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Did you miss the virtualization webinar with Microsoft, Citrix, and Intel? Watch the recording!

first_imgWe hosted a webinar earlier this week with Dai Vu (Microsoft), Calvin Hsu (Citrix), and Tom James (Intel). It was a great discussion on the different desktop virtualization options. We ran out of time to answer audience questions, so I tracked down the experts to get them answered. See below for the questions. Also, you can find the presentation attached to this blog post.Click here to view the desktop virtualization webinar. FYI, This site requires registration.How will you help customers make the right decisions?Citrix, our channel partners and solution integrator partners all offer assessment services to help customers understand and segment the different user cases, application requirements and desktop requirements. These tools will help customers find the right blend of virtualization technologies to implement. The important thing from a Citrix perspective is that regardless which technologies are required for various use cases, they are all enabled by one license for XenDesktop.Aren’t Xen-App and App-v competing technologies?No, XenApp works with App-V to expand its reach and offer additional delivery options.  Think of XenApp as a complete application delivery system for hosted apps and virtualized apps, going to any sort of device over any network. Those apps could original from the MS RDS platform or App-V.When can we expect or where can we find documentation to put together a Proof of Concept lab for the combined Citrix and Microsoft VDI solutions using XenDesktop4 and App-V and Med-V?Citrix and Microsoft have collaborated on a number of reference architectures and PoC scenarios. So far we have done XenDesktop 4 with Hyper-V and System Center. There are others in the works that reference using App-V but unfortunately I do not have a confirmed completion date at this time.Could you talk more specifically about the difference or similarities between Citrix HDX 3D for Professional Graphics and Microsoft RemoteFX?HDX3D is really targeted at high-end professional graphics use cases, and currently, it is designed to be most optimized with some fairly high-end GPU hardware running on a dedicated workstation for each user. Our goal was to be able to support very complex 3D models and rendering over the WAN. For everyday desktop graphics, this type of horsepower is excessive. RemoteFX is designed to enable multiple users to share a GPU for more moderate, everyday desktop graphics, delivered over a LAN to users.last_img read more

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Laxman practising on gravel pitch to prepare for Lanka tour

first_imgLeaving no stone unturned in his preparation for next month’s Sri Lanka tour, stylish batsman VVS Laxman is practising on gravel wickets to finetune his technique against spinners.The elegant stroke player said playing spinners well would be crucial to the team’s success in Sri Lanka and he was not taking any chance.”For the last two weeks, I am practising hard for the coming Sri Lanka tour. I am playing on the gravel pitches to finetune my technique as Sri Lanka has some quality spinners in Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan,” said the middle order batsman today.”They also have some other good slow bowlers like Rangana Herath. I want to do well and start the season on a high,” he said.”Two years back when we toured Sri Lanka we lost the series 1-2. This time we want to turn the things on them,” said the right-hander, who was in the city on a promotional tour.India will tour Sri Lanka in July-August for a three-match Test series and a triangular one-day series with New Zealand as the third team.The first Test match will begin on July 10 at Galle while the remaining two are scheduled in Colombo and Dambulla on July 18-22 and July 26-30 respectively.It is, however, Australia which brings out the best in Laxman and the elegant right-hander said he was waiting to strut his stuff against the old enemies when the Aussies tour India later this year.”Australia will tour India in winter and it’s always a great pleasure to host them,” Laxman said.advertisement”Australia is a highly competitive side in the Test cricket and I hope to present a tough challenge to them. We want to repeat our earlier performances on home soil where we have always won against them,” he said.Dwelling on the second-string Indian team playing a tri-series in Zimbabwe, Laxman said these are the players who would take over from the seniors.”The team in Zimbabwe is a very talented one and the boys have that killer instinct in them. The match against Sri Lanka was testimony of this fact where they crushed them in a comprehensive manner. These youngsters are the future of the country,” Laxman said.Football World Cup fever is fast catching on Laxman and he predicted Brazil would lift the trophy in South Africa.”Brazil is my favourite side as they have a flamboyant bunch of hugely talented players. I am a big fan of all the players and hope they will lift the cup,” Laxman said.last_img read more

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TV actress Kritika Kamra turns up the heat in a bikini; pic goes viral

first_imgKritika Kamra, who rose to fame with her role of Aarohi in Kitani Mohabbat Hai opposite Karan Kundra, isn’t exactly trapped in a typical TV bahu image. Yet, she has hardly shot for bold photo shoots and posted bikini pics on her Instagram page.She, however, made an exception recently while holiday in Krabi, Thailand, when she turned into a beach bum by sporting a pink bikini.Thankfully, she did not receive a backlash like many of her contemporaries are so used to whenever they post a bikini pic. She in fact got a lot of compliments for her bold look.Kritika who was most recently linked to Jackky Bhagnani recently made news when she said she wanted to kill her ex-boyfriend Karan Kundra. Here’s what she said: “I will kill Karan Kundra because I can’t marry or hook-up with him. I can’t hook-up with Karan Johar so I will marry him. He has two beautiful kids, I will have to do nothing, just take care of the kids. (Looked at Karan Wahi) I am very sorry but we may have to hook-up.” She was asked who she would kill, marry or hook up with amongst Karan Wahi, Karan Johar and Karan Kundra.Kritika has been choosy about her roles and has refrained from playing regressive roles. She played Dr. Nidhi in Kuch Toh Log Kahengey who falls in love with a man twice her age and is seen as Ananya Kashyap in Reporters. She has also participated in dance reality shows Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.advertisementlast_img read more

