End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We have to have a good mindset going into the battle for third,” said Valdez, who finished with 13 points in the loss. “We really fell short in this game but I still think this is a good experience for everyone also.”Creamline’s three-set loss to the Water Defenders was the first match the Cool Smashers played in less than four periods and it’s unfortunate that it had to happen this way, Valdez said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundValdez added they had to battle through their team’s immense inconsistency during their match against Bali Pure, with the Cool Smashers being formed just a few months before the PVL tournament started.“Our game today was really inconsistent and we were not that cohesive as compared to the other teams whose cores have been together for much longer than us,” said Valdez. “Of course, we’ve been frustrated but we have to learn from that and we have to work on our maturity as a team.” “And we want to think that we’ve overachieved in some way because we’re really a new team and it’s hard to go up against the teams who’ve been together for so long,” said Valdez.Creamline drew the shorter end of the stick against Bali Pure, getting outscored in the spikes department 41-30 and committing more errors than the Water Defenders, 19-12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ababa, Gialon move ahead by one View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter losing its shot at making the finals Thursday, Alyssa Valdez and Creamline now set their sights on a third place finish in the Premier Volleyball League.The Cool Smashers lost to Bali Pure, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16, in the semifinals and Valdez said they just have to remain positive as they contend for a bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak
Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers and online…West Ham are expected to sack Slaven Bilic within 48 hours, with David Moyes the current favourite to take over as Hammers boss – FULL STORY HERELiverpool and Inter Milan are monitoring Manchester City playmaker David Silva with the Spaniard’s contract coming to an end in 2019. (The Metro)Meanwhile, Fernandinho – branded by Pep Guardiola as one of the best three holding midfield players in the world – will be offered a one-year contract extension to remain at Man City until the end of 2018-19. (Daily Star)Arsenal and Manchester City are both tracking Ajax’s Dutch starlet Frenkie de Jong. The 20-year-old has just a year-and-a-half left on his contract in Amsterdam and could leave for £5million in the January transfer window. (The Sun)Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez will NOT be moving to Bayern Munnich, with the German club’s president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently saying: “The door will be closed in January”. (Sky Germany)Valencia are preparing a £22million January bid for Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, having missed out on a deal in the summer. (The Sun)Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has dismissed any suggestion of a move to AC Milan to replace under-pressure boss Vincenzo Montella. (Daily Express)Steve McClaren is reportedly the latest manager approached to take the helm at Rangers. McClaren is the favoured replacement for Pedro Caixinha as no transfer fee would hold up a possible move from his coaching position at Maccabi Tel Aviv. (The Sun)
One in four of us will experience issues with our mental health, and sports men and women are no different.‘On the Sporting Couch’ is a ground-breaking series of programmes that addresses mental health issues in sport. It features elite sportspeople who have been brave enough to undertake an on-air therapy session to talk candidly about their struggles.The programme is hosted by sports broadcaster and psychotherapist Gary Bloom, and in this episode he is joined by former Chelsea footballer and talkSPORT presenter Jason Cundy, who speaks openly about coping with and overcoming difficulties in his life.Listen back to the latest edition of ‘Sporting Couch’ above, and CLICK HERE to take a look at previous episodes.
An investigation into alleged illegal Steroid possession and distribution by a Scott County Deputy who lives in Salem has resulted in his arrest as well as the arrest of a Scott County reserve officer on related charges.In the early morning hours of November 28, and as a result of their investigation, Troopers arrested Joe Don Baker, 39, of Salem. Baker is charged with Conspiracy to Deal in Steroids – Level 6 Felony, Official Misconduct – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Hypodermic Needle – Level 6 Felony, and Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance – Class A Misdemeanor. Baker Also charged is Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip E. Thomas, 32, of Scottsburg. Thomas is charged with Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance – Class A Misdemeanor. ThomasBoth Baker and Thomas were remanded into the custody of the Scott County Jail without incident.On Monday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received information of possible illegal steroid use and distribution by Deputy Baker. Acting on this information, Sheriff Goodin immediately contacted Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and requested an investigation into the allegation.Undercover officers from the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section were assigned and began their investigation on Tuesday.
Africa’s growth trajectory remains positive despite the current global economic turmoil, with sub-Saharan Africa set to grow at more than 5% over the coming decade, Brand South Africa said as international business and political leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the World Economic Forum on Africa.“Africa offers the highest returns on investment of any region and is home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world,” Brand South Africa said in a statement on Thursday.The Economist projects that WEF Africa host Ethiopia’s economy will grow at 8.1% between 2011 and 2015, making it the third-fastest growing economy in the world.Over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled, while sub-Saharan Africa’s grow over the coming decade, at a projected average 5%, would make the continent second only to emerging Asia as the fastest-growing region in the world.Yet, according to Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Africans “have not defined their economies and growth prospects to the world, but have allowed international bankers, political analysts and credit ratings agencies to take the initiative and write up – or sometimes belittle – the African growth story”.Africans ‘more confident in their continent’Speaking in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Matola said Africans were now demonstrating greater confidence in their continent.“According to recent Ernst & Young research, three of the top five fastest-growing investors into new projects in Africa between 2003-2011 were the African economic powerhouses – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya,” Matola said.South African investment into Africa grew at a rate of 64.8% in this period.Regarding the various factors behind Africa’s phenomenal growth since the turn of the century, Matola said these included greater democratisation and stability, economic reform, urbanisation, improved uptake of ICT and financial services, a younger, growing and more affluent population, and the ongoing resources boom.According to Matola, the world is slowly waking up to the massive projects under way to build new roads, rail, ports and other infrastructure to link previously isolated countries and regions – to be accompanied by the expansion of free trade areas which will eventually encompass the whole continent.South Africa ‘pushing African investment, integration’To encourage further continental growth, South Africa is orientating its government policies, regulations and institutions to support African investment and integration.“Over the last decade South Africa has been the leading foreign direct investor in Africa, though it is now being joined by China and other developing nations,” Matola said. “Now our state institutions have been authorised to invest – particularly in infrastructure and industrialisation.”The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s state-owned development finance institution, has expanded its remit to include African investment and has established relationships with development finance institutions and regional forums in 34 African countries.The IDC will consider new or existing companies within Africa with funding needs of up to R1-billion (US$125-million).South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – which mainly manages government workers’ pensions and has over R1-trillion ($125-billion) in funds – has set 10% of its funds aside for international investment, half of which will be in Africa.Of this, 40%-60% (up to $3.8-billion) will be earmarked for private equity.Most pessimistic ‘the ones not doing business here’According to the recently released Ernst & Young 2012 Africa Attractiveness Survey, foreign direct investment projects in Africa grew 27% between 2010 and 2011.“Unsurprisingly, the report found that people already doing business in Africa were extremely positive,” Matola said.“There are lingering negative perceptions – but only among those who are not yet doing business in Africa. Executives who don’t do business here, those who have the least exposure – and one presumes the least knowledge – are the most negative about Africa.”To participate in the African growth story, Matola said South Africa was investing heavily to improve its competitiveness and reduce unemployment.“Over the next few years we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on regional and South African infrastructure. This will enhance our advanced network of roads, ports, rail and communication networks which offer a trade link for the landlocked countries in southern Africa to the world, making South Africa a regional transhipment hub for sub-Saharan Africa.”Integrated Africa ‘on the way’According to Matola, no country in Africa can reach its full potential by working in isolation.“As South Africa, we will leverage our membership of BRICS [the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping] to increase trade and investment into Africa and support the African agenda.“African countries should also promote their regional as well as their national advantages,” Matola said. “Investors are very excited about the pending 26-nation free trade area covering Southern, Central and East Africa.“By June 2014, nearly 60% of the economy of Africa, with a combined GDP of $1-trillion and encompassing 600-million people, will be a single free trade area.“Already we are creating the urban development corridors, the networks of interlocking regional infrastructure, and the reducing the non-tariff barriers which will unlock these huge markets.”South Africa, with its sophisticated and well-regulated banks, capital markets and services sectors, is being used as a deal-making, financial and professional services hub for the entire region to provide access to capital for African businesses and support inward investment and trade.Matola said there was an uplifting optimism in the air of Ethiopia’s capital.“There is a strong feeling that the continental progress in good governance and the more than decade-long growth spurt can be made sustainable. African countries and businesses seeking investment must tell their own story – or risk being misunderstood by potential investors and supporters.“Africa’s time has come,” Matola said. “It’s time the world knew.” Source: Mediaclub South Africa
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Freebase Parallax: A new way to browse and explore data from David Huynh on Vimeo.Unfortunately, when we tried out a number of searches in Parallax, very few subjects were well populated at all. We found duplicate subject titles where one held solid data and the other didn’t, but even that was a best case scenario. In search after search, we found next to nothing in Freebase.The example above is nice, but let’s say I want to find out something about black women scientists. No luck. History of the internet? Not much information there. Venture Capitalists? Blank profile pages.This ought to work. Freebase has taken more than $50 million in venture investments, they have a small army of volunteer and computer scientist contributors, they’ve got robots pumping their database with information automatically. There are now 60% more articles in Freebase than there are in English Wikipedia. So what’s the problem?We wrote last week about ontological concerns about the semantic web, but Parallax shows that there are more superficial problems. An unfriendly UI has been Freebase’s excuse for a long time, despite recent improvements to it. We love the idea of the semantic web, but give it’s grand daddy website a usable UI like Parallax and we’re left questioning just how much there really is inside Freebase anyway.For an alternate view see Alex Iskold’s Freebase: Dispelling the Skepticism, and some fault here may lay in the coolness ratio of the video to the Parallax app, but for now – we feel inclined to look elsewhere for the “semantic web killer app.”Disclosure: The author has consulting relationships with a number of pre-launched semantic web companies. Tags:#Semantic Web#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Staff researcher David François Huynh has created an interesting tool for browsing semantic database Freebase, called Freebase Parallax. Written up by ZDNet’s Oliver Marks, the video Huynh recorded demonstrating Parallax (below) will knock your socks off.Unfortunately, actually using Parallax demonstrates just how far from solid Freebase, one of the semantic web’s poster children, really is. The idea is to allow you to apply multiple filters for your searches and embed live charts in a blog. It’s a beautiful idea, check out the video.Here’s the video below, if you find yourself saying “get to the point already,” then skip to about 1:30 in the timeline.
