ABL: Parks poised for back-to-back Local MVP awards

first_imgPhoto from ASEAN Basketball LeagueAfter a slow start in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once again finds himself as the favorite to claim the Local Most Valuable Player award.The San Miguel Alab Pilipinas star averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in his second year in the regional league, while also helping the Philippine side reach the Finals this season.ADVERTISEMENT Renaldo Balkman has built a strong case to be named as the World Import MVP after netting 23.0 points, 10.9 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.9 blocks, but he’s in for a tight race with Anthony Tucker of Chong Son Kung Fu and Marcus Elliott of Hong Kong Eastern also fighting for the plum.Balkman is also a candidate with teammate Justin Brownlee for the Defensive Player of the Year award, with Singapore Slingers’ Chris Charles also in the running.Meanwhile, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern is in contention for the Heritage Import MVP award against Fil-Am Jason Brickman of Mono Vampire and Fil-Am Mikh McKinney of Chong Son Kung Fu.ADVERTISEMENT De Leon steps up even as Che’Lu-San Sebastian loses its leader LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Parks holds the edge over fellow candidates Lee Ki of Hong Kong Eastern and Delvin Goh of the Singapore Slingers for the plum, which is set to be awarded on Wednesday before Game 3 of the 2018 ABL Finals at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.If the former NU Bulldog does claim the hardware, he will be the second local player to win the award in back-to-back years, following the footsteps of Singapore’s Wong Wei Long in the 2014 and 2015-16 seasons.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 crownLeo Avenido and Asi Taulava are the only other Filipinos who have previously won the Local MVP award, both of whom played for San Miguel Beermen.But Parks isn’t the only San Miguel Alab Pilipinas player who is in the running for the end of season awards. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

Strolling down memory lane with ESPN

first_imgAnyway, it was fun traveling down memory lane with ESPN – Dwight Clark’s catch, Cal’s five-lateral play, Kirk Gibson’s homer, Cal Ripken’s iron-man bit, the Music City Miracle, etc. Stuart Scott even mixed in another “cool as the other side of the pillow” for the 30K show. We think it was the 30,000th time he’s blurted it. It was amusing about once. Now let’s get Grill-ing: We wanted to watch the Pro Bowl on Saturday, but never located it on our television in between chasing the 6-year-old son around. Although the Pro Bowl is pretty much a joke, it’s a good way to wean ourselves off of the NFL postseason. You have to wonder how many more Pro Bowls Peyton Manning will play in. He took his Super Bowl victory lap in Hawaii this year, but next year look for Manning to opt out and join Tom Brady at the AT&T in Pebble Beach and maybe for a few Irish Coffees at the Hogsbreath Inn afterward. … Glad to see the NFC’s Tony Romo didn’t flub any extra-point holds during Saturday’s game. … Headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Is Lefty ready to challenge Tiger’s dominance?” Uh, no. … The Grill toasts those seven San Gorgonio junior varsity basketball players who replaced the missing Spartan regulars on Friday night against Arroyo Valley and battled valiantly, if unsuccessfully. Seems like Wednesday against Murrieta Valley in the playoffs they’ll be doing it again. … The Grill also raises a glass to Redlands offensive lineman John Hughes, who has signed a Division II scholarship to Western Washington University and Silverado defensive lineman Joe Stevens, who has done the same to Portland State. … Said Redlands coach Jim Walker of Hughes: “I think Western Washington is getting a steal. He’s a throwback kind of kid who likes to get after it. He impressed a lot of guys on film. He’s sort of a tweener size, but people like him because of his heart and how hard he plays.” Speaking of signees, Redlands High School outfielder Matt Crigler has accepted a scholarship to Cal Baptist University in Riverside, Terriers coach Estevan Valencia said. … Calhisports.com has named Twentynine Palms’ Montreal Harris and Redlands East Valley’s Ronnie Fouch to its just-for-fun all-state football/basketball team. Harris made the second team and Fouch the third team. Harris, a star football wideout, averages 27 points per game in basketball. Fouch, the University of Washington-bound quarterback, is a 3-point ace for the Wildcats basketball team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img We celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Monday at The Grill by watching ESPN SportsCenter’s 30,000th show. Back in 1979 we didn’t know what to make of ESPN, which seemed to struggle to fill its air time with things like Korean women’s volleyball. We didn’t think ESPN would last the year, much less 28 and counting. last_img read more

