Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 The 33-year-old Tiu said he had planned to announce his retirement after the Elasto Painters’ final game of last season but decided to hold it off until his meeting with Rain or Shine team owners.READ: Time to move on: Chris Tiu retires from basketball FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I had intended to announce my retirement immediately after the game, through my friends from the press. But I thought it was better to postpone it until I had spoken to our team owners, as boss Raymond Yu and Terry Que politely asked me to stay on,” Tiu wrote in a heartfelt blog post entitled, “My Final Ride.”“In all honesty, I took to heart their words and seriously reconsidered playing another season or at least just one conference.” LATEST STORIES Tiu, a one-time PBA champion, feels he still has some gas left in the tank to squeeze out “one to two more productive PBA seasons,” but adds he has more important matters to attend to beginning with his family and helping communities.READ: Chris Tiu, wife expecting first babyTo be honest, I think I have at least 1 or 2 more productive PBA seasons left in me. But at the same time, I want to channel my current energy and enthusiasm into other projects that are sustainable and have positive impact to the community, some new and some which we have started years ago,” he said.“I believe it’s about time I start a career as a full-fledged businessman and live up to my commitment to the family. At the same time, we have an infant and a toddler who are growing incredibly fast. I want to cherish every moment with them and give them my full attention while I can, which is very challenging to do with basketball where I am overly particular with my training and resting routine.”A genuine class act on and off the court, Tiu never forgot to express his gratitude to the people who helped him in his journey.One of Tiu’s last stints was a return to the national team for the 2018 Asian Games where the Philippine team placed fifth, its best finish since 2002.Tiu felt wearing the country’s colors after six years brought his path full circle.“And just like in my last PBA game on November 3, 2018 vs NLEX, I poured out everything, and God really did the rest. What transpired that day, and at every step of the way in my career for that matter, was certainly a result of His divine plan. He surprised even me, and gave me more than I hoped for in a final appearance. To top it all off, I was honored with the chance to represent the National Team once more in the recent Asian Games after 6 long years away from the Pilipinas jersey. This has always been my dream. If that isn’t full circle, I don’t know what is. So truly, I could not have asked for a more beautiful journey and ending.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiu also said skipping his last game crossed his mind, but he ended up making the right decision in suiting up.Tiu delivered a career performance with 30 points in what turned out to be his swan song and led Rain or Shine to victory for one last time.READ: Chris Tiu delivers career game in possible swan song“I will always cherish the memory of my last game in the PBA. After a less than stellar performance of our team this season, I honestly thought of just sitting out the last game, being able to already hit my career-high score twice in the last 3 games. At least I could take some pride in that, and not end my basketball career on a low note,” he wrote. “That was the plan. But I guess God sometimes has other plans for us – most of the time, even better than the plans we have for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Denden Lazaro adds depth to already-stacked Petron roster Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu said he “seriously reconsidered” postponing his retirement from basketball for one more conference in the PBA at the very least.Tiu officially called it quits after six seasons in the PBA all with Rain or Shine, which drafted him seventh overall in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execslast_img read more

Kevin Durant unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. Toronto

first_imgTORONTO — The Warriors have not outlined Kevin Durant’s availability beyond ruling him out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Still, it appears unlikely Durant will return in Game 2 on Sunday after missing what will be six consecutive playoff games since injuring his right calf about three weeks ago.The reason? Warriors coach Steve Kerr considered it a “long shot” that Durant will complete a full practice either on Friday or Saturday in Toronto. Kerr …last_img

Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties

first_img26 April 2011The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is expecting its biggest ever investment of Chinese money in the region when representatives from China’s major industries travel to South Africa for a trade forum in May.The IMEXPO SADC-China Trade Fair and Investment Forum will take place at the MTN Expo Centre in the south of Johannesburg from 18 to 20 May.The forum will see many Chinese industrialists and investors coming to the country to liaise with their Southern African counterparts and evaluate trade and investment opportunities in the region.The event follows South Africa’s inclusion and formal induction into the BRIC group of rapidly developing nations on 13 April 2011. The increasingly influential bloc includes Brazil, Russia, India and China. After the addition of South Africa, the group became known as BRICS.The expo is the brainchild of Expo International, an events company from Cape Town and its Chinese partner, COIFAIR.Multimillion-dollar investmentsAlthough the trade and investment fair will cement China’s role as South Africa’s biggest single trading partner – after it overtook both the UK and the US – the benefits of it will be felt way beyond the country’s borders.Matthews Malefane, a lobbyist and facilitator for the organisers of IMEXPO, said: “The trade fair and investment forum is highly significant as it follows hot on the heels of South Africa having become a formal member of BRIC.“It will without doubt bring demonstrable, tangible benefits to South Africa and the region. These companies and financiers across the major sectors will be actively looking to invest in those sectors in joint venture partnerships with locals and it could result in one of the biggest injections ever of Chinese money into the region.”The forum will give the 15 SADC member countries a chance to present the investment opportunities within their respective countries to their Chinese counterparts.They will focus on sectors such as energy, water sustainability, health, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, education, agriculture, low-cost housing, textiles, construction, public transport, road and rail, harbours and pipelines, and telecoms.Malefane said: “The expo is an opportunity for all SADC countries to assemble a portfolio of their high economic impact, job-creating, investment and development projects and bring them to the table for negotiations with potential Chinese joint venture partners and get access to Chinese capital.”Some of the biggest Chinese enterprises attending the forum are the China Coal Group; the Sinopacific Ship-building Group; CRBC International, a major road and bridge-construction company; China Gezhouba, a hydro-electric company; the China International Water and Electric Corp and the China Railway Construction Corporation.There will also be 21 Chinese mining firms at the forum.Development in the regionThe SADC was preceded by the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which was formed on 1 April 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia.After the signing of the SADC Treaty and Declaration by the heads of government of Southern African countries on 17 August 1992, in Windhoek, Namibia, the SADC became an official body.The objective of the SADCC was the political liberation of Southern Africa, while the scope of the SADC is economic integration of all Southern African countries.The SADC member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The SADC aims for regional cooperation to improve living standards, social justice and sustainable economic growth.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

USDA seeks to revise schedule GLA specification for Angus certified programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to a request from beef industry stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the live animal specification used for all Angus certified programs (Schedule GLA) to provide more objective phenotypic criteria for identifying eligible cattle. The specification is also being revised to reflect ownership by the American Angus Association, not AMS.Currently, for phenotypic requirements, cattle must be predominantly (51%) black, along with other exclusionary criteria. The proposed changes will require that cattle — evaluated phenotypically — have a main body that is solid black with no color behind the shoulder, above the flanks, or breaking the midline behind the shoulder (excluding the tail). In this pdf, additions are in yellow highlight and deletions are represented as strikethrough text (minor formatting updates are not identified). No changes are proposed for cattle qualifying by genotype.The existing Schedule GLA has served the industry well, but as cattle genetics change over time, opportunities for updates should be considered that better reflect the current populations and marketplace. Additionally, these recommended changes reflect the policies and procedures outlined in the USDA, AMS Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program’s SP-1 and SP-2 protocol documents:, specifically that AMS look to established industry standards and requirements in lieu of creating government specifications.Questions related to these proposed changes can be directed to Bucky Gwartney via e-mail at or by phone at (202) 720-1424.AMS is proposing that these changes take effect July 1, 2017.last_img read more

This App is Rated R: Mobile App Stores to Institute App Rating System

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The CTIA Wireless Association announced this afternoon that it will add a new voluntary App Rating System to its list of industry guidelines. Participating app stores will allow parents to block access by children to apps rated suitable for adults only. It seems likely that new adult apps will thus be made available as well. From the sacred to the profane, effective content ratings and guidelines could create a safe haven for all kinds of new apps and commerce to flourish.No such ratings system has been built yet, but the organization announced today the availability of a Request for Proposals for outside vendors to build it. The guiding principle will be that app creators will submit information about the contents of their apps at the time of submission to participating app stores and then the ratings would be applied automatically. No list of which app stores will participate is available yet, but the organization’s membership includes both Apple and Google, among many others.CTIA uses the number 800,000 to reference the large number of apps at issue. That’s substantially higher than the number of apps included if you add up the iTunes and Android Marketplace numbers together (that would be 500,000). In other words, it seems that the organization is hoping or presuming that Google and Apple will participate. It seems unlikely that the system would be announced without some favorable consultation of those two most relevant members of the association.This Could Get ComplicatedWhile a system intended to protect childeren by offering app ratings sounds like a good idea, it also sounds like it could become complicated. Voluntary ratings could prove ineffective, for one thing. The line between what’s appropriate or innapropriate for children is also a subjective one. Wherever the line gets drawn regarding innapropriate content, you can probably expect someone to protest it.Dirty dirty apps don’t seem like a big problem today, either. Perhaps that’s just because there’s no way to keep the kids safe so they all get nuked from iTunes. It seems likely that app producers and marketplaces would like to draw a line in order to cash in on apps that are on the other side of it. The industry may also be creating voluntary parental control ratings proactively in order to pre-empt a non-voluntary, independent ratings system created by government or other parties. Crazy Days Are Over?In seperate but realted news, members of the US Congress today asked Apple to remove from its app store crowd-sourced traffic tracking apps that allowed users to alert eachother to the location of drunk-driving police check-points.In as much as it’s been a self-policed Wild West out there in app land so far, those days may soon come to an end. Where there is rule of law, they say, there can be scalable commerce.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Rating Windows for Condensation Resistance

