Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and nine rebounds, and the Pelicans tied it at 96 when Cousins bounced a pass to Anthony Davis cutting down the lane for a two-handed dunk.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Holiday added 14 points for New Orleans, which has lost two straight.“We’re still a team figuring each other out and figuring out what’s best for us and what’s the best spots to put guys in,” Cousins said. “But I’m extremely confident in this team.”New Orleans trailed 92-80 before Cousins and Tony Allen each scored six points during a 14-4 run to tie it with 2:22 to go.That comeback bid was “definitely a sign that shows me this is a team that doesn’t stop fighting. That’s a plus for any team,” Cousins said. “We just need to fix a lot of minor things.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Taj Gibson had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Timberwolves outrebound the Pelicans 47-38. Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points apiece as Minnesota shot 49.4 percent (41 of 83).TIP INSTimberwolves: Towns had to sit with three fouls with 8:49 left in the second quarter after he caught Cousins across the face with his left hand. He didn’t score his first points until his put-back dunk with less than five minutes left. The third-year pro out of Kentucky has never been shut out. … Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, closed out the first quarter by banking in a 39-foot shot from the mid-court circle. … The Timberwolves led for most of the first half, shooting 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and going up by as many as 12 points when Butler’s dunk made it 60-48.Pelicans: Allen had a season-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench. … The Pelicans fell to 1-3 at home after the second loss of a three-game home stand. … Cousins, who entered the game with 36 turnovers, had six in the first half and finished with eight of New Orleans’ 19 total turnovers.OFF TARGETCousins tied a career high with five 3-pointers, but missed his last three. The rest of the Pelicans were 3 of 21 combined from deep.Of the Pelicans’ 31 3s, coach Alvin Gentry said, “28 of them were really good looks and shots that you have to knock down.”QUOTABLE“Thibs is never happy. Come on now. Don’t write that. That’s fake news,” Towns said when asked whether coach Tom Thibodeau would be happy after two straight close road wins improved his club to 5-3. But Thibodeau could be seen smiling as Towns chatted with him near the locker room exit shortly afterward. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Butler can worry about that later. His go-ahead shot as he was fouled with 34 seconds left highlighted a 23-point performance and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-98 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and stole the ball from Jrue Holiday with 24 seconds left to help seal the victory for Minnesota, which lost a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning its third straight. Perhaps the most hopeful sign for Minnesota, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, is that the Wolves won despite 22 turnovers and the fact that Karl-Anthony Towns, limited by foul trouble, scored only two points.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 shutout“It’s a different feeling. We’ve got a different confidence level,” Towns said, his constant smile, up-beat tone and subtle dance steps while grabbing grub from a buffet table in the locker room indicating how pleased he is to be on a team that can win when he has a rough game.“I’ll tell you one thing. It’s damn good to leave with a W,” Towns said. “Statistics don’t matter. It’s about making sure the team’s successful.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55). APNEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler insisted he wasn’t merely trying to earn foul shots when he faked Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore into the air, 20 feet from the basket, with the score tied in the final minute.“I was trying to get a bucket,” Butler said, agreeing that it wasn’t an easy shot with the 6-foot-4 Moore coming down on him as he put up his jumper. “It’s crazy to me, though, because I make the hard ones, but I cannot make wide-open jump shots to save my life right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments
oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.
