It will be the Australian’s first appearance in the Southeast Asian Games for a nation looking to maintain their status in the top four.While netballing leaders Singapore and Malaysia will simply be too strong at this level, the race for bronze will be between Thailand and Brunei Darussalam with the much-improved Philippines also in the picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceOnly Sri Lanka could rival the netball giants Singapore and Malaysia at the continental level while Hong Kong has been a mainstay in the semi-finals in the Asian Championships.Brunei have captured bronze in the last two editions of the SEA Games in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur but hosts the Philippines are slowly catching up in the Asean region. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Searle also took the reins on the Under-21 team which competed in the Asian Youth Netball Championships (AYNC) in Japan in June. Nevertheless, work with the senior setup was in full swing once the under-21 team ended their Japan stint.“In July, the national team has been training pretty much full time since then. In that time, we had two exposure series. We had one in Singapore and one in Melbourne.”The Australian netball tactician could now dedicate her coaching expertise to the Royal Bees and ever since has helped the team to fine-tune their game with the exposure series providing them the avenue to test their skills against players abroad.She said, “I’m looking for high quality competition to test the group and to expand their skills. Singapore is closer and they have good teams there. Melbourne is the pinnacle. They have the best teams.“During that time since July, I think the team has regained their fitness and skills. With the Netfit team, I guess it is the third tour series to really test us.”With the absence of a competitive league typically practised by developed netballing nations, the major issue for the Royal Bees is the lack of matches. Without the high level of intensity and competition, it is easy to lag behind once they perform at an international level.The exposure series, however infrequent, will be seen as the best platform in putting their tools to practice especially what they have taken into the game from Searle’s coaching.“The problem is we don’t have the competition in Brunei. They don’t play regular competitions so we need to find good competition somewhere.“We don’t have competition every week and we need to be match-fit.“We’re only competing periodically overseas. Are we improving in those months in between?” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? In Singapore, the Royal Bees recorded two victories and were really competitive. “We were there last year for the ANCs and this year we played the same team again. We improved our scores against them this year. We played our 15 players which does affects the score but we need to test everybody in the squad to see who can stand up under the pressure,” said the head coach.There are several players who can play multiple positions including Zuraidah and Nurafiqah such is the flexibility of the squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ The netball team has been training hard twice a day and rests on Sunday.Searle described her charges as fit and skilful and believes that they have improved enormously.“I think the SEA Games will be the hardest for a long time for netball. Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have all improved as well. Singapore and Malaysia have just recently played in the World Cup in England earlier this year.“They (Singapore and Malaysia) have really been preparing for the World Cup and they’re still very good and experienced.”Thailand have proven to be Brunei’s closest rivals in both the Asian Netball Championships and the SEA Games, a rivalry which was first fostered during the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Since 2015, both countries have met each other four times with Thailand winning all of their clashes.“However, the challenge of even securing bronze might be greater than in previous years with Searle noting the improvement of the Philippines, a team that Brunei have been rather comfortable to play against in the previous two SEA Games editions.“Thailand have been improving the whole time but I think the biggest improvement might be the Philippines.” The Philippines, or known as the Siklab Pilipinas have recruited tall basketball players and they have transferred their skills to netball. With efforts of uplifting the standard of netball both the national and international scene, the Philippines have entered the race for bronze especially backed with a strong home support.“They are an unknown quantity so no one has really seen them or what they can do yet so I have not had any vision of what they are about. But, all I’m hearing is they have improved a lot so that makes four very hard teams to beat to get a medal for netball.” The Philippines’ coaching presence has also been boosted with the inclusion of Singapore’s experienced assistant coach Jolynn Loo Yi Lin. “I know they have a Singapore coach there for 12 months,” said Searle. The head coach elaborated that their biggest disadvantage lies in their height, adding the need to be smart with the ball.Most nations have been looking to recruit tall players, a move which has proved effective evident with Malaysia’s height with their attacking front. “I think we’re at a disadvantage because of our height. We have a small team and these days, everybody is recruiting six-foot plus players to play.“We need to beat them with speed but at the end of the day, we still are going to be at a disadvantage. It is how smart we are with the ball and what we can do with it. But I certainly think we improved a lot and anything can happen on the day for sure.” The core of the national team has been retained with players from the bronze-winning team in 2015 still very much going strong. With the SEA Games in mind, the national team was busy and active throughout the year with Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia serving as a major competition.To avoid rustiness without competition normally associated in the sport, they have also participated in exposure series games where they sparred in friendly matches against local clubs in Singapore and Melbourne, the latter of whom best represented the pinnacle of netball.With the Royal Bees not engaged in international commitments after the Asian Championships, Searle was away for a few months and only returned to prepare the squad in time for the Arafura Games.“I haven’t been here (Brunei) for the whole year. I have only just been here intermittently. I was here in March for the Arafura Games which was in April and May in Darwin”, said Jane Searle in an interview during one of the training sessions at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.“There, they were pretty raw as I haven’t done a lot of preparations. I think from the previous year they probably lost a lot of skilled work because they haven’t had anyone keeping them training.”ADVERTISEMENT Malaysia football coach puts premium on chemistry as SEA Games near Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Searle shared that goal defender Nursyuhaidah Fahriyana is one of their key players in the team adding that she is the tallest member in the team. The head coach expressed hopes of the national star to shine in the international scene. “We are hoping for big things from her.” The national team also saw the return of Siti Norsaihah binti Mohammad Adi Najmi, having missed the 2017 edition in Kuala Lumpur, and Nurafiqah Samat. They have probably been training for three months so I would have liked another three more months with them again. But, they earned their spot in the 12 so they worked very hard.“Fizah (Nur Hafizah binti Haji Abdul Sidek) has been training extremely well as well. She plays as a goal shooter.“It will be Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah’s first SEA Games. She was injured in the last SEA Games so she has worked very hard in her fitness and recovery. She is excited to get out there for her first SEA Games.