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NBA: Aldridge spurs San Antonio past Raptors

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Toronto’s defeat was their fourth straight loss however, and their challenge was hampered by the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who sprained an ankle at the weekend.The Spurs, who sat Kawhi Leonard, had surged into a 13-point lead at one stage in the first half but Toronto drew level in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter at the Air Canada Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDejounte Murray gave San Antonio a two-point lead with a jump shot before Toronto’s Terrence Ross missed a 25-foot effort with 1:17 to play.The Raptors meanwhile were unable to punish a Spurs turnover with 45 seconds left before Aldridge scored two key free throws to help get San Antonio over the line. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors 108-106 on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila) to stay on the heels of the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference.Aldridge, who also grabbed seven rebounds and two assists, led the scoring as the Spurs notched their fifth win on the trot to improve to 36-9, two games behind the Warriors (38-7).ADVERTISEMENT Patty Mills was the other main scorer for San Antonio with 18 points while Dave Bertans (12) and David Lee (11) also made key contributions.Kyle Lowry topped Toronto’s scoring with 30 points while Ross added 21 points off the bench. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationlast_img read more

Disney Springs Hotels Offering Discounts for Teachers

first_imgShare This!All hail teachers, the unsung heroes of, well, everything. Seriously, if I think too much about some of the incredible teachers that have encouraged and inspired my kids I burst into tears.Teachers most definitely deserve a break during vacation and, good news, the seven hotels of the Disney Springs area have a deal for them. The seven hotels included in the promotion are:Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, starting at $75 per nightB Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista, starting at $89 per nightHoliday Inn, starting at $95 per nightBest Western, starting at $103.99 per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, starting at $116 per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace, starting at $122 per nightDoubleTree Suites, starting at $129 per nightGuests of these hotels receive many of the same benefits as guests of the Disney-owned hotels, including access to Extra Magic Hours and 60-day FastPass+ booking.The Teacher Appreciation discount rates apply to Preschool, Daycare, and Kindergarten through College teachers and support staff in the U.S. and Canada. The special rates are available for stays May 27-September 3, 2019, based on availability. Some blockout dates may apply, and availability may be limited.Here’s the fine print: The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes, or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups. All teachers and school support staff must show proof of employment upon check-in.last_img read more

Emirates gets US nod for biometric boarding

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Emirates is talking with authorities from other countries about biometric boarding after receiving approval to offer the technology on flights to the US.The approval came after a successful trial on services from Dubai to New York and Los Angeles.READ: More than 150,000 stranded after Thomas Cook collapses.The Dubai-based airline says it is the first carrier outside the US to receive approval for biometric boarding from US Customs Border Protection (CBP) and expects to implement for all 12 of its American destinations by year-end.It has also started rolling out biometric boarding for passengers on the US end with the system in place on its Washington-Dubai flights with more to come.The airline says the process reduces the time for identity checks to two seconds or less and does not require pre-registration.Customers who choose not to use the technology can simply approach the gate desks.Emirates does not store any biometric records of its customers and says the data is managed securely by CBP.The pilot program through the July to August peak period involving the New York and Los Angeles services saw some flights achieving 100 percent biometric boarding.The system clicks the passenger’s photo at the boarding ate and this is then matched against CBP’s gallery in real-time to verify the person’s identity in two seconds or less.Emirates cautions that the system may not work for those who haven’t traveled to the US. for a long time or whose images are not in CBP’s gallery.“Our ultimate aim is to help our passengers travel paperless, without the need for passports and IDs,’’ Emirates Group Security divisional vice president Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi said.“Biometric boarding is one more step in streamlining processes at our hub using digital technology, saving our customers time and giving them peace of mind.“We are talking with authorities of several countries to make security using facial recognition technology more acceptable and accessible.”The announcement came as global aviation security symposium AVSEC Global 2019 was being held in Dubai.Emirates currently flies to New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Engagio Gives the Web a ‘Context’ Button

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The killer app for the social Web is the one that will filter the signal from the noise. In the Facebook age, even casual Web users hold tons of conversations at once. Engagio, the conversation discovery company, pulls them all into one place. It also leads you into new ones. And with a new dashboard view released today, it lets you click one button to figure out what’s actually going on in all these conversations. Related Posts jon mitchellcenter_img Engagio’s dashboard breaks out articles, sites and other links from all your social networks into separate panels, and lets you reply, share and like straight from there. But the best part of this section is the “context” button.The button doesn’t really have a halo, but it should. It puts an end to that feeling that you’re seeing a snippet of something that’s relevant to you, but you don’t know what it is. If a message part of a larger conversation, click “context,” and the whole message expands. This is a great way to discover things that are interesting to people in your networks.InboxEngagio’s original component is its inbox. As of today’s update, you can now add unlimited, multiple accounts for all of your connected services. Those include the usual social networks, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Foursquare. It also follows conversations centered around blogs, connecting with Tumblr and Disqus, as well as with Hacker News, a popular news aggregator for people in the tech industry. It also connects to your Google contacts, so you can track those email conversations. There’s also a new Chrome extension for Gmail users, which brings some of Engagio’s powers into the inbox where millions of people already live. It gets people used to the idea of an inbox for all conversations.ContactsThe final key component is the contacts section. You can use Engagio for what Mougayar calls a “deep follow,” identifying friends from various networks and following their conversations, not just your conversations with each other. By inviting users to connect on Engagio, you’re saying, “I like your stuff. Will you join Engagio, so I can see more of where you hang out online?”This is a fairly intimate connection, as social media connections go, and Engagio is great about handling that. You can follow strangers or friends, but you don’t have to reveal personal contact info until later. For example, revealing email addresses to one another is a sort of Engagio right of passage. For those Internet friends who seem to be constant sources of new and amazing things, Engagio provides a way to open up each other’s worlds.Correction: The last paragraph originally stated, “You have to deliberately connect to someone and reveal your email address to them in order to be able to watch each other,” which was a slight misunderstanding of the feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsby

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsbyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says the Carabao Cup gives him a chance to “blood his young players”.The Blues will play Grimsby Town in the third-round on Wednesday, with Lampard expected to field teenagers Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Having won the competition twice as a Chelsea player, Lampard is looking forward to this season’s trophy.“It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,” he said. “It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. “I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. “We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.“I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.” last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery says Holding could face Man Utd

first_imgArsenal boss Emery says Holding could face Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery says Rob Holding could be ready to face Manchester United tomorrow night.Holding missed the last six months of last season after a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in December. Emery said, “After eight or nine months out, it’s a long time, and to recover he needs first to take it bit by bit, to take ­confidence, to get back to the performance levels we demand.“On Tuesday (in their Carabao Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest), I thought, ‘Wow! He’s coming, Rob Holding’. I don’t know if he is going to start at Old Trafford, but I want from him his spirit, his behaviour and commitment.“He really feels Arsenal ­Football Club and I want ­players like him in the dressing room. Last year, Rob started training and playing with us and he progressed a lot.“When he had his ­injury at Old Trafford, it was maybe at the best ­moment in his progress.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The reason Ronaldo wont attend The Best awards

first_imgWe tell you more details about Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to not attend The Best awards organized by FIFA this Monday in London, England.The Best awards organized by FIFA will happen this Monday in London, we are ready to live a historic day in which neither Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are favorites to win the main award of the evening. We already confirmed that the Barcelona captain will attend the ceremony as his club’s ambassador, plus he is nominated for the Puskas Award for his goal against Nigeria in the World Cup but he is unlikely to win it. But the bigger story is Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the gala, the Portuguese forward has been going through some difficult times after leaving Real Madrid and he feels like the world of football is currently against him personally because he obviously thinks he should win all the awards this year. This is the real reason why the Juventus player has decided to skip this ceremony like he already did with the UEFA Awards recently, not attending that gala to honor his former Real Madrid teammates was seen as a low point of his career because he lacked class in the way he took losing the Player of the Year award to Luka Modric. It’s clear that Ronaldo is still going through a hard time after “breaking up” with Los Blancos, the wounds are still fresh and he prefers to concentrate on Juventus.🙌 @Cristiano & @fbernardeschi make it a super Sunday 🙌🗞➡️ https://t.co/vEeFlwvkwS #FrosinoneJuve ⚪️⚫️ #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/kheQn3sWWf— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018Ronaldo’s political reason for not attending the gala.But the player has already been instructed by Juventus to not make any statements, the club will take care of giving the reasons for the Portuguese forward to not attend the ceremony. The Italian giants have the perfect excuse to explain Ronaldo’s absence from the ceremony, which is their Wednesday Serie A match against Bologna. According to a Diario AS report, they consider Ronaldo needs to be rested for this match after he played this Sunday against Frosinone and scored his third goal for Juventus. Attending the gala in London on Monday, would leave Cristiano with very little time to rest properly for this crucial match and they don’t want him to perform under pressure for not having the rest he required. Juventus are currently going through a perfect start of the season in all competitions despite not having Cristiano Ronaldo performing at his very best, but the club doesn’t want him to get distracted now that he’s started to score the goals at least in Serie A. The Champions League problems the star had last week, affected Ronaldo’s confidence as he could miss more than one match and the club wants to keep him as happy as possible for the domestic competition.✌️ Goals. ✌️ Match-winners. 😍😍#FinoAllaFine ⚪️⚫️ #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/TW8LQF7iLLRick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018The consequences of Cristiano Ronaldo not attending are several, his absence from an award show in which he is nominated for the second time this year will send a negative message to everyone about his predisposition to honor his peers in the sport. But also, Cristiano Ronaldo is nominated for the Puskas Award for his amazing goal against Juventus last season when he was still playing for Real Madrid, but the Portuguese forward has an even smaller chance to win this trophy than he would have if he attended the event. FIFA usually doesn’t recognize the people who don’t honor their invitation to their events, this is why Gareth Bale’s goal against Liverpool in the Champions League final is the clear favorite to win this award. Cristiano Ronaldo would become the first player to win two Puskas Awards in history, after the one he won back in 2009 when the recognition was created by FIFA. Back when the Portuguese forward still played for Manchester United, his goal against FC Porto in the Champions League gave him the first ever Puskas Award in history. The bicycle kick goal he scored against Juventus last season, is arguably the best goal for this year’s prize but Ronaldo will miss on the chance to pick it up.🙌 @Cristiano 🙌⚪️ #ForzaJuve ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/e54qzhD9ib— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018What do you think about Ronaldo’s reasons for not attending The Best Awards organized by FIFA? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Safe Boating Week Is Right Around The Corner

first_imgKelli Toth the Education and Spokesperson for The Office of Boating Safety: “We want to show the world that Alaska knows how to be safe, and rescue ready. 5 out of 10 boating fatalities in Alaska are the result of vessel capsizing, swamping, ejection, or falling overboard, and that’s a sudden cold water immersion event and unfortunately that is the main cause of our boating fatalities is people not wearing life jackets.” On May 18, boaters are encouraged to wear their life jacket to work, snap a picture and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享National Safe Boating week is May 19-25 across Alaska in order to encourage and promote safe boating practices this upcoming summer season.center_img The National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach effort held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend and is designed to help reduce boating fatalities and accidents by generating awareness on the waterways in Alaska.last_img read more

Mahindra Holidays Raises Stake in Holiday Club Resorts in Finland

first_imgThe Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India’s major leisure hospitality provider, on Tuesday approved the exercise of its option to increase its stake in Holiday Club Resorts, Oy, Finland (HCR) up to ~88%.Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, is one of the leading vacation ownership companies in Europe, with 30 resorts in Finland, Sweden and Spain.”With the increase of stake in Holiday Club, we see a huge potential for synergy between the two market leaders in the areas of technology, new products, and member services. This acquisition will further strengthen Club Mahindra’s proposition of providing leisure family holidays at unique destinations. Our 1.83 lac members will now have an added choice to visit HCR’s resorts in Europe, alongside our existing 45 resorts in India and abroad,” said Kavinder Singh, Managing Director and CEO, Mahindra Holidays.The Company presently owns 23.3 percent of HCR and with the exercise of the call option, the shareholding of MHRIL in HCR can go up to 88%. The balance 12 percent is primarily held by the Management.”I believe that the coming together of the two local market leaders will provide significant synergies. Our management is excited about all the opportunities that will come along with the deeper cooperation with Mahindra Holidays,” said Vesa Tengman, Chief Executive Officer, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland.The investment required for this 64.7 percent stake is Euro 28 million. MHRIL would make this investment through its overseas subsidiaries. The deal is expected to be completed in a 2-3 month time-frame, subject to customary regulatory approvals in different countries.In addition to the above investments MHRIL may invest an additional upto 10 million euros in Holiday Club in the form of equity/loan, or in any other manner, to finance the growth of the company in the near future.last_img read more

In Dallas and Houston Pension Fights Escalating Sparking Unexpected Debates

first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/17/spin-debates-escalating-dallas-houston-pension-woes-fester/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share Turner: Bob Daemmrich/Rawlings: Eric SchlagelMayors Sylvester Turner of Houston (l.) and Mike Rawlings of Dallas.Pension leaders and elected officials in Dallas and Houston had one job: Get all parties from each city on the same page about how to shore up multi-billion-dollar retirement fund shortfalls before seeking help from state lawmakers.Neither city has.Their respective divisions come with seven weeks left in the legislative session and as a collection of pension bills are poised to hit the floors of both the Texas Senate and House. And the separate local disagreements over how best to move forward are now spurring spinoff debates involving whether to dramatically overhaul future public retirements in Houston and whether public transit funds should be tapped to shore things up in Dallas.Still, lawmakers, city officials and pension members vow to press on in behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at quelling some of the acrimony.“It will be more of the same for the near future,” Houston fire pension chair David Keller told members in an email this week. “Back and forth to Austin. Back and forth with lawmakers.”The Houston fire pension fund opposes both the House and Senate bills that aim to shore up that city’s shortfalls. The vast majority of unfunded pension liabilities in Houston come not from the firefighters’ pension but from the municipal employee retirement fund and police pension system, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.The municipal and police systems respectively have 48 percent and 62 percent of the money they are expected to pay out to retirees over coming decades according to S&P. The firefighter fund, meanwhile, has about 81 percent of the money it needs to cover future pension costs. That puts it among the best funded pension funds in the state.Firefighter pension members say that the two bills working through the legislature would lower their benefits in order to save the city money that could be spent helping shore up the municipal and police funds.“Talk about punishing success,” Keller told members in his email this week.City officials, though, blame squabbles over access to the firefighter fund’s financial data for the plan enshrined in current legislation. Mayor Sylvester Turner was not available for comment for this story last week.“In the absence of the data from the fire pension system, we had no choice but to move forward with our own projections about what it will cost to provide future benefits for fire retirees,” Turner said in an opinion piece submitted to media last month.Missed payments and a controversial fixThe Houston shortfalls in the police and municipal funds partially stems from years in which those respective boards agreed to let the city underfund its own contributions to the pensions. The firefighters didn’t strike such a deal.To repay the underfunded amounts, the city plans to issue $1 billion in pension obligation bonds and give $750 million to the police pension and $250 million to the municipal system. City Hall and both of those pension funds are on board with the plan, though the Senate passed a potentially problematic bill in March that could require voters to approve issuing the bonds. Scores of Houston business leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to include that election requirement to the legislature’s pension fix but its a provision Turner adamantly opposes.Bill King, who opposed Turner in the 2015 Houston mayoral race, is among that group of Houston leaders at odds with Turner on this issue. They also want any pension fix to require that future employees be given defined contribution plans akin to 401ks instead of defined benefit plans like pensions.King said pensions are throwbacks to a time when interest rates were higher and life expectancy was shorter. He said there are too many variables for any pension entity to accurately know how much money it’s going to need now to pay retirement benefits for the next four or five decades.“That model just doesn’t work anymore,” King said. “The private sector figured that out two, three decades ago and got out of it.”Public employees and first responders largely oppose such shifts to defined contribution plans, which generally offer no guarantees about how much money someone will be regularly paid after retiring. Turner strongly criticized the controversial idea at a City Council meeting this week, though he did not mention who was pushing it at the Capitol.Turner said switching future employees to a defined contribution plan would do nothing to shore up current shortfalls in existing plans. He also portrayed state lawmakers as trying to control local matters.“Let Austin be the City Council and let them pay the bill,” Turner said of the legislature. Different problems and another divisive proposal In Dallas, police and fire employees share a single pension fund, which credit rating agency Moody’s recently said has the second worst pension funding ratio in the country relative to the city’s revenues. S&P estimates that the fund has 28 percent of what it will need to pay retirees.That’s the case even though, unlike Houston, Dallas continuously paid its required contribution into the retirement fund. What’s driven the financial crisis there is instead a mix of poor investments, generous contributions and the fact that pension members withdrew more than $500 million from accounts last year amid fears that the fund was about to collapse.Police and firefighters support State Rep. Dan Flynn‘s House Bill 3158 which seeks to shore up the system’s massive shortfall. But many City Council members oppose the bill because it regularly escalates the city’s contribution to the fund and doesn’t swing the balance of power on the board to give city appointees a majority of seats, an arrangement city officials have argued is needed for the city to avoid financial shortfalls like this in the future.Still, the bill passed the House Pensions Committee last week and is now likely headed to the full lower chamber.Meanwhile, some Dallas leaders have spurred an entirely separate debate about how to fill the pension shortfall. The city’s pension board last week passed a resolution that said Dallas should divert part of the sales tax it spends on public transit to the troubled retirement system instead.Council member Scott Griggs, who also sits on the pension board, championed that idea. Though Griggs has long been a public transportation advocate, he and other council members have also been critics of how well Dallas Area Rapid Transit fulfills its mission. They accuse the agency of favoring suburban cities to the detriment of transit service in the region’s urban core.“A large portion collected from city of Dallas sales tax is diverted by DART to the suburbs,” Griggs said.Other council members, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, oppose such a move in how the city spends its sales taxes. And DART officials have questioned whether it’s possible without a separate change to the state law that governs the public transit agency and its members. Still, DART is taking the idea seriously because it could cost the agency $35 million a year.“If they were able to do that, the effects would be devastating,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.Read more:Dallas and Houston have among the highest pension shortfalls among local governments in the country, according to a report released late last year.More than two dozen former government officials convicted on corruption charges are still eligible to collect lucrative public pensions, a Texas Tribune investigation has found.last_img read more