Magpies are the benchmark

first_imgSOUTH EAST FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE MID-SEASON REVIEW Narre Warren has so far been the benchmark in what has been a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Getting back their rhythm

first_imgDeandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ San Miguel Beer also got a major boost from its import to hold off NLEX, 109-105, to prop its sagging playoff bid in the nightcap.Chris McCullough had 47 points and 10 rebounds in his debut with the Beermen, spearheading a 16-0 run in the third period that allowed San Miguel to pull away.But the Beermen had to weather a strong rally by the Road Warriors before scoring the victory they badly needed to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth.“Obviously we’re not happy with the win because we let [NLEX] recover,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, whose wards nearly blew a 29-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Pacquiao or Thurman? Tossup shaping up Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Roi Sumang steps up for Blackwater. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Aris Dimaunahan had several concerns on Friday night, most of them sprouting from the fact that it had been a while since Blackwater won a ball game.Those concerns—a need to return to the win column, a loose hold of the team’s place in the standings and uncertainty over an outright quarterfinal berth—were laid to rest in one fell swoop as the Elite tripped red-hot Magnolia in overtime, 104-99, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “We just had that commitment to winning and helping each other out,” Dimaunahan said after the game.Roi Sumang, scoreless in the first three quarters, dealt damage when it mattered the most.  He had 10 points in the fourth quarter and accounted for the Elite’s nine points in overtime en route to a team-best 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSumang credited new Blackwater import, Staphon Blair, for helping the team rediscover its hot form at the start of the conference and for throwing in 14 points and 14 rebounds.“Maybe everything changed when we had a [new] import,” he said in a televised interview. “He greatly helped tonight. We really lacked firepower [in the past].”center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Shop till conference call stops

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Turns out conference calls are an ideal time to shop online, according to a nationwide survey by Bill Me Later Inc./Ipsos Insight Group. In fact, an estimated 12 million Americans shop online during such business calls. And more men are doing it than women, the survey shows. A million of those admit to being caught while shopping at the time, and while many were embarrassed, others discussed their purchases with colleagues to get second opinions. Of those who admitted to shopping during conference calls, 23 percent said they had done it five or more times in the past year, and 12 percent said they had done it 10 or more times. STUDY: Twelve million Americans admit to shopping online during business telephone conversations. By Virginia Linn PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE Think your employee is dutifully listening to every word of your business conference call while hidden away in his or her office? Think again. last_img read more

Gehry, Reagan, Disney among first inductees

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Architect Frank Gehry, writer Alice Walker and actor Clint Eastwood were inducted Wednesday night into the new California Hall of Fame, which honors achievements in the arts, politics, science, entertainment and sports. Other honorees included tennis champion Billie Jean King, astronaut Sally Ride and AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho. Posthumous awards went to Ronald Reagan, Cesar Chavez, Walt Disney, aviator Amelia Earhart and naturalist John Muir. The Hearst and Packard families also were honored. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver, who conceived the state hall of fame idea, presided over the event at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in downtown Sacramento. Schwarzenegger, who selected the honorees based on recommendations from a committee, opened the ceremony with a tribute to Reagan. After Wednesday’s ceremony, the museum will reopen to the public with the new hall of fame exhibit. It includes a piece of the Berlin Wall, in honor of the role Reagan played in bringing it down when the Cold War ended. The flight suit Earhart wore on her solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1932 also will be on display, along with the wooden tennis racket King used to win her sixth singles title at Wimbledon in 1975. Visitors will be able to see the letter President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Muir before a camping trip to Yosemite the men took. The trip persuaded Roosevelt to make Yosemite a national park. Other artifacts include Gehry’s original sketches for the Walt Disney Concert Hall he designed in Los Angeles, memorabilia from Eastwood’s film career and Hewlett Packard’s first personal computer from 1980. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“He sounded the trumpet of freedom and lived to see the walls of repression come tumbling down,” the governor said. All the living inductees attended the ceremony, along with members of the Reagan, Chavez, Disney, Earhart and Muir families. The honorees took turns inducting one another into the hall of fame, like actors at an Oscars ceremony. Ho inducted Ride, the first American woman in space, noting that she became an astronaut after answering a help-wanted ad placed by NASA. For the first time, it said women as well as men would be accepted. “Seven thousand men and 1,251 women answered the ad,” Ho said. “Twenty-nine men and six women were accepted. Sally Ride is the only one who made history.” last_img read more

