Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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Woolmark exploring Indian market in sports wear

first_imgCoimbatore, Jun 5 (PTI) The Woolmark Company is exploring the large market in India for wool by tapping the great potential in sports wear and yoga sector, a top company official has said. India imported about seven to eight per cent of Australian wool, while China imported nearly 75 to 80 per cent, even as the use of wool in textile sector was just two per cent globally, Woolmark Company Country Manager (India), Arti Gudal said. Dispelling the perception that woolen garments were heavy and more suited for colder season, Arti told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop held recently at nearby Tirupur that the wool has trans-seasonal benefits and can be used in any climate, be it summer or winter, depending on the right blend. She said that there was tremendous potential for wool in India, particularly in sports wear in cricket and also yoga, which of late was getting international recognition. On availability of wool to cater to the increasing market trend, John Roberts, General Manager (Eastern Hemisphere), Australian Wool Innovation Limited said that around 35,000 rearers off-load the fibre thrice a week, accounting for nearly 1.8 million bales (each bale is 190 kg). “Innovation and appetite for the wool is huge,” Roberts added. A section of 150 knitwear manufacturers, who attended the workshop, said they were willing to explore the possibility of enlarging their market with the use of woolen yarn and wool blended fabric in the manufacturing process. The foray into wool-based products though may take a while, the first product from Tirupur is likely to be introduced at least in November, Arti said. On price comparison, she said that it was five times more compared to cotton, which is sold at about Rs 300 per kg, which is mainly used by knitwear manufacturers. PTI NVM RC MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-IND-LUNCH-BOARD

first_imgKolkata, Oct 1 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on the second Kolkata, Oct 1 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens, here today. India 1st innings: 316 all out in 104.5 overs New Zealand 1st innings: 21 for 2 in 5 overs Martin Guptillb Kumar13 Tom Latham lbw b Mohammed Shami 1 Henry Nichollsnot out 1 Ross Taylornot out 2 Extras: (LB-4) 4Total: (for 2 wickets in 5 overs)21 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-18Bowling: Kumar 3-0-13-1, Shami 2-0-4-1. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

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Pickering: updated and lite versions of signal routing, software switch path manager

first_img Continue Reading Previous EUROS offers complete Industrial IoT SuiteNext Manhattan Skyline: add modern GUI with high-end graphics and smooth animation to any system Pickering Interfaces introduced version 6 of their signal routing software, Switch Path Manager (SPM), with a range of new capabilities as well as a new “lite” version. This signal routing software simplifies signal routing through complex switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software.The latest version, Switch Path Manager 6, offers two major updates. The software evaluation period is now 14 days, but the time is based on the number of days the software is actually used rather than a fixed period of time; users are now able to fully evaluate the software as their schedule allows. The addition of Switch Path Manager Lite, a low-cost solution that is fully functional but with an operational limitation of two active switching modules in the configuration. Larger configurations with more than two modules can be created, loaded and edited—but not executed. In contrast to the SPM full license, SPM Lite is not connected to a dedicated computer, once purchased it can be used as a site license.In addition to the major updates above, there is also a range of new capabilities. An enhanced System Configurator Editor gives the user the ability to apply standard functionality like copy, paste, delete, find, replace and cell manipulation. It also offers better filtering technology to filter dedicated pins, and it now has added display options, so the user can decide what will be displayed in the configurator. In the past, if a user wanted to create fixed routes for multipoints (e.g., A connect to B & C), two single routes (A-B, B-C) had to be created and combined into groups—this is now possible in one step. A new and very effective API function has also been added: IsConnectedStatus (EndpointA, EndpointB). With only one simple function call, a user can find out whether given endpoints have been connected by SPM. This functionality is important when a route uses multiple relays, and on that route, there are more endpoints connected to each other than a user is thinking of. Example: A and B have been connected, but C is on the route and connected as well. It is not obvious the user would know about the route A-C-B unless you call IsConnectedStatus()Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Huawei Watch GT launched with 2-week battery life, continuous heart-rate monitoring and 5ATM waterproofing

