Go for Gold signs Paul Desiderio

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Paul will be a big boost to us offensively. He’s one of the best players in college basketball now,” he said as the Cebuano guard replaces JK Casiño in the roster.Tiu shared he has been craving for Desiderio’s services when he was building up his Go for Gold squad, but coach Bo Perasol wanted all of his Fighting Maroons to focus on the team’s preparations for the upcoming UAAP Season 81.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Paul was actually one of the first persons that I wanted to get when we formed the team, but he had some obligations to do for his school,” he said.But desperate times call for desperate measures, and Tiu finally got the green light from Perasol just in time for the Scratchers to make their late rally to make it to the top six. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Desiderio will make his debut for go for Gold on Monday against Wangs Basketball-Letran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEyeing one last push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Go for Gold signed Paul Desiderio for the remainder of the conference.Scratchers coach Charles Tiu welcomed the arrival of the cold-blooded scorer from University of the Philippines in hopes of improving the team’s even 4-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 “I’m very grateful that coach Bo allowed him to play for us,” he said.The 21-year-old Desiderio averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his fourth year in UP, leading the squad to a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80.He last saw action in the D-League for Cafe France back in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup.Tiu said Desiderio is definitely a big addition to the team, but the problem will be his familiarity with the squad as he seeks to quickly blend in with J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, ex-pro Jerwin Gaco, and young forward Justin Gutang.“The challenge will be to integrate him to our team. It will not be easy,” he said. “We have a system on offense and defense that he has to adjust to in two practices only. It will be very tough and honestly, it is a bit of a gamble to make a change this late with short preparation time. But we need to win the last three games to make the playoffs and it’s all or nothing.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hotshots prepare for worst heading into Game 2last_img read more

New Categories Added to PM’s Youth Awards

first_img New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus. New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus.For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection.These are in addition to the traditional areas of Agriculture, Sports, Youth-In-Service, Arts and Culture, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Leadership.Making the announcement at a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on June 19, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, explained that the new categories were created to “send a clear signal to our young people that those are the areas to embark upon”.“Those are areas that are very important to our growth agenda, and they are important to our country in general,” he added.Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category.A special Jamaica 55 award has been created for 55 young persons who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service at the community level.The awardees in the Jamaica 55 category will be eligible for project grants from the Ministry to further their community and youth development work.Mr. Green noted that the decision to reintroduce the PM Awards was to fittingly recognise young people’s critical role in transforming Jamaica.He is encouraging youths between the ages of 15 and 29, who excel in the various areas, to apply for the awards before the August 31 deadline.Jerome Cowans, who received the Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2011, said the national recognition has empowered him to continue his work in helping young people in his community. Jerome started a homework programme to help at-risk youngsters.His has gained recognition for his leadership skills from her Majesty the Queen, former United States President Barack Obama and the Nelson Mandela family.Introduced in 1998, the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence was created to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development in various areas. Since its inception, 165 awards have been conferred.Nomination forms can be accessed at the Ministry’s website at www.moey.gov.jm, www.youthjamaica.com and at Youth Information Centres islandwide. Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category. For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection. Story Highlightslast_img read more

The Bureau Amazon Prime Video has acquired French

The Bureau Amazon Prime Video has acquired French

first_imgThe BureauAmazon Prime Video has acquired French dramas for the first time, as speculation over an international SVOD launch grows.The platform has bought The Bureau, which comes from Federation Entertainment and The Oligarchs Productions, and Baron Noir, which Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon created.This comes soon after the European Commission indicated plans to force SVOD platforms such as Amazon and Netflix to ensure 20% of their catalogue is European.It also comes amid increasing speculation Amazon will expand its streaming service beyond the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Japan with a full international offering. Earlier this week, Ampere Analysis said such a launch was “imminent”.The new dramas will launch on Amazon later this month, with season one of The Bureau debuting on June 17 and season two going out on August 26.The Bureau follows a member of a clandestine branch of the French Secret Service, who returns home after a six-year mission in Damascus.Baron Noir, which Pulp Fiction’s Ziad Doueiri directs, follows a French politician who wants revenge against his political enemies, while concurrently fighting to save his election after he is double-crossed.Other recent Amazon acquisitions include AMC martial arts drama Into the Badlands and ITV’s children’s toon Thunderbirds Are Go.Earlier this week it was reported the entertainment arm of the e-commerce conglom has ordered five new pilots, namely Benicio Del Toro’s Carnival Row, Kevin MacDonald’s Strange New Things, period drama Tropicana, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Legend of Master Legend.last_img read more