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Barca have best defence in Europe

first_imgBarcelona Umtiti & Ter Stegen the reasons why Barcelona now have best defence in Europe Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Samuel Umtiti Barcelona PSG Champions League Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo Opinion The German goalkeeper and the France centre-back have both been outstanding as the Catalans have tightened up at the back under Ernesto Valverde It is Barcelona, just not as you know them. While defensive discipline has played an important part of the Catalans’ spectacular success in recent years, the team have been known more for their attacking might. This season’s version, however, is built from the back.The signs appeared ominous when Barca shipped five goals in two matches against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa back in August. However, Ernesto Valverde’s side have conceded exactly the same amount in their 13 fixtures in La Liga since, and only one in the Champions League in 2017-18.No other team in Europe’s top five leagues can match that. Atletico Madrid, renowned for their excellence at the back, are the next best with six goals conceded in the Primera Division this term, although Diego Simeone’s side have let in three in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In the Premier League, second-placed Manchester United have conceded eight times and twice in Europe, while leaders Manchester City’s goalkeeper has been beaten on nine occasions, plus three in the Champions League. And in Italy, top-of-the-table Napoli are the best team defensively, also with nine let in, although they have shipped the same amount in just five games in Europe.Best defences in Europe graphicIn Ligue 1, seventh-placed Montpellier have conceded only eight goals from 15 games, but have scored only 12), while leaders Paris Saint-Germain have let in just two more and only one in the Champions League. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are Germany’s best defensive side with 10 conceded, although they have shipped five in Europe.Barca’s biggest rivals, Real Madrid, have conceded 11 times in La Liga and on five occasions in the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane’s side also conceded twice in the Copa del Rey against Fuenlabrada on Tuesday, while the Blaugrana kept another clean sheet in a 5-0 win at home to Murcia the following day.Both Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti were rested for the Copa clash, but those two will be back in the team as Barca meet Celta Vigo in La Liga at Camp Nou on Saturday.Say it quietly, but Ter Stegen may just be the best goalkeeper in the world right now. The German has helped Barca to the best Liga start by any team since Atletico in 1995-96 and, having cut out some of the mistakes from early on in his Camp Nou career, he has been virtually unbeatable so far this season.The 25-year-old has made some superb saves when needed, notably against Juventus, Valencia and in the recent 3-0 win at Leganes, when his interventions at key times saw Barca prevail comfortably despite several scares and a relatively poor performance in that game.”For me, Ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment,” defender Lucas Digne said after the recent 0-0 draw away to Juventus in the Champions League, in which the German made a stunning stop to deny Paulo Dybala. “He is playing at an extremely high level.”Marc Andre ter Stegen BarcelonaErnesto Valverde BarcelonaSo too is Umtiti. While Gerard Pique has been below his best for Barcelona this season, the France centre-back has been an absolute rock for the Catalan club and, in only his second season at Camp Nou, he already looks like one of the best defenders the club has ever had.The 24-year-old has featured in 11 of Barca’s 13 games in La Liga, plus all five in the Champions League, and it is his solid showings at the back that have helped Barca build the best defence in Europe this season.”He’s a fundamental player,” Valverde said of Umtiti in October. “He’s extraordinary. We are absolutely happy. He is aggressive, he can bring the ball out of defence, he is strong in the air and he’s very young.”In that respect, Ter Stegen and Umtiti are very much modern players who are ideally suited to this team. Both comfortable with the ball at their feet, these two play their part in creating from deep in transition from defence to attack. But, most importantly of all, they are ensuring that this team is built on extremely firm foundations.last_img read more

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Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch Presale Tickets

first_imgGold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch13-14 October, Skilled Park, Gold CoastRugby Sevens returns this October when Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch kicks off the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series. See 16 national teams descend on Skilled Park over a frenetic two days. Prepare for exhilarating non-stop action with 45 matches of super-fast running Rugby and unique off-field entertainment offerings. Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch is already famous for fancy dress, music and dancing and this is an event not to be missed.As a member of Touch Football Australia (TFA), Australian Rugby Union (ARU) would like to offer you, your family and friends the chance to purchase tickets before they become available to the general public.Tickets start at just $39 and are available from 9.00am AEST, Monday, 9 July until 5.00pm AEST, Wednesday, 11 July.To purchase tickets, call Ticketek on 132 849 or visit www.ticketek.com.au during the presale period and quote or enter the password TOUCH.http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SEVENS12Related Filesgc7s_pdf_touch-pdfRelated LinksGold Coast Sevenslast_img read more

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9 months agoCardiff eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazakiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City are eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki.The 32-year-old title-winner is ready to quit The Foxes over lack of game time.He’s out of contract at the end of the season and has told Leicester boss Claude Puel that he wants out.Now Cardiff have joined fellow relegation strugglers Huddersfield in expressing an interest in the Japan international.Okazaki’s wage demands are likely to push both clubs but the fact that he would be a free agent in the summer helps balance things up. last_img

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Trial told suspect in teens death had similar duvet cover as one

first_imgWINNIPEG – Three people connected to accused killer Raymond Cormier told police he owned the same type of duvet cover that the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found in, his trial was told Friday.Cormier, 55, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the case, which prompted renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.In August 2014, Tina’s body was pulled from the Red River in a duvet cover that had been weighed down with rocks.Two Winnipeg police investigators — Det.-Sgt. Myles Riddell and Det.-Sgt. Jeff Stalker — testified they went to the home of Ida Beardy, who had allowed Cormier to live in a tent in her backyard in the summer of 2014.The home is a little more than a kilometre from the shore where Tina’s body was found.On one visit four months after Tina’s death, they showed Beardy a picture of the same kind of duvet cover that Tina’s body had been wrapped in, the officers said. They asked Beardy if the photo meant anything to her.“She positively identified the duvet cover as the one belonging to Raymond Cormier,” Riddell testified Friday. “She was confident.”The photo was later shown to Beardy’s daughter, who had been in another room. She also said it was the same as Cormier’s, Stalker said.“It was an immediate recognition.”Ida Beardy testified Thursday that when she was shown the photo, chills went up her spine.The jury has already heard the particular duvet was part of a series of four designs sold only by Costco Canada, which has three stores in Winnipeg and had sold or donated some 800 of the duvets in the 18 months before Tina’s death.Police were unable to determine how many of the particular design used to wrap Tina’s body were sold.The officers also told court they showed the duvet picture to an inmate in a provincial jail who knew Cormier and who has yet to testify.The inmate also said the duvet was the same as Cormier’s, they said.Under cross-examination, defence lawyer Anthony Kavanagh asked Stalker whether Beardy knew he was investigating Tina’s death when he showed her the duvet picture. Stalker said yes, because he had been to the house previously.Kavanagh also asked Stalker why he only showed Beardy and her daughter one photo of a duvet, instead of a lineup of several different duvets to choose from.Stalker said it was an unusual case, and photo lineups are usually used to identify people.“I still think it’s fair,” Stalker said.In his opening statement Monday, Crown attorney James Ross said Tina Fontaine had a happy childhood and was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation.Ross told the jury that Tina went to Winnipeg to visit her mother and became an exploited youth.last_img read more

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Garth Brooks Joins Jimmy Carter To Build Homes In Haiti

first_imgCountry music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood this week returned to Leogane, Haiti, to participate in Habitat For Humanity’s 29th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help build 100 houses over the course of one weekCredit/Copyright: George Hipple/Habitat for Humanity InternationalThey were among the nearly 600 volunteers who helped to build 100 homes in the Santo community in partnership with families affected by the 2010 earthquake.Volunteers are helping to construct the homes throughout the course of this week in the Santo community, which is 18 miles from Port-au-Prince and considered to be the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.This is the second year in a row the Carters and Habitat volunteers have joined together to help build homes in Santo. Last year 100 homes were built during the Carter Work Project, and an additional 50 homes were built in the community by volunteers from the Irish nonprofit Haven.“Last year, Rosalynn and I worked side by side with families left homeless by the 2010 earthquake and Habitat volunteers to build desperately needed homes in Haiti,” said President Carter. “We were both deeply moved by the experience in a country we have known and loved for years. We have a deep personal investment in the future of Haiti and are happy to be building 100 homes in Leogane again this year.”The Santo community is part of a larger Habitat shelter program funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, Habitat for Humanity Netherlands (Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties SHO) and many other donors. Similar to last year, Haven will manage all Carter Work Project logistics, including catering, accommodations and transport throughout the week. In addition, approximately 70 Irish volunteers recruited by Haven will join Habitat volunteers from the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and around the world.“Even though nearly three years have passed since the 2010 earthquake, there remains a dire need for adequate shelter in Haiti for many who were displaced from their homes, so we are bringing the Carter Work Project back to Leogane to help more families and to raise awareness of the ongoing efforts to rebuild lives,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We sincerely thank all the volunteers, sponsors and especially the Carters for their dedication to improving the lives of our Haitian partner families who are eager to have safe, decent homes.”Habitat for Humanity has operated in Haiti for more than 28 years. In response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, Habitat initiated a five-year plan to help 50,000 families. Since that time, more than 40,000 families in Port-au-Prince, Cabaret and Leogane have been served through permanent core houses, transitional and upgradable shelters, repairs and rehabs, damage assessments and emergency shelter kits. Programs focused on land reform advocacy, urban reconstruction and training initiatives have benefitted thousands more.Each year since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for one week, building homes and hope in 14 countries around the world and providing inspiration to millions of people around the world who share Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.This year’s Carter Work Project will be the culmination of a two-month observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter that began with special events on World Habitat Day on Oct. 1, 2012. The purpose is to call attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need of better shelter around the world.last_img read more

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Textile exec accused of bribing Amtrak officer for contracts

MILFORD, Del. — A former textile manufacturing executive is accused of bribing an Amtrak employee to secure contracts worth millions for his Delaware employer.The News Journal reports Scott Crothers is charged with bribing Timothy Miller with more than $20,000 cash and multiple trips to Rehoboth Beach. Miller pleaded guilty last year to his side of what prosecutors called a “kickback scheme” that resulted in First State Manufacturing winning nearly $8 million in contracts for seat cushions and carpeting from the government-owned train company.Crothers’ attorney indicated in court documents filed this month that another First State Manufacturing executive will be charged.An attorney for the firm’s co-owner says First State Manufacturing is co-operating with authorities. The lawyer, Elizabeth Fenton, called the scheme “an aberration.”Crothers’ plea hearing is scheduled for February.___Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.comThe Associated Press read more

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Updated Elo Ratings For World Cup Teams

Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system  we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.

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Search concludes after remains of drug dealer found in Meath

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the search of land at Clonee in Co Meath has concluded this morning after body parts were discovered at the weekend — but they say more searches may yet be carried out as the investigation continues.A murder investigation was launched yesterday into the death of Christopher Gaffney, whose remains were found in a field near the village, which is close to the county border with Dublin.The 37-year-old, from the Blanchardstown area, was a convicted drug dealer. He was identified after fingerprints and DNA were recovered from the body parts found.FridayGardaí were informed on Friday afternoon of the discovery of a human arm near a stream at a location known as ‘The Mayne’ in Clonee.The area was immediately sealed off, and the remains removed to the morgue at Our Lady’s Hopsital, Navan.Further human remains were discovered on Saturday following a large-scale search of the lands involving specialist teams, the Garda Water Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.A Garda liaison officer has been appointed to Gaffney’s family, and an incident room has been set up at Ashbourne Garda Station.WitnessesGardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious or unusual activity involving people or vehicles in the area to get in contact.Ashbourne Garda Station can be reached on 01 801 0600, while anonymous information can be given via the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.The search in Meath concluded before 9am this morning. The remains found since Friday are being examined by the State Pathologist’s Office and Garda forensic teams.Read: Gardaí identify remains found in Meath as 37 year-old Christopher Gaffney Read: Young Irish man dies suddenly in Las Vegaslast_img read more

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Man involved in garda standoff dies in hospital

first_imgTHE MAN HOSPITALISED after an armed stand-off with gardaí near Dundrum in Dublin yesterday has died in hospital.The man was taken to St. James’ Hospital yesterday evening with head injuries after the two-hour incident in the south Dublin suburb of Windy Arbour. It has since been confirmed that he died overnight.Locals had reported hearing a number of shots being fired during the incident with the man described as being  in a “distressed” state and sitting in a car.It is believed that the man was armed with a legally held 9mm pistol during the incident but gardaí confirmed yesterday that he had not fired any shots at them.Read: Man in 40s hospitalised with head injuries following garda stand-off >last_img

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Greeks beat Cook to NZ

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A controversial new book entitled To the End of the Earth claims to contain evidence that Greeks, Spanish and Egyptians settled in New Zealand before the Maoris. The 378-page title published in the United States, co-authored by three American researchers, includes maps drawn before the birth of Christ which the authors’ maintain, accurately depict the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. If correct, Captain James Cook and Abel Tasman will forfeit their place in history as the first Europeans to reach New Zealand. Skeletons, rock carvings, ancient buildings and monuments allegedly attest to people of European origin living in New Zealand for centuries before the arrival of Polynesians, according to the authors. The artefacts include a rock carving of a what the authors say is an ancient Greek ship found in Taupo, and a stone pillar with an accurate coastal map of New Zealand. The book claims that Maui – the hero deity of Polynesian mythology was not the legendary Maori god-explorer, but instead an Egyptian naval navigator who steered a flotilla of Greek ships under the flag of Ptolemy III in 232BC to discover new shores. A cave inscription in Chile is also suggested as evidence to show the Maori god-explorer was an Egyptian. Academic historians in the US have distanced themselves from the book’s ‘findings’, arguing that none of Ptolemy’s known maps suggest any knowledge of the South Pacific.last_img read more

