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Beau Belga repeats as PBA Obstacle Course champion

first_imgTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Rain or Shine’s big man got up from one epic slide and repeated as the PBA’s Obstacle Course champion during the 2019 All-Star Weekend in Calasiao, Pangasinan Friday.Belga clocked in at 21.0 seconds in the final run, where his only mistake was a missed free throw to finish just 0.3 seconds faster than first runner-up Russell Escoto of Columbian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat, however, wasn’t the most dramatic rise for Belga in the big man challenge.Belga was well ahead of Meralco’s Bryan Faundo in the semifinals before slipping in the course’s chest pass area. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MANILA, Philippines—Beau Belga really does love the dramatic.ADVERTISEMENT Heavy favorite Demetrious Johnson not taking Japanese foe lightly in 1st ONE fight 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 Faundo, though, wasn’t able to take advantage of Belga’s gaffe.“I stepped on the marker and my momentum was going forward and my shoes at the back slipped,” said Belga in Filipino.“When I got down I knew that I’d lose, but when I got up I saw Bryan was still on the passing area.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Jinkee Pacquiao nervous as Manny faces younger Thurman, but ‘he told me to just relax’

first_imgJinkee Pacquaio during the weigh ins for Pacquiao-Thurman. Photo by Mark GiongcoLAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao assured his wife Jinkee that there’s no need to worry when he steps into the ring for his 71st professional fight against undefeated champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.Oddsmakers have Pacquiao as the favorite to win but the Filipino boxing superstar is expected to be in a gauntlet against the bigger and much younger Thurman.ADVERTISEMENT Ernest Obiena plucks another pole vault gold medal in Italy LATEST STORIES READ: Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman make weight ahead of welterweight bout“Manny told me to just relax,” Jinkee said in Filipino before the official weigh-in on Friday. “I’m nervous because there’s a big age difference.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Jinkee has no other predictions than a victory for the eight-division champion. Her other wish is for the fighting senator to be safe and sound after the bout.“Of course, he will win. I’m just praying that he will be safe after the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted READ: If Jinkee Pacquiao had her way, no more boxing for MannyTheir two sons Jimuel and Michael, however, foresee a resounding victory over Thurman.Jimuel, the eldest who has aspirations of becoming a world champion boxer as well, sees a late-round stoppage while Michael predicts a TKO win in the middle rounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ship may have carried dead whale into port

first_imgThe 72-foot behemoth was discovered by the U.S. Coast Guard early Saturday in Long Beach harbor’s West Basin, near the SeaLaunch marine terminal. The adult male was the first of two dead blue whales found in Southern California waters in recent days, with a second male found floating in the Santa Barbara Channel early Tuesday by marine researchers. While it’s unclear what killed the two creatures, authorities speculate they may have been accidentally struck by ships. An inspection of the harbor carcass, however, did not reveal any signs of injury and officials said it’s possible the whale died naturally before being picked up on the bow of a ship making its way into the massive port complex. “There’s really no other way it would have got into the harbor on its own,” said Dave Janiger of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who inspected the carcass before it was towed to sea and disposed of. SEALIFE: First of two carcasses found in the state in last week was near Terminal Island. By Kristopher Hanson STAFF WRITER Authorities believe a giant blue whale found floating lifeless near Terminal Island may have been dragged into port unknowingly by a cargo ship. “It was likely towed into port on the bow of a ship, and the ship’s skipper probably didn’t even realize it.” Although blue whales – the largest mammals on Earth – can weigh up to 150 tons, they wouldn’t necessarily cause much drag for a giant container ship, Janiger explained. “The captain might notice the ship slowing down a knot or two, but it might not be noticeable at all,” Janiger said. The National Marine Fisheries Services estimates only a few blue whales are struck by ships annually, and said they typically stay out of shipping lanes in Southern California waters. Blue whales are an internationally protected species and tampering with or intentionally killing them is a felony in the United States. The whales typically move through local waters twice a year while migrating north for feeding and south to mate off the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica. NMFS coordinator Joe Cordero said Thursday that an unusually large number of blue whales have been spotted off the Southern California coast in the Santa Barbara Channel this year, indicating their food supply is abundant in the area. “The numbers are higher than normal, but we’re not sure exactly why,” Cordero said. “They’re hanging around a little longer and in larger numbers than typical.” Tissue samples from the whale carcass found in the local harbor were taken before it was towed about 10 miles outside the breakwater for disposal at sea, said Port of Long Beach spokesman Art Wong. kristopher.hanson@presstelegram.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

