UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles swoop in on Lady Maroons for 8th straight win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director The Lady Eagles were ahead one set to none and, 4-0 in the second when top Lady Maroon Isa Molde landed onto her teammate Mirgie Bautista while attempting a spike.She was stretchered off the court with a suspected injury on her left knee and ankle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Maroons tried to put up a fight, taking a 20-18 lead in the third as UP coach Godfrey Okumu decided to experiment with his second unit in trying to perk things up.But the Lady Eagles woke up just in time and inflicted the Lady Maroons fourth loss in nine outings. The Lady Eagles soared to 8-1. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo came all out against an injury-stricken University of the Philippines to take its eighth straight win, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23, Saturday night in the UAAP women’s volleyball at SM Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures knee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Donaire faces eager Young after injury to original foe

first_imgKim youngest TCC winner after one-stroke triumph Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I felt like a different person when my manager told me on the phone,” Young told Acadiana Advocate. “I wanted to scream. My hands started sweating.”At 35-5 with 25 knockouts, Donaire is hoping to rekindle his career which peaked in 2012 when he was named the consensus Fighter of the Year. —MARC ANTHONY REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Filipino boxing champ Nonito Donaire will take on replacement fighter Stephon Young in the bantamweight semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) in Lafayette, Louisiana.Young will be taking the place of South Africa’s Zolani Tete, the WBO title holder who injured his right shoulder a week before the scheduled fight.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Asia Cup T20: Lasith Malinga hits the bull’s-eye despite injury concerns

first_imgAfter picking up a match winning four-wicket haul in his first outing since November, Sri Lanka captain and premier bowler Lasith Malinga said that he is still not fully fit, raising questions on his participation further in the tournament. (Asia Cup T20: Lasith Malinga four-for helps Sri Lanka survive UAE scare) “I am not alright. I have still not recovered fully. However, I wanted to play this match and help the other players and show them you can do whatever the team needs,” said Malinga after leading his team to a 14-run win over UAE in their Asia Cup opener here today.His effort made the difference after Sri Lanka put up an ordinary batting performance to end up with 129/8. Malinga admitted that batting needs to improve.”Yes it (batting) is an issue. After the retirement of Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) and Mahela have experience, we will have to give time to the youngsters,” the captain added.UAE captain Amjad Javed said the team will look to bounce back against Bangladesh tomorrow.”The whole game was excellent. We put them [Sri Lanka] under pressure with the bowling. It was a big setback to lose two wickets to Malinga in the first over. Then we lost two more wickets and it is always difficult to chase. We have a match tomorrow. We will come back and try to do our best,” said Javed, whose team ended with 115/9 in 20 overs.last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic beats Soeda to reach quarterfinals at Japan Open

first_imgBecoming his own man Top-ranked Djokovic, who is attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, hit 10 aces and saved three of four break points.Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open but showed no lingering effects in Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40In his first competitive match since facing Wawrinka, Djokovic was knocked out of the doubles with Filip Krajinovic on Monday but beat Alexei Popyrin in the first round of the singles on Tuesday.After three matches in three days, Djokovic said he’s pleased with his progress. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Also, Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Radu Albot 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 and Reilly Opelka defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).Third-seeded David Goffin rallied to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-0 to advance to the second round and next faces Denis Shapovalov.Goffin is the lone former champion in the draw. He has made the final in both of his previous appearances, losing to Nick Kyrgios in the 2016 final before defeating Adrian Mannarino for the title in 2017.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img PVL: PetroGazz nears outright semis after easy win over Chef’s Classic MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a backhand shot to Go Soeda of Japan during a second round of Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — Coming off an injury, Novak Djokovic is confident his game is going in the right direction.Djokovic needed only two sets and 95 minutes to defeat Japanese wild-card entry Go Soeda 6-3, 7-5 and reach the quarterfinals of the Japan Open on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I probably played even on a higher level than the first round,” Djokovic said. “So the game is going in the right direction, that’s for sure. I’ve played three games in a row, the doubles on Monday then two straight singles matches back-to-back, so everything is fine.”With Djokovic serving for the win, Soeda broke his opponent for the first time when Djokovic double-faulted to make it 5-4. But the top-ranked Serb broke Soeda for the fourth time in the final game.“From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early,” Djokovic said. “I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double-faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn’t serve that well that game, allowing him to break back and come back to the match.“But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly. I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that’s why we give him credit. But from my side, I’m really pleased.”Djokovic, who is 42-8 this season with three titles in four finals, has a day off Thursday. He faces Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals after the Frenchman beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Roger Federer digs deep to beat Adrian Mannarino and reach Basel semis

