NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth

first_imgHead coach: Ariel SisonLast Season: 6-12 (8th)Holdovers: Sidney Onwubere, Hamadou Laminou, Francis MunsayacKey losses: Igee King, Jorem MoradaKey additions: Juju Bautista, Jerome GarciaIt’s now Final Four or bust for Emilio Aguinaldo College.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit That’s the ultimatum coach Ariel Sison gave to his Generals as they prepare for war this coming NCAA season.“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” he said with emphasis.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’One can’t blame Sison wanting to go all-in.After all, this will be Sidney Onwubere’s final season, and the husky-voiced mentor wants a proper sendoff for his star forward. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos “This is Sidney’s last playing year so we’re looking to reach that,” he said.EAC won’t be relying on Onwubere alone, as it will still have Francis Munsayac and able-bodied transferees in Juju Bautista and Jerome Garcia to aid in this year’s campaign.The bad news, though, is that Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou is out for the first two weeks of the season as he nurses a knee injury.However, Sison still believes this Generals crew will be a force to be reckoned with this season.“Our bench got deeper and I think that they’ll be capable of helping us to achieve what we’re aspiring for,” he said. “Every day in our practices, we remind them to give their 100-percent in training and especially in the games. And I can see that everybody is willing to step up for us to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation MOST READ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks To end, Sison reaffirmed his vision for EAC this year and made it clear that there’s only one goal in mind.“We’re hoping that we’ll be in the Final Four and we want it now.” LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pacquiao: There will be a rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Blood on the carpet

first_imgCarvil Duncan is Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and by virtue of that office is also an ex officio member of the Police Service Commission and of the Judicial Service Commission. In his substantive position on the PSC, Mr Duncan is in charge of making appointments to public offices; removing and exercising disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such Offices. This is a key office in the running of the Guyanese state and as such is a constitutional office that received the robust constitutional protection.Last year, in a case that is still ongoing Mr Duncan was charged with criminal fraud allegedly committed when he was a member of the Board of GPL and which he is contesting. In April of this year, reports surfaced in the press that the government wanted Mr Duncan to resign from his chairmanship of the PSC. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo claimed, as constitutionally required, he wrote Mr Duncan to show cause why the the president should not appoint a Tribunal to consider his fitness for continuing to hold his constitutional offices. Mr Duncan claims he never received any such letter and no proof has been proffered that he did.The President went ahead and appointed a Tribunal, which included one sitting judge over whom Mr Duncan technically would have supervisory authority. Mr Duncan then made a startling revelation that back in February, before the PM claimed to have written him, President Granger, in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, made him an offer that included a financial inducement for him to resign from his Constitutional positions. According to Mr. Duncan, the president insisted three times he did not want to “have blood on his carpet”. Mr Duncan asked to be given time to consider the offer which he later refused.The British expression “blood on the carpet” means that in an employment context, one could be fired precipitately. And directly after Duncan’s revelation, which Minister Harmon denied, President Granger suspended Mr Duncan from his constitutional offices. In the meantime, Mr Duncan had appeared before the Tribunal and informed them, of the reasons why they had no jurisdiction over him. He would be proceeding to the High Court to make the definitive determination.In light of the foregoing, it would appear that the administration was determined to remove Mr Duncan from the aforementioned commissions and was prepared to go to any lengths to do so. The first contentious issue is what exactly what grounds would the Tribunal be using as the determinants of “fitness”. Mr Duncan had exhibited no “physical or mental” challenges to make him arguably unfit and the only other ground was his probity in reference of the criminal charge against him. But as his lawyer pointed out, the presumption of innocence still exists in Guyana – including its constitutional protection. The question arises as to why then would President Granger have suspended him.The PPP has claimed the PNC dominated government is making a condign example of Mr Duncan because he is from their “constituency”, yet he has chosen to align himself with the party of “the other”. While this may or may not be so, the more troubling issue is the administration is clearly prepared to circumvent the rule of law to to have its own way. At a minimum, they should have waited for the High Court to pronounce on the bona fides of the Tribunal and then for the Magistrate Court to issue its judgement on the fraud changes against Mr Duncan.The inclination to subvert the rule of law by the Executive is also seen in the directive of the Cabinet to the Board of the GHPC – an autonomous entity – to send home and not renew the contract of its CEO. State Boards should be allowed to make their own determination on matters within their mandate without Executive directives.Guyana is clearly on a slippery slope; where are the guardians of democracy?last_img read more

