Ray Parks wins ABL Local MVP for 3rd straight year

first_imgMOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Alab Pilipinas, however, faltered in the playoffs after getting eliminated by seventh seed Hong Kong Eastern in the quarterfinals.Parks became the first player in ABL history to win the MVP plum thrice.The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16 points on 52 percent shooting from the field, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the 2019 season.Parks, the second overall pick by Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Draft, is set to make his long-awaited PBA debut for the Elite in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup later this month.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookscenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Ray Parks receives his ABL Local MVP award. Photo from Asean Basketball League FacebookMANILA, Philippines—Another year, another Most Valuable Player award for Ray Parks.Parks on Sunday was named Local MVP in the Asean Basketball League for the third consecutive year during the presentation of awards before Game 2 of the 2019 ABL Finals between the Singapore Slingers and the CLS Knights at OCBC Arena in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The 26-year-old Parks helped San Miguel Alab Pilipinas finish second in the standings with an 18-8 record at the end of the elimination round. What a privilege🙏🏾 thank you Lord #3Peat pic.twitter.com/hLYqgg3vQu— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) May 5, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LeBron not OK with Magic’s ‘weird’ departure from Lakerslast_img read more

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First tilt vs. Arenas since his 60 in L.A.

first_img“That was somebody who just didn’t understand the game of basketball and took that and misinterpreted that,” Bryant said. “Because when I said that, that was a high compliment because there’s not too many players around the league that can have that type of explosiveness. “So when you say a player doesn’t have a conscience, you mean that with the utmost of respect. That means they can go out there and have the confidence to put the ball up and get hot. But they chose to write it and interpret it in a wrong way and they went and ran with it.” What Bryant said in the aftermath of Arenas’ 60-point game didn’t seem to leave much room for interpretation. “It’s funny, he doesn’t really seem to have much of a conscience,” Bryant said then. “I really don’t think he does. Some of the shots that he took tonight, if you miss those, they’re just terrible shots. “If you make them, then they’re unbelievable shots.” INDIANAPOLIS – As it turned out, the final word on Gilbert Arenas’ 60-point game was not written when the final horn sounded Dec. 17 at Staples Center and the Washington Wizards guard bowed twice to the crowd before leaving the floor. That was before Kobe Bryant had the chance to weigh in on Arenas’ career night, which came in the Wizards’ 147-141 overtime victory, with comments that seemed less than complimentary at the time. Bryant said a “mutual respect” exists between the two, although Arenas did claim that he started yelling “quality shots” on his jumpers after hearing Bryant’s words. “Everything I hear about him and understand about him is that he’s a really hard worker,” Bryant said. “He puts the time in the gym … You can’t help but have respect for a player like that.” For his part, Bryant had 45 points against the Wizards. Walton update Forward Luke Walton worked out before Friday’s game and said he was hopeful of playing Monday. Walton wants to practice at least once before he returns from his sprained ankle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Arenas joined Wilt Chamberlain that night as the only players ever to score 60 points against the Lakers. Yet Bryant questioned whether Arenas had a “conscience” in shooting, words that will hang over their return engagement tonight. Bryant said Thursday he in no way was trying to slight Arenas, who set an NBA record by scoring 16 points in overtime while matched up against Bryant. last_img read more

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THE NEW SIGN FOR ANNAGRY POST OFFICE IS …..IN THE POST!

first_imgIt would appear that even An Post gets the names of certain addresses wrong – even on its own branches.The organisation has spelled the name of Annagry post office incorrectly on its new signage much to the bemusement of locals. The previous post office in the village, which closed in September, had the name of the West Donegal village spelled correctly.The new signage was made and erected by the company and not by the current operators.We take it that a new sign is in the post!    THE NEW SIGN FOR ANNAGRY POST OFFICE IS …..IN THE POST! was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostANNAGRY POST OFFICElast_img read more

