Maroons nip Tigers on Desiderio triple; Archers escape

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  ‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque PLAY LIST 01:32‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:18Why some freed inmates prefer to stay in jail01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Finding his team trailing by two points after being in control for most of the game, Paul Desiderio’s voice resonated during University of the Philippines’ huddle with five seconds remaining.“Atin na ‘to, pasok to (This game is ours, I’m making the shot),” the swingman told his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the second game, defending champion La Salle rode the hot hands of Aljun Melecio as it turned back Far Eastern U,95-90, in their first meeting since their infamous brawl in Davao three weeks ago.Melecio waxed hot with 29 points, while Andrei Caracut and Kib Montalbo contributed 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Archers who also got solid games from big men Abu Tratter and Prince Rivero in the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Mbala is away on international duty for Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket.The Archers came out aggressive, leading by as many as 23 points early on.While it was too close for comfort, the win was just the kind of game that Perasol liked since it achieved one of his targets when he took over the team last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Desiderio made good on his promise, hitting a fallaway triple off a well-designed inbound play as the Fighting Maroons eked out a 74-73 victory over a gritty University of Santo Tomas squad in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“During our last timeout, he called it,” said Perasol of his prized guard, who made just one of his 10 triples before the game winner. “He told me ‘coach, we will win, I’m making the shot’ because our instruction was if you’re open at the three-point area, take it.”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 shutoutDesiderio’s shot with 1.4 ticks left capped a wild finish where both teams bungled possessions.“I was taking so many shots,” said the Cebuano guard, who made just six of his 20 shots. “Why would I shy away from taking the last shot?” LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Menor’s record win Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “The UP community may not care what happened during the game, but it generated excitement,” said Perasol.The Maroons led by as many as 11 points in the second half only for the Tigers to come roaring back in the fourth period to dispel notions that they aren’t good enough to contend this season.“A lot of people are not giving UST a chance but it can give teams a fight,” Perasol said.UP 74 – UST 73UP 74—Desiderio 17, Vito 9, Webb 7, Gomez de Liano Ju 7, Manzo 6, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Ouattara 4, Lim 4, Prado 4, Dario 4, Lao 4, Romero 2, Harris 0.UST 73—Lee 20, Akomo 15, Sta. Ana 11, Soriano 8, Huang 6, Garcia 5, Faundo 4, Arana 2, De Guzman 2, Basibas 0, Caunan 0, Kwawukumey 0, Macasaet 0, Romero 0.Quarters: 18-19, 42-33, 57-57, 74-73LA SALLE 95 – FEU 90DLSU 95—Melecio 29, Caracut 16, Montalbo 12, Tratter 11, Santillan 9, Ricci Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Go 3, Prince Rivero 2, Paraiso 2, Capacio 0.FEU 90—Dennison 21, Comboy 13, Orizu 12, Tuffin 10, Cani 7, Tolentino 7, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Escoto 5, Trinidad 3, Nunag 0, Ebona 0, Bienes 0.Quarters: 29-11, 47-32, 73-54, 95-90 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READlast_img read more

Somdev reaches South African Open final

first_imgCommonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman reached his first ATP final in two years after beating local wild card entrant Izak Van der Merwe in straight sets in the South African Open here.The 25-year-old rising Indian star scored a 6-2 6-4 win over the South African to progress to his second career final at the Montecasino Entertainment Centre. His first one being in Chennai in 2009 where he lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.The victory has moved the Indian within sniffing distance of accumulating 250 ATP World Tour points and pocketing USD 76,500 first prize money.In the summit clash, Somdev will face fourth seed South African Kevin Anderson who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannrino 6-7(3) 6-0 6-4 in the other semifinal match.Last year, Somdev was eliminated in straight sets by Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage.Somdev wasted little time in winning the first set in just 39 minutes, breaking serve in the first and third games.Merwe, much taller to his Indian opponent, rallied in the second set but Somdev broke again in the seventh game when his rival ended a rally with a tame shot into the net.Somdev has so far dropped just one set at the tournament.last_img read more

