Japan, Thailand to dispute AVC title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung had 21 points but labored for her numbers going 18-of-48 on her spike attempts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan displayed an offense so potent five of its players put up double digits in the scoring department.Risa Shinnabe and Rika Nomoto had 13 points apiece while captain Nana Iwasaka had a dozen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMami Uchiseto and Mai Okumura then added 11 and 10 points apiece.Jin Ye led world no.1 China with 15 points, though this Chinese team isn’t the country’s main squad. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters In the second game, Thailand put a stranglehold on Korea 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 in a matchup of two top 15 teams in the FIVB rankings.Thailand, the reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalists, are ranked no. 14 in the FIVB while Korea is at no. 10 but the Thais had the Koreans cowering under their relentless offense.The Thais converted on 50-of-119 spikes while neutralizing the Koreans who scored on 35 of their 120 kill attempts.Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points to lead Thailand while 17-year-old phenom added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentscenter_img Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan and Thailand are set to duke it out for the crown in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after both powerhouses locked up spots in the finals Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena.World no. 6 Japan was the first to advance to the finals after thrashing defending champions China in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

August 27, 1908: The world saw the birth of a legend- Donald Bradman

first_imgIt’s been more than a century now since the greatest batsman ever to play the game of cricket, Donald Bardman, was born and his records and name still resonates in the world of cricket.On August 27, 1908, he was born in Cootamundra, New South Wales. 12 years later, Bradman acted as scorer for the local Bowral team which was captained by his uncle George Whatman. In October 1920, he filled in when the team was one man short, scoring 37 not out and 29 not out.  He made his first-class debut at the age of 19 for New South Wales at the Adelaide Oval and scored a hundred with an innings of 118. In the final match of the season, he hit another ton against the Sheffield Shield champions Victoria. In the first match of the Sheffield Shield season (1927-28), he scored a century in both the innings against Queensland and followed that with scores of 87 and 132 not out against the England touring team. After seeing his impressive display, he was called up for the touring England team for the first Ashes Test at Brisbane.BRILLIANT FIRST SEASONBradman, along with the Australian team, failed in the first Test and lost by a huge margin of 675 runs — which is still a record for victory by highest margin of runs in Tests. He was dropped for the second Test but made a comeback in the third one. He scored 79 and 112 and also became the youngest player to make a Test century. He scored 58 in the second innings of the fourth Test and was about to take his team to victory but was run-out and Australia lost by 12 runs. Bradman followed it up with 123 in the first innings of the fifth Test and helped his captain seal a win in the second innings.advertisementHe finished his maiden first-class season with 1,690 runs at an average of 93.88.A new hero was born and the rest as they is history.He accumulated runs at home in Australia and in England, the only two countries he played in, and was the pillar of the Aussie batting lineup for the coming two decades.RECORDS GALOREReuters PhotoBradman went onto achieve every record that was there to be achieved and set a new benchmark for the upcoming players. He retired in 1948 after playing his last Test against England at The Oval. He played 52 Tests, scoring 6,996 runs at a record average of 99.94, scoring 29 centuries and 13 fifties. He played 234 first-class matches and accumulated 28,067 runs at an average of 95.14. He slammed 117 tons and 69 half-centuries.He maintained an average over 100 for most his career and needed just four runs in his last Test innings to ensure an average of 100 – but was out on the second ball he faced for 0 to fall short of the magical figure. His average still remains untouched and bettering it is almost next to impossible. 69 years after his retirement, Don still remains 14th in the list of most Test centuries and 48th in the all-time highest run-scorers in the history of the five-day format.After retirement, he worked as a cricket administrator for Southern Australia.He was hospitalised with pneumonia in December 2000, he returned home in the New Year and passed away on 25 February 2001, aged 92.Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who is the only cricketer who reminded Don of his own playing days, paid tribute to the legendary Aussie on Twitter.To the one and only…. Happy Birthday to Sir Donald Bradman pic.twitter.com/8XfKssiMn7- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 201752 Tests, 6,996 runs, an average of 99.94.#OnThisDay in 1908, cricket’s greatest ever batsman, the one and only Sir Don Bradman was born. pic.twitter.com/TZcA54wvAZ- ICC (@ICC) August 27, 2017A day for every cricket lover to remember Sir Don Bradman, the greatest batsman of all times on his birth anniversary.#BradmanJayanti pic.twitter.com/ba9kbW5CP3- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 27, 2017last_img read more

