Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) moves past Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3). APMINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.“It’s just one of many,” Towns said, “and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It’ll seem something like we’re having a bad season if we’re only getting four in a row at some point.”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 shutoutHolding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.“Obviously, it’s better than losing,” he said, “but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving.” Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there’s just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.“We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort,” Barnes said. “Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season.”BUTLER DID ITThe Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.“When I feel like it’s my time to shoot, I’ll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling,” Butler said. “Feed them. Let them get us going.”WORK, BENCHTaj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.ROUGH ROAD AHEADThe Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.TIP-INS 3 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal PLAY LIST 01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.“The situation was more in my favor today,” Towns said. “I was able to go out there and play my game.”Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.“They’ve got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. “Look, we just didn’t do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that’s on us. Some of it’s on me. I’ve got to get him some better looks.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. … Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton. He’s the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. … The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games. View commentslast_img read more

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Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico He’s the best in the world at age 36. That even sounds a bit strange to Federer himself.“Those are definitely special times in my life and my career,” Federer said. “The dream as a little boy was to make it one day to world No. 1, but not at 36 years old I can tell you that. It was probably at some point at 25 maybe if things went really well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had a tough year in 2016 with my knee and stayed positive, was resilient and fought to come back and really believed I could actually win again. I didn’t think it was going to be at this level. It’s been an unbelievable journey the last 14 months and my team has been incredible. I’m loving every moment that I can still stay on tour because you never know when it’s going to end.”While this doubles match didn’t officially count Monday night, it sure mattered to all of the children in Africa who Federer is committed to helping through his foundation. Federer emerged from the tunnel of smoke and walked onto the court greeted by roars and thousands of camera phones held high for the first Bay Area appearance of his career.Federer waved every which way, held his racket in the air and beamed when introduced during warmups with the announcement at the sold-out SAP Center that he had regained the No. 1 world ranking.“For me to stand right here as world No. 1 in San Jose is very, very special for me,” Federer said.He entertained from the start, too, praising Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates as a perfect partner.“He knows numbers very well. He never makes mistakes on the scores,” Federer cracked. “I’ll do the running and Bill does the thinking.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments As Serena Williams returns, Venus says her game hasn’t left Roger Federer, of Switzerland, right, smiles after he and partner Bill Gates played in an exhibition tennis match against Jack Sock and Savannah Guthrie in San Jose, Calif., Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — From his knees at the middle of the net, Roger Federer struck volley after volley right back at Jack Sock until the American star finally faltered. Federer just smiled. It was all in fun.And how could Federer not be loving life?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gamescenter_img MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He joked to opponent Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “TODAY” show: “You have to start looking at the ball and stop looking at me.”Federer called off Gates with, “That’s mine … that’s mine, too,” before Sock lobbed a winner over Gates that Federer couldn’t chase down.Federer’s “The Match for Africa” exhibition sold more than 15,000 tickets to benefit his foundation that supports education for children in Africa. At the end of the night, the foundation had raised another $2.5 million.The Swiss star, who at 36 is the oldest men’s player to be No. 1, won the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam title.Federer and Gates also teamed up last year in Seattle.After the doubles, the 25-year-old Sock — ranked 10th in the world — pushed Federer to an 11-9 tiebreaker in the first set before dropping the second set 6-4.At one point in the opening set, Sock showed his respect by overturning a fault call. He walked toward the service line, pointed that it was an ace and went to the changeover.Sock joked beforehand, “Don’t hit it to Roger … I’m winless against him for my career.”“This match for Africa is something extraordinary,” Sock said.A video promoting the match featured Federer training Gates, from weightlifting — lunges with a heavy bar over his shoulders — to studying a tennis book and both pingpong and tennis practice to work on his reflexes and skills. “You’ll train like I do,” Federer said. “You are ready.”And Gates, dressed in a bright pink polo, drew oohs and aahs as he impressed with his shot-making and hustle to keep points alive.“I think I’m good at picking partners,” Gates said after he and Federer won 6-3.last_img read more

