Calvin Abueva returns to Phoenix practice despite indefinite ban

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Abueva was suspended indefinitely on June 4 after a physical altercation with TNT big man Terrence Jones in the Commissioner’s Cup. He also exchanged verbal jabs with a female fan that turned out to be Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s girlfriend.The PBA also slapped with him a total of P70,000 fine, P50,000 on his clothesline of Jones and P20,000 for the verbal altercation.Abueva’s life then got crazier during his suspension when he and his wife Sam publicly expressed their marital problems and the 6-foot-2 forward was seen playing in a non-sanctioned tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers PLAY LIST 02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View comments Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, who got reunited with Abueva at Upper Deck Sports Center, said the return of their beleaguered forward, in practice at least, was “super good news.”“At least he can now see the light at the end of the tunnel unlike before when all of us were confused,” said Alas in Filipino. “It’s a very good development, hopefully this will the suspension would be lifted soon.”Shaking off the rust. 👀💥#CalvinAbueva | #FightToThePhoenix pic.twitter.com/h9ue8Tubky— Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters (@fuelmasters) September 26, 2019ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Abueva also conducted basketball clinics to help his cause. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna THIS IS NOT A THROWBACK: The Beast has returned to practice today. #FightToThePhoenix pic.twitter.com/O2916xTNQi— Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters (@fuelmasters) September 26, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is getting a new chance at life after PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial allowed him to join Phoenix’ practices starting Thursday despite being under indefinite suspension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4As per the league’s official website, Abueva sat down with Marcial on Sept. 16 and asked if he could join the Fuel Masters’ practices even if his suspension is still in effect and the commissioner granted the polarizing forward’s request.ADVERTISEMENT LVPI hopes to see Valdez, other PVL stars suit up in Asean Grand Prix 2nd leglast_img read more

U-turn! Szczesny set for Arsenal return as Roma hit wages stumbling block

first_img Wojciech Szczesny: The Poland international has made 40 appearances Roma’s bid to tie down Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to another season on loan has hit a major stumbling block, according to reports in Italy.The Poland international has enjoyed a productive season in the Italian capital, having made 40 appearances for Luciano Spalletti’s side.Szczesny recently admitted he would be keen on extending his stay in Italy and Roma are also eager to keep hold of the 26-year-old for a further year.But Arsenal will only sanction a deal if Roma pay the entirety of the player’s wages, which may prove difficult for the Serie A club.Szczesny is reportedly on around £65,000 per week at the Emirates and his parent club have made it clear they will not be willing to pay him the full whack for another season while he’s on loan.Arsenal are open to having Szczesny back as their No.2 behind Petr Cech next year and will only release him if Roma stump up with a bid for a permanent transfer or agree to pay his wages. 1last_img read more

Cavs fall short

first_imgDENVER – Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins scored 17 points apiece for the Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland’s LeBron James missed a free throw with .6 seconds left as Denver defeated the Cavaliers, 90-89. James finished with 24 points but the Cavs lost their fifth consecutive, including the first four on their Western trip. Pistons 117, at Hawks 89 Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Richard Hamilton had 21 to help Detroit win the matchup of the NBA’s best and worst records. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardAt Pacers 98, Bobcats 92 Anthony Johnson scored 16 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead Indiana. Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds and shot 9 for 14 from the field. Stephen Jackson scored 17 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius and Fred Jones each had 14 for the Pacers. Nets 101, at 76ers 90 Vince Carter scored 31 points and had 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets over Philadelphia. center_img Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 36 points and Chris Webber had 15. At Magic 106, Wizards 98 Steve Francis had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game back from a two-game suspension and Orlando snapped a four-game losing streak. Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 12 rebounds, giving him more than 10,000 career points. At Celtics 103, Timberwolves 96 Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics rallied to earn the victory. Al Jefferson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics. At Hornets 87, Grizzlies 79 David West had 12 points and 14 rebounds to help New Orleans win its fourth consecutive. Mike Miller scored 21 points to lead Memphis, which has lost three consecutive for the second time this season. At Bulls 106, Knicks 104, OT Knicks forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without a scuffle during Chicago’s overtime win. Ben Gordon hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer and scored 32 points for the Bulls, but Davis’ dash over the scorer’s table and into the stands during overtime – bringing back memories of last season’s brawl in Detroit – became the flash point of an already wild game. Davis said in a statement that he saw his wife being threatened and had to act. Mavericks 103, at Rockets 76 Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 of his 29 points in the decisive third quarter and Dallas opened a five-game trip with a win over the Rockets. At Spurs 95, Bucks 92 Tim Duncan scored 27 points and Michael Finley had 21 to help San Antonio hold on for the win. Michael Redd scored 26 points for the Bucks, who have lost seven of their past nine games to drop to one game over .500. At Trail Blazers 96, Raptors 94 Zach Randolph scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Raptors. Viktor Khryapa had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the improving Blazers, who have won four consecutive for the first time this season. Chris Bosh had 22 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, which took a 94-93 lead on Bosh’s jumper with 30.9 seconds left. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

