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Bruins honor Super Bowl champion Patriots before game

Bruins honor Super Bowl champion Patriots before game

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Running back James White – who scored three touchdowns in New England’s 34-28 comeback win over Atlanta last Sunday, including the game winner in the first Super Bowl to ever go into overtime – dropped the ceremonial first puck.Special teams captain Matthew Slater and linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer were a few of the notable players who participated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThere was a video package of highlights of the game played on the Jumbotron before they entered. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytecenter_img New England Patriots LeGarrette Blount (left), Dion Lewis (center), and Martellus Bennett wave during a parade Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston to celebrate the team’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. (Photo by STEVEN SENNE/AP)BOSTON — The Bruins have honored the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots before Boston’s game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.Fourteen members of the NFL championship team walked onto center ice wearing Bruins jerseys with their names and numbers on the back.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Army’s Joven resumes his chase of Ronda leaders Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View commentslast_img read more

Brinksmanship…

Brinksmanship…

first_img…worked for N KoreaWell…who woulda guessed? Looks like the “talks” between Trump and Kim Jong Un will be coming off after all! That’s the President of the United States – the largest economy in the world, weighing in at US$18.5 TRILLION – sitting across the table with the boss of N Korea whose country ranks 125th in the world with a GDP of only US$18 billion!! And with this meeting, N Korea has won the battle Jong UN’s grandfather launched 50 years ago when he embarked on a nuclear programme!Not many folks remember the Korean War – but it was a VERY BIG THING – trust you Eyewitness!! Or if you don’t, aske GECOM’s Justice Patterson – he’s certainly old enough to have a first-hand recollection!! It started in 1950 when N Korean troops moved into South Korea and the US jumped in on the latter’s side, to halt the North’s advance. When the tide swung and they’d penetrated far into North Korea to approach the Chinese border, the latter poured in hundreds of thousands of troops and most of the world thought it was the beginning of WWIII!Even though the US THREATENED to use her nuclear weapons, they didn’t – but the threat persuaded the Chinese to sign an Armistice in 1953. North Korea obviously has never forgotten about the persuasive power of Nuclear weapons!! A “demilitarised” zone was created between the North and South but the US stationed troops in the South that are there to this day. Interestingly, there was never an OFFICIAL declaration of the END of the war – and this might be one of the takeaways from the Singapore meeting.N Korea swore to bring the US to the table and now they’ve done so!! Their tactic of squeezing their third world economy to develop nuclear ballistic capabilities has paid off. So what are we to expect if the talks do come off – which, knowing Trump, still ain’t a cert? Well, there that official end of war statement – and who knows maybe the release of some GI who’ve been wandering in the backwoods of Kaesong County.But seriously, the Americans will want Kim Jong Un to demilitarise – that is, destroy any and all nuclear weapons as well as pull back troops from the near the demilitarised zone. This, Kim has said it could do – if the US would pull all its troops from South Korea, as well as remove sanctions. But dear reader, don’t expect any of this to happen anytime soon. We’re dealing with two ego-driven fellas who just love all the attention the world’s giving them.They’re going to milk this for all its worth!! And then they’ll do it for the Nobel Peace Prize!!…on elections mechanismFolks used to wonder why the PPP claimed elections could be rigged by the PNC, even when they – the PPP – were in office. Well, remember Burnham’s favourite aphorism: there are many ways to kill a cat, even though infecting it with “mange” was his favourite!! Just so, there are many ways to rig an election – even though soldiers collecting ballot boxes might’ve been his favourite!!And we come to the present imbroglio over the hiring practices of GECOM and its consequences – as pointed out by Robeson Benn. Unlike what Alexander asserted about the overweening dominance of African Guyanese in GECOM (forget about that “Mixed” claim!!) being due to the same factors they dominate the public service that’s a load of crock. GECOM is a recent creature and has received equal number of applicants from Indian and African Guyanese. GECOM’s CEO Lowenfield, an old Army officer who’s a dyed-in-the wool PNC.He weeds out the former by controlling the required examination!! Review those exam papers, Robeson!!…and Judicial appointmentsSo why isn’t your Eyewitness surprised Granger says he ain’t changing his mind about having Ex-Army officer Benjamin being the next Chancellor?He’s just singing that song he hummed at Queens in 1964, “Wha’ Cha Gonna Do ‘bout It??”last_img read more

Trojans rally past Arizona State

Trojans rally past Arizona State

first_img Serge Angounou led Arizona State (6-6, 0-3) with a season-high 19 points. Jeff Pendergraph had 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Bryson Krueger scored 14 points while Kruger added 11. The Sun Devils went ahead 43-34 on Angounou’s 16-foot jumper with 16:41 left in the game. But Pruitt had 10 points six on dunks during a 15-5 run that carried USC to a 49-48 lead in the next 6:23. The lead changed hands three more times, the last on Pendergraph’s layup for a 52-51 Arizona State lead at the 8:56 mark. The Sun Devils had two six-point leads in the final 3:36, going up 63-57 on two free throws by Kruger with 2:00 remaining. Pruitt and Young, who had 16 points in the second half, made three-pointers to tie it at 63 before Krueger made two free throws to give Arizona State a 65-63 lead with 27 seconds to go. “It really hurt, because there was no way they could catch us,” Angounou said. “We’ve seen that before, and we should have known better than that.” Angounou made five baskets and two free throws in 4:50 of the first half, outscoring the Trojans 12-5 while sending Arizona State to a 19-13 lead — biggest of the half for either team. But Pruitt had two three-pointers and a three-point play in a 9-3 run of his own, giving USC 26-25 and 29-28 leads before the Sun Devils finished with three-pointers by Krueger and Kruger for a 34-31 halftime lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. — Lodrick Stewart knew his shooting eye would come around, sore ankle and all. It did — just in time to keep the USC men’s basketball team on a roll. Stewart made a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, capping a rally that propelled the Trojans past Arizona State 66-65 on Thursday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He got the ball from 5-foot-11 Ryan Francis, who somehow came away with the rebound after Gabe Pruitt missed. “We didn’t get the shot down; Gabe didn’t get it down,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “Francis gets us an offensive rebound, and he kicks. You know, he has the presence of mind to kick, and Stewart stepped into it in rhythm. (Francis) has been a real addition to our club this year — he’s made a lot of plays late for us, especially on the road.” The Sun Devils’ Kevin Kruger was off-target with a 50-footer as the buzzer expired. Pruitt had 30 points and Nick Young 24 for the Trojans (11-3, 2-1 Pac-10), who won for the 11th time in 12 games after dropping their first two. Their four-point loss to Cal on Dec. 29 snapped a nine-game winning streak. Stewart had scored at least 16 points in six straight games before this one. center_img The junior was scoreless until his fifth shot of the night dropped with 2.1 seconds left. “Missing a lot of shots or whatever, you can’t put your head down,” Stewart said. “I rolled my (right) ankle with the second play of the game when I missed a layup, and I was going to tell coach not to put me back in, but I’m not going to let my team down.” last_img read more

LAUSD reform bid snubs public input

LAUSD reform bid snubs public input

first_imgA special meeting of the San Fernando City Council was scheduled for this past Friday with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss reform for the LAUSD. The council, of which I am a member, had agreed to meet with Villaraigosa before taking a formal position on his reform plan, otherwise known as Assembly Bill 1381. But the meeting was never to take place. The Mayor’s Office called three hours before the scheduled start to cancel. Apparently Villaraigosa and his staff were unprepared to host a meeting that would be open to the public, as San Fernando City Council meetings must be to be in accordance with state open-meetings laws. And herein lies the problems with Villaraigosa’s takeover plan for the independent cities that are serviced by the LAUSD. Although Villaraigosa’s office has refused to acknowledge or work with the city of San Fernando’s governance structure, he can only be doing this for two reasons. Either he and his office are truly ignorant of our governance structure, or he would rather negotiate directly with mayors who have absolutely no decision-making power. Both reasons should be of concern to all 26 member agencies serviced by LAUSD. The 26 member agencies serviced by LAUSD have one shot at carving out educational reform and one shot at getting this right. To do this, we must be able to be at the negotiating table as elected bodies ready to make decisions in a very open and transparent manner. However, in the past several days transparency has been shut out of this process, beginning with Villaraigosa’s cancelation of our meeting. Not one single school-reform meeting is being hosted in the San Fernando Valley. Parents, elected officials, taxpayers and educators should be concerned over the nontransparency of AB 1381 by those who are pushing this agenda forward without wanting to hear from the rest of us. Maribel De La Torre is a member of the San Fernando City Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2If his actions are based on ignorance, then he should learn how our councils’ governance structure functions and how we make decisions. In our cities, our mayors’ position is not necessarily the city’s position. We are governed by majority rule. If the meeting was canceled due to his desire to negotiate only with the mayors of the cities, then every single council member and every single resident in every city serviced by LAUSD should be extremely concerned. The reasons our cities engage in majority vote/rule is because it is the democratic way and is to create balance in our communities. Our City Council represents over 25,000 residents in San Fernando, and our residents entrust us with the daily decisions affecting them. It is our duty to fight for equity. In this case equity must come though checks and balances. It is the city of San Fernando’s position that AB 1381 should be amended to include several provisions, but the overriding and most important should include a super-majority veto power regarding appointment of the superintendent and veto power over the budget approval. (Two-thirds, or 18 of the 26 cities, would have the ability to override Villaraigosa’s decision on choosing a superintendent or approving the budget of the school district.) On a personal level it is my belief that cities should be given options under AB 1381. Those should include the ability for cities to form their own school districts or the ability to contract with either the LAUSD or another school district. Currently, the 26 cities are being forced into a situation which may not be mutually beneficial. last_img read more

