Phoenix solves guard problems with Alolino, Javelona

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “Once na narinig ko yung name ko, I had a sigh of relief talaga,” Alolino said after Phoenix drafted him second in the regular draft.“Lahat ng pinaghirapan ko was worth it because nandito na ako. It really is a dream come true.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentAlolino pairs with Matthew Wright as the standout rookies which will join the Fuel Masters this upcoming season.And for Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia, those picks allowed him to address his squad’s pressing need beef up its backcourt. “May familiarity na kami sa isa’t isa. Hindi ko in-expect yun pero hopefully, sama-sama din kami na makapag-sign ng contract.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We solved our point guard problem,” he said. “We got lots of point guards now.”Alolino joins sophomore slasher Simon Enciso and veteran Chico Lanete at the point. And this early, Alolino is excited to have the chance to be mentored by those two.“I’m really excited to learn more. Di ako magre-relax at ibibigay ko pa kung ano kaya ko,” he said.Alolino is also hoping that he won’t have a hard time adjusting to the PBA game given that he will open a new chapter in his basketball career along with his former NU teammates Jeff Javillonar and Pao Javelona, who were also acquired by Phoenix in the draft.“Happy ako na at least nandito na kami. Nakasama ko sila ng maraming beses na sa UAAP pero pare-parehas kaming bago dito kaya as much as possible, hahanapin pa namin yung mabibigay namin sa team,” he said, as he hopes to exploit this advantage as all three Bulldogs eye to crack Vanguardia’s rotation through their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netConsider it a dream come true for Gelo Alolino.The former National University guard didn’t really have to wait that long before he heard his name called up in the stage in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Lee excited to team up with Star rookie Jalaloncenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:59Duterte’s drug war barely nicked surface of society’s menace – Robredo01:31Taiwan 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 FUNDlast_img read more

Growth versus Development

first_imgIf there was ever an argument for going ahead with the suggestion that Guyana needs a separate Ministry for “economic planning and development” it was Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s riposte that cited the commendation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Guyana’s economic growth, which is projected to be four per cent this year.Jordan’s contention that the IMF’s report should not be doubted or challenged, since it was already established that the body was “neutral”, only emphasised his confusion on the difference between “growth” and “development” and indeed on the premises the IMF functions. Almost the entire world has admitted that the IMF has failed spectacularly in the last three decades after it foisted the “Washington Consensus Model” for generating growth in economies. Guyana under the PNC government of Desmond Hoyte, was forced to sign on to the IMF’s “Economic Recovery Programme”.The neo-liberal premises of the “Consensus” are to accept the “market” as the only determinant for economic policies, which would focus on “stabilisation”, “liberalisation” and “privatisation”. The “stabilisation” directive homed in on “macroeconomic fundamentals”, such as “budgetary deficits”, “inflation”, and “growth”. This is the line that Jordan is still parroting and maybe it comes naturally to him as a “numbers cruncher” man rather than an “economic policy maker”.The “liberalisation” prong demanded a complete opening up of our financial system, including capital controls to prevent a country’s currency from stemming massive capital outflows. And finally the fallacy of the “mantra of growth”, which Jordan invoked that simply and mechanistically touts total GDP – total economic activity. This misses the very glaring anomaly posed when a large chunk of the GDP is derived from a narrow sector and the gains do not circulate widely in the populace. This is the present case with gold production up but rice, sugar, timber, etc all down. Even its founder Kuznets rejected it as a measure of “welfare”.This brings up the poignant point that Guyana is presently experiencing with its “four per cent growth” but which Jordan insists on averting his eyes from: unemployment is in very high double digits and for youths, the situation has reached a crisis point. “Development” is a much wider concept than “growth” and in fact it was adopted by the UNDP in conscious contradistinction to that metric proposing instead their more nuanced Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living.As one of the most trenchant critics of the IMF, former World Bank Chief Economist and Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz pointed out: “The stance of the IMF is not only a betrayal of the ideas underlying the IMF’s inception, but it is simply bad economics. The underlying belief at the creation of the IMF was that, in times of crisis, the IMF should foster expansionary economic policy – for instance, encouraging or enabling increased expenditures, lower taxes, lower interest rates – in order to stimulate the economy. In short, a country’s populace would have more money available and so increase their purchasing, thereby stimulating the economy.”A Ministry of Planning and Development would be responsible for crafting an economic PLAN for Guyana that takes into consideration both Stiglitz’s critique and other models of development. While the Washington Consensus, for instance, rejected a direct role of government in the economy, in favour of simply providing an “enabling environment” – and which government spokesmen regularly regurgitate in Guyana – the fastest growing economies of the Far East (dubbed “The Eastern Tigers”) demonstrated that government’s can play a much greater role in fostering both growth and development. For instance, they have worked with banks and industry to direct cheap funding to strategic production of goods that can be exported.Unless Guyana either transforms its Finance Ministry and brings in some high-powered developmental economists, our label as a “developing” country will simply be ironical.last_img read more

