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PBA Season 43 Preview: Guiao optimistic as new recruits expected to bolster NLEX

first_imgRavena is one of the most celebrated collegiate players during his time with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. He also has vast experience playing in the international stage being a four-time Southeast Asian gold medalist and a young member of Gilas Pilipinaa.From a player with that resumé, Guiao expects nothing less from Ravena.“I know what I expect. I guess everybody knows what he can do so I’m no longer surprised with what he’s able to do for our team,” Guiao said. “And the good side is he’s going to get better and he’s going to be special in this league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxing promoter trying to get Pacquiao to fight in Mexico NLEX improved leaps and bounds in the Governors’ Cup last season after finishing dead last in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup where it registered a 2-9 card in each of the two conferences.The Road Warriors had a franchise-best start at 4-0 in the third conference and though they faltered midway en route to a quarterfinals exit, the team showed a lot of promise that Guiao hopes to finally be realized.“We’ve shown that we can contend with the high-caliber teams. We just need a little bit of time together and we will be okay.”Last season also witnessed the rise of Kevin Alas as one of the league’s rising stars. NLEX also added quality veterans in Larry Fonacier, Cyrus Baguio and JR Quiñahan, three players whom Guiao shared championships with back in his time with Red Bull and Rain or Shine.The Road Warriors bolstered their roster yet again in the offseason when they selected Kiefer Ravena as the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao likes what’s in store for his team in the coming PBA season.Guiao has his reasons for his bright outlook ahead of the 2018 Philippine Cup. The Road Warriors’ breakthrough campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup is one of those and so is the team’s offseason acquisitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m very optimistic,” he told “Especially with the new additions.”“As long as we’re improving everyday in practice, we’re improving every conference, that’s what’s important for us.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Head Coach: Yeng GuiaoKey Players: Kevin Alas, Cyrus Baguio, JR Quiñahan, Asi TaulavaKey Additions: Kiefer Ravena, Michael MirandaKey Losses: Jonas Villanueva, Carlo LastimosaADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Guyana’s political culture is not evolving fast enough

first_imgDear Editor,What we are dealing with here is a political culture that has been developed over 50 years of the PPP and PNC fighting each other. Both sides believe that they are right and only they have the solutions to Guyana’s problems.Some would advocate that we need to rid ourselves of both the PPP and PNC to move forward, which is wishful thinking.People in society are not listening to what is being said; they are just listening to what their side says without trying to understand the point-of-views being expressed by others.You need to get the PPP and PNC to reconcile their differences and work for the betterment of all Guyanese. The alternative is a permanent divorce.Until someone comes along who can make a greater impact on the political scene by eroding both the PPP and PNC support base then Guyanese are in for more of the same.What about the AFC? Well, the AFC was formed with the intention of breaking away from the past, to fight the racial politics. But its strategy morphed into fighting to get into power. It sided with the PNC to get power only to now find itself powerless.What needs to change?Clearly something needs to change so that every Guyanese can feel included regardless of who is in power. What needs to be changed is that the PPP and PNC needs to publicly acknowledge that they do not singularly have the solutions to all of Guyana’s problems. And, that they need the other side’s real input.This is not a proposition for shared governance, as the PPP and PNC still need to demonstrate that they can work together for the national good. Those who propose shared governance may get it only on paper.Consensus politics is about working together, building trust, mutual understanding and mutual respect.Yours Faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Isn’t this advertising discourtesy and laziness?

first_imgDear Editor,The incidence of vacancy notices which carry rather rude warnings that only shortlisted applications will be acknowledged has been on the rise. I find this increasing (mal)-practice among some current colleagues (oops!) in the noble profession of Human Resource Management rather disconcerting. I believe it might even ‘turn-off’ rather than encourage good applications.I, therefore, wonder about its genesis and value to the advertiser.I joined the Human Resource Management profession in the days when the laborious typewriters and ‘Gestetner’ printing machines were in vogue; yet we acknowledged every application – even the unsolicited ones! It is common courtesy, good professional practice and necessary Public Relations.With the convenient and cost-effective communication facilities available these days, why indulge in this off-putting practice of forewarning applicants that their applications might not be acknowledged?Chances are, if the advertisements are carefully crafted, unsuitable applications will not proliferate.Too many advertisements lazily replicate the official job descriptions which naturally include many incidentals. Instead, the core essentials of the job should be extracted from the job description to write a good advertisement that ‘markets’ the job without enticing every ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ to apply!A well-crafted advertisement will be shorter and, therefore, less costly to the company/office.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Flyers dominated in loss to Dawson Creek Thursday night

