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DA to offer P90-M loans to Aklan agri, fish workers

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to offer about P90 million as “proactive support” to farmers and fishermen in Aklan province ahead of the six-month closure of Boracay island. According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the amount would be in the form of loans coursed through programs for these workers, most of whom sell their produce [...] The post DA to offer P90-M loans to Aklan agri, fish workers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netApr 16th, 2018

Agri workers can now tap revived P1.28-B fund

FARMERS and fishermen can now avail themselves of loans from the revived P1.28-billion Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) to boost production, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Land Bank of the Philippines will manage the state-run funding program—which grants loans to competitiveness-enhancing projects, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs)—under [...] The post Agri workers can now tap revived P1.28-B fund appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

DFA to welcome 105 repatriates under UAE amnesty program

A total of 105 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who availed of the amnesty offer of the Unites Arab Emirates (UAE) for undocumented foreign nationals will be repatriated on Thursday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said this would the 11th batch of OFWs to be repatriated, which brings the total number of Filipinos flown home by the government agency to 1,301 since the start of the UAE's amnesty program in August. READ:Undocumented Filipinos urged to avail of UAE amnesty program Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the DAF shouldered the exit fines and other penalties and the cost of airline tickets to Ma...Keep on reading: DFA to welcome 105 repatriates under UAE amnesty program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

‘Fake news’ causes panic in Boracay voter’s registration

FALSE information caused residents and workers in Boracay Island to panic in the final days of the voter’s registration for the 2019 midterm polls. Commission on Elections (Comelec)-6 Regional Director Dennis Ausan said the workers stormed their office in mainland Aklan after being informed that they cannot work in the island if they are not […] The post ‘Fake news’ causes panic in Boracay voter’s registration appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Why the ‘gig’ economy may not be the workforce of the future

WASHINGTON --- The "gig" economy might not be the new frontier for America's workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as ideal for people who want the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs don't offer. Yet the evidence is growing that over time, they don't deliver the financial returns many expect. And they don't appear to be reshaping the workforce. Over the past two years, for example, pay for gig workers has dropped, and they are earning a growing share of their income elsewhere, a new study finds. Most Americans who earn income through online platforms do so for only a few months each year, accordi...Keep on reading: Why the ‘gig’ economy may not be the workforce of the future.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

SSS has released P49.8 million in pension loans since September 2017

The Social Security System has already released P49.8 million in pension loans to 1,976 pensioners who availed of the first-of-its-kind loan program piloted by the state-run pension fund this month. In just 12 days after the pension loan program was launched on Sept. 3, Emmanuel F. Dooc, SSS president and chief executive officer, said they were "very much overwhelmed with the influx of applicants in our SSS branches." The pension loan was initially offered at 34 SSS branches across the country. Dooc said 50 additional branches would offer the loan program for SSS pensioners, including 14 in Metro Manila that began to accept applications since Sept. 19, on top of 36 nationwide th...Keep on reading: SSS has released P49.8 million in pension loans since September 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

CBS, MCBL to offer public school teachers salary loans that come with life insurance

China Bank Savings Corp. (CBS) and Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corp. (MCBL) are set to provide automatic payroll deduction salary loan that comes with free life insurance. In a statement sent to reporters on Wednesday, CBS and MCBL said they partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer Easi-Automatic Payroll Deduction Salary Loans […] The post CBS, MCBL to offer public school teachers salary loans that come with life insurance appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Boracay water transport groups okay DOT’s repair, repaint offer

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 6 offered free repairs and repainting of motorized boats in preparation for the reopening of Boracay Island in Aklan on October 26, 2018. DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas met Analy Ibabao and Mike Siñel of Malay Association Sailing Boat Owners Inc. (MASBOI) Sailboat Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Lenilyn Maming, […] The post Boracay water transport groups okay DOT’s repair, repaint offer appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

SAP: Boracay rehab to bring long-term benefits

KALIBO, AKLAN, July 20 (PIA) - Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go appealed to the residents and workers in Boracay to be more patient in the ongoing reha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

SSS loan restructuring offer yields P1.3 billion

State-run Social Security System (SSS) has generated P1.31 billion in additional income during the first three months of implementation of a loan restructuring program (LRP), which offers penalty condonation to members with past due loans......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

DOLE to simplify aid requisites for displaced Boracay workers

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it would simplify the requirements for the financial assistance intended to formal sector workers who were displaced by the closure of Boracay Island in Aklan. In a press conference in the island on July 8, 2018, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said displaced and suspended workers who […] The post DOLE to simplify aid requisites for displaced Boracay workers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

DSWD-6 extends over P100-M aid to Boracay residents, workers

A total of PHP100.7-million assistance has already been extended to residents and workers on this island, more than two months since its closure and ongoing rehabilitation. DSWD-6 extends over P100-M aid to Boracay residents, workers BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – – A total of PHP100.7-million assistance has already been extended to residents and workers on this… link: DSWD-6 extends over P100-M aid to Boracay residents, workers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

409 formal sector workers in Boracay receive aid

A TOTAL of 409 formal sector workers affected by the closure of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan received financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The recipients are among the first batch of workers who received the aid under the department’s Boracay Emergency Employment Program – Adjustment Measures Program (BEEP AMP) on […] The post 409 formal sector workers in Boracay receive aid appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Farmers, fishermen now have easy access to agri loans

CEBU CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is now easy for farmers and fishermen to avail of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Aklan booters work hard to fulfill football dream

YOUNG football players from Jawili Ibis Football Club in Aklan province dream of becoming professional players. Doniño Jan Pama, Ched Daroy, and Lynel Parajeto spend nights in a basnig or boat to catch fish, which they sell in the market. Every night, they earn at least P300 to support their basic needs in school and […] The post Aklan booters work hard to fulfill football dream appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

AKLAN, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to release government assistance for thousands of residents and workers affected by Boracay's temporary closure . The DSWD operations center in Boracay released P27,087,490 in transportation, medical, education, and burial assistance for 11,262 recipients under the Aid for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

DSWD releases P19.8 M for Boracay residents, workers

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released P19.8 million for displaced residents and workers of Boracay Island in Aklan province. In a press conference at the session hall of Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay, DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said the amount will aid 1,323 recipients who will each receive P15,000. The recipients include 429 resident […] The post DSWD releases P19.8 M for Boracay residents, workers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to college

NEW YORK --- Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree. America's largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degree, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight US labor market. The company is teaming up with Denver-based startup Guild Education to offer employees the chance to obtain a bachelor's degree in business or supply-chain management. It will cost a dollar a day at one of three non-profit universities with online programs that have had success working with adult learners: the University of Florida, Brandman Univ...Keep on reading: Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to college.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Fisherman gets once-in-a-lifetime business offer from Bahraini prince

A fisherman from Bahrain received the biggest surprise of his life when Prince Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, offered him a business proposal. Mohammed Ali Falamarzi was merely peddling fish on the roadside when the Bahraini prince walked up to him and offered him a business, as per the Gulf News today, May 24. Sheikh Nasser promised Falamarzi a license as well as a shop to run his business. He also asked if Falamarzi was in need of a boat. If Falamarzi accepts the offer, Sheikh Nasser would also make him a regular supplier of fish to LuLu, an Indian major hypermarket chain headquartered in Abu Dhabi and operating in 134 locatio...Keep on reading: Fisherman gets once-in-a-lifetime business offer from Bahraini prince.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018