PayPal – the way forward for online donations?

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 July 2000 | News  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PayPal – the way forward for online donations? Online billing company PayPal could prove a useful alternative to online credit card donations.US online billing company PayPal offers exciting possibilities for online donations. PayPal lets you send money safely to anyone or any organisation with an e-mail address. It lets you accept payments by credit card even if you don’t have a merchant account. Of most interest to charities is the fact that PayPal is free: there are no fees paid by the buyer or seller. It is for US citizens only at present but it has plans to expand internationally.Read UK Fundraising’s report. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Authorities jail two independent journalists again

first_img RSF_en May 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities jail two independent journalists again Organisation News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of independent journalists Dzmitry Halko (Дмитрий Галко) and Alyaksandr Yarashevich (Александр Ярошевич), who were arrested in Minsk on 6 May after covering the release of a group of jailed demonstrators.“The illegal arrest of Halko and Yarashevich and the absurd charges on which they have been jailed are yet more evidence of the government’s determination to crush independent journalism, and are designed to intimidate all their colleagues,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The trials at which they were given jail terms were a complete violation of their right to due process. They should be freed at once.”Halko, a freelancer and former employee of the independent newspaper Narodnaya Volya, and Yarashevich, a correspondent for Radio Racyja, an independent station based in the Polish city of Białystok, were arrested close to a Minsk subway station on the evening of 6 May, after covering the release of demonstrators held since an anti-nuclear march that environmentalists and anti-government activists organize every 26 April.Without being given any explanation, Halko and Yarashevich were bundled into a police minibus and, after spending the night in police custody, they were tried the next day before the Maskouski district court in Minsk, which sentenced them to 10 and 12 days in prison, respectively, on charges of “resisting the police” and “hooliganism.”According to the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), which attended their trials, the only witnesses to give evidence were the arresting police officers, whose statements were vague and contradictory. No recording, not even an audio recording, was allowed during the trial.This was Yarashevich’s second arrest in 10 days. He and fellow Radio Racyja reporter Henadz Barbarych were sentenced to three days in prison after covering the 26 April demonstration. Just hours before being re-arrested, Yarashevich filed an appeal against his first conviction before the Minsk district court.“Yarashevich was arrested because he is a Radio Racyja reporter who had gone to meet opposition activists (as they left prison) and because the authorities don’t like him,” Barbarych told Reporters Without Borders. The station’s correspondents are often refused accreditation.In a separate development, Aleh Hruzdzilovich (Олег Груздилович), a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Belarusian service, was interrogated by the Minsk prosecutor’s office on 8 May about his coverage of the government’s response to the April 2011 Minsk subway bombing.At the end of the interrogation, he was warned to stop disseminating “biased and deliberately distorted reports” and stop “discrediting” the country’s judicial system.Hruzdzilovich produced several reports about the bombing for the second anniversary and he authored a book by him entitled “Who Blew Up the Minsk Metro?” His book and reports cast doubt on the credibility of the Belarusian investigation into the bombing and the judicial system’s impartiality. The subject is very sensitive and several other journalists have been arrested or questioned for covering it.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News Photo: Radio Svaboda (RFE/RL) to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

John Mayer Gets Dark And Bares His Soul On New Album ‘The Search For Everything’

