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Victolero looking to bolster wing, frontcourt from draft picks

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK “Right now, medyo angat si (Joseph) Eriobu and si Raphy Banal, sa big man si (Chris) Javier. Sa guards naman, si (Gelo) Alolino maganda ang pinakita. May other guys pa rin na nagstep up like (Rashawn) McCarthy,” he shared. “Maganda rin ang makukuhang talent doon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Despite Star having a guard heavy line-up with new acquisition Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon, RR Garcia, and Justin Melton in tow, Vicolero is keeping his eyes open. He said the Hotshots won’t shy away from the opportunity if the best remaining talent is still available.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’re looking for the best available talent who can fit to our system. Of course, we’re not closing any possibilities so mayroon kaming naka-ready sa kung ano man ang maging scenario for us,” he said.Victolero admitted that there are few aspirants who have impressed him. Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway A spit in democracy’s face MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready enjoying a deep guard rotation, Star coach Chito Victolero is looking for a few more pieces from the upcoming 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to bolster his line-up “We’re looking for a big man or winger,” Victolero said on Thursday in Day 2 of the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw..ADVERTISEMENT View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

Muslim Mayor of London

first_imgSadiq Khan, 45, a London-born son of Pakistani immigrants, who grew up with his six brothers and sister in a three-bedroom, public housing apartment, was sworn in as Mayor of London, the capital of Britain yesterday.With Whites forming 60% of London’s population of 8+ million, and the total Asian population only 1.5 million or 18%, Labour Party Khan’s 57% of the vote to defeat the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith, had to have included support across the ethnic and religious spectrum.Sadiq Khan fulfils the promise of multiculturalism in societies that are culturally plural, even though Conservatives such as David Cameron in Britain, Angela Merkel in Germany and other politicians are moving away from the movement in the wake of a wave of xenophobia sweeping Europe.That Khan is a practising Muslim and therefore a member of the group that has faced the brunt of xenophobia in recent years, makes his victory even more significant.He became the first Muslim leader of a major Western capital.Sadiq Khan followed the path of most immigrants that came to Britain to achieve economic advancement. In his case, he studied law, became a university lecturer and the chairman of a civil liberties group, and was elected to Parliament in 2009.In accordance with the multicultural ideal, Khan was not forced to abandon his cultural or religious identity, but was taught to respect other cultures and religions. Unlike many others, he accepted the premises of multiculturalism, and its demand that all groups should be allowed to co-exist peacefully, even as a lawyer he defended the right of several defined as “extremists”.In Khan’s own words he describes what many in Guyana, which is also a multicultural society has still not accepted, much less practice. As a devout Muslim, he does not drink alcohol, but as he told one newspaper, his faith is just one facet of his character. “We all have multiple identities: I’m a Londoner, I’m British, I’m English, I’m of Asian origin, of Pakistani heritage, I’m a dad, I’m a husband, I’m a long-suffering Liverpool fan.”Khan’s opponent in the election was ironically Zac Goldsmith, the multimillionaire brother of Jemina Goldsmith, who was once married to Pakistani cricket idol-turned Muslim politician in his native country Imran Khan.Goldsmith, however, ran what even members of his own Conservative Party called a “nasty and racist campaign”. Unfortunately, David Cameron did not think so and repeated many of the allegations that attempted to link Khan to Muslim extremists while ignoring his hard-earned credentials defending the civil rights of individuals from all walks of life.Khan did not just rail against “the system” but worked from within to change shortcomings he identified. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Tooting in South London in 2005 and by dint of hard work rose quickly through the Labour Party ranks.In 2009, he was made the first Muslim member of the British Cabinet by Gordon Brown, and as such had to be sworn in by the Queen. He told a newspaper: “The palace called me and said, ‘What type of Bible do you want to swear on?’ When I said the Quran, they said, ‘We haven’t got one.’ So I took one with me.”Khan will now be in charge of a city with an annual budget of USB, and more importantly, be given the opportunity to destroy many of the stereotypes of Muslims that are being peddled in the West.On the other hand, his adherence to the tenets and premise of multiculturalism will be a reminder to many other in multicultural societies that they also have a role – a major role – to live out the meaning of the doctrine and so break those negative stereotypes.Here in Guyana, there also exist shibboleths as who can or cannot hold office because of their ethnic or religious backgrounds. We also have to break such outmoded notions.last_img read more