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Uncertainty abounds as Landing says Duterte laid foundations for Manila land deal

first_img RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet So suddenly did Duterte lower the sword that NPF chairperson Patricia Ocampo proceeded with her previously planned welcome speech as part of the ground-breaking ceremony before breaking down in tears moments later.Landing subsequently cancelled a series of media interviews planned for Tuesday afternoon – including one with Inside Asian Gaming – before releasing a statement in which it declared its intention to push ahead with the development of NayonLanding and insisted its lease contract with NPF is still valid and effective.Most intriguing though is Landing’s assertion that it was Duterte himself who drove the company’s pursuit and acquisition of the land in question, located between Solaire Resort & Casino and Okada Manila.Asked at a press conference in Manila on Tuesday morning about the strikingly similar scenario facing Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group – who announced plans for a US$500 million resort in Boracay earlier this year only for Duterte to declare there would be no casinos built on the holiday island – Landing’s COO Jay Lee said, “I can’t really comment on what happened in Boracay with Galaxy but we started looking at this investment more than a year ago.“During one of the overseas visits from the President when he was trying to attract direct investments, our Chairman was able to meet up with him … and he welcomed foreign investors.“After that he set us up with different departments – the tourism department and different departments to help us look for suitable sites for what we intend to do in Manila.“This land that came about was actually through that process. It was referred to us from different industries, different departments and that was how we found it, so certainly for more than a year now we have been in direct contact with the relevant departments to get where we are today.”Lee added that the government has long known about Landing’s IR plans and that “the government was very clear in terms of what they wanted.”IAG reported last September that Landing had met with Duterte and his cabinet at Malacaňang Palace to discuss its IR proposal, having previously met in Hong Kong in May 2017.Landing declared at the time that, “President Duterte welcomes the company’s proposed investment into the Philippines and expressed his keen interest and overwhelming support to the company’s proposal.”The Duterte government said on Wednesday it would seek a full probe into the land lease deal, described earlier in the week as “grossly disadvantageous.” It follows an incident in May that saw Duterte’s niece and NPF board member Maria Fema Duterte file a complaint against her fellow board members for, among other reasons, approving Landing’s land lease for an amount well below expectations – claiming that the low lease price would cost the government Php517 million per year. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Uncertainty over the future of Landing International Development’s planned US$1.5 billion Manila integrated resort has been further clouded by the company’s assertion that it was Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte himself who guided them to the plot of land they are now fighting to retain.Landing held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Entertainment City IR, to be called NayonLanding, on Tuesday but in a remarkable turn of events was blindsided by the news that Duterte had fired the entire board of Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) – the government culture and tourism arm that granted and signed Landing’s lease contract for the land, located in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct. Load Morelast_img read more

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IRMA UPDATE Florida Cancels Football Home Opener For Irma

