Snooze control

first_imgThe justice secretary copped some stick for – allegedly – nodding off during chancellor George Osborne’s budget speech last week. But while Ed Miliband accused the lord chancellor of catching 40 winks, and Ladbrokes revealed it had paid out a four-figure sum to a customer who had presciently bet that Clarke would doze off, the minister himself was not admitting to anything. Clarke’s spokesman reportedly told press, ‘of course he didn’t fall asleep’, while the man himself provided further enlightenment as to precise events in the Guardian. Clarke told the broadsheet: ‘It wasn’t anything to do with George’s speech. It was early on. I sat there, snuggled in alongside my colleagues, and I was conscious of nodding for a moment. ‘I wasn’t conscious of going to sleep, actually. I don’t want to cause a dispute with Ladbrokes, but my head was dropping and – [I was] wide awake by the end of the speech. ‘I assure you it wasn’t lack of interest… But I had had a bad night the night before.’ Could the minister’s sleep problems indicate a pang of conscience over legal aid cuts? Sadly not. ‘I’m having gout in my wrist and the blasted thing kept me awake the night before. So I was generally short of sleep,’ he said.last_img read more


Video:Valentino Rossi meets the Yamaha Motobot

first_imgIn the featured video above, wecan see that ‘The Doctor’ Rossi appeared impressed when he first saw Motobot charging down at high speeds on a race track. The Italian MotoGP superstar then had a moment to have a closer view of Motobot before taking another YZF-R1M out himself to show the machine a thing or two.Through Motobot, Yamaha is breaking new grounds as it not only has a superior answer to rivals Honda and its ASIMO droid, the firm has literally broken new grounds as far as two-wheeled autonomous vehicles are concerned. Self-riding bikes are coming in the near future and it starts with the Yamaha Motobot.Check out the featured video as well as the initial launch video posted above and marvel at what the future could look like.Sources: AutoEvolution / Asphaltandrubber–Ads– Valentino Rossi meets the Yamaha Motobot for the first time ahead of planned duel. Yamaha made headlines late last year when it revealed the Yamaha Motobot autonomous riding robot for the world to marvel in. And the mighty Japanese firm didn’t develop the humanoid-looking robot for show either as it plans to pit it against Valentino Rossi on track very soon.Motobot was developed as a platform for Yamaha to develop autonomous riding technologies for the near future. The robot was designed, built and adapted onto the firm’s flagship YZF-R1M superbike. For now, Motobot’s only ability is riding, explaining why it features a pair of ‘training wheels’ plus deployable parking stilts when it isn’t on the move.Having attained the ability to navigate a racing circuit on its own, Yamaha recently demonstrated the Motobot to its intended human opponent, who is none other than Movistar Yamaha Factory Racing team rider and MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi.last_img read more


UWI searching for ‘killer instinct’

first_imgSince being promoted to the Red Stripe Premier League in the 2015/16 season, UWI FC have never been too far away from the top of the league, making the play-offs twice. This season may be the difference, however, as the ‘Pelicans’ find themselves rooted in the relegation zone with only two wins all season. At the helm of the team is head coach Andrew Peart, who acknowledged the problems that his team has been having so far this season. In what can be described as a less-than-impressive season so far, Peart says that solutions must be found if UWI are to ensure their survival. “So far it’s not lived up to the standards that we wanted, as you see that we’re in the relegation zone right now,” he said. “We will have to find solutions to help ourselves if we want to stay in the league next season.” MAJOR CHANGE UWI sit 11th in the league with 15 points from 19 games. At this stage last season, they had 26 points. Peart says that the changes in personnel is a major reason behind the difference in points. “Last year is a much-changed team than the one now,” he said. “The fact is that this season about 80 per cent of our team are students and last year we had 45 per cent. The composition of the team has been different. Also, we’ve been conceding too many goals and that is one of our biggest problems.” UWI’s last outing saw them taking on Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Complex. The match was a physical representation of all the problems UWI have been faced with. After taking an early two goal lead, the Pelicans were unable to secure all three points after conceding two late goals with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Peart said that a lack of concentration has been a plague on his team this season. “It should be more of a team performance at that stage of the game where we’re leading, and then failed to hang on to the lead, so we need to focus a little bit more on our concentration and the team defending better,” Peart said. “You can’t just rely on the goals you have. You have to keep defending. It’s a team effort.” UWI will face an uphill task when they take on Mount Pleasant at the UWI Mona Bowl in their final match of 2019 tomorrow, and will be hoping for a more positive outcome as they prepare for the new year. “The mood right now is to save ourselves. We have the talent. We just need to improve on our mentality and our killer instincts to get the job done.” – Gregory Brycelast_img read more


