NASA Drops Racially Charged Nicknames of Celestial Bodies

first_imgFor example, “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” will no longer be used.“Nicknames are often more approachable and public-friendly than official names for cosmic objects, such as Barnard 33, whose nickname ‘the Horsehead Nebula’ invokes its appearance,” NASA said in a release last week. “But often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science.”Additionally, NASA is examining its use of phrases for planets, galaxies and other cosmic objects “as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” NASA is apparently taking a cue from grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands which have all removed racially insensitive names in recent weeks and months.The space agency just announced it is adding celestial bodies to the list that already includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and Lady A. The space agency goes on to say that it “will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.”Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, explains, “Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”Last June, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream said it was dropping the brand “Eskimo Pie” after a century. The word is commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska.“This name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean ‘eater of raw meat,’” the company stated at the time.“Siamese twins” is considered to be an antiquated expression for conjoined twins, based on brothers from Siam (now Thailand) who were used as sideshow freaks in the 19th century.last_img read more

Spokane spoils party, dumps Leafs 6-2 in Peewee Rep Final

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsJared Gaylord scored twice to lead Spokane to a 6-2 victory over the host Leafs in the final of the Nelson Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Spokane scored twice two minutes into the contest — Gaylord and Connor McIntosh doing the damage — and never looked back holding period leads of 2-1 and 4-1. Bryce Twible scored both goals for the Leafs.Nelson was missing a few players to injury, including Jaden Bennett and Kaleb Comishin.The Leafs, finishing the round robin with a 3-1 record, advanced to the final by stopping Creston 2-1. The East Kootenay squad defeated Nelson in the final round robin contest Saturday. Spokane got past Elk Valley in the other semi final.The Leafs opened the tournament by stopping Elk Valley 7-6. Ben Woodward paved the way for Nelson, scoring three times for the victors. Twible added a pair while Jayden Maida and Taylor Cooper added singles.Curt Doyle earned the win in goal for Nelson.Five different players scored for the Leafs in a 5-1 decision over Cranbrook. Joey Timmermans registered the win in goal for Nelson.The Reps kept the winning streak alive by doubling rival Trail 6-3 Saturday morning. Cooper scored twice to lead Nelson.In the final round robin contest Creston scored three second period goals to dump Nelson 6-3. Everett Hicks scored twice to lead Nelson offensively.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Moose Jaw Warriors Dryden Hunt earns WHL player-of-the-week honours

first_img“(Dryden’s) NHL calibre shot has helped our goalies face the best shooter in the WHL in practice and improve their game, he has also taught our players how to truly shoot the puck,” Hunter explained.“Dryden has scored many big goals for us and has carried the team on his back many nights offensively, a role he relishes,” Hunter adds.This past week Hunt scored three times to pick up the hat-trick and claim first star honours as the Warriors earned a 4-2 victory over Prince Albert RaidersHunt then tallied two points (1 goal -1assist) to help guide the Warriors to a 6-4 win against the Swift Current Broncos this past Friday. The following night, Hunt capped off a productive week with a four point (2 goals – 2 assists) outing against the Saskatoon Blades in a 7-4 victory.Hunt was named the game’s first star for his efforts. Monday, Hunt kept on rolling scoring three times while adding a pair of assists as the Warriors shutout Prince Albert Raiders 5-0.Hunt is in his first season with Moose Jaw and his leadership qualities have helped the Warriors remain in third place in the East Division standings with a 32-21-1-2 record.The recent offensive showing has the 6-foot, 201-pound forward along on top the WHL scoring leader board with 45 goals and 48 assists for 93 points — seven ahead of Brayden Burke of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.The Warriors continue their playoff push Friday again in Prince Albert against the Raiders.“Dryden has given himself up to coaching and has improved in some of his deficiencies over the season and continues to work at his overall game, this is another great quality of his leadership and will to be the best he can be,” Hunter said.“We look forward to his contributions as we head into the playoff drive and into the playoffs as well.” The awards just keeping coming in for Moose Jaw Warriors forward Dryden Hunt – and there’s still a month remaining in the season.The Nelson Minor Hockey product was selected Western Hockey League player-of-the-week Monday after the Moose Jaw sniper potted six goals and three assists during three Warriors victories, during the week.“When we acquired Dryden from Medicine Hat we were looking for a great person and a goal scorer, we got both and them some in Dryden,” said Warriors head coach Tim Hunter about the Nelson Minor Hockey product.“We wanted someone to help our young developing team and players.“Dryden has been great in the locker room and on the ice both in practice and in games in helping mentor our young players.”The recent honour comes after the 20-year-old son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt of Nelson earned WHL Player-of-the-month honours earlier this month. During January Hunt collected 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists).The recent success isn’t a surprise to Hunter, a 16-year veteran of the National Hockey League.last_img read more