Emery plays down Neymar-to-Madrid rumours

first_imgTransfers Neymar-to-Madrid rumours won’t shake PSG, says Emery Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:21 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Neymar-cropped AFP Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Los Blancos, but his manager said those rumours will not unsettle Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted the Ligue 1 giants would not be shaken by rumours Neymar is set to join Real Madrid.Neymar, 25, is reportedly a target for the La Liga club despite having only joined PSG from Barcelona in a world-record move in August.Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore have already been punished by PSG after returning late from the mid-season break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Emery said his team — who face Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League — would not be distracted by rumours surrounding Neymar.”The group is strong with a great mentality. They were strong when it came to both games in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, and they remain like this in their preparation for the game against Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.”The players are smart and the club have gained experience. I also have experience and I know that people from outside can disrupt us… some people who may have some interest in doing so.”For example, if you read today the first sport newspaper in Spain, the cover is that Neymar is going to Real Madrid. These things don’t shake us.”The players, the staff, the coach, the technical staff. We know our way, our path. We know who from outside… we know who wants destabilise us but we are strong, whatever has been told outside or what happens inside.”We are protecting ourselves well. It’s true that some little things happened after the holidays, but it’s only 10 per cent [of the club].”We’ll come back soon to normality.”Neymar has made an impressive start to his PSG career, scoring 20 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.PSG hold a nine-point lead atop Ligue 1 ahead of a trip to Nantes on Sunday.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Canada selling its 19 stake in the Terra Nova offshore oil

first_imgCALGARY – Exxon Mobil Corp. says its Canadian arm has put up for sale its 19 per cent interest in the Terra Nova offshore oil project 350 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador.Spokeswoman Suann Guthrie confirms that the company is marketing its stake after a review of its portfolio to ensure it meets its strategic objectives.She says the decision has no impact on Exxon’s other assets in Canada and adds the company will remain a long-term investor in the province.ExxonMobil Canada is the operator of the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil project off Newfoundland and Labrador, which pumped its first oil in November, and a part owner of the Hibernia offshore project. It operates the Sable offshore natural gas project in Nova Scotia which is being decommissioned due to production declines.Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods said in January the company would invest more than US$50 billion over the next five years to expand its business in the United States, helped by reduced U.S. federal taxes on corporations.Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the operator of Terra Nova with a 38 per cent stake. Production began in 2002.Companies in this story include: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Soft drinks, water help Coca-Cola beat sales and profit estimates

first_imgGeorgia: Coca-Cola Co beat estimates for quarterly sales and profit on Tuesday, as it sold more water and soft drinks, including its signature soda and Coke Zero, sending its shares up 4 percent before the bell. After facing years of declines in soda sales, beverage makers are attracting consumers with flavored waters, reformulated recipes, new fruity flavors and low-sugar drinks. Volumes, a key indicator of demand, grew 2 percent in the first quarter ended March 29, driven by strength in its Asian and European markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOrganic sales, which exclude the impact of currency swings and acquisitions, rose 6 percent. Price hikes and stockpiling by its bottlers due to Brexit uncertainty also helped sales. Revenue rose 5 percent to $8.02 billion, and the company earned 48 cents per share on an adjusted basis. Analysts had forecast earnings of 46 cents per share on revenue of $7.88 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES. Net income attributable to the company rose to $1.68 billion, or 39 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 29 from $1.37 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.last_img read more

Elderly man killed as car rams into his cycle

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 65-year-old man was killed after a car rammed into his bicycle in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.The accident happened on Wednesday night at around 10:45 pm when the man took a right turn from a signal and the car, which was coming from the opposite direction, rammed into his bicycle. The car was coming from Vidhan Sabha area and was on way to IP college in Civil Lines. Prakash Tiwari, a resident of P&T Colony in Civil Lines, was rushed to a hospital but he was declared brought dead by doctors. Tiwari was a local vendor at civil lines. “The accused has been arrested and he was the driver of the car. He could not react in time and hit the cycle. The victim was rushed to the hospital bit was declared brought dead by doctors,” said a senior police officer. Gaurav Saxena, the diver of the errant vehicle is a resident of Gandhi Nagar, was working as a driver for the past six months. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC was registered at Civil the Lines police station and the accused, identified as Gaurav Saxena, was arrested, the officer said.last_img read more

