In 2013, Sancak bought the newspapers Güneş and Akşam as well as Sky360 TV, along with two radio channels and various magazines from the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), which had seized them from Çukurova Group. In leaked phone conversations attributed to Sancak, he can be heard complaining that he had to acquire these bankrupt media outlets. In 2014 he also bought all shares of the Star Media Group (that owns Star newspaper and 24 TV) from businessman Fettah Tamince. Sancak also purchased BMC (via a public tender where he was the only participant in 2014), a company that has won many tenders including producing tanks and water cannons for the Turkish army and police. He has held an ombudsman position in AK Party since 2012. October 27, 2016 Media Ownership Monitor: Government control over Turkish media almost complete Apart from personal profiles of Turkey’s most influential media owners, MOM also sheds light on some failures of the media market as such, hinting at additional, undue political influence. The distribution of public funds on advertising for example, being one existentially important source of income for smaller papers, remains hidden. MOM’s request on this topic was turned down by the Turkish Right to Information Assessment Council, citing “trade secrets” as a reason. The same happened with a request regarding Turkey’s state-owned broadcaster’s (TRT) finances. Penguins became the symbol of the government’s grip on the media in Turkey in 2013, when during the Gezi protests many news channels aired documentaries, one of them on CNN Türk about penguins. Since then the main media have become even more obedient to and openly supportive of President Erdogan and his ruling AK Party. But does he really control the majority of Turkish media outlets – and if yes, how could he manage? Answers to this question can be now found in the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research and advocacy project carried out by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its local partner bianet over three months and presented in Istanbul today. The detailed results are now available to the public on the MOM website at http://turkey.mom-rsf.org in English and Turkish. Reporters Without Borders GermanyUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink, media relations officers Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit *** “The way of economic and political streamlining we see in Turkey results inevitably in self-censorship by many journalists, who don’t want to lose their jobs. If you need to make a living in this profession these days, you cannot be critical,” said Evren Gönül, bianet’s coordinator. “So in most cases, the government does not even have to pull the leash any more. Economic pressure is much more efficient.” Further information: RSF_en One example of the politico-economic ties enmeshing the Turkish media market is Albayrak Yayın Holding, which runs the Yeni Şafak newspaper, seven magazines and two TV channels. Six brothers of the Albayrak family, Ahmet, Nuri, Bayram, Kazım, Muzaffer and Mustafa, are shareholders of the conglomerate that has won dozens of public tenders, especially from municipalities, since the mid-90s, some of which were subject to claims and investigations of corruption. Tümosan, a vehicle company owned by the group, was awarded with a 190 million Euro tender to deliver tanks for the Ministry of National Defence in 2015. Albayrak group is active in such diverse sectors as construction, waste management, ports, textiles, IT, tourism and advertising. It is known to have close ties to the ruling AK Party and President Erdoğan, who was Nuri Albayrak’s daughter’s wedding witness in 2002 and attended his son’s engagement ceremony in 2012. News “With the MOM website, media users now have an easily accessible and searchable source to find out whose interests are behind the news they watch, read or listen to,” said bianet’s Evren Gönül. “Transparency in this field is indispensable.” Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor bianet: http://bianet.org/english RSF press releases about Turkey: https://rsf.org/en/turkey The Media Ownership Monitor Turkey was carried out by Reporters Without Borders in partnership with IPS Communication Foundation’s bianet in Istanbul between July and October 2016. The project studied the legal environment, media concentration and ownership structures of the country’s 46 most popular national media outlets. Help by sharing this information MOM is a global initiative launched by the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It has been or is being carried out in eight countries worldwide, including Tunisia, Ukraine, Peru, the Philippines, Columbia and Cambodia. The project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). “Since the failed coup attempt, closures of news outlets and mass imprisonments of journalists have become the most visible side of the Turkish government’s long-running crackdown on media”, said Christian Mihr, executive director of RSF Germany. “But there is a much deeper dimension of economic leverage, which allows for almost complete control of mass media in this country. It is very difficult to