Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Detroit trailed by four after a 6-0 run late in the fourth, but an awkward-looking hook shot by Andre Drummond missed everything, and the 76ers were able to close out the game.“It’s mind boggling to have two games in a row where we weren’t ready to play. We have to figure out a way to fix that, whether those five guys can boost the intensity or if we have to change the lineup,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I’m going to take the blame for Simmons. I’m not saying the players couldn’t have done things better, but we didn’t have a good game plan for him.”Drummond had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons.TIP-INS76ers: Simmons had double-doubles in his first three games, but Philadelphia lost them all.Pistons: Drummond moved into sixth place on Detroit’s career rebounding list, passing Walter Dukes. Drummond is now four shy of 5,000. … All Detroit starters scored in double figures except Stanley Johnson, who went without a point. Reggie Jackson had 16 points and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bledsoe sent home after reeling Suns fire Watson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SLIPPERYThis was the second Pistons game at Little Caesars Arena, the new downtown venue they share with the Detroit Red Wings. The people mopping the floor were pretty busy trying to keep it dry in the second half, and 76ers coach Brett Brown said he was glad nobody was hurt.“You can appreciate our reaction when you see Joel Embiid slip and slide and then hold his knee,” Brown said. “And then 30 seconds later, Jerryd Bayless goes down and starts holding his hip. We’ve experienced a lot of injuries. It’s not anybody’s fault. It just happened. There was a wet part of the floor and we were lucky to get away without any injuries.”Embiid (left knee) sat out the game at Toronto. He shot 11 of 15 from the field against Detroit, although he did turn the ball over seven times.NEW FACILITYThe Pistons and Henry Ford Health System broke ground on a new complex a couple miles north of Little Caesars Arena that will house a training facility and corporate headquarters for the franchise. It’s scheduled to open in 2019.UP NEXT76ers: Philadelphia hosts Houston on Wednesday night.Pistons: Detroit hosts Minnesota on Wednesday night before heading on a three-game western trip. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Detroit, which rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks on Saturday night , fell behind by 21 again in the second quarter against the 76ers. The Pistons chipped away and were within three in the fourth, but Philadelphia held on.“It’s awesome to have a triple-double, but at the same time, it’s even better to have a win,” Simmons said.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 shutoutSimmons was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft before missing all of last season with a foot injury. He finished two assists shy of a triple-double at Toronto on Saturday night, and his skill and versatility were evident in Detroit.Philadelphia never trailed. It was 56-43 at halftime and 75-67 after three quarters before the Pistons cut the deficit to three on a 3-pointer by Anthony Tolliver. The teams traded baskets for a bit before a three-point play by Robert Covington and 3-pointer by T.J. McConnell put the 76ers up by nine. Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory.Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
The U.S. will have Venus Williams take on Arantxa Rus and CoCo Vandeweghe will face Richel Hogerkamp on Saturday as it opens its Fed Cup title defense. Sunday’s scheduled singles matches have Venus Williams facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Rus.But this weekend’s headline is the return of Serena Williams, who participated in a Dec. 30 exhibition match but otherwise hasn’t played since that 2017 Australian Open.Williams said Friday she’s unsure about how she will manage her schedule and whether she will play all three remaining Grand Slam events this year. Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles put her one behind the record held by Margaret Court.“I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment,” Williams said. “It goes unsaid (that) 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I’d hate to limit myself.”Williams’ daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born Sept. 1. Williams who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is “an amazing journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It’s probably been the most fun of my life,” she said. “It’s a totally new experience. I love motherhood, and I look forward to just being the best mom I can be.”Williams said she has benefited from having her sister alongside her as she attempts this comeback.“She’s been really, really positive,” Williams said. “There (are) moments that have just been hard, just getting back out there and doing it every day. You have to get used to that and get in the rhythm of that. I’ve been able to really rely on her for that.”Venus Williams has been impressed with her younger sister’s parenting skills.“I think she’s the best mother I ever saw,” Venus Williams said. “She’s amazing. She does everything herself.”Venus Williams was asked how motherhood had changed her sister.“She might go out a little less,” Venus said before breaking into a grin. “But she’s definitely remained just very youthful and childlike at heart. I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn’t affected her.”Serena Williams acknowledged there have been “a lot of ups and downs” in her comeback as she mentioned “fighting against all odds to be out there and to be competing again.”She mentioned there are “moments that have just been hard, getting back out there doing it every day.” Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born.Williams had opted against trying to defend her Australian Open title this year. “I think she’s smart to take her time and not to play Australia,” ESPN analyst and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert said last week. “Playing Fed Cup and easing her way back with exhibitions. Maybe she wants to peak for Wimbledon, that would be her best chance at a Grand Slam.”Williams said the Fed Cup represents an ideal setting for her return. Not only does it allow her to practice alongside a few different players, it also enables her coach and teammates to offer different perspectives on her progress.“It actually is a really perfect opportunity to try to come back,” Williams said. Serena Williams of the US Jelena returns the ball to Ostapenko of Latvia during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2017 match in Abu Dhabi, on December 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTASHEVILLE, N.C. — Tennis fans anxiously awaiting Serena Williams’ return to competitive tennis will have to wait one more day.Williams won’t be playing in either of Saturday’s Fed Cup singles matches as she makes her comeback five months after becoming a mother. Williams teams up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in Sunday’s doubles match.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “It’s definitely the start of a long process,” Williams said. “Physically, I feel good. Every day, I get better and I get stronger. That’s just something I always keep telling myself every day, I have to get better.”Williams, 36, hasn’t played an official match since winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough Williams isn’t scheduled to play any singles matches this weekend, that could change. U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi has the right to change her Sunday lineup after Saturday’s play.“We’ll wait and see how tomorrow goes and then we’ll make our adjustments, if any,” Rinaldi said Friday. WATCH: Wade receives standing ovation in Heat return Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ivory Coast football team at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 18. (AP PhotoIvory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi believes his team’s second match against Colombia is shaping up as “a final of the group.”Both teams won their openers, with Colombia beating Greece 3-0 despite the absence of star striker Radamal Falcao and Ivory Coast scoring a 2-1 comeback win over Japan.Teofilo Gutierrez has stepped in as Colombia’s chief striker – scoring the second goal against Greece – while playmaker James Rodriguez had an outstanding game against Greece.Didier Drogba’s entry against Japan sparked the turnaround – the Ivorians scored twice within four minutes after he went on as a second-half substitute.Despite Drogba’s impact, Lamouchi is again likely to keep the 36-year-old on the bench at the start, with Wilfried Bony likely to start.
