-to-right layout, with the original comp at the far left, so I’m going to change this setting in the panel menu. I’ll set the justification to left. If I wanted a simpler view of things, I could strip the flowchart down so it’s displaying only the comps.Navigating the FlowchartOne of my favorite aspects of the flowchart panel is the ability to quickly navigate and access comps and layers throughout my project. Anytime I select an asset in the flowchart panel, it will quickly show me that asset in the project or composition panel. If I select a layer in the composition panel, it will highlight the asset in the flowchart panel. Double-clicking a comp in the flowchart panel will open that comp.The Mini-FlowchartIf working in the flowchart panel seems a bit too counterintuitive, check out the mini-flowchart. There are several ways to access this — the main way being Composition > Composition Mini-Flowchart. There’s also a mini-flowchart button in the composition panel, or you can just press the Tab key while your composition panel is highlighted. Quickly jump between comps and precomps in the mini-flowchart using the arrow key. To launch a comp, simply click on it. Get a bird’s-eye view of your After Effects project with flowcharts.Top image via Shutterstock.When you’re working on a complex After Effects project, you might find yourself nesting compositions. A nest involves a composition within a composition. To create a nested composition, you simply highlight a single layer or group of layers and select Layer > Pre-compose. This creates a new composition in your project panel, and it will now show up as a layer in your original comp. We call this new composition a precomp.Working with nesting and precomps can quickly become confusing. Trying to make your way to a specific layer that’s buried in precomps can be headache-inducing. This is when the flowchart panel comes in handy.A flowchart offers you a bird’s-eye view of your project, so you can modify and customize your flowchart how you’d like and quickly navigate precomps and layers directly in the flowchart panel.Let’s take a closer look at what you can do with this tool.last_img read more

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Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won a season-high third straight. Henson made eight of 10 shots in his highest-scoring game this season.Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.After the Bucks threatened to pull away late in the third, Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter. Memphis pulled ahead on Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with about nine minutes left. Milwaukee tied it on Tony Snell’s corner 3. A soft drop-in by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks ahead 100-96 with just under five minutes remaining, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“Normally that game gets away from us,” Kidd said. “When we came back with the starters, we went on a run, but it started on the defensive end.”The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, to take a 34-29 lead.ADVERTISEMENT “It was confidence boost to see shots go down,” Middleton said.Memphis hit 10 of its first 11 shots in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead with 4:24 left in the half. Milwaukee made just one of six shots from long-range in the quarter, but pulled to 65-60 at the break, led by Antetokounmpo’s 12 points in the period.POSITIVE ATTITUDEFizdale said he is taking a positive approach with point guard Mike Conley, who has struggled with his shooting this season. He made 2 of 12 shots against the Bucks after entering the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.“Be positive. There’s no beating the players up over struggles,” Fizdale said. “It’s not the way to get them out of it, and it’s never been my approach. Mike has had a nagging injury and can’t control that.”BANG FOR THE BUCKFizdale believes the Bucks improved considerably with the recent acquisition of Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns.“You add Eric Bledsoe to anybody’s team and you are going to be way more concerned,” Fizdale said. “Obviously, there’s the pace and the speed that he brings to the game. His tenacity, his toughness, his ability to get to the rim. They are going to be something to reckon with this year with him.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Wrapped up a five-game trip with a 2-3 record. Chalmers fouled out with 2:19 remaining. LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stunning KO loss ‘big lesson learned’ for Folayangcenter_img Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to shoot against Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 110-103. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies.Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away late in the fourth for a 110-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “In the first half, it was a shoot-around,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought in the second half we focused on the defensive end.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks.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“We want to be a defensive team,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes we make mistakes and forget who we are.”Memphis coach David Fizdale said the Grizzlies lacked intensity in the third quarter.“We try to pride ourselves on our toughness and I didn’t think we held up our end of the bargain tonight,” Fizdale said. “That third quarter, we just didn’t come out ready to compete. That was the big difference in the game.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Bucks: Middleton, who entered the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range, hit his first three attempts from beyond the arc. … Bledsoe started but was a game-time decision with a knee contusion. “He got hit. It was sore,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “He was good yesterday. This morning he woke up and it was a little sore.” … F Mirza Teletovic missed his third straight game with left knee soreness.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Indiana on Wednesday night in the first of four consecutive home games.Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game homestand. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

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PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B

first_imgNext up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT Ilocos, Stallion draw, still winless MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese national team, 88-72.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“They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing 77-90 to Canada 150 on opening day, but they cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Point guard Chun Chen-ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.GILAS 93 – TAIPEI-WHITE 82GILAS 93—Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0.TAIPEI-WHITE 82—Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTAIPEI—Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset ax, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 against much tougher teams in their first two games that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and yielded the momentum early.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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LeBron James ‘excited’ to return to Manila for ‘Strive for Greatness’ show

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: LeBron James headed back to Manila for Nike RiseTwo years after, he graced the final day of the the Nike Rise program, where under privileged kids got access to professional training for six weeks at the House of Rise.He is schedule to put on a show for his fans at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron James dazzles Manila anew in his second trip to the country. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeBron James couldn’t hide his excitement over his return to Manila.The four-time NBA MVP is on his way to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments “On my way to Manila! Excited to get back. #StriveForGreatness🚀” said James in a tweet.READ: LeBron James inspires, amazes fans in Manila FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThis is James’ third visit to Manila.In 2013, fans even lined up for days just to get a chance to see him for the “Witness History” event. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eze leads Saints in takedown of Heroes in NCAA Season 93 All-Star 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Sindhu stuns world No. 2 Wang of China to ensure second medal at World Championships

first_imgP.V. Sindhu in action against world No. 2 Wang Shixian of China at the Badminton World Championship in Copenhagen on FridayPusarla Venkata Sindhu certainly knows how to step up on the big stage. On Friday, she knocked out world No.2 and All England Champion Wang Shixian of China 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 to storm into the semi-finals of the BWF World Championships in Copenhagen, bagging a second successive medal from the mega event.In the previous edition in Guangzhou, Sindhu had won a bronze – a historic first for any woman Indian shuttler in the singles event. Now, she has become the only Indian to win two World Championships medals. Prakash Padukone is the other Indian to win a singles medal at the World Championships, interestingly it came in Copenhagen in 1983.In the semi-final, Sindhu will face Spain’s Carolina Marin, the new sensation in the sport. Marin got the better of Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 19-21, 21-19, 21-11. Sindhu has beaten Marin once but lost to her in the Australian Open in June. “It is a great feeling. My effort now will be to change the colour of my medal,” an ecstatic Sindhu told Mail Moday from Copenhagen.”It was a tense and crucial match. I’m happy that I was able to hold my nerve. I’ve often played long and close matches against her, so I was prepared for it. I was trailing 16-12 in the second game and I recovered well. It’d not have been possible without the motivation of my coach.” Saina, on the other hand, faltered in the quarter-finals for a fifth time in her career. She went down to top seed and world No.1 Li Xuerui 15-21, 15-21.advertisementSindhu showed remarkable resilience and stamina as she rallied to win the marathon hour-and-25-minute match. In the decider, the lanky Hyderabadi pulled away from 15-15 to win six points in a row. She had beaten the Chinese at the same stage in the previous edition too. Sindhu improved 4-2 against Wang in the head-tohead record. In the pre-quarterfinals, too, Sindhu had fought back from a game down against a higher-ranked, seeded sixth Korean Bae Yeon Ju.last_img read more

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NCSC to Launch Series of Retirement Planning Seminars

first_img The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will be launching its second annual series of retirement planning seminars, at the Cardiff Hall Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on Thursday, August 15, starting at 9:30 a.m.The seminars will be held islandwide from August 16 to 22, and will feature a number of presentations, intended to educate and assist persons to set and achieve realistic goals and objectives for the future.Themed: ‘Retirement is a process, not an Event – Be Prepared’, the seminars are aimed at encouraging persons in the informal sector of the society to start planning for their retirement years while working.“We are targeting persons in the informal sector, including farmers, dressmakers, tailors, hairdressers, vendors, musicians, housewives, domestic workers, landscapers and barbers. We have found  that the mass proportion of this group do not plan for their retirement, so we hope to create a change in behaviour with the sessions, so that these persons can start planning for their retirement,” Executive Director of the NCSC, Charmaine Muirhead told JIS News.She added that the seminars will also provide the appropriate platform for citizens to look at their lives, and see how best they can make them more meaningful, as they grow older.“We will be providing participants with relevant information that will allow them to shape their lives in a more positive manner, so that they will be able to face the future more confidently. We are targeting both the young and the old, because as soon as persons reach the age of 18 they should start planning for their retirement, so that they can enjoy it in a better manner,” she emphasised.Mrs. Muirhead is encouraging youngsters to educate themselves on all that they can do for their retirement years, because proper retirement planning involves choosing the best possible option, which should start as early as persons obtain their first job.She also implored persons who are approaching retirement to start getting ready, and for those who already have their retirement plans in place, to just endorse the event, and be aware of other existing options.Highlighting the theme, the Executive Director is also urging the target group, persons 18 to 55 years, to start contributing to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), so that they can reap the benefits in the future.She stressed that this is important, because as persons get older, they develop certain illnesses, and require various medications, that are sometimes very costly.“This can be less burdensome if the necessary plans are put in place now, which will guarantee ease of financial burden, health wise, among other benefits,” she said.For additional information on the seminars, persons can contact the nearest NIS parish office or the NCSC at 926-2374 or 906-9277-8. Youngsters encouraged to educate themselves on all that they can do for their retirement years Themed: ‘Retirement is a process, not an Event – Be Prepared’ Story Highlights The seminars will be held islandwide from August 16 to 22last_img read more

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SOCAR Buys Seven Tankers from Palmali Shipping

first_imgAzerbaijan’s national oil company The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has bought seven tankers from Turkish shipping firm Palmali Shipping, according to data provided by VesselsValue. The price of the seven ships, which encompass two Suezmaxes and five Aframaxes, was not disclosed.SOCAR confirmed to World Maritime News that the company acquired the aforementioned ships, which were previously on time charter from Palmali to SOCAR. The company added that it “does not have ambition at the moment to acquire more assets.”The vessels in question are Heydar Aliyev, Zarifa Aliyeva, Guneshli, Azerbaijan, Baku, Absheron and Shah Deniz. They were built at South Korean and Japanese shipyards between 2002 and 2010.With the recent purchase, SOCAR plans to expand its transport capacity in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, local news site Azernews reported.SOCAR has a permission to market oil produced at Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field and other fields in Azerbaijan.The oil company has a fleet of 30 vessels with a capacity ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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