find any family of a Turkish media tycoon in which President Erdogan has not attended a wedding or served as a marriage witness.” News Another example is the case of Ethem Sancak, who started a small medicine business in the 80s that grew to an internationally operating conglomerate including a hospital chain. His media group owns three national newspapers, three television channels, two radio channels and two magazines, as well as several websites. Sancak is openly supportive of the ruling AK Party and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He famously said he’s “in love” with Erdoğan and wouldsacrifice his family for him, and has admitted to having entered media to support him. *** Media contact: [email protected]: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55 In September, RSF published a report outlining the unprecedented degree of reprisals against journalists since the start of the state of emergency in Turkey. However, the situation had been worsening before July already with Turkey ranking 151th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index published last April. Organisation News In the MOM online database, ownership structures of the most important media outlets in Turkey are displayed and traceable to individuals, whose political and economic interests are also displayed. According to the research, most of those media owners are depending on the government for public contracts in other industrial sectors where they are active, like energy, transport and construction and thus refrain from any criticism. In Turkish television, still the most relevant type of media, seven of the ten most important owners are politically affiliated with the ruling party. 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FIFA RANKINGSDuro IkhazuagbeAs reported by THISDAY last week, Nigeriaâ€™s second place finish in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco early this month played no significant role as Super Eagles dropped to 52nd spot in the February rankings released by FIFA thursday. Nigeriaâ€™s cumulative point of 606 as against the 651 of January ensured that the three-times African champions failed to return to global top 50.However, it was not together all bad news as Eagles progressed from the ninth place in the African ranking of January to seventh ahead of Ghana (8th), Burkina Faso (9th) and Algeria (10th). Tunisia remained at the summit of African football with Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt and Cameroon in the Top Ten respectively.Interestingly, one of Nigeriaâ€™s group stage rival at the World Cup in Russia next summer, Iceland, chalked up one of the greatest moves of the February rankings.Iceland climbed to an all-time high position of 18th. The rise of the FIFA World Cup-bound Icelanders (18th, up 2) is one of the more notable changes in a February table left largely unaltered by a quiet period of international action.The Vikings of Iceland were the revelations of the last Euros in France and are to clash with Nigeria on June 21 in a World Cup Group D match.Nigeriaâ€™s other World Cup foes Argentina remain in fourth place in the global rankings, while Croatia did not also move from 15th position from the previous month.In all, 34 international friendlies, 28 of which were in Africa, came into the equation, resulting in a static top 15 that is still headed by Germany, Brazil and Portugal (1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, all unchanged).The entry of Venezuela (48th, up 4), Hungary (49th, up 5) and Jamaica (50th, up 5) to the Top 50 of global rankings at the expense of Cameroon (51st, down 6), Ghana (54th, down 4), and Burkina Faso (57th, down 13) was attributed both to results in the recent friendlies and to the devaluation of last yearâ€™s CAF African Cup of Nations calculating points tallies.The next FIFA ratings will be released on March 15, FIFA announced.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Stellar evolution models go back decades. Ever since the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram came out in 1910 (graphing temperature against luminosity), showing most stars fell on a line called the “main sequence”, astrophysicists have sought to understand the life cycle of stars from birth to death. In general, the story goes, collapsing clouds of gas and dust produce main-sequence stars that burn nuclear fuel till they run out. Depending on their masses, they end up as supernovae, red giants or slowly-cooling cinders. While red dwarfs cool down slowly into the darkness, supernovae and red giants eject mass outward into space . Two new planets found close to a red giant are among new headaches for theorists. Hot survivors: The paper by Charpinet et al. in Nature1 was discussed by Eliza M. R. Kempton in the same issue,2 who said, “The prospect of planets being detected in close proximity to an evolved star is certainly of great interest, because it was previously assumed that such objects would be destroyed during the stars evolution.” While other sites like the BBC News and Live Science focused on how scorching hot these planets must be, having once been inside the envelope of the red giant star, Science Daily put the deeper