From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises to the promised land when San Miguel and TNT battle in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Despite already being a veteran of four championship duels, Austria believes his team is just fortunate enough getting to this stage after a hard-fought series against Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We’re just lucky to be here. But maybe, it was destiny smiling our way,” he said Monday in the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis.Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAustria shrugged off his unblemished 4-0 Finals record, noting that the most important thing for the Beermen will be their preparation. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Tanduay escapes Marinerong Pilipino For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I don’t want to pressure myself. Every game, every practice, we try to prepare hard because if you prepare your body and mind, you can overcome anything,” he said.The same goes with Racela, who’d rather focus on his squad’s preparation heading into the series than obsess on the different storylines.Making his first finals appearance at TNT’s helm, the youthful mentor is downplaying the best-of-seven showdown.“We just want to take advantage of every opportunity which comes our way and we’ll do our best,” Racela said.Game 1 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_img…the WPA forgot“It’s a shad, shad situation”, as the leader of one of the smaller parties – like the WPA in coalition with the PNC – used to say. In this case, it’s very, very sad that the WPA isn’t commemorating its culminating achievement in its struggle to remove the PNC from its illegal occupancy of power – the Civil Rebellion of 1979. Ah…how the times have changed!!When your Eyewitness was reminded about that momentous year in a letter to the press, he was chagrined to note it wasn’t by one of those who are trumpeting the name of the WPA and Walter Rodney today. He brushed up on the facts, however, with a Google search – since memory can play tricks on one’s remembrance of things past. He chanced upon an account by David Hinds, who’s very much in the thick of things nowadays.He reminds us of Rodney remaining in Guyana after the PNC rescinded his job offer to teach at UG and then used his time to open the eyes of the masses to the depravities of the PNC. He reminds us of Rodney, Roopnarine and Omawale being charged with arson after the PNC Headquarters, which had been merged with the Ministry of National Mobilisation, was burned down. He reminds us of the WPA becoming a political movement on July 27, 1979 and pulling massive crowds across the country. The unions called coordinated strikes.He reminds us of the PNC counterattacks – the killing of WPA members Koama and Dublin; the harassment and firing of anyone suspected of being WPA – imagine that!! (History does repeat itself but as farce!) He didn’t mention Burnham warning the WPA to “make their wills” because his “steel was sharper”. But he does remind us about Rodney’s assassination by an army officer, “hired by the PNC”.The zeitgeist was best described by Charles Dickens in his book, “A tale of two cities” in which he described the events leading to the French Revolution.“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.But today the (WPA’s) mouth is muzzled……the darkness returnsWhen this fella David Granger promised to “fulfil the legacy of Forbes Burnham”, he wasn’t kidding around. No figurative language for this stolid historian!! But really…did he have to fulfil the “legacy” in other areas than politics? With the latter, he’s already shown he hasn’t the slightest regard, much less respect, for the Opposition, the Judiciary and the institutions of civil society (such as it is). He’s out-Burnhamed Burnham politically!!But as we turn the bend to approach Christmas, we’ve just been told by GPL that blackouts will once again become a feature of Guyanese life (such as it is). Blackouts, of course, are the most enduring legacy of the Burnhamite regime to the ordinary citizen who were unlucky enough to’ve been around in that era. Are we supposed to consider “scheduled” blackouts an improvement continuous Darkness??Naaah! In each case, we know the torture and indignity that lay ahead and things go bump in the night!But darkness will help the rigging!…the court becomes a weaponBurnham (in)famously taught Guyanese the difference between “persecution” and “prosecution” in matters political, with the Arnold Rampersaud case.Granger is outdoing his master with the slew of cases from GRDB to Pradoville11.But like Rampersaud, they’ll all be dismissed!!last_img read more


first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field team hosted the annual Sharon Anderson memorial meet on Saturday, January 4 at the Athletic Centre Field House.Full ResultsWOMEN’S HIGHLIGHTS: First-year sprinter Elizabeth Martin won the 60m dash in 7.61 seconds, while fellow rookie Christina Esposito placed third overall in the women’s 1500m in 4:54.63.MEN’S HIGHLIGHTS: Rookie standout Adam Exley (8.35) and fifth-year veteran Anthony Kwon (9.05) finished 1-2 in the men’s 60m hurdles, while Jack Stanley finished second in the 1500m in 4:12.51. Veteran Kevin Kiezen (15.13m) and rookie Frank Vreugdenhil (14.57m) placed first and second, respectively, in the men’s weight throw, while Vreugdenhil also won the men’s shot put with a throw of 13.69m. Adam Paslawski, Jake Leung, Cameron Reyes and Marcus Nandlal finished second overall in the men’s 4×200 relay in 1:31.53.UP NEXT: The Blues head to Windsor, Ont., for the Can Am Classic, January 10-11.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more