‘Bartomeu embarrassed over Seri farce’

first_imgTransfers Bartomeu embarrassed over Barca’s Seri farce – Nice president Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 06:29 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) JeanMichaelSeri-cropped Getty Images Transfers Nice Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The midfielder’s €40million move fell apart in mysterious circumstances, with Nice pinning the blame squarely at the feet of the Catalans Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed he received a phone call from Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu, who expressed his embarrassment after the La Liga giants pulled out of a deal for Jean-Michael Seri.Ivory coast international Seri appeared set for a €40million move to Camp Nou until the proposed transfer suddenly broke down.Blaugrana 11/10 to beat Espanyol -2 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Seri, 26, criticised the Ligue 1 side over the collapsed deal before the transfer window closed; Rivere, however, insisted it was Barca who pulled the plug.”Julien Fournier, the general manager of [Nice], called me early on Wednesday [August 23], at about 09:00 and said: ‘Jean-Pierre, I do not understand, I received a call from Barcelona and they told me to stop the Seri transfer’,” Rivere recalled on Canal+.”In the afternoon, Bartomeu called me, a little embarrassed, and said to me: ‘This is the first time that it has happened to us. Our staff have decided not to sign Seri, but it is not a financial issue’.”Rivere added: “I put myself in his [Seri’s] shoes; it was his dream to go to Barcelona and then it was broken. It was all up in the air.”last_img read more

JDT holds the edge over Melaka

first_imgMalaysia Cup What happened when Melaka United last played Johor Darul Ta’zim Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 10:30 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dominic Tan, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Melaka United, Super League Johor Southern Tigers Malaysia Cup Johor Darul Ta’zim Melaka United v Johor Darul Ta’zim Melaka United A look back at meetings earlier this season, before Melaka United and Johor Darul Ta’zim face off in the 1st leg of the 2017 Malaysia Cup quarterfinal Melaka United welcomes the visit of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the first leg of the 2017 Malaysia Cup quarterfinal looking to ensure that there’s still something to play for when the second leg comes around.They have already played each other twice this season, both matches coming in the Super League. It was a time when both teams had different head coaches, with Benjamin Mora at the helm of JDT and Eric Williams in charge of Melaka.  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The omens do not look good for the Mousedeers despite their 1-1 draw when the two teams last met at Hang Jebat Stadium back in May. At that time, the match came in between AFC Cup matches for JDT and it was obvious that Mora had his mind elsewhere. GFX JDT Melaka Past MeetingSafiq Rahim notched a wonderful free kick opener before Jeon Woo-Young’s late intervention with just two minutes left of normal time, secured a valuable point for Melaka. In a match played one month before, it was a whitewash for Melaka as JDT steamrolled over Williams’ side with a comprehensive 7-0 win at Tan Sri Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium. Safiq was again the tormentor of Melaka as he picked up his only hattrick of the season.Gabriel Guerra, Gonzalo Cabrera, Amirulhadi Zainal and Azamuddin Akil also got on the scoresheet for JDT’s biggest win of the season.GFX JDT Melaka Past MeetingWhat will happen on Friday night when a JDT side now managed by Ulisses Morais looks to put their full focus in the Malaysia Cup against Eduardo Almeida’s Melaka?last_img read more

