SGA Diversity Director promotes inclusion on campus

first_imgMackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Twitter Students open up at the Dear World College Tour Facebook Watson edges Thompson for student body president TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Facebook Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Twitter printIn a newly created position to focus on diversity, a TCU student has plans to make the student government more inclusive.Diona Willis, the newly appointed director of diversity and inclusion for the Student Government Association, said she strives to make the inclusion of all students a priority for TCU.“I want to make people in diverse communities feel heard,” Willis said. “By seeing my face and the programs we want to put on, they’ll think, ‘If she does it, why can’t I do it?’”The diversity director position was created this semester by Student Body President Maddie Reddick to help promote SGA to students who may not feel included in their student government.Willis, a junior political science major said she is dedicated to promoting social justice issues on campus. She is the vice president of the National Panhellenic Council and helped organize the TCU United candlelight vigil last April in response to the Baltimore protests.Now that she has been appointed to this new director position, Willis intends on spreading positivity through a public forum on race, a diversity training video and linking SGA to diverse student organizations.“We live in this TCU bubble,” Willis said. “When we’re in the bubble, we don’t think negativity can permeate it.”One of her biggest goals is to create a framework for the next director after her, Willis said. Building relations with student organizations on campus this semester will make it easier for the next director after she leaves this position.Reddick announced that Willis would be filling the position at the SGA House of Representatives meeting on Feb. 2.Reddick said Willis was chosen out of the eight applicants due to her concrete ideas and experience in increasing diversity.“All in all, I thought that she would be a really strong pick with her experience and solid ideas,” Reddick said. “She’s been fantastic and is just ready to roll.” New student body president: ‘We will accomplish great things’ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Website| + posts SGA brings “politics to the table” with interactive event Linkedin Mackenzie Holst Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Diona Willis, the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mackenzie is a copyeditor and reporter for TCU360, mainly covering SGA and politics. She studies Journalism and Political Science and hails from Orange County, California. ReddIt Previous articleKappa Lambda Delta recruits with coffeeNext articleLocal stores offer four-legged Valentines for $10 adoption fee Mackenzie Holst RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Damp squib

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Facebook Linkedin NewsLocal NewsDamp squibBy Alan Jacques – May 8, 2015 577 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RESPONDING to the Government’s Spring statement Limerick Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan said that while the Government heralded it as an important new event on a par with a budget, in reality it was a damp squib with no new important measures just the promise of jam tomorrow – which is basically a suggestion of tax cuts mainly for high earners. “There is less spin in my washing machine and although we are seeing a recovery, growth it is very weak coming out of such a long and deep recession,” he said. Previous articleJazz Workshop’s Sunday matinée gigNext article#music Limerick show for Don McLean Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Twitter TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanlimerickSinn Fein last_img read more

Worthy.com: Helping Divorcees Help Themselves

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the happily ever after doesn’t always work out, there is Worthy.com.The online auction house for pre-owned diamonds and estate jewelry helps divorced women get a fresh start in a safe, transparent environment , through the sale of their unwanted jewelry. Earlier this year, Worthy teamed up with the CDC® community with the goal of empowering women on Long Island and nationwide to move toward financial independence post-divorce.“Worthy is about helping women achieve their best, to be in control, make their own decisions and know their true worth,” says Judy Herbst, Worthy Director of PR & Partnerships. “It seemed natural to reach out to this amazing group of certified divorce coaches and work with these women across the country who are helping others.”Angela Ianuale Shanerman, of East Northport, went through her own lengthy divorce. Like many women, she left her well-paying job years ago to raise her family and was financially dependent on her spouse. Once divorce struck, she had to start all over again.“It took six years to get divorced,” says the mother of three. “It was emotional, fear-based and deeply personal.”In 2015, after her divorce became final, Shanerman got her groove back. She is now a certified divorce coach  with her own practice,  helping women gain confidence and the clarity they need to move forward.“I want to impact change,” she says. “If someone is stuck in that quicksand I can grab their hand and pull them out,  giving them the support they need.”In a recent survey Worthy conducted, 64 percent of divorced women do not realize that their diamond ring is an asset, explains Herbst.“Rather than feeling humiliated walking ‘the street,’ sellers can view their live auctions on their mobile phones from the privacy of their own home,  seeing multiple competitive bids come in,” Herbst says. “We are a global marketplace and our business community is made up of diamond buyers, independent retailers, and designers.  The sellers are women looking for a smart, easy and safe place to sell their engagement ring.“Like our tagline says, ‘You don’t need a diamond to shine,’” she adds. “It truly resonates and is a mantra we all support.”Christine Smith, of Dix Hills, attended the Rebooting Your Career workshop  in April led by Shanerman. Smith, separated  since 2016 and currently in divorce mediation, has been working part-time as a professional musician and music teacher, trying  to figure it all out.“My income is not very much , even though I love it,” Smith says. “I get down about how hard it is. The reality of the workplace and starting at my age (53). Angela had helpful ideas. She suggested that we find a way to combine all my skills and talents.”Pegotty Cooper, author of the recently released Divorce: Taking the High Road:  Simple Strategies for Creating a Healthy Divorce, co-founded CDC Certified Divorce Coach Training® and Certification program.“We [Worthy and CDC] both serve the same clients in different but meaningful ways, and we can leverage each other’s unique offerings to enrich the lives of women going through a divorce,” Cooper says.To help women jumpstart their career,  Worthy has created the Worthy Women’s Professional Studies Scholarship  targeted to women 30 years and older. Eligible candidates do not need to be divorced, only attending an accredited program.To become a Certified Divorce Coach, visit certifieddivorcecoach.com or contact Peggoty Cooper at 813-884-9511.The next FREE “Rebooting Your Career,”  workshop will be held at the Elwood Public Library in East Northport, 1929 Jericho Tpke., East Northport,  7:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. For more information visit facebook.com/pg/worthyInc/events or worthy.comlast_img read more

The Chelsea v QPR quiz

first_imgAll eyes will be on Stamford Bridge on Sunday, when QPR will visit for the first league match there between Chelsea and Rangers for 16 years. But the derby used to be a regular fixture. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by answering these 10 questions.[wp-simple-survey-14]Click here for Friday’s QPR quizClick here for Friday’s Chelsea quizSee also:Boss Hughes predicts exciting derbyDi Matteo: Terry is ready to face QPRProblems for QPR ahead of derby clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bacteria Rule the World – Benevolently

