Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReaching personal milestones in his 500th career game, Arwind Santos is grateful he’s able to join some of the league’s greats in San Miguel’s 94-91 win over Mahindra on Sunday.“Masaya ako dahil umabot ako sa ganoon. Hindi ko naman akalain na makukuha ko yun,” he said. “Kumbaga, kahit wala ka na sa mundo, nakaukit na yan sa istorya ng PBA.”ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine (I’m happy that I reached that point. I didn’t expect that I’ll achieve it. Even if you’re not already in this world, it’s already etched in the story of the PBA.)Rejecting six shots, the former league MVP moved 10th in all-time blocks with 631 blocks, moving past Billy Robinson (627).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTS We are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHe also hauled down his 3,002nd defensive rebound to become the 14th player in history to have at least 3,000 defensive rebounds.Matching these feats, Santos couldn’t help but look back at his idols growing up. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young Fajardo on surviving Mahindra: ‘You can’t take them for granted’ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “I look up to coach Glenn Capacio, at his height, he’s small but he guards imports. Also Marlou Aquino, Benjie Paras, guys who are really known to block shots, as well as Jerry Codinera,” he said. “In the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo is my idol at that time.”As happy as he is to reach these milestones, Santos’ focus remains on the team, as he hopes that sooner or later, San Miguel will figure out their struggles to dominate the field again this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.“May mga laro kami na parang yung ugali namin, parang ina-underestimate namin yung kalaban kasi alam namin kaya naming talunin eh. Parang minamadali namin, first quarter akala namin agad-agad bibigay sila,” he said. “Sabi nga ni coach Leo kanina, ‘Alam ko kaya nyo, pero hindi basta-basta matatalo ng ganyan-ganyan kagaya ng nilalaro nyo.’ Kailangan pa rin naming ibigay ang lahat, at kailangan nandoon pa rin yung respeto sa bawat isa.”(There’s games where we tend to underestimate the opponent because we know we can beat them. We’re rushing the games and think that they’ll fold in the first quarter. Like what coach Leo told us, ‘I know you can, but we can’t beat them easily with the way you’re playing.’ We still have to give our best and remain respectful of our opponents.)ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK
Hundreds showed up to Thursday’s grand opening of Cascades Casino Chatham.As people filled the gaming floor on one side of the building, local politicians and executives from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., Cascades’ parent company, spoke to a crowd inside the Match Eatery before the ribbon cutting at the casino’s official opening.Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls said it was a “beautiful day inside Cascades Casino.”Steve Rowbotham, the casino’s general manager, said he was proud of the 200 jobs the casino created, many of which are employees coming over from Cascades Casino Dresden, and the $36-million investment Gateway put into the casino.The casino is the first completely new, ground-up build that Gateway has done in Ontario. The company’s three other current casino locations were built or renovated in existing structures.“This property allowed us to actually build what we would build, what we wanted to build, and showcase the features as we would,” said Bradley Bardua, Gateway’s CEO. “This property is key for us in Ontario. It’s the first of a series of new builds.”Bardua said the grand opening was meant to introduce the facility to the community and guests. He said there will be more events going on at the casino in the coming days and weeks.“It’s really all about bringing the community to the site this week,” he said.NHL players Max Domi and T.J. Brodie will be at the casino on Friday for a meet and greet. They will also accept a cheque for $2,000 from Gateway Gives, the company’s charity organization, for juvenile diabetes research.The Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation was selected by the employees of the casino to be the beneficiary of all the grand opening ceremonies. From Aug. 8 to Sept. 6, $2 from every Tropic Thunder pizza and $1 from every Sons of Kent draft beer sold at the casino will go toward the hospice foundation.Mayor Darrin Canniff said it was a great coming together of the community, Gateway and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Association (OLG).“We worked so well together to create this wonderful facility,” he said.The OLG donated $884,638 to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at the grand opening.Jim Bultje of Chatham said the casino was “pretty spectacular.” As a local home builder, he’s glad to see the 200 jobs come to the city.“We hope to build some houses for people who are moving to Chatham for the casino,” he said. “We’re not into gambling, but we’re definitely into eating and the food here is just fantastic.”Jeanine Foulon, a Chatham resident, said she enjoys the convenience of the casino.“I was here last Friday and the place was just a hoppin’,” she said. “It’s very welcoming and I’m glad it’s here.”
30 January 2013South Africa’s tourism industry is showing signs of a return to “business as usual”, or slightly better than usual, following a couple of very tough years, judging by the latest Tourism Business Index from the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and FNB.According to consultancy Grant Thornton, who compile the index, the results for the last quarter of 2012 “confirm a return to normal trading levels and an overall positive outlook for the travel and tourism sector in 2013”.The index came in at 104.6 for the fourth quarter, up on 101.1 in the third quarter – a huge improvement on the 87.3 scored in the fourth quarter of 2011. The forecast for the first quarter of 2013 is 102.4. A score of 100 is considered normal.Speaking at the release of the index in Johannesburg last week, TBCSA board chairman Mavuso Msimang said performance levels above the norm for two quarters running was “a clear indication of the extent to which business is recovering from the recessionary impacts and excess of supply it suffered post the 2010 Soccer World Cup”.The sector’s resilience and ongoing long-term potential shows through in the business and investor confidence for capacity and employment increases, according to Grant Thornton.However, in spite of the return to regular trading levels and the positive outlook, a number of factors remain a concern.“Global economic uncertainty and ongoing recession risk, coupled with the negative profiling of South Africa internationally through labour and community unrest, weighs heavily as a constraint for the sector,” said Gillian Saunders, Grant Thornton’s head of advisory services.“Input cost increases from rates, electricity and fuel costs were also cited as negative factors affecting business performance,” she added.Wiza Nyondo, FNB’s head of tourism, said the results showde that “the market has begun to recognise South Africa as a sought after destination.“Although we’ve seen some instability, we still believe in South Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where industry professionals can partner to help transform our country,” Nyondo said.According to the survey, the majority of accommodation sector respondents expect domestic business markets to offer the best potential growth for 2013, followed by foreign leisure and then domestic leisure. Other tourism businesses expect growth to come from foreign leisure markets, followed by domestic markets.SAinfo reporter
It’s a new year and another chance to make personal and professional resolutions that will affect positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.HR professionals can incorporate personal and workplace resolutions into their daily or weekly schedules. A resolution such as taking the time to walk around the organization each week to get to know employees better can have ripple effects toward improving employee relations, employee engagement and the corporate culture. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to get a Fitbit and to use it not only to improve your own health, but also to create a workplace wellness program for your organization.Resolutions don’t have to be complicated. Perhaps you just want to read more, listen more or smile more. Simple goals can have enormous return on investment.And what about the HR profession? How should it change and grow in 2016? What should HR stop doing—and start doing—in 2016?Resolutions are never easy to keep, but with careful consideration of how they affect larger personal and professional goals, and how they might help others, the chances for success become greater.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on January 6 for a #Nextchat on HR New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll chat about smart resolution-setting for the year ahead.Q1. What does HR need to stop doing in 2016? Q2. What does HR need to start doing in 2016?Q3. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for employee engagement in your organization?Q4. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for talent management in 2016?Q5. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for networking with, learning from and sharing with other HR pros?Q6. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for professional development for you or for your employees?Q7. How will you use technology to advance your personal, professional or organizational goals in 2016?Q8. What is one simple resolution that HR pros can make in 2016 to bring more happiness and engagement into the workplace?Q9. What is your advice to others regarding creating and keeping a New Year’s resolution? What’s a Twitter chat?
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Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala urges Inter and Milan to work with the local authorities, as a “reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution.” The two clubs presented their ambitious plans to knock down the current Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and construct a new joint arena next to it, essentially where the car park of the stadium now stands. A vote in the local council backed plans to revamp the San Siro area of the city, but shot down attempts to eliminate the Stadio Meazza entirely. “The best solution for San Siro would be a combined solution, so a commercial space for development, but also a reduced capacity arena of use to the city,” declared Mayor Sala. “We need to understand if it is financially viable, but it would be the best thing for the city, seeing as football in Milan isn’t just Serie A, but also women’s football and youth teams. “In that sense, a reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I ask the clubs to make a serious effort to find a new life for San Siro.” This doesn’t mean Inter and Milan can’t build a whole new stadium, but the existing Stadio Meazza would need to remain in some way or another. That would force a radical rethink of the architectural plans presented so far. It’d also increase the costs, as knocking down the stadium would be in the region of €45m, whereas repurposing it would cost €200-250m. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
On April 7, The Who will release a collectible blue vinyl 7″ of their latest classic ‘Be Lucky’ from ‘The Who Hits 50!’ album backed with the band’s very first single from 1965 ‘I Can’t Explain.’‘Be Lucky’ is The Who’s first new material in eight years and in keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.The Who will also bring “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to North America this year. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run on April 15 in Tampa, FL and will include 21 stops throughout the east before wrapping on May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with West Coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are on sale now; more information can be found at thewho.com/tour. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour will benefit Teen Cancer America.
In the first quarter of a scoreless 2016 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced third-and-6 from their own 44-yard line. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ran a 15-yard out, breaking toward the Broncos’ sideline. He did not catch Manning’s wobbly throw, but there was contact on the play, and Denver’s players and coaching staff appealed to the official for a pass interference call on Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. They got one, and the Broncos got a first down, scoring the game’s opening touchdown four plays later.On the ensuing drive, the Patriots faced third-and-3 at their own 27-yard line. Rob Gronkowski ran a wheel route up the Broncos’ sideline with T.J. Ward in coverage. As the Patriots tight end turned to look back for the ball, the defender made contact and shoved him, preventing a catch. Both Gronk and Tom Brady yelled for a penalty. The flag did not come, and the Patriots were forced to punt.Similar plays led to different outcomes that benefited the team on the sideline closest to the on-field action. Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.1Some of this research was published in March in Economic Inquiry.For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play.The following graphs show the penalty rates per 1,000 plays for defensive pass interference and aggressive defensive penalties, which include unnecessary roughness, personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct, and horse-collar tackles.2The data includes regular-season games between 2010 and 2014, and uses coin-toss information provided by Football Outsiders and play-by-play data from Armchair Analysis. To estimate penalty rates, we used a model of penalty outcomes that depends on yard line and which sideline (offensive or defensive team’s) the play was closer to. Additional methodological details can be found here. So what could be causing this phenomenon?Refs are faced with a near-impossible task. They make judgment calls in real time, relying on just their eyes and their experience. Deprived of the advantages, like instant replay, that we enjoy from the couch, refs have less information to help them resist the normal subconscious urge to draw on external cues for assistance in making borderline calls. In psychology terms, this process is called cue learning. It’s why we laugh longer in the presence of other humans laughing,4Which, in turn, is the reason that many TV comedies use a laugh track. why we eat more in the presence of overweight company, and why our judgment of persuasive speeches is influenced by the audience’s reaction.The most common cue in sports is crowd noise, and because crowd noise almost always supports the home team, the way the fans sway the referees is the No. 1 driver of home-field advantage in sports. And one notable experiment suggests that how loud a crowd is helps refs decide whether an interaction should be penalized. A pair of German researchers showed actual referees old video clips of possible soccer infractions, with crowd noise played at high or low volume. Refs looking at the exact same interactions were more likely to hand out a yellow card when they heard a lot of crowd noise than when the volume was low.It follows, then, that screaming and hat-throwing football personnel may also have an effect on referee choices. In football, this sideline bias even seems to supersede refs’ tendency to support the home team: The differences in the penalty rates from sideline to sideline are several times larger than the differences in penalty rates between the home and away teams.That bias can affect the outcome even when officials have time to confer. In a 2015 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford threw a third-and-1 pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Officials initially called defensive pass interference on the Cowboys’ Anthony Hitchens.But the flag occurred right in front of the Cowboys sideline. This led to some confusion. It also led to a helmetless Dez Bryant yelling at the official.After conferring with each other, the officials picked up the flag, a decision that Mike Pereira, Fox Sports’ rules analyst and the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, said was incorrect. Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calculates that when the official picked up the flag, the Lions’ chances of winning that game dropped by 12 percentage points.Dallas won 24-20.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. Refs throw flags for defensive infractions at significantly higher rates when plays are run in the direction of the offensive team’s sideline; near midfield, defensive penalties are called about 50 percent more often on the offensive team’s sideline than the defensive team’s. Close to the end zone, where the sidelines are supposed to be free of coaches and players, these differences are negligible.For offensive flags, that association is reversed, at least on holding penalties.3Offensive pass interference calls didn’t vary by proximity to either team’s sideline. Here’s the rate of holding calls made on outside run plays, which shows how the defensive team’s sideline can help draw flags on the offense. Around midfield, offensive holding gets called about 35 percent more often on plays run at the defensive team’s sideline.
Freshman Kyle Snyder competes against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 22-13.Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAfter winning nine straight dual meets, the Ohio State wrestling team is set to take on No. 11 Lehigh in the quarterfinals of the National Duals.The Buckeyes are favored in the majority of the matches, set to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, but coach Tom Ryan said he isn’t going to discount any opponent, especially as the postseason approaches.“We definitely aren’t overlooking Lehigh. Those guys are Pennsylvania boys, they have been through a lot of battles. Wrestling in that state, you have to be ready each and every week,” Ryan said. “If we are off in any matches, they can make this tough for us.”As to how confident Ryan feels, it’s about 50-50, he said.“I feel good about five or six matches, but anything can happen,” Ryan said.One of those matches will include OSU freshman Kyle Snyder, who ranks third nationally, going up against sophomore Elliot Riddick, ranked No. 10.“Riddick is not a pushover, he’s really good. He jumped up two weight classes from 174 to 197 and he looks like a natural 197 pounder,” Ryan said. “The good thing is our guy (Snyder) is always ready for every opponent.”Snyder is aware of his opponent’s skillset and says it’s a good matchup for him.“I’ve seen that he’s fast and has some good leg attacks, but I should be ready for all of that,” Snyder said. “The guys in our practice room have given me the same look and have me prepared.”Beyond Snyder’s top-10 matchup, the Buckeyes and the Mountain Hawks will send a total of five weight classes in which both wrestlers are ranked in the top 20.The winner of the quarterfinal will advance to face the winner of No. 2 Missouri and No. 12 Illinois in the seminfinals. The Buckeyes lost to the Tigers on Dec. 14 in Columbus, 20-19. The match was decided by the fourth tiebreaker in which Missouri achieved the first takedown in the opening match of the dual. OSU has yet to face Illinois this year.The match between OSU and Lehigh is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday with the semifinals beginning at 4 p.m. the same day.The semifinal winners are set to compete for the championship at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Former Missouri State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jennifer Sullivan is joining the Ohio State women’s basketball team as an assistant coach after spending five seasons with the Lady Bears, Ohio State announced Friday. In her five seasons in Springfield, she helped lead the Lady Bears to 93 wins and four postseason appearances, making the NCAA Tournament in 2016. “I am really excited to add Jennifer to our staff,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said in a press release. “Her basketball knowledge and her diverse background will be a great asset as we continue to build a championship program.”From 2001-2005, Sullivan was a three-year starter at Memphis, recording 800 points, 310 rebounds and 99 steals during her career. “I’d like to thank coach McGuff for giving me this opportunity and I am excited to join the Ohio State women’s basketball program,” Sullivan said in a press release. “His brand of basketball is fun and exciting and I can’t wait to add my skills to the staff and help continue the success the team has enjoyed in recent seasons.”Prior to her coaching stint at Missouri State, Sullivan was the associate head coach and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana Lafayette from 2012-2013. Also, she spent three seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State.