first_imgNext up for the Flyers is a tilt with the Manning Comets on Teddy Bear Toss night, Saturday evening at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had their six-game winning streak come to an abrupt end Thursday night at the hands of the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.The Flyers got outplayed in every facet of the game in the first period as the visitors opened the scoring just before the five-minute mark of play. Dawson Creek made it 2-0 with 4:44 to go before the first intermission.The middle frame saw the visitors keep the pedal to the medal and add to their lead two minutes in. With 8:29 remaining they found the back of the net for a 4-0 advantage, squashing any Flyers momentum from a Mike Van Nostrand.- Advertisement -The Senior Canucks score their fifth goal twenty-nine seconds into the final stanza. They ended the scoring at 9:30 to go in the third period with the 6-0 tally.“We played like a bunch of Peewees tonight, totally outworked and outclassed,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. We have twenty-eight guys signed to the roster with only three of which were out because of injury, our commitment level needs to be higher.”This is the first time in 45 matchups that the Flyers have been shutout by Dawson Creek.Advertisementlast_img read more

Storm rolling in tonight, will bring cold and snow

first_img• Check the weather forecast in your area Get your skis out. And the thermal underwear. A major – and cold – Pacific storm is expected to arrive overnight tonight, most likely after midnight, the National Weather Service said. The storm will probably last into Friday, with remnants lingering even through the weekend, the NWS said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe system could dump anywhere from half an inch to an inch or more of rain in the coastal valleys and 3 inches or more at higher elevations. The higher you are, the more rain you’re likely to get, forecasters said. By Friday afternoon, snow levels could be at the 5,500-foot level in the local mountains, falling to 5,000 feet by Saturday, NWS officials said. While the rain likely will not arrive until after tonight’s rush hour, forecasters said some areas could get intense bouts of rain for periods of three to five hours before the storm begins moving out Friday evening. A 70 percent chance of rain is expected for most of Friday, when there also will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Expect cold daytime temperatures in the 60s today, dropping into the 50s on Friday and remaining cold through the weekend as a mass of cold air follows in the wake of the storm. Saturday and Sunday should be partly cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of rain both days, forecasters said. Winds blowing up to 30 mph are expected Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures staying in the upper 50s to low 60s. 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

Joao Mario ignoring Manchester United and Chelsea links until after Euro 2016

first_img1 Joao Mario is shelving talk about his future to help Portugal win Euro 2016.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been linked with a big-money move to Chelsea or Manchester United and he has shone in France this summer.Mario has played in every one of Portugal’s matches during their run to Sunday’s final against France in Paris.But now he insists he is fully focused on going all the way and not about where he will be playing his football next season.“Two days away from playing a final – my only focus is on playing this final,” said Mario.“My future is only two days – to the European Championship final.“Critics are a part of football. We don’t care about them. We don’t want to win to have our revenge, we want to win for the fans.“We above all believe in ourselves, the coach was the first one to transmit this spirit. There will always be criticism but we believe in ourselves.” Joao Mario is focused on the final last_img read more

