Cardona shines anew as Knights oust Capitals, reach North finals

first_imgA couple of days after hitting 25 points in the 94-86 Game 1 win, Cardona surpassed his MPBL career-best with 26 points that went with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Knights swept the Capitals in their best of three semifinal series.John Wilson also caught fire for the Knights as the ex NCAA Most Valuable Player finished with 19 points, including 13 in the second half where San Juan pulled away in front of another huge home crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Mac (Cardona) can still dominate the game if he wants to,” said San Juan coach Randy Alcantara. “He just gets distracted by calls and his teammates sometimes but we in the team know what he’s capable of as a player. We know he can help take us to the next level.”The Capitals were still on top, 49-48, early in the third period, before Cardona’s hustle plays sparked the turnaround. Wilson found his range in the fourth quarter, where he and Cardona combined for 18 points. Team Lakay stars seek place among world’s best fighters Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Getting another lease on his career, Mac Cardona is turning the MPBL Datu Cup playoffs into a showcase of his undeniable talent.Rejuvenated and focused, the former PBA scoring champion delivered another stellar performance as the San Juan Knights overwhelmed Quezon City Capitals, 106-81, to become the first team to reach the North division finals at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rihannas Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available

first_imgNews Facebook Released on Sept. 7 at a live-streamed event from Brooklyn, New York, the extensive line of beauty products include primers, foundation, highlighters, powders, brushes, blotting paper, and lip luminizer, among others. Available colors range from light to dark skin tones so everyone will be able to find the perfect shade. All products are also cruelty free. Get Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection rihannas-fenty-beauty-collection-now-available GRAMMY winner takes her fashion icon status to the next level with her own line of beauty products, now availableRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 3:39 pm Long known as an icon of both music and fashion, Rihanna has taken her style status to a new level with her recently released and highly anticipated beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available center_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Rihanna: GRAMMY Audience Cam Email The beauty line is produced by Kendo Brands, an indie division of beauty giant Sephora, which also carries lines such as Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty. If you have to get your hands on this collection, you can find it at Sephora stores globally or online via Sephora or Fenty Beauty.With this beauty line, you’ll be ready to “Work, work, work” in no time.See Rihanna’s Crop Over Fashion In Barbadoslast_img read more

In a first Sensex crosses 31000mark Nifty nears 9600 level

first_imgHealthy buying in metal and automobile stocks, and a strong rupee took the Indian equity markets to a record high during the mid-afternoon trade session on Friday.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE crossed the 31,000 mark for the first time to touch a new high of 31,034.30 points intra-day. At 1.45 pm the Sensex traded at 31,008.24 points — up 258.21 points or 0.84 per cent from its previous close at 30,750.03 points.The wider 51-scrip NSE Nifty also traded close to the important 9,600 level. It traded at 9,584.10 points — up 74.35 points or 0.78 per cent.The Nifty, too, touched a new high of 9,592.15 points intra-day.last_img read more

2 killed in Gopalganj road crash

first_imgTwo persons, including an NGO official, were killed and five others injured as a microbus crashed into a motorcycle and a rickshaw van Gopalganj’s Ratil in Kashiani upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Nurul Islam, 40, manager of Kathi Bazar branch of Jagorani Chakra Foundation in Sadar upazila and son of M Abdul Morol of Rupdia in Jashore Sadar upazila, and rickshaw van driver Rakib Sheikh, 45, son of Noor Mohammad Sheikh of Dhankora village in Kashiani.Officer-in-charge of Kashiani police Station M Azizur Rahman said the microbus first smashed into the motorcycle of Nurul and then the van around 2:30pm before plunging into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the steering.The accident left the NGO official dead on the spot and Rakib and five passengers of the microbus injured.Physicians at Kashiani Upazila Health Complex declared the van driver dead on arrival after the injured were taken there.The rest of the injured were later sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, the OC said.last_img read more