Qantas launches stunning premium economy seat

first_imgQantas has taken the lead in the premium economy stakes.Qantas has stepped to the fore in cabin innovation for the first time since it introduced Business Class in 1979 with a new premium economy seat that is industry leading.The new seat from another angleThe next generation Premium Economy seat,will be installed on the airlines fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that are to be delivered from October.Put simply, the seat is more business class than economy and is quite possibly the optimum value in long-range travel.World’s safest airlines for 2017The new premium seat is crammed with features and places to put all the essentials for today’s air travelers.Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a cradle type seat for sleeping. This feature also means that the seat is not as intrusive on the passenger behind when it is fully reclined.The Premium Economy seat is set in a 2-3-2 configuration with the typically unpopular middle seat 2 inches (5cm wider) and the seats have a 38 inch (96cm) seat pitch which is 7 inches (18cm) more than a typical economy configuration. Overall the Premium Economy seat is almost 10 per cent wider than the airline’s current seat and has increased recline.What will be a popular feature is an ergonomically designed headrest that can be fitted with a specially designed pillow and a reengineered footrest that significantly increases comfort when reclining.The footrest is clever and provides excellent support for the feet and back of the legs, while the seat’s arm rest, adjacent to the aisle, drops down for ease of access.The high-definition Panasonic in-flight entertainment seatback screens that are about 25 per cent larger than existing offerings.The seat has five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points per seat, as well as shared AC power and a personal LED light designed to minimize disturbance of other passengers.Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said that the Boeing 787 will be flying some of the world’s longest routes such as Perth to London and airline has focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class.“Our Business Suite has been dubbed ‘mini First Class’ by some of our Frequent Flyers and our Economy seat for the Dreamliner has features that some reserve for Premium Economy.“This new Premium Economy seat has serious wow factor. You have to experience how well it supports you when you recline to realise it’s completely different from anything else in its class.The Qantas Premium Economy seat is based on a prototype by Thompson Aero Seating and heavily customized by leading Australian industrial designer David Caon.“We’ve made sure this seat offers genuine comfort through design elements not seen before on aircraft. There are a number of new bespoke design elements that we hope will really set the benchmark for this class,” said Mr Caon.Qantas said that it will assess updating existing Premium Economy cabins on its A380 and 747s in-line with its fleet planning and product cycles. Qantas will have 26 premium economy seats on the 787.The first of eight Dreamliners will be delivered in October this year with Qantas’ first international 787 services will take flight in December between Melbourne and Los Angeles. Flights between Perth and London, which will directly link Australia and Europe for the first time, begin in March 2018.last_img read more

On-farm grain storage and handling operators needed to complete survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural safety professionals with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are seeking Ohio farmers to participate in a statewide survey regarding their on-farm grain bin storage facilities.It doesn’t matter if the bins are “owned” or “managed” by the producer; hazards exist on all types of bin systems regardless of ownership status, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension.“This study is to help us better understand the types of grain storage facilities in the state in relation to the safety and health practices at those facilities,” she said. “The survey does not collect personal identifying information, making the answers anonymous.”Hazards associated with grain facilities can include out-of-condition grain, organic dust, grain entrapment, equipment entanglement, fire and explosion. These hazards are a contributing factor to the safety and health of the operator.“Understanding the types of bins, types of drying systems, target moisture content of the grain and personal protection factors will help us understand contributing safety hazards at the bin,” Jepsen said.The survey results will be used to develop training materials as well as design better engineering controls. The survey can be found at go.osu.edu/safetysurvey.The project is being conducted by the OSU Agricultural Safety and Health program and is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.For additional questions about the study, contact Jepsen at 614-292-6008, jepsen.4@osu.edu, or graduate research assistant Yang Geng at geng.83@osu.edu. A safety-related incentive is offered to all survey participants for their time answering the questionnaire.last_img read more