first_imgHuawei launched its Mate 20 series phones at an event in London on Tuesday night. It launched four new phones under the banner, the Mate 20, the Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X and the Mate 20 RS Porsche Design but evidently it wasn’t enough. The company had two more smart devices to announce, in addition to the Mate 20 series phones, the Watch GT and the Band 3 Pro. The Band 3 Pro is a fitness band. The Watch GT is also a fitness band, only it is masquerading as a smartwatch which could be nice because it does this to achieve long-lasting battery life among other things.The Watch GT, is of course, the more interesting of the two. It is a smarwatch that ditches Google’s Android Wear or Wear OS in favour of a proprietary OS designed to offer a healthy dose of performance and efficiency. This is different from say the Huawei Watch that packed Google’s OS. Huawei Band 3 ProAt the outset, the Huawei Watch GT seems to have one goal. To offer extended battery life and Huawei is quoting some crazy numbers here, enough to warrant interest. Huawei says that its Watch GT can last up to 2 weeks with heart-rate monitoring on and exercise for 90 minutes per week, up to 30 days if you’re only receiving messages and calls with heart-rate monitoring off, and up to 22 hours with continuous exercise tracking, heart-rate monitoring and GPS on.”The Huawei Watch GT uses an innovative smart power-saving algorithm that enables it to dynamically switch between performance and efficiency modes, depending on user activity, for maximum battery life. This allows the smart watch to stay powered for up to two weeks for frequent use mode,” the company says about its new smartwatch.advertisementThe Huawei Watch GT comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 454×454 pixel resolution and will be available in classic and sport options. It comes with stainless steel and ceramic bezels which is 10.6mm thin and is compatible with two band options, a dual-color silicone band and a leather-rubber band. It is 5ATM certified as well. The Watch GT comes with GPS, activity, sleep and step tracking. The optical heart rate sensor on-board uses 6 LEDs and in tandem with Huawei’s TruSeen 3.0 technology, promises more accurate monitoring.The Huawei Band 3 Pro meanwhile comes with a curved 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. It is also 5ATM certified and offers GPS and heart-rate monitoring at a mainstream price.While the Huawei Watch GT Sport edition has been launched at EUR 199, its Classic edition will cost EUR 249. The Huawei Band 3 Pro has been launched at a price of EUR 99. It is yet to be seen if Huawei brings either of these two devices to India anytime soon.ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design launched with Kirin 980, triple rear cam setuplast_img read more

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Win over pretty average team causes West Virginians to go berserk

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! This whole thing is about as West Virginia as it gets…other than this:Nick O’Toole wins Big 12 Headshot of the Week for the fifth consecutive week. pic.twitter.com/54D2bnoqd6— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 30, 2013 Is OSU a couch-burning-team? At No. 11, maybe — actually, maybe everyone is when playing in Morgantown — but I was unaware that they were also a fire-starting-car-flipping-worthy opponent until today.According to this AP report, the party lasted long into the night and it involved arson and a car being flipped.Media outlets report that the fires occurred Saturday night and early Sunday morning. All were extinguished without incident and there were no injuries.That’s not all though.Morgantown Fire Marshal Capt. Ken Tennant says one person was cited for malicious burning.No reports have surfaced about whether or not Justin Gilbert was guarding the person cited for malicious burning.Also, here are some insane videos of students trying to flip the car and general carousing in Morgantown. I can’t see Dana or DeFo but you know they’re in there somewhere. (NSFW language)last_img read more

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Asked AITA for neutral venue: Mahesh Bhupathi on India’s Davis Cup tie in Pakistan