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City to help developer

first_imgLANCASTER – The city of Lancaster is planning to assist a major developer who is planning to build 425,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space in the Fox Field Corridor over the next five years. The Buzz Oates Group of Companies is planning to construct large buildings on 40 acres on the northeast corner of Avenue G and 30th Street West to attract industrial and commercial tenants. To aid the project, the city has budgeted $1.6 million toward the construction of sewer and utility lines. In the first two years of the project, Antelope Valley Ventures LLC, a new entity set up by the Buzz Oates Group, plans to build three 59,000-square-foot buildings. The rest of the space would be built within five years. “There are not many projects with this size product,” said Vern Lawson Jr., Lancaster’s economic development manager. “This is an opportunity to take economic development to a whole new level.” “For the first time we have something to market,” said Mel Layne, president of the alliance. Since the release of that report, a number of spec building projects have surfaced, including industrial projects in the Fox Field Corridor – the area between the Fox Field airport and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Those projects include the $24 million Fox Field Business Park with 220,000 square feet of industrial space by the commercial arm of the home builder Larwin Co., and a project by West Lancaster LLC to build a complex with approximately 250,000 square feet of floor space. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Buzz Oates has built more than 60 million square feet of office and warehouse space. The company, founded by Marvin “Buzz” Oates, sells about $100 million worth of commercial property each year. “He is recognizing the strength of this marketplace,” City Manager Bob LaSala said. “This says something about the Fox Field area and the strength of the Antelope Valley for this kind of development.” Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. as the redevelopment agency board, the City Council will consider an agreement that commits the city to providing money to help fund improvements needed for the site. That work includes the extension of sewer and gas lines and paving a portion of 30th Street West adjacent to the site. The construction of buildings built “on spec” – constructed on speculation that a company will be interested, rather than tailor-made for specific tenants – is a welcome sight for economic development officials, who say the lack of industrial space has hampered efforts to draw in businesses to the Antelope Valley. A study released in 2004 by the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance showed industrial space vacancies running at 1.59 percent in the Antelope Valley, while other regions were running anywhere from 6 percent to 10 percent. last_img read more

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Local man sentenced in Armenia

first_img“Under the circumstances that we were faced with – as far as the challenge of bringing him back over here – this was the best we could do to bring him to justice,” Balian said. “There will always be a difference between the two systems. But I think it’s important the criminal element out there know that if we have to go to Armenia to prosecute you, we will.” Schiff, who sent two letters over the past year to Armenian President Robert Kocharian requesting Khanzadyan’s return, hoped for better cooperation from authorities next time a fugitive seeks refuge there. “We are grateful that we apprehended him and that he’s not living free in Armenia,” he said in an interview Friday. “But we felt that justice would’ve been best served if he had been prosecuted in the United States.” Judge Harutunyan reached the verdict after two days of hearings that began Tuesday. Reports prepared by Glendale police and the county coroner’s office were submitted as evidence, and three witnesses – Odet’s father Shagen Tsaturyan and two of Khanzadyan’s relatives – testified, Balian said. As part of a local custom, Tsaturyan confronted the accused about his daughter’s death. “At one point, Khanzadyan made disparaging remarks that his daughter was not the angel he thought she was,” Balian said. “The judge jumped in and said, `Be careful how you speak in my courtroom. Don’t disrespect the victim’s father.”‘ Khanzadyan’s attorney Karine Gasparyan said her client did not intentionally kill Odet Tsaturyan – she had stopped breathing, and the neck injuries that pointed to strangling came from his attempt to revive her by CPR. She also said Khanzadyan suffered a childhood head injury that prevented rational thinking. “Khanzadyan apologized to anyone who was affected by the incident, but he denied he intentionally killed Odet Tsaturyan,” Balian said. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Glendale man who fled to Armenia in 2005 when he came under suspicion of strangling his girlfriend was convicted by an Armenian court of her murder, authorities said Friday. Artur Khanzadyan, 25, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Armenian judge in the death of Odet Tsaturyan, of Glendale. He was arrested in Armenia last November, about two months after the body of the 23-year-old woman was found in the trunk of his car, which was abandoned in Azusa. The verdict was delivered Friday by Judge Mushegh Harutunyan at a court in Vanadzor, a city about a three-hour drive from the capital of Yerevan and Khanzadyan’s hometown, Glendale police spokesman John Balian said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Based on the police report and the evidence provided, Khanzadyan was found guilty of murder with the act of jealousy,” he said Friday, citing a report from two Glendale police detectives who assisted prosecutors and attended the trial. “We’ll be monitoring to make sure he does the full 10 years.” Khanzadyan has about two months to appeal the decision. The Tsaturyans did not immediately return calls for comment Friday. Glendale police and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, had hoped to try Khanzadyan in the United States, where he could have been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder, compared to the maximum 12 years in Armenia. But the two nations do not have a formal extradition treaty, and the request was denied despite previous cooperation from authorities. last_img
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A tale of two renters: Longtime renter

