Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to decider

first_imgBut Stepheson’s ouster somehow turned out to be a blessing in disguise with Kelly Nabong, who replaced him in the game, stepping up in OT.Nabong scored seven of Meralco’s last nine points in the final two minutes and 12 seconds to finish with 15 pointsThe veteran bruiser went 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the last 11.6 seconds to help keep the KaTropa at bay.Joshua Smith had a chance to win it for TNT at the free throw line but he only managed to get a split with 5.6 seconds to go in regulation.Chris Newsome forced a contested 3-pointer that missed, paving the way for OT with the score tied at 92.ADVERTISEMENT Familiarity with Desiderio key in stopping UP, says Macaraya “We played much better tonight than we did last game. I thought we really gutted it out in the end especially since my import was in foul trouble majority of the game,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I have to give a lot of credit to the locals particularly Baser Amer, who I felt played one of the best games of his career. Special mention also goes out to Kelly Nabong, who hit his foul shots when the game was on the line,” Black added. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set on Friday with the winner facing top seed Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-five semifinals series.The Bolts overcame a long offensive drought that lasted for close to eight minutes and the absence of their import Alex Stepheson, who fouled out with still 1:54 left in regulation. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIEScenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer had a career night and Meralco held off TNT, 103-100, in overtime Wednesday night to forge a winner-take-all Game 3 for the last spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Amer fired 32 points on top of six rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes to lead the Bolts’ fightback after dropping Game 1 on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments RR Garcia gave the KaTropa their first lead,93-92, at the 3:16 mark of overtime after trailing by as much as 19 points late in the opening quarter.But that didn’t last long as Amer and Nabong hit back-to-back baskets for a 96-93 edge and TNT never led again.Smith led the KaTropa with 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks while Stepheson finished with just seven points and 13 rebounds in only 26 minutes due to foul trouble.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Biggest Ever Boxship to Transit Panama Canal in May

first_imgzoomContainership Triton; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; Image by: Bumblebee The Panama Canal is set to welcome its biggest ever containership in mid-May, according to Alphaliner.Namely, Taiwan’s Evergreen would assign the maxi-Neopanamax Triton, a vessel with a 20-row beam of 51.2 meters and a length of 369 meters, to a Panama Canal-routed Far East – USEC service.The 14,424 TEU Triton will become the first-ever containership of this beam and length to transit the canal. Currently deployed on the Far East – USWC route, the Triton will join Evergreen’s Far East – USEC service AUE, part of the OCEAN Alliance network, on April 18.The ship is scheduled to transit the Panama Canal on May 15, en route from Kaohsiung to Colon, from where it will continue to ports on the US East Coast. With the Triton’s passage, Evergreen will be the first carrier to make use of the Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) revised neo-panamax gauge.One year ago, in April 2018, the ACP announced to increase the allowable beam for vessels transiting the new canal locks from 49 meters (19 rows) to 51.25 meters (20 rows). The revised rule came into force on June 1, 2018, after nearly two years of successful operations of the new canal locks.While allowing a wider beam, the new transit regime retained the 366 m maximum vessel length restriction. However, the ACP said that it would consider to accept ships of up to 369 meters, such as the Triton, on a case by case basis.The largest containerships deployed on trans-Panama routes so far have been Neopanamax VLCS with 19 row beams of up to 48.4 meters and a maximum length of 366 meters.last_img read more

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Make up and move on escalating pipeline dispute uncommon says expert

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The pipeline feud between British Columbia and Alberta is escalating, as Premier John Horgan is threatening Rachel Notley with legal action should she enforce Bill 12.Political Scientist David Moscrop with Simon Fraser University says it’s not unusual for provinces to “fight,” but admits this particular case is uncommon.“This is a bridge beyond what we’re used to, and it’s probably going to sour interprovincial relationships between the government of British Columbia and the government of Alberta for some time,” he tells NEWS 1130. “And keep in mind this is as good as it’s going to get. This is with two NDP governments. Imagine if you have one NDP government and one UCP government for instance.”Related ArticlesAlberta passes legislation to cut off oil supply to BC at any timeKinder Morgan suspending all non-essential spending on Trans Mountain pipeline expansionCritics want big banks to stop backing the Trans Mountain pipelineIf the legislation gets Royal Assent, Bill 12 would effectively give Alberta power to cut its oil supply to BC. It’s designed, Moscrop explains, in such a way that Notley could use it for “precision strikes.”“They could ban very specific shipments without having to ban everything, and they could do it case by case, and they could ban a little bit as an opening salvo.”However, he points out the provincial government would effectively have to negotiate doing so with industry stakeholders.“I can’t imagine the oil and gas companies are going to be super pleased with having contracts restricted, and shipments restricted. It’s going to cost them money, even if you say, ‘Well look it’s a little bit of short-term pain for long-term gain.’ I suspect though every party at this point will be circumspect at what they do, but here’s the thing. If Alberta decides to use [Bill 12], then BC’s going to sue and then we’re off to the races. So you know, it could escalate very quickly.”The likelihood of Alberta enforcing the new bill? Moscrop says it’s hard to say at this point, but admits it’s possible.The BC government has come under fire for delaying the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion since it announced it was restricting bitumen shipments pending environmental reviews. Moscrop says the dispute could not only sour relationships between BC and Alberta, but could also put strains on its relationship with others.“You’d probably have to look at have to look at it case by case,” he says. “It sours the relationship with the federal government a little bit.”However, he says this probably improves things with Quebec, where he says observers may be looking at this situation as a test of what the federal government can force provinces to do. “And what provinces can get away with when they disagree with the federal government and another province.”Bill 12 and BC gas pricesMeantime, experts say Alberta cutting off its oil supply to BC will certainly have an impact on gas prices on the Lower Mainland which have already broken records.“A couple of things to keep in mind, and I’m using April as an example,” explains Dan McTeague with GasBuddy.com. “It’s really critical that people understand this. In the month of April, Vancouver imported 900,000 barrels of gasoline. There’s 159 litres in a barrel, so you can imagine a situation where some 60,000 barrels of product like gasoline and diesel or even jet fuel are somehow interrupted.“That wouldn’t just mean potentially half of the gas stations no longer supplied in the Lower Mainland, it would also mean Parkland would be affected as its crude supply of lighter crude will also be affected.”He says if the pipeline is blocked 100 per cent, even American refineries would also be impacted.“They bring in about 30,000 barrels of heavy oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline almost daily, so there is really no positive out of this and the pain will be felt both in terms of a lack of product as well as much higher prices.”Horgan has threatened that his government would sue should Alberta move forward with its new legislation. His threat came the same day the federal government announced it would offer financial protection for Kinder Morgan’s investors in the pipeline expansion dispute, a move he believes puts unnecessary taxpayers’ money at risk.last_img read more

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Jo Brand Sets Off On A Hell Of A Walk

first_imgJo Brand on Friday set off on day one of her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk, a brutal ordeal which will see the 58-year-old attempt to walk an incredible 150 miles in just seven days.With bitter cold, wind and rain for much of the first day, it was a harsh start to a long and gruelling week.The challenge will see her walk east to west right across the width of the country, roughly following the Trans Pennine Trail, finishing in Liverpool next Thursday. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.Setting off at 8:45am from the Humber Bridge, Jo was joined by members of the public, including Great British Bake Off champion of 2014 Nancy Birtwhistle, who lives in the area, to wish her luck and see her off.Jo walked approximately twenty miles on Day 1, crossing the Humber Bridge and passing through North Ferriby, Brough and finishing up in Laxton.As Jo set off, she said: “I can feel the hand of history upon my toenails! I’m not looking forward to this at all. It’s such a long way and I’m not fit, I’m not athletic, and my walking style is best described as ‘fat old woman’. To be honest what I’m really worried about at this stage is that I might fall over or need the loo after five minutes!”Starting out her career as a psychiatric nurse, Jo has spent many years since her rise to fame raising awareness about mental health issues – so it is fitting that during her journey she will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that impact women and girls across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Jo will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.last_img read more

