RNLI seeks fundraisers for ‘Britain’s Best Summer Job’

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  98 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Advertisement RNLI seeks fundraisers for ‘Britain’s Best Summer Job’  97 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 4 January 2019 | News Tagged with: Charity Jobs About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The RNLI has today (4 January) opened applications for new recruits to spend the summer working as fundraisers on some of Britain’s most popular beaches.Each year around 150 fundraisers spend the summer on the beach and at some of the UK’s top summer events, encouraging visitors to become supporters of the charity while also providing essential local safety advice to holidaymakers.Annabelle Hobson, RNLI‘s Senior Face-to-Face Fundraising Manager, said:“Our fundraisers are vital to the charity over the summer, working with lifeguards to provide beach visitors with important safety advice as well as encouraging them to support our lifesaving work. We’re looking for outgoing and passionate people to join the team and support our cause.“A summer job fundraising with the RNLI will help develop valuable skills for a host of future careers, and those who have joined us in the past say the experience is life-changing. So along with good rates of pay, being part of a lifesaving team working on the beach and at some of the country’s most popular events for a national charity really has to be one of Britain’s best summer jobs!”Full training is provided to all successful candidates, and applications are open until Sunday 20 January 2019.last_img read more

Innovative thinking is the way to impress the board

first_imgInnovative thinking is the way to impress the boardOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR must find innovative ways to measure how they add value if they want toimpress CEOs. “If you want your place on the board, then understand business and siton the business team not the HR team,” said Paul Carter, managing directorat Rolls-Royce Combustion Systems. “Understand how to measure how you add value and routinely report it.If you think innovative then you will find many ways to measure the benefits ofpeople.” He warned HR directors not to wait for other executives to tell them what todo. “You must get on and do it, there is no-one in the attic measuringpeople issues, so if you’re not doing it, no-one is,” he said. Carter did his own calculations as to how HR has an impact on the bottomline. “Take an organisation of 500, with a 5 per cent turnover rate. It costs£25,000 to recruit per person, that is a cost of £625,000 a year, which is£6.2m over 10 years. “And you talk about outsourcing? If £6.2m is the price of getting itright, what is the price of getting it wrong?” Carter also told delegates that organisation charts and policy documentsshould only be kept for regulatory reasons and should not be distributed tostaff. How to be top of the HR flopsTen ways to make sure you don’t win friends on the board: – Be really nice to everybody all the time and try not to offend anybody – Show a complete lack of interest in the business and how it is performing – Show your worth to business by building massive empires that cannot beignored – Run a Monday-to-Friday office hours service in a 24-hour business – Invent another competency-based model – Create another form, more paperwork – Make your pay and grading structure as inflexible as possible and don’tpromote staff unless they fit into the structure – Only make contact with line managers when there is a problem to sort out – Spend ages sitting around arguing about whether HR is the right job titleor not – Put flowers in saucers on top of the filing cabinet with a box of tissueson the desk. Keep a supply of custard creams and have the kettle on, and alwaysbe ready for a chatlast_img read more

Senate to use summer for planning, redefining itself

first_imgAs Undergraduate Student Government Senate met for its last meeting of the academic year Tuesday, the new senators looked toward the future in implementing their goals and plans.Since the beginning of its term on April 2, the senate has passed two resolutions. One resolution advocated for the administration to provide more funding to recreational sports and facilities and the other called for a committee to reconsider campus smoking policies.During their final meeting, senators considered passing a new resolution supporting a two-year postponement of El Centro Chicano’s relocation from its current space in the United University Church to a new space in the Student Union. The senate will continue to draft and vote on resolutions in the fall to advocate for the needs of the student body.Until then, senators said they plan to use the summer to consider issues and articulate their goals for the year. While the senate will not be drafting or passing resolutions over the summer break, Residential Senator Brandon Chang said the group will collaborate and share ideas before classes resume.“We certainly plan to work together over summer,” Chang said. “Even now, the senators are brainstorming projects and reaching out to various other branches of USG to facilitate collaboration so that we can hit the ground running in the fall.”Before the fall semester begins, all of USG’s members and senators reunite during the annual fall retreat. USG Vice President Ryan Park said this is the time when USG will begin brainstorming what it wants to accomplish in the upcoming year.Park, a former Greek senator, said the newly elected senators have already shown great potential for leadership during their first few weeks in office.“I’m very proud of how the senators dove head first into their responsibilities and have taken up the reins without a question,” Park said. “The transition has been extremely smooth and I can’t be more proud of the dynamic attitude that each and every one of them have embodied so early on.”Park said his goals for the senate include redefining the roles of a USG senator and encouraging senators to lead other students outside of their respective residential, commuter and Greek communities.“I want them to transcend their constituencies and reach out to the undergraduate student population at large to champion their wishes, needs and desires on campus and to help bring USG to the students and vice versa,” Park said. “At the end of the day, the senate is a tool that any student can utilize to have their voice heard by the administration.”Residential Senator Matthew Prusak stressed the importance of collaboration among senators.“Senate has been working really well as a group thus far,” Prusak said. “We’ve got a great mix of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to ensure a balanced perspective on campus issues.”Park said that such a balance is necessary in an organization that aims to balance the needs and interests of both the student body and the administration.“We are the mediating body of USG,” Park said. “We are here to make sure that we are presenting well-thought-out, intelligent and poignant pieces of legislation that, in theory, positively affect the entire student population.”last_img read more

Cowboys vs. Patriots final score: New England’s defense controls Dallas in low-scoring win

first_imgIf the Patriots hope to repeat as Super Bowl champions, they’ll likely have to win some ugly games along the way. They reaffirmed their ability to do just that Sunday against the Cowboys, relying on defense in a 13-9 win on a rainy, windy day in New England.  Dallas, which falls to 6-5 but is still has a one-game lead on the NFC East by a game, never got in the end zone as quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense continued to struggle against quality competition. Prescott was 19 for 33 through the air for 212 yards and an interception, part of a Dallas offensive performance that netted just 130 yards after halftime. It was the fourth time this year the Patriots (10-1) haven’t allowed a touchdown. 4:28 p.m.: Jonathan Jones breaks up Prescott’s third-down pass and forces and three-and-out.4:26 p.m.: It is rainy, windy and reasonably cold in New England. The Cowboys start off after a touchback.3:55 p.m.: Here are your inactives.#Cowboys inactives vs. Patriots (W12):Leighton Vander EschJoe JacksonTrysten HillDevin SmithCedrick WilsonDonovan WilsonBrandon Knight— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) November 24, 2019Patriots inactives:WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle)WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion)QB Cody KesslerOT Korey CunninghamCB Jason McCourtyRB Damien HarrisTE Ryan Izzo— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) November 24, 2019 PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated standings for Week 12The game’s only touchdown was set up by a blocked punt by Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater late in the first quarter. The block set up New England on the Dallas 12, and quarterback Tom Brady hit wide receiver N’Keal Harry for a 10-yard score two plays later. Brady was far from stellar himself, completing 17 of 37 attempts for 190 yards and a touchdown.Harry’s touchdown opened scoring, and the Patriots held a 10-6 advantage at halftime. The second half started with six consecutive punts before New England extended the lead with Nick Folk’s third field goal of the game. Folk’s stat line was about as good as any other Patriot’s.MORE: Questionable tripping penalty call sends Twitter into a frenzyDallas moved to the Patriots’ 11 on the following drive but settled for another field goal. Then, the visitors forced a punt to get Prescott the ball back on his own 5 with 2:38 to play, only for the offense to move the chains just once before turning the ball over on downs. New England then turned to running back Sony Michel (20 carries, 85 yards) to convert a first down and ice the Patriots’ victory.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the intriguing Week 12 game between the Cowboys and Patriots. Follow along below .Cowboys vs. Patriots score Q1Q2Q3Q4FinalCowboys06039Patriots730313Cowboys vs. Patriots: Scoring updates, highlightsFinal: Patriots 13, Cowboys 97:27 p.m.: New England gets a first down on the ground, which should just about do it.7:24 p.m.: Dallas has three timeouts left, so this one isn’t over. There will also be plenty of discussion of the tripping call, which was far from a flagrant violation.This was the terrible tripping penalty previously on the drive.Mike Pereira said he understands the call but Troy Aikman disagreed. pic.twitter.com/aZ8sR7uD15— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 25, 20197:20 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Cowboys. Two would-be first downs get taken off the board for Dallas. The first, on third-and-1 is called back for a tripping call. The second is initially ruled a completion to Cooper but hit the ground. New England will take over on the Dallas 25.This was the 4th and 11 no-catch by Cooper. pic.twitter.com/R7POhsq0dL— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 25, 20197:16 p.m.: The Cowboys get a chunk of yardage on the first play of the drive but face a third-and-short on the other side of the 2-minute warning.7:12 p.m.: Dallas bends but doesn’t break, forcing a punt around midfield. The Cowboys will get it back on their own 5 with 2:38 to go and three timeouts.7:02 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Facing fourth-and-7 from the 11, Jason Garrett takes the points. Dallas is still without a touchdown this evening. Patriots 13, Cowboys 9.6:58 p.m.: A huge play for the Cowboys. Prescott hits Randall Cobb for 59 yards to the Patriots 25. Cobb nearly lost the ball at the end but made a nice play to snag