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer was finally forced to work hard for a win at the Swiss Indoors tournament as he fought back to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-1 6-3 in his quarter-final on Friday.The world number two, chasing an eighth title at his hometown tournament, had dropped only eight games as he breezed through the first two rounds but found his 28th-ranked opponent a much tougher nut to crack.Mannarino took the first set and, although Federer cruised through the second, the Frenchman made him work hard again in the third before the Swiss completed the win.Federer’s semi-final opponent on Saturday will be Belgian third seed David Goffin who beat American Jack Sock 7-6(6) 6-3 in the last of the night’s quarter-finals.World number four Marin Cilic had an even harder time than Federer, needing two tiebreaks to beat 100th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(4) in just over three hours.The Croat now faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, a late contender to snatch one of the last two places at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, who beat Roberto Bautista 6-2 2-6 6-4.last_img read more

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Can Spurs Take The Heat?

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade thinks there’s no one better than the Miami Heat at dealing with the mental challenge of the playoffs. In his eyes, only one other team might compare.He’s talking about the San Antonio Spurs. That’s why Wade believes these NBA Finals are just getting started.When he looks at the Spurs, he sees qualities his own team has, including an ability to break down a loss and quickly correct things. It’s what Miami did before Game 2 of the finals and it’s what Wade expects the Spurs to do before the title series resumes with Game 3 in Miami on the night of June 11.“You never put them away,” Wade said. “I think they always believe and it’s the same with us. You can’t, you won’t, put us away because we’re always going to believe. That’s why this is a perfect, different animal, kind of series. They’re the other team like us. They don’t lose much and when they do they come back and be better in the next game. So we’ve got to come out and do the same thing.”That would explain why on June 9, instead of a day off, the Heat gathered to watch video of Game 2.By winning in San Antonio to even the finals at 1-1, home-court advantage now belongs to the Heat. But no one in their locker room thinks it’s going to get easy now.“They came out great. They played a great game,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said after Miami’s 98-96 win in Game 2, the 13th straight time the Heat immediately followed a postseason loss with a victory.“Now it’s our turn to go over there and get one. We played pretty well all season long on the road and so we’re going to have two great opportunities to try to come up with a win.”Miami has won a franchise-record 11 straight postseason games at home.The last team to win a playoff game in Miami was the Spurs, winning Game 1 of last season’s finals.“We are in a tough situation because we’ve got to go to Miami and we’ve got to get one,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “We don’t want to come back here 3-1 down. It’s very hard to overcome that. Definitely going to be a great challenge for the team to play in an arena like that and having to win.”A challenge, sure, but it’s one Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knows the Spurs can handle.“Coming back here there has to be an incredible sense of focus and urgency,” Spoelstra said. “They’re a veteran, poised, championship-level team that’s been through a lot. The crowd won’t affect them much.”Neither team thought it played all that well in the game that it won so far in these finals.The Spurs turned the ball over too much for their liking in Game 1 — the game that will be remembered for the air conditioning malfunction and cramps inside a steamy building forcing LeBron James to leave in the final minutes. In Game 2, the Heat weren’t thrilled with a slow start and how they spent much of the game playing from behind.When James got rolling in the third quarter, things started swinging Miami’s way in Game 2. When he found Chris Bosh for the 3-pointer that put Miami ahead for good with 1:18 left, it was just another example of the four-time MVP setting a teammate up for a big play.“I’m going to make the right play,” said James, who signaled to Bosh about what he wanted on that play. “To have that trust from my teammates, they know when I’ve got the ball, I’m going to make the right play. Doesn’t mean it’s going to go in. Doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a win, but they believe in my ability.”The pressure, if Miami had not found a way to win in the final moments of Game 2, would have been enormous on the two-time defending champions.Now, it seems to have shifted to the Spurs. “It doesn’t matter what we’ve been through before,” Spurs forward Tim Duncan said. “We’re here now again.”The last time these teams met in Miami at this time of year, the Heat wound up spraying champagne in their locker room.It’s tempting, Bosh acknowledged, to think that all Miami needs to do for a third straight championship is stay unbeaten at home.But Bosh won’t let himself go there.“I can only think about Game 3,” Bosh said. “We’ve played well at home this postseason. I think we feel we have an advantage now. We have to make sure that we play well and keep it that way.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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WAGE AND INSURANCE ISSUES CHALLENGE IOWA BARS & RESTAURANTS

