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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? They’ll have to defend the title without him.It’s a massive blow to Toronto’s chances of back-to-back titles, and obviously puts a damper on the Lakers’ offseason quest as well — even though they will finalize a trade Saturday to bring in Anthony Davis from New Orleans and landed the sort of shooter than LeBron James craves by adding Green.“I’m going to come out and play the right way,” Leonard said last month. “I’m not trying to make headlines.”Try or not, he’s part of the summer’s biggest headline now.And he may be about to make the Clippers contenders as well.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And he just turned 28 last week — still very much in his prime.FILE – In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)So, too, is George.The 29-year-old — who is owed roughly $105 million for the next three seasons — spent the last two years alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. George averaged a career-best 28 points last season even while dealing with shoulder issues that required surgery, and the Thunder couldn’t get out of the first round in either of those seasons.He was a finalist for both NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year last season, when he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest.A California native, going to the Clippers and pairing with Leonard means he’ll have a real chance of being on a title contender.The Lakers didn’t wait long before starting to move on from their quest for Leonard. Danny Green announced that he is signing a two-year deal with the Lakers, meaning he, too, is leaving Toronto.“Kawhi has made his decision. Seems like the announcement is out,” Green said in a video he posted to his social media accounts. “It’s time for me to make my announcement … I will be teaming up with new teammates in LA, the Los Angeles Lakers.”Green said he enjoyed Toronto and that it was unfortunate how free agency turned out for that city, the Raptors and for Canada.“LA, here I come,” Green said.Here comes Leonard — a Southern California native. MPBL: Quezon City rebounds, thwarts Iloilo comeback Kawhi Leonard is going home to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, reportedly agreeing to a multi-million dollar deal less than a month after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first championship. Leonard will be joined in Los Angeles by all-star forward Paul George, who the Clippers are reported to be getting in a separate trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)LAS VEGAS — The Los Angeles Clippers made a huge decision.That meant Kawhi Leonard could finally make his.ADVERTISEMENT Leonard was, by far, the biggest name left on the free agent market. The other marquee names in this class like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker all made their decisions known relatively quickly.And like Durant, Irving and Walker, he’s changing addresses.His lone season in Toronto was the best of his career, answering every question about his health after a leg issue limited him to only nine games with San Antonio in 2017-18. Leonard averaged a career-high 26.6 points in the regular season — and was even better in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points for the Raptors in their run to the title.“Last year, a lot of people were doubting me,” Leonard said after the NBA Finals. “They thought I was either faking an injury or didn’t want to play for a team. That was disappointing to me that that was out in the media, because I love the game of basketball.”The Raptors took a major chance in acquiring Leonard last summer, since they weren’t on his original list of preferred teams when he told the Spurs that he wanted to be moved elsewhere after spending his first seven seasons with them and helping them win the 2014 NBA title. DeMar DeRozan was the biggest piece that Toronto gave up in that deal, with Raptors President Masai Ujiri making the biggest move of his career.It delivered a title. But that wasn’t enough to make Leonard stay in Canada for the long haul.“He’s the best two-way player in the NBA,” Ujiri said during the NBA Finals.Leonard was simply dominant in the postseason, posting 14 games of 30 or more points. Only Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kobe Bryant had postseasons with more 30-point games — Jordan had 16 of them in 1992, Olajuwon had 16 in 1995 and Bryant had 15 in 2009.The Raptors made clear: They considered Leonard the top player in the game, and he performed at a level worthy of that moniker.“Obviously, we have the best player in the league and the best player in these playoffs in Kawhi Leonard,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said after Toronto won the title. The Clippers will be landing Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks, a person familiar with the negotiations said.George will be traded for at least four first-round picks, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Saturday because none of the moves have been finalized. And Leonard made his decision to sign with the Clippers after the team swung the deal to land George, the person said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsESPN, which first reported the trade, also said the Thunder were getting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari from the Clippers.Leonard going to the Clippers means that for the first time, a reigning NBA Finals MVP will be changing teams before the following season. Leonard was also being pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to last season’s NBA title.center_img LATEST STORIES The most the Clippers can offer Leonard is $142 million over four years, which is the deal he is expected to sign. Players can sign with new teams as early as noon Eastern on Saturday.“New adventure in OKC,” Gallinari tweeted.Leonard is entering his ninth NBA season, is a three-time All-Star, a two-time champion and one of only three players in league history to win the NBA Finals MVP award with multiple franchises.Notoriously a man of few words, at least publicly, Leonard is generally considered to be the best two-way player in the NBA — dominant on the offensive end, airtight on the defensive end.His game-winning, four-bounce-off-the-rim jumper to beat the buzzer in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia was perhaps the signature moment of this past season’s playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptionlast_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img0Shares0000OMAN, October 13-Controversial striker Luis Suarez struck his first goals since being suspended for biting as Uruguay beat Oman 3-0 in an international friendly on Monday.The 27-year-old Barcelona forward is serving a nine-match international ban and four-month total football suspension for having bitten Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. However, his ban does not include friendly matches and the former Liverpool star has already turned out for both club and country in friendly fixtures.He notched a brace in the Celeste’s victory in Sohar while midfielder Jonathan Rodriguez added the third.The goals came seven years to the day since Suarez scored his first international goal in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in Montevideo.He played 70 minutes for Uruguay last Friday against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, setting up the South Americans’ goal when his shot came back off the post and struck the unfortunate Hassan Muath Fallatah before going in for an own goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The North Peace Cultural Centre and Stage North Theatre Society will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway with the Alcan Craze of ’42.Twenty-four local actors and 12 production crew members are recreating the shock and awe of locals when 10,000 American soldiers and huge machines invaded the Peace Country in 1942. Determined to build a road to Alaska through mud and muskeg, the American Army got assistance from local residents.The story is an original play by local playwright Deborah Butler and directed by BC actor and director Michael Armstrong.- Advertisement -Tickets are on sale now, $25 for adults, students and seniors get in for $20 and $15 for children.The five-day event starts on September 29 -30 and continues on October 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.For more information visit: read more

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 Payet starred for France on their run to the Euro 2016 final on home soil Dimitri Payet will cost £100million if any club wishes to prise him away from West Ham, according to co-owner David Sullivan.Payet starred for the Hammers last season and was hugely impressive in France’s run to the final at Euro 2016. His consistent performances have generated interest from a number of Europe’s big clubs, but no offer has come in. And if one of Europe’s elite, or one of the even from China’s super-rich Super League, come calling, they will be told £100m is the minimum they must pay. Sullivan told Sportsmail: “There might be six weeks of silliness when he bangs the table. But if you believe what he says, he wants to stay.“The joke is somebody bids £30m for him, you can’t buy anything for £30m anymore. Just because he can get more money there, he expects us to sell him? Well, we’re not selling anybody.“If they want to break the world record we might consider it, because it’s not then one-sided.“The one-sided deal is somebody comes in with £30m or £40m, offers the player double the money he’s on, and the player wants to go because he can double his money. We get ripped off.“Why should that be the case? We’re not going to stand for it.“He’s worth £100m, even at his age. But he’s not for sale. Just because a big club wants him, tough luck. He’s signed a contract. You take the rough and smooth of a contract.”last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVALENCIA – It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and you’ll get no argument from Cristal Brown. She has resigned as Valencia High’s top softball assistant in the wake of veteran coach Donna Lee’s decision to scrap retirement plans – for the second year in a row – and return for her 13th season. For two years, Brown, a former player at The Master’s College, had been groomed to take over for the Vikings, one of the Southern Section’s most successful large-school programs. Twice the carrot dangled before Brown finally decided she had enough and abruptly handed Valencia’s summer program back to Lee. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I moved here from Ohio to be a teacher-softball coach combo,” Brown said. “Teaching isn’t enough. Softball is my passion, and when Donna made the decision (to come back again), it rocked my world.” All but one Valencia player returns, including star pitcher Jordan Taylor, a second-team All-America. The team reached the Southern Section Div. I quarterfinals last year, coming into the tournament ranked No. 1. “You know what? Cristal is going to be a very good head coach, but right now I’m not ready to give it up,” Lee said. “Things just didn’t work out. The bottom line is I was just not ready to leave.” Here’s the interesting part: After changing retirement plans following the 2005 season, Lee admits she signed a document for Brown, pledging to step down this summer. Apparently, the document was not honored by Valencia’s administration – nor Lee, for that matter. “It was a document between the two of us, and it didn’t involve the school,” Lee said. Brown, who remains a full-time teacher at the school, hopes to continue to support the players. “As a coach, 100 percent of what I do is for the players,” she said. Valencia’ other assistant, Joe Robinson, also has resigned, meaning Lee must assemble a new staff. She said she’s considering added a former Valencia player or two to the staff. Valencia’s football team returns from summer break soon, and there is important business to be decided once the pads come on: juniors Jimmy Baughman and Graham Wilbert remain even in their quest to be the next starting quarterback in place of record-setting Michael Herrick, California’s all-time yardage leader. Splitting time right down the middle throughout a successful summer passing-league campaign, Baughman and Wilbert look to make a strong impression because it’s been made clear Valencia will not alternate quarterbacks once the season starts. One will be the quarterback. The other will sit. “There’s no way both of us are going to play, so that gives me some motivation,” Baughman said. Another quarterback competition has been settled, as Hart’s Alex Pettee is the firm No. 1 over promising junior B.R. Holbrook. Pettee is a returning backup who passed for 536 yards and six touchdowns last year. Holbrook, who works privately with private coach Dean Herrington (brother and former longtime roommate of Hart head coach Mike Herrington), was the junior varsity starter last year. Despite Hart’s mild quarterback controversy, Pettee believes the team has better camaraderie than last year, when the Indians finished as the Southern Section Div. II runner-up – marking the first time since 1997 that Hart had gone two years in a row without winning a title. “There’s some great chemistry because we play together so well as a team and we’re all such good friends,” Pettee said. “We’re definitely ready to put the pads on. This is my senior year, so I want to make the best of it.” Among Hart’s biggest surprises has been the emergence of Robert Hirshberg, a relatively unknown senior who didn’t play last season but has worked his way into the rotation as a receiver. “Robert kind of came out of nowhere,” Pettee said. “I think he was out there as a freshman and sophomore but didn’t play much, and this year he just sprung up and got a lot bigger.” You’re never too young to play competitive baseball in Santa Clarita – and to play it well, as William S. Hart’s Shetland team (6-younger) is proving. The little team that could has qualified for the PONY World Series at Chino Hills Community Park, continuing pool competition against Anaheim at 6:15 tonight. Hart qualified by winning the 10-team Western Regionals in Simi Valley last week. The six-team World Series tournament ends Monday. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or 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

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRemember James McFadden’s goal against France? Kenny Miller’s v England? What about Ally McCoist’s in Euro 1996? Of course you do, who could forget? They’re some of the country’s best goals in recent memory.Former Scotland internationalists Kris Boyd and Lee McCulloch took each other on to recreate the iconic strikes ahead of Friday’s Auld Enemy clash at Wembley, which is live on STV.last_img

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEveryone has those moments when they feel blue or out-of-sorts. Most of the time these feelings come and go. But when sadness persists for more than two weeks it could be a signal of something bigger: depression that may affect a person’s ability to function at work, at home, or in other aspects of their life. As an employer, you may notice a reduction in an employee’s productivity, an increase in absences or a shift in their overall disposition.Depression is a common illness that affects more than 19 million Americans each year. But its symptoms often creep up, leading some to assume that their depression is just a normal part of life. So, unlike symptoms that point toward physical illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, the symptoms of mental illness are all too often ignored. In fact two out of every three people suffering from depression never seek the necessary treatment; but, like physical ailments, when mental illnesses are left untreated the outcome can be severe. We do not wait until heart disease reaches “stage 4” to get treatment and we shouldn’t for depression.Mental Health America’s free and confidential online health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of illness. We provide five different screenings: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder PTSD and Substance Use. Although no two people experience clinical depression, or any mental illness, in exactly the same way these tests provide a better understanding of what people are experiencing and help determine if they need help as well as where they can get it.As part of Mental Health Month, we encourage you to begin having an open conversation about mental health in your organization and creating a culture where employees feel as comfortable talking about their mental wellbeing as much as their physical wellbeing. It’s the right thing to do and your organization only stands to benefit by ensuring the total wellness of all its employees.