first_imgShareTweet The charges follow the arrest of a 41 year old man in the Clooney Road area of the city on Thursday, November 9.Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster said: “This is a significant seizure of drugs and I am delighted such a huge amount of drugs has been taken off our streets.“This seizure means that lives have been saved.“This operation demonstrates that PSNI is effective in removing drugs from our streets and also arresting those believed to be involved in the supply trade who have no regard for the people in their own communities, but instead are fuelled by a desire to make money from others’ addictions. “I want to assure the community we will continue to pursue those who brazenly engage in the world of illicit drugs. We will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts. There will be no hiding place for them.“Police will continue to take robust action against those believed to be involved in organised criminal activity, particularly those involved in the supply of drugs, as well as street level drug dealers.“Drugs are a concern for communities and this operation demonstrates our commitment to deal with the issue. I would encourage communities to work with the police in investigating and bringing people before the courts.“Anyone with any information about drugs or any illegal activity should contact police by calling 101.“Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” added DCI Foster.MAN TO FACE DERRY COURT OVER £150,000 COCAINE SEIZURE was last modified: November 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: 000 COCAINE SEIZUREclooneycocaineDCI BRIAN FOSTERDERRY MAGISTRATES’ COURTMAN TO FACE DERRY COURT OVER £150PSNI The £150,000 haul of cocaine seized by police in Derry on ThursdayPOLICE have charged a 41 year old man with possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply. He is due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court today, Saturday, November, 11, for a first remand hearing.As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.last_img read more

Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns habits

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Paying for a cup of coffee with a smartphone instead of a credit card is gaining prominence among consumers—and is disrupting their spending patterns and consumption habits, according to new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert who studies operations management. Although paying for purchases in-person with plastic or online through a personal computer still dominates among consumers, the rapid adoption of paying for consumer goods with a smartphone affects the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at Illinois.By studying data from Alipay, China’s most popular mobile payment platform, the research explores the mechanisms behind mobile payment adoption and how the mobile payment channel affects other traditional payment channels.Using a unique data set from one of the largest banks in China—which contained the transaction data from personal computer, offline and mobile payment channels—Xu and co-authors found that, on average, the total transaction amount increased by 2.4 percent after the adoption of the mobile payment channel, and that the total transaction frequency increased by more than 23 percent.”Alipay is now the largest mobile payment system in the world, and it’s very representative of what direction the mobile payment trend is moving in,” Xu said.The results of the study indicate that the mobile channel acts as a substitute for the offline channel—that is, paying with a physical credit card—and as a complement to paying online on a personal computer. For the physical card channel, the total transaction amount decreased by 3.9 percent after the adoption of Alipay. By contrast, for the personal computer payment channel, the total transaction amount increased by 0.3 percent after the Alipay adoption.”Once consumers adopt mobile payment and integrate it into their daily lives, it effectively replaces the credit cards in their wallets,” Xu said. “It’s the future of how consumers will pay for small-ticket items, which means you will see fewer and fewer people carrying actual, physical credit cards in the coming years. They’ll just carry their phones, so they may not even need their wallet. It’s more convenient and it merges payment channels.”The researchers also found that the adoption of the mobile payment channel is associated with increased hedonic shopping motivations.”Switching to the mobile channel leads to more shopping overall, and it particularly affects more hedonistic shopping such as food, entertainment and travel,” Xu said. “But it doesn’t affect purchases like education or health care. So it’s changing consumer behavior.”The greatest impact came on less costly items that are purchased frequently, such as beverages and movie tickets.”Most of the retailers that produce low-cost items that are sold with great frequency—those retailers are really embracing mobile payment channel and are at the vanguard of the movement,” Xu said. “You tend not to buy coffee through your desktop work station, nor would you use the mobile channel on your smartphone to purchase a car. People purchase those lower value items more frequently, so the volume of those goods sold increases.”For retailers, it means that, depending on the sector, “you will want to offer customers multiple channels to pay for their goods,” Xu said.”If you’re in an industry with a high number of transactions or transaction frequency, it’s really in your best interest to get ahead of the curve and embrace the mobile channel,” she said. Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Explore further Paying for goods with a smartphone not only increases the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases by consumers, it also effectively replaces the actual, physical credit cards in their wallets, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer With mobile pay, you can go without a wallet at checkout Citation: Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns, habits (2018, November 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-mobile-payment-shifts-consumer-patterns.html More information: Yuqian Xu et al. The Impact of Mobile Payment Channel on Consumer Consumption: Evidence from Alipay, SSRN Electronic Journal (2018). DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3270523last_img read more

Apples bombshell and the trilliondollar question

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that iPhone sales in the past quarter would be disappointing, amid weakness in China and other emeging markets “Apple stock is now at a crossroads,” said a research note Thursday from Gene Munster and Will Thompson of the investment firm Loup Ventures. Apple’s troubles in China come with the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei targeted in the United States over security issues Apple said iPhone sales in China would be lower than forecast due to steeper than expected “economic deleration” “Some investors will consider the stock broken.. but we’ve followed the company long enough to know there is cyclicality in the market’s relationship with Apple.”Munster and Thompson said it would take “a new product category,” or large acquisition to allow Apple to regain its momentum.Tactical errors?Some analysts said Apple erred in boosting the price of its new iPhones to well over $1,000 in a global smartphone market that is largely saturated and facing tougher competition.”I think the main villain is the very high prices that Apple is charging for its new iPhones,” said Richard Windsor, a technology analyst who writes the Radio Free Mobile blog.”This is not a catastrophe nor is it a sign that Apple is losing its grip on the smartphone market but merely a misjudgment by Apple with regard to how much money people will pay for an iPhone.” Apple has sought to diversify its revenue base with new products like its smartwatch and a range of services but still relies heavily on the iPhone This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple’s bombshell and the trillion-dollar question Apple’s bombshell news—a sharply weaker revenue outlook and lower iPhone sales—has raised questions over the future of the California giant, which until recently had been seen as the undisputed innovation leader in the tech sector. Citation: Apple’s bombshell and the trillion-dollar question (2019, January 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-apple-bombshell-trillion-dollar_1.html The latest news sparked talk of the “Nokia moment” for Apple—a reference to the Finnish-based firm that led the mobile phone market in the early 2000s.But Windsor said: “I do not in any way think that this represents Apple’s ‘Nokia’ moment simply because there is still nothing to seriously challenge the iPhone in the high-end segment.”Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies said Apple is unique among smartphone makers because it has a wide array of apps and services that produce revenue.”While it is true that no other single product has done for Apple as much as the iPhone, the product offering as an aggregate still puts Apple ahead of all other vendors who might be selling higher volumes but have no direct way to monetize from their users once the sale has occurred,” Milanesi said in a blog.Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said Apple may be unable to deliver the double-digit growth than many on Wall Street have been expecting given the current smartphone market.”I am not concerned for the company, but it’s likely investors will not see the company value it was at until it can see a likely path to double-digit revenue growth,” Moorhead said. Explore further Apple’s rare admission on Wednesday cited steeper-than-expected “economic deceleration” in China and emerging markets and noted that trade frictions between Washington and Beijing were taking a toll on its smartphone sales.But the news raised questions on whether Apple—the first to reach a $1 trillion valuation and until recently the world’s most valuable company—is seeing a bump in the road or is starting to slide back from its leadership position.Some analysts point to Apple’s dependence on iPhone sales to drive revenue and profits, even as it tries to diversify its product base and add services such as music and digital payments.”The iPhone has been supporting the company for than a decade,” said Roger Kay, analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.”The world isn’t coming to an end for Apple but it’s a major inflection point. Up to now, Apple has defied gravity by growing faster than any other company in the market, but mathematically it was impossible to beat the market forever.”Apple shares plummeted nearly 10 percent on the news Thursday, with the company shedding some 38 percent since its valuation hit $1 trillion last year. Kay said the trillion-dollar valuation was “irrational” and based on growth projections Apple is unlikely to achieve without a new catalyst.Apple, which has been growing in China even though it lacks a dominant position, is pressured by tariffs and other trade issues, further inflamed by the arrest of China-based Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada at the behest of the United States.Huawei has overtaken Apple as the third largest global smartphone maker despite limited presence in the United States.’At a crossroads’The update suggested a disappointing figure for iPhone sales, the key driver of revenue and profit for the California tech giant.Apple said that it expects weak iPhone sales in other emerging markets, driving down revenue despite some positive signs in developed markets and in its other products and services.The company slashed its revenue guidance for the first fiscal quarter of 2019, ended December 29, to $84 billion—sharply lower than analyst forecasts averaging $91 billion. © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

Magic still unsure when Markelle Fultz will return Steve Clifford says

first_img“Our biggest weakness is we don’t get the ball going into the paint consistently every night,” Clifford said. “So, we don’t get as many spot-up threes and we don’t shoot enough free throws, which are Markelle’s strengths, potentially. So, his fit, his strengths of what he can bring to our team obviously stand out.””We don’t have a timetable for when he’ll be back, but he’s really doing a good job.” @OrlandoMagic HC Steve Clifford gives @TermineRadio and @Jumpshot8 the latest on Markelle Fultz pic.twitter.com/N8gTv7rh3j- SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) July 15, 2019Fultz began his career with high expectations after he was selected by the 76ers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. But, he has dealt with injuries and a hitch in his jump shot over the last two seasons, which have limited him to 33 total games.”Get right, and everything will take care of itself,” Fultz told The Athletic in March. “Nobody here is rushing me. Everybody here is just open to me getting right and healthy first.” “He’s working hard, he’s made great progress,” Clifford said. “You know, right now we don’t have a timetable for when he’ll be back, but he’s really doing a great job.Clifford said Fultz has the potential to make a major impact for Orlando on the offensive end. Related News Pelicans’ David Griffin thinks future of team is ‘crazy’ good The Magic still do not know when Markelle Fultz will play again.The 21-year-old guard has yet to play for Orlando after the team acquired him from the 76ers in early February in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks. Magic coach Steve Clifford was asked about Fultz’s return to the court during a recent interview with SiriusXM radio.center_img Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti says The Magic finished last season with a 42-40 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. They fell to the Raptors in five games in the first round.Orlando re-signed Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic this offseason and inked Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal, as well. The team also selected former Auburn forward Chuma Okeke with the No. 16 pick in the 2019 draft.last_img read more

Man charged with molesting music teacher

first_imgLam Kok Wai, 66, pleaded not guilty before magistrate Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin at the Ma­­gis­trate’s Court here yesterday Lam was charged with committing the offence on the 38-year-old woman at the back lane of a supermarket in Perai at about 5.50pm on June 2.The court allowed him bail of RM5,000 in one surety and fixed Aug 13 for mention. — Bernama World 10 Jul 2019 Ex-convict charged with stabbing Arizona teen to death over rap music Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Melaka assemblyman to be charged BUKIT MERTAJAM: A senior citizen has been charged with using criminal force to outrage the mo­­desty of a music teacher.center_img Asean+ 19 Apr 2019 Music teacher molested teenage student during cello lessons Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more