Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.” View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Kyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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
BALTIMORE — In a complete one-sided domination of epic proportions, it’s hard to determine what was more impressive for the A’s — pitching or hitting?The A’s fourth installment of the “bullpenning” method this year was by far their most successful in Wednesday’s 10-0 win over the Orioles, which brought them within one game of the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card spot with 16 remaining.Opener Liam Hendriks allowed a hit in the first before Daniel Mengden, Ryan Dull, JB Wendelken, and …
South Africa ranks as the 3rd most competitive market in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economiesJohannesburg, Thursday 06 September 2018 – Brand South Africa today welcomed the results of the 2018 World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) – which sees South Africa rank 33 of 160 countries assessed in the index.The 2018 LPI indicates that South Africa is the third most competitive market in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economies ranking, just behind Thailand and China.The LPI evaluates 160 countries’ performance in trade logistics and serves to categorize challenges the countries are confronted with and recommends methods that can be adopted to address these. The LPI is comprised of both domestic and international logistics, and provides comprehensive assessments of 160 countries.The six core components used to measure performance are: the efficiency of customs and border clearance; the quality of trade and transport infrastructure; the ease of arranging competitively priced shipments; the competence and quality of logistics services; the ability to track and trace consignments; as well as the frequency with which shipments reach consignees within scheduled or expected delivery times.Commenting on the 2018 World Bank LPI results, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research Dr Petrus de Kock said: “Logistics performance is vital for a countries’ economic growth and refers to cost, time, and complexity in accomplishing import and export activities. The ability of South Africa to offer diverse logistics services is partly driven by the quality of physical infrastructures such as road, rail, and ports.“We are pleased with the upward trend in South Africa’s performance in the LPI’s pillar of quality of transport infrastructure, which sees the country’s ranking improve in 2018 to 36 from a position of 38 in 2014. The investment made by the South African government and private sector in infrastructure was also recognised in the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), which reported that the country improved with three positions at 61 out 137 countries, compared to 64 in the 2016-2017 index.”This year the World Bank also released a report that provides aggregate performance of all countries based on data from 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. When viewed in aggregate terms over the 2012 to 2018 period South Africa’s over-all rank is 29/160.Dr de Kock says, in general terms South Africa performs quite well in the LPI, however it should be noted that in over-all ranking the country retreats from 20/160 (2016), to 33/160 (2018).“Brand South Africa will share with stakeholders a much more detailed analysis of the findings and will be working with stakeholders to establish focused efforts and implement measures that address the challenges documented in the World Banks’ 2018 LPI report,” concluded Dr de Kock.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: email@example.com
Most Americans think of cities as noisy places — but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic, and Asian residents have higher noise levels than other neighborhoods. In addition, in more racially segregated cities, living conditions are louder for everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity.As environmental health researchers, we are interested in learning how everyday environmental exposures affect different population groups. In a new study we detail our findings on noise pollution, which has direct impacts on public health.Scientists have documented that environmental hazards, such as air pollution and hazardous waste sites, are not evenly distributed across different populations. Often socially disadvantaged groups such as racial minorities, the poor, and those with lower levels of educational attainment experience the highest levels of exposure. These dual stresses can represent a double jeopardy for vulnerable populations. Mapping city soundsIn 2015 we stumbled across a Smithsonian Magazine post about the National Park Service sound map. The sound estimates are meant to represent average noise levels during a summer day or night. They rely on 1.5 million hours of sound measurements across 492 locations, including urban areas and national forests, and modeling based on topography, climate, and human activity. National Park Service colleagues shared their model and collaborated on our study.By linking the noise model to national U.S. population data, we made some interesting discoveries. First, in both rural and urban areas, affluent communities were quieter. Neighborhoods with median annual incomes below $25,000 were nearly 2 decibels louder than neighborhoods with incomes above $100,000 per year. And nationwide, communities with 75% black residents had median nighttime noise levels of 46.3 decibels — 4 decibels louder than communities with no black residents. A 10-decibel increase represents a doubling in loudness of a sound, so these are big differences. FHB: The Quest for a Quiet Room FHB: Quiet, PleaseInterior Walls and Floor FramingQ&A: How do I Soundproof a Bedroom?SonicLQ: Reconnecting Acoustics and Airtightness Curbing noise pollutionThe U.S. government has done relatively little to regulate noise levels since 1981, when Congress abruptly stopped funding the Noise Control Act of 1972. However, Congress did not repeal the law, so states had to assume responsibility for noise control. Few states have tried, and there has been scant progress. For example, in 2013-2014 New York City received one noise complaint about every four minutes.Without funding, noise research has proven difficult. Until recently the United States did not even have up-to-date nationwide noise maps. In contrast, multiple European countries have mapped noise, and the European Commission funds noise communication plans, abatement, and health studies.A highway noise barrier in Croatia.In 2009 the World Health Organization released a report detailing nighttime noise guidelines for Europe. They recommended reducing noise levels when possible and reducing the impact of noise when levels could not be moderated. For example, the guidelines recommended locating bedrooms on the quiet sides of houses, away from street