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Manchester United make ‘improved offer’ for Dortmund’s Mkhitaryan

first_imgManchester United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan after making an “improved offer” for the midfielder, the Bundesliga club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said.The Armenia international has been linked by British media with a move to Old Trafford under new manager Jose Mourinho.”The situation is now different. Manchester have made a much improved offer,” Watzke told Sport Bild magazine.”In situations like this there are always a lot of different things to consider and in the end at one point we have to make a decision.”As we are back in training on Monday we will decide at the weekend. I have contacted the relevant people and we will weigh things up …then the board will make the decision.”The 27-year-old scored 11 goals in 31 league games as Dortmund finished second last season and could be Mourinho’s second signing at United after defender Eric Bailly’s arrival from Villarreal.last_img read more

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Scott Frost Gives An Update On Quarterback Adrian Martinez

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezNebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez looked very good today for the Huskers, but left the game late with an injury.With Martinez out, Colorado took a 33-28 lead on a beautiful touchdown throw from Steven Montez to Laviska Shenault Jr. Walk-on back-up quarterback Andrew Bunch couldn’t answer for the Huskers, and the Buffaloes picked up the win.After an entertaining, tough game, a season-opening loss is pretty disappointing for Scott Frost’s team. There were definite signs of improvement, and Martinez looks like he’ll be an exciting play all year for the Huskers.If he’s healthy enough to play, of course.After the game Scott Frost gave a pretty optimistic update on the Adrian Martinez injury situation.From beat writer Parker Gabriel:Frost called news on Adrian Martinez so far, “Semi-encouraging.” But will wait to talk more about it until more information is in to talk specifics. #Huskers— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 8, 2018Martinez was seen with his knee “heavily wrapped” leaving the field after the loss.Adrian Martinez walks off the field with his right knee heavily wrapped.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 8, 2018After a cancelled Week 1 game against Akron, and a tough Week 2 loss, Nebraska has to wait another week for its first win of the Scott Frost era.Next week, the Huskers host Troy, a tough Sun Belt team that won at LSU last season. After that, the Huskers travel to Michigan.Hopefully Martinez will be available for both. Time will tell.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Could Be Making A Big Change To Michigan’s Staff

first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)This season won’t end with championship glory for the Michigan Wolverines, but the prestigious program will have high expectations next year, specifically because Shea Patterson will return to Ann Arbor. While Pep Hamilton currently serves as the passing game coordinator and assistant head coach, there are indications that Jim Harbaugh could make a significant change to his coaching staff.Before Harbaugh decides to schedule any interviews with other coaches, he’ll focus on having his team prepared for Saturday’s Peach Bowl. With the Florida Gators looking to play spoiler, the Wolverines need to be ready for an absolute battle.Once the dust settles from this upcoming weekend, it is possible that Harbaugh will look to hire an offensive coordinator for 2019.**From an agent who reps up and coming college coaches:**”Word is that Harbaugh will talk to a lot of offensive coaches after bowl game. If he hires an OC, every coach in country will try and get an interview,. Everyone wants that job with Shea Patterson & 3 WR coming back” pic.twitter.com/xJ963Oj5jJ— James Yoder (@JamesTYoder) December 27, 2018Coaches all around the country should be interested in this opportunity. The chance to call plays for an offensive juggernaut next season could elevate assistants to bigger roles in the future.The expectation is that Michigan should contend at the top of the Big Ten in 2019, especially if Ohio State doesn’t have Dwayne Haskins. With Patterson ready to boost his draft stock in his senior campaign, the sky is the limit for the Wolverines.Harbaugh doesn’t have a true offensive coordinator on his staff right now, but that might change in a matter of weeks.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Annie Lennox Blogs For Global Moms Relay

first_imgAnnie Lennox and her husband – mothers2mothers founder Mitchell Besser – have blogged for the Global Moms Relay.“Each and every one of us belongs to a long lineage of women stretching back through the aeons of time, without whom our very existence would not have been facilitated,” wrote Annie. “I appreciate my mother and everything she went through. As a woman and mother, I passionately believe that women everywhere in the world deserve access to sexual and reproductive health care.“I’ve been banging this drum for more than a decade. No child should give birth to a baby, and no mother or child should die because of HIV and AIDS.”“So many mothers have stories of unspeakable sadness — partners who have rejected them; children, siblings, even parents who have died of the virus,” added Dr Besser. “There are stories of coming home to share their HIV status with family members only to find that each brother and sister has been living with the same virus and the same secret fears. All of these extraordinary mothers overcoming seemingly impossible challenges; rising up, fighting to survive.“I view mothers with awe; for their resilience; for their generosity of spirit; for their capacity to heal themselves and then reach out and heal others.”Read the full blog here.last_img read more

