Stricken Indiana Abortion Law “Unprecedented” Opponents Say

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comndiana’s strict anti-abortion legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed this year was “unprecedented” in scope and in its rejection of long-established federal law, said opponents who succeeded in blocking the law from taking effect.“I do want to stress that what the state of Indiana attempted to do here really grossly flies in the face of existing law,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. “The Legislature, no less than lawyers, should understand what the law is, and are bound to follow the law, and I can’t for the life of me understand why the Legislature would pass a law that in essence overrules Roe v. Wade.”Falk spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon alongside Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum after federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction preventing House Enrolled Act 1337 from taking effect Friday. It would have prohibited abortions because of genetic abnormality, race, sex or ancestry; mandated disposal of an aborted fetus only through burial or cremation; and required abortion providers to inform patients of the anti-discrimination provisions and what they prohibited.“What the Legislature has attempted to do here is unprecedented,” Falk said. “We have since Roe v. Wade a continuous line of Supreme Court cases that say that a woman’s right to obtain an abortion, pre-viability, is fundamental and simply cannot be interfered with by the state. The Texas case the Supreme Court decided dealt with issues of regulation and undue burden. This isn’t an undue burden case. This is a case where the state of Indiana said, ‘We don’t care what the Supreme Court says, you cannot get an abortion if you get it for these reasons.’ That’s unprecedented. The court recognized there are no cases in the country that would allow that, because the law is completely opposite. This is a prime example of what one would think would be a gross overreach by the Legislature.”Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks issued a one-paragraph statement on the ruling Thursday.“While disappointed in today’s ruling, Governor Pence remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities. The governor will continue to stand for the sanctity of human life in all stages, for the compassionate and safe treatment of women faced with an enormously difficult decision, and for the rights of citizens to determine appropriate medical safety standards and procedures through their elected representatives. While the judicial process continues, the governor remains focused on growing the already robust Hoosier economy and providing a world class education for all our children.”Falk said he didn’t know how much the state will pay in legal fees to the ACLU of Indiana as is the case when a lawsuit succeeds on constitutional grounds. Fees the state has paid in such cases have skyrocketed under Pence. Opponents warned before he signed the bill that it would draw an immediate constitutional challenge in federal court.Bill author Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, did not return numerous messages seeking comment Thursday and Friday. He issued a one-paragraph statement through an aide Friday. “I’m disappointed in the court’s granting of a preliminary injunction against key provisions of HEA 1337,” he said. “I believe the State of Indiana has a significant government interest in preserving and protecting life, eradicating societal discrimination and ensuring dignity in the final disposition of the unborn.”In a statement Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, was noncommittal about whether the state should appeal but took issue with part of Pratt’s ruling.“The attorney general has said he will review the ruling and confer with his clients in the case before deciding whether to pursue an appeal. I look forward to talking with Attorney General (Greg) Zoeller in the days ahead and will reserve commenting in full until I’ve had the chance to do so. However, I will comment on one part of the judge’s decision. For the court to equate fetal remains with any other common medical waste is deeply troubling. I hope that will not be the final position taken by the court. I would also point out that this is a preliminary injunction and not a final decision on the matter.”Indeed, Falk said the state was free to appeal Pratt’s ruling, seek a trial, or pursue another course of action. Cockrum said despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling and Pratt’s order, she would lay money on an appeal if she were a betting person. “If they behave as they have historically, they absolutely will appeal. And one has to believe that that’s what they believe is necessary to play to their base. It’s an important political year,” she said.Cockrum said the rulings from the court should make it clear to lawmakers that restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion are costly battles for the state that are likely to lose on constitutional grounds. “These kinds of bills should be shelved at this point,” she said. Indiana already is the fourth-most restrictive state regarding its abortion laws, and HEA 1337 might have made it the nation’s most restrictive.“That is no badge of honor. It puts women in danger and it is discriminatory,” she said.Falk said the ACLU is reviewing this week’s Supreme Court decision in the Texas case and whether it could result in other abortion restrictions in Indiana being subject to challenge. “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.”“It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight that a couple of really important courts have spoken so compellingly regarding the right of a woman in this country and specifically now here in Indiana, to have access to safe, legal abortion.“Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” she said. “We get to celebrate our freedoms, and we hear a lot from both the executive and the legislative branches of the Statehouse of Indiana about those precious freedoms and how they need to be protected. Never as a woman do I really feel like they’re talking about me. Today, we’re talking about me; we are talking about the 51 percent of the population that is female.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

