MOST READ View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila If Deng’s past is anything to go by, the Lakers have made a shrewd investment. Time and again, Deng has faced down all challenges successfully.A tumultuous early life saw him move to Egypt with his mother and eight brothers and sisters as Sudan’s civil war raged.His father, a government minister, was later arrested and imprisoned after a military coup before fleeing to Britain in 1993 and claiming political asylum.Reunited with his family in London, Deng quickly embraced his new surroundings. He became an avid Arsenal fan, idolizing striker Ian Wright, before his rapidly developing frame persuaded him to concentrate on basketball.Rebuilding projectWhile playing for his local club — the Brixton Topcats — he was spotted by an American talent scout, who swiftly offered him a scholarship to the prestigious Blair Academy private school in New Jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Record-setting Warriors add Durant for ‘Superteam’ status BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise “Success for everybody’s going to be something different,” he said. “The important thing for us is to focus on the fundamentals — build the right atmosphere, play hard every game, play unselfishly, play for each other. That’s what I’m here to try and do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Luol Deng #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to members of the press during Los Angeles Laker media day at Toyota Sports Center on September 26, 2016 in El Segundo, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPWhether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings.The 31-year-old British forward’s nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history.ADVERTISEMENT Deng arrived as a wide-eyed 14-year-old, alone and homesick, but determined not to waste the opportunity of a lifetime. By the time of his senior year, he was regarded the second most valuable high school prospect in the United States after LeBron James.After one season at Duke University — playing for legendary “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski — Deng entered the NBA draft in 2004, and was chosen as the seventh pick overall by the Phoenix Suns before being immediately traded to Chicago.Twice named to the NBA All-Star team in 2012 and 2013, Deng has yet to land an NBA Finals ring, with the closest he has come being a defeat in the Eastern Conference finals with Chicago in 2011.With the Lakers crashing to their worst-ever 17-65 season last year, Deng is unlikely to be challenging for championship honors with his new employers any time soon. Nevertheless, he remains enthused by the challenge of a daunting rebuilding project.“At this point in my career, even though I’ve been in the league 13 years, I’ve still got a lot of basketball to play. There’s a lot I could do,” Deng said.“From my perspective, whatever happened here last season, that’s the past. “For the group now, this is a new beginning and we’ve got a lot to prove. “We’ve got young guys who’ve got a lot to learn but also who are willing to work hard and improve. We’ve got a system that is really exciting.”Deng is wise enough to avoid setting concrete season targets for an inexperienced team still in transition. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.Deng’s arrival provides a young Lakers squad with a pillar of maturity, bringing grit and a wealth of experience gleaned from previous stints with the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“It’s a new chapter for me. This is my 13th year now. I’m looking forward to being a part of it and leading the young guys,” Deng told AFP at a Lakers media session.“I’m only 31, so I still have a lot of playing in me. I’m looking forward to being a leader on and off the court through my work ethic.” BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young
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It was only the third time in 16 years that Sir Alex Fergusuon’s United had crashed at the group phase with Wednesday’s shocker coming six years to the day since they last bade farewell at the first round, following a 2-1 loss at Benfica.Despite needing just a point to go through, last year’s beaten finalists were undone by goals in each half from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei which condemned Ferguson’s side to their first away defeat in the opening round in five years.Phil Jones’ late goal gave them a glimmer of hope but Basel soaked up waves of United pressure — and rode their luck — to book their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2002-03.For United, who have played in three of the last four finals, there is now the unwelcome consolation of the Europa League.Defeat only added to striker Wayne Rooney’s problems, with the loss coming a day before he appeals against a three-match ban which could rule him out of Euro 2012.“Of course we’re disappointed, there’s no other way you can feel,” said Ferguson.“It’s part of football. You have to deal with the disappointment, and this club has used it as motivation many times.”Basel coach Heiko Vogel, who only took over from Thorsten Fink in October, was overjoyed.