Rlys cancel several trains in wake of Fani

first_imgKolkata: South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway cancelled a number of trains on Friday considering the safety and security of the travelling passengers in view of the severe cyclonic storm Fani, which has already struck Odisha and is likely to hit Bengal late on Friday night.The Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur Express, Howrah-Puri Express, Howrah-Chennai Mail, and Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express were cancelled on Friday. The Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express and Bangriposi-Bhubaneswar Express scheduled on May 4 and the Santragachi-Tirupati Express scheduled on May 5 have also been cancelled by SER. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, Eastern Railway cancelled the Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express scheduled to leave Puri on Saturday and Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express scheduled to leave Muzaffarpur on Monday. The Secunderabad-Guwahati Express scheduled to leave Secunderabad on May 5, Puri-Kamakhya Express scheduled to leave Puri on May 4 and Kamakhya-Secunderabad Special scheduled to leave Kamakhya on May 6, will all remain cancelled according to a statement by Eastern Railway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySix local trains from Sealdah/Barasat to Hasnabad and four locals from Hasnabad to Sealdah/ Barasat were cancelled by ER authorities for the sake of passenger safety in view of the gust and heavy rainfall, as a precautionary measure. A group of people obstructed train movement at Barasat station, protesting against cancellation of trains at around 4.10 pm. Normal services were resumed at 6.10 pm, when the obstructions were withdrawn. Four Sealdah-Bongaon locals had to be cancelled, while 16 locals (8 Up and 8 Down) lost punctuality.last_img read more

How the Thunder Won Game 4

On Tuesday night, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder tipped things back in their direction, cruising past the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 and leveling the NBA’s Western Conference finals, 2-2. Westbrook was at his aggressive, pinballing best. But the most eye-popping number of the night might not have been among those on his 40-point, 10-assist, five-steal stat line; it may have been the Thunder’s 21-0 edge in fast-break points.An enormous edge like that usually implies a turnover-laden performance by one team, but the Spurs only turned the ball over 13 times, or on 12.7 percent of their offensive possessions. That’s identical to their turnover percentage in the rest of the playoffs. But in Game 4, those turnovers turned into nearly twice as many fast-break points as the Spurs had allowed per game in the playoffs.Why? Not all turnovers are the same. A live-ball turnover, such as steal, tends to give the offense an opportunity to attack a defense that is short a defender or two and out of position. A dead-ball turnover, such as an offensive foul, allows the defense to get all five of its players into position. This difference is significant: Research by Jacob Frankel at Hickory-High (using data from NBAwowy.com) found that NBA teams this season had an effective field goal rate of 61.5 percent on possessions after a live-ball turnover, compared to 46.5 percent after a dead-ball turnover.Again looking at NBAwowy, we can see that just 54.2 percent of the Spurs’ turnovers this season were on steals. But Tuesday night against the Thunder, 12 of the Spurs’ 13 turnovers were caused by steals.San Antonio Spurs Turnovers per  GameIt wasn’t just steals that led to those transition opportunities. The Thunder had eight blocks in the game, many of which turned into transition opportunities (blocked shots count as field goal attempts, not turnovers).One game and 13 turnovers is a small sample size, but some of the Spurs’ struggles appeared to come in the pick-and-roll. According to mySynergySports, the Spurs pick-and-roll ball handlers turned the ball over four times on 19 plays — a turnover rate of 21 percent; the Spurs turned the ball over on just 14 percent of pick-and-roll possessions across the entire season.Athletic and aggressive, the Thunder can be incredibly disruptive on defense, quickly converting those disruptions into efficient offensive opportunities. Before Game 4, the Spurs had mostly short-circuited that ability with precise execution. Not so Tuesday night. read more

