PBA hopes to lure more fans to live games with discounted ticket prices, promos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Russell Westbrook’s creative fashion-forward mind reached its way to his newest athletic sneaker and the 2017 NBA MVP is using the silhouette as an ode to the most important people in his life.ADVERTISEMENT The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 features an ecstatic upper and a similarly blended color scheme for the Future History colorway that features a myriad of hues with each representing a jersey he wore in the past.“Every colorway has a meaning behind it and that’s special to me,” said Westbrook of the Future History colorway that will hit Philippine shelves on Jan. 10. “With the Why Not Zer0.2, I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSneakers usually have the tag stitched inside the tongue or in the inner lateral part of the shoe but the Why Not Zer0.2 has its tag on the heel part of the outsole.Taking the space of the inner tongue is Westbrook’s family crest that also honors his late best friend Khelcey Barrs III. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It’s become a tradition for me to honor Khelcey by writing ‘KBIII’ on my game shoes,” said Westbrook. “Each colorway of the Why Not Zer0.2 will have a designated area for me to write that on. I want people who wear my shoe to understand that playing with a purpose bigger than yourself is important.”Although Westbrook is one of the most fashionable players in the NBA, he wanted his second athletic shoe to be of the utmost best when it comes to performance.Westbrook is a devilish whirlwind on the NBA floor with this unrelenting energy making him the only player in league history to average a triple-double for two straight seasons, and he wanted a shoe to contain that much kinetic power.The forefoot bears a full Zoom unit while the heel part features a full TPU wrapping to protect the wearer’s ankle.“From the first design meeting we had, my number one priority was making the best performance basketball shoe possible,” said Westbrook whose shoe will run for $130 or around P6,800 as of writing time. “I knew that if it was authentic to me then it would come out great.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “That’s what the Why Not? Mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are.”Westbrook is also a family man and has three children, Noah, Skye, and Jordyn, with wife Nina and this familial roots is what inspired the Oklahoma City point guard to have his shoe go for a full-size run.The Thunder superstar also wanted a sneaker that is accessible to children so his $130 price point perfectly summed up his desire,“Being a father, it was important to have my signature shoe available in full family sizing,” said Westbrook. “You don’t see that often with performance shoes but for me it’s all about inspiring the next generation. That also means making the shoe affordable and accessible to people all around the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Bloemfontein is the capital of the Free State. A pretty, medium-sized city, it lives up to its name which means “spring of flowers”. There are thousands of rose bushes lining the streets, which create a wonderful spectacle most of the year, but especially in spring.In the middle of the city is a small nature reserve called Naval Hill, where you can go for walks and see small game. Also nearby is the orchid house – another tribute to that lovely name.Bloemfontein was the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Orange Free State until the Union of South Africa was declared in 1910, when it was made the judicial capital of South Africa. It is still the site of the Supreme Court of Appeal.There are a number of museums dedicated to subjects ranging from natural history to warfare. Probably the most poignant memorial is the Women’s Monument, erected to commemorate the tens of thousands of women and children who died in British concentration camps during the South African war (Anglo-Boer War).Bloemfontein is very conveniently situated as a stopover point if you’re driving between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and it is the closest major city to the Kingdom of Lesotho.Source: South African Tourism
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
‘Forward’, a new song performed by Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik, music legend Herbie Hancock, Delta Rae and Natasha Bedingfield, has been released as a grassroots effort to motivate and inspire nationwide voter participation in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election.The song was written and created by hit songwriters Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois of the The New Radicals, and Fred Goldring, who was behind the 2008 multiple award-winning grassroots music video ‘Yes We Can’ with will.i.am. Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks produced the record, and the powerful music video for the song was produced and directed by Graham Henman and his team at Hello and Company.The song is available for free download at www.forwardsong.com and sold on iTunes with net proceeds being donated to Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation and to Arts Education programs focused on turning around arts and music based programs in public schools.Video: “Forward” (Official Video), Benefitting the Compound Foundation
TORONTO – Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.But despite some hurdles in the system, she said switching to a carbon tax, as the Progressive Conservatives have vowed to do if they win the spring election, isn’t likely to deliver results faster.“The research that we’ve seen suggests that changing policies delays progress,” she said.“There isn’t any jurisdiction in the world that’s changed from cap and trade to a carbon tax. Most jurisdictions choose cap and trade because although it’s more expensive to implement for the economy as a whole you produce the same level of emissions for a lower cost.”The cap-and-trade system, which was launched last year, aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit.If they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap declines about four per cent each year to 2020 and then roughly 2.9 per cent each year afterwards to 2030. The province’s goal is for greenhouse gas emissions to drop to 15 per cent below what they were in 1990 by 2020 and to 37 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.“I would expect that, from a compliance point of view, Ontario will be able to meet the 2020 target because it includes the availability to use offsets and buy allowances from outside Ontario,” Saxe said.“It’s much more challenging moving forward from 2020 to 2030,” she said. “We now know what the maximum number of allowances will be each year but we don’t know how the province intends to get there. So that’s one of the reasons why I’ve recommended a specific carbon budget for each ministry and each sector.”Ontario’s Environment Minister Chris Ballard said the government is proud of its record on climate change but recognizes there is a lot of work ahead. He said he would discuss Saxe’s concerns with her and take the report and its recommendations into account.All departments are aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but face other pressures that can sometimes get in the way, he said.“It’s a matter of how fast we can get there as a province, how fast we can get there as ministries, but I also have to take into account not only my schedule but their schedules as well,” he said. “But they know this is something that needs to get done.”Ballard said he is confident the province can meet its 2030 goals, particularly as green technologies such as electric vehicles become more mainstream.“We just have to keep staying the course,” he said.Critics said the report shows not enough is being done to combat climate change.“Clearly the Liberals are talking about this a lot but in very key areas they’re not taking the action that has to happen,” said New Democrat Peter Tabuns, the party’s environment critic.
Home Hardware said that to receive an award, recipients must demonstrate excellence in staff performance and customer service; interior presentation, including clear signage, tidiness, and merchandise presentation and displays; exterior presentation, including cleanliness and attractive window displays; staff training; and participation in dealer network initiatives. Dealer-Owners must also represent strong community support and leadership within their local community.“The Proud of My Home Award recognizes Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre’s commitment and dedication to providing their community with quality advice, superior service and competitively priced products that are second to none,” said Terry Davis, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre truly embodies the values on which Home Hardware was founded on which include value, service and dependability. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware Stores in communities across Canada, I would like to congratulate Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre on this achievement.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Home Hardware Building Centre in Fort St. John received the 2018 Paul Straus Public Relations Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market on April 14th in St. Jacobs, Ontario. The award was a part of the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Awards which acknowledged the top stores in the country. Dealer-Owners Doug and Shelley Gallinger say they’re honoured to be one of seven stores recognized in the awards categories from among the nearly 1,100 stores across Canada.“We are deeply honoured to be acknowledged with the Proud of my Home designation for the Paul Straus Public Relations Award,” said Doug and Shelley Gallinger. “This award would not have been made possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and local community. A special thank you goes to our customers for their support.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scott Sitter, Assessor of the Northern B.C. Region for BC Assesment made a presentation on the Basics of Assesment to Council.In the presentation Sitter explained the formula in which BC Assesment formulates their values they use in assessments of properties.In 1974 British Columbia became a Crown Corporation in which changes were made that distributed the tax base fairly. In B.C., assessment and taxing are run by different departments. Sitter shared, the B.C. assessment and tax system rank top 6 worldwide.Sitter spoke to Council at the end of the presentation in regards to the OSB Plant. He shared when BC Assessment gets notification of potential for a major industrial property to curtail its operations or go into closure, BC Assesment provides the best estimate at the time.In terms, if the OSB Plant is going to be down permanently the assessment on their building will drop to a 90 percent depreciation rate. Dependent on their current assessment will drop to 10 percent of the replacement value.The land will stay the same, the classification stays the same unless they start removing equipment then the classification changes and the method of evaluation changes. Sitter shares, once you change it from a major industrial property, now you’re into regular property classes.He goes on to share it is a huge building designed for a specific industrial purpose and who is going to buy the building for that purpose, yet more than likely an alternative purpose.Sitter shares he has not seen a reaction in the markets yet so he does not know how the markets will react with the plant’s closure yet as soon as BC Assesment knows they will keep close contact with the municipality.
The variable operating schedules for sawmill operations and the curtailment of plywood operations in B.C. are expected to commence September 16.West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production. CHETWYND, B.C. – West Fraser has announced that it will be introducing variable operating schedules at five of its British Columbia sawmills.In a release, the company says these changes will result in an estimated decrease of production in the range of 15 to 25 percent of the current B.C. lumber production and will include operations at the sawmill in Chetwynd.West Fraser says the potential effect of the revised operating schedules could be an aggregate reduction by up to an estimated 100 million board feet through to the end of the year.
Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.
Rabat- Minister of General Affairs and Governance Mohamed El Ouafa has released his income history since he was a student, as a response to the member of opposing party Istiqlal and the editor-in-chief of the daily Al Alam, who had challenged him to make a public declaration of his salary.Mohamed El Ouafa, former member of the Istiqlal party and the current Minister of General Affairs and Governance, presented a press release to many Moroccan news websites on Monday, in which he announced his monthly income since he was a student.Hespress, a news website which received a copy of the press release, reported that El Ouafa announced his salary in the context of a controversy which broke out between him and the parliamentary member for the Istiqlal Party, Abdullah Bakkali. Mohamed El Ouafa declared his income in response to Abdallah Bakkali, who “challenged the Minister to make a public declaration of his assets,” reported Hespress.On Monday afternoon, Mohamed El Ouafa responded to the request of Mr. Bakkali by publishing a list of his assets since he was a student at the Mohammed V University School of Law in 1968, up to today.According to the press release presented by El Ouafa, as a student he lived on the university’s Agdal campus, and “was receiving a monthly scholarship of MAD 200 ($24 US)”In 1967, El Ouafa became a university professor. This position allowed him to earn a “salary of MAD 3,000 ($360 US),” according to the press release. Between 1977 and 1997, El Ouafa worked in parliament, where “he was earning monthly salaries franging rom MAD 10,000 ($1,228 US) to MAD 30,000 ($3,685 US).”According to the same source, the minister owns two apartments, the first located near the Hotel El Mouahidine in Casablanca; the second was acquired as part of a real estate program called Jardins Dar Es Salam, which will be signed over to him in 2015. “El Ouafa‘s family has two cars, and they currently live in an apartment owned by his wife, in Hay Tayyarat, Youssoufia district in Rabat,” said the press release.Mohamed El Ouafa reported his current salary as a minister, stating that he earns “MAD 56,000 ($6,879 US) since he was appointed a minister in the second Abdelilah Benkirane Government.”Edited by Jessica Rohan