Brkić Wins the ITF Futures in Italy

first_imgThe Bosnian tennis player Tomislav Brkić won the ITF Futures Tournament in Appiano, Italy.Brkić defeated Daniele Giorgini from Italy in the finals, with the result 7:6 (7/3), 7:6 (10/8).(Source: Fena / photo: sportportal.ba)last_img

Wellington swim team opens season; still looking for more great young swimmers

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington swim team met for the first time this season at the swimming pool this morning. The numbers are down a bit – 50 have registered.If you have children, who is looking for something to do, and/or likes to compete, or doesn’t have another sport then the Wellington Swim team may be  for them. It’s not too late to register.The season lasts through the middle of July. The great thing about swim team is everyone plays. There is no one sitting the bench.For more information click here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down ProudDad · 325 weeks ago Go SailFish!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington City Council to discuss code enforcement; replaces oil pump at turbine

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Early next week will be busy for the Wellington City Council with meetings set for Monday and Tuesday.On Monday there is a work session set to start at 5:30 p.m. at the council chambers. A representative will be there to discuss that city’s involvement with code enforcement that Wellington is considering. In a previous version of the story, it stated CDBG grant will also be discussed. This is not correct. That will be discussed at a later time, according to Stacy Davis, Sumner County Economic Development Commission Director.They will also be talking about code enforcement and want to get public input in this area. They may tweak the system some. That will be at a later date.On Tuesday of next week Mayor Shelley Hansel will host her monthly town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at city hall. Streets director Jeremy Jones will be there to talk about the recycling program, and the public can raise other issues as well.She said no more than one or two city council members would be there in light of the recent state attorney general’s ruling that they had violated an open meetings act rule in a previous town hall meeting where several members showed up and talked about city business.In other matters:•The city approved a resolution to buy an oil pump from Pro Energy of Sedalia, Mo. at a cost of $24,000. City Manager Roy Eckert said they requested bids from three companies and got only two back. It was not in the 2016 budget, but there are reserve funds available, he said.The pump is leaking oil, city officials said, and that could put the gas turbine at the electric plant in danger, and that could cost a tremendous amount if that were damaged.The pump is 30 years old and parts are not available to repair the one that is leaking, so they are getting a new one.Eckert said in the past the city has deferred maintenance on several things to save money. Letting things go like that is going to catch up with the city eventually.“Now it is happening more. It is coming home to roost,” he said.•The council also approved a three-year agreement with Davis Tree Service of Arkansas City for up to $90,000 over three years at $93 per hour. They trim trees from electrical lines which is dangerous work. Eckert said they only got one bid back, and a company they previously dealt with did not bid this time.Councilman Bill Butts expressed concern about the company and wondered if there had been any complaints. He said they had done work for him in the past that was not very good.“I would rather have hired some beavers,” he said.They all still voted for approving the measure since there were no other bids.•Mayor Shelley Hansel said the organization, Public Square Communities, will hold a meeting at the United Way office, 314 W. Washington, at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting has to do with community services.•A legislative coffee will be held at 10 a..m. Saturday, March 12 at the donut shop in Wellington.•The council also appointed Kelly Green to the Alcohol and Drug Committee.•Lois Hutchison was approved to the Housing Authority Board. This is a member voted on by Wheatland residents, and the city approved their choice.•The council also held a 30 minute executive session for business and trade secrets, which is one of the three reasons they can have them. There was no statement or decision after the session.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Rockets advance to 2nd round with eyes on bigger goals

