Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Jeremiah Taladua came off the bench for the Knights and poured in 13 points and grabbed four rebounds while Renato Ular had himself an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.Soulemane Chabi Yo led the Growling Tigers with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks while Brent Paraiso had 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MANILA, Philippines—Petron-Letran put a stop to Ironcon-University of Santo Tomas’ winning run with a convincing 114-101 win in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kemba Walker gets 43 in possible Charlotte farewell as Hornets eliminated Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart 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 Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Alvin Pasaol took over for the Knights in the final 3:12 of the game, scoring eight of Petron-Letran’s final 16 points.He finished with 27 points and eight rebounds but it was Jerrick Balanza who led all scorers for the Knights with a season-high 34 points with nine rebounds and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Knights also bounced back from their 83-64 loss to Cignal-Ateneo last week and improved to a 4-2 record in the Aspirants Group while the Growling Tigers dropped to 4-1 after their four-game winning start.“I told my team before the game that we joined this league to beat these kinds of teams especially those who have yet to lose,” said Petron-Letran head coach Bonnie Tan. “At least this game showed us that we can bounce back.” MOST READ View comments
Dear Editor,This year’s published results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), with their respective pass rates of 63.39, 92.57 and 48.4 %, demonstrate that students writing these examinations, particularly those who wrote CAPE and the NGSA, have shown improvements in a number of subject areas.The overall CSEC results for 2017, when compared with those for last year, were marginal, while those for NGSA were significant (pass rate of 32.28 % in 2016 to 48.4 % in 2017). They have fallen short of what was desired. However, given the destruction of the educational system over the decades, these developments, in the view of the WPA, provide tangible evidence that decisions and measures implanted in the education sector by former Education Minister Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine over the two years of his stewardship at the Ministry have begun to positively impact the situation.WPA salutes the nation’s children for their success at the CSEC, CAPE and NGSA examinations, and calls on students, parents, teachers, officials and workers in the education sector to redouble their efforts to assist Guyana in regaining its place as a leader in education in the region.The WPA believes that, given the importance of the education sector to the nation’s development, it will be a grave mistake if partisan rather than objective considerations drive the work and development of this most important national Ministry.WPA remains convinced that a mere change of minister is not the solution to the historic challenges that have affected the Ministry of Education for decades. These challenges are a) financial; b) structural; c) deficiencies in human resources; d) wages and salaries constraints; and e) a damaged national education culture. These problems, given their longstanding historic presence, can only be fixed over the medium to long term.WPA is committed to do its part in Guyana’s education drive. We therefore commit to be pro-active on educational matters in the coalition and Government.Sincerely,Working PeoplesAlliance
A father of three on Friday appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court charged with unlawfully wounding one of his sons.Terrence Hopkinson, 51, of Lot 67 Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on August 5, 2016, at Uitvlugt, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Trevor Hopkinson with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.The prosecution contended that on the day of the incident, both the defendant and the virtual complainant (VC) the son, were involved in a heated argument.Reports are that the defendant picked up a piece of wood and dealt the VC several blows about his body. The VC reportedly fell after which the defendant continued to hit him until several persons came to his assistance.He was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was admitted.The matter was reported to the Leonora Police Station and the defendant was arrested and charged.Hopkinson told the Magistrate that his son was being unruly and as such he had to “discipline” him.However, Magistrate Lambert explained to the defendant that there is a difference between discipline and abuse.Hopkinson was granted bail in the sum of ,000 and is scheduled to make a next court appearance on September 16, 2016.
