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first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES The contract extension followed the Rockets’ trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston’s first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.There have been questions about how the two will fit together in Houston after Harden had the finest season of his career while playing point guard in first-year coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. But Harden isn’t worried about that.“I don’t think anybody’s ever seen anything like this before,” he said. “Two guys that can create and facilitate and just do things with the ball that nobody’s done from the one position and the shooting guard position. So it’s going to be fun. I’m excited to be a part of it.”Harden finished second in MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook after ranking second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.“I’ve coached a lot of people and watched a lot of games and the stuff that he did day in and day out was incredible,” D’Antoni said. “Now I’m just so excited that he’s going to be here for a long time.”ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Houston Rockets’ James Harden yells after a Oklahoma City Thunder turnover during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, “supermax” extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.“I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship,” Harden said Saturday. “Everything is going to happen in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.“Some of our decisions are hard. This one’s easy,” Morey said. “We’d do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden’s brilliant season ended with a thud when the Rockets were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in a 39-point loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.That loss still weighs on Harden, who shouldered the blame for the defeat in the hours after the game.“For sure it motivates me,” he said. “Of course it wasn’t how we wanted it to end … but that’s what life is about. You get tested and you go through certain things where things don’t happen your way … you have to sit back, look at how you can be better and go out there and just be better at it. And if you fail, do it again.”Harden is excited about his new deal and humbled to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. However, he insists that all those zeros in his bank account will be hollow if he doesn’t take the Rockets to the next level.“Money is cool … but it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up,” Harden said. “So that’s what we’re working toward. That’s why I’m in the gym every single day and I won’t stop until I get it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

first_imgIt’s gone so far that … The Niners are 2-0. Ben Roethlisberger, the long-tenured quarterback of San Francisco’s next opponent, the Steelers, is out for the season.Yes, Sunday’s home opener at Levi’s Stadium is setting up to be part of a dream start to the Niners’ 2019 season.And that provides an incredible opportunity for the franchise to do something that’s long overdue.We all know that Levi’s Stadium is a contentious issue with Niners fans. They’re more than happy to tell us.last_img read more

first_imgThe new plant, which will be located 85 kilometres north of the town of Brits and adjacent to Continental Cement’s limestone deposits, will be designed to initially produce 2 500 tons of pure ordinary portland cement per day, with the capacity to significantly increase production according to market demand. Growing SA, China links Lower costs, job creation “We have significant experience in the developed and highly competitive Asian markets, where we have built plants that have added substantial capacity to the Asian cement industry,” said Jidong chairman Zhang Zengguang. The investment “will significantly increase South Africa’s cement production capacity, while also contributing to economic activity and job creation in Limpopo,” Women Investment Portfolio Holdings’ (Wiphold’s) Gloria Serobe said in a statement last week. The deal represents a significant foreign direct investment into the local cement industry, with an inflow of over R800-million from China, 45% of which will be equity investment and the rest in the form of commercial debt. Skills, knowledge transfer Jidong will both build and operate the plant, which will be based on the best technology available. She added that the project had significant black economic empowerment (BEE) spinoffs through Continental Cement’s existing BEE shareholders and Wiphold’s broad base of BEE beneficiaries. South Africa’s Women Investment Portfolio Holdings and limestone miner Continental Cement have announced a joint venture with the China-Africa Development Fund and Jidong Development Group to build a R1.65-billion cement manufacturing plant in Limpopo province. Jidong, a leading developer of cement plants and the largest cement producer in Northern China, and the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) are the majority shareholder in the joint venture, holding 51%. Wiphold holds 23.9% in the joint venture, with the remaining 25.1% stake held by Continental Cement. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The joint venture consortium expects to distribute most of the cement to the regional market in Gauteng, and believe they have a significant competitive advantage in that the cement plant will be closer to the province than any other cement plant, resulting in lower transport costs. “We are pleased that we will be able to transfer our knowledge, skills, best practices and efficiencies to South Africa.” “A large proportion of this labour contingent will be sourced from this community.” “The plant is in close proximity to the Raputi community which is dependent on the local farming community for employment. The plant will provide work for 600 people during the construction phase and 170 people during operation,” said Continental Cement CEO Anton Weavind. The venture follows an agreement between Wiphold and Jidong, signed in 2007, in terms of which Wiphold would import and distribute Jidong/Wiphold-branded cement into South Africa, Tanzania and Angola. 24 May 2010 “This deal underlines the growing links between South Africa and China, and an increasing appetite for South African and Chinese institutions to provide export credit and debt finance,” said CADFund CEO Chi Jianxin. “This creates increased opportunities for projects between our two nations.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture begins to ramp up more today, although we still will see some sunshine and temps remain warm. Scattered showers will be developing today across Ohio, particularly this afternoon and evening. Those showers will produce anywhere from a tenth to .75″ with coverage at 60%. Areas that miss out on the rain today will see some sun, but generally clouds building, particularly this afternoon then tonight. Tomorrow through Sunday we have scattered showers in the forecast each day. Daily rain fall totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch for every day except Sunday, where we expect a a tenth to three quarters of an inch. Daily coverage will run from 75% to 100% statewide, and combined rain coverage for the period will be 100%. We expect combined rain totals of 1″ to 2.5” for the week at least, and a few areas can exceed that top end of the range. Those totals are up from yesterday’s forecast. Dry weather attempts to return to the region finally for Monday and Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday of next week. On Monday we see cloudy to partly sunny skies but at this time still cant rule out a shower in spots. Then for Tuesday sunshine dominates, and we see that continue through the first part of Wednesday. Our next well organized cold front is on the way for next Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. That front moves from NW to SE across the region and will bring .1”-.75” to 80% of the state, and the biggest rains will come overnight Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday turn out partly to mostly sunny again, as we transition from the 10 day period in to the extended 11-16 day window. The balance of the extended period is active. On Saturday the 13th we see partly to mostly sunny skies, but showers may try to develop in the evening and overnight. On Sunday clouds increase and thicken further, with nighttime thunderstorms likely. These thunderstorms can bring from .25” to 1”. Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th we have rain and thunderstorms fully crossing the state. Monday the action will be primarily located through central and northwestern Ohio, and then Tuesday over most of the state, but perhaps a little more concentrated in central and southern Ohio. Rain totals will produce an additional .25”-1” for that 2 day period with statewide coverage of near 90%. We finish the extended period with a mix of clouds and sun for Wednesday the 17th. So, there will be plenty of moisture potential over the next 2 weeks, but it comes in small enough increments and at a slow enough pace that it is not overly problematic. The map below shows 10 day rain totals for the state. Temperatures also will stay near normal, with daytime highs from 80-88 over the rest of this week and into next, meaning we will continue to see very humid air, and will keep evaporation going at least at a rate of .1” of liquid per day, if not more – even if it does rain off an on.last_img read more

first_imgGeocachers gathered in Carnation, WA, USA to celebrate GeoWoodstock VIII. The event on July 3rd, 2010 drew thousands.  Do wish you were there?  Did you attend and want to relive the experience?  Watch this video postcard from the world’s largest geocaching-related event.Play the Lost & Found video above to witness the spectacle that inspired so many geocachers to travel so far.  See a giant geocache, witness Geocoin Poker and hear from geocachers from around the globe.If you missed GeoWoodstock VIII, you haven’t missed all the fun.  Already, more than 700 geocachers have logged “will attends” for GeoWoodstock IX.  