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Kyrie’s killer drill

first_imgMOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Height of brilliance Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “No matter how good you are dribbling the ball, if you don’t have the right technique and footwork, you can’t really beat your defender,” Escueta says. “The handwork should come with the footwork.”I dreaded the sight of heavy balls, the ladder and the resistance bands but they were used heavily in the second week, when explosiveness and attacks to the rim were the focus of the drills.In-between squat jumps while holding on to the heavy ball and lunges, I almost threw up. Escueta jokingly describes the session as merely “light” training for aspiring collegiate players. Not for me, obviously.Escueta stresses that repetition is just as important to becoming an elite player. I left the third training session feeling pain in my thighs. I struggled to walk the next couple of days after we did moving lunges with the heavy ball and side-to-side jumps again with the heavy ball.I got dizzy on more than a few occasions, but it was too late to turn back.A former Ateneo standout, Escueta assures that the drill gets easier in time, especially if one repeats them over and over. “Those exercises and technique, like staying low, will become second nature with repetition,” Escueta says. “The exercises  strengthen the muscles in your legs and that’s where you get the explosiveness.”Attacking cones using the heavy ball, war drills and one-on-one battles covered the final session last Tuesday.Escueta shares they had players at Ateneo execute the same drills coupled with weights training during the off-season. “Our practices are like this during the summer,” he says. “Basketball is played at a faster pace now. You would need to find an edge.”Irving certainly found that edge, translating it to success on the court. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGcenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES Drillmaster and Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin puts workout participants through the paces.Kyrie Irving’s rise from an injury-prone top draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA champion took years of gruelling work in the gym, away from the bright lights of NBA arenas.Easily one of the world’s most exciting players, Irving has dazzled hoop fans with his ball-handling, acrobatic layups, as well as clutch shooting—all of them in full display in last year’s NBA Finals, where the Cavaliers put the Golden State Warriors to the sword in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study But I was dead wrong. It turned out to be a struggle, to say the least.From the opening salvo of the training sessions, where Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin and the Blue Eagles put us through the paces, until Week 4, when Ateneo guard skills coach Yuri Esecueta had us run the length of the court in just four dribbles before finishing a layup, there were days I felt I shouldn’t have showed up for training.“You can’t really play the game well unless you can play the fundamentals,” Baldwin shares.“As a coach, I’ve spent most of my life trying to convince players that when you walk into the gym, the first thing you do shouldn’t be to pick up the basketball and shoot it. There are so many other things you have to master because, actually, when you’re playing the game you spend very little time with the ball and spend a lot of time playing defense, cutting … there’s a lot to do without the ball.”The basics of handwork and footwork were covered during the first weekend, capped by dribbling attacks around cones and various layups, in the same way Irving finishes against the giants in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT When Nike Philippines executives broached the idea of selecting five Filipino media members to go through a series of workouts that closely mirror Irving’s regimen for four weekends, while trying out the third signature shoe of the Cavaliers star, there was plenty of apprehension from the head office of the sports apparel brand in the United States.“Will they survive?” was the question posed by the top Nike executives to their Filipino counterparts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnA month after the Kyrie 3 was launched in the Philippines, that question was answered when this reporter, along with four others, completed the “Cut Out of Nowhere” training sessions while acquiring new skills and developing a newfound respect for players who work tirelessly to improve their game day in and day out.For someone who manages to squeeze in a few pick-up games between sports coverages during the week, I was confident that I would breeze through what was initially described as light training, as opposed to those being done by varsity standouts. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Crime and no punishment

