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76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to call a 19-year-old No. 1 pick a bust (right? … right?) but Fultz is certainly trending that way after a pitiful rookie year derailed by a mysterious shoulder injury, a broken shot and confidence issues. He played the first four games, missed 68 games because of injury, then was persona non grata in the postseason.Simmons-Embiid-Fultz were expected to form a trio of stars that would lead the Sixers to the top. Fultz’s ignominious first year instead made him more of a mystery than when the Sixers selected him out of Washington.Fultz said it hasn’t been discussed if he’ll play summer league.REDICK FUTUREJJ Redick said he enjoyed his season with the Sixers about as much as any over his 12-year career.Redick averaged 17.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range on a $23 million, one-year deal.Will he return?Redick would like to return but it’s doubtful the Sixers would offer him that kind of cash, even on a shortened deal.FREE AGENTSThe Sixers are flush with cash to go on a spending spree. The sometimes-forgotten part of The Process wasn’t just jettisoning players to lose and gobble draft picks. It was clearing money on the salary cap to put them in position to sign major free agents. The Sixers have $70 in committed salary next year, leaving them with about $31 million to play with this summer to make a run at LeBron James or Paul George or overpay a lower-tiered free agent. “If we all sat in that room when we met back in September, and said we’re going to finish third in the Eastern conference, we’re going to lose in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, there’s a strong chance we all would have been hugging each other,” coach Brett Brown said. “The initial goal was to make the playoffs. The final piece is, if we’re going to do anything of any significance.”They did, which makes this offseason about as key as any in recent 76ers history for team president Bryan Colangelo.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:FULTZ FLOPNo doubt about it, the Sixers got outplayed by Boston in the playoffs — and last year’s draft. It was a gut-punch for every Sixers fan who watched Jayson Tatum torch the Sixers while Markelle Fultz rode the bench. The Sixers, of course, swapped the No. 3 pick to Boston (who took Tatum) for the No. 1 pick (Fultz).ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ SPEAKING OF LEBRONJames is a mentor of Simmons and their friendship could be a factor in the Cleveland star’s defection to Philly. Or not. Who knows what James will do this summer, and he could still have another month of basketball left to play. One Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in Ohio urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer. James, who famously left Cleveland in 2010 and signed with the Miami Heat, could bolt again if he feels the Cavs and 76ers are both trending in different directions.THE BIG 3-0Simmons can drive the lane as well any guard in the league. He sure can’t shoot like the best, though.Simmons failed to make a 3-pointer this season (on 11 attempts) and Fultz didn’t make one either in just 14 games. Simmons attempted just one 3 in the postseason.He’ll have to establish some sort of long-range jumper to become a serious all-around threat in the NBA.“It just takes time, shooting the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s one of those things where you want to improve your game and get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments — Was a 52-win season that ended with a five-game loss to the Boston Celtics in the conference semis just part of the learning curve on the way toward NBA titles?— Or are the Sixers destined to become a Toronto/Indiana-type of franchise where strong regular seasons end up with postseason disappointment and championships?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThose are suddenly fun problems for a team to have only two years removed from a 10-win season and serious doubts about the future of a rebuilding plan both condemned and praised by zealots on both sides. Joel Embiid (22.9 points, 11 rebounds) made his first All-Star team and seemed worth every bit of the $148 million, five-year extension he signed before the season. Ben Simmons was a regular triple-double threat and emerged as a favorite to win rookie of the year. Those two should anchor Philly’s run for the next decade, a Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant tandem of sorts that should make them playoff regulars until they are in their 30s.Yes, there was a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season, a first-round playoff series win over Miami and so much hoopla over rapper Meek Mill that it seemed like the Sixers had the ingredients to throw a parade this season. There are serious questions ahead about who will team with Embiid and Simmons to form a championship core — and plenty of room to grow for both franchise stars. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, right, talks with guard Ben Simmons before Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons.But just how far can The Process take them?ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

CMU to Launch Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps

first_img The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is to launch its paramilitary uniformed group for high-school students, called the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (CMMC), early in 2019.In an interview with JIS News, President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, explained that the group (which is an outreach of the university), was formed to have a positive impact on the behaviour of students at the high-school level, while teaching them about the maritime conscience.“We wanted to take the successes of the discipline in our tertiary institution and replicate it in the secondary-school system” he said, adding that the CMU is now going through the registration process to make it an official uniformed group in Jamaica.“We took it into the high schools as another offering because it is connected to life, so this cadet corps is teaching young Jamaicans to appreciate the maritime space within which we live and operate,” he explained.The President said that the CMMC currently has more than 1,600 cadets in high schools across the island and that the team has been given a mandate from the Minister of Education to double the number in the coming year.“I am very pleased with this group, because we are actually changing attitudes. We are not just teaching about the maritime conscience. It is also about holistic development. You have to care about the environment, and we teach about the new and emerging opportunities,” he added.He explained that the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based approach is being channelled through the CMMC as the university attempts to foster a shift in the teaching and learning methodologies for STEM.“Right now, we are working with Women in Maritime Association of the Caribbean (WiMAC) to introduce technology programmes such as underwater robotics and the building of underwater drones, so they are doing exciting things. In allowing them to make things, we are transforming the minds of these youngsters and helping to make that shift,” Professor Pinnock said.He informed that the young people are gravitating very quickly towards CMMC. “In fact, they are actually wearing our uniform. The only difference is the epaulette, so if and when they decide to come in to CMU, those who decide to will only need to change the epaulette, so it’s a great opportunity. We connect them with reality and introduce new options,” the President said.He pointed out that being a part of the CMMC is not necessarily about attending the CMU eventually, but rather learning about the maritime environment, which, he said, is 20 times the land space of Jamaica.“We have so many resources in our waters, and we have been doing an injustice to it through pollution,” he added.Professor Pinnock commended the move by the Government to ban plastic bags and said that the university fully supports and endorses it. He added that the university is now putting the necessary measures in place to make it a zero-plastic environment. In an interview with JIS News, President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, explained that the group (which is an outreach of the university), was formed to have a positive impact on the behaviour of students at the high-school level, while teaching them about the maritime conscience. Story Highlights The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is to launch its paramilitary uniformed group for high-school students, called the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (CMMC), early in 2019. “We wanted to take the successes of the discipline in our tertiary institution and replicate it in the secondary-school system” he said, adding that the CMU is now going through the registration process to make it an official uniformed group in Jamaica.last_img read more