“Lisha (Dayangku Khalisha bin Pengiran Abdul Rahman) is running mid court for us. She is a very excellent and smart player. She is quick and skilful. I think if we can combine on the day, anything could happen.”Under-21 team captain Alai, who is the youngest member of the squad, has been promoted into the senior setup having previously garnered international experience in the Asian Youth Netball Championships in Japan earlier this year.“She did a fantastic job for us in Japan earlier this year and she earned her way into the senior team. She is still learning the game but she is a great athlete. She has some great skills and we’re hopeful for big things from her.” Searle emphasised the need to play a smart game and spoke of her knowledge of the Asian playing style in netball. “The Asian teams play zone defence and we need to be smart about not bring the ball high for the zone to intercept. Our use of the fake will help us and also our strong drive and speed to get through the zone.“We need to retain possession with some fast skills work and of course we need to be accurate under the post. We have many strategies to explore but once again we got to keep the ball rolling fast. We have to move the ball like the Australians.”Brunei ran close against Thailand in one of the quarters when the pair met in a major competition but the gap widened drastically with Searle indicating a lack of competitive fixtures. “What match fitness means every second you’re out of the court, you are either playing tough defence or strong attack. It is a mental thing as well. We just need to play regularly to know what match fitness is for the full 60 minutes and not just one quarter.”During the Royal Bees’ exposure series in Melbourne, they played five games and competed against one of the top teams who turned out to be the best junior team throughout the state of Victoria.Searle, who won the World Championship with the Australian national team in 1983 said, “They are on the verge of international representation. They are extremely good so it is a pinnacle for us in the end. We started off a little bit slow and at the end of the quarter we were still not winning but we were improving a lot in just that one game.” Rice industry paralysis Photo from Borneo Bulletin/ Rahwani ZahariThe Brunei Darussalam national netball team or affectionately known as the Royal Bees will embark on a fresh challenge in revisiting the success of a podium finish in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the Philippines later this year.The team will be under the tutelage of Jane Searle, who returned as head coach since assuming the role ahead of the Asian Netball Championships (ANC) last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Toyota launched the new Innova Crysta in India exactly a year ago, which replaced the outgoing popular MPV, the Innova. A year has passed, and Toyota is planning to add a new variant to the most loved MPV in India, in the form of Innova Crysta Touring Sport. Toyota will most likely launch the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport edition in India on May 4, reports suggest.Launched as Innova Crysta Venturer in Indonesia, Toyota will bring this variant to India in the form of the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport variant and will be only available in the top-end ZX trim. According to reports, the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will only get cosmetic changes while sporting the same mechanics.Price:We expect the new Sport Touring Crysta to be around Rs 25,000- Rs 30,000 more than the current generation top end variant of Innova Crysta. The ZX trim of Innova Crysta is priced at Rs 20.93 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportDesign:In terms of cosmetic changes, the Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will get a Modern fog lamp with dark chrome ornament, Black Paint with dark chrome grille, Side rocker moulding with chrome plating, Black front bumper spoiler with chrome plating and Front grille boomerang ornament. At the back, the Sport Edition gets Sturdy black backdoor garnish, Black rear bumper spoiler with chrome plating, arch wheel moulding and new 17″ black alloy wheels.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportEngine:The Toyota Innova Crysta comes with an all-new frame and an all-new 2.8 L diesel engine for the first time with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. It also offers an all-new 2.4 L diesel engine with an all-new five-speed manual transmission.advertisementMoreover, the Innova Crysta gives best-in-class performance of 174 PS and 360 Nm torque while offering fuel economy of 14.29 Km/l for the 2.8L six-speed automatic transmission variant and 15.10 Km/l for the 2.4L five-speed manual transmission variant. (As per ARAI certification).Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportDimensions:The Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will come with a wheelbase of Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition 2,750mm and measures 4,735mm in length, 1,830mm in width and 1,795mm in height.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportFeatures:On the features list the Crysta Touring Sport edition will get an 8-inch advanced entertainment system with voice command, automatic climate control, new Premium Leather seat and Smart entry key.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportSafety Features:On the safety front, the Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition gets ABS, EBD, Vehicle Stability control, Hill assist control and ISOFIX for child safety.ALSO READ:2017 Toyota Corolla Altis launched in India at Rs 15.87 lakhALSO READ:Toyota to launch new Touring Sport variant of the Innova Crysta in April
Neymar offered Luis Suarez support after the Uruguay star missed a penalty in a shoot-out loss to Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals.Suarez was the only player to miss in the shoot-out as Peru advanced 5-4 on spot kicks after a 0-0 draw in Salvador on Saturday.The Barcelona forward was in tears after the defeat as Uruguay – unbeaten in the group stage – bowed out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Suarez’s former club team-mate Neymar, who is linked with a return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain, offered the Uruguayan support.”Get up,” the injured Brazil forward wrote on his Instagram story, alongside a video of Suarez crying.”You are very great, brother. I love you friend.”Cada vez mais perto da ! O Peru se classificou para as semifinais da #CopaAmerica pela terceira vez nas últimas quatro edições. pic.twitter.com/K1jXfyh9gP — Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 29, 2019 Neymar is widely reported to be returning to Barcelona ahead of next season, two years after leaving the La Liga champions.And while Suarez’s missed penalty will be the main talking point, it was not the only failing of the day for Uruguay, who were their own worst enemies on a night when Peru became the first side in the Copa America not to register a shot on target. The Uruguayans were caught off-side seven times against Peru, the most in a game of the 2019 Copa America, with two of those calls ruling out goals. Suarez saw a strike ruled out for offside himself, though the margins were incredibly slim. The match also continued a trend of sloppy play in Uruguay matches. The side took part in the three first halves of the 2019 Copa America with the lowest passing accuracy (73.1% Uruguay v Ecuador; 73.7% Uruguay v Peru; 75% Uruguay v Japan). Uruguay have now been involved in the joint-most shootouts in Copa America history with nine. And the loss against Peru saw the side slide into a losing record in those matches, with Saturday’s contest marking the fifth loss in those nine matches. Suarez and Uruguay will only have to wait one year for a chance at redemption, with Copa America switching to even-year tournaments in line with the Euros in 2020.