UBCIC demanding apology from Trudeau for disrespecting chief

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs issued a letter Wednesday night demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize for his treatment of its secretary treasurer, and Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson.“We are writing to convey our absolute condemnation of your condescending and sexist response to UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson yesterday afternoon during the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Ottawa,” the letter starts.Trudeau addressed chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly Tuesday afternoon.During his speech, Trudeau recounted the accomplishments of his government’s three years in office.After Trudeau took questions, and the first was from Wilson.“I applaud the work you’re doing on child and family and languages,” Wilson said. “But prime minister, when you’re talking about the United Nations and you’re going to go along with the self-determination and the consent, why wasn’t that applied with the Trans Mountain pipeline (extension)? It’s going through 513 kilometres of our territory – there was no consent.”“I could say more but I don’t want to go past that. There was no consent on that. You can’t count a few IBA’s (Impact Benefit Agreement) with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title. And it’s the bands that might have been under duress – but it’s not a proper process.”(Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson)It was Trudeau’s response that has the UBCIC demanding an apology after he addressed Wilson by her first name – something the prime minister didn’t do with other chiefs who asked questions.“I would be careful about minimizing or ascribing reasons for people who take positions that disagree with you… I don’t think we should be criticizing them, just because they disagree with you, Judy.”The UBCIC said that it is this type of treatment of women sets a dangerous precedent that threatens Indigenous women.“Your response to her yesterday, from the highest elected office in the country, runs the risk of sending a message to Canadians that it’s ok to belittle, berate and lecture female Indigenous leaders.“It sends a message that it’s ok to continue these attacks towards our Indigenous women whether it is in the boardroom, meetings or dealing with issues on the land, and it runs the grave risk of discouraging Indigenous women to stand up to defend themselves.”No chiefs that followed Wilson confronted Trudeau on the exchange.The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond before this story was posted.B.C. chiefs are holding a news conference in Ottawa Thursday to address the Trans Canada project.On Friday, Indigenous leaders meet with Trudeau at a conference in Montreal ahead of the First Minister’s meeting.More to come.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Sri Lanka welcomes outcome of Maldives polls

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile said that Sri Lanka looks forward to working with Solih and the people of the Maldives in pursuing the elevation of relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka to greater heights. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today welcomed the outcome of the elections in the Maldives in which was won by opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry noted that joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih secured victory following the election in the Maldives where the people exercised their franchise in a decisive manner to uphold their commitment to democracy and the rule of law. “We commend the government and the people of the Maldives for the conduct of a successful election process that was free, fair, and peaceful,” the Foreign Ministry said. Meanwhile, the joint opposition also welcomed the outcome of the elections in the Maldives. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa tweeted saying the outcome of the election was historic.“Congratulations to President- Elect of Maldives @ibusolih on your resounding victory. This is a historic event in the political narrative of our neighbor. We truly wish for success & prosperity for everyone in the #Maldives,” Rajapaksa tweeted. read more

UNbacked Global Compact meets in China in largest gathering on ethical principles

“This is a historic event for the United Nations and the Global Compact specifically,” Global Compact Executive Head Georg Kell said.”China is today the world’s fastest growing economy and Shanghai is an international centre of business excellence. This dynamic environment is, therefore, a suitable place to bring businesses and other stakeholders together to advance good corporate citizenship and address the widening gap between the outcomes of globalization and the needs of humanity,” he noted.The voluntary corporate citizenship body now numbers more than 2,400 companies from over 80 countries. It includes dozens of leading Chinese businesses. It also includes leaders of international civil society and labour organizations.At the two-day summit, the participants will share ways of implementing the Global Compact’s universal principles on the environment, labour standards, human rights and anti-corruption, derived from four UN instruments: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Convention against Corruption. read more

Commentary Buzz about Ohio State basketball not the same

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, taking down archrival Michigan, 56-53, but I still don’t care. OK, it’s not that I don’t care, but I just am not nearly as interested as I have been in previous years. Teams led by Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner and Greg Oden were the things my life revolved around. School, work, even relationships took a back seat to watching these teams play. Whatever the record, although they were typically fantastic, I would find the Buckeyes on television and shut out all else. But this season I have found it harder and harder to get really into OSU basketball games. Although the turnout at Woody’s for those students who couldn’t attend the Michigan game might tell you otherwise, there are many students who are dealing with the same indifference. The passion and pure unadulterated joy that came to campus last year after home victories against Duke and Indiana just has not been matched this season. But what is it that is keeping this talented team from garnering the following that previous Thad Matta-led squads have had? It is hard to pinpoint an exact reason as to what has changed from such a short time ago since there are so many factors contributing to the decline in interest. Potentially most clear of all is the inflated expectations this team has suffered from. Ranked No. 4 overall in the preseason AP poll, OSU hasn’t quite lived up to these lofty beginnings, dropping three games to some very talented teams in Duke and Illinois and at home against Kansas. But the drop-off from where they began to where they are now has been a rude awakening for fans who have become accustomed to a consistent top-10 team. Add the lack of new recruits this year, a perfect football season stealing the spotlight from basketball and what I am terming as the Jared Sullinger hangover, it is no wonder fans are showing a lack of enthusiasm this year. With the depth of the conference this year, every game is going to matter and home-court advantage will play into the Buckeyes’ chances at competing for the Big Ten Championship. The fans could by key down the stretch for OSU. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will travel to Michigan State for another tough test against the Spartans Saturday at 6 p.m. before returning to Columbus to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. read more

