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Full Metal Jacket’s R. Lee Ermey, 74

LOS ANGELES — US actor and retired Marine R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, has died, his manager said Sunday. He was 74. Manager Bill Rogin said the Golden Globe nominee Ermey died from complications of pneumonia. “It is with deep sadness […] The post Full Metal Jacket’s R. Lee Ermey, 74 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 16th, 2018

Vincent Cassel ties knot with model

Hollywood actor Vincent Cassel, 51, married 21-year-old model Tina Kunakey in a low-key ceremony in his native France on Friday. The actor, who appeared in "Black Swan" and two of the "Ocean's" series of heist films, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as the troubled young man from the Parisian suburbs in the critically acclaimed "La Haine". Cassel, wearing dark sunglasses, a cream jacket and open-necked pink shirt,tied the knot with Kunakey in front of around 100 guests in Bidart, a small coastal village near Biarritz in southwestern France. His bride wore a white tulle gown with strapless bodice, full skirt and long train, arriving for the ceremony in a black Bentley. Cassel...Keep on reading: Vincent Cassel ties knot with model.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Jill Janus, singer of metal band Huntress, dies at 43

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --- Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday. Janus had long struggled with mental illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday, her relatives and band mates said in a statement released through publicist Alexandra Greenberg. Janus fronted Huntress from the group's inception in Los Angeles in 2009, singing on three full-length albums and on tours with bands including Motorhead and Lamb of God. Founding member Blake Meahl said on his Facebook page Thursday that he and Janus "spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Hunt...Keep on reading: Jill Janus, singer of metal band Huntress, dies at 43.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

400 e-waste containers abandoned at Thailand ports

BANGKOK --- About 400 cargo containers full of electronic waste, plastic scrap and discarded metal have been left unclaimed at Thailand's two major ports as authorities crack down on illegal e-waste handling. If they are not claimed within the next 15 days, the Customs Department will either dispose of them or send them back to their point of departure. Most of them come from the United States, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. "Importers have already failed to claim these containers within the 30-day timeframe but we will give them 15 more days," Customs Department spokesman Chaiyut Kumkun said yesterday. He said the next normal step would be to inform the export trans...Keep on reading: 400 e-waste containers abandoned at Thailand ports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Marawi-inspired ‘Alab ng Puso’ medals await full Ironman finishers

A reward like no other awaits finishers of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines. Each participant who completes the arduous 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run earns a special medal that not only symbolizes victory but also signifies the Filipino spirit and the sport of triathlon. The commemorative piece was created by Daniel dela Cruz, a renowned Filipino metal sculptor. "The title of the medal is 'Alab ng Puso' and it's the fire in the heart which I think each and every triathlete needs to be able to finish the race," said Dela Cruz. But a medal won't be one without a ribbon and making it was no easy task either. Staying true to the Filip...Keep on reading: Marawi-inspired ‘Alab ng Puso’ medals await full Ironman finishers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Nicklaus cautions from experience against a Masters letdown