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 06: Damien Fleming #11 of the Florida A&M Rattlers looks to pass during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sunlife Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s football program has rebounded well from its season-opening loss to LSU to start the 2018 college football season.The Hurricanes, a preseason top 10 team, have rebounded with four straight wins since that loss to the Tigers.Miami is now 4-1 and coming off a 47-10 win over North Carolina. The Hurricanes are set to take on rival Florida State this weekend.The U fans are pretty excited about these recent developments.One Miami fan, Sofia Bevarly, has been going viral on Instagram.Sofia has nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.You can follow her on IG here.
Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) drives toward the basket during a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is in a full sprint toward the finish line.The Buckeyes have rattled off back-to-back wins at home, including coming back from 12 points down to beat Purdue on Sunday night, 65-61.The win put the Buckeyes in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten conference and was sparked by freshman sensation, guard D’Angelo Russell.Russell scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half of the game, and while it looked like the Louisville, Ky., native did most of the heavy lifting, he received ample help from three experienced seniors.While it might not have always been in the scoring column, center Amir Williams, guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson all contributed in their own way.Williams, who took on the Big Ten’s leading shot blocker in Purdue’s junior center A.J. Hammons, matched the 7-footer in rebounds and blocked shots, the last of which helped seal the win for OSU.While Williams has been known to be inconsistent at times, Matta said he was pleased with how his senior played against the Boilermakers.“I thought Amir, with three blocked shots, was as good as he could be,” Matta said after the game.Then came Scott, who has become known for his defense more than anything in his four years in Columbus. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard against the Boilermakers, recording just one assist, block and steal each, it was what didn’t show up on the stat sheet that impressed his coach.“Shannon, nobody would ever see it, but he did some things defensively tonight via scouting that was tremendous and really disrupted them,” Matta said.Scott scored just five points in the win, all coming at the free throw line, three of which came in the final minute to help seal the Buckeye win.Finally there was Thompson, who recorded 14 points in the win while hitting all six of his free throws, three per half.With games against Penn State and Wisconsin remaining before the start of the Big Ten Tournament, Thompson said his performance and the win were important moving forward.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “It’s too late for us to be taking steps backwards, and it’s our time to hit our stride, get going and to put together a run.”While Russell still is stealing the show, ranking second in the conference in scoring, he credited his fellow Buckeyes for the team’s success after the win.“My coaches put me in a great position to facilitate for my teammates,” Russell said. “Coaches kept running the same play, and we kept making the best out of it.”And although Russell hasn’t yet played in a postseason basketball game in his college career like most of his teammates have, he said he has already gotten a taste of things to come and wants more of it.“I could get used to this. This is great,” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are set to tip off at 6 p.m. Wednesday in State College, Pa. OSU won the first matchup between the two teams, 75-55, Feb. 11 in Columbus.
Justice Kenneth Benjamin and current acting Chancellor Justice Yonette Cummings-EdwardsGeneral Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has called out President David Granger over his remarks when he said he does not believe that the Courts should be “paralysed by the behaviour of one person,” referring to Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees – Justice Kenneth Benjamin and Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards- for the substantive posts of Chancellor and Chief Justice respectively.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said it is his constitutional right to object to the appointment of any nominee if he has sufficient belief that a better candidate could be appointed.He maintained that a careful decision was taken after his due diligence process not to agree to the appointments of Justice Kenneth Benjamin and Yonette Cummings-Edwards as Guyana’s next substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice respectfully.President David GrangerThe President had said, among other things, that even though the Constitution requires the approval of the Leader of the Opposition for the nominees to be appointed, “it is not desirable to continue the current practice of ‘acting’ which existed for several years and I would like to have a substantive appointment. It’s a question of necessity.”According to Jagdeo however, the President’s remarks are not only “disingenuous, it is downright dishonest.”Jagdeo recalled that for 12 years, the People’s National Congress and the A Partnership for National Unity never agreed to a substantive appointment in the Judiciary as a whole, especially to the posts of Chancellor and the Chief Justice.He rhetorically questioned if “that did not paralyse the Judiciary?”Therefore, “to say now that my decision not to agree to his nominees will paralyse the Judiciary is dishonest” the Opposition leader posited. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNext step in appointment of Chancellor, CJ is ‘meaningful consultations’-HarmonFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news”Judicial appointments: Event though rejected President says Benjamin will not be ‘thrown out’June 6, 2018In “latest news”Judicial appointments: President says Courts should not be “paralysed,” awaiting legal adviceFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”
EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a new way to tell stories, a photo app that focuses solely on mood and a different way of reading classic novels.BookTrackFor: AndroidCost: Free- Booktrack has an interesting idea at the heart of its app: what if you gave classic literature relevant soundtracks while you read?- The reality works better than you would expect. All of the ebooks featured included have been given their own sounds and music to immerse yourself further and they fit in well.- The soundtracks extend to ambient noises too as crowds, rivers, dramatic music, romantic scenes are all included.- The only problem is because adding soundtracks to books takes time, it’s a small collection and a lot of the books are titles you wouldn’t have heard of before. Although you’re not paying anything for them so there’s that.- It may take a while to develop before it becomes essential, but if you’re open-minded about what you read, it’s worth a look. (Video: BookTrack/YouTube)Prism For: iOS Cost: €2.69- Before you ask: No, it’s has nothing to do with the NSA’s PRISM program.- Now that we’ve got that joke out of the way, Prism is not exactly a photo-editing app, but one which helps you adjust its mood by changing its colouring. Think of it as an advanced version of the temperature tool you find on photo-editing apps.- The interface is incredibly simple, using a wheel lets you cycle through your photos and colours. It’s more diverse than you would initially expect.- It’s surprising how quickly you can go from selecting a photo to posting an edited version. It complements whatever app you use to edit your photos, be it Snapseed or something else.