Modi promises inclusive India

first_imgIndia`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during a thanksgiving ceremony by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to its allies at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, on 21 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a huge election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of pursuing business-friendly policies and a hard line on national security.Official data from India’s Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India,” Modi said on Twitter on Thursday. “India wins yet again!”Modi’s victory boosted financial markets as investors expect his government will continue to pursue economic reforms. He will be under pressure to create employment for the tens of millions of young people coming on to the jobs market in the next few years and to boost depressed farm incomes.”The immediate challenges are to address employment, the issue of agricultural income and revive the banking sector,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at Care Ratings in Mumbai.But making good on his promise to unite the country will be difficult as the BJP campaign was often divisive, prompting the minority Muslim community to express fears that they were being treated as second-class citizens.His pledge to take a strong stand against the separatist movement in Muslim-majority Kashmir has also added to tensions with nuclear arch rival Pakistan.Members of his party now want him to take a harder line on national security, as well as build a controversial temple on the site of a mosque that was demolished by a Hindu mob in Ayodhya in 1992.”I want Modi to finish terrorism from Kashmir (and) make Pakistan bite the dust again and again,” Shekhar Chahal, a BJP worker from New Delhi said on Thursday. “I am confident that Modi will also make the temple in Ayodhya.”Celebrations BeginAt BJP headquarters in New Delhi, party workers set off firecrackers and began decorating the building with floral decorations ahead of an expected victory party.”It’s a stamp of approval by voters on the honest and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” said Nalin S Kohli, a BJP spokesman.Congress leaders were sombre.”Why despite a weak economy people preferred the BJP is something we have to understand,” said Salman Soz, a party spokesman.”People have given them a second chance. I hope they use it well.”The NDA’s predicted margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.Final results are due by Thursday evening.Security SwingModi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.However, campaigning shifted towards India’s relationship with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan after a suicide car bomb killed 40 Indian police in the contested Kashmir region in February, to the benefit of the right-wing BJP, analysts said.Long-time foe Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India, but in a possible warning, it announced that it has conducted a training launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which it said is capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons at a range of up to 1,500 miles.The BJP has also capitalised on the star power of Modi, a frenetic campaigner, as well as superior financial resources.It outspent Congress by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters this month.The poor showing from Congress, that was ahead in just 52 seats, will lead to questions over the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty whose father, grandmother and great grandfather all served as prime minister.Gandhi, who is expected to address media at 4:00pm (1030 GMT), trailed the BJP candidate in the Amethi constituency that his family has held almost continuously for the last four decades.”The Congress party has not been able to improve at all,” said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.”One big story is the emerging challenge for the Congress to remain a national alternative to the BJP. That now is under question.”Battle Of BengalThe BJP performed strongly in several states where it has previously struggled, including in West Bengal, where it targeted the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party in campaigning that often turned violent.The BJP was leading in 17 of 42 seats in the state, which sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than the two it won in 2014, Election Commission data showed.”The party is heading for a stunning victory in West Bengal,” said Jayprakash Majumdar, a BJP vice president in the state.Indian stocks surged to historic highs as Modi headed for victory. The broad Nifty index rose as much as 2 per cent, continuing a strong run after exit polls showing a Modi victory were released on Sunday.”For global investors, political stability and continuity is an important factor while taking a view on investing in any country,” said R Sivakumar, head of fixed income at Axis Mutual Fund in Mumbai. “This will keep India on the radar of global equity investors.”last_img

