In this April 9, 2017, photo, former NBA All Star Stephon Marbury attends an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Stephen Marbury has made himself at home in the Chinese Baskeball Association (CBA), but it looks like he is ready to return to where he started.The 40-year-old guard, who last played for the Boston Celtics in 2009, bared his desire to return to the National Basketball Association (NBA).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games RELATED STORY:Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Prior to becoming the Chinese league’s most popular adoptive son, “Starbury” was considered one of the NBA’s premier point guards and was named an All Star twice, in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 seasons.He was selected fourth overall in the 1996 NBA draft and formed one the most exciting duos in the league alongside Kevin Garnett with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He also made stops with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns and his hometown New York Knicks.After seeing his production slip after 14 years in the league, Marbury elected to take his talents to China in 2010, where he experienced a career resurgence—winning three CBA championships, a CBA Finals MVP award, a CBA Foreign MVP award and getting named an All-Star on six occasions, according to Bleacher Report.It’s going to be quite a task for Marbury, who’s now 40, to land an NBA contract, considering the amount of young and talented players at his position today. /raADVERTISEMENT “It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba,” the Brooklyn-native wrote on his personal Twitter account.It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekFFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017 MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum preserved its immaculate record in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 94-92 stunner over Arellano Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates finished the game on a blistering 20-5 run that overhauled a 13-point disadvantage in the fourth quarter as they sealed their 12th win in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Down 87-74, Lyceum went on a 14-0 run capped off by a bucket from CJ Perez to regain the lead, 88-87, with a little over two minutes to go.“Hopefully it’s a challenge or a wake up call for us that we have to keep on playing until the final buzzer sounds,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson of the close call. “It’s going to be hard along the way but hopefully this game would turn us really into a great team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Chiefs retaliated to get back on top, 91-88, but that was the last they would get the lead as the Pirates took over for good with 7.4 seconds left.Kent Salado still had the chance to tie the game but he missed one of his free throws with 6.5 ticks left. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Arellano slipped to 4-7, making its battle for a Final Four spot even tougher. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple G
With the Ohio State baseball team coming into the 2011 season with a new coaching staff and six first-time starters in the lineup, it’s imperative that there be senior leadership. Although senior shortstop Tyler Engle came into the year with the most games played for the team, he, like most of his teammates, struggled out of the gate. Engle has played in 190 games for OSU, starting 186. He made his first appearance as a Buckeye in the third game of the season against Seton Hall in 2008. He played his first game as the shortstop two games later, and took over as the starting shortstop that same year, March 9 against Connecticut. Through 18 games this year, OSU had an 8-10 record and was heading into Big Ten play with a weekend series against Northwestern. Engle went 1-for-3 as the Buckeyes had just defeated Xavier, 4-1, in OSU’s home opener. To that point, Engle was batting .214 and had racked up nine errors — both uncharacteristic numbers for the four-year starter. Before this season, Engle was a .252 career hitter and was coming off his best defensive season with just 10 errors. About the time of the Xavier game, Engle said he re-evaluated his season and decided it was time to step up his game as he had done many times for the Scarlet and Gray. He said he knew his days as a Buckeye were numbered. “It kind of hit me that I was having a rough year, and it’s about to end,” Engle said. “I only had so many days left to play as a Buckeye and play ball.” Coach Greg Beals agreed. “They can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re trying to push that light further and further away,” Beals said. “They want to play as long as they can, and they’re just playing with great determination.” As Big Ten play began, Engle became a threat with his bat at the bottom of the lineup. He had the second-highest batting average on the team and the highest among Big Ten shortstops this year, .353 against conference opponents. “My approach is different at the plate,” he said. “I like to be more patient than I used to be. I was scared of striking out, and now they’re a part of the game.” Beals said Engle and senior third baseman Matt Streng’s second half of the season made an impact on the team’s young lineup. During that time, Engle raised his batting average to .275, which is tied for fourth on the team. “We need that leadership,” Beals said. “We need those seniors to pull the younger guys that don’t have that experience yet. If you look back four weeks in the season, it has been a huge boost to us.” Engle’s performance in Big Ten games is one of many reasons the Buckeyes were able to get back into the conference tournament a year after they barely missed playing in it. Engle said last year was disappointing and that, although several people counted out OSU early in the season, he is thankful to the coaching staff for keeping the team focused enough to play until the end. “We have a lot of young guys playing, and as a team we have never really thought that way,” Engle said. “The coaches would not allow us to get that way. They deserve a lot of credit for getting our minds right.” The Buckeyes begin the Big Ten Tournament at 12:05 p.m. today against Minnesota, and, for most of the team, it will be the first time playing postseason ball at the Division I level. It will be Engle’s sixth conference tournament game. Engle hails from the small town of Beverly, Ohio, about two hours southeast of Columbus. Playing at a big university such as OSU was a big deal for his hometown. When he signed with the Scarlet and Gray four years ago, it was front-page news in The Marietta Times. He said there would be a big Beverly crowd in the stands at Huntington Park and that he is happy his friends and family will be there. “It’s just a great atmosphere,” Engle said.