1 Inter Milan are confident of tying up a loan deal for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.The France international is desperate to leave the Etihad this summer after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola.The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Valencia and he is ready to do the same now.Inter are in talks with Man City over a move and, according to Corriere della Sera, are confident a deal will get done.The Italian side are proposing to take the centre-back on a temporary deal for the year, before signing him permanently in 12 months.City are, in principal, happy with that idea but an initial loan fee is yet to be agreed. Eliaquim Mangala in action for Man City
Jose Mourinho has opted for the same side that beat Everton 1 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opted for the same team that beat Everton 4-0 last weekend despite the lethargic nature of their win.Ashley Young continues at left-back with Marouane Fellaini starting in place of the injured Paul Pogba.Marcus Rashford – fresh from his midweek praise after his showing against Burton Albion – will look to be the driving force alongside Romelu Lukaku.Many thought Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino would hand Virgil van Dijk his first competitive start for the Saints since his summer transfer saga but the defender remains on the bench.Confirmed line-ups in full:Southampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Tadic, Davis, Redmond, LongSubstitutes: Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, van Dijk, Gabbiadini, Hojbjerg, PiedManchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, LukakuSubstitutes: Martial, Smalling, Lingard, Carrick, Blind, Romero, Ander Herrera
1 Philippe Coutinho has pledged to continue to do his best for Liverpool but refused to commit his future to the club. The Brazil international was frustrated when his transfer request was rejected in the summer as the club rebuffed three bids from Barcelona. Since then speculation has continued to encircle the 25-year-old, who captained the side and scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow which booked their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow – Jurgen Klopp’s side finish top of Champions League group in styleMany fans noticed that, despite scoring three goals, Coutinho barely raised a smile during his celebrations on Wednesday night, with his Catalan suitors reportedly ready to make another approach. “I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters,” said Coutinho, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season.“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.“Of course a lot happened in the summer but my will is always to play and do the best wherever I am – that has not changed.“I am here [at Liverpool], we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help.”Coutinho’s hat-trick was his first for the club and he hailed the achievement of making the latter stages of the Champions League as a significant moment.“It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool,” he added.“For sure this is my most important hat-trick. In the Champions League it was my first one, I scored one for Brazil but this was more important.” Philippe Coutinho scored three times on Wednesday but barely raised a smile during his celebrations
Having already made all three substitutes Hamilton were forced down to nine men when Darian MacKinnon went off injured deep into stoppage time. AJ Leitch-Smith then slotted home the dramatic late winner. “How angry I am, I can’t describe,” Canning said, who confirmed MacKinnon will undergo a knee scan on Monday to assess the extent of his damage.“First half we scored early and came close again with free-kick from Temps which hit the post. If that had gone in it would have been game over.“But then Temps does something ridiculously stupid. I talk to the boys all week about decision-making and that decision that he makes has cost us the game. Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning blamed David Templeton for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Dundee. Accies were hoping to register their fifth straight win over the Dark Blues and looked on course when the visitors’ Mark O’Hara fired into his own net just 90 seconds in at New Douglas Park. But the tide swung against them when Templeton was sent off in the 74th minute for two quick-fire bookings following fouls on Glen Kamara and Scott Allan. Moments later Neil McCann’s men were level through teenager Matty Henvey’s first-ever senior goal. And things got even worse for Canning seven minutes into stoppage time. “It was a poor decision from him. Temps has apologised to the boys and we all need to get on with it. “We conceded a goal with 10 men but then Darian had to get carried off and we end up conceding another with nine men 97 minutes into the game so I don’t think they come much sorer than that.”Referee Kevin Clancy had originally signalled just five minutes of added time but the fact he allowed play to continue beyond that enraged Canning further. He said: “I don’t know where the seven minutes came from. He put five minutes up and when Darian got injured there was 20 seconds left on my watch.“So when the game restarts there should be 20 seconds left to play – but he’s allowed to go on for another minute and 45 seconds. “It just summed the day up for us – everything that could go wrong did go wrong.” McCann admitted he got the ultimate buzz out his side’s last-gasp winner as they leapfrogged Accies into ninth place. “I feel our play has deserved lots of points on many occasions when we haven’t but that was a real good feeling,” he said. “There is no better feeling, even if you win handsomely, than scoring right at the death as you can see from the wild celebrations. “It was a brilliant finish from us and I thought we were relentless in that search for a winner.”
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterA number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.This is the second of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport or are just starting their spring sport in college.Michaelis wraps up sophomore year at CrookstonMichaelisCaitlin Michaelis, a 2015 graduate of Marshfield High School, finished her sophomore season on the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s basketball team last month.Michaelis played in all 28 games for the Eagles, starting 27. She averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while making 23 3-pointers and shooting 85.4 percent (35 of 41) at the free throw line.Crookston had a tough season, finishing 8-20 after being eliminated in the second round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament on Feb. 25 by Northern State (South Dakota) 83-60. Michaelis had seven points and three assists in the loss.Scheuer sees minimal playing time at BemidjiScheuer2016 Marshfield High School graduate McKayla Scheuer played in just seven games during her freshman season for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team.Scheuer was on the floor a total of 18 minutes, making 2 of 5 shots from the field and scoring four points.Bemidji State finished 7-20 overall and 4-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, losing eight of its last nine games.Howard playing baseball at Mount MartyHowardBo Howard, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, is a senior outfielder on the Mount Marty College baseball team.Mount Marty, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is an NAIA school that plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Lancers were off to a 6-12 start after winning one of three games in a weekend series with Gustavus Adolphus at home on March 18-19.Howard started 13 of the Lancers’ first 18 games this season. He was batting .184 (7 of 38) with two doubles, five RBIs, and five runs scored.
Originally published on HR Intel Blog. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this tumultuous election season it’s that conventional wisdom and traditional assumptions are obsolete. Conventional wisdom said that Donald Trump probably wouldn’t run for president, didn’t have a chance to win any of the primaries, had no shot to get the nomination and would never, in a million years, win the presidency of the United States of America. Commuting to New York City yesterday amidst throngs of stunned sleep-walkers made me wonder: is this what it felt like when Copernicus threw the entire world for a loop by theorizing that the sun, not Earth, was the center of our solar system?For those of us who believed Trump had no chance along the way – rather strongly, in my case – today is a repudiation of our confidence and our knowledge. A lot of the work performed in the past several years may be undone and a lot of the rights that our colleagues have come to count on might (or might not?) be stripped away. That may very well lead to tensions in the workplace and short-term economic struggles, but guess what? That’s what we’re here for. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the partisan divide that has plagued our country doesn’t bleed over into the workplace, because that would be terrible for business. And it won’t be easy.Things will be challenging for HR in this new post-Trump world, ideologically and administratively, but it’s also a chance to grow as individuals and as professionals. Because tomorrow (and next year) will bring tremendous uncertainty, we have a responsibility to be stewards of calm, to use restraint, to build bridges with people who don’t share our views and to work together to seek not only business objectives, but personal and national growth. The British World War 2-era mantra of “keep calm and carry on” comes to mind as particularly prescient advice for today’s challenges.To be sure, lots of things are going to change in the next four years that you or I may not agree with, but that doesn’t mean the debate ends there. As HR professionals, you have the ability to advocate that your company go above and beyond the black letter of the law. You have the ability to advocate that even though certain people may be disenfranchised in society at large, that they will have a good place to work with solid benefits and career prospects. You have the ability to make the argument that better benefits and protections for workers is tied to higher profits by sharing your knowledge, expertise and experience demonstrating as much. You can ensure that your company becomes an employer of choice in an environment that may not always be friendly to workers. It sounds cheesy, but you can help make the American dream come true for individuals in addition to that of your own American dream simply by doing your job as an HR professional and doing it well.So with that pep talk in mind, let’s take a look at what the next four years might actually mean for American businesses and the workers they employ. If anything, we can help prepare each other for the coming legislative storm, so we’re informed about the implications when and if our employees come to us with their own concerns.The First 100 DaysFirst and foremost, the results of the election almost certainly mean that we’ve seen the end of the Affordable Care Act. There are some legislative hurdles in place to an outright repeal of the bill, but with a fully Republican-controlled Congress, those hurdles are not really meaningful. Congress can use the “reconciliation” process – requiring only 50 votes – to undo major portions of the ACA and President-elect Trump would sign almost any bill aiming to reconcile the ACA. The new breakdown of the Senate will likely be 52-48 in favor of the GOP, so the 50 vote threshold shouldn’t be hard to surmount.It will be extremely interesting to see if the Trump administration follows through on the promise to “repeal and replace” the ACA (which would require 60 votes) or if it turns out to be more of a basic repeal, reverting back to the pre-ACA health insurance system. Trump has said that he does prefer to keep the prohibition on refusal of medical insurance due to preexisting health conditions, but he may find some Republican Congressional leaders don’t agree with him on that point. Shockingly, they may not agree on Congressional term limits, either.Divides within the GOP like these might make it difficult to achieve consensus on what exactly to replace the ACA with, but shouldn’t get in the way of de-clawing the ACA as we currently know it. In either case, any action on the ACA is likely to cause a huge administrative burden for HR, but with lower overall costs to employers in the form of required healthcare benefits. It may also mean that tens of millions of Americans lose their health insurance, which may have negative impacts on their productivity and overall job satisfaction.We’ve also likely seen the end (at least temporarily) of cheap and abundant immigrant labor in the U.S., though the rollback on this will be much slower. President-elect Trump has promised to deport millions of immigrants, but he may find that to be logistically difficult and prohibitively expensive. Ultimately, ramped-up immigration enforcement will mean fewer workers available for low-wage jobs, scaling back of issuance of H1-B visas and ultimately, more American businesses with open jobs that they can’t fill, either for lack of labor or lack of skills.Some economists say this will lead to a recession, but even if that doesn’t happen, it is sure to make things difficult for businesses that have achieved efficiency and profitability from employing these types of workers. And it’s unclear as to whether Americans want the jobs they will leave behind.Part of Trump’s effort in this regard will be the “big, beautiful wall” itself – color me skeptical on whether it ever gets finished – but also the pulling of federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” which protect undocumented immigrants from the reach of federal agents. That means places like L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Baltimore, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and New York City could all lose federal funding unless they pitch in to enforce immigration laws. Importantly, Senate Republicans already tried to strip funding from these cities back in July, but Democrats were able to block the bill. Again, the GOP still doesn’t have the 60 votes it needs for the legislation to pass, but things will be much different with all three parts of the federal legislative machine – House, Senate and Presidency – aligned.Medium-Term ForecastOnce the dust has settled, President-elect Trump will get to work on nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court. We can now safely assume that DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland will never be appointed to the Court as Democrats failed to win the 60 seats they would need for a “cloture” vote to block a filibuster preventing hearings on Garland’s nomination. Trump has already stated that he prefers a judge in the mold of Antonin Scalia, and he has proposed a list of about 20 possible appointees that may fit the bill.Nomination of a justice like Scalia would tip the ideology of the high court to the right (or restore it back to its proper balance – depending on your persuasion), which is sure to have major consequences for American workers. It could mean women lose the right to abortions in some cases, that homosexuals are again denied the right to marry and that unions will become even further marginalized, inhibiting them from protecting workers and working conditions.On that note, President-elect Trump might also choose to declaw the EEOC, NLRB and DOL as part of his pro-business, anti-regulation agenda. That could mean the following:Scaling back of enforcement efforts to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace;Undermining of rulings that invalidated mandatory arbitration agreements or employee handbook language; andA repeal of the DOL’s “final rule” on overtime. Doesn’t seem so “final” now, does it?Regarding the NLRB in particular, the board recently ruled that Trump Hotels violated the NLRA by refusing to negotiate with the Las Vegas-based Culinary Union, so don’t assume that personal vendettas won’t weigh on a decision to target the agency for an extended vacation.Regarding the DOL’s overtime rule, repealing it would undo tremendous efforts by the business community to re-classify employees commensurate with new overtime guidelines set to go into effect on December 1. Practically, President-elect Trump might declare a permanent grace period for post-December 1 enforcement of the new rule, until such time as Congress is able to repeal the rule entirely. The House of Representatives recently tried to pass such a bill delaying enforcement of the new rule, so expect those efforts to continue with a united Congress and a new mandate.Long-Term ForecastThe president-elect has also proposed a new policy which would make paid maternity leave federal law – but only for certain mothers. The proposal would expand the unemployment insurance system to require six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers, but would exclude new adoptivemothers. It also does not address paid paternity leave, but there’s much less public sentiment supporting that. About 70% of Americans believe that employers should be required to offer paid maternity leave to women after the birth of a child – and Trump seems to agree – but it remains to be seen if their views are shared by the elected officials who represent them in Congress. It also remains to be seen how we would pay for this new program and the lack of detail around it might mean it takes longer to become reality.And now for some doom and gloom.Assuming President-elect Trump succeeds in labeling China a “currency manipulator,” thereby attaching tariffs to imported Chinese goods, it stands to reason that we may be on the verge of a trade war. At the very least, this could lead to inflation in the U.S., as the price of Chinese-made goods is sure to skyrocket.Assuming the “big, beautiful wall” gets built and immigration enforcement achieves the goals Trump has in mind, finding work as an immigrant in the U.S. might be more challenging, burdening immigrants and their families, but also the businesses that rely on immigrant labor to run efficiently. The countries that send us immigrants might retaliate as a result.The upshot of all of this is a potential scaling back on the “globalization” of the American workforce. Companies may repatriate some overseas workers to avoid penalties and fees, but might also repatriate some of their off-shore money at corporate-friendly tax rates. It’s hard to predict where we go from there, but it’s sure to create a very different vision of the future than that which we held before the election.The uncertainty of tomorrow is not necessarily a reason to despair, nor is it a reason to gloat. We are all in this together, whether we agree on ideology or politics or not. Lead by example in extending an olive branch to your employees, regardless of whether they share your views, and advocate for what you think is right, regardless of whether the law enables you or your company to pursue a shortcut. And above all else, remember that the “golden rule” applies to the workplace, now more than ever. It will outlive you and any individual who ever holds the prestigious office of the President of the United States. If you treat your employees like you want to be treated yourself, the world will be a better place for it.How is this song related to HR?In the last edition of HR Intel, we asked you how “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin is related to HR. Full disclosure, this is my favorite song, so I’ve been looking for a way to shoe-horn it into HR. Given that the song is about levees breaking, you might think that I chose it to discuss environmental disasters and HR’s response thereto, but you’d be mistaken. You might also think I chose it as a proxy to discuss the plight of the poor in communities vulnerable to natural disasters, but likewise, you’d be wrong. Maybe I chose it as a metaphor for what I viewed as the onslaught of anti-establishment fervor, sure to disrupt HR as we know it, much like an unstoppable tide or tsunami? Nope.I actually chose this song because it is a tremendous example of how you can use the template set by others who have come before you and make it even better for your own purposes. In particular, the drum track of this song is one of the most popular and oft-sampled pieces of music in history because of its unique, hollow, reverberating sound. Artists ranging from the Beastie Boys to Beyoncé to Eminem have used it and made it their own. And the best part is that Led Zeppelin’s version of this song is itself an adaptation of the original, recorded by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929 (without the awesome drums). Suffice to say that Led Zeppelin used the template but improved upon it substantially.So remember, in HR, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Somebody, somewhere has been down the road you’re traveling before and dealt with similar challenges. Use the products, guidance and intelligence they’ve left behind, but bring them into the 21st century, make them your own and ensure they reflect your current values and objectives. You’ll save time but also learn something in the process.We leave you with “Faith” by George Michael.
Disruption from technology is hitting the automotive industry. From self-driving automobiles and trucks to the introduction of electronic and gas-alternative powered vehicles, the industry is changing. Apple, Google/Waymo, Baidu, Uber and Facebook all think that they can compete, not to mention electronic and hybrid vehicles from Tesla and more than a half dozen ventures.Threat of disruption has more traditional automotive companies eager to realign and reposition their businesses so as not to get left behind. For example, Toyota recently announced a big data automotive initiative with tech businesses like Intel, Ericsson, Denso and NTT DoCoMo. The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium is preparing for the connected car of the future with a focus on Big Data and data collected via Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Toyoto predicts that by 2025 the amount of data that vehicles on the road will be sending into the cloud will exceed 10 exabytes per month.Another example of businesses changing to compete in the automotive industry is Intel’s recent acquisition of Mobileye for $15.3 billion. Their goal is to compete with Nvidia and be part of the self-driving vehicle infrastructure. It’s a big gamble, but it may eventually make Intel a source for sensors and processors used to build self-driving vehicles.IBM’s Bluemix and Watson IoT was selected by BMW to be part of their CarData platform, a platform that allows car owners to share data about their cars with car owners, places like repair shops and service providers.