Chinese league bans basketball fan for life, suspends coach

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high View comments In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, Jiangsu Dragons player Shi Hongfei, right, tries to restrain head coach Memi Becirovic, center, from clashing with Jiangsu basketball fan Wang Youcheng, unseen, during the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) match between Jiangsu Dragons and Liaoning Flying Leopards in Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. China’s professional basketball league banned the Jiangsu Dragons supporter for life on Saturday, Jan 4 and suspended the team’s head coach for a second game after the pair clashed earlier this week. (Color China Photo via AP)BEIJING — China’s professional basketball league banned a Jiangsu Dragons supporter for life on Saturday and suspended the team’s head coach for a second game after the pair clashed earlier this week.The Chinese Basketball Association said on social media on Saturday that the fan would be blacklisted from all future CBA games and that coach Memi Becirovic would sit out Sunday’s clash with the Nanjing Monkey Kings, following an automatic game suspension on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Police also found Wang had used abusive words in a game against the Tianjin Pioneers in November, the CBA social media post said.The CBA condemned Wang’s behavior and called on spectators to set an example for youngsters, uphold the league’s image and contribute to the healthy development of Chinese basketball.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee USA Soccer cancels plans for men’s team to train in Doha More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Video of the incident shows Becirovic, former coach of Slovenia, arguing with the fan and then slapping or grabbing him during a home game Wednesday against the Liaoning Flying Leopards.Earlier, the supporter had directed verbal abuse and insulting gestures at the Flying Leopards and pushed Becirovic’s wife twice when she tried to stop him, the CBA said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Liaoning went on to defeat Jiangsu 111-103 after play was halted for five minutes.The league said police had punished the fan, identified only by his surname Wang, but didn’t indicate whether he had been fined or detained. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Highway 97S closed west of Highway 52

first_imgAt this time the RCMP have closed the highway because of a motor vehicle collision.  The collision invovled a pick-up truck and a logging truck.Traffic has been stopped in both directions.If you are in the area and can share more information, please email Advertisement -We will provide an update with more information once it becomes available.last_img

Caltech grad has radio program down to a science

first_imgThe show, produced and funded by Caltech with help from TIAA-CREF, an investment and insurance service, employs about 20 freelance writers, said Jill Perry, director of media relations at Caltech. The writers work to come up with ear-catching themes based on recent scientific discoveries and end up with topics ranging from singing sand dunes to breathing windows to useful bat droppings. Loh said the writers first run the ideas by the show’s producer, Kathy Svitil, who keeps a running encyclopedia of the scripts, which are limited to 180 words. She said Svitil gives the scripts to her for final approval. Then Loh writes the jokes that appear at the beginning and end of each segment. “It’s a Zen moment to always look for what that joke should be,” Loh said. Often Loh offers a pun to her audience. One recent show, which can be found among the podcasts on KPCC’s Web site, informed listeners that scientists are testing coded smells to be used as odors during war. Loh ended the piece: “A good soldier always follows odors.” PASADENA – Sandra Tsing Loh’s self-described one-a-day vitamin for science spilled out farther into the airwaves last month with radio syndication on a Southern California station with a different audience base. KPCC 89.3 FM’s “The Loh Down on Science,” a two-minute radio spot that clarifies science oddities, added KNX 1070 AM to its repertoire of radio stations, which includes the PCC-based NPR affiliate’s new sister station, KUOR 89.1 in Redlands and WRFA 107.9 in Jamestown, N.Y. “People think of science as a very scary, complicated, remote academic field,” said Loh – a Caltech graduate and celebrated author, actor and playwright. She said part of the mission of her program is to make science something at which everyone can succeed. Loh received a bachelor’s degree in physics. “My sister and I pretty much had to go into science or else we would starve on the streets or something,” she joked. “It just didn’t occur to me that everyone didn’t study physics.” Looking back, Loh said she was glad she had the science background. She had to develop a sense of humor because she said she felt lost at Caltech. After graduating, Loh worked toward a master’s in professional writing and English literature at USC. She said she then realized she’d been in the university system for almost 10 years. “I was told, `If you really want to be a writer, you need to just write,”‘ she said. “And, `If you get hungry, I’ll feed you some toast.”‘ Loh is all over the airwaves, with two other public-radio segments, “The Loh Down” and “The Loh Life.” She once read a letter to the editor after a feature story on her work: “Every time I hear that woman’s voice, I try to turn into oncoming traffic.” “If you really read everything about what people are saying to you, it can kind of make you shy,” Loh said. But she soldiers on, at once both a very private and very public person. She said her program seeks to destroy the crusty, academic stereotype. “There are people who say science is very serious and we should never laugh,” Loh said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4911160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Seminars set traps for seniors