first_imgJohn Mayer may have just titled his stellar new album The Search For Everything, but it really seems like he’s already found what he was looking for. Mayer makes being a rock star look so easy it’s almost offensive. He can croon with the best of them and tickle the ivories before laying down guitar-hero arena sized riffs. He’s dated supermodels and fellow pop stars, appeared on stages all around the world, and took Jerry Garcia’s role in the newest iteration of The Grateful Dead with Dead & Co. Sadly, even singing cheek-to-cheek with Bob Weir isn’t enough to make Mayer forget the one who got away.Unfortunately for Mayer, having it all hasn’t apparently worked out as well as he might have wanted. The Search For Everything is dotted with numerous references to mistakes and powerlessness. After much conjecture in the media, he admitted that the first single, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” was indeed about his ex, mega-star Katy Perry. While the song itself is built around a soulful and bouncy background, it is clear that their is a dichotomy between tone and intention. Give the song a spin below and listen for yourself.“Still Feel Like Your Man”An undercurrent of melancholy is present on much of The Search For Everything. The theme is quickly reinforced on the second track, “Emoji Of A Wave,” a song of hope in the face of a growing uncertainty. “Helpless” attempts to throw the malaise of the first two tracks through the power of rock. The blues-guitar outro is fitting and soulful if not overly remarkable. Even songs that seem positive on the surface like “Love On The Weekend” have dark lyrical and sonic undertones.Doubts seem to plague John Mayer. On “In The Blood” and “Changing,” he seems to be examining every facet of his life. At the album’s midpoint, Mayer puts down his pen and let’s the music do the talking with “Theme From The Search For Everything.” After catching his musical breath, he drops one of the slinkiest guitar grooves you’ll hear this year on “Moving On And Getting Over.” Once again, the groove doesn’t match the message, as he clearly hasn’t moved on.The Search For Everything is an impressive example of the dying art of making a complete album. Mayer’s mixture of repetitive imagery lyrically makes his confusion and isolation painfully clear. On “Rosie,” he practically begs an ex for a one night stand, only to play a bubbling blues riff as he is again rebuffed. Time and again, Mayer’s hope of love is dashed against the rocky shores of emotional disconnect.For those paying attention, it was obvious that there was no cheerful finish on the way. The first stanza of the closing track “You’re Going To Live Forever In Me” concludes with the words “…it all ends unfortunately.” The testimonial of undying love he makes isn’t a promise made to the true love he seeks. When he sings the words “You’re going to live forever in me, wait and see,” he is making a sad promise to a uncaring ear. It’s the most poignant moment of the album, a perfect summation of all that has come before.The bravery John Mayer shows in sharing his heart in such an open way is undeniably entrancing. Artistically, it is said that it is best to “Write what you know” if you want to have any hope of true emotional resonance. The Search For Everything clearly shows Mayer as a student of that school of thought. The album is a love letter to missed opportunities and unfortunately placed optimism. Mayer may have written and record this album to exorcise his demons, but he also managed to show the true depths of his, and by extension, everyone’s humanity. Not bad for a white boy who can’t dance.last_img read more