Couple sacked housekeeper who let boyfriend stay at £10m mansion and drove

first_imgHowever Mr Pyke said: “I’m not contracted to work weekends and I had been told I wouldn’t be needed until the following Monday.”Mrs Gottschalk later sent him a text saying: “F— off and get out my house.” At the tribunal, she said: “I’m not proud of it.” Mr Pyke said he was shocked as he thought the issue was “sorted”.He said: “I said in the text message ‘I’ve left you a voicemail’. I have great respect for her and there’s no reason I would speak to her in the manner that’s being portrayed.”I would have been as helpful as possible. I heard nothing for three hours so thought that was job done and dusted. The next I heard was from the PA asking if I’d seen the email.”I wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the property. To suddenly receive this message, I had no idea what was going on.”He told the tribunal that since he was sacked he had looked for more work and had received offers, almost appearing on a television show with Bear Grylls as a possible employment opportunity. He is now starting work as a gardener three to four days a week.Mrs Gottschalk said: “It was very clear your job was at risk. You had abused your situation as house manager. You had used vehicles, you let people onto the property without our knowledge, you made money off us on our property.”The tribunal was adjourned for a reserved judgement. I wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the propertyRobin Pyke Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunalCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS Robin Pyke When the couple came to spend Christmas in Henley in 2015 they said “they started to see the cracks.”They were unhappy Mr Pyke kept a dog, owned by tenants who had stayed at the mansion while the family were in the UK, on the property. He had charged the former tenants £500 per week to care for the animal.Mrs Gottschalk said Mr Pyke had made out the dog had just been left at the property by the tenants.”I work with Animals Asia and I get very upset about these things,” she told the tribunal.”I accused the owner of abandoning her dog on our property, but I was shocked to find out he was being paid £500 a week for this, which was a huge amount.”Mr Pyke responded: “I had cleared that I would look after the dog with the Gottschalks, I just hadn’t told them about the money.”I felt it was a personal agreement, I didn’t feel it was their need to know. Other staff on site earn money they don’t disclose. It was just an extra income to me.”The Gottschalks also disliked Mr Pyke’s boyfriend staying at the property without their knowledge or consent, the panel heard.Mrs Gottschalk described one morning when she was staying at the property and said that she awoke at 6.30am to see a man on the property she did not know. “It would be nice to know who’s on the property when we’re there with the children, it’s just a courteous thing,” she said.Addressing Mr Pyke at the tribunal, she said: “I had asked you to introduce him to me because I was uncomfortable with the situation.”The judge also heard the couple were unhappy that Mr Pyke had used their cars, including a Porsche, while they were away – although he claimed he had an arrangement with them.An email sent by Mr Gottschalk in January 2016 said he was “surprised” the cars were taken out for personal use.Mr Pyke said: “I never used their cars for personal use. I agreed with them I would use the cars to get them running.”There was an agreement to use them to get them running but other than that I would cycle everywhere,” he told the tribunal. I did use the truck for personal use for a long time because I had problems with my car.”The Gottschalks told the tribunal they had given Mr Pyke a “final warning” in March this year after a formal meeting following Mrs Gottschalk finding out about his financial arrangement to keep the dog.However, Mr Pyke denied it was a formal disciplinary meeting and described it as just a “chat in the kitchen”.”The meeting was that casual that Jane didn’t even need to be there for the first part of it. It couldn’t have been that serious an issue that she didn’t need to be there because she fancied a bath first,” he said.However Mrs Gottschalk said it was “formal in a domestic setting” and added Mr Pyke got emotional and even offered to move out that evening.The couple said they and Mr Pyke met again two days later and offered him another chance.However, in June 2016 the issues came to a head again after Mr Pyke was asked to take Mrs Gottschalk’s mother to the airport.Mr Pyke said he had plans for a Father’s Day lunch so could not do the airport trip.Mrs Gottschalk said: “She’s quite independent my mum, she lives three minutes away. I had said ‘if there’s anything she needs please go and help her out’.”She had never asked for anything. But on this occasion her friend who usually helped her, couldn’t. She said she found Mr Pyke’s refusal very curt adding: “I found it very rude and was embarrassed by it.” Robin Pyke outside the tribunal hearingCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunal The couple travel between London, where they bought a home