National U’s Jay-J Alejando. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYOJ-Jay Alejandro cashed in on his fastbreak with 16.5 seconds to spare to lift National University to an 87-85 win over the gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bulldogs tracked down Francis Munsayac’s three-point miss late which led to Alejandro skying in for the game-winning lay-up over the diminutive guard late.ADVERTISEMENT The Generals still had their chances in the clutch, but Juju Bautista missed two chances from point-blank as time expired for EAC.Despite the victory, coach Jamike Jarin was far from satisfied with the way NU played.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’d like to forget that we played well because we didn’t deserve to win. With the way we played, we didn’t deserve to win,” he said. “The reason why the result went to our side is (EAC) got tired. If it was a five-quarter game, we would have won because they would just tire out.”Alejandro paced the Bulldogs with 25 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from threes, to go with nine rebounds, and four assists. Matt Salem added 20 markers and seven boards, while Senegalese big man Issa Gaye had eight points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.EAC missed the services of Sidney Onwubere, who suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter.Jerome Garcia topped the Generals with 16 points, four rebounds, and three steals, while Hamadou Laminou had a double-double of 15 markers, 18 boards, and six blocks in the loss.The Scores:NU 87 – Alejandro 25, Salem 20, Gaye 8, Rangel 8, Yu 6, Abatayo 5, Diputado 4, Galvelo 3, Joson 2, Flores 2, Mosqueda 2, Lastimosa 2, Bartlett 0, Morido 0, Cauilan 0, Go 0, Aquino 0, Sistoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar UST’s Subido to miss UAAP Season 80 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte EAC 85 – Garcia 16, Laminou 15, Munsayac 14, Diego 11, Bautista 7, I. Mendoza 6, Neri 5, Onwubere 4, J. Mendoza 4, Bugarin 2, Guzman 1, Corilla 0, Gonzales 0, Tampoc 0, Pascua 0.Quarters: 15-29, 44-50, 70-65, 87-85. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
Track: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1820 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) 1. #4 CHIEF PROSPECT DAThomas 54.0 $185.00 *2. #7 STRIKE IT LUCKY SEllis 55.0 16L 3. #2 PLAY STATION BebHarvey* 55.0 6L 4. #6 KING NEBARUE OnBeckford2 52.0 11L 5. #1 NO MONEY FRIEND OWalker 54.0 Neck Late scratch : #3 PIZARRO Final Time : 2:04.2 Splits : 27.3, 53.0, 1:19.4, 1:48.0 Winner : 7yo b, gelding – WAR MARSHALL – PRINCESS SHEILA Trainer : STEVEN M TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODD Bred by ORETT WELLINGTON Quin : (4,7) $118.00 Ex : (4-7) $385.00 Tri : (4-7-2) $229.00 Race 2 1000 M (S) (Purse $720,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW4) *1. #6 RUNJOHNNY RUN WHenry 54.0 $76.00 2. #1 CHRISTILANO BebHarvey* 54.0 2-1/2L 3. #2 EL CLIENTE DAThomas 54.0 1-1/4L 4. #3 HOLOGRAM SHADOW GRichards 54.0 1-1/4L 5. #4 STANISLAUS JPatterson* 54.0 2L Late scratch : #7 PERFECT ASSET Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.0 Winner : 9yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL – RUM RIDGE Trainer : JOHNNY S WILMOT Owner : ZELMUNA Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Quin : (1,6) $212.00 Ex : (6-1) $297.00 D/E : (4-6) $256.00 Tri : (6-1-2) $226.00 Race 3 600 M (S) (Purse $900,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT *1. #3 CUSTER ISpence 54.0 $61.00 2. #2 MOMS TREASURE OWalker 52.5 2-3/4L 3. #1 NEVADA DBeharie 52.0 4L 4. #4 PINE NUT OScott2 52.0 1-1/2L 5. #6 FREE ADDI WHenry 54.0 Neck Final Time : 0:35.4 Splits : 22.4 Winner : 2yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PATTY GIRL Trainer : PHILIP M FEANNY Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY) Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Quin : (2,3) $96.00 Ex : (3-2) $115.00 D/E : (6-3) $101.00 Tri : (3-2-1) $66.00 Rolling Triple : (4-6-3) $305.00 Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $680,000) NB5YO&UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T) *1. #7 BROOKLYN JPatterson* 50.5 $73.00 $58.00 2. #1 REASSURANCE GRichards 51.5 6-1/2L $208.00 3. #3 MOON WALK PParchment 53.5 1-1/4L $127.00 4. #4 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW MWard3 50.0 Neck 5. #2 MY ANGEL BRIANNAH OScott2 50.5 3-1/2L Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.2 Winner : 5yo b mare – TAQARUB – LITTLE MISS AMANDA Trainer : ANTHONY SMITH Owner : MICHAEL H GREEN Bred by NEW BLUE LTD. Quin : (1,7) $949.00 Ex : (7-1) $1,058.00 D/E : (3-7) $115.00 Tri : (7-1-3) $2,923.00 Superfecta : (7-1-3-4) $4,207.00 Rolling Triple : (6-3-7) $155.00 Race 5 1500 M (Purse $900,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($1MIL-$850,0)/NB3YO&UP(NW4) *1. #2 DYSFUNCTIONAL AntThomas2 53.0 $74.00 2. #6 BRUCE WAYNE LSteadman* 54.0 4-1/4L 3. #3 QUEEN OF BAGDAD AChatrie 51.0 3-1/2L 4. #5 COUNCIL OF TRENT PParchment 53.5 2-1/2L 5. #1 STORMING OWalker 52.5 1/2L Final Time : 1:33.1 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:12.2 Winner : 5yo b gelding – HE’STHEREALTHING – LUSCIOUS Trainer : ,WAYNE A DACOSTA Owner : BITTER SWEET Bred by JEFFREY MORDECAI Quin : (2,6) $76.00 Ex : (2-6) $110.00 D/E : (7-2) $136.00 Tri : (2-6-3) $168.00 Rolling Triple : (3-7-2) $138.00 Race 6 1820 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT 1. #3 TRICKSTER DCardenas 52.0 $574.00 $225.00 2. #9 DREAMINGOFANNA SEllis 54.0 6-1/2L $77.00 3. #7 PURE HEART PParchment 54.0 1-3/4L $262.00 4. #8 MY MOM JUSS OnBeckford2 50.5 1/2L 5. #1 NALA’S BUSHMAN PHolder 54.0 3/4L *6. #11 DEZZY THE GENIUS AntThomas2 52.0 2-1/2L Late scratch : #2 MY SON BATES Final Time : 2:01.4 Splits : 28.2, 53.2, 1:18.4, 1:46.0 Winner : 3yo dkb filly- CASUAL TRICK – FACE TRACKER Trainer :,GORDON A LEWIS Owner : GORDON A LEWIS Bred by GORDON LEWIS Quin : (3,9) $1,114.00 Ex : (3-9) $2,234.00 D/E : (2-3) $1,045.00 Tri : (3-9-7) $4,997.00 Superfecta : (3-9-7-8) $20,958.00 Hi-5 Carry-over : $106,048.80 Rolling Triple : (7-2-3) $3,854.00 Pick-4 : (3-7-2-3) $3,332.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $23,093.27 Super-6 : (4-6,7-3-7-2-3) $6,524.50 (6/6) Race 7 1200 M (Purse $600,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE 1. #5 SERIOUSMANIPULATOR PParchment 57.0 $159.00 $99.00 2. #4 HARBOUR DEEN NBerger3 49.0 3-1/2L $160.00 3. #6 ASTRO GRichards 56.0 3-1/4L $64.00 *4. #8 SQUIT WHenry 55.0 2L 5. #7 CODY’S DREAM LSteadman* 57.0 3L Final Time : 1:19.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.2 Winner : 5yo b gelding – RIZZI LEE – FAST BREAK Trainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMER Bred by DONOVAN PLUMMER Quin : (4,5) $617.00 Ex : (5-4) $1,123.00 D/E : (3-5) $5,043.00 Tri : (5-4-6) $489.00 Superfecta : (5-4-6-8) $2,081.00 Rolling Triple : (2-3-5) $6,212.00 Race 8 800 M (S) (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4) *1. #5 BULLET RAJ OnBeckford2 52.0 $138.00 $62.00 2. #9 METICULOUS DCardenas 53.0 3L $56.00 3. #10 ICE ICE BABY AntThomas2 52.0 1-1/4L $74.00 4. #7 SILVER ROCKET NBerger3 51.0 4-1/2L 5. #12 GATO DORADO JPatterson* 52.0 2L Late scratch : #8 BLOEMFONTEIN, #11 WOODHOUSE Final Time : 0:47.0 Splits : 23.1 Winner : 5yo ch geldling – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DANCING GOLD Trainer : BORRIS MCINTOSH Owner : BORRIS MCINTOSH Bred by WILBERT LIVINGSTONE BAGWANDEEN Quin : (5,9) $196.00 Ex : (5-9) $303.00 D/E : (5-5) $384.00 Tri : (5-9-10) $224.00 Superfecta : (5-9-10-7) $791.00 Hi-5 : (5-9-10-7-12) $3,705.00 Rolling Triple : (3-5-5) $12,717.00 Pick-5 : (7-2-3-5-5,8,11) $17,384.00 (5/5) Placepot 8: (4,7-1,6-2,3-1,7-2,6-3,9-4,5-5,9) $230.00 (8/8) OWEN SILVERA MEMORIAL CUP Race 9 1600 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE 1. #2 UNCLE FRANK AntThomas2 51.0 $204.00 2. #1 RADICAL GRichards 51.5 1/2L *3. #3 MARVELLOUS MARVA MWard3 54.0 1L 4. #4 BIRDIE MY LOVE OEdwards 50.5 1-1/2L 5. #6 SUPERTRONICS NBerger3 49.0 25L Late scratch : #5 HOVER CRAFT Final Time : 1:39.1 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:11.4 Winner : 4yo dkb gelding – STORM CRAFT – DUSTY MILLY Bred by PHILIP SMITH & MURIEL CHAMBERS Quin : (1,2) $356.00 Ex : (2-1) $782.00 D/E : (5-2) $768.00 Tri : (2-1-3) $239.00 Rolling Triple : (5-5-2) $4,906.0 Race 10 1500 M (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) *1. #9 WINTER IS COMING AntThomas2 54.0 $97.00 $62.00 2. #5 DEAL MARKER OScott2 52.0 1/2L $75.00 3. #6 VICE ROYALTY AChatrie 52.0 Neck $109.00 4. #2 BLUE TRADITION LSteadman* 54.0 4L 5. #11 REGAL PROSPECTOR KRobinson 54.0 2-1/2L Late scratch : #14 EDDIE’S PRINCESS Final Time : 1:34.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, 1:12.3 Winner : 4yo dkb gelding – STORM CRAFT – HEART OF GOLD Trainer : WAYNE A DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTA Bred by ELIZABETH ANNE DACOSTA Quin : (5,9) $181.00 Ex : (9-5) $385.00 D/E : (2-9) $488.00 Tri : (9-5-6) $308.00 Superfecta : (9-5-6-2) $559.00 Hi-5 : (9-5-6-2-11) $2,070.00 Rolling Triple : (5-2-9) $3,396.00 Pick-4 : (5-5,8,11-2-9,14) $5,552.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus : $347,465.17 Super-6 : (2-3-5-5,8,11-2-9,14) $63,037.80 (6/6) Pick-9 : (6,7-3-7-2-3-5-5,8,11-2-9,14) $135,357.20 (9/9) Single Winner Bonus : $94,538.86
