Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChooks-Pilipinas 3×3 still considers its 11th place finish in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup as an achievement given the short time the country had in preparing for the tournament.The players, meanwhile, are looking at this stint as an eye-opener for the country when it comes to the 3×3 game.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 This Philippine squad was considered as a dream team of sorts, with three second-generation stars bannering the team, but Paras said they paled in comparison with other countries who trot out professional players when it comes to the half-court game.READ: Defense a priority for talented Chooks Pilipinas 3×3“It’s rare that we get to France and rarer to be teammates with Jeron (Teng) and Kiefer (Ravena). We’re lucky that they entrusted us with this lineup, but with our opponents, they do 3×3 for a living. So this is an experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments. We now know what to do and what we have to improve,” he said.The Philippines finished third in Pool B, finishing the tournament with a 2-2 slate after wins over Romania and El Salvador.But in Paras’ mind, though the country failed to progress from the group stages, this may just set the path for future 3×3 teams going forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 “Looking at the bigger picture, this tournament is not for nothing. It’s a learning experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments,” he said.For Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 coach Anton Altamirano, he believes that the country must find players focused on 3×3 the Philippines wants to compete with the rest of the world.READ: Teng, Ravena aim for bigger prize in 3×3 World Cup“We need to have experienced players. It’s hard to make a new team with players who will play the 3×3 game for the first time and we’re facing teams that have been playing for seven to eight years together. We need to invest on these players so that they’ll get used to it,” he said.And this early, JR Quiñahan has extended a helping hand, especially with the Philippines hosting the 2018 tilt.“I won’t mind if I don’t get chosen as a player. I’m happy to be a practice player so that I can share my experience to the next 3×3 teams,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Recovering De Ocampo vows to be ready come Game 3 “Though it’s still basketball, it’s a different type of game with how physical and how fast the game is,” said Kiefer Ravena. “It opened our eyes on what can be done and what to improve when it comes to 3×3. Having the knowledge of the game is very important so the next teams should be prepared and their minds should be well-conditioned.”READ: Ravena: Chooks-Pilipinas raring to bask in 3×3 limelight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeron Teng agreed, noting that though speed may clearly have been on the Filipinos’ side, those were negated by the level of physicality of their bigger European.“It’s super physical. We couldn’t take advantage of our speed because you might get past them, but they would really grab you,” he said.
With the Indian Premier League IV auction set for November, the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 comes as a big platform for players to impress upon the IPL teams and earn a fat contract with one of the 10 franchises, feel international cricketers.The three-year contracts of IPL players have ended after the successful completion of third edition of the high-profile T20 League and buoyed by the addition of two new franchises – Kochi and Pune – cricketers feel it is time to rake in some bounty by consistent performances in the CLT20 which starts at the Wanderers on Friday.”The tournament is a great opportunity for each and every individual to showcase their potential and come to the notice of IPL teams.”I consider it is a very very crucial tournament because it gave me my big break in IPL,” said big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who shot to limelight playing for Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural CLT20 in India.”Each and every cricketer will be now eyeing the IPL IV auctions,” said Pollard, who played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL III.On personal and team’s front, Pollard is looking to put up consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming event.”It’s (CLT20) gonna be great. It is my first time in South Africa and I am looking forward to the challenges. We played good cricket throughout the tournament in last IPL but it was disappointing to lose the final.”The conditions here are different. It is more like Australia but being an international cricketer you need to play in all sorts of environment,” Pollard added.advertisementSouth African middle-order batsman J P Duminy too agreed with his Mumbai Indians team-mate and said CLT20 is a good opportunity for players to catch the eyes of IPL franchises.”Definitely, I think so because it is the right time to put your name on the map. A lot of people will be watching these performances and the players will be geared up to perform here and earn big contracts,” said the left-hander.However, temperamental India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh thinks otherwise and feels consistency should be the only criteria to judge a player’s potential.”According to me that’s a wrong perception. One or two tournaments are not enough to judge a player’s capabilities.You need to see his past performances and future abilities. He should have done well over a period of time,” the 30-year-old tweaker, who will also represent Mumbai Indians in the second Champions League T20 here, said.The CLT20 starts with Mumbai Indians taking on local side Highveld Lions in the opening match.