from singer Robbie Williams, and other homes in Hong Kong, Ibiza, Switzerland and Henley.They flew back to the UK for the tribunal hearing in Reading, Berkshire, where they and Mr Pyke gave evidence about life at the property in Henley-on-Thames, where Mr Pyke had worked for 13 years with other staff.The judge heard that Gottschalks assumed the couple’s staff “don’t count the hours” and expect them to “go the extra mile” when working for them at the Georgian mansion, which they use as their main UK residence.However, their former house manager claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the family after they placed him under so much stress that he was forced to seek professional help before he eventually received a text stating “f— off and leave my house”.Mr Pyke was tasked with looking after the Gottschalks’ mansion, which sits at the end of a long driveway with its own fountain and tennis courts.Mr Gottschalk is a high-powered German-Swiss banker and is the only son of Joachim Gottschalk, who floated family firm Gottex for $1.9 billion in 2007.Mrs Gottschalk founded Jax, which sells coconut products around the world and has also worked as a creative director for ski and surf wear company Perfect Moment.The couple spend most of their time in Hong Kong, where their five children attend a Chinese-speaking school, but spend Christmas and the summer holiday in Henley. The family split the rest of their time between London, Ibiza and Switzerland.The tribunal was told that Mr Pyke had worked at the mansion for 13 years, first as a gardener but became house manager for the couple in September 2014.He told the panel that towards the end of his employment he could not keep up with the work demanded by the millionaire couple. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stella McCartney (left) and Jane Gottschalk at the launch of Jax Coco coconut water in 2012Credit:Nick Harvey/WireImage Stella McCartney (left) and Jane Gottschalk at the launch of Jax Coco coconut water in 2012 He told employment judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto he had expected to stay working at the home for a long time, but was unexpectedly and abruptly dismissed.He lived at the property and told the tribunal the dismissal made him homeless.”I think I have been loyal and given everything for 13 years,” he said. “At no point had I ever been questioned about my trustworthiness and I think I did the job absolutely to my full ability. “I think I did everything I could from my personal capabilities. I think I did everything professionally and correctly at the time with the information I had.”When things went wrong I tried to contact them to resolve it. Some of the issues were resolved, most weren’t. There was never any threat my job was going to be affected or on the line.”However, the Gottschalks said Mr Pyke had “breached their trust” and in a witness statement said he was not trustworthy or willing to help.Mrs Gottschalk told the judge: “There were a number of emails that the house wasn’t ready in terms of basic cleanliness and issues with the garden, despite having other employees to help Mr Pyke.”I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult – looking after an empty house with occupants abroad.”The garden was looked after, he had two full-time employees on top of his role. I didn’t think that was too much to ask for anyone.”The couple raised a number of issues with the way Mr Pyke conducted himself, which they said led to his dismissal.Mrs Gottschalk said there were issues with “cleanliness in the house and his over familiarity”.She added: “We wanted him to be much more professional in his role. Overall complacency was spoken about.”However, Mr Pyke said Mrs Gottschalk had once told him he should describe himself as a “manny” on his CV because he was so good with the family’s children.”Manny is surely a play on words with the fact that I’m gay,” he said.Mrs Gottschalk responded: “That’s really clutching at straws, manny is a well-known term. That’s clearly clutching at straws.”It was a domestic environment I tried to make it as comfortable as possible, it was his behaviour in the house around us.” A housekeeper was sacked after falling out with a multi-millionaire couple who accused him of allowing his boyfriend to stay at their home without permission and driving their sports cars, a tribunal heard.Robin Pyke fell out with the lady of the house when she discovered his partner was staying at the £10million seven-bedroom mansion without her knowledge and that he was looking after someone else’s dog at the property while charging the owner £500 a week, the hearing was told.He was eventually sacked for being “over-familiar” and refusing to drive the banker Maximilian Gottschalk’s mother-in-law to Heathrow airport on his day off.An employment tribunal heard that Mr Pyke was a former gardener at the luxury home and was then appointed house manager when Mr Gottschalk and his company director wife, Jane, moved to Hong Kong, leaving their Henley-on-Thames home empty. I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult – looking after an empty house with occupants abroadJane Gottschalklast_img read more

