After scoring drop, Andre Paras admits he’s still ‘out of shape’

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The second-generation star attributed the dip in his performance to splitting his time between training and taping afternoon fantasy series Sirkus, but Paras made it clear that he’s more than capable to juggle multiple responsibilities.“I guess I’ve just been working a lot,” he said. ““I committed myself here, so no excuses,” he said.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 folkParas, though, still couldn’t hide his frustrations after being a non-factor offensively for the Titans, leaving most of the scoring responsibilities to newcomers Michael Cañete and Kris Porter.“It hurts to say that we’ll make up for it next game because we could’ve contributed today. I was able to get rebounds, but that’s not enough. So I need to up my game offensively,” he said. PBA IMAGESAndre Paras was the first to admit that he wasn’t at his peak form in AMA Online Education’s conference-opener in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“I’m kind of out of shape,” he said after posting nothing but 11 rebounds in 22 minutes on the floor in the Titans’ 93-75 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Injured Nadal set to return in three weeks Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fortunately, the 22-year-old slotman can quickly make the turnaround as AMA takes on contender Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.“I know I have to be in shape always, and I’m working hard in our trainings. I make sure that I catch up to our team after work,” he said as he seeks to atone for this lackluster showing.“For sure, I’ll be looking to bounce back. Hopefully, I can make an impact offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

New road could be named after Donegal Nobel Prize winner

first_imgIndependent Cllr Michael McBride is to propose that the newly opened Unifi Link Road in Letterkenny be named after William C. Campbell, the Nobel Prize winner.Cllr McBride is to make the formal proposal at next Tuesday’s Municipal District meeting in Milford.He has received representations from people in Letterkenny who say it would be appropriate for Professor Campbell’s historic achievement to be recognised in close proximity to the major international companies on the Business Park Road.The Ramelton Professor was recently honoured with a Civic Reception by the Council. He received the Nobel Prize for Medicine after discovering a class of drugs called Avermectins, whose derivatives have been shown to have “extraordinary efficacy” in treating River Blindness and Lymphatic filariasis, among other parasitic diseases affecting animals and humans.Bill Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2015 along with Satoshi Omura of Japan and Tu Youyou of China for their discoveries that have revolutionised the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.He was born in 1930 in Ramelton, the third son of R. J. Campbell, a farm supplier.New road could be named after Donegal Nobel Prize winner was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Raiders 1,000-yard rusher arrested for DWI in Whataburger drive-thru

first_imgAccording to TMZ, McFadden was found asleep at the wheel of his SUV in the drive-thru of a … No, not Hi Ho Cheeseburger:No, not Ray’s Hell Burger:Riiiiight. Whataburger: Click here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Running back Darren McFadden, selected by the Raiders with the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL draft, was arrested in Texas early Monday at a Whataburger on suspicion of driving drunk, TMZ has reported.No, not Good Burger:last_img

Pro-ethanol progress in White house meeting, but questions remain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ethanol supporters were pleased with the long-awaited progress made on a couple of significant obstacles in a White House meeting last month focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the system of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).“President Trump…reaffirmed his commitment to our nation’s farmers by approving year-round sales of E15 without a RIN cap. This is a positive step because we know a RIN price cap would have been damaging to farmers,” said Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “We appreciate the agreement on eliminating the outdated regulation on higher blends such as E15, a barrier that has long needed removal, and thank Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley for their tireless efforts on behalf of agriculture.”But as a possible concession for fuel refiners who continue to oppose the system of RINs that are part of the RFS, small refiners could gain biofuel credits through ethanol exports.“We have numerous questions, however, about a potential plan now being developed by USDA Secretary Perdue and EPA Administrator Pruitt to address small refiner waivers by potentially offering biofuels credits on ethanol exports, an idea that would harm our ethanol export success,” Skunes said. “NCGA has opposed RIN credits on exports, an idea that EPA stated last fall that it would not pursue. Offering RIN credits, which are supposed to be derived from a domestic renewable fuel use, for ethanol exports would threaten trade markets and impact corn farmers’ economic livelihoods. Pursuing a path that includes RIN credits on export gallons would violate the letter and spirit of the RFS, serving the interests of oil refiners who have already benefitted from Administrator Pruitt’s unprecedented RFS volume waivers at the further expense of America’s farmers.”The idea of attaching RINS to exports was proposed by the oil industry in 2017 but ethanol supporters have opposed it. U.S. ethanol is already some of the lowest cost in the world and attaching RINs to exports could distort trade in the eyes of importers and the World Trade Organizations.“Attaching a RIN to ethanol exports would have a crippling impact on American agriculture, significantly reducing demand for ethanol and corn,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO in a statement. “It would also have major trade implications, as export RINs would be considered a subsidy by our global trading partners, who will likely challenge this as unnecessary advantage to U.S. ethanol.”last_img read more

Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data

first_imgRoughly a year ago Google introduced “My Account,” a centralized privacy and security center where people could manage their data and information used by Google. Yesterday the company began a global rollout of a new panel within My Account, called My Activity.My Activity extends the mission of My Account and gives users a more holistic view of their search and browsing histories. This is the first time that Google has brought together all the activity data it has on individuals in a single place.You can view the history of videos watched, topics searched and other content consumed across Google, and across the web via Chrome. Particular topics or queries can be removed from your history across Google properties. For example, users could purge all research conducted on “nonprescription weight-loss supplements” or “Solar City” or “Bewitched” to avoid seeing ads or content recommendations tied to those topics.Any particular item of history from any property can thus be deleted. Google does caution users against deleting data, but the process is simple and pretty straightforward.In parallel with My Activity, Google is introducing “Ads Personalization.” This is an evolution of the older “Ads Preferences Manager” and newer “ad settings” manager, which allows people to influence the types of ads they see by indicating areas of interest or disinterest or by entirely opting out.The new Ads Personalization functionality is turned off by default and must be activated by consumers. Google will expose users to the new personalization option and invite them to turn it on. The company promises better and more relevant ads from opting-in. Google hopes Ads Personalization will not only improve the ad experience but give users a better sense of control over the ads they see — across devices.I was told that Google worked hard to make the explanation and language surrounding Ads Personalization clear and easy to understand. Here’s one communication:My Activity and Ads Personalization are overlapping and share themes of transparency and user control. Not everyone will see these as primary motivations however. Splitting the difference, I think we can call it enlightened self-interest.When Google introduces new features or capabilities like this it’s always something of an ink-blot test. If you’re cynical about Google’s motives, as many are, you’d likely see this as a way to incorporate more data for ad targeting while seeking to insulate the company against privacy objections. It’s also fair to say that some of this and other recent Google ad enhancements are a response Facebook’s targeting capabilities.Yet this is also a middle path and way forward — offering enhanced targeting and simultaneously instilling greater user confidence and opt-in participation through more transparency and control over data.While these announcements will probably raise few concerns in the US, they will almost certainly see push-back in Europe. EU Regulators have long objected to broad data collection practices by US internet companies such as Google and Facebook. However, they are also likely to applaud Google’s effort to give users more control over their data.Putting aside second-guessing Google’s motives, a practical question is: how many people will actually investigate and engage with these new tools? For example, the online ad industry initiative “AdChoices” has been a failure. However, Google indicated that it’s going to make a sincere and sustained effort to educate users about the new features.In a broader context, these tools are part of a larger Google project to improve ad quality and the overall ad experience, to combat the rise of ad blocking and increasing consumer ad avoidance.From our sponsors: Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over dataYou are here: Posted on 30th June 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingGoogle’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins usually have a distinct bond and brothers Matt and Mike Nieto are no exception. As Matt laid bloodied on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala, his twin brother Mike had to be restrained on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga talked sense into Mike after the forward threw his towel on the playing floor during the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“To be honest, when Matt fell down, when Ben hit him with the elbow I felt that I also got hurt,” said Mike in Filipino after the Blue Eagles’ close 76-70 victory Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I didn’t want to see my brother get hurt.”Mike got his moment of vengeance in the fourth, although Matt was already playing after team physicians covered up the wound above the left eye, when he put on a personal 7-0 run that gave Ateneo a 67-59 lead midway through the final frame. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I didn’t want to retaliate by hurting La Salle physically or punching them, I just wanted to win the game,” said Mike, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. “I just got really motivated to win the game when Matt went down and I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I really needed to step up because the game was close and we had to enjoy those types of games.” Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough PLAY LIST 01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

3 days agoMoyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay put

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay putby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba should stay with Manchester United, says former United boss David Moyes.The France international revealed in the summer he’s ready for a new challenge elsewhere.Moyes told talkSPORT: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player and I think Pogba can play for any team in the world. He’d get a game for any team.“I’m not sure he’s a player who is consistent and makes a difference all the time.“I think for the profile he’s got, you hope he makes the difference. He doesn’t always do that for me.“But I think he should stay at Manchester United.“I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or Ronaldo’s done for Juventus.“He’s a really talented player and he’s got a lot to give.“His best for me was then he was at Juventus. He joined in more and got closer to the opposition box. Pogba is at his best getting near the box and trying to score a few goals.“If you were picking United’s team, I still think that Pogba would be in their midfield.” last_img read more

JK Rowling Lights Up Empire State Building To Launch Lumos USA

first_imgJK Rowling today (April 9) lit up the iconic Empire State Building in New York to mark the launch of Lumos USA as part of the NGO’s global mission to bring light to the lives of eight million children living in orphanages and institutions around the world.J.K. Rowling lights up the Empire State BuildingCredit/Copyright: Lumos/Stuart RamsonThe world famous author came to America this week with the messages at the heart of Lumos’ work – that 80% of children in orphanages are not orphans but have been separated from their families due to poverty, disability, conflict and disasters; and that families are the best place for them to grow up. And in a bid to help shed light on this issue, has written a personal and thought-provoking article on the subject, which is available at www.jkrowling.com.“Lumos has a single, simple goal: to end the institutionalization of children worldwide by 2050,” wrote Rowling. “This is ambitious, but achievable. It is also essential. Eight million voiceless children are currently suffering globally under a system that, according to all credible research, is indefensible. We owe them far, far better. We owe them families.”Named after the light-giving spell in the Harry Potter books, Lumos is an international non-profit organization that helps countries reform their services for disadvantaged children, moving from systems based on residential institutions and orphanages that separate children from families to services which support them to stay together in the community.Lumos’ mission draws on decades of scientific evidence, including recently published work by Harvard University, showing that institutions have a negative impact on children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development by depriving them of the close, individual care and attention parents provide within a family.In launching Lumos USA, Patron J.K. Rowling said: “Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children. We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home.”After a decade working with governments in Central and Eastern Europe to help them to close down State-run institutions for children and create new services that support vulnerable children stay with families, Lumos is now also working to address the use of largely privately-funded orphanages, which is increasing in many parts of the world. Lumos has recently begun to work in the Latin America and Caribbean region, focusing on Haiti, where more than 30,000 children live in orphanages, but at least 80% of them NOT orphans.Encouraging reform of the funding that supports orphanages is a key part of Lumos’ work. It has played an important role in influencing the way that European Union aid is now spent – to support community services for children and families, not to build or renovate institutions and orphanages. Lumos USA will build on this advocacy activity by working with US Government departments – including the US Agency for International Development – and bodies such as the World Bank to promote a similar funding principle. The right of children to live in families is one of the core principles of the US Government’s Action Plan on Children in Adversity.Georgette Mulheir, the Chief Executive of Lumos – who last year was named by a prestigious US academic website as one of the world’s 30 most influential social workers – said: “The USA, its citizens and, indeed, the international community have a huge role to play to influence the agenda on children outside of family care. Foreign policy, development aid and individual giving can help shape the future for vulnerable children and their families in a sustainable way, ensuring that no child is denied the right to family life.”The United Nations is currently creating a set of post-2015 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) – a set of aspirations and principles, which will influence how billions of dollars in aid are used around the world. Early drafts have stressed the importance of child health, development, education, and protection, but does not recognize that a family is the only effective way of providing those vital elements.In order to support Lumos’ campaign to draw attention to the omission of families within the SDGs, J.K. Rowling wrote privately in March to leading figures in the United Nations, urging them to recognize the vital role of families and include targets for a significant reduction of numbers of children outside family care in the SDGs.To celebrate the launch of Lumos Foundation USA, Lumos is raising funds to reunite children with families. For the next month, Lumos USA will run an online sweepstakes giving every eligible US resident who donates over $10, the opportunity to win one of four generously donated prizes: two signed copies of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Very Good Lives’ ; a VIP trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and tickets to Comic Con in San Diego in July 2015.One hundred percent of all donations to Lumos go directly towards their projects on the ground.Lumos USA Sweepstakes – to raise funds for reuniting children with familiesBetween now and May 10th Lumos USA is giving all donors of $10 or more the chance to win some fantastic prizes, all kindly donated in support of Lumos’ work to reunite families. Prizes include: • Two signed copies of the Very Good Lives book – the new release from Patron of Lumos USA J.K. Rowling, signed by the author herself. This brand new print version of her 2008 Harvard commencement speech deals with the issues of failure, and why imagination is so important, and contains anecdotes from the author’s own years as an undergraduate. • A trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the newly opened Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley, plus Hogsmeade. This trip of a lifetime includes 4 days’ park to park admission at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, an exclusive VIP tour of both parks plus early bird admission, for the complete VIP experience. This includes Business class flights if available for (4) people to Orlando from anywhere in the Continental U.S. • Two tickets and 3 nights accommodation to Comic-Con International in San Diego on 9-12 July 2015 where you can meet-and-greet with some of the top name artists, writers and visionaries who bring DC Entertainment comic books to life.For full terms and conditions visit www.wearelumos.org/get-invovled/lumos-usa-sweepstakes.last_img read more

Iakwahwatsiratatie Language Nest in Kahnawàke hopes to spread language lessons after infusion

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAlex Tekonwahkwen:ni Cross always wanted to learn her Mohawk language but never really had the opportunity.Now that she’s the mother of a five-month old, she enjoys her time in the Language Nest – where every word is in Kanienke’Ha.“Everyone here is supporting each other and they are helping each other and right down to your child,” she said.“I am sitting there and trying to learn someone might come in and hold your baby for you while you are learning and give it back to you so it is very supportive here.”The Language Nest launched four years ago to address the loss of Mohawk as a first language.“It is a natural environment right, a home environment but there is also some structures implemented throughout the day to help the parents as second language learners,” said Tatum Leronhienhewi McComber.“So it is very important to have the natural environment for the children to learn the language as their first language because the parents are learning as a second language they get the grammatical structures.”The program just got a big financial boost from the federal government.The Department of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism is providing $275,558 over two years to “preserve and promote the Mohawk language.”Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to Crown-Indigenous Relations, and a Mohawk speakers, said this is a step toward a path for promoting Indigenous languages.“With great respect for the efforts that people have made to preserve the language to struggle and hopefully the struggle will be lessen the next few years as we engage in a path which a lot of people is quite difficult but very important but a path of mutual respect that includes promotion of indigenous languages,” he said.Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton said it is not the responsibility of the Canadian government to preserve the language – but they have to support it.‘’It is not their responsibility it is ours but it is the responsibility of the government of Canada as well as other institutions to ensure that they support these activities.“It is the oppression it is all of the things that were done to us historically to take away that language now we are bringing it back and it is time for the government to support what we are doing that is the way I look at it’’For Cross, the dream of having her daughter speak Mohawk as a first language is coming true.“Sometimes when you leave here I am thinking in Mohawk but I do not know what these words mean,” she said.“But I know that it is starting to sink in and it is starting to work you know.”The federal government announced $89.9 million over three years on Indigenous languages and culture across the country.It also promised to introduce legislation to protect languages in law.20 consultation sessions were held to hear from people across the country.According to Canadian Heritage, the legislation is scheduled to be tabled in the House of Commons by the end of the year.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img read more