Amid Ginebra’s injury woes, Cone expects more from Ferrer, Mariano

first_imgBarangay Ginebra has not been the picture of excellence with its current situation in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We wanted them to step up but they just haven’t been capable of playing in the level we want them to yet.”Ginebra faced Phoenix without 7-foot center Greg Slaughter, who is recovering from a strained hamstring he suffered in practice, and forward Joe Devance, who is still recuperating from a foot surgery.What’s left of the team is a bench that has yet to fill in the gap of the two big men.“We’re grasping at straws and see who steps up and plays well but we’re not finding any straws,” said Cone whose team mustered to outscore Phoenix 29-12 in the fourth but still came up short.“It’s been a tough stretch, you don’t want to play this badly when you got a couple of guys go down. You still want to come out.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Gin Kings just lost in disappointing fashion to Phoenix, 87-82, in the PBA Philippine Cup and that blow saw them slip to their third straight loss for a 2-3 record.And as Ginebra continues to struggle with injuries, head coach Tim Cone said his remaining players isn’t hauling the weight he expected them to do.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We haven’t played well. We haven’t responded well to being undermanned. We expected guys to step up specifically Aljon [Mariano] and Kevin [Ferrer],” said Cone Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Phoenix holds on as Ginebra comeback fizzles  Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Air Force looks to modernize its aging fleet

first_imgEdwards already has been looking for ways to work more efficiently. The base’s military personnel have dipped from about 3,000 to 2,150, with the biggest change resulting from converting 900 military positions into about 450 civilian posts. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The average age of an Air Force aircraft is 24 years old, Carlson noted. The average is 48 years old for the Air Force’s KC-15E tankers, the flying fuel stations that keep other aircraft airborne, he said. The Air Force aims to retire older aircraft and use the money saved from maintaining and operating those planes for newer technologies. Retiring the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and the F-117 stealth fighter could provide $2 billion in savings, he said. Congress is blocking the retirement of the U-2 until it can be proved that its capabilities can be replaced by other aircraft. The F-117, however, is in the process of being phased out. Of 52 of the fighters, six have already been retired, four more will be retired this year, and the rest will be retired between 2008 and 2009. The F-117 is worked on in Palmdale by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. The retirements won’t result in any layoffs, however, because work is picking up on other programs, including parts work in support of the F-22 and F-35 fighter programs, company spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said. Edwards will see cuts, but the extent remains to be seen, said Maj. Gen. Curt Bedke, Edwards commander. LANCASTER – The Air Force will be drawing down its ranks and investing in newer aircraft as it tries to meet the emerging threats around the world, according to a key Air Force general. The Air Force plans to reduce its ranks by 57,500 airmen by 2011. The savings from that drawdown will be invested in updating aircraft, said Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, which includes Edwards Air Force Base. He said some Air Force planes still in service are more than 50 years old. “We simply have to re-capitalize the fleet to be ready to fight the next war,” Carlson said in a recent interview. Carlson’s command is responsible for buying, testing and maintaining the service’s aircraft. The command has 10 bases, with 73,000 people, and manages about 37 percent of the Air Force budget. last_img read more

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Swamp fire burns on

first_imgHundreds of residents from cities up to 100 miles apart have fled their homes for short periods. In Florida, thick curtains of smoke have briefly closed sections of two busy interstate highways, I-10 and I-75. Inside the swamp, it is so dry that water levels are as much as 2 feet below normal and flames have ample fuel of gallberry, wax myrtle, palmetto and other shrubs and grasses. Thick layers of peat can smolder and burn like charcoal, even several feet beneath the ground. In those conditions, wildfires can burn for months. “We’re hoping, praying and doing rain dances to bring that early precipitation,” said Bill Whitaker, owner of the Inn at Folkston on the Okefenokee’s eastern edge. “There’s not a lot you can do.” But Rick Connell, a long-term fire analyst with the U.S. Forest Service, said that given the extended forecast, the area probably will not get a drenching until hurricane season peaks, perhaps between August and October or November. The first giant fire started April 16 when a tree fell onto a power line near Waycross. A second blaze was ignited by lightning in the swamp May 5 and rapidly spread into Florida. The Okefenokee needs periodic fires to purge vegetation that would otherwise turn the swamp into a forest. The firefighters’ main task is to keep the flames from spreading to homes and commercial timberland. Bill Kitchens, an operations chief for the Okefenokee firefighters, said it should take at least another week before bulldozer crews finish plowing and fortifying control lines around the swamp’s perimeter of more than 200 miles. Barring extreme wind gusts, that would cut off the flames from fuel outside the Okefenokee. More than 1,360 firefighters are battling the blazes, with help coming from other states, including fire crews from Texas and firetrucks from California. Fire officials worry that the outside help could evaporate once the summer wildfire season heats up in the West. “California’s probably going to explode at some point this summer and states like Nevada and Colorado are in drought conditions,” Ruggiero said. “There is a potential for property and lives to be at risk because there’s not enough firetrucks.” Alan Dozier, forest protection chief for the Georgia Forestry Commission, said he has had to send six bulldozers and two strike teams from Florida back home because of fires there. “If we don’t calm down here pretty quick, we’re going to be in a tug-of-war for some of the resources we’re using,” he said. In 2002, a wildfire in the Okefenokee burned nearly 20 square miles before rain doused it almost a year later. Between July 1954 and July 1955, at least five blazes scorched an estimated 56 square miles of the Okefenokee and surrounding timberland. Summer rains finally ended those destructive fires. Johnny Hickox, 82, helped fight the mid-1950s fires as a bulldozer operator for the Georgia Forestry Commission. He said most of the swamp’s northern acreage hadn’t burned since the 1950s, and on recent Okefenokee treks he ran into areas where vegetation had grown so thick he could not get his boat through.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOLKSTON, Ga. – Mark Ruggiero has 400 firefighters, 56 engines, 49 bulldozers and nine helicopters under his command. And that still won’t be enough to snuff out the wildfires that have shrouded the Okefenokee Swamp in smoke and flame for the past month. His only hope is a big rainstorm just shy of a hurricane. And it could be months before that happens. “The fire will burn in the swamp until we get a tropical depression that will drop 9 to 10 inches of rain,” said Ruggiero, who has been directing firefighters headquartered at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. “That’s what it’s going to take.” The worst wildfires in Georgia since the 1950s have blackened more than 600 square miles of dried-out forest and swampland in drought-stricken southeastern Georgia and northern Florida. Commercial timber losses are estimated to be at least $30 million. last_img read more

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Iowa pumpkin tax shows not all government innovation is welcome

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In other words, they’re for fun, which is taxable, not food, which is not. Now that’s right up there with declaring a phony emergency to enact a new phone tax, or raising utility rates to subsidize city government. It’s the sort of conduct we’ve come to expect from City Hall, and apparently it’s all too common elsewhere, too. This is the kind of government innovation we can live without. Iowa pumpkin tax shows not all government innovation is welcome PLEASE don’t alert Los Angeles City Hall about what Iowa did this Halloween. Someone might get ideas about how to collect even more taxpayer money to waste. In another act of government innovation, the Iowa Department of Revenue decided to collect sales tax on pumpkins this year by declaring them recreational purchases rather than sustenance. Despite the fact that pumpkins are actually food items, and do contribute to such very important dishes as pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin soup, most folks around October purchase them for use as jack-o’-lanterns. 160Want 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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MORE NATIONAL AWARDS FOR FINN VALLEY AC

first_imgAthletics Ireland stage their annual national awards dinner Saturday evening next in Tullamore and based on 2015 performances Finn Valley AC and a number of their outstanding young athletes are to be honoured.The Drifter cup awarded to the best T/F club based on outdoor and indoor results during the year will see Valley retaining it yet another time with club registrar Castlefinn coach Dermot Mc Granaghan stepping up to collect same.The club had an outstanding season nationally outscoring Leevale , Cork both indoor and outdoor. Additionally James Kelly is to receive the award as best young thrower nationally after a record breaking season for the young Royal &Prior schoolboy from St Johnston.Interesting to note that older brother John had received this trophy a number of years agoFinally Sommer Lecky from Castlederg a student at Strabane Grammer is the recipient of the outstanding athlete in the county category based on again excellent performances at home and abroad topped off with a pb jump in Georgia at European youth olympics which saw her collect bronze 1.80m.  MORE NATIONAL AWARDS FOR FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by John2Share 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:ACfinn valleynational awardslast_img read more

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England ace reveals Three Lions have been working on set-pieces

first_img Both of Stones’ goals came from set-piece situations 2 Loftus-Cheek helped England to their 6-1 victory Two of Kane’s goals were scored from the penalty spot, while Stones netted first from a corner and then from a free-kick.Lingard’s strike, the fifth of the game, was England’s seventh of this World Cup, but their first scored from a true open play situation; both goals in last week’s defeat of Tunisia were also from set-pieces.Gareth Southgate’s side have shown themselves as the most adept side at set-pieces at this tournament, and Loftus-Cheek – who played the full 90 minutes against Panama – has revealed England have been working on such situations in training.“It was a great day for us,” the Chelsea midfielder told talkSPORT. “We’ve said before ‘let’s do it for the fans’ and get it over the line so the pressure is not on us for the Belgium game.“We came out fast, and the first half was nearly perfect I would say.“We’re such a threat now on set-pieces that we’ve been working on for a while. Everything came out in the game. 2 “The work we’ve put in as a team, we are definitely getting the rewards.“As a team we cant wait to get onto the business end [of the tournament].”Loftus-Cheek assisted Kane’s hat-trick goal in Nizhny Novgorod, with the 22-year-old’s shot deflecting off the back of Kane’s boot and looping into the back of the net.It was the kind of goal that could only be scored by a player in brilliant form – Kane has five goals in two matches at the tournament – and Loftus-Cheek praised his captain.He added: “He’s got that luck. I’m delighted for him… it was a great game for him.“He’s such a threat on set-pieces; when he gets the penalty you’ve got no doubt he’ll put it in the back of the net.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed England have been working on set-pieces in training following four of their goals against Panama coming from dead-ball situations.The Three Lions recorded their biggest ever World Cup win on Sunday afternoon by defeating Panama 5-1, with Harry Kane netting a hat-trick and Jesse Lingard and John Stones also getting on the score sheet.last_img read more

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Chelsea make approach to sign Liverpool target

first_img TOP WORK Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals last season Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND REVEALED moving on The Blues are said to be the club most willing to match Roma’s £62million (€70m) valuation of Alisson, while the Serie A club are ready to sanction the transfer. LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea have entered the race for Liverpool target Alisson, according to reports.Alisson, the Roma and Brazil goalkeeper, is expected to leave Serie A this summer having established himself as one of the finest glovesman in world football over the last campaign. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets 2 RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The goalkeeper is currently representing Brazil at the World Cup Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets three-way race The move for Alisson comes amid uncertainty over Thibaut Courtois‘ future at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international has one year left on his contract in west London, and there has been no indication he will pen an extension, leading to suggestions he will be sold this summer. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 The 25-year-old, who is currently representing his nation at the World Cup, has been a long-term target of Liverpool’s, while European Cup winners Real Madrid have also emerged as holding an interest in the keeper.However, according to Marca, Chelsea have now entered the race for Alisson, and they look most likely to secure the Brazilian’s signature.last_img read more

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Google Integrates BigQuery with Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets

first_imgklint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? “Assuming it does what it says on the label, this opens up a lot of technology problems to bootstrapped startups that previously required serious funding to tackle,” big data expert and frequent ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden told us when BigQuery and the Prediction API were first announced at Google IO last summer.For more information on BigQuery, check out Rohit Garg’s First look at Google BigQuery. Garg explains how it works and what some of the limitations are.Google also recently updatedGoogle Refine, a tool for cleaning up messy datasets. Together BigQuery, Prediction API and Refine could make a powerful toolset for big data analysis. Google is integrating its BigQuery web service with Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets. BigQuery enables developers to use Google’s infrastructure to run SQL-like queries on very large datasets. By combining BigQuery with Apps Script and Spreadsheets, users will now be able visualize big data. Unfortunately BigQuery is still in a preview stage, with access limited to a few test users. However, when this stuff hits the public it could go a long way towards the democratization of big data. Tags:#hack#Tools 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Goa Cong. protests Cabinet meet at AIIMS

first_imgAddressing a press conference at its party headquarters, Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar on Saturday said the BJP is forced to continue with Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister because he is privy to many details about the Rafale deal.The Congress party objected to a cabinet meeting of the Goa government that took place last Friday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in Delhi where Mr. Parrikar is under treatment and claimed that there is a constitutional breakdown in Goa.For a full time CMMr Chodankar said either the BJP should appoint a full time Chief Minister or take a floor test to prove its majority.“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that Manohar Parrikar ji was the Defence Minister when the Rafale deal was struck. As the Defence Minister, many files were with him, many documents were with him. We have no doubt that the moment the Prime Minister or the BJP President pressurises him or tries to remove him, Manohar Parrikar will not keep quiet. He will reveal all these information which can expose our Prime Minister,” the Goa Congress chief told reporters.He said though the Congress party wishes a speedy recovery to Mr Parrikar, governance in the State has been paralysed for nine months. “They [BJP] had sent one team to Goa about 15 days back and they had promised to the people of Goa a new Chief Minister. They held meetings, met the allies and then suddenly Amit Shah ji tweeted Mr Parrikar will continue even as governance has come to a standstill,”Mr Chodankar.Governor silentHe said though Congress leaders had met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha several times, she was yet to take a decision. “We have been demanding with the honourable Governor to call for a one day session to prove the majority. Even BJP president in Goa Vinay Tendulkar has said they did not have majority since three MLAs are in hospital…We can prove our majority in one day,” Mr Chodankar said.last_img read more

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Lokpal Bill: Congress takes the fight to civil society camp

first_imgPushed to a corner, the Congress has now decided to come out fighting against Team Anna. The party has decided to adopt a tough stand against the civil society members and has advised the government to draft only one Lokpal Bill and then hold a series of discussions in the cabinet, the Parliament, the standing committee and with other political parties.The shift comes in the wake of growing endorsement of its view from leaders such as Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad, among others.The UPA allies – NCP, DMK and Trinamool Congress – too have asked the party to take a stern stand against the civil society members saying “pandering to them beyond a point is dangerous to parliamentary democracy”, a source said.Hours after Anna Hazare threatened to go on another fast, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and HRD minister Kapil Sibal had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he is understood to have discussed the issues.It is believed that Congress leaders have advised the PM that there is no need to capitulate before a bunch of “self-styled” civil society members.Digvijay, who claimed the meeting was a routine affair, said the government should prepare one report. Asked about the differences between Team Anna and the government, he said: “There can be unanimity on many provisions. You can give two or three options. Intentions of both sides should not be suspected.”The government has an open mind but the civil society members should also understand that there is a Parliament that frames rules. All their concerns could be discussed by the Parliament, standing committee and political parties.” Being pushed to the wall till recently, the party now feels that while the government has walked the extra mile to engage them, the civil society members themselves have exposed their “political leanings”. “If they insist that only their draft should be adopted, it is not democratic,” AICC spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.advertisementThe party is crafting a two-pronged strategy to deal with what it calls a campaign by ” a section of civil society propped up the BJP- RSS combine” to destabilise the UPA government.While the Centre will try to counter Team Anna through legal, parliamentary and Constitutional means, the party will launch a nationwide campaign to create awareness about the steps taken by the government on various graft cases even as the BJP continues to “shield” its corrupt CMs.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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