first_imgWe should love bacteria, not annihilate them.  Bacteria are our friends, according to Dianne K. Newman of Caltech:1As a microbiologist, I’m appalled when I go to buy soap or dishwashing detergent, because these days it’s hard to find anything that doesn’t say ‘antibacterial’ on it…. It’s a commonly held fallacy that all bacteria are germs, but it’s been estimated that out of more than 30 million microbial species, only 70 are known to be pathogens.  That’s a trivial number.  The vast majority are actually doing remarkable things, both for the quality of our life and for the quality of the planet.We couldn’t annihilate them, anyway, if we wanted to.  They are the most widespread and hardiest organisms on earth.  Maybe you heard on the news today that there are more bacteria on your cell phone than on a toilet seat.  Better to get used to it; they’re everywhere.    The realization that bacteria rule the world began when Leeuwenhoek found more organisms on his teeth than men in a kingdom.  Newman continues:Leeuwenhoek underestimated.  Not only do they exceed the number of men and women in a kingdom, they go far beyond that.  We have anywhere from 5 million to 50 million bacteria per square inch on our teeth, and over 700 microbial species living in our mouths.  Most of them are aiding us in our digestion—as are the 300 billion bacteria living in each gram of our colon.  The palms of our hands have between 5,000 and 50,000 organisms per square inch, although that’s nothing compared to the skin of our groin and armpit areas, which as at least 5 million per square inch.    The grand total per person is about 70 trillion (70 x 1012), so we’re really walking vats of bacteria.  There are 10 times the number of microbial cells in an adult body than there are human cells, and the gut microbiome alone is estimated to contain more than a hundred times the number of genes that we have in our own genome—so there’s a remarkable amount of metabolic diversity living within us.  We shouldn’t be alarmed by this, however, because most of these bacteria are our friends.If you are sufficiently grossed out by the revelation that you are a zoo, consider that the animals in a zoo represent just a tiny fraction of life on earth:As well as living on and within animals, microbes live in plants, oceans, rivers, lakes, aquatic sediments, soils, subsoils, and air.  The total number of microbes on the planet has been estimated at 5 x 1030, which is an enormous number.  If they were all lined up end to end in a chain, it would stretch to the sun and back 200 x 1012 times.A related article on BBC News noted the remarkable diversity of microbes.  “One litre of seawater can contain more than 20,000 different types of bacteria,” the article begins, suggesting that microbial diversity is much greater than imagined.    Most of Dianne Newman’s delightful article is concerned with her Caltech team’s research into the amazing metabolic properties of certain bacteria that can live on rust as well as oxygen.  She talks about bacteria that can generate light, orient by magnetic fields, and help larger organisms in numerous ways.  Her colorful prose, unfortunately, is marred here and there by evolutionary stories that qualify for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:They invented oxygenic photosynthesis…Over the course of time, these types of cyanobacteria became engulfed by other organisms that then evolved into plants……the chloroplast, is nothing more than an ancient cyanobacterium.Moreover, we can only breathe this oxygen because our mitochondria—the little organelles in our cells that produce energy—are vestigial microorganisms descended from another ancient bacterium.Microbes are very, very old.  They’ve been on our planet for at least 3.8 billion years, appearing just 800 million years after the planet formed.  for the first 1.6 billion years or so of their existence, they had the place to themselves, and it was only after the oxygenation of the air and oceans by the cyanobacteria that the forerunners of plants and animals came along.The reason we find microbes almost everywhere we look is because, over the billions of years of Earth’s history they’ve been around, they’ve figured out how to be fantastic chemists.Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Kansas school board member Connie Morris, who was just voted out of office (see yesterday’s entry), often described evolution as “a nice bedtime story.”1Dianne K. Newman, “Bacteria Are Beautiful,” Caltech Engineering & Science (LXIX:2), Aug. 2006, pp. 8-15.The parts of this article about observable, repeatable, testable science are great.  Newman is an engaging writer, and her team is doing important research into the metabolic workings of anaerobic bacteria.  This research might lead to rust-removing bioproducts and other blessings for mankind.  But how could she possibly know what happened 3.8 billion years ago?  The beneficial research owes nothing to the Darwinian bedtime story.  For treating evolutionary dogma as fact, we regret having to award SEQOTW to the author of an otherwise informative and delightful article.    By the way, none of the criticism of antibacterial soap should be taken to mean that cleanliness and sanitation are unworthy goals.  It doesn’t take many of the 70 terrorist gangs to cause serious harm.  Everything in moderation.  Think about how few of the millions of microbial species are harmful to us.  If most are beneficial, it would almost suggest that something went wrong with the delinquent types.(Visited 454 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africans doing business with Africans: conference explores continent’s trade potential

