For these tough Ironmen, age is just a number Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With the MPBL adding 16 more teams to bring the total number to 26, Tan said consistency and depth will be crucial if they want to contend for the title.“We’ve been preparing for a long season,” said Tan, whose team lost just two games en route to the inaugural season crown. “I’m not saying our team has an advantage. We’ll just play with confidence.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNew recruits Sandy Cenal, Lucas Tagarda and Bong Galanza are all expected to make an impact for the Athletics, who retained the services of Anta-Rajah Cup Most Valuable Player Val Acuña, point guard Lester Alvarez, big man Jaymo Eguilos and sixth man Tey Teodoro.“We’ve tied up our key players to longer deals, some of them until 2020,” Tan revealed. “We are a family in Tanduay.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Keeping the core of its championship-winning squad from last conference, Batangas City-Tanduay is bracing for a tough title-retention bid in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), which tips off June 12 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Athletics will miss Letran’s Bong Quinto early in the season due to his NCAA commitment with the Knights, but coach Mac Tan will have the rest of his squad for the long haul.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Manuel Pellegrinis gamble to field a weakened side in the FA Cup on Sunday paid off Vincent Kompany heralded an ‘exceptional result’ as Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.Manuel Pellegrini’s gamble to field a weakened side in the FA Cup on Sunday paid off as his men were impressive for the majority of the match in Ukraine.Captain Kompany played the full 90 minutes and led by example as his side secured the impressive away result.The Belgian defender admits the outcome, and performance, against Dynamo Kiev was as good as it gets.“It is an exceptional result away from home, we couldn’t have hoped for better,” he told BT Sport.“The performance was good, a lot of high pressing and a lot of chances, but 3-1 is a good result, we’re happy with it. We’re not going to get carried away.“It was a Manchester City performance we would like to see more often until the end of the season, we can take a lot of positives out of this game – it’s a good start to the week.”City now turn their attentions to the League Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday and boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to collect some silverware.“From tomorrow we are going to think about the Capital One Cup final because it is very important to win a trophy at this stage of the season,” he said.“(After) the Capital One Cup final, we must return to the Premier League to fight for another 36 points, so we have lots of things still to do.” 1
The World Cup is almost here and Finn Harps are marking the occasion by hosting a quiz night dedicated to stand out moments and players from tournaments 1966-2014. There will be picture and audio rounds and some great prizes on offer, so everyone is welcome to come along for what should be an enjoyable evening of football and craic.The venue will be McGettigans Bar at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny at 9PM and entry fee is €5 per person.FINN HARPS HOST ‘WORLD CUP QUIZ’ THIS THURSDAY AT MCGETTIGANS BAR was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesFinn Harps FCNoticesSport
A solicitor representing on-the-run fraudster Francois de Dietrich has been ordered to attend the High Court in Belfast to potentially be questioned about his client’s current whereabouts.Mr Justice Deeny directed that the lawyer must come before him on Monday after describing his absence from court as “completely unacceptable”.In January the judge sentenced de Dietrich (below) to 18 months in jail for failing to fully disclose his worldwide assets. A warrant was also issued for his arrest. De Dietrich is living openly in a village on hour from the French capital of Paris.But the judge was told that his solicitor was unavailable due to involvement in a criminal case in Dublin.Mr Justice Deeny said: “He was directed to attend here this morning in case it was appropriate to put direct questions to him as an officer of the court about the whereabouts of his client.“He will answer orders of this court while he’s an officer of this court. He is to be here at 9.45am on Monday morning.”He added: “I don’t want any nonsense about trials in Dublin. He is a solicitor of the supreme court of Northern Ireland.”Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20 million in assets linked to the businessman.In court yesterday lawyers for the FSA also set out details of five bank accounts in Northern Ireland covered by the injunction.Two of them are in the name of ETIC in Derry, with one said to be holding £4.3m.The hearing will resume on Monday.De Dietrich is due to appeal his sentence for contempt and insists his business is legitimate. Two hundred people from Donegal lost millions of euro in investments they made in liquidated stock through him.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even Travellers are thought to have handed over money.His con was ended however when a donegaldaily investigation exposed his scam – and his previous convictions for fraud in France.CROOK FRANCOIS: JUDGE ORDERS HIS LAWYER TO APPEAR IN COURT! was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeyconmancrookdonegaldaily.comFrancois de Dietrichfraudster
A 25-year-old law student has been allegedly gang-raped by a group of armed men, following which all the 12 accused have been arrested, police said on Friday. According to an FIR lodged by the victim with Kanke police station, the incident happened at around 5.30 pm on November 26 when she was with a male friend at Sangrampur area in the city outskirts, a police statement issued here said. Some men overpowered the woman’s friend and abducted her to a nearby brick kiln, where they took turns to rape her, the complainant said. The accused have been arrested in subsequent raids led by Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rishabh Kumar Jha. They were booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code, SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Arms Act, the statement said. A car, a motorcycle, a pistol, eight mobile phones and the cellphone snatched from the victim have been seized from the possession of the accused, it added.
Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today empathised with skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling, saying that players’ interest will be taken care of.India will finish their home series against Sri Lanka on December 24 before leaving for South Africa on December 28.They are scheduled to play a two-day warm-up tie starting on December 30 before taking on South Africa in the first Test on January 5.Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.”I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai said during a session at the Times Lit Festival here.”And unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year,” he added.Regarding players contracts, Rai said: “We had inherited the three grades of A, B and C. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one in a week’s time just before the Delhi Test.”We will make a presentation to the players. In this entire business, the one group that is left out completely is the players, their interest is not protected. Nobody has consulted them.”advertisementTo a question why BCCI is refusing to allow NADA to conduct dope tests on its players, Rai said: “We have zero tolerance to doping. As per as BCCI is concerned, it conforms to the anti-doping policies of the ICC, who conform to WADA.”As for conducting tests in the country, there is a NADA which runs the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which is headed by secretary of Sports itself. All samples drawn from cricketers in this country are tested only in NDTL.”As of now, the samples are drawn by an agency called IDTM, approved by ICC. So we are totally in line with the country’s anti-doping guidelines. Now cricketers worldwide have issues regarding privacy and security because they have to tell their whereabouts all the time. So the ICC decided to involve IDTM.”Rai also said adhocism of BCCI created the fiasco during the selection of the India coach, where Anil Kumble was roped in for some time before the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”Unfortunately, there is no system in the BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” said Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.”The three iconic players made the selection of coach last year. They had selected somebody who was unfortunately not acceptable to BCCI, who gave the opportunity to Kumble.The CAC had recommended him for two years but then BCCI said ‘no no’, it is for one year,” he added.Rai also said that India might have a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.”With Diana Edulji (the CoA member), Mithali (Raj), Jhulan (Goswami), we have drawn up the sequence of events which hopefully you will see women’s cricket…or you might even see an IPL also,” Rai said.”The match fee of the women cricketers has been doubled by us over the last three months. The rewards which were given have been brought more or less at par with the men’s team.In the longer run we may not be able to make it equal because all this revenue generated from the matches played — the men’s team play more and generate larger amount.”Hopefully the women’s team will also come to their level in future. So next year you are certainly going to see the change,” he added.Rai also said that COA had submitted their recommendations regarding the conflict of interest that was pointed out by former member Ramachandran Guha.”We have drawn up policies on conflict of interest but you will be surprised that all those policies, including players compensation policies, we offered to SGM but even after three meetings it was not adopted,” he said.Asked specifically about the conflict of interest of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rai said: “Please be assured that our entire conflict of interest policy will leave Dhoni or anybody else with no option but to conform to it.”advertisementTalking about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Anything happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good.”
When it comes to fitness wearables, Fitbit fitness trackers are arguably the best in the market right now, not just in terms of features and precision but also in terms of design and battery life. But they are also a tad bit costly and hence meant only for those who take keen interest in keeping a track of their fitness. At Rs 13,990, the Fitbit Charge 3 that was launched in January this year was the company’s cheapest fitness tracker, until the company launched the Fitbit Inspire HR in India.The Fitbit Inspire HR was launched alongside its younger sibling – the Fitbit Inspire that costs just Rs 6,999 — last month at a modest price of Rs 8,999. Together, the two devices are designed to cater to the users who are new to the entire fitness tracking universe and hence don’t want to spend much on a fitness wearable. Additionally, the two devices are also aimed at those who don’t want to replace their expensive analog watches with digital watches and are looking for a relatively low-cost device that helps them keep a track of their fitness levels. The Fitbit Inspire HR, which is the star of today’s review, fills this void well.The newly launched Fitbit Inspire HR comes with some of the best features such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, goal-based exercise modes, relax guided breathing, goal celebrations and a swim-proof design that Fitbit has to offer.When it comes to performance, it performs spectacularly well in all those aspects and it leaves no room for question or concern at all. And with a battery that lasts for almost a week, there is little left to complain about. But there are bits and pieces here and there that can be concerning to some.advertisementComfortable, light and brightFitness wearables, whether you are a fitness enthusiast who has