first_imgHaving paid my monthly rent of $1,414.16 for December, I have bought myself another month inside my one-bedroom garden apartment in Los Angeles’s trendy Park LaBrea. Two months ago, I marked my sixth anniversary of living inside this gated city-within-a-city complex with its own junior-sized Olympic swimming pool, dry cleaners, cafe, free movie screenings – even a putting green. Except for the pool, I don’t use any of it. But I like knowing that I can. Outside my front gate, it s a five-minute walk to Farmer s Market for THE best people watching anywhere – and of course The Grove, home to one of the city’s best movie theaters. If I use the back gate, it’s also a five-minute walk to LACMA, where the Friday night jazz beats the art, in my opinion. And when friends are visiting, the LaBrea Tar Pits are a hop, skip and a jump. So, who has it better than I do? A single, gay man living in a nice pad within a 10-minute drive of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. For me, it’s always been about location, location, location. I could never afford to buy a home in the neighborhoods where I have lived and haven’t lost a wink of sleep over it. But, according to some people – a lot of people – you’d think I’ve been spending all my rent money on crack cocaine! I’ve heard this over and over, from relatives to virtual strangers: “Don’t you ever want to buy a house?” “You pay how much for rent? That’s more than my mortgage!” “Don’t you ever want to settle down?” I try to take the high road and not say things like, “Who asked you?” or “Would you like me to buy a house like yours, in Hemet?” or “Are you saying I should skip vacations in Europe and South America so I can stay home and hose down my patio?” I shouldn’t judge them, and they shouldn’t judge me. It’s a matter of personal choice, and the truth is I never really have wanted to buy a house or even a condo. I know I’d never do yard work. I like the idea of calling the landlord when something goes wrong. Psychologically, I like knowing I can get up and go wherever life leads me (even if I hardly ever move). When I moved to Park LaBrea in October 2000, rent was $1,148, which was quite a climb from the $750 a month I had been paying to live in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood, where I took a terrific apartment in June 1993 for a whopping $590 a month and stayed for 7 1/2 years. My cool pad was off Second Street and a short walk from restaurant row, where places like the Shore House Cafe, Panama Joe’s and Malvasia were regular haunts. The beach was a mere two blocks away. There was no better place to read the Sunday paper and sip something hot than The Library coffeehouse on Broadway. Living in this neighborhood was a priceless experience but buying in it would have been impossibly pricey. It would have put too serious a dent in too many of life’s pleasures. So, in nearly 14 years, I’ve lived in just two places and been a happy renter the entire time. Before Long Beach, I spent more than two years living on Newport Beach’s Balboa Peninsula with two roommates. From our rooftop, we had an ocean view (if you craned your neck a certain way and it wasn’t overcast). The peninsula was always the place to be for bike riding, Rollerblading and people-watching. Everything was a short walking distance from our three-bedroom place on 20th Street. We split rent of $1,400 three ways and were able to enjoy the best of Newport Beach life for people in their 20s. Our landlords, who never raised our rent a nickel in two years, owned Newport Beach’s famous Crab Cooker restaurant. It was so nice to be able to stop by and pick up a bowl of clam chowder on your way home from work. I’ve loved the places that I’ve lived in even if I didn’t own them. I wouldn’t trade in the experiences, the adventures and the surroundings for anything – least of all a mortgage. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818)713-3758 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Easter Event Sponsored By Renew Bryson City

first_imgEaster celebrationBring the whole family and celebrate Easter with us.Saturday April 11th from 10 A.M. till 3:00 P.M.Easter Bonnet Contest at 1:00, Easter Egg Hunt and 2:00Raffle, Fire Trucks, Games and Music, Food, Prizes, and moreSpaghetti Dinner $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for childrenCornerstone Wesleyan Church496 Franklin Grove Church RoadSponsored By Renew Bryson City for Drug AwarenessFor information call 863-698-4417last_img

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Today’s Managers Must Be Connectors

first_imgBy Shirley Davis and Lisa Horn, Co-Project Directors, SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative The first joint SHRM and Families and Work Institute work-life conference is next week in Washington, D.C. The conference — Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond/Workplace Effectiveness Strategies that Work — promises to provide senior HR professionals and other business leaders with the opportunity to explore effective and flexible workplace practices and the impact they have on business success and improved employee job satisfaction. Kyra Cavanaugh, president of Life Meets Work in Park Ridge, Ill., will lead one of the conference’s Learning Labs — “Top 10 Manager Objections to Flex and How to Overcome Them.”  We asked Cavanaugh to preview some of the advice that she’ll give business leaders during her Wednesday, Nov. 9, session. Here’s what she had to say: Being Deliberate about Fostering Collaboration  Managers have a lot of concerns when it comes to leading flexible work groups. Among them is keeping up a strong sense of team. In any workplace, managers are responsible for making sure employees have what they need to succeed.  And in a virtual work environment, one of the most important things they need is effective communication. Above all, today’s new manager must be a connector.  If Sally in San Francisco doesn’t really know Bob in Boise, she won’t pick up the phone and call him. Suddenly the manager becomes the conduit through which all questions get answered and work grinds to a halt through this inevitable bottleneck.  Figuring out how to build a team when employees don’t see each other every day (or ever) is perhaps the most important nut for any manager to crack. A well connected team will overcome a lot of challenges — unwieldy technology, loose expectations, conflict avoidance — that would knock other virtual teams flat on their faces.   Admittedly, though, we lose a lot of the bottom-line advantages that come with virtual work if we have to spend every fourth Friday on a ropes course or a horseback riding “team experience.”  Some face-to-face time is ideal, but the trick is to foster collaboration without maxing out the travel budget. A lucky few among us are natural connectors and inherently know how to get Sally and Bob chatting like old friends. The rest of us have to be more deliberate about fostering collaboration.  A few quick tips: Make time for small talk.Meetings are long enough as it is without burning through the first 15 minutes on personal chit-chat, right?  Not in a virtual environment. Spending time on personal conversation will be the new cost-of-business for dispersed teams. Adapt every-day celebrations.No, Sally in San Francisco can’t join you for lunch. But you can send her a gift card to Starbucks or put her on speaker phone for a short group call before everyone starts eating. Remember to include your remote team members with a call or a thank-you gift whenever the rest of the team is celebrating a “We did it!” moment. Model social media.Facebook didn’t rope in one in every 13 people worldwide by offering Farmville. Facebook became a sensation because it provided an easy way for remote friends and family to stay up-to-date on each other’s lives. You can do the same through the corporate intranet, project management software, a private team blog, or a purpose-built tool such as Yammer.  The days of “managing by walking around” are nearly gone. In the new workplace, it’s not so much about getting the boss to talk to employees as it is about getting the employees to talk to each other. For more ideas about how to overcome manager concerns, come see my presentation at FWI & SHRM’s Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond conference. And if you’re interested in testing out ways to help managers in your organization, consider participating in our research study.last_img read more