DIY Google wants you to create a VR headset using cardboard

first_img Source: Google DevelopersWhile you’re really just looking at an Android phone, the Cardboard app splits the screen into two, one for each eye, to give the impression that you’re using VR. A number of tech demos on the Chrome mobile browser are also provided to show off its capabilities.While it might seem silly that Google is experimenting with this, there’s a greater purpose behind it.If developers experiment and are able to come up with ways to use cheap Android devices to create a VR quality experiences, it will help drive the price of VR headsets down. That would be a win for Google and would put rivals like Oculus VR, Sony and Samsung on the back foot.Also, the introduction of Android One, aiming at developing high-quality phones at low cost for people in developing markets, could help push such the experiment further if it is successful.For now though, it’s purely an experiment that could easily disappear in a few months time. If you do decide to create your own, just make sure you’re using strong cardboard and not that from a cereal box.Read: Google takes another shot at invading the living room with Android TV >Read: Google’s new Android update is brighter and bolder than ever before > GOOGLE HAS VIRTUAL reality in its sights, and it comes in the form of a cardboard box.Not content with handing out all the developers at its conference an Android Wear watch, both a LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and a Moto 360, it also provided them with a fold-out cardboard box.The cardboard box is part of an experiment from Google, which wants to see if a VR headset can be created using inexpensive materials. The only expensive product you will need is an Android phone running Jelly Bean or KitKat as it’s placed inside the cardboard headset.The headset can be created by anyone, provided they have cardboard, lenses, magnets, Velcro, and rubber bands. You can also include an NFC tag if you want to trigger the Cardboard app on your phone automatically.last_img read more

Nearly 18Foot Burmese Python Caught in Florida National Preserve

first_img Second 18-Foot Python Caught in South FloridaWatch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake Catcher A Burmese python that was nearly 18 feet in length was recently captured in Florida and the massive reptile will haunt your dreams.Kevin Reich of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Python Action Team caught the female Burmese python, which was 17.9 feet long and weighed about 83 pounds, in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida, on Friday, Fox 13 News reported. Stay on targetcenter_img According to FWC officials, this is the second-largest Burmese python ever removed by the Python Action Team and it’s only three inches shorter than the program’s biggest python, which was 18 feet long and weighed 147 pounds. The team captured the colossal female python in the Everglades last December.In July, a female Burmese python that measured more than 16 feet long was captured from under a house in the Florida Everglades. The reptile also had a nest of 50 eggs, which were also removed from the area.FWC says the breeding population of Burmese pythons is found in South Florida throughout Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. These reptiles are typically 6 to 10 feet in length and as adults, they can be up to 18 feet long. Burmese pythons like to hangout in or near water and they have the ability to climb certain surfaces, such as trees.More on Geek.com:Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherWatch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of Eggs200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size, Florida Zoo Sayslast_img read more

GFF league roundup

first_imgBy Sulayman BahThis week featured a raft of game-in-hand as Wallidan scrapped past Banjul United.The Blue Boys have been enduring a spectre of lukewarm performances this term since rising from the second tier but look determined to stay up the division with this latest win a testament. Bombada in another fixture suffered a 2-0 lost to Serrekunda United asthe SK-based outfit continues their fight to avoid the drop. 2010league winners Gambia Ports Authority elsewhere drew Bakau United.In other rescheduled matches played yesterday leaders Gamtel werebeing held to a goalless affair by second-placed Brikama United.Victory for Tapha Manneh’s telecom giants will see Gamtel stretch thegap depending on Real de Banjul’s game against Gamtel who were alsotied one-all at halftime. Follow our next edition for fullsummary of the games.  ]]>last_img read more

