SBP urges Fiba probe on removal of stickers from Philippine Arena court

first_imgSEA 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 gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a press release, the SBP said concerns over their players’ safety prompted the Australian national team to rip off the decals during its closed door practice on Sunday afternoon.The Australians have apologized for their actions and are expected to make a statement regarding the issue Monday night.However, the removal of stickers without notifying Fiba or the SBP also damaged parts of the floor that has owners and operators of the arena is looking at the possibility of filing “criminal action of malicious damage to property through pre-meditation and in conspiracy with each other.”The SBP is still awaiting Fiba’s response to the incident. Batang Gilas struggles in 2nd half, loses big to France A screenshot of a video footage posted by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan shows members of the Australian team removing stickers on the court of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas urged Fiba to look into the incident where members of the Australian national team stripped off Fiba-approved stickers on the parquet floor of the Philippine Arena.Through its legal counsel Atty. Aga Francisco, the SBP called on Fiba to probe into the matter during a technical meeting on Monday ahead of Gilas Pilipinas’ showdown with Australia.The SBP described the act of removing the stickers as “unilateral and uncalled for.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Aussie team ripping our/Fiba logos on the court of Phil Arena w/o asking permission. We will not back down. Those stickers go in. Regardless. pic.twitter.com/LMwyiBNtG4— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) July 1, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In a video footage tweeted by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan late Sunday night, members of the Aussie team were seen removing logos on the court. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Tax measures reducing cash flow for businesses – GMSA President

first_img…decries negative impact of VAT on electricity, forestry…less red tape needed for smoother business operations – UK High CommissionerPresident of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Ltd, Shyam Nokta, has highlighted the impact of the 2017 budget on the country’s manufacturing sector. According to him, it has caused a reduction in cash flow for businesses.He made these comments at the GMSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday evening, where sixteen companies and sector stakeholder Arnon Adams were all honoured for their contributions to the manufacturing sector.GMSA president, Shyam Nokta, addressing the gathering at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Pegasus Hotel on FridayThe GMSA president pointed out that measures such as the re-categorising of zero & standard-rated items and the inclusion of Value Added Tax (VAT) on forestry products and electricity have affected growth of the sector.“These have impacted in a negative way on the manufacturing sector, and have contributed in many instances to increases in prices and reduced cash flows,” he observed.Since implementation of these measures, Nokta noted, GMSA has been engaging Government ministers and technical officers, offering recommendations to foster economic growth.“This engagement was followed up by the GSMA engaging the Ministry of Finance as part of the Ministry of Finance’s 2018 Budget consultations, where he put forward a number of proposals… Paramount is the need for urgent action to address our transmission and distribution system while advancing mature and feasible initiatives for renewable and clean energy,” Nokta told the gathering of industry representatives and other stakeholders.Nokta said the GMSA, in examining Budget 2018, is pleased that several measures advocated for in the area of forestry and wood processing were adopted. These measures include the exemption of VAT on logs and rough lumber, and budgetary allocation of $ 50 million to partner with the private sector to establish a consolidated dimensional stock yard.“The measures regarding imported pine are also welcome. However, much more still needs to be done for forestry sector to recover from its current decline,” Nokta added.Also attending the event, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, spoke on Guyana dropping two places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, and suggested that less red tape is needed to facilitate smoother business operations.“Ensuring businesses can operate whilst also meeting the necessary legislation is a key to the growth of the economy,” Quinn said. “Bureaucracy must be reduced, and the ability of entrepreneurs to set up businesses must be made easier,” he stated.The UK High Commissioner indicated that his country is supporting measures of the Business Ministry on “improving Guyana’s business environment”.Last month, it was reported that the World Bank highlighted a decline for conducting business in Guyana. The report for World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking for 2018 showed that Guyana slipped two places – from 124 in 2017 to 126 for 2018.Doing business, measures’ regulations that affect various areas regarding the life of a business or in setting up new businesses; some of the categories considered to determine ‘the ease of doing business’ were: “starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, and trading across borders. The assessment uses various indicators to analyse economic outcomes and identify the appropriate reforms for business regulation.Friday night’s ceremony at the Pegasus saw attendance of many dignitaries, private and public sector representatives, and honourees which included Fibre Tech Industrial Plastics, Umami Inc, Sterling Products, Bounty Farm, Pandama Retreat and Whinery, and the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department.GMSA has been honouring both large and small scale members of the manufacturing sector for their contribution to Guyana’s economy.last_img read more