first_imgSIOUX CITY RESTAURANT AND BAR OWNERS GATHERED MONDAY TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THEIR BUSINESSES.THE GROUP MET WITH JESSICA DUNKER, C-E-O OF THE IOWA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, WHO SAYS THERE ARE TWO MAIN ISSUES CONCERNING THEM THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY TAKE UP NEXT YEAR.THE FIRST IS LIABILITY INSURANCE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BARS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………RESTAURANTS AND BARS. :25DUNKER SAYS THE OTHER ISSUE INVOLVES WAGES PAID TO EMPLOYEES AND THE STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BARS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………ENTIRE STATE. ;11DUNKER SAYS THE IOWA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION DOESN’T OPPOSE AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE, AS LONG AS IT IS ROLLED OUT IN PHASES AND IS IMPLEMENTED STATEWIDE.THE MEETING TOOK PLACE AT THE SIOUX CITY CONVENTION CENTER.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNoble insists West Ham should be targeting top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Noble insists West Ham should be targeting top fourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble insists they should be targeting a top four this season.Noble feels a win against United can show they are serious about playing in Europe next season.He said: “It’s easy to understand why we’re relishing the visit of Manchester United on Sunday. We’ve only lost once in our past nine League matches and been beaten only twice at home in 2019.“There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season. I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four!“After that, you look at Arsenal, who could easily have lost at Watford last weekend; Chelsea, where Frank Lampard has done incredibly well to play young English players but are banned from signing anyone and have lost Eden Hazard; plus United, who are, let’s say, in transition. Even Wolves, who did so well last season, are finding it tough with their Europa League commitments.” last_img read more

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Tiananmen Square Tank Man photographer dies in Bali

first_imgJakarta: The photographer who snapped the defining image of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown — a solitary man defiantly blocking the path of a column of tanks — has died in Indonesia, according to US officials. American authorities confirmed the death of 64-year-old Charlie Cole in Bali, where the Texan had been a long-time resident. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a state department official said. Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a man in a white shirt, carrying a shopping bag in each hand, striding out into the road the day after troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the heart of Beijing. The man, whose identity remains unknown, stopped in front of a column of tanks and armoured vehicles stretching far down the road, later climbing onto the vehicle to engage in a conversation with one of the tank crew as gunshots crackled in the air. “Tank Man” has become one of the defining images of the 20th century, but the image remains largely unrecognised in China due to censorship of the image and the wider crackdown.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Supports Campaign To Save Sea Turtles