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAs retail fraud rises, so do the average losses.According to the 10th annual True Cost of Fraud report for the retail sector from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, overall retail fraud attempts have doubled year-over-year and tripled since 2017.The study also found merchants pay $3.13 per lost dollar on average, up 6.5% from $2.94 in 2018. Extra costs result from expenses related to chargebacks, fees, merchandise redistribution, labor/ investigation, legal prosecution and IT/software security.As a percentage of revenue, fraud cost the average retailer 1.86% of their annual revenue in 2019, compared to 1.8% in 2018 and 1.47% in 2016. In addition, retailers face a significant fraud threat from automated botnet attacks. Only 56% of respondents were able to give an estimate of botnet activity. On average, those respondents said fraudulent botnets represented 7.1% of their monthly transactions, and 33% said botnet activity has grown since 2018.- Sponsor – Furthermore, the study reveals that retailers that conduct international transactions and allow m-commerce experience a large number of monthly fraud attempts. On average, mid/large-sized retailers with m-commerce and international commerce experienced 3,157 fraud attempts per month, including 1,830 prevented attempts and 1,327 successful attempts. Mid/large-sized e-commerce retailers with m-commerce and international commerce experienced 1,434 fraud attempts per month, including 767 prevented attempts and 667 successful attempts. Small retailers with… Chain Store Age Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img“An obsolete model of management.” “Completely abusive” demands on reviewers. A governance system that is “a source of great frustration and ongoing low level conflict.” Who said E.U. science policy needs to be dull?An independent review presented today doesn’t pull punches when it describes the structures and management procedures of the European Research Council (ERC), Europe’s new basic research funding agency. The review flags a number of problems in the funding agency’s management, but stops short of endorsing a new legal status that would make ERC fully independent from the European Commission and its often complex regulations, as some scientists at the ERC had hoped. Instead the panel, which included former National Institutes of Health head Elias Zerhouni, urges a series of “immediate” reforms and another independent review in two years time.Overall, ERC, which has more then €7 billion to spend on investigator-driven research between 2007 and 2013, has done a good job, says the panel, chaired by former Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. It has even “succeeded beyond expectations” in attracting scientific talent. 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The agency’s very existence was a radical concept for the European Union, where political negotiations typically determine how money is allocated. That’s why scientists have strived to make the agency as independent as possible from the European Commission. Currently, an independent Scientific Council chaired by Imperial College London molecular biologist Fotis Kafatos charts the ERC’s scientific course, but day-to-day management rests with a so-called Executive Agency in Brussels that is formally autonomous. But that word is “quite misleading,” the panel concludes, since the Commission controls the agency’s steering committee. Although the Scientific Council has a representative in the Executive Agency—Secretary-General Andreu Mas-Colell who assumed that post 3 weeks ago—he has no formal powers (In a recent exclusive interview with ScienceInsider, Mas-Colell did reveal a new grant level ERC will be offering and his hopes to increase female participation for ERC funds.).This “old-fashioned” dichotomy, the review states, puts the ERC’s long-term credibility at risk. “It should not be acceptable today in Europe that non-scientists […] run major European research programmes!” the panel writes with indignant punctuation. It even resorts to using upper case occasionally to make its point, demanding “a true PROFESSIONALIZATION both at the scientific and managerial level.”Managers within the Executive Agency are unfamiliar with academic traditions, clash with the Scientific Council on a regular basis, and make the grant review process much more cumbersome for volunteering scientists than needed, according to the panel. For instance, reviewers need to mail in a copy of their passport, which the panel calls an “abusive” requirement, and sometimes have to wait forever to be reimbursed for travel expenses they pay out of their pocket. Furthermore, the grant review software is cumbersome and difficult to use. “I review for a large number of international