Holika Dahan Holika Dahan or the burning of Holika will take place across Guyana on the night before the Phagwah celebrations. The festival of Holi gets its name from this very ritual of Holika Dahan. The phrase Holika Dahan literally means burning Holika. The day when Holika is burnt is also known as Choti Holi or small Holi. The people create a bonfire on this day and celebrate the triumph of good over evil.It is stated in the Vedas that one day before the Holikotsav a sacred fire was burnt and specific mantras to ward off evil were recited during the burning ritual. The fire was burnt with the objective to destroy the demonic forces.Some texts also mention a different version of Holika Dahan. According the texts, the parched cereals and grains are collectively called ‘Holka’ in Sanskrit.It is believed that the word Holi or Holika is derived from Holka or grains. These parched grains were used to perform ‘hawana’ or sacred fire.The sacred ash obtained from this fire ritual was known as the Bhumi Hari. This ash was smeared on the forehead of the person participating in the ritual to keep away evil spirits. Till date, this ritual of offering food grains to the bonfire is followed.The preparations of Holika Dahan start 40 days before the festival. People gather twigs, logs, dry leaves etc. Then on the night of Phalgun Purnima, the bonfire is set alight amidst chanting of the Rakshogana mantras which help to ward off evil spirits. Next morning the ashes of the fire are collected and smeared on the body before taking a bath.The burning of Holika signifies the triumph of good over evil and that the bad forces around you can never win if you have a strong will. Holika represents the negative forces which get burnt against the strong will of human which is denoted by Prahlad. One of the foundational principles of Hindusim is good only begotten good and it is instilled in the minds of all Hindus from a young age. They are taught to do good deeds as a way of life. They are taught that one’s soul only attains Moksha (liberation in this life) through good karma (deeds). Around this time, we are quite often reminded about the consequences of good karma with the celebration of Holi-the festival of colours.Holi or Phagwah as we know it is the Spring Festival celebrated on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (Phalguna Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. There are several legends, depending on the various areas you are living in. However, the most common legend is the story of young Prahlad and his evil aunt Holika signifying the triumph of good over evil.The Legend There was once a demon king by the name of King Hiranyakashyapu who won over the Kingdom of Earth through years of prayers. He was the King of the demonic Asuras and according to the Bhagavata Purana he was granted a boon (wish) that he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air.After he received his boon, Hiranyakashyapu became so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu-the sustainer of the universe and refused to worship his father.Hiranyakashyapu tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyapu knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Vishnu while in the fire with his aunt, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion. Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.Holi is also celebrated as the triumph of a devotee. As the legend depicts that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true devotee and those who dare torture a true devotee of god shall be reduced to ashes.After the fire destroyed the evil Holika, King Hiranyakashyapu became enraged and attempted to kill Prahlad himself. However, Vishnu, the god who appears as an avatar (form) to restore Dharma in Hindu beliefs, took the form of Narasimha – half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).