first_imgSir Paul McCartney has lent his support for a campaign to save sea turtles from being farmed for food in the world’s last commercial farm in the Cayman Islands.He announced his support last week with a news story on his website, calling for fans to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) campaign to stop sea turtle farming at the Cayman Turtle Farm, in the Cayman Islands.McCartney tweeted: “There is no humane way to farm sea turtles. Support @WSPA campaign to #stopseaturtlefarming” adding on his official Facebook page: “the Cayman Turtle Farm is the last place on Earth that breeds endangered sea turtles for food.”An investigation conducted by WSPA has revealed disturbing evidence of animal cruelty, along with massive conservation and financial failures at the Cayman Turtle Farm.Despite marketing itself as a conservation focused tourist attraction, the Cayman Turtle Farm is the world’s last remaining facility that commercially raises sea turtles for slaughter and consumption.Some 7,000 endangered sea turtles – accurately portrayed in Finding Nemo as peaceful animals that travel thousands of miles across oceans – have been effectively immobilized and stockpiled in filthy, tiny tanks for so long that they have begun to cannibalize each other.The shocking images documented during WSPA’s investigation show widespread problems at the tourist attraction that also commercially factory farms thousands of turtles for human consumption under the banner of sea turtle conservation.Stress from overcrowding turns these gentle animals into cannibals and WSPA staff saw turtles with fins entirely chewed away. In-breeding causes turtles to be born with massive deformities, such as no eyes; these young animals have no chance at life at all.WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader Dr Neil D’Cruze said: “The farm itself reports that demand for turtle meat has halved, possibly due to waning interest. The galling backdrop to this large-scale suffering is that of the 31,000 turtles the farm says it has released since 1968, only 133 have been released in the last five years and in over 40 years only 11 farm-tagged turtles have actually made it back to the beach to nest.last_img read more

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Security of polling personnel on EC radar

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more

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Millennial Money couplegoals start with a money summit

Spreadsheets and savings goals aren’t sexy. That’s probably why great love stories, when retold, don’t delve into household finances. But money is a central part of any relationship. And how you deal with it (or don’t) can determine whether your own tale is a short story or a novel.“Getting on the same page financially is crucial to being happy and having a long-lasting marriage,” says Marie O’Keefe, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual.That’s not just lip service. A whopping 82% of engaged and newly married couples say they feel closer to their mate when they’re in agreement about money, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual and The Knot.But that same survey found that only 37% of couples actually talk about their finances monthly. If that sounds like you and your partner, it’s time to schedule a money summit.“I’m a huge proponent of financial summits . especially when you’re moving in with each other or getting engaged, because that’s when your lives begin to merge,” O’Keefe says.If you’re combining households, you need to tackle day-to-day tasks like making a budget and divvying up financial responsibilities. You also need to hit the big picture stuff, namely debt and financial goals, like saving for a house, retirement, vacation, a baby or all of the above.That first meeting might be a doozy — you have a lot of ground to cover and potentially some financial baggage to unpack — but once you get into a groove, your summits will get easier. These guidelines can keep your talk on track, even when things get uncomfortable.1. PUT IT ON THE CALENDARDon’t spring a major financial conversation on your partner. Instead, schedule it so you both can come to the table prepared mentally and emotionally.Not every summit needs an hour or even 30 minutes — Marla Mattenson , a relationship expert, has a 15-minute check-in every Friday with her partner — but some topics warrant more time and attention.If you’re butting heads on a financial goal, for example, or need to make major adjustments to your budget, debt or retirement plan, give yourselves enough time to unpack those issues.Mattenson suggests building in some buffer time, so you’re not going straight from your summit into dinner with friends.“You might have emotions you need to deal with after the meeting,” she says. “Have some ‘me’ time or some ‘us’ time built into the after-meeting time.”2. HAVE AN AGENDAGiving your summit some structure will make it easier to stay on task. Mattenson likes the “rose, bud, thorn, earth” approach.— Rose: Start with the stuff that’s going well. Did you stick to your budget or hit a savings goal? Celebrate that!— Bud: Next, move onto new things to consider. Do you want to get a puppy? Need a new car? Did you just get hit with a big medical bill? Now’s the time to figure out how that fits into your financial plan.—Thorn: Talk openly and honestly about any challenges getting in the way of your goals.—Earth: This is the big picture stuff — your goals and visions for the future, and any steps you need to take to achieve them.Stick to your time, even if you don’t get to everything on your agenda. Better to carry things over than to carry on for hours, getting tired and frustrated as the meeting drags on.“You’re not going to solve everything in the first meeting, or the third, or maybe even the 10th,” O’Keefe says. “Write down the things you still need to talk about and come away from each meeting with an action plan.”3. SET THE MOODTurn off your phones. Turn off the TV. Turn on some music. Pour yourselves a drink — wine, beer, White Claw, you pick. Sit down next to each other and talk.“You want to get into the good vibes of your relationship unit,” Mattenson says. “Sitting next to each other, it’s like the two of you working together on an issue, rather than against each other.”Agree to be honest, kind and judgment-free. And be attentive to any tension bubbling up. If you’re getting tense or your partner is getting defensive, call a timeout. Acknowledge the tension, defuse it (a hug does wonders, Mattenson says) and get back to your agenda.“If you get into negative talk, pause and go back to kind words,” Mattenson says. “Remind yourselves that the most important thing is the relationship and that you’re in it together.”_____________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Kelsey Sheehy is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kelseylsheehy.RELATED LINKS:Budget calculator http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-budget-calculatorKelsey Sheehy Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

