Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.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’Also buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Two-out mistakes haunt Giants, offense held scoreless for third time on road trip

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — The disparity in talent between the Giants and Dodgers isn’t always so clear.There are games in which bullpen maestro Bruce Bochy showcases his classical talents; where his relievers hit all the right notes and his batters do just enough to create a soothing harmony.There are also games in which the Dodgers drown out the sound with thunderous home runs that leave no doubt which team will be taking …last_img read more

SourceForge Removes Blanket IP Ban, Lets Users Decide

first_imgSourceForge, the world’s largest open source software development website, has backed off a widely unpopular, end-of-January decision that had banned entire countries from accessing the site’s vast assortment of open-source software projects. In a blog post yesterday, SourceForge announced that it would discontinue its blanket ban, which was done using automatic IP blocking. The new policy puts the responsibility for restricting access to certain projects in the hands of project administrators. According to SourceForge’s original statement, certain countries were banned as a way to come into compliance with US law. The IP ban had affected users from a number of countries, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.Under the site’s new policy, the most restrictive settings will be set as default, leaving the impetus to change who can access a project, and from where, up to the project administrator. “Our action provoked a strong, angry reaction from those it affected and from the community at large,” reads the blog post. “We recognize that, for some people, the recent site changes called into question whether your support of us is justified. The changes that we deployed today are intended to empower our projects and reward your continued trust.”It will now be up to the administrator to determine that their project can be exported and how access might be restricted according to “the Denied Persons List and the Entity List, and other lists issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security,” which SourceForge identified in its original decision.While this opens the doors back up to users in a number of countries, we can only wonder what type of problems project administrators might run into now. Is this an admirable move or is it like a news organization not backing up its reporters? Instead of making a statement about US laws and how they might apply to the open-source movement, SourceForge is instead saying it will go with the flow and leave any stance-taking up to its users. Right now, all projects remain restricted by default, so we’ll have to wait and see if the open-source community rallies behind their stated outrage and opens up the projects en masse, or if it cowers behind uncertainty over US export laws. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Government#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img read more

Unity College’s TerraHaus Debut

first_imgSonnenhaus Village, a trio of student residences planned for the campus of Unity College, in Unity, Maine, is taking shape as a showcase for energy efficient student housing: the first of the three buildings not only demonstrates economy of space – accommodating 10 students in about 2,000 sq. ft. – it also is designed and built to perform to the Passivhaus standard.Dubbed TerraHaus, the building is touted as the first Passivhaus-designed student residence on a U.S. college campus. And it is as much a teaching and research tool as it is a piece of campus infrastructure. Students and faculty at Unity College, which specializes in environmental studies, assisted with the design and construction of the project, whose collaborators also included design-and-build firm G•O Logic, of Belfast, Maine, and landscape and urban design specialist Ann Kearsley Design, based in Portland.A perspective on certification requirementsDouglas Fox, director of Unity’s Center for Sustainability and Global Change, has been blogging about the progress of construction and commenting on the materials, wall system, and mechanical systems installed in TerraHaus. As student dormitories go, TerraHaus shaped up as an anomaly, or at least very unusual. At one point, though, Fox zeroed in on its compactness – “comfortable housing for 10 students in 2,000 sq. ft.” – to illustrate what he would add to Passivhaus certification criteria to help the standard address the footprints of apartments and college residence halls.“I wouldn’t ask the Passive House folks to shift away from an energy-per-unit-area requirement,” he wrote, “but perhaps a provision could be added to modify the energy requirement for apartments and college residence halls designed to accommodate more than one person in 500 square feet. The effect on energy conservation would not be reduced because building footprints would shrink.”Fox added that the design team incorporated a number of features to create a comfortable mix of comfort and compactness. His list:Careful attention to acoustical separation to provide privacy in bedrooms and bathroomsOpen design for the kitchen, dining area, and living areaGenerous mudroom space with “cubbies” for outdoor gearUse of white paint and large windows to increase the feeling of spaciousnessSeparated shower and toilet facilities for efficient privacyIndividual thermostats in each bedroomGood connection to outdoor spacesAs for cost, final figures aren’t in yet, Fox said, but noted that “preliminary data indicates that this type of construction is very cost-effective for college campuses – much lower cost per square foot and per student than reported for other new residence hall construction in the Northeast.”last_img read more

