Athletes cast their votes too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Metro East, composed of Miles Cruz, Allen Alvarado, Andrei Cruz, and JB Discutido, took the crown in the 16U division after edging Camanava, 18-17, in the final.Antique’s Andrie Kaabay, Kent Navarro, John Ryan Mondano, and Abraham Wollowick were crowned as the 13U champions after defeating Metro Manila, 9-4, while Pototan’s Tabby Espartero, Jacob Javelosa, Carlos Reonal, and Ryton Celis ruled the 10U division after escaping Bacolod, 14-13.All the winners brought home P20,000 worth of goods from Chooks-to-Go, RC Cola, Toby’s Sports, Niña Asiana, Red Bull, Minute Burger, Under Armour, and AQ Supports.Chooks-to-Go ambassadors Calvin Abueva and Kobe Paras served as guests of honor in the event.“Nakakatuwa na makita na buhay na buhay ang 3×3 dito sa bansa natin,” said Abueva, a member of the Manila North squad that competed in the 2015 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Finals. “Sa larong ito talaga titibay ang isang bata kung gusto nila magpatuloy sa basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Aside from spearheading the country’s bid to qualify for the 3×3 event in the Olympics, Chooks-to-Go is also developing 3×3 basketball on a grassroots level.The brightest young 3×3 cagers in the country converged at the Food by the Court in Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City last May 10 to 13 for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go/Wilson Basketball 3×3 Challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN A total of 88 teams competed in the four-day event that saw national champions crowned in the 19-under, 16-under, 13-under, and 10-under age groups.“We hope to help find talents across the country who can represent us in 3×3 tournaments,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas. “And with the help of Wilson Basketball, we can increase the awareness of 3×3 basketball to the youth with these types of tournaments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWilson Basketball is the official ball of FIBA 3X3 and Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3.In the 19U division, the Cavite quartet of Shawndy Algire, Francis Ignacio, Ongking Caylo, and CJ Austria capped their dominant campaign with an 11-4 trouncing of a three-man Manila East squad to complete a five-game sweep of this level-five tourney. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books (It’s great to see that 3×3 is very much alive in our country. This game will really help kids strengthen their game if they continue playing basketball.)“Being an athlete, it always feels good to teach the kids what you have experienced,” added Kobe Paras, a former member of the Men’s National 3×3 Basketball Team. “Hopefully, me and Calvin gave them some bits of advice that they could use moving forward both on and off the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists
Alfred Taylor, 18, of Lot 30 West Front Road, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who requested and was granted a speedy trial, was on Wednesday jailed for 24 months after he appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Taylor was found guilty of the offence of robbery. The charge stated that on October 28, 2016, at Front Road and Hunter Street, Georgetown, he robbed Oneal Shoults of one gold chain valued $180,000.On the day of the incident, the defendant and Virtual Complainant (VC) were both passengers in a minibus.The prosecution proved that Taylor exited the minibus to allow the VC to exit. He then placed a gun to Shoults’s head, snatched the chain and ran off.He was later apprehended and charged when the VC pointed him out to the Police.After three witnesses gave their testimonies, Magistrate Singh found the evidence against the defendant to be sufficient to prove the prosecution’s case and as such, handed down her sentence.The decision was accepted by Taylor who was seemingly calm. He was then led out of the courtroom and taken to the Camp Street Prison.
WATER QUALITY: A few F’s continue, but Heal The Bay gives out some summertime A’s. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER It was a clean summer for most local beaches, although some perennial trouble spots still fell short of water quality standards. “Which one is the smoking gun? I don’t know,” he said. But Heal the Bay staff scientist Polly Barrowman said she believes Mother Nature helped; the higher grade is likely due to a lack of rain and stormwater runoff, she said. “It’s still good news,” Barrowman added. “At least people this summer had been swimming in clean water.” Scientists hope a bacteria source identification program under way will provide Redondo Beach with more information in the future, Barrowman said. San Pedro’s Inner Cabrillo Beach, which in July received a new blanket of white sand, still struggled with high bacteria levels, earning an F compared with a C last summer. The city Department of Public Works has since installed a temporary pumping system to increase water circulation and reduce bacteria concentrations near the shore. The pump was supposed to be in place by July, but got held up by administrative delays, said spokeswoman Tonya Durrell. It was installed in early September – too late to affect this summer’s report card, but brings hope that better circulation will lead to higher marks on the year-round beach survey. The pilot project will be in place for 60 days, Durrell said, and “testing does show it looks promising.” Inner and outer Cabrillo beaches were closed for five days in July after 10,355 gallons of raw sewage backed out of a sewer and entered a tributary to Los Angeles Harbor. Catalina Island’s Avalon Beach got mostly F’s, as it did last year, and Dockweiler State Beach at the mouth of Ballona Creek earned an F, down from a D in the summer of 2006. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The environmental group Heal The Bay released its end-of-summer report card Thursday with mostly good grades for beaches in the South Bay and Harbor Area, which – like others statewide – likely benefited from the drought. Heal the Bay monitored 494 spots from Humboldt County to the Mexican border from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. (To view the full report, go to www.healthebay.org.) Locally, some beaches saw improved grades over last summer, while others slipped. The stretch of Manhattan Beach near the 28th Street storm drain earned an A, up from a D, while the area 100 yards south of the Redondo Beach pier got a B, up from an F. However, water tests near the pier still exceeded standards 16 times from April 1 to Sept. 3. Steve Huang, Redondo’s director of engineering and building services, said he hoped new city initiatives were helping to control bacteria levels – including educating pier business owners about best management practices and having public works crews use vacuums while power-washing the structure – but he couldn’t single out one reason.
Benfica want Javier Manquillo to cut short his loan deal at Liverpool so he can move to Portugal instead.The Atletico Madrid defender joined Liverpool on a two-year loan deal last summer but the full-back fell out of favour with Brendan Rodgers and failed to make a single Premier League appearance in 2015.Reports have suggested Liverpool are keen to end the loan a year early as a result, and A Bola report that Manquillo could instead join Benfica as they have approached Atletico about the possibility of bringing the 21-year-old to Lisbon. 1 Javier Manquillo
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Now fast-forward 12 months. Propelled by crowd favorites “The Da Vinci Code,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Cars,” “The Break-Up,” “Over the Hedge” and “Nacho Libre,” the movie industry is riding a five-week winning streak and celebrating 12 out of the past 13 weekends that have outgrossed 2005. “Bottom line is, it’s about the movies. Occam’s razor is in effect here,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “You make compelling movies, and people will see them at a greater rate.” The only major box office disappointment has been the disaster flick “Poseidon,” which was ripped apart by critics and has stalled domestically at $56.5 million. Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible III” took in $130.2 million, but the movie was widely considered an underachiever. Year-to-date, domestic box office revenue is up 4.81 percent compared with 2005, and attendance is up 1.64 percent. “This is partly a numbers game, but it’s also a psychological game,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. “If you just look at sheer numbers versus last year, we’re not even up 2 percent. “But we are way up in terms of morale. Simply the fact that we have had our up weekends outnumbering our down weekends by a huge measure, that just gives us a jump.” But the widespread bashing the movie exhibition took last summer for everything from high ticket prices to rude patron behavior to preshow commercials did not fall on deaf ears, according to John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners. “It’s got to be good movies and a good movie experience,” he