Tight race in Georgia Shines Light on Voting Restrictions

first_imgBy RUSS BYNUM and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — He aggressively deleted inactive voters from registration rolls, enforced an “exact match” policy that could have prevented thousands of Georgians from registering to vote and launched an investigation that disrupted a major voter registration drive.Now Republican Brian Kemp is declaring himself the victor in Georgia’s race for governor, a race so close that even marginal differences in voting and turnout could make the difference in determining whether the race goes to a runoff.Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, right, waits backstage with her family and friends before speaking to a crowd of supporters during her election night watch party at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Georgia’s hotly contested and potentially historic governor’s race may not be over yet, with Democrat Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp awaiting the final accounting of absentee and provisional ballots. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)The Associated Press has not called the race between Kemp, who until this week was Georgia’s secretary of state, and Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state lawmaker seeking to become the nation’s first Black woman to be elected governor.In a state dominated by Republicans, Abrams staked her campaign largely on getting new and infrequent voters to participate.Meanwhile, Kemp and the state’s Republican legislature have imposed tighter voting and registration rules that can make it more difficult for just those voters to register and cast ballots.Most of those rules have come since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.“Georgia uses every tool in the voter-suppression tool kit,” said Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia. “It’s unfriendly the way that voting happens in Georgia. It’s more like cashing a check than casting a ballot.”Kemp defends his tenure, noting increased voter registration on his watch.Like other Southern states, Georgia after the Civil War had a history of suppressing Black voters by disallowing votes from people who owed taxes, imposing literacy tests and implementing White-only primary elections. Those efforts eventually were stopped by the courts and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.But the Supreme Court ruling five years ago rolled back a provision of that act that had required Georgia and eight other states to get federal approval before changing voting laws. That gave those states the freedom to impose new restrictions.The ACLU’s Young said Georgia’s recent voting restrictions have been made in the name of preventing fraud. But she believes they’re also born out of a desire to keep minorities from voting.“It’s hard to see good faith in so many of these measures that advocates repeatedly say have disproportionate impact on African-Americans and other minorities,” she said.Some of those restrictions predate Kemp.In 2005 — five years before he took office — Georgia implemented a law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The Justice Department approved it, but a court struck it down as an unconstitutional poll tax because it required voters to pay for IDs unless they could prove financial hardship. Lawmakers responded in 2006 by revising the law to make it easier to get IDs for free.In 2014, Kemp launched an investigation of a voting drive run by a group that Abrams had started. The investigation eventually forwarded to law enforcement just 53 allegedly forged registrations out of a total of 87,000, but critics said the probe disrupted the overall registration drive.The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, which tracks voting issues nationally, said Georgia was among the most aggressive states in the country in removing inactive voters from its registration rolls between 2012 through this year. The stated purpose is to clear lists of voters those who have moved or died, but the purges also can mistakenly remove legitimate voters.Data provided by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office show the state removed more than 937,000 voters from the rolls from the start of 2015 through Aug. 1 of this year.Kemp also used an “exact match” policy for voter registrations. To sign up, voters’ names and other information had to match precisely how they appeared on other government databases.Kemp agreed to end the practice amid litigation last year. But within months, legislators put the policy into law.As Election Day approached this year, it resulted in 53,000 voters — most of them minorities — with their registrations on hold. Civil rights groups sued while Kemp insisted those on the list could vote if they brought to the polls a photo ID substantially matching the information on file.Voters who failed to do so were to cast provisional ballots.Dr. Carlos del Rio, chairman of global health at Emory University, said a poll worker at his precinct in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur initially told him he was not registered. The issue: His voter registration has a space between “del” and “Rio” in his last name, but his driver’s license does not.He had to explain to the poll worker that the state Department of Driver Services does not allow for spaces in a name, and he was then allowed to vote.“It did require a little of me knowing how to defend my rights,” del Rio said.Bryan Sells, a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who now specializes in voting rights, has sued Kemp over the exact match policy and other issues. He said Kemp and Georgia Republicans have been targeted in the rules they have chosen to implement in recent years.“The effort has not been to make it hard for everyone to vote,” Sells said. “It has been to make it hard for people that some in the Republican party think are going to vote against them.”Many voters in and around Atlanta, especially in predominantly Black neighborhoods, were incensed by excessively long lines on Election Day, some with waits up to three hours. Some would-be voters couldn’t last and left without casting a ballot.Suspicion in some places fell on the number of polling places that have closed over the years.An investigation earlier this year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Georgia election officials have closed 213 polling places — or about 1 in 12 statewide — since 2012, a year before the Supreme Court allowed officials in the state to change polling places without federal approval. The newspaper revealed that Kemp had sent a memo to local election officials laying out reasons for such actions, including cutting costs and responding to lower numbers of voters.A Kemp spokeswoman said the move was not political.Kemp also has noted that voter registration increased by 1 million people during his nearly eight years as secretary of state. He said his efforts, including the introduction of online registration, are among the reasons for that.He told reporters during a campaign stop in Savannah a day before the election that record turnout during the early voting period showed that his office has not been engaged in voter suppression.“People are voting at will. That’s what we want,” Kemp said. “Easy to vote and hard to cheat.”Tom Mahoney, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Elections, also said it was not fair to blame Kemp for the problems with Tuesday’s vote.He said he waited 90 minutes to cast his ballot in Savannah. Not having enough voting machines and staff to handle the surge of voters resulted from a lack of foresight by local officials like him, not Kemp, Mahoney said.“We prepared for a midterm election,” he said. “We did not prepare for a presidential election, and that’s what we got.”___Bynum reported from Savannah.___AP reporter Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey contributed to this report.___Follow Cassidy at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Christina and Bynum at http://www.twitter.com/russbynumlast_img read more