AntiSharia Marchers Met With CounterProtests Around The Country

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 X Ted S. Warren/APCounter-protesters respond to the “anti-sharia” rally in Seattle on Saturday.Protesters who gathered on Saturday to denounce Islamic law were met across the country with equally sized or larger counter-protests.Organizers called the “March Against Sharia” rallies to protest what they say is the threat to U.S. society posed by the set of traditional Muslim practices, which they say includes oppression of women, honor killings, homophobic violence, female genital mutilation and other abuses.But reports and pictures show large counter-protests around the country, with activists accusing the “anti-sharia” marchers of racism and Islamophobia.Sharia “is a legal or philosophical code derived from Islamic scripture and meant to guide the behavior of observant Muslims,” as NPR’s Tom Gjelten noted. Religious experts say it’s similar to parts of Christian and Jewish customs.The rallies were held in about two dozen cities and about 20 states. They were organized by the conservative group ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters.” The organization describes itself as “the NRA of national security.”“I feel like we need to make a stand now, before [sharia] makes more inroads,” protester Shannon Boulogne told WABE reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi. “I’ve always been, you know, for women’s rights.”Bandlamudi reports that Boulogne was among a small group of demonstrators who gathered in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The Los Angeles Times reports they were met by a “small gaggle of counter-protesters,” who “held up placards and shouted, ‘No Hate! No Fear! Muslims Are Welcome Here.’ “A few miles away, other Atlantans held a counter-protest and food drive. Asma Elhuni, of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized the “anti-sharia” protesters. “If they’re against sharia, are you against feeding the poor? Are you against being friendly, showing love? Because essentially that is Sharia,” she told Bandlamudi.In Syracuse, N.Y., “March Against Sharia” organizer Lisa Joseph told North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann that she put the rally together because she and others are “against female genital mutilation, honor killings, throwing gays off of buildings, stoning people to death.”Counter-protesters in Syracuse responded by shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and described the opposing demonstration as anti-Muslim bigotry, Mann reports.On the other side of the country, several dozen “anti-sharia” protesters gathered at Seattle’s City Hall, according to The Associated Press. But the AP reports that “[h]undreds of counter-protesters marched through downtown Seattle behind a large sign saying ‘Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors.’ “#HappeningNow: About 100 chant “No hate now!” to counter-protest a small group gathered for a “March Against Sharia” in downtown Chicago. pic.twitter.com/PA6llTkAbs— The Chicago Reporter (@ChicagoReporter) June 10, 2017In Chicago, “about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Trump,” but twice as many counter-protesters shouted back, the wire service reports.“Each side boasted about 150-to-175 people” in a protest and counter-protest in Denver, according to The Denver Post, and law enforcement arrested four people.A participant (who refused to give his name) in the “Denver March Against Sharia” speaks to counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Denver.In Harrisburg, Penn., about 60 “anti-sharia” protesters were separated from the same number of counter-protesters. “This is a march against sharia, not Muslims,” Steven R. Moore, of Washington County, Pa., told The Washington Post. “We are not affiliated with any extremist groups. … Sharia is a barbaric system that the Islamic State is trying to impose in our country.”Several counter-protesters were “anti-fascist” or “antifa” activists, who “dressed in black masks and hoods and chant[ed] ‘No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,’ ” Reuters reports, a slogan modified from a 1980s punk song.Similar protests and counter-protests also happened in St. Paul, Minn., where authorities arrested several people “when scuffles broke out,” the AP reports, and New York City, where counter-protesters banged pots and pans in an effort to drown out “anti-sharia” demonstrators.Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesNYPD officers try to separate counter-protesters and activists rallying for the “March Against Sharia” on Saturday in New York City.Despite the concern, sharia has no chance of being imposed in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.“It’s like the Ten Commandments for Muslims. It’s nothing to be enforced upon anyone. It’s a moral code that I follow for myself as an individual,” Muslim youth leader Mansoor Shams explained to NPR earlier this year.No area of the U.S. has legally implemented sharia, despite false reports on social media that Dearborn, Mich., enacted it.According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a population that is only 0.9 percent Muslim; and Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University, told the AP that the vast majority of U.S. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S.Then there’s the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Listen last_img read more