10 man Benin shock Morocco to book a place in the quarterfinals

first_imgBenin players celebrate after eliminating Morocco on Friday. (PHOTO/Agency).AFCON 2019Morocco 1 (1)-1(4) Benin Al Salaam Stadium, Cairo Friday, 05-07-2019Benin stunned one of the African Cup of Nations favorites Morocco on penalties to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history after a 1-1 draw in Cairo on Friday.The Squirrels delivered one of the biggest upset in the competition as they prevailed 4-1 on penalties after Sofiane Boufal sent his penalty over the bar and Benin goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe saved Youssef En Nesyri’s kick onto the woodwork. Midfielder Mama Seibou scored the decisive spot kick to send Benin into the last eight.The Atlas Lions were the dominant side in possession but were frustrated to a goalless first half.In the 53rd minute, the west African side took the lead through defender Moise Adilehou.En Nesyri levelled matters in the 76 minute after Mbark Boussoufa pounced on a Jordan Adeoti defensive error to set him up.Morocco were then awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Benin skipper Stephane Sessegnon brought down Achraf Hakim. Ajax’s star man Hakim Ziyech stepped up but blew the chance to seal victory for Morocco by striking the post.In the extra time, the squirrels were reduced to ten as defender Khaled Adenon received a second yellow card for dissent but the Squirrels held their nerves and proved their strength as they prevailed on penalties.The road for Herve Renard’s side ends and their long wait continues, they last won the competition in 1976.Benin who remain winless at the competition will now face the winner between Uganda and Senegal in the quarterfinals.Comments Tags: AFCON 2019BeninHakim ZiyachMoise AdilehouMoroccoYoussef En-Nesyrilast_img read more

15 Large Bendy Twist Safe Hair Hairdressing Rollers Foam Curlers Twistee Benders : Overall though I would recommend as curl result is worth it

first_imgThey are very good and strong. Just excatly what i was expecting. Perfect for the job but wouldn’t want to sleep in them. I like it but getting out of the original shape very soon. Asked for blue but got pink, but functionality is great. 3 packs of what is shown in the picture.Overall though I would recommend as curl result is worth itFirst time curler15 Large Blue Bendy Twist Safe Hair Hairdressing Rollers Foam Curlers Twistee BendersEASY TO USECAN BE USED ON WET OR DRY HAIRSMOOTH ROLLER SURFACE PROTECTS HAIR FROM BREAKAGEDIMENSIONS: 23cm X 2cmSOFT ENOUGH TO WEAR IN BED Its greats how the creates perfect curls. Great for already curly hair. I half dry and leave in over night and style the curls to my liking. Great cheap purchase for hair that gets compliments all the time. My first time using curlers so i have little experience with curlers in general, but i thought they were decent and arrived in good time. Put them in and leave them overnight makes for a tough sleep, but boy do they provide bouncy curls. Mine were so bouncy, in fact, that i ended up looking like a cherub with extra thick curls that were surprisingly stubborn to brush out. I mean my hair is on the curly/wavy side anyway so i guess i should’ve had more sense there. Therefore it’s worth noting that if your hair is prone to curling anyway, leave these in for a few hours rather than overnight. Also, make sure your hair is dry or nearly dry, because wet hair will not dry with these curlers in. Having said that, i gave it four out of five because i actually think the end bits on either side of the curlers are very annoying. They pop out and get tangled in your hair and it can mess up a perfectly nice curl. This is the first time i use the bendy rollers, i loved them, i put them there for two hours and gave me nice curls, but also made my hair smell like plastic. My first time using curlers so i have little experience with curlers in general, but i thought they were decent and arrived in good time. Put them in and leave them overnight makes for a tough sleep, but boy do they provide bouncy curls. Mine were so bouncy, in fact, that i ended up looking like a cherub with extra thick curls that were surprisingly stubborn to brush out. I mean my hair is on the curly/wavy side anyway so i guess i should’ve had more sense there. Therefore it’s worth noting that if your hair is prone to curling anyway, leave these in for a few hours rather than overnight. Also, make sure your hair is dry or nearly dry, because wet hair will not dry with these curlers in. Having said that, i gave it four out of five because i actually think the end bits on either side of the curlers are very annoying. They pop out and get tangled in your hair and it can mess up a perfectly nice curl. Easy to use but did not curl my wavy hair. Overall though i would recommend as curl result is worth it. Although i find a little more uncomfortable to sleep in as so chunky. Overall though i would recommend as curl result is worth it. These have been used a couple of times and work really well – a lovely present for my 11 year old although i am not sure she sleeps that soundly with them in. Jus only problem is that its hard to sleep with it on :/. This is the first time i use the bendy rollers, i loved them, i put them there for two hours and gave me nice curls, but also made my hair smell like plastic. These have been used a couple of times and work really well – a lovely present for my 11 year old although i am not sure she sleeps that soundly with them in. Perfect for the job but wouldn’t want to sleep in them. They stay in very well and don’t require pins. I think they are good value for money. 3 packs of what is proven in the picture. . Lots of rollers to do a whole head of hair, compared with any other rollers i have purchased. Really awesome curls, practise prior to sporting them on a night time out nevertheless. Ended up seeking like a king charles spaniel 1st time i utilised them.Its greats how the creates great curls. Excellent for now curly hair. I 50 percent dry and go away in over evening and model the curls to my liking. Wonderful cheap buy for hair that gets compliments all the time.I am combined race with prolonged curly hair, soon after washing my hair i set these in while my hair was even now moist, when they were all in i sat beneath my bonnet hood dryer that i experienced also purchased on amazon right until my hair was dry and my hair came out in gorgeous ringlets instead of my standard curls. Admittedly the ringlet have been rather large but soon after an hour or so due to the fact my hair is so very long the weght of it assist to stretch the ringlets out and it looked excellent. I acquired two sets of 15 and it took 24 rollers to protect my total head, i could likely have utilised significantly less if i experienced place a bit far more hair in some but then that would have extended the drying time.Jus only difficulty is that its tough to slumber with it on :/.I like it but receiving out of the unique form pretty soon.Over-all though i would advocate as curl consequence is worth it. While i discover a little far more not comfortable to sleep in as so chunky. General even though i would endorse as curl end result is really worth it.last_img read more

China fuels October pork exports, beef exports down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Strong demand from China bolstered U.S. pork exports in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Export Federation (USMEF), while October beef exports were below the very high totals posted a year ago.October pork exports increased 8.5% year-over-year to 225,376 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 10% to $592 million. January-October export volume was 5% ahead of last year’s pace at 2.13 million mt, while value increased 3% to $5.48 billion.Pork export value averaged $48.13 per head slaughtered in October, up 4% from a year ago. For January through October, the per-head average was down 1% to $51.12. October exports accounted for 24% of total U.S. pork production and 20.9% for muscle cuts only, up from 23.6% and 20.7%, respectively, a year ago. January-October exports accounted for 26% of total pork production and 22.6% for muscle cuts, both up slightly year-over-year.October beef exports totaled 108,017 mt, an 8% decline from last year’s large volume, while export value ($649.1 million) was down 11%. Through the first 10 months of 2019, beef exports were down 2.5% in volume (1.1 million mt) and value ($6.75 billion) from last year’s record pace.Beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $284.56 in October, down 10% from a year ago, while the January-October average was down 4% to $308.04. October exports accounted for 12.9% of total U.S. beef production and 10.5% for muscle cuts only, down from 14.1% and 11.6%, respectively, last year. For January through October, exports accounted for 14.1% of total beef production and 11.5% for muscle cuts, each down about one-half of a percentage point from 2018, when a record percentage of production was exported. October pork standouts: China, Oceania, Central AmericaAlthough still saddled by China’s retaliatory duties, October pork exports to the China/Hong region reached 61,062 mt, up 150% year-over-year, while export value climbed 127% to $141.3 million. For January through October, exports to China/Hong Kong were up 55% in volume (468,576 mt) and 34% in value ($974.8 million). Exports to the region already exceed the full-year totals of 2018.“China’s efforts to rebuild its domestic swine inventory, which has been hit hard by African swine fever, are gaining traction, but there are still excellent opportunities for pork-supplying countries,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “As U.S.-China trade talks continue, we remain hopeful that access for U.S. red meat in China will return to a level playing field with our competitors.”Pork exports to Mexico fell below year-ago levels in October, with volume down 18.5% to 54,639 mt and value declining 9% to $97.3 million — the lowest since April. January-October exports to Mexico were down 11% from a year ago in volume (584,415 mt) and declined 9% in value ($1.02 billion).“Increased demand in China is pulling some pork cuts and offal away from Mexico as well as other markets, but October shipments to Mexico were nevertheless disappointing,” Halstrom said. “The U.S. industry is still feeling the effect of Mexico’s retaliatory duties on pork, which were in place for about one year, and rebuilding pork demand in Mexico remains a top priority.”The outlook for pork exports to Japan in 2020 and beyond brightened significantly this week as the Japanese Parliament ratified an agreement that will bring tariffs on U.S. pork in line with those imposed on major competitors. The tariff disadvantage was evident in October, as pork export volume to Japan was down 16% from a year ago to 29,622 mt and value fell 17% to $122.3 million. Through October, exports to Japan trailed last year’s pace by 7% in both volume (307,974 mt) and value ($1.27 billion).January-October highlights for U.S. pork include: Fueled by strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand, pork exports to Oceania are on a record pace in both volume (95,218 mt, up 39%) and value ($272.9 million, up 37%). The region is an outstanding destination for U.S. hams and other muscle cuts used in further processing.Exports to Central America were 16% above last year’s record pace in volume (76,861 mt) and 19% higher in value ($187 million). Exports to Panama were one-third higher year-over-year and mainstay markets Honduras and Guatemala have both achieved double-digit value growth.While October export volume to South America slowed slightly