OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Spurs: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Willie Marcial is new PBA commissioner LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Spurs maintained the double-digit lead through the third and early stages of the fourth as the Spurs defense pressured the Grizzlies, still mired at 41 percent shooting, including 2 of 12 from outside the arc.Memphis got the lead to single-digits with just under eight minutes remaining, but the Spurs scored the next six points, including four from Parker to match their biggest lead at 91-76 with about six minutes to go.That was in the midst of a 14-2 Spurs run to take the lead to 20 points.Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne made his first four shots. … Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard also sat out for San Antonio. They’re each dealing with long-term injuries. … Bertans started his second game of the season. … Pau Gasol is 17-10 in games against his younger brother Marc. … Spurs have a 27-3 record when leading after three quarters.Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks was named to the Rising Stars World Team earlier Wednesday. Brooks is a native of Canada. … Ivan Rabb, a rookie out of California, made his first career start. … Saw their streak of five straight games with at least 10 3-pointers snapped.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against his brother and San Antonio Spurs center, Pau Gasol, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night.Gasol had 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. Dillon Brooks finished with 10 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 17 turnovers.Between illness and rest, each team was down at least four players, creating some makeshift lineups. Spurs leading-scorer LaMarcus Aldridge took the night off for rest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBoth teams started 2 of 11 from the field in a sloppy first half. Memphis committed 10 turnovers while shooting just under 40 percent, while the Spurs shot slightly better at 44 percent along with eight miscues.Pau Gasol was the only player to reach double figures with 10 points in helping San Antonio to a 51-40 lead at the break. View comments
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Thursday arrested two persons after they unearthed an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in a vehicle they were travelling in.Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan, disclosed that the interception occurred sometime around 14:40h.It was reported that Police ranks acting on information, intercepted a motor car on the Golden Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, conducted a search and found a 12 gauge single barrel shotgun.The driver of the vehicle and an occupant have since been taken into Police custody.
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) will be launching its historic Brian Ramphal Double Wicket Tournament for Berbice First Division Teams, thereby continuing to break new ground with the hosting of record cricket tournaments in the Ancient County.Twelve pairs drawn from ten clubs are set to be participating in the tournament, which would have close to $150,000 in prizes and trophies up for the taking.Overseas-based Guyanese Brian Ramphal is sponsoring the tournament as part of his million-dollar contribution to Berbice Cricket for 2018.The participating clubs are Blairmont; West Berbice; Police; Rose Hall, Canje; Tucber Park; Albion; Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC); Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne; and Skeldon. Clubs were mandated to provide three names each for the entire tournament, but Rose Hall Town and Albion would provide two pairs each, while the others have a pair each.Each game should consist of four overs per side, to be bowled in twenty minutes. The two players shall bowl two overs each, while only two players shall be allowed off the 30 yards for the first two overs, and a maximum of five for the remaining overs of an innings.Each pair would be supported by six fielders provided by their clubs. The fielders shall be attired in whites while the pair would wear their coloured first division uniform.All no balls shall be a free hit, while both batsmen would have to be dismissed for an innings to be closed before the completion of the four overs. Matches start at 16:15 hours.
Carles Gil in action for Aston Villa 1 Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor believes Carles Gil still has a big part to play at the club.The 22-year-old Spaniard arrived at Villa Park from Valencia for around £3m in January as a Paul Lambert signing.The playmaker’s impact was almost instant, with a goal in his first start in an FA Cup win over Bournemouth.But, when Premier League relegation loomed, his talents were not required and he started just four league matches, all of them in February before the going got really tough.However, the former Spain Under-21 man has looked lively in pre-season training and could get back in the Villa side.“Carles has come back in pre-season and he’s flying,” Agbonlahor told avfc.co.uk. “I played with him in a practice match the other day and I loved playing with him.“He can get the ball, turn and slip you through. He’s perfect for me, running in behind. I hope he keeps improving and hopefully he gets a chance because, for me, he’s a quality player.”
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1 John Goddard has signed for Swindon Town Swindon Town have started their preparations for next season already by snapping up non-League star John Goddard from Woking.The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in 41 Conference outings for mid-table Woking last term, which attracted the attention of a number of League clubs.But it is League One Swindon who have moved fastest to land him, agreeing an undisclosed fee with Woking and handing the midfielder a three-year deal, including the option of another 12 months.Goddard came through the ranks at Swindon’s M4 neighbours Reading, who he joined as an eight-year-old but was released in 2012 before he made a senior appearance.Swindon chairman Lee Power told the club’s official website: “We were aware of the number of clubs interested in signing the player and we are delighted to have finally secured John’s signature with him being one of the hottest properties in non-league football.”
Reiner, who until recently had been viewed as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has temporarily stepped down as chairman of the commission. First Five commission director Kris Perry appeared at the legislative hearing Wednesday but refused to answer questions. Perry said she has been instructed not to comment until the commission finds legal counsel. The state attorney general has cited a conflict in representing the panel. Other authorities – including Sacramento County prosecutors and the state Fair Political Practices Commission – have indicated they also might investigate. Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Cox said he also wants the audit to look into what he called a lack of competitive bidding in hiring of consultants and unusually high payments to them. Cox compared the situation to scandals involving use of public funds for political purposes that led to the downfall of former Republican Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and former Democratic Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. Frommer said he supports Reiner but that “it is very important for us to make sure this commission is properly spending its money, that it’s accounted for, that there are proper ethics being observed in contracting practices and there is no collusion between a state agency and a political campaign for purposes of passing an initiative.” In a letter to lawmakers Wednesday, Reiner denied any wrongdoing and urged them to conduct the investigation. The First Five Commission was created with tobacco tax revenue from Reiner-supported Proposition 10, approved by voters in 1998. It allocates money for programs such as anti-smoking efforts, health care and child care. SACRAMENTO – Legislators ordered the state Auditor’s Office on Wednesday to investigate whether Hollywood figure and political activist Rob Reiner improperly used millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to promote his proposed preschool initiative. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee, acting on behalf of the Democrat-dominated Legislature, voted 11-0 to instruct the independent auditor to probe Reiner’s performance as chairman of a state commission that allocates tobacco tax revenue for various uses. The auditor will focus on whether the First Five Commission’s $23 million ad campaign promoting preschool constituted an improper use of public funds for political purposes. The ads ran as Reiner worked to qualify a universal preschool initiative on the June ballot. Sen. David Cox, R-Roseville, who called for the audit along with Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, said the committee’s expenditure represents “a clear conflict of interest” and “violates the spirit, if not the letter of the law.”
SINGAPORE Airlines says it will be a case of “watch this space’’ as it brings in the first of five new Airbus A380s next year sporting premium product that will improve on its already impressive new-generation business seats.The Singaporean carrier created waves for manufacturer Airbus when it decided not to renew the 10-year lease on its first Airbus A380. The announcement came as Malaysia Airlines revealed it was in discussions with airlines in the region about offloading its fleet of six A380s.SIA may also not renew four more leases due to end, although a decision on that has yet to be made.But Singapore Airlines (SIA) executive vice president commercial Mak Swee Wah says the days of the double-decker superjumbo are not over yet.“The A380 probably has its niche,’’ Mak told AIrlineRatings during the recent inaugural flight of the Capital Express linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington. “It is still the relevant plane for those key city pairs were traffic is dense and so I think it’s question of when you want to expand there’s this constant debate over capacity versus frequency.“So I think … it will be relevant of our fleet but a lot more of the services will be run by twin-engine planes.’’Mak said the decision against renewing the first lease was a result of the airline’s assessment of the need for the plane.“At this point in time, with the new ones coming in, we think that we really don’t need to expand the fleet so that’s why we are letting the lease expire,’’ he said. “When the decision time for the next few comes along then we will make the same new evaluation and if we don’t need to expand then we will do the same.’’The SIA executive would not be drawn on what was planned for the new aircraft, other than to say it would be better than its latest generation business class product.“I will say watch this space when the time comes,’’ he said.Read our review of Singapore Airlines’ new business seat.Singapore prides itself on the low average age of its fleet and it has already taken the first 67 A350s set to form the backbone of its fleet. These include seven ultra-long-range versions of the A350-900 deigned to fly up to 19 hours on non-stop flights between Singapore and New York.The A350-900ULR includes a modified fuel system and aerodynamic improvements that allow it to carry more fuel with an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) on services to the US.Also on order are 30 Boeing 787-10s, which will be the mainstay of the airline’s medium-haul fleet and are due to start arriving in 2018. “So there are a lot of new aircraft coming in and as they come in then the older 777s. which used to be the core of our fleet, will then be retired,’’ Mak said.Although Boeing has approached the Singaporean carrier about its next generation of Boeing 777s, Mak said no decision had been made.The influx of new planes into the region has been one of the factors responsible for increased competition that has pushed down air fares and airline yields.Mak does not believe there will be any rationalisation of capacity in the near term and said expert commentary suggested the world economy would continue to languish for some time.“It’s hard to predict,’’ he said. “I think t for the moment there is still a lot of airplanes which have been ordered which will be coming into service.“That’s why we on SIA’s side – not just SIA but the rest of the group – we have to continue with our growth and expansion plan to make sure that we get our fair share of the action.’’Like everyone else in the Asia-Pacific, Mak sees China as the biggest growth area and says all four members of the SIA Group — Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot and Tigerair — have expanded their presence there.He also sees a role for the new Singapore-Canberra-Wellington service as alternate gateway for Chinese tourists. There were about 90 visitors from China on the inaugural Boeing 777-200 flight and Mak said Singapore would do its share to promote traffic from the huge market to Australasia.And despite some scepticism about the route from competitors, Mak said putting the cities together made sense, with residents in both cities excited about the service and the response so far “encouraging”. The airline hopes to turn the four-times weekly route into a daily service as part of an expansion in the South-West Pacific that has seen the number of weekly flights to the region grow in recent years from 100 to 156. “We certainly hope to make it a success, especially with the support of the authorities, of the airport, of the tourism bodies,’’ Mak said“Both (cities) are equally strong and we’ll see over time as the market grows, how we can expand this further.’’He agreed one advantage of the markets was their relative affluence and pointed to the the wide range of groups in both cities with reasons to travel.“There’s government, there’s academia, there’s business people and the more affluent leisure traveller,’’ he added. “And also I think we do want to let the rest of the world know that there are some hidden gems around. It doesn’t come top of mind when we do overseas tourists but I think we need to do some work to let people know there’s more to Australia and New Zealand than just traditional gateways.’’SIA is working on the route with alliance partners Virgin Australia, which is providing lounge facilities in Canberra, and Air New Zealand, which provides them in Wellington.Air New Zealand chief strategy, networks and alliance officer Stephen Jones described the new route as a great addition to the alliance.’’Air NZ has authorisation through its alliance to co-operate with SIA to Singapore but Mr Jones said this did not extend to passengers flying across the Tasman. “But passengers flying from New Zealand via Wellington over Canberra to Singapore and beyond will be included in our alliance and in our revenue share,’’ he said.Singapore and AirNZ now co-operate on twice daily services out of Auckland, daily out of Christchurch and the four times weekly Wellington service.Steve Creedy travelled to Singapore, Canberra and Wellington courtesy of Singapore Airlines.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts alex williams Tags:#enterprise#saas IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tibco is offering a real-time service called iProcess Spotfire that allows business users to manipulate data and produce reports from their business process management (BPM) software.Tibco’s do-it-yourself (DIY) service represents one of the promises of the real-time enterprise. The task of updating and fine tuning BPM software usually requires the help of IT personnel. It’s reminiscent of how the web has made the most complex tasks fairly doable by people with little expertise. Tasks that once required experts now can be performed by people with few technical skills.The Tibco service is designed for all levels of business users. Professionals can use it to understand the operation aspects of the process performance. Executives can use it to get a broad look at the business.iProcess Spotfire features:Personalized process reporting