The camp will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen from 11th – 13th September, 2009.Congratulations to all players and good luck for the upcoming camp.The Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open Squads are as follows:Men’s OpenAnthony ZiadeJason StantonSteve RobertsStuart BriertyMatt ProwseChris FarrowDan WithersJamie StoweRobert NakhlaDrumayne Dayberg-MuirNathan JonesDylan HennessyMatt TopeAndrew BaggioTroy MalcolmScott BuckleyAsh FarrowNick GoodTerry DeeganChris LukinsWomen’s OpenBo De La CruzEmily HopkinSamantha HopkinKelly McGennityKristy JuddClaire WinchesterLouise WinchesterStacey LaphamPeta RogersonRoxanne WinderTeena McIlveenKelly WoodsAmanda JuddNicky AlberyNicole McHughAshleigh DobbinsAli BrigginshawStephanie HalpinMixed OpenCandice AshleySarah SpacieNikki EtheridgeHayley McAnellyZoe Dacey-AikenKristen BossRachael CleaveCobie MorganJess McCallMelissa PitfieldElin MortimerTony EltakchiBen MoylanRyan PollockJamie ChanChristian FrostBrett HughesMichael BaartzMichael SinghDylan ThompsonDean SpringfieldPeter NormanCameron NichollsNathan WongPotatau Berryman
Spalletti shadow looms for AC Milan boss Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Giampaolo is fighting for his job at AC Milan.Despite victory over Genoa this weekend, Milan coach Giampaolo’s future remains on the line.Corriere della Sera says to replace Giampaolo, the Rossoneri wants a coach who knows Serie A and has experience. The board does not want to change anything radically and for this it wants to make the right choice, with the name of Luciano Spalletti being discussed.The former Inter Milan coach is available after being squeezed out at the end of last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alderweireld insists Liverpool clash Spurs ‘opportunity’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToby Alderweireld insists Liverpool on Sunday is an opportunity for out-of-sorts Tottenham.The defender sees the Anfield showdown as an opportunity rather than an assignment to be scared of.“You can see it two ways,” said Alderweireld after their 1-1 draw with Watford. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.“Then Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half. Our best, it’s all we can do.”That second half he referred to was the 45 minutes against Watford on Saturday which saw Spurs lay siege to the visitors’ goal until they finally cancelled out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s opener with four minutes left.
Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Board and trade unions will be settling the issue of overstaffing at the company.According to the Minister, he has given a directive to the Board of the bus company to work along with the unions representing the workers to immediately have meaningful engagements, and to arrive at decisions in a “mutually acceptable manner”.He said the JUTC is overstaffed by 411 persons, and although the issue is an inherited one, “which we have to correct”, based on prudent economic decision, “we are dealing with the displacement of individuals who are breadwinners for their families”, hence the need for dialogue.The Minister, who was addressing a press briefing at his Maxfield Avenue offices in St. Andrew today (October 13), added that he had ordered several management audits at the company, which have led to it rolling out some 410 buses, coming from a low of 340 in November 2016.He also reported that moves are under way to improve service at the JUTC, and to increase cost-efficiency and maximise operations, such as a pilot programme with New Fortress to switch from diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG), which will result in a 28 per cent reduction in the company’s fuel bill, along with benefits to the environment.“There will also be a route rationalisation exercise. The JUTC is analysing non-performing routes, with a view to removing its buses… put them on more profitable ones, and franchise them to private operators through the Transport Authority (TA),” he said.Another cost-reduction measure being undertaken at the entity is a tracking system to monitor driver behaviour, fuel, accidents and personal injury claim, which should deliver “significant savings”. Mr. Henry outlined.The Minister used the forum to appeal to persons who are stoning the buses, to desist from destroying the units, noting that since the start of the year, 86 have been damaged.Stop it, and stop it now. We won’t sit idly by and allow this to continue. We are going to catch the culprits and let the law take its course,” Mr. Henry warned.
Japanese shipping company NYK has conducted the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial, making a big step toward realizing its target of manned autonomous ships for safer operations and reducing crew workload.As informed, Iris Leader, an NYK-operated pure car truck carrier (PCTC), was navigated day and night using the Sherpa System for Real ship (SSR) navigation system.The first part of the trial was conducted during the ship’s voyage from Xinsha, China, to the port of Nagoya, Japan, from September 14 to 17, 2019, and the second from the port of Nagoya to the port of Yokohama, Japan, from September 19 to 20. The vessel’s crew performed typical duties during the navigations, which included Japan’s coastal area but excluded bays.During the trial which was carried out in line with the IMO guidelines for MASS trials, the SSR’s performance in actual sea conditions was monitored as the system collected information on environmental conditions around the ship from existing navigational devices, calculated collision risk, determined optimal routes and speeds, and then automatically navigated the ship.“Using data and experience gained through this trial but not obtainable through onshore simulators, NYK was able to ensure the feasibility of the SSR and its benefit for safe and optimal operations,” the company explained.Video Courtesy: NYKNYK now plans to analyze the data and continue to develop the SSR into a more advanced navigation-support system by making adjustments to the difference between the optimal course derived by the program and that determined by professional human judgment.The SSR verified by this trial would also be applied to future coastal ships, which currently face serious crew shortages, according to the company.Read more:NYK Develops Software that Helps with Ship BerthingOne Sea Autonomous Shipping Alliance Welcomes Three New Members
VANCOUVER – People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families.“There has really been a lack of any appropriate response to chronic pain in our province and in our country,” said Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain BC, the only non-profit society in Canada to bring together clinical experts and policy-makers to work on chronic pain management initiatives.Beside painkillers, patients must have access to physical therapy and psychological support but wait lists stretch from one to three years at the few specialized pain clinics in the province, she said.“We’ve seen this overreliance on the prescription pad as the only tool in the toolbox,” Hudspith said. “Some people may become dependent on the medication in order to function and some of those people may become addicted.”One in five people in B.C. lives with pain that can be relentless and crippling but she said some communities have no specialized health-care providers for patients who need intervention after an injury or surgery, for example.A lack of dedicated pain services means patients make more doctors’ visits and may require more surgeries, resulting in high health-care costs and poor quality of life, Hudspith said.“There’s a growing recognition that this is a huge problem that is really, in many way, at the root of a lot of issues that we’re seeing.”Hudspith said Pain BC has been in discussions with the provincial government to expand services.Neither the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions or the Health Ministry could provide any information when the provincial government was contacted for comment.In June 2016, B.C. doctors became the first in Canada to face mandatory standards for prescribing opioids and other addictive medications. At the time, the College of Physicians and Surgeons replaced guidelines offering only recommendations with legal standards that allowed for consequences, such as complaint hearings and disciplinary action.Following the introduction of the standards, some doctors began weaning or cutting patients off pain medication. Hudspith said that has left people suffering, especially if they don’t have access to other options for pain relief.“We have documented cases of people who are no longer able to work, they’ve maxed out their sick time, they’re contemplating going on disability,” she said.While the college’s policy came into effect with the intention of minimizing the effects of opioids in the midst of an overdose crisis, overdoses have “continued like a runaway train,” Hudspith said.“There are people who have said to us or have said to their physicians or MLAs (members of the legislature) that they are going to the street and buying opioids through the illicit market despite the risk,” she said.The society has been working with the province’s medical association to create educational material for doctors, but Hudspith said “robust mentoring” is crucial so doctors and other clinicians can build their skills to provide evidence-based care for people who suffer from chronic pain.