New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters Comparison of microscopic images of the chiral meta-mirror illuminated by right circularly polarized, linear, and left circularly polarized light waves. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society When a regular mirror reflects circularly polarized light, it reverses the spin state of the light. In contrast, the chiral meta-mirror preserves one of the two spin states when reflecting circularly polarized light, while absorbing the other spin state. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Breaking metamaterial symmetry with reflected light “We offer the ability to preserve spin states of an optical wave upon reflection from a chiral meta-mirror,” Cai told Phys.org. “In sharp contrast to a regular reflective surface, the chiral meta-mirror operates by absorbing one spin state, while allowing the other to be reflected back with the same spin state as that of the incident wave.” While most conventional mirrors are made of common metals, such as a thin silver film covered by a thicker piece of glass, no known natural material has the chiroptical property exhibited by the new mirror. For this reason, the researchers fabricated the new mirror from an artificial material—a metamaterial with a nanoscale geometry designed specifically to exhibit this property. The meta-mirror consists of a thin film perforated by an array of asymmetric holes, and this asymmetry contributes to the unconventional chiroptical response.”Metamaterials, which offer light manipulation on the nanoscale, can achieve polarization alteration in propagation lengths of just a couple hundred nanometers,” Cai said.The researchers note that the chiral meta-mirror is relatively easy to fabricate, and they expect that it will have applications in optical data transmission and other technologies that they plan to further investigate in the future.”Some of the most common ways to send data via optical means is by time-division or wavelength multiplexing,” Cai said. “However, as the demand for increasing data bandwidths grows, a higher degree of multiplexing is needed. In terms of optical communications, polarization control opens another paradigm for multiplexing and data handling. The ability of our meta-mirror to preserve an incident spin state will aid in the development of these polarization-sensitive systems.”Chiral meta-mirrors can also be used for applications in chiroptical sensing, chiral signal analysis, and may even play a part in the next generation of 3-D movies. Most 3-D movies rely on the left and right handedness of the circularly polarized light that passes through the glasses that we wear in the theaters. With this polarization distinction at hand, chiral meta-mirrors could even find utility in this industry.” Citation: New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors (2017, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-mirror-differently-conventional-mirrors.html Explore further More information: Lei Kang et al. “Preserving Spin States upon Reflection: Linear and Nonlinear Responses of a Chiral Meta-Mirror.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03882 © 2017 Phys.org The researchers, led by Wenshan Cai at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have published a paper on the chiral meta-mirror in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The unconventional reflective properties of the new mirror arise from the way in which the mirror responds to light that is circularly polarized. Light waves are composed of electric and magnetic fields, and when the electric field travels slightly behind the magnetic field or vice versa, the light wave moves along a helical path through time, and this is called circularly polarized light. Most of the light around us, such as light from the sun and lightbulbs, is unpolarized but can become polarized by passing through a polarization filter.A circularly polarized light wave can travel in either a clockwise (right) or counterclockwise (left) fashion, which is determined by an intrinsic physical property of light called the spin angular momentum and, consequently, is called the spin state of light. The main difference between the new mirror and conventional mirrors is how each responds to the spin states of circularly polarized light.When a circularly polarized light beam reaches a conventional mirror, the mirror reverses the beam’s spin state, so that the light it reflects back out has the opposite spin as the light that enters. For many applications, this property does not pose any problems, and in fact mirrors are one of the most important components of many optical devices. However, for certain new applications such as photonic information processing in which the spin states of light carry data, it is important to maintain and control the spin states when reflected by mirrors.The new chiral meta-mirror does almost the opposite of a conventional mirror with respect to spin states. Instead of reflecting the opposite spin state, it reflects the same spin state of an incident circularly polarized beam, but only for one spin state. When a beam with the opposite spin state arrives at the mirror, the mirror completely absorbs that light. So the final result is that the mirror reflects only light with one spin state—either left or right circularly polarized beams, but not both. (Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a new type of mirror that reflects light in a completely different way than conventional mirrors do. The new mirror, called a chiral meta-mirror, has potential applications for information processing with light, next-generation 3-D movies, and other technologies that manipulate light in novel ways. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata calls up Sovan over pitiful condition of roads waterlogging woes in

