LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Dumaan is second of a brood of six. Their parents are rice farmers.He worked his way up all the way to the national team because of his impressive showing in the sparring sessions.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 openingDumaan also competed in wushu and taekwondo but now prefers pencak silat where he won the gold medal in the tanding Class A for 45-kg-50kg division in the SEA Games.It was the Philippines’ first gold in the sport since 2005. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Philippine pencak silat team will compete in Korea on Sept 21 for the third Asian Pencak Silat Championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NBA: Lamar Odom seeks 1-day contract, retirement with Lakers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The first thing 2017 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Dines Dumaan wants to do when he returns to the Philippines is bond with his family back in Roxas City.“I dedicate my gold medal to my countrymen and then to my family,” said the 21-year old Dumaan, who is a full-time athlete after dropping out from college.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
APTN National NewsThe First Nations people living downwind from Alberta’s worst oil spill in over 30 years say their children are falling ill from the spill’s emissions.And their chief says the Alberta government just doesn’t care.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto was there.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State shouldn’t have needed a 30-point loss to a team that just lost at home to Purdue to know it needed to run the ball more.The Buckeyes have two of the best running backs in the Big Ten, and for some reason it took an embarrassing loss at Iowa for head coach Urban Meyer to figure out that J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber should touch the ball 30-plus times combined each game.It wasn’t surprising the Buckeyes went back to the ground game after being trounced against an inferior opponent, but Weber’s play has been surprising, and it’s what makes Ohio State’s offense even more dangerous moving forward.“If you can get the running game going, put a guy on a guy and execute pretty highly,” center Billy Price said, “then our running backs are lights-out speed, get out in open space, then good things happen.”Weber started the scoring against Michigan State with a 47-yard touchdown run, then topped that with an 82-yarder. The thought was: Maybe Weber is finally healthy and this is a running back that can hit long runs for scores.He scored twice Saturday in a 52-14 drubbing of Illinois. One was another long touchdown run of more than 40 yards.That thought of “Is this a new Mike Weber?” has additional supporting evidence, which would give Ohio State two legitimate homerun threats at running back.So why wasn’t he running like this before?“Weber is just 100 percent healthy,” Meyer said. “We were bragging about him all summer and then had the tough injury. But he’s doing very well.”Meyer said last week that Weber’s hamstring injury was severe enough to consider surgery. So maybe he truly is finally healthy and that’s what is making the difference in his game and perceived improved quickness since the Iowa game.No one has really been able to figure out Ohio State’s colossal conundrum against the Hawkeyes.“What just happened,” has been a repeating question for three weeks. Meyer raised it after a fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State. Fans and media asked it following a complete collapse against Iowa the week after, then it came up again in an annihilation of Michigan State the week after that.Still, no one really has a good answer for the Iowa game, especially after the blowout of a ranked Michigan State. Maybe fans can just chalk it up as an unexplainable letdown and hope that Ohio State team doesn’t show up again because this Ohio State team that clobbered Michigan State and kicked the snot out of a terrible Illinois team is pretty good — maybe playoff good.Weber is a major part of that.“If we get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer and the offensive coaching staff have talked all year about the possibility of playing both Weber and Dobbins in a formation. That’s now possible. And what a better week to do that than against Michigan.Weber is averaging 13.5 yards per carry the past two games and has gained more than 100 yards in each. The offensive line has been making its case as one of the best units in the country, but the running backs are doing their job, like they have been all year.Weber’s production in the past two games is unequivocal to the first nine games, and it’s a welcomed addition.Meyer and the coaching staff somehow didn’t see the writing on the wall that the running game was always the team’s identity. But that gaffe by the staff might not matter because Ohio State is in the playoff picture, and if Weber’s performances the past two games are an indicator of a new Weber, he can make this offense College-Football-Playoff good.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Lionel Messi is one of the best players to watch in footballThe Spaniard, who led the Red Devils to a best-ever finish of third at the World Cup in Russia, revealed his admiration for Messi during for the futsal Champions League in Belgium.“Whatever is said about Leo Messi, there’s nothing new,” Martinez told the club website. “He is a player you can really enjoy,”“When he is out on the field, and he’s at a level like the one he showed in England, that’s something everyone can appreciate.”Messi has continued his fine performances for Barcelona this season with 11 goals and five assists in 11 games across all competitions.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Manager Ernesto Valverde is determined to ensure that the Catalans do better in the Champions League this time around following their shock quarter-final exit at the hands of AS Roma last season.And things have got off to a strong start for Barcelona with convincing wins over PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham in their opening two games of Group B.“Barça, as well as other teams, are candidates to win it all. There aren’t too many teams around the world that are built to win it. They hope to compete for everything, and that doesn’t change with one good or a bad match,” said Martinez.“Every year the Champions League competition gets more and more difficult. It’s very difficult to find a team to win three years in a row, but this year it’s pretty balanced, and I think we will see one of the best competitions we’ve seen in recent years.”
Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos National Wealth Fund Bill 2017 was passed unanimously in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.The Bill allows for the establishment of the National Wealth Fund (TCNWF) which will be used for government savings and investments. The TCNWF is further broken down into sub-funds with specific aims to meet three goals: economic stabilisation, large-scale infrastructure projects and posterity savings. Monies for the fund will be sourced from excess revenues.The fund is also meant to lessen exposure to risks during times of emergency and disaster as well as to diversify the country’s assets. The fund will be managed by the Ministry of Finance and a Board of Directors with overall responsibility in the HOA.Figures for an initial deposit to the fund are still being determined as the proposed $8 million did not materialize.#MagneticMediaNews#TCNWF#TurksandCaicosNationalWealthFund Related Items:house of assembly, Magnetic Media News, National Wealth Fund, turks caicos TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minster of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is advising Jamaicans to get regular health checks, whether or not they are seeing signs and symptoms of illness.“Remember now, you don’t have to be sick to go to your doctor. That’s what a lot of Jamaicans do, but then by that time it is too late. So, you must know your health status from early so that your doctor can say to you ‘boy your blood pressure is a little bit too high, cut out the salt’, or ‘you are overweight for your body and your age so cut out the sugar and the fats’ – that sort of thing,” he said.“Once you know your health status, then you will know how to live in order to remain healthy and to have longer and better living,” he pointed out.The Minister’s words of advice came during his address to residents of Black River, who had congregated in the town square on, Friday (October 27) for the Jamaica Moves road show. He re-emphasised the need for Jamaicans to engage in physical activity in order to prevent and combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.“A lot of Jamaicans are dying because of lifestyle diseases, meaning diseases you get from what you eat and physical inactivity – a lack of exercise. So what the Ministry of Health has done is to develop this programme called Jamaica Moves, which is taking you around the country, that is firstly encouraging all Jamaicans to know their health status, to do their check-ups,” he explained. Dr. Tufton said as Minister of Health, he has been trying to lead by example.“You notice that I have shed a few pounds because I have been exercising, not only for myself but hopefully to set an example for all of us,” he told the audience, which included school children and adults.The Jamaica Moves Campaign is a response by the Ministry of Health to the prevalence of NCDs among Jamaicans. It encourages persons to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and a balanced diet.The Black River leg was the fifth staging of the campaign’s road shows, which are to be taken to all 14 parishes.Release: JIS Related Items:
Volvo India, the auxiliary unit of Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars, on Friday launched its much-awaited Volvo V40 Cross Country in India with a price tag of ₹28.50 lakhs.The company, which plans to expand its Indian market, has tied up with Bajaj Allianz for vehicle insurance. The V40 Cross Country hatchback packs a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)The diesel engine offered for India is expected to churn out 148 bhp power and 35.7 Kgm at 350 Nm torque. The vehicle hosts a number of unique style features like contrasting front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh grille, upright day-running lights and an integrated skid plate. The car sports alloy wheels upto 19 inches and has a sporty R-Design model. In terms of safety features, the V40 comes with front, curtain and knee airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, ESP and City Safety Braking.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo V40 Cross Country, which is a variant of the V40, represents a model that is premium in design, features, technology and safety. The car will bring in new impetus to our growth strategy in India,” said Volvo Auto India Managing Director, Thomas Ernberg. Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)Volvo sets new target with the launch of V4 in India. The company aims to increase its sales in India by around 50 percent in the current financial year. As part of company’s aggressive plan for the Indian market, Volvo will launch two new models – S60 and XC 60 in the country by October.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo struggled over how to succeed in India but now we are the fastest growing luxury car makers here and we continue to see that in future too,” Thomas said. The lately launched car will take direct competition with BMW’s X1 which is priced between ₹27.9 lakh and ₹32.5 lakh .Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India