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Following Up With PopUp Magazine From the Other Side of the Curtain

first_imgLast month we went behind the scenes of Pop-Up Magazine, to learn more about its origins and business model. In only a few short years, the live experiential magazine has gained traction for its unique brand of storytelling. The touring series has already outgrown its past New York venues—the Town Hall and David Geffen Hall in Manhattan. But it may have already outgrown its newest home in the city after a sold-out show this past Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House.The buzz around Pop-up Magazine, along with its quick growth, makes sense to this reporter, after a raucously entertaining yet thought-provoking evening.The Howard Gilman Opera House is just a block away from the Barclays Center, and it’s a cavernous, gorgeous hunk of history in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. It’s almost nearly double the size of the Town Hall, which is a regular host to many notable music and stage acts. Billed as a live performance of what you’d find in the pages of a magazine, the show even includes elements like an editor’s note from editor-in-chief, Douglas McGray, as well as live native advertisements. And the entire night was given great coherence from the show’s five-piece band, Magik*Magik Orchestra, headed by bandleader/keyboardist Minna Choi.The band backs many of the storytelling sets, as well as all of the integrated advertisements. Many of the acts within the show are accompanied by photos or animated short films. For instances, a piece titled “Let’s Talk About Sax” was performed by writer James Bennett II and was complemented with a saxophone score by Travis Sullivan.Bennett gave a hilarious, albeit abbreviated, timeline of the instrument’s history. From Kenny G tunes to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” Sullivan was right there with him playing the famous saxophone parts.There were several stories told over the course of the evening that were moving, even borderline gut-wrenching for the audience, but they all had moments of levity or instances that revealed the goodness in humanity.“It’s amazing to be at an event that finds the crossroads between storytelling, technology and music.”Take for example Erin Lee Carr, daughter of the late New York Times’ media columnist David Carr, who spoke of her father and shared some of his retweets from critics after he said that people from Missouri and Kansas have “low, sloping foreheads” on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Or photojournalist Kirsten Luce, who captured images of drug cartel activity on Texas’s border along the Rio Grande, and contrasted that devastation by sharing photos of families playing in the river and farmers bathing their horses. Cathartic moments like those helped the show strike a consistent balance throughout the evening.The most similar experience that Pop-Up Magazine can be compared to would be the live taping of a major podcast. From the attention given to stories to the excitement of hearing live music to the belly laughter at a stand up show—it’s all there. And as I learned after the show when talking to theatergoers (at a jam-packed cocktail mixer in the lobby), they felt like as if they were there with the performers the whole night through.“It’s amazing to be at an event that finds the crossroads between storytelling, technology and music,” said Scott N., a podcast producer in New York.Besides the large HD screen behind the performers, the technology he refers to is also the interactive elements of the show. Rose Eveleth’s act, “Welcome to Vanguard Estates,” was a choose-your-own-adventure that included the entire audience. Together, we all navigated the future of elderly care as many experts are predicting it.In everyone’s program there was a tiny envelope that read “Don’t open me. Yet.” Inside were two tiny glow sticks—one green, one orange. From housing run by robots to seeing a livestream of your aging parents, the entire audience chose how to proceed in this predicted future by raising either glowstick.As with most of the acts, there was loud laughter throughout—this was an incredibly vocal audience. And at the end of the evening, I was hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t enjoy the show or wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. But more impressive was the number of people who said they would come again, or that this was not their first time at a Pop-Up Magazine event—including Scott N., who had been at the previous Town Hall show last year.One couple, Jeff M. and Martin C., local college students, said that they couldn’t wait until the next Pop-Up came to the area.“I absolutely loved it,” said Martin. “This is definitely something that I’d  be excited to go see again.”“We’ve never been to one of these before, but a friend of ours that went to the Town Hall show told us about it and said they loved it,” Jeff added.At a time when much of the magazine industry is looking to events as another revenue stream, Pop-Up Magazine seems to have found a formula that works. Half that formula is something that magazines have been doing for nearly 200 years—telling great stories. The other half is creating a great experience that people want to be a part of.If nothing else, the liveliness of the crowd and the excitement in the air afterwards suggests that Pop-Up Magazine is doing something right.last_img read more

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Take your problems to PM Modi Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy lashes out at