first_imgA New Zealand woman has launched an appeal to track down a couple from Kincasslagh.The woman contacted Donegal Daily following the death of her mother who was in regular contact with the couple.The couple are known to her only as Daniel and Mary-Anne. “I am desperately trying to find two people my mum has been in contact with over the phone for many, many years. She has recently died and, because I know they were very important people to her, I would like to be able to somehow get in touch with them so that I can tell them personally what happened,” revealed the woman.The woman said she believes the couple have a large family and that their eldest son is called Daniel also and he is studying in Oxford. Mary-Anne’s parents were named Frank and Mary who are now deceased.If any of our readers know of the couple they can contact us at and we will pass the woman’s details on.NEW ZEALAND WOMAN LOOKING TO TRACK DOWN LONG-LOST DONEGAL FRIENDS was last modified: February 17th, 2014 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:KINCASSLAGHNew Zealandsearchlast_img read more

Valley vets are shortchanged again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesNow why, you may ask, didn’t the VA just replace the old equipment instead of making hundreds of aging vets with medical problems fight the 405 Freeway logjam over the hill? Can you spell M-O-N-E-Y? It would have cost about $4 million for new machines, plus technical staff costs, Norman said. Now, we all know the VA is strapped for money, even though Congress keeps increasing its budget every year. So where’s the money going? Not to outpatient health care for veterans at Sepulveda. “I just heard about this today and I’m more than a little upset,” Rep. Brad Sherman said Thursday. “Charles Dorman (director of VA facilities in Los Angeles) apologized for not notifying us earlier, but that doesn’t satisfy me.” You may remember Dorman from previous columns. He’s the guy who tried to help cut the VA’s deficit by axing the free lunches offered to volunteers who worked four hours a day helping ailing vets. After a little pressure, Dorman finally relented and let the volunteers continue to have their free lunches and eat them, too – but only if they put in six hours of work for free a day, instead of four. Can you spell C-H-E-A-P? “Dorman told me they replaced the existing MRI machine at West L.A. with a new one, and I asked why they didn’t bring the old one over to Sepulveda if it was still working,” Sherman said. “I was told the old machine was disposed of.” It seems like a lot of things are being disposed of at Sepulveda these days – at the expense of previous promises. “I remember at the time of the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, the secretary of Veterans Affairs telling me not to worry,” said Rep. Howard Berman. “They were going to have to close the hospital at Sepulveda, but he assured me they would continue to give the highest quality of outpatient services. “I would think MRIs and CAT scans are a fundamental part of any quality outpatient service.” Both Berman and Sherman – strong advocates for veterans – promise to fight to get the machines back to Sepulveda. It’s a long shot, but not impossible, said Norman, who fielded questions for Dorman about the latest cutbacks at Sepulveda. “We will review everything, including the possibility of replacing it in the future, but the quality of the old equipment was unacceptable,” he said. “We won’t give poor-quality care to our patients.” To his credit, Norman is trying to make the transition as easy as possible for local vets, including providing scheduled transportation from North Hills to West L.A. “We’ve expanded the hours (for MRIs and CAT scans) to evenings and Saturdays to minimize the inconvenience for Valley patients,” he said. “My father drives to West Los Angeles from the Valley for some of his care, so I know the hardship. “But the good news is, we’re maintaining specialty services, including increasing our ability to monitor frail vets in their homes by computer so they don’t have to come into the VA for checkups.” Nice, but not enough, say veterans like Pasqual Ramirez of Northridge. “You’ve got veterans already driving to the Valley all the way from Bakersfield, Palmdale, Lancaster, and Ventura and Santa Barbara counties,” he said. “Now the VA wants them to travel through that mess known as the 101 and 405 freeways, too? “I think it’s unconscionable treatment for the men and women who defended and continue to defend our rights and freedoms,” Ramirez said. Can you spell D-A-M-N R-I-G-H-T? Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When push comes to shove inside the Veterans Administration, you can always count on one thing these days – our local vets at Sepulveda VA will be the ones getting pushed and shoved the hardest. The latest bad news hit the North Hills facility last week. From now on, the thousands of veterans receiving outpatient health care at Sepulveda – from the San Fernando Valley all the way up to Bakersfield and Santa Barbara – will have to go over the hill to the West Los Angeles VA for an MRI or CAT scan. “Because of the aging equipment (at Sepulveda), the quality of scans was significantly impaired,” said Dr. Dean Norman, chief of staff for the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. That must be reassuring to the 697 vets who had MRIs and CAT scans at Sepulveda in the first six months of this year. last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Like-Minded Organizations Band Together to Create Semi-Private Clouds — Community Clouds