Angels blow five-run lead in Oakland, lose fourth straight

first_imgSuarez said though an interpreter that he felt he stayed focused better than he had in other games. Ausmus said he used the whole plate better, which is especially important for a left-handed pitcher against a lineup with so many right-handed hitters.“He used that changeup to do a very nice job to remind those hitters they just can’t sit over the plate and look to hit the changeup or hit the fastball the other way,” Ausmus said. “He brushed them inside a few times. You saw a lot of foul balls down the right field line. They were late swings. He did a nice job in that regard.”His defense helped him out, with Luís Rengifo and Andrelton Simmons turning a quick double play in the third and Kole Calhoun making a diving catch in right field in the sixth.In the seventh, he gave up a one-out single to Sheldon Neuse and then a two-run homer to Josh Phegley, ending his day.“Suarey did a good job,” Ausmus said. “He gave up a home run to the last hitter he faced, but he did an excellent job. He held them at bay and got us deep in the game where we want to be. Unfortunately we didn’t hold it down.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “There are no red flags,” Ausmus said. “He doesn’t look out of sorts. His velocity is pretty close to what it was. It might be down a tick, but to me, that’s not a red flag. Today was just the strike-throwing.”After Buttrey left Thursday’s game, the Angels still had a 6-4 lead. Miguel Del Pozo then walked in another run. Luís García gave up a run-scoring groundout to tie the score.Left-hander Adalberto Mejia then allowed a two-run triple to Robbie Grossman, putting the A’s on top for the first time.The Angels had the lead since Justin Upton’s two-run double in the first. After opener Luke Bard gave back one run, Suarez entered and fashioned his best stretch of work all season.Suarez pitched five consecutive scoreless innings for the first time in any of his 15 big-league games.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Buttrey gave up a single and then he walked three consecutive hitters, ending his day without an out.Buttrey’s ERA is now 4.12, including 7.17 in 22 games since the All-Star break. He had been the Angels’ best reliever, posting a 2.52 ERA in the first half.“I’ve been working on a lot of things, trying to honestly put some work in now so next year things are ironed out,” Buttrey said. “I feel like whenever you start tinkering and changing stuff, you go through a bit of a rough patch, but they’re things that are necessary for the future. At the end of the day, I can’t come in there and walk three guys and give up a base hit like that. I’ve just got to be better about challenging them right there.”Throughout his slump, Buttrey insisted he was not fatigued. He said he was having mechanical issues, at least in part due to inconsistency with his hand position during his delivery.Manager Brad Ausmus said he doesn’t see any larger issues with Buttrey that would account for his slump. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels drops a pop up by Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics before throwing to second base to get an out in the bottom of the fourth inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey (31) hands the ball to Manager Brad Ausmus as he is removed during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Buttrey entered with a three-run lead and didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced. All of them scored, leading to the Angels’ ugly 10-6 loss. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Luke Bard #39 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson works against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Luke Bard works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Luke Bard works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson, right, waits for Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, back left, to run the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, celebrates with David Fletcher (6) after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Justin Upton #8 in the top of the fifth inning against the Oakland Athleticsat Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Josh Phegley (19) celebrates with Sheldon Neuse (64) after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Suarez in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the top of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Luke Bard #39 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Kevan Smith #44 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Jose Suarez #54 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Sheldon Neuse #64 of the Oakland Athletics gets the out at second base of Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels and throws to first base to turn a double play in the top of the seventh inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Robbie Grossman (8) is congratulated by third base coach Matt Williams after hitting a two-run triple off Los Angeles Angels’ Adalberto Mejia in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Robbie Grossman swings for a two-run triple off Los Angeles Angels’ Adalberto Mejia in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Miguel Del Pozo prepares to be relieved in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Robbie Grossman swings for a two-run triple off Los Angeles Angels’ Adalberto Mejia in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Miguel Del Pozo prepares to be relieved in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Garcia (40) hands the ball to manager Brad Ausmus as he is removed during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics is hit by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels drops a pop up by Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics before throwing to second base to get an out in the bottom of the fourth inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey (31) hands the ball to Manager Brad Ausmus as he is removed during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Buttrey entered with a three-run lead and didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced. All of them scored, leading to the Angels’ ugly 10-6 loss. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 27Angels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey (31) hands the ball to Manager Brad Ausmus as he is removed during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Buttrey entered with a three-run lead and didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced. All of them scored, leading to the Angels’ ugly 10-6 loss. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Ty Buttrey’s disappointing second half hit a new low Thursday afternoon.Buttrey entered in the seventh inning with a three-run lead and didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced. All of them scored, leading to the Angels’ ugly 10-6 loss to the Oakland A’s, their fourth straight loss and 11th loss in the past 13 games.It overshadowed Mike Trout’s 45th homer, a 455-foot two-run blast that tied him with Pete Alonso for the major-league lead.The seventh-inning meltdown also came just after an encouraging performance by José Suarez, who had worked five scoreless innings before allowing a two-run homer in the seventh and handing a 6-3 lead to Buttrey. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