‘We rise to any challenge’ – Zuma

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma showsoff his football skills in parliament beforethe 2009 Confederations Cup, flanked by2010 Fifa World Cup Organising CommitteeCEO Danny Jordaan (left) and Fifasecretary-general Jérôme Falcke (right).(Image: LOC)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela meets final Bafana squad• Black Stars shine for Africa• Meet Bafana’s number-one fan• 2010 World Cup journalist’s toolkit• 2010 World Cup: SA’s great leap forward?As South Africa enters its last week of hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, President Jacob Zuma has said in an interview with Fifa that his country’s organisation of the tournament has exceeded expectations – and confounded the sceptics.Speaking at the presidential residence in Pretoria, Zuma discussed the legacy of the tournament, its effect on nation-building, and his favourite teams. This is an edited version of the interview.Fifa: With only a week left in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, what are your impression so far of the tournament? Jacob Zuma: I think the tournament is going extremely well and South Africans are happy. You just have to see the reactions of the people at the matches.I must also say that the international community is happy about this tournament. I had an opportunity to be in Toronto at the G8 meeting and there was much excitement among other heads of state. I think we have proved that not only South Africa, but Africa is capable of hosting any major event.When you were in prison on Robben Island, did you imagine that South Africa would host an event of this magnitude, and you would be in charge of the country when it took place?I don’t think any of us imagined that. At that time we were campaigning for the isolation of apartheid South Africa. And when Fifa took a decision to ban South Africa, it was a significant step. We only dreamed that, one day, a free and equal South Africa would participate in international competitions. We never thought that South Africa, so early on, would host a World Cup.In any case, when I was in Robben Island I never thought I would be president. It is indeed a humbling experience.How important was it for South Africa to succeed at this Fifa World Cup, given the scepticism some have shown in its ability to do so?I think it was very important for us to succeed. You must remember that, as South Africans, we pride ourselves on the fact that we always rise up to any challenge. As a matter of fact, nobody believed that we would have a smooth transition from apartheid – but we did it.As you know, a Fifa World Cup has never been hosted in Africa. When South Africa first declared its intentions to host the World Cup, some people said, “What is this country from Africa thinking?”Yes, we lost the first time (to Germany), but we knew we would do it the next time. That is what defines us as a country – our belief that nothing is impossible.When we completed the stadiums, people started to talk about security and other issues, but we have had a great tournament. And today a lot of people who are honest enough have come out and said, “We were wrong about your country.”The tournament has also been seen as an opportunity for nation-building in this young democracy. Do you think that has been achieved?Absolutely, beyond expectations. It has been an important component of our nation-building. This is the first time we have seen this Rainbow Nation really coming together in a manner we have not witnessed before. For the first time, every South African is now flying our national flag. Everybody is just crazy about the tournament, both black and white.Do you think that successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will make it easier for the country to win bids to host other international events?We have proved to the world that we are capable of hosting any international event, that we have the resources and infrastructure. People are already talking about the possibility of bidding for major events, such as the Olympics. I don’t see why we can’t bid to host the Olympics in the future. It’s important for Africa.What lessons, as a government, have you learned from hosting the World Cup?There are many. For one, we learned a lot about how to work with strict timelines. We have embarked on a lot of development and we had to work within a tight schedule in order to deliver on time.You are known for your love for football. How many matches have you been able to watch, and which team has impressed you so far?I have watched many games. I think this Fifa World Cup has been different. The football has been so unpredictable. Some of the countries who were favourites are now out of the tournament and the gap between the so-called big teams and other teams is narrowing.Of course, there are countries that have played well. Even though Bafana Bafana did not qualify, I think we played good football. We were so close to qualifying.I have been impressed with the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Germany. I think the Germans has reinvented their game: they are playing with so much speed and it’s good to watch them. And the teams from Latin America have been great: Brazil and Argentina are a pleasure to watch. In Africa, we are proud of Ghana – they have represented us well.May we put you in the spot and ask you to predict the team that will win the tournament on 11 July?It’s difficult to say, but I think the winner will be among the teams I have mentioned (laughing).There is a lot of talk about the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. What legacy would you like it to leave for South Africa’s children?Firstly, the world is aware that Africa has the capacity to host the World Cup. Everybody has seen that we are equal to the task. It has taken our economic development to a new level.One of the important things for Africa is education and programmes like 1Goal are playing a vital role – that is legacy. The tournament has inspired Africans.last_img read more