first_imgThe foremost job of every Government is ensuring security, both internal security for its citizens and border security from external threat. Given that President David Granger is a career soldier, everyone expects that he has expertise in this area and should, by now, have introduced policies which would have halted the rising crime rate.Instead, from the very first, Granger signalled that he would be soft on crime with the pardoning of criminals which ignored all the regulations governing such releases. National Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan has followed up with policies and statements that blame the victims by establishing curfews to change our behaviour and now advising that we should use more plastic for financial transactions.Granger has further stated that the current crop of criminals grew up under the lawlessness that occurred during the PPP/C administration. The major lawlessness during that time was the Buxton-centred violence that raged for years. The “freedom fighters” armed with AK-47s claimed they were “marginalised” and the PNC were among those that justified their rampage against a democratically elected government and their perceived supporters, Indian Guyanese.According to a report on the transfer of wealth compiled by Dr Ramesh Gampat and Dr Somdat Mahabir for the GIHA Crime Report, 1.4 million were robbed from mainly Indian Guyanese by the Buxton criminals between February 2002 and February 2003. This figure included property damage and ransoms collected for the release of Indian-Guyanese hostages who were kidnapped and held in Buxton until their family paid up.Some of those criminals and their accomplices were young boys – now grown men, as Granger agrees – and having had a taste of easy money from criminal enterprise are probably not inclined to work especially since there is always the chance of a presidential pardon.But even before the PPP/C took office in 1992, there had been the near-30 years of the PNC dictatorship when kick-down-the-door banditry and open thuggery from the House of Israel and other arms of the state were the “law” of the land.The PPP/C did not spawn the lawlessness. They never, however, managed to curb it mainly because they never had control of the armed forces. That control was and remains in the hands of the PNC’s “kith and kin”.Instead of cracking down on crime, Granger is going after licensed gun holders, a move that would further embolden the criminals. Following the shooting death of a burglar in Diamond by a homeowner, the president spoke about reassessing the issuance of gun licences to private citizens, and a young police officer said to me, sucking his teeth, “The criminals have more rights than we.”It is obvious that morale in the Police Force is very low. They see no reason to stick their necks out when Government is comfortable with blaming the victims and when Granger might well pardon the criminals anyway.The president believes that the rise in crime is a conspiracy to make the police look bad and that guns are being rented out to criminals. Perhaps, he has evidence that informs such statements but, even if true, don’t the police still have to respond and apprehend the criminals?In all the reasons being forwarded for the crime wave, Government avoids stating the obvious: that the shrinking economy results in rising unemployment which leads to more crime.As with the economic downturn, the Granger Government appears hapless in its efforts to stop the runaway crime which targets the homes and businesses of mainly Indian Guyanese and Chinese nationals. Like white supremacists are emboldened by Trump’s victory in the US, is it that criminals here are as emboldened by Granger’s softness on crime?Crime, including political/racial crimes, has been flourishing in Guyana for 50 years and counting. The Buxton-centred violence during the PPP/C administration was undoubtedly used as cover for other nefarious activities and when that government led a pushback that resulted in the shooting deaths of many of the alleged criminals, the PNC and the “human rights” group were very quick to make a case for extra-judicial killings.As now, the PNC and GHRA were never concerned about the victims of the crimes. Crime has been used as a political weapon in Guyana and, because of this, there has been much crime and little or no punishment. It is ingrained in the national psyche as the way to get whatever you want.If there is a conspiracy afoot to make his government look bad, Granger only has to look at the past record of criminal behaviour to find the wellspring for that idea.last_img read more

Xavi extends Barca deal

first_imgXavi, 33, joins Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol in signing a contract extension, but ‘keeper Victor Valdes has said he intends to move on in June 2014 when his current contract expires.Meanwhile, Turkish top side Galatasaray announced they have signed Ivory Coast’s veteran striker Didier Drogba on an 18-month contract.“An agreement has been reached with Didier Yves Drogba of Shanghai Shenhua football team, starting from the second half of 2012-2013 season for a 1.5 year period,” the club said on its website.Drogba is to be paid 10 million euros ($13.5 million) for the 18-month period, the club announced, plus a bonus of 15,000 euros ($20,000) for each match played.Drogba left Chelsea for China last year after helping the west London side to their first Champions League title.Galatasaray, who are currently five points clear of Fenerbahce at the top of the Turkish league, have already made a major statement in the transfer window by landing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan earlier this month.Drogba is currently on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 29 – Barcelona’s Spanish international midfield general Xavi Hernandez has extended his deal with the Catalan club through to 2016, the club announced.“Xavi will be with the Blaugrana through to June 30, 2016 after signing a contract renewal today,” Barca said on their website.last_img read more

Vioxx trial winds down

first_img“Where we sit is, there is no question according to their own documents, that Vioxx causes heart attack and stroke,” Girardi told jurors. Girardi implored the jury to set an example for other drug companies by returning a verdict in favor of his client. “This case is far greater than Mr. Stewart Grossberg,” Girardi said. “What if one company out there based upon what you do says, `We’d like to think this through. We don’t want to hurt anyone?”‘ The drug maker faces more than 16,000 lawsuits involving Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 after a study found that it increased the risk of heart attacks. More than 2,000 Vioxx lawsuits filed in California have been consolidated in Los Angeles Superior Court by Judge Victoria G. Chaney. The outcome of the case is expected to serve as a guide for navigating through other California cases involving Vioxx. Grossberg took the stand briefly during the trial, which entered its fifth week Tuesday. “I used Vioxx for a number of years,” Grossberg told jurors, adding he only took the painkiller “as needed,” not every day. He detailed how he took the painkiller during a pain flare-up, suffering a heart attack a few weeks later that he said forced him to take a break from his job as a construction site supervisor. Doctors placed a stent in one of his arteries and he was eventually released from the hospital and put on medication to reduce his lipid levels. Stents are tiny metal scaffolds that prop up arteries to help blood flow. Two years later, Grossberg resumed taking Vioxx, but stopped in late August 2004 after hearing about problems with the painkiller. Three months later, he suffered chest pains and underwent a second stent placement. Medical experts who testified for Merck told jurors Grossberg had pre-existing health factors that led to his heart problems, including a history of heart disease in his family, elevated cholesterol, poor diet and exercise habits and years as a smoker.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An elderly man who sued Merck & Co. had a long history of heart disease before he took the painkiller Vioxx, the drug he claims caused his heart attack, a lawyer argued Tuesday in closing arguments of a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company. Merck attorney Tarek Ismail told jurors they should reject the claim that Vioxx caused Stewart Grossberg’s heart attack or accelerated his heart disease. He cited testimony from a pharmacist who reviewed Grossberg’s records that showed he had three prescriptions of 30 Vioxx pills each in the two years before his heart attack in September 2001. Ismail said Grossberg, at most, was a sporadic Vioxx user. “Mr. Grossberg had heart disease for years and that heart disease started years before he had his first Vioxx pill,” Ismail said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The case – the first Vioxx liability lawsuit to go to trial in California – was brought by Grossberg, 71, who began taking Vioxx in 1999 to manage joint pain in his knees, hands and elsewhere caused by osteoarthritis. Grossberg blames his heart attack on Vioxx and is seeking unspecified damages on grounds that the company was negligent and failed to warn users of the drug, among other allegations. Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck & Co. claims Vioxx had no role in Grossberg’s heart ailments. Merck has won four cases and lost three. Another trial began this week in New Orleans. Earlier, Grossberg’s attorney Thomas Girardi argued that Merck knew the drug caused heightened risk of heart ailments but sought to mislead physicians and market Vioxx anyway. last_img

Web Office Week

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office This week Read/WriteWeb will be featuring a series of posts about the Web Office. Let’s start by summarizing what exactly is a Web Office. In a June post we mentioned that a Web Office suite should have, at the least, the following apps in it: email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. These are the core products of Microsoft Office, the dominant office suite package. You could also make a case for apps like contacts manager, task manager or even project management to be in the core products, but we’ll keep things real simple. Here’s how the main Web Office contenders shape up:Web Office Suite: Core Products Note: Zimbra and Microsoft Office Live don’t have separate names for their appsIt’s certainly over-simplifying, but it helps to get a sense of where all the main players are in creating a basic Web Office suite. Google Apps has everything but Presentations, but that is rumored to be here soon after recent acquisitions in that space. Zoho has the most complete offering so far, including many other apps not listed (Meeting, Wiki, etc). Zimbra also has an impressive offering – like Google it is only missing Presentations. ThinkFree has the main productivity apps, but it doesn’t have email or calendar.A note about Microsoft. Currently it has a number of different offerings, all under the ‘Office Live’ banner – there are 7 products listed on this page, including Office Live Premium and Office Live Groove. But as yet, no sign that Microsoft will risk its massive desktop Office revenues, by offering an online office suite. Indeed, that may never happen – as Microsoft attempts to create a desktop/online hybrid around its ‘services’ strategy. There are signs though that Microsoft is at least experimenting – earlier this month they announced a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite. However it isn’t a browser-based office offering, as was rumored last year.Here’s this week’s poll: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

(REOPENS DEL35)

first_img“In Ladakh, Congress is down to only five seats while it had won 22 seats last time. When the ice melts in the Himalayas, Bihar feels the cold. Hence the trend from Ladakh will help create an atmosphere in Bihar as well,” Modi said.Attacking Nitish and Lalu for joining hands with Congress, the Prime Minister invoked late Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, who was popularly called “Yuva Turk”.”While Chandra Shekhar broke his long relation with Congress at the call of JP, these leaders who claim to have the blessings of the Loknayak and do politics in his name joined hands with Congress.”Nitish ji, who had come in politics with the blessings of JP left him and surrendered to Congress for political opportunism. See the difference in the character of these two leaders–Chandra Shekhar and Nitish Kumar.”Chandra Shekar belonged to the adjacent Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh.Modi, who was accused by rivals of cancelling some rallies allegedly fearing a loss for NDA in Bihar polls, said he came now as the third phase of polls is starting in the state after a long festival break.”I have again got an opportunity to come to you. If you give me so much love, I will keep coming here. I will return your love with interest,” he said.The Prime Minister, who has been attacked by the opposition for remembering Bihar only at the time of polls, reminded that he had maintained long back that India will not develop till the eastern part of the country including states like Bihar are developed.advertisementAs part of his campaign blitzkrieg, Modi will address around one and half a dozen rallies for the remaining three phases of polls in the state. The third phase falls on October 28. So far 81 of 243 assembly seats have seen voting in last two phases. PTI AMR DVlast_img read more

Mumbai Indians secure Yuvraj Singh

first_imgAdvertisementIndia all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at base price in the IPL 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Yuvraj had reduced his base price for the first time this year and set it at Rs 1 crore. Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab last year but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches. Last year as well, Yuvraj was sold at his base price. This will be the first time when Yuvraj will be playing for the Mumbai-based franchise.Yuvraj SIngh to play for Mumbi Indians in IPL 2019.Singh had failed to find any bidders in the first round but was brought back in the auction pool in the evening. Mumbai Indians were the only franchise to bid for Yuvraj Singh.Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auctions when Delhi Capitals paid a whopping Rs 16 crore for the swashbuckling all-rounder back in 2015.Yuvraj, 37, has so far played for five franchises – Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He won the IPL with SRH in 2016 before being released by the team the following season. Yuvraj has so far played 128 matches in the tournament and amassed 2652 runs at an average of 24.78 with 12 half-centuries and a highest score of 83.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lords to host West Indies-Rest of the World XI fund-raising T20I

first_imgLondon, Feb 14 (PTI) World champions West Indies will take on a Rest of the World XI in a one-off T20 International at Lords later this year, to raise funds for Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by recent hurricanes.The match will be played on May 31 and the ICC has confirmed its full support by granting it international status.The proceeds from the fund-raising match will go towards restoring the stadiums — James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Dominicas Windsor Park Stadium — damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said in a statement.�??Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how we can best show support for our region in the most impactful way,�?? said Dave Cameron, the Cricket West Indies president.Tickets for the match, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, have already been priced.�??I would like personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord�??s, and ECB, especially their President Giles Clarke, for their kind and generous support of this initiative,” he added.Guy Lavender, the Chief Executive and Secretary of MCC, pointed to the relationship the club, which owns Lord�??s Cricket Ground and is the guardian of the Laws of Cricket, has shared with the people of the Caribbean for many years.�??MCC is delighted to be able to host this very special match. The last time that a match between the Windies and Rest of the World was held at Lord�??s was in 1966,�?? Lavender said.advertisementColin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said, �??To have two category 5 hurricanes in the space of two weeks was unprecedented and everyone around the world was shocked by the destruction which was caused.”The ECB and CWI have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship and we are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative.” PTI AH ATlast_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery says Holding could face Man Utd

first_imgArsenal boss Emery says Holding could face Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery says Rob Holding could be ready to face Manchester United tomorrow night.Holding missed the last six months of last season after a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in December. Emery said, “After eight or nine months out, it’s a long time, and to recover he needs first to take it bit by bit, to take ­confidence, to get back to the performance levels we demand.“On Tuesday (in their Carabao Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest), I thought, ‘Wow! He’s coming, Rob Holding’. I don’t know if he is going to start at Old Trafford, but I want from him his spirit, his behaviour and commitment.“He really feels Arsenal ­Football Club and I want ­players like him in the dressing room. Last year, Rob started training and playing with us and he progressed a lot.“When he had his ­injury at Old Trafford, it was maybe at the best ­moment in his progress.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hazard scores 100th goal for Chelsea

first_imgEden Hazard has scored his 100th goal for Chelsea, finding the net in Wednesday’s Premier League meeting with Watford.After going scoreless against Leicester, Hazard struck just before half-time at Vicarage Road to send the Blues ahead. Mateo Kovacic picked up a loose ball in midfield and knocked through to the forward, who rounded Ben Foster and finished with ease to mark his century. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea’s advantage proved short-lived, however, as Roberto Pereyra hit back almost instantly to level matters prior to the break.But Hazard popped up in the second half to restore the lead, netting a penalty to make it 2-1 on the night and 101 for Chelsea’s star.The Belgian remains 10th on the all-time list of the Blues’ top scorers, with Frank Lampard out in front with 211, nine ahead of Bobby Tambling.Of Hazard’s 101 goals for the club, 79 of them have come in the Premier League, with eight having been scored in the Champions League, seven in the League Cup, five in the FA Cup and one in both the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Brom are Hazard’s favourite opponents in terms the opposition he has the best goalscoring record again during his time at Stamford Bridge, with seven having arrived against each of those sides.Cesc Fabregas is the Chelsea team-mate with the most assists for Hazard – the Spaniard having set-up the forward seven times during his time with the club.Hazard will climb to ninth in the standings of the Blues’ all-time leading scorers if and when he scores 109 for the club, with George Hilsdon having netted 108 during his spell as a Chelsea player in the early 1900s.Eden Hazard Chelsea 100The former Lille man joined Chelsea back in 2012, and has made a total of 322 appearances for the Blues across all competitions.There has been speculation over his future at the club, however, with a move to Real Madrid having long been mooted as a possibility, with the Belgian himself having admitted his desire to play for the Liga giants .He has, however, also suggested that he could remain at Stamford Bridge for the long-term, with Maurizio Sarri’s side keen to tie the 27-year-old down to a new deal – his current contract expires in June 2020.Hazard has been deployed in a false nine position by Sarri in recent times and has now scored in three of his last four games for the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more