Cecil Lake Road closed due to maintenance, detour in place

first_imgUPDATE as of 4 p.m. – The Cecil Lake Road is now open.The #CecilLake 103rd is open. Traffic control will remain onsite to monitor water levels and road condition. Please obey all posted signs. #YXJ @DriveBC_NE— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) April 27, 2018FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge say that the Cecil Lake Road is closed in both directions today while crews conduct maintenance operations.- Advertisement -YRB North Peace Quality Manager Greg McNeil said that the road is closed roughly 6km east of the Cecil Lake Hall while crews repair the road. Traffic control with a detour is in place, and the road is expected to reopen this afternoon.McNeil added that YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.Advertisementlast_img

Hundreds of thousands flee Mexico floods

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A 10-inch natural gas pipeline sprang a leak after flooding apparently washed away soil underneath it, but it was unclear if other facilities operated by the state-run Petroleos Mexicanos were damaged or if oil production was affected. Workers tried to protect Villahermosa’s famous Olmec statues by placing sandbag collars around their enormous stone heads, and built sandbag walls to hold back the Grijalva River in the state capital. But the water rose quickly, surprising residents used to annual floods and forcing soldiers to evacuate the historic city center. The dikes failed Thursday night, and water swamped the capital’s bus station and open-air market. Rain gave way to sunshine Friday, but tens of thousands of people were still stranded on rooftops or in the upper floors of their homes. Rescue workers used tractors, helicopters, jet skis and boats to ferry people to safety, while others swam through water infested by poisonous snakes to reach higher ground. Calderon met with state officials and flew over the affected areas. The extent of the flooding was clear from the sky – Tabasco state seemed like an inland sea with only rooftops and treetops protruding from the water. VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico – Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans fled a flooded region of the Gulf of Mexico coast Friday, jumping from rooftops into rescue helicopters, scrambling into boats or swimming out through murky brown water. President Felipe Calderon called the flooding in Tabasco state one of Mexico’s worst recent natural disasters, and pledged to rebuild. A week of heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, drowning at least 80 percent of the oil-rich state. Much of the state capital, Villahermosa, looked like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, with water reaching to second-story rooftops and desperate people awaiting rescue. At least one death was reported and nearly all services, including drinking water and public transportation, were shut down. The flood affected more than 900,000 people in the state of 2 million – their homes flooded, damaged or cut off by high water. “This is not just the worst natural catastrophe in the state’s history but, I would venture to say, one of the worst in the recent history of the country,” Calderon said Friday during an emergency meeting with state officials in Villahermosa. The president ordered the armed forces and federal police to maintain order and prevent looting, and asked residents to remain calm. He canceled a trip to Panama, Colombia and Peru. “Once we have passed the critical stage … we are going to reconstruct Tabasco, whatever it takes,” Calderon said. Mexicans rallied around the disaster, with people across the country contributing money and supplies. Television stations dedicated entire newscasts to the flooding and morning shows switched from yoga and home improvement to calls for aid. Friday was the Day of the Dead holiday, but banks opened to accept donations for flood victims. Food and clean drinking water were extremely scarce in Tabasco state, and federal Deputy Health Secretary Mauricio Hernandez warned that there could be outbreaks of cholera and other waterborne diseases. “With so many people packed together there is a chance that infectious diseases could spread,” he said. Officials tested for 600 suspected cases of cholera, but none was positive, he said. The waterborne sickness, which can be fatal, has not been reported in Mexico for at least six years. The government also sent 20,000 Hepatitis A vaccinations and were giving booster shots to children to prevent outbreaks, Hernandez said. Medical care was difficult, however, because at least 50 of the state’s hospitals and medical centers were flooded. Hotels, parking garages and other dry structures were converted into temporary shelters for those forced from their homes. Guadalupe de la Cruz, a receptionist at the Hotel Calinda Viva Villahermosa, said the hotel’s meeting rooms were being used as shelters for employees’ families. She said the 240-room hotel was completely booked, mostly by people who had fled their homes. Many people were headed to nearby cities unaffected by the floods. Highways that weren’t covered with water were packed with residents fleeing in cars and on foot. The exodus appeared to be orderly with no reports of violence. Villahermosa resident Mauricio Hernandez, 27, who is not related to the federal official, paid a taxi to go to Cardenas, 30 miles away. From there, he planned to hop a bus to the port city of Coatzacoalcos. “We are leaving because we cannot live like this,” he said. “We don’t have any water, and the shelters are full. Where are we going to go?” State officials sent 50 buses to a museum in the capital where hundreds of people gathered. “We wanted to stay in the city but it is no longer possible,” said Jorge Rodriguez, 43. “We have lost everything.”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

