Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Castro had two blocks late, including a risky rejection on Jared Dillinger’s 3-point attempt that kept the Bolts, who were just down by four, 109-105, during that point, at bay.“This [close] game was expected because we’re playing against probably the Best Import of the conference,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, referring to Meralco’s Allen Durham.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’“Our players were up to the challenge, Kelly (Williams), Mo (Tautuaa) and I think Ranidel (de Ocampo) for a while so it took us a team effort to make it hard for him on the offensive end,” he added.Durham, the reigning Governors’ Cup Best Import, still came away with 39 points and 24 rebounds despite the KaTropa’s defensive schemes. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win The 31-year-old Castro finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks while TNT import Glen Rice Jr. had 32 points and 11 rebounds.TNT lost a 21-point lead it built in the second quarter as Meralco pulled to within two, 78-76, at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter.The Bolts, however, couldn’t get over the hump as they suffered just their second loss in seven stints and slipped to third place.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESTNT blew a big lead before holding off Meralco, 113-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro made crucial defensive plays down the stretch to help the KaTropa preserve their fifth victory in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
TweetPinShare0 Shares LILLE, France – Greece secured a place in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship by beating Belgium 75-54 on Saturday for its sixth win in as many games.Latvia also reached the quarters by beating Slovenia 73-66.Center Yannnis Bourousis led Greece with 14 points, and Kostas Koufos added 13 as the team looks for its first title at the competition since 2005.Belgium, trailing by three at halftime, resisted well until midway through the third quarter, when Vassilis Spanoulis gave Greece a 10-point lead.Georgios Printezis followed with two free throws and Bourousis made a jumper as Greecetook a decisive 57-42 lead at the end of the third, and used a 21-3 run into the fourth quarter to take a 23-point advantage, while Belgium could not score for nine minutes.“In the first half we would have had a better score if we were not so static against the zone,” Greece coach Fotis Katsikaris said. “In the second half, the team was very determined and played unbelievable defense.”Greece is seeking its third title, having also won in 1987. Greece went 5-0 in the group stage and looked at ease as the tournament moved into the knockout stage at Lille’s football stadium, which has been converted into an indoor arena.Pierre-Antoine Gillet led Belgium with 14 points, Sam van Rossom added 13, and Matt Lojeski, who plays his club basketball in Greece, had 10.Janis Strelnieks scored 17 points and had six rebounds and eight assists to pace Latvia, which won the first title 80 years ago but whose best recent placing was eighth in 2001.Slovenia, which finished fifth at home two years ago, got 17 points from Zoran Dragic, who was the only player to score in double digits.Slovenia pulled within four points with 1:15 to play but Strelnieks then sank a jumper that sealed the victory. Mitja Nikolic made one of two free throws and Janis Timma made two for Latvia as Slovenia, which shot poorly from the field, ran out of time.Saturday’s losers will not have a chance to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Share your voice Amazon employees urge the company to take more aggressive actions on climate crisis. Alexander Pohl via Getty Images Amazon employees want the company to put more effort into fighting climate change.In an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and the company’s board published Wednesday, 3,541 Amazon employees ask the e-commerce giant to take more aggressive actions on climate change.”Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” reads the letter. “We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.”The staff members included a to-do list for Amazon in the letter. They asked the company to make a corporation-wide plan to reach 100% renewable energy in a timely manner, to stop selling Amazon’s cloud service to the oil and gas companies so they won’t expand fossil fuel extraction, to stop donating to regulators who vote against climate legislation and more. In response, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has launched several major and impactful programs and is “working hard to integrate this approach fully across Amazon.””Our dedication to ensuring that our customers understand how we are addressing environmental issues has been unwavering — we look forward to launching more work and sharing more this year,” the spokesperson said in an email. Tags Tech Industry Politics Now playing: Watch this: This isn’t the first time Amazon employees voiced their concerns over the company’s business conduct. Last June, the e-commerce giant’s staff wrote to Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to US law enforcement. They feared how the company’s Rekognition software would be used by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in the current political climate. “In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do,” wrote the staff. “We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes.”Originally published April 10, 11:13 a.m. PT.Update, 1:04 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Amazon spokesperson. 8 Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 4:00 Comments Amazon Jeff Bezos
Share Graphic by Todd WisemanAs the week-long trial on Texas’ redistricting battle nears its finish line, testimony Wednesday washed the 2013 Legislature — the body of lawmakers who adopted the court-drawn state House and congressional maps still in place — back to shore. Here’s what you need to know: • It’s been a legal squabble years in the making. Did the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2011 intentionally discriminate against Latino and black voters in redrawing the state’s House and congressional maps? That’s what the state of Texas and minority groups have gone back and forth over for six years. A panel of federal judges this spring ruled they did, but here’s the catch — those maps never took effect. Instead, the same judges created temporary maps before the 2012 elections, and with the backing of then-Attorney General Greg Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry, the Legislature in 2013 eventually adopted them.• Some big-picture items: A couple things could happen if the judges find the state intentionally discriminated minority voters. For one, such a ruling could place Texas’ election laws back under the federal government’s watch — and the San Antonio court has previously ruled in a way that’s raised that possibility. More immediately, the state’s largest argument — that it can’t be knocked for following the court’s wisdom and adopting its temporary maps — would be weakened. • There’s still more to go. Republican lawmakers are expected to testify before the panel later this week, and the trial is set to end Friday or Saturday. Follow Texas Tribune reporter Jim Malewitz for updates out of San Antonio.
iStock.comEarlier this year, a local charter school sparked so much controversy at the Houston school board, a scuffle led to two women arrested at the meeting. Now the board has decided to continue doing business with that charter group.Energized for Excellence was the charter school that the Houston school board briefly considered giving temporary control of several struggling schools. That plan was dropped after public outcry.But Energized for Excellence, along with seven other charter schools, will get their contracts renewed with the Houston school district. Together, the contracts are worth about fifty six million dollars. Some parents urged the board to take a closer look. Shana Holverson questioned their low enrollment of children with disabilities.“These campuses have reported an average of two percent of their students as recognized as needing special ed services. Remember that the national average is 13 percent,” said Holverson.Some trustees maintained it would be unfair to families if the schools had to close over the summer. Share