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Conundrum

Two weeks into the new year and it’s looking very much like the old year......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 12th, 2019

How battery storage charges vehicle market

People are reluctant to buy electric vehicles because of concerns about charging. But public, fast-charging infrastructure is not yet widely available or profitable. There is a way to resolve that conundrum. People are reluctant to buy electric vehicles because of concerns about charging. But public, fast-charging infrastructure is not yet widely available or profitable Electric […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018

Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in 2 days, says Trump

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. "We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday," Trump said. That will include "who did it," he said. Reporters asked Trump about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has said the crown prince had "absol...Keep on reading: Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in 2 days, says Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Of love and lust

THE red door was as red as the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. The shade was the perfect visualization of what it tried to contain. Inside was a conundrum; hearts beating fast, pupils dilating, cheeks were blushing and heat was building up. Excitement, it was said, was only the first phase. Last… link: Of love and lust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Behind the glitz, France has problems to solve before WCup

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France's attacking soccer can be compared to an All-Star basketball game: showy moves, flashy individual skill and outstanding finishing. Up front France boasts Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, two of the world's three most expensive players, and the 2016 European Championship's top scorer in Antoine Griezmann. When everything comes together, it's a joy to watch but, behind the glitz, France has significant problems to resolve before its World Cup campaign begins on June 16. As Euro 2016 runner-up, France will rightly be considered among the favorites in Russia. But rivals will marvel at the ease with which Colombia pierced France's feeble defense and overran its tentative midfield on Friday. Trailing 2-0, Colombia rallied to win 3-2 in a tactical master class of positional switches and pressing which flummoxed France coach Didier Deschamps. France showed similar frailties against World Cup winner Germany in November, twice squandering the lead in a 2-2 draw. Both times, France fluffed chances because of some complacent finishing — trying to score highlight-reel goals — and was then ruthlessly punished. It is particularly worrying for Deschamps, who places high importance on tactical discipline, commitment, leadership and risk-free defending. Those were hallmarks of France's triumphant teams at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 tournaments — with the combative midfielder Deschamps as captain — but they were missing against Colombia on Friday. "We have to do more in terms of attitude, energy and playing with more heart," France captain Hugo Lloris said. "We have to give more." In adding that Colombia "maybe has less talent but is a real team" Lloris highlighted the glossy veneer and soft underbelly of his side. Striker Olivier Giroud criticized a lack of "aggression and determination," adding it was important to understand why France was missing such "crucial values." Deschamps has another friendly, away to Russia on Tuesday, before he names his 23-man World Cup squad. He will then have three matches left to iron out evident flaws in his side, including a lack of leadership, lapses of concentration in defense, and a misplaced sense of superiority when dominating games. "When things are going well, we're capable of doing very good things. When things get tense we're a lot more vulnerable," Deschamps said. "It's also a question of character, perhaps we are too self-satisfied and the highest level doesn't forgive that." ___ LACK OF LEADERSHIP France's second-half capitulation against Colombia was not just tactical; it was also because Les Bleus had no leader to spark a response. France's long-standing captain is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. While there is no doubt over Lloris' position as No. 1 — the Tottenham goalie is among the most consistent in the Premier League and has nearly 100 international caps — his position on the field works against him in communicating with his team. Lloris has long been considered too soft-spoken and lacking enough of a vocal presence. Deschamps complained his side lacked aggression against Colombia, and he may question why he's sticking with Lloris as captain when he is anything but aggressive, both in his body language and communication. ___ DEFENSE WEAKNESSES France plays such scintillating attacking football that its defenders must sometimes be tempted to put their feet up and admire it. Unfortunately, at times they seem to do just that. Deschamps is still trying to decide on his best center back pairing: Real Madrid's Raphael Varane alongside either Barcelona's Samuel Umiti or Arsenal's 50-cap veteran Laurent Koscielny. He went with Varane and Umtiti against Colombia and it was thoroughly unconvincing. Forward Luis Muriel regularly got behind Varane, and Umtiti clumsily gave away a late penalty, from which Colombia made it 3-2. But bringing Koscielny back in won't solve everything, either. While he is a fine reader of the game, and one of the best ball-playing center halves around, Koscielny has a habit of giving away penalties and his man-marking can be poor. Right backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Pavard are attack-minded but so are left backs Layvin Kurzawa and Lucas Digne. Against Colombia, Sidibe and Digne raced forward almost at will, leaving gaping holes behind them for Colombia to exploit. ___ MIDFIELD CONUNDRUM With N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi, the last position Deschamps should worry about is midfield. However, Pogba has fallen out of favor at Manchester United and looks out of form. Against Colombia, Deschamps paired Kante and Matuidi as holding midfielders in a 4-4-2 formation, but they were at times completely overrun when Colombia countered on the break. A 4-3-3 formation — Kante holding with Pogba and Matuidi either side — appears to offer more protection. But Pogba's tactical indiscipline means he often drifts out of position and, while he's among the world's most expensive players, Deschamps may be better off using him as a substitute. Instead, Deschamps could opt for a 4-3-3 with Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso, who is far more disciplined and a crisp passer with a good eye for goal. He scored 14 for Lyon last season, including long-range strikes, and has found the net several times for Bayern. Tuesday's match against Russia could prove important for Pogba's chances of starting France's World Cup opener against Australia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges

  SAN FRANCISCO --- The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.   "There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.   In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.   Only Ca...Keep on reading: San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Madayag: Ateneo needs to play with more confidence

Ateneo has finally shrugged off its sluggish start to the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. The Lady Eagles, after starting 0-2, have now strung together two straight wins with the last one coming in a four-setter against bottom-dwelling University of the East Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Skipper Maddie Madayag, though, still wants to see more from her team. "We need more confidence especially that we have a new setter and new liberos," said Madayag in Filipino after their 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 win over the Lady Warriors. "It's like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future." Ateneo's conundrum is losing a plethora of its player...Keep on reading: Madayag: Ateneo needs to play with more confidence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

TURNING POINT: Tightening the Grips

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 January) — The destabilization scare was mongered around for some time, but was becoming more intense in the advent of the P6.4B shabu conundrum that implicates some members of the family of the tenant of the Palace. Then the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao was extended because the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Federal Reserve’s dots have lost the plot as economists puzzle over outlook

THE FEDERAL RESERVE published a fresh set of economic forecasts last week covering the next three years. Economists have been trying to make sense of the 2018 outlook ever since. Here’s the conundrum. Fed officials raised their forecast for growth by four tenths of a percentage point for next year, to 2.5%. That’s comfortably above… link: Federal Reserve’s dots have lost the plot as economists puzzle over outlook.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Federal Reserve’s dots have lost the plot as economists puzzle over outlook

THE FEDERAL RESERVE published a fresh set of economic forecasts last week covering the next three years. Economists have been trying to make sense of the 2018 outlook ever since. Here’s the conundrum. Fed officials raised their forecast for growth by four tenths of a percentage point for next year, to 2.5%. That’s comfortably above […] The post Federal Reserve’s dots have lost the plot as economists puzzle over outlook appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Overcoming the NKorean nuclear conundrum

Overcoming the NKorean nuclear conundrum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Apple’s China problem highlights conundrum

Apple’s China problem highlights conundrum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 6th, 2017

Court battle over UK baby raises ethical conundrum

Court battle over UK baby raises ethical conundrum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

Guarding Bucks’ Giannis playoff puzzle for Raptors

MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo presents a defensive conundrum for the Toronto Raptors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2017

Guarding Bucks Giannis presents Raptors a playoff puzzle

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo presents a defensive conundrum for the Toronto Raptors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2017

AIRPORT CONUNDRUM | Govt weighs various schemes to rationalize plans for Manila airport

AIRPORT CONUNDRUM | Govt weighs various schemes to rationalize plans for Manila airport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

The parking conundrum

The parking conundrum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 7th, 2016

Trump’s trade talk resonates for some union members

DETROIT, Michigan: As Michigan’s labor leaders openly endorse Hillary Clinton, United Automotive Workers (UAW) members like Donald Marshall Jr. plan to vote for Republican Donald Trump. It’s a conundrum for union leaders trying to deliver th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 4th, 2016