0Shares0000Manchester City went into the home leg in a position of strength, but it was not until Kevin De Bruyne struck in the 76th minute that their passage to the last four was secure. PHOTO/AFP.MANCHESTER, April 13 – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini backed his players to go on and win the Champions League after they overcame Paris Saint-Germain to reach the semi-finals for the first time.Having procured two away goals in last week’s 2-2 first-leg draw, City went into Tuesday’s home leg in a position of strength, but it was not until Kevin De Bruyne struck in the 76th minute that their passage to the last four was secure. City join Real Madrid in the semi-final draw, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich on course to follow them after winning the first legs of their respective ties, and despite the might of the competition, Pellegrini believes that his side can go all the way.Asked if City could win the tournament, he told reporters at the Etihad Stadium: “Of course, because I think it is one of the targets of this club to achieve every year.“We receive a lot of criticism for different reasons, but every year we are improving. I am sure the target of this club is to win the Champions League, but winning it will not mean the project is finished.“They want to continue improving every season.”Appointed in 2013, Pellegrini will hand over to Pep Guardiola at the season’s end and could find himself in the curious position of going up against his successor in the last four, provided Bayern first overcome Benfica.But the Chilean, who has already steered City to League Cup glory this season, said that an encounter with Guardiola would be “exactly the same” as a meeting with any other adversary.When it was put to him that it might make for an interesting match-up, he replied: “Interesting for whom? The media?”PSG were already missing David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi through suspension and Marco Verratti through injury, and visiting coach Laurent Blanc sprang a major surprise by setting his team out in an untried 3-4-1-2 system.City exploited shakiness in the visitors’ defence to win a first-half penalty, awarded after Sergio Aguero was felled by PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, but Aguero sent his spot-kick wide.– Blanc shoulders blame –After losing Thiago Motta to an apparent hamstring injury, PSG threatened from set-pieces in the second half, but De Bruyne ended their hopes of victory when he curled home brilliantly from outside the box.Blanc said he took responsiblity for PSG’s fourth successive quarter-final exit and blamed his team’s elimination on a lack of composure in front of goal over both legs.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who squandered a penalty of his own in the first leg, will be out of contract at the end of the season, but Blanc said it was too soon to talk about the need for a clear-out of ageing players.“It’s a thought to consider, but that’s not the only one — you need an overall analysis, and not just of the Champions League,” he said.“There will be questions to ask ourselves and try to find good answers. There are star players out of contract, but that’s not for now. Tonight we’re so disappointed. We really believed we could qualify.“You shouldn’t say it’s now or never. You never know. Clubs have won the Champions League after 10 years of trying and trying, and then getting there.”PSG retained their Ligue 1 title with a record eight games to spare, but Blanc gave a vague answer when asked if the lack of domestic competition had been a factor in their elimination.“City were much more solid. Is that the fault of Ligue 1? I don’t know,” he said.“The leagues are what they are, but the Champions League is often the same clubs in the semi-finals. I think this year will perhaps be the same again.“There are three clubs usually in the last four and a guest club. It’s City this season, and bravo to them. It could have been Paris, but we were missing too many things to reach the semi-finals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
WHEN it comes to inappropriate names, “Summer of Love” has to be right up there with “Joy Division,” the name the Nazis reportedly gave to the sections of concentration camps that housed the guards’ sex slaves. For one thing, it was not just a summer event. The countercultural happening that swept through San Francisco and beyond began with an April1967 planning announcement by concert promoter Chet Helms, aka Family Dog, creating the “Council for the Summer of Love.” It still goes on today in the burned-out minds of its rapidly fading survivors, remnants of the thousands of teens who ran away to find Love in San Francisco, only to wind up wasted on a street whose name sounds like hate. Where, indeed, was the love in the San Francisco of Helms, the Diggers, the San Francisco Oracle, and other Summer of Love organizers, of whom so many have died young? Helms would later boast on his Web site that the event “sowed the seeds of a compassionate idealism which still lives in the hearts of many of our own and subsequent generations.” He pointed to the organizers’ efforts to feed the runaways. Other Summer of Love chroniclers note that the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, founded in the summer of 1967, still help the needy today. The irony is that there would have been no need to feed those runaways, nor to care for so many drug abusers, alcoholics and venereal-disease victims, had Helms – who succumbed to hepatitis C at 63 – and his compatriots not encouraged youths to flood San Francisco. And for what, exactly? Drugs, to be sure, and “free love” – “free,” as opposed to the kind that costs money, apparently. Thanks to the Pill and a counterculture that defined rebellion as annoying one’s parents, thousands of youths became guinea pigs in a kind of mass experiment propagated by prurient Beat Generation relics such as Helms, Allen Ginsberg (died at 70, hepatitis and liver cancer) and Ken Kesey (died at 66, liver cancer). They were told that they would overcome the superficial consumerism in which they had been raised, reaching a higher spiritual level by uniting their minds to drugs and their bodies to willing takers. Instead, they themselves became products to be consumed – victimized by pushers, treated as sexual objects to be disposed of, or corrupted into predators. It boggles the mind to think what the Summer of Love’s sad victims could have accomplished if, rather than seeking to fulfill their own juvenile desires, they had aimed to create a true culture of love. Instead, in following their leaders’ urging to do their own thing, they found themselves locked in a society that gave them all the restrictions of communal life – poverty, squalor, and social pressure to self-destruct – and few of the protections. At the celebrated Be-Ins and Love-Ins, the mob ruled, while – like those Playboy cartoons of orgies where one person’s orifice is indistinguishable from another’s – the individual was subsumed. Meanwhile, one corner of the culture, recognizing the counterculture’s threat to the individual, composed a clarion call for the restoration of human dignity. A work in progress during the Summer of Love, published the following summer, it attacked those who, in pursuing solutions to overpopulation and other contemporary concerns, put forth “an utterly materialistic conception of man himself and his life.” Instead, it urged world powers to develop a solution “which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society, and which respects and promotes true human values.” That’s real love. However, when those words of Pope John XXIII, quoted in Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae,” emerged in 1968, few of the hippies bothered to read them, let alone follow them as far as they led. All they knew was the five-word condensation of the encyclical that appeared on a popular poster, underneath an image of the Pope pointing his finger Uncle Sam-style: “The Pill Is a No-No.” Supporters of the hippies’ objectives argue that they and future generations benefited from the dismantling of repressive Eisenhower-era values that restricted sex to marriage. Well, say what you will about a culture that presumed women found their highest fulfillment in motherhood, but one doesn’t see many repressed housewives panhandling on modern-day Haight Street. One does see lost geriatric flower children with stringy hair and rotten teeth who contracepted or aborted the children who could have taken care of them in their old age. Years after the Summer of Love’s Bay Area invasion, a more moneyed class of Californians popularized a term that parallels what the hippies accomplished: garbage in/garbage out. The true measure of the success of the Love-In is the love that came out. Today, the counterculture’s victims are dying with