View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube ANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Despite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here.
The Liberian Cabinet has endorsed a number of recommendations in line with the ongoing reforms of the civil service. When fully implemented, the recommendations will bring an end to the practice of the dual payroll system, collapse various benefits such as gas slips and scratch cards into one compensation package for political appointees, and ensure uniformity in general allowances across the public bureaucracy.According to a release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Cabinet, under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, reached the decision on Friday, November 15, after hours of deliberations, during which the Minister of Finance presented a comprehensive report on the current state of the Liberian economy, and the Director-General of the Civil Service Agency informed about the extent of ongoing reforms in the civil service.The two officials confirmed that while the changes will lead to an uptick in the salaries of political appointees – currently amongst the lowest in the sub-region and which have not been improved for years – the exercise will also reduce the increasing recurrent costs of operating the government, including costs of vehicle repairs and maintenance, scratch cards and gas slips which will be collapsed into a single compensation by which the political appointees, rather than the government, will assume these costs.The recommendations, which will be fully implemented by the end of January next year, could see Cabinet Ministers earn US$6,000 monthly; Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors, US$4,500; and Assistant Ministers, US$3,000 and all would pay directly for their scratch cards, gas slips and vehicle repairs and maintenance. The full implementation will also see the end of disparities in the disbursements of general allowances. The projected increase is also tied to the scrupulous implementation of the performance contracts signed between political appointees and the President.In welcoming the decision, President Sirleaf reminded the Cabinet of the urgent need to lower the recurrent expenditure of the government so as to invest the savings in much-needed Public Sector Investments Projects (PSIPs). These projects, which include roads, ICT, power and ports, the President said, will have multiplying effects in expanding the economy, lowering the costs of living and doing business in the country, and will provide new opportunities for employment for all Liberians.According to MICAT, the President directed the Cabinet to cooperate with and assist in accelerating ongoing efforts to clean up the payroll of the government, as well as increase the salaries of civil servants and service personnel, including teachers and health workers, whom she referred to as the unsung heroes and heroines of the ongoing transformation of the country.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has included over two thousand health workers on its payroll. The health workers were previously paid by a number of international non-governmental organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
OAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson will miss Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena because of an unspecified illness.The Warriors announced the news about a half hour before tipoff, an unexpected development considering that Thompson was sitting around his locker before the game. Thompson also participated in morning shootaround.Warriors guard Alfonzo McKinnie will start in Thompson’s place. Thompson has averaged 20.4 points while shooting 53.2 percent from the …
Related Posts As we’ve covered in the past, the cost of engaging and keeping great employees can be high. You can pay an intelligent employee to stay late, or placate them with a posh office environment, but one way to keep an innovator in their chair is to challenge their problem solving skills. Instead of hiring sub-par developers or trusting code to rogue contractors, below are two case studies that may make you consider creating competition to meet aggressive goals.The Case for PrizesAs shown on Stanford University’s ECorner, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Peter H. Diamandis first got the idea for the $10 million dollar prize while reading The Spirit of St. Louis. Although Diamandis knew that the author Charles Lindbergh was the first man to cross the Atlantic in a single engine plane, he did not realize that the pilot (and many others who attempted the flight) had done so to win a prize. Exclaims Diamandis, “I’m adding it up and [realize that] $400,000 was spent to win this $25,000 prize. How insanely leveraged is that? It was 16 times the prize money. And this [investor] didn’t spend a penny to back any of the guys most likely to win… Prizes are an efficient way to get 10 or 50 times your money and you only pay the winner.” When the Ansari X was awarded in 2004, it was estimated that $100 million dollars were invested in new technologies in pursuit of the prize.Netflix saw similar results when it awarded $1 million dollars to a team of developers for improving on the company’s Cinematch predictive technology. Similar to Diamandis’ outcomes, the technology discovered during the contest is estimated to be worth considerably more than the initial prize money. The contest was so successful that Netflix is planning a second contest for additional product features. Creating Your Own PrizeIf you’re a startup founder and you’re hoping to leverage the power of third-party developers to build your business, here are some points to consider in launching your own prize: 1. Creating a challenge: Make sure that what you are proposing is actually a challenge worth solving. Few third-party developers or designers will spend their weekends and evenings building a technology that is uninteresting. While your challenge should represent your business interests, it should be something that requires a great deal of intelligence and creativity to solve. 2. A higher purpose: A great challenge doesn’t just contribute to your company’s core technology, it represents a feat of intelligence that will contribute value to the greater programming, scientific or business community. Your contest is meant to inspire a legacy of advancement in education and industry-wide learning. If your challenge is likely to give rise to a truly groundbreaking piece of technology, you may find other companies willing to add to your prize incentive. 3. Recognition: Although it helps to offer a large cash incentive, one of the most important parts of a challenge is recognition amongst peers and in the media. The fact that an untrained amateur can potentially beat esteemed scientists and researchers is a particularly compelling narrative. Meanwhile, those within the academic community may see the prize as a good way to elevate their career prospects. 4. Supporting innovation: You can’t just issue a challenge and expect the first press conference to be your only expense. Developer challenges require a supportive environment where participants can trade findings, get help from staff and submit new documentation. The more support you provide to third-party developers now, the more likely your challenge will yield good results. Photo Credit: Terren Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market