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Three Reasons People in Drug Recovery Can Make Great Employees

first_imgThis post is part of a series for Second Chance Month, which highlights the need to improve re-entry for citizens returning to society and reduce recidivism. One of the primary ways to do this is by providing an opportunity for gainful employment. To sign the pledge and access the toolkit with information on how to create second chances at your company, visit GettingTalentBacktoWork.org. Twelve years ago I overcame meth addiction. I remember the feeling like it was yesterday. I reached three months sober and the world around me seemed to change over night. I started to see things with more color, food tasted better, and things felt brand new. I had woken up from what seemed to be nothing more than a nightmare and right back into my 15 year-old mindset with a desire to explore what the world had to offer because I wanted more. I had no more time to waste once I realized the power of opportunity with a sober mind.Today, I have a staffing agency for second chances, which helps felons and people in recovery land background friendly jobs. We interview hundreds of people a month who have a history of addiction and have learned a lot about the work ethic that comes with recovery.1. We have something to prove. I can confidently tell you that most of my accomplishments in early recovery came from the will to not only prove others I could do it, but to prove it to myself. Often times, people in recovery feel they’ve been labeled as the “black sheep” of the family or put in a certain category that they no longer want to be known for. We will strive to work harder than our coworkers because we have it in our minds that we have a lot of loss time to make up for. We have also given up the highs we receive from drug addiction so reaching goals and winning releases the dopamine our brain craves. 2. We like to stay busy. Giving up an addictive lifestyle means a lot of free time and not knowing what to do with it. It is a full time job being a drug addict. You spend your days looking for drugs, buying drugs, selling drugs and doing drugs. Getting sober can cause an extreme amount of anxiety, depression and loneliness. When I first got sober, I did not know what to do with my free time because I didn’t have the friends I had when I was using and I hadn’t made new friends yet. I was not ready to be alone with my own thoughts and boredom was a serious threat to my sobriety. I poured into my work and asked my employer to give me extra projects so I could stay busy during the nights and weekends. I literally asked for overtime work without pay, and that’s what we witness with our employees in recovery every single day.3. We are grateful. The depth of depression is deep with addiction. Everyone’s “rock bottom” looks different, but it usually looks a lot like having nothing left, including shelter, transportation, or even freedom. Life will always have it’s lemons, but the lemonade is always sweeter living in recovery. People who have overcome drug addiction are usually grateful of all life’s experiences, including the bad. We actually don’t mind dealing with the tough stuff because we are happy we are alive and able to. For us, no day can be worse than the day we last used.One thing to remember when practicing second chance hiring is to keep the struggle of recovery in mind. If you have a workplace with a strong drinking or party culture, it’s probably not a good fit. While we make great employees, that’s only true so long as we are sober. Remember that for us, recovery is a daily battle we fight. One day at a time. last_img read more

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Cyber Security: Free Software Foundation Now Ranks Security as a Top Priority

first_imgThe Free Software Foundation (FSF) has recently updated a list of priorities of projects that they recommend developers consider.The FSF press release said that “the High Priority Projects initiative, first launched in 2005, draws attention to a relatively small number of projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. The list serves to foster work on projects that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software applications and free software operating systems. The list helps guide volunteers, supporters, and companies to projects where their skills and resources can be utilized, whether they be in coding, graphic design, writing, financial contributions, or activism.”The list of FSF free software priorities includes the following:Free security softwareFree smartphone operating systemFree voice-enabled personal assistant software, like Siri or AlexaInternationalization of softwarelast_img read more

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