Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township living Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Foundation Cup kicks off on July 25 at Paco Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division The Scorpions are expected to follow up their campaign in the season-opening conference, where they made the finals despite having just an eight-man roster, with another memorable stint.“I think any team who has line-up who are veterans in the D-League would be a strong team. And I can never count out CEU because of the program that they’ve built. Regardless of who the coaches are the school has a very successful program,” said Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) coach Potit De Vera in Filipino during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s going to be an interesting conference because of the diversity of the players and the coaches and the ages—from college kids to veterans—are going to play with and against each other.”But CEU assistant coach Gabby Velasco downplayed the team’s frontrunner tag and said that the Scorpions team that will participate in the Foundation Cup is going to be different from previous side that lost to Cignal-Ateneo in the championship round two weeks ago. MANILA, Philippines—Centro Escolar University’s improbable finals run has made it a favorite to win the title in the coming PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Johanna Konta bristles at reporter after Wimbledon loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The seven or six players from last conference would still be there, but the rest will come from our training team while the others are from our recent tryouts. So this is going to be a totally different team,” said Velasco.“We wanted to improve and raise the basketball program of CEU that’s why we joined the D-League. So I don’t think it would be fair to look us at again with the same caliber and same strength that we have last conference.”Aside from the Scorpions, the five other school-based teams according to PBA D-League official Rosc Teotico are the AMA Titans, TIP Engineers, BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare, Nailtalk-St. Dominic Savio, and McDavid La Salle Araneta University.Marinero Pilipino Skippers, iWalk Chargers, Italianos Homme Shoes, Hyperwash Laundromat Vipers, Sterishred Medical, Alberei Kings (Zamboanga), and Hazchem Inc complete the cast.Bengua, who is D-League tournament director, said a 14th team is still negotiating its possible entry and has been given a Monday deadline to finalize everything.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,The City Council’s indifference to accountability: When the PPP/C Government brought the above anomalies and others to the attention of the Council, we were often accused of wanting to deny the illegal vendors an opportunity to earn a living. These very vendors were often used by then Mayor Hamilton Green and his deputy to take to the streets in protest, in return for being allowed to vend illegally. Furthermore, the vendors were enticed/duped into committing to vote for the APNU+AFC political alliance at the May 2015 General and Regional Elections in return for the Council’s turning a blind eye to their illegal vending. Sadly when the APNU/AFC Government took office, it reneged on the unwritten understanding the Mayor/Deputy Mayor had with the vendors and the City Council’s triumvirate of Mayor, Head of its Finance Committee and Town Clerk spearheaded the demolition of their structures.The PPP/C Government financial and other support to the Council: The PPP/C Government was of times forced to pump millions of dollars into the City Council’s coffers annually to bail them out of their financial woes and for the purpose of addressing the health and environmental concerns arising out of the City Council’s failure to provide sanitation and other health related services the legislation requires of the Council. For the years 2007 to 2014 financial support to the extent of $357 million was provided to the City Council; and this excludes the cost of a number of Compactor Trucks, Pick Ups and Garbage Bins given to the Council and the several Cleanup Campaigns which the PPP/C Government initiated and supported, including the $500 million Cleanup Georgetown which activity the City Council had agreed to maintain.But the issue of increasing revenue base and so making more resources available to the Council cannot be considered independent of the present performance of the Council where issues of accountability are concerned. Access to more resources must be based, inter alia, on service delivery and overall performance including transparency and accountability for resources already at the disposal of Council.The latter’s present operations are shrouded in corruption, incompetence and arrogance. Furthermore, one must be mindful about supporting any measure that introduces increased costs and bring more hardship to the citizens of the municipality eg the proposed Parking Meter Project.Following the Local Government Elections of March 18, 2016, and the election of a new Council at City Hall, the latter resolved, inter alia, to: a) put new revenue collecting mechanism in place with an expected significant jump in revenues; (b) have a revaluation of property; change of status of some from residential to commercial; (c) have better car and bus park management; (d) issue of land leases, etc.These measures are yet to be put in place.Albeit, the APNU/AFC Government has made available to City Hall over $300 million and has committed to provide a further $180 million to help the inefficient Council to meet expenditures to which the latter committed without resources. Nine months later, the Council is still struggling to keep its head above water.Improving the way things are done at City Hall can only be done by:a) Not allowing yourselves to be used as political tools to impose the will of Government, namely, to award contracts to supporters, bypassing the procurement procedures and denying resources to those perceived not to be supporters of the Government.(b)Interference in the work of the City Council that goes beyond providing guidance/overview viz: Instructions to settle cases of rates owing on properties and exemption of certain properties that do not meet the requirements for waiver from payment of rates as set out in the Municipal Legislation.This represents revenue loss that denies the Council and the residents’ financial resources that could be used to provide more goods and services to satisfy their needs. It encourages corruption and kickbacks.(c) Building and strengthening capacity at the level of the human resource.(d) Improving revenue collection and expenditure controls to guard against misuse of assets.(e) Addressing issues of governance.Good governance is essential for sustainable development and the Council must take measures to improve good governance practise by, inter alia, involving the citizens in policy making, public education and awareness with some frequency; and by providing opportunity for citizens to have a greater involvement in decision making with respect to their own development and that of the Communities in which they live.Some of the very citizens could be part of the monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure citizens get value for money. It’s one way you improve rates collection: when citizens are involved in the process of getting things done to benefit themselves.Then and only then would the excesses and mismanagement at City Hall be arrested and replaced with reliable, timely and quality services to citizens and so restore the confidence, credibility and the trust of citizens in the work of City Hall. We must not allow our own selfish agenda to frustrate the work of Council. Citizens’ participation helps to build trust. This involvement must go beyond mere one-to-one exchanges, phone calls, street corner and rum shop engagements. With Annual Internal Elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City Council due shortly, we could make a start in effecting the required changes and concomitant improvements.Is this asking too much?Norman Whittaker
For fans of football gaming, the final countdown is on before the hotly anticipated FIFA 15 is released in the UK later this year.For the first time ever, fans will be able to watch their teams walk out at all 20 Premier League grounds, including the hallowed turf of Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge.Check out the FIFA 15 trailer you won’t have seen in the video above.To watch the REAL FIFA 15 trailer, click here.
Juan Mata is in great form for Manchester United right now.And his confidence appears to be so high that not even wearing a blindfold can stop him from scoring!Check out the video above of Mata firing in free-kicks without being able to see the goal.
Everton and Ireland defender Seamus Coleman 1 Seamus Coleman has been ruled out of Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying crunch match with Germany on Thursday with a hamstring injury, manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed.The defender suffered the knock in Everton’s shock 3-1 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea in September, and has spent the last three-and-a-half weeks on the sidelines as a result.Coleman was forced to sit out of games against Liverpool, Swansea, West Brom and Reading in the League Cup, and O’Neill revealed in a press conference on Wednesday the full-back had not recovered in time to face world champions Germany.He could, however, be fit enough to return to action against Poland on Sunday, which could prove crucial in their quest for a place in the finals in France.“Seamus had a day off because he’s worked exceptionally hard over the last couple of days,” O’Neill said. “He’s done really, really well but he will not be in the game, but I expect him to be fully ready for Sunday.”
rookie error on target Joey Barton has expressed his opinions on how to make women’s football better for spectators.The current Fleetwood Town boss believes the women’s game will always be ‘inferior’ unless changes are made so it can stand on its own.His vision would see smaller goals, smaller pitches and a lighter ball being used to create a better spectator sport. stalemate Standard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Joey Barton is currently Fleetwood manager statement Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 1 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Barton told the Football, Feminism & Everything in Between podcast: “It’s a different sport though really, in essence – women’s football should be adjusted for women, physiologically, biologically.“The goal sizes and the weight of the ball should be [changed].“If we’re going to make women’s football better, as a spectator sport, to stand on its own in the marketplace, if you keep playing on the same size of pitches as men with the same size of football as men and men’s rules, you’re always going to have an inferior product – because men are bigger, stronger and faster than women. update Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future “If you tailor it, women’s football could take a lot of strides tactically and technically – way beyond its current limitations.“Let’s be realistic about. The size of a football for men is a size five, say we moved the size of a women’s football down to a size four, would anybody really notice the difference? “No, but I guarantee you in terms of the physicality and the output, level of passes and the range of passes players some of the women players would then be able to do because the ball’s a bit smaller and the ball’s more suited to their physiological state.”Barton is not alone in his opinion that women’s football needs changing, as Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has previously said goals are ‘just a bit too big’ for female goalkeepers. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LIVE on talkSPORT targets latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff
Recently I was asked for advice from a passionate professional who is establishing a security company. They asked for strategic insights to help guide their organization. With a quick pen to cocktail napkin, I produced three nuggets of wisdom.I want to share with the community my thoughts and more importantly hear from others what your advice for this emerging leader of security practices. Share your knowledge and insights.My three pieces of advice:The measure of success for a security company is how you can make a meaningful impact on your customers ability for them to manage their security postureIn security, customers must balance three aspects: Risk, Cost, and Usability. Risk mitigation is obvious, as it directly ties to the purpose and benefit of security. Cost must be a consideration as no customer has an unlimited budget. They must seek a level of cost, both initial and sustaining, which is appropriate for the level of risk they want to maintain. Thirdly, usability factors are important as they can impede business and make for a poor end-customer experience. For enterprises, it can also lower employee productivity, create worker frustration, and place greater demands on the IT infrastructure. For consumer facing organizations, security demands can cause customers to dislike products or services, which is greatly detrimental for business. Help customers determine and achieve the right balance for their business objectives.Risk is about risk of loss. This could be loss of assets, reputation, customers, IP, system uptime, litigation fees, regulatory barriers, etc. Tie the value of what you provide to the real/actual potential losses your customer is currently or will likely experience. Don’t use fear, uncertainty, and doubt, but be realistic to build trust with your customers. In the end, providing security is about trust. Be trustworthy.Do you agree with my advice. Did I miss the mark?Be bold and share your cocktail napkin of wisdom!
