Phoenix nears playoffs

first_imgMOST READ “The last time we played them, we were up by 10 in the fourth quarter,” Alas said after a 95-82 win that had Phoenix rising to 5-1 overall, good for second spot behind the unbeaten Blackwater Elite. “And my players responded and played their best fourth quarter [of the tournament].”Phoenix extended its franchise-best start and dealt the Hotshots their first loss in three games. Another win would more or less seal a first playoff appearance under Alas, who knows that that victory will be harder than the first five.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 Chriss“We will be playing the tough teams, starting this Saturday against [defending champion Barangay] Ginebra,” Alas explained, referring to the game slated in Cagayan de Oro.Ginebra got back on the winning track even without its twin towers, scoring a 110-102 decision of sister team San Miguel Beer in the nightcap.The Gin Kings, coming off Friday’s 118-124 loss to the Elite, rose to 4-1 behind the Fuel Masters while the Beermen dropped to 2-2. Alyssa, Aby wants more ‘consistent’ nat’l team Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo and seven-foot Greg Slaughter are out with injuries, along with Sol Mercado.Alas doesn’t think his Fuel Masters will be the favorites even with the Gin Kings hobbled by injuries.“Coach Tim (Cone) can make any team play even with just seven healthy players,” Alas said.Eugene Phelps scored 36 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and had four blocks in another dominant effort, with Matthew Wright chipping in 13 and Justin Chua dropping 12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phoenix’s Matthew Wright dribbles past the defense of Magnolia’s Justin Melton during their PBA Governors’ Cup match at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. —SHERWIN VARDELONLouie Alas has a good memory, and he made sure that his Phoenix Fuel Masters remembered as well.Using their previous loss to Magnolia as their motivating tool, the Fuel Masters got back hard on the Hotshots to win for the third straight time in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, moving them closer to a first playoff appearance under Alas’ watch.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

World Bank Group Mobilizes Emergency Funding to Fight Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

first_imgWith the latest death toll from the West Africa Ebola epidemic now at 887, the World Bank Group today pledged as much as US$200 million in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of Ebola infections, help their communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa.World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a medical doctor experienced in treatment of infectious diseases, said the new financing commitment was in response to a call from both the three African countries hardest-hit by Ebola and the World Health Organization (WHO) for immediate assistance to contain the outbreak.He said the World Bank Group would also step up social safety net assistance for affected communities and families and help to build up public health systems in West Africa to strengthen the region’s disease control capacity more generally. Kim said he would brief the Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors as soon as possible on the latest state of the epidemic and seek their approval for the new emergency package.“I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks,” Kim said. ”I have been monitoring its deadly impact around the clock and am deeply saddened at how it has ravaged health workers, families and communities, disrupted normal life, and has led to a breakdown of already weak health systems in the three countries.”Kim added: “The international community needs to act fast to contain and stop this Ebola outbreak. I believe this new World Bank emergency funding will provide critically needed support for the response to stop the further transmission of Ebola within Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which would prevent new infections in neighboring at-risk countries.”Kim, whose announcement came on the first day of the US-Africa Summit in Washington D.C, said that the new financial pledge would pay for urgently needed medical supplies, salaries for medical staff, and other vital materials to stabilize the health system, while also helping communities cope with financial hardship caused by the epidemic. The new Bank Group package will also help to build up the region’s disease surveillance and laboratory networks to guard against future epidemic outbreaks.WHO leadership, he said, was vital to international and regional efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, which is West Africa’s first-ever outbreak of Ebola virus disease but has become the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. The World Bank Group he said would work in close coordination with the WHO and other partners such as ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States. The WHO has now set up an Ebola response center in Conakry.“WHO welcomes this support from the World Bank, which comes at a time when concern about the Ebola virus disease is escalating,” said WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, in Geneva. “The demands created by this unprecedented outbreak outstrip the capacity of affected countries in West Africa to respond. So funding to increase national response capacities is a fundamentally important way to slow transmission and prevent spread to other areas.”Economic impact of EbolaWith the Ebola virus now directly and indirectly impacting economies in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and neighboring countries, the new World Bank Group emergency response will also help countries and communities cope with financial hardship caused by the outbreak.An initial World Bank-IMF assessment for Guinea projects a full percentage point fall in GDP growth from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent. Agriculture has also been affected in all three countries as rural workers have fled farming areas in the affected zones. To date, there has been no measurable impact on the food supply.Cross-border commerce has slowed considerably with land crossings closed to neighboring countries and more recently cancellation of flights. Ghana has closed its airspace to flights from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and there have been noticeably fewer international flights to these countries, leading to lower revenues and financial inflows, and many projects involving expatriate workers or business travelers have been scaled down. In the mining sector, if the evacuation of skilled expatriate staff continues, there will be a sizable decline in production. In Liberia, schools have been closed as part of the government-declared state of emergencyThe World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, said the Bank’s latest emergency response will also include social safety net measures to help families and communities trying to cope with financial loss as a result of the outbreak.“We will build up safety net protection measures for families and communities in the affected countries in light of the further hardship we expect Ebola will create for people who were already poor and vulnerable to begin with. They face the prospect of losing breadwinners and widespread disruption of their livelihoods which is why over and above containing the spread of the epidemic we also must help people in West Africa cope with its impact on their lives,” Diop said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EnCana Events Centre transformed into rodeo playground

