The return of Jamiroquai is probably the best thing to happen in 2017 so far. Any bit of music we get from them is godsent. So far, Jay Kay & Co. have released two new tracks “Automaton” and “Cloud 9” – both are stellar additions to their already amazing library. It’s always nice, though, to go back in their catalogue and enjoy the songs that made them what they are today.Full Video Of Jamiroquai Performance From 20 Years Ago Has Surfaced [Watch]The group, who take their name from a native American tribe, has now shared a pro-shot video of “Seven Days in Sunny June” from their 2005 Dynamite record. It only gets us more excited for their upcoming European tour, which starts this June in London, and sees the band tour throughout November.
The validation process involvesadjudication at the regional and directorial levels for one week before thecases go to the national level (for another three weeks). BACOLOD City – “Why me? Why is thishappening to me?” Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, sacked deputy director foroperations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), asked this yesterday as hefaced the local media. Minutes after Espenido’s Bacolod Citypress conference, PNP chief General Archie Gamboa in Camp Crame, Quezon Cityindicated the police official could be further investigated for violating thegag order he issued. On July 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s MayorReynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killed in a shootout led by Espenido whowas serving search warrants at Parojinog’s properties in barangays Baybay SanRoque and Baybay Santa Cruz. “Why are you resorting to characterassassination? Nagpapakita lang ba nakayo ay guilty?” Espenido asked. “Bakitako? Bakit natabo sa akin (ito),” lamentedEspenido. “Hindi man ako politician. Dapat tigilan na ang pag-accuse sa akin.” Regarding Gamboa,he said, “May authority talaga siya right then and there na makapagsabi na ‘go’or ‘no. Because that is the prerogative of the chief PNP. Ikaw ang chief PNP,baka mabalikan ka, kasi ang mga tao nakatingin sa ’yo.” Espenido was removed from the BCPO twoweeks after describing Bacolod City as “shabulized”. PNP’s National Adjudication Board,under deputy chief for administration, Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, hasone month to finish the validation of the information on these police officers. The PNP chief had been mum on the 356policemen included in the government’s drug watch list despite repeatedquestions from the media. “We have internal mechanisms. I willdeal with him internally,” Gamboa said. The narco list is a consolidation ofintelligence and other reports from various law enforcement agencies and stillneeds to be validated. Prior to holding yesterday’s pressconference here, Espenido on Monday issued a statement seemingly criticizingthe PNP for his inclusion in the narco list. He said there was a “failure ofintelligence.” The police officer, now on floatingstatus at the office of the Philippine National Police director in Camp Crame,did not say if these politicians were based in Bacolod City or NegrosOccidental, or elsewhere in the country. “I will deal with Espenido squarely asthe chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” Gamboa told reporters on thesidelines of the 1st anniversary of the Integrity Monitoring and EnforcementGroup in Camp Crame. It was Secretary Eduardo Año of theDepartment of Interior and Local Government who confirmed that Espenido was inthe narco list. He then advised Espenido to clear himself by undergoing the PNPvalidation process. Gamboa, however, did not specify howthe PNP would deal with Espenido’s statements. Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido will undergo summary hearing for violating the gag order of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Archie Francisco Gamboa. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Gamboa said he will submit the resultof the validation during the joint command conference of the PNP and the ArmedForces of the Philippines with President Rodrigo Duterte on March 5. He promised the policemen he would nothumiliate them by revealing their names, said Gamboa. Both Parojinog and Espinosa werelinked by President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs. In November 2016, Espenido was alsothe police chief of Albuera, Leyte when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., waskilled in a shootout as police were attempting to serve a search warrant. Prior to his Bacolod City assignment,Espenido had stints in, among others, Albuera, Leyte and Ozamiz City in MisamisOccidental. In an interview with online news siteRappler, Espenido said there was “a failure of intelligence-gathering because hindi nila nai-process.” Espenido confirmed yesterday that thevalidation process on him had started. He said policemen already visited hishouse in Isabel, Leyte and even took photos. The police official believed he mayhave ruffled the feathers of some politicians in his assiduous campaign againstillegal drugs. He stressed he does not believecolleagues in the police service plotted to besmirch his reputation becausethey shared the same mission – stop drug trafficking. He accused unnamed “influentialpoliticians” of scheming to include his name in the government’s list ofpolicemen with alleged links to illegal drugs. The list also includes localgovernment officials and judges, among others. Espenido said he told his family tocooperate with the police. (With a reportfrom the Philippine News Agency/PN) read more