Earn a new souvenir for International EarthCache Day

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYour Next Souvenir Reveals Mysteries of the EarthSeptember 8, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”International EarthCache celebration for 2018October 8, 2018In “Events” International EarthCache Day is October 11On October 11, you can earn a new souvenir for celebrating the geocaching game board. What’s that, you ask? The whole entire Earth!* All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day.EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you an earth science lesson. To make the find, you’ll have to check the EarthCache’s description and answer questions based on where you are.If you’re using the free Geocaching Intro App, finding and logging an EarthCache is easy. You can just send your answers to the cache owner via Message Center. Visit the search page to find an EarthCache near you.Find an EarthCache Near You*and one lonely space stationlast_img read more

When and Where Will Windows 8 Matter For PC and Tablet Users?

first_imgWhile Xbox Live is being built into Windows 8 and offered to folks who don’t even have an Xbox, the first PC games to make use of that platform have yet to arrive. Microsoft plans to deploy the umbrella brand “Xbox Windows” for these games (just imagine the confusion that will cause in department stores). In the meantime, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and similar rich, online games already utilize their own platforms – typically built by their own manufacturers – and will likely continue to do so.In the meantime, Xbox Windows Live for Windows (or whatever it ends up being called) lets player create their own avatars – a bit more lifelike than the “Mii” people for Nintendo Wii.WinRT apps of all classes are tied to the new Windows 8 ecosystem, which has its own apps store. The one compelling reason why game developers might support WinRT is if this store, called “Store,” becomes a viable and profitable platform. That’s a tall order that can’t possibly be fulfilled during the first three to six months of Windows 8’s existence. A lot depends on Microsoft’s willingness to incorporate a variety of other brands in its own marketing.That requirement makes Microsoft’s approach to its other co-branding entertainment platform, Windows Media Center, so baffling. Only the most experienced crafter of euphemisms could name this strategy “Making Windows Media Center Available in Windows 8.” Here “available” means “absent but downloadable.” Writes Windows division president Steven Sinofsky: “This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it.” Here “interested” means “assuming you still care, because we certainly don’t.”Media Center was once the nucleus of a sophisticated strategy that included such things as Microsoft-branded remote controls and the magnificent Windows Home Server. Ironically, Media Center was the product that first enlightened the company as to the potential power of the whole “Metro” style.  That Microsoft would toss Windows Media Center overboard – along with its Silverlight media plug-in technology – is bewildering, especially since it closes the company’s main opportunity to demonstrate Windows 8-style sophistication and portability on a large screen.3. Your Work PCThis is a key question. In five years, the shape and nature of the device you use in your everyday job may become unrecognizable to us today – even by Windows 8 standards.  Up to now, the work PC has been the platform that supports the applications upon which it depends. These typically come in two classes: apps engineered specifically for particular businesses, and Microsoft Office. If any other manufacturer were strong enough to mount a respectable challenge to Office, Microsoft today would be considered very vulnerable, and Windows’ place in the workplace would be indeterminate.That’s not what threatens Windows at work. Instead, the issue is the new reality of how servers work and how functionality is served to employees. Cloud computing technologies have enabled data centers to pool their resources. Servers can, and often do, encompass a planet. And these servers are now presenting not so much applications as they the entire environment in which these applications run.There is a strong argument for letting that environment continue to be Windows. First, Windows is what employees are most familiar with. Change requires retraining, and retraining can be expensive. Second, applications platforms are based around Windows.But the same argument that sustains Windows in the workplace – especially in large enterprises – works against Windows 8 in particular, for two main reasons:The platform upon which so much of business’ existing functionality is based, is the .NET Framework – Windows 7’s strong point. WinRT is not .NET, but a separate framework that relegates .NET to the Desktop. Training workers to reconcile these differences won’t be trivial, and hard to justify because WinRT is based around consumer applications that administrators don’t want running within the enterprise anyway.The platform