Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Strabane school

first_img Google+ Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Previous articleHarps working through crisis – Aidan CampbellNext article9 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Strabane schoolcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – March 20, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic There has been a confirmed case of Coronavirus at a Strabane school.In a statement this afternoon, Strabane Academy says they have been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school community and following guidelines, the school will be closed to all pupils and staff next week to allow for an enhanced deep clean.The school will reopen for all children of key workers on Monday March 30th. Facebook WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Reassess your assets

first_img Comments are closed. The case aginst people being an organisation’s greatest asset is gettingstronger. And, in any case, the time to adopt a less fanciful slogan is longpast, writes Stephen Overell.According to Adslogans, which runs a database of advertising taglines, thefirst company in the UK to use the phrase ‘people are our greatest asset’ wasInteractive Services, an Oxfordshire-based training consultancy. That was in1991. The honour is qualified, however, by the suggestion that the inspirationmay be derived from the Army, which has long held that ‘the Army’s greatestasset is the morale of its soldiers’. Since then, of course, the phrase hasblossomed. Marconi, West Midlands Police, UBS Warburg, Ernst and Young,Andersens, Nato, the CIPD – the list of believers is long and diverse, thesentiment wholly uniform. What are we to make of this? An impressive show of unity? A testament to thesparkling originality of the corporate intellect? Final proof that ideas followthe patterns of diseases, becoming more virulent as they spread? Or is it thatsocial conventions have made mouthing such platitudes a necessary obligationfor the go-ahead business leader? Like many roadworthy slogans, the axiom sums up a generation of academicargument – in this case about the nature and meaning of HRM (human resourcemanagement). As scholars wrestled with such matters as the softness of HRM, thehardness of HRM – its wickedness, its contradictoriness, whether it was reallydifferent from good old personnel management – practitioners simply got on withit. HRM grew, and as it grew, it needed a positive slogan to reinforce the viewthat employees were now investments rather than variable costs. Step forward‘people are our greatest asset’. There is no denying that as rhetoric, the phrase has been phenomenallysuccessful. Its truthfulness, though, has always been in doubt. Michael Hammer,who co-wrote Re-engineering the Corporation, has called it “the biggestlie in contemporary business”. Peter Drucker prefers “a cliché thatborders on a lie”.(1)A new theory is gaining ground. According to the sudden surge of books aboutmanaging professionals, the phrase is not so much a lie, as only realisticallyapplicable to a tiny minority of organisations which operate under a veryparticular set of pressures – namely, professional service firms (PSFs). For the majority of organisations, it is simply inaccurate. “In mostbusinesses, a company’s competitive advantage does not rely directly on theretention, motivation and behaviour of particular individuals,” write JayLorsch and Tom Tierney, the authors of a new book on managing PSFs.(2)”Instead, it turns on shelf space, brand strength, cost position,distribution systems, price, technology, product design, location, or anynumber of other variables that can exist apart from the individuals who createdthem… Most companies’ profit performance does not correlate with their ‘peopleassets’.” Or put another way: people are expendable. In PSFs, however, which, after all, are nothing more than gangs ofindividuals with specialist skills – lawyers, accountants, PR firms, managementconsultants, advertisers and so on – the dependence on high-performance peopleis absolute. Indeed, Lorsch and Tierney describe it as “the distinguishingcharacteristic” of the PSF – so much so that the interests of the employeecome before those of customers. “The people you pay are more importantover time than the people who pay you,” they explain. Managing teams of professionals is often alleged to be like ‘herding cats’.Patrick McKenna and David Maister, authors of another new book about PSFs,First Among Equals, (3) paint a picture of star professionals as beingcongenitally averse to accountability, claiming it will thwart theircreativity. They hate the uniformity of meetings. Their well-honed professionalscepticism trains them to pick holes in constructive new ideas. They have whatMcKenna and Maister describe as an “alarming tendency” to doprecisely what they want, irrespective of the firm’s wishes. They aretemperamentally restless and ambitious, nursing a compulsion to compete againsttheir colleagues; and they can take lucrative clients with them in the event ofa fall-out. Trimming their elevated salary costs is not an option: cutting wage billsnever translates into competitive advantage in a PSF. The firms have littlechoice but to put up with such irritations because, unlike all other businessmodels, in PSFs the balance of power really is tilted towards the individual.Accordingly, PSFs tend to be flat-structured and participatory. Yet thisculture of involvement, even democracy, works against responsibility. “Ifeveryone is in charge, no one is in charge,” explain McKenna and Maister. And, as a sector, professional services has boomed. In 1990, the globalrevenue of PSFs was $390bn, a decade later, it was $911bn and between 1980 and2000, PSFs globally grew by 11 per cent a year.(4) If the professional services sector really is uniquely dependent on goodpeople – and the case is, I think, a fairly strong one – HR’s generic cliché ofchoice during the last 20 years is looking shabbier than ever. People are our greatest asset’ is often used as a reason why allorganisations should promote best practice across a host of different agendas –equal opportunities, reward, selection, appraisal, employee relations,development. The logic carries an implied threat: if companies don’t treat people astheir most important asset – helping to retain good people by offeringcompetitive maternity rights, for example – those assets will leave and thecompany will suffer. This threat carries some weight when the only assets anorganisation has are its brand and its people – the PSF model. But does the logic really work in a typical enterprise? Does the threat ofworkers hot-footing elsewhere really have the potential to devastate theaverage commercial or public sector operation? The honest answer is probably‘no’. Most organisations can use, abuse and lose their hum- an assets withrelative impunity because they have others that are more important. Generally,people are a means to an end. ‘People are our greatest asset’ is, then, a slogan that is for the most partfanciful and inaccurate, even a downright fib. Nothing new there then. Thepoint is that ‘people are our greatest asset’ may have done more harm thangood. It has made the HR profession look over-ambitious, deceitful and smarmy.Ideas for a new tagline, anyone? References1 Taken from Delivering on the Promise, Andersen Consulting Human CapitalPractice, 2 Aligning the Stars: How to succeed when professionals drive results, by Jay WLorsch and Thomas J Tierney, Harvard Business School Press, 2002 3 First Among Equals: How to manage a group of professionals, by PatrickMcKenna and David Maister, The Free Press, 2002 4 Lorsch and Tierney, as above Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Reassess your assetsOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

City halts housing construction

first_imgConstruction on the Legacy Square townhouse development at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Sorin Street has come to a halt over zoning issues. Developer Robert Cimala, who was also one of the developers of off-campus student housing development Legacy Village, said his property was set to receive final permits from the South Bend Building Commission. But at the beginning of November, the Building Commission said his plans would have to go to a public hearing before the Area Plan Commission (APC) on Dec. 21 to determine if they are in accordance with PUD zoning provisions.  Cimala said plans for the Legacy Square development began in July 2007. That month, Cimala went to the APC and requested PUD zoning for his property on Notre Dame Ave. and Sorin St. to build 36 units. The APC asked him to reduce the number of units to 32 to be split between two buildings. The APC later asked him to split the two buildings into four. Cimala agreed. Cimala said he had a local architect create the final architecture plan and a civil engineer create the final site plan, which he brought to the Building Commission.  The community meeting could have significant implications for the students who signed leases to live in Legacy Square during the 2011-12 academic year. “The NNRO is interested in this because they don’t believe the plan does conform [to PUD zoning],” Nesbaum said.  “The intent of the law is to encourage owner-occupied, single family residences. This is not an anti-student situation.” Bill Stenz, president of the Northeast Neighborhood Council and resident of the Northeast Neighborhood, said he doesn’t generally mind students living in the neighborhoods close to campus. But when pockets of student housing develop problems tend to arise, he said. Cimala said the object of controversy related to Legacy Square is the local prejudice against Notre Dame students. This process of review could derail the housing project.  After another round of changes, Cimala said Byorni told him he would get final approval for his final building permit when Bulot sent over initialed site plans to the APC. Instead of final approval, Byorni said he was sending the plans back to a public hearing with the City Council in order to see if the Legacy Square plans are still in accordance with the PUD code in their current state.   “Notre Dame students have been given a bad rap by a lot of people,” he said.  “They’re trying to stop me from exercising my legal right to rent each condo to two students until I sell them,” he said.  PUD zoning allows for flexibility in building, and they normally contain private residences and common areas. Cimala said that because of the slow economy and a bad housing market, he has decided to rent some of the condominiums to students until he can sell them.  He said he worked with Chuck Bulot, the building commissioner for the City of South Bend, and APC executive director John Byorni, to make changes to the site plans. He received foundation permits in October. “This year, I was able to obtain construction financing, so I could go on with the project,” he said. Stenz said when pockets of student houses spring up, they can bring down the value of neighboring non-student houses.  “I’m not doing anything that anyone else isn’t doing,” Cimala said. “This is a very nice development, and all I’m doing is what I’m allowed to do under the law.” If the building plans are found to be within guidelines, Cimala will receive his final building permit, and he said he could get the buildings constructed by June 2011, when students could move in on time for the school year.  Cimala said he had to delay the plans until this year because of the general financial downturn.  Attorney Dick Nesbaum said provisions in South Bend zoning codes prohibit more than two unrelated occupants in one home unless the unit is zoned for such occupancy. Legacy Square is zoned to allow no more than two unrelated occupants per condominium. “We showed them our plans,” he said. “We don’t want to go forward with the project with these plans unless they fit the zoning codes.” Nesbaum is the attorney for the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO), a non-profit corporation created for “planning, discussing and coordinating the social, physical and economic revitalization of the Northeast Neighborhood,” according to the Northeast Neighborhood website. The Legacy Square development falls in the Northeast Neighborhood. “Historically, we didn’t have this high of a concentration of students [in the Northeast Neighborhood],” he said. “Students lived throughout the city. Ten to 15 years ago, landlords bought single family house pockets.” “They think it’s a student housing development and that’s all it’s ever going to be,” Cimala said. “I am building a high-end condominium development.” Legacy Square is zoned as a planned unit development (PUD), composed of 32 condominiums in four buildings. The condominiums were developed as high-end housing geared toward single-family, owner-occupied living situations, as opposed to rentals.  He said there is nothing in the South Bend zoning law preventing students from living anywhere in town. If the plans are not approved, however, the end result remains unclear.last_img read more

Police: Teen killed by tiger was helping friend when animal turned on him

first_imgThe last minutes of a 17-year-old boy’s life were spent trying to save his friend from a brutal tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo, only to have the animal turn on him, police and family members said. Carlos Sousa Jr. and his friend’s brother desperately tried to distract the 350-pound Siberian tiger, but the big cat instead came after Sousa. “He didn’t run. He tried to help his friend, and it was him who ended up getting it the worst,” the teen’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Thursday after meeting with police. The heroic portrait of Sousa and a timeline of the dramatic Christmas Day attack emerged as officials revealed that the tiger’s escape from its enclosure may have been aided by walls that were well below the height recommended by the accrediting agency for the nation’s zoos. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo acknowledged that the wall around the animal’s pen was just 12? feet high, after previously saying it was 18 feet. According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the walls around a tiger exhibit should be at least 16.4 feet high. Mollinedo said it was becoming increasingly clear the tiger leaped or climbed out, perhaps by grabbing onto a ledge. Investigators have ruled out the theory the tiger escaped through a door behind the exhibit. “She had to have jumped,” he said. “How she was able to jump that high is amazing to me.” Mollinedo said safety inspectors had examined the wall, built in 1940, and never raised any red flags about its size. “When the AZA came out and inspected our zoo three years ago, they never noted that as a deficiency,” he said. “Obviously now that something’s happened, we’re going to be revisiting the actual height.” The 4-year-old tiger, a female named Tatiana, went on a rampage near closing time Tuesday, killing Sousa and severely injuring the two others before it was shot to death by police. Brothers Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, were at San Francisco General Hospital with severe bite and claw wounds. Their names were provided by hospital and law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because the family had not yet given permission to release their names. Police said Kulbir Dhaliwal was the animal’s first victim. As the tiger clawed and bit him, Sousa and the younger brother yelled in hopes of scaring it off him, police said. The cat then went for Sousa, slashing his neck as the brothers ran to a zoo cafe for help. After killing the teenager, the tiger followed a trail of blood left by Kulbir Dhaliwal about 300 yards to the cafe, where it mauled both men, police said. Four officers who had already discovered Sousa’s body then arrived and found the cat sitting next to one of the bloodied brothers, police Chief Heather Fong said. The victim yelled, “Help me! Help me!” and the animal resumed its attack, Fong said. The officers used their patrol car lights to distract the tiger, and it turned and began approaching them, leading all four to open fire, killing the animal, she said. Police are still investigating how Tatiana was able to leave the enclosure. At least one expert said the wall was low enough for the tiger to leap to the top. Zoo officials said a “moat” separating the habitat from the public viewing area that measured 33 feet across contained no water, and has never had any. They did not address whether that affected the tiger’s ability to get out. “I think it could be feasible for a cat that has been taunted or angered,” Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo, said Thursday. “I don’t think it would ever just do it to do it.” Police have not addressed whether the victims had teased the tiger. On Thursday, Fong denied earlier reports that police were looking into the possibility that the victims had dangled a leg or other body part over the edge of the moat, after a shoe and blood was found inside the enclosure. No shoe was found inside, but a shoeprint was found on the railing of the fence surrounding the enclosure, and police are checking it against the shoes of the three victims, she said. AZA spokesman Steven Feldman said the minimum recommended height of 16.4 feet is just a guideline and that a zoo could still be deemed safe even if its wall were lower. Accreditation standards require “that the barriers be adequate to keep the animals and people apart from each other,” Feldman said. “Obviously something happened to cause that not to be the case in this incident.” Many other U.S. zoos have significantly higher walls around their tigers. Mollinedo said surveillance cameras and new fencing will be installed around the exhibit. The zoo was to remain closed Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sharks ramblings: Erik Karlsson, Mitch Marner and a possible Plan B

first_imgSAN JOSE — Even if Erik Karlsson is one-and-done as a Sharks player, even if he leaves as a free agent this summer, Doug Wilson will have an opportunity to bring another difference-maker to San Jose.This could be the most intriguing offseason in NHL history. In addition to a handful of big names slated to hit unrestricted free agency — Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Jeff Skinner — an unprecedented class of restricted free agents will be seeking new contracts.It is …last_img

Madison Bumgarner’s possible last acts with Giants involve more history

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Seven different pitchers earned three World Series rings with the Giants at the beginning of the decade, including three of the most accomplished starters in franchise history.Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner earned the adoration of a fan base through their postseason exploits, but to reach the playoffs, all three needed to excel in the regular season, too.In what could be one of his final home starts at Oracle Park on Tuesday, Bumgarner turned in a performance …last_img

Free tertiary study on the cards

first_imgSouth Africa could well be on its way toproviding free education for financiallyneedy students. President Jacob Zuma has announcedmajor changes in NSFAS loan allocations.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bonny FeldmanCommunicationsNational Student Financial Aid Scheme+27 21 763 3200Bongani NkosiThe South African government will take steps towards providing free tertiary education to financially strapped students, the ruling African National Congress announced in its annual statement on 8 January 2011.President Jacob Zuma said that undergraduate students using the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be exempt from having to make loan repayments for their final year of study – if they complete the year successfully.While the scheme will at first only benefit final-year students, the overriding aim is to apply it to all years of tertiary study. “This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of study,” Zuma said.“We are committed to progressively introducing free education up to undergraduate level,” he added.NSFAS spokesperson Bonnie Feldman explained that additional funds will be injected into the loan scheme to settle students’ accounts for their final year, but they will still have to reimburse students for their first two years of study – she said the government will allocate an additional R750-million (US$109-million) to NSFAS for this.“This is to make sure that the students are able to graduate without much of a burden,” she said.The existing loan scheme currently converts 40% of loan repayments into bursaries for students at all levels of study who complete their courses successfully, but this settlement will now be upped to 100% for final year studies.NSFAS will now be liable for 60% of the fees of students who perform well. The funding covers tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses.Zuma explained that final-year students will “receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and necessary living expenses”.“If these students graduate at the end of the year, the loan for the final year will be converted into a full bursary. They will not have to repay the amount,” said Zuma.NSFAS exclusively provides funds for university students who cannot afford the fees.The ANC, which has been in government since 1994, committed to introduce free tertiary education in 2007 – this was one of its many resolutions adopted at it its 52nd national conference.The ANC Youth League welcomed the “gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level,” Floyd Shivambu, the organisation’s spokesperson, said in a statement.“We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels,” added Shivambu.Free education at public collegesEducation at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will be completely free for students who qualify for financial assistance.FETs, which are popular among cash-strapped youngsters, are spread across the country with various campuses in some rural areas and townships.The government wants to attract more students to FETs, which churn out a significant number of professional artisans each year.The Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to see at least 1-million students enrol at FETs every year from 2015.“We have to prioritise further education and training, and provide resources including expanding bursary schemes for supporting attendance at FET institutions,” Zuma said.The government spent about R1.9-billion ($276-million) on improving infrastructure and curriculums at FETs between 2006 and 2009.last_img read more

Online poetry competition to help youth deal with HIV/Aids

first_imgYoung people will be able to voice-out their sexual expreiences or lack thereof through the DFL Lover + Another competition. (Image: DFL Lover + Another Facebook)A performance poetry competition encouraging young people to talk openly and creatively about relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV/Aids is calling on aspiring poets to enter.Drama for Life (DFL), an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts, under the theme Lover + Another, has been hosting regional and national poetry competition slams and workshops for about four years, educating the youth about HIV/Aids through poetry.With this year’s theme of “Human Connection”, it is calling on aspiring poets to record their performance poetry on their mobile devices and load them on the Love + Another platforms on Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter, or via email.According to Drama for Life, in the age of HIV and Aids issues of trust, intimacy, touch, lust, passion, sex, sensual pleasure, the erotic, betrayal, hurt, broken relationships, gender violence, sexual identities, discrimination, broken promises and love all demand attention, and are potent subjects for poetry.DFL adds that through the project’s use of the spoken-word culture, young people are able to directly address the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behaviour in terms of values and attitudes towards sex, relationships and HIV/Aids. The project is designed to be accessible to all youth in higher education institutions nationally, and those in townships and suburb communities across the range.Every entrant is allowed only one poem in the competition so they should send in their best work. The competition closes on 15 November 2014.The performance poetry community was launched in 2008. Through applied drama, Drama for Life engages future leaders in the field to become artists who understand the ethical and contextual issues related to drama that is used as a learning method, drama that shapes research and drama that can be used to bring about social behaviour change.DFL’s Lover + Another has been growing yearly since 2010 when only University of the Witwatersrand and University of KwaZulu-Natal were involved.In 2011 it was hosted in in five cities across the country: Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg.Due to the enormous response by the audience, the DFL Lover + Another Performance Poetry Challenge expanded its competition in 2012, working together with 23 universities in South Africa to create a national performance poetry challenge.last_img read more

Video: Data is the New Soil and it Creates Beautiful Things [Infographics]

first_imgThe Icelandic volcano spewed ash that amounted to 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The planes it grounded would have released 345,000 tons of carbon dioxide. What does that tell us? Essentially, we had our first carbon neutral volcano.(Lead image from Information is Beautiful.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#Trends alex williams Data can be so meaningless. The U.S. budget deficit, death counts, the total amount of carbon we produce all have one thing in common. The numbers by themselves are empty. They need context to make them real and living.That’s the beauty of data visualization. It gives context and understanding. Visualization turns data into soil and from it we can see beautiful things.That’s the theme that we get from David McCandless, a data journalist and author, who spoke at TED and fills 18 minutes with infographics, context and relevance about the magic of visualization.McAndless shows us how data is the new soil. It’s not the new oil as some have proposed. With visualization, data becomes a feast. Why? We are all visualizers. There is something magic about it. McCandless says our eyes are super sensitive to change. Numbers are the language of the mind. With data visualization, we have two languages both talking at the same time.McCandless gives a number of examples that show the meanings and insights that come with data visualization. Data can change our minds. Design helps solve problems. Infomation design is about solving information problems, seeing things we could not see before.His ending humorously sums up what we can learn from events that seem to have such significance.last_img read more

Perkins leads NLEX-SCTEX team in Merlion Cup

first_imgGilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA draft entrant Jason Perkins headlines the roster as he will be backstopped by veterans Pamboy Raymundo and Oping Sumalinog in the seven-team tournament set from September 20 to 24 at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Road Warriors assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa will call the shots for the Philippine team in the invitational.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 shutoutAlso joining NLEX-SCTEX are Cignal’s Jaypee Belencion, Byron Villarias, Alfred Batino, Andreas Cahilig, and Harold Arboleda, as well as former SCTEX players AJ Vitug and Mark Pangilinan from the defunct PCBL.Beefing up the roster will be Maurice Shaw, a 32-year-old big man who is currently suiting up in the Thailand Basketball Super League. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter winning back-to-back titles in the recently-concluded 2017 PBA D-League season, the core of the Cignal HD looks to make one more run for the crown.Playing under the banner of NLEX-SCTEX, the Hawkeyes will represent the Philippines in the 2017 Merlion Cup in Singapore later this month.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “These players are part of the NLEX-SCTEX family that will be ready when called up. We are proud to represent the country and the company,” NLEX-SCTEX team manager Borgie Hermida said. NLEX-SCTEX will face stiff competition in the tournament as it will take on 2016 champion Shanghai Sharks of China, hosts Singapore Slingers, Satria Muda Pertamina of Indonesia, Yulon Luxgen Dinos of Taiwan, Jeonju KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League, and Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League.Last year, star guard Jimmer Fredette towed the Sharks to the title as they beat the Kiefer Ravela-led Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more