few children to mourn them – at least, few who are willing to speak to parents who put their own desires ahead of their children’s. It is the end of a long, bad trip. Dawn Eden is director of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Love and Responsibility Program. She is author of “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GAYS MILLS, Wis. – Relentless thunderstorms pounded parts of the Midwest and the Plains on Monday, causing mudslides, washing out bridges and flooding towns. At least 12 people have died since the weekend. Remnants of Tropical Storm Erin dumped heavy rain Monday in southwest Missouri, leaving one town temporarily cut off. Over the weekend in Oklahoma, the same system swamped buildings, led to dozens of water rescues and left six dead. Storms brought wind gusts up to 82 mph and hail the size of golf balls to Lincoln, Neb., on Monday evening. In southwestern Wisconsin on Monday, emergency workers braced for more rain and flooding. A storm system over the weekend left six dead in southeastern Minnesota; one man was still missing Monday. Heavy rains also caused flooding, road closures and sewage treatment systems to overflow in Iowa, authorities said. As the light rain continued to fall Monday morning in southwestern Wisconsin, there were stark reminders of the flooding. Two days of thunderstorms turned the countryside into swamps, drowned crops, eroded bluffs and strained dams. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Touring the devastation, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s entourage made its way into Gays Mills, a burg of about 640 people on the Kickapoo River. The river crested at 17 feet, 5 feet above flood stage, and left the downtown in waist-deep, peanut butter-colored water. In Missouri, some of the worst damage was in Pleasant Hope, a town of 700 residents near Springfield. Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed, the emergency management director, Rick Davis, said. Some parts of the town got 15 inches of rain in a four-hour period. For a time, all roads into the town were cut off. “We’ve never had this kind of water,” Davis said. “It’s just a mess.”
Claudio Bravo is not going to start for Manchester City this weekend, with Pep Guardiola confirming the goalkeeper is not yet ready to play.The Chile international completed a move from Barcelona to City this week for a fee reported to be roughly £15.4 million, and was expected to be installed immediately as Guardiola’s new number one.But the Catalonian manager, who has so far preferred Willy Caballero to Joe Hart in the Premier League, does not think the 33-year-old is ready for action on Sunday.It is therefore likely Caballero will play, even though England international Hart returned for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off victory over Steaua Bucharest.Guardiola said of Bravo: “He’s fit but he’s not going to play this weekend.”Despite Bravo missing the chance of making his debut days after arriving at the Etihad, Guardiola is confident his new man will be a good player for the title competitors.The Spaniard said at a press conference: “He’s a goalkeeper with a lot of experience in Spain and with the [Chile] national team. His experience, to anticipate situations not in the box and in front of the box, being good in the build-up plays and quick under the posts – he is a good player for us.”Bravo’s arrival has thrown Hart’s future at the club into doubt. The 29-year-old could find himself third choice if he opts to stay at City beyond next week’s transfer deadline.Guardiola has said he can move if he wishes but Everton, the club most strongly linked with him, have said they have no interest. Sevilla’s reported enthusiasm has also cooled, leaving Hart – who could fear for his England place – with few apparent options.Guardiola said: “We want the best for him and of course the club is going to help him get the best solution for him. If the transfer window is closed and he is here, he has to stay here, he will be treated like another one. I will try to be fair with him.”Following Bravo’s signing, City have now spent close to £170million on new players this summer and Guardiola has ruled out any further additions.“No chance,” he said. “It’s enough. I’m so happy with the squad and the team.” 1 Claudio Bravo completed his transfer to Manchester City this week