McLaughlin: Hearts move shocked Hibs-supporting family

first_img“It’s probably bittersweet for a lot of them but from a personal point of view it’s great to be part of a big football club and I’m really looking forward to being a valuable part of this side of Edinburgh.”He added: “All the family are originally from Edinburgh so we know the city really well and, of course, would visit whenever we could. “But this is a first taste of living in the city which will be fantastic. The wife and family are looking forward to it.“It helps draw players to the club, living in a city like this, and we are really looking forward to settling in and really enjoying our year here.” New Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin says his move has caused a minor family dispute as the majority of his relations support city rivals Hibs. The former Burton Albion stopper returned to the city of his birth when he penned a one-year deal with the Tynecastle outfit last month. While delighted on a personal level at the prospect of plying his trade in Edinburgh, signing for Hearts has generated mixed emotions in a family that has long followed the Leith club. McLaughin said: “It is true, the majority are from that side of town so it caused a few arguments when the news came out but I’m sure they are still happy for me to be earning my crust up here.last_img read more

Marshfield girls hockey storms back late to beat Badger Thunder

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterBARABOO — The Marshfield girls hockey team scored three times in the third period to beat the Badger Thunder (Baraboo-Reedsburg co-op) 4-3 in a nonconference game on Friday night at Pierce Park.Marshfield trailed 3-1 after a goal by the Thunder’s Emma Capener 4:27 into the third period.From there the Tigers dominated.Morgan Larson and Lexi Dupee scored on assists from Kaylee Geiger 36 seconds apart to tie it, and Nell Eichten connected on the game-winner on an assist from Kessa Schreiner with 6:35 to go.Dupee netted Marshfield’s goal in the second period.Alexis Straughan had 26 saves for the Tigers (3-5).Marshfield’s next game is Jan. 2 at home against Waupaca.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 4, Thunder 3Marshfield 0 1 3 – 4Badger Thunder 1 1 1 – 3First period: 1. B, Rachel Pawlak (Kathryn Vander Schaaf), 10:00.Second period: 2. M, Lexi Dupee (Kaylee Geiger, Gracia Sandok), 2:15; 3. B, Vander Schaaf (Michaela Miller), 11:23.Third period: 4. B, Emma Capener (Paige Pawlak, R. Pawlak), 4:27; 5. M, Morgan Larson (Geiger), 8:33; 6. M, Dupee (Geiger), 9:09; 7. Nell Eichten (Kessa Schreiner), 10:25. Saves: M, Alexis Straughan 26; B, Jamie Dutton 30.Records: Marshfield 3-5; Badger Thunder 2-5.last_img read more

British Airways wild ride over Gibraltar

first_imgA passenger and photographer on the ground have captured the wild gyrations of a British Airways A320 approaching Gibraltar.Both videos show the Airbus A320, swaying violently from side-to-side possibly after encountering a mountain wave off Gibraltar’s famous rock.British Airways Flt 492 took off from Heathrow at 8:25 am Monday and was due to land at Gibraltar at 12:10 pm. However, the pilots diverted to Malaga, Spain.READ Boeing 777X nears rolloutAccording to Flightradar 24 the A320 descended to 300 feet before diverting.The winds were forecast to be up to 46 mph but likely it was turbulent air off the rock.Here are the two video clips and there is a longer video below.ON BOARD VIDEO: British Airways have released no further Information on this flight other than it diverted due to strong winds. pic.twitter.com/QG6pE541NK— Flight Alerts (@FlightAlerts_) February 25, 2019last_img read more

Technology, Service, and Dehumanization

first_imgMy pal the great Paul Hebert had a fantastic piece over on Fistful of Talent titled ‘What HR Should be Thinking About in 2013’, an examination of some of the most important and interesting business and product/service challenges facing organizations, and how HR departments can or should be responding to these challenges. The entire piece is excellent, and I encourage you to read it all, but I wanted to call out two (related), trends Paul highlighted and compare them to another, different example where business, policy, and pragmatism seems to be at odds with what we ‘know’ to be sound business advice.Retro RobotFirst – the two bits from Paul’s piece at FOT:CUSTOMER-FACING EMPLOYEES ARE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BACKBONE.The crucial element in any customer experience is still people, no matter how much technology has transformed the landscape. The larger an organization, the more it relies on the thousand tiny decisions its frontline employees make on a daily basis. And listening to their collective wisdom is more important than ever.NOTE TO HR:  Nothing really to add here – just go read that paragraph 100,001 times before starting your next initiative.HUMAN INTERACTION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PRECIOUS.There’s almost no transaction that can’t be automated today, from buying groceries to learning about health issues. And customers are starting to resist. Look for places to act more human. 2013 reverses the trend toward automated everything, as humanity becomes the crucial differentiator between a beloved brand and a commodity.NOTE TO HR:  This is my mantra for 2013 and on. Just change the word customer to employee in the previous paragraph.  It truly is about BEING HUMAN.  And you all SHOULD be the experts at it!Both of these trends or areas of focus boil down to essentially the same thing – the return of the importance of real and human interaction at the most important customer touchpoints -, which for many kinds of industries are often the responsibility of the most junior and lowest-paid employees. Think call center reps, cashiers, customer service agents, food service folks, the guy who parks your car at the valet – you get the idea. So the advice from both Fast Company and Paul makes perfect sense – listen to your front-line staff, make your organization more ‘human’, don’t jump to automation just for its own sake, etc. Hard to disagree with that line of reasoning. Or maybe not so hard. Take a look at an excerpt from another piece from the Wall St. Journal online titled, ‘Can the Tablet Please Take Your Order Now?’:”Carla Hesseltine is considering buying a few tablet devices for her bakery so customers can place orders for her signature M&M cupcakes on their own, straight from the counter.The reason: She fears the $7.25 an hour that she currently pays her 10 customer-service employees, mostly college students, could rise, perhaps to $9 an hour under a pledge by President Barack Obama earlier this month.In order for her Just Cupcakes LLC to remain profitable in the face of higher expected labor costs, Ms. Hesseltine believes the customer-ordering process “would have to be more automated” at the Virginia Beach, Va., chain, which has two strip-mall locations as well as a food van. Thus, she could eliminate the 10 workers who currently ask customers what they would like to eat.”Did you get all of that? A local cupcake shop thinks it smart, cost-effective, and beneficial to replace their front-line, low-paid workers, the ones that make up the vast majority of customer touchpoints, with a couple of iPads and a custom menu app that will allow customers to place orders without having to actually talk to any of the staff.And Ms. Hesseltine’s cupcake shop isn’t the only one thinking about how technology and automation can reduce or even eliminate or at least reduce the human interaction between customers and front-line staff. More from the WSJ piece:”Tarang Gosalia, of Cambridge, Mass., hopes he can get away with having fewer employees waiting on customers at the three hair-salon franchises and one frozen-yogurt outlet he owns by using Square, a three-year-old technology brand designed to streamline credit-card transactions. He is planning to test it out starting in June to see if it will make accepting payments easier and faster for his staffers—and therefore allow him to downsize. About 70% of the 35 employees who work for his combined businesses currently earn $8 an hour, the minimum pay required in his state. Raising prices to offset the higher payroll costs strikes him as too risky, because he worries his sales may suffer.Some entrepreneurs see a promising market in selling technologies to small businesses that might help them to streamline operations and do away with low-wage workers, or retrain them for higher-skilled jobs. An automatic hamburger flipper currently in development could replace low-wage line cooks at a beachside burger joint, for example.”FastCompany could very well be correct, that ‘”2013 reverses the trend toward automated everything, as humanity becomes the crucial differentiator between a beloved brand and a commodity”, but as the examples from the WSJ piece tell us, at least for small businesses, (and I bet many large ones as well), cost, compliance, and even the lack of available talent are still conspiring to drive organizations to at least consider further automation and technology-driven substitutions for human interaction.Technology can be liberating, it can free up time and resources for people and organizations to actually provide better customer experiences, but it also can be really dehumanizing at the same time. When tablets replace counter help, when robots are the new short-order cooks, when the check-in, check-out and everything in between becomes just a series of user interfaces, touch screens, and customer-machine interactions, we are moving in the opposite direction from humanity as a differentiator.I think the real challenge for HR and business in 2013 (and beyond) isn’t deciding whether or not to automate, but rather making the critical decisions about where and how the organization can afford to automate and where it can’t.last_img read more

The Enterprise IT Revolution: On-premise Workers versus Remote ones

first_imgHigh speed connectivity has enabled companies to move data form their on-premise computing environments to the cloud and to then access and manage it remotely.  But connectivity isn’t only affecting business data, it is also affecting how employees work.A study commissioned by Cisco found that as many as 60 percent of people working globally thought that they no longer need to stay within the walls of their company to contribute and be productive workers.  Businesses though continue to be wary of this trend.  Their top concerns are productivity and security issues that arise when people work in  remote locations.Interestingly, and somewhat surprisingly, the response was exceptionally high from workers in Asia and Latin America.  The numbers were as high as 80 percent in China, 93 percent in India, and 76 percent in Brazil.About two-third of all respondents expect that their company should allow them to use any type of device for accessing the corporate network.  Workers also expect that as new types of devices evolve that those too should be able to tap into the corporate network, for example, car navigation screens or smart television devices.While many workers felt that the ability to work from their home or other remote locations provided greater flexibility and better balance between their work and home lives, many workers that do work at home now say that they often find themselves working more hours per day on the job when at home.The problem in enabling more remote workers raised in the report surfaced at the IT level where 45 percent of IT workers said that they were unprepared to support the security and other infrastructure that would be required to have large numbers of mobile workers.  Perhaps, here again, cloud computing has an advantage over on-premise networks with not differentiating between remote or on-premise workers in being able to provide a service.The three factors revealed as being the biggest stumbling blocks to enabling more remote workers are security, budget and staff experience.last_img read more

Open Data: AI Defends Open Data Against Malicious Graffiti, but is not yet Foolproof

first_imgOpen Data projects like Wikipedia provide useful repositories of information.  But open data repositories are often targets of malicious edit attacks. Data is changed in ways to alter or deface information.Three years ago, Wikipedia deployed AI to try to combat data tampering.  Wikipedia said that “by combining open data and open source machine learning algorithms, our goal is to make quality control in Wikipedia more transparent, auditable, and easy to experiment with.”This past summer, Mapbox,  a large provider of custom online maps for websites and applications, was attacked and place names on maps of New York and elsewhere were altered to show anti-Semitic names. Mapbox too uses AI to try to eliminate these kinds of attacks.Eric Gundersen, Mapbox CEO, told ABC News that “everything that’s quarantined by the AI system is reviewed. So 70,000 things a day are quarantined. In this case — and this is so disgusting –- this person made 80 edits all focused on anti-Semitic language from New York to New Zealand. Every single one of those edits was captured, every single one was reviewed. One of those edits was overridden and pushed live.”Gundersen said that “It shows that no matter how smart you build your AI, at the human review stage you can still have a point of failure.”last_img read more

The Disconnect Between Mobile Advertisers and Consumers

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#advertising#Apple#mobile#privacy#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Federal Trade Commission has proposed guidelines for mobile tracking. It urges companies that offer mobile services to work toward better protections, including disclosures on when and how user behavior is being tracked. The goal is transparency and to provide users with short, easily accessible disclosures available on small screens. We have been down this road before. In the 1990s, advertisers were just figuring out the power of tracking user behavior on the Web. After a series of fits and starts, the industry settled on first-party cookie tracking as a way that is fair to both advertisers and consumers. Advertisers can use cookies to tell where a user is, what sites they frequent and target advertising to them. On the other end, users can block cookies if they so choose. An effective standard like first-party cookies has not been created for the mobile ecosystem yet. Apple’s UDID was the most effective solution for mobile advertisers on iPhones and iPads because it told trackers almost everything about the user. Where they are, what apps they are using, what they are doing in those apps, how they interact with ads in those apps. The UDID allowed developers and advertisers to target advertising, send relevant push notifications and prompt users to open an app. It was the one-stop shop for all analytics needs. Now that it is gone, developers and advertisers feel the need to find a new way to do all of those things. Whether users like it or not.The Need for Compromise Consumers like apps. Consumers like free stuff. Consumers like free apps. There is great value in apps, from the games they play to weather information or listening to music. We have mentioned it many times on ReadWriteWeb, but even when an app does not cost money, it is not free. One way or another, users pay for their apps. Part of that is giving up their data so that advertisers can send ads to them. On the Web, data is currency. It is unreasonable for consumers to think that Apple will get rid of unique device IDs and, poof, there is no more tracking. There needs to be balance. The UDID caused privacy concerns because it allowed advertisers to get some of the most granular data possible about a user. That could include personally identifiable data. That is information that advertisers crave but is generally considered frowned upon to collect and maintain. “So ultimately what the industry needs is a solution that balances consumer privacy needs & commercial marketing needs so that value can be provided to both the consumers and app developers. Such a solution should be well-communicated and easy enough for all constituents to understand,” said Craig Palli, a VP of Fiksu, a Boston-based mobile marketing company. “Currently, methodologies of this nature are being built. Interestingly, we saw this same debate emerge in the late ’90s on the desktop, where ultimately first-party cookies prevailed as the solution that best balanced consumer and commercial needs.”For its part, the primary players in the advertising industry are saying the right things. They want to find a solution to this “UDID problem” while still respecting user privacy and the desire not to be tracked. “I’ve spent many years in the mobile industry and understand how important targeting has become to advertising effectiveness and monetization,” AdTruth VP James Lamberti said in a press release last week. “I’ve also spent enough time studying the issues to understand that privacy is paramount. What AdTruth offers is an ideal targeting technology for mobile devices. It delivers the targeting capabilities that are so critical and it delivers them deep within the boundaries of acceptable privacy practices.”For the consumer, the notion of “acceptable targeting” sounds like an oxymoron. For the advertiser, not allowing mobile tracking seems like a great way to put a lot of people out of business, including the developers that make the apps people love so much. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The populace of the Internet has made its wishes painfully clear. They do not want to be tracked, do not want advertisers to identify them or their behaviors in any way, shape or form. Apple understands this, and that is one of the reasons that it is deprecating its Unique Device ID (UDID) in an attempt to pre-empt advertisers and analytics services from tracking user behavior. All in the name of privacy, of course. There is a disconnect between the advertisers and consumers. Since Apple started bouncing apps from the App Store for using the device identifier, analytics services and advertisers have pitched “how to work around UDID” solutions. Many consumers see that and squirm. They do not want advertisers to get around UDID.Usurping UDIDAdvertisers are going to great lengths to find alternatives to UDID. The industry is scrambling and a plethora of solutions have come to the forefront. To many consumers, this brings a delightfully wicked smile to their faces. The more advertisers suffer, the more consumers’ think, “you get what you deserve.”last_img read more