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No longer a back up, Iñigo determined to be better court general

By on January 20, 2020

first_img“I’m just a back-up point guard to Mike before. Now, I’m starting to get my rhythm because I should be more of a court general. I need to be more offensive-minded, but I have to be decisive,” he said in Filipino.His time with Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League did help him a lot in preparing himself to these bigger roles. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I learned to be patient off the court. In our college days, you just run up the court and play. But there, you have to be deliberate because you have to be smart there,” said Iñigo.Iñigo struggled to get his shots going in his first game with the Seafarers, shooting 3-of-8 from the field to finish with 10 points. LATEST STORIES He did better in setting up his teammates, as he racked up six assists and hauled down two rebounds in his 30 minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough as Marinerong Pilipino bowed in its conference-opener to Batangas, 92-82 on Tuesday.But Iñigo is confident his team can bounce back especially after what he thought were first game jitters.“It was our first game and we still haven’t known each other that well. We haven’t jelled the same way Batangas did because we’re just together for just two months, so it’s a given that we’ll have those lapses,” he said. “We still have a long way. It’s just our first game. We’ll figure things out soon.”ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Achie Iñigo. PBA IMAGESThis time, Achie Iñigo is taking the challenge of being the lead playmaker head on.Playing second fiddle to heralded teammate Mike Tolomia last season, the 5-foot-9 guard has been thrust to the spotlight as he is tasked to man the plays for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lassiter shows he’s more than a sniper Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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Finance Minister has committed political suicide

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Within the context of his busted 2017 Budget, I could not help noticing the Finance Minister trying to say something sensible about the economy having to ‘right itself’ in the media on March 14, 2017. One of the last things the Minister will come to realise during his tenure as Finance Minister is that Guyana has moved forward in how it conducts its business affairs.Global business is now being run on what are called trust relationships. This in itself in self-explanatory, and failure is costly, because breaches in this trust relationship among participants to negotiations usually results in a suspension of negotiations to pursue interests with other parties who respond appropriately to trust relationships.One of the things about which the Finance Minister can be sure is that the high-handed manner in which he handled the consultations and presentation of the Budget 2017 has caused a fatal breach in the latent trust relationship between himself, the Private Sector and the people of Guyana. By forcing through the VAT policies within the budget, the Minister has effectively committed political suicide.The Japanese are a fascinating people who regard trust and honour very highly. If one party to negotiations fumbles, he is considered to have ‘lost face’. If he is unable to ‘save face’, he honourably exits. In extreme circumstances where intense pride is involved, seppuku is the final option. This is the taking of one’s own life.The Minister added in his remarks that, “If we ourselves don’t adjust the economy, then we are just going to have to hand it over to somebody else to do it.” One thing Guyanese can agree on for sure is that the VAT policies for 2017 are sucking on their welfare and consumption patterns. This has the effect of contracting national expenditure. The Minister’s idea of channeling these monies through projects back into the economy to stimulate it is nothing short of lunatic, because one billion dollars in the hands of consumers will be spent much faster and will be more beneficial to a wider cross-section of society than if it landed in the hands of two or three businesses who won the Minister’s contracts.Finally, the Finance Minister should realise that he has lost the confidence of the Private Sector. Even if he spends the one billion dollars he receives in VAT on his pet projects, the contractors sure as hell aren’t going to invest in the hope of getting increased business in an overtaxed economy with a Finance Minister schooled in taxing to spend. The money therefore finds itself lodged in the banks accounts of these contractors, who look to the next contract. The Minister has had more than ample free advice to get things right. It is very clear by now whether he and his policies will sink or swim.Faithfully,Lance Cumberbatchlast_img read more

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Tusker Youth team to conduct Trials

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgThe process will be conducted by the Tusker Youth team coaches and will be strictly monitored to avoid age cheating and any other malpractices.Candidates are requested to carry with them their original birth certificate and the photocopy, their identification cards and if in school, a document proving the same.Those from outside Nairobi are requested to find friends or relatives who can accommodate them since the team will not carter for it. Players will be selected on merit.Started in 2012, the youth team was formed with an aim of identifying players with excellent football skills and assisting them in achieving their football ambition while also empowering them with academic enrichment.The team is tasked to produce quality players for the Tusker senior team and also contribute to various clubs in the country.The youth team actively participates in year round Aberdares Branch FKF Regional League.The newly recruited U-20 team will reinforce the other players to play in the Kenya Premier League U-20tournament at a date to be announced later and the league matches.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC Youth team will conduct Trials from Thursday to November 5 at the team’s training Ground in Ruaraka.PHOTO/Tusker FC Youth FacebookNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Tusker FC Youth team will conduct trials for talented footballers in a bid to reinforce the under 20 team.The selection will be conducted at the Ruaraka Sports Complex starting Thursday to Saturday with a probability of a friendly match on the same weekend.last_img read more