Saahore Baahubali! The first Indian film to cross the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the box office, the success of the SS Rajamouli-directed fantasy epic was a reminder that audiences relish a theatrical spectacle. Expectedly, then, the respondents of the Mood of the Nation poll chose it as their favourite,Saahore Baahubali! The first Indian film to cross the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the box office, the success of the SS Rajamouli-directed fantasy epic was a reminder that audiences relish a theatrical spectacle. Expectedly, then, the respondents of the Mood of the Nation poll chose it as their favourite film of all time.That a Telugu film dubbed in Hindi with no recognisable Bollywood stars was chosen as the best Hindi film proves how audiences are receptive to cinema irrespective of language and admire the vision of a filmmaker who thinks global but remains rooted in local culture.Another film that meets those great expectations is Ramesh Sippy’s desi western Sholay, memorable even four decades on. Old is gold for India which is still in awe of Amitabh Bachchan, who has defied age and the Bollywood formula with films written for him.Madhuri Dixit and Hema Malini may not be as active on screen as Bachchan but are still cherished for their charismatic presence. Their younger peers have a long way to go to leave an impact.Work is all that matters – be it here or abroad – which is why Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone emerge as dominant forces, despite not having a Hindi release in over a year. Chopra and Padukone have gone far ahead of their male counterparts by venturing into commercial Hollywood, simultaneously holding on to their superstar status at home. Among actors, Salman Khan and Bachchan tied in popularity stakes for 2016-17, but Akshay Kumar is giving the Khans a run for their money and making a case as the new superstar on the horizon.advertisement
Jim Bridenstine, a top official from Nasa, has revealed that the agency is considering selling name rights of their rockets and spaceships to companies.Bridenstine said it is a part of a commercialisation drive. This drive will help reducing in cost of space exploration and boost efficiency.Donald Trump had also encouraged Nasa to look at boosting the private sector’s involvement in its work before he became the president of the US.Bridenstine, who is the Nasa administrator, came up with some ideas for the commercialisation during last month’s advisory council meeting.”Is it possible for Nasa to offset some of its costs by selling the naming rights to its spacecraft, or the naming rights to its rockets?” Bridenstine asked.He emphasised how companies are interested in investing at this point of time and talked about its possibilities.According to a report by The Telegraph, Bridenstine said, “I’d like to see kids growing up, instead of maybe wanting to be like a professional sports star, I’d like to see them grow up wanting to be a Nasa astronaut or a Nasa scientist.”He also hinted that Nasa astronauts could now be allowed to be on the cover of daily household products. He said, “And so how do we make that a reality? I’d like to see, maybe one day, Nasa astronauts on the cover of a cereal box, embedded into the American culture.”However, nothing has been decided on this matter as of now. A new sub-committee has been set up to explore possible policy options and how they could impact current regulations.advertisementAlso read: Nasa’s FOXSI mission to study Sun using X-ray visionAlso read: Nasa scientists look in depths of Great Red Spot to find signs of water on Jupiter
With Shikhar Dhawan getting ruled out of the playing XI, the Indian team will be forced to open the batting with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the upcoming World Cup 2019 matches.Cricketer Harbhajan Singh feels the injury blow to Shikhar Dhawan provides a great opportunity for other teams to cash in against India in the upcoming matches of the World Cup 2019.India’s opening combination had fired the team to victories in the first two games with Rohit Sharma and Dhawan both hitting hundreds against the Proteas and the defending champions respectively. But with Dhawan getting ruled out for 3 weeks, Harbhajan feels the other teams that are scheduled to face India next have the perfect opportunity to upset India’s momentum in this tournament.India will be facing New Zealand (June 13), Pakistan (June 16), Afghanistan (June 22), West Indies (June 27), England (June 30), Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6) in their remaining games.”Shikhar Dhawan’s injury opens the door for other teams as well. When you see Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, they have been opening for many years and have been extremely successful.Now suddenly Shikhar is not there. You have another opener in KL Rahul but he hasn’t opened in the recent past. It’s going to be a challenge,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today on Tuesday.All-rounder Vijay Shankar is also present in the squad and has been warming the benches till now. But Harbhajan is not very confident of Shankar’s abilities with the bat at No.4.”If Vijay Shankar comes in at No. 4, I don’t feel that confident about the move. I am worried about the No. 4 slot. If you lose 2 wickets in the first 10 overs, then you will have Vijay Shankar. It can happen.advertisement”You have seen many teams losing early wickets in the English conditions. That’s where I am worried. Shankar is a newcomer. He hasn’t performed at this level before. Teams would be looking to crack that door against India and enter in,” Harbhajan said.Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for 3 weeks on Tuesday after scans revealed a fracture on his left thumb. He had suffered the injury during India’s 36-run victory against Australia in the match at The Oval on Sunday. But Dhawan continued to bat through pain and scored a match-winning 117, earning him the player-of-the-match award as well.But now with Dhawan out of the playing XI, the Indian team will be forced to open the batting with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who batted at No.4 in the first two matches against South Africa and Australia.Rahul has showed good form at the crucial No.4 position and hit a hundred in the warm-up game against Bangladesh last month. He chipped in with 26 and 11 not out against South Africa and Australia respectively.The Indian team management has now been forced to look at Rishabh Pant as the likely replacement for Dhawan in the squad while Shreyas Iyer’s name is also doing the rounds, according to sources. Pant is the frontrunner as he is in the standbys list. But only time will tell if he comes in the squad and gets slotted in at No.4 straightaway or not.”It’s a good opportunity for Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to be part of the squad. If anything goes wrong with Shikhar Dhawan for more than 3 weeks, then I would want to pick Pant.”It could be 3 weeks depending on how bad the injury is. They are actually assuming. In the end, it will come down to how Shikhar Dhawan will feel batting with the injured finger. Even if the injury heals, it will depend on him to get fully fit,” Harbhajan Singh said.Also Read | Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for 3 weeksAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer likely to replace injured Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Pant ideal replacement for injured Dhawan, Rahane not a bad option too: HarbhajanAlso Watch:
South American talents such as Luis Suarez and Marcelo have been La Liga mainstays for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, but the fact that they are even playing in Spain at all is seen as fortunate.La Liga have strict rules about how many non-EU players are allowed to play for each side, which obviously affects the way a club handles their transfer business if they are looking to coup players who do not hail from Europe.So what is the rule, why is it enforced and how do players and clubs manage to work around it? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? What is the non-EU players rule?In La Liga, each club is allowed five non-EU players, but are only allowed to name three non-EU players in each matchday squad.The term ‘non-EU’ refers to a player whose country of citizenship is outside of the European Union.Countries currently in the EU include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom (at the time of writing).The figure drops to two non-EU players in Segunda Division (Second Division).Can non-EU players claim other citizenship?In La Liga, players can claim citizenship from a nation that their ancestors are from. Brazil international Philippe Coutinho was able to be granted Portuguese citizenship through his wife after he left Liverpool for Barcelona in in January 2018.At the time, Barcelona had reached their cap of the number of foreign players in their squad. Three of their January transfer window signings in Arthur Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal counted as non-EU players.However, since Coutinho had been married to Portuguese wife Aine for more than two years, he was able to meet the criteria to apply for Portuguese documentation. Doing so allowed him to play in the Spanish league as a Portuguese citizen rather than a Brazilian.Suarez went a similar route when he himself joined Barcelona from Liverpool. The Uruguay forward applied for Italian citizenship through his wife Sofia Balbi in 2014.Non-EU players can also, after five years of playing in Spain, claim Spanish citizenship, as was the case of Marcelo.Additionally, players who hail from ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group) nations that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement are not considered as non-EU due to the Kolpak ruling.What is the punishment for signing more than three non-EU players?Should clubs not comply with the rule, they could be punished with a fine or a transfer ban.How have other clubs dealt with the rule?Real Madrid had exceeded the foreign player quota ahead of the 2019-20 season, with an initial five non-EU players included in their squad.Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo will be registered as the three non-EU players, while Fede Valverde – originally Uruguayan – has claimed Spanish citizenship. Eighteen-year-old Takefusa Kubo, however, will have to wait to have a place vacated, and has been entered into Real Madrid’s reserve team Real Madrid Castilla.Last year, Vinicius Jr was registered in Castilla. This is allowed as according to Liga rules, U-23 players – or U-25 players with a professional contract – can switch between senior and reserve teams.Why does La Liga have the non-EU players rule?Much like the Premier League’s Home Grown Player Rule, where eight players in a 25-man squad must be ‘homegrown’, the non-EU players rule encourages clubs to nurture domestic European talent instead of constantly relying on the purchase of overseas talents.In the Premier League, however, the term ‘Home Grown’ simply means that a player must have been on the books of a club affiliated with the Football Association for at least three years before they turn 21. It does not mean that they have to be English.