Police seek public help finding hitandrun driver who injured Good Samaritan

first_img April 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Police seek public help finding hit-and-run driver who injured Good Samaritan Posted: April 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Thursday sought the public’s help to find the hit-and-run driver whose Subaru station wagon struck and injured a Good Samaritan last week when the man stopped to help a disabled motorist in Ocean Beach.The crash happened just after midnight on April 9 in the 2900 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Robb Field, where the 26-year-old victim stopped his Lexus sedan to help two people stranded in a second Lexus that was broken down, San Diego police said.“While the victim was standing next to the disabled vehicle, an unknown suspect driving southbound on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard struck the victim and the disabled vehicle,” Sgt. Victoria Houseman said. “The suspect continued driving southbound and fled the scene.”The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center with a fractured lower right leg and internal injuries, Houseman said. He was later released and is now recovering from his injuries at home.Based on evidence left at the scene, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green 1998 or 1999 Subaru Outback Legacy station wagon, the sergeant said. It sustained damage to the right front side, including the grill, a fog lamp and the right side mirror.Anyone with information on the driver or the suspect vehicle was urged to call SDPD’s traffic division at (858) 495-7805 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, and anonymous tipsters can also contact the agency at sdcrimestoppers.org. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Chairman Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of KC Food and Ag

first_imgASA Chairman Steve Wellman attended the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Food and Agriculture Roundtable, Jan. 15-16. Attendees represented the agriculture industry, including production livestock and crops, processors, lenders, manufacturers, transportation, energy and economists. Given the uncertainty in the economy, the Kansas City Fed is interested in investments such as farmland, equipment, machinery, buildings, infrastructure and how these are being financed.Industry executives presented information and led discussion on topics such as farmland markets, the livestock sector, crops, China and global agricultural investments. Agricultural land values continue to be strong, mainly led by crop values and lack of other investment with a greater return on investment.An unanswered question is how long before land values stabilize or drop, and what will cause this to happen? Wellman reports that factors mentioned at the roundtable included Chinese demand for agricultural products, renewable fuels and fertilizer production, energy pricing and the ability to obtain profits in the livestock sector.Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and CEO Esther George gave an economic update, saying that gross domestic production, housing construction stabilizing and auto sales increasing indicate the U.S. economy continues to slowly recover. Also, U.S. consumers and businesses have been lowering their debt, while banks build capital. Financial stability and inflation will be long term factors impacting our economy, George says.last_img read more

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Support Global Crop Diversity Trust

first_imgSoy growers are urging Congress to extend the authorization for the Global Crop Diversity Trust in the upcoming Farm Bill. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag and trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, along with House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson last week, underscoring the vitality of the Trust.“Early U.S. support for the Trust has spurred other governments to contribute to the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide,” the groups state in the letter. “Since the early U.S. involvement, the Trust has garnered pledges of more than $450 million from developing as well as developed countries, the private sector, and charitable foundations. Rather than donate to the endowment, some countries have extended loans, financial support for particular projects, genebank partnerships and rescue operations and still others have paid for operational activities.”The groups wrote that while the Trust has made great strides in raising funds from other donors for its endowment, further assistance is needed.“By furthering its support of the Trust, the U.S. can demonstrate its commitment to long term investments that will ensure that farmers here and across the developing world will benefit from a full array of genetic diversity,” the letter states.The Crop Trust was established in 2004 to safeguard crop diversity, forever. It provides financial support for the key international genebanks that make the diversity of our most important food crops available. It also supports the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which currently holds more than 930,000 samples, originating from almost every country in the world. The Vault is located inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Dwyane Wade speaks at Stoneman Douglas graduation at BBT Center