Helping addicts

first_imgThe issue of how best to treat and deal with drug addicts has always been a major challenge for regional governments, especially here in Guyana, where many abusers of illegal drugs have taken up the streets as their permanent homes, thereby creating an additional burden to the health sector and the society as a whole. A walk around Georgetown and other towns and commercial areas in the country will show the extent of the problem we currently face.While some regional governments have been dealing with the matter from a legal standpoint, which focuses more on using the courts to punish offenders, and so on, some countries are still to holistically address the matter of treatment of drug addicts.Drug dependence is partly regarded as a disease, and should be treated as such. Treatment of the disease is important, since leaving it untreated almost guarantees that the drug-dependent person will relapse into drug use. Further, not only will it result in the drug-dependent offenders re-offending, it will certainly lead them to commit other crimes in order to feed their drug habits.In Guyana, there is need for better strategies and programmes to deal with the rising numbers of victims of substance abuse, which includes alcohol addicts. At the moment, opportunities for treatment and counselling and other forms of assistance are very few. Added to this, of the few that are available, their services are costly.It is important that strategies aimed at reducing the social and health consequences of persons, particularly those living on the streets, who suffer from substance abuse disorder, be put in place.The cost to our society of drug abuse and related problems is very significant, at a time when many economies in the region are faltering. These costs lie in law enforcement actions taken against drug traffickers and street dealers. While the costs to the health and welfare systems are only now being quantified, various studies on the subject show that drug abuse places significant additional strains on already overburdened health care systems.Perhaps regional governments which have not yet explored the concept of having drug treatment courts could explore this option. Court-supervised treatment of certain types of drug-dependent offenders as an alternative to incarceration is a concept that has proven its value across different cultures, as a means of reducing crime, reducing repeat offences, reducing relapse into drug use, and reducing the prison population.Jamaica recognised this in 1999 with the passage of the Drug Court (Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, and the establishment of two drug treatment courts in the country, actions which have proven to be effective. It is encouraging to see that Guyana will now be moving in this direction. Certainly, this new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders, rather than have them incarcerated. Many experts have concluded that jailing offenders does not help them in any way, but rather pushes them to graduate into “bigger things”.In many Caribbean territories, especially Guyana, there is a high proportion of prisoners incarcerated for drug-related crimes. While it is still difficult to quantify the drugs/crime relationship, there is sufficient evidence to connect drug users to crime and lack of citizen security.It should be mentioned that the heart of success of drug treatment courts is the combination of treatment with judicial supervision and oversight. Without treatment, there is no drug treatment court. And without the power of the bench, the offender’s adherence to an often lengthy course of drug treatment would probably be much harder. Drug treatment and the justice system therefore go hand in hand.We are not saying that drug treatment courts are the magic bullet that would help all drug-dependent offenders, but certainly they offer a way out of the cycle of drugs and crime, since they are one sure way of addressing drug addiction and crime in our communities. The courts and the law can be more than instruments of deterrence or retribution, they can also help to improve the lives of offenders; since the society, as a whole, is more than likely to reap the benefits. The authorities here must therefore move with haste in setting up the drug treatment court as promised.last_img read more

Wenger- ‘We threw it away’