from a year ago (13,934 mt, down 2%), value still increased 12% to $35.9 million. Led by steady growth in Colombia and a strong uptick in demand from Chile and Peru, January-October exports to South America remained on a record-shattering pace at 128,469 mt (up 21% year-over-year), valued at $323.8 million (up 25%). October beef exports lower year-over-year in most marketsTariff relief for U.S. beef is also a key component of the new trade agreement with Japan, where competitors currently enjoy a significant tariff rate advantage. The rate for U.S. beef muscle cuts is 38.5% but will drop by nearly one-third when the agreement enters into force, mirroring the 26.6% rate imposed on Australian, Canadian, Mexican and New Zealand beef. Another rate reduction will come April 1, when the Japanese fiscal year begins. October beef exports to Japan were down 21% in volume (21,315 mt) and 19% in value ($135.5 million). Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume fell 6% to 263,054 mt while value was down 7% to $1.64 billion.“Japan’s 38.5% tariff rate is the highest U.S. beef faces in any major market,” Halstrom said. “It was a burden even when all suppliers were paying it but now it is especially important that both U.S. beef and pork receive tariff relief. Japanese customers are very excited about the new trade agreement, and USMEF and our industry partners are ramping up 2020 promotions and strategies to reclaim red meat market share in Japan.”Beef variety meat exports to Japan (mainly tongues and skirts) have been a bright spot in 2019, increasing 21% in volume (53,432 mt) and 13% in value ($320 million, which is 40% of the worldwide total). Japan’s tariff rate for U.S. beef variety meat is 12.8%, but under the new agreement it will drop to 5.8% for skirts and 5.7% for tongues upon implementation. The rates fall to zero by 2028 for tongues and 2030 for skirts.U.S. beef exports to South Korea slowed in October but remain on a record pace as Korea solidifies its position as the top growth market for U.S. beef in 2019. October volume dipped 3% year-over-year to 19,637 mt, while value declined 10% to $138.4 million. But through October, exports to Korea were still up 7% in both volume (215,194 mt) and value ($1.55 billion).Beef exports to Taiwan following a pattern similar to Korea, slowing in October but remaining on a record pace. Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume to Taiwan was up 8% from a year ago to 52,968 mt while value increased 3% to $470.3 million. The U.S. holds nearly 75% of Taiwan’s high-value chilled beef market.January-October highlights for U.S. beef include:In Mexico, the third-largest destination for U.S. beef exports, volume was slightly below last year at 196,431 mt (down 1%), but value increased 4% to $916.4 million. This was largely driven by a sharp increase in the per-unit value of beef variety meat exports to Mexico, most notably tripe. Despite being up just 1% from a year ago in volume (80,789 mt), variety meat value to Mexico jumped 17% to $219.1 million.Similar to Mexico, U.S. beef variety meat is commanding stronger prices in Egypt, the leading destination for U.S. beef livers. Through October, variety meat exports to Egypt were up 1% from a year ago at 53,504 mt but climbed 14% in value to $62.3 million.Led by surging demand in Indonesia and solid growth in the Philippines, beef exports to the ASEAN region were 30% above last year’s pace in volume (51,758 mt) and 15% higher in value ($251.5 million). Split fairly evenly between muscle cuts and variety meat, exports to Indonesia soared 72% in volume (19,889 mt) and 43% in value ($71.8 million) from a year ago.Led by strong growth in Panama, beef exports to Central America were 7% above last year’s pace in volume (12,802 mt) and 13% higher in value ($72.7 million). Export value also trended significantly higher to Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. October lamb exports trend higherOctober exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,193 mt, up 3% year-over-year, while value increased 17% to $2.3 million. For January through October, exports were 28% above last years pace at 13,254 mt, while value increased 13% to $21.5 million. Lamb muscle cut exports were 11% below last year in volume (1,801 mt), but still increased 4% in value to $11.5 million. Mexico has driven lamb export growth in 2019, but other markets showing promise include Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Guatemala.last_img read more