first_img23 May 2016A range of challenges must be overcome to ensure better trade and investment between African countries, as well as with the rest of the world. This was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion led by Dr Petrus De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, at the Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (Titiic) held at the city’s CSIR International Conference Centre last week.The panel included Thomson Wilks Attorneys director Safiyya Akoojee, Portia Gumbu-Dube, head of business development at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry’s chief director for Africa Lerato Mataboge, and Catherine Grant-Makokera of Tutwa Consulting.In his introduction, De Kock highlighted research indicating positive trends in African trade, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and investment between the Middle East and Asia region and African countries on the continent’s eastern seaboard.He also drew attention to the latest Ernst and Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey, which revealed a huge boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) into traditionally small markets such as Rwanda – recent host of the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa – and Botswana.South African remains the top destination for investment, according to the EY survey, with Tshwane playing a vital role. The city ranked first for South Africa, out of 74 African metropoles, in the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, thanks to its robust infrastructure investment and the access it provides to government structures.The panel was asked to offer workable ways to solve challenges to ensure these rankings were maintained and improved, across the whole continent.Lerato MatabogeThe DTI’s Mataboge said there were three main problems facing intra-African trade: lack of infrastructure, fragmented markets and inadequate diversity of industries. But, she said, solutions were being explored in partnership between private and public enterprises, including the DTI.The DTI, she said, worked with three key pillars to find solutions:Further integration of free trade between more African countries by reducing red tape. This meant more efficient border control processes, visa regulations and trade permissions.More cross-border infrastructure development, including improving road and rail systems.Building more capacity in regional and urban industrialisation, where municipalities were well positioned at micro level to engineer ways of doing business.The Trade Africa programme, a DTI initiative, is currently working to grow and strengthen bilateral trade between African countries. Mataboge said the ultimate goal was to involve all African countries, not only the larger regional players, in the continent’s economy. Vital to this was to inspire confidence in emerging economic players on the continent.Portia Gumbu-DubeGumbu-Dube of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation offered an innovative way to improve efficiency of cross-border trade in Africa. There should be an emphasis, she said, on language and cultural skills training, to supplement conventional trade, law and economics education. Graduates and new entrants into business in Africa should be proficient in the language, and have good knowledge of the culture and history, of countries they want to trade with. This would help them gain an upper hand in the market.Improved technical knowledge, particularly in new digital technologies, should also be ingrained during tertiary education. These were the kind of soft skills needed to complement the harder, more traditional business skills that lead to success, according to Gumbu-Dube. “We need to educate each other on how to do good cross-border trade,” she said.Catherine Grant-MakokeraAs a director at Tutwa Consulting, one of the Africa’s top trade consulting firms, Grant-Makokera emphasised the importance of cross-border trade facilitation – essentially helping all parties speak the same business language. Differing trade and business processes drove up costs and inhibited the production processes, reducing profits and jobs.Trade in Africa, she said, should not be done in isolation. Infrastructure should be uniform and automated across the board as “one line of communication that helps neighbours communicate and trade more effectively”.The key to this was more robust interaction between public and private enterprise, not only making mutually beneficial policies but ensuring these policies are properly put into practice.Safiyya AkoojeeA director at Thomson Wilk Attorneys, Akoojee outlined the role of international trade law and corporate litigation in improving trade between African countries. One challenge, in her experience, is that there was no longevity in investments. There had to be more security and assured confidence from partners in Africa to inspire international investors. Professional auditing and good legal assistance were key to making that happen.Akoojee agreed that there had to be more cultural understanding between African partners. While English remained an important business language, French- speaking Africa held a lot of potential for more business, so understanding the history and language of these territories would be an advantage. She added that conferences like Titiic were great opportunities for businesspeople to find out what was going on at grassroots level across the continent, with the added benefit of finding new opportunities to invest in projects.De Kock explained that there were more avenues for business to speak to governments about investments, to build and sustain strong relationships through individual business chambers or each country’s trade missions.The Titiic conference also included presentations on global trade and investment trends by Gaung Zhe Chen representing the World Bank, and thoughts on Africa’s business trends at ground level from CNN’s Africa business correspondent Eleni Giokos.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

