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Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–With a crucial game slipping away, Magnolia turned to its winning staple and shut down NorthPort when it mattered most.The Hotshots’ have always been one of the premiere defensive teams in the PBA since Chito Victolero took over the team in 2016 and they showed it on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It was all about our defense in the second half,” Victolero, whose squad trailed by as much as 11 points, told reporters after his team’s 103-90 win. “We allowed them to score 59 points in the first half and I think this conference that was already the most points that we allowed in the first half.”READ: PBA: Magnolia boosts playoff bid, holds down NorthPortFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told my players inside the locker room at halftime that if you don’t play defense in the second half you will lose this game and I am very proud of my players, very happy. They really did everything to stop NorthPort in the second half,” he said.Magnolia held NorthPort to only 31 points in the last two quarters, including just eight points in the final frame. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ichiro Suzuki gets the start in what could be his last MLB game That suffocating defense started from its backcourt led by Justin Melton, who played a key role in slowing down Batang Pier’s crack guard Stanley Pringle.“We knew we couldn’t let him (Pringle) get going because he’s the one that can take over a game so we just tried to keep the pressure on him, keep the ball out of his hands if we could. It’s still hard but we did it as a team,” said Melton.The 32-year-old Melton was all over the floor finishing with 11 points, nine coming in the second half, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.Melton said he wasn’t expecting the kind of game he had. He also owed his performance to assistant coach Juno Sauler and teammate Paul Lee, who encouraged him to be aggressive.“I was surprised myself. I have been struggling lately. Coach Juno was talking to me the whole time and Paul Lee was in my head during the game saying don’t hesitate just shoot it so that’s what I did. I stayed aggressive on offense.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption With Melton hounding him, Pringle had a subpar offensive night with just 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half, after coming into the game averaging 22.5 points. He also turned the ball over five times.The win put the Hotshots (4-5) in a three-way tie for sixth place with the NLEX Road Warriors and Alaska Aces.“This win is huge for us. Our conference right now has had a lot of ups and downs,” Melton said. “We had a few games that went down to the last possession and a game like this definitely give us momentum heading into our two games and hopefully into the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Friction between LRA, NCBAL over Licensing Procedure