and analytics: Gone are the static dashboards. Custom templates display reports that are tailored to specific users. Better Context: Tibco provides the ability to extract process performance data generated by the BPM and combine it with business information from other applications. This provides the business manager with a broader context than if the data from the BPM environment was all that could be accessed.Self-service: Instead of relying on IT to create custom reports, iProcess Spotfire enables business users to customize their own work and analyze the metrics themselves. By empowering the business users directly, companies can save time and money, while simultaneously ensuring that changes in the business process performance can be identified and acted upon by the most appropriate people, in the most efficient manner.Due in large part to the faltering economy, BPM software is proving to be one of the hottest growing sectors in the enterprise IT market. According to Gartner, the BPM market will increase 5% over the next year. Companies that make the investment now in BPM will see better growth when the economy rebounds.The Tibco offering optimizes BPM software even more by making it a DIY product. Efficiencies are maximized and business managers get to make better customizations that in the long run could have a real effect on the bottom line.Disclosure: Tibco is a sponsor of the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit to be held October 15 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Ca. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts While many governments are recent converts to the smart city ideology, Singapore has been a movement leader for decades. And the Asian city-state is about to ramp up its efforts with its soon-to-be-unveiled Smart Nations strategy.The GovTech site features a lengthy discussion with Singapore’s CIO Chan Cheow Hoe which serves as a master-class in smart city planning.Over the years Chan says one of Singapore’s biggest revelations is that effective smart city programs must be first and foremost customer-centric.“The whole idea is to first establish a relationship…and a point of trust between government and the people,” he says.“The second thing — that I think is very important — is the concept of what we call ‘frictionless’ government,” Chan says. “What we are trying to do is to take out all this unnecessary friction as much as possible, and this goes back to the customer experience.”Singapore’s lengthy smart city history includes such projects as traffic congestion analytics, waste monitoring and sustainable buildings.Driving the city-state’s early smart city adoption was its need to maximize the use of its compact 427 square miles of geography to best serve its bustling population of 5.6 million.One of the biggest smart city challenges faced by Singapore, and indeed all global governments, is modernizing outdated legacy IT systems. Legacy systems often hinder shifting infrastructure to the cloud and frequently dampen innovative thinking.See also: NuTonomy cabs ready for hailing in SingaporeHowever, Singapore tackled this familiar bugbear by focusing its efforts on improving customer service while minimizing service disruptions to its core systems.“We started splitting up what we call our system of records with the system of engagement,” says Chan. “We made the legacy system just a simple system of records. We shut off the front end and we essentially built a funnel on top of it.”He says this allowed Singapore to be agile in building front end customer services while leaving the legacy systems relatively intact.“It decreases the need for the legacy systems significantly, and over a period of time allows resources to be dedicated to the customer experience,” he says.These improvements allowed Singapore to build up a trust-based relationship with its citizens through its digitalID strategy. This strategy focused on breaking various pools of data out of their silos to remove much of the friction in government-citizen interactions, manifesting in such projects as MyInfo.Singapore has data issues sorted outMyInfo pulls data on citizens from various departments into a useable pool of verified information.“Instead of you bringing your ID card and everything to show these things, you don’t have to do these unnecessary transactions anymore because the data is pulled directly,” he says. “This data doesn’t belong to the government — the data still belongs to you as an individual — but you have the right to consent to give that data to somebody else.”Singapore is presently embarking on its ambitions Smart Nation initiative which will include the deployment one of the most sprawling sensor and camera networks a city has ever seen.And with such a vast array of sensors, the obvious issue of how to secure such expansive Internet of Things (IoT) technology.Chan says securing IoT is a running battle that no one can solve with a silver bullet.“The question for us now is really about categorizing systems. There are highly secure systems we will spend a lot of money protecting,” says Chan. “For the rest, it is what it is.”“If something happens to it we are just going to accept the risk and move on, as long as the risk is not so big that it actually cripples certain critical services in the country.” Donal Power Tags:#cybersecurity#infrastructure#Internet of Things#IoT#Singapore#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…