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press Tiger Woods built his comeback around the Masters, as was the case even in healthier years. He took a step back at Augusta National, not breaking par until the final round and finishing 16 shots behind Patrick Reed, the most he has trailed the Masters winner. Woods wasn't alone in his disappointment. Jordan Spieth geared his early part of the year toward being ready for the Masters, the major he says he most wants to win. He had a two-shot lead after the first round, and rounds of 74-71 meant even that closing 64 wasn't enough. Phil Mickelson took himself out of the hunt with a 79 in the second round. Jack Nicklaus can understand how they feel, and his message for anyone who puts so much emphasis on a green jacket is that the show goes on. "I had to learn that there were other tournaments in the country after Augusta," Nicklaus said at the Masters after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot. "I played Augusta a lot of times and lost. I won in '63, '65 and '66, and I just expected to win every year. I thought I would just continue to do that." Nicklaus missed the cut in 1967. He says that started a three-year trend in which it took him longer than it should have to get over not winning the Masters. "That was a humbling experience to miss the cut after you've won it twice in a row," he said. "But then the next couple of years, I think that it probably destroyed the rest of my year. Because I was so disappointed at not winning at Augusta that I had a downer most of the year." There's some truth to that. He didn't go more than two tournaments before winning again after the 1963, 1964 and 1965 Masters. After he repeated at Augusta in 1966, he ran off five consecutive top fives before winning the British Open at Muirfield to complete the career Grand Slam. But after missing the cut in 1967, he went five tournaments without winning and had one stretch of 10 straight rounds in which he failed to break 70. The following year when he tied for fifth at the Masters, Nicklaus didn't win again until the Western Open the first weekend in August. And after a tie for 23rd in the 1969 Masters, he didn't win again until the Sahara Invitational in October. "I put such a buildup to this tournament and the importance of winning that first major that it was to my detriment more times than a positive," he said. Nicklaus figured it out. Over the next four years, he never went more than three events after the Masters before winning again. Twice, in 1971 and 1973, he won in his next start after failing to win the Masters. CURTIS CUP Four years after Lucy Li qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at age 11, the Californian is headed to her first Curtis Cup. Li was among eight women selected for the June 8-10 matches against amateurs from Britain and Ireland at Quaker Ridge in New York. Li is the first 15-year-old to make the American team since Lexi Thompson in 2010. The other Americans selected for the team are UCLA star Lilia Vu, Andrea Lee, Jennifer Kupcho, Kristen Gillman, U.S. Women's Amateur champion Sophia Schubert, Lauren Stephenson and Mariel Galdiano. Lee and Galdiano played in the most recent Curtis Cup, which Britain & Ireland won in Ireland. AS THE WORLD TURNS For the second time since the World Golf Championships began in 1999, the PGA Tour is converting one of its regular tournaments into one of the four WGCs with a big purse ($10 million this year) and a limited field with no cut. Doral had been longest-running PGA Tour event on the Florida Swing until it morphed into the WGC-CA Championship in 2007. Now it's happening in Memphis, Tennessee. Bridgestone chose not to renew its increasingly expensive title sponsorship of the WGC at Firestone, which had hosted an elite event since 1976. Starting next year, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will move to the TPC Southwind in Memphis. That will assure the strongest field for Memphis, which dates to 1958. But much like Doral in 2007, it becomes off-limits to PGA Tour regulars. Based on this week's world ranking, only 16 players in the field for the St. Jude Classic last year would be eligible at a World Golf Championship. BALANCE AT THE TOP Each generation believes it had stronger and deeper competition, though there at least appears to be more balance. Perhaps one way to measure that is through Tiger Woods. When he won the 2008 U.S. Open for his 14th major, only seven other players in the top 20 in the world ranking had combined for 13 majors. Phil Mickelson (No. 2), Ernie Els (No. 5) and Vijay Singh (No. 9), each had three majors. Geoff Ogilvy (No. 4), Jim Furyk (No. 10), Padraig Harrington (No. 13) and Trevor Immelman (No. 15) each had one. Just like then, four of the top five in the world have won majors (all but 23-year-old Jon Rahm). However, 12 of the top 20 in the world from this week's rankings have won majors. The top 20 includes Mickelson (now with five majors), Rory McIlroy (four majors), Jordan Spieth (three majors) and Bubba Watson (two majors). Eight other players have won at least one major. It's certainly younger at the top. Woods was 32 when he won his last major, and only three players from the top 10 were in their 20s — Scott, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. This week, seven of the top 10 in the world are in their 20s. MANAGEMENT MOVES Jordan Spieth's manager has come full circle and is returning to IMG, and Jay Danzi is bringing his top client with him. Danzi has become a partner with California-based William Morris Endeavor, which owns IMG. Included in the move is Jordan Lewites, who was handling much of Spieth's day-to-day operations, and Laura Moses, who heads up Spieth's foundation. Spieth will be represented by WME and IMG. "Jordan is a world-class talent, and we're excited to welcome him to the family," said Patrick Whitesell, executive chairman of Endeavor. "When you look at what he and Jay have already accomplished and consider WME and IMG's ability to amplify Jordan's reach across entertainment and sports, the possibilities are endless." Danzi previously worked for IMG as global head of recruiting for its golf business. He left the Cleveland-based agency for Wasserman, and then started his own company (Forefront Sports Group) when he signed Spieth. The centerpiece of getting Spieth was a bold endorsement with Under Armour. Lagardere bought Forefront in 2013. Along with managing the three-time major champion, Danzi was in charge of Lagardere's brand consulting, sales and golf consulting groups. He left Lagardere last month. DIVOTS Ted Potter Jr. tied for 16th in the RBC Heritage, notable because he had missed his last five cuts dating to his victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. ... Satoshi Kodaira was the first player without PGA Tour status to win a regular PGA Tour event since Arjun Atwal at the Wyndham Championship in 2010. ... Cameron Smith, a 24-year-old from Australia, tied for 32nd at Hilton Head last week and moved past Jack Nicklaus on the PGA Tour career money list. ... Bryson DeChambeau moved into the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time, at No. 48. ... With his tie for fifth in the Masters, Bubba Watson became the 16th player to surpass $40 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. STAT OF THE WEEK Rickie Fowler has been in the top 10 on the leaderboard in 20 out of the 32 rounds he has played this season. FINAL WORD "I will probably not wear it every day. But it is special." — Satoshi Kodaira on the tartan jacket he received for winning at Harbour Town......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Pascua rues FEU’s lack of experience in meltdown vs La Salle

