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Toronto 118, Warriors 109: Warriors labored without Kevin Durant

first_imgTORONTO – When the shots do not fall and their defense lags, the Warriors usually have a solution to jumpstart their team.Get the ball to Kevin Durant. He often covers up the Warriors’ blemishes with consistently scoring efficiently. If only the Warriors had that as an option.The Warriors labored through a 118-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. The result offered the latest evidence to a topic that should have been irrefutable even during the …last_img read more

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Romeo Kumalo: I am an Entrepreneur

first_imgBusiness leader Romeo Kumalo plays his part in promoting entrepreneurship in South Africa, sharing his vast experience in the information and communications technology sector.South African business leader Romeo Kumalo. (Image: M-Net)Brand South Africa’s partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, Renault, MTN Business and MyStartUp on the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ programme workshop series is aimed at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in South Africa.Mentors and business pioneers present very different but compelling stories about their enterprising journey with budding entrepreneurs in a masterclass set-up.The Bloemfontein chapter of ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ held a workshop on 7 October 2017 with business man Romeo Kumalo. He has more than 20 years of experience in the South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector, 10 years of which were spent with Vodacom. Now Kumalo has struck out on his own and is forging a new path to success.Kumalo says he wants to make his own dent in the universe – and he plans to do this through supporting budding entrepreneurs in South Africa.As a member of M-Net’s Shark Tank, he has been afforded the opportunity to get involved with young entrepreneurs and invest in businesses he believes will help solve societal problems in the country. In Shark Tank, budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to five industry leaders who decide whether the idea is worth investing in or not.This was a great platform to amplify the values of Play Your Part as it highlights the goals of the National Development Plan to eliminate poverty and build an inclusive society through, among other things, youth development, skilling and empowering women and entrepreneurship. This ultimately sees South Africa having higher employment rates and a more confident, skilled workforce.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Ohio Farm Bureau fights expanded eminent domain authority

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe fight to protect landowners from expanded eminent domain authority continues.  Ohio Farm Bureau successfully prevented an expansion of takings authority in the Senate’s version of the transportation budget, but it could return.  Legislators from both chambers must reconcile their two versions and were to provide a final transportation budget to Gov. Mike DeWine by March 31, however details were still being hashed out as of April 1. The amendment would have increased quick take authority, which allows property to be taken immediately without the normal eminent domain process. The amendment would allow utility companies to bypass normal eminent domain procedures and instead allow the utility to take immediate possession by depositing with the court an amount the utility believes is an appropriate value.  Farm Bureau policy policy supports adequate compensation before beginning a project. “This amendment eliminates the landowner’s negotiating power,” said Jenna Beadle, OFBF director of state policy.  Another provision of the amendment allowed project approval by the Ohio Power Siting Board to be used as a determination of need for the project under eminent domain.“This takes away a landowner’s right to argue the necessity of the project or whether an existing easement could be used for the project,” Beadle said.Even if the expanded authority is not in the final transportation budget, Beadle expects the issue to reappear in future legislation. Ohio Farm Bureau will remain vigilant in defeating this substantial change to state law.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Contract Price for Solar Electricity Hits a Low

first_imgDebating Our All-Renewable Energy Future These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy)Renewable Energy Squabble Goes to CourtTransforming the Electric SystemWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S. Separately, Greentech Media cited a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that predicts that all types of clean energy will match the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years. The study examined cost data from some 15,000 utility-scale projects, including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and both onshore and offshore wind.IRENA said the levelized cost of energy had dropped sharply for some types of power. Over a seven-year period from 2010 to 2017, for example, the levelized cost of electricity from utility-scale solar projects plummeted to 10 cents per kWh, a 73% decline that IRENA called “remarkable.”For onshore wind, IRENA found that turbines commissioned in 2017 produced power for an average levelized cost of about 6 cents per kWh, an 18% drop since 2010.GTM Research noted that utility-scale solar prices during the fourth quarter of last year ranged from a low of 3 cents per kWh for a project in Mexico to a high of 15 cents per kWh in Japan.Factors driving the downward push on prices include technological improvements, competitive bidding for the procurement of electricity, and a growing number of experienced developers.“The trend is clear,” the IRENA report says. “By 2020, all mainstream renewable power generation technologies can be expected to provide average costs at the lower end of the fossil-fuel cost range. In addition, several solar PV and wind power projects will provide some of the lowest-cost electricity from any source.” The contract price for electricity from a new solar-electric facility in New Mexico is the lowest for distributed photovoltaic (PV) power in the U.S., the Rocky Mountain Institute said.The 3-megawatt installation in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is due to come online in March and will sell electricity to the Otero County Electric Cooperative under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The project is owned by SoCore Energy, a Chicago-based solar developer.What’s called the Carrizozo project is the second solar facility developed by the Otero Cooperative. Its first was a 76-kilowatt project built in 2014 and later expanded to a capacity of 150 kW. The array in Alamogordo is being developed without any state tax credits or subsidies.RMI, a non-profit research and consulting organization, said in a news release that it also is working with electric cooperatives in Texas and Colorado to help develop community-scale solar projects.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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Muzaffarnagar riots: U.P. govt. to withdraw 18 cases