- It may take a bit of getting used to, but those looking for something different to the traditional filter settings will find this useful.(Image: Prism/App Store)Inspire Launcher For: Android Cost: Free (€3.65 for full features)- We covered different home launcher before like Cover, but they were more skins instead of replacing your home screen. What if you wanted to rejig your home screens entirely?- Inspire Launcher replaces your current home screen with a more app-centric display. You can still place widgets on your home page, but the flat, colourful apps will stand out.- The recent apps and genius bar is very useful, it reminds you a little of iOS, but it’s far more than that.- The level of customisation is quite impressive, you can set gestures, side-menus, animations and interface can be changed and adjusted. The free version alone will take you a while to get your head around.- Apart from one or two small bugs (it is a brand new app by the way), it’s a great replacement for whatever version of Android you’re using.(Image: Inspire Launcher/Google Play)CloudSix Dropbox For: Windows Phone Cost: Free- We know Windows Phone users already have OneDrive to avail of, and in fairness it’s pretty good, but what about those who are using Dropbox?- CloudSix is the best solution you’re going to get until Dropbox officially release its own WP app.- All the usual features you would associate with Dropbox are here. Sharing, linking, multiple accounts and so on.- Also, the usual ‘upload while charging’ option is here too as well as pin-code protection.- A good third-party option for those who aren’t committed to one Dropbox app.Steller For: iOS Cost: Free- Steller is a new way of telling stories on your phone, use photos, video, text, music, anything to get the message across.- The emphasis on design complements the focus on storytelling. It’s a gorgeous app and the storybook presentation gives it a nice feel.- You might spend a minute or two trying to figure out how to create a story (it’s in the side menu for those wondering), but putting one together is very easy.-The level of creativity that’s on show already is impressive. Guides to locations, guessing games and traditional stories are some of the entries you’ll find. Even the tutorials alone are nice to look at.- An app that very much lives up to its name. (Video: Steller/Vimeo)(Image: CloudSix for Dropbox/Windows Phone)Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 8th March >Read: SMS messaging takes a serious tumble as mobile data grows in popularity >
Wendy Bosworth, a retired book-keeper, told of her surprise after a postcard sent to her 22 years ago by her niece dropped on her mat in Wolverhampton. The 64-year-old received the card, slightly damaged and in a sealed bag, after it was posted by her niece Joanne Bosworth, who was holidaying on the island of Nisyros in 1987.Mrs Bosworth told of her surprise. “The postcard said about how the island was not affected by tourism and how the sea was beautiful and the people were very friendly. “We had a joke when I spoke to Joanne and she said ‘I wondered why you never said thank you’. She was amazed.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Today: Chinese grad student identified as third victimTuesday: Boston bombs said to be made from pressure cookersMonday: Death toll raised to three in Boston Marathon bombingBOSTON — In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but don’t know his name.The development — less than 48 hours after the attack, which left three people dead and more than 170 wounded — marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and videos frame by frame for clues to who carried out the twin bombings and why.City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image on surveillance footage they got from a department store near the finish line and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene. “I know it’s very active and very fluid right now — that they are on the chase,” Murphy said. He added: “They may be on the verge of arresting someone, and that’s good.”The bombs were crudely fashioned from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, investigators and others close to the case said. Investigators suspect the devices were then hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.
JERUSALEM — A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.The cease-fire, announced by the United States and the United Nations hours earlier, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” that the lull would bring an end to the Gaza war, now in its fourth week.Israel and Hamas both said they would respect the cease-fire but would respond to attacks.At least four short humanitarian cease-fires have been announced since the conflict began, but each has been broken within a few hours by renewed fighting.Hours before the cease-fire was to take effect, 17 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 people from the same family, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. He said the family members were killed in an airstrike on their home in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.Israel’s military said five of its soldiers were killed along the Gaza border Thursday evening when a mortar round was fired at them.More than 1,450 Palestinians have been killed since hostilities began July 8, according to Palestinian officials. Israel says 61 of its soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed.
Kacey Musgraves On 2019 GRAMMY Wins, Women In Music & More News Music’s Biggest Night saw a major wins for the singer/songwriter and other women in several categories, including Cardi B for Best Rap AlbumJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 10:10 am What did Kacey Musgraves think of her Album Of The Year win for Golden Hour at the 61st GRAMMY Awards?”This is a huge deal, this is a huge honor,” the now six-time GRAMMY winner said in GRAMMYs TV/Radio room. “Obviously, the country album means a lot to me because that’s where my heart is, that’s where I grew up. I grew up singing traditional Western swing. There’s no way I can get rid of that in me.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 18, 2019 – 9:58 am Kacey Musgraves On Her GRAMMY Wins & More Email Twitter Kacey Musgraves Talks 2019 GRAMMY Wins kacey-musgraves-2019-grammy-wins-women-music-more Then, acknowledging her fellow category nominees, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monaé, H.E.R., Post Malone and Drake, she said: “To say that something I’m a part of is the best out of a year, a year in which was thriving with creativity, uniqueness, bold creators stepping out with something to say, the weight of that I don’t think will hit me for a really long time.”The 2019 GRAMMY Awards saw major wins for women in several categories, including Cardi B for Best Rap Album and Carlile’s wins in the American Roots categories. As GRAMMY nominee Ashley McBryde spoke about in her interview with the Recording Academy, women in the country genre have long faced challenges of underrepresentation on country radio. Musgraves is a wildly successful example of how an artist without a long history of radio support may be recognized outside of that arena. When asked what it felt to be one of the artists representing women at the GRAMMYs, she spoke how much of a community effort it is too see women succeed. Ashley McBryde On Self-Acceptance & Why There’s Room For Everyone In Country Music”Women have a really necessary perspective to art, to music, and it’s really nice to see that getting a chance to be included,” she said. “I think it takes two to tango in that. I think it takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen.”When I think of all of us out there that just love music, we love it when it hits a nerve, you know? No matter what it sounds like, and we’re all made of the same stuff. All the same emotions, we all need the same things to survive in that way and so I feel like if you just pay attention to that, what you’re feeling and that’s what makes it into your songs.”The singer/songwriter also spoke about the eclectic influences that went into Golden Hour and the meaning of her latest single “Rainbow.” Catch more of the interview above. Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In PicturesRead more Facebook