Craig Gordon: Premiership will be tight next season with Rangers

Craig Gordon: Premiership will be tight next season with Rangers

first_img“I think they’re a good team with a good way of playing, a good set up and are very well organised,” he said. “They’ll probably strengthen, so will we, and I think it looks as if it will be quite tight. “It’s never a nice way to lose, I’ve not lost many penalty shoot-outs in my career, I think that’s only the second one.“It’s disappointing but we shouldn’t have let it get that far. We should have scored the goals to make sure it never got to that. “It’s a very bad result. We expected to come here and play our own game and in the first half we didn’t manage to do that at all, Rangers were the better team.” Craig Gordon expects Rangers to provide a tight challenge in the Premiership next season after they stopped Celtic from sticking to their game plan at Hampden.The Ibrox side defeated Ronny Deila’s men 5-4 on penalties in the Scottish Cup semi-final after a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes. The goalkeeper admits the Championship title winners caught them out with their good organisation and it was a poor result for the Parkhead side.Gordon now believes Rangers will add another dimension to the top division, especially after they strengthen in the summer. last_img read more

Girls Hoops Action Tonight on WSLM

Girls Hoops Action Tonight on WSLM

first_imgWe’ll be broadcasting the IU vs. LIU Brooklyn will be tape delayed until after the Salem Lady Lions game.Matt Abbott and Joe Jackson will be bringing you all the action as the Salem Lady Lions open their season at home against Crawford County. Join WSLM 97.9 FM for the pre-game show at 5:45p and the tipoff at 6p in Brooks Memorial Gym.Kevin Sease and Mark Maudlin will be bringing you the action from Eastern’s gym on the radio as the Lady Musketeers open their season against Mitchell. The pre-game show will begin at 7:15 with the tipoff at 7:30p on WSLM 1220 AM. Tune in for the WSLM SPORTS ZONE tonight on WSLM AM and FM for the debut of county girls hoops action!Our evening sports will kick off with GARAGE PASS – NASCAR FEATURE 5:30p on WSLM 97.9 FM.last_img

McFadden, Jennings, Quigley and the McHughs to feature in first Donegal Sports Talk

McFadden, Jennings, Quigley and the McHughs to feature in first Donegal Sports Talk