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw 18 cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots and asked the district authorities to approach the court, sources said on Sunday. U.P.’s Special Secretary of Law J.J. Singh has directed Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Rajeev Sharma to withdraw the cases, they said.Court permissionOn the directive from Lucknow, the district authorities have started preparing to approach the court for permission to withdraw the cases. The cases were filed under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code including 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 397 (attempt to cause death), the sources said.Details sought The directive came after the State government sought details of 125 cases filed in relation to the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. Additional District Magistrate Amit Kumar said that the State government had sought the details to review the possibility of withdrawing the 125 cases pending in courts. Several leaders of the ruling BJP, including MPs Sanjeev Balyan and Bharatendra Singh, MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik, have been named in these 125 cases. Sadhvi Prachi Minister in the State government Suresh Rana and Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi are also accused in cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots. However, the cases asked to be withdrawn do not include the names of these BJP leaders. Communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed 60 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.last_img read more

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Big 2nd half propels Meralco over debuting Ginebra

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’ “I’m very happy with our effort to night especially on the defensive end. We played good defense the entire game. A lot of people were involved with that,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Cliff Hodge did a great job defensively today. LA Tenorio got off to a quick start but after that I thought Chris Newsome also picked up his defense against LA. I think overall it was just a great defensive effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Bolts outscored the Gin Kings, 29-12, in the pivotal third period where swingman Jared Dillinger fired 12 of his 17 points.“In the second half we played much better offensively, moved the ball better, started to make some shots. JD (Dillinger) made some outside shots for us and 3-point shots that opened up their defense,” said Black. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Overall it’s just a great start for us. I’m really happy for the players they worked hard in the offseason,” Black added after his team rose to 2-0.Meralco also ruined the return of Ginebra center Greg Slaughter, who played his first game in 10 months due to an ACL injury.Slaughter finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 early before a big third quarter got them cruising to a big win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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W2W 2

first_imgWorld 2 Wins user-friendly layout is a product ofWorld 2 Wins user-friendly layout is a product of consumer responses and sample studies with a target audience ranging from 10 to 50 years of age. The Indian gaming market did see a rise in reward-based online gaming models in the early 2000s, however the founders believe that the differentiation of the product compared to those earlier attempts is maintained through one key factor: simplicity. “Gamers like to preserve their efforts for the actual game, and not waste them on the process of manoeuvring through the app and reaching the final competition. Our app rides on this easy-to-operate model,” said Rishikesh Dixit, Director of World of Winning. Founders also stress on the importance of one game rather than a variety of others. “We want to focus on making our archery-based game the best in the business.Deviating from one and investing our resources on multiple games is not the need of the hour. We would rather have one premium competition than a hundred presentable ones,” Rishikesh added.The inspiration behind archery too was linked to the binding theme of simplicity. A sport that can be tracked to over 70,000 years before present, an activity that was practised across regions and a basic-rule framework that has been constant from the Palaeolithic era to now. Digitally restructuring a form with such rich history was a concept that fascinated Team W2W.(MORE) PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

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SPORT-OLY-RUSSIA 3 LAST

first_imgRodchenkov said an intricate doping program was “working Rodchenkov said an intricate doping program was “working like a Swiss watch” at Sochi and helped at least 15 Russian medalists by making positive samples vanish and removing and re-sealing some samples. McLaren said the evidence of tampering with sample bottles in Sochi was apparent and that similar bottles could be used at Rio without fear. “The bottles can be described as tamper evident,” he said. “With relatively easy training, people can idenitify if there are any problems in Rio.” He said there should be no problems with sample bottles in Rio. McLaren found some Russian officials involved in the doping program were on national sport federations but added, “What we dont know is how far their knowledge goes.” There was no mandate to find individual dope cheats or conclusions about people being forced to dope in the Russian program. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Bolt gone, doping back as the main topic in sprint game

first_imgP11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Coleman got a reprieve, but with the vacuum created by Bolt’s departure, the Coleman case placed the specter of doping front and center again in the sprint game — same as it had been for decades before the Jamaican arrived and overtook the conversation with his sheer speed and buoyant personality.Coleman’s case involved a pileup of complicated rules, confusing interpretations and twisted after-the-fact narratives that have allowed critics to cast both main players in this saga — Coleman and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — into a negative light.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Coleman, who has never failed a drug test, nor ever been suspected of running afoul of the rules, will be running under a cloud of suspicion in the minds of some fans and media who tend to paint all U.S. sprinters with the same broad brush — as cheaters, a stereotype borne out of America’s sordid doping past.Coleman, meanwhile, is assailing USADA for being sloppy and putting him in the crosshairs because of the confusion over the rules. “It’s a shame on USADA, the fact that this was public knowledge, the fact that they didn’t know their own rules, and the fact they expect athletes to know the rules but they can’t follow their own,” Coleman said on a 22-minute video he posted on YouTube last week.At issue are the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, which call for athletes to provide information on their whereabouts so doping-control officers can find them for out-of-competition tests with no advance notice. If an athlete has a combination of three missed tests over the span of 12 months — either because he isn’t where he said he would be, because he gave the wrong information or because he didn’t update the information — it can be considered an anti-doping violation.Athletes are responsible for submitting their whereabouts information quarterly, then updating it as necessary. In an interpretation of the rule that WADA applied to Coleman, his first missed test, on June 6, 2018, was backdated to the start of the quarter in which he missed the test — April 1 — which put it outside of the 12-month window between that failure and his latest one, on April 26, 2019.It was an interpretation of the rule that USADA did not initially anticipate, and one that will be eliminated when the WADA code is revised for 2021.And though USADA does not discuss ongoing cases in public, because this one got leaked to the media, and because Coleman subsequently commented on it, it freed up USADA to explain its side of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Lewis Hamilton blames Mercedes strategy for Singapore result “In this case, we applied the rules to Mr. Coleman in the manner that USADA understands should be applied to any other international-level athlete,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart explained.Most fans probably won’t delve into the minutiae of this issue, but will see the words “Doping” and “Track” in the headlines and think “nothing new there.”For the better part of 10 years, Bolt shifted that focus — even deflecting away inevitable questions about his own clean doping record with a smile, or by earnestly taking umbrage at the mere suggestion — and placed it squarely on the track, where his light all but blinded everyone from this sport’s ever-growing laundry list of warts and imperfections (Remember, the Russian doping scandal began as a track and field issue, and barring an unexpected move by track’s governing body this week, Russians will compete as neutral athletes with their track federation still under suspension).Now that Bolt is gone, the top two contenders in Saturday’s 100-meter final are expected to be Coleman and defending champion Justin Gatlin, a 37-year-old who has been suspended twice for doping violations and whose victory at worlds in London in 2017 was greeted with skepticism from the media and boos from the stands.“I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c’mon,” Gatlin said after his victory, in responding to the booing and the harsh questioning that accompanied the win.Can any sprinter — whether declared innocent, or insistent that he’s changed his ways — get a clean start in a sport that demands exactly that?Maybe Coleman’s trip to Doha, with less than a year to go before the 2020 Olympics, will offer some sort of answer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FILE – In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman celebrates as he wins the men’s 100-meter dash final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, in Des Moines, Iowa. The world’s fastest man now that Usain Bolt is on the sideline is 100-meter runner Christian Coleman, who almost was forced to miss world championships because he had missed too many drug tests. He got a reprieve, but, as always, the specter of doping lingers over the sport’s biggest event. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DOHA, Qatar — Usain Bolt is in the rearview mirror, replaced by — what else? — an unfolding doping saga in track and field.The title of “World’s Fastest Man” now that Bolt is on the sideline belongs to American 100-meter sprinter Christian Coleman, who almost was banned from this month’s world championships because he had missed too many drug tests.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:57Student activists tell CHED commissioner to resign00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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‘Traitor’ Mohammad Kaif trolled after he praised Pakistan T20I triumph

first_imgMohammad Kaif was slammed and brutally trolled on social media after the former India cricketer praised Pakistan. India’s arch-rivals had chased down a record score in the final of a T20I tri-series against Australia in Zimbabwe on Sunday.Kaif, the hero of India’s historic Natwest Series triumph in England 16 years ago, had last played for the country in 2006. However, he has since been active with media duties and is a regular on social media with his views.Like every ardent cricket fan and supporter, Kaif kept track of the Pakistan-Australia final in Harare.Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in a record run chase to lift the tri-series trophy at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Sunday.Fakhar Zaman stars as Pakistan beat Australia to win T20I tri-seriesKaif, obviously impressed with a fine display tweeted to congratulate Pakistan.Well done to Pakistan on winning the T20 series final against Australia. Great innings from Fakhar Zaman , looks a big match player.Congratulations #PakvAusMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2018However, trolls were quick to pick up on the Indian cricketer.400 chappal maro ees pakistaan premi koArun K. Pathak 7992478173 (@Arun_Pathak_1) July 8, 2018Ye ummid nhi thi tumse jaag gya tunhara pakistani pream @MohammadKaifPriya Prakash Varrier (@Priyavarrier08) July 8, 2018@MohammadKaifDeepika Padukone FC (@deepikapadukonz) July 8, 2018Pakistan ko congrates krna jruri hai kya.isi ko pakistani prem kahte hai.Arun Prajapati (@arunp2018) July 8, 2018Desh Droohi go to Pakistan and comment on them not from here …advertisementMohammed (@ArshadSagari) July 9, 2018Mr kaif why to praise Pakistan for Windows .As I don’t watch there match for lAst so many yearsvishalbhatia1603@gmail.com (@vishalbhatia162) July 8, 2018Holy guacamole did he just congratulate Pakistan? he better pack his bagsAatif_intriago (@nazir_aatif) July 8, 2018Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D’Arcy Short’s stylish 76 from 53 balls.Pakistan were in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard.But Zaman launched a ferocious counter-attack with an innings that included 12 fours and three sixes, bringing up his half-century in 30 balls.Pakistan, who top the global rankings in Twenty20 cricket, won the game with four balls to spare to secure victory in the final of the series that also involved hosts Zimbabwe.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more