Death, life sentences given in slayings

first_imgOne defendant was given death, the other life in prison Tuesday for the duo’s involvement in the murder of an elderly couple in La Habra Heights in 2001. Theodore Shove, who prosecutors said masterminded the killings, was given the death penalty, while Lewis Hardin, hired to carry out the murders, was given life without parole. Shove, 55, and Hardin, 35, were convicted of the 2001 beating deaths of Hubert “Bert” Souther, 81, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, 79. Hardin’s lawyer, James Goldstein, said a life sentence was the outcome he and his client hoped for Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said he understands the jury’s decision. “But for Shove and his murder scheme, these murders never would have happened,” Walgren said. Walgren said the sentences will be a comfort for the family of the slain couple. “I’m just glad it’s reached a final resolution for the victims’ family,” he said. “They’ve been waiting for a long time to see a conclusion in this case – for six years.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our job from the beginning was to save his life,” Goldstein said. “We’ve done that now, so we’re grateful.” Goldstein said Hardin will request a new trial. If that request is thrown out, he will appeal his conviction. Shove’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors had urged the Los Angeles Superior Court jury to decide on the death penalty for both defendants in the murder-for-hire case. The Southers’ badly beaten bodies were found in their home in September 2001. Shove hired Hardin to kill the Southers because he wanted the couple’s surplus hardware and tool business, Cal Aero Supply, according to prosecutors, who said the murder weapon was a tire iron. last_img read more