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Womens EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Groups decided

On 27 April 2011 the draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification took place in Castle Nienoord in Leek, Netherlands.The draw was carried out by Jan Tuik, Chairman of the EHF Competitions Commission and Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General. The two were assisted by Angela Malestein and Larissa Van Dorst, members of the Dutch W19 national team.Qualification GroupsGROUP 1GermanyHungaryBelarusAzerbaijanGROUP 2RomaniaSerbiaPortugalWinner Qualification Phase 1*GROUP 3RussiaMontenegroPolandSecond Qualification Phase 1*GROUP 4FranceFYR MacedoniaTurkeyLithuaniaGROUP 5SwedenAustriaSloveniaCzech RepublicGROUP 6DenmarkCroatiaSlovakiaItalyGROUP 7SpainUkraineIcelandSwitzerland*The two last nations will be known after the Qualification Phase 1, where four teams – Greece, Great Britain, Finland and Israel – play for the two last places in the EHF EURO 2012 Qualification on 03-05 June 2011.Qualification ModusThe EHF EURO 2012 Qualification is played in six qualification rounds. All teams meet every group opponent twice, in one home and one away match. The rounds are planned to take place in three pairs.Round 1: 19-20 October 2011Round 2: 22-23 October 2011Round 3: 21-22 March 2012Round 4: 24-25 March 2012Round 5: 30-31 May 2012Round 6: 02-03 June 2012The teams finishing on first and second place will qualify to the final tournament, which will take place between 02 and 16 December 2012 in the Netherlands.text: eurohandball.com Netherlands handballWomen’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Milestone for Jurack, 300 games for the national team! Next Story → Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 read more

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Need for Speed Payback is Perfect for Those Who Want a Burnout

first_imgStay on target EA Changes Loot Crates in Need for Speed Amid Battlefront II ControversyThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in November Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img As we’ve said a billion times, 2017 has been an incredible year for video games. Because of that, I almost forgot a new Need for Speed game was dropping this month. This is doubly weird considering I’ve been a fan of the franchise since its PS2 days. I’m glad Need for Speed: Payback made it onto my radar because it is quite an unexpected but pleasant surprise. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it is the Burnout Paradise successor many of us have wanted. It really is that good.Jordan Minor wrote an excellent breakdown of the game’s various features. Instead of going over (or driving over?) familiar ground, I’m going to simply give you my personal thoughts based on the nearly ten hours I’ve played.Unlike others, I actually greatly enjoyed 2015’s self-titled Need for Speed, but I’ll admit it had issues. Though fun to play, the various race modes and environments were a tad on the generic side. The FMV sequences were endearing in a way, but they could sometimes come off as cheesy. Being inspired by the classic Need for Speed: Underground 2 wasn’t enough, and developer Ghost Games knew it. This vehicle needed a serious tune-up if it wanted to remain relevant to gamers.Need for Speed: Payback is very much like Burnout Paradise or Forza Horizon 3 since it features a massive open world filled with a ton of races to complete and collectibles to pick up. I can see some comparing Payback to Horizon 3 since both have similar desert environments dotted with pockets of civilization. That comparison is fair, but I’m more partial to Payback because it is set in America. Australia is cool and all, but driving on the opposite side of the street never felt right to me. Also, Need for Speed has Burnout-esque crashes, something Horizon 3 sorely lacked.Like Need for Speed: Underground 2, Need for Speed had skies perpetually cloaked in darkness. While cool at first, it got a bit drab and monotonous as the hours passed on. Thankfully, Payback features a full day/night cycle that makes the world much more vibrant and realistic. I loved gazing at the pure blue skies above the sun-baked desert or the forested mountain region at night. This is another title that shows the power of the Frostbite Engine. Everything is beautiful no matter the time of day.I’m not a huge fan of simulation racing games. That isn’t to say I don’t find merit in racers that strive for uber-realism. I just prefer arcade racers where I only have to release the acceleration button occasionally. Like most other Need for Speed games, Payback is roughly 80% arcade and 20% sim. Cars have strengths, and weakness one has to account for. At the same time, every car is great to drive because the game isn’t strictly adhering to real-world physics. The fact you can upgrade every vehicle to boost its performance just makes driving all the better. Zipping across the map in everything from humvees to sports cars is a thrill.Need for Speed: Payback’s large and diverse cast of characters is one of its strongest components. I had no issue with the FMV characters from the previous game, but I’m glad Payback opted to go with more traditional polygonal stars. Now, these digital thespians can lend themselves to more elaborate and varied sequences. This includes everything from hanging out in a garage planning the next heist or jumping from moving vehicles. The voice actors deliver credible and authentic performances. Admittedly, the actors keep things relatively lighthearted, but it fits with the overall tone of the game. As crazy as this sounds, Need for Speed: Payback has made me reevaluate how I think about stories in driving games.Going back to comparisons, I couldn’t help but think about Fast & Furious as I played. In this case, I am specifically referring to the first four movies in the film franchise. Before The Rock made his muscley, mini-gun wielding debut, the series focused exclusively on racing and car culture. Need for Speed: Payback also emphasizes these aspects. Yes, there are wild chase sequences, explosions, and all manner of crazy things that play out in the story. However, the game always puts the spotlight on racing — much like Fast & Furious used to. In this sense, I’d like to consider Need for Speed: Payback a spiritual sequel to the original Fast films.While I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with the game so far, I know I’ve only just scratched its surface. The story alone is supposedly around 20 hours long. If you add in all of the different races, challenges, billboards to break, poker chips to collect, and derelict cars to find and upgrade, you can see Payback easily taking up a significant amount of time. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on the size of your backlog. I’ll no doubt slowly pick away at Payback during the rest of the year, so I’m thankful it contains a good deal of content.Working Need for Speed: Payback into my busy gaming schedule presents a challenge, but it’s one I’m willing to take. I’ve desired a new Burnout Paradise for nearly a decade. I don’t know when or if that will ever happen, but this is about as close as it gets. I’m glad the Need for Speed series (and in particular this game) is here to fill that void. If you want a racing game that offers a great deal of customization, a massive open world to explore, and an action-packed story, Need for Speed: Payback is the game for you.Need for Speed: Payback releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.last_img read more