“It’s a sensation, yes, because it’s not every day you beat Manchester United,” he said.In a double dose of Mancunian misery, City also exited the tournament despite David Silva and Yaya Toure giving them a 2-0 win over a Bayern Munich side weakened by a dose of flu which had spread through the German squad.English Premier League leaders City went into the match knowing the only way they could progress was to beat Bayern, who had already finished top of Group A, and for Napoli to fail to beat Villarreal.Silva opened the scoring shortly before half-time at Eastlands and Toure scored a second just after the start of the second period.But Napoli’s 2-0 victory in Spain means Roberto Mancini’s team will now have to combine their push for the Premier League title with a place in the Europa League.“Usually, with 10 points all the teams go through, always, 99 percent,” said Mancini. “This was a very strange group, it was a difficult group.” Napoli’s victory put them in the last 16 for the first time in 21 years when Diego Maradona was still playing for them.Lyon pulled off the night’s most remarkable result when they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 in Croatia with the home side finishing with 10 men after the 28th-minute sending off of Jerko Leko.Lyon went into their final Group D game three points behind Ajax and needing to make up a goal difference of seven.French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis was the star of the show, scoring four goals, including the fastest ever Champions League hat-trick, as Lyon took second place in the group and a spot in the last 16 for a ninth successive season.“It’s fabulous,” said Lyon coach Remi Garde. “The second half was incredible. It’s difficult to believe that we could score three or four goals in such little time.”Real Madrid, who had already made sure of top spot and made a host of changes ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico with Barcelona, downed Ajax 3-0 in Amsterdam to become only the fifth team in history to go through to the next round with a perfect record.CSKA Moscow sneaked into the knock-out stages as Vasili Berezutsky scored three minutes from time to give the Russians a 2-1 victory at already-qualified Inter Milan in Group B.With Trabzonspor holding Lille to a goalless draw in France, CSKA leap-frogged the pair to remain in Europe’s premier club competition.Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia had given the visitors the lead before Esteban Cambiasso equalised but Berezutsky had the last word.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France December 8 – English Premier League superpowers Manchester United and Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League as French side Lyon achieved a seven-goal miracle to reach the last 16.United, the European champions in 1968, 1999 and 2008, slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Basel, a defeat which allowed the Swiss champions to go through from Group C with Benfica.City defeated Group A winners Bayern Munich 2-0 but lost out on a last 16 spot when Napoli saw off pointless Villarreal 2-0 in Spain.
“In virtually every self-inflicted wound, is it correct that GSR tests are done?” he asked. “Oh, yes,” said Pena. “And people who pull the trigger come up positive for GSR?” he asked. “Not always,” said Pena, but he did not explain. Spector met the actress in the early morning of Feb. 3, 2003, at the House of Blues nightclub where she was a hostess. She went home with him and two hours after they arrived at his mansion she was dead, slumped in a chair in a foyer. A chauffeur has said he saw Spector emerge from the house about 5 a.m. holding a gun and declaring, “I think I shot somebody.” Prosecutors, portraying Spector, 67, as a man who terrorized women with guns in the past, had elicited from Pena testimony that Clarkson had a bruised tongue, indicating a gun was forced into her mouth. Defense attorneys have said they will fight the case with scientific evidence and on Wednesday they showed that unlike the picture-perfect work of criminalists on TV’s “CSI,” there were mistakes in evidence collection and handling including the loss of a piece of one of Clarkson’s teeth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Actress Lana Clarkson had gunshot residue on both hands, a coroner testified Wednesday, but he refused to offer an opinion in Phil Spector’s murder trial on whether that would suggest she fired the bullet that killed her. Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena, who testified earlier that he is convinced Clarkson’s death was a homicide, was led through an examination of forensic evidence by defense attorney Christopher Plourd. The defense is seeking to show that the 40-year-old actress pulled the trigger of a handgun inserted in her mouth. Pena was asked whether the gunshot residue meant Clarkson was holding the gun when it was fired. “There are two ways to look at it,” said Pena. “It implies the person could have been holding a weapon at the time of discharge or could be in the vicinity.” The attorney asked more specifically: “Could it be in her hands or could it be in the vicinity when discharged?” The medical examiner said he was not an expert in that area of forensics. “That’s for somebody else,” he said. Plourd pressed on.
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has claimed his struggling side shouldn’t be written off yet following their 2-0 win over Aston Villa.The Super Hoops claimed just their second victory of the season against the Midlands side, who are also experiencing a downturn in form, thanks to a brace from Charlie Austin.And as they moved off the bottom of the Premier League table, Redknapp insisted his team, as well as the others around them in the relegation zone, will fight tooth and nail to remain in the top flight.“There is nothing in it,” he said. “We’re [five] points off tenth place. It’s very tight.“We’ve got every chance [of surviving] we’re not write-offs and nor is anybody else. Ourselves, Leicester and Burnley are the three teams everyone thinks will go down but I’m sure all three of us will have a real go.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 250.5 percent in 2002. He based the prediction on his polling data. Those numbers still could change depending on what happens in the next few months. One reason turnout was so low in 2002 was that the two candidates for governor, Democratic incumbent Gray Davis and Republican challenger Bill Simon, were disliked. “I don’t see \ Arnold Schwarzenegger and \ Phil Angelides being hated as much as Davis and Simon,” he said. Kinney also talked about the upcoming election, saying that trends seem to be going Schwarzenegger’s way. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Four years ago, the state set a new low for turnout in the 2002 governor’s election. But don’t look for that to happen again, said Stephen Kinney, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies, in a speech Friday at the Southeast Chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Club. Kinney predicted a turnout of 58 percent for the Nov. 6 election, in contrast to While polling shows 51 percent of people think the state is going in the wrong direction – 40 percent think the opposite – the numbers aren’t as bad as in the past. “It’s not stabilized, but it’s heading in the right direction,” he said. In addition, Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings are up to about 56 percent, he said. MORE KINNEY: The Republican picture nationally isn’t nearly as rosy, Kinney said. Polls show that 61 percent think the country is going in the wrong direction, and 58 percent of the public disapprove of the job President Bush is doing, he said. But the good news for Republicans is that these figures shouldn’t affect the November statewide election, Kinney said. “Given the nature of California, Bush’s numbers will not impact the election,” he said. “If you ask people what the important problems are, Iraq rarely comes up,” Kinney said. “We live in a cocoon. We don’t care about national issues.” In addition, there are few federal races in the state in which national issues will come up. There is a U.S. Senate race in which Republican Richard Mountjoy is challenging Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein. But Mountjoy is unlikely to pose a significant challenge to Feinstein, he said. TOP ISSUES: Kinney delineated the top eight issues that Californians care about. They are: ensuring Californians can read, write and speak English before graduating from high school; preventing identity theft; eminent domain; environment; crime; wasteful government spending; high school students’ ability to pass the exit exam; sexual molesters and making them live no closer to 2,000 feet of a school. DEMOCRATIC MEETING: Ray Cordova, committee chairman for South County Labor, affiliated with the L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, will speak on immigration at the Tuesday meeting of the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club. The group meets at Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. Dinner is at 6 p.m. For more information, call (562) 943-8527. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
17. Burnley 79 points 11. Crystal Palace 91 points 20 20 19. Middlesbrough 55 points 1. Chelsea 178 points 20 20 9. Leicester City 92 points (scored 48 goals) 20 18. Hull City 71 points 20 20 20 14. Swansea City 86 points 15. Stoke City 85 points 20 20 20 20 20 20. Sunderland 53 points – Click right to count down to number one 2. Tottenham Hotspur 172 points 16. Watford 80 points 20 20 20 8. Bournemouth 101 points 7. Manchester United 123 points (scored 54 goals) 20 12. West Bromwich Albion 88 points 4. Liverpool 154 points Arsenal won the 2017 Emirates Cup thanks to an innovative – some might say, plain wrong – set of rules.Despite the Gunners losing to Sevilla, who won all of their matches in the tournament, Arsene Wenger’s side won the trophy because they had scored more goals.Participating teams were awarded the usual three points for a win, one for a draw, but additionally received a point for every goal scored.Arsenal thrashed Benfica 5-2 on Saturday, while Sevilla downed Leipzig 1-0, before the Spanish side saw off the Gunners 2-1 on Sunday.All of which gave Arsenal and Sevilla nine points, with the London club picking up the trophy having scored three goals more.Cue mild embarrassment when Arsenal had to collect the cup having just lost to Sevilla.But it got us thinking: what would the 2016-17 Premier League table have looked like if these rules had applied? Take a look at the standings, as we count down to the number one club, in the slideshow above. 20 10. West Ham United 92 points (scored 47 goals) 5. Arsenal 152 points 6. Everton 123 points (scored 62 goals) 3. Manchester City 158 points 20 13. Southampton 87 points 20
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The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Apple’s newly announced HealthKit software, especially from the makers of fitness apps and connected devices.I hate to throw everyone into the locker room and turn the cold-water faucets on full blast, but someone’s got to do it.Here’s an example of the hype that’s getting thrown around:“HealthKit appears to be a great platform that Strava can use to serve our global community of athletes with more insight about their athletic performance.” —Strava strategy VP David LorshAppearances aren’t everything. The bottom line is that HealthKit is largely geared around delivering very basic vital statistics to medical personnel, and its nutrition- and activity-tracking features are rudimentary at best.That will limit the adoption of HealthKit to a fairly small set of users intensely interested in tracking vital signs. As Google and Microsoft have found through their past misadventures in online health, that market just isn’t very broad. It’s not clear to me why Apple thinks putting this data on your smartphone will change consumers’ minds.Meanwhile, apps like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and MapMyFitness will keep ingesting massive amounts of data from their tens of millions of users (who have both Android and iOS phones)—and sharing it broadly through their well-established application programming interfaces. The