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called up Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and expressed her discontentment over the condition of some roads in Behala and reports of waterlogging in certain pockets of the area.Prodded by the Chief Minister, Chatterjee asked Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh to fast track the process of the ongoing projects in parts of Behala, to prevent water accumulation.Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The work for a Rs 700 crore project for drainage overhaul taken up by Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP), is underway at James Long Sarani and near Rammohan Road (Tollygunge Karunamoyee). The work for the Metro project is also going on, which is deteriorating the condition of the roads. We are repairing roads but within a few days, they are getting Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killeddamaged again due to repair work.””We are taking all possible measures and situations will improve soon,” he added.It may be mentioned that due to heavy rain in the city a few days ago, there was waterlogging in certain pockets of Behala, including areas in and around Behala Flying Club, Sakher Bazar and Silpara to name a few. There was a day last week, when in half an hour there was more than 100 mm rain and in three hours, the average was 80 mm. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”The infrastructure for the pumping station near Behala Flying Club is being overhauled. Five pumps will soon be installed for drainage of water through Begor Khal. We hope to have things in place by July 10,” Singh added.At present, there are at least three places, where the Diamond Harbour Road has been dug up, the most prominent one being near the Old Dog Race Course Housing Estate, close to Ajanta Cinema. The two other sites are at Kolkata Blind School crossing and Kadamtala.last_img read more

Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive 30 prize trips

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations Transat will be holding prize draws throughout the year to award 30 surprise trips to travel consultants across Canada.Three trips will be drawn each month from February to November, with one draw in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region and one in Western Canada.“Travel agents have been key Transat partners since the company’s beginnings,” said Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales and Commercial, Transat Tours Canada. “That’s why we decided to make them part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and show how important they are to us.”Transat has chosen one milestone date in its history for each of the next 10 months for each surprise trip. On the morning of each ‘surprise day,’ the company will notify travel consultants that every Transat product booking – either flights, packages or cruises – made that day will earn them one chance to win a trip.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere will be one trip drawn per month in each of the regions (Quebec, Ontario-Atlantic and West). The names of two other agents, having also booked a Transat product on the surprise date, will also be drawn randomly to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. All of the winners’ names will be announced a few days after the surprise date.No registration is required; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells the product. Transat says it has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout its 30th anniversary year. Travelweek Group center_img Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive: 30 prize trips Friday, February 10, 2017 Tags: Agent Incentives, Transatlast_img read more

Spring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50

first_imgSpring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50% off Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — In celebration of the first day of spring, Sunwing is offering value added ‘Spring Loaded Savings’ on top-rated resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.Clients who book by midnight on March 24 can take advantage of up to 50% off vacation packages. The tour operator encourages clients to book quickly to avoid disappointment.The promotion applies to a wide range of resorts and destinations, including Grand Memories Varadero, an all-inclusive beachfront property where kids can meet Toopy and Binoo at the Memories Fun Club and where parents can lounge by the pool or relax at the on-site spa. Other perks include catamaran rides, windsurfing and a selection of à la carte restaurants serving varied cuisines.Also included in the promotion is Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa on Bavaro Beach, which is consistently popular among families. Features include spacious accommodations that can sleep a family of up to five, complimentary water sports and an on-site ‘Calle Caribeña’ for avid shoppers.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while onboard, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy-onboard selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.center_img Monday, March 20, 2017 Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Apple hit by hackers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple on Tuesday said it was hit by hackers who wormed their way into the California company’s system but evidently failed to steal any data.The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on U.S. technology firms.“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.“We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.”The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for Web browsing programs.A “small number” of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according the Silicon Valley based company.“There is no evidence that any data left Apple,” the company said. “We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”Apple took the added steps of releasing a Macintosh computer operating system update that disables Java software that hasn’t been used for 35 days or longer and a tool for finding and removing the malware. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