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HALIFAX – Wearing a dress and a wide smile at a trendy Halifax bar, Kristin Johnston was excited about starting a new chapter in her life.The Montreal-born yoga instructor shared drinks with friends and joked about ways she could break up with her boyfriend Nicholas Butcher, a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job.Johnston, 32, had just shut down her yoga studio and wanted to leave her life in Halifax behind, eager to move across the country to be closer to her sister in Tofino, B.C.Johnston had just returned from a reinvigorating trip to Costa Rica.“She looked beautiful,” Lisa Abramowicz, 34, said of her childhood friend. “Very happy. Very bubbly.”Hours later, Johnston’s lifeless body was found on a blood-soaked bed at her home near the ocean on Halifax’s outskirts.Butcher, who turned 36 on Friday, is charged with second-degree murder in her death, with evidence so far revealing much about Johnston’s plans for a fresh start. The Crown will continue calling evidence Monday as the trial enters its third week.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality. Despite her passion and hard work, though, Johnston’s business failed in 2016.Having just closed the studio, Johnston decided to take a trip to Florida in early March 2016 to see family, and then to Costa Rica to meet her best friend, Jennifer Hazard.Hazard said Johnston looked “exhausted” when she arrived.They talked about her relationship with Butcher, and how she wasn’t happy and wanted to end it. She told her friend she didn’t “believe in that kind of love anymore.”By the end of the trip, Johnston’s mood had changed.“She was ready for a new chapter and so excited to move to Tofino and start a new life,” Hazard, 32, testified at the trial.Back at home, Johnston was faced with reality. She agonized over how to break-up with Butcher, seeking advice from several friends.She told Hazard in a Facebook message that she felt “trapped” in the city she had moved to five years earlier.“I need to end things with Nick,” she wrote. “Doing what I can not to be home.”The 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury has heard that Butcher recently started living with Johnston at the house she owned in Purcells Cove, because he needed a place to stay after losing the lease on his own apartment.Days after returning from her trip, Johnston decided to have drinks at Halifax’s Lion and Bright bar. She told friends she didn’t want to see Butcher that night.The physically fit woman with brown hair donned a dress, tights, and short dark boots with heels.“She was really excited, really happy,” Matthew Whiston, who was with her at the bar that night, testified. “She said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship, that she didn’t love him the way he loves her.”Later in the evening, Johnston and Abramowicz went to their friend Michael Belyea’s apartment nearby.The three were listening to a Johnny Cash record and sharing a drink when suddenly Belyea heard footsteps coming up the stairs to his upper-level flat.Belyea said Johnston was surprised to see her boyfriend, and was completely unaware of how he knew where she was. She had just acquired Belyea’s address a few hours earlier.The pair talked outside the flat, and then Johnston came back inside alone. She said she had ended it with Butcher.Belyea said Johnston then said she was tired and was going to sleep over, and went into the bedroom. He said goodbye to Abramowicz and followed Johnston. He closed the door behind him, and heard Abramowicz leave soon after.Belyea — who said he had previously been intimate with Johnston when they first met in 2009 — said he laid on the bed with Johnston and they started kissing.Then, he heard footsteps coming from the kitchen. He assumed Abramowicz had forgotten something, but then he felt a push on his shoulder. It was Butcher.“He said to her something like ‘What are you doing’ or ‘Why are you doing this’,” said Belyea, a 41-year-old carpenter and musician. “I remember her saying, ‘This is where I want to be’.”Belyea decided to give them space and went for a walk. When he returned. Johnston and Butcher were not there.About three hours later, Johnston was found dead at her home in Purcells Cove.Police had gone to the scene after Butcher, breathing heavily and sobbing, called 911 and told them he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He told them he had cut off his hand.“I need help,” Butcher said on the call, played for the jury last week. “I’m bleeding to death.”Police officers have testified that a blood-caked Butcher emerged from Johnston’s home that morning shirtless and wearing pyjama pants, and was missing his right hand.Inside, investigators found Johnston’s body in the master bedroom on a blood-soaked bed, next to a steak knife.They testified that a mitre saw and an amputated hand were found nearby on the floor of the bedroom.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings. He wears a navy suit and glasses each day of the trial, with his hair closed cropped.He has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
OTTAWA – A preservation society is blasting the redesign of an addition to Ottawa’s stately Chateau Laurier hotel as “heritage vandalism,” but the lead architect on the project says a contemporary approach is the best way to protect the property’s history.Heritage Ottawa fired yet another salvo this week in its ongoing campaign to prevent the proposed glass and metal structure from moving forward at the national historic site.“Heritage Ottawa remains unimpressed — and is gravely concerned that the City of Ottawa may be on track to approve what would be the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation,” the organization said in a statement Sunday.Leslie Maitland, who co-chairs the organization, welcomed some of the modifications in the latest revision of modernist design, which has faced intense backlash since it was first unveiled in late 2016.The most recent iteration reduces the addition’s height to seven stories in order to preserve views of the hotel, according to the City of Ottawa’s website, and has also added limestone accents.But Maitland said the changes aren’t enough to overcome the structure’s fundamental clash with the chateau’s “picturesque” sensibility.“They come up with several iterations, but they’re basically all versions of a glass box stuck onto this magnificent, Edwardian chateau,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “They can’t even think outside the box.”Peter Clewes of Toronto-based firm architectsAlliance, who is the lead architect on the project, said he shares Heritage Ottawa’s admiration for the hotel’s whimsical style, but they starkly diverge in their views of the most effective strategy to preserve the property’s heritage.“We’re trying to do a building of our time, and we don’t want to confuse the cultural history of Ottawa,” Clewes said. “We certainly don’t want to demean the hotel in any way.”Clewes said designing a structure in the same style of the hotel would likely amount to ahistorical mimickry, and could create confusion about what elements of the property are new, and what has been there for more than a century.“When you’re dealing with a building of national historic significance, you don’t want to confuse history,” he said. “Our focus has been trying to create a building that’s deferential to the hotel, and allows it a clear legibility of the hotel itself — what is historic and what is new.”The architect said the public criticism of the project has at times been hurtful, but the process of consulting with stakeholders, government officials and citizens has ultimately influenced his team’s designs for the better.Ottawa City Council is slated to discuss the project later this month.— By Adina Bresge in Toronto
3 March 2008Opening the seventh session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on its members to ensure that all nations are held equally accountable for the protection of rights as the new body begins its first-ever universal review of their performance. “No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights,” Mr. Ban said, hailing the start of the Universal Periodic Review, under which all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations. “The Review must reaffirm that just as human rights are universal, so is our collective respect for them and our commitment to them. It must help prevent the distrust that surrounded the work of the Commission on Human Rights in its final years,” he added, recalling the accusations of bias and politicization that dogged the predecessor body whose work was taken over by the new Council in 2006. Looking back at progress since the issuance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in December, Mr. Ban said that it had become clear that commitments and accountability are crucial factors in the effort to make those rights a reality for all. That accountability, in turn, depends on the collective scrutiny of international organizations, governments and civil society, he said, calling it “a duty of the highest order for each individual State, and the raison d’être of the Human Rights Council.” As for the record of the Council itself, Mr. Ban said that the establishment of its mechanisms and procedures had been on the right track over the nearly two years of its existence. But he posed the question to Council members of whether they were fully meeting the high expectations of the international community, which included the application of human rights values “without favour, without selectivity, without being impacted by any political machinations around the world.” “If you meet this benchmark,” he said, “you can count on my fullest support and defence in the face of criticisms and attacks, wherever they may come from.” The Council’s seventh session, including a high-level portion for the views of government representatives, as well as expert panels and presentations by Special Rapporteurs, will run through 28 March.
As our poll yesterday showed, more than a few people are taking their iPhone 5 out of its packaging to find the casing scratched or chipped. For any brand new product that you’ve paid hundreds of dollars to purchase, that’s totally unacceptable. But as far as Apple is concerned, it looks like you’re just going to have to accept their smartphone is prone to damage.That’s the view of Phil Schiller at least, Apple’s president of marketing. He’s probably been getting more than a few emails from iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon owners complaining about the damage to the aluminum casing, so he decided to respond to one of them. His explanation is not going to make many people very happy.Schiller briefly explains that aluminum will scratch or chip and “that is normal.” That’s all he had to say on the matter and it suggests he thinks iPhone 5 owners just need to accept it is going to happen.That is fair enough, but only if the scratches and chips occur once the phone is in use and not protected in a case. However, taking an iPhone 5 out of its packaging to find it damaged is not right. Hopefully Schiller was just referring to a phone in use (as his “with use” suggests), not brand new handsets that haven’t been touched since leaving the factory.Apple will have to do something to stop the damage happening during manufacturing, but it may not be able to make the aluminum any less prone to damage during use. iPhone case manufacturers won’t mind that one bit as they will see steady sales from consumers wanting to protect their iPhone 5 over the coming months.More at 9to5Mac
The Oculus Rift, an incredibly successful Kickstarter project determined to take a modern crack at the VR headsets of years past, is ready to help offer the “in the game” experience that so many gamers crave. Like many Kickstarter projects that see explosive growth, the Oculus Rift team wasn’t prepared to deliver so many headsets within the original deadlines. To explain how delivery will work now that the Kickstarter is over, the team published an update to the project on their website.Few Kickstarter projects start with the expectation that the project is going to explode out of the gate. The Oculus team admits to originally only planning to have to make a few hundred units. By the end of the Kickstarter they were faced with the challenge of shipping more than 7500. Production scale changes dramatically with that sort of growth, so the team had to work hard to create a solution that still managed to get units in the hands of developers within a time frame that was somewhat close to the original projection of four months. In their update, the team does a fantastic job breaking down exactly why Oculus units won’t be shipping until late March 2013.The final designs for the Oculus Rift developer headset features a 7-inch display with 1280×800 resolution. The new displays are said to be a marked improvement over the demo units that were originally made for the project, but are also 30 grams heavier and 1.4 inches larger. The final build features an optimized motion sensor capable of higher refresh rates and a magnetometer that was previously not available. The end result is a better screen and a sensor that can more accurately track the movements of the user, ultimately creating a more immersive experience.The Oculus team also announced additional support and ongoing work on adding support for popular game engines to the SDK. The video above demonstrates the work done with the Unreal 3 engine, however the SDK will also include Unity integration with the hopes that support will be included in the engines themselves in the future.The Developer Center for Oculus Rift was announced as well, with plans to provide developers with a single place for SDK access, forums, and a support system that will make it easy for developers to communicate directly with the Oculus team.Despite the delay the Oculus team is doing a great job of keeping everyone informed, and it is clear by this update that the team has everything they need to deliver an exciting product. Accessories like this one live or die on the support from developers willing to make their games work well on the hardware. With glowing reviews, like the one our own Sam Cook gave to an the early prototype of Rift, and the constant communication and updates seen by the team, I think it’s pretty clear that we will see a lot of support for this generation’s VR headset.via the Oculus blog
