Commentary: The last thing this PBA standoff needed was a boycott

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere are so many ways the PBA can heal itself after a major fissure split its Board of Governors into two blocs–purportedly, the drawn lines are the same ones that separate two major conglomerates in the board.Fire Chito Narvasa? That certainly is an option.ADVERTISEMENT Merely replacing the commissioner won’t start the much-needed healing of the PBA. The way things are going, healing can start at one place, no matter how many different paths there are to take: The board has to treat this impasse with a heightened urgency to reassure the fans that they remain the heart of the country’s only professional basketball league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ After friend’s death, Brown fuels Celtics win over Warriors It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Retain him as steward of an iconic institution? Perhaps.Name a caretaker OIC or appoint a new commissioner? Maybe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThere are many immediate solutions that the PBA could apply to make sure that when Dec. 17 rolls around, there will be an opening night for Asia’s first professional basketball league. But that’s exactly what the PBA needs the least right now–immediate solutions. What it needs right now are lasting programs and a major culture change.The problem hounding the PBA is a political one. Only in some short-sighted manner can this mess be blamed on the trade between San Miguel Beer and Kia for the services of Christian Standhardinger. In reality, the trade is just the fruit of it all. The root? It goes way deeper than what has been already discussed numerous times in all forms of media.center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The moment Standhardinger declared for a draft class where the top pick belonged to Kia, his career direction was clear. He would be a franchise player for a team that belonged to either the MVP or SMC group. This is what Kia’s mission in the PBA looks like, after all: To build powerhouse squads outside of their own franchise.A true and deep-healing solution to the problem means creating an authority infrastructure that shields the commissioner’s office from board influence; it means painting over the gray areas of league rules to make sure lottery teams don’t pawn off their basketball future.You don’t need just a strong commissioner–fans would see him as inept anyway under the same environment. Superman, in his home planet of Krypton, would just be another normal being.You need a strong commissioner’s office.Of the many paths the league can take toward healing itself, however, this isn’t–shouldn’t be–one of them: There is now an apparent boycott of some team governors of the annual planning session where the roadmap of the 2018 season would’ve been drawn up.The absence of four team representatives in Los Angeles–incoming chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX has also skipped the board activity–meant no resolution was forged regarding the status of Narvasa. And it put on hold Season 43’s plans, too. No schedule of games. No import ceiling. No new rules. Nothing. No healing.Maybe it would be to early to assume it is a boycott, even if the absent governors represent teams who belong to the bloc calling for Narvasa’s dismissal. At the very least, it is disheartening to see how these representatives cannot make time for the PBA at a time when the league needs their stewardship the most. The last dispatch we received from LA is that meetings have already been cancelled and the representatives who did make the trip are now reduced to filling those empty hours with sightseeing tours with their families.Sure, maybe the presence of the four would have meant a mere 1 percent chance that the board finally settles the impasse that has stalled league operations. But their absence? It obliterates that chance. It wipes out whatever hope of unifying the board during the planning session.Worse, in the perception play, their absence only reinforced the belief that the league has stopped caring for the heart that beats within it. The fans. The people who shell out hard-earned money for pricey tickets for the chance to see the best basketball in the country being played right before their very eyes.It turned the current standoff from a driving point for a much-needed discussion on how to improve the PBA into a showcase of its officials’ petulance. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ There has been a lot of clamor for the PBA to reexamine its soul. But what it needs in this dire moment of introspection is to look at its heart. And the heart of the league is its fans.One of the perils of political problems lies in perception. And what is the prevailing perception? That of fans being hoodwinked. But to apply surface-only solutions to the problem leaves the league open to confronting the same crisis in the future–and the same result perception-wise.True, we can easily lay the blame on the doorstep of the commissioner’s office. It has been the most convenient scapegoat, after all, instead of asking a group of powerful team governors to shoulder some accountability for the decaying fan trust over the years.But here’s the quick-heal we get by merely replacing the commissioner: In the public’s perception of this ongoing civil war, it becomes a mere transfer of the balance of power. Fans will be wary that the commissioner’s backers will ultimately turn into his sacred cows.How has the perception of the league sharply dropped to this?Look at it this way: How many of you really believe that if the commissioner’s office shot down the San Miguel Beer-Kia trade, Standhardinger would remain a franchise player who would turn the Picanto’s fortunes around and make people believe they actually belong in the PBA? If you raised your hand, you have overdosed on naivete.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Fort St. John to command blue line at B.C. Winter Games