first_img Share 6 p.m.The University of Florida has canceled its football home opener against Northern Colorado because of impending Hurricane Irma.Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Thursday that it “become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do.”The game will not be made up.Officials initially had moved the start time of the game in Gainesville from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to noon, but Stricklin says it became clear that getting to and from the game would create more problems for a state preparing for a Category 5 hurricane.He also noted that gas and water supplies are at critical levels.Stricklin says “the focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts.”___5:40 p.m.The three major amusement parks in Orlando, Florida, are all operating under normal conditions as Hurricane Irma threatens the entire state.Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World said Thursday morning they are monitoring the movement of Irma, but at this point have made no plans to shut down their parks or alter the normal hours of operations. The storm is projected to reach the southern part of the state Saturday and some tracking models have the Category 5 Hurricane reaching central Florida on Monday.Each park has refund or rescheduling policies in place for park visitors who may not feel comfortable visiting Orlando this weekend. The parks have their individual policies posted on their respective websites.___5:30 p.m.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Irma was centered at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Grand Turk Island and had top sustained winds of 175 mph (280 kph). It says the extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane is moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has become the third major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season. Jose now has top sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). At 5 p.m. EDT, it was moving west-northwest at 18 mph (30 kph) and was about 660 miles (1,060 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia was beginning to move Thursday afternoon toward the coast of Mexico. Forecasters say the Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), could be near major hurricane strength at landfall.___5:20 p.m.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Irma was centered at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Grand Turk Island and had top sustained winds of 175 mph (280 kph). It says the extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane is moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).The Miami-based center says the Cuban government has now issued a hurricane warning for four provinces, including the Cuban keys along the island nation’s north shore. That is in addition to hurricane warnings and watches previously issued elsewhere in the region. It says the distinct eye of Irma should keep moving between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday eveningIn the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia was beginning to move Thursday afternoon toward the coast of Mexico after being nearly stationary for hours some 215 miles (345 kilometers) east of Tampico, Mexico. Forecasters say the Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. The forecast calls for a turn southwestward nearing the coast late Friday or early Saturday.In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has become the third major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season. Jose now has top sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). At 5 p.m. EDT, it was moving west-northwest at 18 mph (30 kph) and was about 660 miles (1,060 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.___5:15 p.m.Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands say three people have died after Irma caused what they described as “catastrophic” damage.Governor spokesman Samuel Topp said Thursday that the deaths occurred in the St. Thomas and St. John district. Officials say crews are clearing many roads that remain inaccessible.Irma also killed four people and injured about 50 on the French side of St. Martin, an island split between Dutch and French control. Three more deaths were reported on the British island of Anguilla, independent Barbuda and the Dutch side of St. Martin.The Category 5 storm destroyed homes, schools and roads as it roared through the northeast Caribbean this week and heads toward Florida.___4:40 p.m.The star-studded Sept. 12 telethon scheduled to help victims of Hurricane Harvey is expanding its reach to include those affected by Hurricane Irma as well.Event organizers say that they are prepared to help in any way they can.Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline the one-hour telethon that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT.The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 12, and on tape delay at 8 p.m. on the West Coast, and streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.___4:10 p.m.Hurricane Irma’s top sustained winds weakened by about 10 mph (16 kph) on Thursday because of a bit of dry air and interaction with land on the island of Hispaniola, but it is still a top-of-the-scale hurricane.And according to meteorologist Jeff Masters with Weather Underground, Irma could intensify “back up to 185 mph (298 kph) or even higher because it is headed to warmer deeper water” over the Florida straits.Although the hurricane center forecasts some more weakening because of upper-level winds that could arrive and fight the storm, Masters says those winds might develop too late on Sunday, after Irma has already turned north to Florida.___4 p.m.Maj. Jeremy DeHart has some advice for Floridians after flying through Hurricane Harvey last month and now through the eye of Irma at 10,000 feet on Wednesday.The U.S. Air Force Reserve weather officer says to “take it seriously …. because this is the real deal.”DeHart has flown into about 20 hurricanes, and he says he’s never gone into anything quite so powerful. Or beautiful. Inside Irma’s calm, cool center, there’s a stadium effect, with thunderstorms flashing on the surrounding eyewall. He calls it “spectacular,” and says the “satellite images can’t do it justice.”3:45 p.m.The fate of Florida depends on when and how Hurricane Irma makes a right turn.National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini says forecasters have no doubt it will turn in the days ahead. If it’s an early, sharp turn, Irma is more likely to keep closer to the peninsula’s eastern shore or even over water as it churns north.But if it turns later and more widely, the center of Irma and its maximum destructive capacity would move inland.Jeff Masters, the meteorology director of Weather Underground, says the main factor determining the turn will most likely be a low pressure system expected to develop over the Great Lakes as part of a dip in the jet stream, with some extra help from winds flowing out of the newly formed Hurricane Katia.___3:35 p.m.South Florida officials are expanding evacuation orders as Hurricane Irma approaches, telling more than a half-million people to seek safety inland.Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has announced evacuation orders for downtown Miami and other parts of the city, plus southern parts of the county. The expanded evacuation area also includes Homestead, Coral Gables, South Miami, Miami Shores and North Miami Beach.County officials had already ordered evacuations Wednesday for Miami Beach and the other barrier islands.The total population for the affected communities is nearly 700,000 people, though the evacuation zones don’t always include entire cities. Miami-Dade County’s population is about 2.7 million.___3:20 p.m.Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a stark warning for anyone who wants to defy a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Irma. He says: “If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, LEAVE!”Scott said he “cannot stress this enough. Do not ignore evacuation orders. You rebuild your home … you cannot recreate your family.”And this: “Do not try to ride out this storm,” he says. The time to leave is now, because he says “we can’t save you once the storm hits.”___3 p.m.The eye of Hurricane Irma is moving west-northwest off the Dominican Republic’s northern coast as an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma has top sustained winds near 175 mph (280 kph) and is expected to continue moving between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos in the afternoon hours, on a course taking it to the southeastern Bahamas Thursday evening.As of 2 p.m. EDT, Irma’s crisply defined eye was about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north-northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, moving at about 16 mph (25 kph) to the west-northwest.In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has rapidly strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane with top sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph). Jose is following Irma’s path, moving west-northwest at 18 mph (30 kph) over open ocean, about 660 miles (1,060 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia was virtually stationary Thursday afternoon, some 215 miles (345 kilometers) east of Tampico, Mexico. Forecasters say that Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), should remain stationary through late Thursday, then approach the Mexican coast late Friday or early Saturday.___2:40 p.m.A second Dutch navy ship has arrived at the shattered island of St. Maarten and is “ready to deliver aid to the population in need.”The Dutch navy just tweeted that the Pelikaan ship has moored at the island’s capital of Philipsburg to unload vital supplies. Another navy vessel, the Zeeland, already is in the area and has been using an onboard helicopter to assess damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma.Two military aircraft are being loaded in the Netherlands before flying to the island of Curacao, from where they will fly onward to St. Maarten to deliver five days of food and water for the 40,000 population. The aircraft also are bringing 100 more troops to deliver aid, repair infrastructure and restore order.___NOAA via APIn this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. EDT, shows the eye of Hurricane Irma, center, just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma, a fearsome Category 5 storm, cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.2:25 p.m.Evacuation orders are multiplying across Florida as local officials try to get the most vulnerable populations to move to safety ahead of Hurricane Irma.Miami Dade has now made evacuations mandatory for all of its coastal areas, barrier islands and mobile homes. Monroe County’s mandatory order stands for the entire Florida Keys. Broward County’s order remains voluntary for mobile homes and low-lying areas. Collier County issued a voluntary evacuation order for Marco Island.County authorities across South Florida are making school buses available for people with special needs to get out.Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state.___2:10 p.m.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Jose has grown into a Category 2 storm, and it threatens some of the same islands ravaged just days ago by Hurricane Irma.Jose was about 660 miles (1,060) kilometers east of the Lesser Antilles early Thursday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph).It was heading to the west-northwest at 18 mph (20 kph)The Hurricane Center says a hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, which is already trying to recover from Category 5 Irma.Now Jose could approach those islands on Saturday.__2:05 p.m.The Dutch interior minister says one person is confirmed dead on the former colony of St. Maarten as a result of Category 5 Hurricane Irma.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said Thursday that there are also a number of injuries and that the Dutch authorities still only have an “incomplete picture” of the damage on St. Maarten, which is home to some 40,000 people and suffered severe damage as Irma barreled over on Wednesday.Plasterk also says there have been some public order problems including instances of looting. He says the Netherlands is sending an extra 50 police from Curacao.___1:55 p.m.