Too few spots to fuel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Ethanol supporters say the extra oil consumption is part of the growing pains of the flex-fuels program, which they say will decrease oil use when more E85 fueling stations are available to drivers. “You’ve got to get the cars out before you can get the fueling structure,” said Tom Koehler, a spokesman for Fresno-based Pacific Ethanol. A 2002 Department of Transportation study estimated that E85 accounted for only about 1 percent of the fuel consumed by flex-fuel vehicles between 1996 and 2000 – the equivalent of 26 million gallons. Relaxed fuel economy standards resulting from flex-fuel credits, meanwhile, were responsible for increased petroleum consumption totaling 772 million gallons – enough gas for a Jeep Grand Cherokee to drive from San Diego to Boston and back more than 8,000 times. Often cheaper than gasoline, E85 is known for getting fewer miles to the gallon but higher octane, resulting in more horsepower. A federal push for cars that run on an alternative fuel straight from the heartland isn’t winning many converts among American drivers – but is a hit with automakers who use it to skirt mileage standards. Five million cars across the country are equipped to run on the fuel, but almost no one uses it outside the corn belt. Fortunately for carmakers, a 1988 law designed to decrease oil use gives them credits for building vehicles that run on the alternative fuel whether anyone uses it or not. Those credits allow automakers to relax gasoline efficiency standards on other vehicles – which drives oil consumption up instead of down. The situation would be different if many more people replaced the gasoline in their tanks with the fuel known as E85 – a combination of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, a corn-based additive. Flex-fuel cars can run on gas, E85, or combinations of the two. The fuel works in more than 30 models, including General Motor’s Yukon, Chevrolet’s Silverado, and Ford’s Taurus, but many people don’t know it. Ford and GM have only recently begun national ad campaigns to promote their vehicles’ flex-fuel capabilities, trying to lure consumers skittish over gas prices. Drivers can see if their vehicle will run on E85 by checking the owner’s manual or a Web site,, that lists compatible models. Ethanol promoters say motorists are often stunned to learn their cars will run on the fuel, but even those well-schooled in E85 may need to drive hundreds of miles to buy it. At the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, General Motors announced a partnership with Chevron, California officials and Pacific Ethanol to gauge the public’s interest in E85. Those involved said high interest could lead to more pumps nationwide. The GM initiative is only a small step toward the kind of widespread E85 use that the flex-fuel credit program requires, said Roland Hwang, a senior policy analyst for the National Resources Defense Council. “If this is the beginning and the end, this is less than a drop of the bucket,” said Hwang. He said the incentive program should end if it continues to promote rather than discourage oil use. Therese Langer, transportation program director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, said the program should allow automakers to reduce fuel efficiency standards only if drivers actually use E85 in their vehicles. That use could be monitored by tracking E85 sales. With strong support from automakers, the incentives program was renewed in the sweeping energy bill President George W. Bush signed in August. Ethanol’s promoters call it a clean-burning fuel that helps farmers in the nation’s corn belt while reducing greenhouse emissions and shifting the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. “It’s 100 percent domestic,” said Phillip Lampert, executive director of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. “We don’t have to fight wars to bring it in.” Critics see the ethanol program as a waste of $3 billion a year in state and federal subsidies, pointing to a study last year by professors at Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley that said ethanol takes more energy to make than it produces. Ethanol producers dispute the finding. GM said in Thursday’s announcement it would try to promote the fuel by offering 50 to 100 of its flex-fuel vehicles to California in the state’s annual competitive bidding process. Chevron will work with the state to provide E85 fueling pumps, with Pacific Ethanol providing the E85. The 2002 federal study offered several scenarios for the flex-fuel program’s future effect on petroleum consumption. If the percentage of E85 used in flex-fuel vehicles remains at 1 percent from 2001 to 2008, the amount of petroleum consumed could increase by more than 17 billion gallons. The study projected that if every E85-compatible vehicle ran solely on the fuel in 2006, more than 2.1 billion gallons of oil would be saved this year. That scenario, however, is impossible. Though flex-fuel vehicles are sold nationwide, only 30 states have public E85 fueling stations. Most are in the corn belt, and some states have only a handful. California, the nation’s largest auto market, has only one in San Diego. Tim Gerlach, a spokesman for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, where E85 is most popular, said the program’s success will depend on the public demanding more cars and fueling stations as they wait for longer-term fixes to the nation’s oil dependency. “You need more vehicles, better availability of the fuel, and more awareness,” said Gerlach, who owns a flex-fuel Ford Taurus. “Here is something we can do very easily now.” 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


first_imgThis is the heartbreaking scene as friends and team-mates paid a tearful tribute to tragic Tomas Maguire.The 24 year old Ardara man was killed in Australia last week in a freak car accident. Friends of the much-loved Donegal man at Donegal GFC in Boston, where he played for a time, placed his number two jersey on the sideline before the game.His friends then held a minute’s silence before the game as Donegal took on Armagh at the Irish Cultural Centre.A spokesperson for Donegal Boston paid tribute to Tomas and remembered a “loveable character” and a “great friend” who was taken form them all too soon.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tomas. May he rest in peace,” said the spokesman. TRAGIC TOMAS LIVES ON FROM THE SIDELINES AS TEAM-MATES HONOUR HIS MEMORY was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentArdaraDonegal BostonTomás Maguiretragedylast_img read more