first_imgThe tryouts, known as the B.C. Hockey Female U16 Zone Camp for North Central, were held Jan.7 and 8 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, where the two defencemen earned their spot to play in one of the province’s premier sporting events. Roughly 40 girls from the all across the Caribou, Prince George and the North East areas attended these tryouts. The 2012 B.C. Winter games, which showcase the best of B.C.’s amateur athletes in 18 different sports, will be held in Vernon, B.C. from Feb.23-26, 2012, taking place every second year. – Advertisement -The games offer our province’s female athletes the unique experience of competing with and against the best players their age from across the province.last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, March 4

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Everton have made an approach to sign Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto. The versatile midfielder has been told by the La Liga side that he can leave in the summer and the Toffees are in pole position. (Daily Mirror)Pep Guardiola has dismissed links with a move to Manchester City, insisting he wants to see out his contract at Bayern Munich. (Manchester Evening News)Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto, who has been linked with Liverpool, is wanted by Real Madrid. (AS)Palermo starlet Paulo Dybala has revealed he’d ‘swim to Barcelona’ to secure a move, if the Catalan giants came calling for his signature. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are in talks to sign Porto right-back Danilo, 23, with the Old Trafford club willing to meet the Brazilian’s £37m release clause. (Sport)Arsenal are waiting for an answer after making an offer for Boca Juniors forward Jonathan Calleri, 21. (Fichajes)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer rumours…Exclusive – Newcastle star wary of versatile Manchester UnitedShearer is wrong! Newcastle are NOT devoid of ambition, Carver tells talkSPORTI’m not interested! Tottenham boss Pochettino rules out striker swoopExclusive – Chelsea skipper Terry deserves LONG-TERM deal, claims former England starExclusive – Former star tells Chelsea: Don’t let England’s best defender leaveExclusive – Pellegrini is ‘toast’ unless Man City reach Champions League final, claims former Maine Road starChelsea scuppered my Fiorentina move, claims Marseille starBad news for Man City! Guardiola would prefer Man United or Arsenal top job, claims expertSign me up, Brendan! Bordeaux star issues plea to Liverpool bossMan United target Strootman rubbishes claims his career could be overArsenal and Tottenham on red alert as Italy star nears AC Milan exitInter Milan fighting to keep Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City targetAllardyce unsure over West Ham star’s future amid interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenhamlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show – including Man City v Liverpool

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Arsenal winger and Premier League tactics expert Adrian Clarke to look ahead to the big games of the weekend.Topics include: Raheem Sterling facing Liverpool for the first time since his acrimonious departure from the club as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to Manchester City on Saturday.How will West Ham United cope in the absence of Dimitri Payet? The Hammers take on Tottenham on Sunday as 5th takes on 6th.How lucky were Arsenal to beat Tottenham last time out?!Also on the show, the former Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence says the Eagles will beat Sunderland on Monday Night Football & ‘Paparazzi’ Olisa Chukwumah from Nigeria Info (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

Monreal to stay, Spurs ace could agree deal, Man United wanted Chelsea starlet?

first_imgtalkSPORT.com round up all the biggest transfer news and gossip from Friday’s papers and online… Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Real Madrid have around £330million to spent on a new Galactico, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the PSG forwards, top of the La Liga club’s list. (AS)Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Manchester United to sign Ethan Ampadu, currently of Chelsea, when the Wales international was only 12-years-old. (Manchester Evening News)And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Pierce says Liverpool should prioritise Premier League over Champions LeagueEXCLUSIVE: Charlie Adam blasts Scott Brown for Hampden Park criticismEXCLUSIVE: Neil Warnock has spoken to Harry Arter about the allegations he was verbally assaulted by Roy KeaneEXCLUSIVE: Neil Warnock rules out Cardiff move for John Terry moving on three-way race TOP WORK RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? IN DEMAND LATEST targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Latest transfer news 3 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea legend Terry is being linked with a return to Aston Villa after turning down Spartak Moscow’s contract offer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 3 Monreal confirmed he has entered contract talks with Arsenal Emery has also called on Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil to up his game and prove he is worth his £350,000-per-week deal. (Sun)Everton could have points docked or face a fine as an inquiry gets underway over the club’s alleged tapping up of Marco Silva from Watford. (The Times)Liverpool are to hire goalkeeper coach Jack Robinson. The former Manchester United man currently works for England’s Under-15s to Under-17s. (Liverpool Echo) Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Toby Alderweirled could still agree a new Tottenham contract after failing to secure a move away from north London over the summer. (Express)Raheem Sterling is seeking a huge pay rise if he is to pen a new contract with Manchester City. (The Times)Unai Emery wants Nacho Monreal, the Arsenal left-back, to remain at the Emirates despite interest from Barcelona. (Mirror) Cesc Fabregas is being linked with a January move to Serie A, with Milan and Internazionale both keen on the midfielderAtletico Madrid and France defender Lucas Hernandez rejected a £70million move to Manchester United over the summerlast_img read more

Mixed weekend for HSU softball

first_imgHumboldt State enjoyed mixed fortunes in softball over the weekend, celebrating a milestone win before seeing an impressive winning streak come crashing to a halt with four straight losses.The Jacks took the opening two games of a four-game stand at Cal State East Bay on Saturday, including head coach Shelli Sarchett’s 200th career win in just five seasons at the helm.Sarchett has guided the Lumberjacks to the NCAA National Championships in each of the last two seasons and finished one win …last_img

Loggers come out firing, take Big 5 opener

first_imgThe Loggers made a statement of intent in their league opener Friday afternoon, comfortably defeating the Huskies 6-0 and taking the early advantage in the Big 5.Eureka scored three times in the top of the first and never looked back, shutting down the Fortuna offense with a dominating pitching performance, with four pitchers combining to allow just five hits.“I thought we played good,” Eureka head coach Jeff Giacomini said. “We hit the ball very well. We had a lot of hard hits right at …last_img

Wikileaks Competitor OpenLeaks Opens Doors

first_imgRelated Posts OpenLeaks 101 from openleaks on Vimeo.Our presumption of how OpenLeaks would likely work seems to be in fact how it’s designed. Whistle-blowers will upload leaked documents and send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site. By-passing the editorial function is intended to keep the organization unencumbered political considerations.On its FAQ, the involved persons make certain to distance themselves from their former home at Wikileaks, while staying polite: “A number of us were previously involved with WikiLeaks. None of us has any remaining association with WikiLeaks, and all of us had left by the end of September 2010 (despite other claims). While we fully support the stated goals of WikiLeaks, and wish them success, OpenLeaks is an independent project.”OpenLeaks says that its current incarnation is merely an alpha, with beta beginning “early in 2011.’ Those interested in being part of the “OpenLeaks community” will be allowed to apply for inclusion in the coming months. Other sources: Ars Technica A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#privacy#web curt hopkins In September, a number of Wikileaks‘ partners quit that organization, complaining that its leader, Julian Assange, was too tyrannical and careless. In November, they announced they were creating a competing leaks service, called OpenLeaks. In December, it was supposed to go live. Now, in January, it has. Yesterday, Cryptome released a leaked PDF of the OpenLeaks content. OpenLeaks announced that not all the areas of content and functionality in that document are good to go yet. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Video Inspiration! An Incredible Visual Effects Breakdown

first_imgGo behind-the scenes to see how this high-tech, physically demanding television commercial was created.  Using professional visual effects tools like Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke, Flame, a virtual world was built in post.You may have seen the ads for 5 Gum – you know, a human entering a world where their senses are exploding from all that intense gum flavor.  Although the ads are always a visual delight, it would be past most viewers to consider the time and effort that it takes to pull them off.  The following video takes you behind the scenes of a full-tilt commercial shoot for one of the newest ads in this campaign.Directed by Hollywood legend Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Swingers!).  This spot has some incredible special effects…and the accompanying vfx breakdown video demonstrates the intense post-production work necessary to pull them off.  Let’s first take a look at the original commercial spot:Art Director Kevin Lau notes that the spot was created using the top post production visual effects applications including Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke and Flame.  One can only imagine the incredible keying and rotoscoping that must have been necessary to fabricate this seamless virtual world.  Now, see for yourself how the spot was created in this very cool visual effects breakdown video:last_img read more