funding bodies and this was the worst experience I have had in 30 years,” one scientist told the panel. “I would not agree to review again.” The panel recommends a slew of measures that can be implemented right away to fix the managerial problems, such as streamlining the governance structure; merging the roles of secretary-general and director of the Executive Agency into a single post to be filled by a top scientist; and smoothing review procedures. But it does not advocate the Scientific Council’s favored solution: Wresting control from the Commission completely by giving it a special status made possible though Article 171 of the European Community Treaty. Although this would require new legislation that could be difficult to enact, an Article 171 body would be the best fix for the ERC’s “birth defects,” says Helga Nowotny, vice-president of the Scientific Council.Vīķa-Freiberga’s group proposes going this route only if a new review in 2011 shows the problems to persist—a Solomonic verdict that pleases both sides. “It’s a very fair and balanced report, and the recommendations are wise,” says Nowotny. “It’s a good, honest report that will help all of us a lot,” European Commissioner Janez Potočnik told ScienceInsider this afternoon.The Commission will issue a formal response by October, but Potočnik—who is praised by the panel for keeping ERC from political interference—says the Commission is already working to fix the problems. Potočnik will not oppose an Article 171 structure if it proves necessary, he adds.last_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhat are Avoided Emissions?Avoided emissions are emission reductions that occur outside of a product’s life cycle or value chain, but as a result of the use of that product . Examples of products (goods and services) that avoid emissions include low-temperature detergents, fuel-saving tires, energy-efficient ball-bearings, and teleconferencing services. Other terms used to describe avoided emissions include climate positive, net-positive accounting, and scope 4. Measuring and Managing Greenhouse Gas EmissionsFor more than a decade, businesses have realized the environmental and economic benefits of measuring their greenhouse gas emissions using GHG Protocol standards and tools, setting emission reduction goals, and achieving those reductions. But reducing carbon footprints is only one part of the solution. Companies can play a key role in developing and promoting products and services that avoid emissions – either by enabling emission reductions or by providing a low-emission version of existing products.Some companies already quantify, report, and set goals around the climate benefits of their products and services. For example, of the more than 1,100 companies that report to the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), two-thirds say the use of their products directly enable GHG emissions to be avoided by a third party. However, there is no international standard or consistent terminology to describe avoided emissions. Individual companies and industry initiatives are left to develop their own approach—which leads to inconsistency. For example, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have published guidelines for accounting and reporting GHG emissions avoided along the chemical value chain; the Information & Communications Technologies sector has published similar guidance.What Benefits Would an International Standard Provide?To reduce GHG emissions through innovative goods and services, there has to be a demand for those products. To create the necessary market pull, downstream customers need to understand the benefit of products that enable emission reductions, and have confidence that avoided emissions claims are credible. This requires consistent and credible measurement, as well as transparent reporting – all things an international standard can provide. But is the time right? Is there a need and demand for a standard on quantifying and reporting avoided emissions?Establishing the NeedWe need you to help us answer these questions. We have developed a survey to assess the need for a standard to measure avoided emissions. The survey is open to all interested parties and will be available from Nov. 5 – Dec. 11, 2013. Once the survey is closed, we will publish the results on the GHG Protocol web site. If the results of the survey and additional insight gained through workshops and speaking engagements support the need for a standard, we will send out a call for technical working group participants to start the development process. To stay aware of any developments, please join our stakeholder group. Businesses are constantly reminded of the risks and challenges of climate change, most recently with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report (AR5). Extreme weather events like flooding, wildfires, and droughts are challenging our infrastructure and disrupting our supply chains.But with risk comes opportunity. One such opportunity is providing goods and services that avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decarbonize the supply chain. Today, the GHG Protocol is releasing a survey to scope out the need for a new standard to help companies quantify and report the “avoided emissions” of goods and services that contribute to a low-carbon economy—such as low-temperature detergents, fuel-saving tires, or teleconferencing equipment and services.last_img read more