Team of the Weekend featuring Premier League and FA Cup players

first_img 11 Cedric Soares (Southampton, right back) David De Gea (Man United, goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the best XI and let us know the players who form your team Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea, central midfield) 11 11 11 11 Lamine Kone (Sunderland, centre back) Christian Fuchs (Leicester, left back) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, right wing) Riyad Mahrez capped his day off by winning the Players’ Player of the Year award in what has been an outstanding season for the Leicester and Algeria ace.In a 4-0 win against Swansea, Mahrez opened the scoring as the club moved eight points clear of Spurs, who play on Monday night.Here, talkSPORT looks at the best players from the weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup action, so let us know if you agree with the selection.Click the arrow above, right, to see the XI. 11 11 Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, central midfield) 11 11 11 Eden Hazard (Chelsea, left wing) Younes Kaboul (Sunderland, centre back) Anthony Martial (Man United, striker) 11 Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City, striker)last_img read more

Dates Announced for Two Epcot Festivals

first_imgShare This!We’re just hitting the spring season, but of course, now it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter. Today, Disney has shared with us the dates of not only the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, but also the Epcot Festival of the Holidays!First, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be taking place for the longest number of days ever – a whopping 87 days! This year’s event will run from August 29 (hmmm….that day sounds familiar….ahem…Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) through November 23.  This year’s festival will continue offering tasty dishes, fine dining events, and appearances by favorite celebrity chefs.As far as the Epcot Festival of the Holidays goes, it will run from November 29 through December 30. This event is a seasonal celebration that invites guests to discover holiday cheer across the park thanks to special entertainment, holiday storytellers, Holiday Kitchens booths, and The Candlelight Processional, which for those who don’t know are nightly retellings of the traditional Christmas story read by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra.So, put those dates on your calendars! We’ll be sure to share more details about both festivals as we learn more!last_img read more

Enjoying A Capella Music: MACFest 2014

first_imgEvery fall I look forward to MACFest, the annual fall concert for the student a capella groups at the University of Michigan. Organized by the Michigan A Capella Council, MACFest showcases 16 student groups, the largest collegiate a capella community in the United States. Last night’s performance marked the 15th annual MACFest; I’ve attended since 2005. Rackham Auditorium is the perfect venue for the performance, where a capella fans, fellow students, parents, and the community can enjoy an amazing evening of music. It’s wonderful to see how the love of a capella music has grown in the community. Over the years, I’ve seen the number of a capella groups grow from 10 to the current 16 groups. And I’ve seen the attendance grow from an audience with large numbers of open seats available to last night’s performance where the only seats available were those with a blocked view of the singers. If you’re a fan of a capella music, it’s a concert you don’t want to miss! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJoyful Singing: MACFestIn addition to raking leaves (yes, I do love to rake them!), one of my favorite things I look forward to every fall is attending the annual MACFest concert. Organized by the Michigan A Capella Council (MACC) at the University of Michigan, a dozen a capella student groups gather together…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Noel Night 2019 with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and Kirk in the Hills ChoirImagine having a first row seat to hear an excerpt of Handel’s Messiah performed by the nationally acclaimed Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings ensemble accompanied by the Kirk in the Hills Choir. That’s how I enjoyed my evening last night at the 47th annual Noel Night in midtown Detroit, where…In “Michigan”February 2014 Web Professional and User Experience EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to look for interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Philly 360° Rewind: Philly Invades SXSW 2014