recently gotten cautious about his health or a gym freak or an athlete, are meant to be worn not as an accessory but as an extension to one’s body part. They track our vitals and inform us if we need to turn the things a notch up in order to live a healthier lifestyle. And so it is imperative that they not just come with a battery that needs to be charged less often but also possess a comfort level that would make it easy for the users to sleep in them – quite literally. The Fitbit Inspire HR fits this bill perfectly.Inspire HR is slim and uniformly built, somewhat similar to the Fitbit Alta but with softer edges. It sports a backlit OLED display that attaches itself to a soft silicone band, which makes it both pleasing to the eyes and comfortable to wear at all times. Now, the Fitbit Inspire HR, like all other fitness trackers available in the market right now, is meant to be worn at all times. Its sleep-tracking feature and swim-proof design make it particularly suitable for long-term. Point being, you can wear it outside, you can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower – like your second skin – without any apprehensions. And while this is true, even Fitbit advises you to take it off time to time, to let some air in.As far as the display is concerned, the Fitbit Inspire HR comes with a slim OLED display that can be customised to show information that includes the time, the heart rate, step count, distance travelled, calories burnt and date on screen. The clock faces that can be changed from within the Fitbit app, allows users to display their preferred information on screen in their desired style with ease. Tap once to activate the screen and tap twice to turn the screen off. You can also turn the screen off using the side button, which also serves as the one stop destination to check the battery and turn the screen wake and notifications on or off.You can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower like your second skin without any apprehensions.The display overall works splendidly. Admittedly, absence of colours does make it a bit boring. But it does display information, even in the bright sunlight, without straining the eyes. What helps is the touchscreen that works without a hitch. Pull it down to access features such as exercise modes, alarms, timers and relaxation exercises among others and pull it up to see your latest set of stats.advertisementServing with a smileInspire HR offers the best of what Fitbit has to offer at a comparatively low cost. But there are bits and pieces here and there that need attention. But first, the good parts. The Fitbit Inspire HR can do almost everything that the Fitbit Charge 3 can. It can automatically detect which exercise – including swimming, weight-lifting and running on a treadmill — you are on to, which means that you don’t have select the kind of workout you are busy with as the tracker would automatically detect it using its sensors. It can help you relax using its guided breathing sessions. You can track your sleeping patterns and you can even use it to set alarms and timers natively on the watch, all of which work accurately without a hitch. You can also get notifications – both messages and calls – on the tiny display of Inspire HR. However, you cannot respond to any of those messages or answer a call on the fitness tracker. And it doesn’t help that you cannot see the message notifications again once you have dismissed it. It’s quite similar to the old adage – out of sight and out of mind.To add on to it, it doesn’t feature native support for GPS, which means you will have to keep your phone nearby if you want it to track some of the more nuanced features that require calculations pertaining to distance. Admittedly, not being able to get rid of your smartphone evening run is somewhat annoying, however, the shear precision of the device makes up for it. It also matters that the Inspire HR is priced under Rs 10,000.Additionally, Inspire HR also pushes you towards your daily goal and nudges you to walk a few steps every time it senses that you have been stationary for long. Completing the daily goal or superseding it definitely feels rewarding.It took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.Apart from this, Inspire HR comes short of a feature that we saw in Charge 3 – Fitbit Pay. It also cannot count the floors that you have climbed, but perhaps that is because floor count is not for amateurs but for serious health freaks.Long lasting battery life A fitness tracker without a decent battery life is like a car with an exceptionally small fuel tank that needs to re-filled every other day. In order to sustain a long drive you need a fuel tank that can hold a substantial amount of fuel in it. You also need a powerful engine that can utilize that fuel efficiently. It is the same in case of the battery life in fitness wearables. They need to last long enough for a person to be able to use them 24×7. The Fitbit Inspire HR does this and much more with ease.Fitbit claims that under optimum usage conditions, the newly launched Inspire HR can provide up to 5 days of battery life. And true to its words, Inspire HR can last five whole days after which it demands a re-fill. In my 10-12 days of usage, I charged Inspire HR twice and each time when the battery dipped to 15 per cent Fitbit sent me an email-notification requesting me to charge the fitness tracker.advertisement Another thing I liked about Inspire HR is its charge time. During my time with the fitness tracker I let the battery drain out completely to see how long it took to get the device up and running on 100 per cent power. And to my surprise, it took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.One thing that I didn’t like about the entire charging setup is the charger