Jun 12th 2018, 8:40 AM By Hayley Halpin Share129 Tweet Email Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 8:40 AM Dublin City Council planning new pedestrian and cycle-only bridge across the River Liffey The council is proposing the Blood Stoney Bridge to cross the River Liffey in the Dublin Dockland Area. 28 Comments DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has begun planning for a new pedestrian and cycle-only bridge across the River Liffey.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the council said the proposed Blood Stoney Bridge will provide a new crossing point from New Wapping Street to Blood Stoney Road in the Dublin Dockland Area and will be a pedestrian and cycling-only facility.The bridge will have a full segregated cycleway with footpaths on either side and will tie in with the proposed Liffey cycle route, according to the council. The bridge will act as an opening bridge to allow river traffic to pass through when required.“The Dublin Dockland Area has been designated a Strategic Development Zone and is going through a period of significant investment. This includes major improvements to infrastructure and the creation of new business and residential zones within the historically industrial docklands,” the council said.“There is clear requirement for new pedestrian and cyclist facilities to not only meet current needs but also provide for the future infrastructure requirements in the area as other strategic developments are completed.”Planning stageDublin City Council said the bridge is “currently at the preliminary design stage”.Construction work is due to commence on the bridge in winter 2019.In a tendering document online, Dublin City Council has said it is currently seeking a contractor to carry out a ground investigation contract for the bridge.The investigation works will involve excavations, geophysical surveys, associated temporary traffic management, laboratory testing and the production of a factual ground investigation and contamination assessment report.The investigation is required to inform the future development of the bridge, the council said.“Blood Stoney Bridge is envisaged as being a continuation of the Campshire environment for cyclists and pedestrians. The engineering elements of the bridge will be incorporated with an architectural sensitivity to provide a continuity of character for people to experience along the Campshires that celebrates Dublin’s engineering heritage,” Dublin City Council said. Short URL Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Dublin Docklands along the River Liffey http://jrnl.ie/4065982 17,178 Views Dublin Docklands along the River Liffey Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, August 4, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash occurred in front of Rocco’s Restaurant on Main Street. Airbags deployed. Unspecified injuries. At least one individual was taken to Lahey Clinic by the Fire Department. Both vehicles towed. (8:43am)Police retrieved a syringe in a Middlesex Avenue parking lot and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (1:23pm)A caller reported there is a contractor she hired from Craigslist on her property attempting to collect payment. Police responded. Issue was a miscommunication about modern technology and old school banking. (2:38pm)John Romano (56, Lowell) was arrested on a warrant. A caller reported a suspicious man was leaning against a Fairview Avenue house he didn’t live in. (4:26pm)North Reading Police requested assistance with a male party possibly loading a rifle on Riverpark Drive in North Reading. (7:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”
In this 9 May 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: APThe US Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female CIA director, despite deep reservations among some lawmakers that her past involvement in the torture of terror suspects was a red flag.President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passed on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel’s nomination.“Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!” tweeted the president, who has described her as exceptionally qualified.Two Republicans voted against her, while Republican senator John McCain, who was tortured during years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, also opposed her nomination but is in Arizona battling brain cancer and could not vote.The 61-year-old Haspel, a Russia specialist who spent her career in the clandestine service, takes over from Mike Pompeo, whom Trump recently made his secretary of state.Haspel is widely respected as a disciplined, non-political field agent. She rose to manage the global clandestine network before becoming the CIA’s deputy director one year ago.But with her past suddenly in the spotlight, she endured a contentious confirmation process during which lawmakers criticised her work following the 11 September 2001 attacks, when she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand.It was there that Al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were water-boarded, an interrogation technique subsequently condemned as torture.Haspel pledged to lawmakers that she would “never ever” take the CIA back to enhanced interrogation techniques.While she notably declined to describe the interrogation methods as “immoral” at her confirmation hearing, she wrote in a follow-up letter to lawmakers that the harsh program “is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”‘The wrong message’?Number two senate Republican John Cornyn said Haspel is well-liked within the CIA and will provide “objective, unbiased, and unvarnished intelligence” to the president and policymakers.But several Democrats expressed worry that Haspel might not stand up to the president, who in 2016 told supporters that “torture works” and that he would like to see interrogation techniques “tougher than waterboarding.”Senator Dianne Feinstein, a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Community who in that role worked extensively with CIA management, said confirming Haspel sends “the wrong message” that the United States has abdicated its moral authority.“No one has ever been held accountable for the torture programme and I do not believe those who were intimately involved in it deserve to lead the agency,” Feinstein said in a statement after voting against Haspel.“What message does it send to the world if we reward people for presiding over what is considered to be one of the darkest chapters in our history?”The American Civil Liberties Union also attacked Haspel’s confirmation, calling it “a complete disgrace to our democracy.”“For the first time in the history of the United States, the CIA will be led by someone with a past role in the use of torture,” Christopher Anders, deputy director of ACLU’s legislative office, said in a statement.