Oracle is beginning to go after the On-Demand market. But their approach is different. They are directly challenging the the SaaS leader Salesforce and the Salesforce multi-tenancy approach to SaaS applications. One big reason is security, another is customizability.Multi-tenancy means all customer data is managed within a single database instance. In general there isn’t a problem with the approach, but a single breach to the system leaves all customer data vulnerable, not just that of a single customer. But a malicious security breach is usually not when the problem happens. The real problem happens when defects in the application software cause problems that inadvertantly expose data from one customer to another customer. Many SaaS vendor software applications, like Salesforce’s, are evolving on nearly a daily basis. Rather than a twelve-month or 18-month release cycle like traditional software, hosted software can be updated easily and frequently. There are a lot of advantages to a frequent update cycle. Frequent updates eliminate the problem associated with big-bang rollouts of new software, but it means that QA testing may not be as rigorous with each update release.Oracle is instead pushing isolated tenancy, but is adding an element of On-Demand scalability by making use of Grid computing and virtualization. Oracle has announced the beginning of construction of a huge data center in West Jordan, Utah. The center will be one of four “super cells” for Oracle, each cell representing about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of hardware space.All the Oracle centers are based on grid computing. The grid is a cluster of loosely coupled commodity x86 server computers networked together to effectively create a supercomputer. Key to the grid is Oracle’s use of virtualization. Instead of standard processor utilization of around 7%, each processor is running at 73%. For on-demand, a single customer will have a ‘template configuration’ that conists of their own virtualized Web Server, middleware and database. The template then gets deployed to the grid and assigned resources as they are needed.Oracle’s gird is for the most part running with Red Hat Linux, a product supported by Oracle, and BEA middleware, also software recently acquired by Oracle.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#home#Internet of Things#web Related Posts john paul titlow The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country’s biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors offer customers a way to manage their home’s energy consumption on the Web or from smartphone and tablet apps. The need to more effectively manage energy consumption is growing, and networked technology is uniquely equipped to help. AlertMe is partnering exclusively with British Gas for its Remote Heating Control service, which will be available to all of the utility company’s 10 million customers. The new arrangement demonstrates that the smart home concept is spreading beyond forward-thinking startups and catching on with utility companies. For consumers, the most compelling advantage of this type of technology is the cost savings. Under the old system, homes were cooled and warmed inefficiently and at improper times, leading to wasted energy and money. Automated systems like those offered by AlertMe, Control4 and smart thermostat manufacturers like Nest allow residents to schedule their temperature-control regimen in advance or do so automatically based on their past habits. This has an immediate impact on home energy bills. If adopted on a large scale, it could have a broader environmental impact. Utility companies and tech startups aren’t the only ones diving head-first into this space. Tech giants are getting in on the action as well. Google aims to weave Internet connectivity into a variety of household appliances with its Android@Home initiative. Meanwhile, Comcast’s XFinity Home initiative is a partnership with Verizon to offer home automation services. AlertMe’s solution is geared toward U.K. customers for now, but the company says it plans to launch a similar offering in the United States soon. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Alyssa Ege The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Tags:#events#Facebook#Instagram Hosting a big event can be seriously stressful (to say the least). What if no one shows up? What if you don’t make your money back? The best thing you can do to ensure success is to have a solid marketing strategy in place. And one of the easiest (and most cost-efficient) methods is advertising on Facebook and Instagram.We used the exact tactics outlined below for a non-profit client of ours for an event this past month. The results: we sold 224 tickets via our campaigns and left them with a 4X return on investment from the ads. Here’s the marketing strategy for advertising on Facebook and Instagram in 6 simple steps: 1. Make it easy for people to purchase tickets online.Before you start running any ads to promote your upcoming event, ensure the checkout process is silky smooth. If your event is low-ticket, consider using Eventbrite as a platform to sell tickets. It’s well-known and adds a layer of trust. If it’s a high-ticket event, I suggest having each lead book in a phone call.For our non-profit client, we decided to build out a custom funnel using Clickfunnels (a simple landing page building software). The goal here was to increase the average order value for them. Tickets were priced at $40 each for the event, but we prompted everyone who purchased a ticket to add an additional ticket for friends and family, plus purchase raffle tickets at a discount. Just taking a moment to ask if someone wanted to buy a ticket for someone else brought the average order value up to $84. 2. Setup the Facebook pixel.Before you start running any ads, make sure you have the Facebook pixel set-up. Head into your ad account, grab the pixel code and make sure it’s properly installed on your landing pages. If you’re using Eventbrite, there’s an easy integration you can use to set this up.Having your pixel code correctly installed is critical to track how many purchases came directly from your ads and determine your return on investment. It also allows you to set up retargeting ads (which we’ll get to in a bit). 3. Choose the right marketing objective.When you’re promoting an event within Facebook’s platform, they’ll often prompt you to boost it to nearby people to reach more potential attendees. Getting the nearby people to react is a start, but it’s nowhere near as useful as going into Ads Manager and building out the ads yourself.When you click “Create New Campaign,” Facebook will give you different marketing objectives to choose from. If your pixel is set up correctly, and it’s a reasonably low-priced ticket, you’re going to want to optimize directly for purchases. To do this, select “Conversions” as your marketing objective. 4. Test a variety of creatives.I always recommend testing at least three different images across each ad set your running. And if you have a video to throw into the mix — even better. Facebook’s algorithm will automatically disperse your budget across your variety of images and copy.Make sure to check back in on your different ads within the next couple of days of launch to see what’s performing best. From there, you can optimize further. If you find one image is outperforming the rest, turn off the ads that are underperforming and duplicate the winning image with a variety of headlines as your next test. Rinse and repeat. 5. Use social proof.Social proof is a powerful emotional trigger, and it’s one of the best ways to instantly boost the credibility of your event. Think of all the videos you see floating around social media that have over 1M views, comments, likes, and shares. You’re tempted to watch them and see what all the fuss is about.You can easily beef up the likes, comments, and shares on your ads by running a page post engagement campaign. You’ll want to take the same post ID of the ad your currently running and optimize for engagement. 6. Retargeting is key.How many times have you been browsing online for something, decided not to make a purchase, then found that pair of shoes stalking you across the Internet? It’s borderline creepy, but also incredibly powerful.It usually takes several touchpoints for anyone to decide to purchase, so we need to hit potential customers from different angles. One of the easiest ways to do this is to show retargeting ads to anyone who viewed your landing page or initiated checkout at a specific time. Watching these views is where the real return on investment will start to come in.Roll out these tactics for your next big upcoming event, and I promise you, results will improve on your campaign performance. Related Posts Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector