24 May 2013 Debates by Africans from all walks of life are reaffirming pan-Africanism as a guide to action and the foundation for Africa’s renaissance, African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on the eve of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU). Addressing the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Dlamini Zuma said that, as in May 1963, the eyes of the continent and the world were focused on the deliberations of the continent’s foremost governance body. “Like in 1963 when the founding states took their first steps into political independence, in 2013 we see Africa taking off towards peace and prosperity. Through these celebrations, we will reclaim the African narrative as we reflect on the past, assess our present state and plan our future.” Dlamini Zuma said that, as the AU Executive Council worked on the 50th anniversary proclamation, “we must be mindful of the inputs from our people … We must be mindful of our people’s expectations that we should emerge from this summit, as our founders did in 1963, with a mission that will unite Africa and set her on the path to peace and prosperity.” She expressed optimism that Africa’s natural resources, its unused arable land and water, its potential for energy generation and its long coastlines, rich in marine resources, would be used to achieve the 2063 agenda. The AU Executive Council meeting will provide the framework for the proclamation on the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU and the implementation of the Africa 2063 vision. The draft proclamation comprises inputs from civil society, including the youth assembly, business forum, women, African editors, and academicians. It frames the African Union’s key objectives for the next five decades around the themes of African identity and renaissance. This includes agendas for integration, for social and economic development and prosperity, for peace and security, for democratic governance, and for self-reliance and Africa’s place in the world. “In each of these areas, the proclamation must spell out the continental mission and strategic objectives for the next 50 years in a bid to help Africa to comprehensively deal with the challenges ahead,” Dlamini Zuma said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
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Passive House Network conferenceThe North American Passive House Network’s third annual conference and expo will take place next June 13 and 14 in New York City. The theme will be building strategies and components needed to make drastic cuts in carbon emissions by mid-century, “the #1 public policy goal of our time.”NAPHN said in a press release that in order to prevent the most damaging effects of global climate change, carbon emissions must be cut by at least 80% by 2050, and that Passivhaus building techniques represent one of the best ways of getting there.Among the topics that conference sessions will cover are urban, high-density, and high-rise buildings; low-rise strategies for rural areas; the integration of renewable energy systems; and construction with cross-laminated timber components as well as steel and concrete and wood-frame construction. Both affordable and market-rate multifamily projects will be featured.“Passive House applied to both new construction and retrofits can reduce heating and cooling energy by 90% and overall energy usage by 75%, effectively enabling wide spread application of net zero and energy positive buildings,” NAPHN said in a news release.The organization said it would announce exhibitor information and solicit presentations at a later date. The session will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Lumber Liquidators to drop some vinyl flooringFlooring retailer Lumber Liquidators will stop selling vinyl flooring manufactured with recycled plastics.A chemical reform advocacy group called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the company made the joint announcement in mid-November, according to a report at Plastic News.Vinyl flooring made with recycled content won’t be on the shelves at Lumber Liquidators when a new policy is phased in next year. (Photo: USACE via Flickr)The advocacy group said that the company will adopt new standards barring vinyl flooring suppliers from using reprocessed vinyl in flooring, and limit lead in flooring to less than 100 parts per million. The company previously began requiring suppliers to eliminate orthphthalates in the vinyl flooring they make.The new standards will be phased in next year.The concern with recycled vinyl is contamination with lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and phthalates, Plastic News said. These compounds are low or non-detectible in the upper layers of recycled vinyl, but are “absolutely off the charts” in the middle levels, a spokesman said.Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families said that it would encourage Home Depot and Lowe’s to follow suit by keeping recycled vinyl flooring off their shelves.Lumber Liquidators is trying to win back public confidence after damaging news reports about its operations. The company was recently fined $13 million for illegal wood imports and was accused in a 60 Minutes broadcast of selling Chinese-made laminate flooring containing 20 times the formaldehyde allowed by California safety standards. Solar installer says that the federal tax credit is not neededSunnova CEO John Berger says that the solar industry no longer needs the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit in order to grow. Sunnova, a company that arranges and finances residential PV system installation, is a Houston-based company with 300 employees.In a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, Berger said that the “continued health of the solar industry” did not depend on an extension of the credit, now scheduled to expire for residential projects at the end of next year and drop to 10% for commercial projects, the web site UtilityDive reports.