to which businesses (old and new) are moving is HTML5, whose intent is to enable uniform usability across different classes and brands of hardware and virtual platforms. Despite a pretty advertising campaign during this year’s Olympics, there is no compelling value proposition for using Windows 8 and IE10 instead of any other environment capable of supporting HTML5.That would appear to settle the argument in favor of sticking with Windows 7. But Microsoft has thrown a stick of dynamite into the mix: Windows 8 Enterprise adminstrators are given the capability to build instantly bootable Windows 8 instances on cheap Windows 8 thumb drives, then distribute those devices to their employees. An employee would plug a Windows To Go (WTG) device into any PC, get access to Windows 8, as well as any files stored on the device or on SkyDrive.This is a serious wildcard: the creation of a kind of alternative, virtual Windows 8 platform that may not only be desirable by employees, but conceivably free. For those who thought they’d made the decision against upgrading their Windows 7 machines, they could plug in Windows 8 non-destructively (though with one serious limitation: local hard drives are inaccessible through WTG, for now, to prevent communicating a virus). If they use the new Office 365, it would not require any kind of local installation to work fully.  And administrator policies granting privileges and restrictions to users on their office PCs would still apply on the WTG device wherever they take it. So there actually is a compelling use case for admins to deploy WTG: the creation of a portable corporate desktop that does not have to rely on a hypervisor from VMware or XenDesktop, that’s fully governed by admin policy and that employees can easily take home.With all the talk about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) as a trend affecting computing devices in the enterprise, here is an opportunity for businesses to affect computing in the home! Even if you don’t think you need Windows 8 at home, a lot can change if it’s literally handed to you on a stick in a way that doesn’t impact the PCs you already use. scott fulton Related Posts Postponing operating system upgrades until the last possible moment, and even forestalling new PC purchases, is common among Windows veterans. Only recently has the ancient Windows XP lost its position as the most popular version of Microsoft’s operating system. This attitude enabled many of us to skip over Windows Me and Vista, and there are signs that Windows 8 may get ignored in the same way. A close look at four everyday test cases for computer and tablet users reveals if that approach makes sense.Wednesday, in How Much Will Windows 8 Matter to You, we raised the sticky and sometimes treacherous subject of moving to Windows 8. The next step is to examine common use case scenarios – four distinct places in everyday computing environments – to help ascertain when moving to Windows 8 might make sense for you. It could be October 26, the official release date. It probably won’t be never.1. Your Home Office PCThe productive work you do at home may involve Microsoft Office. If it doesn’t, then it most likely involves some form of online connectivity to the apps you need to get things done and organized (perhaps Google Apps running in your browser). It might also include remote connectivity to your work office PC (which these days may be completely virtual). The new Office 365, which enables full-featured operation over the Web, provides a compelling new licensing alternative without radically changing the Office software itself.  (One wonders why the Office team got the memo and the Windows team didn’t.)  But you do not need Windows 8 to run the new Office – Windows 7, but not Windows XP and Vista, are supported. The Internet Explorer 10 browser will also be available for Windows 7, although Windows users increasingly prefer alternatives like Google Chrome or Firefox. There are actually two IE10 browsers in Windows 8, one that uses the new Windows 8 user interface (formerly known as Metro) and another that uses the traditional Windows Desktop. Remarkably, there is simply no compelling reason to use the former over the latter on a regular PC. In testing the new Office 365 on a Samsung Series 7 slate, I found myself relaxing and letting go of some of my anxiety about Windows 8’s schizophrenic usage model. Word remains my homebase for most of the work I do, and the new Office 365 does not change Word to such a degree that it feels as foreign as the Start Screen.I loathe Windows 8 less on a tablet. There, I said it.Embrace and Extend Redux, ReduxThis is where Microsoft’s historically clever use of leverage comes into play – its uncanny ability to wangle its way onto new devices by extending the reach of its existing platform. Every Windows 8 user by definition will have a “Microsoft Account” bound to an email address. Through that account that Windows 8 automatically synchronizes not just your sharable media – like photos and music – but also your entitlements with respect to apps (for instance, the ability to use