What Developers Need To Know About iOS 8

first_imgDevelopers, ahoy! Apple just announced a bevy of new changes to iOS 8, the latest version of its operating system for iPhones and iPads, specifically for you. Here are the highlights.App Store UpgradesSee also: Finding Great Software In Apple’s App Store Will Soon Get EasierFirst, Apple will now offer made app bundles and app previews in its App store to improve the shopping experience. The former lets users download a collection of apps at once; the latter are videos that show off the main features of a given app. Developers can create app bundles with all of their apps available in one package.Finding the right apps among 1.2 million offerings in the App Store has long been an issue for Apple users. The company has put a premium on “discoverability” in its latest update by adding an “explore” tab to help users find app they’re looking for. The App Store will also now feature top trending searches, faster search with continuous a scrolling list, related searches and a new editor’s choice logo. See also: Apple Buys Burstly, Maker of TestFlight App-Test PlatformFor the first time, Apple will also let regular users try out beta versions of their favorite developers apps with TestFlight integration.Moar APIsApple’s chief of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said iOS 8 features as many as 4,000 new developer APIs. For comparison, Apple’s iOS 7 developer kit came with 1,500 new application programming interfaces (see our API explainer)—and developers thought that was a large release. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#api#app development#Apple#fitness#iOS#iOS 8#iOS SDK#iPad#iPhone#OpenGL#Tim Cook#WWDC#WWDC 2014 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Many will provide what Federighi called “extensibility” through iCloud and backend extensions. Extensibility, in this sense, refers to services that allow apps to communicate with one another—a novel development for iOS, which until now has largely “sandboxed” apps to ensure their security.“This will be able to extend the system, and [let developers] offer their services to other apps,” Federighi said during the WWDC keynote. “Extensions live inside [their] own sandbox and reach out by way of Apple’s security mechanisms.” The end result: Devs will finally be able to share data between apps—for instance, allowing a third-party password manager to fill in usernames and passwords in various apps.Outside developers will also have the opportunity to define widgets so they can exist inside notifications.Another aspect of this “extensibility” allows developers to create dynamic widgets within the iOS Notification Center. Apple is also finally playing nice with third-party keyboards, allowing developer apps like SwiftKey and Swype to be loaded onto the iPhone and iPad.Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the developer features in iOS 8 are the biggest since the release of the App Store in 2008. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.Touch ID Related Posts Third-party apps will now be able to use the biometric fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S—and, most likely—future iOS devices for authentication and other security purposes. Third-party apps will work by unlocking Apple Keychain items. App developers won’t actually get access to user fingerprints, though, as those will be stored securely on the device away from the app development environment.PhotoKitThe new PhotoKit gives developers new APIs for managing photo and video assets. It includes iCloud Photo integration across Apple devices as well as the ability to edit photos straight from the iOS Camera app. New features for threading and caching photo thumbnails and full-sized pictures are available as well as “resumable” editing of photo content.HealthKitApple executive Craig Federighi shows off an app using Healthkit at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.Apple released a new app called “Health” for consumers in iOS 8. HealthKit is the new set of APIs and storage that will help store user health information in one place on an iOS device.Apps can access shared health information and provide information about the user without implementing support for a fitness tracking device, meaning that the iPhone will be able to track all of that health information on its own. HandoffHandoff is part of both iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. It is an API foundation that will let users start an activity on one Apple device and resume it with the same app on a different device. HomeKitSee also: Apple Makes Its Move In The Smart Home With HomeKitApple wants to be a player in smart homes, so it’s released a new framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices. Its HomeKit framework will support apps that let users to discover devices in their homes and configure them to work with an iPhone or an iPad. Users will also be able to group those devices together and even control them with voice commands through Apple’s Siri personal assistant.CloudKitThe full backend services of Apple’s iCloud product now come with a new framework called CloudKit. Developers can securely store and retrieve data from iCloud for their apps. CloudKit will let users anonymously sign into apps with their Apple IDs without storing personal information. See also: Apple Introduces iCloud Drive With Document Sync And StorageCloudKit aims to help developers add cloud services to their apps without having to learn server-side logic. CloudKit provides authentication, private and public databases and storage. CloudKit storage will be free, albeit with limits on how much developers can use per day.SceneKitSceneKit is a new 3D graphic framework from Apple, one of several iOS 8 updates that should be exciting for game developers. SceneKit helps create 3D animated scenes and effects in games and employs a physics engine, a particle generator and a way to easily script 3D objects like shapes, materials and lighting. SceneKit will enable developers to simulate gravity and forces within apps.SpriteKitIntroduced in iOS 7, SpriteKit has been improved in iOS 8 with custom Open GL ES shaders and lighting, new advanced physics and animation and new scene editors within Xcode. It is completely integrated with the new SceneKit framework as well.MetalSceneKit and SpriteKit are designed for casual game developers. Metal is the much more robust framework for hardcore gaming, one that allows developers to directly access the iPad and iPhone A7 graphics processor for high performance. Metal is designed for better graphics rendering and computational tasks; it’s designed to exploit multi-processing and shared memory and comes with a streamlined API for unified graphics and shading language in Apple’s Xcode tool suite for developers.SwiftSwift is basically a new Apple-created programming language that fits into iOS development in ways that complement both the C and Objective-C languages. It is a new language for the OS X Cocoa API set and Cocoa Touch frameworks for iOS, one that supposedly offers new syntax and capabilities.We’ll have much more on Swift later.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

