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Gilas kicks off campaign with closed-door camp

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Injured cadets Matthew Wright (knee) and Russel Escoto (knee) are expected to appear but not participate, while naturalized big man Andray Blatche remain with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.The Gilas 5.0 is preparing for the regional tourney set on May 12 to 18 at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where it seeks a seat in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon in August.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Part two of UA Circuit challenge held last weekend MOST READ Filipinos 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 respitecenter_img Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Philippines vs France in a FIBA OQT match at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe newest iteration of the Gilas Pilipinas opens its buildup with a closed-door training camp this month.National team coach Chot Reyes announced the news on his Twitter account @coachot on Tuesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing LATEST STORIES He wrote: “Gilas campaign officially kicks-off with 3-day training camp fr March 14-16 w all members of the national pool invited. #LabanPilipinas ❤”June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, and Calvin Abueva lead the 25-man strong pool where Reyes will draw the roster for the 2017 Seaba Championships in May.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 returnAlso expected to join the training camp in Tagaytay are Terrence Romeo, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Troy Rosario, Art dela Cruz, Jonathan Grey, Bradwyn Guinto, LA Revilla, and Norbert Torres.Rookies Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer, Roger Pogoy, Ed Daquioag, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Arnold Van Opstal, and Fonzo Gotladera also get their first stint together with the PBA veterans. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View commentslast_img read more

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Alonso back as Ferrari seek to seize control

first_imgBut he will be stepping back from the limelight to the supporting cast while Sebastian Vettel bids for his fourth Ferrari win in seven races this year and the scuderia’s first in Canada since 2004.Four-time champion Vettel extended his lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton in this year’s title race to 25 points with his Monaco success ahead of team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen, a triumph shrouded in post-race talk of team orders that cost the 2007 champion a merited victory.Three-time champion Hamilton, who said he was convinced Ferrari are favouring Vettel, has a chance to bounce back this weekend with champions Mercedes on a circuit where he has won five times, including his maiden triumph in 2007.He bids for a hat-trick after winning in 2015 and 2016.He and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who have struggled with tyre-performance this year, have both enjoyed racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the past and the team may see this race as a key opportunity to claw back lost ground.Bottas, signed by Mercedes to replace retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg, was third on the grid for Williams in Canada in 2013 and on the podium in the last two years.Those statistics suggest both men love the challenge of the high-speed straights, sharp hairpins and unforgiving walls, but in this year’s Mercedes car it may be different.Vettel, who has only one Montreal win on his record –- with Red Bull in 2013 — could also find this weekend’s contest more challenging, despite being installed as title favourite by his rivals’ team boss Toto Wolff.“It’s painful, but we are not the favourites for this year’s championship -– at the moment, it’s Ferrari,” he said. “They have a very strong package and we need to rise to the challenge to prove once again that we are the team to beat.”– Fight all the way –Wolff pointed at the tyres as the main cause of his team’s inconsistency this year in which they have matched Ferrari’s three wins, but shared them between Hamilton, with two, and Bottas.“How a chassis interacts with tyres is a complex subject,” said Wolff. “There are dozens of factors that interact. This is not about seeking an excuse because others are able to extract the performance.“It’s a problem that seems to have hit everybody, but not Ferrari. All credit to them, they have a solid car that is capable to cope with the tyres.”He added that Mercedes would fight all the way and that “everything is completely open.”“I’m expecting an interesting weekend. It could be a tricky race. It will be about us doing our homework right to give the drivers the car they need.”For Alonso, who retired while running seventh in Indianapolis, it is ironic to be crossing the Atlantic again.“It’s good to be heading back to Canada,” he said. “It feels like I’ve spent a lot of time in North America recently.“The Indy 500 was an incredible experience and it’s been amazing to learn a completely different style of driving, but I’m ready to get back to my ‘day job’ again.“The circuit is not going to suit our car as much as the twisty, slower corners of Monaco, but I’m excited to get back and catch up with the guys and girls in the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Alonso will re-join McLaren Honda after missing the Monaco Grand Prix to race at the Indianapolis 500 © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 8 – Fernando Alonso may return to his “day job” with a look of envy this weekend as his former team Ferrari seek to seize control of the Formula One world championship at the Canadian Grand Prix.The two-time world champion re-joins McLaren Honda after missing last month’s Monaco Grand Prix to race at the Indianapolis 500.last_img read more