first_imgMr. Tumbey: “We are hearing radio announcements and rumors in various corners that the LRA is in the process of giving licenses to people who want to venture in the clearing and forwarding business.”-Brokers Association accuses regulatory authority of overlapping function; threatens to file lawsuitThe already struggling Liberian economy is on the verge of seeing an upsurge of negative issues as tension continues to grow between the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL)—two entities that contribute significantly to the country’s economy.The brokers association is accusing the LRA of overlapping its functions and of practically involving in ‘fraudulent activities’ that undermine the smooth operation of the association.At a recent press conference in Monrovia, the association’s president, Ivan Tumbey, accused the LRA of clandestinely engaging in the certification of customs brokers, a move that is contrary to that entity’s scope of operations, he said. The LRA’s action, Tumbey noted, is in clear violation of the legal framework that established the NCBAL and enacted it into law by the National Legislature in 1997.According to Tumbey, the act that created the NCBAL gives it the authority and right to perform clearing and forwarding duties as well as supervising their operations.“We think basically that the LRA is missing her basic function. If you go to the act that established the LRA, there’s nowhere in the act that gives them the right to create any association,” he said.Tumbey said the brokers association also has the legal mandate to recruit and vet individuals, while the LRA only has the power to license the group as an association, “and not individuals” as it is being accused of doing.“We are hearing radio announcements and rumors in various corners that the LRA is in the process of giving licenses to people who want to venture in the clearing and forwarding business, though they have no knowledge of the sector.“Many of these people have not gone through the rank and file of the national customs brokers association and not accredited by our entity,” Tumbey added.This, he noted, contravenes the act that created the association. “There is no indication in the act that established LRA to train or create a broker or license a broker. The NCBAL is the only entity created to do so. I don’t know whether they have other entities established by an act of the legislature,” he said.“Our argument here is that, we are brokers and we follow the rules that established us; and when it is legal for them to license us, we are happy with the procedure that they are coming up with, because more than four years since our last license was earned as an association, it has expired. It is welcoming news to license, but they cannot go beyond the association to license any individual. We are the ones clothed with that authority.“It is our sole responsibility and they cannot take that from us. If, and only if they insist, we will take another turn because we have used every diplomatic means. We have written, argued, sit together to set a memorandum of understanding to proceed with the LRA and NCBAL as to the way forward in the entire process. But they have been ignoring our requests to sit down and sign the MOU that we both put together.“We don’t know their intentions, but we are going to resist that, and will not allow it to happen for another entity to exist in the country as long as our entity still exists,” he said.Section 3:4 of the NCBAL act gives the association the right “to organize, conduct, administer and evaluate candidates or applicants wishing to engage in and practice brokerage activities in order to standardize the profession. It shall administer tests to all persons or applicants wishing to practice brokerage activities and to be members of the association and also submit who be qualified individuals to the Minister of Finance for professional licensing.”He called on his members to be calm as the leadership puts to bed “this unfortunate situation that is serving as a distraction to them. We want to tell our members not to be deterred, because these are just mere radio announcements. We are not worried about that.”Also speaking, the vice president of the association, James Hinneh, reiterated that the NCBAL is not just a mere entity, “in that the act that was established by our honorable legislature give us the responsibility to be the sole operator of the clearing and forwarding business, every customs related document that enters the customs system should and must pass through the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL).”“The LRA and NCBAL are two separate entities, created by the same legislature for specific and distinct functions. Our function is to do clearing and forwarding and to supervise the clearing and forwarding business,” he said.“Their (LRA’s) function is to give us license to make it proper through the government; they are the ones responsible to give us license, and we are the ones charged with the responsibility to create brokers and determine who becomes a broker and forward those names to LRA for their own licensing procedure. But in recent times, there are rumors circulating in the public that LRA is certificating individuals.”When contacted, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, the communications, media and public affairs manager at the LRA, clarified to the Daily Observer that the two institutions were each created under an act of the National Legislature, but said that the LRA is not violating the act that created the NCBAL.“If any issue, they do not understand what is in the act. They should have come to us to see how best we can tell them about how the process is going on, because LRA has the authority to license brokers and individuals as mandated by section 1500 of the Liberia Revenue Code (LRC) and section 21(1) (a) & (b) of the LRA Act of 2013,” Sengbeh said.He said the purpose of the LRA licensing customs brokers and individuals is to promote professionalism, integrity, and accountability in the business of customs brokerage in Liberia.Quoting the relevant sections of the LRC, Sengbeh concluded: “Section 1500 of Liberia Revenue Code (the “Code”) authorizes the promulgation of regulations for ‘the licensing as customs brokers of persons of good moral character, and of corporations, associations and partnership’ including requiring ‘as a condition to the granting of any license, the showing of such facts as…may be deemed advisable as to the qualifications of the applicant to render valuable service to importers and exporters.“Upon this regulation becoming effective [and subject to the transitional period provided hereunder], every business, corporation, partnership or natural person operating or seeking to operate and carry on commercial business as customs broker shall be required to apply for, obtain, and remain in possession of a valid customs broker license issued by the LRA.“No person shall transact business as a customs broker without a license granted in accordance with the provisions of this regulation, provided that this requirement shall not be construed to require a license in the case of any person clearing goods or transacting business pertaining to his own importations and our action is in the act that created the revenue code.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Conte wants Chelsea vote of confidence

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea coach Antonio Conte on the touchline during his side’s shock defeat against Bournemouth last week © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has called for public backing from the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to put an end to growing speculation about his future as manager.The Italian won the Premier League title in 2016-17 in his first year in England but there have been persistent rumours about his job being under threat this season due to the Blues’ indifferent form. Conte has repeatedly expressed his desire to honour the remaining 18 months of his contract and now wants a public vote of confidence from his employers.“Maybe I’d like that the club prepare a statement for me to tell (the media), ‘I trust in his job, I trust in his work’,” said Conte ahead of Monday’s trip to Watford.“But at the same time I know that in the past it never happened, this, and for this reason why would I hope for something different?“For sure, I think that I’d like to have a statement to support against this speculation.”Chelsea have failed to mount a serious defence of their title and travel to Vicarage Road 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City following last week’s humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.After losing to Arsenal in the semi-finals of the League Cup, their only hopes of silverware lie in the Champions League and the FA Cup, while they face a fight to secure a top-four league finish.Conte said he would welcome talks about extending his contract with the London club despite his struggles this season.“I’m giving all of myself, me and my staff and also my players, for this club,” he said.“And then I think that we are doing the maximum for this club and if the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract then we can talk, why not?”Conte could give debuts to new signings Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri against the Hornets, although neither player is expected to start as they are short of fitness due to recent injuries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dago dethrone Upper Hill as Copa champs

first_img0Shares0000Dagoretti boys High School and Upper boys High School, up in air, battles for the ball during the COPA Coca-Cola U-16 school games at Lenana School, Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – Dagoretti High School are the new COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Nairobi regional champions after defeating Upper Hill High School by a solitary goal in an intense match played at Lenana High School on Saturday.Kubasu Abuyeka scored a stunning free kick in the 16th minute to seal the win for Dagorreti and earn them a spot as Nairobi representatives at the National finals in July. The first half was balanced, with both teams trying to outclass the other but it was Dagoretti who also beat Upper Hill in last year’s national finals that got one in the back of the net. In the second half, Upper Hill High School regrouped and pressed Dagoretti for an equalizer but to no avail.“It was fairly a good game. We tried our best to retain the trophy but our opponents had luck on their side. Our three crucial players, Teddy Andrew, Salman Abdil Kadir, and Newton Ochieng were not feeling well and hence our team lacked the agility in midfield and attack. We look forward to the next years’ championship,” said Gilbert Walusimbi, Upper Hill Coach.In the ladies finals, Dagorretti Mixed thrashed Pangani Girls High School 5 -2 in a one sided match.Joy Kanja and Joan Odula each scored a brace with Mary Atieno completing the rout. The consolation goals for Pangani were scored by Pascol Sayo and Loyse Mapenzi.The games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys’ and girls’ Nairobi regional tournament with a total of 5,400 schools having registered and participated.The tournament is run under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTHE number of people joining the Orange Order is growing in Donegal, its leaders have said.The organisation says the Queen’s visit last year together with funding from the Irish government has helped the resurgence in the organisation ahead of its annual parade to Rossnowlagh this Saturday.“Numbers-wise everything is on the increase in Donegal,” said Alan Laird, Convoy Worshipful Master. “It’s something that’s hard to understand as actual Protestant numbers are probably falling, but we’ve gone from strength to strength.“All the halls in the area are second to none. All the bands affiliated to us are doing well on the competition circuit. It’s just good times to be an Orangeman in Donegal at the moment.”Meanwhile Sinn Féin TD Padraig MacLochlainn says it is important that the neighbouring communities in Donegal strive to develop a better understanding of each other.He added: “I never want to see a situation, as an Irish Republican and as a TD for Donegal, where those of the Protestant tradition, of the Ulster Scots tradition and of the Orange tradition, feel they have to keep their heads down. “That’s a key challenge for me, to always reassure them and reach out and I hope I’ve done that, I’ve tried to do it in the past and that’s a key challenge for all of us.” MEMBERSHIP OF ORANGE ORDER IN DONEGAL IS GROWING, SAY LEADERS was last modified: July 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand American leaves Fontana, heads to Long Beach