CCH Tax Day ReportThe California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has released a discussion paper to assist with eliciting public input on possible proposed amendments to California’s market-based sourcing rules for sales other than sales of tangible personal property for corporation franchise and income tax purposes (Reg. Sec. 25136-2). The discussion paper and any resulting comments will be considered at the Interested Parties Meeting held on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Details regarding the meeting were previously announced. (TAXDAY, 2016/12/27, S.3)Subscribers can view the discussion paper.Discussion PaperRelease, California Franchise Tax Board, January 4, 2017
The post-Lalit Modi era in the Indian Premier League is set to commence on Thursday when Cricket Board’s office bearers and the franchisees meet to discuss the way forward after the financial scandal that led to the IPL commissioner’s suspension.”It’s the first meeting of the BCCI office bearers with the IPL franchisee owners after the conclusion of the third season. That’s all which can be said to the media,” said Board’s CAO, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty when asked about the agenda for the meeting.There are enough indications that this meeting, to be followed the next day by the Governing Council meeting of the Twenty20 League to be chaired by Chirayu Amin, will chart the roadmap for the season ahead in the post-Modi scenario.All the happenings during the run-up to the suspension of Modi and afterwards are expected to be presented to the 10 franchisee owners/representatives who would attend the meeting at the Board’s headquarters.The franchisees are bound to air their views about the future conduct of the IPL, in particular about the number of matches and format of the tournament with the addition of two more teams – Pune and Kochi – and modalities for the new players’ auction.If played as per the existing home and away format, the 60-game event would balloon to 94 games, which has raised concerns about player burn-outs and injuries.The Board officials are bound to take the broader view by pencilling in the hectic schedule of the Indian team before and after the IPL.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup, scheduled from February 19-April 2, is immediately preceding IPL 4 after the Indian team completes a home series against Australia and New Zealand followed by a tour of South Africa.Though a visit to the West Indies is scheduled but not confirmed as per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme in April-May, but it seems unlikely as the dates are set to clash with IPL.A full tour of England, from July to September, is on the cards to leave the top Indian cricketers very little breathing time before and after the T20 League.Reduced number of matches in IPL may not be to the liking of every franchisee as their revenues would take a hit and it is to be seen how the Board officials negotiate this tricky issue.The number of Indian and overseas players who can be retained by the original eight franchisees when the players’ auction is held before the start of the next season is another contentious issue that will come up for debate in the meeting.These issues, and the franchisees’ views on them, would be put up before the Governing Council (GC) on Friday.The decisions taken at the GC meeting are set to come up for ratification at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI that has been convened by the Board on July 3.