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After a night of partying a terrifying fall

first_imgPULLMAN — At the bottom of a 23-foot retaining wall, a young man lay in a pool of blood. The fall had broken every bone in his face. His teeth were chipped. He was barely conscious. A police officer called out to him, asking him his name. The body groaned, and slurred something that sounded like “Shawn.” His name wasn’t Shawn.It was just minutes after midnight on Saturday, Sept. 10, and several officers who had responded to the fall feared it would end with a body bag. In the hours that followed, as medical staff worked to save the young man, an officer called the Whitman County coroner.The officer warned they might need an autopsy.Chad Heffelfinger, a 20-year-old WSU student from Vancouver, survived a fall from a 23-foot retaining wall last month.Nights of drinking lead to EREach year, hundreds of WSU students are rushed to Pullman Regional Hospital for an alcohol-related trauma or detox after a night of partying. In the past five years, hospital officials say they have seen a rise in the blood-alcohol level of patients to an average of 0.33 — four times the legal limit for driving.About eight to 10 cases of those cases each year are severe enough to be airlifted to another hospital, said Stacey Aggabao, director of the emergency department at Pullman Regional Hospital.“We get quite a few falls,” she said.Many students appear to be mixing alcohol with stimulants such as caffeine, Aggabao said. The stimulants allow students to continue drinking past the point where they would normally pass out.last_img read more

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Pearson completes £12bn pensions buyin