This time, Montalbo plays hero for La Salle vs Ateneo

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Bacolod native said atoning for his costly turnover in the first duel was the least of his concerns.“I wasn’t thinking of making up for that (mistake). I just want to play my game and be aggressive,” he said after winging up with six points, three rebounds, and three assists.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 shutout“Coach told me to calm down. Eventually, I did,” he said. “Coach called for a play, didn’t see anyone open because they were denying, and I saw the lane and took what the defense gave me.”It also helps that Ayo continues to trust Montalbo and that faith allows the fourth-year guard to play his usual game. “To have a coach like that really means a lot for the confidence level of one player. If you’re open, you can take the shot. If you’re free take it. Whoever deserves to be on the court will play. Even if I’m on the bench or on the court, I’ll do my best,” he said.La Salle heads to the Final Four with a twice-to-beat advantage against No. 4 Adamson and Montalbo said the team is right where it wants to be.“We’re really confident. Hopefully, we’ll peak on time. It ain’t over until it’s over and we won’t stop until we get that crown,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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. No sweep: La Salle takes down top seed Ateneo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast time La Salle and Ateneo met, Kib Montalbo lost the ball on the inbounds play which led to the Blue Eagles taking a 76-75 victory in the first round.On Sunday, Montalbo was the hero after drilling the go-ahead floater with 40.3 seconds left in the Green Archers’ 79-76 win abd deal the Blue Eagles their first defeat of UAAP Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Miles apart: Saif and Kareena spotted in two continents as the D-day nears

first_imgKareena Kapoor was in the Capital on Tuesday to promote her upcoming film, Heroine, which opens on Friday.And her husband-to-be Saif Ali Khan was spotted at the London Fashion Week attending the Burberry SS13 Collection at West Albert Lawns in Kensington Garden on Monday.Even as Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore has sent out the invitation cards and the trousseau is being designed, the actors are still mum about their much-anticipated wedding on October 16.”Whenever Saif and I do it, our fans will 100 per cent know. Nobody knows about my wedding. I want people to talk about my film instead. Whenever we decide it is the right time, we will tell the world about it. And currently, this is not the right time,” Kareena said.Reportedly, Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt has congratulated Saif and Kareena for their upcoming nuptials. “I am honoured that Angelina and Brad have wished me luck for my wedding. They are lovely people and I would definitely like to meet them,” Kareena said.One isn’t too sure whether Saif is in London to get a break from all the hype and hoopla, shop for some wedding goodies or just have a bachelor vacation while his bride-to-be is busy promoting her next big release.Kareena is currently excited about the upcoming film where she is playing the lead character of Mahi Arora. “It’s a performance-oriented film and I am playing such a character for the first time which has got so many layers in it. It will definitely break my image of portraying the girl-next-door in films,” she said. “I never had any mental pressure. I always wanted to work with Madhur Bhandarkar. When I first came on the set I didnt have any pre-conceived notions about him. I came with an open mind and tried to give my best possible shot,” Kareena added.Saif was seated on the front row at the London event. The actor looked dapper in an elegant black tuxedo teamed with a polka-dotted neck-tie. He also sported a beard at the show.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more