first_imgAsked AITA for neutral venue: Mahesh Bhupathi on India’s Davis Cup tie in PakistanThe AITA said it would go ahead with the visa formalities for the Davis Cup tie if the September 14-15 clash in Islamabad is cleared by the ITF following a fresh security check.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 13:48 IST India’s Davis Cup team captain Mahesh Bhupathi wants the tie vs Pakistan to be shifted to a neutral venue (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia is scheduled to face Pakistan in the Asia Oceania Group 1 tie in IslamabadIndian players have asked AITA to request for a change in venueInternational Tennis Federation is satisfied with security arrangements in Pakistan for the September 14-15 tieThe Indian Davis Cup team wants the tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month to be shifted to a neutral venue and is baffled that the national federation has merely asked for a security re-check so far.After repeatedly making statements that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) will seek a neutral venue, its general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee surprisingly sought just a security re-check from the International Tennis Federation.It left the players and the team management disappointed and after discussing the matter among themselves, they have decided to approach the federation.”We have asked AITA to request for a neutral venue,” said India captain Mahesh Bhupathi.Another player, who did not wish to be named, said the team is “quite surprised” with how AITA has dealt with the situation.The AITA said it would go ahead with the visa formalities for the tie if the September 14-15 clash is cleared by the ITF following a fresh security check.A section within the AITA is also surprised that the Indian government was not ready to take a stand despite escalating tension between the two nations following recent scrapping of the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.Sports minister Kiren Rijijiu on Monday said that since the Asia Oceania Group 1 tie is not a bilateral series and the world body is involved in hosting of the Davis Cup, they can’t stop tennis players from travelling to Pakistan.”We understand that the Olympic charter does not allow government interference but this is a question of lives of the players. The government always jumps in when Indian citizens are trapped abroad and try to ensure their safe passage back to country,” said an official on condition of anonymity.advertisement”Are tennis players not citizens of India? How can the government risk their lives by not stopping them?” he asked.The AITA is also being criticised for not seeking a neutral venue despite the prevailing circumstances.”It’s beyond understanding why AITA did not ask for change in venue in clear terms? Why are they beating around the bush? Do players mean anything to them,” said another official.No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.Since 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover.The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.Also Read | ITF satisfied with security plans for Pakistan vs India Davis Cup tie in IslamabadAlso Read | Indian government won’t have say on participation in Davis Cup tie in Pakistan: Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venueFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Davis Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs India Nextlast_img read more

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FORGIVE BUT DONT FORGET

first_imgI became physically intimate with my teacher when I was in high school. He called me last week and wanted to meet. I’m 26 years old now and my husband does not know about it. Should I meet him or ignore him?Name withheld I suggest that you try to have a telephonic conversation with him before you make up your mind. Try to know why he has surfaced suddenly. If after everything you still want to catch up, meet at a public place and don’t spend too much time with him. If you are not willing to meet him, be firm and express your decision politely. Whatever you do, depending on your relationship status with your husband, please decide whether or not you should share and how you should convey it to him. Also Read – Feel what you fear I feel that my husband and I are in a very competitive relationship. I don’t know why and how to solve this. Name withheld If a man has to compete with a woman for control of the relationship, he not only feels inadequate but also like there’s no place for his masculinity in his woman’s life. Keep this in mind: it’s very important. This isn’t to say that a man should control the entire relationship, that’s unfair to both parties. Rather, a successful relationship has complementary forces where each person relinquishes control in certain areas. If he felt like you were against him instead of for him, he never felt fully capable of opening his heart because he was afraid of losing the “game” and getting hurt. Talk it out, spend quality time and make him feel special and desirable. Also Read – HomecomingDon’t lose heart and hope. Hold on and hold tight. All the best. I just delivered a baby and have also gained some weight. My husband is avoiding me since then. Please guide. Maahi, New Delhi Are you absolutely sure that there is no other reason for your husband to ignore you? Post childbirth, women are anyway sensitive and there could be some other reason too! I suggest, speak to him and propose a plan of yoga, gym or walks together. Visit a proper dietician and take care of your diet. Alongside, don’t let love fade and do everything to keep the romance alive. Sometimes a hug or kiss might also do wonders. Concentrate on your relationship and enjoy the joyride. As I’m growing older, I am losing interest in women. I don’t feel turned on. Am I turning gay? I’m feeling very guilty about it. Name withheld If you are gay, know that there are many gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight people all over the world who have been through your situation. The doubt, the nagging guilt, the uncertainty – they’ve all been through it. Try not to think of your new sexual revelation as a burden; instead, think of it as liberation. There is nothing wrong with being gay. You are no less of a person for being who you are. Celebrate being you and be happy! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

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Holocaust scholar sues group that said he slandered Poland

