Alab Pilipinas signs ‘proven winner’ Ravena

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Before the Dubai tournament, Parks suited up for the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League.After losing in their first two meetings, Alab Pilipinas tries to snap out of its slump against the Saigon Heat on Sunday at CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST sends NU reeling to third straight loss Photo from fiba.comAlab Pilipinas is getting a huge boost late in the ASEAN Basketball League season with the addition of amateur star Kiefer Ravena.Head coach Mac Cuan welcomed Ravena’s acquisition especially amid Alab Pilipinas’ two-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES With Ravena’s addition, Alab gets another potent offensive option in the backcourt aside from Ray Parks.“It is big for the team because we have another play maker,” Cuan told in a text message. “It will help Ray Parks, because now the defense can’t just focus on him and it will free him up on the offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Plus, he’s is a proven winner.”But Alab Pilipinas will have to wait a few weeks before they could utilize the former UAAP MVP with Ravena still recovering from a hand injury he suffered in Mighty Sports’ stint in Dubai. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

First crash

first_img“It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonThere are those moments in medicine that really give you pause. Moments that make you stop, reflect, and really think. For me, that “moment” lasted one hour, fifty-seven minutes.We were on our morning ward rounds and it was business as usual – asking the patient how they’re doing, checking their vitals and adjusting their management plan accordingly. On this particular day, one of our patients suddenly became unresponsive.In our classes, our instructors tell us to try to stimulate the patient to determine if they’re actually unresponsive – shout their name, shake their shoulders, rub their chest. If they’re unresponsive, the next step is to check their pulse.This patient didn’t have a pulse – she was in cardiac arrest. We had to start CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. For CPR, you start off with 30 compressions in the middle of the chest; well, ‘the lower half of the sternum’ to be exact. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, it means that their heart has stopped beating – it’s stopped pumping blood to the rest of the body. Chest compressions do the heart’s job for it, to keep blood pumping around the body.This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a patient crash – where there was nothing more we could do to revive the patient and it wasn’t my first experience with CPR. But this was the time that really left an indelible impression on me. I think it was because this time I was there while her family members were coming to the bedside to say their goodbyes.It’s impossible, I think, to be in that place and not think about your own loved ones. It’s impossible to avoid reflecting on whether you’ve spent enough time showing the people you love that you love them while you still have them in your life.I think by now we’re more or less aware that things don’t go actually down like we see on Grey’s Anatomy, but it’s still striking how different things are in real life. For one, there was no one yelling “Charge!” while holding “paddles” aloft waiting to jolt the patient back to life. Of the four heart rhythms you’re likely to see in a patient in cardiac arrest, only two of them are responsive to electric shock. For the other two rhythmic, like in this patient, you have to continue with CPR- cycles of 30 chest compressions to two breaths.It was an experience like I said, I won’t soon forget, but sadly, it’s one that I’m sure I’ll be experiencing many times over in the future. I know that death is an inevitable stage in life but there is yet a finality to it that forces one into deep introspection.For all the exciting moments in medicine where you crack a difficult diagnosis or treat a patient successfully, there are also these moments where you have to come to grips with the fact that there is nothing more you can do. It’s a powerless feeling.Today I left the hospital much wearier than usual. It feels like one of those nights where I need a long shower to wash away the day.And I remember Martin Carter’s immortal words: “Now from the mourning vanguard moving on/ dear Comrade I salute you and I say/ Death will not find us that we die.”And though I know it was written in a different context, it yet comforted me.last_img read more

Are we putting new wine into old wine-skins?