issue into the headline: “Discovery of Two Earth-Size Planets Raises Questions About the Evolution of Stars.” In the paper, Charpinet et al. discuss two possibilities. One is that the planets are cores of gas giant planets that lost their gaseous envelopes. The authors believe this implies the startling idea that planets can affect the evolution of their parent stars. If they are indeed survivors, the rocky core remnants must have endured hellish conditions that astronomers believed would have vaporized any planet. Another problem is how they migrated inward so far when the red giant phase involves mass movement outward. Alternative scenarios may also be considered. Another way to form single sdB stars is through the merger of two helium white dwarfs, and planet formation following this event may be possible. We could speculate that http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v480/n7377/full/480328a.htmlthe collapse of the extended envelope resulting from this merger could produce a circumstellar disk, where second generation planets may form. However, it seems unlikely that new, sufficiently dense, planets could have formed within a rather short period of time (less than ~18 Myr) in an environment that close to this hot star. Neither possibility seems likely. Since the masses of these planets have not been constrained with sufficient detail, more observations may be needed. All bets are off: Meanwhile, PhysOrg was reporting that “Some nearby stars may be much older than previously thought,” over twice the assumed age (11 million years, not five million). “The findings are surprising given Upper Scorpius’s status as one of the best-studied samples of young stars in the sky.” The reasoning may be circular, though, since the conclusions are theory-laden: “we used state-of-the-art stellar evolution models to determine the ages.” If the same stellar evolution models led to a 220% revision of the age, it calls into question the usefulness of the models. The researchers at the University of Rochester believe their estimates are based on firmer measurements of distance and mass, but theory still drives the conclusions about how stars age. For now, though, they are asking other astronomers to reassess their assumptions about the ages of other clusters. “If a stellar group as well-studied as Upper Scorpius can be twice as old as previously believed, then all bets are off on the accuracy of the previously published ages for other similar groups of young stars,” the article ended. Heavy hearts: Last month Space.com reported, “Unexpectedly Heavy Stars from Long Ago Puzzle Astronomers.” The article about unpredicted amounts of heavy elements in stars on the outer fringes of our galaxy contained various alternatives to explain the anomalies. Bottom line, though: astronomers did not predict this, either. Dash away all: Last week, Nature revealed that astronomers still do not understand Type 1a supernova. These are critically important stellar events used to calculate the large-scale structure of the universe. “Not knowing the exact nature of type Ia supernovae, which have such a crucial place in cosmology, is an embarrassing situation,” Mario Hamuy remarked.3 Privileged Planet: Meanwhile, count your lucky stars. There are more indications that Earth is uniquely suited for life. While NASA was trumpeting Kepler’s discovery of two Earth-size (but uninhabitable) planets (Astrobiology Magazine), PhysOrg had reported (again) that tidal locking around many stars would render many planets uninhabitable. Even those diamond planets may not be man’s best friend, remarked New Scientist. Valerie Jamison on New Scientist gave a surprisingly favorable review to John Gribbin’s pessimistic new book, Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique. “Gribbin’s argument proves compelling as he ranges over issues of astrophysics, geology, atmospheric chemistry and evolution,” she wrote of this “thought-provoking and sobering” book. “Although he cannot quantify exactly how the potential for life around those trillion trillion other suns whittles down to zero, you can feel any optimism that ET is out there ebb away with each turn of the page.” Another sobering conclusion is that there is nowhere else out there for us to go. For more reasons to consider the rarity of Earth, watch the documentary, The Privileged Planet. 1. Charpinet et al., “A compact system of small planets around a former red-giant star,” Nature 480 (22 December 2011), pp. 496–499, doi:10.1038/nature10631. 2. Eliza M. R. Kempton, “Planetary science: The ultimate fate of planets,” Nature 480 (22 December 2011), pp. 460–461, doi:10.1038/480460a. 3. Mario Hamuy, “Astrophysics: Cosmic explosions under scrutiny,” Nature 480 (15 December 2011), pp. 328–329, doi:10.1038/480328a. Astronomers can be forgiven for puzzlement over occasional anomalies. When venturing out to explore any unknown realm, there will be surprises. We must keep distinct in our minds, however, the difference between scientific exploration and scientific explanation. Cataloging and describing phenomena is non-controversial. Astronomers sometimes show unwarranted hubris in proclaiming they’ve mapped out the territory enough to explain how it got that way and where it’s going. The anomalies described above should at least give pause to anyone tempted to trust scientists as the most reliable humans on the planet. When reading reports like this, enjoy the show (the discoveries) but beware the commercial (scientists have it all figured out). 