first_imgEducation and learning organisation Pearson has completed two pension buy-in transactions totalling £1.2 billion.The organisation has purchased pension buy-in policies with both Aviva and Legal and General for The Pearson Pension Plan. These transactions, amounting to £600 million per plan and covering around 2,400 members each, will cover approximately two-thirds of the plan’s pensioner liabilities.The transactions form part of the pension scheme trustees’ strategy to reduce risk by aligning investments more closely with the pension benefits needed to pay member. The buy-ins also transfer the pension scheme’s longevity risk from Pearson to Aviva and Legal and General, which reduces the pension risks being underwritten by the organisation and provides additional security for members.The buy-in policies have been designed to make monthly payments to the pension plan equal to future pensions for two-thirds of the plan’s current pensioners, reduce the risk that Pearson will be required to contribute extra cash to the pension in future, and contain features that will provide additional security to the pension scheme beyond the protections typically available under an insurance arrangement. Furthermore, the buy-ins will provide a platform for future de-risking through an umbrella contract structure that enables further buy-ins to be completed quickly under the existing contracts.Members will see no change in how their pension is provided because the buy-ins are held as investments of the pension scheme.Lane, Clark and Peacock (LCP) acted as lead advisor to the trustees during the transaction process, and law firm Linklaters provided legal advice. Aviva currently provides Pearson’s corporate pension, group protection and health insurance benefits.Clive Wellsteed, partner at LCP, said: “The key advantage of an umbrella contract, as used by the Pearson Pension Plan, is the ability to complete future buy-ins quickly if pricing is competitive, building on the strong relationships and contract terms already in place with the insurers.”Andy Briggs, chief executive officer at Aviva UK Insurance, added: “We’re delighted that the trustee for The Pearson Pension Plan has chosen us to insure the pension benefits of its plan members.“We’re continuing to see very strong demand for bulk annuity deals as more and more trustees look to find the right solution to manage their defined benefit pension schemes.”Kerrigan Procter, chief executive officer at Legal and General Retirement, said: “As trustee boards and sponsoring [employers] continue to improve scheme funding and manage down their risks, we are seeing demand for buy-ins, buyouts and longevity insurance grow. In the UK alone, we are currently quoting on circa £15 billion of pension buy-in and buyout business. While not every one of these opportunities will transact, it highlights the underlying strength that exists in the market and how increasing numbers of trustees are looking to us to help them deliver their members’ benefits.”last_img read more

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Deal in Senate Provides Votes for CR Ending Shutdown

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR An agreement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to provide floor time for an immigration debate won over a majority of the chamber’s Democrats, three days after they withheld their support for a continuing resolution (CR) over the lack of a deal to protect “dreamers” from deportation. Following the deal, the Senate and the House on Monday approved a stopgap measure to end the partial government shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8.It is far from certain how the arrangement worked out between McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will resolve the underlying issue behind the Democrats’ decision to force a showdown Friday over funding the government. McConnell emphasized that his promise to hold a debate over immigration — including a measure to address the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — by mid-February was contingent on the government remaining open after Feb. 8. In other words, if a bipartisan deal is not reached over the next two-and-a-half weeks, Democrats would need to agree to pass another spending bill for an immigration debate to go ahead in the Senate, reported CQ.And even if the Senate clears a DACA fix, there’s no guarantee it would gain the support of President Trump or the House GOP.Photo by Architect of the Capitollast_img read more

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HyperX brings Qi wireless charging ChargePlay pad to gaming line

first_imgThe HyperX Cloud Flight S and Pulsefire Dart getting their Qi charging fix on the new ChargePlay Base. HyperX Qi wireless charging is one of the best conveniences to arrive for gaming accessories: I’ve used HP’s Photon and Outpost mouse and mousepad duo, and I’m hooked. At Gamescom 2019, HyperX is launching into Qi with its first round of compatible wireless accessories and a dual-pad charger. A new keyboard, plus Xbox One and PS4 headsets, are on the way as well.The ChargePlay Base Qi Wireless Charger handles two devices on two 10 watt pads with a big status indicator for each. It’s on the expensive side, though; at $60 it follows in the footsteps of Samsung and Anker. It’s slated to ship in September.Of course, you’ll need some HyperX accessories to put on it. The $200 Cloud Flight S headset slated for the beginning of 2020 and $100 Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse shipping in September can rest side-by-side for their Qi charge. The headset, announced back in May, uses a 2.4GHz connection (dongle ho!) and supports 7.1 surround. HyperX says it can last up to 30 hours. Computers Gaming Accessories Stadia announcement: All the cool games previewed 0 56 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags The mouse is also a $100 September baby, and it’s HyperX’s first stab at a wireless mouse. It, too, uses the 2.4GHz dongle and offers the usual: 16,000 dpi Pixart sensor with programmable settings, Omron switches for the buttons and configurable lighting. It’s battery is rated for 50 hours. A not-wireless mechanical keyboard, the $110 HyperX Alloy Origins, also debuted. A version with the linear HyperX Red Switches (its Cherry MX Red competitor) the company announced at Computex will be available in October, while one with the new tactile HyperX Aqua switches, which seem to be like Cherry MX Brown, won’t arrive until early 2020. They’ll have a 45g acuation point and shorter travel.In addition to a new $30 ChargePlay Duo Controller Charging Station for Xbox One arriving in September, HyperX is bringing its Cloud headsets over to Xbox and PS4 consoles:HyperX CloudX Flight Wireless Gaming Headset, $150, Q4HyperX CloudX Stinger Gaming Headset, $50, Sept. HyperX CloudX Chat Headset, $25, Sept.HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset for PS4, $50, Oct. HyperX Cloud Chat Gaming Headset for PS4, $25, Oct. Post a comment The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair 1:49 HP Samsung Share your voicelast_img read more

