Cone: Brownlee a perfect fit for Gilas

first_imgMaroons demolish Cardinals Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Isn’t Justin amazing?” said Cone after Ginebra’s 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don’t have any say in that.”“But I tell you my vote goes for Justin for the national team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMikee Romero, the 1-Pacman party-list representative and NorthPort governor, had filed House Bill No. 8106 endorsing Brownlee’s naturalization in the lower House in August 2018.Once that bill goes through both levels of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and gets signed by President Duterte to become a republic act, then Brownlee can officially say he’s a Filipino. View comments Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Brownlee, who has so far won three titles with the Gin Kings, had said that he would love to play for the Philippines and that stance has not changed one bit.“I’d definitely be honored to play and represent the country, that’s definitely been a dream of mine since I’ve been here in the Philippines,” said Brownlee, who is listed as 6-foot-5 but is playing—and dominating—in a conference where 6-foot-10 imports are allowed.“Connecting with the Philippine culture and the people, it’s been unbelievable,” said Brownlee. “Hopefully, the [legislative] process is still going forward and it’s not standing still or going backwards, I’m still excited for it.”Cone said that Brownlee’s impact goes beyond basketball and that the prolific 31-year-old’s personality alone gives the team wonders.Brownlee started playing in the PBA in 2016 as a replacement import for Paul Harris and has since become entrenched in the local basketball culture.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that—if he would have his way—the versatile import should be wearing the Gilas Pilipinas jersey as soon as possible.Cone didn’t discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him, he’d vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competitions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Liabilities, impact of social media

first_imgSocial media is a world within a world and for those who were born in the 21st Century, technology is only but a natural phenomenon. Cell phones, iPods, and video games are practically inevitable for teens and young adults. Along with these technologies come social media networking, which is part of the daily routine for many. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have millions of visitors daily. Facebook alone has over 500 million users which make it the most popular social network website on Earth. Research conducted by Facebook shows that 50 per cent of its users are active users who log on daily and spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site. There is no doubt that social media and social networking are here to stay; however, added to these ‘natural’ luxuries are risks and dangers.While these sites’ open dialogue allows individuals to express themselves, there must be some amount of user censorship not necessarily by the domain host but rather by individuals themselves. Creating a profile, giving details about yourself, hobbies and educational background are all acceptable; however, for many every aspect of their day, work and lives are posted. Like driving, the users of social media should be cognisant of the five C’s – caution, care, common sense, courtesy and consideration – as many of the things posted can arise in the future to haunt thrones. Only recently, it was observed locally that a number of young persons were posting on social media their intent to resign from their current place of employment. Common sense – one of the 5 C’s – would inform that such information is personal and should not be posted on a social network, as such behaviours can stymie future employment.What if the situation changed and that person needs to stay at the current place of employment? What if an intended employer does a social media search and sees such uncouth behaviour? It is thought-provoking that an employee can overlook his /her posting on any social networking site and talk their way out of potential employment. It seems as though these consequences are often not in the minds of teens and young adults when they take to the social media world to express themselves. Interestingly, many young persons do not take into account or acknowledge the dangers of such postings on social networking sites since to them, all the social sites seem innocent.Research has shown one of the greatest impacts of social networking is on the social skills of people. According to a BBC report, while on one hand, social networking sites seem to bring people together and connected; on the other hand, it creates social isolation. Research has shown that older generations of networkers learnt how to communicate and interact long before networking was even a thought, but much of the younger generations do not interact socially. According to the report, social networking has created a serious breach in the ability of young people to communicate and interact with each other.It is clear that there is evidence suggesting that social networking can be risky to a dangerous extent, but it is an area that cannot be ignored, as it is the driving force of the world today. Like the many pleasures of life, social networking can be beneficial in moderation; however, unfortunately, moderation and the social media world do not coincide in society. As such, all one can hope for is that young people have a deeper understanding and be conscious of what they are posing on social media, taking into consideration its impact today, tomorrow and years ahead.last_img read more