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UN agency welcomes refugee protection resolution by 34 states in the Americas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a resolution adopted by 34 States in the Americas calling on countries to enact national mechanisms to protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons in accordance with international standards. Adopted by general consensus during the 33rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in Santiago de Chile from 8 to 10 June, the resolution encourages the few American states which have not yet ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol to do so. Thirty American states have so far ratified the treaty or its Protocol, according to UNHCR. The resolution also introduces two important innovations: it urges States to establish specific standards for the reception of asylum seekers and refugees, and emphasizes the importance of combating xenophobia and racial discrimination against these vulnerable groups. The resolution is good news for refugees and internally displaced people in the region, taking countries closer to a more comprehensive response to the needs of the victims of persecution and armed conflict, said Hope Hanlan, UNHCR Director for the Americas. Approximately 1 million asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons are of interest to UNHCR in North America. In South America over 2 million displaced Colombians continue to pose the most significant humanitarian challenges in the hemisphere. read more

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Ontario Liberals introduce bill to create mandatory provincial pension plan

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government introduced legislation Monday to create a mandatory provincial pension plan, which the Opposition and business groups slammed as a job-killing payroll tax.The bill clears the way for the introduction on Jan. 1, 2017, of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which will be mandatory for workers who do not already have a company pension plan, said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.“The reality is that a significant number of today’s workers are simply not saving enough to maintain their standard of living when they retire,” said Sousa.The bill would require employers and employees to each contribute 1.9 per cent of a worker’s salary to the ORPP, up to $1,643 a year, which the Ontario Chamber of Commerce warned will result in fewer jobs.“Employers worry that by making it more expensive to hire, the new pension plan will negatively impact job creation and hurt Ontario’s competitiveness,” said Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette. “We need to ensure that any changes to the pension system are made with a full understanding of the impact they will have on Ontario’s business climate.”The Canadian Federation of Independent Business warned that forcing every Ontarian without a workplace pension and their employers to pay new premiums will result in higher unemployment and lower wages.Nearly 70 per cent of small business owners say they would freeze or cut salaries and 53 per cent would reduce the number of jobs to cope with the added costs, said CFIB spokesman Plamen Petkov.“Business owners tell us the main reasons for currently not offering a pension plan are high costs and administrative complexities,” he said.The Progressive Conservatives also warned that Ontario’s weak economic recovery could be stalled by mandatory pension contributions from employers.“When you’re looking at a very fragile manufacturing economy in this province today, it hardly seems the right time to include a payroll tax,” said PC critic Julia Munro.People who call the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan a payroll tax are expressing “an extreme view,” said Sousa.“They made the same argument today as they made about CPP in the 1960s no less,” he said. “They were wrong then and they’re wrong now.”Ontario would still prefer to see improvements to the Canada Pension Plan instead of having to create its own retirement plan, but can’t get the federal Conservative government to agree, admitted Sousa.Federal Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson said Canadians don’t want to pay higher payroll taxes, and warned that Ontario’s mandatory pension plan could force a two-worker family to pay up to $3,200 in premiums each year.“Given the inability of the Wynne government to manage its finances and control the size of its deficit, one wonders whether the money collected through higher taxes will ever be there for pensioners in Ontario,” Sorenson said in a release.Sousa dismissed suggestions that the Ontario bill was designed to stall real progress on the issue until after next year’s federal election in hopes a new government in Ottawa would be open to improving the CPP.“Unless we take the proper steps now, we won’t be ready,” he said. “If they see fit to provide for CPP (enhancement) we’ll be able to move forward to that, but failing that determination, we must do what we are doing.”The Liberals introduced a second bill Monday to create Pooled Registered Pension Plans, which Sousa described as a voluntary savings tool for employers, employees and the self-employed.