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A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google is one of the most trafficked sites on the Internet and its most popular product – Google Search – just got faster than ever this year with the introduction of Google Instant. Throughout 2010, Google worked to increase the speed of its search results, both in how quickly results are served and how close they are to real-time. Google incorporated real-time Twitter results, Google Instant. Already, Google would predict your search terms as you typed, but now, each keystroke gives a different set of results. In reality, however, Google Instant is just a surfacing of all the strides Google has made in the world of real-time information.Google…Everything Else Looking through the ReadWriteWeb archives for 2010, you can find a litany of articles about Google and its continual addition of real-time information. From sports scores to Myspace updates to weather conditions in Google Earth, Google has worked to add real-time information to products across the board. The company brought real-time discussion to YouTube with Google Moderator, instant notifications to Google Voice, real-time inventory to Google Product Search and real-time news to Google Reader. Heck, Google even turned on automatic captioning for all videos on YouTube and admitted that it was working on completing a real-time translation tool for use in smartphones “in a few years time.”It’s because of companies like Google that “real-time” is quickly becoming a term that describes our standard expectations, not the mind-expanding future of the Web that it once was.Twitter’s Streaming API… Over the past year, I’ve used Boxcar to get notifications about important emails, turned Twitter into an alternative for SMS and kept up with moderator message from Reddit. Beyond that, you can be alerted to all sorts of things while you’re out and about and that’s how we like our real-time Web – both fast and mobile.Disqus TweetDeck was already a favorite of many a Twitter power user, including much (if not all) of the ReadWriteWeb staff. Its support of lists with multiple columns and its pop-up notifications make it the perfect tool for consistently monitoring Twitter. Then, this summer, TweetDeck took it one step further by implementing Twitter’s Streaming API, bringing its users the tweets as fast as they came in.Suddenly, there is no lag time. You can tweet something and almost instantaneously get replies from other users. It becomes a real-time communication tool instead of simply a near-time communications tool. For some of us, hitting “refresh” and waiting for Twitter to update every so many seconds just isn’t acceptable, and TweetDeck makes sure we don’t have to.Facebook Places: LBS Goes Mainstream Last year, when we looked at the top real-time Web products of 2009, we predicted that in 2010 the real-time Web was “likely to become a standard expectation on sites all around the world”. Indeed, as we look back on the last year we find that many of the big innovations in terms of the real-time Web come in the form of implementations by companies like Google and Facebook. At the same time, there are still smaller players in the realm that have changed how (and how fast) we expect information on the Web to move and people interact.Just a year after companies like Facebook started offering a constantly updated stream of real-time content, we expect no less from nearly any site we visit and soon enough, calling something “real-time” will be like identifying something as “social”. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 products, innovations and developments in the world of the real-time Web in 2010.Google Instant: Search Goes Real-Time Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#2010 in Review#NYT#Real-Time Web#web#Year in Review Related Posts In many ways, 2010 was the year of Chatroulette. This is one of those things where, if you haven’t heard of it, people ask which rock you’ve been under. That said, (the big piece of granite on the corner, yes?) Chatroulette is that site that brings live video streams of complete strangers to your monitor in all their (often naked) glory. The site was created by a 17-year-old kid from Russia and was not only the talk of the town, but spurred a rash of other randomized, real-time websites in its flavor.In some ways, it’s the site’s teenaged creator that helps put it on this list. Surely, Chatroulette was much-discussed in the past year for many of its members’ transgressions, but the simple fact that a quick bit of coding can bring real-time audio and visual interaction to people across the planet means something when it comes to the real-time Web.SuperFeedr In discussing what would make our top 10 list, we knew that real-time commenting had to be on there and it was between Disqus, echo and Livefyre. All are great, full-featured