‘Llullaillaco Maiden’ May Have Been Drugged Before Sacrificed

first_imgMore than 500 years ago, three children climbed Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina and never came down, the probable victims of human sacrifice. Since their well-preserved mummies were discovered in 1999, scientists have studied them in hopes of reconstructing the last months of their lives. New evidence shows that all three regularly ingested coca and alcohol and suggests that the drugs might have played a more-than-ceremonial role in their deaths.The children—a young boy and girl, and a female archaeologists call the Llullaillaco Maiden, whom new research estimates to have been 13 years old—were part of an Incan sacrificial ritual known as capacocha, in which children were killed or left to die from exposure at the peaks of high mountains. Found sitting within small shrines, the bodies were naturally mummified by the cold, dry climate of the nearly 7000-meter mountain.Most of what scientists know about the lives of the Llullaillaco mummies comes from their hair. The Maiden, in particular, has long, tightly braided locks that had been growing for at least 2 years before her death. In 2007, scientists analyzed the carbon and nitrogen isotopes found in her tresses and detected a marked change in her diet about 1 year before she died, when she went from eating mostly potatoes to consuming more animal protein and maize.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This time, the team didn’t stop with food. “Anything that circulates in the blood will eventually end up in the hair”—including signs that an individual consumed drugs like alcohol and coca, the plant processed to make cocaine, explains Angelique Corthals, a forensic anthropologist at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the study. When scientists measured the levels of a few key metabolites along strands of the Maiden’s hair, they saw that her consumption of coca and alcohol began to increase around the same time that her diet changed, they report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her coca use peaked about 6 months before she died, while her alcohol consumption skyrocketed in her final weeks. The boy and the girl, both of whom were 4 to 5 years old and had shorter, less kempt hair, also ingested the two drugs but in much smaller amounts than the Maiden.By analyzing the Maiden’s hair, “we’re starting to see a picture … of an emerging sequence of events that culminated in her sacrifice,” says Andrew Wilson, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom who led both studies. He suspects that her initial change in diet and drug consumption likely coincided with her selection as an aclla. In Incan culture, these “chosen women” were “selected to live apart from their families at around the age of puberty, probably under the guardianship of priestesses,” he explains. Significantly, acllas were trained to produce chicha, a fermented maize drink that was probably the Maiden’s principal source of alcohol. Meanwhile, coca was—and in some Andean cultures, remains—a “revered” ritual substance, Wilson explains. Indeed, radiological scans reveal coca leaves clenched in the teeth of the Maiden’s mummy, suggesting that she was chewing them when she died.The importance of coca and alcohol in capacocha rites “is something that we hypothesized for a long time, and it’s really, really nice to see it confirmed,” says Corthals, who has studied the mummies in the past. But the drugs’ role in the sacrifices may have gone beyond ritual.Capacohca rites were complicated religious and political ceremonies that may have been partially intended to instill fear in communities recently conquered by the Incan empire. Although historical sources report that being selected as a capacocha sacrifice was considered an honor, Wilson wonders if the alcohol may have been used to sedate the Maiden in the weeks leading up to her death. What’s more, alcohol impairs the shivering reflex, so if she was left to die of exposure drinking could have hastened her death. But the presence of coca complicates that picture somewhat, because it can slightly increase body temperature by causing the blood vessels to constrict.Although it’s still not clear how the combination of drugs may have affected the bodies and minds of the Llullaillaco Maiden and children on the mountaintop, Wilson suspects that the Maiden, at least, was likely heavily sedated and placed in the shrine and left to die of exposure. While other high-altitude Incan mummies show signs of head trauma, the Llullaillaco mummies appear to have died peacefully. There were “no outward signs of fear” such as vomiting or defecation in the Maiden’s shrine, Wilson says, and the fact that she was found sitting in a cross-legged position surrounded by intact offerings suggests that she didn’t struggle once inside. Still, it’s possible that her body was arranged in that position just after death, implying that a more deliberate act, like suffocation or poisoning, might have taken her life before the harsh environment of the mountain had a chance to do its work.last_img read more