first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA IMAGESChris Tiu may be the last of basketball’s gentlemen, a genuine class act on and off the court who has proven that nice guys do not always finish last.But a career dotted with championships in college and in the pros and unparalleled devotion to the national team may have reached its end in the form of a 30-point explosion that rescued Rain or Shine and towed it to a 107-101 victory over NLEX in the Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Tiu saved the import-less Elasto Painters with the kind of shooting he had always been known for and, in a gesture thick with foreshadowing, his teammates ran him through several screens, urging him to keep shooting. Later, teammates and coaching staff embraced him as he went to the bench with 25.4 seconds left.“This is what it feels like when your teammates are always looking for you and wanting you to shoot,” Tiu said. “They kept looking for me, setting screens for me and if I missed, they urged me to shoot again. This is what it feels like and it feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNot only was Rain or Shine without an import, the Elasto Painters also played without stars Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan.“Our bigs played well but Chris played his heart out and like you said, maybe he’s retiring but … with 30 points he shouldn’t retire,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES The 33-year-old Tiu, a member of the original Gilas team in 2009 before he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the Elasto Painters in the 2012 Draft, said he is still uncertain of his future.“We’ll see. My contract is expiring I think in November or December this year. I have to talk to our bosses Raymond and Terry, see what they have in mind and then,” Tiu said. “I think I can still play. I mean, today, I don’t know how many minutes I played but I felt pretty good.”In the second game, Meralco came up strong in the last two quarters to rout San Miguel Beer, 111-81.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Seniors Desiderio, Vito save day for UP MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgRecently the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) vehemently objected to the advertised presence of several State agencies being part of a meeting held by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Georgetown District. The objection seemed only natural, given it was a planned meeting by a political entity; the ruling one. The official presence of such agencies would obviously raise concerns over party paramountcy through the process of politicisation.Such concerns are not new to those familiar with the country’s political history. They would never forget the image when the flag of the PNC flew higher than the Golden Arrowhead in the compound of the Appeal Court when that party was in Government. That firmly and unambiguously demonstrated that the party was in charge and epitomised the oppression that prevailed.While fear permeated during that period, that image served to further embed it into mindsets and ironically, as the flag fluttered, it froze many into silence. There was no mistaking that the PNC party reigned supreme and the State apparatus was made to be at its disposal. So were public servants who believably, were mandated to attend political meetings and to participate in State-sponsored events, including Mashramani.The imposed fear made it much easier for the workers to succumb to such demands since there were mouths to feed. In looking back, while it was despicable, it can be attributed to natural consequences of a dictatorship where the iron fist created soft bellies by choice. Those who opposed took tremendous risks with some tragically paid the ultimate price as the brutality took toll.In assessing history, those heinous acts may now be deemed as understandable within the context of the consequences of a dictatorship and obviously much to the displeasure of the victims. The dictatorship ended, freedom rebirthed and democracy prevailed for over two decades. Even in those freer and modern times and when the PNC was in Opposition, it created scenarios to berate the PPP Administration accusing it of being undemocratic.Those accusations were even made when the PNC engineered acts to deliberately create instability necessitating responses to ensure law and order. It used the 2015 campaign to repeat those accusation and made bold promises to “restore” democracy and the rule of law. By its own record since 2015, it would not be inaccurate to state that’s a promise it failed to deliver or even remember.Its current position in disregarding the enshrined and ensuing process of a successful no-confidence motion highlights its lack of adherence to the constitution and by extension, the rule of law.The use of State agencies at one of its meeting must therefore be seen in a particular context. Based upon Government’s campaign and the expectation it built in the minds of Guyanese, freedom of choice, democracy, transparency and adherence to the Constitution should be a norm. In the first instance, one would expect that if a State agency is embarking on an outreach to engage citizens in an effort to foster awareness about particular programmes and policies, it would be done independently of any political entity to avoid any semblance of politicisation.From their public profiles, the entities advertised seemed very capable of conducting such outreaches as part of its service provision. Based upon the advertisement in question, it may be easy for a conclusion to be made that the ruling party might have forced the participation of the said entities. The timing can also