LATEST STORIES Unfortunately, Gilas suffered an unexpected slip and squandered an eight-point lead in the homestretch, mainly on defensive lapses. It lost the lead and fell miserably to the depleted Iran team which came over without its two top international stars.The losing game against Iran was projected as absolutely perilous: a defeat could reportedly cause Gilas to lose its remaining chance to qualify for the basketball World Cup in China next year.As it would turn out, the Gilas national team still has a slim chance, depending on the results of two remaining assignments, against Qatar and Kazakhstan, in February.Anyway, after the failure against Kazakhstan, which Gilas had beaten in a previous encounter, coach Yeng Guiao humbly owned up to the faults.The PBA, other than release top players, had taken a break to allow the national team to work together with no distraction.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum An excited Al Panlilio, head of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, assured that they had assembled the strongest pool in Philippine basketball.Nobody bothered to contest the claim.There would be no finger-pointing after the back-to-back defeats against Kazakhstan and Iran.However, it would next surface that lack of team maturity was being singled out as the big culprit.So where does that put coach Yeng Guiao, who inherited the chore as national team mentor from Chot Reyes, following the anomalous bench-emptying brawl in the game between the Philippines and visiting Australia at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan?Good enough that coach Guiao savored a few great moments following the Gilas team’s sensational game against powerhouse China, which managed to escape with a slim two-point win.China and Korea, which would also beat the Philippines, have both advanced and gained slots in the 2019 World Cup in China.Nothing is clear on how the Gilas national squad would prepare for the remaining assignments against Qatar and Kazakhstan in February.Another towering but shallow national squad is definitely out of the picture.How do they dig for better chemistry, rush out a talented outfit with a solid core and character, in so short a period? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Late as it is, this is the time for the SBP to rethink and renew its shallow national basketball development program.There must be a pertinent solution waiting to be discovered.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Gilas Philippine national basketball team continued to flash the PUSO braveheart tag, although it has donned several other masks in its international campaign.The national squad decided to play tall and masqueraded as a towering team against Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Briefs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Gilas had the ceiling but clearly lacked balance, proper chemistry.It got exposed and fell against Kazakhstan thereby causing widespread despair among countless fans away from the game site while those who came to the Mall of Asia Arena last week were also left to grieve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFor its game against Iran on Monday, Gilas made drastic changes in the tall lineup. It called in the tested internationalist Jayson Castro, a premier backcourt warrior, who presided over a sensational start for Gilas with his speed and sharpness.There was a big thrill as Gilas blitzed it out with a display of respectable defense and cohesion to stay slightly ahead for most of the match. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments
About 3,800 residents and tourists fled, Schwarzenegger said. As people lined up at the harbor Thursday night to board ferries to the mainland, many covered their faces with towels and bandanas to ward off ashes. Resident Kathy Troeger fled with her three children and a friend’s daughter, while her husband, a fire captain, stayed behind to fight the blaze. “It was like a nightmare when we left,” she said after arriving at the mainland port of Long Beach. “You couldn’t breathe, and ash was falling like snow.” Anita Bussing, a therapist who has a second home on the island, described a sky “completely gray with orange streaks.” The helicopters were flying all over the place,” she said. “People were freaking out, children were crying.” Island hotel worker Susana Garcia, 22, waited long into the night at the dock looking for her father. She had gone to the mainland to do errands before the fire started and was unable to reach her father, who had stayed behind. “I’ve been asking everybody if they’ve seen him, but I haven’t found him yet,” Garcia said. Dozens of fire engines arrived through the night from as far away as Fresno, carried by giant military hovercraft from the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton. One firefighter was overcome by inhalation and was in stable condition. Wind that reached 20 mph Thursday calmed and were expected to blow the fire westward, away from Avalon and toward the island’s sparsely populated center. Despite being well offshore, Catalina has been left parched by the lack of rainfall that has made the rest of Southern California particularly susceptible to wildfires like the one in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park this week. Television actor Steven W. Bailey, who lives near the park, had gone to Catalina with his wife to escape the smoke and heat on Thursday. As they approached the island, he spotted the smoke of the island blaze, and when they arrived, they weren’t allowed to check into their hotel. “It just descended into more and more fire, more and more smoke, more and more ash,” Bailey told KABC-TV. Firefighters were still working Friday to surround what remained of the Griffith Park fire, which briefly chased people from homes and threatened the park’s landmark observatory and zoo. Elsewhere around the country, firefighters battled the second Georgia wildfire to burn more than 100,000 acres as gusty wind spread the fast-moving blaze further into northern Florida and toward the tiny town of Fargo west of the Okefenokee Swamp. Officials said the wildfire, ignited Saturday by lightning, had grown so rapidly that after six days it already rivaled a fire that has scorched 116,480 acres, or 182 square miles, of southeastern Georgia forest and swampland since April 16 – the state’s largest wildfire on record. About 570 homes in northern Columbia County, Fla., were evacuated overnight, and heavy smoke blanketed the area. A haze was seen in Miami, more than 300 miles away. To the north, a wildfire grew to nearly 86 square miles in northeastern Minnesota and across the border into Canada, cutting power and phone lines to many resorts and lake homes. The fire, driven by high wind Thursday and fed by drought-parched forest, has already destroyed 45 structures and was threatening about 200 more. The chance of desperately needed rainfall was still days away. — Associated Press writers Daisy Nguyen and Christina Almeida in Los Angeles, and Gillian Flaccus in Long Beach contributed to this report.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most of the 76-square-mile island is owned by a land conservancy, home to wildlife including the Catalina Island fox, North American bison and bald eagle. Flames that had menaced the main city of Avalon the night before were no longer visible from there on Friday. But a layer of ash and a puff of smoke that rose from a hillside overlooking the crescent harbor were reminders of a harrowing night. “The risk has been reduced significantly,” Fire Chief Steven Hoefs said. “Most of the structures have been protected.” The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon in the island’s rugged interior, feeding on dry brush and fanned by a steady wind into the night. One home and a few small structures in the canyons outside the city burned. Photo Gallery: Catalina fire Firefighters turned back flames that threatened Santa Catalina Island’s main city and some residents planned to return to their homes today after thousands were forced to evacuate yesterday. The wildfire was 4,000 acres, or more than 6 square miles, and was only 10 percent contained early Friday. But worries were eased by the day’s favorable weather forecast and the arrival of dozens of fire trucks and air tankers on the narrow, mountainous island 30 miles off Los Angeles. “Everyone is working very hard to make sure that the people are safe and the animals are safe,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday.
Oppo recently launched the A3s budget smartphone in India which is priced at Rs 10,990. One of the biggest highlights of this phone is that it is the cheapest in the market right now with a display notch. This means you’re getting a near bezel-less display that is usually found in more expensive phones. It is also the second notched phone from Oppo following the Oppo F7 for the Indian market.The Oppo A3s will of course go up against phones from Xiaomi, Nokia and even Asus, among others. But we’re not looking at any of these phones today. Interestingly, the A3s also goes up against another phone that’s part of Oppo. We’re talking about the Reame 1 which is the first phone from Oppo’s sub-brand Realme and was launched in India a couple of months ago. The Realme 1 starts under Rs 10,000 and goes up to Rs 13,999. Notably, there’s a middle variant that costs Rs 10,990, which is the same price as the Oppo A3s. This is bound to cause some confusion among potential Oppo fans on which phone makes more sense for the price.– The Oppo A3s brings a notched display which allows for a bigger screen in a compact form factor. It sports a 6.2-inch super full-screen HD+ display, which is one of the tallest screens you’ll find in this segment. That being said, this is a 720p display when compared to the Realme 1 which offers a slightly smaller 6-inch screen but with a full-HD+ display. Unlike the Oppo A3s, the Realme 1 does not come with a notch and offers symmetrical bezels and an 18:9 display.advertisement– Both the Oppo A3s and Realme 1 offer glossy rear panels, making them look almost similar in that they both try to look premium from a distance. The A3s is offered in Red and Dark Purple colours while the Realme 1 comes in Silver, Solar Red and Diamond Black colours. — The Oppo A3s comes with some underwhelming hardware compared to what the Realme 1 offers for its price. The former gets a Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the Realme 1 gets a more powerful Helio P60 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the exact same price. This a pretty one-sided battle here as the Realme 1 offers a chipset that is seen inside the more expensive Oppo F7.– The two areas where the Oppo A3s may have an edge over the Realme 1 is with regards to the rear camera and battery. The A3s gets a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP + 2MP configuration which means better support for bokeh shots. The Realme 1 gets a single 13-megapixel sensor on the back. On the front, both the phones offer an 8-megapixel selfie camera.– The Oppo A3s also houses a larger 4230mAh battery, which will make sure your device doesn’t run out of juice too soon. The Realme 1 on the other hand comes with a 3,410mAh battery, which will offer around a day’s worth of charge on an average.– Both the Realme 1 and Oppo A3s run Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s custom ColorOS out-of-the-box so as far as software goes, you’re going to get a similar experience. That being said, you’re likely to see some difference in performance with the Realme 1 expected to be a lot smoother thanks to the amount of memory you’re getting. Both the phones also miss out on a fingerprint sensor and offer only face unlock for biometric login.– While the Oppo A3s brings a bigger battery and a dual camera setup, but as an overall package the phone seems to wane in front of the Realme 1, which offers a lot more at the same price. Not only does the Realme 1 bring a full-HD+ resolution, but it also packs a more capable and powerful processor along with more memory and storage.
14Dec MSF approves incentive for business expansion in Comstock Township Categories: Maturen News Rep. Maturen: Sigma Machine investing $27.8 million, creating 58 jobsState Rep. David Maturen today announced the Michigan Strategic Fund’s approval of an incentive to support a business expansion project in Comstock Township that will create jobs.Sigma Machine Inc., a family-owned business specializing in aluminum and stainless steel machining, plans to expand its current facility in Comstock Township, investing $27.8 million and creating 58 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.“I’m pleased to hear that Sigma Machine has chosen to expand and make such a significant investment here in Kalamazoo County rather than moving out of state,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “The business development grant program gives Michigan a competitive advantage over other states, and paved the way for new, sustainable jobs in our community.”###