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy slept on the floor during his stay in Chandraki village.TwitterKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s Grama Vaastavya (village stay) programme witnessed ugly scenes after he lashed out at the villagers at Raichur district as they questioned him on unemployment. The incident took place near Karegudda village of Manvi taluk on on Wednesday, when the workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested in front of the KSRTC bus in which CM Kumaraswamy was travelling.#WATCH Raichur: Workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested before the bus of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy over wages and other issues & raised slogans of ‘Shame! Shame!’, while he was on his way to Karegudda for his ‘village stay prog’. The CM got angry on protesters. pic.twitter.com/FK3OI4limx— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019The protesters raised concerns over wages, unemployment and other issues to the CM. The angry protesters raised slogans against HDK which made him lose his cool. “When you have problems you come to me but when it is time to vote you vote for Modi,” an angry Kumaraswamy told the protestors.HDK also threatened to lathi charge the villagers for questioning him. He believes that the village stay programme will help the Janata Dal (Secular) have a better future by paving its way to the villagers’ hearts.last_img read more

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US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

first_imgA sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., 26 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersA federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal.US district judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act.The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. “Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place,” it said in a statement.At the US Supreme Court, five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench.Conservative Republicans have long opposed President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare plan which he signed into law in 2010.President Donald Trump made abolishing the program one of his main campaign pledges.The Texas-based judge said that the full Obamacare program was unconstitutional because in last year’s tax overhaul, Congress eliminated a penalty for people who failed to sign up for the program if they did not already have their own health insurance.The 2012 case was over whether such a penalty was legal — but now that it is gone, O’Connor says the whole Affordable Care Act should be stricken down because that provision is “the keystone” of the program.President Trump lost no time in tweeting his delight at the court’s ruling on a complaint brought by several Republican attorneys general and two Republican governors.”Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” Trump wrote on twitter.”As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!” he said.Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic House of Representatives speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi to “pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare.”- ‘Monstrous endgame’ -Angry Democrats vowed to fight back as they blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that will leave millions of Americans without healthcare.Polls consistently show that the ACA coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing health conditions has strong popular support — an issue the Democrats used with great success in the recent November midterm elections in which they won control of the House of Representatives.O’Connor’s late Friday ruling “exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable healthcare,” Pelosi said in a statement.While the court’s “absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision,” she said.She vowed that when Democrats take over the House of Representatives in January, lawmakers “will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process” to uphold Obamacare.Opposing the Republican lawsuit were 17 Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra of California.They argue that the tax law changes do not mean that the whole Affordable Care Act becomes unconstitutional.The Texas ruling “is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions” and on “the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.’s consumer protections for healthcare,” Becerra said in a statement.”Our fight to save Obamacare is far from over. We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans’ healthcare away,” he tweeted.West Virgina Democratic senator Joe Manchin, a state where Trump is popular and whose conservative attorney general is one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, issued a statement attacking the ruling as “misguided and inhumane.”last_img read more

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ACV appoints Marchand as Manager Canada and Inbound

first_img Friday, June 15, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> ACV appoints Marchand as Manager, Canada and Inboundcenter_img MONTREAL — Effective June 18 Guy Marchand will take on the role of Manager, Canada and Inbound for Air Canada Vacations.In his previous role Marchand was ACV’s General Sales Manager – Quebec, a post he held for five years.In his new position Marchand will oversee the development and implementation of domestic and international sales strategies of B2B and B2C partners in order to increase revenue and bolster sales growth.He will also focus on building key relationships as well as executing tactical marketing activities to ensure the continued expansion of ACV’s product lines.Coming up to the mid-year mark, Air Canada Vacations says it continues to see progress in Marchand’s objective of growth and diversification, which includes his Canada product line and Inbound Strategy.Most recently ACV and with Group Germain Hotels announced their partnership to bring customers “one step closer to unique Canadian experiences”.ACV says it has set its sights on the expansion of its Canada domestic tour product sales to international retail hubs and continue to grow its sales in the U.S. The company’s Go Canada program is now available from the U.S., France, and the UK.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthMarchand will report to George Platanitis, Director of Canada and Inbound Strategy. “Guy is a leader who knows how to build relationships that build value. His extensive background in sales management and insights will be a great asset to our team,” says Platanitis. Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacationslast_img read more

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