How Twitter Predicted Romney’s VP Choice

first_imgTags:#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Even as some of the men Mitt Romney considered as a running mate waited for a call from the presumtive Republican presidential candidate, Twitter had already predicted that Paul Ryan would be tapped for the ticket. Here’s how the tweet stream revealed Romney’s secret.TweetReach, a unit of Internet analytics firm Union Metrics, released data over the weekend suggesting that Twitter was already onto the Romney campaign as early as last Wednesday. The firm tracked what it calls Ryan’s “reach,” defined as total number of impressions, tweets about the candidate and the number of unique contributors.  After racking up numbers similar to other likely nominees for the preceding 30 days, Ryan’s reach surged as mainstream media outlets and other politically influential Twitter users began to bandy his name about more fervently.The analysis suggests that political campaigns operating in the age of social media may struggle to keep secrets that were once carefully orchestrated to coincide with news cycle.“There’s no question that Twitter rapidly spreads information. The difficult part is determining whether that information simply conveys the preferences of a vocal minority or contains actual knowledge leaked by insiders,” said Union Metrics Chief Executive Hayes Davis. “In cases where a group of insiders – like a VP selection process – aren’t likely to be drowned out by the vocal preferences of the crowd, Twitter can make it very hard to keep a secret.”In other words, Twitter may have helped make one of the best-kept secrets in this year’s election one of the worst-kept secrets in a matter of hours.Ryan, along with the other four men most often mentioned as likely Romney running mates (Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie), maintained fairly steady reach numbers throughout the summer, with the occasional spike when an article or broadcast news report mentioned them.That chaged Wednesday, when Ryan’s reach surged by 65%, eventually peaking with mentions on 84.3 million unique Twitter accounts on Saturday, the day the announcement was officially made. Ryan had reportedly been informed of Romney’s decision one week earlier, on August 1, but the campaign remained mum until the official announcement on Saturday. dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “The reason this is interesting is because…more – and different – people started talking about him [on Wednesday],” Jenn Deering Davis said in an email. “This leads us to think that on Wednesday the word finally started trickling out from those in the know. Romney and Ryan themselves had known the decision for a week by then, and as rumors became more rampant and serious, the political media started hypothesizing.”Tweets from the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, MSNBC, Politico and The New Yorker – all of which have been covering the election and all of which have large lists of influential Twitter followers – gave Ryan’s name enormous reach on Twitter in the days leading up to the official announcement. Davis said there were only 3,000 unique tweets mentioning Ryan, which would normally translate into reach of about 3 million. In the days between Wednesday and Saturday, however, those 3,000 tweets resulted in a reach of 6 million for the Wisconsin Representative by the time the announcement was made official on Saturday.Davis said the charts show more about how Twitter can spot leaks and less about its predictive ability, or its ability to influence decision makers.“Paul Ryan was not chosen because he was the most popular candidate on Twitter (he wasn’t). We already know Twitter isn’t very good at predicting that kind of thing – just look at the GOP presidential selection or the recent Mexican presidential election, where the most popular candidates on Twitter were not the ones who won,” Davis said. “This is not a case of a public decision made by popular opinion. Instead, this is a case of a decision made behind closed doors by experts who were in the know, and the truth slowly but definitively leaked out through the tweets.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Del Potro stuns Federer at US Open

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, hits a backhand to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. APJuan Martin del Potro sensationally gatecrashed the US Open again on Wednesday, stunning five-champion Roger Federer and shattering hopes of a first New York showdown between the Swiss legend and Rafael Nadal.The Argentine giant, who won his only Grand Slam title in the city in 2009 by beating Federer in the final after seeing off Nadal in the semis, triumphed 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in front of a spellbound Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 28-year-old will once again face world number one Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, a stunning achievement for a man who had saved two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

Vine: R.J. Hunter’s Cold-Blooded Three-Pointer Stunned No. 3 Seed Baylor

first_imgR.J. Hunter hits huge three vs. Baylor.Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.last_img

CBCRadioCanada reaffirms commitment to diversity and inclusion with new 201821 plan

first_imgMonique Marcotte, Vice-President of People and Culture, added: “This plan is rooted in the notion that our workplace culture must be truly inclusive in order to attract and retain top talent. Our strength lies in the unique perspectives that our employees bring to work each day. We want everyone to feel that their views and contributions are valued because they help us broaden our understanding of one another and better relate to the changing demographic makeup of our country.”This plan also complements the Diversity and Inclusion section of the career page of our corporate website. Both convey the importance of diversity and inclusion and share the many things we’re doing to make our programming content even more relevant, foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture and ensure our workforce fully reflects Canada’s demographics.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.Diversity and inclusion fact sheet: Our progress so farBelow are highlights of some of the initiatives that have resulted from our ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in our content, workplace culture and workforce:ContentCBC North has been serving Canadians across the territories and in Northern Quebec since 1958. It provides radio, television and online services to seven communities (Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Kuujjuaq) in eight Indigenous languages. In addition to offering services on CBC North, our main networks and regional stations also showcase Indigenous news, issues, and culture.Our award-winning Indigenous Unit is both a resource and a catalyst for more coverage across CBC/Radio-Canada. Recently expanded to more communities, it is helping us identify, recruit and develop Indigenous talent. It’s creating programs like Unreserved on CBC Radio, a powerful one-hour platform on our national radio network for Indigenous voices. The Legends Project digitizes traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada’s Inuit and First Nations Peoples from communities across the country. Our CBC Indigenous and Radio-Canada’s Espaces autochtoneswebsites are ensuring more Canadians learn more about this country’s legacy and its future.Since December 2017, Radio-Canada makes it compulsory for independent producers who submit a project to present a “diversity inclusion plan” with the objective of improving diversity in all its content.CBC Films (CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund) is a narrative feature film fund that supports the production of English-language films from filmmakers and creators who bring diverse voices and stories that engage and reflect Canadians on the big and small screens. We look for projects that are written and directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, LGBTQ persons and persons with a disability.For the past four years, Radio-Canada has been leading a TV industry working group aimed at increasing cultural diversity in French-language fiction. The group has implemented a series of actions such as the Auditions de la diversité, which provide performance training for actors from visible minority communities. The working group also supports coaching for young scriptwriters and tours high schools, in order to encourage diversity students to pursue careers in TV production.Workplace cultureA number of internal initiatives foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture, including:The Developing Emerging Leaders Program equips an annual cohort of 15 diverse employees with insights, tools and strategies to skillfully take their careers to the next level.Employee Resource Groups (bring together employees who share common backgrounds and experiences, and provide mutual support and a greater sense of belonging, ex. women in technology and employees with physical or mental disabilities and their allies.)Both CBC and Radio-Canada offer paid journalism internships to Indigenous recruits with partners such as the First Nations University of Canada, Nunavut Sivuniksavut/Algonquin College and the First Nations Education Council (FNEC). Radio-Canada also collaborates with the Kiuna Institution (the Quebec post-secondary Indigenous college) to offer an initiation to journalism for Indigenous students.Our senior leaders learn about inclusive leadership and unconscious bias. That awareness fosters a culture of inclusiveness—one of our core values. Similar training is provided to other employees across the organization. “We want to make sure all Canadians are heard on our airwaves; that they—and their children—see themselves reflected on their public broadcaster,” said Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO. “This plan sets clear objectives and a roadmap to get there. It builds on the work we’ve been doing to make our content, our workforce and our services better reflect all Canadians.”Building on past efforts and accomplishments, including those resulting from our previous 2015-2018 strategy, the new plan lays out the objectives for the coming years, provides workforce results for all our main business units, and details action plans by major services. WorkforceWhile our focus is not on targets, we do still monitor to measure our performance and the impact of our initiatives.The new diversity hires (Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities) result for Q1 2018-2019 of 27.2% exceeded our target of 25.4%. This is our best first quarter result since we started measuring this index in 2015-2016.We are the gender parity leader in the Canadian media industry with 48.9% women employed across CBC/Radio-Canada (+6.1% above the external labour force).We reached our Strategy 2020 goal of 2.1% for Indigenous representation, meeting the external labour force availability and the hiring rate of 3.1% surpassed this goal between April 2017 and March 2018.Between April 2015 and 2018, we saw over 40% increases for both the number of members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA – CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled its 2018-21 Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The new three-year plan sets out our strategy to better serve all Canadians by reflecting the full range of Canadian perspectives through our content, workplace culture and workforce. The Plan was launched at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting in Edmonton, where diversity and inclusion inspired this year’s conversation with Canadians on the importance of public broadcasting in today’s environment. With a view to increasing the diversity of its News staff, Radio-Canada revamped its hiring process for journalists at the network and regional levels over the last year, and we have removed potential obstacles for diverse candidates in our general knowledge and language proficiency exams.The candidates for the first-ever paid CBC Placements for Persons With Disabilities started in mid-September 2018and a national launch is being considered if deemed successful.We are the first Canadian media company to add gender and sexual diversity (i.e., LGBTQ+) to its voluntary workforce tracking metrics.center_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more