Facebook16Tweet0Pin1Submitted by ComcastComcast announced that it has made nearly 2,000 hours of programming and thousands of free titles available to Xfinity video customers to give children and parents quick and easy access to educational programming by grade level as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis.The collection is a joint effort with Common Sense Media, the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families whose trusted age-based ratings and reviews are integrated into Xfinity on Demand. A subset of the education collection is also available on Xfinity Flex and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and website.“Today Xfinity is making thousands of hours of educational programming and resources available to our customers through Xfinity on Demand as we know how challenging it is for families right now who are suddenly homeschooling young children – many with both parents working, as well,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast. “The programming selected in partnership with Common Sense Media is available in one comprehensive destination organized by grade level to make it as easy as possible for parents to find what is most relevant to their family.”Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “Education” or, if their voice search language is set to Spanish, “Educación,” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grades “K-2,” “3-5,” “6-8,” and “9-12” and also “for all ages” currently including:Free programs from subscription video on demand services (SVODS) Bluprint, CuriosityStream, The Great Courses Signature Collection, Grokker Yoga Fitness, HISTORY® Vault, Kids Room and The Reading Corner.Additional free adult continuing education programming from these SVODS focused on the “Mind,” “Body,” and “Soul” spanning biographies; podcasts on a range of topics including technology and business; yoga; dance; food and cooking; fitness; wellness; ballets and operas; and gardening.Educational series from networks and streaming services including Animal Planet, HBO, HISTORY®, Nick Jr., PBS KIDS, Prime Video, Smithsonian Channel and more.Spanish language programming available from networks including CBeebies, Discovery Familia and Kids Central.Firsthand interviews and historical narratives from Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Comcast’s signature commemorative programming initiative honoring the impact and legacy of the movement.Additionally, Comcast has enlisted the guidance of Natascha Crandall, Ph.D., a psychologist and educator to program the content across English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies based on grade appropriate guidelines aligned with the current U.S. school curriculum.“When schools close and other community places people congregate are off limits, it can feel overwhelming for families with kids, so we’ve partnered with Xfinity to curate a list of educational recommendations to help kids learn and keep them engaged during their time indoors,” said Ellen Pack, President of Common Sense.Beyond free education content and resources, Comcast has undertaken a comprehensive COVID-19 response inclusive of making its low-income Internet Essentials program free for new families for the first 60 days of enrollment, opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers), pausing data plans, creating a COVID-19 news destination on X1 and Flex (in Spanish and English), and offering rolling free entertainment previews to Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers.
View comments That’s why Lee couldn’t help but share everyone’s excitement over the clash.“I was excited because this will be the first time that we’ll meet,” Lee said in Filipino. “For a coach to say those things, it means that he saw something different on the kid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt turns out, Lee didn’t need really need to do so much as he got ample support from his teammates in the Hotshots’ 105-94 victory over the Road Warriors. He still led the charge for Magnolia with 21 points, three rebounds and four assists for his team’s third win in four games.Lee now understands all the hype surrounding Ravena, seeing first hand how good the former Ateneo stalwart is. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Kiefer is really good and he’s very promising. If you don’t know him and it’s your first time to watch him play, you’ll think that he’s been in the league for so long,” he said.Ravena dove to the challenge head first and captained the Road Warriors pouring in a new career-best 31 points, to go with four boards and five dimes.With that performance in mind, Lee has no doubt that Ravena will go a long way in his basketball career.”He’s very talented and gifted. He’s already ripe, and for sure, his future is bright here in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith everyone expecting big things from Kiefer Ravena, Paul Lee knew he needed to deliver the goods for Magnolia in its clash against NLEX on Sunday.After all, it was no less than his former coach Yeng Guiao, who compared the two guards.ADVERTISEMENT Alab bounces back, torches Mono Vampire MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES
As Russia opened its doors to throngs of foreigners, about 100 Peruvian fans gathered at a bar near the Kremlin to celebrate, waving flags and chanting loudly.“It’s a party, as you can see over there,” said Oscar Arauzo of Lima, pointing at his fellow fans. “We are definitely ready for tomorrow for the kickoff.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The real Kadryov took the clip in stride — though bristled at being compared to cheese.On Russian social network VKontakte, he responded with a rap-like verse ending “brother, I tell you, I support my Russia all the way!”The real coach said he hasn’t heard the song and doesn’t have time anyway. “I’m concentrating on work,” he told reporters. Criticism “is a natural occurrence in today’s world. You have to take it the right way.”Players acknowledge the barbs can hurt. Forward Artyom Dzyuba said the team resents criticism heaped on it by Russian media.The parodies reflect a deep-seated hope among many Russians that the World Cup is a success — and a fear that something could go wrong.Russia is on the defensive on many fronts as the tournament begins. The national team is on a losing streak so bad that few expect it to even make it past the first round, and pressure is massive for a victory in the opening match against Saudi Arabia — the Cup’s second-lowest-ranked team at No. 67, just ahead of Russia at 70.Sales of tickets to foreigners are lagging amid sanctions and tensions between Russia and the West over Syria, Ukraine and alleged Russian meddling abroad.Security is exceptionally tight across the 11 cities hosting matches and beyond, amid concerns of hooliganism or extremist attacks. Opposition figures are facing extra pressure not to target Putin while the world is watching.Still, the excitement is building. Red Square hosted a mass gala concert Wednesday showcasing Placido Domingo and stars of Russia’s rich classical music scene, and Robbie Williams is headlining the opener Thursday to get the party going.“We feel that it’s going to be a great tournament. We hope that,” said Venezuelan fan Daniel Vielma as he arrived Wednesday in Moscow’s main international airport. “We’ve been to different World Cups and we have really high expectation of Russia.” Atlanta’s hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Instead of moping about sanctions, political repression and doping suspicions, Russians are turning to parody as they ready to host the world’s most-watched sporting event.The self-deprecating mockery is helping defuse domestic tensions around Russia’s World Cup, which kicks off Thursday in Moscow with much at stake for President Vladimir Putin and his proud nation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVideo clips circulating online caricature the players on Russia’s bottom-ranked team as aging, narcissistic and injury-prone.The favored target is mustachioed Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov. TV star and comedian Ivan Urgant is appealing to Russians to post images of themselves wearing mustaches as a show of support, and his tongue-in-cheek hashtag “Mustaches of Hope” became a quick hit. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Popular singer Semyon Slepakov has a more radical idea: Replace the coach with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.“Ramzan, Ramzan, Ramzan, tough like parmesan,” sings Slepakov in a video released this week.He imagines what would happen if Putin ordered Kadyrov to take over the team. Channeling Kadyrov, the singer threatens the players: “Don’t forget, you only have one life.”Yet even this imagined Kadyrov — whose security forces stifle dissent and enforce strict Islamic rules in Chechnya, and whose rule is stained by reports of torture and killings — is overwhelmed by the coaching task.“For the first time in my life, I give up,” sings Slepakov’s Kadyrov, pledging to go back to Chechnya where problems are easier to solve.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Russia players arrives at the official training session of the Russian team one the eve of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MOSCOW — How bad is Russia’s national football team? Even the ruthless leader of Chechnya couldn’t coach it to victory — or so goes a satirical song buzzing around Russian social networks ahead of the World Cup.The Chechen strongman shot back — with a goofy patriotic rap.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Ecobank Liberia Ltd. has been named the “Best Bank of the Year 2014” for its immense contribution towards the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. The accolade was bestowed upon the bank by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014, held last Saturday at a local hotel in Monrovia. Chief organizer, Ms. Mildred Dean, said Ecobank was honored for its sacrificial, dedicated and humanitarian services to Liberians during the heat of the Ebola epidemic. She recalled that the Pan African bank was the first institution to help the Liberian government to contain the spread of the virus by donating the first ambulance.Presenting the award to Ecobank’s former managing director, Mr. Kola Adeleke, she said: “We are very happy to award you as the best Pan African bank of the Year for the outstanding performance, sacrificial, dedicated and humanitarian Services to Liberians during the heat of the Ebola crisis.”Responding, outgoing Ecobank MD Adeleke thanked the Gender International Magazine for the honor and said it was a big surprise.He pledged the bank’s continuing commitment to work with the Liberian government to ensure that Liberia becomes an Ebola-free country and survivors are not stigmatized.Mr. Adeleke cautioned the public against stigmatizing survivors, noting that it is imperative for survivors to tell their stories.“We have to learn from their experiences and how they came into contact with the disease. Telling their stories will greatly help the national fight,” he said.The Ecobank executive said Ebola survivors are Africans and Liberians, “just like you and me.”He spoke of the grave impact of the Ebola outbreak on economies of the three countries hit hardest by the virus, but noted that as a Pan African bank with vast experience in operating in crisis environments, Ecobank crafted a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that has helped it through crises, including the Ebola epidemic.“During a crisis like this, we sacrifice profitability for liquidity,” the Ecobank boss explained. He assured the public that as a Pan African bank in Liberia, Ecobank is here to stay.Other personalities honored were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Rep. Saah Joseph, Madam Julie Endee, executive director, Liberia Crusaders for Peace, Information Minister Lewis Bowne, Assistant Minister for Health Tolbert Nyenswah, amongst other.Institutions honored included the Central Bank of Liberia, United Bank for Africa, and the state-owned radio ELBC.Ms. Dean is also the chief executive officer of the Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, located on Crown Hill, Broad Street, Monrovia.
Several persons who were employed to work during the recently concluded House-to-House Registration process and stationed at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Grove/Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) cluster office are yet to receive payments for their services.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) head office in Kingston, GeorgetownAlthough close to two months have elapsed since the House-to-House Registration activities began, and with the registration process now halted, those workers are still waiting for their salaries. House to House Registration began on July 20, 2019.However, a senior source at the GECOM head office confirmed to Guyana Times that several workers have indeed not been paid but assured that within days they will receive their monies.He stated that the sloth in the payment process is not the fault of persons employed at the head office or even the accounting staff, but that the proper documentation to process payments from the Grove/Diamond Cluster Office was not sent in a timely manner.“It is not a withholding. What has happened is that when the first payroll was done, apparently there were some changes in the appointment letter, some people came on after and so on so we had prepared a supplemental payroll. We prepared a payroll for that area already but some people, for whatever reason, were left off the payroll, the timesheet was not submitted on time etc,” the source said.It was further explained that the payroll was processed on Friday and that payments will be ready on the first working day of next week (Monday) but it was reiterated that the accounts department at GECOM cannot make payments if it does not receive the proper documentation and verification to do so.“We have paid over 5000 people around the country and it is not unusual that you will have a situation where the records submitted from the field office to the head office, sometimes there are some challenges there. Anyhow, the matter at hand is that we have it prepared and they will be paid on Monday and this…the payroll is already prepared. This was not a deliberate act, this is out of the fact that some timesheets were not submitted in a particular time,” he added.On Friday morning several persons who were not paid from the Diamond/ Grove GECOM office complained about the non-payments of their salaries for the month of July.One man stated that every time they enquire about their rightfully earned monies, they are redirected, without proper explanations, as to why there was such a lengthy delay.“No feedback was given and whenever we question the status of our salary we are told that we will be paid. We all have families to feed…I’m very much disappointed in this organisation…This issue is of great concern and very worrying for some of us who would have invested the little we had to go to and from work in the hot sun,” he lamented.
1 Manchester City are refusing to enter negotiations with Real Madrid over the possible sale of Sergio Aguero.According to reports in Spain, City’s owners are willing to offer the Argentine striker a huge salary increase in order to stave off interest from Real.Spanish newspaper AS are claiming that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez wants to bring Aguero to the Bernabeu this summer as they aim to regain the La Liga title under new boss Rafael Benitez next season.Aguero, who joined City from Real’s local rivals Atletico in 2011, hit 32 goals in 42 appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side last season. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero
Bryan Robson thinks Gareth Bale would be an ideal signing for Manchester United in the wake of Angel di Maria’s impending departure to Paris St Germain.Di Maria landed in Doha on Sunday night to put the finishing touches to his £44.3million move to PSG.United have been linked with a number of big names in the transfer market – including former Spurs man Bale – since Louis van Gaal admitted he has concerns about a lack of creativity and pace in his squad.Robson feels the United manager would be wise to move for the Real Madrid forward now that the Dutchman can no longer count on Di Maria.“Bringing Bale in would be a really good signing if it was to happen,” said Robson, discussing the launch of ESPN’s Greatest Sporting Cities research, which was commissioned to discover the UK’s top city to be a fan.“The good thing with Bale, and this is what the manager likes, is he can play in two different positions – he can play wide coming in and also as a centre-forward.“It will be really difficult but if the manager can add him to the squad I think he will be a happy man.”For now, the chances of Bale leaving Real Madrid look slim. Manager Rafael Benitez insists Bale will stay at the Bernabeu and the former Tottenham player is happy to remain despite being criticised by the club’s fans last season.Robson, meanwhile, refused to criticise Di Maria for the manner of his exit from United.Some supporters reacted angrily to the news that their club-record signing wanted out after just one year at the club.Robson is more philosophical on the matter, though, and called on fans to accept the club’s decision to sell the £59.7million signing.“I think they both accepted the fact that it’s probably better for the player to move on,” the former United captain said.Di Maria’s spell at United started off promisingly, but his form soon deteriorated and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season.Robson feels Di Maria never really adapted to the physicality of the Barclays Premier League.“He’s a proven top-class player but the Premier League didn’t particularly suit him,” said Robson, who played 461 times for United.“Towards the end of the season he was very disappointing.“He looked really short of confidence.