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “This was a pretty good step for us, a step in the right direction, but we’ve got a long way to go,” James Harden said. “We (don’t) have this team just to win one playoff series.”From the moment Chris Paul joined the Rockets in a blockbuster trade from the Los Angeles Clippers last summer, the Rockets have talked incessantly about their desire and belief that the pairing of the two star point guards could propel this already good team into contender status.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA 65-win regular season led by Harden’s MVP-caliber play and Paul’s work in a top supporting role gave the Rockets the NBA’s best record for the first time in franchise history and added to the belief that this could be the year they win it all.Despite not playing their best at times, the Rockets easily handled the eighth-seeded Wolves, turning in three blowout wins in the 4-1 series triumph, capped by Wednesday’s night 122-104 victory. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is calmed down by James Harden (13) after being separated from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets spent almost no time celebrating their first-round playoff series win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.For the top-seeded Rockets, it simply moved them a little closer toward their goal of bringing the franchise its first title in more than two decades.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES While the Rockets have their eyes on winning their first title since taking back to back trophies in 1994-95, the next round will be a benchmark of sorts for Paul considering his disappointing playoff history.The nine-time All-Star has faced criticism after making nine previous playoff trips without advancing past the second round. The worst of those flops came in 2015 against Houston, when Paul and the Clippers had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals. They got blown out in Game 5 and squandered a 19-point second-half lead in Los Angeles in Game 6 before falling in Game 7 at Houston.He bristles when the subject is brought up by reporters, but both Harden and Trevor Ariza said Paul discussed that series this week as a cautionary tale when Houston took a 3-1 lead over Minnesota.Paul carried the Rockets with a 27-point performance in a Game 2 win against Minnesota and scored 25 points in Game 4 when he and Harden fueled a 50-point third quarter that allowed the Rockets to come back to Houston a win away from wrapping up the series.While his scoring helped Houston through this series, perhaps more important to Houston’s success was what he did to facilitate scoring by others like Clint Capela, who led Houston with 26 points on Wednesday night. Paul had a tough time in the first game of the series when he tied a season-high with six turnovers. In the next four games he piled up 29 assists with just three turnovers to help Houston advance.Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau marveled at how difficult it is to deal with both Harden and Paul after the pair combined for 21 assists on Wednesday night.“They can hurt you a lot of different ways,” he said. “They hurt us with the pass tonight. They’re not worried about their shots. They’re worried about the team getting good shots.”While Houston’s offensive prowess was evident throughout the year, the Rockets hope that their work on defense against Minnesota shows that they’re solid on that side of the ball, too.“We’ve been saying it all season long and in order for us to get where we want to go defense is going to have to be our backbone,” Harden said. “We’re going to have to get stops.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mono’s winless elims record vs Alab lights fire under Brickman Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “We’ll continue to get better, work on some things, figure out who we play and take it from there,” Harden said.They move on to the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight season and look to return to the conference finals for the first time since losing to the Golden State Warriors in 2015.But first they’ll get a few days to rest as they await the winner of the series between the Thunder and Jazz. Utah leads 3-2 after Oklahoma City overcame a 25-point second-half deficit to avoid elimination Wednesday night.Coach Mike D’Antoni said it’s difficult to do too much preparation before they know who they’ll face.“We’ll watch it. Get some popcorn and enjoy the NBA like everybody else does then we’ll break it down,” he said. “We’ll have plenty of time to prepare and get in there and do what we do.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Cartoon: Conflicts of Interest

first_imgRelated Posts The conversation about conflict of interest for bloggers (and other social media types) never really dies down, and flares up constantly in ways large and small.Sometimes it’s something as major as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission going after blogger freebies. Sometimes it’s just a drive-by accusation that a blog post is “link bait”, and not a useful or genuine contribution to the conversation.The common thread is this: What responsibility we have to our audiences, when are our own interests in conflict with theirs, and what do we do when that happens?Transparency is one answer. Disclose your interest, and all – hopefully – will be forgiven. (Jeannine Schafer drew some great disclosure notifications on LouisGray.com.)And a little reader due-diligence doesn’t hurt, either. Knowing that a blogger is a political activist, or a real estate agent, or a (ahem) social media strategist means you can assess what you’re reading with some knowledge of their agenda. (Even the most well-intentioned among us writes with part of our mind attuned to the potential impact on things we value – whether it’s a social cause, our social standing, or a business bottom line.)Still, I like to suspend my skepticism once in a while. Because one of the things that makes social media so valuable is the chance to connect with genuine human beings, expressing themselves in ways that aren’t the result of careful calculations of strategic interests, sales trajectories, keyword analysis or free samples of probiotic yogurt drinks.And digging for that conflict of interest, while it may protect me from being taken for a ride, also means approaching social interactions with a degree of suspicion… which is a shaky start to a new relationship.Yes, maybe a blogger’s angling for trinkets or traffic. But maybe they’re expressing a deeply-held passion. And maybe it’s a little of both. Somewhere, there has to be a balance between the benefit of the doubt and a healthy skepticism. rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… More Noise to Signal. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