The geocaching nation will visit Warren, Pennsylvania for the event on July 2nd, 2011.If you attended GeoWoodstock VIII, please share where you visited from and your favorite memory.View all the Lost & Found stories here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Founder of GeoWoodstock in His Own WordsJuly 7, 2010In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – 6/3/2010May 22, 2010In “News”Geowoodstock XII Mega-Event: The Quest for Lewis and ClarkJune 10, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers#news Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud It is inevitable for any considerable enterprise to consider how the cloud and the data center can be combined in the most dynamic, efficient and secure way as possible.It’s a decision making process that gets even more complex when considering the dizzying terminology that makes sense only after considerable conversation.I kept thinking about these customers when listening to Hewlett-Packard (HP) discuss its new hybrid cloud service.HP is announcing today that it is offering:A public cloud environment for customers that want all of its IT services in the cloud.An extended data center environment that leverages the security of the data center with the distributed network of a cloud environment.An automated cloud management system for managing multiple cloud and data center environments.Workshops to help IT managers and executives better understand the complexities of what’s available and better define what they need in order to create a network that meets their needs.It gets complicated when Hewlett-Packard starts getting into the details of what they are offering. It’s not the first time we have heard a company call what they are offering a hosted and private cloud environment. That’s how HP describes its offering for what amounts to an extended data center that uses a virtualized environment to create a network that leverages the cloud and its core, on-premise environment.But this is the nature of the market. Customers believe they need private clouds. What they really needs are flat networks to move resources in a virtual environment. The network needs to be able to manage any variety of applications that between thousands of virtual machines.To do that, HP offers a converged infrastructure that includes the storage, servers that can be provisioned in clusters, the network, power and cooling and the management software.My colleague Klint Finley spent a few days with HP and learned a lot about these infrastructures:HP claims that not only can it do all the work of setting up racks, wiring, optimizing power consumption and building out the full data center for you – it claims it can do so at the fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. HP takes advantage of assembly line productivity to industrialize the process of creating data centers.The management software is a critical component of the offering. It may also be on of the most important aspects of what is required to manage a virtualized infrastructure. It’s the automation component. It orchestrates the process so virtual machines can be managed effectively.The team at HP realizes that there is an inherent complexity in the language associated with today’s complicated array of data center offerings. So we can see why workshops make sense. In the end, though, we find the language a bit of a folly. The hardware and software that HP is selling costs millions of dollars. What it provides is a network, albeit different from previous generations, it is still a network. Not to say the technology is unnecessary, it’s just more what we think of as networked data centers rather than cloud computing. Related Posts center_img alex williams Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgFun Fact: The song featured in the above video is Human Evolution from PremiumBeat! Be sure to check out our extensive library of royalty free music for all of your soundtrack needs.The Trident is capable of diving to depths of up to 100m, but the drone’s most impressive feature is the three-hour battery life. The feature that is most exciting for filmmakers and videographers is the drone’s front-facing HD camera. Coupled with the onboard headlights, users will be able to capture fantastic footage even in dark murky water.Unlike an aerial drone, the Trident needs to be connected to a tether at all times. By default, the Trident will come with a 25m (82ft) tether. If you want to go even deeper, you can get an extra-long tether for dives up to 100m (328ft).The Trident is currently on Kickstarter until October 30 and we’re happy to report that they have already received 11x the support needed. If you want to pre-reserve your Trident now, you’ll get a significant discount as an early adopter. The only downside: they won’t be shipping until November of 2016.While it’s certainly easy for us to look at this new device from an enthusiast’s perspective, the developers are insisting that this drone will be a great tool for scientists and hobbyists alike. The drone has already been used to map underwater surfaces and take people to places they’ve never seen before. This TED talk presented by Eric Stackpole shows us how the OpenROV was born.What started out as a quest for lost gold has seemingly evolved into the beginning of the underwater drone revolution.Trident Pricing and AvailabilityThe Trident will retail for $1,199 and be available November 2016. If you hurry, you can get an early-bird discount on the Kickstarter page.What do you think of this new aquatic device? Are you excited to try one? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The submersible Trident drone will soon allow you to explore the ocean floor from shore.We’re smack dab in the middle of the greatest aerial videography craze the world has ever seen, and that’s a good thing. Drones produce stunning footage that would have been otherwise impossible to get. But even as drones are enhanced to fly higher, farther, and longer, one company is taking the plunge to think about drones in an entirely new way.OpenROV TridentThe OpenROV Trident is the second underwater vehicle created by OpenROV, a small underwater robotics company started by Eric Stackpole and David Lang. The Trident looks to add much more functionality compared to the original OpenROV. For starters, the Trident is built with a very sleek design that allows it to zip through the water at the breakneck speed of 4.4mph. The device is so smooth when piloting underwater that the inventors say it’s feels very similar to piloting an aerial drone.last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your competitors sell at a lower price. It’s tough to win when your competitors are willing to give away what they should be selling. But there is nothing you can do about your competitors.If this is your struggle, one or more of the following four reasons is the root cause of your losses.1. You Don’t BelieveThis is the first–and most pernicious–reason you have trouble selling at a higher price than your competitors. If you don’t believe in your heart–and with every fiber of your being–that you are creating more value than any alternative, then you won’t be able to capture more value. If you don’t believe you are worth more, than no one else is going to believe it either. And they are right not to.2. You Are Selling From BehindWhenever I hear from salespeople and sales leaders that they are having trouble capturing some of the greater value they create, I believe it is because they are struggling to justify a higher price point. But more often than not I discover that they are selling from behind. Instead of calling on their dream clients, that are reactive, sitting by waiting for someone to reach out to invite them to an RFP.Selling from behind eliminates the ability for you to create value during the buyer’s journey. You are too late in the process.3. You Can’t Justify Your Higher PriceIf you want to capture a greater portion of the value that you create, you need to be able to justify your higher price. You need to be able to help your client understand the additional value they are receiving, and you need to be able to help them defend the value you create within their organization.If you want your dream client to perceive the value, help them by sharing what makes you different and how it makes a difference. Then give them the logic, language, and evidence to defend that value.4. You Aren’t Selling to Your Dream ClientsThere are some prospects with systemic challenges to paying for value. In some cases, what you do doesn’t create enough value. In other cases, your prospect’s low margin prevents them from making the necessary investments in their own business. And there are some who have a mindset that only accepts lowest price as the greatest value. These are not your dream clients.If you want to capture value, you have to sell to people who perceive that value. This is why it is critical that you invest your time and energy on the right targets.QuestionsDo you believe your higher price is justified? Do you believe you create more value?Are you in front of the buyer’s process or behind it?Can you justify your higher price? Can you describe the ways the greater value you create benefits your clients?Are you selling to people who can’t, don’t, or won’t perceive value in what you sell?last_img read more

first_imgFour students were injured when the police fired tear- gas shells to disperse agitating students who tried to raid the house of K. Yugindro, the acting Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, on Saturday night. The students, representing six students’ bodies, are demanding unconditional release of six MU professors and 10 students.They were arrested during the September 20 raids on MU hostels. Chief Minister N. Biren justified the raids, saying in the past a professor was gunned down while two others, including the then V-C Prof. N. Bijoy, were kneecapped. However, as part of the ongoing negotiations, police and paramilitary personnel were withdrawn from the campus.“The teachers and students were arrested on the basis of an FIR filed by Prof Yugindro. If the FIR is withdrawn, the arrested persons could be released,” the CM had said.However, Prof. Yugindro sent a letter to Union HRD Ministry on October 1, contending that Governor Najma Heptulla and Mr. Biren were siding with “terrorists”. Both the Governor and the Chief Minister have not publicly reacted to this serious charge. Veteran politician and former Minister O. Joy said: “The charge is outlandish and highly condemnable.”Meanwhile, in response to an PIL, the Manipur High Court gave time to the MU authority till October 11 to restore normality on the campus. The Division Bench of Justices N. Koteswor and Kh. Nobin said after this deadline, the court would intervene to restore normality.After 85 days of closure of the MU, classes and official work were resumed once the V-C, Prof A.P. Pandey, was given forced leave. However, the academic atmosphere was vitiated when Prof. Yugindro was appointed the V-C in charge.Girl students have been on relay hunger strike demanding release of the teachers and students. A two-member inquiry committee headed by N. Nandakumar, retired acting Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, is looking into the charges against Prof. Pandey.Though police and security personnel were withdrawn from the campus as part of the interim agreement, the police have beefed up security measures on the MU campus.Armed and riot police have been deployed in the Thangapat areas of Imphal where the house of Prof. Yugindro is located. No vehicle is allowed in the locality.last_img read more