E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Playing like their campaigns were on the line, Arellano and Perpetual Help hacked out thrilling overtime victories over higher-ranked foes last Thursday to muddle up the Final Four race of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA MOST READ Nicholls finished with only five points but his triple could just be the shot that might save the Chiefs’ season after they improved their record to 4-6 in a tie for seventh spot with the Altas.“It’s a special skill, making that shot,” Codiñera said of Nicholls.Kent Salado also made an impact with 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds for Arellano, which put to waste JRU gunner Tey Teodoro’s 30-point explosion.The Altas looked like a rejuvenated crew as they rolled past the Knights in the extra period. Quiet for majority of the first round, Dagangon came alive with 21 points to match teammate Prince Eze’s output. Eze, the MVP race leader, also grabbed 19 rebounds.Perpetual also got solid games from GJ Ylagan, AJ Coronel and Kieth Pido, who combined for 37 points. But it was Dagangon who made the biggest shots, hitting two straight baskets for an 82-77 advantage.Coronel and Eze sealed the win with free throws after the Knights came within 82-85 with 25 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Getting a timely explosion from Gab Dagangon, the Altas turned back the Letran Knights, 88-82, in overtime to move within a game off the Top Four.Not to be outdone, the Chiefs also played with a sense of urgency to overcome the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 115-109, in double overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutZach Nicholls nailed a desperation trey to send the game into a second overtime before Allen Enriquez, Kraniel Victoria and Archie Concepcion finished off the fading Bombers, who remained in third spot despite falling to 6-4.“I guess it was the stops that made it,” said coach Jerry Codiñera. “Other than that prayer shot of Zach, we were really down. But we were able to regroup and we got energy from our bench.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas PLAY LIST 03:32NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The team just showed a lot of heart,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican. “We knew we still have a chance of making the Final Four.”
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he will voice the Green Goblin character in an upcoming French version of a new Spider-Man movie.Giroud isn’t the only footballer slated to play a role in the film, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe set to take on the voice of Scorpion.Both players confirmed their roles on Tuesday with posts on Twitter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Je suis très heureux de vous annoncer que je prêterai ma voix au Green goblin dans le film #SpiderManNewGeneration, le 12 décembre au cinéma !@SonyPicturesFr pic.twitter.com/rlWxb96A3u— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) November 13, 2018Spider Man New Generation 🕷️🕸️ coming soon !!! Attention au Scorpion 🦂 (c’est moi) . RV le 12 décembre 👋🏾 @StephaneBak @Camelia_Jordana @_OlivierGiroud_ @SonyPicturesFr #SpiderManNewGeneration pic.twitter.com/mK8Oo6mDc0— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) November 13, 2018The film, which comes out on December 12, is called “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” in English, while the French equivalent will be titled “Spider-Man: New Generation.”Giroud and Kimpembe were team-mates on France’s victorious World Cup side this summer, and will be in action on Friday as Les Bleus take on the Netherlands in Nations League action.France will be without the injured pair of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who have pulled out of the game against the Dutch and a friendly against Uruguay with injury.France lead League A Group 1 with seven points from three matches, and anything other than a loss to the Dutch would see the side top the group and move into the competition’s final four. And Giroud, who has scored just one Europa League goal so far this season for Chelsea, could be asked to carry a heavy load with the Manchester United stars out of action. The 32-year-old scored in a 2-1 win over Netherlands in September, while Antoine Griezmann was the star man for the side in a 2-1 win over Germany last month. A loss to the Dutch would leave the French side in the position of sitting and waiting, with Germany and the Netherlands set to face off next Monday in what will be the final match in the three-team group.
