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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 – DILG 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 Next
In his second run to become the MP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, NDP candidate Tony Walsh is finding he has a better opportunity to get his message out.The Chatham man said social media is playing a larger role than the last election while more debates are scheduled this time.“I’m hopeful that we can break through in this riding and that I can help contribute to more NDP members of Parliament fighting for the everyday people, small business and farmers, the folks that need a voice,” he said.Walsh earned 9,549 votes, or 18.3 per cent of the vote, in 2015, placing third. The member in the last Parliament, Dave Van Kesteren, is retiring and not seeking re-election.An investment specialist with CIBC, Walsh said his interest in running for politics goes back to volunteering in his community at a young age alongside his parents.“There has always been a sense that one should be active in one’s community and so, as I got older and developed a career, I went into a career where I was helping people,” he said.Eventually, he came to a point where he thought he needed to “make a bigger impact by affecting policy” and he became inspired by former NDP leaders Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair, Walsh said.He also started a family, which he said made him think more about the future he was leaving them.The biggest issues for the riding this time, he said, are addressing the cost of living and prioritizing job opportunities sustainable with the “current climate crisis.”“People are finding that they’re not getting ahead,” he said. “The economy is doing well, but they don’t see more money in their bank accounts, so why is that?”The candidate said there have been cuts to services and, with an aging population in the region, there needs to be a seniors’ strategy in place.Walsh said he “absolutely” trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed climate research that climate change is real and caused by human activity. He said the melting of polar ice caps, “massive” flooding and forest fires are all signs something needs to be done.“We can’t stand idly by when we have the technology and we have the resources to make life better for those that are in those spots,” he said.With the flooding experienced in the riding along Lake Erie and the Thames River, Walsh said the NDP has a $2.5-billion plan to help municipalities when disaster strikes and to improve infrastructure, as well as $15 billion to address the climate crisis.The NDP candidate said he has also heard from people in the riding about a national dementia strategy, national pharmacare, mental health and the opioid crisis. He said he believes addiction should be treated a health issue and not a criminal offence.Walsh said he encourages everyone in the riding to follow all of the candidates on Facebook.“It’s up to us, the candidates, to engage the voter to come out and vote,” he said. “I take full responsibility for that, for my part anyways, and if anyone is not feeling engaged . . . I would encourage them to contact me directly.”
[View the story “#NEXTCHAT RECAP: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?” on Storify] On June 20 as #Nextchat invited special guest Joe Gerstandt to join us for an informative discussion on “what’s next” for Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st century. In case you missed it, here are all the tweets from the chat:
Earlier this month, EMC released their findings regarding the digital universe in a publication entitled “The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe.” Some of the research focused on mind-blowing figures – like the 281 billion GB size of the digital universe or the predicted size of the digital universe by 2011, nearly 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes). However, what really peaked our interest was information provided on your “Digital Shadow,” that is, all the digital information generated about an average person on a daily basis.You may already be familiar with the term “digital footprint,” which you probably take to mean your online data trail. If asked to describe what would comprise this “footprint,” likely responses would include things like your social network profiles, your web site or blog, your photos shared on an online service, videos you uploaded to YouTube, perhaps even mentions of you in the local paper or your school’s web site. You may even go so far as to include information about you or your businesses that are public record. Certainly those things are contributing factors to your digitally encoded self, however, this recent EMC-sponsored study discovered that your digital footprint includes far more than just the data related to individual actions.Out of the 281,000,000,000 GB digital universe, each person’s contribution is about 45 GB, and out of that 45 GB, only about half of the digital footprint would be related to these “active” individual actions – taking pictures, making VoIP calls, uploading videos, downloading content, etc. Awareness of those sorts of self-created data trails has been steadily increasing according to a recent PEW Internet report (Dec. 2007), with nearly half of all internet users (47%) having searched for information about themselves, up 22% from 2002. But this new research shows that we need to be aware of much more than just online mentions. What we need to concern ourselves with now, is the other half of our digital footprint. This “ambient content,” the research team concluded, comprises of passive contributions, something termed as your “digital shadow.”Your shadow includes things like images of you on a surveillance camera, your bank records, your retail and airline purchase records, your telephone records, your medical database entries, copies of hospital scans, information about your web searches, general backup data, information about credit card purchases, etc.John Gantz, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President of IDC explains the digital shadow as simply “information about you,” but what’s surprising about this shadow, he explains, is that “for the first time your digital shadow is larger than the digital information you actively create about yourself.” While for you this means being aware of the numerous places your information is stored to protect yourself from identity theft, for businesses, especially enterprise IT organizations that gather this information, it means a tremendous responsibility for the security, privacy protection, reliability and legal compliance of this information. “Society is already feeling the early effects of the worlds digital information explosion. Organizations need to plan for the limitless opportunities to use information in new ways and for the challenges of information governance,” said Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO. “As peoples digital footprints continue growing, so too will the responsibility of organizations for the privacy, protection, availability and reliability of that information. The burden is on IT departments within organizations to address the risks and compliance rules around information misuse, data leakage and safeguarding against security breaches.”If you’re interested in the current size of your own digital footprint, you can download a copy of the Personal Digital Footprint Calculator. This tool walks you through a questionnaire that calculates your impact based on the responses to questions about your computer usage, email usage, digital camera/camcorder usage, web downloading habits, potential surveillance areas, and geographical information, among other things. The questions do make you think about your online activities, but they may be hard to answer if you’re not really aware of your online activities or good at coming up with averages for things like “number of emails sent per week,” for example. Digital Footprint CalculatorHowever, if you take the time to fill out the Digital Footprint Calculator correctly, you’ll be presented with your current “daily digital footprint,” in megabytes. You can then click “Start Ticker” to launch your own personal ticker that increments over time according to your digital information creation. You can even upload this, along with the .swf file, to your own web site and share your results with others.Example Ticker (taking wizard defaults)Having a digital shadow is not necessarily a bad thing, the study points out, as it’s what allows Amazon to make recommendations for you or display your “trustworthiness” as a seller on eBay, the downside is that, in many cases, erasing that shadow is still difficult or impossible: think about the Facebook user rebellion that took place when it was discovered how difficult/impossible it was to remove your profile from the service. But there are other examples of where people have even less choice in the matter, like government-mandated traffic light cameras or citywide surveillance. And of course, your safety is at the mercy of credit card companies and the like – if they aren’t taking security seriously, your digital shadow can be snatched away from you while an identity thief goes on a a rampage with your good name.In the long run, it will be up to businesses to adapt to these changes and protect their customer’s data. Those that don’t will pay as their clients take their business to safer, more protective businesses elsewhere. And for us, just being aware of our impact on the digital universe is a good place to start. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Features#Trends#web sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#Non-Profits#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the immensely popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia, just announced that it has reached its fundraising goal for 2008, which will allow the foundation to cover its operating expenses for the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 2009. Overall, a total of 125,000 donors gave over $6.2 million during 2008, though in December alone, after a personal appeal from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, 50,000 individuals contributed more than $2 million.According to Jimmy Wales, these donations will be used to pay for the day-to-day operations of the Wikimedia Foundation, including the costs of hosting and bandwidth, as well as the salary of its small staff of only 23 people. The Wikimedia foundation will also use these funds to support outreach events like the Wikipedia Academies and to help its volunteer community.No Advertising The Wikimedia Foundation has always declined to run advertising on its pages. Given that it is one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, it could surely make more than $6.2 million in revenue every year, but the organization, and Jimmy Wales in particular, have always vehemently rejected this idea in favor of direct donations from users.
CCH Tax Day ReportA federal district court held that various online travel companies (OTCs) owed the village of Lombard hotel occupancy taxes, but did not owe hotel occupancy taxes to 12 other Illinois municipalities. The OTCs sell hotel rooms using the “merchant business model,” contracting with hotels to purchase hotel rooms at wholesale rates, then selling room reservations to customers at retail rates. Numerous municipalities sought to collect tax from the OTCs’ on their receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate paid by the OTCs and the retail rate charged by the OTCs. The OTCs were liable for the Lombard tax because the Lombard tax ordinance provides for a tax on “all persons engaged in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” Lombard’s tax is imposed with proper statutory authorization as the Illinois statute allows municipalities to “impose a tax upon all persons engaged in such municipality in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” In addition, Lombard’s tax does not violate the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution. The ordinance language reasonably taxes all persons involved in the hotel business even if they do not own, operate, or manage hotels themselves, and does not broaden Lombard’s tax authority. Finally, the ordinance does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause because both paying to rent a room in Lombard and engaging in the business of renting a room in Lombard are activities with a substantial nexus to Illinois.The ordinances in several other municipalities place the duty to collect tax on the “owner and operator of each hotel.” The OTCs, however, were not owners and operators. The words “owner” and “operator” are undefined by the municipalities’ ordinances The court noted that operation of a hotel involves more than taking reservations, ensuring reservations are honored, handling complaints, and serving as the primary contact for customers before they stay in rented hotel rooms. Also, hotel owners have the right to possess, use, and convey their hotels, while the OTCs had no such rights with regard to the hotels.The remaining municipalities’ ordinances imposed the tax on rental receipts. The OTCs’ receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate and the retail rate are not rental receipts. The retail rate includes both the cost of the room rental and the cost of other services provided by the OTCs as evidenced by OTCs’ terms of service.Village of Bedford Park v. Expedia, Inc., U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, No. 13 C 5633, June 20, 2016, ¶403-109