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide emergency declaration Thursday and told people to be prepared statewide even though projections suggest the storm could be much weaker by next week. Cooper says tropical storms can be very dangerous, and “this storm can impact any part of North Carolina — all over our state from the mountains to the coast.”Nick Petro with the National Weather Service in Raleigh said heavy rain and inland wind damage could result in extended power outages and mountain mudslides as well as dangerous coastal surf.More than 300 National Guard soldiers are being brought in to help, with more on standby. All highway work and lane closures are being suspended to help evacuations from other states.___1:50 p.m.Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he and his staff rode out Hurricane Irma on his private Caribbean island without suffering injuries, but the area is heavily damaged.The head of the Virgin Group owns small Necker island in the British Virgin Islands. He said in a blog entry Thursday that he and the staff who stayed with him in a concrete cellar on the island are safe and well.Branson said the area surrounding his home is “completely and utterly devastated.” He said entire houses have disappeared and “I have never seen anything like this hurricane.”Outside the cellar he said bathroom and bedroom doors and windows were blown out. He said he was communicating via a satellite phone, but all other communications were down.___1:45 p.m.Haiti’s interior minister has ordered the evacuation of coastal areas in the north of the country.That includes people living in and around Port-de-Paix and the island known as Il de la Tortue.Haiti is expected to be spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma but heavy rains and high surf could trigger dangerous floods in the impoverished country.Interior Minister Max Rudolph Saint-Albin is urging people to move to higher ground. Shelters have been set up the Civil Protection agency.The evacuation is mandatory but Haiti does not have enough police or other officials to enforce evacuation orders and the number of people who left vulnerable areas is not known.___1:35 p.m.The Cuban civil defense agency is preparing people on the northern coast of Cuba’s eastern provinces for a sideswipe from Hurricane Irma in the hours ahead.Santiago province has opened 125 evacuation centers that can hold 38,000 people. Another 20,000 people can take refuge with neighbors and family in safer zones.Civil Defense representative Odesa Fuentes said the centers will be open for the duration of the storm’s passage on Friday.___1:30 p.m.President Donald Trump says “we are with the people of Florida” as Hurricane Irma draws near.Speaking in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump says his administration is “very concerned” as the record hurricane approaches the U.S. mainland, but he says “we think we’re as well prepared as you can possibly be.”The president says he hopes the storm won’t hit Florida directly.He says, “We are with the people of Florida.”___1:10 p.m.As NASA secured Kennedy Space Center on Thursday for potentially catastrophic wind and rain, the private SpaceX company squeezed out a rocket launch.Kennedy is closing its doors to all nonessential staff, effective Friday. Of 9,000 workers, a hurricane crew of 120 people will ride out Irma on site.Most critical buildings can withstand gusts up to about 135 mph (217 kph), but Irma’s winds could well exceed that if the storm’s center reaches Cape Canaveral.Space center workers rushed to stack sandbags at doorways and cover the Orion capsule scheduled to launch in two years on a brand new NASA rocket.Meanwhile, SpaceX managed to launch an unmanned Falcon rocket carrying an Air Force minishuttle bound for a long experimental flight in orbit.___1 p.m.Georgia’s governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation starting on Saturday from the state’s Atlantic coast ahead of Hurricane Irma. That includes the city of Savannah.Gov. Nathan Deal issued the evacuation Thursday for all areas east of Interstate 95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of the interstate. He also expanded a state of emergency to 30 counties.Deal’s order authorizes about 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on active duty to help people respond and recover.Georgia hasn’t been hit by a hurricane with winds Category 3 or higher since 1898.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, also declared a state of emergency. A major strike there would be the first in nearly 28 years.___12:50 p.m.U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp says they’re getting badly needed federal help after Hurricane Irma significantly damaged St. Thomas and St. John with top winds of 150 mph for more than four hours. Fire and police stations collapsed and the main hospital in St. Thomas sustained heavy damage.Mapp told The Associated Press Thursday authorities are distributing emergency food and water, tarps and other supplies, and evacuating hospital patients to Puerto Rico and elsewhere. A curfew remains in effect, including about 5,000 tourists.And the governor is knocking down false reports that the government is confiscating firearms. He says that’s a misunderstanding of standard language used to activate the National Guard. He says he’s got hospitals breached, homes with roofs gone and police and fire stations that are blown away — he’s not interested in anybody’s firearms.___12:40 p.m.There have been very few cyclones stronger than Hurricane Irma. And there have been some that lasted longer. But no other storm in recorded history has maintained top winds of 185 mph for 37 hours.Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach says that breaks the previous record, held by Typhoon Haiyan, which had similar top winds for 24 hours before it hit the Philippines and killed 6,000 people in 2013.Irma also has been the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, measured by its barometric pressure of 914 millibars.___12:30 p.m.Gov. Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate evacuees.Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of Hurricane Irma.He says authorities are already escorting fuel tankers through traffic and to gas stations as quickly as possible.Scott says all of the state’s ports are still operating, bringing in fuel and supplies.He urged residents to take only as much gas as they need to make sure there is enough for everyone who needs it.___12:15 p.m.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says four people are confirmed dead and about 50 injured on the Caribbean island of St. Martin in the wake of Hurricane Irma.The prime minister said one person faces life-threatening injuries and two others were in serious condition.The death toll was lower than one given earlier Thursday by France’s interior minister, who said eight people had been killed on French Caribbean territories.Philippe said four bodies have been found on St. Martin and are being identified. The island is part French, part Dutch, and Dutch authorities have not reported any casualties.An official in Philippe’s office said only four people are currently confirmed dead so far after a re-evaluation of the damage Wednesday. The official said the toll could rise as rescuers reach the scene. Philippe says large amounts of aid and equipment are en route to St. Martin and nearby St. Barts.___11:55 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron says he will visit French territories damaged by Hurricane Irma, “as soon as the weather allows.”Speaking in Athens Thursday, Macron said he decided not to call off his two-day visit to Greece because prevailing weather conditions would have prevented a flight to the French territories, and an emergency government meeting in Paris was concluded before he left.Irma, the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, has affected French, British and Dutch Caribbean territories.___Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via APThis Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows a few of the homes that remained intact in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control.11:45 p.m.Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state is doing all it can to relieve fuel shortages and traffic jams to keep people evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma.Scott is acknowledging that empty pumps, long lines and crowded highways are “frustrating” for Floridians. But he says his administration is working with federal authorities and other states to move as much gas into Florida as they can.This includes having the Florida Highway Patrol escort fuel trucks through any traffic.Florida Highway Safety spokeswoman Beth Frady says troopers escorted trucks from two Florida ports to stations in Marion and Martin counties overnight, and also were escorting trucks from Georgia to stations in Perry, in north central Florida near where Interstate 75 crosses Interstate 10.___11:35 p.m.Britain is sending hundreds of troops and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to its overseas islands battered by Hurricane Irma.Britain has already sent one ship, RFA Mount Bay, to Anguilla, which took the full force of the storm.Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday he had ordered HMS Ocean to head to the Caribbean from the Mediterranean. Fallon also said the U.K. was sending “a task group of several hundred troops, marines, engineers and additional helicopters.”British authorities are being criticized for being slow to send aid to territories in the storm’s path, but Fallon said “we are going to make sure the islands get the help they need.”Irma has hit the British territories Anguilla, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.___11:30 a.m.Dutch airline KLM has cancelled two flights to the hurricane-shattered island of St. Maarten as authorities struggle to assess the extent of the devastation to many buildings, including the airport.KLM said in a statement Thursday it has cancelled flights scheduled to leave the Netherlands on Friday and Sunday for St. Maarten in the aftermath of Category 5 Hurricane Irma’s direct hit on the island on Wednesday.The carrier says it is “keeping a close eye on the situation and, based on the circumstances, will decide whether operations can be resumed.”The airline says it is in contact with the Dutch government and local authorities to seek a solution for passengers stranded amid the devastation.___11:20 a.m.Hurricane Irma is flooding parts of the Dominican Republic as it roars by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.Officials said about 500 tourists in the Bavaro-Punta Cana area were moved to more secure shelters just ahead of the Category 5 storm.Civil Defense Director Rafael Carrasco says a landslide in the Samana Peninsula affected eight houses and more than 2,500 people have been evacuated.Punta Cana airport has reopened after being closed for several hours.Haiti’s northern coast will be next, but Irma’s stronger winds have yet to reach that side of the island of Hispaniola.___11 a.m.A hurricane watch is now in effect for the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida.The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami says a watch has been issued for the Florida Keys, and on the South Florida mainland from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach.The center noted that Hurricane Irma was still an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane, although its winds had decreased slightly from 180 mph (285 kph) to 175 mph (280 kph).The hurricane was headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday.The Hurricane Center has predicted that Irma will remain at Category 4 or 5 for the next day or two as it passes the Turks and Caicos, parts of the Bahamas by Thursday night, and skirts Cuba on Friday night into Saturday.It will then likely head north toward Florida, where people were rushing to board up homes, fill cars with gasoline and find a route to safety.___10:45 a.m.As thousands of Florida residents begin evacuating and others hunker down to ride out approaching monster Hurricane Irma, SpaceX has stuck with its long-planned launch of a super-secret Air Force space shuttle.An unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off Thursday from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. It’s the fifth flight for one of these crewless mini shuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.The two Air Force space planes have already logged a combined 5 ½ years in orbit. But officials won’t say what the spacecraft are doing up there. The last mission lasted almost two years and ended with a May touchdown at the runway formerly used by NASA’s space shuttles.As usual, SpaceX aims to land its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral for eventual reuse.This is the first time SpaceX has provided a lift for the experimental mini-shuttle.