I Want My Foldable iPhone – Right Now, Please

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts When could we possibly expect such a device – if ever? Who knows? As Forrester’s Colony writes:Now this won’t be easy. The hinge technology will have to be an engineering marvel, and making the folding crease of the screen invisible will pose problems in materials, optics, and touch technologies. No, this will not be easy.But consider the potential of such a device: All your data continually available to you everywhere you go – all on a single screen that fits in your hand, can slip inside your pocket, can be quickly transformed into a larger-screen tablet or e-reader and could even serve as a small television. Who wouldn’t want a device like that?“Foldable” iPhone concept photos from Forrester. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iPhone I want a “foldable” iPhone. Now.I’m certain I’m not alone in this desperate desire. In fact, a foldable iPhone could – potentially – replace the 1+ billion smartphones and the 4+ billion mobile phones in use around the world, along with the several hundred million eReaders, tablets and phablets. It’s the one device to conquer them all. The world is waiting for this, Apple.Unless, of course, you believe, as ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski does, that a foldable computing device is half flip-phone silliness and half pie-in-the-sky unrealizable ambition.(See also Forrester CEO Thinks Apple Needs To Build A Foldable iPhone.)A Foldable iPhone Won’t Be EasyOn Tuesday, Rowinski dismissed the very idea of a foldable iPhone, as originally suggested by Forrester CEO George Colony:Let’s ignore the obvious caveat here where Colony admits that he has absolutely no idea if this is something that Apple would do. Colony’s view on foldable computing is pie in the sky thinking at best. Delusional at worst. As Rowinski notes, the many companies that have hyped dual-screen smartphones and “bendable” displays have so failed to deliver compelling products. Fair enough. And a truly foldable screen would no doubt be even harder to build.But you know what other things didn’t work until Apple created them? A full touchscreen smartphone. Tablets for the masses. Now, iPhone and iPad contribute more to Apple’s value than anything else – and have made the company the richest in all of tech-dom. The Screen’s The ThingThere’s also another element to all this that suggests Apple could already be thinking about such a device. When you consider the trajectory of Apple’s product introductions over the past few years, there’s a clear obsession with display technology – embodied by the inexorable spread of Retina Displays across the company’s product line. Then there’s iCloud, designed to put all your files, all your data, n the cloud where it’s instantly accessible from any Apple device. Or rather, any Apple screen. Apple’s goal it seems, is for everything to disappear – except for the screen. And what better screen than a foldable version that could be configured in whatever size you need at the time?It’s About Much More Than The iPhone 6The one point I don’t agree with either Rowinski or Forrester’s Colony is the notion that Apple must deliver a “huge win” with the iPhone 6.Hugely profitable, Apple remains in a solid second-place position, after Samsung, in global smartphone sales. An iPhone 6 that is not a “moon shot,” as Rowinski argues for, or is somehow “boring,” as Colony suggests, could still easily sell in numbers equivalent to the massively successful iPhone 5.Besides, focusing on the iPhone 6 misses the point. The foldable form factor should not be limited to one smartphone or designed to challenge a specific “phablet.” That’s selling the concept way short. Rather, a foldable iPhone would be an entirely new product and form factor capable of revolutionizing multiple categories of mobile devices. In fact, a “foldable iPhone” would be the device that killed the iPhone, that cannibalized the iPad, made the MacBook Air redundant and made an iWatch or Apple Television unnecessary.  Apple could, in one fell swoop, create a product that would replace its most popular products while simultaneously offering even greater value to even more customers.What Would A Foldable iPhone Take?A major user interface change would not be required. Apple could continue to support app developers just as it does today, simply by adhering to a “folding” standard like the ISO does for A Series paper. Each fold would conform to specific height-and-width dimensions, and apps would populate within the screen dimensions accordingly.last_img read more