it out of the air.Beautiful throw by @Dak to @RCobb18 for the 59-yard gain! #DallasCowboys #DALvsNE📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/YLI9jW8U5W pic.twitter.com/eLvVX8Omfc— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 20196:50 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. New England loses 10 yards over the final set of downs, but Folk is still good from 42 yards out to make it a touchdown lead again. That was easily the longest drive of the game, at a little over six minutes. Patriots 13, Cowboys 6.End third quarter: Patriots 10, Cowboys 66:37 p.m.: We’re well on our way to a scoreless third quarter, with less than a minute to play. Patriots and Cowboys both have three drives. Patriots gained 26 total yards, Cowboys 22.6:25 p.m.: The teams have combined for two first downs on the first four drives of the second half.6:07 p.m.: New England goes three-and-out. Brady has completed eight of his 18 pass attempts. Your thoughts, Tom?Brady: “F*ck” pic.twitter.com/z3zQDVzGRU— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 24, 20196:03 p.m.: The second half is underway, with the Patriots in possession.Halftime: Patriots 10, Cowboys 65:48 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Brady gives New England a chance to get some points on the final play of the first half, but Folk misses the 48-yarder. The Patriots head to halftime up four.5:35 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. A big play plus roughing the passer puts Dallas in the red zone, but New England gets a third down stop to force a chip shot field goal. Maher is good from 27. Patriots 10, Cowboys 6.5:27 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Now it’s New England’s turn to miss a kick. Folk is wide right from 46 yards out.5:24 p.m.: A big gain to start the Patriots drive.Jakobi Meyers looking slippery in the rain ⛈ #GoPats #DALvsNE @jkbmyrs5📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/YLI9jW8U5W pic.twitter.com/Gax7u6cOe6— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 20195:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Elliott is up to 49 yards on 11 rushes. Prescott with a bad misfire on third down, which brings Brett Maher out for a 46-yarder he converts. Patriots 10, Cowboys 3.Dak missed a wide open Cobb for a first down on 3rd down and short. #Cowboys ended up kicking a FG to make it 10-3. pic.twitter.com/Xrp4NUGfM9— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 24, 20195:09 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. New England only goes 3 yards after the interception, but Nick Folk’s 44-yarder is true. Patriots 10, Cowboys 0.5:07 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Patriots. Prescott throws behind Amari Cooper, and Stephon Gilmore dives in front of it for a pick. New England is back in business.🔒⬇️Stephon Gilmore dives for the interception! #GoPats #DALvsNE @BumpNrunGilm0re📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/YLI9jW8U5W pic.twitter.com/Rr0HEbGVWQ— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2019End first quarter: Patriots 7, Cowboys 04:56 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Brady hits N’Keal Harry with a back-shoulder throw for a 10-yard score on the second play of the drive. Patriots 7, Cowboys 0.. @NkealHarry15 ‘s first career TD is a beauty! #GoPats #DALvsNE📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/YLI9jW8U5W pic.twitter.com/gQAkzrbgHp— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 20194:54 p.m.: BLOCKED PUNT, Patriots. New England with the biggest play of the first quarter, overloading the left side of the Cowboys’ line and allowing Matthew Slater to get a hand on the punt. The Patriots take over inside the red zone.MATTHEW SLATER BLOCKS THE PUNT!!! pic.twitter.com/jgVKDc06K0— PatriotsNation™ (@PatsNationTM) November 24, 20194:49 p.m.: Dallas sacks Brady on third down to get the ball back.4:40 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. A pass interference penalty and a lot of Ezekiel Elliott brings Dallas to the edge of field goal range. But the 46-yard field goal doinks off the upright, and we remain scoreless.Zeke is eating early 🍽 #DallasCowboys #DALvsNE📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/YLI9jW8U5W pic.twitter.com/tEjjqVAfos— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 20194:32 p.m.: A heavy dose of Sony Michel runs moves the Patriots to about midfield, but an incompletion on third down brings out the punting unit.last_img read more

Hawks clinch Murdoch, now enter post season as early divisional favourite to capture playoff title

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe first round of the Murdoch playoffs have been set.And now Terry Jones and the Hawk players can sit back and watch the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels pound the daylights out of each other during the first round of the playoffs while Beaver Valley toys with the Spokane Braves.While nothing is set in stone come playoff time, during the past handful of seasons the team surviving the regular season test in the Murdoch Division usually wins the playoff title.“It’s really important to win the division and avoid that tough first round matchup,” Hawks’ head coach Terry Jones told The Nelson Daily earlier this season.“Last year we played Nelson in the first round and had nothing really left for Castlegar in the next round,” Jones added. “So it’s important to win the division.”Castlegar defeated Spokane in the first round of the playoffs last season, then dominated Beaver Valley in the next round en route to the KIJHL final under the guidance of head coach Steve Junker.The Hawks managed the feat during the weekend by taking three points from the Rebels in two very close overtime games between the two West Kootenay rivals.Christian Johnson was the hero Friday for Beaver Valley, scoring at 3:26 of the second overtime period to edge the Rebels 4-3.Saturday Castlegar returned the favour, winning 4-3 on a Scott Morriseau overtime marker.But the three-point weekend by the Hawks secured the Murdoch Division title as Beaver Valley leads by 11 points with only five games remaining for Castlegar. Beaver Valley now plays out the string before hosting Spokane Braves in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.The Hawks have owned the Braves this season.Meanwhile, Castlegar and Nelson continue their season rivalry this weekend with a home-and-home series before opening in the best-of-seven series in the Sunflower City.The Leafs, currently 7-1-0-2 in the last 10 games, have played the Rebels tough this season with the teams splitting the series each winning three times.Nelson survived a tough Super Bowl Sunday game against Spokane. Uriah Machuga had six points but Nelson still won 8-7.James Sorrey, who had not scored a goal since before Christmas, potted the winner in the last two minutes to send the fans home happy.Colton Schell led the Leafs with three points.Beaver Valley hosts Golden and Spokane Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Hawks Nest.Grand Forks travels to Castlegar Tuesday to meet the Rebels.Trio of Hawks chase Hubscher for the KIJHL leadThe three-headed Monster in Beaver Valley — Ryan Edwards, rookie Craig Martin and Chris Derochie — are currently chasing Nitro sniper Richard Hubscher for the KIJHL lead in scoring.The Kimberley player leads the league in scoring with 93 points, two in front of Derochie.Martin is one point in back of his Beaver Valley teammate at 90 and three in front of Edwards.Martin owns the goal scoring lead by a wide margin over Rylan Duley of Kimberley and Chase Edwards of Kamloops. Martin has 45 goals, five in front of Duley and [email protected]last_img read more

FAVORED DESERT THIEF TAKES $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER TALAMO; SPAWR TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.64

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016)–Reclaimed three starts back on Aug. 23 for $32,000, Desert Thief rallied from mid-pack under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by 1 ¾ lengths while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.64 over a track that was upgraded to “fast” earlier in the day.Trained by Bill Spawr, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Desert Code, who came off a pair of seconds at the same allowance level, was off at 3-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares bred or sired in California and paid $8.00, $4.00 and $2.80.“That was fine, the track is unbelievable,” said Talamo. “This was an unbelievable job by (Track Superintendent) Dennis Moore and his crew. With all the rain we’ve had the past few days (five and two tenths inches), I thought we would be racing on a sealed track. For them to be able to open it up and for it to be quick, it feels great.”Owned by Spawr, Abraham Ponce and Thomas Sanford, Desert Thief picked up $34,800 for the win, which was her fourth from 21 career starts. With the victory, her earnings now stand at $170,946.Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Zuzu’s Petals broke from the rail and rallied from far back to finish second, three lengths in front of early pacesetter Parasail. Off at 7-1, Zuzu’s Petals paid $7.20 and $4.60.Parasail, who was collared by the winner inside the furlong pole, was off at 8-1 with Tyler Baze and paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.21 and 1:09.77.With a two-day Pick Six carryover of $378,187 from Sunday, there was an additional $2.1 million in “new money” wagered, creating a total Pick Six pool on Thursday of $2,560,266. There were 71 winning tickets, and they each paid $22,015.00. There were 2,526 tickets with five winners, which paid $197.60 each.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30– DESPITE TAKING OVER FIVE INCHES OF RAIN EARLIER IN THE WEEK, TRACK UPGRADED TO ‘FAST’; THURSDAY’S TOTAL PICK SIX POOL HITS $2.5 MILLION, 71 WINNING TICKETS EACH PAY $22,015last_img read more

A $3,000 Bathtub? It’s an Emotional Thing

first_imgI have a not-so-dirty secret. Every house I have built for the last three years (except one) has a bathtub that cost well upwards of $3,000.What is the payback on a $3,000 bathtub? Is it more or less than the payback on a $6,000 solar water heater? Are either of these truly rational purchases?What is the value of the enhancement to your equanimity and marital harmony from that iconic bathtub? Do I calculate the payback on that solar panel based on today’s energy cost or that in five or ten years? What about resale value?Seriously, what has logic got to do with it? It’s an emotional thing.People buy as much green as they can justify—but they work to justify as much as they can afford.I can work with that.last_img

Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Edward Dixon made the most of the extended garbage time and poured 19 of his 27 points in the second half, to go with five rebounds, while Clement Leutcheu got 13 markers and 20 boards in the defeat.The Blazers suffered their fifth straight loss to go down to 2-9.The Scores:LYCEUM 83 – Perez 14, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 10, Caduyac 9, Pretta 9, Jc. Marcelino 7, Baltazar 7, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 5, Ibanez 2, Marata 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0.ST. BENILDE 69 – Dixon 27, Leutcheu 13, Belgica 10, Domingo 6, Johnson 5, Sta. Maria 4, Castor 2, Naboa 2, Pili 0, San Juan 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES MOST READ Quarters: 23-10, 46-30, 66-53, 83-69. CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum ran roughshod of St. Benilde for an 83-69 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez commandeered the fight for the Pirates as he scattered 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while MJ Ayaay got 12 markers, four boards, and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu also chimed in a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in the win, as Lyceum remained unbeaten after 11 games.“Every game, our mindset is we don’t look at the standings because we’re already battling our own race. It’s already about us at this point,” said deputy coach Jeff Perlas, who came in the press room for coach Topex Robinson.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 shutoutThough the Pirates led by as high as 21, their 23 turnovers helped the Blazers catch up and trim the lead to just 14 to finish the game, something which Perlas raised as a remaining concern for the team.“We’re far from being satisfied because of our turnovers. We have to take care of the ball. The effort of the team is always there, but we have to acknowledge that teams have started to catch up on us. We have to find a way to adjust to their adjustments,” he said. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week

first_imgAP FILE PHOTOINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers.Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. Thomas has progressed to the point where he will be scrimmaging 5 on 5 in the next few days with the possibility of playing in games with the Cavs before the year ends.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Cleveland has games in Sacramento and Utah next week before returning home on Jan. 2 against Portland. The next day, the Cavs will play in Boston, where Thomas spent more than two seasons and where he hoped to play longer before being traded.Since the deal, Thomas has talked about being motivated to show the Celtics they were wrong to let him go.Although he has not suited up for the Cavs, Thomas has been embraced by the city’s fans. As a way of giving thanks for their support, he teamed with World Vision — a humanitarian aid organization he has partnered with for seven years — to host children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at the party.“The biggest thing is just putting smiles on these kids’ faces,” said Thomas, who played basketball and video games. “You really don’t know what they’re going through or what they don’t have. It’s about having fun today.”Thomas said he has been touched by the warm welcome he’s gotten in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT “When that time comes to where I’ll be out there, I’m sure everybody is going to know and I’ll be out there playing the way I’ve always played,” said Thomas, who hosted a holiday party for some area kids at the team’s training facility. “I’m just trying to get as close as 100 percent as possible and to be out there to be special. Not just to be out there and be another body. However long that takes — it might be next week, it might be a week after that. We don’t know and we’re really not trying to put a date on it because it just depends on how my recovery is.“I’m ramping up my workouts, but at the same time it’s how I feel the next day, and it’s getting lighter and lighter, which is a good sign.”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 shutoutThomas is as close as ever to making his debut with Cleveland, which acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. Since training camp opened, the Cavs’ timeline for Thomas was for him to be playing games by the end of December.That now seems possible. The Cavs, who have won 18 of 20, host Chicago on Thursday and are expected to practice twice before their Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors, whom they’ve met in three straight Finals. LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s genuine,” he said. “I just like giving back no matter where I am. That’s just who I am and that’s what I’ve always been about, so I just try to reach kids and touch kids and show kids I’m just like them. I’ve come from a similar background and especially in the holiday season, it’s about making others happy and putting smiles on other people’s faces.”The 5-foot-9 Thomas blended in easily with the kids, some of whom weren’t much smaller than him. At one point, he joined a game of “knockout” and was quickly eliminated.“I expected that,” he said. “Every time I play knockout with kids they try their hardest to beat me and I always seem to lose. That wasn’t my first loss.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more