traffic, and keeping nighttime noise levels below 40 decibels to protect human health. The agency encouraged all member states to strive for these levels in the long term, with a short-term goal of 55 decibels at night.Nonetheless, inequalities in exposure to noise still exist in Europe. For example, in Wales and Germany, poorer individuals have reported more neighborhood noise.The most successful U.S. noise reduction efforts have centered on the airline industry. Driven by the introduction of new, more efficient and quieter engines and promoted by the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990, the number of Americans affected by aviation noise declined by 95% between 1975 and 2000.Moving forward, our findings suggest that more research is needed for studies on the relationship between noise and population health in the United States — data that could inform noise regulations. Funding and research should focus on poorer communities and communities of color that appear to bear a disproportionate burden of environmental noise. Our research shows that like air pollution, noise exposure may follow a similar social gradient. This unequal burden may, in part, contribute to observed health disparities across diverse groups in the United States and elsewhere. By Joan Casey, Peter James, and Rachel Morello-Frosch RELATED ARTICLES Joan Casey is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Peter James is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Rachel Morello-Frosch is a professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Segregated communities are louderWe also found higher noise levels in more racially segregated metropolitan areas, such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Trenton, and Memphis. This relationship affected all members of these communities. For example, noise levels in communities made up entirely of white Americans in the least segregated metropolitan areas were nearly 5 decibels quieter than all-white neighborhoods in the most segregated metropolitan areas.Segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas is a process that spatially binds communities of color and working-class residents through the concentration of poverty, lack of economic opportunity, exclusionary housing development, and discriminatory lending policies. But why would even all-white neighborhoods in highly segregated cities be noisier than those elsewhere? Although we did not find conclusive evidence, we believe this happens because in highly segregated cities, political power is often unequally distributed along racial, ethnic, and economic lines.These power differences may empower some residents to manage undesirable land uses in ways that are beneficial to them — for example, by forcing freeway construction through poorer communities. This scenario can lead to higher levels of environmental hazards overall than would occur if power and the burdens of development were more equally spread across the community.Segregation can also physically separate neighborhoods, workplaces, and basic services, forcing all residents to drive more and commute farther. These conditions can increase air pollution and, potentially, metro-wide noise levels for everyone. Why worry about noise?A growing body of evidence links noise from a variety of sources, including air, rail and road traffic, and industrial activity, to adverse health outcomes. Studies have found that kids attending school in louder areas have more behavioral problems and perform worse on exams. Adults exposed to higher noise levels report higher levels of annoyance and sleep disturbances.Scientists theorize that since evolution programmed the human body to respond to noises as threats, noise exposures activate our natural flight-or-fight response. Noise exposure triggers the release of stress hormones, which can raise our heart rates and blood pressure even during sleep. Long-term consequences of these reactions include high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lower birth weight.As with other types of pollution, multiple factors help explain why some social groups are more exposed to noise than others. Factors include weak enforcement of regulations in marginalized neighborhoods, lack of capacity to engage in land use decisions, and environmental policies that fail to adequately protect vulnerable communities. This may lead to siting of noise-generating industrial facilities, highways, and airports in poorer communities.
Beau Belga led Rain or Shine with 17 points and five rebounds, while Ed Daquioag got 16 markers as both came off the bench.The scores:GINEBRA 88 — Tenorio 16, Devance 15, J. Aguilar 14, Thompson 14, Mercado 13, Ferrer 6, Mariano 6, Cruz 4, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0.RAIN OR SHINE 80 — Belga 17, Daquioag 16, Ahanmisi 10, Ponferrada 9, Nambatac 8, Trollano 6, Washington 5, Norwood 4, Tiu 3, Maiquez 2, Almazan 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 21-23, 44-43, 68-64, 88-80. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Joe Devance wanted no part of any overtime periods this time out as he helped Ginebra to an 88-80 Game 1 win over Rain or Shine in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals duel Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 36-year-old forward triggered a telling 12-0 run in the middle of the payoff period that turned a close 70-69 Gin Kings lead to a decisive 82-69 advantage, capped off by a Sol Mercado trey with 4:49 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska’s Abueva vows to get back at NLEX in Game 2 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Tenorio unloaded 16 markers on a 4-of-9 shooting from downtown, to go with four boards and three assists, while Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.Japeth Aguilar also had 14 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and four blocks for the Gin Kings, who outlasted the Painters in triple overtime, 100-92 on Friday.For Cone, the tough Game 1 was a perfect example of how hard the games are in the playoffs.“It wasn’t a pretty game, but playoffs aren’t pretty. Let’s put our heads together and bang them, let’s see who can stand up, and that’s what we did tonight.”Game 2 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ed Daquioag and Don Trollano tried to keep the Elasto Painters within striking distance, chopping the deficit down to six, 84-78, in the final 1:49, but Devance was there to clean up Japeth Aguilar’s miss, 86-78, with 1:22 remaining.LA Tenorio iced the victory from the charity stripe as he canned his freebies with 46.2 ticks left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Luckily, we had that stretch where we stretched in the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on,” said a relieved coach Tim Cone as Ginebra.Devance posted 15 points, four rebounds and five assists to lead his side in only his third game back from a foot injury. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments