Air Force shoots down BaliPure

first_imgAt 6-foot-2, the Bacolod-native terrorized the net and delivered the key points, including her team’s final two for their third win in four starts.“We were able to bring back the confidence and communication inside the court,” said Jocemer Tapic, the middle blocker who finished with 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It didn’t come that easy for Air Force which raced to 20-18 lead in the opening frame only to witness BaliPure storm away with the set on the heroics of Risa Sato, Jerrili Malabanan, Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones.BaliPure lost grip in the next two sets but fought hard in the fourth to force a deciding fifth. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But the Jet Spikers were bent on snatching the win, zooming to an 11-4 lead on Tapic’s scoring binge.BaliPure tried to come back through the efforts of Sato, Soltones and Malabanan to no avail.Iari Yongco added 16 points for Air Force which tied idle Pocari for second place.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments LATEST STORIES Dell Palomata rose from the bench to lift Air Force to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11 triumph over BaliPure Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.The 21-year-old middle blocker, subbing for Angel Antipuesto, made the best of the playing time given her as she unloaded 13 points aside from providing a menacing presence for the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Blu girls repeat over Canadians Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradelast_img read more

Key decisions for Zidane as Madrid rebuild begins

first_img0Shares0000Zidane has returned to Real Madrid despite resigning as coach last year © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 15 – Zinedine Zidane has promised change at Real Madrid this summer and the last 11 games of the season will give an indication as to who will be part of his new era.Zidane’s first match since being reappointed as coach comes against Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Madrid lying in no-man’s land in La Liga, 12 points behind Barcelona in first and 10 ahead of Alaves in fifth. Atletico are away to Athletic Bilbao while Barcelona travel to Real Betis on Sunday.But several Madrid players are playing for their futures before the campaign ends and Zidane’s selection will offer early clues as to his thinking about his squad.Here, AFP Sport looks at five areas of contention ahead of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend:Bale clean slate?Gareth Bale was the player many hoped would step up after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus but injuries have again disrupted his rhythm and, when fit, he has only delivered in flashes.Zidane lost patience with Bale last year, believing the Welshman to be a liability defensively and unreliable with his fitness. The pair were barely speaking at times and while Zidane’s departure opened the door for Bale to stay, his return may now prompt his exit.Navas or Courtois?Keylor Navas was a favourite of Zidane, who repeatedly persuaded the club against signing a new goalkeeper, such was his faith in the Costa Rican.After Zidane left, Madrid bought Thibaut Courtois and while Julen Lopetegui used both players, Santiago Solari put his faith in Courtois and left Navas out in the cold.Restoring Navas would be a bold move, particularly given Courtois cost the club around 40 million euros last summer. But the Belgian’s form has not been particularly convincing and Navas remains a popular figure in the dressing room.Marcelo or Reguilon?Solari promoted a handful of youngsters during his tenure and while Vinicius Junior was the most spectacular to emerge, Sergio Reguilon has been excellent at left-back too.The 22-year-old is adept both going forward and defensively while his crossing has proven a significant attacking weapon.Marcelo was dropped by Solari, considered out of form and out of shape, but was a regular under Zidane, who values the Brazilian’s character and experience, as well as his ability.Isco revival?Isco’s situation could hardly get any worse. He failed to start a single La Liga game under Solari and was surely destined for an exit in the summer if the Argentinian had stayed in charge.But Zidane’s return offers new hope for the midfielder, whose time under the Frenchman was far from plain-sailing but finished on a high.Isco pointedly said at one stage last season he preferred playing for Spain than Madrid under Zidane, only to then regain his place and start both legs in the semi-final and the final in the Champions League. He will be hoping to continue where he left off.Llorente or Casemiro?In the end, results left Solari with nowhere to turn but few could argue against his courage in giving youth a chance.The 24-year-old Marcos Llorente impressed greatly in midfield and it remains to be seen whether his progress now continues under Zidane. Casemiro and Toni Kroos have both endured disappointing seasons alongside Luka Modric, who continues to be linked with a move to Italy.Zidane may be tempted to spend big in the summer but might do well to look closer to home as well. Llorente looks ready to step up.Fixtures FridayReal Sociedad v Levante (11pm)SaturdayHuesca v Alaves (3pm), Real Madrid v Celta Vigo (6:15pm), Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid (8:30pm), Leganes v Girona (10:45pm)SundayEibar v Real Valladolid (2pm), Espanyol v Sevilla (6:15pm), Valencia v Getafe (8:30pm), Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano (8:30pm), Real Betis v Barcelona (10:45pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgUSI PRESIDENT JOHN LOGUE BEING ARRESTED IN THE DAIL (pic USI)THE leader of Ireland’s students has been released without charge after his arrest last night in Dail Eireann.Donegal man John Logue had breached Oireachtas rules by standing up in the public gallery in protest at Government parties and their response to a Private Members Bill put forward by Fianna Fail.He had been told by security staff to sit down and when he failed to do so he was handcuffed by Gardai and led away for questioning. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda station in Dublin but was later released without charge.The 23-year-old Donegal man is President of the Union of Students in Ireland which has 240,000 members.“John Logue was arrested for the simple act for turning his back on a Dáil which has turned its back on students,” said a USI spokesman.“John was later released by Gardai. “By voting down an amendment that would have preserved the current level of the grant and stopped fee hikes, this government has once again failed students and families.“Logue was supported by more than 100 students, including sabbatical officers from TCDSU, DITSU and NCISU.“It was a peaceful act of civil disobediance, intended to highlight the issues facing students, especially as students face into €3000 fees, cuts to the grant and a grant system that has only paid out to a minority of students who qualify for it.“When the motion was introduced by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, student observers rose to their feet in demonstration, in accordance with the campaign slogan ‘Stand Up’.“No government has had its party line defeated by a Private Members Bill – the exclusive preserve of TDs not acting on behalf of the executive government – since Charles Haughey’s Fianna Fáil in 1986.” The spokesman said that yesterday evening USI had met with students and sabbatical officers from Trinity College Dublin, National College of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology.The town hall-style meeting saw the presidents of all three students’ unions and Logue address the 100-strong crowd that included local Fine Gael councillors and Labour Party TD for Dublin North Central Aodhán Ó Riordáin.The meeting was the tenth of seventeen such meetings being held by USI across the country to encourage students to get involved in the ‘Fed Up? Stand Up!’ pre-budget campaign, he said.The USI said Logue was attending Dáil proceedings to observe a Private Members’ Bill proposed by Fianna Fáil calling on the government to ‘refrain from further cuts to the education budget and further increases in the registration fee’. The motion was passed but in a much-amended form that removed the call for Fine Gael and Labour to maintain the student contribution as its current level.Said the USI: “Most of the estimated crowd of 100 students then stood in unison and turned their backs on the chamber before security staff ordered all those who wished to continue observing proceedings to sit down. Logue was the last to remain standing and was arrested by Gardaí at the scene for disobeying standing orders of the Dáil having refused to leave upon request.“He was removed in handcuffs to the cheers of the students with whom he was attending proceedings. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station for questioning at 9:30pm and was released at 10:45pm.”RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDs was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:John LogueRELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDslast_img read more

Greek authorities broaden search for BritishCypriot Dr Natalie Christopher missing on Ikaria

first_imgGreek authorities are searching for British scientist Dr Natalie Christopher, 34, that is believed to have disappeared after she went for a morning run on the Aegean island of Ikaria.Police efforts have intensified 24 hours after she was first reported missing with a special helicopter dispatched to join the search operation. It is hoped that the infrared cameras of the helicopter may help locate the missing womanThe police released a statement on Tuesday: “The police search, which began yesterday, includes members of Ikaria’s fire fighting service with two vehicles, a group of volunteers, members of the coast guard and a helicopter form the civil protection agency,” it said.Dr Christopher is an Oxford-educated Anglo-Cypriot astrophysicist lecturing at the European University of Cyprus. She is also known for her efforts in leading a campaign to reunite the divided island of Cyprus.READ MORE: Suzanne Eaton’s killer says he ran over scientist to have sex – and she screamed in pain after her ear was cutHer Cypriot partner, aged 38, holidaying with her on the island, said he woke up to find that his partner, an avid hiker, had left a note stating that  she had gone out jogging. He was alarmed when she failed to return several hours later and was not answering her mobile phone. Local media reports stated that there were radio signals that are believed to have been from the scientist’s phone picked up by a tower at Fournous, an island opposite Ikaria.Police said on Tuesday that they were also investigating DNA from the blood found on hotel bed sheets in the room where the scientist was staying. Hotel owner Theodoros Theodorakis told local media that the droplets looked similar to the ones he would typically find in cases of nosebleeds.READ MORE: Jennifer Doulos, mum of five, still missing; while husband accused of owing US$1mThe couple had arrived on the island on Saturday and had planned to stay for a couple of days before returning to their home in Nicosia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

IBM sees a huge opportunity in the drone industry

first_imgIBM sees a huge opportunity in the drone industry, and it wants to be a part of it. While the company and its software development services aren’t specifically targeted at drones, IBM believes developers can use its tools in their drone application development efforts.“We want to make developers aware of the things we can do with our current platform,” said Andrew Trice, a developer advocate for IBM.According to him, drones will start being integrated into businesses to improve efficiency and do automated tasks sooner than we think. The use cases range from insurance claims, inspection and documentation, to agriculture, construction and even emergency situations. “Drones are getting into people’s hands, and as people start using them, it is natural progression to start wanting to do something more than just take pictures with it,” he said.(Related: Ford and DJI initiate the drone-to-vehicle developer challenge)“Once you start building these things and get your hands on the hardware and software and see them come together, it is a very exciting intersection of hardware and software for developers.”To showcase how IBM’s services and solutions can be used, Trice developed a sample application, Skylink. It uses a DJI Phantom quadcopter along with an iPad to demonstrate how drones, cloud and cognitive computing can work together. To develop Skylink, he used DJI’s software development kit, which provides the ability for developers to create a solution to capture images and telemetry data, and the IBM Cloud to deliver that data over a 3G or 4G network while the drone is in flight. Once the data is sent to the cloud, Trice took advantage of IBM’s Watson and Alchemy services to make sense of it. In addition, Trice’s application uses IBM’s distributed database as a service, Cloudant, to save data locally on an iPad and automatically send data to the cloud once network connectivity is available. Cloudant also triggers the company’s event-based programming service OpenWhisk to invoke Watson and Alchemy visual recognition services for image analysis.“That’s the beauty of this type of approach,” said Trice. “We’re not doing anything specifically designed for drones. Instead, it’s really just like building a native mobile app. The aircraft is treated as a peripheral to the app running on the iPad. The back end really doesn’t know anything about the aircraft directly (except the data we’re saving), and the mobile app is used to bridge the connection by using DJI’s developer SDK.”Skylink has also been open-sourced for developers to use as a template for their own drone development projects.While the company decided to use DJI’s SDK, Trice noted that developers can integrate drone SDKs of their choice. “We do not have a specific tie in any of our developer tools for any drone manufacturer,” he said.“The reason why I choose DJI is because of their approachability. It is very easy to get up and flying, and their developer tool is very easy to consume.”Developers should also bear in mind that IBM is not the only existing service they can use for drone development. They can utilize familiar services they use in their mobile development efforts. “In theory this kind of architecture could have any kind of application server or database on the back end,” Trice said. “The IBM Cloud offerings just happen to make the integration, data serialization/deserialization, real-time triggers, and cognitive analytics very easy for the developer.”last_img read more