Big Science in Big Trouble

first_imgThe default religion of secularism has fallen from grace.America is quickly following Europe’s descent from Christian roots to secularism. A National Geographic feature calls the newest religion to be “no religion.” A quarter of the population are religiously unaffiliated, the article reports, answering “none” when asked what religion they espouse. And why? What is the one of the largest reasons for the shift?If the world is at a religious precipice, then we’ve been moving slowly toward it for decades. Fifty years ago, Time asked in a famous headline, “Is God Dead?” The magazine wondered whether religion was relevant to modern life in the post-atomic age when communism was spreading and science was explaining more about our natural world than ever before….Scientific advancement isn’t just making people question God, it’s also connecting those who question. It’s easy to find atheist and agnostic discussion groups online, even if you come from a religious family or community. And anyone who wants the companionship that might otherwise come from church can attend a secular Sunday Assembly or one of a plethora of Meetups for humanists, atheists, agnostics, or skeptics.The presumptive authority of science, and its appearance of being able to explain reality, drives much of the trend toward secularism. But is science a false god?“Big Science is broken” shouts a headline on April 18 by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in The Week. “That’s the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that’s not even the worst part.” Both articles present devastating critiques of science that should be required reading before continuing here. Science is not only failing to live up to its ideals; it’s incapable of doing so. It is not self-correcting. It does not have a superior methodology. It’s not reliable, and many of its claims are downright false. In theory and in practice, Gobry and Wilson show, science is a broken reed to lean on.Even Nature joined in singing the dirge of science, undermining one of its greatest claims to reliability. “Peer review is broken from the start,” the headline reads in a piece recounting the history of peer review starting with William Whewell. Did you know that peer review was never a rock-solid practice, and is of rather recent invention?‘Peer review’ was a term borrowed from the procedures that government agencies used to decide who would receive financial support for scientific and medical research. When ‘referee systems’ turned into ‘peer review’, the process became a mighty public symbol of the claim that these powerful and expensive investigators of the natural world had procedures for regulating themselves and for producing consensus, even though some observers quietly wondered whether scientific referees were up to this grand calling.Current attempts to reimagine peer review rightly debate the psychology of bias, the problem of objectivity, and the ability to gauge reliability and importance, but they rarely consider the multilayered history of this institution. Peer review did not develop simply out of scientists’ need to trust one another’s research. It was also a response to political demands for public accountability. To understand that other practices of scientific judgement were once in place ought to be a part of any responsible attempt to chart a future path. The imagined functions of this institution are in flux, but they were never as fixed as many believe.And that’s one of the milder critiques of peer review that have been written in recent years. Some scientists view it as a kind of good-old-boy’s club that keeps young mavericks out of getting published. Others claim that the only reviewers in some narrow fields are an author’s rivals, who have a vested interest in either stealing ideas or preventing them from getting exposure. And peer review often fails to catch even simple errors.New Scientist to the rescue! “Science isn’t as solid as it should be – but science can fix it” reads their headline. Is this the fox guarding the henhouse, or the pigs vowing to reform Animal Farm? Visualize the pigs reporting to a worried press:If there is a sub-prime problem in science, then scientists are doing their best to fix it before it brings the whole edifice down. Unlike those politicians or bankers, they are not turning a blind eye, covering their own backsides or simply hoping to get away with it.I.e., we promise to do better. This is not comforting, coming from the very people who created the crisis in the first place.Are scientists different from other people? New Scientist just said that science is like any other walk of life, with its share of bad apples. But another myth is that scientists are qualitatively different from other people, like artists. David Pearson on The Conversation explodes that myth. How long has that false dichotomy led to misconceptions about the scientific mind?Teaching falsehoods: Indications are growing that neo-Darwinism is on the way out. In “The evolution of teaching evolution,” Melissa McCartney in Science Magazine warns that science education based on natural selection alone is not with the times; “other evolutionary processes” need to be added, but students are not getting those in the curriculum. More importantly, Science Magazine reports that a big new grant from the Templeton Foundation has been awarded for an “evolution rethink,” implying that neo-Darwinism has its own missing links. If so, what has been taught dogmatically since the Scopes Trial 90 years ago is flawed. Elizabeth Pennisi reports on the emotional reaction of Darwinians to threats their pet theory is not the whole shebang. How rational is this response?For many evolutionary biologists, nothing gets their dander up faster than proposing that evolution is anything other than the process of natural selection, acting on random mutations. Suggestions that something is missing from that picture—for example, that evolution is somehow directed or that genetic changes can’t fully explain it—play into the hands of creationists, who leap on them as evidence against evolution itself.No wonder some evolutionary biologists are uneasy with an $8.7 million grant to U.K., Swedish, and U.S. researchers for experimental and theoretical work intended to put a revisionist view of evolution, the so-called extended evolutionary synthesis, on a sounder footing. Using a variety of plants, animals, and microbes, the researchers will study the possibility that organisms can influence their own evolution and that inheritance can take place through routes other than the genetic material.Are scientists closer in touch with reality? Are they more logical than other people? Read about the views of cognitive scientist David Hoffman on Quanta Magazine. In “The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality” Amanda Gefter treats his self-refuting view with soft gloves. The guy “uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.” If we are all evolved, we have no way to connect with reality, he argues. We live in a world of illusion, and “we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction.” Did he think that through? How did he escape his own illusion to tell us about ours?He refutes his own thesis in another way. Here is his magnificent rebuttal of so-called “evolutionary epistemology,” the notion that natural selection drove us to connect with reality for our own survival fitness.The classic argument is that those of our ancestors who saw more accurately had a competitive advantage over those who saw less accurately and thus were more likely to pass on their genes that coded for those more accurate perceptions, so after thousands of generations we can be quite confident that we’re the offspring of those who saw accurately, and so we see accurately. That sounds very plausible. But I think it is utterly false. It misunderstands the fundamental fact about evolution, which is that it’s about fitness functions — mathematical functions that describe how well a given strategy achieves the goals of survival and reproduction. The mathematical physicist Chetan Prakash proved a theorem that I devised that says: According to evolution by natural selection, an organism that sees reality as it is will never be more fit than an organism of equal complexity that sees none of reality but is just tuned to fitness. Never.Did he think that one through? This means that he has no way of justifying what he just said about what evolution did. According to his own words, there cannot be any “fundamental fact about evolution” whatsoever. It’s all illusion. To pretend he can step outside of his own illusion and speak any fact at all about science, evolution or his own consciousness, he would have to be diagnosed with a severe case of the Yoda complex delusion.This is the logic of someone who celebrates science. Hoffman, a self-professed son of a minister, left theism for this: nothing is real, except for his own experience. For all he knows, aliens could be operating his brain in a vat. Asked what this means for science, he answers:The idea that what we’re doing is measuring publicly accessible objects, the idea that objectivity results from the fact that you and I can measure the same object in the exact same situation and get the same results — it’s very clear from quantum mechanics that that idea has to go. Physics tells us that there are no public physical objects. So what’s going on? Here’s how I think about it. I can talk to you about my headache and believe that I am communicating effectively with you, because you’ve had your own headaches. The same thing is true as apples and the moon and the sun and the universe. Just like you have your own headache, you have your own moon. But I assume it’s relevantly similar to mine. That’s an assumption that could be false, but that’s the source of my communication, and that’s the best we can do in terms of public physical objects and objective science.He blames science itself for this conclusion. But if it is so, how can Hoffman even know that quantum mechanics dictates that there are no publicly accessible objects? Worse, how can he claim that science is “the best we can do”? None of these words have any meaning if his view is taken seriously. Everything is nonsense disconnected from reality, a meaningless chain of personal experiences. It reduces to solipsism, the bitter end of secular science.For you “nones” out there, you atheists and agnostics who have been worshiping Darwin at the altar of science, you need some serious, serious deprogramming. The only thing that makes science possible is realism that can be defended ontologically as the reliable perception of a mind. Mind cannot emerge from particles. It requires a prior cause similar to, but greater than, the human mind, that is reliable and truthful. Theism is, therefore, the necessary foundation for science, as so many great scientists believed. And not just any theism will do: the Creator must be truthful, moral, and unchanging. That leaves you few options. Science without the God who is Real, who created us and our world, who endowed us with rational thought, implodes on itself. Only Bible believers can justify science. Everyone else is in dreamland. Follow the map back to the real world.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tourism remains strong in SA