“If the credit is allowed to step down as planned, the industry will remain more robust in both the long- and short-term,” Berger said, adding that the industry has had “ample time” to prepare.Berger’s comments come at a time when the trade group representing the industry, the Solar Energy Industries Association, has mounted a full-court press to keep the solar equipment tax credit on the books. More fresh air boosts productivityA recent double-blind study found that stale air reduces the cognitive function of office workers by half. Now researcher say they can put a dollar value on the benefits of increased ventilation.A research paper published in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health says that doubling the standard ventilation rate in a typical office building increases productivity of office workers by 8%, the equivalent of $6,500 per year. The energy cost for providing more fresh air is between $14 and $40 per person, according to a summary of the report.The study was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical, Syracuse University, and Carrier. It was supported by United Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, and AC equipment.Researchers estimated energy consumption and costs for office buildings in seven U.S. cities using three rates of ventilation: standard practice (20 cubic feet per minute per person), a 30% enhanced rate, and 40 cfm/person. They then paired the results of earlier work on cognitive function and ventilation and labor statistics to estimate the economic benefit of increased air flow.“Results: Doubling the ventilation rate from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers minimum cost less than $40 per person per year in all climate zones investigated,” says the report’s abstract.At the highest ventilation rate, adding an energy-recovery ventilator essentially canceled out the environmental impact of increasing ventilation (bringing it down to the equivalent of 0.03 more cars per building), but resulted in an 8% boost of productivity, along with reduced absenteeism and better health for office workers.
Windows’ position within the business marketplace is shifting. Witness this year’s VMworld conference in San Francisco. VMworld is the virtualization Mecca — and this year’s show could herald a new era for VMware competitor Microsoft: the post-Windows era.News from a virtualization conference might not seem too relevant to Windows, but VMware’s announcement Tuesday of its new Horizon Suite makes a lot of difference. The suite, available in beta in the fourth quarter, pulls together several of VMware’s multi-platform management tools.This is VMware committing to heterogeneous platforms, and that’s a pretty big deal.“For nearly 30 years, Windows has been the dominant platform in the workplace,” explained Phil Montgomery, senior director of Product Management, Desktop Products at VMware. Now, he added, it’s Windows, Macs, iPads, and Android devices with which an IT manager has to contend.The Horizon Suite promises to manage files, data and privileges across multiple platforms.“It’s not necessarily about just mobile devices,” Montgomery said. “Mobile’s just one part of a much bigger multi-device workspace.”Confronted with so many new and varied devices, managers can enact prohibitive policies, work with mobile-device management systems (which are slightly less restrictive), or just open the gates with a bring-your-own-device strategy.He said one of VMware’s clients, a major college, was to deploy VMware View, a virtual desktop interface that enables employees to log into a completely controlled desktop environment over a network.When VMware asked what hardware the 10,000-seat deployment would be supporting, the college’s IT managers said it would be on the students’ own machines – all of them. The college took bring-your-own to the extreme.Bring-your-own “is the direction that IT is going,” Montgomery said. If that is the future, unified management platforms will be must-haves as all-Windows environments become less common, and perhaps more rare. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Virtualization Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Image via FX.PB: With Feud, you were recreating real people and real events. You mentioned that frown — were there many locations that were either impossible to get or simply not around anymore, and what was the process of making that work and staying true to the story?RF: Despite our disappointments that some places mentioned in the scripts were no longer around or available, we ended up quite pleased with several others that did get to take place at the actual, scripted locales. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? did screen at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro as we were able to depict in the show, and is still a great-looking old movie theater. And our Baby Jane finale beach and its surrounding terrain has remained relatively intact for those scenes to play beautifully. I knocked on the door of the still-existing Baby Jane exterior home in Hancock Park to confirm if the current owner would be open to our filming there. We didn’t end up needing to do an exterior shot out front, but standing there and opening its original iron gates seen in the classic film are the little things that can give a geeky chill to a location scout/movie buff like myself!Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.PB: The nerdy, fan side of me gets giddy at how many iconic locations you must have to visit with films like La La Land and Feud, but equally fascinating is perhaps inhabiting a world that, I would assume, you start out as very much an outsider. How did the process work on creating the world of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?RF: Three Billboards was my second film as a location manager for Martin McDonagh, and all I can say is I hope he comes up with a third American production soon because both have been wonderful, creative experiences.Yes, with something like La La Land or Feud, you know from the get-go that your scouting canvas will most likely fall within the TMZ (the 30-mile studio zone radius of Los Angeles). Whereas with Billboards, it starts with a narrowed-down six or seven different states and all the towns and farm roads within them! Martin had a very specific vision for what would make a small town main street and billboard roadwork, and as a writer-director it’s all there in his screenplay.Compared to “back in the day,” Google Earth and Google Maps Streetview is a godsend for how the initial scouting on a project like this can unfold at a timesaving clip. Hover your cursor over each state’s old-time town squares and main streets, drop a pin to zoom in and see what their rows of buildings and stores look like — Are they too tall? Too small? Too modern? On too wide a street for Mildred to believably hurl her Molotov cocktail out a second-story window and through the windows of a police station across the street?(!) After narrowing down which main streets appeared to be the best to take Martin to in person, we had our absolute first-choice favorite in Sylva, North Carolina and were ecstatic that they said “yes” to our being based there for two months.Image via Cinelou Releasing.PB: Many of the filmmakers reading this blog are working low budget. You’ve done big studio films with healthy budgets but also more intimate projects such as Cake. How creative do you have to be when budget is a concern? Any tips on finding appropriate and rich locations on a budget?RF: Yes, Cake was a challenge with its ambitious budget and so many L.A.-area locations. One of my biggest tips, I suppose, in terms of securing locations on a budget is to develop a solid and realistic rapport with your prospective homeowner or business owner from your very first meeting. Nowadays, big-name stars often don’t mind being in smaller films, while large-budget films don’t necessarily have big stars, and just because a production has a large overall budget doesn’t necessarily mean it has “more $ in for locations,” for perhaps the actors or special FX, etc, are where all the money is being designated.I do find that an interesting or rewarding subject matter of a particular project can also lead to people willing to work with budgets they may not otherwise accommodate. If all else fails, offer to cast an owner’s budding actor cousin in the role of “the bartender!” Also, sometimes simply making sure enough time is allotted for properly scouting each of a script’s locations is the best cost-saver of all — the more varied choices accumulated in various parts of town, then the smarter the overall decision-making can be in terms of the right looks and the best deals.PB: What was the path for you getting into this profession? Any advice for someone who has an interest in location management as a career but doesn’t know where to start?RF: My first direct experience with location departments was while working at a location service, helping to provide a project with locations, assisting in coordinating their logistics, etc. That can be a great way to get to know what location managers and scouts do, the issues we deal with, and how to solve them. I know several assistants who also got their start at film commissions or permitting services — another great way to learn “on the job” while not necessarily being in the actual location departments. Becoming a site-rep for a location service, or offering to work on low-budget productions as their location manager or scout, can be a quick way to dive right in, be on set, and confirm it’s the right position for you.Image via Warner Bros.PB: Having worked both in features and in television, can you tell our readers how the process is different for each medium?RF: Aside from my few years on Nip/Tuck, the television shows I’ve worked on tend to be limited series. I prefer that in that it has a more finite number of episodes that keep it feeling like an extended-length feature of sorts. I love the feature world in that you get handed a script, you know that’s the one and only script (with its beginning, middle and end), and you’re off to the races, often as one of the first persons hired — it’s just you, a director and a designer driving around together, chipping away at