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, November 10-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side can have few excuses after surrendering a 1-0 second-half lead to lose 2-1 to Swansea on Sunday.After a slow start to proceedings in testing, wet conditions in Wales, Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 63rd minute after a flowing Arsenal move. Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a free-kick in the 75th minute before replacement Bafetimbi Gomis scored what proved to be the winner three minutes later when he rose highest to steer home a Jefferson Montero cross.It was the second highly disappointing result inside a week for the Gunners, after they let a three-goal lead slip in midweek to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League.Wenger dismissed much of the criticism that was directed at his side after their European stutter, but he was in a less forgiving mood after Sunday’s loss“It’s disappointing to throw a game away like we did. We were 1-0 up and had to be tight defensively and wait for that second chance. But you have to credit Swansea who didn’t give up,” lamented the Frenchman.“In football you can believe anything is possible, any minute you can concede. Bafetimbi Gomis is good in the air and it can happen. You have to accept that Swansea will fight until the last minute. We eased off at 1-0 and let them back into the game.“Football is down to performances. We are here to produce performances, and didn’t do that right until the end of the game.”The result sees Swansea climb above Arsenal in the league standings and into fifth position.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A flying leap

first_imgWe welcome United to Palmdale and hope to say the same to other air carriers soon. ——— portfolio Drew Sheneman/Newark Star-Ledger LOS Angeles took a leap into airport regionalization, which came from the sky in the form of a United jet. The airline last week launched twice-daily service between Palmdale Airport and San Francisco. It’s nothing close to the volume of Los Angeles International Airport, but it’s the first real step toward establishing the Antelope Valley as an important part of regionalizing air traffic. The city-bound LAX can and should only grow so much. Already the overtaxed behemoth is a burden to its neighbors. Air-traffic growth must be contained primarily in regional outposts such as the Antelope Valley and Ontario. 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

EXCLUSIVE – ‘He should be more grateful’ – Ballack on Costa’s links to China

first_imgMichael Ballack believes Diego Costa should be more grateful to Chelsea and lead them towards the Premier League title.The Spanish striker has been strongly linked with a move to China and reportedly went on strike ahead of the club’s trip to Leicester two weeks ago.Costa has since returned to first team action and scored in his side’s 2-0 win over Hull City to send the Blues eight points clear at the top of the table.And former Chelsea midfielder Ballack has advised Costa to focus on winning trophies and not his potential earnings.“It’s up to him with his attitude and his commitment to the club,” Ballack told talkSPORT.“Because he’s playing for Chelsea and they gave him the possibility to shine and to perform well at one of the biggest clubs in Europe – and he should not forget that.“Of course, offers are coming with crazy numbers from China, but players should remember they are playing in a fantastic league in Europe and are top of the top, in terms of being watched, the quality of clubs, the players and they are on good money. Nobody would complain about their contracts.“It’s a bit of a disturbance to see all these offers coming in, but Costa is professional enough to see what a fantastic club Chelsea is.“On the other side, each club and each player has to deal with these kinds of situations. What is important; is that they win the league and the next game. Already, he found a good answer last week by coming back and scoring.”Antonio Conte is on course to win the title in his first season at Stamford Bridge after taking over at a club who finished 10th prior to his arrival.The likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro have excelled under the Italian’s guidance in what has been an outstanding introduction to English football.Chelsea face Liverpool and Arsenal in their next two league fixtures and Ballack is expecting a happy end to the season, should his former club secure positive results.“It’s never easy to win the Premier League title. But they [Chelsea] deserve to be eight points clear because they played really fantastic and they came good through the winter.“Conte is doing a really good job in his first year. He’s adapting to the club really well, and players like [Eden] Hazard and Pedro are playing different football to what they were last year – they’re on a different level.“And [Diego] Costa is doing a fantastic job up front scoring goals week-in-week-out.“They have a tough week coming up with Liverpool and Arsenal. If they get out with two good results, I’m pretty sure they can win the title.”Club captain John Terry has featured sparingly under Conte this season and is entering the final months of his contract in west London.Ballack played alongside Terry during a four-year spell, which saw the German pick up four major trophies.But despite his old teammate being linked with a move away from his boyhood club, Ballack has suggested the 36-year-old should stay with Chelsea.“I can’t really recommend playing for another club because if you play for Chelsea for such a long time at that level – especially in the Champions League – and playing for the title, it is a little bit difficult to take a step down.“You should always try and stop at the highest level, where people will remember you really well, what you have achieved, what you have done – for his country as well – and I’m pretty sure he will find a good solution for himself.“It’s not always easy to find a good access as a player when you get older. It’s never easy, because you love that sport and you want to do it as long as possible. But I think he will do the right step – I would not do it [join a lower club in England].”last_img read more