Real Estate company PACL has announced its decision to appeal SEBI’s order to return at least $8.1 billion to investors, who have invested in agricultural land through the company.Last week, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ordered PACL to refund ₹49,000 crore to the investors along with a three-month interest, and has also asked the company to stop raising money from them.According to SEBI, the company’s investment schemes had not been registered with the capital markets regulator, reported Reuters.However, the company on Monday convinced its investors through notice that their funds were safe.”We assure our customers that their investments are safe and their interests would not be jeopardized,” PACL said in a statementPACL is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for an alleged scam, in which the real estate company is said to have received money from millions of investors under the plan of the sale and development of agricultural land.SEBI in its order said that PACL’s land holdings did not cover the amount of money raised from investors. However, the company refuted SEBI’s claims and said that it had sufficient asset holdings.The company claimed to have paid a commission of ₹7,893.8 crore up to March 2012 and said that the firm had 5.8 crore customers, which is more than twice the 2.2 crore demat accounts in India, according to Business Standard.Rural Delhi based investor, Vijender Kumar, a 24-year-old in the nursing sector, said that he had visited PACL’s office after reading about the company in a newspaper, since his father had invested ₹60,000 for five years until 2013.Kumar said it became mandatory for him to take up a loan as PACL did not return the deposit even after maturity.”We feel duped. This money means a lot for us,” he added.The case is the biggest crackdown on a large scale unlawful scheme after the Saradha Scam in Calcutta and is over twice the size of Sahara’s illicit scam.
Dinesh Gundu RaoTwitter [Representational Image]Being the only state in South India that had favoured the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Karnataka has surely seen some ups and downs in its political history. But Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao’s tweet congratulating the BJP for its victory has certainly sparked a row.The BJP has given an outstanding performance in Karnataka as the exit polls had predicted. And this victory for the saffron party means a clean sweep in the state. Maybe that’s why Dinesh Gundu Rao resorted to the final political play of applauding the BJP’s victory through social media.”Congratulations to BJP for a resounding victory, both in India and Karnataka. In a democracy people’s verdict is sacrosanct. I wish Mr Modi the very best and hope in his second term as PM will build a stronger, more prosperous and inclusive India,” read the tweet by Rao. Why though? twitterThat would be good! Why this drama? Was he actually right? This tweet comes just two days after Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig accused Rao of Congress’s defeat in the state. Baig had also asked the Muslim community in Karnataka to join hands with the NDA if needed.Many people have reacted to this tweet by saying that Rao accepted defeat with grace, while some have blamed the age-old dirty politics and power play in the party that has led the UPA government’s defeat.Here are some reactions:-
Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA natural gas pipeline under construction in Alpine, TX in 2016.If you want to cook up a battle over private property rights in Texas, here’s the recipe:Take a handful of sprawling cities and growing populations that are expanding into once-rural areas, add a booming oil and gas industry with a desperate need for new pipelines to move record-high volumes of hydrocarbons, and sprinkle in the new electric lines needed to power both of those trends.In recent years, as companies and governments build more roads, power lines and pipelines across Texas, rural landowners have become increasingly familiar with – and angry about – the powers of eminent domain. Their efforts to check those powers at the state capitol haven’t succeeded, but there’s a new push on the horizon for the 2019 Texas legislative session. As the debate gets ready to heat up, here’s what you need to know about eminent domain in Texas.Eminent what?If you haven’t heard the phrase before, “eminent domain” is essentially the power public entities and some companies have to use private property to build something, even if the landowner doesn’t want to play along. (President Trump has talked about using that power to build his promised border wall.)When it comes to oil and gas pipelines, the folks at the energy reporting project StateImpact Texas summed it up nicely a few years ago:Texans take pride in the their private property. Over 95 percent of land in the Lone Star State is privately owned. And sometimes, pipeline companies want to use that land for their projects.Typically a pipeline company will reach an individual agreement with a landowner on compensation, but in the event of a failure to reach an agreement, pipeline companies in Texas at times use eminent domain to “condem” the land needed for their pipeline.