first_imgPhilly Invades Austin for SXSW(m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360) Philly 360° hit the road and headed to Austin, Texas for the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. The Philly takeover was in full effect at this year’s festival. From March 7-16, the entire city of Austin is taken over by brands, musical artists, tech geeks, indie filmmakers, entertainment industry reps, celebrities, media and massive amounts of creatives and hipsters looking to check out new talent, trends and brand experiences — and Philly definitely played a major part in the Austin takeover.  Reppin’ Philly Music:  Philly’s local music scene repped hard at SXSW, and we were there to capture it all. Philly bands, artists and musicians played all across Austin — from large-scale stages to intimate spaces. Philly talent was everywhere. Sought after drummer and Philly’s own Spanky McCurdy played with Lady Gaga on the Doritos #BoldStage for her now infamous SXSW performance. Rising hip-hop artist Chill Moody performed on six stages with local R&B singer Beano and DJ Ricochet on the ones and twos.  Also on the hip-hop tip for the SXSW Philly takeover, Philly’s own hip-hop legend Freeway, plus rising emcees Gilbere Forte, Knxwledge, Eshon Burgundy, Da Truth and Chynna all held down Philly’s presence with shows during SXSW. And, at one of Okayplayer’s events, DJ Qool Marv had a 2-hour set dedicated to Philly hip-hop icons The Roots, plus a new mix from our very own DJ legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Indie soulstress Res showed Austin how Philly lays it down in the R&B scene. And, emerging indie bands like Cheers Elephant, The Districts, Kurt Vile, Far-Out Fangtooth, Modern Inventors, Pattern is Movement and Cheerleader also showcased the Philly indie music scene.  Reppin’ Philly Brands:  Philly 360° also caught up with some Philly brands while there, including local radio station WXPN that was live broadcasting from SXSW. Our friends at Mitchell & Ness were also there as they launched a new reflective snapback hat. They had had some star power in their space at Woven House, including Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Lady Gaga, Diddy and Taboo. SInce Philly is the “City of Brotherly Love”, Philly 360° and Visit Philly also made sure to spread some of our own Philly love by giving out swag and gifts that were Philly-made, including: Phillyosphy shirts designed by Chill Moody and Curran Swint of Kings Rule Together, Jeantrix love pins, Philly 360° wristbands (shameless plug), Stacey Flygirrl Wilson’s jawn shirts and posters, DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime 2 CDs, Uber Philly cards, 611 apparell, WXPN/World Cafe Live CDs, Victory Brewing Summer Love Ale beer koozies, Side Project Jerkey, Rival Bros. coffee and some Philly giveaways like a trip to Philly for the Roots Picnic and a Fuji Feather Bike.  The Official Behind-the-Scenes Video:  Like we said, the Philly takeover was in full effect during SXSW and all the talent held it down for their hometown. We hit the streets to connect with some of our homegrown talent and friends while we were there, and to also check in with SXSW goers to test their Philly knowledge. Be on the lookout for our Official Philly SXSW video to see exactly how things went down in Austin.  Stay tuned for more!last_img read more

10 Indian Stars

first_imgTen Indians made the cut with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and pop stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in Forbes list of “tomorrow’s brightest stars.”Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ list profiling 360 young “ultra impressive up-and-comers,” includes:Kunal Shah, 29, the youngest managing director at Goldman Sachs.Param Jaggi, 17, an “award-winning high schooler” at Austin College, who developed an auto device to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.Vivek Nair, 23, chief executive of Damascus Fortune, who has developed a technology to transforms industrial carbon emissions into carbon nanotubes.Vikas Mohindra, 25, financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Manvir Nijhar, 28, co-head of European Equity Derivatives Sales at Citigroup.Raj Krishnan, 29, chief executive of Biological Dynamics, who developed blood test for cancer.Sidhant Gupta, 27, a graduate student at the University of Washington, who developed home sensors to conserve electricity, heat and gas.Nikhil Arora, 24, who co-founded a business that sells ‘grow-your-own-mushroom’ kits using recycled coffee grounds.Maneet Ahuja, 27, a producer at CNBC and a hedge fund expert. Related Itemslast_img read more