Don’t wait for CWG OC, deploy forces, Home Sec tells Delhi Police

first_imgWorkers put up a hoarding for the Commonwealth Games 2010 near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI PhotoExasperated at not being able to take over Commonwealth Games venues due to ongoing work, Union Home Ministry on Sunday asked Delhi Police not to wait for the Organising Committee to hand it over to them and start deploying forces at the earliest.The direction to Delhi Police, the nodal agency for Games security, came from Union Home Secretary G K Pillai at a review meeting held in New Delhi on Sunday evening to take stock of the preparations of security agencies for the event, sources said.”Don’t wait for the OC to hand over the venues to you. The work is still on but don’t compromise on security. Start deploying forces and tighten security at the venues. Have a standby arrangement,” a senior police official who attended the meeting summed up Pillai’s direction to Delhi Police.CLICK HERE FOR MORESnake charmers to keep Village safeCWG situation sad, says AdvaniCWG Village: From filthy to five-starSuresh Kalmadi: In the eye of a stormPillai is also understood to have asked Delhi Police to prepare a “standby” security plan as the work was undergoing in Games Village as well as Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.Police are yet to ensure a complete lockdown of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, missing five deadlines set by the Home Ministry due to ongoing construction works.In the meeting, sources said, Pillai was also apprised about the difficulties faced by personnel in using the TETRA network for communication.advertisementWhen asked by Pillai for a feedback on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio), sources said, the senior officials informed him that connectivity was a “problem” and effective communication was affected due to this.Sources indicated that Delhi Police may go back to its TM (Top Management) Network for communication. “Most probably, we may go back to TM Network,” a senior police official said.After the meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, NSG Director General R K Medhekar, senior police officials, Games venue commanders and district police heads, Pillai said he was satisfied with the security arrangements for the Games.PM Manmohan Singh inaugurates a sports injury centre at the Safdurjung hospital in New Delhi. PTI Photo”We had a complete review of security arrangements, looking at various issues and anticipating what type of threats could arise. We are trying to make sure that we are fully prepared to meet any eventuality,” Pillai told reporters after the 90-minute meeting.He said the review meet was held to ask the officials to be alert as it is a major task for Delhi Police to ensure security “not just for athletes and Games venues but for the entire city itself”.”The aim of the review was to ensure that the whole of Delhi is safe and not just the Games venues which of course has received special attention,” the top official said.File photo of CGF CEO Mike Hooper talking on the phone at the Games Village in New Delhi. Hooper said the developers of the venues did not hand them over to the OC on time and this has led to the current crisis. PTI PhotoHooper says CGF also responsible for CWG messTaking a U-turn, CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Sunday owned up the responsibility for the mess around the Commonwealth Games after blaming India’s central and state governments for all the problems.Hooper told New Zealand media that the Commonwealth Games Federation cannot be held responsible for the Organising Committee’s failure to meet deadlines but later said the apex sport body also has “the same responsibility as any other stakeholder”.CGF boss Mike Fennell had on Saturday admitted that they will have to share the blame for the shoddy preparations of the mega event.Team officials give thumbs-up to CWG VillageIn what would be music to ears of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, officials accompanying the various teams on Sunday gave a thumbs-up to the Games Village, which was a few days back dubbed “filthy and unlivable” by foreign delegates.Officials from Jersey, Cameroon and Trinidad and Tobago seemed satisfied with the condition of their respective residential towers and said things are getting better and better with every passing day.”We are happy with our residential block. It’s good and there are no hygiene or cleanliness related issues. Things are getting better every day with officials working round the clock,” Moundi Bouba, Medical Personnel, Cameroon told PTI.advertisement”Good arrangements have been made by the organisers. 16 athletes and four team officials from Cameroon are staying at the Games village at present. We have not found anything to complain about,” said Michel Nkolo, another team official from Cameroon.Severe delays in the completion of work in the Village forced Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell to contact the Indian authorities and urge them to finish work on accommodation.Fennell said advance parties from the international Commonwealth Games Associations had been impressed with the international zone and main dining area within the village, but the condition of the residential zone shocked the majority of them.Dianne Huddlestone, wife of Jersey’s chef de mission Paul Huddlestone and staying at the village as an accompanying guest, said security arrangements, dining, cleaning of the residential complexes, all have been taken care of by the organisers.”We are staying at tower number 7 and occupying nine flats. We moved here four days back and I’m enjoying every minute of my stay. Organisers have offered big living area to us. Security has also been taken due care by the concerned officials. It’s just amazing to be here.”Food is of excellent quality. I’m gorging on fish curry, vegetable curry and naan bread. It’s just great. We are five people staying at the village at present and 52 athletes will arrive here on Wednesday,” Huddlestone said.Paul Newallo, team official, Trinidad and Tobago, said condition at the village is getting better and the organisers are trying their best to meet the deadlines.”We are satisfied with the efforts organisers are putting in to get certain things done on time. Although our living area is still incomplete they are trying their best. In 2-3 days, our second batch of athletes are likely to arrive in India and then we all move in here,” Newallo said. MORE      At present, 25 Trinidad and Tobago athletes, including team officials, are staying at Hotel Ashok. Cycling, boxing, archery and shooting teams have arrived and two hockey teams, netball, track and field teams are scheduled to arrive here by Wednesday.”Our athletes are enjoying dal and rice very much including some good vegetable curries. Hopefully, India will shine as a host nation and we are looking forward to the start of the Games,” Newallo added.The build-up to the Games has been plagued by problems with construction of venues and infrastructure falling behind schedule, allegations of wide-scale corruption in awarding contracts and foreign delegates raising doubts over security and safety of the athletes.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more