Kolkata: Residents of the fire-ravaged building at 60, Chowringhee Road feel that the timing of the fire had contributed in averting a major disaster at the building.The building is commercial and the three blocks in the establishment houses more than a dozen offices with a banquet hall located at a lane in the same address that leads to Bishop Lefroy Road, the residence of Satyajit Ray. “The incident took place around 9.20 am. I was using the lift when the fire alarm inside the lift started blinking. I went to the top floor of the building where I live with my family and found that a column of smoke has started engulfing the space outside our room with the top floor of the B Block on fire. I told my family members as well as another family who lived just adjacent to our flat to come down immediately and we came down using the staircase,” said Gautam Singh, who lives with his wife and three children. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I had just switched on the air conditioner and it made a strange sound. I heard the fire alarm in the building and immediately came down. There would have been a stampede if it was after 10 am as around that time people come to office,” said Shreya Das, who works at a private computer training institute located in the third floor of B Block. It is just the floor above this institute that had caught fire, she said. “The fire alarm was ringing. I came out of the room to find that my adjacent flat was on fire. I used the staircase and came down immediately. It was extremely difficult to breathe in that floor,” said Sarala Khanna, who lived with his brother-in-law just in the adjacent apartment beside the fashion designing institute that caught fire. “We are not sure whether the things in our room are intact or not. But we are lucky to have escaped the disaster,” she said. Apart from the Khanna family, the premises owner Dipak Mukherjee has an apartment in the B Block. All other apartments are commercial.
Before his fateful back injury, if you had asked New Jersey native and high school quarterback Will Lauricella where he’d be in two years, he wouldn’t have told you he’d be a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Ohio State. When faced with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, Lauricella made a life-changing decision. “I decided for my safety not to do football anymore and all my friends were doing track and field so I decided to go out for the team with them,” Lauricella said. “I fell in love with it.” Lauricella made the choice and hasn’t looked back. The freshman placed first at four consecutive meets before finally meeting his match at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29. Lauricella decided to look at the positive side of the losing performance. “The Drake Relays was the biggest learning experience of my life for my javelin career,” he said. “I learned that, to be successful in the javelin in a college career, you just really have to be consistent and throw your marks.” Consistency has defined Lauricella’s performance this season. In all five outings, he’s thrown more than 60 meters. Sophomore teammate Aaron Roberts is impressed with what’s he’s seen from Lauricella. “Obviously, he’s off to a great start to his career,” Roberts said. “He won his first three or four meets and that’s really awesome. … For a freshman to come in and really help us out like that is a huge benefit for our team, and he’s set himself up for a great four years here.” When Lauricella arrived, there was much discussion that he may be redshirted. However, Lauricella’s throws impressed his coach so much that they decided to start him as a true freshman. “We were going to redshirt him, but he was looking so good in practice we decided, ‘Let’s just throw him in,’” coach Robert Gary said. Even Lauricella wasn’t entirely sure he was ready to face top collegiate competition. “We were talking about redshirting at first,” Lauricella said. “I only have a couple years under my belt of this, but the fact that I have such a good chance to even win Big Tens or score high is just great so far. I never thought I’d be at this point.” Gary was confident Lauricella was ready to perform. “We just thought, ‘Let’s not waste it; let’s let him go,’” Gary said. Going into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Lauricella is ranked fourth among Big Ten javelin throwers. But his sights are set on taking first place this weekend. “I’m hoping for one to three, but I really think if I throw my best and the competition throws the way they’ve been throwing, I should be shooting for one or two,” Lauricella said. But no matter where he places, Lauricella said he’s happy with his first season at OSU. “I would say being injury-free and winning my first couple meets in college was the most rewarding part,” he said. “I never would have thought that I could come in and be so successful.” In his first season, Lauricella planted firm roots within the track and field program. He’s developed a unique bond with his coaches, and Gary likes to give his thrower a hard time. “I call him ‘Jersey Shore’ guy,” Gary said. “You know, always tan, hair always looks good.” When Lauricella’s father posted his son’s nickname as “Will the thrill,” Gary had to poke fun. “Everyone keeps giving me a lot of stuff for this nickname,” Lauricella said. “To be honest, it’s really not my nickname. My dad put it up there and coach Gary found it, and they’ve been calling me it since. … They like to make fun of me for it, but I’m starting to embrace it.” In his time at OSU, Lauricella’s performance has surprised even himself. Always a hard worker, Lauricella said he knows he has had help along the way. “I really have to thank my high school coach and the professional help I got during high school also,” he said, “but none of this would have been possible without coach (Kevin) Mannon and everything that he’s taught me since I got to Ohio State.” Lauricella is still learning, and feels his best is still to come. Although he’s a long way from New Jersey, Lauricella says he feels at home at OSU. “It’s absolutely a whole different world,” he said. “I’m used to only seeing populated areas. It’s very nice. It’s very laid-back. It’s much more lax. Everyone’s a lot nicer out here … no complaints about it. I’m very happy where I’m at.”
