Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach Caloy Garcia wanted the win to jumpstart the new year, but more importantly, ease the pain of the team somewhat after Margaret Yu, the mother of Rain or Shine co-owner Raymund, passed away on Christmas Eve.“It’s very sad that we lost somebody, especially our No. 1 fan,” Garcia said. “The whole Rain or Shine community is still grieving. Hopefully, after getting this win, Mommy (whom everyone in the PBA called the late Mrs. Yu) is happy. This win means a lot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJericho Cruz hit three straight triples in a 52-second span during the most critical time of the fourth quarter and sealed Rain or Shine’s second straight win in a 5-2 card that kept league-leading San Miguel Beer within sight.That Rain or Shine pounded the Fuel Masters to near submission practically the entire night spoke highly of how mentally and physically tough this team is, considering that the Elasto Painters played minus key men Gabe Norwood and Raymund Almazan.All but oneCruz went on to finish with 21 points to lead all Rain or Shine shooters, with Jeff Chan shooting 12 and James Yap firing 10. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Only Dexter Maiquez failed to score from among the 12 players that Garcia put on the floor as the Painters downplayed their readiness to contend for a top two berth after the elimination round where a twice-to-beat privilege awaits.The Painters return to action in five days, clashing with the defending champion Beermen in what could be the most important match of the round for them.Garcia hopes to have Norwood back by then after his defensive-minded guard sat out last night after contacting sore eyes.Last threeMeralco, GlobalPort and then Alaska will be Rain or Shine’s final three foes after the San Miguel match, and depending on the result of the Beermen’s clash with sister team Barangay Ginebra that was going on at press time, the Painters could ultimately have a shot at the top spot.Phoenix, meanwhile, continued to blow hot and cold and lost for the fourth time in eight games, trailing the Painters by as big as 21 points even with rookie Matthew Wright again having a brilliant offensive night.Wright, the second overall choice behind Mac Belo in the overall Draft, hit 26 points, 15 of them coming in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos 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 View comments PBA IMAGESRain or Shine started the year the way it wanted and eased the pain that dulled the celebrations of the last holiday season.Trailing for just the first 10 seconds against Phoenix Petroleum last night, the grieving Elasto Painters resumed their PBA Philippine Cup campaign with a masterful 97-82 demolition of the Fuel Masters that put them in second place in the standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Alab Pilipinas thwarts pesky Taiwan five But the Fuel Masters, as a while, shot just 37 points in the last two periods.With less than a month of action left, jockeying for the top two berths will reach fever pitch as only four teams will get the boot and the top two earning the lightest assignments in the quarterfinals.The first and second-ranked teams will clash with Nos. 8 and 7, respectively, needing to win just once to advance to the Final Four. The last two semifinalists will be determined via a best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’
Angel Norman has emerged as the winner among six finalists determined to wear the crown of the Little Angle Beauty Festival (LABFest), a children reality show.The reality show, titled: ‘Little Miss Beauty,’ was contested by 15 girls between the ages of 6 & 12 years every Sunday for nine weeks, and there was a weekly eviction that saw others dropping out of the competition.The Sunday, December 13, 2015 was full of excitement and expression of emotions at the St. Clements University College in Paynesville as families, well wishes and the general public gathered at the grand finale and closing of the Little Angel Beauty Festival (LABFest) Season 1 Reloaded.M. Greatness Vincent from the Winners Chapel ended up as the 1st Runner up, followed by Jerrilyn A. Garlawolu from the CHRIDA House of Joy as 2nd Runner Up.The awards for the winners include scholarships, educational materials, portraits, among others.With tears in her eyes, the 11 year old winner, angel Blessing Norman, thanked her “guardian angels” (the event organizers) for all the training they have given her over the past weeks. “I want to thank my guardian angels for helping to making me a better girl. I also thank my mother, Mrs. Josephine Norman, who is the most influential person in my life, and everyone who voted for me or supported me in any way. Thank you, and God bless you,” said Angel, a St. Kizito Catholic Church member. Announcing the results, the head judge, Elder Success K. Hopeson, hailed the 15 participants for their bravery to contest, especially the six finalists. “I encourage all the angels to see themselves as winners. It has been a really interesting process from the audition stages through to the grand final; and I must admit, all of you girls have a promising future. Please put out there all that you have learned. Be the agents of change that you have become,” she said.Delivering the opening statement, the Resident Pastor of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, Rev. Della B. Belleh, also congratulated all the six finalists and encouraged them to put up their best in their title race of life. Rev. Belleh urged the organizer to continue such a good initiative, adding that there is a need for more of these kinds of programs that will develop the children of Liberia.