Share AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FileIn this Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration’s main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Medicare’s financial problems have gotten worse, and Social Security’s can’t be ignored forever.Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class.The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point.The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034 — no change from the projection last year.The warning serves as a reminder of major issues left to languish while Washington plunges deeper into partisan strife. Because of the deterioration in Medicare’s finances, officials said the Trump administration will be required by law to send Congress a plan next year to address the problems, after the president’s budget is submitted.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that there’s time to fix the problems. “The programs remain secure,” Mnuchin said. Medicare “is on track to meet its obligations to beneficiaries well into the next decade.”“However, certain long-term issues persist,” the statement added. “Lack-luster economic growth in previous years, coupled with an aging population, has contributed to the projected shortages for both Social Security and Medicare.”Social Security recipients are likely to see a cost of living increase of about 2.4 percent next year, said government number-crunchers who produced the report. That works out to about $31 a month.At the same time, the monthly Medicare “Part B” premium for outpatient care paid by most beneficiaries is projected to rise by about $1.50, to $135.50.Both the cost-of-living increase and the Medicare outpatient premium are not officially determined until later in the year, and the initial projections can change.More than 62 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children receive Social Security benefits. The average monthly payment is $1,294 for all beneficiaries. Medicare provides health insurance for about 60 million people, most of whom are age 65 or older.Together the two programs have been credited with dramatically reducing poverty among older people and extending life expectancy for Americans. Financed with payroll taxes collected from workers and employers, Social Security and Medicare account for about 40 percent of government spending, excluding interest on the federal debt.But demands on both programs are increasing as America ages.Unless lawmakers act, both programs face the prospect of being unable to cover the full cost of promised benefits. With Social Security that could mean sharply reduced payments for retirees, many of whom are already on tight budgets. The report said the total annual cost of Social Security is projected to exceed total annual income in 2018 for the first time since the Reagan era, meaning the program will have to tap into reserves.For Medicare, insolvency would mean that hospitals, nursing homes and other providers of medical care would be paid only part of their agreed-upon fees.Medicare is widely seen as a more difficult problem that goes beyond the growing number of baby boomers retiring. It’s also the unpredictability of health care costs, which can be jolted by high-priced breakthrough cures, and which regularly outpace the overall rate of economic growth.The Cabinet secretaries for Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor usually participate in the annual release of the report, along with the Social Security commissioner, and take questions from reporters. None of those top officials was present Tuesday; an aide cited scheduling conflicts.The four top officials serve as the Social Security and Medicare trustees, along with two independent trustees who are supposed to represent the public. The public trustees are usually more candid, but those posts remain unfilled.President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but he hasn’t offered a blueprint for either program.Democrats, meanwhile, want to extend the social safety net by spending more on health care and education. Advocates for the elderly said Tuesday there should be no cuts to Social Security benefits.But federal deficits keep rising, and the recent Republican tax-cut bill is expected to add to the debt.Last year’s tax law, which cut taxes on Social Security benefits, helped exacerbate the shortfall. So too did repeal of the individual mandate in so-called Obamacare, which promises to increase the number of people without health insurance and therefore Medicare payments for uncompensated medical care.Higher deficits mean less maneuvering room for policymakers when the day of reckoning finally arrives for Social Security and Medicare.In principle, the U.S. is supposed to be paying forward its Social Security and Medicare obligations by building up trust funds to cover future costs. That money is invested in special government securities, which also collect interest. But when the money is actually needed to pay for benefits, economists say a government deep in debt could be hard pressed to make good.
BALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has been actively restoring service to customers who lost power due to the winter storm that began affecting central Maryland last night. Most of the outages have been concentrated in the southeast portion of BGE’s service area where ice and freezing rain accumulated on trees, power lines and other electric equipment. More than 3,600 employees and contractors, including additional construction and tree crews from outside Maryland, were mobilized to respond to outages. Most customers are expected to have service restored by late Tuesday evening. “BGE will continue to work throughout the day and this evening to restore service to customers who experience service interruptions,” said Robert Biagiotti, BGE vice president and chief customer officer. “As a reminder, due to potentially hazardous road conditions, it may take crews longer than normal to respond to outages. We thank our customers for their patience as we work to restore service as quickly and as safely as possible.”Outages and downed wires may be reported at BGE.com and through mobile devices. Customers may also report outages by calling 877-778-2222. Outage information and important details on how to remain safe during winter weather and other emergency events can be found at the storm center on BGE.com and on BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook.Customers with special needs, such as those who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.BGE’s restoration priorities are public safety and critical care facilities, such as 911centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest. Clearing fallen tree debris, snow-blocked roads, and safety limitations on use of bucket trucks during periods of high sustained winds, can be factors in restoration progress. As customers clear snow and ice, it is important to know the location of outside utility equipment such as natural gas or electric meters that could be covered in snow and may be susceptible to damage from snow shovels and mechanized snow removal equipment. Keep exhaust vents for natural gas appliances like water heaters, furnaces and fireplaces, clear of snow and ice, an important safety precaution in preventing buildup of carbon monoxide. Please keep outside meters clear of ice and snow. Use a broom or brush to gently clear the area around the meter of anything blocking it, including debris, ice and snow. Do not melt ice or snow on meters with a heat source, and do not chip or scrape ice. These methods can damage or break the meter. It is also important to remove icicles that hang over the meter and can drip freezing water that may damage equipment. Customers using a generator or space heater should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators outside, in well-ventilated areas.
However, you could also argue that Pacheco’s work simply depicts the past, rather than making a statement; Pacheco was a populist documentarian, and he pictured the homes where “average” campesinos lived. While his landscapes are beautiful, they are also emotionally neutral – the man simply painted what he saw, nothing more or less. With such literal titles as “La Troja” (“The Barn”) or “Casa Campesina con Tranquera” (“Country House with Fence”), he seems as personally attached to his subjects as a dentist to a tooth.Because the artist died in 1966, we can’t ask Pacheco his intentions, and although there are plenty of art historians ready to discuss the meaning of his work, the joy of the Pacheco exhibit is how open-ended it is. The Calderón Museum is a stately old mansion in Barrio Escalante, and its halls can only be described as hallowed. This handsomely arranged exhibit looks like it’s been around for years. There is little information on the walls, nor obvious pamphlets or statements. The art speaks for itself. Courtesy the Calderón MuseumI like to think of Pacheco less like Rockwell and more like Winslow Homer, the self-taught New England landscaper. Whether Pacheco knew it or not, he was preserving visions of past decades, before mass electrical grids and paved highways. You not only see what Costa Rica looked like in the mid-20th century, but you also sense the pace of life as only a master painter can capture it. Pacheco’s style is realistic, but it is also romantic and celebratory. He shied away from rainstorms and ruins, overworked laborers and giant bugs. He showed the country – literally – in its best light, years before anyone actually said “pura vida” in conversation.However you respond to Pacheco’s work, the exhibit is worth a visit. Other artists are also on display, and it’s interesting to see how Pacheco likely inspired them. In its brief online biography of Fausto Pacheco, the Education Ministry describes his landscapes as exploring “national themes.” One of those themes pervades every single painting: peace.“Fausto Pacheco y Otras Apreciaciones Estéticas del Paisaje Costarricense” continues through Sept. 28 at the Dr. Rafael Calderón Guardia Historical Museum, Barrio Escalante. Open daily. Free. Info: Museum Facebook page. Facebook Comments When the artist Fausto Pacheco was born in Heredia in 1899, Costa Rica was a very different place. San José was only the size of a large town, and the avenues were lined with streetcars. The nation had a standing army, and racial segregation was still on the books. La Sabana had not yet been converted into an airport, and the transcontinental railway wasn’t yet complete. It could take an entire day – or more – for a Central Valley resident to travel to the nearest beach. The National Theater was only two years old.This is why the Pacheco retrospective at the Calderón Historical Museum is so profound: the artist spent most of his life documenting those halcyon days, first as a photographer for the newspaper Diario de Costa Rica, and later as the nation’s most revered landscape painter. The exhibit displays many of Pacheco’s landscapes, which represent the nation as it once was: a place of farms and forest, mountains and dirt roads, haphazardly dotted with stucco houses and stone walls. Courtesy the Calderón MuseumFrom a 21st century perspective, Pacheco may seem like the Norman Rockwell of Costa Rica, and you could view his paintings as hopelessly sentimental. All Pacheco’s portraits show old-fashioned buildings, brightly sunlit and surrounded by foliage. (The popular painting instructor Bob Ross would have called them “happy little trees.”) Hindsight makes Pacheco look wistful and conservative, yearning for an idealized bygone age. Pacheco has the same soft palette as Thomas Kinkade, the same absence of human subjects, and the same corny patriotic imagery, like painted oxcarts, imposing mountains, and swaying palms.In an angrier country, such images could be used as evidence of past purity that has since been lost. See how great things used to be, before all the Taco Bell restaurants and Nicaraguan refugees? Remember how simple life was, when everyone was Catholic and spoke only Spanish? When cultures have crises of identity, they routinely pine for those better times, whether they existed or not. Related posts:TEOR/éTica offers different views of urban life Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú ‘From the Trenches’ exhibit illustrates World War I at Alianza Francesa ‘Casi Invisibles’ celebrates diversity among Costa Rican artists