first_imgThe EnCana Events Centre has transformed in preparation for the 12th Annual Spring Break-up event Saturday night.Over 400 yards of dirt have been laid over a customized deck used to cover the ice and cement floor. The venue started the transformation into rodeo grounds early this week and is now set to host the third stop on the Canadian Professional Rodeo circuit.- Advertisement -Venue doors will open at 5:00PM, the bulls start at 7:00PM and the dance will begin at 10:00PM. All riders are competing for money and points that will go towards their chances to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton this November.Event organizer Kimeal Cooke said “This is a terrific event to take the entire family to over the Easter weekend. Along with the 11-14 year old steer riders and professional bull riders, including six Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Champions; we will be entertained by the top funny guy in professional rodeo, Dennis Holsted.”The 12th Annual Spring Break-up Party will see thirty professional bull riders, including Cole Collins from Fort St. John. The event will also host the baby bull riders in the steer riding competition.Canadian Rodeo Association Champions Tyler Thompson, Scott Schiffner, Jess Torkelson, Jody Turner, Tanner Girlitz and Steven Turner will also be joined by Australian Champion Kyle Louden. Check out the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s website at www.rodeocanada.com for the full event .Advertisement Get your tickets by calling 1-877-339-TIXX or online at www.dawsonco-optickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30 and $40.Brush off your boots and pull out your Wranglers; it’s Spring Break-up time again at the EnCana Events Centre!last_img read more

GM awards AT&T new pact

first_img“It’ll let us manage the increased data over the next five years,” said Ralph Szygenda, GM’s chief information officer. The pact will increase GM’s productivity, he said. GM employees eventually will have the same telecommunications tools no matter where they are in the world, including common conferencing and voice-mail abilities. Because of the network, GM officials expect the quality to be the same in other countries as it is at Detroit headquarters. The contract is just a small portion of AT&T’s revenue, which amounted to $63.1 billion last year. But AT&T officials hope the experience will help generate more business as other companies recognize the need to electronically link global operations, said Ron Spears, executive vice president of AT&T’s global business sales. “Many are starting to follow the path of recognizing the need to globalize business practices,” he said. Under the contract, AT&T also will manage all of GM’s telecommunications suppliers around the world, making sure that communications are standardized. DETROIT – Five years ago, General Motors Corp.’s worldwide telecommunications system was a laggard in the company’s fledgling effort to globalize vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing. It took at least an hour for an engineer in Europe to send a large computerized design file to a manufacturing plant overseas. It took another hour for the plant to send the file back with any changes. Now, as the company moves toward savings billions of dollars by building more models in more places off the same underpinnings, GM and AT&T Inc. have a network in place that allows engineers and plant officials worldwide to simultaneously view the same data simultaneously and discuss it. On Wednesday, GM gave AT&T even more business, awarding a five-year, $1 billion global networking contract that will prepare the world’s largest automaker for whatever electronic breakthroughs lie ahead. The pact renews an earlier GM contract with AT&T, but company officials would not disclose the value of that agreement. Kent Custer, a telecommunications-industry analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, said the new deal is the biggest of its type for AT&T so far. For GM, he said such technology can achieve productivity gains. “There’s a lot of opportunity for management to increase productivity and reduce costs by doing deals with this,” Custer said. AT&T shares fell 15 cents, or 0.4 percent, to close Wednesday at $37.21 on the New York Stock Exchange. GM shares fell 58 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $35.37 on the NYSE.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Fully marinated’

first_imgHis uniform having long since been removed and hung in the locker next to him, the team-issue, long-sleeved, blue-and-white T-shirt and blue shorts he was wearing were the only telltale signs of what he does for a living. His legs were crossed, his head was bowed, and the everpresent motorcycle magazine resting on his lap was open to a page he found far more interesting than anything going on in the room. This was Jeff Kent at his most comfortable, two weeks shy of his 39th birthday and possibly five weeks shy of kicking off his final six months as a professional baseball player, doing everything he possibly could, either intentionally or unwittingly, to make himself the ultimate study in contrasts. “In the 15-plus years that I have played this game, I have had some good years and some bad years, both professionally and personally,” Kent says a few minutes later, pleasantly engaging someone who dared to invade his insular world. “My game has changed over the years, and so has my personality. But I’m fully marinated now. Whatever my legacy is, that’s something I can’t control. If you ask one person, you’ll get one answer. If you ask another person, you’ll probably get a different answer.” And if that one person you ask is Kent himself? “Probably a couple of things,” he will tell you. “One is that I never cheated at the game, ever. And the other is that I did my job, and I did it right. I made no excuses. My mom and dad taught me that if you do a job, do it right. Don’t do it half(way).” Any other questions? Brian Sabean and Ned Colletti had a few. That was back in the fall of 1996, when Sabean, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Colletti, then his top assistant, were considering trading longtime Bay Area fan favorite Matt Williams to Cleveland. The key player coming back would be Kent, an infielder long on potential who hadn’t quite measured up to it yet, who already was in his late 20s and already had been with three different clubs. The due diligence of Sabean and Colletti included a phone call to Dallas Green, who had managed Kent in New York before the Mets had traded him to the Indians at the previous season’s trading deadline. “Dallas told me if we were looking for a social butterfly, somebody to stand on tables and be rah-rah and take everybody to dinner, we should look somewhere else,” said Colletti, now the Dodgers’ GM. “But he said if we were looking for somebody who would play this game hard day in and day out, who would always strive to be better, who would lead by example, who would be bitter in defeat and would try every single day to figure out how to win a ballgame, then this was our guy.” Kent would do a six-year stint with the Giants, all of it under the triumvirate of Sabean, Colletti and manager Dusty Baker, and almost all of it while doing battle with Bonds, the strangest of strange bedfellows. The two would get into a televised shoving match in the dugout in San Diego. There would be countless other sources of disagreement between Kent, a no-nonsense, spotlight-shy scrapper, and Bonds, who became the game’s most marketable star even as he was becoming its most reviled. Mostly, though, Kent and Bonds would make each other – and the Giants – better. “They were one of the greatest combinations of the last 15 years in baseball,” Colletti said. “The Kent-Bonds relationship, what it did for both players, I think they fed off each other. I told Brian when Kent won the Most Valuable Player award in 2000 and Bonds finished second, that it was the best thing that could have happened to our organization.” The next season, Bonds hit an all-time record 73 home runs. The season after that, the Giants reached the World Series, losing to the Angels in seven games. And the season after that, Kent, apparently fed up with Bonds and what he reportedly perceived as favoritism toward Bonds on the part of Giants ownership, accepted a two-year contract from Houston. By the time Colletti was hired to run the Dodgers in the fall of 2005, Kent already was here. But it was Colletti who decided, just before the team broke camp last spring, to sign Kent to a contract extension. The $11.5 million deal includes what amounts, if Kent stays healthy this year, to a mutual option for 2008. As to whether there will be a 2008, Kent says he hasn’t decided. But he came to spring training with a noticeably different demeanor. He says that is the product of wanting so badly to make up for what he felt was a lost season in 2006, when wrist and oblique injuries limited him to his lowest home-run total (14) in a decade. “I have been criticized for being quiet, selfish, arrogant, just a ton of things,” Kent said. “But I don’t think any of that has been detrimental to my game. I think everyone in this clubhouse should be arrogant and cocky and confident. It’s just another aspect of what a ballplayer should be.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is he sitting alone because he is a calming, veteran presence amid a sea of promising young talent? Or is he simply above it all? Do other players steer clear of him out of respect, because of all he has accomplished in this game and his status as an almost-certain Hall of Famer who would rather not be disturbed when he is reading? Or has his notorious and well-chronicled aloofness simply left him with no friends on this team? Is he reading a motorcycle magazine in the middle of a baseball clubhouse because it allows him to clear his mind of the pressures of being a big-league ballplayer and the centerpiece of a lineup that relies too heavily on him for its power production? Or is it simply because when it comes to baseball, he is dispassionate and disinterested? The correct answer to all that, of course, is none of the above. The correct answer to all that is that there are no correct answers, that no matter how much all those spurned autograph seekers and brushed-aside sportswriters and teammates who might not feel mutually admired want to stick definitive labels on him, those labels never seem to disrupt the fact that this guy is totally, unshakably, almost maddeningly comfortable in his own skin. Kent, a five-time All-Star and the most prolific power-hitting second baseman of all-time, prides himself on a lot of things. Things like his professionalism, and the fact that unlike his protagonist Barry Bonds he has never been suspected of screwing around with the game’s integrity. But mostly, the most misunderstood man on this Dodgers team and possibly in all of baseball prides himself, well, on being misunderstood. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – It was a little past noon at Dodgertown one day last week, and it doesn’t matter which day because every day is basically the same during the first two weeks of spring training. The Dodgers’ clubhouse was bustling, with a handful of players still trickling in from the back fields but most already well into their showers or their lunches or whatever happened to be showing on the various televisions hanging from the ceiling. Meanwhile, the enigma sat silently in the corner, a few yards removed from human contact. last_img read more

Kiwanis project asks residents to skip a meal for kids

first_imgWHITTIER — It’s Skip-A-Meal Week in Whittier. What is Skip-A-Meal Week, you ask? The Whittier Rio Hondo Kiwanis Club is asking residents to skip one meal anytime this week, then to donate what they would have spent on that meal to the Kiwanis fund to help local low-income children. To boost the effort, Whittier’s mayor has declared this week Skip-A-Meal Week. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Proclamations presented during Monday’s council meeting

first_imgIn a council meeting on Monday, the city formally recognized proclamations given to designated weeks and months across September and October.Council recognized October 2015 as Foster Family Month, saying in the proclamation that ‘foster families work in partnership with birth parents, extended families and community child and family services as an integral and valued part of a team that serves the children and families of British Columbia.’The upcoming week of October 19th to 25th was recognized as Waste Reduction Week. Council said they are committed to conserving resources and reducing waste.- Advertisement -Two proclamations were formally recognized – but not presented to a representative specifically – were for September 2015 to be proclaimed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and for October 4th to 10th to be Mental Illness Awareness Week.Those proclamations had already been shared on the City of Fort St. John Facebook page, and forwarded to Prostate Cancer Canada and Northern Health.last_img read more

Barkley stars as Chelsea beat Southampton

first_imgAlvaro Morata came off the bench to complete the win at St Mary’s in added time.Hazard’s goal was his eighth of the season, seven of which have come in Chelsea’s opening eight Premier League games, and continued his outstanding form since Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Blues boss in July.But Barkley’s performance was also a major factor in Chelsea’s victory that ensured they maintained the pressure at the top of the Premier League immediately before fellow title-contenders Liverpool and Manchester City met at Anfield later Sunday.This was only Barkley’s fifth league start since his £15-million ($20 million, 17 million euros) transfer from Everton in January, a move that had been put on hold from the previous August while the player continued his recovery from a serious hamstring injury.But having shown promising signs earlier in the season, the midfielder, who was recalled to the England squad last week, offered compelling evidence at Southampton he is nearing a return to his best.Kovacic has performed excellently since arriving at Stamford Bridge but Barkley’s display suggests the options available to Sarri are increasing as Chelsea look to build on their unbeaten start to the league campaign.Alvaro Morata stepped off the bench to score during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailChelsea were always expected to beat a Southampton side who have so far failed to reverse last season’s woeful home form, but Arsenal’s comprehensive 5-1 defeat of Fulham earlier in the day only added to the pressure on Sarri’s side to collect three points.Yet while this initially looked as though it would be a stroll for the visitors, Southampton could easily have made it a more uncomfortable afternoon had they made the most of a number of good chances.– Ings miss –The confidence and belief that has grown within Sarri’s side during the opening weeks of the season was evident in the way Chelsea overwhelmed Southampton during the opening stages of the game, denying the hosts the opportunity to establish any kind of foothold.Resolute, desperate defending by the Southampton back five together with Chelsea’s tendency to over-elaborate denied the visitors the early lead.And had Danny Ings not somehow managed to lift the ball over the bar after meeting Ryan Bertrand’s left-wing cross when just four yards out of an open goal, Chelsea would have been playing catch-up.As it was, the missed opportunity drew a swift response from Sarri’s side. Barkley moved quickly to close down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg inside the Saints half before delivering a well-weighted ball into the path of Hazard who finished with ease.Southampton adopted a more positive approach after the break but Barkley capped a well worked free-kick routine to effectively secure victory.Willian floated a ball towards the far post where Olivier Giroud acrobatically volleyed back across the face of goal, allowing Barkley to add Chelsea’s second from close range.Morata replaced Giroud and wrapped up the points with a chipped finish in added time after being sent clear by Hazard.