The growth of esports in 2017 was no secret, with some huge stories coming out of the industry over the course of the year.Steam recently shared with the world their best sellers of 2017, and esports runs rampant in the upper echelon of their sales charts.The list, ranking games Platinum (highest), Gold, Silver or Bronze (lowest) based on sales, sees several top competitive titles in high demand throughout the year.Major esport titles such as Dota 2, Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where top players can earn millions of pounds all reside in Platinum, alongside H1Z1 and Rainbow Six Siege which both have a growing esport presence as developers and fans alike continue to support the game.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also finds itself near the top of the list. It quickly became something of a fan favourite throughout the year with some of the world’s biggest organisations acquiring a team in the game.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is also in Platinum and, despite the game itself not being competitive, was the birthplace of the Gwent card game. Gwent has made moves towards being a successful esport in its own right, with highest-earning player Fred “Freddybabes” Bird earning over $86,000 (£63,400) in 2017 alone.Call of Duty: WWII also sits in Gold, despite its competitive scene being played entirely on PS4.These figures show a clear trajectory in the impact of esports on gaming, as more casual players look to competitive titles to fulfil their gaming requirements.It is worth noting that this list does not include games that are not available on Steam, such as League of Legends and Overwatch, arguably two of the biggest esports in the world right now. With those two factored in, we would likely see even more esport dominance at the top of the charts.Esports Insider says: This news shows a great improvement in the merging of casual gamers with esports. Every year some of these titles hand out millions of pounds in prize money and this level of importance and investment in gaming is clearly impacting the esports industry. With games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rocket League growing an organic competitive foundation purely through customer demand is incredibly encouraging to the future of the industry, as is the continued success of established titles such as Dota 2 and CS:GO. read more
Echo Fox‘s ownership group Vision Esports has raised $38 million (£27,200,400) after a funding round saw major celebrities invest.The esports organisation, owned by Rick Fox, received backing Kevin Durant (along with his business partner Rich Kleiman), Odell Beckham Jr., the St. Louis Cardinals, Shamrock Holdings, Seth Bernstein Capital Management, and First Access Entertainment’s Simon Tikhman.The funding round was organised and led by Evolution Media, a firm that is backed by the Creative Artists Agency and TPG Growth. Vision Esports owns and invests in a number of esports properties, first being formed by Stattos Sclavos (a former minority owner in the San Jose Sharks), Jace HGall, and Chris Nordling. The organisation owns competitive gaming organisation Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment.Dan Good, Vice President, St. Louis Cardinals explained why the company decided to back Vision and subsequently, Echo Fox. “We have been following the esports sector for several years. In the last year, we have gotten to know the team at Vision Esports and felt this was an exciting investment opportunity.”“In addition to the sector’s growth potential, we were impressed with Vision’s depth of experience that is applicable to the new esports ecosystem, including Stratton Sclavos’ experience with the San Jose Sharks; Jace Hall at Warner Brothers Interactive; Chris Nordling at MGM Resorts and Mike Mossholder at UFC,” Good continued.This funding comes in addition to the investment Echo Fox received from the New York Yankees last October. Rick Hess, Founder, Evolution Media discussed this recent venture from Vision. “Evolution Media has spent several years advising and analyzing companies in the esports sector, and we’re particularly excited to partner with a world class management team led by Stratton, who we’ve known since his days running Strikeforce and the San Jose Sharks. Esports is one of the highest growth sectors within all media and entertainment. We couldn’t be more bullish on the space and Vision’s market position.”Esports Insider says: Echo Fox can only benefit from this additional funding, and it’s interesting to see more big time athletes getting involved – no matter the capacity – in the esports industry. We’ll be keeping an eye on the organisation to see where it goes next. read more
Hearts of Oak General Manager Gerald Ankrah has resigned from his post 16 months into the role.Ankrah, who began work in October 2014, has been under severe criticism following the club’s torrid showing in last season’s league.Ankrah confirmed his departure from the Phobians to Joy Sports but was reluctant to disclose the reasons behind his resignation.Speculations are rife that Ankrah felt undermined at the club following the creation of a strategic committee with Vincent Odotei Sorwah as head of which Ankrah was a secretary.The former GIBA Executive Director is credited with appointing Japanese American Kenichi Yatsuhashi.Ankrah succeeded MD Neil Armstrong Mortagbe who was asked to step down two seasons ago as a result of alleged financial mismanagement. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports read more
Ahead of the Olympic Games in Brazil in August, the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has partnered with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to fund athletes for the tournament in Rio and beyond.“The sponsorship commitment, valued at R70-million, will provide a much-need injection into addressing athletes’ requirements in the lead up to the Rio Olympics,” Sascoc said.Thank you @SA_NLC!! pic.twitter.com/GLXy7adJc0— TeamSouthAfrica (@teamsa16) June 29, 2016The money will be used to transport Team SA to Brazil for the Olympics, Paralympic Games and the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games.Chairperson of the NLC Prof Ntshengedzeni Nevhutanda described the alliance as historical because the commission had “seen our athletes perform at the Olympics since South Africa was re-admitted into the global sports organisation”.“We have witnessed the outstanding achievements of our sportsmen and women who have, on numerous occasions, brought us glory. The NLC is confident that our on-going partnership with Sascoc will bring continuous development and further success for our athletes.”Sascoc’s president, Gideon Sam, thanked the NLC and voiced appreciation of the public’s support through buying lottery tickets.