purchased apps on more than one device) and the state of your Desktop. Being able to have one Desktop move with you from machine to machine, even if not all the locally installed applications move with it, is a very attractive enticement. Once Microsoft gets everything together, including such things as browser customizations and Office 365 Web apps launching, you’ll be able to log onto any Windows 8 machine anywhere and get, for the most part, your Desktop.That makes a difference. If having Windows To Go or having a tablet with Windows 8 pre-installed works for you, then there may be reasons to also use the new operating system on your home office PC, for example.The Vista debacle, along with other failed Microsoft experiments like the first Zune player and Windows Me, proved that it can often take two or three iterations of a grand, new idea before Microsoft gets it close to right. The difference with Windows 8 could be that the self-correction process will be easier and potentially less embarrassing for the company. There are better ways to integrate PC input methodologies with tablet input, so Microsoft can finish baking its without causing much fuss.If the public is patient, it will wait until that cake is fully baked and covered with icing. But the public’s patience is not infinite. Windows 8’s first six months will be critical. After that time, we’ll probably need to ask these same questions all over again. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 4. Your TabletThis is the other wild card – the one upon which the real future of Windows 8 depends. The tablet is moving all of personal computing into a form factor that is lighter-weight, employs touch directly on the screen, relies on high-bandwidth mobile connectivity, relies more on services than installed apps, and uses less power.Windows 7 does not belong on a tablet. Windows 7’s usage model is simply too cumbersome for a touch-driven environment; it was designed for input devices that can right-click, double-click and scroll. This became clear two years ago, sparing Microsoft and HP the humiliation of offering Slate PCs as warmed-over Windows 7 devices. By the same token, many of Windows 8’s usage principles are well suited to a touch screen. Placing menus outside the screen margin (for example, the main control menu on the right side) and using a finger-flick to slide them into view makes perfect sense – even if it fails when attempted on a PC with a trackpad or mouse. On a smaller display, the rows and columns of apps tiles on the Start Screen are a bit less confusing than on a larger, PC-style display (see Fredric Paul’s How Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under the Bus). The Windows 8 usage model is far from perfect, but a tablet makes it better. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Windows 8 essentially signs everyone up for SkyDrive, the company’s cloud-based storage and synchronization platform. While that may create several million new registrants overnight, the fact is that the synchronization market is already solidifying. The abundance of smartphones, and especially the need to sync Apple devices with non-Apple PCs, has elevated Dropbox and Box to prominence. If you are syncing, you probably use one or the other – if not exclusively, most often. SkyDrive has yet to crack this market, and it may already be too late. So although Windows 8 synchronization looks compelling, you probably will still use Box or Dropbox anyway. Thus Windows 8 loses that side of the argument as well.However, if you use remote connectivity – especially to a virtual platform – the performance improvement in Windows 8 over Windows 7 is stunning. Microsoft has kicked out the Windows 7 virtualization layer, replacing it with architecture based on Hyper-V, which has been the virtualization layer for Windows Server. Windows 8 has clearly embraced the Core Microarchitecture enhancements in the latest Intel Core i3 and Core i5 series processors. For some intensive applications, the difference is night and day. That alone should be enough to make some folks switch to Windows 8.2. Your Home Entertainment PCThe engine for Windows PC gaming is called DirectX. It gives programs much richer contact with the computer’s graphics and sound components, bypassing the frameworks that productivity applications require. With Vista, Microsoft promised specific DirectX versions, creating an artificial chasm for game developers and threatening to leave XP users behind. Game developers refused to support it.Microsoft won’t make that mistake again. But the engine for Windows 8 tablet-style apps is called WinRT, and games that run in the new environment are expected to run in WinRT. At first, it did not appear that the two engines could be used in tandem – more to the point, that someone could make a game as rich as Halo and have it be installable through the new cloud-based Windows Store. That changed with the latest Release Preview, although  game developers have yet to fully understand, let alone embrace, what will be involved in making that work. Tags:#Microsoft#web last_img read more