Anthony Davis remains in trade limbo; Harrison Barnes to Sacramento

first_imgHarris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott went to the 76ers, while Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet went to the Clippers. Philadelphia — with an eye on moving way up from the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference — also gave up a protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder that was once owned by Miami, and second-rounders in 2021 and 2023 through Detroit.“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said.Porter will be headed to Chicago, with the Wizards taking back Parker and Portis. Parker has been bracing for a trade, and moving Porter is a financial win if nothing else for Washington. So is the move that sends Morris to the Pelicans, one that should get the Wizards out of having to pay anything in luxury tax this season.Another deal with tax ramifications was worked out between Miami and Phoenix. The Heat sent Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Suns for Ryan Anderson, helping alleviate the logjam of guards that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been dealing with all season — plus considerably lowering the Heat’s expected luxury tax bill. It’s likely that Ellington will be a buyout candidate, and therefore would be able to pick his own spot to finish the season.“This business is tough but this kid is tougher,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade wrote on Twitter, talking about Johnson. And later, he told Ellington he has “a brother for life.”Meanwhile, Davis remained in place and out of uniform.The Pelicans haven’t played him since he and agent Rich Paul went public last week with their trade request, and decided not to play the six-time All-Star in Chicago on Wednesday either. The reasons for that were obvious; in case a deal can be made, it’s not worth it for the Pelicans to risk an injury.“It’s going to eventually get resolved,” Gentry said.There will be resolution — maybe just partial resolution, but resolution nonetheless — when the deadline arrives Thursday afternoon. Davis is still under contract for next season, so the Pelicans are in a slippery spot where they don’t need to deal their best player now for fear of losing him in July for nothing but also know that he doesn’t want to remain in New Orleans.If the Pelicans don’t trade Davis by Thursday, they’ll almost certainly be back in the depths of trade talks in June and July — draft time and free agency. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “I mean, obviously, it’s on everyone’s mind,” Gentry said. “But we just try to put it on the back burner and focus on the task at hand and that’s playing the Chicago Bulls. Not anything we can do about it. … I think everything kind of clears up after (Thursday), at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess normal, or whatever our new normal is going to be.”In other trades Wednesday:— A person familiar with the terms said NBA-leading Milwaukee was sending center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for forward Stanley Johnson. Both were lottery picks, Johnson in 2015 and Maker a year later. That trade was also pending the NBA reviewing the financial terms and approving, which is required for any deal to become final.— The Los Angeles Lakers — one of the teams known to want Davis — made another deal, getting Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk. Bullock is a shooter, and Lakers star LeBron James loves surrounding himself with those. Bullock is making nearly 39 percent of his 3-point tries this season. Mykhailiuk has averaged 3.3 points in 39 appearances.— Philadelphia swung a deal with Toronto, getting Malachi Richardson and some draft considerations for cash. Richardson appeared in 23 games during two seasons with the Raptors.— Two people with knowledge of the deal say Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland are finishing a trade that will most notably send Iman Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks — now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah — will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings, when the league signs off on the necessary matters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ FIFA president Gianni Infantino is only candidate for election PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “Part of the business,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.And business, on Wednesday, was busy — as expected.The Dallas-Sacramento deal will be significant for both sides.The Kings are trying to get into the Western Conference playoffs, and now can add Barnes to their promising young core. Barnes has a $25.1 million player option for next season. Meanwhile, Dallas — which got Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York last week in a massive deal — will have tons of salary-cap space to spend in the coming months as it looks to add more pieces around Luka Doncic.“Things are going to look different on the court,” said Carlisle, who wished Barnes well and told him after Dallas’ game that he believes the Sacramento deal is a good situation for him.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis laughs as he walks on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)MIAMI— Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he’s about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.“I got word of it during the game,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTobias Harris going to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers as the centerpiece of a six-person, four-draft-pick swap was the first notable deal of Trade Deadline Eve. Later, Chicago agreed to acquire Otto Porter Jr. from Washington for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. The Mavs and Kings agreed to swap Barnes for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, and as the day was winding down the Wizards struck again — this time sending Markieff Morris to New Orleans for Wesley Johnson.The Mavs-Kings and Wizards-Pelicans deals were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity by people directly involved in the negotiations, all speaking on condition of anonymity pending the mandatory NBA trade calls to make the deals official. View commentslast_img read more