first_imgThe grilled salmon at the free lunch seminar tasted fine. The mashed potatoes had too much pepper, though. But the worst aftertaste was from the speakers who kept scaring and pressuring the mostly elderly audience with half-truths and distortions. Sadly, that has been my experience at the half-dozen “investment seminars” I’ve attended the past few months, all geared to seniors and with a free meal thrown in. No wonder. For the first time this year, “investment seminars” made the annual list of “Top 10 Traps” compiled by state securities regulators. (The list, in alphabetical order, is available at the Web site of the North American Securities Administrators Association, “The issues related to these `lunch programs’ have been around for a while,” said NASAA President Joseph Borg, referring to the sale of unsuitable investments to seniors. “But these seminars have taken on a life of their own.” Regulators in seven states – Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, North and South Carolina and Texas, and others may join, Borg said – have been examining sales practices by seminar presenters, sometimes attending the lunches unannounced to see what goes on. From what I’ve seen, what goes on is a well-orchestrated effort to prey on seniors’ fears and pressure them into high-commission products that, while appropriate for some, may at best be unnecessary and at worst totally unsuitable for most. “Here is the scary part,” a speaker at a recent seminar repeated. First it was about possibly ending up destitute in a nursing home, then about the government “taking away your Social Security benefits after you’ve worked all your life” (he was actually talking about paying taxes on your benefits), then about losing money in stocks. The solution, another speaker pronounced, lay in insurance products their company offers, including “no-fee” equity-indexed annuities that “go up with the stock market but never go down.” He didn’t mention the often hefty and lengthy surrender charges, the undisclosed, as high as double-digit commissions built into the annuity terms, or the “caps” and other limitations that can seriously hold down returns. “Your money is actually safer with an insurance company” than at a federally insured bank, he insisted (a common claim the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation emphatically refutes). The speaker could also refer you to a retired attorney to draw up an estate plan, including a revocable living trust, at a “terrific price.” “This may shock you, but it’s something you need to know,” he said about an 82-year-old widow who did not have a trust “and got kicked out of her home by her own children.” With the audience sufficiently scared, it was time to press on. “You are all members of the `P’ (for procrastinators) club,” the speaker said. “Information is only as good as what you do with it,” so let’s all make an appointment with his firm. “What’s the best day for you?,” the speakers asked at each table, signing up almost everyone. Most, I fear, will end up buying something they don’t understand, need or want. “The problem is, products are being sold without suitability requirements and are being marketed as one size fits all,” said Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Division. “They kick in the fear factor until they wear you down. When that doesn’t work, they get out the hammer and try to browbeat you into their product.” As a seminar speaker said, “What are you going to do about your financial future? If the word is nothing (meaning you don’t buy something) we all wasted our time.” Perhaps, but at least we saved our money. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY Personal replies are not possible.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Edison workers injured in RPV

first_imgTwo Southern California Edison workers suffered burn- related injuries early Friday while working to restore power in a Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood, officials said. An electrical flash occurred around 1:30 a.m. as the pair toiled in an underground electrical vault near Ridgegate Drive and Ridgebrook Court, said utility spokesman Scott Gobble. Gobble said the men were in the final stages of restoring power after a Thursday morning electrical arc damaged a 1-inch natural gas line at a condominium complex on nearby Ridgebluff Court, forcing about 25 residents to evacuate and electricity to be shut off to the area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre One worker, who incurred second-degree burns to his face, was transferred from Torrance Memorial Medical Center to Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, he said. Gobble said the man will remain at the hospital at least for a few more days, and was “doing very well.” The other worker suffered minor injuries such as cuts and skin abrasions and was treated at Torrance Memorial early Friday and released, he said. By Friday afternoon, workers had completely restored power to the area and replaced all equipment, Gobble said. The initial outage Thursday morning knocked out power to about 550 customers, and also disabled traffic signals on Hawthorne Boulevard at Granvia Altamira and Highridge Road, briefly snarling traffic for commuters. The damaged pipe caused gas to flow through plumbing into residents’ condominiums in the 27900 block of Ridgebluff Court around 7:40 a.m. After seeking refuge in the complex’s clubhouse, residents were allowed back into their homes by Thursday afternoon. Utility workers were set to work through the evening to restore gas and power. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