City housing program falls short

first_imgWhen it comes to innovative affordable-housing programs, Los Angeles doesn’t stand out from the crowd, according to a report released Monday. The city was one of eight municipalities that failed to rate a mention in the “Affordable Home: Best Practices in America” report compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based Homeownership Alliance. Meanwhile, the now-bustling metroplex of Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario, collectively the Inland Empire, and San Diego did. Those two areas are on the opposite ends of the price spectrum, so affordable housing is not viewed as an oxymoron by the alliance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But alliance officials point out they are not singling out L.A. and the seven others for criticism either, noting that the 20 municipalities examined have some form of affordable-housing program. The 12 featured in the report have more innovative components, though, officials said. The report is a sampling of what the alliance thinks are some of the best affordable-housing practices in the nation. “We tried to find places that had a good mix of … programs that would help the homeowner get into a home,” said alliance President Rick Davis. For example, in the Inland Empire the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside joined the Riverside-San Bernardino Housing and Finance Agency and created the Public Lease-to-Purchase program. It helps people who can afford making a monthly house payment and have a good record of paying their rent. It allows participants to lock in a home price and use the lease-purchase period to establish or repair their credit and eventually buy the home. The alliance sent letters to housing officials asking for information about their programs and checked out the Web sites of each city. Davis wants to give the findings wide distribution. “What we hope is that (cities) will look at this as a primer to the kinds of programs they can participate in,” he said. Not having their programs highlighted didn’t seem to miff anyone at City Hall, either. “In terms of why we didn’t make it to the list, I would suggest you speak to the Homeownership Alliance and ask them why that happened,” Diana Rubio, a spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said in a voice-mail message. While the city didn’t score any points with the alliance for innovation it didn’t seem to get any credit for volume, either. The city’s Housing department ( offers eight homebuyer-assistance programs. They include loans for low- and moderate-income first-time buyers, down payment assistance, tax credits and below-market rate loans. Meanwhile, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles ( participates in the Federal Section 8 program that dates back to the Great Depression. It used to just focus on rental assistance but now included a purchase component, too. And the authority offers the Home Ownership Supportive Services program that teaches prospective buyers 22 hours of financial literacy and the process required to buy a home. Graduates then work with support groups that have relationships with lenders to further help with the purchase. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 The Homeownership Alliance looked at affordable-housing programs in the nation’s 20 largest metro areas. The Best New York Chicago Philadelphia Washington, D.C. Atlanta Inland Empire Phoenix Seattle-Tacoma Minneapolis-St. Paul San Diego Baltimore Pittsburgh The Rest Los Angeles Dallas-Fort Worth Miami-Fort Lauderdale Houston Detroit Boston The Bay Area St. Louis Source: Homeownership Alliance 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

Video of Donegal man dressed as Pablo Escobar is the best thing you’ll watch today…….

first_imgHalloween is always a great weekend for a few laughs, as people try to out do each other with the weirdest or wackiest costumes they can get their hands on! However, some take inspiration from current hit TV shows! Netflix show Narcos, which chronicles the incredible life of Columbian drug-lord Pablo Escobar is one of the biggest TV shows in the world.Termon GAA player and part-time actor Daniel Connaghan decided to immerse himself into the role of Pablo Escobar at the weekend – and it is absolutely hilarious.Click on the video above to hear a disgruntled Escobar (Connaghan) express his frustrations in fluent Columbian that the taxi to take them to Voodoo is ridiculously late…..It’s short, but it is brilliant! Video of Donegal man dressed as Pablo Escobar is the best thing you’ll watch today……. was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more