Beto ORourke Fell Short Of Expectations In The Texas Primary Was It

first_imgIn 2014, Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, won the statewide nomination handily but lost several border counties to Ray Madrigal, a candidate with no statewide name recognition who spent virtually no money on his campaign.And it was the same case with former Gov. Ann Richards in her 1994 re-election bid, when she faced Gary Espinosa in the Democratic primary. Richards won that race handily, with 78 percent of the vote. But her margins of victory were significantly lower in several border counties, a trend experts attributed to the Hispanic surname of her comparatively little-known opponent.“Virtually every time someone has run against a Latino surname for U.S. Senate or for governor in the past two decades, that person [with the Latino surname] has received about 20 percent of the vote,” said Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.O’Rourke did pick up two key counties in the Rio Grande Valley — Hidalgo and Cameron — and he won 90 percent of the vote in El Paso, his home county on the border. He attributed Tuesday night’s results to his campaign’s whole-state approach.“If the focus were just running up the numbers in the primary or in certain parts of the state, that’s what you’d see from us. But we’re everywhere,” he said. “We’re everywhere along the border. We’ll continue to come back and I’m looking forward to our next visits.”O’Rourke acknowledged that the campaign has work to do in voter outreach. He said he’ll continue to work on that, with efforts that will include Spanish-language campaign events and media hits. Share Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, with his wife Amy Hoover Sanders O’Rourke by his side, announces his intent to run for U.S. Senate against Senator Ted Cruz in front of a large crowd of supporters in El Paso on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/The Texas TribuneIn his bid to take down U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Democrat Beto O’Rourke has visited 226 of Texas’ 254 counties, won glowing coverage from the national media and raised nearly $9 million. His Democratic primary opponents mostly campaigned on social media, and reported raising less than $10,000 combined. But as the votes rolled in Tuesday night, O’Rourke’s win wasn’t as massive as traditional indicators might have suggested. O’Rourke won less than two-thirds of the statewide vote. Sema Hernandez, a 32-year-old Houston activist and a self-described “Berniecrat,” picked up a surprising 24 percent. And she trounced O’Rourke in several key border counties with large Hispanic populations. It’s an outcome that’s not uncommon in statewide Democratic primaries in which, experts say, Hispanic-sounding surnames go a long way with Hispanic voters when name recognition among primary candidates is low.center_img He also said he wasn’t sure what role his surname played in his performance Tuesday. But several experts pointed to it as the main factor behind his loss to Hernandez in certain border counties.“The fact that Hernandez was able to do so well in border counties suggests that they’re voting on [name] alone,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “They’re voting based on a familiar Latino surname and not much else.”In low-information Democratic primaries, name matters when voters are choosing a candidate based on cues like gender and surname, said Victoria De Francesco Soto, a political science lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin who has studied Hispanic voters.  Those cues might also have played a role in the crowded Democratic race for governor. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez led her race, besting Andrew White with 43 percent of the vote to his 27 percent. But her share of the vote was even higher in the same border counties where O’Rourke faltered. In Webb County, for example, she won 59 percent to White’s 10 percent.“You only have a couple of cues when you go into the polling place … For a lot of folks, especially in the Democratic primary with a lot of Latinos voters, that coethtnic surname is a cue,” De Franceso Soto said. “That being said, it doesn’t have to be a death knell for Beto.”Unlike his Republican opponent Cruz, O’Rourke is still relatively unknown in Texas. A congressman from El Paso, he’s never run a statewide campaign and now faces the tough and expensive task of introducing himself to voters across the state.Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994, and O’Rourke’s November hopes largely depend on voter mobilization efforts. But Cruz’s camp was quick to seize on his primary performance. Jeff Roe, a top Cruz adviser, pointed out that O’Rourke was under 50 percent in “lots of minority-majority areas.”Similarly, Davis’ 2014 performance on the border served as fuel for Republicans, including her Republican opponent Greg Abbott and his supporters, who quickly jumped on Davis’ losses in left-leaning South Texas to argue the border counties had rejected her candidacy as too liberal. (Davis picked up far more votes than Abbott in the same border counties she lost to Madrigal, and easily won those counties in the general election.)To be sure, Cruz is still the favorite in November. But political observers and Democrats say O’Rourke has plenty of time to make up for his lack of name ID in these areas, which serve as Democratic strongholds in the general election.Garcia, the Democratic Party leader, nodded to O’Rourke’s willingness to crisscross the state to introduce himself to voters.“It’s been very clear that Congressman O’Rourke has been deliberate about earning every single vote,” said Garcia. “We expect that he will continue to lead a positive campaign and talk to Democratic voters all across the state … He’s already proven he’s willing to do that.”last_img read more

Bowie Beauty Expert to Emcee Kids Rock Fashion Show

first_imgMaisie DunbarCelebrity Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist, Maisie Dunbar, will be the emcee for “Kids Rock” fashion showcase, 1 p.m., Aug. 9, at the West Village Banquet and Conference Center, 13711 Annapolis Road in Bowie, Md.“I am excited and honored to be a part of this very special event,” said Dunbar, owner and founder of Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge and BluffaJo Cosmetics, 8711 First Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.BluffaJo Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for this annual event.The “Kids Rock” Fashion Showcase is part of the 10th Annual Maryland Premier Showcase event that beganAug. 3 and runs through Aug. 10.last_img read more