TORONTO – A timeline of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race:Jan. 24: Patrick Brown, then the leader of the party, calls a last-minute press conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct allegations. He decries them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Vic Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the province’s spring election, but the party executive announces a leadership contest will be held instead, with a winner to be announced March 10.Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to wrest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on its original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.Feb. 15: The leadership candidates meet for the first of two televised debates. During the conversation all four voice opposition to the Liberals’ increase to the minimum wage and reject a proposed carbon tax that would have been the cornerstone of Brown’s election platform had he remained as party leader.Feb. 16: Brown joins the leadership race with less than an hour to go before a registration deadline. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track. Earlier that day, Fedeli announced Brown had been kicked out of Tory caucus.Feb. 21: Brown’s quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest, save for Mulroney who had previously been vetted when she secured a riding nomination in late 2016.Feb. 26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.Feb. 28: The party extends the deadline for members to register to cast a vote amid rising complaints that the necessary documents were not reaching people on time. The original registration deadline, set for March 2, is pushed back to March 5. Later that night, the candidates meet in Ottawa for the second and final televised leadership debate of the contest.March 3: The party issues a further extension to the voter registration deadline, moving it to March 7, and also extends the deadline for casting an actual ballot to noon on March 9.March 6: Ford, who had been raising questions about abortion access in the province, clarifies his position by saying that while he himself is pro-life, he believes the abortion matter is resolved. He pledges, however, never to muzzle members of the caucus if elected and allow them to vote with their conscience.March 7: The party extends the voter registration deadline for a third time, setting it at 8 p.m. on March 8. Originally, voting was supposed to close on that day.March 8: Ongoing challenges with mailing registration papers to party members leads to significant backlash on several fronts. Ford, alleging that party insiders are only getting the registration materials out to select members, says the election process was “not transparent.” He, Mulroney and Granic Allen all call for the Leadership Election Organizing Committee to push back the date of the vote. Committee Chair Hartley Lefton defends the process, saying it was passed by senior leadership in accordance with the party constitution. Later that day, lawyer Jeffrey Radnoff, representing a disenfranchised party member, files an injunction application in Superior Court in a bid to extend the race.March 9: A Toronto judge hears arguments on the request to extend the voting period, but ultimately rejects the application, meaning the leadership race will go on as scheduled.March 10: After hours of delays, party officials announce they are reviewing the results of the election. Lefton tells a raucus crowd that the “allocation of a certain list of electors” needed to be resolved, as it could affect the final result.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Uncertainty around the upcoming NAFTA deadline and an awkward moment with U.S. President Donald Trump took the spotlight, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up his visit to the United Nations.The U.S. has been talking about moving forward on a NAFTA deal with Mexico and leaving Canada out in the cold. But Trudeau insists an agreement is still possible.“We will keep working as long as it takes to get to the right deal for Canada,” said Trudeau.There are just days to go before the latest U.S.-imposed deadline.“We will keep working on a broad range of alternatives. A broad range of paths are ahead of us. We’re going to keep focusing on trying to get to the right deal for Canadians,” added Trudeau.He did not go into specifics, but did note he’s received assurances from the president that there will be no steel and auto tariffs if a NAFTA deal is struck.RELATED: Trudeau restarts UN charm offensive under shadow of Trump’s trade threatsMeanwhile, Trudeau is downplaying what some viewed as an awkward handshake with Trump.As Trudeau circled a table, chatting with other world leaders, he had to touch Trump’s shoulder to get his attention. Trump stayed seated, as they had a brief exchange and shook hands, but later stood up for interactions with th e leaders of Mexico and Egypt.“I don’t think there’s anything to read into it,” said Trudeau to reporters at the UN.“An interaction — like so many are in UN — quick but cordial.”Trudeau said it wasn’t the right time for a chat, since he caught the president while he was reading notes before a toast he was about to give.
TORONTO – Gains in the health-care and telecommunications sectors helped prevent Canada’s main stock index from falling into the red Monday, as energy and gold shares weighed.The S&P/TSX composite index added 5.83 points to 16,004.40. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl. Inc. (TSX:VRX) and Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) had some of the biggest advances, up more than six per cent and nearly four per cent respectively at the closing of markets.Shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) also moved up more than six per cent amid news the marijuana producer is pushing ahead with plans for an all-stock takeover offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) after failing to reach an agreement with the company’s board.On a rough day for most energy stocks, which fell sharply amid slumping crude prices, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) saw its shares climb nearly two per cent after Nebraska regulators approved an alternate route through the state for the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing the $10-billion, 1,897-kilometre project, though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The January crude contract was down 29 cents at US$56.42 per barrel.South of the border, it was a positive day on Wall Street as U.S. stocks made back most of Friday’s losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 72.09 points to 23,430.33. The S&P 500 index edged up 3.29 points to 2,582.14 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 7.92 points to 6,790.71.“It’s a fairly quiet day,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “When left to its devices, this market seems to be inclined to go higher, and I think that’s what we’re getting today.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.17 cents US, down 0.06 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract fell US$21.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce. The December natural gas contract declined five cents to US$3.05 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added three cents to US$3.09 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have received countless phone calls reporting aggressive contacts from people claiming to be collecting money for the Canada Revenue Agency.The scam often involves telling the victim that taxes are owed and they must be paid immediately or there will be a warrant for their arrest. The caller will then request payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards. Callers may even “spoof” a phone number so that the call will appear as the CRA on call display.Residents in the B.C. Peace are also sharing on facebook, copies of text messages that suggest in order to receive your child benefit payment, you should click a link to share your auto deposit information. Do not click the link. A copy of the text message being sent to area residents asking for banking information.Please keep the following information in mind:There is no legitimate agency, CRA, RCMP, or otherwise, that will accept payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.If you feel the call may be legitimate, hang up the phone and look up the number for the CRA to call and get verification. Do not call back the number on your call display.If the caller alludes to police or RCMP involvement, hang up and call your local RCMP or police detachment directly for verification.Please report any calls of this nature to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you’ve received a phone call like this and paid out money or gift cards, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment to file a report.
