Azkals feel heat

first_imgAFF Suzuki Cup match between Philippines and Singapore at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERBocaue, Bulacan— Faced with the difficult task of taking points from the two teams that have impressed in the tournament so far, the Philippines remains upbeat it can still survive the AFF Suzuki Cup’s Group of Death here.The scoreless draw against 10-man Singapore before a sparse crowd at Philippine Sports Stadium Saturday night just cranked up the pressure on the Azkals, who face a mountain to climb in their last two matches in Group A starting with Indonesia Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The Azkals were left frustrated by a combination of some stout Singapore defending, stellar goalkeeping and incessant time-wasting by the Lions, who played with a man disadvantage for almost an hour after Hafiz Sujad was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Younghusband.Lacking cutting edge in the final third, the Azkals found it difficult to break down the Lions, who were content to soak up the pressure to salvage the point.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley did tinker his lineup in the second half in a bid to maximize the advantage, but Pika Minegishi and Stephan Schrock wasted good chances.The lack of goals once again put Dooley’s decision to place Younghusband in a defensive midfield role under the microscope. Misagh Bahadoran started but he was also starved of service. The Azkals’ top scorer the past two years was largely invisible in the match before he was subbed off early in the second half.The German-American mentor defended his ploy, stressing that the team is able to maximize Younghusband’s quality on the ball and playmaking in his current position.ADVERTISEMENT All Stars play for a cause The Merah Putih showed their pedigree even in the 2-4 loss to Thailand on opening day, and the Azkals could see their hopes of qualifying to a fourth straight semifinals vanish if they misfire once more.The Azkals have never won against the Thais, whom they face Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We always said we want to be at six points when we face Thailand,” said Azkals captain Phil Younghusband, whose team is level with Singapore with one point.“It’s not happening now, but we’re still confident we can advance. We have the quality in the team, but we have to play better, work harder and convert our chances.” “It’s his best position right now and he stood out against Singapore,” said Dooley.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Voting counts

first_imgThe Carter Center last week issued a 146-page report of its analysis of our 2015 General Elections. As it had done in previous elections, it included several recommendations which, in its estimation, would lead to a more equitable and stable system of governance in our country. The latter condition has, over the past century, proven to be rather elusive, notwithstanding the protestations of first the colonial power, and subsequently, the politicians that succeeded them.While, at the most general level, the quest was stated as increasing the “democratic credentials” of the Government, the nature of our severely ethnically divided polity has posed challenges in operationalising the meaning of “rule by the people, for the people and of the people.” At our first general elections, held in 1953 under universal adult suffrage following the model in Britain, we utilised a “first past the post” electoral system in an electorate that was divided into geographical “constituencies”. The candidate garnering the most votes within each constituency was “elected” to the legislature, and PPP candidates won 18 out of 24 constituencies.The same system was used in 1957 and 1961, but by then the PPP had been split, and the faction led by Mr Forbes Burnham pointed out that the number of total votes secured in all of the constituencies did not translate into a proportional number of seats in the legislature.While, in Britain, the system had not precipitated such objections beyond academic comment, it was retained because the value of having representatives who were clearly identified with geographical constituencies was adjudged to outweigh the lack of equity. In Guyana, however, because of the ethnic cleavages along which the votes were increasingly being distributed, the system led to an objectionable ethnic underrepresentation in the legislature.Mr Burnham’s faction — the “PNC” by 1958 — called for a system of voting called “Proportional Representation” (PR), which would rectify the anomaly. There were several variants of the latter system, but the one selected by the British made the entire country a single constituency; and after all the votes were counted, the seats to the legislature were apportioned in proportion to the total number of votes won by each competing party.Ironically, the British claimed they chose PR to reduce the effect of ethnic voting — by encouraging a proliferation of parties that would be encouraged to compete, since there were no minimum required cut-offs, and even 1% of the vote may secure a seat. This, however, had already been shown not to deliver that outcome in Israel, the only country with such a system.Since the middle of the 19th century, however, other forms of PR have been successfully introduced by the British in countries such as Australia. Those systems would have better served the goal which the British claimed it sought to achieve in this country’s PR election of 1964. The fact that the British actually wanted to find a mechanism to remove the PPP from office is too well known to be rehearsed.That the PNC rigged elections to remain in office until 1992 also does not bear repetition, but the role of the Carter Center in returning “free and fair” elections in that year does. With the Center as a broker, several rules of engagement were agreed to by the political players, but history has since shown that the electoral system itself needed to be changed to secure governments that would be seen as legitimate by all sections of our still-ethnically-riven polity.The riots inspired by the PNC following the elections of 1997 did precipitate some changes, especially in returning a number of legislative seats from “constituencies”. In its recent report, the Carter Center suggests that this move should now “ensure geographic seats are more equitably distributed among electors.”But more interestingly, it suggests the use of a PR method long used in Australia: “a ranked-choice voting system, to give greater incentive for candidates to appeal to more than their base voters.” (To be continued)last_img read more

Business backs Dinaledi schools

first_img5 April 2006South Africa’s business sector has pledged to support schools dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in the country.Education Minister Naledi Pandor, meeting with business representatives in Johannesburg on Tuesday, called on the private sector to “adopt” the 400 Dinaledi schools in the country, saying their involvement would yield positive results.The schools were formed in 2001 to improve participation and performance in maths and science, particularly among previously disadvantaged learners.Old Mutual, the Shuttleworth Foundation, the National Business Initiative, the South African Sugar Association and Prudential Portfolio were among the companies and organisations represented at the meeting.Speaking after the meeting, Penny Vinjevold, deputy director-general for further education and training in the Department of Education, said business had shown interest in supporting the initiative, and had also made suggestions on improving it.“We have given them three weeks to come back to us regarding their pledges,” Vinjevold said.Prudential Portfolio’s Doc Sithole said the initiative would translate into highly knowledgeable human capital.“Our heart lies with the education of this country,” Sithole said. “If we do not do anything to improve it, no one will do it for us.”Khosi Xulu of Black Science, Technology and Engineering Professionals said the initiative needed support if South Africa was to build the scarce skills it needed for faster economic growth.“It is a brilliant idea, and really promises to produce a pool of black science professionals,” Xulu said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Marketing Day: Holiday paid search, Facebook Pages & an ad fraud study

first_img Posted on 9th December 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Which PPC metrics matter? Lessons from half a million keywordsDec 8, 2017 by Jacob BaadsgaardColumnist Jacob Baadsgaard shares insights from a study looking into how various paid search metrics correlate with return on investment (ROI). HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Holiday paid search, Facebook Pages & an ad fraud studycenter_img Is holiday paid search more competitive in 2017 than 2016?Dec 8, 2017 by Andy TaylorColumnist Andy Taylor explores year-over-year Auction Insights data from AdWords, revealing insights into this year’s holiday paid search landscape.Facebook will (finally) shift to viewable-only organic reach counts for Pages next yearDec 8, 2017 by Tim PetersonFacebook said in November 2016 that it would adjust its organic reach metric to only count impressions when a Page’s post appeared on someone’s screen.How to choose the right customer data platformDec 8, 2017 by Digital Marketing DepotCompanies like Netflix, Pinterest, Amazon and LinkedIn build great consumer relationships. They grow their businesses around serving customers and fully understanding them through data.Fighting ad fraud: Study finds inventory on TAG Certified channels had 83% lower fraud ratesDec 8, 2017 by Ginny MarvinThe study analyzed more than 6.5 million display and video ad impressions.How to nurture new vs. existing leadsDec 8, 2017 by Seth PriceNow that you’ve got your leads lined up, what’s next? Contributor Seth Price discusses how to segment brand-new from already existing leads so that you can build on those relationships and ultimately close more sales.Reddit now lets brands publish to subreddits, manage private messages thru SprinklrDec 8, 2017 by Tim PetersonSprinklr’s integration with Reddit marks the first time that brands are able to publish to Reddit through a third-party social marketing platform.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:Study: US consumers think their personal data is worth only $244 per yearDec 8, 2017 by Greg SterlingThe survey of US and UK consumers found considerable confusion and ambivalence about the collection and use of personal data by marketers.How to increase database integrity to crush your 2018 targetsDec 8, 2017 by Scott VaughanAs you start planning your budgets and targets for the coming year, data will be front and center. Columnist Scott Vaughan shares four strategies to help you commit to a data integrity plan in 2018.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Don’t Get Left in Amazon’s Dust. Learn How to Adapt, Multichannel MerchantFour key traits of “human” brands, EconsultancyHow To Advertise On Instagram: A Complete Guide For Brands, MediaKixHow to Show Off Your USP (Unique Selling Point) and Gain Conversions, MarketoImproving Facebook Ads With Creative Hub and Split Testing, PPC HeroLessons From 5 of the Most Viewed Product Awareness Videos on YouTube, Crazy EggSharing Facebook’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Facebook NewsroomVideo on Social Media: 4 Trends and Tips, MarketingProfsWhy You Should Invest in Your Brand Advocates (And How To Do It), Jeff BullasYouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March, BloombergFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Holiday paid search, Facebook Pages & an ad fraud study Marketing Day: Holiday paid search, Facebook Pages & an ad fraud studyYou are here:last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly rubbishes reports of quitting as Pune Warriors skipper over poor show in IPL