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Condensation forms on a surface when the temperature of the surface is below the dew point of the air. During the winter, when the coldest surface in a room is often the window, it’s fairly common to see water droplets or ice on window glass — especially in a room with elevated indoor humidity.Condensation is more likely to form when indoor relative humidity is high. That’s why it’s more common to see condensation on a bathroom window than a bedroom window.Condensation is more likely to form on cold surfaces than warm surfaces. That’s why it’s more common to see condensation on a single-glazed window than a double-glazed window.Older Americans who grew up in the days of single-glazed windows remember the joy of waking up on a cold winter morning to see beautiful frost patterns — swirls, vines, and lacy leaves — on their bedroom windows. And who can forget the frost-covered windows in the Hollywood version of Dr. Zhivago?On today’s low-e windows, however, such frost patterns are extremely rare.In theory, a window with a high R-value (that is, a low U-factor) should do a good job of resisting condensation. However, even a low-U window can have a condensation problem. That’s because a window’s U-factor is an area-weighted average of the U-factors of the different window components. Window condensation is a thermal bridging problem, not an average U-factor problem.The coldest part of most modern windows is the bottom half-inch of glazing. (Although the width of the space between the panes of modern insulated glazing units has been optimized to minimize the effect of convective looping in the gas between the panes, convective looping still occurs. Naturally, the gas at the bottom of the gap — whether air or argon —… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

AT&T pilots smart city projects around Chicago

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#AT&T#CES2017#Chicago#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#transportation Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … AT&T and the City of Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters.The telecoms giant is expanding its smart cities work in the city with the new structures that will provide free Wi-Fi.The announcement of the project, which will roll the technology out within the next couple months was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Besides internet connectivity, the smart transit shelters will include digital delays tracking bus arrival times and intelligent lighting. Ericsson is also a technology partner on the shelters.As for the kiosks, they will feature touchscreens, USB charging ports and tourist information.  They also may include expanded information like public safety and weather alerts, along with restaurant offers.“All the pilots we’re doing are designed to keep the residents more productive and engaged as they move about town,” said Mike Zeto of AT&T’s Smart Cities program. “The goal is to help the city try out tech that will provide benefits.”She said that the city would be launching up to three prototype bus shelters and five kiosks around the city. The locations of the test beds will be announced in the coming weeks.Looking to make O’Hare smarter, tooMeanwhile, AT&T Smart Cities is expanding its presence at O’Hare International Airport. It currently is installing digital displays that show real-time ground transport information.And now it is adding a new project which will capture passenger data as they move around the airport.“We’re leveraging big data to look at the flow of people throughout the airport to help us understand where people are coming from and where they are going,” said Chicago’s Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. “That kind of data will help the team that manages O’Hare better understand how to help the travelers at O’Hare. For example, is there a better way to manage the taxi queue?”Chicago was one of the first U.S. cities involved in AT&T’s smart cities program, announced last year.center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Tips for Family Caregivers

first_img1. Learn to Manage StressHave you experienced any of the following symptoms recently: disturbed sleep, digestive issues, weight gain/loss, anxiety, moodiness, depression, memory problems? These are all common physical and emotional signs of stress. It is important that you learn how to manage your stress so that it does not take over your life. Something to keep in mind is that caregiving is a marathon – not a sprint, therefore, it is imperative that you learn how to manage your stress at this point in your caregiving journey, and continue to manage it throughout.What to do:Exercise regularly – Find a physical activity that you enjoy and try to be active at least 20 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week.Take a break – Use respite care to allow yourself some time away from caregiving responsibilities.Eat well – Make sure what you’re eating is healthy and is supporting your body’s needs.Ask for help – To avoid caregiver burnout, get other people involved in the caregiving responsibilities.Take care of your health – Make sure you’re seeing your doctor about yourIndulge – Do something to treat yourself. Go to a movie, get a pedicure, read a book on the patio, etc..Find support – Find a group, or someone, who understands what you’re going through to talk to.Say no – Remember that it is okay to say no to people.Maintain your sense of humor 2. Accept Help from OthersHas someone ever offered to help you, but you told them no? Caregivers often refuse help because it would take time and energy to explain how to do something, it’s frustrating when it’s not done correctly (the way you would have done it) or they feel that it would not be right to ask for or accept help from others.What to do:Ask for and accept help. You don’t have to do this all alone, but if you don’t ask for help how will your friends and family know that help is needed? Create a list of things that others can help you with, so when they ask you have something prepared.Take the time to explain to someone how to do something, if they help again you won’t have to explain it again and it will be one more thing to take off your to-do list.Accept that things won’t always be done ‘your way,’ but for every task you have help with, that is one less task for you to worry with.3. Make Time for Yourself a PriorityHave you ever gone to bed and realized that not once today did you do something to take care of yourself, or to relieve stress? Caregivers often forget that their mental and physical health is just as important as their care recipients. Whenever you put off taking care of yourself, you increase your chances of caregiver burnout, resentment, and falling ill.What to do: Establish some ‘me time’ within your day. Schedule in and make it a priority.Delegate responsibilities to others, to ensure you have time to take care of your mental and physical health.If at some point during the day you begin to feel overwhelmed, remove yourself from the situation for 5 -10 minutes to gather your thoughts and de-stress. Utilize our Mindfulness Series during this time.4. Search for and Utilize Available ResourcesHave you looked in to available resources in your area? It is all too common for family caregivers to just buckle down and take care of everything without looking in to the possibility of help.What to do: Utilize the resources below. Remember, you don’t have to do everything on your own!Resources – National Alliance for CaregivingCaregiver Action NetworkRosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving  This MFLN-Military Caregiving blog post was published on July 7, 2017.last_img read more

Bombay HC tells CBFC to decide on trailer of Ram Janmabhoomi

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Centre to “consider the so-called offending material highlighted and take a suitable decision without fail” on a petition challenging the trailer of Ram Janmabhoomi, scheduled to be released on December 6.The petition, filed by Azhar Tamboli, a social worker, said he is aggrieved by the poster and trailer of the film that hurts religious sentiments. The subject of the movie is “very sensitive and shows the polarisation of Hindus and Muslims, which started mainly after the Babri Masjid demolition,” it says. It also says the trailer, which was released on November 19, is highly provocative, promotes communal disharmony and violates Section 5B (principles for guidance in certifying films) of the Cinematograph Act. It will create communal disturbance as it shows a saffron flag on the Babri Masjid which reads, ‘Shri Ram’, and is contemptuous to Islam in the eyes of the law, the petition says.The petition has been moved against the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf board, the chief writer, producer, screenwriter and director of the movie, the chairperson and chief executive officer of CBFC, the Maharashtra government and the Union. Mr. Tamboli, represented by his advocates Hasnain and Raeed Kazi, is seeking to restrain the exhibition of the film in theatres and on television as it will create a law and order situation. He also points out that the matter related to Babri Masjid and Ram Bhoomi is subjudice. A division bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadhikari and S.V. Kotwal adjourned the matter to December 4.last_img read more

Pingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games With the match-ups now set, Pingris’ focus is on Star’s cohesion as it seeks to further develop its teamwork in the quarters with reinforcement Kristofer Acox in tow.“What’s important here is the chemistry we’re building. We changed imports so he needs to understand our games and know that it’s always going to be our defense which will help us win games,” he said. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Pingris went to as far as comparing the meeting to a championship series.“Every time we face Ginebra, we feel like we’re in the Finals. The history is there with Manila Clasico and a lot of fans are watching.”Pingris, though, will have to wait until the finals for his dream matchup to come true and given that both teams survive their respective quarterfinals and semifinals duels.Meralco’s 104-101 victory over San Miguel in the final eliminations game on Sunday propelled Ginebra to the No. 3 spot and Star to four.The Gin Kings will face the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the playoffs, while the Hotshots will have an early rematch with the NLEX Road Warriors, whom they beat 101-93 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGES“To be the best, you have to beat the best.”And that’s exactly what Marc Pingris wants Star to do as he wishes for a collision course with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments “Even if we’re twice-to-win, I want Ginebra,” said the energetic forward.Pingris has no problems even if the odds will be stacked against the Hotshots knowing that their team will be tested early, and what better opponent to have than the reigning Governors’ Cup champion to gauge themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a great feeling to play because you’ll be facing a strong team. If you can’t beat them, how can you be a champion? It’s better to face a strong team early,” he said.Since coach Tim Cone left for the Gin Kings, the Purefoods franchise are 4-10 against its fierce rival and has lost its last four duels. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more