Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Thompson added that he aims to be a more potent offensive player, especially he was never known as a scorer in his professional career.He put up nine points on 4-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out just a couple of assists.“I tried being more aggressive on offense earlier in the game, I’m trying, but so far it hasn’t been that good,” said Thompson. “I hope that through the course of the season I’ll improve as a player so I can better help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson drives against TNT forward Kelly Williams during their game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scottie Thompson’s path to superstardom was solidified when he was named the Finals MVP in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup after an already impressive first two seasons with Barangay Ginebra.The Gin Kings’ young point guard then, further upped his trajectory when he was awarded as the league’s Most Improved Player for the 2017-18 PBA season in the Leo Awards Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Thompson, 25, averaged an all-around game with 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals the prior season and those numbers were a bump from his averages of 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from 2016-17.With a couple of individual trophies under his belt, Thompson is on a sure path to becoming one of the best players of his generation, but the soft-spoken floor general isn’t taking things in a rush.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 Chriss“First of all there’s added pressure to play well but I’m also more motivated because my focus right now is this conference,” said Thompson in Filipino after Ginebra’s 90-79 win over TNT in the season-opener.“Whatever happens I’ll just take it a step at a time and I’ll improve on the areas that I have to work on. I’m not in a rush right now.” Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more



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LVG on brink, Chelsea target £40m Real star and Liverpool agree defender deal – gossip

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is facing the biggest game of his Manchester United tenure, away to Liverpool on Sunday, with the club’s hierarchy increasingly concerned about the prospect of being cut adrift in the race for Champions League qualification. Defeat could spell the end for the Dutchman. (The Times)Manchester United have joined the chase for Algerian hotshot Islam Slimani. Old Trafford scouts have been watching the Sporting Lisbon striker for the last two months. The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 16 league games this season and would cost around £12million. (The Sun)Chelsea have offered £40m for Toni Kroos. The Germany midfielder is said to be unhappy about a lack of playing time at Real Madrid and the Blues are ready to pounce. (Daily Star)Schalke centre-half Joel Matip is set to join Liverpool on a free transfer. A deal has already been agreed in principle with the Cameroonian international. Matip, 24, is out of contract in Gelsenkirchen, and wants a new challenge. (Daily Mirror)Edinson Cavani could be shown the door at Paris Saint-Germain with manager Laurent Blanc unwilling to bow to the Uruguayan’s demands to be the club’s first-choice striker. Blanc has admitted Cavani’s behaviour has been a problem and that if Cavani, who’s been linked to Arsenal and Manchester United, wanted to go elsewhere he wouldn’t be stopped. (Daily Mail)Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have won the race to sign Nigerian wonderkids Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze. Arsenal have agreed a combined £3m fee with the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, Nigeria, and are expected to complete the deal this month. (Daily Mirror)Remi Garde is ready to make Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane his first signing. Frenchman Garde, fresh from his first victory in 11 attempts as Aston Villa boss, has backing to bring in players on loan to boost the club’s fight against relegation. Bordeaux’s chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has confirmed the Ligue One club are in talks with the rock-bottom Villans about a deal for Sane. (Daily Mirror)Everton have moved ahead of West Ham in the race to sign Leeds’ Sam Byram after Roberto Martinez sent one of his chief scouts to watch him last night. (Daily Mirror)Watford believe they are in pole position to sign Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni. Bournemouth are also interested in 31-year-old Cameroon international Kameni , butthe Hornets feel he will be attracted to their bid for a shock European place.  (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Arsenal blow! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rubbishes claims he is set to leave Borussia DortmundChelsea transfer news: PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent reveals talks with BluesBristol City ready to rival Aston Villa for Lyon striker with £5m moveZinedine Zidane wants £80m Chelsea and Manchester City target to be his first Real Madrid signingWatford FC transfer news: Alessandro Diamanti ready to cancel Hornets loanNewcastle United transfer rumours: Deal for £18m striker could still go through in JanuaryTransfer report: Manchester United planning stunning £30m swoop for 16-YEAR-OLD sensationlast_img read more



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More Stars To Join The Actors Funds 5th Annual Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund has announced a star-studded lineup for the 2018 Looking Ahead Awards hosted by Garrett Clayton (“Hairspray Live!,” “Teen Beach Movie”) and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”) on Sunday, October 28 from 4-8pm at the magnificent Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.The fifth annual gala, which raises support and awareness for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program, features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, awards ceremony and live performances. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.The Looking Ahead Awards celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.The Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting, honoring the parent of a former young performer, will be presented by actress Ari Graynor (“The Front Runner” with Hugh Jackman, Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here”) to her mother, Joani Geltman.The Looking Ahead Award for Education, honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their life, will be presented by Debbie Allen to Raven-Symoné, star and executive producer of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home.”The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service, honoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the community, will be presented by Kenny Ortega to actress, producer and global youth advocate Monique Coleman (“Gimme Mo,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “High School Musical” trilogy).The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness, honoring the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles, will be presented by Vivian McMurray (Elizabeth Taylor’s great-granddaughter) and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson) to the young stars of Disney Channel’s hit series “Andi Mack” — Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel.The evening will also feature live performances by Makayla Phillips from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Dream Talent Crew (dancers Jade Bucci, Gabe DeGuzman, Conner Finnerty, Sheaden Gabriel, Saryna Garcia, Liv Simone, Leanne Tessa & Sharlize True).The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 500 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor and recording artist Corbin Bleu and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.Previous Looking Ahead Awards honorees include Tatyana Ali, Lance Bass, Max Burkholder, Jordana Brewster, Mario Lopez, Kellie Martin, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Margaret O’Brien, Charlotte Rae, Fred Savage; the parent(s) of Hilary Swank, Wilmer Valderrama, Corbin Bleu and Holly Robinson-Peete; and the youth casts of “This Is Us,” “black-ish” and “The Fosters.”last_img read more



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SIRIUSXMS SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BIG NAME IN COUNTRY MUSIC RETURNS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). This nationwide search for Canada’s next big country music star provides emerging artists with a national platform, performance opportunities at some of Canada’s biggest country music events, SOCAN songwriting camps, and valuable industry mentorship to help propel their careers to the next level – not to mention a chance to compete for one of the biggest music prizes in Canada – $25,000 cash.Canadian country solo artists and groups can register for SiriusXM Top of the Country starting January 14 at 10 am ET until 12 pm ET on February 1 at topcountry.siriusxm.ca.“The 2018 inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition was an immense success,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We discovered and supported many talented musicians including Andrew Hyatt, our first grand prize winner. We’re excited to provide nationwide exposure, development opportunities, mentorship and valuable industry connections to a new group of artists again this year.” Facebook Login/Register With: “We’re so proud of the success of Top of the Country and our first winner, Andrew Hyatt. I loved feeling the buzz of the fans throughout our finale, and when we announced Andrew as winner in CCMA Fan Village,” said Tracy Martin, President of the CCMA. “This program hits all of our benchmarks in our commitment to the development of new artists – good luck to this year’s participants. We’re looking forward to year two of Top Of The Country and our partnership with SiriusXM.”Following registration, eight semi-finalists will be chosen by a jury of industry experts to record professional, original tracks and in-studio videos for the Canada-wide online vote, taking place later this spring. Once voting is complete, the top three acts will emerge as Top Country finalists, receiving a stage spot at one of Canada’s largest country music festivals. Finalists will also attend a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville and an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with major country artists and industry professionals.The grand prize winner will be chosen live during the CCMA’s Country Music Week, being held this year in Calgary, ABfrom September 5-8. Finalists will battle it out on stage at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, airing live on SiriusXM Canada, with industry professionals deciding the winner of the $25,000, plus attendance at an international SOCAN songwriting camp.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 35 million subscribers.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Twitterlast_img read more



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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

first_imgMeredith Rizzo/ NPRHeading someplace where you could get traveler’s diarrhea? Try packing some prophylactic pills containing bismuth subsalicylate, such as Pepto BismolWhen planning a summer trip abroad, it’s easy to think, “Oh, I’ll just hop over to a travel clinic, and they’ll tell me everything I need to know — and do — to keep from getting sick.”But that’s not always the case.A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.“That’s very unfortunate,” says Capt. Gary Burnett, who leads the Traveler’s Health branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. That risk is very real.”With international travel, Burnette says it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic, and then discuss the items with your doctor.So, to kick off the summer travel season, we’re offering two tips that are often overlooked by clinicians.1. Pack the pink pillsLet’s start with what you’re most likely to suffer from while traveling: food poisoning. About a quarter of travelers will get gastrointestinal problems within the first two weeks of an international trip, studies have found.The major advice clinics give is, “Watch what you eat.” The CDC even has an app to help you decide whether or not to put that raw cheese or carnitas into your mouth.The app is appropriately name “Can I Eat This?”That strategy won’t hurt, but also might not help. Science just doesn’t back it up, says Daniel Leung, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah.“There have been only a few studies on the topic, and they’ve shown that dietary discretion does not seem to change the risk of getting traveler’s diarrhea,” Leung says. “Even people who are eating street food or aren’t being very careful may not be at higher risk.”But science does support another strategy; a prophylaxis that clinicians often overlook. We even missed it when we reported on this topic back in 2015.It’s cheap, safe and … it’s a beautiful pink color.Yep, I’m talking about Pepto Bismol, or any generic alternative with the same active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate.Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.The study wasn’t super big, just 182 students traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, but it was a randomized, placebo-controlled study, which is the gold standard design for medical trials. And it showed a dose-dependent effect. A lower dose of one tablet, four times a day reduced the risk by 40 percent rather than 60 percent.“The findings showed fairly clearly that Pepto Bismol is effective at preventing diarrhea,” Leung says.So why don’t we hear more often about this strategy?“For one thing, the study is old,” Leung says. “A second might be because drug companies don’t widely market Pepto Bismol.”And some travelers might find it tough to take pills four times a day, he says.But even less frequent doses might be helpful, Leung says. Bismuth subsalicylate is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may actually form a protective layer on top of the intestinal wall.If you do get sick, Leung says, the pink pills may come in handy again. Bismuth subsalicylate can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics, Leung says.2. Remember the routine vaccinesThere’s a good chance you might need a vaccine, says Burnette, even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.That’s because the CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on “routine vaccines,” no matter the destination.“You know, we try to stress this, with both travelers and clinicians, because some clinicians won’t check to see if you’ve completed routine vaccinations, such as the measles,” Burnette says.Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, Burnette recommends using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.“It will suggest the vaccines and medications you probably need, and it will ask you to take those recommendations to your doctor about four to six weeks before you travel,” Burnette says. “I think it’s very helpful and can certainly make the whole process of preparing for trip a lot easier.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more



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