first_imgThe “big hole” in Kimberly is a majortourist attraction which has contributed tothe Northern Cape’s economicdevelopment. Even residents in small towns can usetheir rich history, such as this ox wagon toattract tourists. Stellenbosch has capitalised on it’s wineriesto bring tourists to the area.(Images: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.)Khanyi MagubaneMinister of environmental affairs and tourism Martinus van Schalkwyk has revealed that despite an economic slowdown in the country, tourism figures remained firm in 2008.Statistics from the first 10 months of 2008 indicate an increase in arrivals of 5.4% from January to October.In 2007, this figure stood at 8.3% and saw over nine-million foreign arrivals to South Africa.Speaking at the opening of the local government tourism indaba on 26 January in Cape Town, Van Schalkwyk noted that the economic crunch has however seen a month-on month decline in arrivals to South Africa from other regions, compared to 2007.Arrivals, for instance, from Europe decreased by 6.5% and visits from Central and South America dropped by 4.6%.But there have been some positive growths too. Arrivals from North America remained stable and more people have also been flocking to South Africa from Australasia, where arrivals are up by 6.3%. Visitors from the Middle East have also been visiting our shores more often, with a 5.9% increase in visits.The two-day indaba saw delegates from across the tourism sector converging under the theme, “Unlocking Tourism Potential at a Local Sphere of Government”.Van Schalkwyk told delegates attending the indaba he was confident that South Africa’s tourism industry would continue to grow, “Our industry is by no means immune to the effects of the international economic crisis, but we are still confident that we will reach our target of 10-million visitors in 2010.”“Our country continues to be a value-for-money destination and with international events like the Confederations Cup and World Cup lined up, there will be opportunities in abundance and tourism will retain the important role it plays in our economic growth.”The driving force of the conference was the need to help local municipalities to grow their own tourism industries.To this end, Van Schalkwyk encouraged local government officials to step forward,“The importance of the role of local government in the successful growth of the tourism industry cannot be overemphasised and the examples of its pivotal role are many.”Tourism toolkit to help local governmentDuring the conference, a toolkit to help local municipalities develop a tourism strategy was launched.The tourism toolkit will help to clarify how to complete a basic tourism plan within a South African local municipality.It will help to make an important contribution towards ensuring that all municipalities are growing the tourism industry.The components of the toolkit will consist of practical documents, which ensure that municipalities are able to involve themselves in the appropriate investment in infrastructure and services that will boost tourism.It will also assist with the development of community tourism plans and provide case studies as examples of good practice.The minister noted that there were a number of challenges, which were currently hampering the coordinated and integrated approach.Some of these challenges include local authority staff not having the right vision for the municipality in terms of identifying destinations that tourists could visit in the area and planning accordingly.In other cases, local government does not use national and provincial information made available for them in their tourism planning.Van Schalkwyk told delegates that his department was however optimistic that the challenges could be overcome, “Our department remains committed to working with local government to ensure that the benefits of tourism are shared as widely as possible.”He further noted that the relationship between national and local government had already shown some positive results, “Since 1999, we have been financially involved in 335 tourism projects in the nine provinces.“To date, more than R1-billion (US$100-million) has been spent on these projects and these initiatives have contributed to the creation of 1 480 permanent jobs and more than 4-million temporary work days.”The minister reiterated that it was important for those involved in the tourism sector to continually promote their country to tourists.“It is more important than ever that Brand South Africa is promoted seamlessly and distinctively. We recognise that a visitor’s holiday experience is always further enhanced by good service, which is why we are very proud of the Service Excellence programme we will be implementing this year in partnership with the Tourism Business Council.”MEC for finance, economic development and tourism in the Western Cape Garth Strachan, also addressed delegates.He shared the secret of success of the Western Cape, which is currently South Africa’s most developed tourism region and the sector.According to Strachan, the Annual Development indicators report of 2008 states the strong growth over the last decade has had a phenomenal impact on the tourism industry.He said the only outstanding issue, which needed to be dealt with, was the lack of adequate transformation, as all the benefits from the tourism industry needed to be shared equally amongst all South Africans.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesSaving the world with ecotourism The tour de Kruger: a wild ride   SA hot destination for US tourists SA shines world travel awards A tour guide in your pocket  Useful LinksDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African TourismJohannesburg TourismTourism Grading Council of South Africalast_img read more