data they collect about calories in, calories out, and types of activity, may get fed into HealthKit. But because HealthKit’s data types are so limited at present, any useful analysis that helps guide people to better health decisions will have to happen outside of Apple’s health universe. Apple executive Craig Federighi shows off an app using Healthkit at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.Down In The DocumentationThere’s no need to speculate about what HealthKit can or can’t do anymore. The details are all in the documents Apple has published, as well as a presentation Apple engineers delivered at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week.It’s clear that Apple had a hard decision to make on what data types to include. Should HealthKit support a wide variety of medical, health and fitness apps, and risk making choices that conflict with developers’ preferences or medical experts’ ideas of what data is most valuable? Or should it focus on a narrower set of uses, and risk disappointment when consumers realize it can’t store the information they’re most interested in?The decisions Apple made, though, don’t really fall towards either extreme. In the end, they’re just confusing.Apple, for example, supports a host of options for taking your temperature from your eardrum to your rectum:HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocation HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationArmpitHKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationBody HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEar HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEarDrum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationFinger HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationForehead HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationGastroIntestinal HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationMouth HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationOther HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationRectum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationTemporalArtery HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationToeIt’s also got a wide variety of nutrients available for recording. It tracks steps, flights of stairs climbed, and Nike’s proprietary NikeFuel measure for activity. It can track the number of times you’ve fallen and your inhaler usage.Where Apple falls far short, at least in terms of the concepts built into HealthKit, are the useful details of what we eat and how we work out.There are some basic features for food logging, but there doesn’t appear to be a concept of timing for food consumption, for example, or support for grouping food items into meals. It’s also not clear what kind of food database Apple might tap to match food items to standardized calorie and nutrition information. MyFitnessPal users accustomed to its very rich food-tracking capabilities will be sorely disappointed by anything built purely with HealthKit.In exercise, HealthKit appears to count numbers of activities and the energy burned in performing them, but that’s it. You can’t even compare that to RunKeeper’s very well-developed Health Graph application programming interface, which has an extensive software vocabulary for cardio and strength training.Our Prescription For HealthKit: An Intensive Training ProgramI asked RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs for some perspective on what it takes to build a sophisticated interface for connecting health and fitness apps, since his company did exactly that back in 2011 with the introduction of the Health Graph.Jacobs says RunKeeper realized that it was best off building apps for consumers, rather than trying to build what Jacobs calls “middleware” for other app developers. It recently introduced a new activity-coaching app called Breeze alongside its eponymous fitness-tracking app.“It’s really hard, so I wish them luck!” Jacobs told me. “If [Apple’s] not successful, it doesn’t hurt us. If they are successful, it should help us.”That’s broadly true, I believe, for most of the apps in the fitness category. HealthKit may help them simplify some aspects of data entry, but it’s far too underpowered and unsophisticated to do much on its own.How Apple Can Slice Up Our DataThe one thing that’s intriguing about HealthKit is its ability to consolidate and reconcile overlapping data from multiple sources. In a WWDC presentation, Apple software engineer Justin Rushing showed how HealthKit could take step data from two different apps, sort it by time periods, and based on the preferences of the user, eliminate redundant data.That would be great for someone like me, who’s constantly trying new apps and devices which often track the same kinds of statistics, like hours of sleep, steps walked, and even heart rate during a workout. I use MyFitnessPal and connect it with apps like RunKeeper, Pear Sports, and Jawbone Up.Here’s an example of how Apple’s HealthKit sorts out conflicts in fitness data.That’s valuable to me because I now rarely have to log a workout in one app and then record it again in another app. The challenge comes when the Up counts the number of steps I take during a run while RunKeeper logs the same activity and estimates calories based on mileage and speed—and they both feed MyFitnessPal data that not only overlaps but often disagrees.As we add sensors and apps that can passively track our activity, the problem of data overlap will only grow. HealthKit will have to rapidly add more data types and get better at understanding the relationship between steps, calories, and activity, though—otherwise its abilities to reconcile data won’t keep up with the demands of consumers or developers.It’s important to recognize HealthKit as it exists today as a beginning, not an end, to Apple’s presence in the health and fitness world. There are some valuable things it can bring—things as simple as letting users update their weight once and have that information flow to all available apps. I typically have to enter my height, weight, sex, and age every time I sign up for a new app. A central storehouse for that information just makes sense.I’d be happier, though, if that storehouse weren’t so tightly tied to a particular device. As we enter a world of wearables, our devices will increasingly talk directly to servers over the Internet—the cloud, in other words—without the mediation of a smartphone. Smartphones and tablets will be access devices where we can review and analyze this data, but they don’t need to be the central hub.I can understand why Apple, which makes its money selling mobile devices, would favor a device-centric approach. I’m just worried that it won’t give HealthKit a very long lifespan.Photo by Shutterstock; screenshot via Apple What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#api#APIs#Apple Health#Body#digital fitness#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#health#Health Graph#HealthKit#Jason Jacobs#MyFitnessPal#quantified self#RunKeeper#Strava#workouts