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Springboks out to ‘fulfil Mandela’s dream’

first_imgBefore the anthems at each Test, the players link arms and move in closer. On Saturday, they want the whole stadium to do likewise.Dyantyi, who has been one of the form players in the Rugby Championship this year with five tries from five Tests, says it will be like fulfilling the dream of Mandela – former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary.“That takes us back to the dream of Mandela – the great Nelson Mandela,” Dyantyi told Sky Sports’ Miles Harrison on Thursday.“His dream was just to see the country being united and if us playing on the field can do that for the country, that will truly be amazing and an honour for me to be a part of.“And can I just say from my side, I’m just really happy for the opportunity and really enjoying myself on the field.“I think it’s more satisfying for me to see how as a team we’ve grown from June until now and the reception from the country.“How we’ve been playing has brought the country together.”After a fairly inauspicious start which saw Rassie Erasmus’ charges follow an opening weekend victory over Argentina with losses to the Pumas in Mendoza and Wallabies in Brisbane, everything changed for the Boks in Round Four.Dyantyi only made his Test debut in June against England at the age of 23Heading to New Zealand as massive underdogs, South Africa put in a sensational performance to claim an unlikely 36-34 victory in Wellington, with 24-year-old Dyantyi one of the stars of the day, notching two superb tries.On Saturday, he and his team-mates have a chance to beat New Zealand twice in the same year for the first time since 2009.“I was speechless really,” Dyantyi said when asked of his memories from Wellington.“It was really amazing and if there was one time the team came together, that was the game. And from there, we really set a bar for ourselves that we really need to maintain and keep on pushing.“Playing at home, in front of a home crowd, at Pretoria – where the people love their rugby – it doesn’t get much better than that.“It’s a great opportunity for us but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and think about records.“We as a team have goals and objectives that we want to achieve and we have a process in place. And if we stick to that and keep on building obviously until next year’s World Cup, keeping our heads and feet firmly on the ground, we’ll be okay.”For Dyantyi, who only made his Test debut in June against England, scoring in victory in Johannesburg, it could all have been very different though.Having played rugby growing up, Dyantyi missed out on provincial selection at high school level, nor did he play for his school Dale College Boys’ High School’s first XV, having been deemed too small.Enrolling at the University of Johannesburg to study a degree in marketing, Dyantyi had all but given up on rugby and mainly played football.It was the intervention of other individuals which ultimately resurrected his fading career with the oval ball.“Yes I did [put rugby on hold for studies]”, he says. “Not willingly but due to circumstances. I guess things happen in life you can’t control. You can only control what you can.“I’m just grateful that now I’m back playing rugby and really enjoying what I’m doing.“A lot of people got me back. First of all the support of my family was truly amazing, and I can mention a lot of other individuals.“Mac Masina, who played Super 12s for the Cats, he was pivotal at the time and was coaching at the university when I was playing U19s.“He’s one guy who for me personally I hold dearly and close to my heart for helping me get to where I am today.“Also the first-team coach, Coach Werner [Janse van Rensburg]. He helped me a lot in terms of not only being a player who plays rugby but one who is coachable.“There’s a lot of people who have been so important and instrumental in helping me get to where I am. On the field, off the field. A lot of people from the university really helped me.“I’m truly grateful to them and truly grateful again for the opportunity that I have here.”Growing up, who were the Boks which provided Dyantyi with inspiration when he would watch titanic struggles between the All Blacks and Springboks?“On the field, a whole host of them,” he adds. “Jean de Villiers, Brent Russell, Bryan Habana, Percy Montgomery. A lot of guys.“How they conducted themselves on the field, you could see the passion and pride with which they played the sport.“For me, that served as great motivation and inspiration and that’s what I try and do as well – to try and be an inspiration to another kid somewhere who is dreaming.”If Dyantyi and co can pull off another victory over New Zealand on Saturday, he may well inspire a whole new group of future Boks.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The image of Nelson Mandela in Springbok colours presenting the Webb Ellis Cup to South Africa captain Francois Pienaar is one of the most iconic in sportLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – In-form South Africa wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has said the country’s players and fans are focused on fulfilling the dream of the late Nelson Mandela by uniting ahead of facing the All Blacks on Saturday.Ahead of hosting the world’s No 1 ranked side in the final round of the Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, live on Sky Sports, the Springboks have launched a #StandTogetherSA movement.last_img read more

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Arsenal line-up v Tottenham: Gunners’ attacker to make shock derby return?

first_img Arsene Wenger takes his side to Tottenham tomorrow 1 Arsene Wenger takes his side to Tottenham tomorrow still on a high after victories at champions Manchester City and a five-goal rout of struggling Aston Villa last weekend.A North London derby needs no added spice, but a glance at the Premier League table see the two neighbouring clubs separated by just one place going into the crunch clash.Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott all look fresh after recent injuries and have been among the goals for the free-scoring Gunners.Alexis Sanchez was ruled out of the game earlier this week with a hamstring injury, but Wenger has since revealed that the Chilean ‘feels he can defy’ medical advice and play at White Hart Lane.Will Sanchez be in the squad and will David Ospina retain his place between the sticks? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Arsenal line-up against Tottenham:GoalkeeperOspina has kept four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions since replacing Wojciech Szczesny and has impressed in derby matches in both Colombia and France.Wenger said Szczesny is still his number one goalkeeper, but Ospina is expected to retain his place.DefenceThe arrival of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal has increased the pressure on Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to perform, but with four clean sheets in a row, the pair are expected to continue their centre-back partnership.Spaniard Hector Bellerin has impressed in recent weeks – including a goal last weekend – and will be tasked with stopping the dangerous Christian Eriksen.MidfieldA central factor in Arsenal’s impressive run has been the introduction of holding midfielder Francis Coquelin, who has added strength and protection to the back-four.With Alexis Sanchez’s inclusion very much up in the air – Arsenal will most likely look to World Cup winner Ozil and a rejuvenated Santi Cazorla to provide the ammunition for Olivier Giroud.AttackGiroud will once again lead the line and the Frenchman has looked sharp following his return from suspension.Theo Walcott has become one of the Gunners’ most potent threats against Spurs in recent years and Wenger will hope for a similar impact – the Englishman has scored four and assisted three goals in his last six league appearances against Tottenham.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Tottenham? Comment below…last_img read more

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FA to appeal against Sturridge ban and fine because it is too lenient

first_img Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Sturridge allegedly told his brother to place bets on a transfer getty Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested “The FA respectfully disagrees with the regulatory commission’s findings and will be appealing against the charges which were dismissed and the sanction which was imposed.”Sturridge ended up joining West Brom for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign when a move to Sevilla broke down.The 29-year-old is currently without a club after being released by Liverpool at the end of last season, having scored 67 times in 160 appearances during his six-and-a-half year spell at Anfield.Reacting to the commission’s findings, he expressed his relief the situation had been resolved.“I am pleased that nine of the 11 charges were dismissed and that the panel found me to be an honest and credible witness, and that my actions on one particularly difficult day were out of character,” he said. Nine of the 11 charges against the striker were dismissed and Sturridge is free to resume his career on July 31 as four weeks of his ban are suspended.A statement from the FA said: “The regulatory commission found proved charges 3 and 4, which alleged that, in that same transfer window, Mr Sturridge had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him (Daniel) to Sevilla FC.“In issuing that instruction, the regulatory commission found that, as a matter of fact, Mr Sturridge had provided his brother with inside information for that purpose. latest JIBE Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January boost deals 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder FAREWELL TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star center_img targets New job The Football Association says it will appeal against the ban and fine handed to Daniel Sturridge because they feel it is too lenient.Former Liverpool striker Sturridge was given a six-week suspension from football and a £75,000 fine for breaching FA betting regulations.An independent regulatory commission found that Sturridge had instructed his brother to bet on a possible move to Sevilla during the January 2018 transfer window. Sturridge has been suspended and fined  LATEST “By way of sanction, the Regulatory Commission imposed on Mr Sturridge a six-week suspension from participation in any domestic football matches (including friendlies), such suspension being effective from 17 July 2019.“Four weeks of that ban have been suspended until 31 August 2020, meaning that Mr Sturridge will be able to resume participating by 31 July 2019 in the event he commits no further breaches of FA Rule E8.“In addition, the Regulatory Commission imposed a fine of £75,000 on Mr Sturridge. REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Sturridge posted a video of his LA house following the break-in where thieves stole his dog Getty Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 3 3 “The case was heard over seven days by a distinguished panel, which resulted in a lengthy and carefully considered decision, and followed an extensive investigation by the FA. It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear that the FA will be appealing this decision. I will continue to defend the case and the appeal.“I am training hard and fully focused on the upcoming football season.”Earlier in July, the player made headlines here and in America when he offered a £30,000 reward for the return of his dog, which he said had been stolen.Lucci had disappeared during a break-in at his house in Los Angeles, but was quickly reunited with his beloved pet.last_img read more

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WHITE CASTLE® SIZZLES WITH STEAM-GRILLED ROMANCE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

first_imgThis Valentine’s Day, Craver couples, friends and families are invited to celebrate with White Castle’s steam-grilled Sliders at their local “Love Castle.” Table reservations are now being accepted for the Valentine’s Day dinner, a more than 20-year-old event hosted by the Columbus-based family restaurant.“Love is in the air here at White Castle, as we celebrate this joyous holiday with a special dinner for our most dedicated Cravers,” said Jamie Richardson, White Castle vice president. “This is a wonderful event for customers who have shared memorable moments at our restaurants, including those that have met or had their first date at a White Castle.” Cravers young and young-at-heart can make reservations now for a festive evening with hostess seating, tableside service, photo opportunities (it’s B.Y.O.C – bring your own camera) and holiday themed decorations. New this year will be our Veggie Sliders and for those craving something more exotic – our bite-sized Shrimp Nibblers will be back on the menu for a limited time only!“Every year, reservations fill up quickly at our many Castles,” Richardson said. “We encourage Cravers everywhere to contact us early to ensure they get a table for this wonderful evening at their favorite   ‘Love Castle.’”This fun alternative to a traditional dinner has been a popular staple for Cravers across the country for more than 20 years. Reservations can be made for Saturday, February 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. by calling each Regional office. Visit whitecastle.com to find information about the event hours and where to call to make reservations in your area.In addition to a special dinner – White Castles across the country will also play host to a few exceptionally memorable moments starting Thursdayand heading into the weekend. Weddings will take place at restaurants in Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis and New York.Cravers can share their most memorable Valentine’s Day moment by uploading their photo from dinner and sharing it through a SliderGram™ (e-card via whitecastle.com and shared through social channels). Or they can make the moment last by purchasing a special White Castle Valentine’s Day T-shirt via houseofcrave.com.White Castle will also celebrate its commitment to the community with a fundraiser for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund from February 1 through February 14. Customers can purchase a paper Red Cross for $1, $3 or $5 to be hung on the walls at every White Castle restaurant.last_img read more

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Airlines slam Trump’s $US2.9 billion aviation tax grab

first_img US airlines have hit out at proposed Trump Administration aviation tax increases they estimate will cost passengers an extra  $US2.9 billion a year.Aviation lobby group Airlines for America (A4A) has said the “unnecessary” tax increases in the 2020 budget would be in addition to the $US25 billion customers already pay each year into government coffers through 17 federal aviation taxes and fees.The increases include a rise in the Transport Security Administration passenger security fee from $US5.60 to $US6.60 in fiscal 2020 and from $US6.60 to $US8.25 starting in financial year 2021.READ: Atlanta still the world’s busiest airport.A4A said this proposal would raise $US600m in FY2020 and $US22.4 billion between 2020 and 2029.A proposal to boost customs user fees by $US2.10 to $US7.75 is expected to raise $US272 million in FY2020 and $US3.2 billion over 10 years.Similarly, a proposal to boost the immigration inspection fee from $US7 to $US9 will cost passengers $US273m in FY2020 and $US3.2 billion over a decade.And a new discretionary quarantine inspection fee would see passengers taxed a further $US20m in FY2020 and $US212m over 10 years, A4A said.“These are unnecessary tax increases that jeopardize the unprecedented choice, access and affordability that consumers enjoy today,’’ it said.“Increasing taxes in any form would burden families with higher costs to fly, curtail job growth and limit air service options to small and rural communities.”The lobby group also called on Congress to end the practice of diverting revenue from security fees away from security to pay for deficit reduction.The complaint echoes similar gripes in other countries.“Since 2013, approximately $1.3 billion per year in TSA fees are being diverted away from their intended purpose, which is to pay for aviation security screening,’’ A4A said.“Similar diversions have also been used for CBP fees. Instead of increasing taxes, there should be a focus on addressing the annual diversion of billions of dollars of security funds.” Photo: O’Hare International Airport.last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: April 13, 2018

first_imgLP Worldwide: Man uses crowbar in brazen jewelry store theft [Viral Video]CCTV has captured the moment a man stormed a Melbourne jewelry store with a crowbar. Video shows the hoodie-wearing offender entering the Hampshire Road outlet in Sunshine about 2.20pm last Friday. He is shown tucking his right arm underneath his jacket in a bid to conceal a crowbar. Moments later, he takes out the weapon and begins smashing the glass cabinet at the front of the store. He then grabs thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and flees the scene on foot. The robber, who remains on the run, is described as about 165cm (5′ 4″) tall and aged in his 40s. Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  [Source: Nine News]Police search for suspect who robbed; threatened LPAInvestigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating an unknown suspect wanted for a commercial armed robbery of a Target store located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. On March 25, at approximately 10 p.m., a loss prevention associate (LPA) noticed a male inside the Target store located at 1288 Camino Del Rio North. The LPA recognized the male from previous encounters. As the LPA was monitoring the male, he saw the male grab three memory cards and attempt to remove them from their security cases. The male then went to the bedding area of the store and used a towel to conceal the cases. The male then removed one of the memory cards and placed it inside his pant pocket. The LPA confronted the male. The male placed the towel on the ground and walked towards the exit. The LPA followed the male. As the male was near the exit door, he pulled out a folding razor knife from his waistband and told the LPA to stand back. The male left the store and was last seen getting into an early 2000’s gray Cadillac CTS. The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 28-years-old, 6”0” tall, 170 lbs., wearing a tan colored long sleeve dress shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. [Source: KUSI News]A middle school teacher tried to shoplift; She blames opioidsA Daytona Beach, Florida, middle school teacher stole items from a Target store and trafficked drugs, police said — and she doesn’t even remember the arrest. Kimberly Vicars, 46, of New Smyrna Beach, took more than 32 different items last Wednesday from a  Target store, according to Daytona Beach Police department arrest records, and tried to hide them in Target tote bags. A loss prevention associate saw Vicars taking clothes, toiletries and other items, which totaled roughly $522.25, and exiting the store without trying to stop at a cashier of self checkout lane. The officer stopped Vicars and contacted police, according to the arrest report. A police officer arrived and arrested Vicars, who teaches eighth-grade language arts at David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School. After searching her purse, the officer found an Advil bottle with 5 Hydrocodone 325/10mg pills. The officer then found another Advil container with 21 pills also determined to be Hydrocodone 325/10mg. In addition, the officer identified another pill in that bottle as Carisoprodol 350 mg, which is used to treat muscle spasms, according to the arrest report. Vicars also had a pill bottle with her name and prescription for Carisoprodol. After searching some more, the officer found a third pill container with three more Hydrocodone pills. In total, the officer found 29 hydrocodone pills, weighing 12 grams; 4 Carisoprodol 350mg, weighing .02 grams; and small pieces of green and orange pills that weren’t identified. Vicars told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that she’s been suffering from chronic pain because of of two car crashes that led to three neck surgeries. She wasn’t able to provide the arresting officer with a prescription for hydrocodone, the police report read, but she told The News-Journal that she has one to help cope with the pain. She said she didn’t know that keeping the pills in an Advil bottle was illegal under state law, which defines trafficking as possession of more than 4 grams of hydrocodone, a schedule 2 controlled substance.  [Source: Tampa Bay Times]- Sponsor – Bon-Ton may be headed for liquidation after losing key bid conditionBon-Ton Stores’ lifeline may have slipped through the bankrupt retailer’s grasp. A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected a $500,000 fee that Bon-Ton requested to pay a group of investors interested in buying the company out of bankruptcy to keep it operating. A spokesperson for Bon-Ton did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The fee was included in the letter of intent signed by the investor group, made up of financial firm DW Partners as well as real estate firms Namdar Realty Group and Washington Prime Group, which operate malls in which Bon-Ton is a significant tenant. The retailer disclosed the potential bid on Monday. Kelley Cornish, a partner with Paul Weiss, representing Bon-Ton in its bankruptcy case, said at the hearing the fee was to help the investor group recoup their costs of due diligence and was necessary to secure the bid, according to an audio file of the hearing. Steve Zelin, a partner with investment banking firm PJT Partners working on the department store retailer’s restructuring, said at a court hearing Wednesday that no other interested parties had received such reimbursement. Cornish described the bid from Namdar and Washington Prime as “the last and only opportunity for the debtors to continue operating in business.”  [Source: RetailDIVE]Man charged in store robbery that injured LPA White Lake Township, Michigan, man who robbed a Hartland Township store and injured employees who tried to stop him has been charged in the incident. Sean Thompson, 39, was arraigned Monday in 53rd District Court in Howell on charges of unarmed robbery and retail fraud. According to a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies responded at about 5:17 p.m., April 7, to the Rural King store at 10400 Highland Road. Store employees reported that a man, later identified as Thompson, was observed attempting to conceal an unknown item in his coat. The employees pursued Thompson into the parking lot and tried to restrain him for suspected retail fraud, but he escaped and fled in his vehicle. It was not immediately clear how many employees were involved, but all sustained minor injuries and did not seek immediate medical attention. Thompson was later located by sheriff’s office deputies, who were assisted by the White Lake Township Police Department. Thompson posted bail on a $5,000 cash surety bond. The incident remains under investigation.  [Source: Livingston Daily]That’s all folks! Alabama becomes 50th state with breach notification lawOn March 28, 2018, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that made Alabama the 50th and final state to enact a consumer data breach notification law. Prior to the signing, Alabama had been the last remaining state without such a law after South Dakota passed its data breach law last month. So what do you need to know about the new Alabama data breach notification law before it takes effect on May 1, 2018? In addition to notification requirements, the new Alabama law also includes provisions requiring covered entities and third-party agents to employ and maintain “reasonable security measures” and document destruction protocols. Under the new law, some of the reasonable security measures covered entities and third-party agents must implement and maintain to protect Alabama residents’ personally identifying information against unauthorized access would include • Designating an employee(s) to coordinate the entity’s security measures;  Identifying internal and external risks of a security breach; Adopting appropriate safeguards to address identified risks and assessing the effectiveness of such safeguards; Retaining service providers that are contractually required to maintain appropriate safeguards for sensitive personally identifying information, and keeping management, including the board of directors, appropriately informed of the overall status of security measures. The law also includes a disposal provision that requires covered entities and third-party agents to take reasonable measures to dispose of any records containing sensitive personally identifying information when the records are no longer needed pursuant to “applicable law, regulations, or business needs.” In general, Alabama’s new breach notification statute is similar to those of other states. But, as always, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to interpret these requirements, you should enlist the help of experienced and knowledgeable data breach and privacy attorneys.  [Source: Thompson Coburn LLP] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Podcast: Neandertal art, AAAS meeting news, and tales from a geologist in Greenland