said. “Theater operators aren’t ignoring longer-term challenges. We have to innovate and improve the theater-going experience.” Among the issues theater owners are focusing on are transitioning to digital cinema, which will provide sharper images and sound. Also, Fithian said many theaters are trying to combat rudeness with public service announcements and extra vigilance from ushers. He said the preshow commercials, an ever-growing source of income for theater owners, are often being shown now with a mix of behind-the-scene moviemaking featurettes and short films. “We continue to believe that the short-term business is cyclical, and we are in an up mode now, whereas we were in a down mode last year,” Fithian said. “We are glad business is coming back, and that is primarily the result of great movies in the marketplace.” Moviegoers interviewed Monday seem happier overall with this summer’s flock of major films. Raul Gomez, 16, stood in line with friends to buy tickets for “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” Monday afternoon at the AMC Promenade multiplex in Woodland Hills. In recent weeks, Gomez and his pals have seen “The Da Vinci Code,” “Cars” and “Poseidon,” and rated each highly. Compared with last summer, “the movies are getting better and have solid story lines,” said the Birmingham High School student, who prefers a theater to DVD. “I like seeing something on the bigger screen and coming to the movies with my friends and my family.” Standing nearby was Heather Cochran, 23, waiting to buy tickets for “Nacho Libre” with friend Billy Greenburg, also 23. “I’ve been coming to the movies more because they’ve been coming out with less cookie-cutter movies,” Cochran said. The Pierce College student said her favorites so far this summer have been “X-Men” and “Da Vinci.” “There are more movies where they aren’t just catering to teenagers, using a lot of pop music for sound,” Greenburg added. While this year’s revenue is ahead of 2005’s dismal figures, it still pales in comparison with 2004, when Hollywood enjoyed a record year of $9.4 billion in ticket sales. Current grosses are down 2.25 percent compared with two years ago, while attendance is behind by a whopping 8.17 percent. The industry hopes to further close that gap in the coming weeks with some releases that have tremendous commercial potential: the Adam Sandler comedy “Click,” which opens Friday; the highly anticipated and well-reviewed “Superman Returns,” opening June 28; and “Pirates of the the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which bows July 7. “The schedule continues to look strong through the summer, and we’re optimistic,” Fithian said. “But just as we always try and focus on the long term and didn’t get too disturbed by a downswing last year, we won’t get overly optimistic about a short-term upswing this year.” email@example.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Movie theaters were dead. Tickets and popcorn just cost too much. People preferred DVD over the big screen. Remember a year ago? In June 2005, the movie industry was in the 16th week of a record 19-week box office slowdown – the worst slump in two decades – raising questions about whether a major cultural shift was taking place. At the time, an Associated Press-AOL News poll of 1,000 adults found they preferred watching films at home instead of a theater by almost 3-1.
In their first Emirates Cup match, Arsenal beat Benfica 5-2 on Saturday and face LaLiga outfit Sevilla on Sunday; RB Leipzig are the other club taking part, though Arsene Wenger’s side do not play the German club.At the end of the weekend, the team with most points claims the trophy, and will head into the domestic season high on confidence.But, how will Arsenal line up against Sevilla? Is it a case of the substitutes in the Benfica game starting? 11 Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper) Mohamed Elneny (centre-back) 11 11 Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 Danny Welbeck (forward) 11 11 11 Calum Chambers (centre-back) Alexandre Lacazette (striker) 11 11 Nacho Monreal (wing-back) Hector Bellerin (wing-back) Mesut Ozil (forward) Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (central midfield) 11 11
Share This!©DisneyLast year, Frozen fans could be found in droves at Disney’s Blizzard Beach taking part in the inaugural Frozen Summer Games. Well, this year, the festivities are once again taking place, meaning even more summer fun for the park, that is once again taking advantage of the freak snowstorm that has happened over Central Florida.Beginning May 26 at the popular water park, Guests can join Team Olaf or Team Kristoff in a variety of fun activities including a Snowball Toss, Slide Races, Ski Pole Limbo and Ice Pail Relays. There will also be crafts, games, and yes, a DJ on hand throughout the day for Guests to enjoy.Even better news is that this year, Guests will be able to meet and take photos with both Kristoff and Olaf! (This is the first time Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kristoff at Walt Disney World.)Don’t delay though! The Frozen Summer Games are a limited time event and will end on August 13!
The Dons’ Jessica Trad inks letter of intent to play for Hastings CollegeBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School senior Jessica Trad made it a goal to play basketball on the collegiate level, and last weekend that goal became a reality.Trad traveled to Nebraska to sign her letter of intent in person to play basketball for Hastings College, a NAIA Division II school in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.Trad, a first-team all-Cloverbelt Conference East Division performer last season and a second-team pick as a sophomore, has averaged nearly 11 points per game during her varsity career for the Dons and just less than 10 points per game this season.“To be able to continue playing the sport I love for a great coach and school is amazing,” Trad said. “I’ve put so much time and work into this goal, and accomplishing it has been one of the best moments of my life. I’m excited for what the future holds.”The future, at least for Trad’s team next year, will likely include a lot of winning.Hastings is coming off two-straight NAIA Division II national tournament appearances and 13 in the past 15 seasons. The Broncos have made the NAIA Division II Fab Four seven times since 2002, winning championships in 2002, 2003, and 2006 and were the runners-up in 2009.Hastings College, located in Hastings, Neb., is about 160 miles southwest of Omaha and about 70 miles north of the Kansas-Nebraska border.This season the Broncos are 17-6 and 11-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference prior to a home game tonight against Doane College (Neb.).The GPAC is made up of 12 schools from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, a number of which had interest in Trad.“I received a lot of interest from colleges in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and toured a few,” Trad said. “But when I toured Hastings and met the coach, I knew right away that it was a perfect fit for me.”Trad has some unfinished business first with the Columbus Dons, whose record stands at 8-9 ahead of tonight’s game against Owen-Withee. The WIAA girls basketball playoffs begin Feb. 23.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCH Tax Day ReportThe North Carolina Department of Revenue issued an important notice discussing the repeal of the bank privilege tax. The repeal is effective July 1, 2016. Bank privilege tax returns for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2016 must still be filed with the department, but are not due until July 1, 2017. The tax is imposed at a rate of $30 for each $1 million of total assets held by every bank or banking association, including each national banking association, that is operating in North Carolina as a commercial bank, an industrial bank, a savings bank, a trust company, or any combination of those facilities or services.Important Notice, North Carolina Department of Revenue, July 5, 2016, ¶202-728Other References:Explanations at ¶10-340
BRUSSELS—Seven scientists, including a Fields medalist and the director of CERN, Europe’s premier particle physics lab, have been appointed today to provide the European Commission with policy advice—bringing an end to a year of suspense since the awkward exit of Anne Glover, the first and only chief scientific adviser (CSA) in the commission’s history.The high-level group is part of a larger setup, called the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), that replaces the controversial single-headed adviser role—which ended just 3 years after the previous administration created it.The new group includes four men and three women from seven different countries and seven disciplines. They will not be employed by the commission and will keep their current jobs. 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Research commissioner Carlos Moedas told ScienceInsider they will focus on a mixture of urgent matters dictated by current events—one example in the past year was the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; medium-term topics relevant to the commission’s policy work program; and long-term subjects that the group’s scientists can also choose themselves.Moedas says the demand for advice will come not just from his own directorate but from his fellow commissioners as well, with Moedas serving as the liaison between the group and the college of commissioners, which meets every week in Brussels.In a piece in the U.K. daily The Guardian, James Wilsdon from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom wonders how the group will “safeguard its independence and navigate the political sensitivities that will inevitably arise.” Yet Wilsdon, who’s followed all the ripples in the E.U. science adviser’s saga, seems optimistic. He calls the list of names “impressive”, and says that “today’s announcement is a serious step in the right direction for robust, independent and interdisciplinary scientific advice at the heart of European decision-making.”Skeptics, particularly in the United Kingdom, complained last year that ending the CSA’s role was a backward move; they feared that the commission would do away with science advice altogether. Other critics, including campaign groups Greenpeace and Corporate Europe Observatory, applauded the departure of Glover, whose role they said was opaque and vulnerable to undue industry influence.Moedas says the new structure is a clear departure from the past that is better suited to the E.U. institutions. “This decision was really mature, we studied a lot of systems” before coming up with this model, he says. The group will rely on a staff of 25 people within the commission’s research directorate. Glover had a team of only five people, which she herself said limited the breadth and impact of her work. “The [new] system owes to her as someone that was kind enough to tell me what was working and not,” Moedas says.“I hope [the new advisers] will demand that they will work in a transparent way as this will help to inspire confidence in a broad range of stakeholders,” Glover says. “I hope everyone will give them time to demonstrate their value and impact.”Beyond the high-level group and the support staff, the SAM also includes a €6 million grant to help academies and learned societies provide science advice for policy to the commission. This will complement in-house science services of the commission’s Joint Research Centre, as well as other agencies and advisory committees. “I think this format is basically a step up from what existed before in terms of resources,” Moedas says. “It’s a robust solution.”Research organizations and learned societies across Europe had put forward 162 nominees for the new panel. A group of three scouts then recommended the seven members for a 2.5-year term, which is renewable once.With reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt.*Update, 10 November, 8:23 a.m.: The story has been updated to include comments from Glover and Wilsdon.