commenting systems, but we had to go with the one we just implemented on ReadWriteWeb this past week. Real-time commenting systems like Disqus add an entire other layer on top of the Web, allowing users once identified simply as “readers” to become involved and interact with each other and with the authors. The entire idea of Web 2.0 (and ReadWriteWeb) is the dissolution of this boundary and systems like Disqus go a long way in that effort.Is It Really, Really Real Time?As 2011 goes on, we’re sure to see even more sites “go real-time” until it gets to the point that it has with social. The press release will hit the wire, we’ll all look up and mumble “Oh, I see so-and-so has decided to joint the party.” Pages without real-time elements feel inanimate and dead and that’s just not what the Web is about anymore. The Web is in constant motion as are all of its parts.With so much of the Web moving in this direction, we’re sure we’ve missed something here, so we’d love it if you would jump in on our real-time commenting system below and let us know – what would you have put on your top 10 list of real-time products for 2010? PubSubHubbub (PuSH)showed up in no fewer than three of our top 10 lists for 2009 and it’s showing up again this year because of its continued role in growing the real-time Web. When Marshall Kirkpatrick listed it as a top 10 real-time technology last year, he noted that the technology, which delivers updated content in real-time from a central hub to all subscribers, was being used by a number of sites such as FeedBurner, Blogger, LiveJournal and Google Alerts. This year, that trend has continued, as PuSH has spread futher around the Web. In March, WordPress’ 10.5 million blogs became PuSH-enabled, meaning that one of the most popular self-publishing platforms out there suddenly became real-time enabled. A month before that, we had broken the news that Google Reader began consuming PuSH feeds in real time. We expect to see this trend continue and watch as PuSH brings real-time updating to even more of the Web.Chatroulette: Random, Real-Time Interaction SuperFeedr has become of favorite of ReadWriteWeb’s own RSS wizard, Marshall Kirkpatrick, who recently wrote that “if the Web of the future is based on real-time data delivery, San Francisco startup Superfeedr hopes to be a big part of the technology that helps it get there. The company takes content feeds in a wide variety of traditional formats and transforms them into real-time feeds pushed to parties interested in consuming data in real-time.” According to Kirkpatrick, SuperFeedr has assembled a “dream team” of engineers that makes it “all the more important to keep an eye on.”SuperFeedr’s real-time keyword tracking and location handling are perfect features for the data-driven journalist or the data geek that wants multi-sourced information and wants it now.BoxcarBoxcar made its biggest waves back when the iPhone still didn’t offer push notifications and before the Twitter app got notifications of its own. Since then, however, Boxcar has come out with a series of updates that make it our go-to notification app for the iPhone. It’s latest updatebrought support for Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Buzz, Google Voice, GitHub, Twitter, Reddit and more. Sure, you can still use the individual notifications from each app, but Boxcar shows how we’d really like our real-time notifications to be handled – all in one location with customizable settings. For many of the techie elites and early adopters, 2010 started off with all sorts of talk about the “Location-Based Service Wars”. Things seemed to be heating up with location-based check-in apps like Gowalla, Foursquare, MyTown and brightkite. LBS apps are inherently real-time by nature, connecting users with each other by showing who is checked in where, identifying trending locations, and allowing users to communicate with each other – all in real time.Facebook introduced its “Places” product this summer, bringing all the real-time, location-based fun to the general public. Suddenly, the idea that where you were could be broadcast out to your friends became an idea that was accessible to the smartphone-owning yet not-so-early adopter.PubSubHubbub Proliferates Twitter has been a real-time product from its early stages, when it was primarily a tool for updating a website via SMS. What was lacking, however, were the tools for developers to really make use of Twitter’s real-time nature. Third-party Twitter applications could only make so many requests during a time period. If an app made too many requests, it would have to wait until that period was up before asking again. To avoid this, apps would poll Twitter periodically, which meant that there was inherently a lag between someone tweeting and it appearing on your screen.This year, however, Twitter unleased its Streaming API (application programming interface), which gave developers the tools to bring tweets directly to users in real-time. While Twitter.com went through a complete redesign in September, it isn’t a fully real-time experience. As new Tweets come in, they queue up for the user to refresh the page. Worry not, because that brings us to our next item.