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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESAlmost lost in the intensity of the semifinal series and the rivalry of the team owners involved is the fact that Nash Racela and brother Olsen are squaring off from opposite benches on the hardcourt.Nash, the TNT KaTropa coach, threw a slight joke about it, when asked on what adjustments he is expecting from Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their series, which is now tied at 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “No idea,” said Nash. “I know coach Tim (Cone) will do something. I’ll ask Olsen about it.”PBA legend Olsen is Cone’s assistant with the Kings. But he doesn’t have to spill any major secrets for TNT to figure out how it can gain control of the best-of-five affair.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 shutoutThe Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said Nash. Aussies banner Powerman bets While containing these giants plays a critical role in scoring a win, TNT must also let quintessential playmaker Jayson Castro provide the leadership and make sure Glen Rice Jr. stays out of early foul trouble this time.“We have to stick to our rebounding and defensive game plan,” said Castro in Filipino. “We don’t want to get outhustled just like in Game 1. We should again come out with a lot energy.”Slowed down by leg cramps late in the final period, Castro tallied 20 points and 10 assists in his crucial matchup with Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra’s twin wrecking balls in the paint, couldn’t split the space down low efficiently, allowing TNT’s defenders to clamp down on them easily.Even Justin Brownlee, who finished with a game-high 25 points, was smothered by TNT’s choking internal defense in the closing minutes when the Kings attempted to cut down a double-digit advantage.“I think in every position, we are outsized by Ginebra. When they play with a big lineup, it’s really hard to play them,” said Racela.Tony Semarad did an exceptional job on limiting Brownlee’s mobility inside while Kelly Williams and Moala Tautuaa had seven-footer Slaughter and the 6-foot-9 Aguilar in check.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe cost escalation in the CWG-related projects was attributed to acute shortage of time by the Organising Committee but an IAS officer has told the CBI that there was “deliberate negligence” on part of top OC bosses despite knowing the schedule of the sporting event.IAS officer and former Chief Operating Officer of the OC, Vijay Kumar Gautam, arrayed as a witness by the CBI in the CWG Timing Scoring and Results (TSR) scam, said there was “no hurry” on part of the top OC bosses, including its chairman Suresh Kalmadi, a key accused in the case, to get things moving.”On being asked, it is stated that when I joined OC on September 7, 2007, the technology functional area was non- functional. The technical staff was yet to be appointed. There was no person handling technology functional area. Needless to say that no work related to technology was even contemplated till that time, though the OC CWG 2010 had come into being in February 2005.”In fact there was no hurry on the part of the top bosses in OC to get the things moving. There was deliberate negligence. It is stated the technology functional area is one of the core functional areas requiring highly skilled experts to handle the matters related to it,” Gautam told the CBI.His statement has been annexed with the CBI’s charge sheet, filed in a Delhi court on May 20 against Kalmadi, former secretary general of OC Lalit Bhanot and others for their alleged involvement in the TSR scam in which contract was illegally awarded to a Swiss firm.advertisementBhanot and others are accused of allegedly awarding Rs 141 crore contract to the Swiss firm ‘Omega’ to install TSR system for the games at an exorbitant cost, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.Gautam told the CBI that despite being the COO of OC, he got to know about the issuance of expression of interest for procuring TSR only after advertisement in this regard was published in newspapers on March 23, 2009.He said that he was annoyed with the manner in which the EOI was issued and sent strong disagreement note to V K Verma, Director General of OC and one of the accused in the TSR scam, who assured him that he would look into the matter.Regarding award of TSR contract to Swiss firm, Gautam said there was a concerted and planned move to zero-in on and select a particular company Swiss Timing for the contract.”It is stated that my stand in the TSR matter was absolutely clear throughout and I was dead against all restrictive practices and manipulations favouring any particular firm. The entire manipulations were being down by Kalmadi, V K Verma, Lalit Bhanot and their associates to favour Swiss Timing,” he said.