Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
HTC is widely expected to launch the Desire 616 and One (E8) smartphones in India tomorrow. The company has sent out invites to the media for a press conference in New Delhi.While nothing is confirmed per se, logic dictates that both these phones are headed to India as these are HTC’s two latest smartphones, which have not hit the country.The Desire 616 was announced earlier in the week in Singapore. It sports a 5-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of internalmemory, a microSD card slot and a 2,000mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS.The One (E8) was instead launched last month and it was designed as cheaper version of the One (M8), which has a swanky metal body. The One (E8) foregoes metal for polycarbonate, but still retains the dimensions of the M8.In terms of specs, it’s identical to the One (M8), but forgoes the UltraPixel rear camera for a traditional 13-megapixel shooter and drops the IR blaster. This actually could be a blessing in disguise, as the One (M8) is known for the lack of detail and over exposure issues.The rest remains the same. So it has a 5-inch 1,920×1,080 pixels screen, a 2,600mAh battery, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 5-megapixel front facing camera.Both the phones run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat on top of which HTC uses its Sense UI. advertisement
zoomImage Courtesy: Oldendorff Germany-based dry bulk shipowner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has become the newest member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry.Oldendorff joins other SSI members who are working together to help create a more environmentally sustainable maritime industry by 2040.Oldendorff Carriers usually has around 700 bulk carriers under operation at any one time. Since 2014, the company has invested in around 60 ‘eco’ newbuildings, which have been delivered from China, Korea and Japan. They feature low fuel consumption and significantly reduced emissions compared with older ships. Most long-term time chartered ships are also ‘eco’ type ships.“Oldendorff Carriers is pleased to join the distinguished members of the SSI to share ideas and find a profitable and practical way forward on sustainability in the shipping industry. We found the SSI an excellent forum to address shipping specific sustainability issues, with like-minded companies,” Scott Jones, Director of Communications at Oldendorff, said.“Oldendorff is a great addition to the SSI, providing the perspective of a large bulk operator into the deliberations about sustainability and long-term thinking on the maritime industry,” Tom Holmer, General Manager of SSI, noted.“The sharing of ideas and best practice across different organisations is a critical part of our journey towards reducing greenhouse gases, developing new technology and becoming more transparent and accountable,” Holmer added.Last week, ship recycler Priya Blue, described as a pioneer in sustainable ship recycling in India, also joined SSI.Other members of SSI include ABN-Amro, AkzoNobel, Bunge, China Navigation, IMC Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, Louis Dreyfus, Maersk, Priya Blue, Rightship, Wartsila, Forum for the Future and WWF.
A plethora of stars were spotted at the Project Green Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels at the Re:Treat during Sundance.Alicia Keys at SundanceCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsCharity Founders Kim Kreiss & Patrycja Siewert-Towns with Fortunate Angels invited Sundance celebrity guests to spread good Karma in the ” Honest Tea Honest Compliments” booth during Sundance Film Festival while being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight among other media outlets. Kim and Patrycja, Executive Producers of “Alive! Expo Green Pavilion & Project Green Music Lounge were pleased sponsor this RE:Treat along with Entertainment Tonight and MTV at Sundance 2013.Guests were invited to “Relax Pamper & Refresh” with Landis AVEDA Make Up & Hair Touch Up/Aromatherapy Candle Warmers Inc., Aubrey Organics Hand Massages, “Detox & Clarify” with Simply Rasberry Ketones aProvenProduct, Cultures For Health and treated to Verve Healthy Energy Drink.This event benefitted the children’s charity Project Green.Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Watts, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Cera, Kristen Bell, Jane Lynch, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tony Danza, Alfred Molina, Shailene Woodley, Mariel Hemingway, Tim Daly, Matthew McConaughey, Mathew Moon and Natalie Gelman among others were treated to the “Honest Tea VIP Gift Bag” that included: (Landis AVEDA), selection of plant-derived bodycare products; Simply Rasberry Ketones – aProvenProduct, says DR. OZ is a “Miracle in a bottle” weight loss aid; Aubrey Organics, natural hair & skin bodycare; Brush On Smile, Made in USA on-the-go teeth whitening pen; Candle Warmers Inc., flameless scented candles; Cultures For Health, real food lifestyle probiotic starter kit; Honest Tea, Honest Fizz zero calorie soda; Vemma, Verve Healthy Energy Drink balanced fast acting energy formula.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMore than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar on or after 25 August, says a survey.The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added.Xchange, an international organisation engaged in generating data to advocate better knowledge of human migration, conducted the survey based on interview with 1,360 ethnic Rohingyas between 15 September and 15 October in seven different refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.The survey said the large number of respondents willing to return to Myanmar could, in part, be explained by the fact that there are very few opportunities for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.The survey pointed out that generations of Rohingya refugees staying in the camps following previous expulsions from Myanmar continue to live in poverty.Almost 100 per cent (96% to be accurate) respondents stated that the Myanmar military were the perpetrators of these abuses. Fifty one per cent reported that local ethnic Rakhine ‘extremists’ were involved.However, the involvement of ethnic Rakhine civilians was usually in a supportive role to the military, said the survey. “These civilians attacked Rohingyas, burned buildings, and committed other violent crimes that had the effect of driving Rohingyas away from their homes,” the survey added.