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West Moberly First Nations pursued cleaner energy with Provincial support

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Fourteen First Nations pursued cleaner energy in 2018 with support from the provincial government.West Moberly First Nations received $150,000 for the construction of a biomass conversion project to make the Twin Sister Native Plant Nursery more energy efficient.The 14 Indigenous-driven projects were supported by the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), with $2.49 million invested in run-of-river hydropower, solar farms, energy-efficiency plans and numerous feasibility studies.- Advertisement -The fund, which focuses on providing support and access for remote communities, reducing reliance on diesel generators and remote electrification, help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and support the transition to clean energy for communities throughout the province.In Budget 2019, CleanBC investments include $18 million to work with Indigenous and remote communities to move to cleaner energy sources. These initiatives are in addition to the projects already announced.Applications for the next First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund intake will be accepted until the end of May 2019.Advertisement “Since having our Aboriginal title recognized, we have been looking for diverse opportunities within our territory. The development and operation of this solar farm is not only useful for the area, but also brings employment and training to our Nation. As a Nation, we have always said that to do business with us, you need to come through our doors and sit at the table in a meaningful way. The solar farm is a great example of that.” Chief Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chairman“First Nations are moving forward with greener alternatives, such as solar, in meeting their energy needs. This work is an important part of our CleanBC strategy and supports self-determination. All of us in every area of the province have an important part to play in putting B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.” Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliationlast_img read more

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‘Concierge’ doctors say patients get more time

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After practicing medicine for 25 years, Dr. Jeffrey Duckham was almost ready to hang up his stethoscope. The high cost of maintaining a solo family practice, coupled with low reimbursement rates from insurers, required the Silicon Valley doctor to maintain a roster of 2,500 patients to stay in business. He couldn’t give people the time that he thought they deserved and that his training taught him they needed, he said. “Our whole office staff felt it was becoming more and more like a treadmill,” said Duckham, 56. Unwilling to wait for a government fix, Duckham performed emergency surgery on his practice. He cut ties to insurance companies, slashed his caseload and began charging an annual fee for his services. This made him one of a growing number of fed-up primary-care physicians moving into what is being called “concierge medicine.” As several states push plans for providing universal health care, concierge doctors nationwide are choosing to see fewer patients and focusing their professional skills on those who are willing to pay for more personalized care. The trend worries health care advocates who say it further divides the country into those who can afford good medicine and those who can’t. But unlike the fee-for-service doctors of a decade ago who set out to serve a niche market of affluent consumers and charged up to $25,000 a year, today’s concierge doctors say they’re forging a free-market future that will save primary-care medicine for everyone. “We think that this is really a model that can transition to every primary-care physician in the United States,” said Dr. Edward Goldman, co-founder of Boca Raton, Fla.-based MDVIP Inc., which franchises its concierge prototype to doctors like Duckham. Under MDVIP’s plan, patients paying about $1,500 a year are guaranteed an annual 1.5-hour physical, a follow-up visit, a personal wellness plan and same or next-day appointments lasting at least 30 minutes when they get sick. MDVIP physicians can have no more than 600 patients under their care at one time. Patients would still need insurance or some other way to pay for additional expenses such as medications, hospital stays and visits to specialists. Concierge doctors say longer appointments give them time they never used to have, when they were dealing with HMOs and managed-care plans,to focus on illness prevention and early detection. The emphasis on prevention saves the U.S. health care system money, backers of concierge medicine argue, making their yearly fees look cheap by comparison. Little information exists on whether or not concierge medicine actually produces healthier patients. It’s a question that could soon be on the minds of more consumers. Procter and Gamble Co. recently purchased a minority stake in MDVIP, which could herald a potentially big marketing push for concierge care. Critics contend that by favoring wealthier patients who don’t have to rely on insurance, the rise of concierge practices merely pushes the United States closer to becoming a country where quality health care is available only to the affluent. “This is basically the way medicine works in a Third World country. There’s no acknowledgment of any universal right to health care,” said David Barton Smith, a professor of health care management at Temple University. Doctors with MDVIP claim that, when broken down to dollars per day, their $1,500 annual fee costs little more than a daily espresso or pack of cigarettes. And, according to Goldman, the approach shows results, with hospital and emergency room visits down 50 to 70 percent among MDVIP’s 55,000 patients, compared with those covered by traditional managed care plans. Smith argues those figures are skewed because customers who can afford concierge care already need to go to the hospital less often than poorer patients, creating a self-selecting sample. Whatever its value for patients, critics and supporters agree that the rise of concierge medicine comes at a time when primary care in the U.S. is in crisis. According to the American College of Physicians, which represents some 120,000 primary care physicians, an increasing shortage of general practitioners is forcing more patients on already overburdened doctors. The deficit has been precipitated by the same stress and financial difficulties drove Duckham into concierge medicine in the first place, according to a 2006 report by the doctors’ group. Burned-out older doctors are retiring early, the report said, while new medical school graduates with huge student loan debts are favoring more lucrative specialties like cardiology and anesthesiology. The concierge approach of trimming patient loads might seem likely to exacerbate the shortage of primary care doctors. But practitioners think less-hurried working conditions can attract new doctors to the field by showing them that primary care can still be practiced like the family doctors of old. When he opened his own practice in 2003, Dr. James Taylor of San Rafael, Calif., became one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first concierge doctors, although he prefers the term “retainer-based medicine,” saying “concierge” implies a practice is only for the rich. Taylor, who follows the $1,500-a-year MDVIP model, has about 460 patients on his roster and sees eight to 12 a day, down from the 25 to 35 patients he previously saw in a conventional practice. His overhead consists of his small office in a chic Marin County loft, a receptionist and a physician’s assistant. After covering costs, Taylor said he earns about $140,000 a year, slightly below the national average for a general practitioner. He said his job satisfaction is higher than it was before 2003. His patients are not “rich, old sick people” but mostly clients of modest means who are “sick and tired of being bounced around” during rushed appointments and receiving little personal attention, he said. Taylor’s job satisfaction is higher, too. It’s time with patients, not the money, that keeps him in the profession after 17 years. “I feel more like a real doctor,” he said.last_img read more