Wizards use 26-0 run to rout Celtics in Game 4, tie series

first_imgLATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Coach Scott Brooks called it the Wizards’ best stretch this season, crediting defense for making it all happen.“It is our defense,” said Beal, who had a game-high 29 points. “That’s why we’re able to get out in transition and get open shots, get open layups. We were just having fun.”It wasn’t so fun for the Celtics, who couldn’t get Isaiah Thomas going after he opened with five consecutive 3-pointers and 17 points in the first 15 minutes and finished with 19. Thomas was mad that referees allowed the Wizards to get away with holding and grabbing him but acknowledged the 26-0 run — not the officiating — decided the game.From Boston’s perspective it wasn’t pretty, even as coach Brad Stevens credited the Wizards, who have 26-0, 22-0 and 16-0 runs in this series.“If you turn the ball over against these guys, you’d prefer to drop kick it into the stands so that at least you can set your defense,” Stevens said. “Their attack in transition killed us.”ADVERTISEMENT Beal, who was 11 of 16 from the floor, said the conversation at halftime revolved around knowing the defense wasn’t up to Washington’s standards.“Were able to force a lot of turnovers,” Beal said. “We’re one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers.”Thanks to 34 points off turnovers, the series is even with the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting in the Eastern Conference final after finishing off a sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Being a shot away from splitting in Boston gives the Wizards confidence they can win there.“We feel like we’re in control,” Wall said. “We feel like we can win there, we know we can. We’ve just got to do a better job of taking those leads we get and just playing smart basketball down the stretch.”TICKED OFF THOMASThomas, who missed five of his final six shots, was ticked off that he didn’t attempt a single free throw despite taking a lot of contact . He wants more foul calls as the series continues.“It’s got to be called differently,” Thomas said. “I can’t be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don’t even shoot one free throw.”WALL STALL, STARWall missed his first nine shots from the floor and made eight of his final 14. He said he knew he had to be aggressive, and Brooks was never worried about the All-Star guard losing his confidence or passing up good looks.“He focuses on the next play, he made a big 3 and it kind of got him going and our defensive activity got us going,” Brooks said. “He ended up having a really, really great game of leading our team defensively, offensively.” Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The Wizards did just that in a 121-102 rout in Game 5 on Sunday night thanks to a 26-0 third-quarter run that featured big-time contributions from John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter.That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We’re capable of those type of runs every game,” said Morris, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. “Keep pressing them, go up 50 if we can. That’s the mindset I felt like all of us had.”Washington never led by 50, but after trailing 53-48 early in the third it was 74-53 by the time Porter made a layup with 5 minutes left in the quarter. Wall had seven of his 27 points and three of his 12 assists during the run as the Celtics committed eight turnovers — including back-to-back shot-clock violations — and went 0 for 5. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img LeBron on NBA legacy: ‘There isn’t anything I have left to prove’ MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — It wasn’t enough for the Washington Wizards to force turnover after another and make baskets every time down the floor to take a lead over the Boston Celtics.They wanted to blow them out.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSCeltics: It’s the first time in Thomas’ playoff career that he has fallen short of 20 points in consecutive games. … Kelly Olynyk was booed every time he touched the ball after his illegal screen preceded Kelly Oubre Jr.‘s charge and shove in Game 3 that got him suspended. Fans chanted “Kelly Oubre!” on a few occasions as Olynyk finished 5 of 9 for 14 points. … Back in the starting lineup, Amir Johnson had the first five points of the third quarter for Boston before the Wizards’ run.Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. … Had 21 points off turnovers in the third quarter alone. … Porter had 18 points. … Wall has 20-plus points and seven-plus assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, the most in a single postseason in NBA history ahead of Michael Jordan’s eight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View commentslast_img read more