first_imgThe skipper of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Pune Warriors — Sourav Ganguly — on Thursday rubbished reports of relinquishing captaincy before the end of the ongoing fifth season.Media reports earlier claimed that Ganguly was to give up captaincy after team’s poor run in IPL-5 and was to only execute role as mentor of the side.The Pune team has struggled this season under Ganguly’s captaincy and after nine losses and just four wins in 13 games, it has been shot out of the race to the stage of play-offs.Ganguly’s own poor form and failure to up the tempo has been slammed by critics as a major reason for the team’s slide.However, in a text message to Headlines Today Ganguly rubbished reports and insisted that he would captain the side in the remaining three games of the season.Importantly, Pune franchise owners Sahara India Parivar too backed the former Indian skipper to continue to lead the IPL side and denied reports of the veteran being ousted as the captain.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea to launch bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavani

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea to launch bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavaniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are ready to launch a bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavani.The Sunday Express says the Blues are lining up a dramatic £50m bid for Cavani in a bid to solve their goal scoring problems.Maurizio Sarri is keen on the Uruguayan who was the most expensive signing in French history when he moved to PSG from Napoli six years ago.Sarri who is preparing to remodel his squad in the next two transfer windows could offload six or seven players this month alone.He has seen his side only score 38 goals in the Premier League which is comfortably the lowest number of the clubs in the top six and has lost faith in his front men.Cavani, 31, has scored 324 goals in 519 appearances could be the right man to get his side firing in goals again but they could find they have competition from China. last_img read more

10 months agoMouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMouscron general manager Paul Allaerts admits they’re eager to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.Awoniyi has struggled for playing time on loan at Gent this term, appearing 16 times but making just five starts. He has also failed to net in the Belgian Pro League.“We are very interested in Awoniyi,” Allaerts told Voetbal Krant.“The club need a striker and the player himself does not play too often at Gent.”Awoniyi spent last season with Mouscron and scored nine goals in 29 appearances. last_img read more