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – The 2019 graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were in for quite a shock as Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade made a surprise speech at their commencement ceremony.The NBA veteran offered words of wisdom to graduates at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Sunday.“What you do in each of these moments will determine how much greater this new chapter will be,” he said. “I want you to take pride in what you’ve already accomplished.”Wade also spoke at length about the impact the students have had on him over the years as well as his experience visiting the school in the aftermath of the Feb. 14, 2018 massacre.Wade, who retired in April, has been a vocal supporter of the school after the mass shooting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Book Club Listings — January 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting.  No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarantino love letter to movies has

first_imgOriginally published July 26.  10 best free movie and TV streaming services 2:38 Comments Tags Movie reviews Share your voice Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, is actually two stories. On the one hand, you have the odd couple of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. Dalton, an actor who’s seen better days, left his TV hit to make movies and has struggled ever since. Booth is his stunt double, driver, impromptu therapist and best friend. On the other hand, you have Dalton’s new neighbors: director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Similar to what he did in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino reinvents history here, imagining an alternate version of 1969 Hollywood in which Dalton lives next door to Tate on Cielo Drive, where the actress and three of her friends were famously murdered by the Charles Manson family.I was all in for the stylish homage to Hollywood’s golden age. I just wish it didn’t also have to be a horrific real crime with the full-on, blood-spattering Tarantino treatment. I should say up front that I’ve never been a Quentin Tarantino fan. I found both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction violent and uncomfortable to watch. Watching Kill Bill: Vol. 1, I wanted to leave the theater because I was disgusted by all the blood and explicit acts of violence against women. I never bothered with Vol. 2. I’m among those who think Tarantino’s time may have passed and never understood why he was so revered. So I was ready to hate Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. In fact, I liked it, though I have some quibbles. Not the least of them is that at 161 minutes, the film would have benefitted from being shorter and tighter. Basically one movie instead of two. qt9-r-00318-01-rgbQuentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures There’s already a lot going on in a film with two very strong leads. One (DiCaprio) is going through quite the midlife crisis. The other (Pitt) is just trying to scrape by. On top of that, you have an ensemble with so many famous names it’s hard to recall them all. We’re talking the likes of Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Rumer Willis, Bruce Dern, Scoot McNairy and Lena Dunham.qt9-r-00061-rMargot Robbie in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures With so many characters popping up, Margot Robbie doesn’t really have much to do as Sharon Tate other than stand there with perfect blond hair and exquisitely sculpted legs. She’s flawless throughout the whole movie, with one exception. In Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Tarantino lets everyone know that even gorgeous women snore. Actress Margaret Qualley gets a similar superficial treatment. She plays Pussycat, a member of the Charles Manson family with a penchant for hitchhiking and flirting. She has a scene with Pitt’s character that is quite cringe-inducing. Not only because she looks like a teenager and he’s well into his fifties, but because at one point she offers him oral sex while he’s driving. But let’s talk more about what I liked in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Longtime Los Angeles institutions (and their neon lights) make an appearance: among them, restaurants Musso & Frank Grill and El Coyote, the landmark Capitol Records and theaters Cinerama Dome, Bruin and Pantages. center_img 77 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over Endless cameos and historic references will seduce any film and TV buff. Mike Moh plays a cocky version of Bruce Lee who says things like, “My hands are registered as lethal weapons.” Damian Lewis plays a blond-but-not-cool-enough Steve McQueen. Director Sergio Corbucci’s name is shown some reverence. There are countless references to spaghetti westerns (the title of the movie being one of them). People are glued to their TV sets to watch Three in the Attic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The F.B.I. Our protagonists’ pasts are re-enacted as little flashback sequences perfectly interwoven into the action, and Tarantino has a lot of fun with the format, especially with Dalton, as we get a glimpse of his work as an actor but also how it could have been. One standout sequence shows the ending of The Great Escape with DiCaprio’s Dalton playing McQueen’s character in a way that made me want to watch The Great Escape for the umpteenth time. In another sequence, we see Dalton as a performer lashing out in the funniest way because he can’t remember his lines. Then there’s Pitt, whose cool Cliff Booth is arguably just as objectified as Robbie’s and Qualley’s characters. He has a shirtless sequence on top of a sunny roof where he doesn’t have any reason to be jealous of his very ripped and younger Fight Club self.There’s much more to say about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The camera moves masterfully. The soundtrack is catchy. There’s some sort of shoe and foot fetish going on. A conversation between Dalton and a child actor is both hysterical and raw.Be sure to go see the movie the way the director intended you to see it: in 35mm. I just hope you’re luckier than me and your theater has more than one projector, like the charming little theater I saw it in has. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a pause every hour or so as they change reels. Or just take that opportunity to stretch your legs. Did I mention this is a 161-minute movie? Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies 9last_img read more