Kabankalan ‘pusher’ killed in shootout

first_imgBACOLOD City – A drug suspect was killed in an alleged shootout with police authorities in Barangay Hilamonan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The suspect sustained gunshot wounds on the body and was rushed to the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in the city where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.” Police investigators said prior to the shootout, a drug buy-bust operation was conducted.Repique allegedly fired his .38-caliber revolver at the cops who were about to arrest him around 8:50 p.m. on July 3. This prompted the policemen to retaliate. He was 39-year-old resident John Ross Repique, a police report showed. Antidrug operatives recovered from Repique suspected shabu weighing about 102 grams valued at around P700,000, P1,100 buy-bust money and P34,000 cash, among others./PNlast_img read more

Syracuse boosts postseason chances with 2-1 win over N.C. State

first_img Published on October 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati At the railing of SU Soccer Stadium, as some fans cleared out, a few stuck around to serenade Louis Cross.“We love you Louis, yes we do!” they chanted.In addition to the kids waiting for autographs, there were three fans, each holding a cardboard cutout head — one with Juuso Pasanen on it, another with Julian Buescher and the last with Ben Polk.After a 2-1 win against North Carolina State, Cross’ parents stood at the railing. Players, alumni and the fans with the signs posed for pictures. “It’s weird,” Cross said of being serenaded. “It’s great to have my parents out here as well for their last game to get a goal.”Cross’ front-post header with less than five minutes left in No. 15 SU’s (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) game against North Carolina State (8-4-3, 1-3-3) saved the Orange’s postseason hopes. Head coach Ian McIntyre and SU won 10 games for the fourth straight season after combining for just eight in the three seasons prior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite two devastating losses to then-No. 2 North Carolina and then-No. 4 Clemson and a tie against Hartford, SU regained its footing against the Wolfpack after nearly 75 minutes of futility.“I’m sure as soon as I leave you guys, people will start telling me results,” McIntyre said. “It was important to get to 10 points. It keeps us in front of some very good teams.”SU was losing for seven minutes against N.C. State. Wolfpack players fumbled the ball around the 18-yard box with about 23 minutes left in the game. The ball finally landed on the feet of midfielder Julius Duchscherer, who kicked a slow-rolling shot into the bottom right corner.A group of five SU defenders and midfielders all looked in different directions after the goal. Cross had his hands on his knees. The 1-0 Wolfpack lead gave the game a familiar feel to both the UNC and Clemson games. Goals in the last 30 minutes during each of those contests downed SU, 2-1 and 1-0, respectively.“Come on, put it back,” McIntyre shouted about the ball to his players as they ran back to restart play.“To go down,” Polk said, “It was like, ‘Oh, uh oh, we need sort this out.’”Minutes later, Polk played the ball with his back to defenders. Not having seen a shred of space between the closing defenders behind him, Polk swung around and booted the ball. The defenders snipped any gap the ball could have rolled through.But only after the shot snuck into the bottom right corner of the net and past the shielded goalie.Polk’s goal warmed the frozen fans, who cheered a little bit louder.“It was one of them where I just took the touch and on a swivel just as fast as I could,” Polk said. “Lucky, I think it went through the kid’s legs.”Ten minutes later, the fans stomped the metal bleachers louder than they had all game as midfielder Liam Callahan crossed in a corner kick. The service found Cross, who headed in the last goal SU would need.Cross skirted all 10 players chasing him, running all the way across the field into a circle of teammates at the end of the bench.“A bit surreal, isn’t it?” Cross said. “The clock was running down and I saw space on the front post.”The goal allowed SU to leap Boston College in the ACC standings after the Eagles’ loss on Friday. After losing six starters, about 30 percent of its offense and its whole back line, two newcomers to SU’s starting lineup — Polk and Cross — teamed up to kick the Orange into the postseason again.A graveyard of popcorn boxes, rosters and other papers remained in the bleachers in the aftermath of Syracuse blowing two leads to tie Hartford 2-2 in double overtime.This time, fans filled the bleachers until the end and made their way to the railing to celebrate what could be SU’s last home game this season.“We’re a good team and there’s a chance we wouldn’t make the ACC tournament. We needed enough points,” McIntyre said. “It’s brutal. It’s great. It’s exciting. There’s still a lot to be played.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

YouGov releases esports report, states 4 million Brits have watched esports

first_imgThe latest entrant in the world of research reports on esports is international data and analytics group YouGov. This one differs to the likes of Newzoo, Superdata, Nielsen and Juniper however in that it focuses primarily on the UK esports market.In order to contrast and compare, YouGov also surveyed those in Germany, Singapore, China, the US and Australia. The total sample size of the survey was 9,473 and all were aged 18 or over, 2,087 of these were from the UK. China had the highest propensity of those who had watched esports before at 348 out of 1,009. The report, ‘Just a game? Understanding the existing and future UK esports market’, and it’s available to download here. Amongst its findings, the report states that 7% of British adults of those aware of esports, which means close to four million people, have watched some form of competitive video gaming. Perhaps more importantly it found that six in ten of this group (57%) are keen to watch esports again. YouGov’s research covers six markets across the world markets and found that, as expected, younger people are the keenest spectators, with a fifth (21%) of 18-24s in Britain having watched, compared to less than 1% of people aged 55+. One question we have is what the report constituted as esports content, as it mentions that ‘FIFA tops the most watched game’. Whilst content around FIFA is undoubtedly popular especially on YouTube, it lags significantly behind the likes of League, Dota, CS and others when it comes to viewership of its actual esports competitions. The aims of conducting the report are noted as the following; to measure market awareness, to assess the market size and potential market size of esports in the UK and how it compares to other markets, to understand watchers and prospects of esports, to evaluate the role of betting on esports and to size the potential for sponsors of esports. The report also found that the current esports viewers ‘have a greater appreciation than the general public in other areas’. Those who have watched esports are three times as likely as the population as a whole to believe that esports players are athletes, to the tune of 20% vs 6%. In addition, and perhaps in an unsurprising statement, they are around three times as likely to think that esports will become as popular as traditional sports (44% vs. 15%). When it comes to a gender difference, men (at 55%) are notably more likely than women (at 43%) to think competitive video gaming will not replace established sports.YouGov Senior Research Executive Chris Polechonski said: “Even those that review the sport in positive terms are unlikely to see competitive video gaming replacing traditional pastimes, so the onus is on the eSports to industry to allow it to work alongside familiar favourites. Persuading doubters of the sporting merits is a big hurdle as the majority of people do not currently regard eSports as ‘real sport’. However, our research suggests that when people do get round to watching competitive video gaming, their attitudes soften.”Other notable findings include the fact that 7% of those who have watched esports before have bet on it, and 17% of those interested in watching stating they’d be keen to place wagers. The esports betting market is growing at an impressive rate, but still faces some major challenges, which the panel at our August ESI Forum explored. You can watch the video of this here. Esports Insider says: Ignoring the unfortunate capitalised S, this appears a fairly comprehensive report with a survey size of close to 10,000. The fact it’s available for free is also a major plus and kudos to YouGov for this and its UK focus, but our question remains of what constitutes esports content as the report mentions FIFA tops the most watched game. Regardless we’re keen to see more from YouGov which promises that it will continue to monitor and report on the market.last_img read more