At least a split for TNT

first_imgNash Racela will have all hands on deck as TNT KaTropa makes a determined push for a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The Texters slug it out with Magnolia on Wednesday, seeking the first of at least two wins their coach feels would be enough to give them a shot at a top two berth and one of the playoff bonuses.“At least two,” Racela said over the phone when asked of the number of wins TNT still needs to contend for a 1-2 finish after the elimination round.FEATURED 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“Especially if one of those wins comes against Rain or Shine (the tournament leader which the Texters will play last).”Tip off is at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and the Hotshots are just the first of a string of four tough teams the Texters will play to close out their elimination round schedule. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES With a 6-1 record, the Texters are already assured of a quarterfinal berth, but Racela said the battle is now for a place “where every team wants to get to.”“If we can get a top two slot, the better,” he said as the Texters seek to reclaim a piece of top spot again with the idle Elasto Painters even as defending champion San Miguel Beer battles dangerous GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser.Racela will have RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario returning to the lineup after representing the Philippines well in the 3×3 World Cup.He is also content at what he is getting from import Josh Smith thus far, though he acknowledged that the burly center is still not in 100 percent shape yet.“He’s healthy, and that’s a big factor,” Racela said of Smith, who took them to the Finals last season despite playing on one healthy foot.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ateneo nips La Salle in OT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 The Beermen and the Meralco Bolts are the other two sides TNT will still play.San Miguel, meanwhile, is back in the groove, but coach Leo Austria believes that his Beermen still have a lot of things to work on.“I saw it in our previous game. I’m happy that we won, but we gave up so many points,” said Austria, referring to the Beermen’s 129-117 victory over the Columbian Dyip exactly a week ago.“It’s an indication that we’re not playing [defense] well. There are times that the team also falls into complacency, you can see it in their body language,” added Austria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Fight poses a question: Is this UFC or WWE?

first_imgIt became that only after UFC chief Dana White embraced the bus attack and used video of it in ads to sell what he says will be a record number of pay-per-views to fans eager to see even more.Blame Nurmagomedov for his extracurricular action, yes. People were put in danger when he vaulted from the octagon, including Nevada’s governor, who White claimed was last seen running from the arena.But most of the blame should be put directly on White and UFC’s new owners for promoting — and profiting from — both a criminal act and trash talk that should be outside any sport — even in a sport that seems to have no standards.It was White, you might remember, who expressed outrage in Brooklyn in April when McGregor took a hand truck and smashed the window of the bus carrying Nurmagomedov and others. The rampage, White said at the time, was “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the (UFC).”But there were no real consequences for McGregor, other than a brief trip to jail and a court appearance. Certainly no suspension by the UFC, which badly needs its only remaining big star to sell pay-per-views and keep investors happy.A few months later, White was using video from the incident to promote the fight. And a few days before the fight, he stood smiling as McGregor spouted a bizarre conspiracy theory about the Russian’s manager and the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then vowed to put a hole in Nurmagomedov’s skull.It was clown behavior, but this is a sport that rewards clown behavior. And that’s why both fighters stand to make even bigger money the next time they meet in the cage, something McGregor was already calling for just hours after his loss.“Good knock,” McGregor tweeted after tapping out in the fourth around. “Looking forward to the rematch.”That there will be a rematch is a foregone conclusion. And don’t be surprised if it is promoted with shots of the melee, much like Saturday night’s fight was promoted with video of McGregor going crazy in Brooklyn.This despite White’s claim that it was all some sort of aberration. Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after beating Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov apologized, though it was clear he wasn’t sorry about much.Not after putting a beating on Conor McGregor in their highly anticipated fight. Not after leaping out of the octagon to settle another score while a couple of his thugs jumped in to deliver a few more blows to McGregor’s head.ADVERTISEMENT And certainly not after getting a call from Vladimir Putin offering congratulations for a job well done.Fighting means never having to say you’re sorry, especially if you’re doing it in the UFC. Nothing seems to be off limits, whether it’s a dive out of the octagon or an attack with a hand truck on a bus.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 ChrissUFC or WWE? About the only thing missing Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip was a script and some folding chairs for Nurmagomedov to smash over the heads of his tormentors.Sadly, it was all too predictable. So, too, will be the punishment for the fight after the fight. If you didn’t get any bets down on the fight itself, here’s something you can bet on: Nevada’s fight officials will get together sometime soon and hand down a fine and suspension to the Russian for the melee that broke out after his win over McGregor.There will be some stern warnings issued, some promises extracted that it won’t happen again. Nurmagomedov might even offer a more believable apology.And then there will be the rematch that will make even more millions of dollars for everyone involved.Oh, and here’s another prediction: UFC fans will eat it all up.Remember that the biggest fight in the history of UFC became that only after McGregor launched a criminal attack on a bus containing Nurmagomedov and others in Brooklyn, then followed it with a verbal attack on his opponent’s nationality and religion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption All alone Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments “This is not what we do,” he said. “This isn’t how we act.”Actually it is precisely what UFC — and boxing to some extent — does. Controversy sells fights, and the bigger the controversy, the bigger the next fight.So spare us any fake outrage. Don’t try to pretend nobody could have seen this coming.Just get on with selling the next one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

“One-Stop (online) Government”

first_imgThe expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the provision of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called electronic government or eGovernment. One aspect of eGovernment involves the use of a single medium or a one-stop shop to deliver services and information to customers of public administration. We refer to this single platform as a “ONE-STOP (ONLINE) GOVERNMENT” which is the focus of today’s article. The “one-stop (online) government” is a modern approach in public administration reform that integrates of public services from a “customer of public services” – point of view. Under the one-stop paradigm, all of a customer’s business can be completed in a single contact using an electronic portal or ePortal. One-stop customers do not have to hunt around, call back, or repeatedly explain their situation in order to gain services or information. There several benefits that customers of public administration can enjoy via a one-stop (online) service platform. This includes but is not limited to convenience, accessibility, personalization and availability of services 24/7/365 a year, using any internet connected device. This characterizes the modern paradigm shift in our way of living. The beauty of a One-stop (online) Government is that decisions that would take days/weeks/months to make are made in a few seconds through automated processes and the click of a mouse.In order to work seamless and effectively a one-stop (online) government” platform requires that all Ministries, Agencies, Commissions (MACs) of the Liberian government are interconnected through ICTs and that Liberians are able to access public services through a single point (ePortal) even if these services are actually provided by different MACs. One-stop (online) government requires the reengineering of the public sector’s processes. It calls for a holistic framework that supports integrated modelling of electronic public services and synchronization with the technical development.The holistic framework mentioned above provides an important guideline to address different aspects impacting a one-stop (online) government system. Moreover, the legal aspects framing one-stop (online) government development and the social impacts of such developments for different “customer groups” must be understood.In Liberia our online one-stop shop portal is in the early stages of development. It provides information and access to limited set of Government services. The goal is to be more transactional with customers of public administration. However; the level of integration necessary to provide advanced transaction capabilities is still a work in progressEGovernment systems have become prevalent around the world and are now an accepted standard of good government. And they are and have been successful because governments’ eServices run in parallel with existing traditional public service channels in order to bridge the digital divide and avoid excluding large sections of the population from access to government services. In other words, a one-stop (online) government platform supplement, but do not substitute for other government service delivery channels.There are several gains that can be garnered from one-stop (online) governments. These gains usually come from streamlining government bureaucracy and increasing citizen satisfaction. In addition, online one-stop shop allows greater transparency of public services, greater accountability of public servants and politicians, reduced corruption, lower costs for business, greater attraction of foreign invest.EGovernment also improves interagency IT initiatives for the improvement of customer service, to consolidate redundant systems, decrease paperwork, increase productivity and save money. It brings an order of magnitude in improvement in the Government of Liberia’s value to the citizen, especially by its ability to provide decisions effectively and promptly in minutes or hours and not in weeks or months as is done in the traditional settings.I have said a lot of good things about a one-stop (online) government. It would be disingenuous of me not to indicate some of its challenges. While interest in one-stop-government continues to grow, little knowledge exists regarding crucial success factors and barriers. Filling this gap is particularly difficult, especially in developing countries. The need for a robust telecommunications infrastructure, human capacity, the absence of an eGovernment champion at senior level (usually the head of the nation), the unwillingness of government to make available the amount needed to enhance eGovernment continue to hinder the existence of things such as an one-stop (online) government.I must say that I am proud of the developments in Liberia’s ICT sector. To reach a point where we are discussing and bringing government online is in fact an indication that a lot has been done to reach this far. By a lot, I mean the following: The development of a national ICT policy, a liberalized ICT market, a national policy maker, regulator and operator, several private operator, connection to a submarine optical fiber cable, a Universal Access program that will soon to start, a Chief Information Officer regime that is underway, an Project/Programs Management office for eGovernment programs, a national initiative to place computer labs in public schools, and now, an online one-stop shop for access to Governments services and information. These are just a few of the developments in the ICT sector. It would take more than a newspaper article to be able to list all. But I am convinced that the few listed have proved my point. And, if you ask me, I’d tell you that within a decade, we have leapfrogged in to a level of modernity that we could not have achieved in such a short time, a few years ago. I stand corrected of course!Until next week, Carpe diem!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bartica businessman busted with unlicensed gun

first_imgA 45-year-old businessman of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was arrested after an unlicensed .32 pistol was found on his person during a search by the Police at Falls Top, Bartica on Wednesday around 23:00h.The unlicensed .32 pistol that was found on the businessmanPolice, in a statement, said that acting on information received, they went to a shop and conducted a search on the suspect which uncovered the pistol in his possession.The suspect is being processed for court.last_img

Revealed! The Premier League table if the season began in 2015

first_imgIt’s a sharp turnaround for the club and fans have been forced to change their opinion of the Northern Irishman. To demonstrate how it has all changed at Anfield, Liverpool actually top the table so far in 2015.THEN AND NOW! HOW KOPITES CHANGED THEIR TUNE ON BRENDAN RODGERS.Even Chelsea, dominant for so long, would be left trailing by both Liverpool and Arsenal having lost one and drawn two, though they have a game in hand, as do Tottenham who sit below Man United and Magic Mark’s Stoke.Who do you think will make up the top four places and who will be relegated this season? Liverpool would top the Premier League table if the season began in 2015 3 3 Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Burnley ensured the Reds remained unbeaten in 12 Premier League games.Beginning with a 2-2 draw against Arsenal on 21 December, following the 3-0 loss at rivals Man United, manager Brendan Rodgers has masterminded a run that has seen them narrow the gap on second-placed Man City.last_img read more

Five best clubs for away fans revealed

first_img 5 5. Leeds United’s away support – to find out the travelling armies that make Adrian’s top four, click the arrow above – Look at the numbers travelling compared to the achievements of Leeds in recent times. Amazing. 5 5 5 4. Newcastle United’s away following – They travel in numbers, they have a great time despite little reward and for some strange reason they get naked. 3. Peterborough United’s travelling fans – Our home support is apathetic. Away is a different story. A recent study confirmed Posh have the highest proportion of away fans compared to the home gate, which is incredible for a club that doesn’t regularly achieve much. Watch the YouTube video, below, of Posh fans at MK Dons last season. We lost 3-0 but you’d think we were the home team. In my experience of going to games as a reporter for talkSPORT, every weekend on Matchday Live, and as a fan actually sitting among groups of away fans, these five are the best of the travelling armies in English football.Take a look at the supporters I’ve selected in my top five, above, and share your thoughts on the subject. Join the discussion by leaving a comment below.Check out this footage of my team’s fans, Peterborough United, at MK Dons earlier this year, when the away side were 3-0 down…Tune into Adrian’s Drivetime show to hear the best sports discussion on the airwaves, 4pm-7pm GMT, Monday to Friday on talkSPORT 2. Arsenal’s away support – Without doubt the funniest fans. Some great songs sung and usually very supportive. I was in the away end when Arsenal won a League Cup tie at Reading 7-5 a few years ago. When the Gunners were 4-0 down, the fans made it into a joke, and as the comeback gathered pace they carried the team. Brilliant. 5 1. Manchester United’s away fans – Old Trafford is pretty lethargic these days but on the road United fans are loud and proud. I suspect the away followers have a higher percentage of genuine hardcore United fans than you see at Old Trafford. The best example is 90 minutes of constant support and singing during the 4-0 defeat at MK Dons last season.last_img read more

49ers assail curfew at Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers are blaming Santa Clara officials for drastically gutting their projected profits and the city’s own revenue stream through a curfew on nighttime entertainment at Levi’s Stadium.Instead of making about $5 million from non-NFL football events such as concerts, beer festivals and other sports, the team says it expects to haul in only about $750,000 this fiscal year through June 30 because of the 10 p.m. city curfew for weeknight events and 11 p.m. curfew for …last_img

Fishing the North Coast: Storms likely to blow out Humboldt rivers

first_imgMother Nature can be so cruel at times. For the first time in nearly a month, the Mad, Van Duzen, and the South Fork of the Eel are all on the verge of turning emerald green. It’s the color that will make any winter steelhead angler giddy. But no sooner will they be in prime shape, rain will once again rear its ugly head. Storms, which are predicted to hit the area Friday afternoon, are forecasted to bring two to three inches of rain in the Mad and Eel river basins, wiping out our brief moment …last_img

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: What You Need To Know

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Android#app development#Google Play What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google finally unveiled a new version of Android today at an event in San Francisco. No, not Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie—just an update to the existing Jelly Bean version, Android 4.3.Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is not the major jump in Android design and functionality that many users have been waiting for. It does, though, add several features that make Jelly Bean a little more functional for developers, publishers and users.See also: Google Unveils New Chrome And Android DevicesThe newest Jelly Bean flavor has six primary new features:OpenGL 3 for Embedded Systems: OpenGL will allow Android developers to build highly detailed games and images as standard features in Jelly Bean 4.3. Developers can access them via either the OpenGL ES 3 framework or native application programming interfaces. dan rowinski Bluetooth Smart: Also known as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), this feature will allow people to connect devices (like a smartwatch, heart rate sensor or anything else that can be connected with Bluetooth) to an Android 4.3 device (like the new Nexus 7) in order to provide sensor information to the device for fitness, proximity, medical monitoring and more.Notification Access: Apps can now interact with the status bar notifications in Android as they are posted and send them to other devices connected via Bluetooth.Restricted Profiles: Google has given Android the ability to use multi-profile sign in for Android devices already, but this update allows certain profiles to have restricted usage—for instance, if you want to block your kid’s ability to download paid games or apps from Google Play or restrict their Internet browsing capabilities on an Android tablet or smartphone.DRM for Media Companies: Android 4.3 adds a new Digital Rights Management (DRM) feature that enables media application developers to integrate DRM into their content streaming protocols. Apps can also access a built-in VP8 encoder for high-quality video capture. Google partnered with Netflix as an initial partner for the new DRM features, which will be available in the updated Nexus 7.Improved Profiling Tools: New tags and on-screen GPU profiling to help developers increase speed and performance in their apps. Google also is making Android smoother and faster in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with reduced touch latency, CPU input boost (which means tighter integration with a device’s primary processor), hardware accelerated 2D rendering and improved syncing and buffering. Google also added a way to create transparent overlays in apps and widgets to make for better looking Android apps. Optical bounds improvements in Android 4.3 work with widgets so that they fit better on the screen and look better with effects such as shadows and glows.Android 4.3 also has some improved location and sensor capabilities, such as the ability to do “hardware geofencing” that’s designed to optimize power efficiency by moving location computations to hardware rather than performing them in Android software. Google also is increasing location accuracy by allowing for Wi-Fi scanning (where an app determines location by scanning nearby Wi-Fi signals) without the user actually turning on Wi-Fi. That will help save battery life significantly for many users while increasing the specificity of location.Google will roll over-the-air updates to most Nexus devices starting today including the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, original Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and 3G versions) and Galaxy Nexus smartphone.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

As Trump administration tightens visa rules, Indians turn to ‘Golden Visa’ route

first_imgAs the Trump administration considers tightening of visa regimes facilitating legal immigration to the US, the latest extension in deadline for the EB-5 visa has caused a renewed push for wealthy Indians vying to take the commonly called ‘Golden Visa’ route.Since September 2015, there have been sustained efforts by the committee for US immigration to increase the minimum investment for EB-5 from $500,000 to $920,000. But, the deadline for the increase has been continuously extended with January 19, 2018 being the latest. Read it at Economic TImes Related Itemslast_img