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMaria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the federation, said it’s unusual for the nation’s second-largest coalition of 350 unions to endorse a candidate this early in a race. But she said Los Angeles County is larger than most states and takes significant campaign resources. “It’s like in most states running for governor. So we knew in order for us to make a difference, to get our message across, it would take a lot of money and resources,” she said. The candidates can raise a maximum of $1.5 million in $1,000 contributions for the June 3 primary election. Unions can also spend money on “independent expenditures” such as mailers, television advertising and billboards. Under county election laws, unions making independent expenditures cannot consult with a candidate’s campaign. Promising to provide thousands of volunteers and spend millions of dollars on the campaign, the 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor on Tuesday endorsed California Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas in the upcoming race to replace retiring county Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. In a campaign that could alter the balance of power on the Board of Supervisors, the race between Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks is expected to be a classic labor-versus-business battle. “If each side thinks they have a chance to win, then that will escalate the amount of money spent and certainly labor and the business community have a lot of money,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “So we could see a record-breaking contest if both sides decide they are going to invest in their candidates.” So far, Ridley-Thomas said he has $400,000 in campaign commitments. “We have significant commitments and I’m very pleased with the progress that is being made,” he said. John Shallman, Parks’ campaign consultant, wouldn’t divulge how much in campaign commitments the former Los Angeles Police Department chief has, but he said fundraising has gone very well. He said a recent survey by a Santa Monica opinion research firm found Parks leading with support from 44percent of 500 likely voters in the district in the South Los Angeles area. Ridley-Thomas had support of 30 percent of the likely voters. The remainder were undecided. “The reality is the big endorsements ultimately come down to politics,” Shallman said. “Our focus is on getting Councilman Parks’ message to voters that there is a crisis in our health-care system, there is a crisis with gang violence and we need somebody who has been on the front lines, a professional crime-fighter, who has seen on a day-to-day basis the problems that young people face, and can stand up and work to solve these problems.” Since Burke was elected, the three Democrats on the board – Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Burke – have generally banded together, often voting as a bloc on controversial issues and overpowering the two Republicans, Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe. But political analysts say that could shift if Parks – who is viewed as a moderate or conservative Democrat – is elected, becoming a swing vote on the board. “Over the past year, it’s become more evident that the decisions made by the board not only have the potential to hurt workers, but severely hurt the communities we live in – such as the closing of King-Drew Medical Center,” Durazo said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Crystal Palace and West Ham have been talked about and I think his dad is a west ham fan, so that might be the place he ends up.“There will be so many clubs in for Jack and whoever gets him will be getting a very, very good player.”Listen back to Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! 3 3 3 Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT he is ‘sorry’ to see boyhood Gunner Jack Wilshere leave after 17 years at the club.The 26-year-old midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he will depart this summer ‘for footballing reasons’, as he seeks more regular first-team football.Wilshere joined the north London club’s academy at the age of nine and went on to make 198 appearances for the Gunners, winning the FA Cup twice.But the latter years of his Arsenal career have been disrupted by injury, and he has decided to leave after reportedly being told he was not in new manager Unai Emery’s first-team plans. Wilshere and Fabregas in Arsenal training back in 2008 Former Gunners captain Vieira is the manager of Ligue 1 Nice getty “Jack needs to play football – he’s 26 years old, there’s no good him sitting on the bench or in the stand.”The speculation over the midfielder’s next destination has already begun, with a host of Premier League clubs and teams on the continent said to be interested.It has been suggested Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira could look to bring the Gunners academy graduate to Nice, where he was appointed manager earlier this summer.But Parlour believes Wilshere is more likely to stay in and around London.He added: “Nice would be an interesting move, but he’s got two young children so staying in London might be ideal him. Wilshere is a firm favourite at the Emirates, having spent 17 years with Arsenal And Parlour is sad to see the England man depart after such a promising start to his career.“Jack has done brilliantly for Arsenal,” the three-time Premier League winner told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I know he’s had his injury problems, but I’m sorry to see Jack leave because I love seeing homegrown players come through the ranks.“He knows what it’s like to play for Arsenal and it’s a big decision he’d made to leave the club.“After I left the club there were two players I always saw who stood out as youngsters and I thought they would go on and have unbelievable careers – one of them was Cesc Fabregas and the other was Jack Wilshere. Jack wasn’t fazed by anything but his injures have just taken their toll.
GETTING READY Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania John Barnes wants to see more of the same from England when they begin their road to Euro 2020 against Spain at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.The Three Lions will play in their first game since finishing fourth at the World Cup against the Spanish in their opening game of the new UEFA Nations League.TUNE IN! Listen to England v Spain with LIVE COMMENTARY on talkSPORTThe Football Association said they expect the Wembley clash to sell out on their World Cup homecoming, after Gareth Southgate’s men thrilled fans with their run to the semi-finals in Russia.And Liverpool legend Barnes wants to see this youthful and motivated England side to build on their World Cup success and show consistency as they aim to qualify for the European Championships.Listen to former England and Liverpool winger John Barnes’ England v Spain preview IN FULL above! have a look Second is best Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death RIP LEGEND Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 Latest England news on talkSPORT.com sad day England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it explained How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 TALENT preparation