Retail: the Oxford Transport Strategy is here to stay

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NegOcc cops roll out security measures ahead of ‘undas’

first_img Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office director Colonel Romeo Baleros said all personnel are expected to render duty and those on leave were recalled. According to Baleros, village watchmen and volunteers will also assist police in maintaining peace and order and, if necessary, render medical services. BACOLOD City – The police in Negros Occidental is going on “full alert” status days before the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. He added that remaining personnel will continue to perform regular police functions such as conducting patrols, border control and checkpoint operations.center_img “A total of 448 police personnel will be deployed and will man various police assistance desks in the province’s 90 cemeteries, 47 bus terminals and 16 seaports,” said Baleros. Baleros also encouraged his personnel to visit their departed relatives prior to their Nov. 1 and 2 deployment to ensure their personal matters do not interfere with their respective duties./PNlast_img read more

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Heisler: Lakers no longer even do no-brainers, like tanking and Jerry West

first_imgWith the third-worst at No. 28 where the Lakers finished, they just dropped to 46.9 percent.Worse, their No. 1 in 2019 pick is also at greater risk. If they keep this year’s lottery pick, they owe Orlando only a pair of second-rounders (2017 and 2018) to complete the Dwight Howard trade.If they lose this year’s lottery pick, the Magic get their unprotected No. 1 in 2019.Teams with less motivation tanked for all they were worth. The Suns, who will keep their lottery pick whether it’s in the top three or not, shut down Eric Bledsoe on March 15, played their kids who are even younger than the young Lakers—if just as promising or more so–saw Devin Booker go for 70 points in Boston and still lost that game and 14 of their last 16.Luke Walton looked like he was trying, as when he benched a healthy D’Angelo Russell after he scored 28 against Memphis for the next game against the Spurs, but couldn’t keep the Lakers from going on that winning streak with an 8.9 percent better chance of keeping two No. 1s — both potentially in the lottery — at stake.The fans got it if the Lakers didn’t. After the Lakers beat the Spurs, Thomas Robinson told our Mark Medina that fans got on him on Twitter for damaging their chances in the lottery.If Magic has zero experience with tanking, they have been prone to this kind of managerial passivity right along.I hated seeing GM Mitch Kupchak take the rap for working closely with Jim Buss when he had no choice in the matter. Nevertheless, four-square as Mitch was, gaming the system wasn’t something he did naturally, as in the 2013-14 season when the Lakers, 18-25 at the All-Star break, played it straight the rest of the way with Mike D’Antoni coaching for his job, coming in sixth-worst at 27-55 when a bottom-three finish might have gotten them Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid instead of Julius Randle.If Magic lacks Mitch’s experience, he’s a decisive guy who’s not above gaming the system or turning it into a cocked hat if it gives the Lakers an edge.This wasn’t merely about an edge. With a thin-enough chance at 55.8 percent, this was all-important. All Lakerdom will feel their agony if their 46.9 percent chance doesn’t come in at the May 16 lottery.These days the Lakers don’t even do no-brainers, like inviting Jerry West back in a consultant’s role like the one he has with the Warriors. A Lakers insider told me it’s not happening … even though the Lakers are aware West would love to be asked back.The reason cited isn’t much different than what Jim Buss felt: They don’t think they need West.A) They’re wrong, and B) even if they’re right, they could only gain by having West in the conversation.It remains to be seen just what the Lakers will do. In any case, between now and May 16, they had all better start praying.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. For years I welcomed the end of the regular season with a prayer:Thank heavens that’s over!Of course, that was before the Lakers were through at this point, now in their fourth straight year out of the playoffs, and counting.There’s a new NBA narrative locally in which the regular season is discounted for both teams. As everyone knows, the Clippers’ season means nothing and the playoffs everything — which is actually true for all teams but a special curse for them, obliged as they are to compete on turf the Lakers have taken possession of in perpetuity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLaker seasons now mean nothing, either. It’s all about the lottery … assuming they keep their pick … which is now — oops! — less than a 50 percent shot.Losing the pick would mean having gained next to nothing (they have the Rockets’ No. 1 at No. 28) after another grisly year of developing the young players who are so precious to them, even if none is yet a star.The question for Lakers fans is no longer whether Lonzo Ball will be Magic Johnson’s Magic … but if Magic is magical enough to beat their diminished odds in the lottery.The real question is how the Lakers blew it down the stretch with Phoenix two games ahead of them in the standings, zooming past the Suns with an inopportune five-game winning streak in April.With the second-worst record at No. 29, the Lakers would have had a 55.8 percent chance of drawing a top-three pick, which they wouldn’t have to convey to Philadelphia.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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True Colors

first_imgI see your true colors, shining through. I see your true colors and that’s why I love you. So don’t be afraid to let them show. (from the song ‘True Colors’ by Cyndi Lauper). Hey everbody, 72 hours ago the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Cincinnati Bengals and sent them packing back to Cincy, “teefless.” The Bengals finally showed their “true colors.” This was a contest that was hyped, hyped and more hyped, you dig…This was supposed to be a clash between a “pride” of young, hungry cats from the jungle pitted against a group of old grizzled hunters who had lost their edge. The 2011 Steelers were supposed to be at an extreme disadvantage because their sense of smell, hearing, vision and all of the elements that make great hunters and sportsmen were declining rapidly. This was billed as the last Safari, the final chapter in the book of the great “Bwana.”There is one thing that I wish to make perfectly clear. We can change our cleats, clothes, buy a new car and exhibit the external components that the world sees to define you on a daily basis but there is one component that cannot be changed; our genes.The Steelers have created a different sort of “Genome” than the rest of the NFL. There was one point in the career of legendary Coach Chuck Noll that every player on the field was drafted by the Steelers. The league fines them, has less than “stellar” officiating and at times seems to implement a few other questionable practices and all the men of Steel continue to do is win, win, win.In 1969 when “The Chief” hired Noll to be captain of his vessel he unknowingly hired a mad scientist who was far more interested in linking individual components together as opposed to whether he personally liked them or not. His primary mission in the laboratory was to design a system. His secondary mission was to get the materials on which to build his system. Hey y’all you can’t build a 100 story skyscraper out of mud. Okay, I take that back, you can but just don’t invite me for lunch at the penthouse suite because I tell you now, I ain’t coming. Now as I was saying Noll was more than just a coach concerned with wins and losses, he was concerned with the Steelers “machine.” He identified and utilized the body types and psyches that were needed to function at a high level within his system.The Steelers evolved from mediocrity to greatness not because all of their athletes were superior, although many of them were. They attained and sustained greatness because they developed a system that emphasizes the “whole.” There were many athletes that were far more gifted than some of the athletes drafted by Noll but he knew early on that it doesn’t matter about the $20,000 paint job that your car has if it is broke down; looks can be deceiving. Steelers management does not care what the outside world thinks. They truly believe that they can take a Yugo, plug it into their system and a Cadillac might develop.The Bengals have not been short on talent over the years but what they have been lacking is a clear cut direction and purpose. The Steelers understood that they had to lose for a few years to create a legacy of victory and accomplishment that would last for decades. In 1969 the Steelers were a blank canvas waiting for the colors of victory to be applied. Charles (Picasso) Noll was the one with a palette of “true colors” waiting to leap over onto the canvas of the NFL and create his own masterpiece. He didn’t try to imitate and emulate other systems; he created his own because he knew that the guy who sells the “Get Rich with Me” book is the only one that becomes rich.When the Rooney family hired the two young coaches that succeeded Noll, they made sure that Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin understood one thing; they could tweak the system a bit but they were not going to reinvent the wheel. With the Pittsburgh Steelers you have to blend in from the inside or you will be watching from the outside.Let’s visit the “zoo” and focus on ex-Bengals Chad Johnson, oops I meant Chad Ochocinco or is it Chad Givemedinero. This ex “cat” can’t even focus on who he is. Oh, pardon my misstatement; the point is that he is a bit too focused on who he is. Wherever he goes it will always be about, me, mini-me and me.We can’t leave ex-Bengals QB Carson Palmer out of the mix. He was also infected with the “mini-me” syndrome. With Pittsburgh it is us, us, us or you’re on the next, bus, bus. In an era of corny blazers, suits and ties, Noll’s players sported capes and plexiglas shoes with live goldfish in the heels. Noll knew that happy individuals made a productive, less stressed team. All I can say is, many teams have tried to imitate but few can duplicate the Pittsburgh Steelers.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

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