NoHo man cut from ‘Idol’ lineup

first_img“She didn’t sing that badly, she just didn’t make an impression,” noted Simon Cowell, who said Wednesday that Krebs had “the personality of a candle.” Cowell also criticized Tranquillo for her “over-rehearsed” cover of Chaka Khan’s “Stay.” Abdul, though, had some kind words. “You’re a brilliant vocalist,” she told Tranquillo, who was holding back tears. “You really are.” Abdul was also a fan of Cardenas. She praised his falsetto as “amazing,” even though Cowell called him an “OK singer.” LaKisha Jones, a 27-year-old single mother from Flint, Mich., drew praise from the hard-to-please Cowell. “I’m very tempted to say to 23 people, `Book your plane ticket home,”‘ Cowell said on Wednesday’s show after Jones’ commanding take on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” “American Idol,” now running three times a week, will return to a twice-weekly schedule next month for the elimination of the final dozen.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rudy’s “Free Ride” ended in free fall Thursday. North Hollywood hopeful Rudy Cardenas and three other singers were booted from “American Idol,” leaving 20 contestants remaining. Nearly 32 million votes were cast by viewers after this week’s performances Tuesday and Wednesday, according to series host Ryan Seacrest. Cardenas’ version of the Edgar Winter Group’s ’70s hit “Free Ride” was labeled “corny” in competition by judge Randy Jackson. The others sent home were Paul Kim, 25, of Saratoga, Calif.; Amy Krebs, 22, of Federal Way, Wash.; and Nicole Tranquillo, 20, of Philadelphia. Cardenas, 28, sings semiprofessionally in an a cappella group called M-Pact. Thursday’s show also featured a performance by third-season winner Fantasia Barrino, who announced she will star as Celie in the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She will join the show April 10. Kim was the first one cut after failing to impress even Paula Abdul with his rendition of “Careless Whisper.” “It hurts, man,” Kim told Seacrest. “It hurts.” The elimination of Krebs, who sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” proves that it helps to stand out in the crowd. last_img

Redwoods bats go quiet against Butte

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods softball team dropped both games of its doubleheader against visiting Golden Valley Conference rival Butte Friday afternoon. Redwoods kept the first game close, staying scoreless with Butte for half the game before getting edged out in the final innings 6-3. In game two, Redwoods was unable to slow down arguably the best hitting team in the conference, and ultimately lost 15-2 after five innings.“They beat us,” head coach Maggie White said. “They hit better than us …last_img

Minimal Cell More Complex Than Expected

first_imgCraig Venter’s lab has been working on an interesting project in theoretical biology: what is the minimum set of genes needed for life?  They have taken one of the simplest organisms, Mycoplasma genitalium, and knocked out genes to see which ones are essential and which are nonessential for viability.  (This is part of the “top down” approach to understanding the origin of life; the “bottom up” approach, by contrast, tries to build life from scratch).  Their latest results, published in PNAS,1 showed a larger number of essential genes – 347 – than their earlier prediction in 1999.  That’s 79% of the organism’s inventory. This is a significantly greater number of essential genes than the 265-350 predicted in our previous study of M. genitalium, or in the gene knockoutdisruption study that identified 279 essential genes in Bacillus subtilis, which is a more conventional bacterium from the same Firmicutes taxon as M. genitalium.  Similarly, our finding of 387 essential protein-coding genes greatly exceeds theoretical projections of how many genes comprise a minimal genome such as Mushegian and Koonin’s 256 genes shared by both H. influenzae and M. genitalium, and the 206-gene core of a minimal bacterial gene set proposed by Gil et al.  One of the surprises about the essential gene set is its inclusion of 110 hypothetical proteins and proteins of unknown function.  Some of these genes likely encode enzymes with activities reported in M. genitalium, such as transaldolase, but for which no gene has yet been annotated.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Since this organism, an obligate human parasite, is apparently stripped down to bare essentials, “it is likely that all its 482 protein-coding genes are in some way necessary for effective growth,” they said.  The team hopes this information will lead to building synthetic free-living cells.1Glass, Venter et al., “Essential genes of a minimal bacterium,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online before print January 3, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0510013103.Wow – that’s a lot of genes, for a lot of proteins and cellular functions.  The authors’ charts of gene networks look like complex flowcharts designed by an engineer.  Since getting one protein by chance is so improbable it would never happen in countless universes (see online book), expecting to get 387 is overkill on evolutionary theories, kind of like H-bombing a city a googolplex number of times.  After awhile, it becomes ridiculous to expect to find any survivors.    What’s also interesting are the 100 or so nonessential genes.  How could these evolve?  If they do not have survival value, why would nature select them?  Darwinism’s criterion of survival value appears to be too reductionist to explain many aspects of life that, while not essential, add some seasoning to life.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