CBO GSE WindDown Bill Could Cut Spending by 60B

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market CBO: GSE Wind-Down Bill Could Cut Spending by $60B September 8, 2014 589 Views The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate on Friday for S. 1217, a senate bill proposed June 2013 by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) that would eliminate GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a private insurance company system with a government backstop.According to the newly-released estimate, removing the two GSEs would save the government billions of dollars in the next 10 years.Under S. 1217, the new system of guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) would mean less risk for the government, therefore costing the government less money.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would no longer offer guarantees on MBS under S. 1217; instead, the newly-established Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) would offer guarantees on MBS that originated in the primary market. FMIC would then guarantee payment of principal and interest by charging fees on the underlying mortgages. Private capital would take on some of the losses before the government payments would kick in.CBO estimates that S.1217 would result in a reduction of direct government spending by about $60 billion over a 10-year period from 2015 to 2024.The reduction in spending is primarily be attributed to the fact that fees that FMIC would charge MBS issuers would be more than the cost of the guarantees calculated under the Federal Credit Reform Act.Also, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the conservator for the two GSEs since 2008, would no longer charge fees (recorded as revenue) to the GSEs to pay for their administrative expenses, which would result in a $1.5 billion decline in revenue during a five-year period from 2020 to 2024.Federal deficits are expected to decline by $58 billion over the next 10 years under S. 1217, according to CBO. Pay-as-you-go procedures would come into play under S. 1217 because the bill affects direct spending and revenue.center_img Congressional Budget Office Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Politics 2014-09-08 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Rep Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term

first_img02Jan Rep. Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term State Rep. Bronna Kahle finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session.“It is an honor to work hard for the people of Lenawee County. I take my responsibility to be a voice for us in Lansing very seriously,” Rep. Kahle said. “It’s part of the job to show up each day and cast each and every vote with the best interests of our friends, neighbors and families in mind.”Rep. Kahle is currently serving her second term in the state House, representing residents of the 57th District in Lenawee County. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img

Netflix has acquired seasons one to three of anima

first_imgNetflix has acquired seasons one to three of animated series Horrid Henry for its services in the UK and Ireland.The deal, comprising 156 11-minuteepisodes, will see Netflix release the seasons of the Novel Entertainment-produced show over the next year. Season one debuts this month.Netflix already has non-exclusive SVOD rights to season one in the US.Horrid Henry has been a key ratings driver for ITV’s children’s channel CiTV, and has had a fourth 52x11mins season commissioned.“We have been actively growing the digital presence of Horrid Henry, and this deal with Netflix is a major part of our plan tomake the show available to audiences beyond its successful platform on linear television,” said Novel’s CEO, Mike Watts.The series has sold to numerous broadcasters around the world from Zodiak Kids, which picked up rights after former owner Target Entertainment went under in 2012.last_img read more

POLICE are appealing for information following rep

first_img POLICE are appealing for information following reports of criminal damage in Co Derry over the weekend.A PSNI spokesperson said: “Sometime between midnight and 9am Sunday 25th June 2017, a white BMW had all four tyres damaged in the Riverside North area of Castledawson.“If you witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have information specific to this incident, please contact Magherafelt station on non emergency number 101, quoting reference 636 26/6/17. castledawsonPOLICE PROBE AFTER CAR TYRES SLASHED IN WEEKEND ATTACKPSNI MAGHERAFELTRIVERSIDE NORTH “Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”POLICE PROBE AFTER CAR TYRES SLASHED IN WEEKEND ATTACK was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more