first_imgWhile public cloud offerings from companies like Amazon and Google have become symbols of cloud computing technology, many organizations worry about the risks involved in storing data in the public cloud.  The alternative for many companies is a private cloud.  The benefits that a private cloud has over traditional computing is primarily the greater flexibility provided in how  computing resources can be allocated.  But unless the organization is very large,  the cost efficiencies and economy of scale that are possible in a public cloud that has many thousands of customers just can’t be realized with the private cloud.To achieve a greater economy of scale, the idea many have is to create  specialized private clouds that can serve more than one organization.   Many like-minded organizations are considering the possibility of banding together  creating semi-private clouds.  Examples include Federal agencies, state governments, and higher-learning institutes.A report by Quest Software finds that only 6.9 percent of government agencies think that using the public cloud is a viable option for their operations.  68.1 percent of federal agencies say that they would prefer to pursue some sort of private cloud offering.  Reasons cited for moving to the cloud include cost savings (28 percent) and better IT support (21.1 percent).  62 percent of federal agencies say that the federal plan to eliminate and consolidate up to 800 federal data centers is a good one, but a major concern is the lack of IT expertise in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization.On the state government level, 32 percent are looking for guidance and/or example from the federal government and would like to see the federal government formulate mandates and guidelines around cloud computing.  Only 9.4 percent of state governments look favorably on public cloud options while 60 percent think that a private cloud model would offer them benefits.In the area of higher-learning, 67 percent of organization think that the creation of  a federal cloud dedicated to colleges and universities is a good idea. 62.5 percent of academics are very optimistic about the potential uses that can be derived from cloud computing.  60 percent say that a national cloud for education will drive intra-institutional collaboration.last_img read more

Winning in Sri Lanka after 22 years a magnificent milestone, says Virat Kohli

first_imgAn elated Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that clinching an away series against Sri Lanka after 22 years is a “magnificent milestone”.India, who beat the hosts by 117 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on Tuesday, staged a strong comeback from being 0-1 down to win two back-to-back Tests and pocket the three-match series 2-1.”Feels nice, especially with such a young team, early in our careers, it is a magnificent milestone winning here for the first time in 22 years,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after bagging his first Test series as captain.Also read: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Day 5: As it happenedThe skipper said it was tough coming back in the series and lauded the efforts of even those players who were in the squad but did not feature in the crucial third game.”Being 0-1 down was never easy. I was told it has never been done (winning away from home) so we created a bit of history. Even the guys who haven’t played, guys like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Varun (Aaron) and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), a senior, who has run around and helped everyone,” said Kohli who missed out with the bat in both innings.The 26-year-old added that everyone played their part in the win and also praised players like Cheteshwar Pujara who came into the side as a replacement and then grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”The attitude has been brilliant and you mentioned Pujara came in after someone was injured and he saw it as an opportunity and played well. That is why we are playing the kind of cricket we are playing. There are areas we want to improve on, and now that the series is over we can count the number of sessions where we did not play well.advertisement”Overall, very proud of the boys,” he concluded.last_img read more

Gayle, Rahul guide KXIP to victory,Gayle, Rahul guide KXIP to victory

first_img COMMENT cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chris Gayle and K. L. Rahul after winning against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.   –  THE HINDU × Chris Gayle and K. L. Rahul after winning against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.   –  THE HINDU Published on April 21, 2018 The legend of Chris Gayle continued to grow in company of young KL Rahul as Kings XI Punjab outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in a rain-hit IPL encounter here today. While KKR scored a competitive 191 for 7 in 20 overs, KXIP had a revised target of 125 in 13 overs after a sharp spell of shower halted play for 95 minutes.Gayle completed a hat-trick of half-centuries with an unbeaten 62 from 38 balls that had five fours and six sixes while Rahul helped himself to a 60 off only 27 balls.Gayle hit the winning runs six off Tom Curran over long-on as they sealed the issue with 11 balls to spare.Having scored the fastest half-century in IPL, Rahul once again underlined his credentials as an opener in shortest format with nine fours and two sixes as KXIP climbed to the top of the table with eight points from five games. This was also their first win at the Eden Gardens since 2012.KXIP were 96 for no loss in 8.2 overs, 31 runs ahead of the DLS par score, when rain halted the play at 6.40 pm, but there was no let up in intensity for Gayle as he resumed his innings with a huge six over long off to complete his 50 in only 28 balls.There was further setback in store for KKR as their big-hitting Jamaican Andre Russell was taken off in the fourth over after he seemed to have aggravated his already troubled hamstring.Gayle had launched into Russell hitting two sixes and a boundary when Russell was seen clutching his right thigh as Nitish Rana completed the over.Gayle and Rahul mainly dealt in boundaries against the KKR pace attack of Shivam Mavi and Russell as there seemed to be a race to who will reach the 50-run mark first between them. The Powerplay overs yielded 73 runs and that killed the contest.Both the players like to attack and now they are well set to launch a brutal assualt. The fielding restrictions didn’t matter a lot as they repeatedly bisected the fielders. Kuldeep Yadav’s first over was taken for 13 runs.Earlier, Chris Lynn, who has had a quiet time so far, got into his groove in his 74 off 41 balls (6×4, 4×6) en route to his maiden half-century in this IPL to lift KKR to a challenging 191/7. Lynn stitched two crucial fifty-plus partnerships in the middle — first 72 runs from 41 balls with Robin Uthappa (34) and then 62 off 34 balls with Dinesh Karthik (43) — to help KKR overcome a shaky start after they were sent in to bat by Ravichandran Ashwin.At 146/3 in 15 overs with Lynn and Karthik looking in rampaging form, KKR looked to go beyond the psychological 200 runs’ barrier but KXIP pegged back conceding just 11 runs in the last two overs.Andrew Tye (2/30 in 4 overs) induced a bottom edge off Lynn as KKR lost four wickets for 39 runs including that of dangerous Russell (10). Tye and Barinder Sran returned with two wickets apiece as the duo made the difference in restricting KKR under-200. Having leaked 29 runs from first two overs, Sran returned strongly to take the two key wickets of Russell and Karthik with some smart slow deliveries to return with 2/50. KKR got off to a poor start and were reduced to 6/1 in the second over when Sunil Narine was dismissed by Mujeeb ur Rahman off his third ball. But there was no further damage as Lynn and Uthappa counter-attacked the KXIP bowlers to rebuild the innings. Uthappa smashed Mujeeb for three boundaries in a row in his second over that yielded 15 runs as KKR quickly recovered to 50/1 after the Powerplay. But the biggest assault came against Sran who leaked 23 runs that included three sixes, two by Lynn, with the duo racing to 72 runs partnership in 41 balls. First ball after the time out and Ashwin dismissed Uthappa as KKR lost two wickets in seven runs before Lynn and Karthik stole the show from KXIP. SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche involved in heated spat after game

first_imgAdvertisementLiverpool managed to keep themselves the title in this year’s Premier League campaign after a hard-fought victory at Turf Moor against Burney. The Reds trail Manchester City by two points at the top of the table with the hope of winning the title after 3 decades. The victory at Burnley however was marred by a heated exchange after the match between the two managers after the game.The two managers shook hands at the final whistle but were involved in a heated exchange as they made way to their respective teams dressing rooms. Klopp was visibly frustrated by the rough tackling of the Burnley players, one of which left Joe Gomez and substituted in the first half. Gomez had to be stretchered off the pitch and it is unsure for how long he will be out of action.Phil Bardsley’s subsequent tackle on Alberto Moreno enraged Klopp and he spent most of the second half in Mike Dean’s ear. His Burnley contemporary didn’t exactly enjoy his touchline antics during the game and had apparently “scolded” the German over it at full time.Liverpool had to come back from being a goal down to win the match 3-1 thanks to goals from Milner, Firmino and Shaqiri to keep themselves only two points behind leaders Manchester City. The Reds travel to Bournemouth this weekend in what could be a tricky encounter.Read full article here : also :Pele says ‘one skill’ Messi not good enough to be best player of all timeJose Mourinho explains why he left Pogba, Lukaku out of the starting lineup Advertisementlast_img read more

Mumbai Football: MSSA’s poor scheduling hurting kids

first_imgPlaying back-to-back matches within 18 hours, the players of St Paul’s (Dadar) looked low on energy, but still managed to pull off a 1-0 win against Vibgyor HS (Goregaon) in a boys’ U-14 Div-II pre-quarter-final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Dadar school boys, who were vibrant and dominant in their 3-0 win against St Lawrence (Borivli) on Tuesday evening (3pm), were unable to produce the same intensity and were evidently slow yesterday. Skipper Atharva Rewale beat Vibgyor goalkeeper Arav Diwan with a scorching pile-driver from inside the box in the 13th minute for the winner.Related News MSSA: Kimaya’s 3 does the ‘trick Schoolboy Meet Mayekar scores 338 in Harris Shield match; opposition batsmen out for ducks! Before the start of the match, Vibgyor coach Syed Yasin said he was unhappy with the scheduling. “Sebastian Fernandes [MSSA football secretary] informed me about our game only yesterday [Tuesday] at 12.20pm. I requested him to send me a message as I had to inform our principal. He sent me a WhatsApp today at 7.30am, when our match is at 10am, Our team had no time to prepare for the match. If we would have refuse to play, MSSA would have given our opponents a walkover. This has happened to our school in the past,” Yasin added. The parents of St Paul’s players were upset too. “It’s unfair to make children play matches without sufficient rest,” said a mother of one of the St Paul’s players. Sebastian did not answer calls and text messages. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Mumbai: Men’s rights activists slam gender bias, say false charges cast shadow on genuine caseslast_img read more