• For consumers, this ongoing battle could result in iPhone connectivity speeds that can’t match up to those of Android devices. Apple’s current modem supplier, Intel, doesn’t yet have a 5G chip ready. Qualcomm is the only option for handset makers who want to tap into the ultrafast wireless network this year. We may not see a 5G iPhone until 2020 or even 2021. And if Qualcomm and Apple can’t resolve their problems, it’s unlikely Apple will have Qualcomm modems in its iPhones again anytime soon. Apple referred CNET to comments it made when it filed its initial complaint. “Qualcomm’s illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry. They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products — effectively taxing Apple’s innovation,” the comments read. “We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property but we shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with.”Foxconn declined to comment. In a brief, the company and other contract manufacturers said their and Apple’s “antitrust claims against Qualcomm are an attempt to put a stop to Qualcomm’s unfair and monopolistic practices.”Qualcomm reiterated a statement made by CEO Mollenkopf during the company’s earnings report in January: “We are one of the main architects of the wireless ecosystem, and our leading investments in R&D have positioned the company at the forefront of 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G leadership,” he said. “We have one of the largest patent portfolios in the industry, with more than 130,000 patents and pending patent applications worldwide. And it is critical that we protect our [intellectual property] and ensure that we are appropriately compensated for our inventions and investments.”Battle of the frenemiesApple has long made the processors that act as the brains of its iPhones, but the company has relied on Qualcomm’s modems to connect its devices to cell networks. From the iPhone 4S in 2011 to the iPhone X in 2017, Qualcomm was the sole provider of 4G chips that helped Apple’s devices access Verizon, AT&T and other wireless services.The close relationship fell apart. Apple started buying modems from Intel, beginning with the iPhone 7 in 2016. That fueled a budding disagreement over licensing fees. The recent iPhone XS, XS Max and XR contain only Intel modems. Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that’s essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to more than 300 device makers, mostly handset companies. Some patent holders license their intellectual property on an individual basis; Qualcomm licenses all its patents as a group. For a set fee, a device maker gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology.Apple’s operating chief, Jeff Williams, testified in the FTC trial against Qualcomm. He’ll take the stand again in Apple’s case against Qualcomm. Vicki Behringer Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — any handset makers building a device that connects to a network have to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips. The company won’t license its patents to rival chipmakers, though, which the US and other governments have taken issue with. Qualcomm argues that chipmakers don’t need licenses because the handset makers already cover the cost of using its technology.Apple licenses Qualcomm’s technology through its manufacturers, like Foxconn, rather than purchasing a license of its own. During the January trial, Apple said it had tried for five years to negotiate a direct license with Qualcomm but that the terms offered, like cross-licensing Apple’s technology, weren’t fair. The contract manufacturers pay Qualcomm billions in royalties each year, an amount Apple then reimburses. As long as Apple doesn’t fight Qualcomm in court or help regulators, Qualcomm gives it rebates on the licensing fees. Qualcomm calculates its royalty fees on the value of the phone, not the components in it. Apple, the FTC and other regulatory bodies have challenged that practice. Apple argues Qualcomm shouldn’t be paid for value Apple creates with its iPhone brand. Qualcomm also caps the selling price of the phone, the basis for its royalty, at $400, even if a device sold for triple that. The chipmaker says that means it isn’t charging for contributions Apple makes, such as adding more flash storage. Apple’s ultrapremium iPhone XS Max costs from $1,099 to $1,449, depending on how much storage it has. But with Qualcomm’s cap, Apple would pay a royalty rate equivalent to that of a $400 phone. Qualcomm gets $7.50 for each iPhone, Apple said in January. Apple says it should pay only $1.50 per device, a 5 percent fee for the cost of each $30 modem used in an iPhone. Battle historyWhen it filed its lawsuit two years ago, Apple asked the court to lower the amount it pays Qualcomm in licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm sought to punish it for cooperating in a South Korean investigation into the chipmaker’s licensing practices by withholding a $1 billion rebate. In March, Judge Curiel ruled that Apple can keep the billions of dollars in rebates Qualcomm paid it as part of a 2013 contract. And Qualcomm’s still on the hook for a rebate payment about $1 billion. The chipmaker had ceased payment in 2016, saying Apple broke their contract by helping governments like Korea investigate Qualcomm. Curiel’s decision isn’t final until after the trial.Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw January’s FTC battle, also ruled ahead of that trial that Qualcomm has to license its wireless chip to its competitors. See All 2 reading • Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake The parties can’t come to an agreement, so it’s up to a court to decide. The jury trial will be argued before US District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the Southern District of California in San Diego.The outcome could affect what wireless networks your phone taps into. The trial will begin Monday with jury selection. On Tuesday, both sides present opening arguments, and Apple calls its first witnesses. The list could even include Apple CEO Tim Cook, who’s likely to appear during the first week. Other big witnesses include Apple’s operating chief, Jeff Williams; its head of marketing, Phil Schiller; Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf; and Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon. After the first week, court will be in session Mondays to Wednesdays, and closing arguments and jury deliberation are expected the week of May 13. At stake in the case are tens of billions of dollars. Apple’s manufacturing partners want a refund of $9 billion for allegedly overpaying royalties since 2013. Under antitrust law, that amount could be tripled. Qualcomm wants damages of its own for breach of contract, though it hasn’t detailed the amount. An even bigger concern for Qualcomm: whether it will have to change its entire business model, collecting far lower royalties based on the price of its chips, not the phones they’re in. Qualcomm maintains that no modern handset, including the iPhone, would’ve been possible “without relying upon Qualcomm’s fundamental cellular technologies.” In its response to Apple’s filing, the company made some counterclaims of its own, including breach of contract and unfair competition.In May 2017, Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple’s iPhone manufacturers alleging breach of contract. The suit came less than a month after Apple and its manufacturers stopped paying patent royalties for Qualcomm technology. In October 2018, Qualcomm said Apple and its partners owed it $7 billion in back royalty fees. In July 2017, the Apple