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has revealed the final artists to be honoured at the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Awards, taking place in London on July 1.Multi-million selling album artists Massive Attack will be awarded the Royal Albert Hall Best Group Award, Irish hit-maker Hozier will be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award, Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig David will receive the American Express Innovation Award, the Founder of ELO Jeff Lynne will pick up the Icon Award and influential punk rock icon Patti Smith will be presented with the Google Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual star studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.Other acts receiving awards include international superstar Lionel Richie who will receive the O2 Silver Clef Award, pop sensation Jess Glynne who will receive the Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer Award, singer/songwriter Olly Murs will pick up the AEG Live Best Male Artist Award, Florence Welch, singer, songwriter and lead singer of British indie rock band Florence + The Machine, will be presented with the Best Female Artist Award and André Rieu will be collecting the PPL Classical Award.Massive Attack are Robert “3D” Del Naja and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall. The Bristol group have released a series of era-defining records, from their 1991 debut album Blue Lines through to this year’s acclaimed ‘Ritual Spirit’ EP, which featured collaborations with Tricky, Azekel, Roots Manuva and Young Fathers.“Throughout their career, Massive Attack have continually pushed the boundaries, exploring the incredible possibilities of music through pioneering experimentation, exceptional songwriting and a complete contempt for the restrictions of genre,” said Lucy Noble, Director of Events at The Royal Albert Hall, sponsors of the Best Group Award. “They are as exciting, dynamic and original as ever. We still have fond memories of their magnificent headline show in 1998 – a highlight of the band’s famous Mezzanine Tour – and are delighted to announce that they are the winners of this year’s Royal Albert Hall Best Group.”Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier, is the award winning multi-platinum selling Irish singer who released hit single Take Me To Church in 2013 which became a global phenomenon. In 2015, the track was then nominated for Song of the Year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards and he performed Take Me To Church with Annie Lennox at the ceremony itself. He went onto win song of the year at the BBC awards and was also awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for song of the year, musically and lyrically, in the same year.“I truly believe in the power of music to help and heal so I feel privileged and very happy to be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award by Nordoff Robbins,” said Hozier.Craig Leach at RAYMOND WEIL sponsors of the International Awards adds, “Congratulations to Hozier for being presented this prestigious award. Since his arrival onto the music scene, his unique style of music has made him stand out and has brought him amazing success, while staying true to his own personal sound and style. We are very proud to be the longstanding sponsor of the International Artist Award, which each year recognises an international musician for the music contribution. Hozier joins a star-studded list of winners from previous years and rightly deserves this accolade. As a brand, the O2 Silver Clef Awards is something we always look forward to, celebrating the achievements of all the winners and the brilliant work of the charity on the day.”Craig David first rose to fame in 1999 and has had 15 UK Top 10 singles and six UK Top 20 albums, selling over 15 million records worldwide as a solo artist. Craig David’s career has seen a revival in recent months, with his sights set on all the major UK and European festivals in 2016, including Glastonbury later this month.“I’m really proud to accept this award from Nordoff Robbins who provide a fantastic and much needed service to those in need. I am really looking forward to being at the awards on the big day!” said Craig David.“American Express is thrilled to be supporting Nordoff Robbins again at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, and look forward to celebrating both their amazing work and great talent at this year’s event. We would also like to congratulate Craig David on winning the American Express Innovation Award,” added Lisa Gregg, Head of International Card Products and Experiences at American Express.The London Evening Standard Icon Award will be awarded to Jeff Lynne, founder of ELO. From 1972 to 1986, ELO has had twenty seven Jeff Lynne penned Top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Primal Scream and Fatboy Slim.“I am thrilled to be receiving the Icon Award. There are so many people who benefit from the charity’s work and I am honoured to have been made part of it,” said Jeff Lynne.Jon O’Donnell, Managing Director of ESI Media said: “ESI Media, home of the The London Evening Standard, is extremely proud of its continued association with Nordoff Robbins and all the fantastic work they do. This year we’re delighted to be presenting the Icon Award to a giant of the Music Industry on behalf of a giant hearted charity.”Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. She co-wrote Because the Night with Bruce Springsteen which reached number 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.“I’m excited and thrilled to receive this award. I want to say a huge thank you to Nordoff Robbins for all the amazing work they do which makes an incredible difference to people’s lives,” said Patti Smith.