Except the exit of England, there has been no real surprises in this World Cup. Eight cricket teams have already qualified for the quarter finals and we’ll have to wait till March 29 to know which team will win the World Cup. Here’s what the individual horoscope says of the captains of the eight teams that have made it to the quarterfinals.Eight Quarter-finalists Mar 5-Mar 23The Sun taking over house #1 will offer mixed results for Dhoni. He is advised to avoid conflicts with the authorities and team-mates alike, even as some colleagues may try to undermine him.Mar 23-Mar 29 (final)If India do make it to the last four, dicey situations continue for MS with the Moon dominant in house #5. Mar 10-Mar 29Later in the tournament, Ketu’s presence in house #3 ends his golden run. Ventures (like the World Cup) in distant or foreign places are destined to bear no fruit ultimately. Feb 16-Mar 18As the Moon takes over house #10, fortune will smile on Mathews. Great success is predicted as he steamrolls opponents.Mar 18-Mar 29But towards the business end of the tournament, Mars in house #12, undoes all the good work. The campaign is destined to bring no prize ultimately, with team-mates being uncooperative, particularly at this time. Feb 14-Mar 29With Saturn steady in house #9, this is going to be a dream run for Clarke and his team. With Mercury occupying house #1, a good momentum will develop as he uses his intellect to good effect. Despite Steven Smith’s growing popularity, Clarke will enjoy the trust of his team-mates. Great success and honour is in store for him, and the four-time world champions.advertisement Feb 14-Mar 29Mixed results in the early part are in store for the perennial chokers. However, with Ketu in house #1 for de Villiers’ the World Cup journey will largely be positive. Feb 14-Mar 19McCullum’s kundli has Saturn in house #4-an unfavourable position. And despite being in-form co-hosts, a few hiccups are in store. But the period could also make him more cautious, prudent and astute. Focussing on the present and not the future would serve him well.Mar 19-Mar 29With the onset of crucial knockout games, and Mercury in house #3, a frenetic McCullum comes to the fore. If he handles this phase well, NZ have no reason to bother. Feb 25-Mar 18It doesn’t get better as the tournament progresses with Ketu in house #1. But the constant travel will yield some positives. Holder’s influence on the team is also expected to grow.Mar 18-Mar 29With Venus entering house #8, any chance of a reversal in fortunes evaporate. Plenty of problems are predicted, and Holder will need to handle people and events more tactfully during this period.Mashrafe Mortaza’s #10 house is governed by Saturn, and the moon is also sitting in the same house. This indicates that the captain of Bangladesh will have to work hard and stick to his decisions. The moon will entice him to alter his decisions every other moment.
Much has been written recently about the changes in Facebook’s algorithm and its pay-to-play philosophy.Many nonprofits who spent years or months building up an engaged online community on the biggest social network are now seeing a dramatic decline in the number of fans they are able to reach with each post.If this sounds familiar, you may be wondering if Facebook Ads will help your nonprofit reach more fans and get more bang for your Facebook buck.At the recent Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in Boston, Cody Damon of Media Cause provided some insightful advice on whether or not a nonprofit should jump into the Facebook Ads ocean.Before you sit down and purchase a Facebook Ad for your nonprofit, ask yourself these three vital questions: 2. Can I measure it?Whatever the objective, make sure that you can measure it. Just saying “raising awareness for my nonprofit” may not be enough, unless you have specific benchmarks in place to measure your progress.You need to know what success looks like. What will happen if your Facebook Ad is successful? What will have changed? Cody suggests (and I agree) that you pick a goal much more in depth than simple clicks to your website. Do you want to measure “website conversions”, which means that when people visit your website, they take an action and “convert”?A successful “conversion” could be signing up for your email newsletter, subscribing to your blog, or making an online donation. 1. What is my goal?Without a goal, your ad campaign will mean nothing and you will be simply throwing money away (and trust me, Facebook doesn’t mind taking it). A reasonable goal could be an increase in email signups from your website. When you create your ad, this will be called the “advertising objective” – it’s what you want people to do when they encounter your ad. Clients frequently ask me about the price of Facebook Ads. Unlike traditional newspaper ads or billboards, there is no set price for a Facebook Ad.You can set your daily budget, or “lifetime” budget, and you will need to choose a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) or CPC (cost per click bid). You only pay for the impressions or clicks that your ad receives, and if they are targeted well, this can be very effective.If this all seems like Greek to you, you are probably not ready to run a Facebook Ad without outside help. Facebook has a great help center on their website, and there are many firms and consultants who can help you set it up and run it.General best practices for your Facebook Ad:It must be eye-catching and well-written. Do not use your logo and call it “Come to our website!”It must have a photo. For all ads, the best size image to upload is 1200×627 pixels,The photo cannot contain more than 20% text.If it directs to an outside website, it should direct to a specific landing page, rather than just the main home page of your website.For more on using Facebook Ads to build your online community and engage with your fans, read these great posts by Jon Loomer, John Haydon, Nancy Schwartz and David Serfaty.Julia Campbell works with nonprofits to help them raise money online, conquer social media, and become content experts. Her blog on nonprofit marketing is at www.jcsocialmarketing.com 3. Can I afford it?