Study finds flu shots do little to help elderly

first_imgThe conclusion published Monday in an online edition of the British journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases is unwelcome news for public-health officials in the United States who are preparing to launch the annual flu-shot campaign. This season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes that a record 132million doses of flu vaccine will be manufactured for the U.S. market, but the federal agency has been having a hard time boosting the number of Americans who line up for the shots. Last year, at least 18 million doses of flu vaccine went to waste. Clearly worried that a study casting doubt on the value of the vaccine might undo years of efforts to boost immunization rates, both the study authors and top U.S. health officials said the elderly still should seek out the shots. The authors confirmed a strong consensus that the flu shots are effective for people under 65. “There absolutely should be no change in the recommendations,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where part of the latest study was carried out. HEALTH: But the authors did confirm that the immunization can help people under 65. By Sabin Russell SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE A team of National Institutes of Health researchers has concluded that the often-touted benefits of flu shots to people over the age of 70 are highly exaggerated – there is no real proof they provide protection to the frail elderly. In sum, the real proof that flu shots cut the death rates of people over 70 is “slim,” the authors concluded.last_img read more

Mouse brain cells can be duplicated, study finds

first_img“It’s good to increase the pool of the cells that you’re interested in, but then you have to channel them down the direction that you’re interested in,” he said. “If you want to make more nerve cells \ Parkinson’s, you have to channel them in that direction. If you want to make more glial cells for MS, you have to channel them in that direction.” Much is also unknown about whether increased amounts of the LIF would help human brains – in some other experiments with the protein, human cells responded differently than mouse cells, Patterson said. Other scientists in the field were unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon. Patterson’s research does not replace advances made with embryonic stem cells, which can become any type of cell, not just ones in the brain, he said. By working with the brain’s own cells, though, his research could avoid the possibility that a patient’s immune system would reject an injection of foreign stem cells, he said. “Also, you avoid problems about where you are going to get the stem cells from – ethical and political problems.” elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A pair of Caltech scientists have discovered how to increase the number of new brain stem cells in mice, paving the way for progress against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. Extra brain stem cells could be a powerful tool in fighting such disorders because of their ability to replace any type of damaged cells, from neurons to the glia that are essential for insulating them. “The approach we’re talking about is channeling the brain’s innate capacity to repair,” said biologist Paul Patterson, whose findings appeared Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience. “In a number of diseases such as stroke, the brain is trying to do this, the stem cells are trying to replicate, but it’s not enough. “The brain does have the appropriate mechanism to do the right thing, it just needs more of a kick in the pants,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’That kick in the pants, found Patterson and his colleague Syvian Bauer (now at the Universite Paul Cezanne in France), can come in the form of a protein called the leukemia inhibitory factor, or LIF. LIF occurs naturally after brain damage, has been shown to stimulate mouse embryonic stem cells to divide, and even promotes growth of the cells lining the inside of noses. In this series of experiments, though, the team increased the amount of the protein above normal by injecting it directly into the brain or adding to the mice’s DNA to make them produce more on their own. “We’re sort of mimicking something that is there, but we’re making a lot more of it,” Patterson said. But the discovery that such an increase stimulates brain stem cells is only the first step in encouraging the brain to repair itself, he said. last_img read more

West Brom drop points at Wigan, Cardiff suffer first defeat under Harris

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets 1 Slaven Bilic’s West Brom were held at Wigan PEP TALK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS FULL TIME: @BrentfordFC 2-1 #CardiffCity Defeat for the #Bluebirds on the road.#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/4PnslvdBM1— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) December 11, 2019Gerhard Struber is still looking for his first win as Barnsley manager following his side’s 1-1 draw with Reading.Cauley Woodrow gave the Tykes the lead just before the hour mark, before Lucas Joao equalised 14 minutes from time.Swansea and Blackburn played out a 1-1 draw in Wales as both teams finished the game with 10 men as Tom Carroll and Bradley Dack were sent off for two bookable offences at separate times in the second-half.Chris Martin netted a late penalty to earn Derby a draw and deny Sheffield Wednesday a third successive win.Birmingham suffered a 2-0 home defeat to QPR thanks to goals from Grant Hall and Bright Osayi-Samuel. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule center_img Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son But West Brom could only salvage a draw against 23rd-placed Wigan, who went ahead from a Sam Johnstone own goal, before Charlie Austin equalised for Slaven Bilic’s men.Leeds lead West Brom at the top on goal difference, with both sides on 46 points.Elsewhere, Neil Harris’ unbeaten start as Cardiff boss came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at Brentford.Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins goals gave Brentford a comfortable advantage as Marlon Park pulled one back for the visitors in the 64th minute.A win would have brought the Bluebirds level on points with sixth-placed Nottingham Forest. Championship results:Barnsley 1-1 ReadingBirmingham 0-2 QPRBrentford 2-1 CardiffDerby 1-1 Sheffield WednesdaySwansea 1-1 BlackburnWigan 1-1 West Brom Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update appointed rookie error LATEST stalemate latest on target West Brom missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship table with a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Wigan on Wednesday.Leeds’ 2-0 win over Hull 24 hours earlier saw them leapfrog the Baggies at the summit. statement last_img read more

Griffiths: We’ll start Astana second leg like we did against Red Imps

first_imgLeigh Griffiths has offered a warning to Astana, saying that Celtic will “come out the traps flying” in next week’s second leg, like they did against Lincoln Red Imps.The striker netted a crucial away goal for the Scottish champions as they drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League third round qualifier in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.Now Griffiths believes the Hoops will “definitely” finish the job in Glasgow, seeing them through to the next round.|We got that away goal and now we’ll look to build on that next week,” he said. “We’ll come out the traps flying, like we did against Lincoln and hopefully we will get that early goal and try and kill their confidence.The big man [Junior Kabananga] was a handful up front for them but I have no doubts about our defence next week and the way we set up and I think next week we’ll definitely finish the job off.”Griffiths started up front with new Moussa Dembele, who is still to find his first goal for Celtic. The Frenchman was withdrawn in the second half, with the Hoops seemingly more comfortable following his substitution.However, Griffiths believes an understanding is developing between himself and Dembele. “The big man is a good player and I’m sure that when he gets that first goal he’ll go on a run,” he said.“Thankfully tonight the chance fell to my feet and I’ve put it away. I just want to continue my form from last season and if the big man can chip in with a few goals that’ll be great.”last_img read more

Ice Storm Knocks Out Power To Over 40,000 In Southern Indiana

first_imgDue to the heavy amount of ice Southern Indiana received overnight over 40,000 are without power for Duke and Jackson County REMC  customers.Duke Energy has 2,819 customers without power in Washington County.Other Duke outages include:Orange County – 391Lawrence County – 1,718Crawford County – 3,650Harrison County – 341Floyd County – 4,902Clark County – 5,553Jefferson County – 7,448Scott County – 956Jackson County – 1,006Jennings County – 3,027Ripley – 1,146Dearborn County – 2,631 Jackson County REMC reports over 3,000 power outages in Jennings, Jackson, Scott, and Washington.REMC has all available crews and contracted crews out working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.“Please visit our website www.jacksonremc.com, and our Facebook page Jackson County REMC for more information,” said Nicole Ault, Communications Specialist for Jackson County REMC.“We will continue to update our Facebook page with the most recent information,” Ault said. Remember to stay away and NEVER touch a downed powerline.Also, tree limbs are still breaking and will continue to doso until the ice melts. Please stay safe and stay out from under any large trees or limbs. Any Jackson County REMC customer who is out of service and has not reported their outage is encouraged to reporttheir outage either on our SmartHub app, or by calling the office at 812-358-4458.last_img read more

Kaatru Veliyidai: Every film is a journey for AR Rahman, says Mani Ratnam

first_imgOne of the highly expected films of this year is obviously Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai, which is slated to release on April 7. At the audio launch of the film, Mani Ratnam, who gave AR Rahman his first breakthrough with Roja, says he has not changed ever since and that he treats every film like a special one.”The journey has been of 25 years. But, it feels like I met Rahman just yesterday. He sported the same smile then too, but everyone is aware of the heights he has scaled now,” said Mani Ratnam.”For Rahman, every film is a special journey. His quest to explore new, unique sound for his films continues even today. He works really hard to get the perfect soundscape for a film. From Roja to Kaatru Veliyidai, its been an amazing journey. Thank you,” the Nayagan actor added.Speaking about Mani Ratnam, Rahman said, “If not for Mani Sir, I wouldn’t have received this platform. To implement high-end ideas and refined sounds, everything has to fall in place in your collaborations. It was a divine happening when K Balachandar sir called me and introduced me to Mani sir for Roja. I’m grateful for that.On the contrary to reports, Kaatru Veliyidai is not an out-and-out romantic film like the director’s Alaipayuthey or OK Kanmani. Produced by Madras Talkies, the film stars Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead, while RJ Balaji, Delhi Ganesh and Shraddha Srinath will play important roles.Kaatru Veliyidai audio has received overwhelming response from the audience, thanks to Rahman’s soul stirring music.advertisementALSO READ: Is Ram Charan’s wife Upasana pregnant? Actor’s friend respondsALSO READ: Before Baahubali 2: SS Rajamouli reveals why Baahubali was a blockbusterALSO READ: Notice was sent to SPB without waiting for Ilaiyaraaja’s approval, says composer’s lawyerlast_img read more

Fitness Blender Workouts are like Exercising with Your Friends

first_imgMost men report to the mirror at least twice a day, in the morning and at night, if for no other reason than habit. And for most, that trip doesn’t include meeting eyes with someone who looks like Billy Blanks. Talking about body image is about as fun as discussing Federal tax code, but it’s hard to escape that most of us either would rather be in better shape or would at least like to keep whatever shape we’ve managed thus far. One Youtube exercise series has become increasingly popular for its low-stress, high-return approach to working out. Using little equipment or space, Fitness Blender workouts can make the difference in your health routine. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Daniel and Kelli Segar (husband and wife) founded Fitness Blender in 2008 after several years of working in the fitness industry as personal trainers. Today, Fitness Blender is an online healthand wellness community featuring a Youtube series with over 3.5 million subscribers, lifestyle guides, and community forums, and it has always taken an approachable, even welcoming, tone in the conversation on exercise and healthy eating. What’s grown into a large and active community is still based in humble roots: Daniel and Kelly film every video in a walled-in garage, while a spare bedroom in their home functions as an office. They don’t offer a patented Exercise System, or Proprietary Crash Diet. Instead, they focus on health-centered exercises and rounded diets that use widely available knowledge.But what makes the Fitness Blender workout videos so special is precisely this lack of pretense. These are people you see in your world, people who attend parent-teacher conferences or go to malls, people who drink beer and eat the food that’s put in front of them at restaurants. And that’s their exact appeal: they’re the type of people who might take you to the gym if they worked in your office. Their videos range from kickboxing routines, to nearly impossible ab workouts, to HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, which would make an Olympian cry for mercy. Kelly and Daniel take turns hosting the videos (sometimes hosting them together) and they talk you through each exercise as it’s performed. They suffer just as much as you do, possibly more, considering that they have to keep talking the entire time.When you complete a video, it ends with a white screen which says simply “Workout Complete.” Your body relaxes, your mind goes to rest, and you feel the purest rush of endorphins or runner’s high or whatever you want to call it, that you’ve ever felt in your life. Whatever your personal goals for working out happen to be, this stuff is effective. Give it a try and feel the results.  Editors’ Recommendations How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra last_img read more

Rand, Chengxi Sign Shipyard Contract

first_imgzoom Rand Logistics, Inc. has entered into a contract with the Chengxi Shipyard for the construction and assembly of a new forebody which will be affixed to the aft section of the company’s recently acquired Danish flagged chemical tanker.When introduced into service in the second half of calendar 2015, this vessel will increase the size of Rand’s fleet to 17, including 10 Canadian flagged and 7 U.S. flagged vessels, and will be the first Canadian flagged river class self-unloader introduced into service on the Great Lakes in over 40 years.The conversion project will take place in Jiangyin, China at the Chengxi Shipyard.“We are very pleased to be working with the Chengxi Shipyard on this important project for our Company,” said Scott Bravener President of Lower Lakes Towing.“Subsequent to introducing the vessel into service, we will operate five of the seven Canadian flagged river class vessels in the market. The new vessel will not only have the largest carrying capacity of any existing Canadian river class self-unloader,but it will also be the most efficient river class vessel on the Great Lakes,” said Mr. Bravener.May 27, 2014last_img read more