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — A prominent Holocaust researcher says he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland’s good name for research exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II.Historian Jan Grabowski, of the University of Ottawa in Canada, told The Associated Press he brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the Polish League Against Defamation, an organization allied with Poland’s conservative ruling party.The league didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the case.The league’s work has been part of a broader effort under the Law and Justice party-led government to challenge research on Polish participation in the killing of Jews by Nazi Germany. Poland was under German occupation during World War II.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ottawa developing Canadian definition of UNDRIP says Liberal minister

first_imgAPTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Thursday the Liberal government is in the process of developing a “Canadian definition” of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).However, Carr did not say how this Canadian definition would be implemented or whether it would be contained in possible legislation on UNDRIP and its application to federal laws.“I would say the government is in the process of providing a Canadian definition of the declaration,” said Carr, during testimony before the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee.Carr said the result of the process would be “comprehensive” and would provide greater clarity “of these definitions,” in reference to the UNDRIP principle of “free, prior and informed consent.”Carr’s appearance before the committee occurred hours after NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons to harmonize Canada’s laws with UNDRIP.UNDRIP was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007 and enshrined rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world,” according to the document.While Saganash’s bill received an endorsement from Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was non-committal about her government’s support for the proposed law.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Area C in W. Bank to house Dutch projects: PM

first_imgBETHLEHEM– A number of joint projects between the Palestinian and Dutch governments would be established in the Area C in the West Bank, which falls under the control of the Israeli authorities, Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah has said. The Palestinian government had asked the Netherlands to put pressure on Israel to prevent it from putting hindrances on the way of the projects, Hamdallah told Anadolu Agency. Hamdallah attended the Dutch-Palestinian Cooperation Forum along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Bethlehem on Saturday.The forum resulted in agreements between the Palestinian and Dutch governments on projects worth the value of $175 million in the fields of education, agriculture, water, energy, and technology. Under the 1995 Oslo Accord, the Area C, which makes up around 60% of the West Bank, lies under full Israeli civil and security control. Hamdallah said there are good signs that Israel would not object to the launch of the Palestinian-Dutch projects in the area. “But it is still necessary for us to start an international campaign to retain this area and benefit from its vast natural wealth,” Hamdallah told reporters.Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, meanwhile, said the contribution of the Netherlands in the planned projects would give them some sort of political protection.“These investments will have a political dimension to them,” al-Maliki said. “This means that Israel will think twice before hampering them,” he added. He expressed hopes that other countries will follow suit in launching projects in the occupied Palestinian territories in the future.last_img read more

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Three officers from Sri Lanka in Seychelles to probe drugsmuggling

A statement from the Seychelles’ Anti-Narcotics Bureau confirmed the arrival of the Sri Lankan officials, but it made no mention of the reported seizure and of reports that the drugs were destined for Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.Drug trafficking into Seychelles from foreign countries has been a problem in recent months, but there have been no reports of drugs being intercepted from Sri Lankan nationals or fishing vessels. It was also reported that a racket where heroin is brought to Sri Lanka by boat from Pakistan and then taken to Seychelles hidden in fishing boats had come to light during the investigations. However only last year, there were three incidents of illegal fishing by Sri Lankan-flagged vessels in the waters of Seychelles. Three senior officers from the Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) are currently in the Seychelles to work with the Seychelles Anti-Narcotics Bureau on ongoing drug-smuggling cases in the Indian Ocean, a news release said.The officials are in Seychelles following a substantial seizure of heroin made in Sri Lanka, the Seychelles News Agency reported. It was reported that the team had gone to Seychelles with regard to investigations pertaining to 231 kg of heroin that was detected and seized in Beruwala on December 18 by the PNB based on a tip-off received by the STF. read more

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Marlboro maker Altrias 3Q profit more than doubles on lower legal costs

Marlboro maker Altria’s 3Q profit more than doubles on lower legal costs, year-ago comparison RICHMOND, Va. – Altria Group’s third-quarter profit more than doubled as the Marlboro maker paid out less in legal settlements and freed itself from charges related to paying off debt early last year.Higher prices and volumes for both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco bolstered its underlying results, which topped Wall Street expectations.The owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, posted earnings Thursday of $1.39 billion, or 70 cents per share. That’s up from $657 million, or 32 cents a share, in the year-ago period, which included a $874 million charge for a loss on early extinguishment of debt.Excluding one-time items, earnings were 65 cents per share, beating analyst estimates by a penny. That excludes a $145 million benefit from credits for disputed payments under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.Revenue for the Richmond, Va., company, excluding excise taxes, increased 6.6 per cent to $4.8 billion. Analysts expected $4.53 billion, according to FactSet.Its shares fell 13 cents to $36.25 in early morning trading Thursday.Volumes increased more than one per cent to 34.1 billion cigarettes compared with a year ago. Adjusting for trade inventory changes, cigarette volumes fell 3 per cent during the quarter, compared with a total industry decline of 3.5 per cent.Marlboro volumes grew 1.5 per cent, while volume for its other premium brands fell by more than 7 per cent, and volumes for discount cigarette brands like L&M increased 5 per cent.Its share of the U.S. retail market rose 0.2 percentage points to 50.7 per cent. Marlboro’s share of the U.S. market was flat at 43.7 per cent.The Marlboro brand has been under pressure from competitors and lower-priced cigarette brands amide economic uncertainty and high unemployment.That’s on top of the tax hikes, smoking bans and a social stigma that have made the cigarette business tougher.The Marlboro brand sold for an average of $5.86 per pack during the third quarter, compared with an average of $4.36 per pack for the cheapest brand.The company has introduced several new products with the Marlboro brand, often with lower promotional pricing, to try to keep the brand growing and to lure smokers away from its competitors.Altria and others are focusing on cigarette alternatives — such as electronic cigarettes, cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco — for future sales growth because the decline in cigarette smoking is expected to continue.After launching its first electronic cigarette under the MarkTen brand in Indiana in August, Altria said Thursday that its NuMark subsidiary plans to expand into Arizona in December.Volumes of Altria’s smokeless tobacco brands such as Copenhagen and Skoal rose 9.5 per cent from a year ago. Adjusting for an extra shipping day and trade inventory changes, Altria says its smokeless volumes grew about 4 per cent. For the quarter, the company’s smokeless tobacco brands had about 55 per cent of the market, though smokeless tobacco is a tiny market compared with cigarettes.Volumes for its Black & Mild cigars rose 6 per cent during the quarter.Altria Group Inc. also owns a wine business, holds a voting stake in brewer SABMiller, and has a financial services division.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum. by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 5:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Aaron Crafts decision blows Ohio State past Cyclones

DAYTON – The fate of Ohio State’s season came down to a read – a decision to either put the ball in the hands of its best scorer or leave it with its floor leader and defensive epicenter. With the ball in his hands and 28 seconds to play, junior guard Aaron Craft hovered footsteps behind the 3-point line and dribbled away precious ticks off the clock while his teammates, namely junior forward Deshaun Thomas, fought frantically to get open. As cool and collected as one could probably be amid the hurricane that is a last-second finish to an NCAA tournament game – one that would determine whether the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes would reach their fourth-straight Sweet 16 – Craft continued to patiently shift around the top of the key, waiting for someone to get open. That help, though, never came. At least, not how he wanted it. So, Craft, known more for his ability to harass the game’s best offensive weapons rather than be one himself, took the game – and OSU’s fate – and hoisted it upon the shoulders of his 6-foot-2, rosy-cheeked frame. While every bounce of the ball seemed to magnify the general anxiety level of the 13,409 in attendance at the University of Dayton Arena, Craft waved off Thomas’ pining for the ball and watched the clock expire before launching the ball – and the Buckeyes hopes – through the air and into the net with 0.2 seconds left. The moment – one that will almost certainly echo in years to come – felt paradoxical considering Craft’s play in the game’s final 20 minutes. The typically clutch point guard turned the ball over three times in the second half, missed four free throws down the game’s stretch and clumsily clanked a mid-range jumper off the iron in the contest’s second-to-last possession. And for Craft, known more for his ability to slash his way to the basket rather than connect from longer distances, a buzzer beater from behind the arc seemed like it might be even more of an arduous task. But the Findlay, Ohio, native maintains he kept his poise despite rather atypical struggles late in the game. “I did some things down the stretch I don’t normally do. Missed some shots and missed some free throws,” he said. “We had confidence in about three of four guys at the end that could take a shot. This game just happened to be me and I was able to knock it down.” While Craft makes less than 30 percent of his 3-point shots, Lenzelle Smith Jr. said Craft’s basket looked like one from a seasoned-sharpshooter. “Normally he has a tendency to hitch the ball with the shot, but that one was straight net,” Smith said. “That was bottom of the net.” And though the shot was executed as intended, that’s hardly the way the Buckeyes drew the play up. Smith said the plan was to feed it to Thomas, who led all scorers with 22 points in Sunday’s 78-75 win against Iowa State. “We definitely wanted to have Deshaun in some type of pick and roll. Deshaun was going to be in pick and roll with Aaron, and I was on the strong side with Aaron coming off because we thought that the defender was gonna step up off of Aaron and he would have thrown the ball to Deshaun for a great shot at the top of the key or me in the corner for a good shot,” Smith said. The Cyclones, though, rotated and switched defenders, confirming Craft’s decision to hold onto the ball. “Once we seen that they switched, all bets are off,” Smith said. “Aaron, take this guy to the basket and shoot over him.” OSU coach Thad Matta called the instant a “big-time shot by a big-time kid and a big-time player.” “I saw the same thing Aaron saw. It was right in front of us. (Iowa State) switched it. They made a good read. They set the screen and switched … We had told him, when we took the timeout, ‘Let’s get the last shot and go for the win.’ He could have timed it maybe .5 too long, but it was pretty good timing on his part.” Thanks in part to Craft’s last-second heroics, OSU is set to play No. 6 Arizona at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday night. “It was a great moment for Craft and for this basketball team,” Smith said. “I’m so happy for him now. He’s on top of the world and hopefully we can keep making those type of plays.” For the Buckeyes to advance to the Elite 8 and perhaps further, they’ll likely need him to. read more

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Buffalo Bills QB Competition EJ Manuel to Start Week

The Buffalo Bills named rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel the starter in the team opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday.Manuel only played in two preseason games after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee on Aug. 18.The rookie, who was the first quarterback drafted back in April, had a pretty solid preseason in the games he did play. He went 26-of-33 in passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in his two preseason appearances.Coach Doug Marrone had planned to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel if Manuel was unable to suit up. However, the 16th overall draft pick returned to practice wearing a knee brace Sunday.Marrone said Manuel will start for the Bills in the opener because his recovery from the procedure was progressing ahead of schedule. Manuel participated fully in practice on Monday. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball notches first win against Cincinnati

After a tough loss against then-No. 7 Notre Dame in the Carrier Classic, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s basketball team came out firing and blazed past Cincinnati in their home opener at the Schottenstein Center. Wednesday night’s 87-49 victory gave the Buckeyes their first win of the year and Cincinnati’s coach Jamelle Elliott said OSU’s loss to Notre Dame might have served as some extra motivation. “They had a chip on their shoulder,” Elliot said, “and you could tell tonight.” The Buckeyes shot 77.3 percent from the floor in the first half and had a 42-21 lead going into halftime. Senior guard Tayler Hill led the charge with 21 points, while redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes and sophomore guard Raven Ferguson each scored 16 apiece. The Buckeyes defense stymied the Bearcats all game long and held them to 29.7 percent shooting from the field overall. “Our defense against Notre Dame was good and tonight’s defense was very good,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “I think we’re solid defensively at the guard position.” Stokes said not only was their defense efficient tonight, but they had a strong overall game right from the tip off. “It felt better than the Notre Dame game from the beginning,” Stokes said. “The defense was good and everyone was getting their shots, so that makes for a fun game.” This year, the Buckeyes seem to be quick and precise, as they exploited the Bearcats’ defense with hard, dribble penetrations that set up wide open three-point shots, or with pick-and-rolls where players seemed to snipe in accurate passes. “We are such a faster team this year,” Ferguson said. “With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times.” Hill was happy the way her team was able to score Wednesday, but said they still have a lot of work to do in order to perfect their offensive scheme. “According to the score, I think tonight went really well,” Hill said. “We rushed on the ball a little too much in the beginning, but that is something we can fix at practice.” Coming into this year, many people wondered who would step up to take some of the scoring burden off of Hill, especially after losing their dynamic point guard in Samantha Prahalis, who was drafted No. 6 overall to the Phoenix Mercury in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Stokes and Ferguson might be the front-runners to fill the void. Stokes, however, said the strength of their team is unity. “I thought my game was good, but it could have been better,” Stokes said. “We held Cincinnati back and our defense was solid. Everyone was helping each other out and we had one another’s back, and we kept a good rotation. I am proud of the way we played.” Hill also noted how unique the team’s chemistry is, echoing Stokes comments about everyone having each other’s backs. “The team chemistry has been the best since I have been here,” Hill said. “We all want to see one another play well and are very supportive of one another. We are very close and I think that shows on the court because we trust each other very much.” Foster said he is excited about the group of players he has this season, not just because of their versatility and athleticism on the court. “From day one I’ve liked this group,” Foster said. “They’re unselfish and can be a lot of things this season.” The Buckeyes will return home to face Winthrop at St. John Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

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Downing Street blunder as photo of Bath used to illustrate Theresa Mays

It is understood the error was due to the stock picture used being mislabelled.Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “This was human error. It was corrected as soon as anyone was made aware of it.”The Prime Minister is in Salisbury today and will be expressing her great admiration for the resilience which the community has shown in response to the attack a year ago.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Downing Street was forced to backpedal on Monday after a social media post about Theresa May’s visit to Salisbury was illustrated by a picture of Bath.A message on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter feed paid tribute to the “beautiful, welcoming” Wiltshire city on the anniversary of the poison attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal on its streets.But rather than a picture of the famous 123-metre spire of Salisbury Cathedral, the message was accompanied by a shot of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 40 miles away in Bath.”I hope that moving forward Salisbury will once again be known for being a beautiful, welcoming English city and not for the events of 4 March 2018,” said the PM in her message.The picture was hastily removed and replaced with a picture of the door of 10 Downing Street, but not before it was noticed by eagle-eyed social media users. Bath’s Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse said: “Whilst it’s always lovely to see a beautiful shot of Bath, I think No 10 may have got carried away with this time … plenty of nice shots of Salisbury to use.”Asked about the blunder during a visit to Salisbury, the Prime Minister said: “This was an error which has now been rectified.” read more

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Ben Stokes goes from villain to hero in one glorious day

Ben Stokes stepped up in the super over to deliver England victoryCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant Jofra Archer bowled the super over and secured England’s victoryCredit:Gareth Copley-IDI Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled. Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored in the original 50-over match, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way.In the end England’s 22 fours and two sixes proved the difference, besting the Black Caps’ tally of 14 and two but they are just numbers, and do scant justice to the emotional, occasionally controversial and endlessly replayable events that played out on this famous ground.The Prime Minister said England’s performance was “unbelievable”.”An absolutely incredible match, you have made your country so proud,” she added.Archer said later: “It has been the best time of my life so far, making my debut and winning the World Cup in the space of two months is really, really special. Hopefully I can look back in 10-15 years and say ‘I was part of that’.”The national side were back on a free-to-air terrestrial platform for the first time since the halcyon days of 2005 and they did not miss their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to match the achievements of their female counterparts, who became world champions at the home of cricket two summers ago. The side secured their legacy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country.  Jofra Archer celebrates Ben Stokes staged one of the great redemption acts of British sporting history on Sunday as he blasted England to a glorious first Cricket World Cup less than a year after he was cleared of his part in a nightclub brawl.The New Zealand-born 28-year-old, with a father who joked he was cheering on the opposition, staged a one-men batting salvo to ensure England secured a fightback to match the most dramatic ever produced in team sport.His heroic performance in forcing the side to an unprecedented tie before snatching the title from New Zealand in a six-ball shoot-out came almost a year to the day since his Bristol Crown Court affray case threatened to drag the reputation of his sport to an all-time low.Stokes was subsequently cleared and, following his exploits yesterday, he was listed by bookmakers at 2-1 to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He could also be named along with his teammates in the New Year’s Honours. It was a first trophy for England after 44 years and 12 editions of the tournament.   “It’s moments like that you live for as a professional cricketer,” Stokes said of the team’s triumph. With the match screened live on Channel 4 thanks to an agreement with Sky, cricket secured its biggest audience in years for a match which will inject fresh life into the sport, which has suffered falling attendances at county matches.It was also a day of heroism for England’s Jofra Archer, 24, the Barbados-born fast bowler who tasked with bowling the deciding over. Acher’s path to national bowling stardom was secured thanks to an administrative curve-ball and a father who lived 4,000 miles away.Last November, the England and Wales Cricket Board made what was described as a “naked” move to name Archer by relaxing eligibility rules for foreign-born players. In its desperation to win the tournament on home turf, England residency requirements were slashed from seven years to three.Stokes was quick to praise Archer instead of his own exploits. “It’s moments like that you live for as a professional cricketer and the new kid on the block Jofra Archer, I backed him all the way. The talent he’s got is incredible and he’s showed it on the world stage,” he said. Last night Richard Caborn, the former sports minister, told the Daily Telegraph that Theresa May, a keen cricket fan who was at Lord’s yesterday, should swiftly recommend the team for the “highest honours”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Morgan had said of the triumph: “This has been a four-year journey and we have developed a lot over those four years, but particularly in the last two. We find it hard to play on wickets like that – as many good teams around the world do – but it was about playing cricket to get over the line and we managed to do that and it means the world to us.  “Full credit to the boys who went out there at the end. Jofra Archer seems to improve every time something comes up in front of him and he really does have the world at his feet at the moment.”When asked about Stokes’ performance, Morgan described the all-rounder as “super-human”.A super over, a six-ball shoot-out, had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in an ODI. During the dramatic finale, the teams went blow-for-blow once again, Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 off Trent Boult before Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.Archer, the least experienced player on either side, then held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy. Morgan will now take his place on the pantheon of great England captains, nestling alongside Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson, and going one better than the runners-up medals secured by Mike Brearley (1979), Mike Gatting (1987) and Graham Gooch (1992).The shine was taken off the post-match party at Trafalgar Square last night as organisers cancelled a planned post-match DJ because revellers were refusing to leave the fountain.  Ben Stokes strikes the ball Eoin Morgan, the captain, might even be nominated for a knighthood, he suggested. read more