…To get eminent domain to route a pipeline across private land in Texas, all a company has to do is check a box on a two-page form to the Railroad Commission of Texas (which regulates drilling and pipelines in the state).By checking that box, the pipeline company says it is a “common carrier,” i.e. a pipeline that will be available at market rates for other companies to use, and therefore in the public interest.What happened last time lawmakers met?In 2017, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst proposed some tweaks to how eminent domain works in Texas. Her bills would have, among other things, expanded landowners’ rights during condemnation proceedings and forced pipeline companies to be more specific about their plans. The efforts ultimately died.A bill from State Rep. DeWayne Burns would have also required more transparency from pipeline companies, and would have forced companies to pay landowners if their property, crops or livestock were damaged by the project. That bill also died.Two main advocacy groups were involved in the debate. Texans for Property Rights lobbied for reform, while the Coalition for Critical Infrastructure defended condemnation powers. (The former is a group of ranching and agriculture interests; the latter represents the oil and gas industry, local governments and business interests. Both are still involved in the debate in Austin.)What will happen this session?“We don’t know,” said pipeline company attorney and eminent domain defender James Mann. “The disagreements over eminent domain seem to get bigger and tougher every session. We would anticipate that this session will be no different.”The 2017 legislative session was a fiery one focused on hot-button issues like transgender people’s access to bathrooms and “sanctuary cities.” So it’s perhaps not surprising that wonky, rural-centric issues like eminent domain reform didn’t get much attention.That could change this session, as lawmakers are expected to focus on policies with less of a culture war tinge: things like school funding and property tax reform. A spokesperson for Kolkhorst said the senator will file eminent domain legislation similar to her previous reform efforts “in the near future.”Reform advocates say they want companies using condemnation powers to follow the same standards as public entities. Kaleb McLaurin, with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said companies should make better compensation offers up-front before trying to condemn land, and should follow stricter guidelines for accessing land after projects are finished.“We’re just trying to implement fairness, transparency and accountability into that process,” he said.Defenders of eminent domain say they’re open to negotiating ways to make the process more amenable to landowners, but Mann argues it would be better if those talks happen outside the legislature.“Sometimes the complaint’s about money, but more often it’s about how landowners are either happy or unhappy with the way operations are being conducted,” Mann said. “Those are [the] kind of things that we can work on general industry standards to address.”Eminent domain defenders argue it’s a “seldom-used, last resort” for infrastructure projects, as the Texas Pipeline Association describes it, and that most disputes with landowners are eventually settled privately.
The initiative titled ‘Abhas’ has been executed by architecture and access consultant Siddhant Shah, who has reproduced the artworks in the form of embossed abstracts to allow blind people to touch and feel them.“Through such initiatives we aim to overcome the physical and mental barriers for individuals and make art inclusive for all.“For visually impaired people, art ends up in making chairs by weaving. So painting or others forms of art are still new for them. The idea is to create abstracts of the original artworks by using similar materials,” he says. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShah has recreated nine out of 12 paintings exhibited at the show titled, “Group 1890- India’s indigenous modernism” by using sand and bee wax among several others products.“By touching these tactile replicas which have the same texture and surface as the originals will help them understand what the painting is about and what materials the artist has used in his painting,” he says.The exhibition features artworks of artists like J Swaminathan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Himmat Shah, Jeram Patel, Ambadas and Jyoti Bhatt among others from the ‘Group 1890’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We want to ensure that an understanding and appreciation of art becomes part of the mainstream lexicon and make it accessible to everybody at a level they can appreciate, and we hope the learning from these will become part of the everyday space for Indian viewers.“We hope this sensitisation will help the majority understand the importance and relevance of art education and assimilation for the marginalised, who have as much of a stake in art and culture as we do,” says Kishore Singh, President, DAG Modern. To replicate Bhatt’s ‘Face Profile’, that showcases a human face featuring text in Tibetan, Shah has used a moulded motif of a peacock feather which can be felt with hands.An ‘Untitled’ artwork by Eric Bowen has been reproduced by using Plaster of Paris.Shah has also designed a book in braille which provides information about the exhibition and the artists whose works have been exhibited. The show will continue till December.