MAT – the Travel Bug® that Teaches

first_imgMAT enjoying the view in New ZealandTrackable Week highlights a new story Monday through Sunday this week about creative ways to experience Trackables. Geocaching.com Trackables allow people to tag and track an item from location to location. Trackables typically come in three varieties, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® or Promotional Trackables like the “Find the Gecko,” Geico campaign. (Watch a video on Travel Bugs)See the bottom of this article for a place a share your Trackable stories, links to other Trackable stories and a limited time special offer for 10% or more on individual orders of Travel Bugs through Shop Geocaching and our International Retailers. Die Trackable–Woche präsentiert eine neue Geschichte jeweils von Montag bis Sonntag in dieser Woche um mehr über Trackables zu erfahren. Geocaching.com Trackables erlauben Leuten, einen Gegenstand zu markieren und diesen von Ort zu Ort zu verfolgen. Trackables kommen typischerweise in drei Varianten daher, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® oder Werbe–Trackables wie beispielsweise “Find the Gecko“, einer Kampagne von Geico. (Schau Dir ein Video über Travel Bugs an)Am Ende dieses Artikels findest Du Platz um Deine eigenen Trackable–Geschichten zu teilen, Links zu anderen Trackable–Storys zu setzen und Du findest ein Sonderangebot für einen begrenzten Zeitraum. Spare 10% oder mehr auf deine Bestellung von Travel Bugs im Shop von Geocaching.com und bei unseren internationalen Einzelhändlern.MAT the Travel Bug® that TeachesMAT – Where do you want to go today?Travel Bugs are released into the world every day. Many of them have a common goal, but they all have a different story to tell.So, who and where in the world is MAT the Travel Bug®?MAT was the creation of a father whose two girls, ages six and nine, love to travel. The Travel Bug, accompanied by a Playmobil soldier was set free in November of 2011 in Île-de-France to discover the world, cache by cache, and gather as many pictures and memories as possible for the two young French girls.MAT at the Sydney Opera HousePierre, a.k.a. DeloDelo, MAT’s owner, says, “MAT is young and brave. I wanted to create a medium to initiate some geographic dialog with his travels. He [MAT] promised my girls that he’d go around the globe and discover people and places. He gave his word.”That is exactly what MAT has done since he was released into the world a year ago. He has traveled almost 19,000 miles (30,000 km) and seen some incredible places. MAT’s image gallery is not only a collection of the places he visited, but a collection of adventures.Pierre explains, “Fortunately, MAT was discovered by MAS0N as he and his wife were traveling around Europe. He [MAS0N] is a fantastic guy and extremely gentle. He took MAT with him around his trip and then back to Australia, even sending some special messages to the girls. The morning we discovered MAT and MAS0N doing that 134-meter base jump was just astonishing!”With MAS0N’s help, MAT has visited the UK, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia, and that’s just the beginning. Currently MAT is in the hands of Koowee, a truck driver, visiting various caches across Australia and collecting pictures for the girls.MAT’s Abenteur im videoTo learn more about Travel Bugs or to live vicariously through each Travel Bug’s adventures, visit the Latest Travel Bug Reports page.Travel Bugs werden jeden Tag in die weite Welt entsand. Viele von Ihnen haben ein gemeinsames Ziel, aber alle haben eine unterschiedliche Geschichte zu erzählen.Also wer und vor allem wo in der Welt ist MAT der Travel Bug®?MAT wurde von einem Vater erschaffen, dessen zwei Mädchen, im Alter von sechs und neun, es lieben zu reisen. Der Travel Bug, begleitet von einem kleinen Playmobil Soldaten, wurde im November 2011 in Île-de-France ausgesetzt um die Welt von Cache zu Cache zu entdecken und so viele Bilder und Erinnerungen wie möglich für die beiden jungen französischen Mädchen zu sammeln.MAT and MASoN going bungee jumping Pierre, a.k.a. DeloDelo, der Besitzer von MAT sagt: “MAT ist jung und mutig. Ich wollte ein Medium schaffen, um einen geografischen Dialog mit seinen Reisen anzustossen. Er [MAT] versprach mein Mädchen, die Welt zu bereisen und für Sie neue Orte und Leute zu entdecken. Er gab sein Wort.”Das ist genau das, was MAT getan hat, seit er vor einem Jahr in die Welt gesandt wurde.   Er ist schon fast 19.000 Meilen (30.000 km) gereist und hat einige unglaubliche Orte gesehen. MATs Bildergallerie ist nicht nur eine Sammlung der von ihm besuchten Orte, sondern auch eine Sammlung von Abenteuern.Pierre erklärt: “Glücklicherweise wurde MAT von MAS0N und seiner Frau entdeckt, während diese durch Europa reisten. Er [MAS0N] ist ein fantastischer Typ und besonders liebevoll. Er nahm MAT nicht nur mit auf seine Reise und dann weiter zurück nach Australien, sondern er sendete den Mädchen auch einige spezielle Nachrichten über die Aktivitäten von MAT. Eines Morgens haben wir entdeckt, daß MAT und MAS0N zusammen einen 134 Meter Base-Jump gemacht haben, einfach erstaunlich!Mit Hilfe von MAS0N hat MAT Großbritanien, Italien, Neuseeland und Australien besucht und das ist erst der Anfang. MAT ist zurzeit in den Händen von Koowee, einem LKW-Fahrer. Er besucht so verschiedene Caches quer durch Australien und sammelt Bilder für die Mädchen.Für weitere Informationen zu Travel Bugs oder um weitere Abenteuer anderer Travel Bugs zu erleben, besuche die neuste Travel Bug-Berichtsseite.ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and covted Moun10bike coinShare your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.Teile jetzt Deine Trackable–Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Teenage Travel Bug® MoverSeptember 19, 2012In “Community”The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)September 17, 2012In “Community”Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Trackables – A Geocaching.com PresentationSeptember 20, 2012In “Learn”last_img read more

Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn’t be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad’s practices.Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UST rules UAAP Season 80 poomsae Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I’m in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince being dealt, he has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of the former Slam Dunk champion.In a tweet last November 12, Ellis seemed to be bidding his fans goodbye. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img “I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!”Sy admitted that the Blackwater camp still tried to get a hold of Ellis as much as they could, to no avail.“I’ve been asking around — both MVP and SMC group, I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest. We offered some trade but there’s no takers, so let us stay as is and let’s see what he’ll do on his own career,” he said.Ellis’ contract expired last August, and if he decides to play once more in the PBA, the Elite will retain his rights.The high-flying forward averaged 6.4 points3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his five-year run with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Back to school for students in northern First Nations means leaving family

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsYes it’s that time of year again.Summer is over and it’s back to school time.For hundreds of students in Ontario’s far north, getting to school means more than just jumping on the school bus, it means jumping on a plan and leaving their families.In the coming months, Willow Fiddler will be looking at what this is like for three students attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty School in Thunder Bay.last_img

March Madness Crib Notes For Saturdays Games

Midwest RegionalNo. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Kentucky at 2:40 p.m. on CBSGodspeed, Cincinnati. Take your 6 percent win probability and make the best of it.No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 9:40 p.m. on TBSButler’s already pulled off one upset this tournament, even though it beat a team with a worse seed. No. 11 Texas was slightly favored to beat the Bulldogs, but Texas flamed out as it did for most of the season. Butler has a bigger challenge ahead of it in playing Notre Dame, though. The Irish are favored to win 62 percent of the time, perhaps because of their offense, which was third in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. Butler’s defense is also in the top-10, though, making this a matchup of contrasting strengths. West RegionalNo. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Arizona at 5:15 p.m. on CBSAs D’Angelo Russell goes, so go the Buckeyes. Bloodied but still breaking ankles, Russell led a furious charge as Ohio State came back against VCU to stage the upset. It won’t be so easy against Arizona, which has the third best defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. That Arizona has the ninth-best offense probably won’t help the Buckeyes either; the Wildcats have an 81 percent chance of moving on to the Sweet 16.No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier at 6:10 p.m. on TNTSomebody get Georgia State’s coach, Ron Hunter, a stool with some armrests. After his son, R.J. Hunter, hit the game-winning shot in Georgia State’s game against Baylor, Hunter tumbled out of his stool and right into a thousand highlight reels. The good news for Georgia State: Our model likes them in this game more than it did in the last (and our model gave them a decent shot on Thursday). The problem: The Panthers still only have a 30 percent chance of beating Xavier.No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina at 8:40 p.m. on TNTThis No. 5 vs. No. 4 matchups looks like it should be a taut contest based on the seeds. But the FiveThirtyEight model thinks North Carolina is twice as likely to win as Arkansas. The Razorbacks come from a worse conference, have a poor defense and struggled against No. 12 Wofford. Then again, North Carolina didn’t have a great game against Harvard, either. But the model takes the longer view — the fundamentals favor UNC. South RegionalNo. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 Georgetown at 7:45 p.m. on CBSBoth teams were heavy favorites in their opening games, but Utah struggled to put Stephen F. Austin away. The FiveThirtyEight model says not to worry about that — the advanced metrics love Utah because of its great defense and efficient offense. The model says Utah should win this matchup 71 percent of the time.No. 14 UAB vs. No. 11 UCLA at 12:10 p.m. on CBSThis isn’t a basketball game, it’s a glass-slipper competition. Who will become Cinderella? The UCLA Bruins, which most talking heads said didn’t belong in the tournament, or the UAB Blazers, which put together the third-most surprising upset since 2011, according to FiveThirtyEight’s past models. This year’s model likes UCLA to win (67 percent favorite), thanks to UCLA’s strength of schedule during the regular season, and its higher offensive and defensive ratings. The teams that play on Saturday are the survivors of the wild opening day1Not counting the play-in games. of this year’s NCAA men’s tournament. No matter how many harmonic means, linear regressions and bootstrapped standard errors we applied to the data, we couldn’t find a way to make it say Saturday’s games would be as thrilling as Thursday’s were. But the data didn’t say that for Thursday either! It’s March Madness — there’s always a chance of chaos.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Saturday. East RegionalNo. 1 Villanova vs. No. 8 N.C. State at 7:10 p.m. on TBSNo team on Thursday looked better than the Wildcats, who devoured the sacrificial lambs of Lafayette. That victory — by 41 points — helped raise Villanova’s chances to win it all by 4.3 percentage points. They looked that good. N.C. State did not look great, needing a last-second shot to overcome a middling LSU squad. The model expects Villanova to run away with this one — the Wildcats are an 88 percent favorite. read more