bringing that singular vision to life.PB: Finally, what would you like directors, producers, writers, and talent to know about the responsibilities of location managers that would make your job easier?RF: I’ve been lucky in that I often work with directors and producers who really respect and appreciate the things that myself and my location team have to pull off, creatively and logistically. Honestly, I believe that my being smart about the people I choose to work with, as well as making sure the projects I take on are interesting to me and that they’ve allotted enough time to accomplish what needs to be accomplished correctly, helps keep me feeling like my job is not difficult or a pain at all, but as enjoyable and rewarding as the day I started doing it for a living!Looking for more filmmaking interviews? Check these out.Exclusive Interview: The Creators of Some of The Most Popular LUT Packs Ever7 Things to Consider When Shooting on Retro Film StockAn Interview with Andrew Shulkind, DP of Netflix Original film The RitualInterview: Showtime Docuseries Cinematographer from The TradeInterview: 7 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Retro ’80s Action Location is everything in filmmaking, so knowing how to manage the “where” at the heart of your project is as important as the “what” or “when.”Cover image via Summit Entertainment.They say it’s all about location, location, Location! To get the lay of the land, we spoke with prolific supervising location manager Robert Foulkes about the “where” of filmmaking — and why it’s so important.Image via Summit Entertainment.PremiumBeat: I want to start with La La Land since it feels like the most overt example of how locations not only establish the tone and truth of a film but can also become central characters in and of themselves. When you get a script such as this, that is a love letter to the city, to what extent did the writer/director Damien Chazelle spell out what he wanted, and how much is your independent research?Robert Foulkes: The Love Letter to L.A. aspect to La La Land was a thrill for me from my very first reading of the script, having lived here (and been involved in “show business” in one way or another) my entire life. There were a few sequences that called for a specific location in Damien’s script, such as the Griffith Observatory and The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, while others called for a specific setting or world but allowed for more scouting options — Mia working at “a movie studio,” Mia and Sebastian watching Rebel Without a Cause at “a classic revival movie theater,” etc.Some of the most enjoyable locations for me to brainstorm with Production Designer David Wasco were for what we referred to as the falling-in-love montage. Damien wanted to place Mia and Sebastian in as many wonderful, iconic L.A. backdrops as possible, and we came up with a list of 15 or so ideas that then got narrowed down to nine or ten, and ultimately (due to the amount of shooting time allotted and whether one ultimately became more important to Damien vs. another) the five or six that made it into the final film. Placing these starry-eyed characters aboard Angel’s Flight remained atop the wish list from the get-go, and we were so happy we were able to pull that off — and also help to have it brought back to life as a downtown tourist attraction.Image via FX.PB: La La Land was stylized and grand, but it wasn’t period. Working on a mini-series such as Feud presents different challenges. How much was recreated on a soundstage vs. how many physical locations did you have to source, and what was the process of working with Ryan Murphy?RF: Working on projects that require a recreation of “period L.A.” can put both a big smile on my face or a bittersweet frown. A smile as I get to help breathe life back into vintage restaurants, theaters, office buildings, etc, that may not have the cashet they once had, but a frown when the other reality sinks in — just how many once-legendary places throughout Los Angeles are no longer with us. Being a part of recreating the 1963 Academy Awards at the venue where they actually took place (the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium) was very rewarding, for example, but wishing we could have filmed scenes at Perino’s restaurant, the Brown Derby, Ambassador Hotel, etc, makes one wish for a time machine!I would say about 50% or more of each episode of Feud took place on amazing sets designed by Judy Becker. Knowing in advance that several episodes would call for scenes inside Joan Crawford’s home, on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, etc, it made sense that those sets and others would best be made available at all times on the Fox sound stages and to ensure they had the size, scope, and heightened glamorous reality that Ryan and Judy were going for. Ryan’s early prediction of several scenes throughout the show taking place inside a Perino’s-like restaurant meeting place for primarily the Hedda Hopper character, made the construction of that set a no-brainer, as well.The majority of vintage, high-end Hollywood haunts that remain in our city tend to have either red or black leather banquet booths, not the brilliant color palate that made Judy’s restaurant set so special. I’ve had the pleasure of working on Ryan Murphy productions since back in the days of Nip/Tuck, another show that made use of some brilliant and unique sets and settings.