France captain Hugo Lloris is braced for a challenging encounter against the World Cup’s “most complete team” in Belgium in today’s semi-final tieLes Bleus will be participating in their sixth World Cup semi-final today against Belgium’s “golden generation”, who are unbeaten in their previous 24 matches and have won all their games at Russia.Roberto Martinez’s side proved their title credentials in the previous knockout round, where they eliminated Brazil with a convincing 2-1 win over the former world champions.And Lloris is aware it will require a team effort to stop the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“In attack, Belgium boast plenty of quality — they also have strength in depth,” said Lloris, according to ESPN.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We must be solid — the answer is to work collectively, be as structured as possible, and disciplined to avoid giving them much space.“They are confident after that wild comeback against Japan and the beating the favourites Brazil — I reckon that the Belgians will be very confident coming into this one.“This Belgium is the most complete team at the World Cup, in terms of every aspect. They can defend and attack, they can counter-attack, they can dominate in the air or on the ground — they have everything that they need to be a great team and they are, in fact, a great team.”The two nations will face off at the Saint Petersburg stadium at 20:00 (GMT +2).
Rohingyas from Myanmar cross the border to stream towards Ukhia in Bangladesh. 16 October, Anjuman Para, Palongkhali, Ukhia. Photo: Saiful IslamAn agreement by Bangladesh and Myanmar to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees by 23 January 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns, says Human Rights Watch.The rights body recommended shelving it, sending a letter to the two governments.The HRW suggests, international donors, who would be needed to fund the massive repatriation effort, should insist that Myanmar and Bangladesh invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to join in drafting a new tripartite agreement that ensures adherence to international standards.Since late August 2017, more than 645,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces and sought asylum in Bangladesh.HRW said it had interviewed more than 200 of the refugees. “Many said that they wish to eventually return home, but that they do not believe it is safe to return to Myanmar for the foreseeable future and until their security, land, and livelihoods can be ensured,” the rights group pointed out.“Myanmar has yet to end its military abuses against the Rohingya, let alone create conditions that would allow them to return home safely,” said Bill Frelick, HRW’s refugee rights director.“This agreement looks more like a public relations effort by Burma (Myanmar) to quickly close this ugly chapter than a serious effort to restore the rights of Rohingya and allow them to voluntarily return in safety and dignity.”On 23 November, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State” on behalf of “residents of Rakhine state” who crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh after 9 October 2016 and 25 August 2017.HRW mentioned that the agreement makes no reference to the cause of most of the forced displacement: a campaign of killings , widespread rape, and mass arson carried out by Burmese security forces that amounted to crimes against humanity.“The agreement also fails to identify the displaced either as Rohingya or as refugees,” the right body added.It maintained that voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity as required by international law will not be feasible until the Myanmar government demonstrates its willingness and ability to ensure full respect for returnees’ human rights, equal access to nationality, and security.The agreement expresses Myanmar’s commitment to “take necessary measures to halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh” – which raises grave concerns since everyone has a right to flee persecution in their own country, the HRW said.The agreement also makes no direct reference to non-refoulement, the principle of international refugee law that prohibits the forcible return of refugees to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened, it further said.And, it added, the agreement restricts returnees’ freedom of movement to Rakhine State in “conformity with existing laws and regulations,” many of which discriminate against the Rohingya.HRW pointed out that several Burmese officials have spoken about putting Rohingya in “camps.” “This would be an unacceptable approach to their return as camps set up after previous anti-Rohingya violence have led to de facto detention and segregation,” HRW said.It mentioned that while the agreement says that Bangladesh will immediately seek assistance from UNHCR to carry out safe and voluntary returns, Myanmar agrees only “that the services of the UNHCR could be drawn upon as needed and at the appropriate time.”“After the widespread atrocities, safe and voluntary return of Rohingya will require international monitors on the ground in Burma,” Frelick said. “This means a central role for the UNHCR, the only UN agency with a statutory mandate to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees.”HRW recommended that given the critical flaws in the agreement, Burma and Bangladesh should invite UNHCR to join in the drafting of a new tripartite agreement.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s repeated claims during poll meetings that black money worth crores of rupees had been spent by BJP in Bengal during the general election in Bengal, proved true again after the State Bank of India confirmed that electoral bonds worth more than Rs 370 crore had been sold from SBI’s main branch in Kolkata.Replying to an RTI filed by Vihar Durve, a Pune based social activist, the SBI authorities informed that in May it had sold electoral bonds worth Rs 822 crore between May 6 and May 24, a day after the results of Lok Sabha election were announced. Out of the total amount, bonds worth Rs 370 crore, the highest in the country, was sold from the bank’s main branch. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Tuesday, news portal The Quint had published the report, which Mohammed Salim had uploaded on his Twitter account. The list published by The Quint shows that the highest amount of electoral bonds had been sold in Kolkata, followed by Mumbai where bonds worth Rs 200 crore had been sold during May 6 to May 20. Delhi came third, where bonds worth Rs 112 crore had been sold between May 6 and May 24. The portal further claimed that in January, March, April and May, electoral bonds worth Rs 4,798 crore had been sold. Similarly in March, April, may, July, October and November last year, more such bonds had been sold by SBI taking the total amount to Rs 5,851 crore. This proves that the political parties had earned a major portion of their election expenditure by selling electoral bonds, but there is no way to prove who had purchased the same. SBI authorities said they did not have any clue as to who was paying the money to which political party. The Opposition alleged that out of the total amount of electoral bonds sold, the lion’s share had gone to BJP.
October 23, 2009 The Different Skies musicians gave a special performance to a group of students from the neighboring ORME School, as well as to a group of 50 students from the Facultad de Arquitectura y Diserto, Extension Ensenada, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. The students from Ensenada visited Arcosanti for an extensive architectural tour and enjoyed the impromptu liveliness of the music. [photo: Anna Tran & text: hk] 2009 Different Skies participants: [back row from left] Ivan Schwartz, Allen Goodman, Brian Good, Bill Marx, Rus Foster, Jonathan Mills, John Rossi III, Giles Reaves and John Krikawa. [front row from left] Greg Hurley, Bill Fox, Kevin Haller, Mike Metlay, Otso Pakarinen and Tim Walters. The weeks practice sessions culminate into a public performance on Saturday, October 24. 2009. The evening event will start with a complimentary tour at 5 pm, followed by Dinner in the Cafe at 6 pm, and the Concert starts at 7:30 pm. For ticket information call 928 632-7135. [photo & text: hk]
Rob SalterVideo-on-demand aggregator Vubiquity is planning to launch a retail product that will allow consumers to buy digital content, initially movies, in high-street retail outlets in multiple markets.Vubiquity said it is discussion with multiple retailers in a number of different territories about the plan, which would mark its first move into the retail digital space.Vubiquity has hired Rob Salter, formerly CEO of home entertainment supply chain specialist Reverbz Media, to head up the new initiative as vice-president of retail. Vubiquity will use Reverbz to provide the physical supply chain for the service in the retail environment, while Vubiquity will provide digital content services, including content licensing, processing for multiplatform viewing, metadata management, and digital distribution.Vubiquity said the product would enable consumer to purchase digital movies in retail outlets, often weeks before they are available on DVD, Blu-ray or VoD.“We are delighted to have brought Rob to the Vubiquity team. Together we bring a wealth of retail and supply chain management experience giving the credibility to our customers to help shape and deliver these exciting new retail services. We will provide a range of fully integrated, end-to-end services that are very compelling for retailers, content owners and consumers alike,” said Nick Ruczaj, SVP Commercial EMEA at Vubiquity.“Vubiquity has the scale and resources to support the digital retail experience that the market has been calling for a response to for the last 12 months. We are excited to be moving into the delivery phase.”Salter said: “I am thrilled to be working with Vubiquity. We see an excellent opportunity to grow significant business in this channel. Retailers have driven the growth of home entertainment and the building of personal video collections since the first VHS tapes in the mid-1980s. We believe retailers will continue to be a key part of the future of selling video in the digital age. Vubiquity wants to support retailers’ ambitions to go on selling content to their customers in disc form, and also help them go beyond the disc into digital ownership and consumption.”
Sonja BruggerFox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa has appointed Sky buyer Sonja Brugger as vice president of acquisitions across the regions.Brugger will be based in London and begin her new role in October.She will lead content strategy and acquisitions. The regional operations include Fox branded channel feeds and the new non-linear product, Fox+, which was launched in France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Greece.Brugger will join FNG Europe & Africa after nine years at paycaster Sky. She is currently VP of content strategy and acquisitions at Sky Germany.Diego Londono, COO at FNG Europe & Africa, said: “Sonja is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ industry experience.“Her experience in both acquisition and content strategy, combined with her understanding of broadcaster and platform environments across basic pay, free-to-air and VOD will be hugely beneficial to our organisation as we continue to invest in must-have content and innovate in ways to make this content accessible.”UK culture, media and sport secretary of state Karen Bradley recently said she was minded to refer FNG parent 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky to the country’s competition watchdog.
The restrictions on the viewing window for content available on the BBC iPlayer form a major barrier to the pubcaster meeting its remit of delivering a universal service as audiences turn to digital platforms, and regulator Ofcom’s approach runs the risk of “tying ourselves up in red tape and regulation at a time when media organisations need to be fast and agile”, according to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi.David ClementiSpeaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Clementi said that the BBC’s ‘meet the audience’ events, where members of the viewing public are given the chance to express their views on what the corporation is doing well or badly, had shown that people were increasingly expecting to be able to binge-watch complete series.“The BBC is not felt to be meeting this desire well, especially because of the perceived limitations in the viewing window for BBC iPlayer,” he said.“The lack of ability to watch series all in one go, the wait for episodes to be uploaded, and the relative speed at which episodes and series expire and are no longer available on iPlayer, all are felt to be particularly frustrating.”Clementi said that the pace of change, especially among younger viewers, was “remarkable”, with 16-34 year olds now spending more than half of their screen time each day watching non-broadcast TV.Clementi said that not being able to meet changing expectations because of out-of-date restrictons threatened the BBC’s mission to deliver a universal service.“The principle of universality is fundamental to the BBC’s public service remit, and always at the forefront of our thinking.We are acutely aware of our responsibility to ensure that the BBC not only continues to reach everyone with its public service mission, but also offers value to everyone,” he said.“And it is obvious that, increasingly, it’s through our online services that audiences will expect to receive more value for their licence fee. More and more, they will see BBC iPlayer as the front door to our content offer. And, in the on-demand world, it is clear that the 30-day viewing window, for example, offers less and less public value.”He said that the iPlayer service was no longer simply a catch-up offering but a destination in its own right, and that the BBC’s plans to make programmes available for 12 months or more, and to make series box-sets available for returning series were crucial to this.Clementi said that delays to the BBC’s planned changes to iPlayer as a result of regulator Ofcom’s decision to order a Public Interest Test, in the face of the BBC Board’s view that such changes did not constitute a material change, meant there was a “risk of lagging even further behind audience needs and expectations”.The BBC chairman said that it was important that UK public service broadcasters “are not disadvantaged against large global competitors”.He said that there was a danger of Ofcom taking “a narrow view of the market place” by focusing only on competition with other broadcasters and Sky’s Now TV rather than Netflix and Amazon. He said that those two companies now had a joint market share of 55% of the VOD market, while iPlayer’s share had fallen from 40% to 18% in four years.He said that Ofcom should only step in to intervene “where there is actual evidence of harm” rather than an “analysis of hypothetical competition risk”.Clementi said that the eight month time limit for Ofcom to consider changes the BBC makes also needed “to be looked at again”, given the pace of change in the market.“I urge the Government to take legislative action, and to take action to strengthen the PSBs as and when they get the chance,” he said.