Menswear a wrap in Paris with colorful Kenzo urban Lanvin

first_imgPARIS – Lanvin and Paul Smith capped a masculine and utilitarian menswear season in Paris as Kenzo paid tribute to Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, who died last week.Meanwhile, design veteran Hedi Slimane was named the new creative chief at Celine.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s final fall-winter men’s shows and the run-up to Paris Fashion Week for couture collections:LANVIN’S UTILITARIAN CHICA constellation of bright lights that were fixed on stands around the runway gave Lanvin’s display a dreamlike air.The clothes at the Sunday morning show were more fixed on reality — with sneakers, hoods, hats, toggles and straps appearing on urban-looking and masculine winter looks.The notable creative feature here was the cross-over styles. Sometimes asymmetrical, it worked well alongside designer Lucas Ossendrijver’s signature use of layering.A long coat with square pockets featured a flat cross-over lapel, alongside a partly-unzipped and oversized sleeveless coat in beige — that hung wonkily and possessed a carefree quality.At times, styles that fused a Japanese and workmen’s esthetic demonstrated Ossendrijver’s penchant for mixing vestimentary references.Lanvin owner and enigmatic Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang — who’s reportedly been behind the recent tumultuous creative changes at the house — clapped vigorously.___PATRICK GIBSON TALKS “TOLKIEN”French notables including Lulu Gainsbourg, the musician son of the late Serge Gainsbourg, and DJ Martin Solveig attended Lanvin’s brightly lit show in the Palais de Tokyo. Actor Patrick Gibson of “The OA” and “The Tudors” fame was among the speckling of international faces.Gibson posed for the cameras in sunglasses and a low-key, coffee-colored Lanvin coat that matched the coffee being served around him.The 22-year-old Irish actor has wrapped filming for the upcoming biopic “Tolkien.” It tells the true story of author J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote “The Lord of the Rings” after returning from the horrors of World War I.“I think there’s going to be a lot of interest. (Main actor) Nick Hoult did an amazing job portraying Tolkien,” Gibson said.“It shows the really human side. It doesn’t feel like a biopic. It feels like a story about a regular person out of the framework of history. And that makes it real, (showing) his flaws, too,” he said.___FORMER SAINT LAURENT DESIGNER SLIMANE NAMED AT CELINEVeteran fashion designer Hedi Slimane has been named the new creative director of the edgy Paris brand Celine.Slimane, who gained critical and commercial success as Saint Laurent’s designer during 2012-2016, will replace outgoing British designer Phoebe Philo, whose departure was announced in November.In a statement Sunday, Celine parent company LVMH praised Slimane’s “talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age.”French-born, Italian-Tunisian Slimane previously worked for LVMH as designer of Dior Homme during 2000-2007. He was credited with contributing to the influential skinny menswear esthetic.Calling Silmane “one of the most talented designers of our time,” LVMH head Bernard Arnault said he was “particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group.”___KENZO CHANNELS A COLORFUL EQUALITYKenzo, one of the biggest houses to go full on with the merger of men’s and women’s designs, went retro with the 40-piece Technicolor collection it presented Sunday.The 1960s preppy received a shot of colour in crisp, high-waisted check pants worn with a wooly V-neck tank top and contrasting turtleneck. The leopard print that appeared on flat-fronted jackets added a quirk.The looks were defined by some serious colour-blocking — which spawned beautiful statement shoes in leather and snake and a navy blue hooded sweater with a bateau neck and floral motifs.The flower — a common theme in the Kenzo universe — cross-pollinated into the 46 women’s styles. The strongest designs were a series of vibrant, multicolored floral gowns.The figure-hugging fabric was ruched down the body along a horizontal hem to make it look like the wearer was ready to burst out.For the confetti-fueled finale, The Cranberries’ anthem “Dreams” blasted out in homage to Dolores O’Riordan, whose lyrics and vocals defined the band. The singer-songwriter died in London on Jan. 15 at age 46.___PAUL SMITH’S 80SIt was the dramatic styles of the 1980s that were in vogue at Paul Smith’s fall show.The British designer stuck closely to suit- and coat-heavy looks for his smart collection that referenced the broad and angular shoulders ubiquitous during that dressy era.Asymmetrical paneling on outerwear — such as a half-tartan, half-plain tailored coat — was a recurrent style and mirrored the days of the New Romantics.Large architectural lapels or turned-up collars on long oversized coats also had the exuberant flourish of that decade’s heady fashions.The sober and beautiful colour palette of myriad blues — navy, Cetacean, Cerulean, blueberry, turquoise — as well as purple and vermilion ensured the collection stayed tasteful.___AGNES B. IS SALEABLE, RISK-FREEAgnes B.’s perfectly saleable designs were dapper, but the collection ultimately played it safe.For fall-winter, the French designer’s best styles riffed on the retro suits of the 1960s.Fitted grey and grey-blue woolen suits flared slightly at the jacket hem and were accessorized with a trilby hat.They wouldn’t have looked out of place on the James Bond of the Sean Connery era.Jazzy shirts and ties in contrasting patterns added the contemporary lift that was also seen in a vivid royal blue hat and chic three-button jacket.At times, the commercial garments looked out of place on a platform of high fashion.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_Klast_img read more

Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption.Nearly 30 per cent of customers on this island of 3.3 million people remain without power more than four months after Hurricane Maria. Many blame the failings of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA.Its director was forced out in November after the utility failed to immediately call for help from its mainland counterparts after the storm. Instead, PREPA granted a power-restoration contract to a little-known company that the utility was later forced to rescind. Most recently, PREPA was blamed for the failure to distribute badly needed parts found in one of its warehouses even as repairs went undone for lack of supplies.Founded in 1979 as a public utility run by appointees of the island’s governor, PREPA is worth roughly $4 billion and has $9 billion in debt and years before Maria’s September landfall, the company was criticized for political patronage and inefficiency. It was also beset by frequent blackouts, including an island-wide outage in September 2016.“The Electric Power Authority has become a heavy burden for our people, who today are held hostage by its poor service and high cost,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello said. “The deficient and obsolete system of generation and distribution of energy is one of the great impediments to our economic development.”Power bills on the island have long been double the average of those on the U.S. mainland, in part because imported petroleum products supply three-fourths of the energy consumed in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Because PREPA is bankrupt, a federal judge will have to approve the sale, in addition to the island’s legislature.“It’s sad that they’ve waited so long to do this,” said economist Gustavo Velez. “If they find not only a good buyer, but a good operator that invests the money that is needed, that clearly is very good news.”In the next couple of days, government officials will begin working with legislators to begin defining how to sell the utility’s assets. Rossello said the process could take around 18 months.Carlos Mendez, majority leader in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, said he will ensure the body backs the governor’s objective.“Either we remain as we are, or we take the decisions needed to push Puerto Rico ahead and lift our economy up once again,” he said.Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz was more reserved, saying he would analyze the proposal and make sure that any changes guarantee an “adequate, efficient and affordable” electrical service for all Puerto Ricans.He also pledged to protect the utility’s workers as the island struggles with an unemployment rate of 10 per cent.Rossello said privatization would bring more affordable rates and better service to consumers and help attract more business to an island mired in an 11-year-old recession.But Sen. Juan Dalmau, whose party supports independence for Puerto Rico, said privatization would not necessarily translate into efficiency or savings.“The message is a manipulation of the justified hopelessness of an island facing a lack of power after the hurricane,” he said.Union leaders said they wouldn’t comment until Tuesday. A spokesman for the utility did not respond to calls seeking for comment.Rossello said PREPA’s electrical grid is not designed for Puerto Rico’s current needs, noting that the greatest demand exists in the northern part of the island, while the main generation plants are in the south. Rossello said PREPA’s infrastructure is nearly 30 years older than the industry average. The company has lost 30 per cent of its employees in the last five years, 86 per cent of whom worked in maintenance, he said.“With this transformation of PREPA, you will cease being its hostage,” he said. “The public corporation has had a historically deficient administration that has maintained a virtual monopoly on power generation in Puerto Rico.”last_img read more

ThriveNorth giving 10000 prize to a budding entrepreneur in Northern BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ThriveNorth is accepting applications for its 2018 Business Challenge, with the winning application getting a prize of $10,000.ThriveNorth, which is managed by Futurpreneur Canada, launched in Northeast B.C. back in February. The organization is an initiative to enhance entrepreneurship opportunities and empower residents of Northern B.C. aged 18-39 with business resources, financing and mentoring with the goal of inspiring and supporting them as they launch and grow their businesses.There are three categories that local entrepreneurs can submit their applications for the Business Challenge: Best New Business (18-28): a business by an entrepreneur between the ages of 18 and 28 at any stage prior to launch or within one year of business by the application deadline of June 30, 2018Best New Business (29-39): a business by an entrepreneur between the ages of 29 and 39 at any stage prior to launch or within one year of business by the application deadline of June 30, 2018Best Growth Opportunity (18-39): a business that has been in operation for a minimum of one year and is able to demonstrate a clear growth opportunity (including but not limited to expansion through increased staff, new locations or new products and services)ThriveNorth is accepting applications from now until June 30th. Semi-finalists will be announced on July 16th, with semi-final pitch events taking place in Terrace and Fort St. John on September 12th and 13th. Fort St. John will host the final pitch event October 3rd and 4th.For more information, contact Katy Carr at [email protected] or (250) 639-4633 or Brennan Eklund at [email protected] or (250) 271-0385.last_img read more