The ball’s in our court

first_imgThree games into its debut season, Alab has been drawing packed crowds from Biñan, Laguna, to the Olivarez College Gym in Parañaque, where only last Sunday former two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. exploded for a record 41 points in a 93-87 victory over the Kaohsiung Truth. Alab will also hold stops in Davao and Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for future home games as they continue to bring the team closer to the fans.Philippine teams have won the ABL twice, but the league has gone under the radar in what was supposed to be the hotbed of basketball in the region, following a forgettable season by the MX3 Kings last year. The Philippine Patriots ruled the inaugural season of the league in 2009, while the Beermen matched the feat in 2013. There was no Philippine team in the ABL in 2014.“We’ve been amazed by the turnout,” said Alab Pilipinas co-owner Charlie Dy. “The ABL has been around for seven years, but the turnout for Philippine [representative] teams wasn’t always like this.”Alab attracted 5,000 fans to its home opener at Alonte Gym in Biñan that ended with a 66-71 loss to the Singapore Slingers, before luring 3,000 at Baliwag Star Arena in Baliuag, Bulacan, for the second game—a 91-82 win over the Kaohsiung Truth.“We had to call in additional security because some fans destroyed the barriers outside the arena in Baliuag just to get in,” says Dy. “We are very happy with the support.”ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Parks has been the star of the show for Alab, averaging 30 points an outing in his first three games, a year after playing for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League. “He’s helped us get the fans because a lot of people are interested in how much he has improved since his UAAP playing days,” Dy says of Parks.Dy admits getting sponsors to back the team is still a tough task, but they take solace in the fact that they’ve been able to establish strong links with the local government units where they play their games. Alab holds basketball clinics a day before each game for children in the community where they play. In return, the LGU allows the team to use the gym for free for their games.All of the Alab games are also shown live on ABS Sports and Action. “It’s a huge factor,” Dy says of the television aspect.While the league’s main thrust is to make basketball grow in the region, Ilagan says the presence of Alab as the Philippines’ representative has been a boost to the league. “The Philippines is always the barometer in terms of basketball in Southeast Asia,” says Ilagan, who is fresh off his first full season running the league.As the players of Alab obliged fans with selfies and autographs last Sunday, Ilagan can’t help but feel a sense of pride as the league finally made strides in his own country, after witnessing how it has impacted other teams in the region.“A turnout like this in the Philippines is really heartwarming,” says Ilagan. “A lot of credit goes to Alab and their approach [in getting fans].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports LOOK: The first half Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Tropang TNT’s Mo Tautuaa, GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle and Alaska’s Chris Banchero boosted their stock in the ABL, before joining the PBA, while Kris Rosales parlayed an impressive stint with the Singapore Slingers last season to make the Tropang Texters squad.Leo Avenido never really fulfilled his potential in the PBA, but the former Far Eastern U gunner was a regular fixture in the ABL, winning the Most Valuable Player award in 2012 with the Beermen and playing as an import for several teams, the last for the Saigon Heat two years ago. It was also in the Vietnamese capital where former Ateneo star Jai Reyes made a name for himself as the “Saigon Mamba” for his explosive game, in reference to retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“The ABL is always about opportunities,” says ABL CEO Jericho Ilagan. “Countless players in the PBA either started or revived their careers in the ABL.”This season, however, the league has become more than just a springboard to careers for Filipino players. Following the entry of Alab Pilipinas, the league is slowly but surely gaining a solid fan base—even outside Metro Manila. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 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 Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmIt was always known as a league where players kickstart or revive their careers in a bid to get bigger and better opportunities.Long before June Mar Fajardo became a dominant force in the PBA, he toiled as a raw, back-up center for the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League (ABL). The same league also gave center Asi Taulava a new lease on his career after his stint in the PBA was stalled.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Fabregas has faith in Blues crown defence

first_img0Shares0000Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Darren Fletcher of West Bromwich Albion clash prior to Fabregas being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 16- Cesc Fabregas believes it is still possible for Chelsea to defend their Premier League title, but acknowledges they have to turn things around fast.The Blues, crowned champions only five months ago, have won just two of their opening eight games in the top flight this season to languish down in 16th place, the club’s worst start in 37 years. Jose Mourinho’s side are already 10 points adrift of early pace setters Manchester City at the league summit and they enter the home clash with Aston Villa on Saturday looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Southampton before the international break.Fabregas, though, is confident the west Londoners can once again finish top of the pile at the end of the season, but insists they cannot afford any more slip-ups.“I still believe we can win the league,” the Spain midfielder told The Sun. “It’s not going to be easy but a 10-point gap at this stage of the season is not impossible.“Last season, we took 22 points from our first eight games but this time every team has lost at least one.“Manchester City lost to West Ham and Tottenham when no one expected it, Manchester United and Arsenal have also dropped points.“No one at Chelsea is happy with our current position but I would prefer to be here now than at the end of the season.“It’s not how we start the campaign, it’s where we finish it. There is still almost 80 percent of the season to go so we have more than enough time to recover. But we need to start that recovery this weekend.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