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Outside health experts stress low infection risk from YKHC dental instruments

first_imgThe Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is testing patients for Hepatitis B, C, and HIV after partially sterilized dental instruments were used on patients. Out of the 191 patients seen during the nine-day period in question, up to 13 patients might have had contact with the instruments. When YKHC discovered the error, they consulted with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology and the Center for Disease Control. KYUK talked to some of the same people.Listen Now The YKHC Dental Clinic is the lower level row of windows to the right of the entrance. (Photo by Dean Swope – KYUK, Bethel)Here are two of the people YKHC talked to: Louisa Castrodale, epidemiologist with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health and Dr. Joseph Perz. epidemiologist with the CDC Division of Health Care Quality Promotion.When asked about the risk of infection, both said the same thing:“This is a situation where the chances are rather low, and maybe even theoretical, that there would have been an exposure,” Castrodale said.“This is something that in our risk assessment poses a very, very, low, theoretical risk of infection,” Perz echoed.It’s a theoretical risk, because it’s not known if any of the instruments were contaminated with Hepatitis B, C, or HIV.First, the instruments would have had to have been used on a person who carried one of those viruses. Second, the instruments would have had to have retained some blood. Third, the virus would have had to survive the first two steps of the three-step cleaning process: detergent and ultrasound. YKHC just missed the last step: heat.Susan Jones is the HIV/STD Program Manager for the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. She didn’t talk to YKHC, but she thinks the cleaning that did happen was enough to kill HIV, which was highly unlikely to be on the instruments anyway.“We have very few new infections a year, and very few folks that have infections who live in Alaska,” Jones said.So few, that last year there were only 64 cases of HIV reported in the state. None were in Southwest Alaska.With Hepatitis C, 91 cases were reported in Southwest Alaska last year, and no cases of Hepatitis B were reported in the area.There’s no vaccination for HIV or Hepatitis C, but most people get vaccinated against Hepatitis B as infants.  In fact, a National Immunization Survey showed that between 2000 and 2001, 90 percent of Alaska Native infants were vaccinated against Hepatitis B.So few people in the region even have these illnesses to pass on, and the viruses don’t do well outside the body.“Hepatitis B is an example where experimental studies have shown that the virus remains viable for weeks, potentially, in the environment,” Perz explained. “Hepatitis C is more medium level in that regard, so its viability would be measured in hours or days. And HIV is thought to be the least hardy of those three, so it might only survive a very short while on an inanimate surface.”A CDC study showed just drying HIV caused a 90 to 99 percent reduction in concentration within several hours.“I would say, again, in this situation,” Perz said, “patients can be reassured that there was very little risk.”“But it’s not zero,” Castrodale warned. “And so the decision was made to continue to reach out to those patients.”YKHC wasn’t required to contact patients and tell them what happened or to offer free blood tests. Perz calls their situation a gray zone, but one where transparency is encouraged and one where it was chosen.To anyone who got one of those calls, he offers this way to look at it:“Thirteen patients might have been exposed to these instruments. There are actually 191 patients who’re sort of in the risk pool. That translates to 178 patients who have zero risk at all. I would say for the remaining 13 patients, the risk is so low, it is to be close to negligible.”The take away is that few people in the area have the viruses to pass on; and the viruses probably couldn’t survive the initial cleaning process; but a risk still exists. So, as HIV/STD Program Manager Susan Jones said, “Get tested.”Anyone with medical questions can talk to a nurse by calling YKHC at 1-844-543-6361.last_img read more

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GHMC team rescues 2 kittens from 40ft well