first_imgMarcus Trienke/Flickr We talk about the techniques of painting sleuths, how to combat alternative facts or “fake news,” and using audio signposts to keep birds from flying into buildings. For this segment, David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with host Sarah Crespi as part of a live podcast event from the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin.Sarah also interviews Science News Editor Tim Appenzeller about Neandertal art. The unexpected age of some European cave paintings is causing experts to rethink the mental capabilities of our extinct cousins.For the monthly books segment, Jen Golbeck interviews with William Glassley about his book, A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice.Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Marcus Trienke/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more

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Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape

first_img © ESA/ATG MEDIALAB Europe’s Earth return orbiter must track and snare the orbiting sample sphere. By Daniel Clery, Paul VoosenNov. 21, 2019 , 12:40 PM NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have a $7 billion plan to gather 30 small rock cores on Mars and return them to Earth in 2031. The mission would include the first rocket launch from another planet and a daring rendezvous to snare thesamples in orbit. Protected by shock absorbers, the samples would fall withoutparachutes and crashin a Utah desert. 4 Sealed delivery After snaring the sample container in Mars orbit, the spacecraft would use ion thrusters to make the trip back to Earth. 3 Meet up A lander would arrive in 2028. It would deploy a fetch rover to gather cached tubes. An ESA-made arm on the lander would load them into a rocket. 2 Fetch and fly Arriving in 2021, a rover will drill dozens of scientifically valuable cores. It may cache sample tubes on the ground or keep some onboard. 1 Seek and hide A titanium container the size of a basketball would hold about 30 samples, each containing up to20 grams of rock and soil. Precious cargo Sample tube Samplescashed onsurface Rock sample Launchtube Earth entryvehicle (NASA) Earth returnorbiter (ESA) Mars acsentvehicle (NASA) Mars 2020rover (NASA) Fetch rover(ESA) Lander(NASA) Orbiting sample 2031: a space odysseycenter_img C. BICKEL/SCIENCE; MARS 2020 ROVER MODEL/NASA/JPL-CALTECH In just over a decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer will blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Inside the capsule, protected by shock absorbers, will be a precious payload: about half a kilogram of rocks gathered on Mars. After years as a dream, Mars sample return (MSR) is now a $7 billion plan, devised jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Involving three heavy rocket launches from Earth, two rovers, the first ever rocket launch from another planet, and a daring rendezvous between the sample container and a spacecraft that would ferry it back to Earth, “It’s as complicated as sending humans to the Moon,” says Brian Muirhead, lead MSR planner at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.If successful, MSR would fulfill what a 2011 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said was NASA’s top priority in the study of the Solar System. Rovers like Curiosity, the car-size robot now exploring Mars, are increasingly capable, but their mobile labs are no match for tools available on Earth. Like the Apollo Moon rocks, Mars samples would be valuable across generations. Studies could reveal how a warm and wet Mars became cold and dry. Scientists could also get lucky and find evidence of life. “This has got to be one of the greatest missions of space exploration,” says space scientist Andrew Coates of University College London.Approval for ESA’s initial contribution is expected next week, when ministers from ESA’s 22 member nations gather in Seville, Spain, to approve the agency’s budget for the next 3 years. David Parker, ESA’s director of human and robotic exploration in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, says the total ESA contribution will be roughly €1.5 billion over 10 years, “which should be affordable to member states.” At the ministerial meeting, he will ask for just under €600 million to pay for the first few years of MSR as well as the final elements of a separate project, the ExoMars rover due for launch next year. 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Michael Meyer, NASA’s Mars exploration scientist in Washington, D.C., says it’s the right moment for the mission, which can take advantage of a cadre of engineers and scientists with rover experience and a set of still-healthy Mars orbiters that could provide communication relays. “Everything is kind of lined up right now,” Meyer says.The first stage of MSR is nearly complete and mostly paid for: NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars 2020 rover. Due to launch in July 2020, the rover will land in Jezero crater near a fossilized river delta nearly 4 billion years old. The rover will range widely, performing science experiments and occasionally drilling small cores of mudstones and other rocks that could hold signs of ancient life. Each sample, containing up to 20 grams of rock and grit, will be stored in a tube about the size of a penlight. NASA is likely to cache some tubes on the ground and keep others on the rover. Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape MSR’s next leg would come in 2028 when another NASA lander arrives carrying both a return rocket and an ESA-built “fetch” rover. After launch in 2026, the lander would take a slow, elongated route to Mars, allowing it to deliver a hefty 2100-kilogram payload—more than the Curiosity and Mars 2020 rovers combined. It would touch down in August 2028, after Mars’s dust storm season, most likely using retrorockets guided by a new technology called terrain relative navigation. While descending, the lander will use a belly-mounted camera to take stock of the terrain and avoid hazards, putting it within 10 kilometers of the cached samples.The fetch rover, about the size of a coffee table, will trundle out of the lander to seek the sample tubes deposited years earlier. The rover will rely on solar power, which gives it roughly 6 months to get its work done before it succumbs to the waning winter sun. To meet that tight schedule, it will travel up to 200 meters per day, navigating autonomously. “It’s the only way to achieve the distances we need,” says Sanjay Vijendran, ESA’s campaign lead for MSR in Noordwijk.Once the fetch rover returns to the lander, an ESA-built robotic arm will remove the sample tubes from racks on the rover and place up to 30 of them, containing just over half a kilogram of martian rock and soil, in a sphere the size of a basketball. (If Mars 2020 is still operating and carrying tubes, the arm can offload them, too.) The 2020 rover has 43 sample tubes, but some will remain on Mars so the rocket can remain a reasonable size, Muirhead says. Scientists seem to be able to live with the constraint, he says. “The general consensus was, ‘Bring us back 30 good tubes and we’ll be happy.’”Getting the sample sphere off the planet won’t be easy, says Angie Jackman, an engineer who is leading the return rocket’s development at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “This will be the first rocket off another planet,” she says. NASA knew the rocket would have to be short and stubby to fit in the lander’s protective entry shell. It also needed to survive for months in the cold. For years the agency pursued a hybrid rocket fueled by paraffin wax and a liquid oxidizer. But the selection of Jezero, which has a mild climate for Mars, meant a conventional solid rocket less than 3 meters tall could do the job without fear of its fuel cracking or exploding.The sample sphere will be fired into an orbit higher than 300 kilometers to meet ESA’s Earth return orbiter, which is supposed to follow the lander to Mars. With no martian version of GPS to guide it, ESA’s orbiter will use cameras to track and capture the sphere. “The way we’ve set the geometry, we have a very good chance of seeing it within the first few hours,” Muirhead says.After the rendezvous, NASA-built robotic mechanisms will shunt the sphere into a containment module, seal it, and sterilize it. Like a Russian nesting doll, the module will be placed within a third protective shell, and then finally a fourth vessel: a disk-shaped vehicle to withstand a fiery, parachuteless re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere.To minimize the amount of fuel needed to send the craft back to Earth, ESA will mostly rely on ion thrusters, which use electricity from solar panels to drive a stream of ions out of the spacecraft, producing a gentle impulse that can be sustained for months. The approach—which ESA’s BepiColombo probe is using to get to Mercury—generates so little thrust that each leg of the journey will take 2 years instead of the usual 9 months or so. “It’s a disadvantage but it means we can do this within Europe’s launch capability,” Vijendran says.Once the samples arrive on Earth in 2031, they’ll be handled with care: They will be quarantined in a facility meant to protect the rocks from exposure to microbes on Earth—and earthly life from any martian pathogens. Developing instruments that won’t contaminate the samples will be a challenge, but a manageable one, Meyer says.Exactly how scientists will study the samples more than a decade from now is hard to predict. But they will surely want to check for signs of past or present life. Last year, the Curiosity rover identified two sites flush with complex organic macromolecules that resemble the goopy building blocks of oil on Earth. But its instruments cannot tease out whether life or geology produced these molecules. With just a few grams of material, however, scientists on Earth will be able to analyze carbon isotopes in similar materials from Jezero crater to determine whether life created them, says Maria-Paz Zorzano of the Center for Astrobiology in Madrid, who helped define MSR science priorities and sample selection for an international panel.And if Jezero’s clays show no signs of past life, scientists will want to know why. “Was it because it wasn’t habitable, or because life couldn’t get started?” asks Benjamin Weiss, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Scientists believe Mars lost its magnetic field billions of years ago as its core cooled, allowing its atmosphere to escape and leaving its surface cold, dry, and exposed to radiation from space. By dating different samples and measuring their fossil magnetism and the conditions in which they formed, scientists can test whether this theory is true—and, if so, whether the martian environment grew inhospitable so early that life could never get started.With momentum building for much more Mars exploration—including human visitors—chances are waning to study the planet while it is pristine, Zorzano says. “I hope we don’t miss the chance to catch this train,” she says. “If we don’t step in now, we will miss this unique moment.”last_img read more

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