Even Microsoft Wishes Internet Explorer 6 Would Just Die Already

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts For the most part, Internet Explorer 6 falls well below 5% for many countries. The problem, it seems, is in Asia. China tops the list of problem countries, with 34%, while South Korea comes in with around 25%, followed by a number of countries in the region at around 10%. IE6 only accounts for 3% of browser usage in the U.S., while both Norway and Finland lead the world with under 1% each. Why do people still use the now ancient browser? Some companies actually use it as a form of control. Websites like Facebook and YouTube are not accessible using IE6, meaning employees can’t mess around while they’re on the job. But why is the browser so popular in countries like China and South Korea? According to Download Squad‘s Sebastian Anthony, it could be a result of piracy. “China is notorious for its number of pirate Windows installs, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even claiming that as 9 in 10 copies of Windows in China are pirated,” writes Anthony. Nonetheless, even usage there has dropped dramatically, with IE6 falling from more than 50% last August to 35% today. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#Microsoft#news#NYT#web mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Web developers, designers and users rejoice: Internet Explorer 6 use is quickly on the decline. Even Microsoft, the company that released Internet Explorer 6 more than a decade ago, has joined in on the celebration.“Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards,it’s time to say goodbye,” writes the company on a website it launched today to track the browser’s demise.“This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers,” writes Microsoft.As part of its countdown, Microsoft released a detailed map of where the browser is still being used the most.last_img read more