IT Sligo to host sports showcase for people with physical disabilities

first_imgIrish Wheelchair Association (IWA), Leitrim Sports Partnership, Sligo Sport & Recreational Partnership and the HSE will host a Sports Ability Day in Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on Saturday, 11th February 2017. The interactive and fun day of sporting opportunities will provide a coordinated programme of “Come & Try” sessions for adults and children with physical and sensory disabilities living in Leitrim and Sligo.The day will be based on a ‘Come and Try’ basis with a range of sports on offer including; Archery, Hand-Cycling, Wheelchair Hurling, Wheelchair Basketball, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Boccia. Along with information stands and demonstrations of all the sports and services on offer, the event will also include Q&A sessions and guest speakers.Speaking about the Sports Ability Day, Jeanette Beirne, IWA Service Coordinator for Leitrim and Sligo explained:“The Sports Ability Day promises to be a great opportunity to learn about the different wheelchair and para-sports available to people with disabilities living in Leitrim and Sligo. There will be a range of sports to try out on the day, all of which will be suited to adults and children with a physical disability.”Event organisers hope the Sports Ability Day will encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sport regardless of age, ability or disability. Children and adults are encouraged to ‘have a try’ at all the sports available on the day and it is hoped they will find one or more for which they have a particular skill, talent or liking.Speaking about the upcoming event, Shane Hayes, Sligo Sports and Recreational Partnership said:“Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), Leitrim Sports Partnership, Sligo Sports and Recreational Partnership and the HSE will be facilitating the event which aims to introduce people with disabilities to different sports and recreational activities. Local coaches, teams and clubs will also be joining us for the day to provide information about training sessions, membership and how to get involved”.Children and parents are invited to attend from 10.00am – 12:00pm (Registration 9.30am) and adults are invited to attend the sporting showcase from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Registration 12.30pm). Event organisers ask that all participants pre-register before Friday, 3rd February 2017, by contacting Jeanette Beirne on  0719155522 / Email Jeanette.beirne@iwa.ie or Shane Hayes, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership on 071 9161511 / Email shane@sligosportandrecreation.ielast_img read more

Data Storage: Do You Know Where to Find Your Most Sensitive Data?

first_imgDo you know where your data is?  Not just any data, but the most sensitive and critical data that your company depends on?  In a global survey of IT professionals, only 16 percent said that they could locate that information.  24 percent said they had no idea where it is stored, and 60 percent said that they have a limited understanding of where they could look for it.When limiting the question to just unstructured data, data stored in electronic documents outside of a database, the IT pros are even less sure.  Only 7 percent said that they know where to find documents that store sensitive data.  41 percent had no idea and 52 percent said that they had limited knowledge of where to look.Well, maybe in the defense of IT pros is that they have no business having direct access to sensitive data, although the question was only if they know where to find it.  Maybe instead of IT staff,  business execs should have been asked if they knew where their sensitive data is — it would be interesting to compare the results.  After all, IT staff should be facilitators of managing data and not necessarily privy to the actual data content.  But even so, the lot that answered that they had no clue even where to start looking seem to be out of touch with their assigned duty of managing their company’s data.Larry Ponemon said that “data protection procedures at most organizations are woefully insufficient, as sensitive and confidential data continues to proliferate beyond traditional IT perimeters.  The majority of respondents agree that not knowing the location of data poses a serious security threat.  Clearly, the time is ripe for a wider adoption of the technologies and expertise to make data-centric security an enterprise priority.”Sarb Sembhi, an analyst and director with STORM, said that “my observations are that there are very few organisations that can make a strategic decision about their data as whole.”  Part of the problem is that often the task of managing business data has been delegated and responsibility spread across 30 or 40 vendors who support the business.last_img read more