“This is an alternative, especially for mobile workers who may be in and out of jobs, and they want to take advantage of a pooled system that is at much lower cost and of greater benefit to them,” he said.However, the New Democrats criticized the pooled pension plans because they will be administered by the private sector, and said they doubted the Liberals really intend to proceed with a mandatory provincial pension plan.“There is either a public plan or a private plan, and the one the Liberals are running with is the Harper-style private plan, and the public plan that they talked about during the election campaign may or may not roll out over time,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “It’s a wait and see.”The Tories also questioned the Liberals’ commitment to implementing an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, saying there was very little in the legislation except a call for more government consultations on the issue.“I liken it to the hanging of the Christmas stocking, but it’s empty,” said Munro.Two-thirds of Ontario workers do not have a company pension plan.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 9:08 am MDT Ontario Liberals introduce bill to create mandatory provincial pension plan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Business voice will be heard Calgary Chamber

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has a new mission: ensure the business voice is heard in the upcoming municipal election.The Chamber cites an underrepresentation of business issues and voter apathy in previous elections as the primary reason for the new campaign.From now until election day, Oct. 16, 2017, the Chamber will engage with declared candidates for mayor and council.“There seems to be an attitude and culture of complacency where government just seems to think that businesses will always be there,” Director of Policy with the Chamber Zoe Addington said.“The truth is that business issues really are citizen issues. We often hear the saying that ‘businesses don’t vote,’ but businesses are people: they’re owners, they’re employers, they’re employees, they’re customers and really a vital part of our community and our economy.”Over the next few months, the Chamber is encouraging business owners to connect with candidates and will hold various events to allow relationships to develop.“It’s time for government, at all levels, to recognize the role of business in job creation and economic development,” Addington explained, noting “we see the government is making business uncompetitive through time, cost delays, unnecessary red tape, and at a time when [the businesses] are all affected by a tough economy.”Advance polls for the 2017 Municipal Election are open October 4 – 11.Find out more with Vote Elections Calgary. Business voice will be heard: Calgary Chamber Calgary|YYC by Tanya Blakney Posted Jul 31, 2017 12:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State sees rise in attendance during surprise season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeye offense in the second half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe college basketball season has entered its final month. Conference tournaments are in full swing and Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is coming up this weekend.And as the season winds down, the talk of the Columbus sports scene has been the revitalization of Ohio State’s men’s basketball program under first-year coach Chris Holtmann.A new coach and a reinvigorated program traditionally leads to significant attendance boosts over the course of the season, and that’s been the case at the Schottenstein Center with attendance up nearly 1,200 fans per game compared to last season’s numbers.By the time the regular season ended, average attendance was 13,495 people per game, according to associated athletic director Brett Scarbrough. He said that puts Ohio State above the 2015-16 and 2016-17 attendance numbers of 12,283 and 12,324, respectively, but below recent years such as 2012-13 and 2013-14 when more than 16,000 fans filled the stands every game.“Ohio State basketball fans have supported the Buckeyes through ups and downs and we anticipate our fans will continue to do so moving forward,” said Dan Wallenberg, Ohio State athletic communications director for Ohio State. The rise in average attendance was boosted in part by a pair of games that welcomed more than 18,000 fans near the end of the season. The Buckeyes had 18,743 people attending the game against Illinois on Feb. 4 and a season-high 18,809 fans against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons and struggled to land high-profile recruits, which could have led to a drop in attendance.Even though the average attendance hasn’t been what it used to be, James Prisco, director of the NutHouse, the student section at men’s basketball games, believes the NutHouse is as loud and excited now as it has ever been.“We always had this passion, excitement, but I mean it’s very, very different this year when that passion and excitement gets carried through to a win” he said. “I mean, who would have thought at the end of February we were going to have 19 wins? So, you just feel that excitement even more.”Even though the Buckeyes will not return home for another game, they will play an opponent that has yet to be determined in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State will find out its next opponent at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