No shortage of financial support for Hidilyn Diaz, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “The government has been very supportive,” said Ramirez in reply to the mixed reactions on social media where Diaz sought for financial backup in her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid.READ: Hidilyn Diaz asking for financial support for Tokyo 2020 stintFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFor the first five months of the year alone, the PSC has shelled out P4.5 million to fund the foreign training of Diaz in Hainan and Guangxi in China.The agency has also been shouldering the expenses for her foreign coach, Julius Kaiwen Gao, specifically the latter’s monthly salary and food allowance, among others. PBA fines, suspends Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva indefinitely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The requests for funding by the Philippine Weightlifting Association, Diaz’s national sport association, in local and international competitions were also approved.“Hidilyn receives support from the PSC and the Philippine Air Force being an enlisted personnel,” said Ramirez.That’s apart from the financial backing that the Asian Games and Asian Indoor Games gold medalist receives from private companies such as the MVP Sports Foundation and Alcantara and Sons, Ramirez intimated.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong02:17Communists’ ‘support system’ is in Metro Manila, says AFP Joint Task Force commander02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES PSC Chair William Ramirez. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—From among the elite athletes whose training the Philippine Sports Commission bankrolls, count weightlifting’s Hidilyn Diaz as one of the luckiest.PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez on Tuesday explained that the Olympic silver medalist receives one of the highest allowances in the national pool aside from the government sports agency’s consistent approval of the requirements needed in her Olympic journey.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Kristaps Porzingis Is A Freak — And Potentially A Superstar