Visa have announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the new face of their global marketing campaign for the upcoming FIFA World Cup this summerThe LA Galaxy forward had retired from international football at the end of Sweden’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. But recently Ibrahimovic has revealed his interest in coming out of retirement and playing for the national team in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Team ViZa @Visa #EverywhereZwantstobe pic.twitter.com/FQvwURUjWS— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) 17 April 2018Paul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.Lately Ibrahimovic had dropped his strongest hint that he could be on the verge of making the World Cup squad for Sweden this summer, after describing his prospects as “Sky-High”.After completing his transfer from Manchester United earlier this season, the 36 year-old has enjoyed a strong start in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for Galaxy with Ibrahimovic having scored three goals in his first three appearances with two of those being match-winning strikes.
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the services of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and are willing to offer as much as £80million for his signature.The current UEFA Champions League holders have identified the France international as the man to rejuvenate their season, according to reports in Spain via Sports Mole.The Spanish giants are expected to splash the cash in January to bolster their squad following a dreadful run of results that has seen them go five matches without a win, losing four of those.Reports in the English media speculates Kante as one of the players Madrid want to recruit, and they are willing to table an offer in excess of £ 80million to test Chelsea’s resolve.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The former Leicester City midfielder, who has three years left to run on his existing £150,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge, is understood to have already knocked back interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Despite saying he is happy with the 2017 Premier League champions, though, the same report indicates that the French World Cup winner would consider an offer from Champions League holders Madrid.
An annoyed Alan Shearer reckons next week’s international friendly with the United States has been turned into a Wayne Rooney testimonialThe FA has recalled former Three Lions captain Rooney for his first international game in two years.The friendly at Wembley next Thursday will be Rooney’s 120th and final appearance for England.The Manchester United legend will later donate some of the proceeds from the game to a charity.But Shearer can’t understand why the FA couldn’t have simply just invited Rooney to attend as a spectator instead.“It is great for Wayne to have the chance to say goodbye to fans at Wembley,” Shearer told The Sun.“But it is an honour to play for England. England should not have to honour you.“Given Wayne retired from international football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest?Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That would make more sense than saying: ‘Thanks for playing for England, Wayne, here’s another game for you.’“It is great that the FA want to pay tribute to his career and raise funds for his charity. But they should not turn an international match into a testimonial.”Former England striker Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 appearances at international level between 1992 to 2000.After the game against the US, England will then host Croatia three days at Wembley for a UEFA Nations League clash.pic.twitter.com/v5tWGOQMp9— England (@England) November 4, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 23 (JIS): Police stations are to be equipped with high-speed Internet as the Government deepens the penetration of broadband service across the island.The initiative is being undertaken through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is financed by taxes collected from phone calls coming into the country.“For the last couple of years, the Government has built out an islandwide broadband network, connecting our schools, libraries, post offices and more recently health centres and hospitals. Now we will be doing police stations,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson.The State Minister, who was speaking to JIS News at the third annual Edufocal Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 22, said the purpose of this initiative is to give rise to a more developed society.“This was done as part of our commitment to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has access to computer technology and the Internet. All of this is building a digital society for transformation and development,” he said.The Edufocal Excellence Awards was held to honour the top 10 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students, who accessed the fun and interactive online Edufocal learning platform to prepare for their examinations.The students selection were based on “time spent on the platform and how well they did,” said Chief Executive Officer of Edufocal Limited, Gordon Swaby. Some of the GSAT awardees were also a part of the Government’s Tablets in School pilot project.According to the Minister of State, “we distributed just under 25,000 tablets to 38 schools and teachers. We are now working out the details to see how we can get tablets in every school in Jamaica.”Testimonials given by teachers and parents of GSAT and CSEC students praised Edufocal for its ability to produce successful students. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:high speed internet, jamaica, police station, Universal Service Fund
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence following allegations that he’s been diving to win penalties.The Egyptian forward has been at the centre of a growing debate over diving due to an apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge.As a result, several spot-kicks have come in Salah’s favour this term with Crystal Palace players even confronting him during Liverpool’s last game on January 19 when he was not awarded a penalty for falling to the ground.But Klopp is adamant that Salah would never dive on purpose and suggested that critics are only targetting him due to the fact he plays for a big club like Liverpool.“[Crystal Palace] was the first situation where he went down without [a penalty] and you speak about all the other situations as well,” said Klopp, according to FourFourTwo.“The other situations there is nothing to talk about – it is a penalty, done. If this is the first then why do we talk about?“There are other situations, much more obvious situations, that we don’t talk about and nobody is talking about because it’s not [Manchester] City, it’s not [Manchester] United, it’s not Liverpool, it’s not Arsenal or it’s not Chelsea.“All the others can do it from time to time and nobody really talks about it. It’s all fine.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All the penalties against him were penalties, but people handle it like it was halfway diving – it was not. We don’t need blood for a foul in football. That’s all I will say about it.”Interestedly, Klopp then pointed out that Leicester City’s star striker Jamie Vardy falls to the ground in the same way as Salah does.The German made these comments ahead of tonight’s Premier League match against the Foxes at Anfield.“Did anyone talk to Jamie Vardy when, everybody saw [against Southampton], he jumped in? Is Jamie a bad person because of that?” Klopp added.“I don’t say now he is a diver. That is another situation.“You have them in the back, you are there, you feel something, do you have to go down?“Probably not. I don’t have to speak to players about obvious things. He knows that. Don’t go down in situations like that.”
There were no injuries to responders. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers. In a release from Anchor Point ES, 8 firefighters and EMT’s from Anchor Point Emergency Services responded with a rescue engine, ambulance and a command vehicle. Mutual aid was requested from Homer Volunteer Fire Department for an engine and ambulance. Crews arrived to find a SUV collision with a pickup truck and travel trailer traveling in the opposite direction with the driver of the SUV entrapped. Anchor Point Fire personnel who happened to be in the vicinity of the collision, along with other bystanders were able to successfully put out the fire in the SUV’s engine compartment with extinguishers from nearby vehicles. A passenger in the same vehicle was also transported by HVFD with minor injuries. The occupants of the pickup involved were not injured. The driver of the SUV was extricated and was transported by ambulance to South Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS, Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at mile 165 of the Sterling Highway with multiple injuries, entrapment and a possible fire on Saturday.
Defense appropriators can be expected to adhere closely to the funding levels set out in the defense authorization bill in crafting the fiscal 2018 spending bill, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee also said that DOD should not anticipate any additional funds in FY 2018 and 2019 beyond the higher topline figures agreed to as part of last month’s budget deal, reports CQ. “I believe there is an absolute commitment to sticking to the budget agreement: 700 [billion dollars] this year, 716 [billion dollars] next year, which means no lower, no higher,” Thornberry said. “So the idea that, if there are deficiencies [for a particular account], you just add to the topline, I don’t think that will happen.”The budget agreement allocates a total of $700 billion for national defense programs in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Artemis Emslie has become an independent member of the Board of Directors of Ametros. As a highly regarded thought leader in the industry, she will provide strategic insight and guidance for the company to ensure products and services align with the company’s overall vision.“We are very excited to have Artemis on the board,” said Marques Torbert, the CEO of Ametros. “Her experience as a senior leader of a fast-growing and successful company in our space gives her a unique perspective to add to our board.”Ametros strives to enhance the lives of injured parties with innovative and affordable post-settlement solutions. Ametros focuses heavily on improving the health and well-being of its members ensuring that they live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.“I am thrilled to join the Ametros family and look forward to contributing to its continued success,” said Emslie. “Ametros has established itself as the leader in post-settlement professional administration and continues to bring innovation and settlement solutions to our industry.”With more than 25 years’ experience in the workers’ compensation and group health industries, Emslie has a keen interest in making sure injured parties receive quality health care and pharmacy services. She is the former CEO of myMatrixx (now an Express Scripts company) and led the company’s growth and transformation from a regional pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) serving injured workers and payers into a major, national PBM.Prior to myMatrixx, Emslie held senior leadership positions with several companies before launching Prosperx Solutions, a PBM auditing firm for workers’ compensation insurance providers. She currently works with the University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy faculty to create an academic program that combines pharmacy doctoral education with business entrepreneurship.Emslie co-founded the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation and serves on its executive board. In addition, she is a past chairman of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Core Funders Group. She serves on the board of directors for Paradigm Outcomes as well as on the advisory boards for the Committee for Economic Development, Business Insurance magazine, Kids’ Chance, and WorkCompCentral’s Comp Laude Awards.About AmetrosAmetros is the industry leader in post-settlement medical administration and a trusted partner for thousands of members receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Founded in 2010, Ametros provides post-settlement medical management services with significant medical and pharmacy discounts along with automated payment technology and Medicare reporting tools. Headquartered just north of Boston in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametros may be reached at 877.275.7415 or via http://www.ametroscards.com(NOTE: The above press release is from Ametros via BusinessWire.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Launches First Of Its Kind CareGuard Mobile AppIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Announces Promotion Of Nicole Sauk To Chief Financial OfficerIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Appoints Paul Sighinolfi As Senior Managing DirectorIn “Business”
Chicago Auto Show: Your one-stop shop for everything coming out of Chicago.Land Rover Discovery: We bid our long-termer farewell. Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Preview • 2018 Range Rover: New interior and tech with a plug-in on the way 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel HSE SWB Review • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6: Better tech with a delicious diesel 1:46 SUVs Luxury cars More From Roadshow See All 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks more like a Range Rover than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags • Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the least expensive way to slide into a Range Rover, and now, it looks more like its expensive siblings, which buyers are sure to appreciate.After debuting in Europe late in 2018, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque has finally broken cover in the US at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. This compact SUV carries more Range Rover DNA than ever before, which is obvious from even the quickest of glances. It’s a huge shift from the last-generation Evoque, which had a more unique look.The Evoque appears to get a lot of its inspiration from the shapely Range Rover Velar. Up front, the headlights are as thin as the Velar’s, a growing trend not just at Land Rover. The rear end, though, carries the greatest resemblance, offering more of a coupelike look than before. While many cars physically expand in a new generation, the Evoque is just about the same size as it was before, although the wheelbase is a bit longer, improving legroom and cargo capacity.Enlarge ImageThere’s a lot of Velar influence in the new Evoque. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Its interior has been thoroughly reworked, again begging comparison to Range Rover’s more expensive vehicles. If you like storing junk in the car — and who doesn’t, really — the door panels can now accommodate 1.5-liter water bottles, and there’s a clever little tray behind the climate controls to hide more stuff.Two different engines are on offer. Cars with the P250 designation rock a 2.0-liter gas I4 that’s good for 246 horsepower. If that’s not enough, opt for one of the P300 vehicles, as that brings a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, also boosting the net output to 296 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard.There is a bunch of available tech in this thing, too. Cameras can be used to make the hood “invisible,” showing the driver what’s immediately under the car’s front end. The rearview mirror can switch between a traditional mirror and a camera-based view of the area behind the car. Other optional equipment includes Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which packs two 10-inch touchscreens on the center console and a 12.3-inch screen in place of the gauge cluster. There are six USB ports scattered around the cabin, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available.The 2020 Range Rover Evoque goes on sale this spring. It’ll start at $42,650, and nonhybrid models stretch up to $56,850 for the limited First Edition trim. On the mild hybrid side, prices range from $46,600 to $55,800. reading • 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings top-notch style to Chicago 32 Photos Post a comment Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings new mild hybrid tech Share your voice Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chicago Auto Show 2019 Land Rover Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Land Rover Jaguar
IAF Antonov AN32twitterThe Soviet era manufactured Antonov-32 aircraft of the Indian Airforce (IAF) went missing on Monday (June 3) during its Jorhat-Mechuka flight in Assam with the entire 13-member feared dead.However, the search operation to locate the missing aircraft is still underway. One of the most reliable aircraft for ferrying troops and logistics to the forward posts is now facing a lack of upgrades. As per a report published in the Economic Times, the AN-32 of the IAF is yet to be upgraded with airframe strengthening, advanced avionics, and radars.Notably, more than 100 of these aircrafts in-service face poor serviceability, tardy maintenance, shortage of spares, huge delays in life extensions and overhauls.One of the officers of the Indian Airforce said, “The AN-32 in question, with six officers and seven others on board, was non-upgraded but it’s too early to say whether the accident was due to some technical snag or human error. Flying in the Arunachal sector is also risky, with mountains hiding behind clouds. The weather can pack up at any time.”It is to be noted