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring his first goal of the season during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Maurizio Sarri has got little wrong in the three months since he was appointed Chelsea head coach and the Italian was in credit again after starting Ross Barkley in a 3-0 Premier League victory at Southampton on Sunday.Barkley has operated largely as understudy to Mateo Kovacic in recent weeks but, having been selected ahead of the on-loan Real Madrid man, the England international responded by setting up Eden Hazard’s 30th-minute opening goal before adding the second — his first for the club — just before the hour.last_img read more

Scientists say winds are factor in loss of Arctic ice

first_imgThe team, led by JPL’s Son Nghiem, studied trends in Arctic perennial ice cover by combining data from NASA’s Quick Scatterometer satellite with a computing model based on observations of sea ice drift from the International Arctic Buoy Programme. The satellite can map different classes of sea ice, including older, thicker perennial ice and younger, thinner seasonal ice. The scientists said they observed less perennial ice cover in March of this year than ever before, with the thick ice confined to the Arctic Ocean north of Canada. Nghiem said the decline in winter ice the past two years was caused by unusual winds. “The winds causing this trend in ice reduction were set up by an unusual pattern of atmospheric pressure that began at the beginning of this century,” the scientist said. By City News Service A team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena found a 23 percent loss in the extent of the Arctic’s thick, year-round ice cover during the past two winters, according to a study released Monday. The reduction of winter sea ice is the primary cause of this summer’s fastest-ever sea ice retreat on record and subsequent smallest-ever extent of total Arctic coverage, according to the scientists. Between the Arctic winters of 2005 and 2007, the perennial ice shrunk by an area the size of Texas and California combined. The severe loss continues a trend of rapid decreases in perennial ice extent in this decade, according to the study to be published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CHEERS! PASSERS-BY DISCOVER RUBBISH SKIP FULL OF FREE BEER

first_imgSt.Patrick’s Day came early for revelers in one Donegal town today when passers-by found a rubbish skip full of discarded beer!Locals on Main Street in Letterkenny couldn’t believe their luck when they came across the assortment of free booze.The haul of beer contained dozens of cans and bottles of all brands of beer including Guinness, Fosters and Becks. The booze bullion came from a nearby off-license premises which was being renovated.The booze was noticed by a passer-by who soon began to unload the haul on the nearby footpath.Other passers-by began to join him in claiming the free booze.Some of the revelers used plastic bags to load their booze into before going off on their merry way! One passer-by said people were stopping to take pictures of the hilarious scene.“It was so funny. Traffic came to a bit of a standstill on the Main Street as these guys unloaded the skip.“There was one guy on top of all the other discarded rubbish who released there was a bevvy of booze below.“I don’t think they could believe their luck. At least they won’t have to splash out for booze on St.Patrick’s Day now,” he laughed.CHEERS! PASSERS-BY DISCOVER RUBBISH SKIP FULL OF FREE BEER was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:beerletterkennyskipSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more