itself. Fitbit ships a proprietary charger along with all its wearables and Inspire HR is no exception to that rule. The problem, however, lies in the length of the charging cable, which in case of Inspire HR is pretty short I mean really short. This makes charging it a bit difficult as you need to find the right spot in your house to place, which in my experience is not easy to come by.Should you buy the Fitbit Inspire HR?Yes. The Fitbit Inspire HR as I mentioned before offers the best of Fitbit at a marginally low cost. It has some great fitness tracking features and a long battery life that takes no time to juice up. It also has a swim-proof design and the sleep tracking functionality that add on to its overall allure.Sure it has a couple of areas where it could perform better but at a price of Rs 8,999 and a list of features to its credit, the Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the best that there is in the market right now.Fitbit Inspire HR review8/10ProsLong lasting batteryLight-weightComfortable designSwim-proof designConsNo Fitbit payBoring DisplayCharger
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Another four-star offensive lineman has decommitted from Penn State, the second to do so in the last week.Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy four-star offensive guard Aaryn Parks backed off his pledge to the Nittany Lions this afternoon. Parks had been committed to PSU since late April.Parks joins four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant in decommitting from the Nittany Lions in the last few days. Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday.Based off Parks’ Twitter statement, it sounds like he feels like he rushed into his commitment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “In a process of being a man, you have to make man-like decisions,” Parks wrote. “I have decided to de-commit from Penn State University. I feel as though I made my decision off of emotions and locked in too early without giving other universities an equal opportunity to recruit me. Penn State will continue to be a top choice on my list of schools that I am interested in, but as of right now, my recruitment is 100 percent back open.”Please Respect My Decision…..@RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @rivalsmike @SWiltfong247 …. pic.twitter.com/cbASOg7Bm6— Aaryn “AJ” Parks (@AP61_) June 12, 2019Parks is the No. 9 offensive guard and the ninth-rated prospect from Maryland in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He holds offers from North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Pitt, Maryland and others.
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we gather around communal tables to celebrate our gifts of abundance.Depending on your specific situation, that abundance may not always be represented by familial goodwill. However, it is much more likely that life’s many gifts are embodied by an exorbitant quantity of foodstuffs.Main courses of roasted turkey plated with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing are de rigueur along with the afterthoughts of limp vegetables slowly simmered in butter. Regardless of how much sugar Aunt Silvia puts into her signature marshmallow-coated casserole, the main star of the Thanksgiving meal is the dessert course.Related Post: Unique Fall CocktailsFor those of us who would prefer to drink our calories this holiday season, there’s no need to leave the comfort of the warm, spiced goodness of freshly baked pies to everyone else. Try one of these pie-themed beers to get into the spirit and satisfy your beer craving and sweet tooth all at once.Pumking – Southern Tier Brewing Co.Imperial Pumpkin Ale8.6% ABVSouthern Tier cuts right to the chase in its description of Pumking, stating that this beer is “Particularly tasty when paired with traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a compliment to pumpkin pie, desserts.”Truth be told, the first time I had this beer on draft, I thought I was drinking an actual pureed, whipped and thinned slice of pumpkin pie. It’s heavy on the orange gourd, but along with that, the brewers have cultivated a stellar recipe that brings out all of the other expected accents, from the sweet, chewy crust and earthy nutmeg to a sensory trick that conjures whipped cream dolloped on top.Coffee Pecan Pie Porter – Clown ShoesAmerican-style Porter8% ABVThis limited fall 2015 seasonal release is a modification of Clown Shoes’ Genghis Pecan ale highlighted by the addition of cold-brewed coffee. Brown sugar folded in with cinnamon is decadent enough but the toasty malts, dry nuttiness and quality coffee infusion create a truly special tasting experience. Coffee Pecan Pie Porter is complex without being complicated and a welcome addition to any holiday table.Key Lime Pie – Short’s Brewing Co.Fruit Beer5.5% ABVIf you’re the type who prefers a Caribbean getaway for Thanksgiving instead of sitting at the kids’ table at Grandma’s house, Michigan brewery Short’s has you covered with its Key Lime Pie beer. Short’s uses real-deal ingredients in this recipe, from the key limes to graham crackers and even has actual marshmallows tossed into the brew. It’s intermittently sweet and tart, refreshing while warm with baker’s spices. That dichotomy makes Key Lime Pie a nice diversion from heavier holiday beers.The pie-in-a-bottle construct has really taken off in the last few years, and in addition to these fine ales there are dozens of similar beverages – from Funky Buddha’s robust Sweet Potato Casserole beer to Moonlight Meadery’s delicate digestif Kurt’s Apple Pie sweet mead. Since there’s always room for pie, be sure to pick up an extra bottle or two to share with the family this Thanksgiving. Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene