71 total views, 3 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 72 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 31 March 2016 | News 2016 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference call for papers The 2016 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference has issued a call for papers.Organised in partnership by by NCVO, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR), the event is an interdisciplinary research conference for academics, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in researching issues related to voluntary organisations and volunteering in the context of contemporary challenges.It aims to provide an opportunity to share research and network across different contexts, countries and different parts of the UK, and takes place on the 8th and 9th of September at Nottingham Conference Centre.Proposals are invited for either individual papers or panel sessions (several contributions on the same topic or research).This year, the organisers are particularly interested in proposals relating to one or more of the following themes:Civil society and democracy: ongoing challenges and opportunitiesVolunteering and participation: present and futureNew methods, new data: what are the opportunities and challenges presented in research data and methodology on the sector?Grassroots voluntary activity: past perspectives and new formsNavigating the funding landscape: funding, fundraising and philanthropyVoluntary sector governance and management: new challenges and responsesAdvancing theoretical debates: old ideas, new directionsWhat’s new? Historical perspectives on the voluntary sector and voluntary actionThe role of the voluntary sector in a new world of public servicesThe deadline for submissions is 2 May 2016, and information on how to submit a proposal can be found on the NCVO website. Tagged with: Events research Volunteering
Stacey SolomonSinger and TV presenter Stacey Solomon has been unveiled as the celebrity guest of The Grocer’s 2018 Own Label Food & Drink Awards.The Loose Women panellist from Essex came to fame in 2009 as a contestant on The X Factor, and two years later appeared in a series of TV ads for Iceland. She will co-host The Grocer’s awards ceremony on Friday 11 May alongside the magazine’s editor, Adam Leyland. Winners and runners-up of the world’s largest celebration of private label food and drink will be announced at a lavish lunch at the London Hilton on Park Lane.See details on how to book your place at the event.The awards shortlist was revealed last month, featuring 350 finalists across 61 categories – chosen from more than 1,000 entries through consumer testing conducted by Cambridge Market Research.The shortlisted entries then underwent a second round of scrutiny. They were blind tasted by an expert panel of judges, which comprised development chefs, food scientists, brand owners, marketing consultants and other food and drink professionals.You can see the full list here.The announcement of Solomon as the awards’ presenter comes as sales of own label premium lines are rapidly gaining ground. Over the past four years, top-tier own labels such as Tesco Finest and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference have shot up 36% in value to be worth £3.7m – as a result of more in-store marketing, the rise in posh dining at home, and greater innovation [Kantar Worldpanel 52 w/e 25 March 2018]. That figure is six times faster than the rate of growth of total own label, which has risen by 6% over the same period to £111.6m.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, said that its members will be temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from and to U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.“CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA. “This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible.”The temporary suspension took effect on March 14, 2020.The announcement was preceded by individual decisions of several cruise lines to suspend their global operations in order to combat the impact of the outbreak on their respective operations, including Princess Cruises.Royal Caribbean said on Sunday, March 14, that it decided to suspend the sailings of its fleet globally at midnight.“We will conclude all current sailings as scheduled and assist our guests with their safe return home. As with our announcement yesterday regarding U.S. sailings, we expect to return to service on April 11, 2020,” the company said.Carnival Corporation & plc announced that four additional North American cruise line brands will take a voluntary month-long pause, suspending new cruise voyages.These include Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard North America, Holland America Line, and Seabourn.CLIA added that cruise liners are now focused on the safe and smooth return of those currently at sea onboard ships that will be affected by this decision.Approximately 40 ships and 90,000 passengers were at sea at the effective date and time of the voluntary and temporary suspension, according to CLIA.Of those 40 ships, 29 were in the midst of their itineraries, and 11 had departed that evening. On March 16, 11 of these 40 ships will complete their sailings; the remaining have various dates of return out to March 30.Over the 30-day period, CLIA estimates that approximately 500 cruises and 1.2 million passengers will be impacted by suspended itineraries.The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and CLIA said that U.S. ports would remain open to returning cruise ships, adding that passengers are able to disembark and fly home as confirmed by a National Interest Exemption issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 13, 2020.This includes passengers who are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign diplomats. Non-U.S. citizens will be able to fly home to their home countries.“As a result of this Exemption, CLIA and FCCA have requested that all ports in the Caribbean, South America and other areas keep their ports open to cruise ships sailing on itineraries related to U.S. ports to allow passengers to return as soon as possible to their homes,” CLIA noted.“We do not take this decision lightly, and we want the traveling public to know in no uncertain terms the commitment of this industry to putting people first,” said Adam Goldstein, CLIA Global Chairman. “During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate. We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery.”CLIA’s data shows that the cruise industry supports over 421,000 American jobs, and annually contributes nearly USD 53 billion to the U.S. economy.The association estimates that the direct impact on the U.S. economy over 30 days will be a loss of USD 1 billion (in direct spending), USD 14 million in wages, and 6,500 U.S. jobs. The total economic impact on the United States is estimated at USD 2.3 billion in spending, USD 800 million in wages, and 15,500 jobs.
Share Tweet 127 Views one comment 2009 Carnival queen Marcia Baptiste and Calypso Monarch Gregory Riviere at the Carnival Opening Parade in January 2011. Photograph by: Abigail Antoine.Roseau, Dominica: January, 2012—— Dominica’s 2012 Carnival Programme will be officially opened for festivities this Saturday January 28th with a massive street parade on the streets of Roseau. The opening show case featuring some of the best young bouyon bands in the country at an action-packed show at Carnival City, Pottersville .The opening parade and show for Mas Domnk 2011 kicks off at 3: 0 p.m. from Victoria Street in Roseau and will move along the Roseau Bayfront right through to Carnival City at Pottersville Savannah where …the real Mas’ will be showcased.The streets of Roseau will be transformed into a huge carnival atmosphere with more than five hundred participants and masqueraders parading a mix of carnival forms, moving along the streets to the music of lapo kabwit, steel band, live music and sound systems. The parade will highlight a range of advertising floats, costume bands, traditional masquerade groups, the color and splendor of Dominica’s carnival.Flag wavers in performance at the 2011 Carnival Opening parade. Photograph by: Abigail AntoineThe parade culminates with revelers and patron moving in to Carnival City for an evening of speeches and entertainment that will herald the start of the 2012 carnival final competitions and celebrations in Dominica. The official programme includes speeches by Ministers of Government and the Mayor of the City of Roseau, as well as officials from the Dominica Festivals Committee and Headline sponsor, LIME. This year the entertainment package includes performances from young up and coming boyoun bands, along with presentations by contestants and competitors of the various shows for the carnival season. Displays by Flag wavers, and performances by several calypsonians including reigning Calypso Monarch, Tasha P. Traditional bwa bwa dancers at the 2011 Carnival Opening parade. Photograph by Abigail Antoine.Mas Domnik dubbed The Real Mas because it is considered the last remaining bastion of true authentic masquerade forms in the Caribbean, runs from January 28th through to Carnival Monday and culminating on Tuesday February 21, 2012. The signature events beginning with this Saturday’s Opening Parade include Pan FESTIVAL celebrating on February 7th, the Ole Mas and Sensay Festival in Grand Bay on February 8, Mr. Dominica February 10th, Fete Fanatik on February 11th, Teenage Pageant February 12th, National Queen Show on Feb 17th, culminating in the Calypso Monarch Competition on February 18th, with Kiddies Carnival. J’Ouvert on February 20th was huge last year with many Dominicans putting on fancy costumes and filling the streets. The season also includes Princess Show, Junior Calypso Monarch Competition, the Mas Camp and Stardom Tents and other events. Several villages also host their own carnival programme including the town of Portsmouth, Mahaut, St. Joseph, Grand Bay and Marigot.The 2012 Mas Domnik is organized by the Dominica Festivals Commission with the coordination of the events by volunteers on the Carnival Development Committee. The Government of Dominica is the main sponsor while telecommunications firm LIME is the headline sponsor.Press ReleaseDominica Festivals Committee LocalNews MAS Domnik 2012 to be launched January 28th with Massive Street Parade by: – January 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share
“I find it really ironic that for five years, starting the first five years of his career in the PBA, you coached him and you nurtured him and the time comes you find a way to stop him. Before, you want to help him become a better player now, you want to stop him. As I said, it’s a mixed feeling, but I’m still happy for Paul. We worked hard for him to get to where he is right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I had a hard time. I got really confused. They threw different kinds of defenses at me,” he said.“Kenneth Ighalo started it and then, Alex Mallari and then in the end it was Kevin Alas. You really can’t assign just one person to defend Paul,” Guiao said. “It takes a lot of energy, it takes a lot of stamina to guard him that’s why I’m lucky we have the guys who made the sacrifice and Kevin was really a big part of that defensive rotation.”Guiao and Lee spent five seasons together at Rain or Shine where they also won a couple of championships. And with that familiarity, Guiao knows his former player we’ll be back much stronger in Game 2.“We tried to find ways how to control Paul and we actually succeeded, at least partly and we won the game. I know Paul. He knows we’re preparing hard for him so next game he’ll definitely try to bounce back so we have to be ready for him again,” Guiao said.Guiao drafted Lee as the second overall pick and guided him in his ascent as one of the league’s brightest stars.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThree nights before NLEX’s semifinals opener against Magnolia, coach Yeng Guiao described Paul Lee as the Road Warriors “biggest problem.”Heading into Game 2, the burden is now on Lee, who couldn’t get anything going in the Hotshots 88-87 loss on Saturday night in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jaja Santiago finds silver lining in NU’s straight set loss to La Salle “They had a great game plan against me. I need to figure out what I can do next game. I need to bounce back,” Lee admitted in Filipino. “I guess I didn’t prepare enough for this game.”Lee was held scoreless in the first half and had only eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field with five turnovers in 28 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 29-year-old Lee didn’t deny that NLEX’s defense disrupted him throughout the game.The Road Warriors smothered Lee with multiple defenders, starting with lanky forward Kenneth Ighalo and ending with fleet-footed Kevin Alas. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments
Sand dunes were surprising enough on Titan, but et tu, Pluto? and young, recent dunes? Scientists couldn’t believe their eyes.What do you picture when thinking of sand dunes? Dry deserts, with wind whipping piles of sand into ripples and hills shallow on one side and steep on the other— that kind of thing. You probably don’t think of Pluto. The outermost planet (or Plutoid, Dwarf Planet, or Trans-Neptunian Object, depending on your taste) is supposed to be an icy ball frozen for billions of years. The latest analysis of data from the 2015 New Horizons mission, however, shows that Pluto has been busy recently constructing sand dunes out of particles of icy methane.Pluto sand dunes on polygonal blocks of nitrogen ice thought to be convection cells. Notice wind streaks perpendicular to the dunes. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRILet’s start with Nature‘s brief announcement: “Hundreds of methane dunes nestle at the base of Pluto’s mountains: The formations offer a surprise on a body with such a thin atmosphere.”Dramatic dunes of methane sweep across part of Pluto. The discovery shows that the dwarf planet’s atmosphere, although thin, can still generate winds powerful enough to blow particles across the surface….Until now, some researchers thought that Pluto’s atmosphere, which is at 1/100,000th the pressure of Earth’s, could not support winds strong enough to sculpt dunes. But the team’s analysis shows otherwise.The dunes probably formed in the past 500,000 years — which means Pluto is a geologically active world.“A geologically active world”— we remember the surprise at the images that suggested ice volcanoes, glaciers, and now sand dunes. Doing the math, we see that 500,000 years (just their theory-laden estimate, not a fact of observation) represents just a 10th of one percent of the assumed age of the solar system. What could have happened so recently to form sand dunes in the fraction of an epoch when human beings can observe them?You can see the dunes in the photos. Scientists estimate they are up to a kilometer apart. In such a thin atmosphere, the winds must be strong enough to loft the particles and carry them quite a distance over Sputnik Planitia, the heart-shaped flat region that was so surprising to planetary scientists during the 2015 encounter. Alexander Hayes says in his review in Science that the surface pressure on Pluto is 100,000 times weaker than on earth. Even so, winds are not strong enough to lift particles; they must be lofted into the atmosphere by sublimation, the scientists infer.The BBC News reveals scientists’ unpredicted, after-the-fact explanations:To be able to form, dunes need an atmosphere dense enough to make wind transport possible, a supply of dry particles, and a mechanism that lifts particles off the ground.At first sight, none of those conditions seem to be met on Pluto.But Dr Telfer and his colleagues calculate that the dunes may be in one of the windiest areas of the Pluto with wind speeds reaching up to 10m/sec – enough to keep particles moving.And yet if these winds have been blowing for 4.6 billion years, shouldn’t the supply have been used up and the process stopped? The paper in Science Magazine is where to look for the answer. First, a summary report by Keith Smith in Science:The methane grains could have been lofted into the atmosphere by the melting of surrounding nitrogen ice or blown down from nearby mountains. Understanding how dunes form under Pluto conditions will help with interpreting similar features found elsewhere in the solar system.No clue yet why these young dunes have formed only recently. The official paper in Science is by Telfer et al. Watch for any clues that they expected young features on this body:The surface of Pluto is more geologically diverse and dynamic than had been expected, but the role of its tenuous atmosphere in shaping the landscape remains unclear. We describe observations from the New Horizons spacecraft of regularly spaced, linear ridges whose morphology, distribution, and orientation are consistent with being transverse dunes. These are located close to mountainous regions and are orthogonal to nearby wind streaks. We demonstrate that the wavelength of the dunes (~0.4 to 1 kilometer) is best explained by the deposition of sand-sized (~200 to ~300 micrometer) particles of methane ice in moderate winds (<10 meters per second). The undisturbed morphology of the dunes, and relationships with the underlying convective glacial ice, imply that the dunes have formed in the very recent geological past.Small sand dunes at Salton Sea, California (David Coppedge)Let’s read their paragraph about the age of the dunes:An upper limit on the age of the dunes, which sit atop the ice of the western margins of SP [Sputnik Planitia, the flat plain on Pluto], is imposed by the recycling rate of the upper surface of the convectional cells within the ice (i.e., <500 ka). This overturning of the substrate, inferred from the complete absence of identified craters on SP, provides an age constraint for superficial landforms that is not available for dunes on other solar system bodies and implies a geologically and/or geomorphologically active surface. Surface features, undistorted by the convectional overturning within the ice, must be much younger than the time scales of convection, and therefore closer to the time scales of Pluto’s strong seasons (i.e., terrestrial decades to centuries). Further evidence that the dunes form on a time scale substantially shorter than that of the convection is suggested by the superposition of the dunes over the depressions at the cell margins.One must keep in mind that convection is theory, but dunes are eyewitness observations in the present. This is seen by their words “interpreted as” and “presumably” when talking about the supposed convective cells. All they can say empirically is that “The presence of these dunes indicates an active atmosphere that produces geologically young landforms.” Even if the dunes represent features younger than the latest cycle of convection, it would imply that this material in Sputnik Planitia has been being overturned, and overturned again, and overturned again thousands of times during the assumed lifetime of Pluto.Although reporters mention the dunes as having formed only 500,000 years ago, “and possibly much more recently,” none of the news articles or papers so far have addressed the age conundrum for the planet itself. Monica Grady doesn’t talk about it on The Conversation. Mike Wall ignores the question on Space.com. Nadia Drake fails to deal with it at National Geographic. NASA skips over it at Astrobiology Magazine. Alan Williams doesn’t address it in a press release from the University of Plymouth, nor does lead author Matt Telfer discuss it in a video clip in that article, even though he adds that scientists believe Pluto’s atmosphere is escaping. Convection and atmospheric escape wouldn’t be issues if Pluto is far younger than scientists believe.The second video clip in the above press release shows an animation of the model of dune formation on Pluto. An opportunity to compare similar worlds is coming. Telfer mentions that the New Horizons spacecraft is set to reach another smaller Kuiper Belt Object in January, 2019 in an even closer encounter. One thing seems predictable: expect surprises. And space fans: watch for surprises from Ceres in June as the Dawn spacecraft maneuvers down to a low point 10 times closer than ever before, just 30 miles above the surface of the dwarf planet (Phys.org).How Did Pluto Form?A week before the dunes announcement, a paper appeared in Icarus arguing that “Primordial N2 provides a cosmochemical explanation for the existence of Sputnik Planitia, Pluto.” The authors state that the inventory of molecular nitrogen (N2) is crucial to understanding the many diverse features on Pluto’s surface. If so, where did it come from? Christopher Glein and J. Hunter Waite of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) say in the paper that the nitrogen accreted during Pluto’s formation from primordial nitrogen or from comets, and it has not been significantly lost to space since then. But to get their model to work, they have to solve two problems: (1) how did the ratio of nitrogen to water ice become established, and (2) what happened to the carbon monoxide? They offer two suggestions for the latter question: “burial of CO in surface ices, or its destruction from exposure to liquid water.”The SwRI press release explains this new “cosmochemical model” for Pluto in lay terms. It contains a surprise starting with a b that strains imagination:At the heart of the research is the nitrogen-rich ice in Sputnik Planitia, a large glacier that forms the left lobe of the bright Tombaugh Regio feature on Pluto’s surface. “We found an intriguing consistency between the estimated amount of nitrogen inside the glacier and the amount that would be expected if Pluto was formed by the agglomeration of roughly a billion comets or other Kuiper Belt objects similar in chemical composition to 67P, the comet explored by Rosetta.”If you’re not ready to swallow the billion-comets idea, they offer an alternative: “In addition to the comet model, scientists also investigated a solar model, with Pluto forming from very cold ices that would have had a chemical composition that more closely matches that of the Sun.” Are they just covering the bases? Is either model plausible?Scientists needed to understand not only the nitrogen present at Pluto now — in its atmosphere and in glaciers — but also how much of the volatile element potentially could have leaked out of the atmosphere and into space over the eons. They then needed to reconcile the proportion of carbon monoxide to nitrogen to get a more complete picture. Ultimately, the low abundance of carbon monoxide at Pluto points to burial in surface ices or to destruction from liquid water.How does CO get buried? The answers to these and other puzzles will be found in futureware, they promise. “Now is the time to begin data-driven investigations into the origin of Pluto’s N2,” the paper begins.But what if both models are unworkable? And what if there were no eons? (Visited 534 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Embiid had 25 points and 16 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 24 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 105-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday (Tuesday Manila time).“Especially after what we’ve been through the past four years, I was so excited to play tonight because we’ve been through so much losing,” Embiid said. “And to be able to be one of the few teams in our league that can play on this day, it just shows you how much we’ve improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderNeither Embiid nor Redick was cleared to play until going through pregame warmups, and their presence gave the 76ers just enough to win their first Christmas Day appearance since 2001.Embiid, who has been battling a bad back, powered through a big-man duel with Enes Kanter, who had a season-high 31 points and tied a career best with 22 rebounds. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players with a 30-20 game on Christmas, according to research provided to the Knicks by Elias. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I respect the guy a lot because that guy didn’t play three, four years and coming back (at the) level he’s playing right now,” Kanter said of Embiid. “So it’s cool to play against, go against a guy like that.”Redick, who missed the last game with right hamstring tightness, helped the 76ers pull away from an 89-all tie midway through the fourth quarter. He’s played in Christmas games before — and made clear again he’s not a fan of them — and he thought his young teammates responded well to their first opportunity.“There’s a tendency to try to put on a show instead of just going out and competing, and I think we did a great job of just going out and competing,” Redick said.Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Knicks, who fell to 22-30 on Christmas with their fifth straight loss on the holiday.Backup point guard T.J. McConnell had Philadelphia’s final eight points of the third quarter, and the 76ers pushed the lead to nine with about 9 minutes left in the game. The Knicks battled back to tied it 89 on Porzingis’ three-point play with 5:20 left, but Philadelphia promptly scored the next seven to go up 96-89 on Redick’s 3-pointer with 3:34 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia’s young stars kept the Knicks from getting much closer, with Embiid making a 3-pointer and Ben Simmons stealing Porzingis’ pass and dunking it, both times hiking the lead back to eight.TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown called Embiid a “borrowed stud” who they get to “inherit” when he is able to play. “He doesn’t practice and he comes in and plays games and we’re trying to grow him into a situation where he is a normal part of a team,” Brown said. … The Sixers franchise is 17-13 on Christmas.Knicks: Hall of Famer Bernard King, who set the Christmas record when he scored 60 points for the Knicks against the Nets in 1984, was at the game. … New York had won seven straight at home over Philadelphia.FULTZ UPDATENo. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, who has missed two months with right shoulder soreness, is on the trip with the 76ers. Brown said the purpose of having the guard from Washington with the team was “to make sure that he understands completely he is a significant part of our future and that we are with him unconditionally.”