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Disaster Rescue Team rescued two kittens from a 40-foot deep well at Safilguda within the Malkajgiri circle on Wednesday. A local woman has informed the Disaster Rescue Team to help the two kitten which were found in the well of Safilguda Sitaramnagar in Malkajgiri circle three days ago. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to the media, she said she rang up the local NGO to rescue the kittens three-days ago but they had not responded. But the GHMC disaster rescue teams arrived at the well at Sitaramnagar and rescued these kittens by climbing down the 40 feet well, she added. A member of the Disaster Rescue Team said the local woman had complained of two kittens in the well, but initially, they saw only one kitten in the well and later, they found one more kitten. The local people thanked the GHMC Disaster Rescue Team Members for safe retrieval of the two kittens.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 1747 up on August 25

first_imgBSE closes points 17.47 up on August 2569K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 17.47 up on August 2569K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, August 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 17.47 points up to stand at 26,437.02. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.90 points down to stand at 7,906.30. EMAMI LTD. and MAX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.27% and 4.47% along with INDIAN HOTELS CO.LTD. and TTKPRESTIGE with an increase of 3.07% and 2.77% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JINDAL STEEL and POWER LTD. and HINDALCO with a decrease of 15.14% and 9.91% along with NATIONALUM and TATASTEEL with a decrease of 6.89% and 5.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 59.51 points at 17,093.78 while the banking sector is down 161.80 points at 17,950.03 and the reality sector is down 36.62 points at 1,785.85. The Indian currency is up 0.07% at Rs 60.50 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, August 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 17.47 points up to stand at 26,437.02. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.90 points down to stand at 7,906.30. EMAMI LTD. and MAX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.27% and 4.47% along with INDIAN HOTELS CO.LTD. and TTKPRESTIGE with an increase of 3.07% and 2.77% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JINDAL STEEL and POWER LTD. and HINDALCO with a decrease of 15.14% and 9.91% along with NATIONALUM and TATASTEEL with a decrease of 6.89% and 5.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 59.51 points at 17,093.78 while the banking sector is down 161.80 points at 17,950.03 and the reality sector is down 36.62 points at 1,785.85. The Indian currency is up 0.07% at Rs 60.50 per dollar.last_img read more

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Woman her lover detained for killing man

first_imgMap of SatkhiraPolice arrested two people including a woman in connection with the recovery of a body of a man in Keuratala of Debhata upazila in Satkhira on Wednesday, reports UNB.The arrestees are Asma Khatun, 22, wife of the deceased Ali Hossain and her lover Jakir Hossain of the village.Akbar Ali, a member of Sakhirpur union parishad, said Ali had married Asma seven years ago and the couple had been blessed with a four-year-old boy.Asma had developed an extramarital relationship with Jakir, he alleged.Biplab Kumar Saha, officer-in-charge of Debhata police station, said Ali Hossain might have been killed over his wife’s extra marital relationship.On Wednesday, police recovered the body of Ali Hossain with throat slashed from a fish enclosure in the upazila.last_img read more

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Heres Why Cats Go Crazy Over Laser Pointers

first_img If you’ve ever pointed a laser pointer at the ground in front of your cat, you’ve probably been privy to the hilarity that ensues. They can’t give it up. Sometimes dogs get in on the fun, too. They’ll scurry around wherever the light shines, acting like they’ve had just a touch too much catnip. Who cares if they’ll ever catch it?But why do they act so crazy about laser pointers? There’s no rhyme or reason, is there? According to HowStuffWorks, there actually is. Cats are naturally attracted to things they can stalk, and that laser pointer is offering that very kind of experience. It “simulates the movement of prey, so it attracts the cat’s attention and gets the cat to chase and pounce on it,” according to Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, an animal behavior specialist at Tufts University.Of course, it’s easy for humans to look at the laser pointer and understand immediately that it’s just a light and nothing to be concerned with, but the reason cats don’t immediately process this information is because their eyes aren’t prepared for it. In fact, cat eyes don’t register the color red, so they see the light as white or yellow. So it’s not the color that’s goading them. Though it’s easy to look at a laser pointer and assume the love the light thanks to the color red.The conclusion is they see the light as a predator, and it gets them hopping, and that means they’re getting exercise. That’s extremely important when it comes to keeping your cats healthy, so regardless of why they’re freaking out about the laser pointer, if they’re having fun it’s probably a good idea to keep playing with it. Plus, they get to fulfill their big cat relatives role of Big Bad Predator. Firefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered ItCat Gets Stuck in Washing Machine for 35-Minute Cycle Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Former WestJet exec joins Rocky Mountaineer as VP Global Human Resources