“We are honoured to be supporting Nordoff Robbins at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, and a sincere congratulations to the amazing Patti Smith on winning Outstanding Achievement. We’re thrilled to be behind an award which is honouring someone who has made such an incredible contribution to music,” added Christophe Muller, Director of International Music Partnerships at Google Play and YouTube, on behalf of Google, which sponsors the Outstanding Achievement Award.Since launching in 1976 the O2 Silver Clef Awards have raised more than £9million to fund Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work.“The O2 Silver Clef Awards are one of the reasons why Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivering life-changing music therapy to so many vulnerable people,” said Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan. “For 41 years the event has been a key calendar date for us, celebrating the best in the music industry, whilst raising over £9 million for the charity. Our 2016 winners are all incredible acts and we are delighted to add them to our very deserving list of winners.”In the 41 year history of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards, some of the biggest names in the music industry have been honoured including Iron Maiden, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, the Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams, Il Divo and many more.last_img read more

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first_img Posted: March 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.“The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement ahead of declaring a state of emergency.California experienced two of its most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018 and experts say climate change increases the risks. Newsom said clearing dead trees at a quick pace is essential to diminishing future threats. President Donald Trump has blamedCalifornia fires on poor forest management, though experts say climate change caused by people is more of a factor.Newsom is taking recommendations from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but one environmental group likened it to actions by Trump.“Gov. Newsom should reject the Trump approach of logging and rolling back critical environmental protections,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.Newsom also pledged $50 million for fire preparedness in low-income communities and asked the private sector to bring forward innovative proposals.The center and other environmental groups said focusing on retrofitting and creating defensible space around homes is more effective than thinning forests. Sierra Club California said clearing trees might create more danger by loosening soil that could lead to mudslides.Newsom’s order will apply only to 35 projects covering nearly 141 square miles (365 square kilometers) of land, allowing state fire officials to go around multiple state regulations. They include provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, one of the nation’s strictest state-level regulations. Administration officials would need to give the go ahead to each individual project and it’s unclear exactly which regulations each individual project would forego.Newsom said moving through the normal process would drastically slow down the state’s ability to act.“Some of these projects quite literally, not figuratively, could take two years to get done, or we could get them done in the next two months,” he told an audience in Lake County, the site of several massive wildfires in recent years.The union representing state firefighters praised Newsom’s plan.“These circumstances are unusual, unpredictable, unseen in our lifetime, and courageous decisions that sometimes go against the political winds need to be made,” said Tim Edwards, president of CAL Fire Local 2881.Republican state Sen. Pat Bates also praised Newsom for acting with urgency ahead of the wildfire season.“I stand ready to assist the Governor with any legislative action to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks that could slow these projects,” she said in a statement.While environmental groups bristled at Newsom’s plan, they still align with him on a wide range of issues. Newsom’s predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown, was known globally for his fight against climate change but still clashed with environmental groups at home on some issues.California has set a goal, for example, of getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2045, and passed a landmark cap-and-trade law to decrease emissions.“On the whole we see (Newsom) as an ally on environmental issues. I think what we’re disagreeing with here is an approach to a problem that we all recognize,” said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California.The state’s environmental laws are designed to protect California’s soil stability, watershed and wildlife habitats, she said, and waiving environmental reviews could have unintended consequences.“For some suspension of oversight now, what’s the consequence going to be later?” she said. “Are we going to end up having huge silt floods and mudslides?”Beyond accelerating tree clearing, Newsom put out a “request for innovative ideas” from the private sector to help fight California fires. He said he wants to tap into Silicon Valley and California’s spirit of creativity to come up with solutions to reduce wildfire threats. AP, KUSI Newsroom Gov Newsome declares state of emergency on wildfires before this season begins March 22, 2019center_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:52 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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