Surging Bombers eye return to Final Four

first_imgMOST READ Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Although they are already out of the running for a Final Four spot, the Cardinals remain dangerous after last week’s back-to-back wins—their first this season.“What’s important is that we have our fate in our hands,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses in Filipino. “We want to continue improving this late in the season and this game (against Mapua) gives us another chance to do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Bombers are also looking to continue their three-game win run and avoid a playoff for the last postseason spot. JRU is coming off a 60-58 victory over San Sebastian on Friday.Arellano, on the other hand, hopes to fan its Final Four hopes against San Sebastian in the 4 p.m. clash. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Chiefs, at 6-9, are teetering on the brink of elimination but a win could muddle up the race for the remaining Final Four berth. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jose Rizal U shoots for a Final Four berth when it battles resurgent Mapua, while Arellano fights for survival against San Sebastian in NCAA Season 93 basketball on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A victory by the Heavy Bombers in the 2 p.m. clash with the Cardinals will book a return trip to the Final Four for coach Vergel Meneses’ charges, who last made the postseason two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Listen to Yourself Evolve

first_imgA pretty gene is like a melody, decided Mary Anne Clark at Texas Wesleyan University, so she gave life to music—literally.  She translated the structure of proteins into musical notes so that she could hear “protein songs,” reported National Geographic News. By listening to the songs, scientists and students alike can hear the structure of a protein.  And when the songs of the same protein from different species are played together, their similarities and differences are apparent to the ear.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)That leads us to the Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Therefore, Clark said, by playing the beta globin song for a human and tuatara, an ancient three-eyed lizard, people can hear the process of evolution—a variation on a theme that was present before mammals split from reptiles some 200 million years ago.”Need we remind Clark that Theme and Variations is a musical form created by intelligent composers?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joining forces to beat crime

first_img3 August 2006Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula, speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, called on “all law-abiding citizens” in South Africa to join in the fight against crime.The minister’s appeal comes as the government moves to strengthen policing at station level throughout the country, and through this to draw in stronger community support for combating crime.Delivering the Department of Safety and Security’s budget vote to Parliament in June, Nqakula said policing in South Africa was being restructured in order to place more resources at local police station level.The previous four-level structure of policing is being reshaped into three levels – national, provincial and local – with the dissolution of the “area level” of policing and the shift of these resources to the frontline of crime.Area-level policemen and women are to be redeployed to local stations, and experienced detectives are to be promoted in a way that keeps them doing functional police work rather than shifting them into administrative and managerial positions.Specialised crime-fighting functions are also to be redeployed to station level “to ensure that crimes are investigated where they occur”, the minister told Parliament.Additional resourcesThirteen new police stations were built in 2005/06 and 25 new ones would be built in 2006/07, the minister said, while an additional 1 000 trained detectives would be added to the police service this year.The “station empowerment strategy” will enter its first phase in the last quarter of this year as the local police station becomes the “crucible” of the country’s fight against crime, Nqakula said.Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange also appealed to the public on Tuesday to report instances of perceived police failures to the various government or other authorities such as the Public Protector, saying that no civil servant in South Africa had “the right not to provide a service”.If people felt that they were not being assisted by police members, De Lange said, they should lodge a complaint with the authorities, who were obliged to take action.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Is a Data Center Staffing Crisis Looming?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The prophesied great migration to the cloud is often seen as a career killer for data center workers as storage and infrastructure requirements are consolidated into the hands of a few IaaS providers. In the past we’ve looked at the impact of cloud migrations on IT jobs in general, though not data center related positions in particular. However, Gartner analyst David J. Cappuccio thinks there could be a looming data center staffing crisis.Cappuccio points out that it’s become harder to retain skilled IT workers. We’ve covered studies showing high levels of dissatisfaction in technology workers in the past, and it appears that nearly about 36% of IT workers are looking for a new job. This may get worse as prospects for technology workers continue to improve at faster rate than the overall economy.The problem may be compounded by that ever-present staffing threat: the looming retirement of the Boomers. “In North America we can expect an average of 10,000 people reaching retirement age, every day, for the next 19 years,” points out Cappuccio. Of course, many Boomers will postpone retirement as long as possible. But that’s still a very large pool of potentially retiring workers.Another problem is driven by skill sets required in virtualized environments. IT departments will need employees with broader skills in the future. “Traditionally a storage manager had end-to-end responsibility for capacity, throughput, performance and availability,” writes Cappuccio. “But when virtual infrastructures are using SAN’s, and Fiber Channel is running over Ethernet, who has responsibility for the overall storage environment; the network team, storage team, virtualization team, or server team?” According to Cappuccio, the answer is “all of the above.”This last problem may actually contribute to the first. For years companies have been demanding more and more skills from individual IT workers, often forcing IT workers to foot the bill for their own education and put in many additional hours for self-training on new technologies. And as positions with laundry lists of requirements go unfilled existing staff are left to pick up the slack. These high expectations can lead to burnout.Cappuccio encourages managers to foster employees that have not only deep skills in a particular area but have an understanding of the relationships between converging technologies. “The most effective IT people are always looking for new things to learn, and, in many cases, the most interesting areas are in the unknown, not the known areas,” writes Cappuccio. “Enabling this learning – even incenting it – is a critical success factor as we move toward fully virtualized environments.”This is all well and good, but it doesn’t address the fundamental problem employees have with learning new skills: finding the time to learn new skills while also getting their existing jobs done.Cappuccio writes that “The days of job security and company loyalty as motivating factors are long gone.” Years of outsourcing and layoffs have killed these incentives for workers. Cappuccio hopes that the challenges of learning new things will be enough to keep key staff. I agree that the opportunity to learn new skills and apply them to real-world projects is a real incentive in and of itself. But companies need to be willing to invest in employees to prove that that they actually want to keep their employees around beyond the next fiscal quarter. And one of the resources managers need to give employees is the most valuable resource of all: time.See also: How to Improve IT Worker MoralePhoto by The Planet Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Nike continues eSports push with league partnership in China