“As I watched how these children have developed over the past nine weeks, I am impressed with the level of work done. I think every parent who mean well for their girl children should enroll them into LABFest every year,” Rev. Belleh added.For his part, the event director, Richlue O. BURPHY, said he wholeheartedly accepts the verdict of the panel of judges and extended thanks to the parents, his team as well as everyone who was part of this process in whatever way.“We are extremely impressed with the level of dedication you judges put into making LABFest a transparent process, and on behalf of my team, I say thanks, and God bless you. We also congratulate angel Blessing and the Runners Up and well as the finalists and the rest of the angels. God bless you all for standing up to the challenge. “I am convinced that this year’s season of LABFest is not just a success but also a fulfillment for the winners. May I inform you that you are now called to services to go out and impact positively your generation,” said BURPHY.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gardai and the emergency services are attending the scene of an accident on the outskirts of Letterkenny which happened just before 1pm.It appears that a car left the road and is on its side close to Conwal Graveyard on the Glenties Road.A number of cars have stopped and come to the driver’s aid. It is not known if the woman is seriously injured.Gardai have advised people to take care if using the road.Gardai and ambulances at scene of Letterkenny accident was last modified: October 27th, 2018 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)
The opening of the newly renovated Wallaceburg Memorial Arena has been pushed back until Sept. 20 due to problems with the installation of a rubberized floor.Pre-season use of the arena was slated to begin Sept. 3, with the opening of the regular season originally set for Sept. 16.“We have been informed by the subcontractor responsible for the rubberized floor that delivery of the material will be delayed,” said recreation facilities supervisor Jane McGee in a release Thursday.“The project was proceeding on schedule but, without the flooring, we can’t use the arena.”Within a week of learning the flooring was delayed, staff met with user groups to explain the situation and provide interim solutions.The new flooring, which eliminates contact between skates and concrete, was part of a $1.8-million renovation and addition that included three new dressing rooms and a referees’ room.The delay had nothing to do with the April fire at the facility, the municipality stated.The Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association, Wallaceburg Figure Skating Club and Wallaceburg Thunderhawks Junior C team are among the main users of the arena.The Thunderhawks regular season opening game on Sept. 21 is expected to proceed as scheduled.Staff are working with user groups to ensure they can find required ice time in neighbouring municipal arenas, the municipality added.
Rockets fall to 4-7 with home lossBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — After a low-scoring first half, Edgar outscored Spencer by 10 in the second 18 minutes and beat the Rockets 56-42 in a nonconference boys basketball game Friday night at Spencer High School.Edgar led 18-14 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.Edgar (10-1) had 17 second-chance points and made five 3-pointers in the win.Jack Bezlyk scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Spencer (4-7).Tyler Engel had 24 points to lead all Wildcats.Spencer plays at undefeated Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Wildcats 56, Rockets 42Edgar 18 38 – 56Spencer 14 28 – 42EDGAR (56): Tyler Engel 7-11 8-9 24, Killer 5-10 2-3 14, Hafferman 2-4 2-2 6, Bunkelman 2-3 0-0 4, Literski 1-2 0-0 3, Burish 1-6 0-2 2, Weinkauf 1-1 0-0 2, Guralski 0-3 1-2 1, Butt 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 19-44. FT: 13-18. 3-pointers: 5-19 (Engel 2-4, Koller 2-7, Literski 1-1, Guralski 0-1, Hafferman 0-1, Bunkelman 0-1, Burish 0-3). Rebounds: 31 (Koller 5). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 10-1.SPENCER (42): Jack Bezlyk 9-16 5-9 24, Vladimir Rivera 2-3 2-2 6, Noah Zastrow 2-8 1-1 5, Collin Nieman 2-5 0-0 5, Austin Bacon 0-1 1-4 1, Jacob Miller 0-3 1-2 1, Lukas Ellefson 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Krau 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 15-39. FT: 10-18. 3-pointers: 2-8 (Nieman 1-3, Bezlyk 1-4). Rebounds: 27 (Bezlyk 8). Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Nieman. Record: 4-7.