How to Create Velocity in Sales Results

first_imgThere are ways to speed up your sales process; many—if not most—are unhealthy. You can rush through the process, not giving the conversations your client needs the appropriate time and attention. You can speed past some of the necessary outcomes, as if they are not important, mistakenly believing the choice of action doesn’t come with a cost. You can allow your prospect to dictate the process, skipping steps, and avoiding doing what they need to to make a good decision. There are ways you can create velocity in your sales results.While velocity is important, it isn’t most important. The prize for the most important belongs solely to “winning.” It never makes sense to trade time when doing so increases the likelihood of a loss, yet this is what many do, often attempting the new one-call close. There are better ways to speed up your sales results, and doing so requires you shift your focus from trying to “cheat” the process (the sales conversation) to a more strategic and healthier choice.Speed Up New OpportunitiesIf you want to accuse salespeople of not doing something as fast as they should, you need to look much earlier in the sales cycle. What happens too slow in sales is the creation of new opportunities (real opportunities, not contacts, and companies that engage without any genuine interest or any commitment to change). Too few opportunities is often the result of too little prospecting. Weeks with little or no prospecting means the time passed without the salesperson creating new opportunities. You lose velocity when you create an opportunity in the future that you might have created sooner.Imagine you are required to make twenty outbound attempts a day. In the course of the week, you make one-hundred calls, and you create two new meetings that result in a new opportunity. With no change in your strategy or your approach, you decide to make forty outbound attempts and create four new meetings that result in four new opportunities. These two additional opportunities have been pulled forward in time by a week.Note: Forty dials may require you to leave as many as thirty voice mail messages. The reason you can make many more calls than you needed if you are required to prospect at all, is because you don’t get to talk to too many people. Prospecting now means campaigns and pursuit plans, not sporadic calls made without a plan or intention.Sales managers often ask their salespeople to close deals faster, but they don’t ask them to create deals more quickly, and many are unwilling to hold them accountable for prospecting at all.There is every reason to pull results forward in time. You get the revenue sooner, and your client receives the better outcome they need faster.Slow Down Your ProcessLet me make this point abundantly clear; revenue now is better than revenue later. A client getting the result they need today is better than three weeks from now. There is no reason to take more time than is necessary to win a deal, but you also shouldn’t try to cheat the process.You cannot go faster than your dream client can go, even though you know the destination and the way there. When you try to speed things up, you leave your contacts behind, creating a gap they can’t close by themselves. Since your client can’t catch up with you, you have to go back to where they are and give them what they need to move forward.Here’s an example: you have a couple of discovery meetings, your contacts love your ideas, and they are excited. However, you haven’t had a chance to tailor the solution to them and their company, nor have you discussed the investment. They ask you for a proposal and pricing, and you provide it. Then, crickets. They go dark, leaving you chasing ghosts. Because you did not collaborate on the solution and didn’t help them build consensus within their company and teams, you eventually hear, “We decided to go another direction.” (For more on these commitments, see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales)An interesting metric is how many hours of conversation it takes to win a deal. If an average deal for some imaginary company takes ten hours to win, with the low end being six, why would you try to make the sale in an hour or two? Maybe you don’t know better and believe the deal to be more transactional than it really is, or perhaps you are trying to fast. It might also be that you are allowing your client to go faster than they should if they want to make the changes they have been working on with you.Speeding Up by SlowingThe way to speed up your process is to acquire the necessary commitments, linking them together without allowing much time between meetings. If you can shorten the distance between the meetings locked safely on your calendar, you can build velocity. You slow your deals by leaving meetings without established next steps and a date for the next meeting. Like cheating the process slows your progress, long periods between sessions can also kill your momentum.If you need to speed up the acquisition of deals, it may be because you have too few opportunities to allow you to spend time helping your client with their decision, without your having to try to drag them along at a pace they cannot possibly maintain.Speed up the creation of opportunities and gain the commitments that speed up the time it takes to win deals—and produce better results for your clients. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Jitters over Article 35A eclipse Id festivities

first_imgViolence-marred Kashmir valley witnessed a rare buzz in the markets on Tuesday, eve of Id-ul-Azha. However, festivities were eclipsed by anxiety about the fate of Article 35A, scheduled for hearing in the Supreme Court on August 27. Women and children were seen swarming the markets since morning. An official said over a lakh goats and sheep must have reached the city’s markets this season.Scores of shops in Srinagar put up banners in defence of Article 35A. Public transport operators pasted notices on the vehicles demanding retention of the Article.In a rare Id message, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also the Valley’s head priest, said: “People of J&K, irrespective of cast creed and region, must take a pledge to protect the State subject law and to remain rock solid to foil all bids aimed at changing the demography. On this auspicious occasion, people of the State must vow to take the ongoing struggle forward.”last_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With all that diving and playing without having the opportunity to score, it’s a job that hardly draws attention.And yet Dawn Macandili showed that the defensive position is a post that turns coal to diamonds.Asia’s second best libero showed her worth for the Lady Spikers when she anchored the defense of the defending champions and cleaned up when her taller teammates found difficulty against the monstrosity that Baron described.Macandili, who stands at exactly five feet, recorded 19 excellent receptions 35 excellent digs as she dueled with the no.7 player on this list.7. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)She’s the monster that pushed La Salle to its limit.Cherry Rondina was hell bent on showing the entire UAAP community that she’s a force to be reckoned with and she will stop at nothing to prove her devotion to UST.The Golden Tigress scored 28 points, the most in the opening weekend of Season 80, as she continually punished La Salle despite UST losing the game in five sets.This offensive display left La Salle bamboozled and the team’s figureheads were in unison that Rondina has been unleashed. Enter another clutch lady.University of the Philippines squandered a two-set advantage over Season 79 pawn University of the East in the two teams’ first match of 2018.The Lady Maroons were up two sets to nothing and just needed to close things out in the third set, but the final chapter just had to be written in the fifth and deciding period.UP could’ve ultimately lost its first game had it not for Molde’s heroic to lift the Lady Maroons 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8.Molde first sent the ball down UE’s sideline to give UP the 13-8 lead in the fifth, and after Roselle Baliton hit net that put the Lady Maroons at match point, the former Rookie of the Year sent another one towards the Lady Warriors’ way to finish the deal.UP’s hitter finished with 20 points, two less than what captain Diana Carlos did, but Molde did show the guts in the end game.6. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)The libero position was never considered the glamour spot in volleyball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe OG stat sheet stuffer hasn’t lost a beat since filling up every conceivable numerical category back in Season 79.And Bernadeth Pons once again displayed her versatility in Far Eastern University’s season opener win against Ateneo, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9.Her 14 total points comprised of 12 spikes and two blocks but it wasn’t just in the offensive side of things that Pons made an impact.The FEU captain had 13 excellent digs, the same as Ateneo’s libero Jenelle Lo, and 16 excellent receptions and that mark was four more than what Lo recorded.3. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Let’s head into the “if” part of this list.Back in Season 79, this list contained several “what ifs” and that won’t go anywhere this Season 80 as Jaja Santiago had the first “if” performance this year.Santiago had 16 points in National University’s victory over Adamson University, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, in what turned out to be the only match in the opening weekend that didn’t go to the fifth set.Now, Santiago is a consistent 20-point scorer and she did win the Best Attacker, Best Blocker, and Best Scorer awards in Season 79 and that is where the “if” suddenly gets its footing. “When the game was over I told her ‘you’re a monster,’” said La Salle’s Kianna Dy.“I think Rondina’s aggressiveness sometimes takes away our confidence when we prepare for a block,” said Baron.“Before there was [three-time MVP] Alyssa [Valdez], but now there’s Rondina. “We don’t have someone like Rondina, UST has, she will do whatever it takes to lift her team up.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding She’s the defending MVP and she rightfully held fort for her queendom.Mary Joy Baron showed the poise in leading defending champion De La Salle over University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8.Baron’s name was in every scoring category for the Lady Spikers as her 19 total points composed of 12 spikes, five blocks, and two service aces.That quiet production perfectly exemplified her equally silent approach to UAAP royalty in Season 79.2. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)ADVERTISEMENT Volleyball fever has finally struck and with three of the first four games ending in five sets, the mercury just went haywire.The eight teams of the UAAP all had their first taste of the competition and here are the best seven players from the first week of Season 80 volleyball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout1. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker) View comments Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting If Santiago scored upwards of 20 points against the Lady Falcons, she could’ve been at the top of the list but with her 16 points considered subpar to her standards she dropped to third.4. Toni Rose Basas (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Pons’ partner in crime makes an appearance on this list for one defining factor.Toni Rose Basas is clutch.She and Pons both had 14 points against Ateneo but Basas scored her last three points in the most crucial of times and in the uncommon of ways.With the fifth set tied at 9-9, Basas was tasked to get the ball over the net from the service line.Basas would not only serve the ball, but she scored three straight times with FEU not having to defend.Her three straight service aces decked out Ateneo in the unlikeliest of methods as the Lady Tamaraws eventually held on to win.5. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside hitter) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Fajardo, Gilas brace for bigger, stronger Australian side LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Video: Jim Kelly Gets Incredible Standing Ovation At The NFL Draft

first_imgJim Kelly gets applause from Roger Goddess and fans at the draft.Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.last_img

SLB Loan Repayments to be Deducted at Source

first_imgAmendments are to be made to the legislation pertaining to the Students Loan Bureau (SLB), to facilitate deductions at source, to ensure that loans are repaid by borrowers.However, in the interim, employers in the public sector will be authorized to deduct payments from employees who have outstanding loans with the SLB and remit these to the Bureau.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips,as he opened the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 18, under the theme: ‘Restoring Hope – Expanding Opportunity’.“Employers in the private sector are being encouraged to facilitate these deductions from the salaries of their employees as their contribution to the effort to expand opportunities to our young people who are unable to access tertiary education without the help of the SLB,” the Minister added.Dr. Phillips also noted that the recent introduction of a Credit Bureau should help in reducing the high delinquency rate, as the credit worthiness of persons will be recorded for future transactions.Meanwhile, the Minister emphasized that it is critical that tertiary institutions periodically review the types of programmes and courses offered to determine their relevance to the market needs.He said this will assist students in getting jobs on graduation and as such, will be able to repay their loans, so that the demand on government for funding can be reduced.Over the last six years demand for students’ loans has increased, with the number moving from 6,600 in 2007 to 16,600 in 2012, and this is projected to increase to over 20,000 for the upcoming academic year.This increased demand, coupled with the annual increase in tuition costs by tertiary institutions, has resulted in significantly increased pressure on the limited resources of the SLB to meet the growing demand, which is estimated to reach $20 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.Of this amount, inflows of approximately $12 billion will be sourced between now and 2015/16 from the recent increase in Education Tax and from loan repayments.“This will still leave a shortfall of approximately $8 billion for the period,” Dr. Phillips noted.He informed that for the 2013/14 academic year, approximately $4.9 billion is required to fully cover the projected demand, which will be financed by the Education tax and loan inflows from the Caribbean Development Bank.“The SLB is (also) engaged in discussions with private sector financial institutions to induce their participation in funding the demand for tertiary education. These discussions are progressing well and the details are being worked out as to the terms and conditions of the private sector’s participation in this undertaking. Once this is finalized, the SLB will be in a position to determine the extent to which further funding may be available,” Dr. Phillips said.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more