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Terms of the Nike deal were not disclosed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A different approach LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In this Sunday Aug. 26, 2018 photo, the China eSports team play Taiwan in the eSports exhibition at the 18th Asian Games Arena of Valor, Britama Arena, Jakarta. (Dhemas Reviyanto,INASGOC via AP)Nike has made another push into the eSports market, partnering with China’s premier “League of Legends” circuit to become its official provider of apparel and footwear.The traditional sports brand announced a four-year deal Thursday with Legends Pro League in China, giving Nike a presence with one of the most watched eSports leagues in the world. The move comes after Nike tabbed Chinese “League of Legends” player Jian “Uzi” Zihao as its first eSports ambassador in October and used him in a marketing campaign alongside LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem It’s a promising sign for “League of Legends” publisher Riot Games, which revealed concerns over revenues for its eSports leagues last summer despite massive global popularity — the league reported 99.6 million unique viewers for its world championship match last fall, just shy of the 100.7 million that tuned in for this year’s Super Bowl.Major advertising partners had been hard to come by, but Riot has signed deals with Nike and Mastercard in the past six months, creating new streams of revenue with non-endemic brands even after the company contended with backlash over claims it has fostered a sexist culture last summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNike will design, produce and distribute jerseys and footwear for all 16 LPL teams and will aid in eSports science research with customized physical training programs for gamers.Similar apparel deals have become common between sports brands and individual eSports teams, and the Overwatch League recently added Fanatics as its official apparel provider, but the Nike-LPL partnership is the most prestigious pairing to date and yet another high watermark for the eSports boom. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