George Pascua, Far Eastern University's fun-loving head coach, usually tries to inject a bit of humor in every situation he's in. He once tried to choke himself in jest with a jacket during a game in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament, and Pascua also said the "G" in the bottle of Gatorade stands for "George." On Sunday, however, Pascua didn't have a choice but suck up the grief after losing his Lady Tamaraws dropped a five-setter against defending champion De La Salle, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5. FEU's two-set advantage after the third period didn't stand a chance as the Lady Spikers displayed their full might on the bamboozled Lady Tamaraws. "We were...Keep on reading: Pascua rues FEU’s lack of experience in meltdown vs La Salle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Lions hope coach Matt Patricia ends their search for winner

By Larry Lage, Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia’s unlikely path to becoming an NFL coach began with his buddies, setting up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field for fierce games of electric football. “I knew at a very young age the strategic part of the game was something that I just loved,” Patricia said Wednesday after being introduced as coach of the Detroit Lions. “I thrived on it. We would try to just out plan each other all the time and we’d have huge games that would roll into weeks at a time.” Years later, Patricia took a pivotal step toward his dream job after earning an aeronautical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by being a graduate assistant at his alma mater. The former offensive lineman — who is from Sherrill, New York — coached up one of the players at RPI and saw him do what he was taught during a game. “The success that we had and his joy that he showed from being able to do that, that’s really when it clicked for me as a coach,” Patricia said with his previously bushy beard trimmed and a pencil over his right ear. “At that point, the strategic part of the game along with my coaching aspirations just kind of put things in motion.” The Lions desperately hope Patricia takes full advantage of his first opportunity to lead a football team and ends their decades-long search for a coach who can lead them to elusive success in the playoffs. Since winning the 1957 NFL title, Detroit’s only postseason victory was more than a quarter-century ago. “Our goal is to win and to compete for championships,” team president Rod Wood said. “I believe that we are taking the next step in meeting those expectations.” Lions general manager Bob Quinn fired coach Jim Caldwell last month with a 36-28 mark over four years and two playoff appearances. The Lions went 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs, ranking among the NFL’s worst rushing teams for the fourth straight year. “I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia,” Quinn said. The 43-year-old Patricia helped New England win three Super Bowls over 14 years. He was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator the past six seasons. Detroit’s search was focused on Patricia right from the start because he worked with Quinn for a dozen years in New England. “We sat next to each other in a lot of team meetings in New England for many of our years together,” Quinn recalled. “We also spent a great deal of time together on the road scouting college prospects, traveling around the country trying to find new players.” In recent years, Patricia has become a candidate to lead a team in the league as one of Bill Belichick’s top assistant coaches. He appeared to be in the running to be hired by his homestate New York Giants and perhaps the Arizona Cardinals, but choose the challenge in the Motor City at least in part because of his relationship with Quinn. “My comfort level with Bob is huge in all of this,” he said. After being a graduate assistant at RPI in 1996, Patricia shifted gears to be an aeronautical engineer for two years. Patricia got back on the sideline as a defensive line coach at Amherst College in 1999 and went on to be a graduate assistant for Paul Pasqualoni, whom he has hired to be Detroit’s defensive coordinator. Jim Bob Cooter was not mentioned in the Lions’ release regarding staff additions , but he is listed on the team’s website as its returning offensive coordinator. “Jim Bob is on staff and he will be here,” Patricia said. “Obviously, he’s done a great job here in what he’s been able to accomplish with both him and (Matthew) Stafford and the offense.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say – CNN News