Red Devils without two key players

first_imgRobin van Persie and Angel Di Maria have been ruled out of Manchester United’s trip to face Crystal Palace.The two key players for United have been struggling for form recently, most notably Red Devil’s record signing Di Maria.Dutch forward Van Persie also missed a penalty in the defeat to West Brom last week, and boss Louis van Gaal has been forced to leave both players out of the squad to face the Eagles.The club confirmed in the match build-up that Di Maria picked up an unspecified problem during training on Wednesday, while Van Persie is a victim of a virus which has reportedly swept through the squad this week.Man Utd starting XI: de Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, RooneySubs: Valdes, Evans, McNair, Pereira, Januzaj, Falcao, WilsonCrystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, McArthur, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, MurraySubs: Campbell, Hennessey, Mutch, Lee, Chamakh, Kelly, PuncheonTune in from 5:30pm for commentary of Crystal Palace v Manchester United EXCLUSIVELY on talkSPORT! 1 Van Persie last_img read more

Handheld hazard

first_imgTHOSE who are opposed to proposed legislation banning driving while holding a cell phone say the bill can’t do anything about the larger problem of inattentive drivers. Well, no, it can’t. Until they invent a gizmo that can force people to pay attention in safety-challenged situations, nothing can stop that. But that’s not a sound argument against a bill that would ban California motorists from using handheld cell phones while driving. Everyone with a working set of eyes can see that when drivers use handheld cell phones – as opposed to one of the various technologies that allows them to talk hands-free – their driving skills suffer. Sometimes to fatal effect. According to Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, it’s even worse than that: Handheld cell phones are the No. 1 distraction that leads to car crashes. 160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.If that’s true, it’s good enough reason to push drivers toward one of the many, and reasonably priced, hands-free options available. Most people can purchase an ear bud for their cell phone for less than the cost of one tank of gas. This bill is really just a nudge to civilized behavior. No one’s car will be impounded for using a handheld cell phone. The first infraction is a $20 fine, and motorists are exempted in cases of an emergency. Besides, with rising popularity of the wireless cell phone ear-bud technology, by the time this legislation takes effect, on Jan. 1, 2008, there might be few handheld phones left to regulate. If a ban propels that ongoing trend, all the better. Southern California drivers have enough to worry about negotiating the congested freeways and roads. State legislators ought to endorse SB 1613, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ought to make good on his promise to sign it into law. Then, maybe we can talk about those TV screens so popular in cars now.last_img read more

St Mirren allow manager Jack Ross to hold Sunderland talks

first_imgSt Mirren have given manager Jack Ross permission to hold talks with Sunderland.The recently relegated English League One side want the Manager of the Year to replace Chris Coleman.Earlier on Wednesday, St Mirren refuted claims the Championship-winning boss had agreed terms with the Wearside club, insisting no approach had been made.But later they issued a statement confirming that permission had been granted. It read: “St Mirren Football Club can confirm we received a formal approach from Sunderland AFC this afternoon for permission to speak to our manager Jack Ross.“After agreeing to our terms we have reluctantly given them permission to speak to Jack about their vacant managers position.”Sunderland’s new chairman Stewart Donald told Talksport on Wednesday morning: “On the manager front, we have agreed literally this morning, so we are just drawing up contracts with the man we want.“I am expecting there to be news on that very soon. “We’ve agreed terms and literally the contracts are with the lawyers.“The man in question is absolutely thrilled, which is what we want, and I’m absolutely delighted that he’s coming, so that’s exciting for us.“I’m hoping that by the end of the day, we can reveal that.”last_img read more

Many domestic violence related calls don’t result in charges

first_imgThe Chatham-Kent Police Service receives hundreds of reports of domestic violence related incidents in a year, but many do not result in charges.A report on the court services section, which was part of an overall administrative support branch year-end report presented to the police services board on Tuesday, stated 1,760 domestic violence-related incidents were reported in 2018.However, of those occurences, 1,450 were either deemed to be a situation where no offence was alleged or there were not enough grounds to lay a charge.Police services board chair Pat Weaver questioned why about 80 per cent of these calls don’t result in a charge.Insp. Kirk Earley said, “It’s all based on the evidence that the officers gather at the time to make a determination as to what offence has been or has not been committed.”But he told the board if police respond to a domestic violence call and someone alleges they have been assaulted, “a charge is laid no matter what.”Acting Sgt. Ken Lauzon, who is the team lead for court services, said not everyone knows the police have been called to a situation so “officers sometimes arrive before a crime takes place and diffuse the situation.”Charges were laid in 310 of the domestic violence calls police responded to in 2018, resulting in 253 males and 57 females being arrested, according to the court report.Forty-three of those arrested – 38 males and five females – had been previously charged with domestic-related offences, stated the report.The police service is mandated to investigate all domestic violence occurrences, as defined by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. There is a domestic violence co-ordinator assigned to court services, who is responsible for undertaking, managing and reviewing all domestic violence occurrence investigations.Earley said if people see a situation they believe is a concern, they are encouraged to call police.He added having people involved helps with policing the community.Earley said he’s heard several times where residents said they figure police already knew what was going on.“We don’t know everything, so it’s best if they do see something suspicious, but they’re not sure, please call in,” the inspector said.He added these calls are not a waste of time, “that’s our job.”Statistics provided to the board showed charges laid for various types of assault increased in 2018 from 2017. There were 263 assaults last year, compared to 192 in 2017.Assault with a weapon charges jumped to 73 from 64 and sexual assault charges increased to 15 from 13. There was also one charge of sexual assault with a weapon in 2018 compared none the year before.The number of charges laid in 2018 for such offences as uttering threats (98), mischief (69), forcible confinement (32), criminal harassment (21), firearms (3) and choking (2), were all higher than in 2017. read more

The story of SA’s black cricketers

first_img24 July 2003“The Story of an African Game”, the first book to cover in detail the history and experiences of black African cricketers in South Africa, was launched in Pretoria this week.Drawing on rare 19th century African-language newspaper sources, family photo albums and extensive interviews, author Professor Andre Odendaal provides an intimate account of a rich cricketing culture that began with the establishment of the first black mission school cricket sides and clubs in the 1850s.Odendaal demonstrates, through colourful stories and vivid photographs, that the game has been played with passion and commitment by black South Africans in inter-town tournaments, village games and national bodies for well over 100 years in a parallel, but largely hidden, tradition to that of their white counterparts.The publication, commissioned by the United Cricket Board of SA, is dedicated to the late Khaya Majola, who served as the UCB’s director of amateur cricket before his death in 2000.In the book, the story of the Majola family emerges as a vivid example of the deep commitments and unshakeable sense of community that sustained African sport during the apartheid years, and of a family who have continued to serve cricket with commitment since unity.Foreword by MandelaIn his foreword to the 370-page coffee-table book, former President Nelson Mandela writes: “During the apartheid era, black people were deliberately erased from history, and their experiences were negated. Now, as we enjoy the benefits of a hard-fought democracy, it is important to correct these exclusions. This book, focusing on one small aspect of our national life, shows how big they have been.”Odendaal “corrects these exclusions” in intricate detail, demonstrating a clear understanding of cricket’s effect on black society for over a century. He traces the game through mission schools like Loveday and Healdtown right through to its contribution to the resistance to apartheid and the creation of unity towards the end of the 20th century.Spanning 150 years, “The Story of an African Game” tells the stories of a previously hidden tradition which stretched the boundaries imposed by an oppressive society.Odendaal played first-class cricket in South Africa and England in the 1980s, and was the only white first-class cricketer to join the non-racial South African Cricket Board during the apartheid years. He received a Presidential Sport Award from President Thabo Mbeki in March.An honorary professor in history and heritage studies at the University of the Western Cape, Odendaal started reading the first isiXhosa newspaper, Imvo Zabantsundu – published in the 1840s – when he was studying for his PhD on the early history of black politics.That is when he came across an Imvo editorial arguing that white South Africans needed to realise that blacks were “rough diamonds” that could become as polished as anybody else in playing cricket, and in all other aspects of life, if given the chance.Odendaal said it was wonderful to be able to celebrate the country’s richness in cricket talent, and the possibilities and potential for the future.Untold storiesReceiving the first copy of the book from UCB CEO Gerald Majola this week, Sport and Recreation Minister Ngconde Balfour said: “Despite the major strides made by the game of cricket, there remained a vacuum of untold stories – until now … The book lays to rest the myths that blacks have no real culture or tradition of cricket and rugby.”Balfour said the book captured the glory, the struggles and the heartache of the country’s unheralded black cricketers.“It is an inspiring story that will both enthrall and inform. In a real sense, it restores and cements the dignity and pride of generations of cricketers who were denied the opportunity to play the game they loved in circumstances that others took for granted.”The book, published by David Philip, will be available in bookshops countrywide from early August. The book’s official launch will be celebrated in the Eastern Cape on Heritage Day, 24 September reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Respectful Yet Professional: A Sample Resignation Letter for a Retail LP Pro

first_imgBuilding a successful loss prevention career requires dedication, hard work, and long hours honing our skills and abilities as we strive to become among the best at what we do. We spend our careers building upon our talents through both performance and professional development. We learn and grow from those who have provided guidance and direction. We build partnerships with our peers throughout the business to optimize our effectiveness in the field. We provide counseling and support to those that are following in our footsteps. We then put it all together to maximize our performance—and value to the organization. This essentially resonates through our reputation, our professional legacy, and a personnel file tucked away in someone’s office.Knowing this, does it make any sense to risk soiling that reputation with a poorly written resignation letter?The world has changed, and few people today spend their adult lives working for the same employer for their entire career. In fact, most will make several moves as they grow professionally. While this may happen for any number of reasons, professional transitions have become a typical occurrence for most in the workforce and one of the many common building blocks that are part of a loss prevention career.- Sponsor – Leave a Positive ImpressionSo you’ve decided to move on. You’ve conducted a successful search and found a position that you feel will move your retail loss prevention career forward in a positive and productive manner. You’re excited about your new position, but anxious over the best way to share the news with your soon-to-be former employer. Even when you know you’re making the right decision, it can still be difficult to leave something that you’ve invested so much time and energy to build. A good resignation letter can make that transition much easier.Sometimes employees feel that they’ve outgrown a position, have become frustrated over a particular aspect of their work environment, or feel compelled to move on for some other reason. In these circumstances, it’s even more important to construct a good resignation letter.Submitting a letter of resignation is more than professional protocol. While the document may serve as the means to notify your employer of your decision to move on, this should also be seen as an opportunity to build upon the things that you’ve accomplished, the relationships that you’ve established, and leave on a positive note. Always attempt to leave on good terms. By leaving a strong and constructive final impression, the resignation letter can provide a degree of closure and help pave the way for you to move on.Tips for Writing the Resignation LetterWhen constructing the resignation letter, there are multiple messages that you want to share. This would typically include:Officially announcing your intention to leave the company. Often, this will convey the weight that was put into the decision and reinforce your message.Providing notice of your last day of work. Two weeks’ notice is often offered; however, this may be a longer or shorter period depending on the position, the needs of the company, and the requirements of the new position.Thanking the employer for the things that were learned. Recognize both the lessons and the relationships by acknowledging what you’ve learned with the company.Briefly commenting on successful performance. A brief overview (1-2 sentences) recognizing what you’ve accomplished can provide a strong and positive footnote to your performance.Voicing your belief that your decision to move on is for professional growth. Acknowledge that you’re making the move for the right reasons, and your belief that the move will help move you along your loss prevention career path.Announcing that your decision is final. Announcing that your decision is final can add additional closure, and remove some of the stress related to attempts to have you stay with the company (although it won’t necessarily stop those attempts).Here is a sample resignation letter that follows these simple steps. Keep the letter brief, professional, courteous, and to the point:Respectfully, after much thought and consideration, I am submitting my resignation as [position] with [company] to accept a new position effective in two weeks [or established time frame]. My last day will be [day and date].It has been a pleasure working with the team at [company], and I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for the many things that I have learned while working with the company. I feel that the partnerships that I’ve made and the lessons that I’ve learned have directly contributed to our improved shrink results and [other performance enhancements] that occurred in my [store, district, region, department, etc…] during my time with the company.I am willing to do what I can to make this transition as smooth as possible, and will work with you and the team at [company] during the transition. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions, or if I can offer any additional assistance as we move forward. However, I have made the decision to pursue the opportunity with the new company in order to further advance my loss prevention career, and it is my final decision to pursue it.Thank you again for the opportunity to work for [company]. I wish you and the entire team all the best and I look forward to staying in touch with you.Sincerely,John SmithEvery attempt should be made to keep the resignation letter—and the resignation in general—both amicable and respectful. The resignation letter should not be used to make disparaging remarks, dissatisfaction with the company or leadership, or frame your tenure with the organization in a negative way.Building a loss prevention career is an ongoing process that requires a steadfast commitment to growth, learning, and professional conduct. During every stage of our career development it is important to keep in mind what we’ve learned and how we got to where we are today. This helps to build relationships that endure and careers that last.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated March 6, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more