$600M to be Spent on Potable Water Systems in Clarendon

first_img Three communities in Clarendon have been prioritised to receive potable water within the next 18 months, under a project expected to cost the Government close to $600 million.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, on Tuesday, August 20, as he toured several communities, which are among the worst affected in South West Clarendon.“The three priority areas are Rhymesbury, Kemps Hill, and Vernamfield. Those are the three water supply schemes/systems we will be dealing with in the short term,” the Minister said.He told JIS News that the close to 22,000 residents in South West Clarendon, currently have difficulties with their potable water system.Mr. Hayles said the focus on the three communities is part of a greater campaign where some $8.1 billion will be spent to provide potable water for Jamaicans.According to the Minister, several strategies are being undertaken by the Ministry to deal with the lack of potable water in some communities across the island.These strategies, he said, fall under the Ministry’s ‘Pump and Tank’ programme as well as the National Water Commission’s (NWC) ‘K-factor’ programme.  The ‘Pump and Tank’ programme will shortly be implemented through Rural Water Supply Limited.Minister Hayles told JIS News that there are some simple strategies that can be implemented in the short term as well as some long term options.“Potable water is available but there is some adhoc to the NWC system also. For example at Vernamfield – plenty of water available – but it just needs a decent pump and tank to get it going again,” he stated.Other strategies to be implemented to serve the remaining communities will be undertaken under the NWC’s K-factor programme.“In terms of the K-Factor programme that will be going to the OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation) in the next three weeks and as soon as we get approval from the OUR, we will then proceed with the whole procurement process,” he informed.Minister Hayles noted that, where applicable, efforts will be made to ensure that locals are employed at every stage.He also implored residents to begin making preparations to ensure that when the service is supplied, they pay their monthly bills.“We cannot be striving to achieve our goal for Vision 2030 of ensuring that 85 per cent of our people have water if consumers don’t pay their water bill.  It is that important… you have to pay your water bill,” he implored. 22,000 residents in South West Clarendon, currently have difficulties with their potable water system Story Highlights Several strategies are being undertaken by the Ministry to deal with the lack of potable water Three communities in Clarendon have been prioritised to receive potable water within the next 18 monthslast_img read more

HORROR THRILLER THE BOY 2 WITH KATIE HOLMES EXPECTED TO FILM IN

first_imgAmerican Sniper and Turn actor Owain Yeoman and Ready Player One actor Ralph Ineson are joining Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery in William Brent Bell’s horror thriller The Boy 2, from STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment.In the sequel to the 2016 film, a young family moves into Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate. Soon, their young son makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily lifelike doll he calls Brahms. Yeoman will play Sean, the husband to Holmes’ Liza. Ineson has been cast in the role of Joseph. Convery co-stars as their son Jude.  READ MORERELATED LINKS Login/Register With: Advertisement THE BOY 2 Casts Owain Yeoman and Ralph InesonChristopher Convery Will Join Katie Holmes In ‘The Boy 2’Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson Join Katie Holmes in The Boy 2‘The Witch’ Star Ralph Ineson Will Face Off With Brahms in ‘The Boy 2’‘The Boy 2’ Adds Christopher Convery To Cast After Strong AFM Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Starbucks citing environment is ditching plastic straws

first_imgSEATTLE – Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for certain drinks.Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.The company’s announcement comes a week after it’s hometown, Seattle, banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city.Starbucks said cold beverages in which a straw is typically included make up 50 per cent of the drinks its sells, up from just 37 per cent five years ago.last_img

Christian Michel seeks bail to celebrate Easter Delhi court reserves order

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved its order on a plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, who had sought seven-day interim bail to celebrate Easter with family. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would pronounce order at 4pm after hearing argument of lawyers from both sides. Special public prosecutor DP Singh, appearing for CBI and ED, opposed Michel’s plea, saying India is a country of various festival thousands of prisoners are in jails and everyone has faith in religion so the accused can’t be allowed to go out of jail to celebrate festivals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said Michel can participate in Easter in custody. The lawyer argued before the court that if Michel comes out on interim bail and makes statement outside, it can derail investigation. Michel’s lawyer argued that since the charge sheet has been filed, there is no point of tampering evidence. He said the accused is cooperating in the case and sought bail. “Being a Christian, he was not even allowed to offer a holy mass even during Christmas…,” said the application moved by the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “It is submitted that the week commencing form 14th April to 21st April is a holy week for Christians and 21st April is Easter which will be celebrated universally. The petitioner wishes to attend the holy mass on Easter day and would like to make offerings during the Easter day,” Michel has said in his plea. The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on April 4. He was arrested by ED on December 22 after his extradition from Dubai. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the chopper scam by ED and Central Bureau of Investigation. Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa are the two others. The agency had told the court that Michel made 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal. ED has told the court that it identified Michel’s properties purchased with proceeds of the crime. CBI has alleged that the deal, signed in Feb 2010 to supply VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros, caused an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore).last_img read more