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HTC Facebook phone rumored for late 2012 launch

first_imgThat $50 Facebook phone you could pay for with Facebook credit never happened, but according to sources in Asia the social networking juggernaut hasn’t given up hopes of releasing their very own device. DigiTimes’ usual supply chain insiders say that HTC will build the phone — and that it could launch before the end of this year.Does Facebook really want to build a first-party smartphone? Probably not, but there’s always a chance that going public will have the company exploring additional sources of revenue. While generating profits from hardware sales isn’t always an easy thing, locking users into the Facebook ecosystem and increasing ad displays could certainly bolster their revenues.However, given that HTC already independently built two Facebook phones — the ChaCha and Salsa — what might be more likely is that HTC is building a new Facebook phone of their own and that this time around it’s not going to suck. With around 150MB RAM available to applications, the ChaCha had difficulty running HTC Sense and the Facebook app simultaneously. HTC has since taken a good, hard look at their approach to smartphones and decided that it’s best to build a few awesome devices rather than throwing every design imaginable at consumers and hoping everyone can find something they like.A new HTC phone officially sanctioned by Facebook wouldn’t be a shocker, and it’s certainly a niche the company could capture and generate a good number of sales. Despite lingering privacy concerns, Facebook’s popularity isn’t shrinking and there are plenty of people out there who would be interested in a quality phone — at the right price — with that blue icon pasted on it.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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The Met and MakerBot team up to translate classic works of art

first_imgAs part of its continued effort to show the world that 3D printing is a technology that can be both exciting and useful, MakerBot recently joined forces with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (The Met) to conduct a two-day hack-a-thon. The goal? To capture as many statues and sculptures in a 3D virtual environment as possible. Those 3D models would then be uploaded to the Thingiverse where anyone with a 3D printer could recreate them at home, allowing them to study and admire the artwork without having to make the trip to New York to see them in person.While some critics have seen 3D printing as nothing more than a fad, it’s projects like this that show the incredible power that the technology can put into the hands of everyday people. A child who lives in Washington state who might not be able to make the trip to the MET to do a school report on some of the pieces of work that are stored in the museum can now get a hands-on look to help them understand the subject matter that much better. Having a miniature version of the Reclining Naiad by Antonio Canova in your hand certainly beats looking at a picture on a website!This partnership with the MET is just the first salvo in MakerBot’s effort to “bring art back to life.” The company desires to employ the technology that it’s helping to develop to allow much greater access to the world’s treasures to a broader spectrum of people. With more schools and educators getting on board with 3D printing, it opens a huge doorway for students of all ages to take part in the exploration of art and its cultural significance. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that many of them will be purchasing MakerBots to make all of this happen!Read more at the Thingiverse, MakerBot, and the Met site.last_img read more

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