8Tobias Harris33Tracy McGrady 9Yi Jianlian34Serge Ibaka 22Tyson Chandler47Shaquille O’Neal 4Kevin Love29Derrick Williams 16Michael Beasley41Jared Sullinger 3Derrick Favors28Al Jefferson 15Kwame Brown40Marvin Williams 5Anthony Randolph30Tim Thomas The New York Knicks’ future once looked very dismal indeed. It looked that way for a very long time, for a great many reasons — but that was before the arrival of the Great Latvian Hope. Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 rookie whose selection was resoundingly booed at this summer’s draft, has instead very quickly become the most popular athlete at Madison Square Garden1Sorry, Carmelo Anthony and Henrik Lundqvist. after barely more than a month on the job.Porzingis detonated onto the NBA landscape with a series of putback dunks in his first handful of games; more importantly for Knicks fans, he’s since maintained a level of play that’s ranged between solid and spectacular. On the season, Porzingis is averaging 17.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes and draining threes at a rate that would make fellow Giant Baltic Person Arvydas Sabonis proud.2Porzingis has made the typically painful adjustment to NBA 3-point range rapidly, raising his percentage to 35.4 after early season struggles. No player in NBA history, in fact, has possessed quite this combination of youth, height, quickness and outside shooting skills. Porzingis’s play has been so strong and so dazzling that he’s that rare rookie on whom airy basketball aesthetes and turgid statistical fundamentalists can agree: This kid is the real deal.The Porzingis projectionSo what does his future hold? We have a (probabilistic) basketball-shaped crystal ball called CARMELO,3No relation to Carmelo Anthony, although we took some inspiration from him. our NBA projection system. Before the season began, we ran CARMELO projections for more than 500 players; this included rookie projections for players such as Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick and Porzingis’s opponent Wednesday night, based on their college statistics. But we didn’t run one for Porzingis or other international draft picks who didn’t play NCAA ball. Let’s fix that!Below, you’ll see a CARMELO projection for Porzingis based on his first 25 NBA games. It makes one heroic assumption: extrapolating out that 25-game performance to a full 82-game season. In other words, it assumes not only that what Knicks fans have seen from Porzingis so far is about what they’ll get from the rest of the year, but also that he’ll stay healthy. The diversity of Porzingis’s scoring portfolio is also an encouraging sign for his development. Although he converts his shots at just average rates from virtually every spot he shoots from, the fact that he can do that as a 20-year-old 7-foot-plusser is remarkable. While the league is full of bigs who can shoot the ball, it’s rare for a rookie to enter the league as such a competent shooter. Shooting was the Achilles heel of young bigs like Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin, who have since developed range out to the 3-point line.The good news extends to the defensive side of the ball as well; Porzingis is already an effective rim protector. Considering that many were worried that he was “soft” entering the league, these numbers, perhaps more than his offensive ones, should put the doubters to bed. He blocks multiple shots per game, opponents shoot just 47 percent near the basket when he is present, and he is a big part of why the Knicks are among the most efficient rim-protecting teams in the NBA right now. The Knicks!Then again: The Knicks! A franchise whose glory days are more than 40 years behind it, and which has squandered more than a few good opportunities in the past. What could go wrong this time around?A strictly limited run?The one looming issue could be Porzingis’s durability. Among his top 50 comparables, about 20 percent7Excluding very recent comparables who haven’t had time to complete six full seasons. played fewer than 1,000 minutes (or were out of the league entirely) by their sixth NBA season. Usually, this is a sign of a serious injury. Furthermore, among his comparables, there was an inverse correlation between height and durability: The tallest players on Porzingis’s list were more injury-prone.That’s a potential problem because Porzingis isn’t just tall but gigantic: one of only 25 players ever to play in the NBA at 7-foot-3 or taller. That produces some cool factoids — among players 7-foot-3 or taller, Porzingis has already drained the fourth-most 3-pointers in league history (behind Sabonis, Manute Bol and Zydrunas Ilgauskas) — along with some worrying trends. For instance: no player 7-foot-3 or taller has ever made it to his 1,000th NBA game. (Mark Eaton, with 875 career games, came closest.)Is there really such a thing as being too tall for the NBA, as Phil Jackson asserted when he drafted Porzingis? Well … maybe. The chart below tracks the height distribution of NBA players since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, weighted by minutes played, and compares it against a normal distribution. 