Report Autopsy Finds HighEnergy Injury in Freddie Grays Death

first_imgWhen the van made a fifth stop to pick up a second arrestee, Sgt. Alicia White helped check on Gray. “Mr. Gray was found kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench, and reportedly appeared lethargic with minimal responses to direct questions.”___This story has been corrected to show that Officer William Porter was involved in the fourth stop, not Sgt. Alicia White. BALTIMORE (AP) — A medical examiner found Freddie Gray suffered a “high-energy injury,” most likely caused when the Baltimore police van he was riding in suddenly slowed down, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.The report says Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident and is instead a homicide because officers didn’t follow safety procedures”through acts of omission.”Police arrested Gray, 25, on April 12 and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting. A grand jury indicted six officers on various charges; one officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. They have pleaded not guilty.A spokesman for the Maryland medical examiner and for the prosecutor’s office declined Tuesday to release the report, but State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby condemned the leak in a statement.“I want to make it very clear that the state’s attorney’s office did not release the Freddie Gray autopsy report. As I have repeatedly stated, I strongly condemn anyone with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior to the resolution of this case,” she said.Attorneys for the officers released a joint statement saying they had not yet received the report, although Mosby is expected to turn it over to the defense by Friday. The defense attorneys said they believed only the prosecutor and the medical examiner’s office had copies.The newspaper reported it obtained a copy of the autopsy, and sources who verified it for the Sun requested anonymity because of the high-profile nature of the case.Although officers loaded Gray into the van on his abdomen, the medical examiner surmised Gray may have gotten to his feet, then been thrown into a wall when the van abruptly changed direction. Because Gray wasn’t belted in and had his wrists and ankles shackled, he was “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”Police and an attorney for the Gray family have said previously that Gray suffered a severe spine injury.At the University of Maryland Medical Center, Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid, according to the autopsy.According to the report’s chronology:Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or anything stemming from physical restraint during his arrest. Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan noted that in bystander video, Gray is seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as officers load him into the van. The van made several stops. At the second stop, officers placed an identification band and leg restraints on Gray. “Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van. He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.” The most significant injury to Gray may have occurred after this stop.center_img During a fourth stop, authorities said van driver Caesar Goodson called for help and Officer William Porter got involved. “The assisting officer opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t get up, and needed a medic. The officer assisted Mr. Gray to the bench and the van continued on its way.”last_img read more

Ashburton

first_imgAshburton Area Association hosted a Homebuyers tour to highlight their neighborhood on July 18. The tour was sponsored by Live Baltimore and more than 40 potential homebuyers showed up to tour Ashburton.An Ashburtom “Meet & Greet with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake” was held on August 9 at the home of association president Beatrice Scott. This was an opportunity for a small group session to speak with the Mayor about topics such as education, crime, employment, economics, juvenile delinquency and seniors maintaining themselves in their homes. On Saturday August 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Ashburton Area Association will be sponsoring the Callaway Apple Orchard Festival in conjunction with the CallawayGarrison Improvement Association. It will take place on the Callaway Ave. median strip beginning at Liberty Heights Ave. This is a family friendly event and free to the public.last_img read more

New Book Highlights Difficulty of Being Black in Medicine

first_imgIt is well documented that Blacks are disadvantaged when it comes to healthcare outcomes. In fact, African Americans are more likely to suffer from serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer, HIV, stroke and other deadly diseases. Even the life expectancy for Black men and Black women is less than their White counterparts, according to The New York Times.In addition to the health disadvantages that Blacks face, there are disproportionately fewer Blacks in the health profession. CBS News reports that Blacks make up 13 percent of the population, but account for only 4 percent of doctors nationwide. All of these topics are explored by Dr. Damon Tweedy in his new book Black Man In A White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. Tweedy is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University and explains in detail about how race disparity in the healthcare system negatively affects Black people. Tweedy appeared on the Sept. 8 episode of “CBS This Morning,” where he explained how his book takes a personal look at how being a minority can be bad for your health. In the interview he recalled a time when he did rotations at a voluntary clinic 90 minutes from where he went to medical school at Duke University. He quickly noted that all the patients were Black and none had health insurance. “It was pretty clear from the very beginning that we couldn’t provide the adequate care for them. They couldn’t afford the medications, the lab tests or any other treatments they needed,” Tweedy said. In a Sept. 6 interview with NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, Tweedy recalls experiencing humiliation when as a fledgling medical school student, a professor mistook him for a maintenance worker and was surprised that he was a student in the class. “And when I told him, you know, that I’m actually a student in his class, he looked at me very baffled, like someone was playing a joke on him, and just walked away. And so at the time, it was very hurtful and created a lot of self-doubt,” Tweedy said. However, Tweedy continued, he used that experience as fuel to show everyone that he belonged in medical school. According to the Charlotte Observer, Tweedy attended Duke University in 1996 on a full scholarship and said he experienced prejudice from patients and professors. He even was mistaken for being a Duke basketball player.  Tweedy’s story is also one of overcoming obstacles. Tweedy’s parents were blue-collar workers who didn’t have a high school education. Tweedy said he is in favor of increasing the number of Black doctors, and of physicians being involved in the political process, referring to retired Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Ben Carson. jhunter@afro.comTwitter: @hunter_jonathanlast_img read more