7.7 earthquake hits remote Russian area

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventRussia’s north Pacific coast sits along a major tectonic plate and is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. “It’s the largest event in this area since 1900,” said a spokeswoman for the USGS. MOSCOW – A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit a distant, sparsely populated region of Russia’s Far East on Friday, and there were reports in at least one coastal village of damaged buildings, including a school and a hospital. The quake hit about 12:30 p.m. local time in the Koryak region, nearly 4,350 miles east of Moscow and some 625 miles north of the largest city in the area, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said Oleg Kotosanov, a duty officer with the regional emergency situations ministry. The U.S. Geological Survey and Japan’s Meteorological Agency estimated the magnitude at 7.7. Kotosanov told The Associated Press by telephone that there were reports of damage in some villages of the Pacific region, and that emergency officials were flying by helicopter to several locations. Federal emergency officials in Moscow said they had no information about the quake. Russian news agencies said buildings had been damaged in the coastal village of Tilichiki, including a school, a hospital and an airport. The agencies said there were some injuries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Californians to be celebrated in new hall of fame

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe hall of fame will be located in the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts and is sponsored by Bank of America. It is intended to celebrate the achievements of Californians in the arts, education, business, labor, science, sports, philanthropy and public service. New members will be inducted each year. SACRAMENTO – Former President Ronald Reagan, the late labor leader Cesar Chavez and former astronaut Sally Ride are among 11 people who will be inducted into the newly formed California Hall of Fame, which was announced Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver. The others are Walt Disney, aviator Amelia Earhart, actor Clint Eastwood, architect Frank Gehry, AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho, tennis player Billie Jean King, the 19th-century naturalist John Muir and writer Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple.” The Hearst and Packard families also will be inducted during a ceremony Dec. 6. Nancy Reagan, the former president’s widow, said in a statement that her husband’s life “embodied the California dream, and he loved this state with all his heart. I am very touched that his life continues to be an inspiration to so many.” Chavez’s son, Paul Chavez, thanked Schwarzenegger and Shriver for honoring his father’s dedication to “nonviolent social change that is vitally relevant today.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Traditional Vendors Struggle to Change

first_imgChange.  It’s usually for the better, but there are often steep hurdles to overcome to adopt it.  In the business world, we see time and again successful business stumble and fall when they are not able to adopt to changes in the business climate.  Business examples are numerous ranging from the auto industry to technology.   The inability to change is the reason why big companies like Microsoft and SAP plateau and struggle.While creating a successful business is not easy, and business failure far outnumber business successes, keeping successful business momentum year after year isn’t possible without continually correctly refining and executing on changes to the business plan.  We hear more and more frequently about new technologies and how they have the potential to be  ‘disruptive’.  Technologies like cloud computing are in that category, and traditional software companies that are ignoring the cloud are beginning to feel the power of disruption.But changing the way that business is done can be difficult.  One example in the news lately is Iron Mountain, a leader in the area of traditional paper-based Records Management.  Iron Mountain is used by 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies and had annual revenues of $3 billion in 2009.  Iron Mountain had the foresight to recognize a future where documents and records will be stored in the cloud.  They made an early push to the cloud by establishing Iron Mountain Digital.But somewhere along the line, Iron Mountain’s execution seems to have slipped.  In April, Iron Mountain announced that they would be shutting down their on-line operations.   Their digital operations lost $58 million in 2010, following a good year in 2009 where they achieved $220 million in profits.  Both the Iron Mountain Virtual File Store and the Iron Mountain Archive Service Platform are being shut down.  Third-party service providers that had used the Iron Mountain API to build applications and services around the Iron Mountain digital vault will be affected.Iron Mountain wanted to emphasize that the announcement didn’t signal a complete exit from the cloud.  They are facing tough competition on the low end of the market space from vendors like Amazon and Google.  They still say that they plan to create higher margin cloud applications.Brian Babineau, storage analyst and vice president of research for Enterprise Strategy Group said that “It is also time for them to focus a bit more. They will be in the ‘application’ business delivered via the cloud, such as archiving and eDiscovery.  I would much rather be in those than in the commodity capacity business, especially when the competition is Amazon, Google, et cetera.”Another point of view was made by Yankee Group storage analyst Zeus Kerravala who said that “It’s a decision that Iron Mountain will regret for a long time. It’s like Xerox giving up on Windows.”The comments by both analysts, while seemingly contradictory, have an element of truth.  Cloud-based storage is certain to become central to any future Records Management strategy.  While Iron Mountain might see no margin or profits by delivering a stripped-down Amazon-like cloud-based storage application, Iron Mountain failed to differentiate themselves as offering a platform that both offered entry-level storage, backup and archival capabilities, but one that could also easily include premium features like records management and discovery.last_img read more