Lillard drops 44 as Blazers overcome Durant’s 50, Warriors

first_imgRockets win 10th straight, top Kings John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers (32-26), who go into the All-Star break six games over .500.“Going into the break, how tight the standings are in the West, needing to come up with a big win, and we came up with it. So it’s probably our best performance, if not the best then definitely top two or top three,” said Lillard, who has scored 133 points in the last three games, the highest point total for that span in franchise history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLillard is also the first player in the league this season with at least 39 points in three straight games.Portland spoiled Durant’s fifth career 50-point game and first this season. He added seven rebounds and six assists, but despite his efforts Golden State had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell a half-game behind Houston for the league’s best record. Durant said the Warriors need to have more of a sense of urgency.“Teams get up to play us. They want to beat us, and they give us their best,” Durant said. “Some guys are going to have great nights against us. They did tonight.”Portland had lost four of its last six, including a 115-96 loss to the surging Utah Jazz on Sunday night.Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic left that game and was listed as questionable against the Warriors with low back soreness, a right calf strain, and right oblique pain. But he started and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.Golden State’s Draymond Green was also questionable with a sprained left index finger, but he also started and had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Portland jumped out to a 19-8 lead after Lillard hit a pair of 3-pointers and McCollum added another. Lillard’s layup extended the Blazers’ lead to 38-18.Lillard finished the first quarter with 18 points. Portland led 63-51 at the half.Durant made a 3-pointer and a free throw to narrow the score to 74-73 in the third quarter, his second four-point play of the game. It was as close as the Warriors could get in the quarter and Portland led 92-87 going into the final period. Durant had 18 points in the third quarter alone.The Blazers were 10 games below .500 at the All-Star break last season. Portland is in sixth place in the Western Conference, a half-game up on the Nuggets and Pelicans.“Like I said, it’s a tight race. There’s a lot of teams in the mix and you get to the point of the season where teams are fatigued physically and mentally,” Lillard said. “To be a leader of a team you’ve got to be willing to lead the charge, and not just by saying it, it has to be your actions.”TIP-INS Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Warriors: Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked before the game if he’s still feeling mentally fried. “No, I’m going to Hawaii tomorrow,” he said. … It was Golden State’s first game on Valentine’s Day since 2007. They had won five straight on the holiday. … Durant on the 50 points: “I took the same shots tonight as I always take. I just happened to get more of them up.”Trail Blazers: Lillard was presented with his All-Star jersey before the game. It will be Lillard’s third All-Star Game. … Former Blazer Bill Walton was part of the television broadcasting team, but during a few timeouts he joined the stunt team in tossing T-shirts to the crowd.SPEAKINGKerr spoke before the game about Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida.“Nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, movie theater. It’s not enough apparently to move our leadership, our government, the people who are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing. But we can do something about it: We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they financed their campaign for them. Hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in, but hopefully we can find enough people with courage to actually help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues, not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”UP NEXT:Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 22.Trail Blazers: Visit Utah on Feb. 23. View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum The Blazers led by as many as 20 points in the first half but Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer tied it at 99 with 7:10 left.The Warriors couldn’t get ahead and Lillard’s 3-pointer put Portland up 109-101 with 5:05 to play.Durant’s 3-pointer closed Golden State to 114-111 but McCollum got a 3 for the Blazers on the other end with 2:15 left. Durant’s reverse layup and a pair of free throws cut the margin to 117-115 before Evan Turner’s free throws padded the lead for Portland.The teams traded free throws before Durant nailed a 3-pointer — but the officials said he stepped out of bounds. After review the call was confirmed and the Warriors (44-14) couldn’t catch up.“It was obviously kind of a signature win for us this year so far,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “We knew we were going to have to score points to have a chance to beat them and we made a lot of good plays. Dame was terrific from the start.”ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard clenches his fist after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard said it may have been Portland’s best win of the season.Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers overcame Kevin Durant’s 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors with a 123-117 victory on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lady Warriors Kath Arado, Lai Bendong shine despite UE’s gloomy season