3 Metrics Your Nonprofit Should Measure Using Google Analytics

first_imgAccessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your nonprofit website is a valuable tool for interacting with your target audience and allowing visitors to learn about your nonprofit. Having the insights to efficiently manage your website are important to optimize the experience for your supporters and ensure the success of your nonprofit. Fortunately, Google Analytics provides organizations with a cost effective way to monitor the metrics that matter and help your team make informed decisions.Here are three metrics that your nonprofit should be measuring: This organization located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is generating a significant amount of its traffic from outside its city limits. Based on this insight, the organization could consider expanding their target audience into new geographic territories or hosting a fundraising event in a new location. Mobile Traffic Behavior As the number of mobile site searches increases, optimizing your nonprofit mobile site for smartphone and tablet users is becoming even more critical to interacting and engaging with your supporters. Mobile traffic behavior metrics let you monitor your site’s mobile traffic growth over time. When analyzing this metric, it’s important to remember that an increase in mobile traffic growth alone doesn’t indicate that your site is mobile friendly. As mobile visitors typically spend less time on a site that isn’t adequately optimized for their devices, time on site, and average visit duration metrics should also be evaluated. Page Bounce RatesA “bounce” occurs when a visitor navigates to a page and then immediately leaves. Depending on the intent of any given webpage, a high bounce rate could indicate a low level of audience interaction and engagement. For example, if your volunteer application page has a high bounce rate, then you need to reevaluate the page’s content as visitors are not spending enough time on the page to fill out any information.Although these three metrics only begin to cover the extent of the metrics offered by Google Analytics, they provide a foundation from which you can start to measure the performance of your  nonprofit website and your reputation. Knowing how to use the information displayed by these metrics will undoubtedly aid your nonprofit staff in optimizing your organization’s website content and improving overall audience engagement. For more information about the metrics that your organization should be utilizing download the free e-book, Top 10 Things Your Association Should Measure in Google Analytics.DJ Muller is president and founder of WebLink International, the creators of WebLink Connect™ the innovative, insightful and intuitive association management software with superior customer support. WebLink empowers hundreds of trade and professional associations and more than 500,000 small and medium businesses to help them acquire and retain more customers.center_img Audience LocationThe audience location metrics enable you to specifically determine the geographic areas that your site content is reaching. By monitoring this metric, your nonprofit will have the tools it needs to determine if it’s effectively reaching its intended target audience. Additionally, this metric can be used as a means to reveal emerging or previously unidentified audiences as well as the effectiveness of your promotional efforts.last_img read more

The Ultimate Donation Page Guide Sneak Peek

first_imgToo many steps. The more pages there are to complete, the more likely a donor is to abandon the process. Too many fields. Online usability experts generally agree that when a form includes a lot of fields, a visitor is less likely to complete it. Giving options that make a difference Too many images. Photos on your donation page seem like a good idea but can confuse and distract donors, especially when the images don’t communicate why a donation matters. All too often, nonprofits give people too many ways to leave their donation page without completing a gift, including: Too many links. Links or navigation elements that lead visitors away from your donation page increase the odds that a prospective donor will click away without completing it. I’m excited to announce that we’ve just published our most comprehensive resource featuring all of our best practices and helpful tips for building successful online donation pages. The Ultimate Donation Page Guide is 27 pages of helpful tips and best practices that guide you through the process of building a fantastic online donation page (or refining an existing page) that gets donors to give, give big, and give again. You can use this guide as a helpful resource throughout the year, or, if you’re motivated to overhaul your online giving process right now, you can use it as a step-by-step guide to thoroughly navigate every detail that will help your online donation page perform better. Too much complexity. More complex options on your page make potential donors less likely to complete your form. Here’s an excerpt: When it takes us more time or effort to do something, we’re less likely to do it at all. It’s just human nature! In other words, all that extra “stuff” = work. The mechanics of testing and tracking (and a step-by-step guide on how to do an a/b test) How Clutter Steals Donations from Your Cause A lot goes into creating effective donation pages, but that doesn’t mean a lot should go on them! Too much text. Additional text on your page requires your donor to do more work and can trigger “fine print” skepticism. This guide goes beyond just constructing a better donation page. You’ll also find: The secrets of donation page design The wonders of a great post-donation experience Constructing a Proper Donation Page Tip: Before adding anything to your donation page, ask yourself, “Will this make it easier for donors to give?” How to get more people to your donation page Optimizing special campaigns The brain science of online giving Calls to action that get results Download the guide now and let us know what you think!last_img read more