“Chronic pain is a very misunderstood condition. The approach needs to be very different from other chronic conditions that are very well understood.”She cited Project Echo, a mentoring program in Ontario, as a way to care for patients with chronic pain as doctors get guidance on specific challenges from a team of experts.Serena Patterson, a psychologist in Comox, B.C., said she has suffered with fibromyalgia for 30 years and also developed migraines before starting to see clients with chronic pain, many of whom suffer from depression, shame and stigma.Some people go from doctor to doctor for years trying to get help for conditions that remain undiagnosed for years while they’re denied long-term disability and unable to work or afford private therapists, she said.Publicly funded clinics with a variety of experts who work together, including nurses and other health-care providers offering physical, occupational, massage and psychological therapy, would serve patients most effectively, Patterson said.“We have a medical system that is geared toward fixing acute problems but does a terrible job with chronic pain.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
APTN National NewsJoe Oliver, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, has come under fire recently for suggesting that Aboriginal communities are “socially dysfunctional” in comments to the Vancouver Board of Trade.In this interview with APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson, Oliver addresses the comment, as well as Keystone XL, the Prosperity mine, and upcoming changes to the Fisheries Act.
The OSU football team sings ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege football coaches across the country typically shy away from talking about rankings with their teams, and Ohio State head man Urban Meyer is no exception.Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference that he spoke with team about the inaugural BCS standings, released Sunday evening, in what he called his “first state of the union address.”“My comment was that we are, indeed, in the mix. Embrace it,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “In the mix for what? Don’t worry about it. We are in the mix, though.”OSU is currently ranked No. 4 in the BCS, with a .8553 average, which is taken from the Harris Poll, USA TODAY poll and six computers. The Buckeyes are significantly behind No. 3 Oregon, which has a BCS average of .9320.Meyer, though, said he told his team to embrace where it sits and the only thing that matters is what happens is on the field.“People think very highly of you. Maybe some people don’t,” Meyer said. “You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturday, not in the country.”Junior wide receiver Devin Smith echoed his coach’s sentiment Monday.“He told us not to worry about it too much,” Smith said. “Just keep playing football, keep getting better and just take it one game at a time and everything will fall into place.”If OSU has any plans of playing in the BCS National Championship game in January, it is likely the three teams that sit above it (Alabama, Florida State and Oregon) will need to lose before season’s end. Even if that happens and the Buckeyes finish undefeated and win the Big Ten Championship, a one-loss school from another conference such as the SEC could jump them because of the team’s strength of schedule. The chance of that happening, though, is not something that is crossing the minds of OSU players, junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said.“Can’t really do much about it,” Bennett said. “All you can do is go out and win and try to start handling, and winning by large margins. That’s all we can really do. We’re always trying to destroy teams, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”OSU is one of three Big Ten teams in the initial BCS rankings, and the only one in the top 20. Michigan (No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 24) are the others, and both already have one loss in 2013.If the Buckeyes want any chance of playing for the crystal football in Pasadena Jan. 6, focusing on and beating each opponent is their first and only concern.“I think guys are aware of (the rankings), but we just need to focus on going out there and winning games because if we don’t focus on the teams we’re playing … that could hurt us if we’re not focused,” sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker said.Bennett said “the BCS would work itself out” at the end of the season.“We can handle it, I think we still have that game-to-game approach,” Bennett said. “But it’s just good to know that if we keep doing our job then everything will be fine.”The Buckeyes are only scheduled to play one more currently-ranked team in the regular season (Michigan), so their chances of moving up in the BCS without other teams losing seem slim. Being aware of where they stand, though, is a good thing Decker said.“You gotta be aware of it because it’s going to be talked about,” Decker said. “We still have a lot of football left to play and that, we gotta be focused on, so I think we just need to focus on the next game from a team standpoint.”OSU is set to host Penn State (4-2, 1-1) 8 p.m. Saturday.