first_imgFormer WestJet exec joins Rocky Mountaineer as VP, Global Human Resources << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Share VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer has appointed Tyson Matheson as its new Vice President of Global Human Resources.In his new role, Matheson will be responsible for driving the global human resources strategies, including employee engagement, people recruitment and development, and organizational culture.Steve Sammut, President of Rocky Mountaineer, said the company is excited to have Matheson join the team, adding that “his extensive background in the tourism and travel industry, combined with his exceptional leadership experience, will be valuable as we continue investing in our people and talent.”Matheson began his human resources career at WestJet where he advanced to Vice President, People Relations and Culture, and managed a team of 100 people. He then transitioned to the operations side of the business as Vice President, Inflight Services, where he led a team of 3,500 employees.In 2017, Matheson relocated to Toronto to join Walmart Canada as Vice President, Associate Relations, where he incorporated a technology-driven approach to better alight their employee brand with customer brand.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsOn his new role, Matheson said: “I look forward to joining the team at Rocky Mountaineer as we develop our people programs and modernize our systems to enhance the overall employee experience. It is such a pleasure to join an iconic Canadian travel experience.”center_img Posted by Tags: New Hires, RM, Rocky, Rocky Mountaineer Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Malaysia orders sea searchandrescue for migrants

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Myanmar officials refer to members of the religious minority as “Bengalis,” implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh, even though many have lived in the country for generations.The U.N. says the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted groups in the world. Neither Myanmar nor Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens.Over the past few years, Rohingya have faced increasing state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar. They have been targeted by violent mobs of Buddhist extremists and confined to camps. At least 120,000 have fled to sea, and an unknown number have died along the way.Since the crisis stated unfolding three weeks ago, around 3,000 migrants have washed to shore. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea.After pushing back several vessels, Indonesia and Malaysia announced Wednesday they would offer temporary shelter to incoming migrants if the international community helps resettle them within a year.They said it was a global, not regional, problem.The United States responded quickly, saying it was prepared to take a leading role in any multi-country effort organized by the U.N. refugee agency to resettle the most vulnerable refugees. An Acehnese fisherman, lower left, help migrants to transfer to his boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas) The announcement Thursday by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was the latest in a series of breakthroughs, including an offer by his country and Indonesia to provide temporary shelter to the desperate men, women and children until a more permanent solution is found.He said he had ordered his navy and coast guard to conduct search-and-rescue efforts for other boats.“We have to prevent loss of life,” he tweeted.Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said four vessels had been deployed, and three helicopters and three other ships were on standby.Myanmar, which earlier hinted it would skip a regional meeting in Thailand next week bringing together representatives of more than a dozen nations, changed course Thursday, saying it would attend.Around half the migrants on the boats are Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing persecution and violence in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.“We are ready to cooperate with other governments to resolve the ongoing problems through constructive engagement and on humanitarian grounds,” said Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office.The decision was made after an invitation letter arrived, he said, noting it did not imply Myanmar was solely responsible for the crisis or use the word Rohingya, a term that is not recognized by his government. YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to attend a regional meeting aimed at easing the crisis.Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis are believed to be trapped on boats with little food or water — some after being pushed back by the navies of at least three countries — and the international community has warned that time to save them is running out. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories The tiny African country of Gambia has also said it is willing to take in Rohingya refugees. “As human beings, more so fellow Muslims, it is (our) sacred duty to help,” the presidency said in a statement.U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, currently visiting Southeast Asia, met on Thursday with senior Myanmar government officials and “shared the U.S. government’s concerns about the migrant crisis in the region and urged the Myanmar government to work with regional partners to address the issue,” the U.S. Embassy said on its Facebook page.___Ng reported from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Police officer suspected of forging sick notes Updated

first_imgA police officer wanted in connection with forging sick notes was arrested in Paphos on Thursday.A warrant was issued against the 36-year-old man on Wednesday after he reportedly forged documents to secure sick leave between July 19 and August 27.According to police he presented a total of 11 documents of which five were falsified, one was judged to be genuine and the other five are being investigated.The suspect who is from Limassol and works for the Paphos police was questioned by fellow police officers after his arrest.Police say they are considering taking disciplinary action and the possibility of suspending the officer.  You May LikeMoney Buddy17 Jobs That Won’t Be Around In 20 YearsMoney BuddyUndoFittors15 Best Dog Breeds For SeniorsFittorsUndo¡Qué Gourmet!La miel falsa: el timo más habitual en el supermercado¡Qué Gourmet!Undo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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