By JIM SALTER, Associated PressST. LOUIS (AP) — The city manager and police chief in a suburban St. Louis town apologized Thursday to a group of Black college students after police wrongly accused them of a dine-and-dash and used several squad cars to escort them back to a restaurant.Washington University in St. Louis. (Courtesy Image/Logo)Clayton city manager Craig Owens said he and chief Kevin Murphy met with several of the 10 Washington University students, calling the meeting “emotionally powerful.” Owens said in a statement that he and Murphy left the meeting with a better understanding of “what it is like to be a young African-American who is confronted by the police.” Owens and Murphy are White.The incident involved 10 incoming freshmen on campus for a five-week summer program to help them prepare for university life at the prestigious school that sits that sits at the boundary of St. Louis and Clayton.After a late-night dinner at a Clayton IHOP restaurant the students were walking to a light rail station around 12:30 a.m. July 8 when they were approached by two officers.The restaurant manager had told police that a group of young Black men left without paying a $62 tab. The students had, in fact, eaten at the restaurant and some were carrying to-go bags. But they told police they paid their bills — some showed receipts.Murphy said the students agreed to walk back and talk with the restaurant manager. The university said six squad cars followed the students, though Murphy believed the number was four.Back at the restaurant, the manager told police the students were not those who left without paying.Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton met with Clayton leaders on July 12 and again on Tuesday to express their concern and anger, said Jill Friedman, vice chancellor for public affairs.“I have great admiration for our students’ maturity, fortitude and candor,” Wrighton said. “They are truly remarkable. I had hoped that this kind of dialogue with the city would open city leaders’ eyes, open their hearts and open their minds, and it did.”Owens said that in hindsight, police mishandled the incident and lacked sensitivity about the students’ “everyday reality because of how racial bias affects their lives.”The city will expand training programs to help ensure against bias and improve racial sensitivity training, and an outside expert will examine current procedures, Owens said.
The team also, as expected, placed safety Tyvon Branch, dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon and right tackle Ulrick John on the injured reserve list.But the special teams shuffle is the focus of the day’s roster moves.Wile was added to the practice squad last week, but Butler remained the punter in Arizona’s 26-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.“Guys that we counted on are not getting it done,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf on Monday. “Chandler (Catanzaro) has to make kicks and he has to show more consistency. Same with Drew Butler. Those positions will obviously be evaluated and if we need to make changes we’ll do it.”The Cardinals additionally re-signed linebacker Reshard Cliett to the practice squad Tuesday. – / 31 Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday made a series of roster moves highlighted by the release of punter Drew Butler and the promotion of recently-signed practice squad replacement Matt Wile to the NFL roster.Additionally, Arizona elevated third-string quarterback Zac Dysert to the active roster and officially added former Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright. Wright, a rookie, was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Milya Timergaleyeva, VP, market strategy, Oregan Networks talks about the challenges facing pay TV operators in delivering advanced services.What are the main challenges facing pay TV service providers as they attempt to upgrade their subscriber bases to receive advanced connected or hybrid TV services?The biggest common challenge faced by MSOs is meeting the growing demand for bandwidth, as content consumption preferences shift toward non-linear models. Intensified by the increasing appetite for Full HD and 4K content, the ‘bandwidth bottleneck’ has the potential to stress both managed and Over the Top Services to a level where customer experience can be adversely impacted.DRM fragmentation also continues to raise challenges for operators that deploy services across multiple devices and networks, and this is an area where goalposts are constantly changing, in terms of new security requirements from studios on UHD content, as well as ecosystem changes such as those recently made by Google to the Chrome browser.As a platform and services vendor, Oregan employs a combination of well-established technology building blocks and innovation components that tackle these issues. During IBC this year, Oregan will showcase recent integration with the V-Nova Perseus compression technology which holds a promise of significantly reducing the bandwidth requirements, thus making premium content accessible at lower OPEX levels. 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As part of the initial technical and financial analysis, Oregan carries out a thorough impartial feasibility assessment, which will determine the optimal product evolution path, feature sets, content security implications, timescales and any trade-offs related to the legacy STB’s intrinsic capabilities.What are the principal technology choices facing operators as they seek to build next-generation TV platforms and what are the key advantages and disadvantages of each?As technology sourcing becomes increasingly modular, with emphasis on upgradability and future-proofness, the component choices are becoming less restrictive. 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