The likes of Matthew Hayden and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul have single handedly tormented Indian bowlers in the past. Taking a liking to India’s pace and spin so much that before the bowlers dislodged them, they had reached triple figures; the opposing batsmen left with too much room to cover.But Steve Smith took this fondness for Indian bowling to altogether different proportions with 769 runs in a long Australian summer featuring 4 Tests, finishing off with another ton in the World Cup semi-final to knock India out. If this was West Indies, they would have composed a Calypso by now, “We couldn’t out Smithy at all.” Smith’s home summer against India was as dominant as Gavaskar’s1971 tour of West Indies.”Maybe once you start dominating an attack it’s about sustaining your form all the way through,” Smith says in an exclusive interaction with Headlines Today.”But the hundred in the semi-finals of the World Cup was really great for me. It was a home game at the SCG and a very crucial game,” he recalls. He could well have added it became more fulfilling to silence a predominantly Indian crowd at one’s own backyard.Smith doesn’t just come to the IPL as an in-form player but a World Champion, fresh from winning the game’s biggest prize. “Yeah, it’s been a week since we won the World Cup. It’s been an amazing experience, amazing seven weeks of cricket to play at home and lift the trophy, something I will never forget,” he says reflecting on the World Cup glory.advertisementThree of his Aussie team-mates from the World Cup winning team will be playing for Rajasthan Royals this year; a team he feels a lot more at home than what he did with the now suspended Pune Warriors. Micheal Clarke, was one of the guiding forces at Pune but the team never found the balance or organization strength to compete. Under Shane Watson, this Royals outfit looks richer in strength and strategy.”I haven’t got time to look at the various teams and stuff but what I can say about our team is there are a few who can play different roles for us. It’s a very good squad. We’ve got to take it a game at a time. The start becomes very important,” he says.IPL has always come with its own pressures with ambitious owners wanting victory at all costs but this time around moving from the high pressure World Cup enviornment to franchisee cricket it is bound to be more relaxing for the cricketers. “I will be trying to sustain the form as much as I can. Try and practice a few shots in T20, try and find the next gear. But it’s equally important to keep things simple,” Smith talks of switching to slam bang cricket.Sydney boy Steve Smith is tipped to take over Australian one-day captainship from Michael Clarke but it doesn’t bother him from taking a back seat to captain and vice-captain Watson and Ajinkya Rahane with the Royals.”Look Rahane is a terrific player. He played wonderfully in Australia on our wickets and did well in the World Cup as well. One of the great things about IPL is it allows us to learn different things of each other,” he speaks of his young team-mate who’s stature like him is also quickly on the rise.We asked Rahane, if there is a bit of banter from Smith how India couldn’t stop him getting to hundreds all summer. “No he is our man now,” he replies. Smith concurs. Unlike a lot of his other Australian team-mates, Smith isn’t the leader in the verbal game, just busy accumulating runs.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has the right balance of ‘masala’ needed to be a commercial success in Bollywood and the fine nuances to make a good cinema. The movie was stylish and the characters had depth. The story of three best friends taking a break from their work to road trip in Spain to celebrate it as a bachelor party for the friend who is getting married, is well shot and has foot tapping songs. Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol played these three musketeers. The movie released on 15 July, 2011. It’s been four years now but the movie, the characters and certain moments are fresh in our minds. Here’s why we love the movie 1) Farhan Akhtar as Imraan Habib GIF – Tumblr Farhan lived as Imraan and we adored him. With incredible comic timing, intensity, grace and soulful poetry, Imraan made it straight to our hearts.2) Chemistry between the three friendsGIF – Cinemawalitwist They fought with each other, played pranks on others, had their emotional moments, confided in each other, had immense faith in each other and the sport they chose, went on a road trip, stayed awake all night and had hell lot of fun. Hrithik, Farhan and Kabir were perfect as the characters. Full marks to the casting director. 3) The adventure sports scenesGIF – Tumblr Zoya gave each sport, be it underwater diving, sky diving or the San Fermin festival, enough screen time as it not only showed the love these three friends had for adventure, but also justified how they conquered their fear and learnt to live in the present. 4) The poetryadvertisementImraan was a copy writer as well as a closet poet. Four poems that Imraan writes (originally written by Javed Akhtar) are masterpieces. The scenes with the poems in the background will always be remembered for its depth and cinematography. All four poems surface at instances where the characters learn something about themselves and about life. 5) Because happy endingsGIF – Tumblr Shahrukh Khan said “movie is not over until things end well”. After all the misunderstandings, fights and tears, we see Arjun and Laila getting married in the presence of all their friends. Now they’ve learnt much about themselves, about love and about living in the present. What a perfect ending!