API of the Week: TweetSentiments.com API

first_imgklint finley Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools If you want to see TweetSentiments.com in action, check out its updates on Twitter. The service gives a general idea of the mood of Twitter users as a whole by analyzing whether positive, negative or neutral sentiments are trending and posts regular updates. The TweetSentiments.com API is now open to any developer interested in using Twitter for sentiment analysis. Brand monitoring is the most obvious application, but I’m sure a few of you will come up with more creative uses for the API. So far, only three calls are available. More information on how to use the API is available here.TweetSentiments.com uses a machine learning method called support vector machines (SVM) to analyze sentiment on tweets, topics and users. It’s available as either a service or as a stand-alone application that runs behind the firewall. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Usergrid + Apigee Will Lead to Cloud-based Mobile Data Tool, Say CEOs

first_imgTags:#APIs#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? scott fulton 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… What will a pairing of Apigee and Usergrid accomplish that Usergrid wasn’t just about ready to do on its own? “First, it’s going to allow us to get this to market in a faster way,” responds Anuff. “We’re going to be able to deliver it as a cloud service, which was our goal in the launch of Usergrid. Mobile app developers want this to be a seamless, one-click experience. With Apigee, there was a common vision in the way that APIs should be built and consumed.”During Usergrid’s last round of beta testing, Anuff reports, the amount of API traffic generated by mobile apps was staggering, even compared against the firm’s own expectations. Building on Apigee’s existing platform could provide Usergrid with the more robust service performance its testers have been looking for.But does this acquisition lead to a single Apigee tool, going beyond simply accessing and modeling API functions to the point where developers could instantiate them, populate them with user data, and modify them until they’re in proper working order to include with their own mobile apps’ source code? This is a question that Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor deferred for a while, though the tool for his deferment looks curiously like a velvet curtain wrapped around a gift-wrapped box tied with a bow.“Stay tuned,” Kapoor responds to RWW. “We understand the problem really well, and it’s something that we’re working on. Having Ed join us is going to accelerate those plans in a big way.”Some of the problems Apigee had been working to address, even before this morning’s Usergrid acquisition, deal with the rapidly expanding and splintering nature of APIs themselves. They’re changing almost too fast for any one service to keep up with, which in a sense mandates the need for a kind of Apigee cloud app that works in reverse – absorbing new API functions from their own developers, so app devs can work with them right away. That’s an infrastructure problem that Kapoor confirms to us his company has been working with, saying, “We’re going to make that infrastructure available very soon.” Over the last year, a firm called Usergrid has been building an open source tool for leading mobile app developers through the process of creating back-end services for managing users. The Usergrid philosophy is contrary to quite a lot of the cloud-centered design methodology promoted by SaaS – the idea that the server can do everything, and a thin device can serve as the portal. Instead, Usergrid has promoted the idea of richer mobile apps that use Web services and APIs in a more passive, RESTful manner.Late last year on its company blog, Usergrid stated its intent to build out to a cloud-delivered service – essentially, transferring its intelligence to the cloud to help devs build intelligence on client devices. This morning, the firm got its wish, though maybe in a way not everyone expected: Usergrid has been acquired by cloud-based API modeling tool provider Apigee. And as both companies’ CEOs tell ReadWriteWeb, the fruit of their new relationship is a little ways down the road.“The goal for Usergrid is to be able to provide the developer with an instant mobile back-end stack,” explains Ed Anuff, who up until today was Usergrid’s CEO. “Most mobile apps need a cloud back-end that provides them with a lot of their key capabilities. Mobile apps are user-centric, they’re data-driven, and they need to be powered by a highly scalable back end.” For example, mobile apps need standardized connections with social networks, not just to share content and compare social graphs but to authenticate identities.“When a developer looks to use a mobile back end, it saves maybe 80% of the cost of developing an application,” Anuff remarks. “Otherwise they’d have to do that all themselves.” Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts last_img read more