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—University of the East may have finished the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on a sour note, but there were two players who made their mark for the season.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Kath Arado and Lai Bendong distinguished themselves from the rest of the field as they took home the Best Libero and Setter trophies Wednesday.The Lady Warriors finished the season at the no.7 spot with a 3-11 record but the team’s overall performance did not diminish the duo’s worth, but it did create a little surprise for the both of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was really surprised when I knew it at first but it’s amazing that I got this blessing,” said Arado in Filipino. “We expected that the winners would come from the Final Four teams and when we entered our final year all our focus was on the team and not on the individual awards.”Arado was the undisputed leader in her position, taking the top spots in both the Best Diggers and Best Receivers tables. UE’s defensive stalwart averaged 6.94 excellent digs per set and had an efficiency rating of 60.82 percent in reception.Arado’s closest competitor in terms of digging was Adamson University’s Tang Ponce who averaged 6.87 excellent digs per frame while National University’s Jennifer Nierva was the second in receptions with an efficiency rating of 50.62%.Bendong, on the other side of things, averaged 6.81 excellent sets per frame for the Lady Warriors with the Lady Eagles’ Deanna Wong coming in second with 6.29 excellent sets per frame.“Kath and I never thought of the individual awards because the team standings were more important for us but this is still a blessing for us,” said Bendong.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES The pair may not have lifted UE’s fortunes, which were dark throughout their whole five-year stay with accumulated 63 record, they were still happy to leave behind their reputation as two of best players this season.“We’re happy we’re going to leave UE that even though we weren’t able to improve our team standings we were able to give inspiration to the younger players that their big sisters worked hard for these awards,” said Bendong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Bucks seeking 2-0 lead over Raptors in East finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

6 Simple SEO Tips For Small Business Straight From Google

first_imgGoogle’s Matt Cutts posted a great article on his blog recently with simple and practical tips for small businesses.  The video is included below. 6.    Buying advertising on Google does not influence search results.  1.  7.  SEO 2.  .  Try digg and StumbleUpon. . 3.  Don’t worry that much about the Originally published Jul 10, 2008 10:41:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Start a blog! The following are some of the simple tips made in the video.  Great advice for small business marketers.  The points in the video are simple, but it’s interesting because it’s straight, unfiltered advice from Google.  5.  keywords meta tag Find conversations using social media Think about what people are going to type to find your site.center_img 8.  What do people search for?  4.  Advertising on Google doesn’t influence rankings. Title tags matter. If something else caught you attention in the video that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment.  The above are just some of the hilights   It’s what the user first sees on Google results.  Google to get traffic from Google.  Google crawls your website for free.  Just make sure it can find your website. Examples:  What made you decide to start a small business?  What were your weirdest customer experiences? You do not have to pay Use the meta description tag   Participate in the conversation.  Doesn’t have to be complex or fancy.  Things that are interesting to you are probably interesting to your users/customers. 6 Simple SEO Tips For Small Business Topics: .  It is often shown to web users when they search on Google. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

WSJ Offers Great Marketing Advice, Then Fails to Follow It

first_img the Wikipedia entry go read it now Most blogs put comments right below their articles. That encourages participation because readers see them after they finish, and dive in. That’s not the case on The Journal’s site. After the article all you see are ads. If you want to comment on the piece, you have to go back to a comment tab at the top of the page. The authors encourage marketers to “Resist the temptation to sell, sell, sell,” yet by placing ads where most sites put the comments, The Journal is doing just that. (3) Ads Take Up Space Most Sites Devote to Comments — and Here’s what I mean: colleges after dozens of interviews with executives and managers. (whatever you say about Wikipedia, it is certainly a conversation). , written by professors from — “Don’t just talk at consumers — work with them throughout the marketing process.” That’s another one of the article’s excellent morsels of advice. Yet the authors fail to follow it. As of late Monday night, they weren’t participating in the comments, which means they’re talking at their readers. There is just one problem with the article: The authors and The Journal aren’t following their own advice. Bentley (1) Very Few Links What do you think? Does the WSJ practice what it preaches? Does HubSpot? Topics: , or, at the very least, Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . inbound marketing If you haven’t read today’s piece in The Wall Street Journal about marketing on the social web, you should Inbound Marketing — The authors urge marketers to “Listen to — and join — the conversation outside your site.” Yet their entire article includes only two links, and even then they’re not links to related conversations. For example, since they offer a definition of Web 2.0, they should link to Babson Originally published Dec 15, 2008 9:02:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Tim O’Reilly’s seminal post on the topic (2) The Authors Aren’t Participating in the Comments It’s a great summary of many of the principles oflast_img read more