first_img While Long Beach evidently is gaining a date, it also appears California Speedway will lose the series in 2006. Both the Grand Am Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup have been part of the Fontana racing schedule since 2003. Nate Siebens, a Grand-Am spokesman, would neither confirm or deny the Long Beach date. However, he did say talks between the sanctioning body and the speedway, owned by International Speedway Corp., are ongoing. Jim France, a member of the Grand Am leadership, also is a member of the ISC board. “There is a continuing dialogue with California Speedway for an event in 2006,” Siebens said Monday night. “We are not necessarily looking to replace the California Speedway event with another event. “We are not ruling out Fontana as a potential venue for 2006 at this point. There will be more information (in) Wednesday’s (announcement).” The departure of the series from Fontana resulted from a clash in marketing strategies. While speedway officials viewed the Grand American weekend as a stand-alone event, the direction of the sanctioning body was to be a companion event. “We can only speak for California Speedway,” spokesman Dennis Bickmeier said. “We don’t have a sanction agreement for 2006, but we are keeping our options open. “As recently as the last two weeks, our president (Zucker) has had discussions about strategies going forward. It’s our understanding that Grand Am wants to be a companion event, they have had much success with NASCAR and their drivers coming over. “We don’t have a companion event for Grand Am to run with at California Speedway.” Grand Am has shared the track with NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series three times this year, twice at Daytona and once at Watkins Glen, both ISC-owned venues. In 2002, Grand Am was a companion to the inaugural Indy Racing League event at Fontana. “We have enjoyed great Grand Am racing at Fontana,” Bickmeier said. It would be the first time such cars have appeared at a street race. The Grand Am race likely would run its Rolex Cup Series race the Saturday of race weekend, a day before the LBGP’s headline event the Champ Car World Series takes to the track, one source said. Grand-Am likely would bring its Rolex Series Daytona Prototype category to Long Beach, a class that features rounded, futuristic-looking chassis. The likes of Lexus, Pontiac, BMW, Porsche and Ford compete in the series as do some names familiar to area race fans. Scott Pruett who raced Champ Cars at the LBGP nine times and finished as high as second races alongside other former Champ Car competitors Max Papis and Christian Fittipaldi in the series. Alex Gurney, the son of LBPG co-founder and racing legend Dan Gurney, also competes. The series typically runs about 20 cars. The arrival of Grand-Am may not bring the departure of Trans-Am, a sports car series that has run regularly at the LBGP. Paul Gentilozzi, who owns the rights to the series, has indicated he expects Trans-Am to be back. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 2006 LBGP is set for April 7-9. Jim Michaelian, the CEO of the Grand Prix Association, declined comment. California Speedway president Gillian Zucker was unavailable for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Grand American Series the road racing circuit owned by members of NASCAR’s France family is apparently leaving California Speedway and heading to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach lineup. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday when series and Long Beach race officials are expected to announce the deal that will bring the cars featured in the 24 Hours of Daytona to the streets of Long Beach, sources with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed. last_img read more

HOUSWEETY New Lovely Metallic Sweet Lady Hollow Rose Flower Elastic Hair Band Fashion Headbands : but took a bit longer to arrive but its awesome i got it for my sisters birthday

first_imgBeautiful item fast delivery. Slightly too small for my head, but can still. Slightly too small for my head, but can still be used for a short amount of time (before the headache starts). Very pretty and looks lovely when. A little bit flimsy but does what it needs to to. It looks great but was a bit too small for me (I but took a bit longer to arrive but its awesome i got it for my sisters birthdayHeadband took a while to arrive, the metal roses It’s really nice and the quality is good for the price you slightly too small for my head, but can still Very pretty And looks lovely whenHOUSWEETY New Lovely Metallic Sweet Lady Hollow Rose Flower Elastic Hair Band Fashion Headbands (Gloden Flower)Zinc metal alloy(Cadmium Free)GoldenApprox:44cm(17 3/8″)Size:44cmx68cm(17 3/8″x26 6/8″)Girl Hollow Rose Flower Elastic Hair Metallic Band Headband Golden Very nice product, fit perfectly. Headband took a while to arrive, the metal roses. Headband took a while to arrive, the metal roses often get tangled up together. Wearing for a while causes some discomfort but for the price is okay. It looks great but was a bit too small for me (i. It looks great but was a bit too small for me (i dont have a big head at all) so would recommend for children. A bit small but pretty so will extend the elastic. It is so pretty and comfortable. Lovely but be careful if headsore removing it. It’s really nice and the quality is good for the price you. It’s really nice and the quality is good for the price you buy it but people with soft, straight hair shouldn’t buy it it slips back all the time. This has a lot more weight to it than i expected, but it still sits really nicely on the head and looks very feminine and dainty. Beautiful headband for my 11 yr old, she loved it :). But took a bit longer to arrive but its awesome i got it for my sisters birthday. Really impressed but took a bit longer to arrive but its awesome i got it for my sisters birthday. I loved it i am going to order another two one for me and one for my another sister.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 32 | Wining, whining and reporting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 32nd episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, has a fun packed episode of wine, statistics, and FFA.Host Ty Higgins joins Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood, and Bart Johnson as they hear from wine aficionado Chuck Harris of Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars. Joel and Matt continue to sort through conversations from the National FFA Convention as they joined up with a group of Ohio FFA state officers. Ty hears from NCGA’s Anthony Bush about the need to return farmer surveys by USDA’s NASS.All that and the broadcasters whining about who has to stay with Dale ahead of the upcoming National Association of Farm Broadcaster convention in Kansas City. Stay tuned!last_img read more

Steal This Enterprise Startup Idea: One-Click Conference Calls

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img You dial the conference call number. Or you can copy and paste it into Skype, or just click the link in your phone’s e-mail app. Then you have to enter your 12 digit conference ID number, or whatever this particular system calls it. If you’re on your phone and away from your computer, maybe you jotted it down on a piece of scrap paper. If not, you need to switch back and forth between your dialer and the app that the ID number.You punch in the number. You wait. Nothing happens. You realize you forgot to hit pound at the end. OK, pound. The robotic voice on the other end slowly, carefully reads the whole number back to you. Are you sure this is the number you meant to dial? Yes of course it is, stupid robot! You hit “one” to confirm. You wait. Sorry, this access code is incorrect. Please enter your 12 digit conference participant ID access code number followed by pound now. Arh, that wasn’t the right number after all. You try again, this time remembering to hit pound. The robot repeats it back to you again and you confirm. Finally, you enter the conference call, a bit late.Pleasantries are exchanged, the conference gets rolling and then…someone’s call gets dropped. Everyone waits for them to dial back in and run the access code gauntlet.Why do we still have to put up with this process in a time in which most of us are dialing in with sophisticated smartphones or from VOIP applications on powerful desktops? Sure, there are a couple alternatives. Many Web-based conference calls have VOIP option. But in my experience, the audio quality is usually unusably bad. I’m better off calling in with Skype than using the conference software’s native voice support.The conference organizer may also be able to dial-out to the participants. If everyone’s on Skype, someone can just call all the other participants to initiate a conference. WebEx has that call me back feature, if you’re willing and able to launch the application and login that way.But shouldn’t it be possible, since nearly everyone will be calling from some sort of technologically advanced device, to embed the access code into a link that could be clicked just once to dial into the conference? It might require partnering with carriers and handset manufacturers, but wouldn’t it be much nicer to click once to call a conference?There are a few third-party apps that try to mitigate the experience by letting you paste your conference ID into a specially designed conference call dialer, but I’d like a more seamless experience provided by conference call vendors directly, and without needing to download dedicated apps.I suppose this is the sort of problem unified communications is supposed to solve eventually. Why not solve it now, instead of in some magic time in the future when we’re all running interoperable UC platforms?Feel free to steal this idea, or to tell me about those that are already implementing it.Photo by Samantha Celera Tags:#Communications#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Quick Tip: Layer Styles in After Effects

first_imgBring layer styles from Photoshop into After Effects!One of the killer features of After Effects that’s surprisingly not well known is the ability to apply layer styles just like Photoshop, or even import them directly from Photoshop PSDs. This can bee great for all sorts of design effects. It’s most commonly used for text, but it can be useful in a ton of creative ways once you get the hang of it. One word of caution though: layer styles are applied after any other effects or compositing, so you might run into weird results when trying to combine layer styles with other effects, mattes, or even motion blur. Pre-comping is usually the solution to these issues.You can apply layer styles to a layer in two ways…1. Right clicking on a layer in your comp will reveal the option to add them:2. Or you can select a layer, then go to the ‘Layer’ on the menu bar and apply them from there:Another cool feature is the ability to import layer styles when you import a layered PSD. I found a cool “gel” layer style here, and you can see all of the layer styles applied in Photoshop:When I imported this PSD into After Effects, I selected to import it as a Composition with Cropped Layers so that I could retain all of the layer and compositing info from Photoshop:After I selected this, I get a new dialog asking if I want to import editable layer styles or merge them. This comes up because some layer styles (particularly gradient strokes or anything with texture or pattern settings) don’t translate well into After Effects, and merging them will bake in the desired appearance. In this case those problem styles weren’t present, so yes, we want to import editable styles!Here you can see that it translated into After Effects perfectly, with all of the layer styles intact:There are a ton of great layer style sites and roundups out there (some free, some paid), so find some cool ones to use, or create your own for killer effects!last_img read more