first_imgDear Editor,The excitement obvious from the media reports on the graduation of the first batch of cadets from the Civil Service Training College is quite understandable. I join in congratulating the graduates and their tutors and believe all Guyanese will be looking to see what impact such training will have on the day-to-day delivery of services to the public.Without wishing to throw cold water on the obvious enthusiasm emanating from the graduation, I do not think it is premature to warn about the possibility of negatives resulting from putting ‘bubbling, effervescing, new wine’ (as per the graduates) into ‘old wine skins’ (as per the heavily bureaucratic, anachronistic systems and reported indifference among established civil servants).The current civil service with its heavy establishment of civil servants set in their comatose ways cannot be discounted; old attitudes and modus operandi die hard. For the newly trained civil servants who would naturally be expecting a mostly conducive and enabling environment for the application of their newly acquired knowledge and skills, it could be demotivating if not disastrous if they experience too many bottlenecks at the operational levels.It is for such situations that many organisations realistically initiate their staff trainings from the top and prioritise focus on the current establishment (as opposed to entrants or new-comers); it is a more promising way to obtain ‘buy-in’ across the organisation where the established human resources welcome change and embrace newcomers and new approaches. Even better still is the spin-off when current managers and supervisors are trained as trainers and assume the responsibility for the effectiveness of the attitudinal, behavioural and systemic changes expected from the training activities.The ‘cadets’ or ‘trainees’ need mentors to help with the application of their learnings; this will not be forthcoming if the current managerial/supervisory staff are themselves operating in the ‘old ways’ of doing things and are not seized with the need for change among and by themselves.Simply put: training should start at the top especially when the focus is on attitudes…and it is no secret that the major problems in the civil service are attitudinal for which the top echelons must be trained and held accountable.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Bony’s brace buries feeble Foxes

first_imgWilfried Bony netted an impressive brace as Swansea cruised to an easy win against Leicester to move up to sixth in the Premier League.The Ivorian was back to his imperious best as he polished off a free flowing Jacks move to put the hosts in front, and then added a second after the break to make it three goals in as many games for the striker.Swansea made a nervy start to proceedings but the Liberty Stadium was soon in full voice when Gylfi Sigurdsson went down under the challenge of Wes Morgan after the defender’s errant pass to the midfielder.Referee Mike Jones refused to be swayed by the baying crowd though, and video replays showed it was the correct call with Morgan nicking the ball away just in time.But Leicester were living on thin ice and it was no surprise when the Welsh side went ahead on 33 minutes.Bony’s cheeky backheel freed up Sigurdsson to escape the Foxes’ defence and the Iceland star immediately returned the ball for the striker to sweep the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.White shirts continued to pour forward at will and the only shock at half-time was the fact the visitors were trailing just by the one goal.Fresh from a Pearson rollicking, Leicester returned with a bit more intent after the break as Danny Drinkwater called Lukasz Fabianski, who had been happily snoozing away up until that point, into action with a long range effort.But just as it looked like the Championship winners were making inroads, Bony struck again after yet more fine play from Sigurdsson.The summer signing from Tottenham released Jefferson Montero with a sweet one-two, and moments later the ball was nestling in the net as the winger put the ball on a platter for Bony to stroke home.Despite there being more than half-an-hour remaining it felt like game over in Wales such was Leicester’s lack of attacking threat and so it proved.Jonjo Shelvey went on to hit the bar for Swansea with an absolute howitzer from 30-yards out, while at the other end Esteban Cambiasso somehow managed to hit the post from just a yard out, with Fabianski brilliantly denying Andy King’s initial header and then clawing the Argentine midfielder’s effort off the goal-line, 1 Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Bony brace buries feeble Foxes last_img read more

Forget foot patrol: Deputies scooting

first_imgPalmdale deputies had use of the scooters for a two-week trial period earlier this year on loan from the manufacturer. The department apparently liked what it saw – it purchased 15 scooters last month. Palmdale sheriff’s Deputy Dave Jennings cited an arrest in the outskirts of the mall of a strong-armed robber made during the first week of the trial as an example of the scooter’s effectiveness. “It’s going to save some wear and tear on the deputies’ feet, and the mobility and the ease to get around to anywhere on that property is going to be greatly enhanced without them having to rely on that car all the time,” Jennings said. The scooters make deputies more approachable, says Deputy Jason Lasley, who’s assigned to patrol the mall. “It makes me a lot more personable, that’s what I really like about it,” Lasley said. “People come up and talk to you and ask questions who wouldn’t if I was on foot or in a (patrol) car.” PALMDALE – Palmdale sheriff’s deputies have a new crime-fighting tool. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued two electric patrol scooters to Palmdale station last month for use patrolling the Antelope Valley Mall and surrounding shopping centers. The T3Motion three-wheel scooters top out at 18 mph and can go about 20 miles on a charge. Sheriff’s deputies say the scooters allow them to patrol a larger area in less time than a patrol car, and give them greater visibility than bicycles. (661) 267-7802160Want 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

‘RVP £4.5m, Stewart Downing £5m, I know who I’d rather have!’ – Some of the best reaction as Middlesbrough agree fee with West Ham United for England international

first_img1 Middlesbrough have agreed a £5m fee with West Ham for England international Stewart Downing, according to reports.The 30-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Thursday and he could join up with the rest of the Boro squad at their training camp in Marbella by the end of the weekDowning left Boro six years ago when he joined Aston Villa for a fee of £10m and you can see some of the best reaction to his potential return below. Stewart Downing last_img

Football Manager 2017 wonderkids: 15 defensive midfielders you must sign

first_img 1. Ruben Neves (Porto) – Value = £6m – Give the 19-year-old has been a first-team regular for two seasons now, it’s unsurprising he’s highly-rated. Neves has exceptional quality all-round especially his passing and technique, which can get extremely high. 14 14 11. Idrissa Doumbia (Anderlecht) – Value = £7.7m – A summer signing, the Ivorian is a talented young playmaker. High marks in stamina, teamwork, vision and passing help him grow into a valuable asset for any club. 14. Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) – Value = £725,000 – The ex-Liverpool starlet was snapped up by the Scottish giants in the summer and, at 19, has plenty of potential to grow. You should be able to snap him up for under £3m. 15. Denis Zakaria (Young Boys) – Value = £3.8m – Already a Swiss international, the 19-year-old begins the game looking a little light technically but fine in most key attributes for a defensive midfield role, even if his determination is a little low. He’s been known to go to some big clubs in the game, so get your bids in early. 7. Andres Cubas (Boca Juniors) – Value = £950,000 – Physically, the Argentine doesn’t look great to deal with the role but his mental attribute, as well as his passing and first touch, make him an ideal deep-lying playmaker. Can be bought for around £4.5m in the second season, he’s one to watch. 14 14 14 3. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – Value = £25.5m – Superbly versatile, Kimmich is a wonderful addition if you can afford him. Still just 21, he has loads of ability, especially mentally, but could do with some work physically. You’ll have to do something big to sign him, but he will be worth it. 14 9. Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) – Value = £3.3m – Extremely versatile, the Dutchman is a quality deep-lying playmaker at a young age. With three caps to his name with the Netherlands, Riedewald is, unsurprisingly, featuring on this list. He’s usually at a top European club within a year or two, standing out a higher level, and can be an assist machine. 14 14 14 5. Thiago Maia (Santos) – Value = £4.3m – The ball-winning Brazilian is already a key star for his club, and while he lacks the ability to also play as a central midfielder, he’s a solid acquisition. European giants will swoop for his signature, though, so watch out for big clubs plotting to land him. 8. Franck Kessie (Atalanta) – Value – £5.25m – An Ivory Coast international who is attracting the attentions of Arsenal, amongst others, Kessie has some big scores at the start of Football Manager 2017. His stamina, strength, balance, tackling and bravery are all 16 and above, and will get average rating of between 7.2 and 7.4, while chipping in with the odd goal or assist. 13. Atakan Akkaynak (Bayer Leverkusen) – Value = £245,000 – A ball-winning midfielder, the 17-year-old German has some fantastic mental attributes to kick off with, although he needs to mature physically. He will improve, especially if given plenty of game time, perhaps at a lower level. 4. Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) – Value = £23m – If you haven’t heard this name before you’ve probably been living under a rock. He’s excelled in the Bundesliga and in the game he has some, quite frankly, stunning mental attributes. He’ll be a regular for at least a decade. 14 14 14 14 6. Amadou Diawara (Napoli) – Value = £5.75m – At just 18, Diawara looks destined to be star in Serie A with strong physical attributes. He’s got plenty to be developed with some average to low mental stats but even with this, will get ratings above 7 for most games. A defensive midfielder isn’t just a destroyer of attacks, both in the modern game and in Football Manager 2017, the deep-lying player can have many guises.They can be a half-back, or anchor man, tasked with dropping deep into defence, or a playmaker capable of starting attacks and crafting opportunities with their vision .However they play, they’re now a crucial element in football, as Ngolo Kante proved with Leicester City throughout their stunning Premier League winning campaign.But which defensive midfielder should you be signing in your Football Manager save? Click the right arrow above to see 15 wonderkids you might want to consider in the position… 2. Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax) – Value = £6.5m – Another starlet from the Ajax academy on this list is Dutch international Bazoer. The playmaker can play almost anywhere down the spine of your team. His ratings can hit an average of 7.5 and isn’t likely to stay in the Eredivisie for too long 12. Danilo (Braga) – Value = £6m – Another ball-winner, Danilo begins the game on-loan at Benfica, with a £12.92m option to buy, and is already a well-rounded individual stats-wise. The 20-year-old is likely to become an international and can see his value rise. 14last_img read more

Troopers Discover Over 120 Pounds Of Pot Taken in Traffic Stop

first_imgYesterday, around 12:31 p.m., two Indiana State Troopers discovered over 120 pounds of marijuana while on a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road.  The stop occurred eastbound near the 22 mile marker.  This is near the Portage Barrier.Troopers observed a grey Dodge Avenger commit several traffic violations while travelling eastbound in front of them.  The Dodge was stopped the for the traffic violations near the 22 mile marker.While the troopers spoke to the driver, Howard Montgomery, age 46 of Rochester, NY, and the passenger, Danielle Ruise, age 32 of Roshester, NY, they became suspicious of criminal activity. A free-air sniff was conducted by Indiana State Police K9, Axel, who gave a positive indication.  After conducting a search, troopers located approximately 121 pounds of suspected marijuana in the trunk of the Dodge.Montgomery and Ruise were both arrested and face preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana, Level 5 Felony.  Montgomery and Ruise were both transported to the Porter County Jail.The Indiana State Police were assisted by officers with the Portage Police Department and detectives with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.last_img read more

South African flood relief driven by goodwill

first_imgAt least 123 people have died as a resultof the flooding in South Africa. Around20 000 people across the country havebeen affected.(Image: DWA)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mandla MathebulaDepartment of Social Development+27 12 312 7654 or +27 83 282 6133RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa reaches out to Haiti• Congo welcomes SA farmers• Uganda’s Mt Elgon gets a million trees• Better farming with mobilesNosimilo RamelaSouth African churches, community organisations, individuals and the private sector are pulling together to help the thousands of people affected by ongoing flooding in parts of the country.Precious Thabethe from Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg, is trying to restore order in her kitchen after flooding destroyed one of the room’s walls. She has put some plastic and corrugated iron in its place to cover the gaping hole.“The water comes fiercely from the east, that’s why this side of my house is destroyed,” she said. “I know it’s not safe for us to continue living here because we might get swept to our deaths by the water if it continues to rain, but right now we have nowhere to go.”Thabethe lives with her sister and three children in a modest three-roomed house. She saved up for six years before she was able to build her home, and feels she is not ready to let go just yet. “I’ve always wanted my kids to have a home and I built this place for them. I’m really not ready to just walk away from it.”She says the floods have destroyed most of her valuables, and they have been relying on help from her church and food donations to keep alive. “The church donated clothes for us and school uniforms for the kids – all our things got destroyed in the first week of January when the floods hit us.”The local supermarket has been giving out food parcels and various churches are collecting blankets and clothes for families who have lost their belongings. “Those of us whose homes have not been affected are also taking children into our homes, so they are cared for and can continue to attend school,” said MmeMaThato Mokoena, a member of the Methodist Church in the area.Counting the costThe Department of Social Development said the flood damage to infrastructure so far amounts to about R160-million (US$23-million). According to the department, 123 people have died as a result of the flooding and 20 000 people across the country have been affected. Most of the deaths have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal province, but fatalities have also occurred in Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.Thandeka Ciliza from Uthungulu in KwaZulu-Natal has lost two family members and her home in the devastating floods. “My brother and my nephew passed away while trying to cross a bridge two weeks ago. The water was too high and too strong, the bridge collapsed and swept them away. It’s the worst way to start the year. I have lost my family and my home.”Ciliza said a community organisation called Sakhile has helped her pick up the pieces. “Sakhile collected money from the community to help us bury our loved ones, and they have been providing food, clothes and shelter to us after our house was flooded.”Ciliza said she is still trying to rescue some of her possessions from the destroyed home. “I’ve been going back to collect whatever I can find from our old home. It hurts to see our home destroyed, but I am grateful for the help we have been receiving.”Banking on peopleAbsa, South Africa’s largest retail bank, has donated a R1-million ($142 061) to the government to provide urgent relief to communities affected by the floods.Maria Ramos, the group chief executive at Absa, said the bank hopes the donation will encourage other companies in the country to do the same. The bank has also created a relief fund for cash contributions from individuals and private organisations.“With wet weather conditions set to continue over the next few days over various parts of the country, the situation could become even more dire. The fact that certain farming communities have also been affected could further impact the country’s economy,” said Ramos.Mobile phone giant Vodacom has made R500 000 ($70 995) available for those affected and launched the Vodacom Red Alert initiative, which urges customers to donate money towards flood relief efforts.Small farmers sufferSmall-scale producers are among the hardest hit by the deluge. Many farmlands have been destroyed and stock lost due to burst river banks, with the knock-on effect of workers losing their jobs.Thabani Grootboom worked in a small farm in the Northern Cape, but is currently unemployed because the water-logged land cannot be worked. “There is no work at the farms. The damage is heartbreaking. Farmers are devastated and looking to government to help them recover. Hopefully, one day, they’ll be able to start farming again.”The Department of Agriculture recently warned farmers living along the Vaal and Orange Rivers to move their livestock to higher ground as more flooding was expected. Five flood gates have been opened at the Vaal Dam, one of the country’s largest constructed waterways.Government spokesperson Linda Page said they were closely monitoring other large dams in the country like the Bloemhof Dam in the North West, Gariep Dam in the Free State and the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape.Social Development Minister Bathibile Dlamini said her department was forming a task team comprising Tiger Brands, the South African Council of Churches and Gift of the Givers to deal with the aftermath.She said her department had already provided some aid to those affected, but raised concerns that it was not reaching victims soon enough. She encouraged all South Africans to join in and help.last_img read more

Interview with Google Policy Analyst Derek Slater

first_imgTags:#Interviews#web alex williams We interviewed Google’s Derek Slater at the SanFran MusicTech Summit yesterday. Slater is a Policy Analyst at Google and in our interview he discusses net neutrality, copyright and other public policy issues Google deals with on a daily basis.Derek Slater now runs public policy for Google, but before that he worked with the Berkman Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Some of the topics covered in the interview:Google’s philosophy that copyright is supposed to benefit the public.Support for rights holders and ways to get them high Google rankings.Google’s history, starting in a garage and how their innovation thrived.Copyright issues and Comcast.An Interivew with Google Policy Analyst Derek Slater from alex williams on Vimeo. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more