subcontractors also filed suit against Qualcomm, alleging it used its market position to charge excessive royalties. The four companies are Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron, Compal Electronics and Pegatron. The US Federal Trade Commission sided with Apple and filed an antitrust lawsuit two years ago, accusing Qualcomm of operating a monopoly, requiring exclusive agreements and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. The two met in a San Jose, California, court in January. The judge overseeing the case hasn’t yet issued her verdict.Monopoly battle, take twoThe upcoming trial in many ways will mirror the FTC’s antitrust case against Qualcomm. Apple will argue that Qualcomm’s “no license, no chips” policy forces handset makers to sign unfair licenses. It also hurts Qualcomm’s processor rivals, making it expensive to keep up with modem development, according to the lawsuits against Qualcomm.”This trial is about Qualcomm’s illegal and self-proclaimed ‘unique’ business model that stifles competition, burdens innovation, and extorts customers and licensees,” Apple and its contract manufacturers said in a trial brief filed in late March. They noted they’re worried Qualcomm’s dominance will continue in 5G chipsets. Qualcomm will argue that its licensing practices are reasonable and that it has fulfilled its responsibilities when it comes to fair licensing terms for standard essential patents. The company will also remind the judge that it isn’t currently being paid by Apple and its subcontractors. And Qualcomm will argue it isn’t stifling competition and hasn’t hurt Apple or its manufacturers. “Although this case involves a large number of claims and counterclaims, at its heart it is about Apple and its contract manufacturers’ refusal to pay what they owe for their continued use of Qualcomm’s IP,” Qualcomm said in a March trial brief. “The Qualcomm IP licensed to the contract manufacturers forms the core of modern cellular technology without which the iPhone could not exist.”Some twistsThe trial will likely offer up some surprises. Apple’s contract manufacturers are closely involved. Some of them appeared at the earlier FTC trial via taped deposition, but many executives will appear in court this time. Instead of being supporting players, they’ll be major actors. It’s the manufacturers, after all, who want nearly $27 billion from Qualcomm.Because Qualcomm has gone through this before, it’ll be able to tweak its defense to better appeal to a jury. It has to address how it worked with Apple and its contract manufacturers, not how it dealt with the entire mobile industry, like in the FTC trial. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm co-founder, took the stand in his company’s defense at the FTC trial. He’s on the list of witnesses for Qualcomm’s defense against Apple. Vicki Behringer Qualcomm likely will try to give a better justification for its “no license, no chips” policy. The chipmaker won’t let a handset manufacturer buy its modems until that company signs a licensing agreement. Qualcomm argues that the practice of offering a license before selling chips is best for the industry because its licenses cover more than modems. But Apple during the January trial said it felt it had no options when it came to negotiating over Qualcomm’s licensing fees. Apple, which in August became the US’ first trillion-dollar company, has to show it was harmed by Qualcomm’s business practices. Apple will do that in part by demonstrating it pays more to Qualcomm than it pays to all other mobile patent holders combined. Apple also believes it shouldn’t have to pay Qualcomm a separate licensing fee on top of the price of the chips.The two companies will also be able to use more up-to-date evidence in the current trial, including data on the new crop of iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm modems. That’s something that could help Qualcomm demonstrate competition in the mobile chipset market, both for 4G and with the nascent 5G standard. One thing that won’t come up in the trial is evidence from other antitrust investigations. Curiel ruled the FTC case and other regulatory queries Qualcomm has faced can’t be discussed. It’s unclear what would happen if Koh releases her ruling for January’s FTC battle before the Apple-Qualcomm trial ends.No matter what happens, the trial is going to be closely watched by the entire mobile industry. CNET will be on hand to bring you updates from the ongoing court battle. For even more information, check out our extensive FAQ on the fight between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm Intel Apple Phones Components Tech Industry Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags 22 Photos Apple, Qualcomm go head-to-head — with billions at stake Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Share your voice When it comes to Apple vs. Qualcomm, the Federal Trade Commission trial in January was just a dress rehearsal. Now it’s time for the real show. The two technology giants meet on Monday in a San Diego courtroom to kick off a five-week, $27 billion trial that’ll determine whether Qualcomm operates a smartphone modem chip monopoly and charges too much in licensing fees. Apple has accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that’ve raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. Apple, which initially filed suit against Qualcomm in January 2017, argues that it essentially pays Qualcomm twice, first by purchasing processors and then by paying royalty fees. The tech giant says it should pay fees based only on the cost of the wireless chip inside its iPhones. Apple partners Foxconn and Pegatron, which assemble its devices, agree and joined the lawsuit. Qualcomm counters that it isn’t a monopoly and says its technology is more than modems so it should be compensated based on the selling price of the phone itself. Apple 3:14 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Apple, Qualcomm CEOs end up on list of possible trial witnesses Apple dealt legal blow as jury awards Qualcomm $31 million See also Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max: photo samples from our comparison Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors
Ubisoft caused some major upset among gamers yesterday when it confirmed that Driver: San Francisco would include the much-hated always-connected DRM on the PC verion of the game. Such DRM requires that the PC running the game always be connected to the Internet. If that connection is lost even for a moment the game is forced into a pause you can’t exit until the connection is working again.Gamers hate it because it restricts where you can play a game e.g. not offline, on holiday, or potentially in the future when Ubisoft shuts down the server for each title using it. At the same time it’s very intrusive, especially when you’ve paid $60 for a game that is effectively hobbled under certain conditions and may eventually become unplayable. Don’t forget that anyone with a hacked version of the game also doesn’t have to put up with this connection annoyance, meaning yet again DRM only really frustrates those who pay for their games.But Ubisoft has decided to reintroduce this system for one simple reason: always-connected DRM works and they have seen a reduction in piracy on the games that did use it. What isn’t stated is how it impacted sales, but then if they are willing to use this DRM method again, the hit must be worth it.Ubisoft first introduced this DRM back in January 2010. It was shipped with Assassin’s Creed 2 which embarrassingly became unplayable when Ubisoft’s DRM servers went down. Then it got hacked rendering the DRM completely useless.After all that Ubisoft said the system would be improved and on all future PC games. While not all Ubisoft-published games carry it, it looks like the DRM is here to stay and Ubisoft games may be titles you want to avoid on PC unless your broadband connection is rock-solid and you only ever play when in a conencted location.More at Reghardware
In the run up to Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, Nintendo decided to entice gamers into purchasing a 3DS (not XL) with a new bundle. The 3DS on its own sells for around $179.99 without a game, but Nintendo reduced that to $169.99 and threw in a copy of Super Mario 3D Land. The only caveat being you don’t get the cartridge for the game as it was preloaded on the 3DS.Now Thanksgiving is over, and if you managed to find and purchase that 3DS bundle you may now be kicking yourself. Nintendo has decided to do the same thing with the 3DS XL for an extra $30.You can find a 3DS XL Best Price at Amazon without a bundle game for anywhere between $199-$220 at the moment. But Nintendo is now offering the XL with a copy of Mario Kart 7 for $199.99, effectively giving you the game for free. The game is preloaded just like the 3DS offer, and the XL you’ll get is the Blue/Black variety.What doesn’t make sense is why Nintendo decided to offer the 3DS bundle last week and then not mention the 3DS XL version until now. From using both I’d definitely choose the XL, in fact there’s 6 reasons why the 3DS XL is better.As we’re so close to Christmas parents are on the hunt for bargains, so I expect both of these 3DS packs will be quite hard to find in stock. The larger online retailers are your best bet I’d imagine. And if this is the excuse you need to upgrade from a 3DS to an XL, transferring your data across is a simple process.Nintendo via G4TV
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild We will not last. Humanity will fall and it will be our fault, an undoing of our own making. Something, perhaps familiar and perhaps not, will rise in our stead. This world is not ours. It will outlast our reign. And the end of that reign may be closer than we think.Released on February 8th, 1968, Planet of the Apes melded classic sci-fi pulp with speculative pessimism and a hefty dash of Twilight Zone sensibility (the script, written by the great Rod Serling was initially intended to be an episode of the show). For the last 50 years, it’s carried that ethos into sequels, reboots, and TV shows alike. Thematic seeds planted in the original film have grown and evolved throughout the entire franchise right up to the most recent installment, War for the Planet of the Apes. The creative team behind each installment has taken their liberties with the series’ thesis. Themes of race, class, and morality have found their way into the stories in addition to themes present in the original film. Half a century is a long time for a story to meditate on the same ideas, but the Planet of the Apes franchise has done so in a way that has it feeling more relevant than ever as it reaches its landmark 50th anniversary.The original film’s story is as woven into the fabric of modern pop culture as Star Wars or The Wizard of Oz: a spaceship carrying astronauts crash-lands on a mysterious planet after traveling through hyperspace. Charlton Heston’s George Taylor emerges from the wreckage only to be taken captive by a society of intellectually-advanced apes, who inform him that humans are not the dominant species on this planet. He later escapes, only to find that he’s not on an alien planet at all. He’s on Earth, a future Earth from which humankind has been mostly wiped out via nuclear destruction.via Charlton Heston, Kim Davis, and Roddy McDowall via 20th Century FoxThe film’s most famous moments, namely its ending and the infinitely-quotable, “Take your stinkin’ paws off me you damn dirty ape!” are eternal as they are due to the histrionics with which Heston performs them. There’s a campiness to his performance and that’s not a bad thing by any means. But their reputation, combined with the pulpy tone the film carries, undersell the biting satire and pessimism present in the film from its very beginning. It opens with Taylor waxing poetic on the inherent evil of man, questioning if in the 700 years that have passed on Earth since his ship’s departure man has satiated his inherent lust for war or found a solution to poverty and starvation. The film goes on to posit that not only will man’s undoing be his own, but that it may be for the better.Planet of the Apes is, in that regard, simultaneously timeless and very much of its time. It was conceived during the Cold War, a time during which humanity seemed perpetually at the precipice of its own destruction by way of powerful men dropping powerful bombs. It still feels exceptionally relevant in an age in which world leaders compare nuke sizes on social media. But its fatalism seems largely directed towards authority figures and the negative effects they have on those below them. The film and its sequels contain a heavy antiauthoritarian tone.via Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison via 20th Century FoxRegardless of who’s in charge—apes or humans—the source of antagonism in every film in the franchise is the ruling class. In the original, ape society has come to uncomfortably resemble that of humans, with a strict caste system based on ape species and a distinct bourgeoise. Humanity may have been responsible for its own downfall but in gaining sentience and superiority over humans, apes have become far more like them than they’d ever admit. Similarly when the franchise takes its characters back in time to 1973, the apes Cornelius and Zira are subjected to atrocities by humans in positions of authority. Between this and the series’ central thesis—that arrogance leads to destruction—there’s a heavy emphasis on the idea that power corrupts, regardless of species. Ape villains like Dr. Zaius and General Ursus are meant to warrant the same disdain as Dr. Hasslein and General Breck, human antagonists appearing in later franchise installments. Authority does not breed mercy or kindness. It breeds murderers and monsters. Perhaps we’d be better off if, as Beneath the Planet of the Apes argues, somebody just put us out of our misery and hit the doomsday button, if “this green and insignificant planet [were] now dead.”But beneath the Planet of the Apes (excuse the pun) rests a quiet optimism. These films are, after all, cautionary tales. A cautionary tale is for naught if those it cautions aren’t considered worth cautioning by the storyteller. Yes, the films paint humanity less than glowingly. Their stance on government rule is at best cynical and at worst nihilistic. But Planet of the Apes is nonetheless a story longing for good to win out.via Kim Davis and Roddy McDowall via 20th Century FoxThese films are at their strongest when examining the power of connection, of joining hands and fighting back. These characters and the stories they inhabit have enjoyed 50 years of longevity for a reason, after all. They aren’t just cool prosthetics, quotable moments, and (more recently) breathtaking motion-capture performance. Planet of the Apes lives on because these films remind us of the common ground we share. We’re all passengers on this big green space rock, just drifting along and trying to survive as best we can. They grab us by the shoulders and shake us, imploring us to remember how powerful love, friendship, and fighting for what’s right is, even in (especially in, really) the most trying of times. Even if they aren’t enough to save our world, they save our souls. Isn’t that worth something?The message rings throughout the film’s original run in moments between Taylor, Cornelius, and Zira. It’s there when Armando takes in young Milo, promising to keep him safe in the wake of his parents’ death at the end of Escape from the Planet of the Apes. And perhaps no films realize these themes as exquisitely as the recent reboot trilogy, which is driven entirely by the bonds Caesar and his brethren form—however reluctantly—with other humans who are, like them, just trying to survive.via Jason Clarke and Andy Serkis via 20th Century FoxFor 50 years, Planet of the Apes has been at its best when reminding us that amidst the chaos of a cruel world, one in which leaders are corrupt and the end is ever-nigh, the only things that can save us are connection, compassion, and love. Without them, we are doomed to destroy one another, and without them we should. It wouldn’t be right to say that these things are what make us human, but rather that they’re what makes our time on this planet worthwhile. We will not last, but the time we do have is not to be wasted. Stay on target
DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? A man was shot dead at his home in Van Riebeeck Street this afternoon (Saturday).He sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.Police, K9 Unit officers, Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMRS, and Fire & Emergency Services were on scene.The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear at this stage, and police are investigating the death.This story will be updated as soon as we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) – Federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent just north of the Mexico-Arizona border, a Mexican law enforcement official said Thursday.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said it was unclear if there was strong evidence linking the men to the shooting of Agent Nicholas Ivie. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Terry’s shooting was later linked to that “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed people suspected of illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than be arrested.Authorities intended to track the guns into Mexico. Two rifles found at the scene of Terry’s shooting were bought by a member of the gun-smuggling ring being investigated. Critics of the operation say any shooting along the border now will raise the specter that those illegal weapons are still being used.Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.___Castillo reported from Mexico City. Associated Press writers Brian Skoloff in Phoenix and Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments Share Authorities have declined to provide key details about Tuesday’s shooting, including what they believe prompted the shooting, whether the agents were ambushed and whether any guns from the shooting were recovered. Still, they suspect that more than one person fired on the agents.The head of the Border Patrol agents union has said he believes those who carried out the shooting probably had time to escape in the early morning darkness before authorities could seal off the area and that he doubted that whoever shot the agents would still be hiding in the area.In nearby Sierra Vista, Ariz., family members described Ivie as a devoted Mormon who developed a love for the country’s people and culture while serving on a mission in Mexico City.Ivie’s brother, Chris Ivie, remembered that his brother came across a pregnant woman one time while on patrol who had lost her shoes and had her feet cut up. “He carried that woman a mile and a half to where she could receive the proper help that she needed,” Chris Ivie said.Ivie’s death marked the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 and spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday in a rugged hilly area about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz., as they responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border.The wounded agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks and released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn’t injured.Brenda Nath, an FBI spokeswoman in Arizona, and Border Patrol officials in Arizona declined to comment on the detention of the two men in Mexico. The Cochise County sheriff’s office, which is also investigating the shooting, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Lydia Antonio, a spokeswoman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, confirmed the two detentions, but declined to say what prompted them and what made authorities suspect the two might be involved in the shooting.At a news conference Thursday in Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is getting updates on the investigation’s progress and has spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the probe.Napolitano is traveling to Arizona on Friday to express her condolences to Ivie’s family and to meet with law enforcement authorities in southern Arizona about the investigation. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Fight Back Video 2 – An Online Travel Agent RobotroomsXML have released their second chapter in the “Fightback against the big OTA’s” video series.The “Dick and Tom” Pro travel agent video had a big “pro human” impact across social media. Mark contributes part of that success to it being unbranded, cheeky and a bit of fun. Due to the overwhelming response from Travel Agents, roomsXML.com have now released part two ahead of schedule.“These video’s are about using travel agents, about promoting the people in our industry. We work in a world of preferred agreements, alliances and partnerships. The “white label” ensures agents could share the video. In the first week of the campaign there were over 7,500 unique page views, article views, shares and youtube hits, all about promoting the industry.“roomsXML is helping travel agents help themselves. Like any media this is subjective, some love it, others don’t. But put it on your website, start a conversation, engage with people and the video has done its job. No agent loses in sharing this video. Everything to gain.Timing was everything as Webjet released their figures discussing their B2B growth the next day. Whilst happy to attack travel agents in Australia and New Zealand they value them in other countries.“The message we captured in the second video is that an online travel agent is a robot. How can a robot book a holiday as well as a human? The jingle is a bit of fun. You will see and hear more from this singer in the video’s to come”“This one can also be customised ; agents just need to supply us with a receipt for a $25 donation at www.projectkarma.org.au and send a high resolution logo.Seems like the cheeky video’s are reclaiming some ground for agents“There’s still people out there, who can hook you up” Book a holiday worth remembering. Book with a travel agent.For a customised video, email firstname.lastname@example.org learn more about roomsXML.com here roomsXML connect today here www.roomsxml.comSource = roomsXML.com
LOW-COST carrier Ryanair on Tuesday announced its summer 2014 schedule, including a new route to Athens from Paphos which will operate daily from April 1.Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Manager Maria Macken said: “Seats on Ryanair’s new Paphos to Athens route will go on sale tomorrow [January 15] on ryanair.com with fares starting from €12. Ryanair’s €12 sale fare includes all non-optional taxes, charges and fees, so passengers who only travel with carry-on luggage and decline our priority boarding service can book, check-in online and fly for this advertised €12 fare.”The airline’s new weekly routes schedule includes seven flights to Athens, two to Brussels, five to Chania (Crete), one to Kaunas, two to Krakow, six to London Stansted, two to Manchester, three to Patra, one to Stockholm and 11 to Thessaloniki.The budget airline has two aircraft based at Paphos International Airport.Also Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, on Tuesday announced it was expanding its tourist destinations this summer, including flights to Larnaca.“Tourist flights are an important pillar in our business model and we are constantly improving our services. With Larnaca and Malta, we have included new destinations in our portfolio and we are increasing the frequency of flights, especially to Greece and the Canary Islands,” said Detlef Altmann, Senior Vice President Sales Touristic Services. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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