7Spencer Hawes32Rashard Lewis 19Anthony Davis44Thaddeus Young 2Joe Smith27Cliff Robinson 1Brook Lopez26Ryan Anderson 18Shareef Abdur-Rahim43Chris Webber If those assumptions hold, the Knicks have a hell of a prospect on their hands. The NBA is a tough league for rookies, so merely staying in a team’s rotation at age 20 is often a sign of a bright future. So far, however, Porzingis has not just been a rotation player but an above-average one4According to the blend of Box Plus/Minus and Real Plus-Minus that we use as part of CARMELO — usually a sign of superstar potential. In fact, Porzingis’s long-term upside score, based on his wins above replacement projection from 2016-17 through 2021-22, is 36.3. That’s very good; at the start of this season, it would have made Porzingis the 17th-most-valuable franchise player in the league, in the same vicinity as Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Wall and Jimmy Butler.But Porzingis’s projection also involves tremendous uncertainty. In 2018-19, for example, his 90th percentile projection5According to CARMELO, Porzingis has a 10 percent chance of achieving a WAR at or above his 90th percentile projection. is 13.3 WAR, good enough to put him on the fringes of the MVP discussion. Meanwhile, his 10th percentile projection is just 0.0 WAR (exactly replacement level), or roughly the same range as Quincy Acy. The error bars around CARMELO’s forecasts for young players are often wide, but these are especially so.OK, but is he Dirk?What gives? Part of it is the problem we alluded to before. CARMELO works by identifying comparable players, and Porzingis is a hard guy for which to find historical precedents. Only one player, Brook Lopez, achieves a similarity score of 50 or higher with Porzingis6A score of 50 is the point at which we consider a player to be “extremely similar.” — and if we’re being frank, the Lopez-Porzingis connection doesn’t have the “eye test” appeal that CARMELO comparisons often do.But faced with unusual players like Porzingis, CARMELO has to make some sacrifices. In the case of Lopez, it ignores the fact that Lopez almost never shoots from behind the arc (although he does have a decent midrange game). In the case of Kevin Love, Porzingis’s No. 4 comparable, it finds another big man with a good outside shot and strong rebounding numbers — but ignores that Love is shaped much differently than Porzingis, 5 inches shorter but quite a bit bulkier, especially in his youth. And since CARMELO relies on metrics that utilize box score stats, it can be difficult to translate calling-card traits like “quick feet in defensive transition” to on-the-stat-sheet comps, which in turn means the model may promote the formal similarity of Porzingis’s defensive numbers to those of Shawn Kemp, when he’s closer to Andrei Kirilenko stylistically.You can get a fuller sense for the range of possibilities when sorting through Porzingis’s top 50 CARMELO comparables, a list that includes everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Darko Milicic. There’s also a cameo appearance from Porzingis’s idol, Dirk Nowitzki, who checks in at No. 17. Why doesn’t he rank higher? Because, as Nowitzki correctly points out, Porzingis has been considerably better so far at age 20 than Nowitzki was at the same age. CARMELO “thinks” the Porzingis-Nowitzki comparison is unflattering — to Porzingis.The 50 NBA players most comparable to Porzingis RANKPLAYERRANKPLAYER 14Lamar Odom39Antoine Walker 11Rudy Gay36Darius Miles But Porzingis’s offensive approach does bear some resemblance to today’s Dirk Nowitzki. Porzingis is frequently compared to Jahlil Okafor and Towns, and that’s unsurprising considering that they play the same position and were all drafted so high. However, Porzingis is the only one in that trio who, like Nowitzki, has 21st-century range. In fact, his basic spatial shooting distribution closely mirrors that of the NBA itself as about a quarter of his shots come from downtown, a third come in the midrange and the rest come near the basket. 13DeMarcus Cousins38Andrei Kirilenko 6Amar’e Stoudemire31Jonas Valanciunas 10Shawn Kemp35Zaza Pachulia 24Luol Deng49Nene 21Kevin Garnett46Eddy Curry 17Dirk Nowitzki42Harrison Barnes 12Elton Brand37Greg Monroe 25Enes Kanter50Al-Farouq Aminu 20Josh Smith45Paul George 23Chris Bosh48Darko Milicic There are some interesting discrepancies: the most conspicuous is that there are far fewer players listed at exactly 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 than you’d expect from a normal distribution. That could reflect the fact that such players are “tweeners” — too small to play forward, but not necessarily fleet or agile enough to play guard — or that their heights are exaggerated upward to avoid the tweener label. Charles Barkley, officially listed at 6-foot-6, was probably more like 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 instead, for example.There is also a comparative absence of players listed at 7-foot-1 or taller. Based on the normal distribution, you’d expect about 6 percent of NBA minutes to be played by these supergiant players; instead, about 3 percent of them have been. There are lots of plausible explanations for this — for instance, there may be diminishing returns to height beyond about 7 feet, and some very tall players may actually round their heights down instead of up. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the most durable players in league history, was listed at 7-foot-2, and opponents swore up and down that even that number was missing an inch or two. Still, looking at the broader trends, perhaps there is some reason to be concerned about players carrying such large frames.But having “some reason to be concerned” is unavoidable in neurotic New York — and a heck of a lot better than the state of absolute despair that preceded it. And the upside is having a player who, like Anthony Davis, has a chance to redefine his position. Porzingis! is the most exciting show to hit the Knicks since Linsanity.Read more:CARMELO NBA Player Projections2015-16 NBA Predictions read more