Locals gather around the dead bodies recovered by police from Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Photo: UNBA man reportedly has strangulated his two daughters to death at a launch terminal in Narsingdi town, apparently having failed to bear their living cost and meet various demands due to abject poverty, reports UNB.The victims are Tarin, 12, and Tayiba, 4, daughters of day-labourer Shafiqul Islam of Chalakchar village under Barchapa union in Monahardi upazila.Police recovered the bodies of the two girls from a toilet of Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Later, police interrogated Shafiqul when he reportedly confessed to killing them.At a press conference at his office on Saturday noon, superintendent of police Miraj Uddin said Shafiqul took his two daughters to Shibpur to see the elder a physician. As he did not find any physician, he took them to Sadar Hospital. However, the hospital was closed on Friday.Later, he along with his two daughters went to visit the launch terminal.At one stage, the younger daughter wanted to eat litchi but Shafiqul had no enough money in his hand, the SP said, citing him. “He told us that he lost his senses thinking that he’ll have to buy new clothes for her children during Eid. Later, he took the younger daughter to a toilet and strangled her,” Miraj said, adding that he killed the elder daughter in the similar fashion.Shafiqul spoke incoherently, the SP said, adding that they recovered the bodies around 8:30pm and sent those to hospital for autopsy.Chairman of Barchapa union parishad Fakhrul Ashrah said Shafiqul has mental disorder.
Listen 00:00 /01:06 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesA U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.A new report shows immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean would be most affected by rules being considered by the Trump administration to restrict family-based immigration. According to leaked drafts of the policy, the administration is looking to set income limits, so green cards would be harder to obtain for less-affluent legal immigrants, usually coming to the country through a family connection. Share Immigrants earning less than 250 percent above the federal poverty line ($62,000/year for a family of four) would have their income count against them when immigration officials are deciding whether or not to grant them a visa. New data from the Washington D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI) show the people most likely to meet income requirements come from Europe, Canada and Oceania (Australia), while immigrants from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean are most likely not to meet the income threshold. “It might change the face of future immigrants coming to the state (Texas),” said Jeanne Batalova, an MPI senior analyst, “but also, it raises the question, what will happen to people who could be eligible, but cannot clear those new standards.”Because the considered rules could have large impacts on the race and ethnicities of future legal immigrants, some experts say it’s a way of bringing back the Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas on how many people could immigrate from each country to maintain the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States at the time. Number and Share of Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) by Region of Birth, United States and Texas, 2014-16Note: Recently arrived legally present noncitizens are persons with green cards or legal nonimmigrant visas who came to the United States in the five years prior to the survey.Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens: Total and in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line, United States and Texas, 2014-16Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.The policy stands to have a greater impact on Texas because of the size and countries of origin of the immigrant community in the state. “Proportionately speaking, Texas is likely to be affected more than other states in the United States,” said Batalova.The policy would also greatly expand (from 3 percent to 47 percent) the share of legal immigrants that would be deemed a “public charge” based on their use, or their dependent’s use, of public benefits.A public charge determination weighs heavily against a legally present non citizen when an immigration official is deciding to grant or deny them a green card or visa. The new public charge rules would apply to nearly half of all lawfully present immigrants, including some 1.3 million Texans.Proposed public charge rules would also have major chilling effects on immigrant use of benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. “It potentially creates an enormous chilling effect,” said Mark Greenberg, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, “which could leave families with children fearful that receipt of publicly funded health care assistance is going to hurt their ability to get green cards or to get another family member admitted to the country.”
Sleep disturbance among people grieving the recent loss of a spouse may put them at increased risk for cardiovascular illness and death, a study has warned. Recently widowed people are more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, that may lead to increased levels of inflammation in the body. Higher levels of inflammation may in turn increase risk for heart diseases, showed the findings published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. “The death of a spouse is an acutely stressful event and they have to adapt to living without the support of the spouse,” said Diana Chirinos from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US. “Add sleep disturbance to their already stressful situation and you double the stressor. As a result, their immune system is more overactivated,” Chirinos said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study included 101 people with an average age of 67. Half were bereaved (identified through obituaries), and the rest were included in a control group. The researchers compared the self-reported sleep habits of recently widowed people to the control group. Both the groups had sleep disturbances. The researchers found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. Inflammation was measured by the level of proinflammatory cytokines, which are designed to be short-term fighters of disease but are linked to long-term risk for health problems including cardiovascular disease. Bereaved individuals are more susceptible to the negative health effects of poor sleep, the study said.