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Garciaparra to give it a shot

By on January 3, 2020

first_img “When he hits, it will be because runners are in scoring position, and it could make a difference in the game. That way, it won’t be a matter whether he can run at full speed.” Garciaparra is hitting .404 with runners in scoring position, the primary reason why club officials are willing to take this risk. And it is a risk, especially since instinct tends to take over when a player puts a ball in play. “I have to be pretty smart and not go out of the box quickly,” Garciaparra said. “One little false step or hard step, and I’m back at square one where I was before. We just want to continue moving forward.” Both Garciaparra and Little said they are confident Garciaparra’s calf will heal enough in the less than four weeks remaining in the regular season that he eventually will be able to run at full speed and possibly return to the starting lineup. Though a lot of that might depend on how rookie Andy LaRoche performs at third base in Garciaparra’s absence. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER CHICAGO – Doubles might become singles, and infield singles might become ground outs. But for better or worse, the Dodgers activated Nomar Garciaparra from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, satisfied that his left calf had healed sufficiently to allow him to fill a narrowly defined role off the bench. “To be honest, it would be a game-saving, pinch-hitting situation, where him getting farther than first base wouldn’t be that important,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “When (Garciaparra) is able to run, we’ll see,” Little said. “We’re not sure when that will be.” Crowded house The activation of Garciaparra and the call-up of five more players – pitchers Eric Hull and Eric Stults, infielders Tony Abreu and Wilson Valdez and outfielder Delwyn Young, all from triple-A Las Vegas – gives the Dodgers 36 players for the rest of the regular season, far more than most clubs carry for the stretch run. Little said each player will serve some purpose. “Every one of them is here because we think they can do one thing for us to help us win one game, whether it’s defense, pinch running, saving the bullpen,” Little said. “Anything can happen. “It’s a good opportunity for these young guys to come up here and show us what they can do. The opportunities are possibly going to be few and far between, but they will get a lot of work before batting practice each day. “They will be ready when they get the opportunity.” Valdez wasn’t on the 40-man roster, so in order to clear a spot for him, the Dodgers moved lefty Hong-Chih Kuo from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day. Kuo’s scheduled bullpen session was canceled when he experienced discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow, but neither Little nor trainer Stan Conte termed that a setback. Despite the move, Kuo is eligible to return any time because he was on the 15-day DL longer than 60 days. Still, another 40-man spot would have to be cleared before he could be activated. Odds and ends Before returning to the majors, Young hit his 54th double in Las Vegas’ season-ending win at Salt Lake on Sunday, tying the modern Pacific Coast League record set by Tulsa’s Walt “No Neck” Williams in 1966. … Double-A Jacksonville’s season-ending loss to Montgomery left all but one of the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates shut out of the league playoffs. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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WATCH: Player gets sent off… and HOSPITALISES the referee!

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgFootballers understandably get frustrated when shown a red card, even if they deserve to be sent off.But few players have ever reacted in the manner Leonardo Vera did when dismissed in the Quilmes v Sportivo Norte game in Argentina, for allegedly swearing at the referee.Rather than simply shouting at the match official, Vera decided to BEAT UP Silvio Ruiz – laying three serious punches on the ref which reportedly sent him to hospital after the game was cancelled.However, with ultimate coolness, Ruiz simply walked away from the attack off the field of play, leaving the Quilmes players with the task of restraining a still very irate Vera.You can watch the footage above…last_img read more

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Kevin Cassidy joins management of TG4 ‘Underdogs’

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgKEVIN CASSIDY has joined the management team for the latest series of TG4’s ‘Underdogs’.Former Donegal star Cassidy – who won Ulster and Donegal SFC titles with his club, Gaoth Dobhair in 2018 – is part of a management team that includes former Kerry manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan and former Cork ladies star Valerie Mulcahy.The series sees footballers gather for trials with the aim of becoming part of the Underdogs team which will then go on to face of the country’s top sides. Participating players can’t have played senior inter-county football.Each week, one or more players are released from the panel ahead of a match on October 26th.Details, including the opposition, venue and throw-in time for that game have yet to be announcedThe game will be broadcast live on TG4’s GAA Beo on Saturday 26th October 2019. Last year, the Underdogs took on Dublin XV at Parnell Park and lost heavily.The show returns to TG4 next Thursday, 12 September at 9:30pm . It will be repeated on Sunday 15 September at 5:50pm, after the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Finals.Kevin Cassidy joins management of TG4 ‘Underdogs’ was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth DobhairKevin CassidyTG4Underdogslast_img read more

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McTominay reveals he felt conflicted watching Liverpool win Champions League

By on December 25, 2019

first_img Fans go wild as Liverpool celebrate their Champions League victory with bus parade The Red Devils finished a staggering 31 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League this season.They will subsequently compete in the Europa League next term, as the Reds defend their Champions League crown.And McTominay, who has been with United since the age of five, could barely watch as Jordan Henderson held the famous trophy aloft.“I’m a Man United man through and through so I can’t lie it wasn’t easy, it was a tough watch,” McTominay told the Herald. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 8.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals 1 LIVE ON talkSPORT gameday cracker REPLY Andy Robertson helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet on Saturday night Portugal vs Switzerland (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNetherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img no dice “If that’s not inspiration for the whole team right there I don’t know what is.“He’s done incredibly well and that’s my aim – to be replicating something like that winning big trophies and hopefully playing in major tournaments in the future with Scotland.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS However, the 22-year-old was able to salvage one positive from the night, with his compatriot Robertson playing a starring role in Madrid.He added: “It was still good to see a fellow Scotsman on the pitch and beautiful to see what he’s gone through from 2012 to now.“It’s amazing for him and we’re relishing getting him back and hopefully kicking on in a Scotland jersey. Getty talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay admits he struggled to watch bitter rivals Liverpool lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday night – but he was delighted for Andy Robertson.The Reds won their sixth European Cup with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham to cap off a remarkable season, while United will still be reflecting on their dreadful campaign. LATEST Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

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Robbie Neilson says Hearts don’t have a discipline problem

By on December 24, 2019

first_img“I think the Augustyn one against Hibs, that wasn’t a second yellow. The McGhee one at Dundee United last week wasn’t a second yellow. “So I can’t fault the players. I look at the two incidents and for me they shouldn’t be sent off. So no, I don’t think there’s a problem there.“The referee makes the decision when he’s out there and there’s nothing you can do about it. “I was disappointed with the outcome of both of them, but we just need to accept them and move on.” Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has defended his players, insisting that the Jam Tarts don’t have a discipline problem.The Tynecastle side have been reduced to 10 men in each of their last two matches – against Dundee United and in the Scottish Cup replay loss to Hibernian.But Neilson rejects the notion that his players have an issue with controlling themselves on the pitch after the dismissal of Blazej Augustyn and Jordan McGhee in back-to-back matches.“Not at all,” he said when asked if it was a problem in his view. Hearts currently find themselves in third place in the Premiership table, and Neilson has underlined the targets he set for his side.“The objective for the season was to get top six,” he reiterated. “That’s still not secured yet so we need to try and secure it. “Once we do that we try and aim as high as we can. At the moment we’re aiming for Aberdeen and we’re going to try and get as close as possible to them.”last_img read more

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