____10 a.m.More than 1 million people in Puerto Rico are without power — nearly 70 percent of customers of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority. Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Thursday that crews are investigating and until they know the extent of the damage, “it will be difficult to estimate how long the power outage will last.”Rossello added that ports on the island are still closed, and it’s unclear when commercial flights will resume.Schools and government offices are scheduled to reopen on Monday.___9 a.m. Airports in the Bahamas are shutting down with the approach of Hurricane Irma. The government says the international airport in Nassau will close late Thursday and it urges people who plan to leave the island chain east of Florida to check with airlines for space. Grand Bahama’s airport and the less-populated island throughout the chain will close by noon Friday. Hurricane Irma has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless. The storm could also make a catastrophic strike on Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted Irma would remain at Category 4 or 5 for the next day or two as it passes just to the north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, nears the Turks & Caicos and parts of the Bahamas by Thursday night and skirts Cuba on Friday night into Saturday. It will then likely head north toward Florida, where people were rushing to board up homes, fill cars with gasoline and find a route to safety. APFamilies gather at a shelter in a local church during the evening before the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Dominicans wait for the arrival of Hurricane Irma after it lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez) ___ 9 a.m. President Donald Trump is urging people to “be careful, be safe” during Hurricane Irma. In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump remarked that Irma “is raging but we have great teams of talented and brave people already in place and ready to help.” Trump asked people to “be careful, be safe!” Hurricane Irma has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless. The storm could also make a catastrophic strike on Florida. Trump said Wednesday that the storm “looks like it could be something that could be not good, believe me, not good.” ___ 8:15 a.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says France is “grief-stricken” by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, and he’s calling for concerted efforts to tackle global warming and climate change to prevent similar future natural disasters. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Greece, Macron said the planet’s situation must be stabilized and that leaders must make take steps to combat global warming “so we can avoid such natural disasters in the future.” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Franc Info that at least eight people died and another 23 were injured when the monstrous Category 5 storm walloped the French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. That number is expected to rise. ___ 7:50 a.m. The Florida Highway Patrol says troopers are monitoring the high volume of traffic heading north on Florida’s Turnpike as people evacuate South Florida. In a news release Thursday, the highway patrol said extra troopers, road rangers and wreckers will be on the roadways to help drivers whose vehicles have become disabled. The agency says disabled vehicles left on the shoulders of the highways would be towed starting Thursday morning to make it easier for emergency workers who are trying to reach crash victims. Turnpike officials are also using cameras along the road to monitor conditions. ___ 7:15 a.m. The Dutch Ministry of Defense says two military aircraft will fly to the Caribbean island of Curacao on Thursday afternoon loaded with relief supplies and troops to help authorities on former Dutch colony St. Maarten recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The ministry says the troops being sent to the region “can also be used to restore public order.” Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said earlier Thursday that he could not confirm news reports of looting in Saint Maarten, where a curfew is in force in the aftermath of Wednesday’s storm. The ministry says a KDC-10 and a C-130 Hercules are to fly to Curacao from a military air base in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven. The Hercules will then be used to ferry supplies to St. Maarten because it should be able to land at the badly damaged Princess Juliana Airport The planes will carry enough food and water to supply the 40,000-strong population for five days. ___ 6:50 a.m. The U.K. government says Hurricane Irma has inflicted “severe and in places critical” damage to the British overseas territory of Anguilla. Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan says the Caribbean island took the full force of the category 5 hurricane. He told lawmakers on Thursday that the British Virgin islands have also suffered “severe damage.” On another British territory, Monsterrat, the damage is “not as severe as first thought.” Duncan said the hurricane is expected to hit another British overseas territory, Turks and Caicos, later Thursday. Britain has dispatched a Royal Navy ship carrying marines and army engineers to the affected islands. Duncan says there are “unconfirmed reports of a number of fatalities” as a result of the hurricane. ___ 6:45 a.m. The Dutch prime minister says Category 5 Hurricane Irma was a storm of “epic proportions” when it slammed into the former Dutch colony of Saint Maarten in the Caribbean and is appealing to Dutch citizens to donate to a relief fund set up by the Red Cross. Speaking Thursday after a meeting of the government’s crisis committee, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said there are no reports yet of casualties on the Dutch side of the island. Rutte says the damage is huge, particularly on Saint Maarten, with “widescale destruction of infrastructure, houses and businesses.” He says, “there is no power, no gasoline, no running water. Houses are under water, cars are floating through the streets, inhabitants are sitting in the dark, in ruined houses and are cut off from the outside world.” The Dutch military is readying two aircraft to fly to the region to distribute vital aid to the shattered territory, which is home to some 40,000 people. However the airport on the Dutch side of the island is badly damaged. ___ 5:35 a.m. Authorities say at least one person has died in the northeast Caribbean island of Anguilla, raising the death toll of Hurricane Irma to at least 10 as the Category 5 storm roars through the region. The Caribbean Disaster Management Agency reported the death early Thursday and said 90 percent of roads in Anguilla are impassible. France’s Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, told Franc Info that at least eight people have died and another 23 were injured in the French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. That number is expected to rise. In Barbuda, a 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm. Authorities are struggling to get aid to small Caribbean islands devastated by the storm’s record 185 mph (298 kph) winds. ___ 5:15 a.m. The eye of Hurricane Irma is moving west-northwest off the Dominican Republic’s northern coast as the Category 5 storm continues is destructive path over the Caribbean. French authorities announced Thursday that at least eight people have died on Saint-Martin. As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, the hurricane was centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and is moving at about 17 mph (28 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 180 mph (285 kph). Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia has prompted a hurricane warning in Mexico in the state of Veracruz. That hurricane is centered about 195 miles (310 kilometers) northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is stationary with little overall motion expected though late Thursday. ___ 4:40 a.m. French President Emmanuel Macron will go to the islands hit by Hurricane Irma as soon as weather conditions permit, after authorities announced at least eight people died on Saint-Martin. Macron’s office said Thursday that the president will travel to France’s Caribbean territories “as soon as possible” once immediate rescue operations are complete. The president of the territorial council, Daniel Gibbs, said on Radio Caraibes International that Saint-Martin is “95 percent destroyed.” The island is part French, part Dutch. The Dutch government is holding a crisis meeting about the damage to its part, St. Maarten. Damages and casualties were also reported on the nearby French island of Saint-Barthelemy. ___ 4:30 a.m. Aerial images released by the Dutch Defense Ministry show scenes of utter devastation on the island of St. Maarten in the aftermath of a direct hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma. Video, shot from a navy helicopter sent to assess damage Wednesday evening, shows seafront hotels — a mainstay of the Caribbean island’s economy — with their roofs badly damaged, palm trees stripped of fronds and poolside terraces covered in sand. The island’s airport also was hit hard, with what appeared to be sand washed up to parts of the main terminal and the building’s roof extensively damaged. No aircraft were visible on the tarmac. The airport is famous around the world because its runway ends very close to a beach, where tourists can stand and watch landing aircraft skim low overhead. Streets were largely deserted and littered with debris. At a port area, shipping containers were strewn like children’s building blocks. Elsewhere, yachts were shown jumbled together in a small harbor, some overturned or dumped, upside down, onto the shore. ___ 3:15 a.m. The Dutch government is holding a crisis meeting to discuss its response to the damage inflicted on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, a former Dutch colony, by Hurricane Irma. Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said early Thursday that ministers would huddle in The Hague to coordinate the aid operation after initial aerial images taken from a navy helicopter showed the extent of damage to the island. Plasterk told Dutch NOS radio that there is “an extreme amount of damage, particularly on St. Maarten.” He said the government had no confirmed reports yet of casualties, but stressed that communications were proving difficult. Video images tweeted by the Dutch Defense Ministry and taken from a helicopter flying over the island showed damage to the airport and the dock and seafront areas. Elsewhere, roofs had been blown off by the hurricane that struck Wednesday. ___ 3 a.m. France’s Interior minister says Hurricane Irma has killed at least eight people and left 23 injured on French Caribbean island territories. Speaking on French radio France Info, Gerard Collomb said the death toll in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy could be higher because rescue teams have yet to finish their inspection of the islands. Collomb said Thursday: “The reconnaissance will really start at daybreak.” ___ 2:40 a.m. Hurricane Irma is moving to the northeast of the Dominican Republic after blacking out much of Puerto Rico and raking the U.S. territory with wind and rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph (290 kph). The hurricane center says some fluctuations in strength are likely during the next day or two but Irma is expected to remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane. As of 2 a.m. EDT Thursday, the storm was about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving west-northwest near 16 mph (26 kph). ___ 12:30 a.m. Hurricane Irma has blacked out much of Puerto Rico as the dangerous Category 5 storm raked the U.S. territory with heavy wind and rain while staying just out to sea Authorities are also struggling to get aid to small Caribbean islands devastated by the storm’s record 185 mph (298 kph) winds earlier Wednesday. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says nearly every building on Barbuda was damaged when the hurricane’s core crossed almost directly over the island early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island’s roughly 1,400 people are homeless. 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Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt never doubted