foster that belief given the Government’s noticeable efforts to engage the populace in various parts of the country suddenly after the passage of the No-confidence Motion. Within that context it would be difficult to conclude otherwise especially when such outreaches were not common before.This brings into question whether these entities freely agreed to participate or were coerced. That suggestion may not be unreasonable given that the PNC, which is now the major party in the current coalition (many are of the opinion it is the Government), when in government, was reportedly responsible for forcing public servants to participate in State events and for flying its flag in the compound of the Appeal Court.What currently plays out raises eyebrows as to whether these are signs of a repeat of that oppressive period. Analysts have pointed to other developments that could conclude a gradual return of those dark days. Most significant must be the President unilaterally appointing the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) disregarding what obtained for 27 years. The process he disregarded began with one of his party’s predecessor as President; Desmond Hoyte who was an attorney.The imposing of a plethora of crippling taxes, the seemingly unjustified firing of a number of persons, including professionals, and the accusations of political witch-hunts, further add to that belief of a growing dictatorship. The refusal to abide by the Constitution since the no-confidence vote may have removed any doubt some might have as to that ominous return. In what seems as desperation on its part to stay in office, coercing State entities in the present seems an action plucked directly from the past.last_img read more

first_imgThe 5-foot-9, 163-pound four-time All-Pacific-10 Conference performer has a few weeks to make an impression on the Galaxy and coach Frank Yallop, who is trying to retool an offense that went stagnant during the 2006 season. Findley, a Phoenix native who has two cousins in professional sports – Mike Bibby of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Shaun McDonald of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams – might be someone who can help spark the Galaxy. In 69 career games at Oregon State, he scored 28goals, third on the school’s all-time list. He stood out at the MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the week before the draft. As a dual citizen, Findley has also taken part in Trinidad and Tobago’s under-23 national team camp. “Robbie’s one that I would say has done well on the week,” Yallop said. “He’s stood out in the time he’s been with us. He stood out in the combine, I felt, down in Florida. And I think he has a bright future. “You never know because some players really take to professional soccer and some players struggle with it. I think Robbie has the makeup to do very well in this league. He’s not just one-dimensional. He likes to get involved, obviously, with the play up front, but he can play a number of positions, which in this league is priceless, really.” In a league with a stringent salary cap – although it has exceptions for players such as David Beckham – just being good enough might not be good enough to fit in on a particular team. Findley might have some more nervous moments down the line, but he’s determined not to allow that to affect his approach on the field. Nor does he feel any added pressure as the team’s top draft pick. “I really don’t pay any attention to that at all,” he said. “I look at it as all the other guys coming in here and trying out. I need to come out and do what I need to do still. “I really don’t know what to expect. I just told myself I’m going to come in here, work hard in training camp and maybe try and earn a spot on the roster.” One of the characteristics Findley takes pride in is his composure, an attribute he said was instilled in him by his college experience. After all, he had to survive four years of challenging weather in Corvallis, Ore., after growing up in the Valley of the Sun. “It was tough, being from Arizona,” he said, laughing. “It was nasty, but I got used to it. I did what I needed to do.” With the Galaxy, he rejoins college teammate Alan Gordon, a forward who also is an Arizona native. “There’s a lot of guys out here, and the talent’s through the roof,” Findley said. “You’ve just got to be on top of your game, just have confidence in what you do. You’re going to mess up here and there, but you’ve just got to let it go and get it on the next one.” (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Robbie Findley’s head was on a swivel, eyes darting this way and that, not knowing what was coming next, the butterflies in his stomach fluttering uncontrollably. It’s that way with rookies, of course. They have no idea what’s coming next. “I feel good,” Findley said. “I’m getting to know the guys, I’m fitting in pretty well with the guys. I feel like I’m ready for the next level.” Which, of course, is exactly what the Galaxy expected when they chose him in the first round on Jan.13 after they had traded away two picks to obtain partial allocation slots for their roster. Finally, as the 16th selection was announced, Findley could exhale. “Anything can happen on draft day,” he said. “It’s crazy on draft day. Anything can happen. I just sat there and waited. It was real nerve-wracking, to tell you the truth, but when it happened it took some stress off my shoulders.” Now, matters are in his hands. center_img And he wasn’t even on the field yet. Having survived the MLS SuperDraft, Findley’s first week of training camp came to an end Friday with the forward from Oregon State clearly in his element. last_img read more

