Turning Blackwater’s fortunes around takes time, says Ramos

first_imgPBA IMAGESBong Ramos never expected anything easy when he got the Blackwater head coaching job.That’s why even after the Elite sank to a 0-5 record in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he cut his team some slack and knew that the squad is still in a transition period.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan, Rain or Shine earn morale-boosting win over San Miguel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s never going to be easy. I’m trying to instill my system little by little because you can’t shock them,” he said.“This is a process, so slowly, we’re integrating my system. We know this isn’t going to be an overnight change so what we could do is to stay optimistic.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBlackwater’s playoff chances have gone slimmer after its 91-105 defeat to Ginebra on Friday, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be better soon with a tussle against TNT coming up this Friday.Only the top eight teams will progress to the playoffs. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But despite the tall order, Ramos believes the Elite have what it takes to cut the league  giants down to size and it’s only a matter of outworking the competition.“We know how strong the opponent is, and even for us, we know we have a lot to work on,” he said. “But what we need is more work. They might be stronger, but if we can outwork them, I believe we’ll eventually get the win.”And that’s exactly what Ramos’ goal is, which is to develop a no nonsense attitude from his players as the Elite focus on creating a brighter future for the franchise.“What’s important for me is we’re investing. We’ll never know if later on, we can get something from this core. Slowly, we’re undergoing this process and we’ll see in the long run where we’ll end up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Volleyball Defeats Illinois State, 3-2, For 7th Straight Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Story Links Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Bradley University 9/30/2017 – 7 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Statscenter_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team rallied back to defeat the visiting Illinois State Redbirds, 3-2, at the Knapp Center Friday, Sept. 29, evening. The win was the Bulldogs’ seventh-straight and opens up a 3-0 start to Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 1996.Drake (14-3, 3-0 MVC) prevailed by set scores of 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 15-13. The Bulldogs’ balanced attack was led by three hitters with double-figure kills including senior Kyla Inderski’s (Urbandale, Iowa) team-high 15 kills on 45 attempts. She also chipped in 17 digs for her sixth-straight double-double. Junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) also added a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs while freshman Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) added 10 kills on 33 attempts. Setter Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) guided the offense with 33 assists and also added 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.Defensively, Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) led the digs column with 30 and Natalie Fry (Allen, Texas) had a career-high seven blocks.Illinois State (9-8, 2-2 MVC) was led by a game-high 23 kills from three-time first team All-MVC honoree Jaelyn Keene. Setter Stef Jankiewicz posted 55 assists while Courtney Pence had 42 digs.Drake started to pull away in the middle of the first set and were able to build a comfortable lead for the rest of the way to earn the 25-19 win. Cathryn Cheek had five kills and five digs, leading the team in both categories for the first set.The second set was all Redbirds early before the Bulldogs took a timeout trailing, 18-15. Drake came out of the timeout on fire, closing out the set on a 10-4 run to take the set, 25-22. The third set was back and forth for the majority of the set, but the Redbirds went on an 8-2 run in the middle of the set to build a small cushion. That deficit became too large for Drake to overcome, as ISU took the set 20-25 despite a late Drake push.In the fourth set, Drake got hot late and went on an 8-3 run to take the lead at 23-20 with Inderski racking up six kills. However, Illinois State answered by winning six of the last seven points and taking the set, 26-24, to force a fifth set.Illinois State led most of the final set, but the Bulldogs were never out of it. After trailing by as many as three, Drake tied the set at 11-11 late in the set. Another lead change and tie ensued before Cheek buried a ball on the ISU side of the court to win the set, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.The Bulldogs continue their homestand Saturday afternoon when they host Bradley at the Knapp Center for a 7 p.m. match. Bradley is 0-4 in the MVC after falling in three sets at UNI Friday night. Box Score (HTML) The Valley on ESPN3 Watch Live Photos Gallery last_img read more