first_imgA new weekly podcast, Donegal Sports Talk, launches on Monday night and we have some big names lined up for the first installment.The first Donegal Sports Talk will be available on Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub at 9pm on Monday.Donegal Sports Talk is the first joint venture between Donegal’s number 1 news website and Donegal’s top sports website following Thursday’s announcement that the sites are joining forces. Colm McFadden, Sinead Jenning, Jason Quigley and the McHugh All-Stars – Martin, Mark and Ryan – join us for the first airing, presented by Charlie Collins and Chris McNulty, on Monday evening.Ahead of the start of the Allianz League next weekend, Colm McFadden talks about Donegal’s prospects following his retirement – after scoring 25-434 in 170 Donegal appearances – and gives us an insight into just how different life is as a county footballer now compared to his early days.Sinead Jennings was named as the 2016 Donegal Sports Star of the Year on Friday night at the Donegal Sports Star of the Year Awards. The Letterkenny woman reached the women’s lightweight double sculls final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.Jason Quigley will fight for his first professional boxing title in March. The Ballybofey man takes a massive step in his career when he takes on Glen Tapia for the vacant NABF middleweight title on March 23 at Fantasy Springs, Indio. At the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday night, Martin, Mark and Ryan McHugh were presented with a special Sporting Acknowledgement Award. All three are All-Star winners following Ryan’s selection on the GAA/GPA All-Star Team in 2016.Donegal Sports Talk will be available at 9pm on Monday on Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub. McFadden, Jennings, Quigley and the McHughs to feature in first Donegal Sports Talk was last modified: January 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Sports Talklast_img read more

Epcot Nighttime Spectacular Official Dates Announced

Epcot Nighttime Spectacular Official Dates Announced

first_imgShare This!It is officially time to say goodbye. Ok…well, not this minute, but we now know the date in which we’ll have to say goodbye to the Epcot nighttime fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The last night you’ll be able to catch this show that has been running for 20 years is on September 30.But, don’t worry, the next night you’ll still get to see a fireworks show. That’s when the new limited-time show, Epcot Forever will debut. (That’s October 1, and the park’s anniversary, for those keeping score.)As we recently shared, Epcot Forever will celebrate the 37-year history of the park with fireworks, lasers and lighting effects set to a soundtrack of Epcot songs we know and love. Epcot Forever will include special effects-enabled kites that are capable of airborne choreography. The illuminated kites will be controlled by two-man teams aboard Jet Ski-like personal watercraft and the show will make use of eight of the Jet Skis, with a driver and kite performer aboard each personal watercraft. The movement of the Jet Skis will also create the wind required to keep the kites aloft.Epcot Forever will run into 2020, when it will be replaced by the next epic nighttime extravaganza makes its debut. The new permanent show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the globe and will feature massive floating set pieces, LED panels and choreographed fountain displays.Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming permanent nighttime spectaculars.last_img read more

Marshfield boys soccer upends Wausau West on Warriors’ own goal

Marshfield boys soccer upends Wausau West on Warriors’ own goal

first_imgHinson, McCann score for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys soccer team opened up its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 3-2 victory at Wausau West on Tuesday.Knotted at 2-2, the tiebreaker was a West own goal 11:59 into the second half.Alec Hinson scored off an assist from Klaus Friedli just 1:40 into the game to put Marshfield up 1-0.After West scored twice in a 16-minute span, Luke McCann scored for the Tigers, off an assist from Kade McManus, to tie the game nine minutes before halftime.The own goal was the only score in the second half.“I was really happy with our good early start, and we showed several glimpses through the game where we really controlled the ball well,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “There is still a lot to work on and improve, but it is early yet.”Jared Klein had 13 saves in goal for the Tigers, who are now 2-2 overall.Marshfield is off for a week before hosting Stevens Point on Sept. 6 at Griese Park in its home opener.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 3, Warriors 2Marshfield 2 1 – 3Wausau West 2 0 – 2First half: 1. M, Alec Hinson (Klaus Friedli), 1:40; 2. WW, Joe DeLoye (Logan Ickert), 18:02; 3. WW, Luke Bailey (Nati Shiferaw), 34:24; 4. M, Luke McCann (Kade McManus), 35:59.Second half: 5. M, West own goal, 56:59.Saves: M, Jared Klein 13; WW, Brayden McMahon 3.Records: Marshfield 2-2, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau West 1-2, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

Is Facebook a Cult?

Is Facebook a Cult?