The Cabinet has approved the 2013-2015 Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) outlining government initiatives to accelerate the industrialisation of the South African economy.Power lines outside Beaufort West in the Western Cape. (Image: Chris Kirchoff, Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter“The plan builds on successive iterations of IPAP and reflects continuous improvements and strengthening of concrete industrial development interventions,” acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.Williams said the IPAP fell under and provided one of the key pillars of the New Growth Path (NGP), an economic policy framework for 2010-2020 whose overriding objective was employment.At the same time, she said, the IPAP was informed by the vision set out by the National Development Plan (NDP), a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030.Growing SA manufacturingPresenting his department’s Budget Vote in Parliament last year, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that since its introduction over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan had stabilised South Africa’s clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, and added jobs in the business process services sector.The plan had also introduced procurement designation to boost local manufacturing, by designating certain products as requiring minimum levels of local production and content in order to qualify for procurement by the state.In January, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) added electrical valves, manual and pneumatic actuators, electrical and telecommunication cables, and components of solar water heaters to the list of designated products.Products previously designated included rail rolling stock, power pylons, bus bodies, canned/processed vegetables, certain pharmaceutical products, furniture products, and textiles, clothing, leather and footwear.“In the year ahead, the dti will significantly scale up designations and other procurement policy levers in support of domestic manufacturing,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in January.“In the year ahead, the dti will significantly scale up designations and other procurement policy levers in support of domestic manufacturing,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. (Image: GovZA)“This will be done at the same time as the DTI deploys a range of other supportive and inter-locking instruments to raise the competitiveness of South Africa’s manufacturers. This will be done in close collaboration with business and labour.”Davies will provide further details of the IPAP at a launch scheduled for April.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
True to the international dynamic of 1M/1M, during today’s roundtable we had entrepreneurs from the U.S., India and Israel pitch their businesses. And in the audience, there were people from at least 30 different corners of the world.directdialogsFirst, Senthil Natchimuthu from Coimbatire, India, discussed directdialogs. Senthil is doing a small business marketing solution that combines loyalty programs with email marketing and campaign management. The product roadmap is quite ambitious, and I was concerned about the viability of a minimum viable product with such a large scope. It turns out that the product has been built over the last two years, and a MVP is already in place. Now, Senthil is working on the positioning and go-to-market strategy for the business.tapTankNext, Yael Greenberg from Tel Aviv, Israel, pitched tapTank, a concept stage business where Yael wants to help consumers barter, collaborate, and compete on specific tasks. She gave a series of use cases from group travel to competing in marathons, and the one that resonated with me was barter. Each of her use cases is potentially a separate business and I advised her to focus on fleshing out the barter concept.Then Jeu George from Redmond, Washington, presented PinkVilla, one of the largest user-generated content-driven portals for Bollywood aficionados. The site has 11 million page views a month, and Jeu expects 2011 revenues to be about $250k. The site’s unique visitors are at about 600,000 per month.PinkVillaJeu is trying to figure out his financing options, and the majority of the discussion today was around target market, product roadmap, and monetization models, which are the factors that would drive investment strategy.The product has been validated on campaigns by a dozen major Indian brands and agencies, and has shown great metrics.This is a promising business, but clearly under-monetized. The revenue models need to be revisited, and the customer acquisition strategy as well. Their penetration in India seems relatively low, given that Bollywood is really an Indian phenomenon, its international following notwithstanding.Finally, Kiran Nagarajappa and Rajesh Agarwal from Bangalore, India, pitched Reach360, a neat advertising optimization solution to help agencies, advertisers and publishers get better eyeballs and click-throughs out of their current campaigns. The product has been validated on campaigns by a dozen major Indian brands and agencies, and has shown great metrics. Now, Kiran and Rajesh are looking to take this to the next level. Last week, they won Microsoft’s Indian Startup Challenge grant of $40k.Reach360Very interesting company with lots of great possibilities of working with major display advertising players, ad networks, and of course, advertisers and agencies.You can select the business you like best of those discussed today through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page.The recording of today’s roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. We will be holding future roundtables at 8 a.m. PDT on the following dates:Thursday, June 23, 2011: Register HereThursday, June 30, 2011: Register HereThursday, July 21, 2011: Register HereThursday, July 28, 2011: Register HereAnd you can sign up for the 1M/1M premium programhere.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka and Uuma. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Roundtable photo by Shinichi Sugiyama Related Posts sramana mitra A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts joe brockmeier 1 On Tuesday, ReadWriteWeb hosted the second in a series of live chats on the changing nature of virtualized storage. We fielded questions on best practices for storage provisioning, reducing storage resources and dealing with low-bandwidth environments. During the one-hour live chat we had Ruchi Goya, Steve Hindman, Eric Hennessey and John Cronin from Symantec. We also had a lot of questions from the audience and before the chat.Reducing ResourcesWilliam Olmstead asked, “How will storage virtualization help me reduce my storage resources in my VMware environment?” Hindman responded that storage virtualization could help by combining resources for virtualized servers and desktops into fewer disks. Cronin added, “Space optimized snapshots can use storage more efficiently. For example, in a virtual desktop environment most of the OS images have largely the same bits. If we store 1,000 desktop images, we can save a lot of space if we only use one copy of the things that are the same and then store only the differences.”Private OnlyWhile a lot of us are using services like Dropbox for personal storage, there’s not much public cloud storage being used by enterprises. Audience member Chris asked for a breakdown of on-site storage versus cloud storage. Right now, says Hennessey, it’s almost all private storage. “Most of the customers I see are in the financial sector, and as such are pretty sensitive to confidentiality, so none I’ve spoken with are using public cloud services. Many, however, are deploying internal private storage clouds.” Low BandwidthSeveral people were interested in cloud services in countries like Indonesia, where users might not have broadband access. Hindman said, “Application and desktop streaming technologies can provide access to cloud information over low-bandwidth networks. Symantec has an application streaming division as well as a number of other companies.”Hennessey added, “I think that unfortunately we’ll see public storage clouds slow to catch on in those areas for reasons of performance. But who knows, maybe demand for these offerings will drive improvements in bandwidth.”PollsWe also conducted several polls during the chat. We asked, for example, what people’s biggest concern was with storage: utilization, scaling capacity, availability, performance or the old standby “other.” Surprisingly, nobody said that utilization was a primary concern. Capacity and performance had 38% each, and availability came in at 25%. (The mathematically inclined may notice that adds up to 101%. Not sure how that works – but that’s the breakdown given by the live chat software.) Two thirds of our audience said they’re not yet running VDI deployments, and 33% said they are. Why not? Costs and returns on investment (ROI) were tied at 29%, and security concerns and “too new” were at 14% each. Finally, in what is likely to be good news for SSD manufacturers, 86% of the audience that answered said that they were considering SSD drives for better performance in virtualized environments.Thanks much to everyone who attended and participated in this live chat. If you missed the chat, you can scroll through the log of the chat embedded here. We’ll be hosting another chat soon, so stay tuned for announcements on that. You can also find out more about Symantec and VMware’s partnership on the VMware website. Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Virtualization Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Kings XI Punjab would look to continue their winning streak while Rajasthan Royals would be desperately looking for a change of fortunes after four successive defeats when they lock horns at the PCA Stadium on Saturday.Although Rajasthan beat Punjab by 31 runs in Jaipur on April 6, that was just the start of the tournament and the latter have improved a lot since then.Punjab are fresh from two consecutive victories against Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, and have 10 points from as many matches. They have jumped to fourth place in the points table and are aiming for a win against Rajasthan in order to stay in contention for the play-offs.Rajasthan Royals, who started well in the tournament, have hit a rough patch and with eight points from 10 matches, are languishing in seventh spot after four successive losses.Punjab’s top order is their strongest aspect. Mandeep Singh, a 20-year-old right-handed batsman, is their highest run-getter with 277 runs in 10 matches. He is in form and can give Punjab a strong start with Shaun Marsh, who has 256 runs from nine matches.Skipper David Hussey is a reliable batsman in crisis situations. But Punjab’s problem is their middle order, which has not been consistent of late. Punjab are strong on the bowling front, which can help them seize the early momentum if they field first on Saturday. Seamer Praveen Kumar might not have taken a lot of wickets but he is a miser.Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is Punjab’s most successful bowler with 12 wickets in 10 matches. He, along with seamers Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood, can stifle the Rajasthan batting, which lacks consistency.advertisementOn the other hand, Rajatshan biggest drawback is their overdependence on their openers – skipper Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane, the highest run-getter.Dravid has been the most consistent player in the team with scores of at least 25 or above in his last seven matches. He forms a formidable opening partnership with Rahane, who smashed a superb 98 off 66 in Rajasthan’s win against Punjab last month.But once they are out, Rajasthan look like minnows. Shane Watson is yet to settle in. Owais Shah and Brad Hodge once looked great, but seem to have lost touch.Rajasthan’s biggest concern will be their bowling. Their joint highest wicket- taker Kevon Cooper has pulled out after an injury. Watson needs to step up with the ball.
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder: Norwich an inspiration after Man City shockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says Norwich City can act as an inspiration.Fellow newly-promoted side Norwich earned a surprise 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Carrow Road last weekend.”When the likes of Norwich beat Manchester City and other results happen it does give you a load of confidence that we can go anywhere and get a result,” Wilder said.”I’ve always been straight in my opinion of my team, my players and opposition players, we have more than held our own in terms of the play and we have to tighten up in certain areas and not give daft goals away and put teams to bed.”The thing that people would have thought we would struggle with, competing and playing the way we do – I don’t think we have.”The stats back that up, the chances created would back that up. I am delighted with the players and we have to keep going, we have had two great away results and we are looking to get another one on Saturday.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say