BC OGC issues orders for unlicensed oil and gas industry dams

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued seven compliance orders to oil and gas companies after inspecting dams used by the industry to ensure they are safe and pose no threat to the environment.Last spring the OGC, which was granted the authority to inspect those dams under the Dam Safety Regulation of the Water Sustainability Act in 2016, proactively inspected 51 dams in the Montney and Horn River Basins. At around the same time, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report saying that Progress Energy failed to get regulatory approval for at least 16 dams in the region. As a result of the inspections, the OGC said that their inspectors found there were no incidents of failures or releases of water or sediment, but that some issues were noted at seven dams. Orders were issued to two companies as per Section 49 of the Oil and Gas Activities Act.Five orders were issued to Progress Energy, and the company was required to draw down water levels to 50 percent of live storage. The OGC has carried out follow-up inspections to confirm these Orders are being complied with. Conoco-Phillips was issued two orders to remove all water from behind two dams, which the company acquired when they purchased the leases from another Montney operator. The OGC said that Conoco-Phillips has complied with both orders.- Advertisement -The OGC also launched two new features to ensure full transparency on its website. A Compliance and Enforcement page is now available, showing all orders and determinations issued to oil and gas operators going forward. Additionally, a Regulated Dams page displays all Commission-regulated dams.last_img read more


West Ham to sign Alex Song from Barcelona on three-year deal

first_imgWest Ham co-owner David Sullivan says a deal has been agreed to sign Alex Song from Barcelona, if the midfielder can pass a medical.The 27-year-old Cameroon international spent last season on loan with the Hammers and impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent move and a three-year contract, as long as the former Arsenal midfielder can prove his fitness.Speaking to the KUMB (Knees Up Mother Brown) Podcast, Sullivan said: “We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical. If the medical is okay, we’ll take him.“He’s a player we all admire and we just hope that the medical shows he’s in a sufficient state for us to gamble.“He couldn’t physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it’s just a technical thing and he’s only a couple of weeks away you’d take that gamble and hope they’re right.“He’s still got two years left on his Barcelona contract and you’re signing a player on a three-year contract, so it’s a huge commitment. He’s a big earner, Alex.“He’s injured at the moment, which is something you’ve got to weight up. But we’ve got until September 1st to make a decision.”Song starred for West Ham in the first part of last season but his form faded like the team’s.Sullivan added: “On his pre-Christmas form he was possibly the best player we’ve ever signed. But after Christmas he was just another player.“Maybe there’s reasons for that and maybe we’ll see the true Alex Song and maybe he’ll make a huge contribution this year.“We’d like another senior pro in that position.” Alex Song 1last_img read more


Study: Immigrants don’t hurt U.S. workers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesKochhar cautioned that immigration could affect job markets in some local areas, but the study found no national trends supporting a link. States with big increases in immigration were just as likely to have low unemployment as states with little immigration, he said. “We cannot say with certainty that the growth in the foreign born population has either hurt or helped” the job market, Kochhar said. The study, however, did not look at whether wages were affected by immigration. Advocates for tighter immigration policies argue that immigrant workers depress wages for American workers, especially those with few skills and little education. Immigration supporters argue that foreign workers often take jobs that Americans don’t want and won’t take. WASHINGTON – Big increases in immigration since 1990 have not hurt employment prospects for American workers, says a study released Thursday. The report comes as Congress and much of the nation are debating immigration policy, a big issue in this fall’s midterm congressional elections. The Pew Hispanic Center found no evidence that increases in immigration led to higher unemployment among Americans, said Rakesh Kochhar, who authored the study. Kochhar said other factors, such as economic growth, played a larger role than immigration in setting the job market for Americans. The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that does not advocate policy positions. The center studied census data on the increase in immigrants from 1990 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2004, for each state. It matched those figures with state employment rates, unemployment rates and participation in the labor force among native-born Americans. The U.S. had 28 million immigrants – legal and illegal – age 16 and older in 2000, an increase of 61 percent from 1990. By 2004, there were 32 million. Among the study’s findings: Twenty-two states had immigration levels above the national average from 1990 to 2000. Among them, 14 had employment rates for native-born workers above the national average in 2000, and eight had employment rates below the national average. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia had immigration levels below the national average from 1990 to 2000. Among them, 16 had above average employment rates for native-born workers in 2000, and 13 had below average employment rates. Twenty-four states had immigration levels above the national average from 2000 to 2004. Among them, 13 states had employment rates for native-born Americans above the national average in 2004, and 11 had employment rates below the national average. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had immigration levels below the national average from 2000 to 2004. Among them, 12 had employment rates for native-born Americans above the national average, and 15 had employment rates below the national average. Immigrants tend to be younger and have less education than American workers. The study, however, found “no apparent relationship between the growth of foreign workers with less education and the employment outcome of native workers with the same low level of education.” However, Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, said his research shows that many young workers with little education are hurt by competition from immigrants. “Employment for less educated natives has declined, and their wages have declined,” said Camarota, who advocates stricter immigration policies. “There is no shortage of less educated workers in the United States.”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


KidVestments teaches children about money

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: KidVestments BUSINESS ADDRESS: 22334 James Alan Circle, Chatsworth, CA 91311 PHONE: (818) 775-1419 E-MAIL: kurtlowry@netzero.net OWNER: Kurt S. Lowry ESTABLISHED: 2001 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Two DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: KidVestments provides investment basics and public-speaking workshops for children and teens. We’re able to come to your public or private school, or anywhere else. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted to fill a serious need. Today’s complex and competitive society requires “financial literacy.” The earlier we teach our children the “language” of money and investing, the more likely they will be responsible with money and create wealth. This, in turn, strengthens our nation. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I tapped into my experiences in training and education. I was a trainer at Countrywide Home Loans, and I’m currently a school administrator. Schools aren’t teaching children this important language. The urgency for this service is huge. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? One year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Bought supplies, designed presentation materials and advertised workshops. WHAT WERE YOUR START-UP COSTS, AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Roughly $3,000 from personal savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My wife, who recognized the need for a kid-friendly, lively workshop on money and investment basics. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I didn’t realize how huge the potential is for teaching children about money and how hungry parents are for this service. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $2,000. Currently I’m part time, but I expect to expand within the next year. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? I want Countrywide, Bank of America, Washington Mutual or another investor to partner with me to provide these services to children all over. I want to also grow the brand name KidVestments as a name that endorses other companies’ products and services as “kid friendly” and likely to benefit children’s health, growth and development. Who wouldn’t want to invest in our children? To be considered for a small-business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want 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


Ole hopes Rashford’s ‘unbelievable’ form continues, confirms Pogba is still out

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… AFP or licensors 2 Solskjaer got the best of Jose Mourinho earlier this week – but he faces another huge test against Man City on Saturday Paul Pogba will miss Saturday’s Manchester derby through his long-standing injury, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Marcus Rashford will fire Manchester United to victory.Rashford is enjoying a remarkable run of form right now, netting 12 goals in his past 13 matches for club and country – with his double on Wednesday downing Spurs on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford. Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2center_img It was Rashford’s 15th goal against one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ since his debut in 2016, and all eyes will be on the 22-year-old on Saturday when the Red Devils come up against another top six side.The Manchester derby pits United against their local rivals Man City, who are hoping to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool, and Rashford will need to be at his best if Solskjaer’s struggling side are to have any chance of winning.One of Rashford’s key issues is that he goes through fits and spurts of brilliant and poor form, but Solskjaer has downplayed fears over the youngster’s consistency.“He is [scoring regularly] at the moment,” said Solskjaer, “and how he didn’t get the goal against Aston Villa is beyond me.“He’s consistently now scoring, with 10 in the last 11 or whatever, but it’s not like four in one and two or three [games] without. It’s not just in spurts.“He’s consistently getting chances and into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable. We hope to see that again.”Listen to full EXCLUSIVE commentary of the Manchester derby LIVE on talkSPORT United’s hopes are pinned on Rashford as another one of the club’s key players, Paul Pogba, remains sidelined with an injury that has forced him to miss the majority of the season so far.“Paul won’t be [fit], no,” added Solskjaer. “[He will be back] as soon as possible, as quickly as possible.“He’s out on the grass training. I said in 2019 so hopefully we’ll see him before the New Year definitely.”Solskjaer also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…Latest injury news“We hope to have Anthony [Martial] for part of the game, but not sure if he’s able to start.”On playing vs Man City so soon after Tottenham match“Confidence is a strange thing in football. You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much, and I know our boys will be up for it.“Energy-wise we should be fine; 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter as they’ll go on adrenaline.“Yesterday was a recovery day, they were tired. Today is another preparation day, but we still haven’t had that session.“I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”On the challenge of Man City“We’re going away against arguably the best team in England. It’s a difficult game but we need consistency.“It was doom and gloom but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief, and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance, like the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say, ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’, but the Premier League is hard, no matter who you play.” LIVE on talkSPORT On racism in Italy after Corriere dello Sport cover features Chris Smalling and ‘Black Friday’ headline“When you see that paper you say, ‘wow, is that really possible?’ It’s the worst front page I’ve ever seen.“We’ve been in touch with Chris just so he knows we’ll back him, and Romelu [Lukaku] as well.“I don’t work in your line of business but wow, it’s incredible! At least we don’t see that here, and it has to be stamped out.”On Smalling’s loan at Roma“We know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways, but Chris is the type to relish these challenges.“He is cultured and enjoys life down there. It’s a new experience for him. He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular, and I’m so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.“Yeah [he will return to Man United].”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Man City vs Manchester United at 5:30pmlast_img read more


Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 29, 2018

first_imgAttractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Liberty Square RiverboatDisney’s Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Starting October 1)That’s all for now. See you next week! Share This!We’ve got a sneak peek and a closure coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Get the scoop on both in this Walt Disney World weekly preview!Special EventsHere are your artists for this week’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series:9/29 – 9/30: Jeffrey Osborne10/1 – 10/2: Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts (New)10/3 – 10/4: Everclear10/5 – 10/7: Mark Wills WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hourscenter_img Beginning October 1, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will close for five weeks. This stage show is featured on Hollywood Boulevard and the closure is due to concrete work.Beginning October 5, sneak peeks of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Head to Walt Disney Presents, located in Animation Courtyard, to check out the 12-minute preview of the film, coming to theaters November 2.Disney Springs has launched the Dream Big, Princess Movie Marathon from September 14 – October 18. At 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily, AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theaters will show a different Disney Princess film every week. Here’s the list:9/28 – 10/4: Disney’s Tangled10/5 – 10/11: Disney’s Moana10/12 – 10/18: Disney’s Cinderella (Live Action)last_img read more


Yahoo! Glue Finally Comes to the US and It’s Awesome

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#search#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This May Yahoo! started testing an “all in one” search product called Yahoo Glue in India. It’s a really cool service that tonight becomes available to US users of Yahoo.Yahoo! Glue search results include web search, images, news, blog search, Wikipedia and YouTube videos. That’s right – in the India version at least Yahoo! displayed search results from both Google’s YouTube and Google Blogsearch. The end result – all these links on one page – is pretty awesome. The Indian version prioritized pages relevant to India, which is interesting, but a little unhelpful to those outside of India. Tonight’s roll out will include a version that prioritizes US relevance and uses an algorithm to determine which media type is most relevant to a particular search. That type’s widget will appear highest on the page. Starting at 6:30 PM PST tonight you should be able to give it a spin and let us know what you think at Glue.Yahoo.com.last_img read more


The Incentive to Mentor

first_imgMost people see the value in learning from someone with more experience. Yet the incentive for becoming a mentor is less clear. It may seem harsh to ask: “what do I get out of it?” But in a world that operates on self-interest, we have to accept that rational individuals need an incentive to take action.Luckily for those searching for a mentor, there is hope (and an incentive)! By teaching others, mentors have to reflect on their professional skills. Helping others can also be a great way to refresh nearly-forgotten information. Additionally, good networking works both ways. Connecting your mentee to your network can increase the number of opportunities that come your way in the future.You may be wondering: how do I get started? How do I mentor and what does it mean to lead by example?In Roger Custer’s post titled, “Everyone Can Be a Mentor“, he describes how most of us are mentors already. Therefore whether you like it or not, everyone is either a good example or a bad example to someone.Heather Huhman, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report also offers her two cents on the benefits of mentorship in “5 Reasons You’ Benefit from Helping a Mentee.”Finally, Lisa Quast writes in Forbes about “How Becoming a Mentor Can Boost Your Career.” Quast gives great universal advice, but also describes the unique importance of mentors for women.last_img read more