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Buildings should be made out of hemp and wool to cut carbon

Farmers should grow hemp to make “hempcrete” and provide wool to insulate buildings with in order to cut carbon emissions, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said in a new report.The NFU aims for the whole farming sector to be carbon-neutral 2040, a decade ahead of the UK economy as a whole, and has researched ways this could be achieved.Agricultural emissions have fallen by 16 per cent overall since 1990, but there has been only “modest progress” since 2011, the report says.One such method is making structures out of natural materials, one of them being hemp, as growing the plant captures carbon from the atmosphere. Hempcrete is a material similar to concrete, made of hemp hurds – which is wooden refuse removed during processing the plant – and lime. It is used for construction and insulation. This could be grown on farms and sold to the construction industry, according to the NFU.Other ideas include making farms “plant-powered” by using biofuel methods to produce methane which would generate electricity, and using technology including GPS in order to harvest in a more environmentally-friendly way.The organisation also says farmers should health in cattle and sheep to reduce methane emissions and reduce soil compaction to cut the need for cultivation and minimise nitrogen emissions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Making sure cows are healthy can reduce methane emissionsCredit: Yui Mok/PA Carbon storage is an important way to cut down on a farm’s carbon footprint, and ways this can be achieved include providing bigger hedgerows, more woodland and trees and boosting the carbon storage of soils, including peatland and wetland restoration.  NFU president Minette Batters said: “Representing British farming, we recognise our unique position as both a source and a store for greenhouse gas emissions and, importantly, how we can build on our work so far to deliver climate-neutral farming in the next 20 years.”We aspire to be producing the most climate-friendly food in the world.”We must avoid anything that undermines UK food production and merely exports our greenhouse gas emissions to other parts of the world.”Ms Batters said work on her own Wiltshire beef, sheep and arable farm included improving grazing pasture with more clover and herbal mixes to fix nitrogen and use less fertiliser, and GPS technology was helping precision farming.British farms are responsible for around a 10th of UK greenhouse gas emissions, but only 10 per cent of its output is carbon dioxide, while 40 per cent is nitrous oxide from things such as fertilisers, and 50 per cent is methane from cows and sheep. Making sure cows are healthy can reduce methane emissions read more

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