Connecticut Governor Addresses Tax Reform

first_imgGovernor Dannel P. Malloy’s FY19 adjustment proposals for the Connecticut budget include steps to address:the $10,000 cap beginning in 2018 on the federal itemized deduction individuals may claim for state and local income, sales, and property tax payments (SALT deduction);the 100% bonus depreciation deduction for property placed in service after September 27, 2017; andthe increase in the IRC Sec. 179 asset expense deduction.The governor proposes to:establish a property tax credit for contributions by individuals to new municipal charitable foundations that support local services; anddecouple from the federal asset expense deduction.In addition, individuals would no longer be allowed to claim federal bonus depreciation on their Connecticut income tax returns. Corporation business taxpayers cannot claim federal bonus depreciation under current Connecticut law.Press Release, Office of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, February 6, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The Many Benefits of Mobile Technology in Healthcare

first_imgIn healthcare, mobility is important in several ways. Physical mobility is a sign of good health, and patients are encouraged to keep their bodies moving. Hospital staff are always on the move, traveling from room to room and even between buildings in a typical day. Yet many healthcare professionals are burdened by paper (even those in small businesses), which keeps them tied to physical workstations to log information. Luckily, there’s a better way.Local Hospital Goes MobileThe Local Hospital at Inca, a community healthcare center on the island of Mallorca in Spain, has become a leading example of the benefits that mobile technology can bring to a hospital, its staff, and most importantly, its patients. The team at Local Hospital was lucky to have buy-in from leadership and staff for the transition to mobile.“Users are demanding mobile access to their IT systems, so now that we have the devices, the next step is to ensure our applications are optimized for tablet features,” Ramón Riba, CIO of Local Hospital, said during the transition. “When these issues are resolved, the benefits will be clear and users will adopt them with enthusiasm.”Since implementation, the team shared the following priorities and benefits of their mobile revolution: To learn more about technologies used at the Local Hospital, read the full case study.Need help bringing your small business into a paperless, mobile-focused future? Check out Intel’s small business resources for details. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for more small business best practices. Always-accessible information boosts the quality of patient care, as practitioners are able to find specific medical records and resources using tablets that they carry with them. The right device for the job is important, and the Local Hospital staff found that different devices work for different areas. The transplant team uses Fujitsu Q702 2 in 1 devices, powered by Intel Core i5 processors. Doctors, nurses, and administrators now receive automatic alerts when organs become available, speeding up the already-rapid response times.Mobile systems integrate seamlessly with Local Hospital’s larger health service corporate domain and security policies, thanks to a combination of Intel and Microsoft Windows technology.Paperless efficiency meets the demand for immediate service and lays a foundation for increasing needs in the future. These devices allow hospital leaders to think big in their quest for the best in patient care. last_img read more

Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win

first_imgBrooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller, right, goes for the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, yells during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)LOS ANGELES — Brook Lopez hit six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points against his former Brooklyn teammates, and rookie Kyle Kuzma had 21 points and 13 rebounds during his first career start in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-112 victory over the Nets on Friday night.D’Angelo Russell had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game against the Lakers since they traded him to Brooklyn last summer in the four-player deal that brought Lopez and Kuzma to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lopez, the leading scorer in Nets history, had 23 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds while the Lakers stayed comfortably ahead of Brooklyn, which has lost four straight. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18.Allen Crabbe scored 25 points for the Nets in the opener of a five-game road trip, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLopez had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Nets before the trade, becoming the top scorer in franchise history while leading the Nets in scoring during each of the past five seasons. But the 7-foot North Hollywood native will be a free agent next summer, and Brooklyn shipped him home after he put up 20.5 points per game last season.While most Staples Center fans paid attention to the still-popular Russell’s return, Lopez calmly posted his biggest offensive game yet for his new team He hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and punctuated the performance with a series of ferocious dunks in the final minutes. Lakers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday before heading out on an East Coast road trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Pacio’s road back to title shot starts vs compatriot Doliguez The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “I would say it ruffled a few feathers, but you control what you can control,” Russell said of Johnson’s comments. “He’s in a position to say what he wants, so I’m going to do what I can do.”KUZMA’S STARTBall got more attention during the summer, but the Lakers’ most impressive rookie has been Kuzma.The University of Utah product took another big step in his ascendant career with the Lakers, who appear to have a steal in the player Brooklyn selected with the 27th overall pick and then immediately traded to Los Angeles.Given his first chance to start after Larry Nance Jr. broke his hand in Portland on Thursday night, Kuzma responded by scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half.TIP-INSNets: Russell is only 20 months older than Ball. … Lopez returns to Brooklyn on Feb. 2.Lakers: Nance will be sidelined for four to six weeks after surgery on Friday. He had started Los Angeles’ first eight games, making steady contributions on both ends of the floor. … Ball had six points on 3-of-15 shooting and seven assists.UP NEXTNets: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Monday. D-LO RETURNSRussell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft and the cornerstone of the Lakers’ rebuilding project under former bosses Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. When owner Jeanie Buss replaced the duo with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka last year, Russell was shipped off to Brooklyn four months later along with high-priced center Timofey Mozgov, who had five points in his return.Before his return game, the 21-year-old Russell declined to criticize Johnson or the Lakers, saying he enjoyed his time in LA. He was greeted largely by warm cheers during pregame introductions.“I went through a lot while I was here,” Russell said. “Their job is to do what they can do best for the organization, and for me to move on, that’s what they felt was best. Can’t complain about that.”Johnson made the deal to clear Mozgov’s onerous contract off the books for the Lakers’ pursuit of top-tier free agents next summer, but also to clear a path for rookie Lonzo Ball, his preferred choice as the team’s new point guard and cornerstone. After the trade, Johnson also made comments that appeared to be critical of Russell’s leadership ability.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

KXIP vs DD preview: Nothing but pride at stake for Delhi Daredevils

first_imgThe Daredevils would like to sign off their miserably season with a victory.It will be a contest between two teams with contrasting fortunes. While Kings XI Punjab have gone from strength to strength, Delhi Daredevils have failed to arrest the slide and will finish the tournament at the bottom of the points table.Nothing much has worked for the Daredevils and they have lost 11 of their 13 matches this season. J.P. Duminy looked like the lone warrior in the initial part of the tournament, and skipper Kevin Pietersen has regained some of his rhythm.But it has come too late for the Delhi team, which will finish with the wooden spoon for the second season in a row. While the Delhi batsmen have failed to put good scores on the board, bowlers have also been guilty of leaking too many runs.Going into the last match of the season, Pietersen could be fired up after England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downtown’s comments against him. He may want to prove a point or two to the English cricket administrators who ended his international career abruptly after the 0-5 Ashes loss earlier this year.On the other hand, Punjab are handsomely placed at the top of the points tally and will have two chances to qualify for the June 1 final in Bangalore. Shaun Marsh, who has played just two matches so far, will again find a place in the playing XI on Sunday and it remains to be seen if Mitchell Johnson is completely fit before the playoffs.advertisementKings XI have played just two games at the PCA Stadium, losing the first one to Mumbai Indians and winning the next one against Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Spinners have been crucial in the tournament, and Kings XI Punjab have suddenly found their resources in this department as well.Leg-spinner Karanveer Singh was very impressive in his first match of the season against the Royals in which he picked two wickets for just 16 runs. Batting has always been Punjab’s strength but the local bowlers have showed improvement as the tournament has progressed.The result may not alter the league table significantly but the Daredevils would like to sign off their miserably season with a victory, while Kings XI Punjab would be keen to head to the all-important playoffs on the right note.last_img read more