“We will help move him forward in a timeline that’s responsible and I just like having him with his extended family, his teammates, with me, with us,” Brown added. “Those types of things.”WHAT COULD’VE BEENPorzingis could’ve been playing for the 76ers instead of against them. The Knicks took him with the No. 4 pick in 2015, one spot after Philadelphia went with Jahlil Okafor, who eventually fell out of the rotation entirely and was dealt earlier this month to Brooklyn. But Brown declined to look back, saying “next question” when asked if he ever wondered “what if?” when it came to Porzingis. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Matter of when Man City wins title and how many records fall MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, and New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley battle for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — Joel Embiid has endured too much misery in the NBA to miss one of the fun days on the schedule.So as soon as he knew his back felt up to it, he couldn’t wait to get on the court for his first Christmas Day game.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next View comments
Before the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system.
US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments There’s a story behind Spieth’s ‘Go get that’ line to caddie Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane in the 39th. Kane scored Tottenham’s final goal in the 67th, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his record sixth Premier League hat trick this year.“It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level,” Kane said. “As always, I wanted to win the game first and foremost but of course I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderKane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer’s 1995 total. The English forward has 57 goals this year for club and country, moving two ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina for the most among players in Europe’s five major leaguesAlli curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 49th, then set up Son two minutes later for a 4-0 lead. Sofiane Boufal pulled a goal back for Southampton in the 64th and substitute Dusan Tadic scored in the 82nd. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane watches as he scores his sides 5th goal and his third of the game during their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley stadium in London. APLONDON — Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat trick Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2.Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League’s previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I want to congratulate Harry Kane. Massive achievement for him — well deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We are all so, so, so happy. It’s an amazing thing to celebrate.”Spurs won for the fourth time in five league games and remaining one point behind fourth-place Liverpool, which routed Swansea 5-0. LATEST STORIES Read Next
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic withdraws from exhibition after more pain in right elbow Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teng, however, said that he doesn’t want to step on anybody’s toes and he’s just taking the shots the defense gives him.“I don’t really want to force the issue, I just let the play come to me,” said Teng. “I know anyone in Alaska can score, there are a lot of people who can score, so I just let the play come to me.” PBA IMAGESJeron Teng had produced gaudy numbers for Alaska in his first two career games in the PBA, but the rookie is more focused on the simpler figure—the numerical digit under the Aces’ win column.Alaska has yet to win a game in the PBA Philippine Cup after losing 106-98 to TNT Friday at Cuneta Astrodome and Teng just wants to get his first W in the professional ranks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “Of course no matter how good your game is, if you don’t get the win it’s nothing,” said Teng in Filipino after producing 28 points, a game-high, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“We’re staying positive, I think we showed some good stuff in this game and from there we’ll work our way for next year. We just have to learn from our two games then we’re looking forward for a better year next year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderTeng hit two three-pointers in the final minute of the game that cut the deficit to 104-98 but he was too late of a hero as his final shot went in with just 13 seconds left in the clock.After his first two games in the PBA, Teng is averaging 22 points, six rebounds, and two steals while shooting 52 percent from the field. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’