…Which Gave Birth to Streaming TweetDeck 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the better part of the last three seasons or since coach Tim Cone transferred to Ginebra, it has always been the Gin Kings, who prevail, including the last three Christmas Day duels.And the Monday tiff was no different as Magnolia struggled to get its offense going with the stingy Ginebra defense in full bloom, forcing the Hotshots to shoot a woeful 36 percent clip and an undesirable 18 percent shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt also doesn’t help that the Gin Kings dominated the boards, 56-46, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second chance points.Lee, however, doesn’t want to dwell on the defeat, but rather, he is taking this as a lesson for Magnolia to become a better team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Losing its fifth straight Manila Clasico, Paul Lee admitted that Ginebra is indeed the biggest thorn in Magnolia’s side.“Maybe, they’re really one of the humps that we need to overcome for us to get to the championship,” Lee said after the Hotshots fell to the Gin Kings, 78-89 at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We need to look at the video to see where we lacked on. It’s better if we see it all together so we can improve on that as a team,” he said.“Every game, we need to give our best. We can’t put Ginebra as the only team we want to beat because we might get beaten by the other teams. We need to prepare for every team, especially the contenders,” he said. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Timberwolves beat Lakers for first Christmas win BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LATEST STORIES AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments
Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LATEST STORIES Josh Richardson scored 14 of his 20 points in the final quarter, Ellington made four 3-pointers in that game-deciding period and the Miami Heat finished with a flourish to beat struggling Orlando 107-89 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) — beating the Magic for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.“We needed that one,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “Huge win for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt was tied going into the fourth, and Miami — which trailed Orlando by 10 in the second half — outscored the Magic 39-21 in the final 12 minutes. All four of Ellington’s late 3s came in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.“He’s a cheat code,” Orlando’s Jonathan Issac said, using the term video-gamers know as something that gives them special powers while playing. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “We played extremely hard,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “I was proud of how hard our guys played.”Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 14 apiece for Orlando, which got 12 from Marreese Speights. After that 10-point lead, the Magic got outscored by 28 in the final 20 minutes.“We had a lot of turnovers so that led to easy buckets,” Fournier said. “They got it going and the momentum changed.”The Heat started 3 for 19 from 3-point range, then made eight of their final 14 from deep. Miami shot 56 percent in the final quarter, after shooting 41 percent through the first three, and outrebounded Orlando 19-6 in the fourth.“We were getting good looks all night,” Ellington said. “The first half they didn’t really fall for us, but we stayed patient.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Said Ellington: “I don’t really play video games, so I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m guessing it’s a big compliment, so I appreciate that.”Tyler Johnson added 17, Kelly Olynyk scored 15 and Dragic had 14 for the Heat, who had their biggest margin in a final quarter this season.Hassan Whiteside returned from an 11-game absence with a bone bruise in his left knee, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.“I don’t expect somebody to miss that many games and come right back in and everybody have terrific rhythm, including him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a process.”Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando, which now has two separate nine-game losing streaks this season. The Magic started 8-4, and are 3-20 since.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington doesn’t play video games, so he doesn’t know what a cheat code is.He gets the term now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
LATEST STORIES View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As per The Volleyball Reporter, Laure, one of the Tigresses’ main gunners, will skip this year’s tournament due to a chronic shoulder injury.Laure helped UST earn a return trip to the Final Four in Season 79. Without her, the Tigresses will have to rely more on explosive hitter Cherry Rondina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderLaure was named Rookie of the Year in Season 77. EJ Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas will have to make do without EJ Laure in its campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Volleyball Reporter, Inquirer’s multiplatform volleyball resource, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities
Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboola Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw.
Image: Facebook/@andymurrayofficialFitness doubts linger over the British former world number one, who has also been off the circuit since July after suffering a hip injury. Murray, 30, began last season as the world number one but he has far more modest goals heading into 2018. “I want to get back to playing tennis, I want to be fit and healthy and that is what is driving me just now,” he told Sky Sports this week. “I was pretty unhealthy for most of this year and I am getting there but it is a slow process,” he added.Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka, of Belarus, holds the trophy after defeating Serena Williams in a finals match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. Azarenka won, 6-4, 6-4. APAzarenka’s return from maternity leave this year was complicated by a custody battle over her one-year-old, which forced her to miss much of the season. With her ranking down at 210, the Belarusian former world number one has been handed a wildcard to play the Australian Open, a tournament she has won twice. However, as the legal case drags on, Azarenka announced her withdrawal from next month’s Auckland Classic for personal reasons, casting doubt over her participation in Melbourne. Roger Federer Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)The 36-year-old also rolled back the years in 2017 and is showing no signs of slowing down as he builds towards his Australian Open title defence. Federer says he’s fit and ready after a “great” off-season as he returns to action at the Hopman Cup in Perth, starting on Saturday. Much will depend on the health of his ‘Big Four’ rivals, but Federer could continue to set new standards for longevity this year.Novak DjokovicSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGCan the ‘Djoker’ regain his smile? King Novak ruled tennis for nearly two years until a sudden loss of form, coinciding with speculation over his private life, in mid-2016. The 12-time major-winner hasn’t played since retiring from the Wimbledon quarter-finals with an elbow injury in July, and he shapes as an unknown quantity heading into the new season. Djokovic, who has Andre Agassi in his coaching team, has his first hit-out against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Andy MurrayADVERTISEMENT Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As the new tennis season gets under way this weekend, several top players are in flux with questions over their form and fitness. AFP Sport looks at the varying fortunes of seven big names.Serena WilliamsADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Two decades of Federer, and still going strong LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not having played a match since January, and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)The American great is attempting one of the great comebacks in sport as she returns to the court just four months after becoming a mother. Williams, who welcomed her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September, will play an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Williams, who hasn’t played since she won the Australian Open 11 months ago — while pregnant — is expected to defend her title in Melbourne next month. Williams, 36, has won an Open-era record of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and now stands to equal Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24. She will take heart from the example of Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, who retired for two years and started a family before winning the 2009 US Open, in what was dubbed the ‘mother of all comebacks’.Maria SharapovaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderMaria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her women’s singles final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZhaoRussia’s Sharapova will look for a strong start to her season at the Shenzhen Open after a mixed return to the circuit in April following a 15-month drugs ban. The five-time major-winner, one of the highest earners in women’s sport, suffered a string of early defeats before she broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October — her first title since 2015. Next month, Sharapova will play her first Australian Open since 2016 after improving her ranking to 59th. Her best Grand Slam performance of 2017 was reaching the last 16 at the US Open.Rafael NadalDefying all expectations, Nadal brilliantly revived his glory days in 2017, winning his 10th French Open and third US Open title, and finishing the season as world number one. But familiar injury doubts have made for an uncertain start to the new campaign as Nadal, 31, pulled out of the Brisbane International saying he was “not ready”. Reports have cast doubt over Nadal’s recovery from a right knee injury after he earlier withdrew from an exhibition appearance in Abu Dhabi. However, Nadal says he’ll play the Australian Open and he has made a habit of overcoming fitness problems throughout his long career.