first_imgCardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt never doubted Roberts’ contributions.“We’ve been pleased with the way Andre has played the last two and a half years,” he said. “We’ve been the ones saying Andre is a good receiver, Andre is a good receiver. I remember last year everybody talking about all the receivers we should bring in to be the number two, we didn’t have a number two.”Roberts had six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns against Miami, with his second touchdown catch coming on a 4th and 10 that forced overtime. “You know I think that it’s nice to see Andre getting opportunities,” Whisenhunt said. “Sometimes that’s the way it goes, the ball will find you.“It’s doing that with Andre and to his credit he’s making those plays when it comes his way.”Roberts has four touchdowns in four games in 2012, a number that represents half of his career total of eight. He shows up to work every day and quietly goes about his business. The media may not talk about him much, but his effort doesn’t go unnoticed by the coaching staff. Whisenhunt said Roberts has earned the right to be in the game. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke – / 15 “He’s worked very hard to get these opportunities and it’s nice to see him have success with them.” Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals left University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon with a big win over the Miami Dolphins and, better yet, a 4-0 record. Much of that was made possible because of the play of wide receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts has flown under the radar since being taken in the third round in 2010 draft by the Cardinals. With superstar and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald on his team, it’s understandable that Roberts may have a tough time getting noticed. Yet, he continues to get the job done. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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