“We can assure the NLC that their support and continued association with Sascoc has enabled our athletes to compete at the highest levels of international sports,” Sam said.The sponsorship was a tremendous boost for Team SA, said Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy, who assured the nation the athletes would leave South Africa feeling proud.Speaking at Sascoc’s first general council meeting earlier this year, Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula affirmed the government’s support of the country’s athletes. “Specific needs for coaches of medal contenders will be identified as the focus in the preparations is narrowed,” he said.“Extra technical sport support in terms of strategic approach and financial support to the coaches will then be provided in order to increase the possibilities and opportunities to realise and secure medals for our athletes.” CAA African Senior ChampionshipsAt the recent CAA African Senior Championships hosted in Durban, South Africa topped the medals tally with 33, which bode well for the country’s Olympic hopes.UPDATED: Final Medal Table at the 20th CAA African Senior Athletics Championshipsin ??#Durban2016 #AfricanChamps pic.twitter.com/8PMRnwcAhp— Athletics Africa (@athleticsafrica) June 27, 2016The 96-member team came out with 16 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals by the end of tournament on 26 June 2016. Kenya followed in second place with a total of 24 medals, and Nigeria took the third spot with 16.Source: Sascoc and South Africa.info reporter read more
Itanagar, Mar 11 (PTI) A youth from West Bengal who has embarked on a multi-nation cycle journey with a mission to raise cancer awareness today reached here to spread the message on how to prevent the deadly disease which affects nearly 1.6 lakh people annually in India.Covering a distance of 14,000 kilometres till date, 24-year-old Anirban Acharya from Kolkata, is planning to cover 100 countries in the world by 2020.Acharya, who reached Itanagar this morning, was felicitated by the members of Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Electronic Media Association for his cause.He was handed over a letter of appreciation and some cash.Starting his journey from New Delhi on June 6 last year, Acharya has covered Punjab, Harayana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Chennai, Kerala, Kanyakumari, Odisha and Kolkata before reaching Arunachal Pradesh.From here, he would start for Jorhat in Assam via the worlds largest river island Majuli and would proceed to Tripura from where he would set out for Bangladesh, Laos, Indonesia, China and other South East Asian countries.Acharya told reporters that he would also visit Europe and America to cover 100 countries in all the continents.”Since my school days, I was involved with adventure sports and I want to do something challenging. I got my inspiration from various books which I read during my school days,” he said.Previously, Acharya had travelled to Kashmir on his bicycle from Kolkata in 2012. PTI UPL NN CPS LNS read more
Anton is an accredited level 6 referee who has officiated in two FIT World Cups, multiple NTL’s and other representative touch tournaments across Australia. Anton has been a long-time advocate for touch in SA, focusing his time and ability on helping to develop other referees. This includes volunteering his time to mentor and coach upcoming referees. Anton’s commitment and dedication continues to provide a positive example within the touch football community.
APTN National NewsAlongside Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tour of the North Operation Nanook was taking place in Nunavut.The annual Arctic exercise included a massive Hercules aircraft dropping supplies for troops on the ground.APTN’s Steven Mongeau joined the crew high up in the sky last week.
The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team will launch its 2012-2013 season Nov. 9 at the Carrier Classic game against Marquette. The season opener, which will be played onboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., will likely provide a rare experience for the Buckeyes. “It’s going to be dark, there’s definitely going to be some wind,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft. “It’s going to be fun though.” The Carrier Classic was inaugurated last year to honor America’s military. Proceeds are donated to charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project and tickets were made available for veterans and members of the armed forces. “It means a lot to our team to be invited to play in front of the military guys,” said junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “That’s what it’s all about. The stuff that they did for us, fighting over there. It’s just motivation to play for them and go out there and play our best.” To play its best, OSU will have to overcome more than just a Marquette team that Thomas called “physical,” but also an unfamiliar environment. “I mean, it’s going to be different,” said Thomas, who voiced concern about falling into the ocean while diving for a loose ball. “I’m going to try to stay away from the edge a little bit.” In all likelihood, Thomas and the Buckeyes shouldn’t worry about going overboard. Bleachers surround the basketball court and the ship is docked. Coach Thad Matta said that he thinks his team will be surprised with the environment onboard the USS Yorktown, indicating that it might not exactly meet their expectations. “I think that they’ll be shocked with what they see, the normalcy of it,” Matta said. One thing that the Buckeyes should account for in an outdoor game is wind, which could make shooting more difficult. In last year’s Carrier Classic, which saw North Carolina defeat Michigan State, 67-55, the Spartans struggled from the three-point range. MSU connected on 2-20 of their three-point attempts, while making a little more than 30 percent of their shots from the floor. Craft said that he isn’t worried about the wind, noting “anything that’s kind of out of the ordinary, or any type of adversity,” affects both teams. The junior also pointed out that the Buckeyes might have the perfect player for an outdoor game. “One thing I know is if someone can find a way to shoot the ball through the wind, it’s going to be my guy right here,” said Craft while pointing at a grinning Thomas. “He’ll find a way to put the ball in the basket.” Thomas agreed. “I can shoot through anything,” Thomas said. “You’re going to see some jumpers going in.” read more
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