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural health products around, with claims for everything from sanitizing toothbrushes to whittling waistlines. But how much of its popularity is based on hype? Could you be wasting your time or &'8212; even worse &'8212; harming your health? Here are 10 of the top ways people are using apple cider vinegar and what the science says. What's the most popular use for apple cider vinegar? If a simple internet search is any measure, it involves diabetes. Dietitian Carol Johnston has been studying the effects of the main component of any vinegar, acetic acid, on diabetic blood glucose levels since 2004. She's conducted 10 small randomly controlled studies and published six papers on the subject. Her studies indicate vinegar can help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes; in those who are prediabetic, also called insulin-resistant; and even in healthy control subjects. The improvement was slight for all but those at risk for diabetes, she says. &'8220;In pre-diabetics, it was too good to be true,&'8221; says Johnston,who is also associate director of the University of Arizona's School of Nutrition and Health. &'8220;It fell a good bit and stayed that way. It may be this is the group that could benefit the most.&'8221; But this antiglycemic response can be induced by any sort of vinegar, she says: red and white wine vinegars, pomegranate vinegar or even white distilled vinegar. She suggests adding it to salads, as in the Mediterranean diet, or diluting it in water and drinking it before a meal. &'8220;Basically, what acetic acid is doing is blocking the absorption of starch,&'8221; Johnston says. &'8220;If my study subjects eat a starch and add vinegar, glucose will go down. But if they drink sugar water and add vinegar, nothing happens. So if you're having bacon and eggs, don't bother. It only helps if you are consuming a starch.&'8221; If you choose to use apple cider vinegar, be sure to tell your doctor, says nutritionist Lisa Drayer. &'8220;If you're taking a diabetes drug, the vinegar could amplify the effects of your meds,&'8221; she warns, &'8220;and your doctor might want to adjust your dosage.&'8221; Most important, if you're expecting vinegar to significantly alter or prevent diabetes, science suggests you reconsider. Johnston notes that there is no evidence, in her studies or others, to establish that connection. &'8220;I simply determine if your glucose level goes up and down,&'8221; she says. &'8220;If I was to show that vinegar slows progression to diabetes, then I would need hundreds of people and millions of dollars to do the studies, because diabetes has a lot of causes, including genetics.&'8221; Weight loss, or dieting, is another popular use for apple cider vinegar and there is some evidence that it can help. The most cited study was done with 175 heavy but otherwise healthy Japanese subjects. The 12-week treatment produced lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat, waist measurements and triglyceride levels. Sounds great, right? The most cited study was done with 175 heavy but otherwise healthy Japanese subjects. The 12-week treatment produced lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat, waist measurements and triglyceride levels. Sounds great, right? The best way to consume apple cider vinegar is on your salad, experts say. &'8220;If you were doing all the other things to lose weight, it might give you a slight edge,&'8221; Drayer says. &'8220;Also, if you're drinking it in water, that's good, as water makes you feel full.&'8221; &'8220;Sometimes, people get really excited to try something new, and then their other behaviors change, too,&'8221; she adds. &'8220;So if this helps people be more careful overall, that's a good thing.&'8221; &'8220;Some people like to use it to remove stains and whiten their teeth,&'8221; according to one of many online articles touting apple cider vinegar for this purpose: &'8220;To try this, rub a small amount of apple cider vinegar onto your teeth with a cotton swab.&'8221; &'8220;I let out an audible gasp when I read about this!&'8221; says Chicago dentist and American Dental Association spokeswoman Alice Boghosian. &'8220;It made me cringe, to be honest with you. What are people doing?&'8221; &'8220;You're putting acid on your teeth,&'8221; Boghosian continues, &'8220;the last thing you'd want to do to promote oral health. What would be a healthier option is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, with a whitening toothpaste with the ADA seal. That shows it's been tested to do what it's supposed to do.&'8221; Other articles promote rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar, soaking dentures with a diluted mixture or using it to clean a toothbrush. &'8220;You just have to rinse off your toothbrush, get all the toothpaste out, and let it air out. That's all you have to do,&'8221; Boghosian says. &'8220;Cleaning dentures or rinsing with vinegar is not a good idea. It too could put your teeth at risk. And just think how it might affect the metal on partial dentures.&'8221; A pH of 7 is neutral, explains Boghosian; anything less is acid. She said many of today's popular apple cider vinegars are in the 2 to 3 range &'8212; about the same as stomach acid. &'8220;Anything acidic which contacts your teeth will wear out the enamel, the protective coating, and that will cause cavities,&'8221; Boghosian adds. &'8220;So, this is totally, completely wrong, unless you want to be paying more visits to your dentist.&'8221; Commonly suggested [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2017

Indiana Jones hat fetches over $500,000 at auction

Indiana Jones's signature fedora fetched more than half a million dollars at a blockbuster London auction of rare memorabilia from some of the most iconic movies of the past 40 years. But the star attraction--- the sleek jacket worn by the lovable Star Wars scoundrel Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back"--- failed to clear the 500,000 ($665,000, 563,000 euros) reserve and went unsold. Organizers said they had "a number of post-auction inquiries" about the space-traveling jacket and were hoping to strike a deal in the coming days. More than 600 costumes and props from much-adored films and television series went under the hammer on the banks of the River Thames. ...Keep on reading: Indiana Jones hat fetches over $500,000 at auction.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News35 min. ago

Coach Brad Stevens excited for fully healthy Celtics

NBA.com staff report Five days from now, the Boston Celtics will hold their first official training camp practice as they (and every other NBA team) begin preparation for the 2018-19 season. After months of waiting and hoping, it appears everyone on the Celtics' roster -- including injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving -- will be ready to go come Sept. 25. Celtics coach Brad Stevens informed the media of that on Wednesday as he spoke at the BCSF Golf Tournament at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Stevens has been watching as the team has held an "open gym" at the Celtics' practice facility in Brighton and has been impressed with what he has seen, writes Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “As of last I’ve heard, we should have everybody full go,” Stevens said. “Everybody that’s been here has been playing five-on-five and been looking good. “The exciting part is that we should have a full group of guys healthy and ready to go. And the tough part is that we know we’ve got a lot to cover in a short amount of time.” Brad Stevens took a break from today's Shamrock Foundation golf tournament to give us an update on how the team is expected to look next week for training camp. pic.twitter.com/5xuHJvl3iY — Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 19, 2018 Stevens' comments about the health of the roster weren't much of a surprise, especially since Boston has been trending toward having everyone ready for camp all summer. Yesterday, Stevens said Irving and Hayward are looking much like their old selves on the court. “I saw him this morning at the facility and he looks good," Stevens said of Irving. "He’s worked really hard, I think he’s really excited and it’s good to see that. I think both he and Gordon will appreciate all the little things and all the mundane things even more, because Kyrie’s had the end of the season taken away from him twice in the last four years, and the one with us last year was such a shock because of the unfortunate event with the infection.” Irving and Hayward missed 22 and 81 games, respectively, with injuries last season. Irving missed the final 15 games of the 2017-18 season and the entire playoffs to repair his left knee. Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury just five minutes into his Celtics debut after defecting from the Utah Jazz via free agency last summer. Stevens told reporters he doesn't plan on playing anyone "a ton" in the preseason opener on Sept. 28 vs. the Charlote Hornets (Sept. 29, PHL time). In addition, he does not expect to rest Irving or Hayward during the season unless team trainers instruct him to do so. “Not my call at all,” Stevens said. “So the medical team comes and says this person can’t play in a back-to-back, then they don’t play in a back-to-back. If they can and it’s good for them, barring anything else unforeseen, then obviously they’ll play. “We haven’t sat in front of it and said that’s the case with certain guys yet and I’m not sure I anticipate that with either of those guys. They’ve made great strides.” Like Irving, Hayward has worked diligently to recover from his injury and Stevens has seen the progress in Hayward's recovery all along the way. The mental challenge in Hayward's comeback -- taking that first hit, playing at NBA speed and more -- is not something Stevens is worried about his star forward overcoming. “He’s been really diligent all the way through his rehab and progressing each step,” Stevens said. “I watched him through the steps of working out to going to one-on-one, to two-on-two, to three-on-three, and he can play some of the open gyms the guys are having. “Like anything, there’s always going to be a period of adjustment, but from my eye, and I think from everybody else that may have watched him work out, he looks like he’s looked before. That’s positive, I’d say.” Backup center Daniel Theis, who missed the Celtics' playoff run with a season-ending knee injury, has also looked solid in the workouts, Stevens said. Boston suffered minimal offseason roster losses among its key rotation players as only center Greg Monroe (who signed with Toronto) and guard Shane Larkin (who will be playing in Turkey) won't be back for 2018-19. Despite the loss of their starting backcourt last season, the Celtics still advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, falling to the Cavaliers in seven games. They are expected by many to be a top contender for the East title in 2018-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 9 min. ago

From G League to GM, 76ers turn franchise over to Brand

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. For a franchise that underwent the painful “Process” for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention. Brand is ready to help lead the way. “I’m going to rely on my team,” Brand said. “Not just on the court, but the off-the-court team. I can’t keep saying it enough. In my opinion, we are one of the top groups in the NBA.” Brand was introduced Thursday at the Sixers complex as the new GM, and it was made clear the two-time All-Star will not yield the power to make the final decisions, but rather work in concert with coach Brett Brown and the rest of the front office. “The 76ers are on the cusp of something very special and the next 12 months are really important,” Brand said. “I think that’s why I was the leading candidate, to bring stability to the organization and this group that I know really well.” Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and was the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate. Sixers owner Josh Harris said Brand emerged from a list of at least 10 candidates as the right choice to steady a franchise rocked by Bryan Colangelo’s sudden departure. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter. “I’ll lead with honesty, integrity,” Brand said. Brown had assumed interim GM duties but wanted no part of holding the job full time. But he will work as Brand’s partner in key decisions the franchise faces coming off a 52-win season. “Coach and I are aligned,” Brand said. “Teams that have won in the NBA, the GM, the coach have to get along. He’s going to have the players. But when it comes to trades, draft process, I’m running that. That’s what I’ve been hired for. Final say? Coach is going to have a voice in it.” Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and two stints with the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 co-rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. “I think we’re at a new point in our team’s development into hopefully an NBA championship,” Harris said. “We need to be attracting talent here. Certainly, Elton’s image and who he is as a person were real positives. But leadership and managerial skills and the things you’ve got to do in the front office that aren’t just about image, he’s got those, too. But certainly, that was a huge positive.” Brand said it’s fair to question his inexperience as he skyrocketed through the organization from the G League to GM. But it’s a job he’s ready to handle. “I’ll take the hits,” he said. “When there’s decisions made on the basketball side, I’m taking the hits.” Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations. Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. The Sixers beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league. Embiid and Markelle Fultz were among the players who attended Brand’s press conference. The Sixers were stunned when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts. She admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues. Brand, the fourth black GM in the NBA, is ready for the Sixers to put the offseason mess behind them and make a jump in the East. “This is a special team, an incredible opportunity, and we will lead a disciplined and determined path to building a championship organization,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 9 min. ago

FULL LIST: Miss World Philippines 2018 Swimsuit Competition finalists

MANILA, Philippines – The 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 competed in the pageant’s Beach Beauty Competition on September 20 in El Nido, Palawan. During the event, the ladies performed in an opening production number, and walked in two segments: the resort wear segment, where they wore clothes they styled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News10 hr. 56 min. ago