first_imgEverton are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals as they beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium.Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku were the goalscorers for Roberto Martinez’s side but they have Joel Robles to thank too after his early penalty save as he denied Charlie Daniels following James McCarthy’s handball.A fast-paced but sloppy encounter lacked quality in the opening stages with Tom Cleverley, Barkley wasting chances for the visitors, while Juan Iturbe and Junior Stanislas missed the target for the hosts.Bournemouth were keen to get behind the Toffees, who dominated possession, on the counter and attack the rusty Phil Jagielka but failed to quite get the measure of their passes forward.At the opposite end though, Lukaku made a fool of Tommy Elphick with his pace only to see Adam Federici’s outstretched leg deny him from scoring the opener.Bournemouth were then handed a huge opportunity to take the lead eight minutes before the break as James McCarthy’s handball earned the hosts a penalty.Charlie Daniels though, who has scored from the spot this season in the Premier League, saw his strike from 12 yards well saved by Joel Robles.While Bryan Oviedo’s flying header from the edge of was the perfect depiction of a game lacking in finesse.After the break a Shaun MacDonald volley swerved over Robles’ crossbar as the Cherries looked to break the deadlock but it was all in vain.Barkley had been the brightest player on the pitch in his role behind Lukaku and when given space on the edge of the box, with 55 minutes gone, his strike looped over Adam Federici and into the net after taking a deflection off ex-Everton star Gosling.It was nearly 2-0 moments later but Belgian forward Lukaku’s strike was ruled out for offside, much to Bournemouth’s relief.Stanislas’ deflected free-kick then had home supporters out of their seats but in the end it bobbled wide with Robles stranded.Gosling and substitute Matt Ritchie also went close as Howe’s side went for the equaliser before Eunan O’Kane denied Barkley a second goal.It only repelled the Toffees for a few seconds though as Lukaku swept home from a corner to double Everton’s tally for the evening.With Martinez satisfied, Oumar Niasse and Kevin Mirallas replaced Barkley and Lukaku for the last ten minutes and his men were able to see out the victory. Everton players celebrate Romelu Lukaku’s strike 1last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL County Council says its fleet of gritters will hit the roads of Donegal tonight as forecasters predict a bitterly cold night.The council staff will grit all the main routes from 4pm.Met Eireann is forecasting lows of -2C with frost and icy patches forming with some hail or sleet showers affecting Donegal towards dawn.  DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL GRITTERS OUT TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherdonegal weatherfrostgrittershailicesleetlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 150 local children from all over the North West descended upon the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny to take part in an “Urban Hoops” blitz this week. It was a day filled to with basketball and fun activities for all of the children that took part in the u12 leagues this season.The day was led by coaches from the local clubs and the American Victory Scholars who are students at LYIT under the Sport Changes Life Programme. On the day the league champions were presented with their trophies with Sligo All-Stars picking up the u12 boys’ trophy and Ballyshannon getting their hands on the u12 Girls league trophy.The focus of the day was having fun and making new friends as teams who had been competing hard against each other in the North West league all season were brought together to play in the one-day event with lots of fun games thrown in also.New friendships were made and there was some serious skill on show from the starts of the future.Special mention to Sligo All-Stars Cian Brooks who picked up an award on the day for his overall spirit and hard work. Letterkenny hosts over 150 local children for basketball blitz – pic special was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:basketballlast_img read more

first_imgLos Molinos >> In the opener of two Five Star League battles, the Mercy High girls volleyball team proved to be the aggressor most of the night, besting its Tehama County small school rival Los Molinos in straight sets, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 Thursday night in Los Molinos. Allie Adams led the way with nine kills and seven aces, while Elizabeth Carlos collected five blocks — three solo — for the Warriors (8-9, 1-1 FSL). Mercy, which snapped a four-match skid to Los Molinos, is back home Tuesday …last_img read more

first_imgWarriors coach Steve Kerr has openly strived to imitate the success of the San Antonio Spurs and the teachings of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whom he has long considered a mentor.And although the Warriors’ success has often been compared to that of the Spurs, the news that guard Stephen Curry will miss at least three months as he recovers from surgery on his left hand has the Warriors being compared to the Spurs for a different reason.Many have compared this injury-plagued Warriors season to …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The road to National FFA Office is as high-stakes as one would imagine. OCJ FFA Reporter Meredith Oglesby sits down with Ohio’s National FFA Officer candidate, Kolesen McCoy to talk about his journey to National Office.last_img