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Analysis#Facebook#Features#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook announced that it hit 200 million users today and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg made a blog post describing some of the data mining that the company is doing of those connections. It’s going to be great for advertisers, she says, it should also be very good for the rest of us as well. I think it’s creepy.It’s all about “The Stream.” The conversations we have in public parts of the site, the items we interact with in our Facebook Newsfeeds, and the way that builds connections between a larger group of people. Here at ReadWriteWeb we’re very excited about social networking, real time feeds, network effects and the like. But this Facebook ethos has gone far enough that it’s time to question whether there’s something cult-like going on.Photo: From the Grand Rapids Michigan Zombie Walk, where thousands of people gathered on the streets merely dressed as zombies, after meeting on Facebook. CC by Flickr user Steven Depolo.Sociologist Robert J. Lifton wrote an outline several decades ago of what makes some groups considered “cults.” There are some parallels with the way Facebook is working these days.A theory: Facebook management is acting like a group of cult leaders intent on changing the rest of us into more social, less private people than we might want to be. Maybe all social networking services are trying to do that – but the way Facebook is going about it feels particularly cult-like.Six weeks ago we wrote that Facebook’s management had lost its grip on reality. This is another way to look at it and is updated based on what’s happened since then.Here are a few of Lifton’s criteria for cult status and the evidence we see so far. The rest of the criteria are available in many places around the web, including here. Judge for yourself.MILIEU CONTROLThis includes things things like physical isolation and control over the environment that people experience, with personal change being the intended result. Does that sound like Facebook? The company has forced millions of people into accepting big changes to their social environment despite protests. The social and identity data we create there is held captive and doesn’t play well with other sites and Facebook says the end result is that the average person is now more connected than people are through “traditional communication.” Every change to Facebook is a change in the social landscape for millions and millions of people – unless we stop using the service, we are at their mercy.Facebook’s privacy controls are notoriously complex and unclear. It’s a fast moving new world and many non-technical users are confused about which of their activities are exposed to others and which aren’t. That’s not unique to Facebook, but they could certainly do a better job of making it easier to use the service while still maintaining the kinds of privacy many of us like to have in real life.MYSTICAL MANIPULATION Mark Zuckerberg is a young man who used to have his face on every Facebook page and who turned down a $1 billion offer to buy the company. If his faux-modesty isn’t covering up a seriously Messianic self-image, we’d be surprised.Lifton wrote that mystical manipulation often occurs through “planned spontaneity.” When we think about the magical connection of old friends through mysterious algorithms, simple school networks and friend of a friend recommendations – that sounds like an experience in “planned spontaneity” for most people to us.THE DEMAND FOR PURITYHigh-level executives are leaving Facebook and telling at least one reporter that there’s no dissent allowed in company discussions anymore. Lifton also says that confessions of wrong doing are an important part of the demand for purity. Facebook seems to confess that it was wrong more often and more publicly than almost any other company we know – but Beacon is still alive and the new system of psuedo democratic voting hasn’t made Facebook’s new interface any less like Twitter than it was when millions of people revolted.SACRED SCIENCELifton says a cult-like group “offers considerable security to young people because it greatly simplifies the world and answers a contemporary need to combine a sacred set of dogmatic principles with a claim to a science embodying the truth about human behavior and human psychology.” Facebook’s claim to speak to the basic human need to “connect,” combined with the company’s number crunching and shiny new graphs, certainly seems scientific and all-encompassing. But isn’t there a lot more to human connection than one liner status updates, photos posted online, “thumbs up” and the other relatively mechanistic interactions that people have on Facebook?What’s the end result of all these magical connections through relatively shallow communication? Advertising! Sandberg wrote the following today on the company blog:With greater connectedness has come the ability for people to influence one another with more speed and efficiency. We’ve seen this lead to people spreading information and organizing events on a mass scale, often within days and weeks. For example, within weeks of T-Mobile airing an advertisement, Facebook users organized thousands of people to recreate the ad with a “Silent Dance” at the same station.That T-Mobile dance was a commercial version of what people call a Flash Mob. Actors got together in a public place and engaged in a co-ordinated dance between people that bystanders had assumed were unconnected strangers. The logical thing for the surprised and delighted bystanders to do was call friends and families on their cell phones – hence the T-Mobile tie-in. Apparently The Facebook Stream allowed some groups of people to co-ordinate a public re-enactment of the T-Mobile dance. That’s the highlight of all this that Sandberg points to – formerly free-thinking individuals used Facebook to turn themselves into players in an advertisement for a giant telecommunications company. It sounds pretty suspicious to me. It’s because of the risk to free thought and independence that many of us prefer a vision of the social web’s future based on small, independent but interoperable social networks. Each with their own governance, ethos and infrastructure, but able to send messages from point to point to point. That’s the way the Internet used to work. As one group amasses huge amounts of centralized power the way that Facebook has, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the psychological relationship between the site’s owners and its users. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more