Guiding lights behind our sports stars

first_imgSuccess has many fathers and failure none is an old cliche. However, if one were to go beyond this and look into the success of Indian athletes who are gunning for Olympic glory, it’s clear the role played by their families is huge.Sports View by S. Kannan.The other day when world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was in the Capital, he spoke of how he had a strong feeling the Indians would do well in the London Olympics. When we say ‘well’, the immediate question is how many medals we can win!First things first, unlike China, we are not a socialist state where by the age of six or seven the boy or girl is taken away from home and put in an extremely demanding sports training centre.By the time the Chinese athlete is in his or her late teens, he or she has to become a champion at least at the Asian level. In India, even as we debate the roles played by the state and central governments and how the corporates are also willing to chip in today, it’s the parents or the immediate family members who have played a huge role in shaping the careers of athletes.Let’s take a look at the Indian contingent for the London Games. Some of the biggest stars who have done well on the big stage owe their success to the lessons in motivation from home. The list has to begin with Leander Paes, the country’s first individual Olympic medallist after KD Jadhav. The Atlanta Games bronze medallist wanted to be a football player, but it was dad Vece Paes who ensured the son took to an individual sport. I have seen in 1990, after Vece pulled Leander out of Vijay Amritraj’s BAT academy, how he struggled for sponsorship and funds.advertisementHad Dad Paes given up then, Leander would never have gone on to achieve glory at the highest levels. While Vece had the sporting background and what it takes to win at the higher levels, many other parents never had such a good understanding.Sania Mirza’s parents Imran and Nassema made many sacrifices to ensure her tennis career flourished.Even as the Leander Paes vs Mahesh Bhupathi controversy cools down, the success story of Mahesh is also one where the parents played big roles. In the desert heat of Oman, CGK Bhupathi and mother Meera ensured Mahesh picked up the basics of tennis well.It was their passion to see Mahesh shape up as a good tennis player which resulted in the NRI moving to the United States to hone his skills. Once he did well in the NCAA league, he had to take a call on whether to play college or turn pro. The results from Mahesh are now there to see.If one is to take a look at the prime example of a tennis player taking up the sport due to the sheer perseverance of the parents, it has to be Sania Mirza. From the age of six, Imran and Naseema Mirza drove their daughter around in an Ambassador car. Mind you, those were the days when you had no air conditioners in cars and travel stretched to hundreds of kilometres in south India for Sania to play tennis tournaments. The sacrifice and effort behind shaping up Sania’s career continues for the Mirzas, though people will talk with sarcasm because the mother has been named manager of the Indian team for the Olympics.At least, it’s better than some obscure official, who has no clue of tennis, being made the manager as he will fetch the All India Tennis Association a vote or two in their elections. As for the success story of Saina Nehwal, again it’s a case of parents putting their heart and soul into the efforts. Imagine, coming from a science background in agriculture in Haryana and not knowing much about badminton.Yet, the burning ambition for the Nehwals – Harvir and Usha – to ensure Saina did well as a badminton player, forced them shift cities and make Hyderabad their home. The infrastructure was good and the Nehwals knew this was the city where Saina could get the best grounding from an assortment of coaches.Abhinav Bindra with father AS Bindra.And what of India’s biggest Olympic champion – Abhinav Bindra? As one who saw the shooting range for the first time at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, dad AS Bindra drilled it into his son’s head that he could also become a champion. In less than four years, Abhinav was shooting for India in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and again in Athens 2004. The big moment came in Beijing 2008. Had it not been for the motivation from Abhinav’s entire family, he may have never made it so big.People say that as he comes from a rich background, with his own indoor, air-conditioned range in Chandigarh, training was easy. Heck, even if you have that kind of money, you still need to shoot for hours to achieve perfection.advertisementToday, everyone is asking if Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Sushil can again wrestle his way to a medal. Just look at the background he comes from.His father Diwan Singh has spent a major portion of his life working as a driver in MTNL and leaving son Sushil in the Chhatrasal Stadium. Diwan Singh would have never known what it takes to win medals on the world stage or the Olympics.But it is the push from the father and faith in his son that today he makes us all proud each time he represents India.One look at the boxing squad, and you can see there are many more stories of how boxers have arrived on the big stage against all odds. Hot contender Shiva Thapa’s father was aware he had to put his children into boxing and make them champions one day.As a qualified karate instructor, Padam Thapa bought son Shiva a punching bag at home. The journey began from there and today the dashing boxer is a hot medal prospect. The cases of Vikas Krishan and Manoj Kumar are also equally captivating. Vikas comes from a humble background and his father Krishan Kumar works as a clerk in the Haryana State Electricity Board.Despite the humble background, the family dreamt big and ensured Vikas would enjoy boxing to the hilt and one day make it big. As for Vikas, his brother Rajesh Kumar would take the boy for lessons in punching on a cycle. Had it not been for his effort and belief that his brother would punch with felicity, Vikas may have never become one of the 81 athletes who will represent India in London.In India, the sporting culture is still not strong, so we need to salute the families which have produced these [email protected]last_img read more

Michigan State Is Going To Win The National Title, According To Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies

first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

Video: Former Baylor President Botches Interview, PR Woman Comes To His Aid

first_imgJust when you thought former Baylor president Ken Starr couldn’t possibly look any worse, he goes and botches a television interview in the worst kind of way. During an interview with KWTX News 10 Thursday, an answer he gave regarding a victim’s email led to a communications specialist he brought with him to stop the interview, pull him aside and suggest that he use a different response. Starr then sits down and looks to the specialist once again for help before providing the new, scripted response. The entire thing was caught on camera, and KWTX posted the video to its Facebook page.Baylor continues to make things worse for itself, and Starr isn’t helping. He may no longer be president, but the university might have to take it a step further and separate itself completely.last_img read more