PH shorts, Boracay docu go to Busan

Apart from Andrew Stephen Lee's short film "Manila is Full of Men Named Boy," there are two more Filipino entries in the Wide Angle section of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, from Oct. 4 to 13.   Joji Villanueva Alonso's short film "Last Order" and Kevin Piamonte's documentary "Land from God" are also included in the Wide Angle section.   Producer-turned-filmmaker Alonso recalled that her 17-minute film had received two invitations to compete in festivals abroad---in Pyongyang, North Korea and Busan, South Korea.   "Since I could only have one world premiere and since the invitation from Pyongyang came first, I accepted it,"...Keep on reading: PH shorts, Boracay docu go to Busan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 55 min. ago

Gov’t asked to start without delay 120-day school feeding program

Senator Grace Poe warned that child undernutrition may get worse amid the surge in the prices of rice and other staples and urged the government to implement “in full and without delay” a national school feeding program. Gov’t asked to start without delay 120-day school feeding program Senator Grace Poe warned Thursday that child undernutrition… link: Gov’t asked to start without delay 120-day school feeding program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News15 hr. 35 min. ago

Kidapawan LGU distributes metal detectors to prevent bomb, other attacks

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 Sep) – At least 20 metal detectors were distributed to the local police here and other law enforcement units to ensure the city becomes a “hardened target” for criminal elements, especially groups allegedly engaged in bombing. Mayor Joseph Evangelista, who also chairs the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), led the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News18 hr. 34 min. ago

TERRIFIC 12: Nagoya Diamond Dolphins complete semis cast

MACAU --- The semifinals of the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament is set. Japan's Nagoya Diamond Dolphins clinched the last Final Four slot Thursday at the Studio City Event Center here, holding off China's Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, 79-71. Both the Dolphins and the Lions beat Taiwan's Yulon Luxgen Dinos in their first game, setting up this do-or-die showdown. Nagoya was on top of everything throughout, though a strong second half from the Dolphins took the fight out of the Lions. Up by only four at the break, the Dolphins slowly pulled away in the third, opening up a 13-point lead to take full control. Markeith Cummings led Nagoya with 25 points and nine rebounds while Craig Brackins added another 16 points and 10 boards. Shuto Ando finished with 12 points. The Dolphins will face the Ryukyu Golden Kings in an all-Japan semis. Both teams actually faced each other in the first round of the previous B.League playoffs. The Golden Kings won that series. Li Jinglong paced Zhejiang with 24 points and 10 rebounds.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 34 min. ago

Rescuers of Itogon: No surrender until all bodies found

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – At 8 am every day since September 16, hundreds of government and volunteer rescuers gather in Barangay Ucab and make their way to the site of what used to be a bunkhouse for small-scale miners and their families .   The rescuers, numbering anywhere from 800 to 900, dig out a shovel full ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Appoint anti-red tape czar now, Zubiri asks Duterte

  Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint an Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) czar. Zubiri explained that the Ease of Doing Business Law (EODB) was crafted supposedly to eliminate "bureaucratic bottlenecks and red tape that hamper transactions between businesses and the government." "Its title has business in it, but, we want ordinary Filipinos, not just big business, to get the full benefits of the law," said Zubiri, who sponsored the measure at the Senate plenary. "The essence of the law is to raise the bar for all government agencies. We're not asking for lightning speed, but we deserve better than business-as...Keep on reading: Appoint anti-red tape czar now, Zubiri asks Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Russo Brothers tease Avengers 4 title with monochrome snapshot

The Russo Brothers, directors of "Avengers: Infinity War," teased fans of the last "Avengers" film's title with a black-and-white snapshot. The directors had fans confused and arguing after they uploaded a seemingly innocent black-and-white snapshot on Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Russos then added the cryptic caption "Look hard..." which left "Avengers" fans looking and thinking hard about what it meant. Since "Avengers 4's" full title has yet to be revealed, fans began guessing different titles based on what they saw from the picture. One of the more prominent guesses was "End Game," which fans spelled out from the different objects shown on the photo...Keep on reading: Russo Brothers tease Avengers 4 title with monochrome snapshot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Growth seen picking up this quarter

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter CLARK, PAMPANGA — Growth should have bounced this quarter from the preceding three months’ slowdown on the back of a “phenomenal” infrastructure drive, a global bank analyst said, although full-year expansion will likely settle below seven percent. Rahul Bajoria, director for research at Barclays Bank PLC, said Philippine… link: Growth seen picking up this quarter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018