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Blanc ‘not high on Chelsea’s list’

first_imgFrance boss Laurent Blanc is not among the main contenders for the Chelsea manager’s job, The Daily Telegraph reports.Blanc has been touted as an emerging candidate in recent days but a Stamford Bridge source has told The Telegraph he is not high on the club’s list of targets.Instead, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be determined to pursue Pep Guardiola.The paper understands that Abramovich’s advisers have opened a dialogue with Guardiola’s representatives to establish the Barcelona coach’s intentions at the end of this season.Meanwhile, reports in Raul Meireles’ native Portugal suggest Juventus are lining up a £9m bid for the Chelsea midfielder.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s first mobile agri-lab

first_img11 September 2013 South Africa’s first mobile agricultural laboratory, one of the most technologically advanced in the world, will be a major boost for the country’s emerging farmers, enabling them to have their water, soil and animals tested on their doorstep. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) spent R3-million on the development of the laboratory, which was recently launched by non-governmental organisation Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASTD) at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside Nelspruit. “The benefits of the lab are numerous and include bringing conformity assessment support closer to emerging farmers, giving them access to a testing facility that will help them in their farm planning and crop production,” Seda spokesperson Beverley Kgame said this week. Project manager Kevin Gambaran said the lab, with its cutting edge-range of equipment, “is definitely the most advanced agricultural laboratory in the country, and we are very proud to launch it after years of hard work”. In addition to laboratory facilities, the 20-metre Scania truck unit hosts a training facility with high-tech electronic equipment and a comprehensive one-stop support centre for small, medium and micro enterprises within the agriculture industry. Two high-definition television screens on the outside of the truck relay what is going on inside, and all laboratory equipment, barring the air-conditioners, are run with solar power. “There is an interactive training room on board and a top-of-the-range computer where research and analysis can be furthered,” Gambaran said. MASTD chairman Mathews Phosa said the laboratory would “strengthen MASTD’s hand in accelerating the growth of emerging farmers into commercial producers and beyond”. The truck adds to a fleet of MASTD vehicles which visit projects and deliver seedlings and mechanisation to farmers across the country. MASTD managing director Lynette Bezuidenhout, who leads a team of 30 full-time professionals at the NGO, said the lab would also be used for educational purposes. “The plan is also to support rural schools by taking the laboratory unit to them and demonstrating experiments by using the television screens, making students aware of basic agri-science and showing that agriculture is a worthwhile profession.” Bezuidenhout said more than 300 people were involved in the construction of the laboratory, which was hand-created and custom-made. Phosa, the former premier of Mpumalanga province, said that such developments were vital for South Africa’s economy given the dwindling number of commercial farmers in the country. “Many African and East European countries continue to lure farmers with extremely lucrative contracts. More worrying is the fact that the average age of our commercial farmers is 62. It is clear that the future of food production and rural job creation lies with South Africa’s 2.5-million emerging farmers.” Phosa added that since MASTD’s inception in 2005, the organisation had made significant inroads in uplifting emerging farmers through its business incubation system. “Last year alone, MASTD was instrumental in establishing 286 new SMMEs, creating more than 400 jobs,” Phosa, adding that the goal would be to establish laboratories in all nine provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Weekly Wrapup: Google Nexus One, CES Coverage, Online Finance, And More…

first_imgEditor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Personal Finance series, a weekly, three-month-long look at how the Internet has transformed personal finance. If you are interested in sponsoring this Content Series on Personal Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati.5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock Recently we wrote about the decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news. We noted that while many people still use RSS Readers, usage has decreased due to the emergence of real-time and social flows of information via Twitter, Facebook and other such services. The post sparked a fascinating discussion, with over 160 comments. What we learned from that discussion is that while the RSS Reader market is indeed in decline, there are still a number of compelling use cases for RSS Readers.Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters Recently, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon. How did we know? An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told us. Nozzl Media unveiled this week a demonstration of its first product, a widget intended for newspaper websites seeking to display real-time local information derived from Twitter messages, blog posts and automatically extracted public records. Web Apps Meet Consumer Electronics at CES The 2010 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw a big trend emerge: web applications being ported to consumer electronics, from the technology inside cars to Web-enabled TVs. Earlier this week we noted that online music service Pandora will be made available in cars, courtesy of a new Pioneer device that will begin selling in March. Other evidence of this trend can be found in Ford’s announcement of a new in-car system and Samsung’s latest Internet-connected TV.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. The Pros and Cons of the Google Nexus One As An Enterprise PhoneThe Nexus One is another smart phone that we will inevitably see inside the walls of the enterprise. Smart phones seem to have a way of being used for all kinds of work activities. So, what are the pros and cons of using the Nexus One in the enterprise?ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.5 Web Apps To Keep Your Startup Organized In a world where emails, phone calls, texts, and Tweets constantly bombard us, it is getting harder and harder to manage the firehose of data and information being thrust our way. For young companies to succeed this environment, it is imparitive they become organized and efficient lest they fall behind and quickly become overwhelmed.Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Los Angeles Best known for its movie stars, sun and surf, Los Angeles probably isn’t the first place you’d think to breed technology. But when you consider the influence of investors like Jason Calacanis and Mark Suster, in addition to the fact that companies like Demand Media and Docstoc call Southern California home, it’s not surprising that the community is emerging as one of the country’s hottest startup hubs. SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsLive Blog: Google’s Android Press Gathering Google held a press event this week to showcase the new Nexus One, which it described as “Where Web Meets Phone.” Google calls this a new category of phones – the “super phones.” The Nexus One apparently “pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile phone today.” Google will sell the phone in its own web store. Check out our live blog coverage for more details.Droid’s December Boom: Metrics Show Device Use Doubled in One MonthThe Android platform has grown exponentially since mid-2009, but December’s stats show a particular factor that might help catapult the platform to greater heights of user adoption. In figures just released from mobile advertising company AdMob, the Droid singlehandedly boosted calls to their network by nearly 300 million requests.Facebook’s 1st CTO Launches His Next Company Adam D’Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company’s first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora. Built by D’Angelo and a team of crack young engineers, Quora is a real-time enabled Q&A site. The company calls itself “A continually improving collection of questions and answers.”Skype: Coming to a Couch Near You Starting this spring, you won’t need to gather the whole family around a 15-inch laptop screen to talk with cousin Joe on the other side of the country. As a matter of fact, you won’t even need to get up off the sofa after the evening news, because Skype is coming to the big screen – the big TV screen, that is. Skype announced this week that they have been working with LG and Panasonic to embed Skype in Internet-connected widescreen HDTVs. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Web TrendsHow The Web is Transforming Personal Finance Not too long ago, personal finance tools like Quicken and Microsoft Money used to be bound to the desktop. Today, free online tools like Mint, moneyStrands and Wesabe make it easy to track financial information. So you can now get a better overview of your personal finances than ever before. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we report on a new “superphone” launched by Google, take a look at how the Web is transforming personal finance, give you 5 reasons why RSS Readers still rock, get a first look at the new startup of ex-Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo, analyze the trends that emerged from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and more. And as usual we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (our daily resource for entrepreneurs). Also read on for details of the newly released printed edition of our current premium report, about the Real-Time Web.Now Available: Printed Edition of The Real-Time Web ReportAt the request of the librarian community and people that just like paper, we have made The Real-Time Web and its Future report available in print.For those of you that prefer it digitally, you can still download it.Don’t forget about our Community Management Report. It too is coming in print soon, so watch out for it! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Why Upgrading to V-Log Is Worth the Money for GH4 Users

first_imgPanasonic recently announced the long-awaited V-Log picture profile for their GH4. The cost to upgrade is $99. Here’s why it’s worth it.When Panasonic first teased customers with the prospect of V-Log, the response was overwhelming. It quickly became very clear that GH4 owners desperately wanted the ability to shoot in a Log color space, and for the last year or so, many users have been eagerly anticipating the release.As of last week, V-Log was finally officially announced — but the announcement came with a catch: the upgrade wouldn’t be free and would cost current users $99 to upgrade. While some GH4 owners were upset by this, I personally understand the upgrade pricing. It’s not the first time a camera manufacturer has charged for a firmware update, and while the $99 isn’t cheap, it isn’t outrageous either. In my opinion, the upgrade is well worth our money for these three reasons:1. Added Dynamic RangeWith V-Log enabled, you’re now able to capture twelve stops of dynamic range with the GH4, which is about two stops more than any other picture profile — and those 2 stops will go a very long way. Under certain circumstances it may mean that you need less lighting and/or grip gear, and the upgrade could potentially pay for itself on your first shoot.This video shows us the cinematic potential of the new V-Log format:2. More Flexibility in PostFor anyone out there like myself, who enjoys color grading — this update is for you. Not only will your images have more dynamic range, but you’ll have a far greater ability to grade the images in the editing room. If you’ve ever color corrected log footage, you know how much more freeing it can be when compared to working in a Rec 709 color space.3. LUT IntegrationOver the years, many LUTs (Look Up Tables) have been created for log footage, and now they’ll all be compatible with your GH4 footage. You could theoretically use an ARRI ALEXA LUT (or any other LUT designed for Log) with your GH4 footage and get some very instant results that may not need a whole lot of tweaking. Not to mention, one of the biggest issues with the GH4 in the past (for me at least) has been skin tones. The combination of Log and the right LUT will help with that immensely.There are also a lot of really good free LUT resources online. This article from Johnny Elwyn shares a few links to a few free resources.Pricing and AvailabilityThe new V-Log update for the Panasonic GH4 will cost $99.99 and be available mid-September.Are you excited about the new v-log format in the GH4? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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‘Guru Purab celebrations turned into a political drama by Akalis’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for politicising the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and accused it of obstructing the joint celebrations of the event.Capt. Amarinder, who reviewed the arrangements for the commemorative events at Sultanpur Lodhi and Dera Baba Nanak, said: “The occasion is one of pride, which my government wanted to celebrate collectively, rising above petty political considerations. However, the Shiromani Akali Dal scuttled all attempts of the State government to ensure joint celebrations. It’s sheer pettiness on the part of the Akalis, particularly Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.”Pointing out that his government had spent ₹550 crore to celebrate the event, the Chief Minister said the entire occasion had been transformed into a political drama by the Akalis, backed by their ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party.On the denial of visa to his Cabinet colleagues and other Punjab representatives to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the Chief Minister termed it extremely unfortunate. Capt. Amarinder also reiterated his protest against Islamabad’s refusal to withdraw the $20 fee on pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara via the corridor.‘Be large-hearted’ He urged the Imran Khan-led government to be large-hearted, keeping in view the Sikh sentiments. Asked if the State government was ready to pay the amount on behalf of the pilgrims, the Chief Minister said he was, in principle, against giving anything to Pakistan on this count.last_img read more

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7 yrs jail Rs 100 cr fine for Suresh Jain in Maha

first_imgMumbai: A sessions court in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday sentenced former state ministers Suresh Jain and Gulabrao Deokar along with 46 others to varying jail terms between seven and three years after convicting them in the multi-crore ‘Gharkul’ housing scam. Special Judge Srushti Neelkanth sentenced Jain to seven years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on him. Deokar was given a five-year sentence, while the remaining 46 convicts got jail terms between three and seven years. Apart from Jain and Deokar, the accused include some former municipal councillors and officials. Soon after the court pronounced its verdict, all 48 convicts, who were present in the court, were taken into custody. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Shiv Sena leader Jain was arrested in March 2012 for a Rs 29-crore housing project scam when he was state minister of home in the 1990s. He spent over a year in jail before securing bail from the SC. NCP leader Deokar was arrested in May 2012. He spent three years in jail before securing bail. He was a councillor in the Jalgaon Municipal Council between 1995 and 2000. They were accused of favouring a builder and indulging in irregularities to the tune of Rs 29 crore.last_img read more

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