that under similar circumstances, another AN-32 twin-engine turboprop aircraft on a regular sortie had crashed in the same Jorhat-Mechuka-Mohanbari sector exactly a decade ago, killing all 13 personnel of the defence forces. One of the officers privy to the investigation of the crashed AN-32 said, “The court of inquiry into that crash held it was due to ‘human error (aircrew)’. The pilots apparently got disoriented after entering some clouds, with the aircraft hitting a mountain in what is technically called ‘controlled flight into terrain.” Parked Indian Air Force’s transport aircrafts Antonov An-32 (foreground) and Dornier Do 228 are seen from the air traffic control during a media tour at the Yelahanka Air Force Station.ReutersAging fleet with the poor serviceability and maintenance is the major reason for the crashing of these aircraft. Around 118 AN-32s were inducted in the Indian Airforce, between 1984 and 1991, since then the aircraft has a better record of successfully ferrying troops and supplies to forward bases.But with operational life nearing its end, the Government of India signed an agreement worth $400 million to upgrade the aging AN-32s in Ukraine, the country where it was originally manufactured. “The total technical life of 25 years of the AN-32s was coming to an end at that time,” the officer added. As per the plan, the initial lot of these aircraft were to be upgraded in Ukraine with the rest going through a ‘total technical life extension, overhaul and re-equipment’ in India. The objective was to increase the operational life of these power horses, 15 years beyond the original 25 years. But like any other project involving the upgrades in the Indian defence forces, the project faced turbulence with delayed maintenance.Shockingly, only 50 of more than 100 AN-32s upgraded till date. The officer further added “The upgrade project, which was to be completed by 2013, has almost halted. Apart from airframe strengthening to increase operational life from the earlier 25 years to 40, the upgraded AN-32s were to be fitted with enhanced ground-warning systems, new weather radars, advanced GPS, multi-functional displays and the like.” Can Lockheed Martin F-21 meet Indian Air Force’s long-term strategic goals? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:36Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Ram Kapoor’s shocking transformationRam Kapoor/InstagramTelevision star Ram Kapoor has left millions of social media users stunned with his drastic physical transformation. The actor, who was last seen in Ekta Kapoor’s Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat season 3, posted a series of pictures of his new leaner look.The Bade Achche Lagte Hain actor, who looks almost unrecognisable in his new pictures, started his weight loss journey from 130 kgs. Speaking about his transformation, Ram told Mumbai Mirror in an interview: “I was 130 kgs when I started and I want to lose another 25-30 kgs.” His journey started two years ago at the age of 43 and wanted to achieve his goal by the age of 45. “I decided that if I wanted to do achieve my weight goals, I will have to take time off from work. It would need to be a substantial length of time — six months to a year,” he said.Besides fans, who expressed surprise and even congratulated at Ram’s transformation, several of his industry friends hailed his big achievement as well. The actor’s Udaan co-star Ronit Roy wrote on social media, “Amazing dude!! Finally mere bhai. So happy.” Kishwer Merchant commented, “You’re back to how you looked in dhadkan.” Tannaz Irani said, “This is an amazing achievement” while Ashish Chowdhary called for a celebration, “Yeahhhhh!!! Chalo let’s celebrate!!!!!!”Ram’s wife and former TV actress Gautami Kapoor called him “HOTTTTTIE”. She was also among the first ones to praise the actor. Ram rose to stardom with hit shows Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and Kasamh Se. He has also appeared in several films including Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Student Of The Year, Agent Vinod, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Loveyatri.
Bitcoin pricesPixabayUS-China trade war concerns remain the dominant issue in the market and its effect can be seen influencing the cryptocurrencies also. Virtual currencies are facing uncertainty and the prices of bitcoin, the world’s best-known cryptocurrency, fell below $7,000 on Wednesday.The crash in bitcoin prices has been attributed to a number of factors including tightening cryptocurrency regulations in South Korea. Bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December last year according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. As cryptocurrency rose at unprecedented rates throughout 2017 governments across the globe started taking measures to regulate the crypto industry to protect investors and collect tax revenues.The fall started in March after a slew of negative news from Google, Twitter, and Facebook who banned cryptocurrency-related ads on its network. Also, the International Monetary Fund urged an international crackdown on the use of cryptocurrencies for money-laundering.While the bitcoin price is falling, market experts forecast an increase in bitcoin prices in the coming days. According to Coindesk, the decline in bitcoin prices could be quickly undone as suggested by the positive hourly momentum studies. An upside break of the falling channel would confirm the short-term bullish reversal, it added.According to a NEWS BTC report, if bitcoin price is able to sustain its bounce at current levels, a double bottom pattern could form and this is often considered a classic reversal signal. That way, the neckline would be at $7500 and an upside break could lead to a rally of the same height as the formation.Rivals to bitcoin in the cryptocurrency market such as ethereum, ripple and bitcoin cash have also been crushed in the Wednesday trading. Bitcoin, Etherum, and Ripple are down by 7 percent.