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise We take it with a grain of salt at this time of year when companies contact us to say its annual revenues showed triple digit growth.It’s far more insightful if we have a bit more context such as how its management team is shaping. That’s especially true for startups that have and a host of others competing for turf in the fast growing social enterprise market.Today we are looking at Socialcast,Yammer and Apigee. Both Socialcast and Yammer have activity steam products. The Apigee platformprovides a gateway for API traffic management, security and analytics.The direction of these three companies point to movements that are rapidly unfolding as we move into the new year. The relationships between the client and the cloud point to the demand for new frameworks that make the passing of data as seamless as possible. Appliances that host social technologies that can be plugged into the enterprise are increasingly in demand. APIs are becoming so numerous that companies need single gateways to offer developers access to their platform of choice. Activity streams are becoming popular among users. A user can be up and communicating in as long as it takes to sign up for a service. The data that passes through these services is considerable, requiring the need for analytics and ways to find the information pertinent to the context of the inquiry. SocialcastSocialcast today announced a 600% increase in revenues last year and the hiring of two new executives, who have experience from working at VeriSign and Microsoft respectively. Scott Magrath joins as vice president of operation. He was general manager of the managed services business at VeriSign before the group was sold to Secureworks where he took on the role as vice president of strategy. Tauseef Bashir joins Socialcast as vice president of sales. He served in the executive group at FAST Search and Transfer, the search technology company that was sold to Microsoft. Most recently, Bashir worked at Ramp as vice president of sales and business development. Ramp is a SaaS content optimization platform for publishers, media companies and broadcasters.Socialcast works with a number of Fortune 100 companies. These larger enterprises are seeking ways to access the unprecedented amount of data that runs through its networks. Search is a component of what is baked into Socialcast. That aspect of the business will be increasingly important. As for Socialcast’s distinguishing strategy for 2011 – it has to be on the company’s solutions oriented approach. Magrath should prove important as the company builds out its infrastructure in the new year.YammerYammer’s Vice President of Marketing Steve Apfelberg said the company had triple digit growth in 2010. The company does not disclose its earnings. In November, the company raised $25 million. Today it announced Leaderboard, a service that helps users discover their top members, best posts and most heavily replied-to threads.. ReadWriteWeb Co-Editor Marshall Kirkpatrick says it is a service he wishes Twitter offered for breaking out Twitter Lists.Yammer’s service is distinguished by its free offering that sets a contract with an individual to use the activity stream technology. Yammer gets criticized for this strategy by competitors but it’s apparent that its “freemium” practice is working. Apfelberg said that often individuals in a company will sign up for the service. Companies will see networks start emerging that have groups of employees on the Yammer platform. When a company adopts Yammer, the data for the individuals using the Yammer service is integrated into the new corporate account. Until that point, the individual controls the data. That user may export their own data but until it becomes part of the company network, it’s the individual’s choice fon how to use it. That’s the model of a freemium service. The individual holds the contract until the service gets adopted and the enterprise then pays on a per user basis.ApigeeApigee’s Sam Ramji said the company is in its third quarter. By the end of the fiscal year, he projects that the growth of the company will be on the order of 900%. He says at this point, revenues are up about 400%. That sound off? The volume of the data through Apigee’s API gateway helps justify this growth. According to Ramji, Apigee is seeing 16 billion API calls per month. He expects that to be five times what it is today by the end of the fiscal year. With that kind of growth, the revenue jump can be justified.In part driving that growth is the growing demand by telecommunications companies to offer APIs for developers to access SMS or MMS messages, location information and other data. Instead of running multiple APIs, AT&T uses the Apigee gateway for developers to access its data. It’s simpler and Apigee has relationships that allow for simpler ways for developers to access services such as Foursquare or LinkedIn.The demand for API gateways will continue as more sectors of the market increasingly allow access to its data. Ramji says financial services companies and the travel industry should see more activity in the year ahead.“The decade is off to a bang and we are only in the first few weeks of the year,” Ramji said about the general rate of innovation across the market.Update: Apigee’s revenues are for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The company launched in 2008 with its cloud services platform. Apigee was previously Sonoa Systems, but was renamed last year. Sonoa was founded in 2004. The core technology was built prior to its launch in 2008. Socialcast was founded in 2005. Yammer launched in 2008. The time in the market, growth in revenues and the size of the company all are factors for why we consider all of these companies young, emerging providers.last_img read more