View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:15MMDA: 90% of Mabuhay Lanes, 60% inner roads cleared01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the better part of the last three seasons or since coach Tim Cone transferred to Ginebra, it has always been the Gin Kings, who prevail, including the last three Christmas Day duels.And the Monday tiff was no different as Magnolia struggled to get its offense going with the stingy Ginebra defense in full bloom, forcing the Hotshots to shoot a woeful 36 percent clip and an undesirable 18 percent shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt also doesn’t help that the Gin Kings dominated the boards, 56-46, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second chance points.Lee, however, doesn’t want to dwell on the defeat, but rather, he is taking this as a lesson for Magnolia to become a better team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Losing its fifth straight Manila Clasico, Paul Lee admitted that Ginebra is indeed the biggest thorn in Magnolia’s side.“Maybe, they’re really one of the humps that we need to overcome for us to get to the championship,” Lee said after the Hotshots fell to the Gin Kings, 78-89 at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We need to look at the video to see where we lacked on. It’s better if we see it all together so we can improve on that as a team,” he said.“Every game, we need to give our best. We can’t put Ginebra as the only team we want to beat because we might get beaten by the other teams. We need to prepare for every team, especially the contenders,” he said. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Timberwolves beat Lakers for first Christmas win BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MOST READ “We all know what Djokovic is capable of,” said Austria’s Thiem who is also playing in the six-man Abu Dhabi field.“But now, if his injury is fine, he’s probably more dangerous and better if he had some time to recharge. I think everybody wants to know how he’s playing again and we’ll see his first matches here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThiem feels Djokovic could make the same impact as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who came back from injuries this year.Federer won the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon while Nadal claimed a 10th French Open and the US Open in a Slam sweep for the two veteran stars. Nadal and Federer also ended the year at one and two in the world.“I think we can expect the same from Djokovic because he is in the same league as Roger and Rafa. He is also one of the greatest players of all time,” added Thiem who claimed his first ever win in six meetings over Djokovic at the French Open quarter-finals in June.“It’s going to be an exciting year. There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa.“It’s too tough. I think everybody can look forward to a great and tense start of the season.”Also back in action in the exhibition tournament, which starts at the Zayed Tennis Centre in the UAE capital from Thursday, is former women’s number one Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Novak Djokovic. AFPFormer world number one and 12-time Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic will be more dangerous than ever when he makes his long-awaited return from an elbow injury, top 10 rival Dominic Thiem said Wednesday.Djokovic hasn’t played since retiring from his quarter-final at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych in July, but the 30-year-old makes his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday before launching his competitive campaign as top seed at the Qatar Open next week.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka were scheduled to take part but pulled out to allow further recuperation from respective knee problems. The 36-year-old American was last seen in action winning the Australian Open for a modern-era record 23rd Grand Slam title in January.She then took a sabbatical to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September.Williams takes on reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled just before the men’s final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.Another player in the field looking to build on his successful 2017 is South African Kevin Anderson.The world number 15, who reached the final of the US Open before losing to Nadal, also welcomed the return of Djokovic and Williams.“It is dubbed an ‘exhibition’, but the tennis this week in Abu Dhabi is great — it is very competitive and everyone is going to give it their all. So, it would be a good way to return for both these players,” said Anderson.“I think it is great. We all are eager to see what Novak is going to do when he comes back. And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament.“Serena is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, and perhaps the greatest competitor -– man or woman –- that I have seen. It has been a long break for her, but I am sure she will come back more determined than before to succeed.”The men’s field in Abu Dhabi features US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev apart from Djokovic, Thiem and Anderson.Djokovic and Thiem have byes to the semi-finals. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Phoenix wins, acquires Kia Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues FILE – Moro Brasnilav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt didn’t take long for Moro Branislav to find a new home in the Philippine Superliga, with the Serbian coach snagging a two-year contract with rising squad Cocolife.The Asset Managers’ top brass, Joshua Ylaya, said Branislav will be taking the reins from Kungfu Reyes on the Cocolife bench starting the 2018 season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next That gig earned him a coaching job at Foton which won its second Grand Prix title last year with Branislav at the helm.But over the weekend, he was released by the Tornadoes, who then acquired Rommel Abella to coach the team for the next season. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “Our goal in the first year was just be a contender, a dark horse,” said Ylaya. “I guess we’re already successful with that so we’re raising the bar by hiring a proven mentor in coach Moro.”Cocolife made it to the semifinals during the recent Grand Prix, after placing fifth in the All Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBranislav cut ties with Foton after failing to win the franchise a conference title this season.The Tornadoes lost in the semifinals despite a solid lineup that included local star Jaja Santiago and three Croatian imports including scoring machine Sara Klisura. PH aims for first soft tennis gold in Indonesia Asian Games 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Klisura had scored 41 points in the recent Grand Prix, which stands as the all-time high in a single PSL game.But Ylaya, who assembled for the Asset Managers top players from Ateneo and La Salle, said he’s not expecting a major shift overnight.He said Branislav will be the tactician, while Reyes will play the role of a disciplinarian.Branislav is also being considered for the national team, according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas acting president Peter Cayco.Branislav had an extensive stint with in the European league before handling the PSL team in the 2016 Asian Women’s Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments
Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboola Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw.