Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint

first_img“I have none,” Paras said when asked what his expectations are as he sees action as a National player in a men’s tournament for the first time. “I have no expectations, because every time I play, I leave it all on the floor and give it my all.“I take it quarter by quarter and I play to win,” he added.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’Paras more or less knows that a lot of eyes will be on him starting with the Filipinos’ clash with Canada 150 at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.And at such a young age, Paras said that he has gotten used to all the attention. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger Paras listened with gusto and obviously wants to be in the national team program for the long haul.And as a 6-foot-5 swingman with the athletic ability rarely seen for Filipinos his size, Kobe Paras could come up with the impact for the National team and in the PBA in the near future, much in the same way his dad did in 1989 when he became the pro league’s first and only Rookie-MVP.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I don’t let that bother me at all,” he said as a number of Filipino fans recognized him and asked for selfies while doing the interview.Paras said that he is ready to suit up in at least three straight tournaments for the Philippines until the end of August and show everyone what the fuzz has been about ever since he flew back from France after the Fiba 3X3 tournament and headed straight to Gilas camp.“I’m excited to play,” Paras, a strong candidate for the Fiba Asia Championship and Southeast Asian Games teams, said. “I think I am ready to play the highest level of basketball – and that is with Gilas.”Now with Cal State Northridge after withdrawing from UCLA and Creighton, Paras spent a lot of time talking with reporters, never once showing uneasiness and doing so with great sincerity.He confessed to vaguely remembering his father, PBA great Benjie Paras, play in the pros and even asked the scribes to tell him stories of his old man’s national team career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Amid stong start, Robinson reminds Lyceum to be ‘ready, humble, hungry’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Kobe Paras and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas team arrive Friday afternoon for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – With a headset on and partially covering his face with a yellow baseball cap, this 19-year-old many have tagged to be the next big Philippine cage talent lay in the pre-departure area of Eva Air on Friday afternoon looking as cool as everyone else in the young Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 crew.Introduced by a team official to members of the media that will cover the 39th Jones Cup starting Saturday here, Kobe Paras grabbed the Inquirer’s hand with both of his for a firm handshake and quickly obliged an ambush interview that explained why he looked as collected as he did.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 View commentslast_img read more

Federer set to swing into Shanghai again

first_imgBEIJING — Roger Federer’s presence at the Rolex Shanghai Masters has long been a major selling point of the ATP 1000 tournament since its debut in 2009.The sight of the Swiss great singing in Chinese in a new promotional video to mark the event’s 10-year anniversary underlined that special connection.ADVERTISEMENT Federer appeared to be improvising as he belted out Happy Birthday To You, word for word, in Chinese, alongside tournament mascot Daishi, before the defending champion confirmed he will make his seventh appearance at the event this year, which runs Oct 6-14.The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s affection for the tournament and the city was also particularly in evidence one day last year when he took the subway to the venue, Qizhong Tennis Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 36-year-old ultimately beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to lift the trophy, adding to his 2014 title when he overcame Gilles Simon.“Shanghai is a great tournament, I hope I can come to play every year if my body allows,” Federer said last year in Shanghai. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Go for Gold routs Marinerong Pilipino, gains share of lead Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 “And I’d like to bring my family to, not just Shanghai, China in general. It’s such a diverse, interesting country with so much rich history that I’d like to visit more.”Like many cities around the world, Federer enjoys exceptionally loyal support in Shanghai, with hordes of devotees attending his every public appearance last year.Tickets on saleTo cater to the mania, fans will again be able watch to Federer and many of the tournament’s other big names warm up for the competition at the venue’s main court on Oct 6.The premium tickets for the open practice session sold out in two days last week, however a small number of cheaper tickets costing 50 yuan ($7.40) each are available.ADVERTISEMENT View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced This year’s ticketing program also features a two-day “Super Fan” package, which includes a central-court pass for main-draw action on Oct 10 and 11, as well as a Shanghai City Tour Card for use on the city’s public transport.As the only ATP 1000 tournament held in Asia, the Shanghai Masters rounds off the tour’s Asian swing in style as the world’s top players compete in the singles and doubles draws for a piece of a prize pot totalling $7.6 million.The singles winner will earn 1,000 ranking points.A total of 99 matches-55 in singles, 23 in doubles and 21 in qualifying-are played every year on Qizhong’s hardcourts in western Shanghai.The venue boasts cutting-edge facilities, including a retractable roof on the main court, and was named ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year five consecutive times, from 2009 to 2013.“This is a truly distinct year for Asia’s only ATP Masters 1000, the biggest and most important men’s championship in the region,” tournament director Michael Luevano said.“The Rolex Shanghai Masters has truly been a star for tennis in the Far East. We are excited for this year’s championship and eagerly look forward to the next decade, at least, as we continue to help grow this great sport in the region.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Can We Be an Innovation-Driven Nation?

first_img“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”–  Steve JobsFor most people, the word “innovation” educes images of inventors, new technologies and new products. They tend to envision iconic images such as airplanes, computers, rockets, radios, TVs, cell phones, etc. This is quite understandable considering the impact of these devices on the development of the modern world has been marvelous. But what actually is innovation? A textbook definition of the word states that: “Innovation generally refers to renewing, changing or creating more effective processes, products or ways of doing things.” I thought that definition was very succinct but a bit too boring. So, I consulted the literature to garner insight on how great minds of the past and present perceive(d) innovation; and I found some interesting perceptions that enabled me understand the word in a better way.I first searched the writings of Peter Drucker who argues that, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship…the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” W.  Edwards Deming on the other hand, suggests that, “Innovation comes from the producer- not from the customer.” But Steve Jobs puts it in a more succinct way: ““Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” I like the way Jobs puts it; he reminds me of Liberia where we fail to encourage innovation and therefore we continue to follow others.I made the avowal above that we fail to encourage innovation because of two experiences that I have had and the experiences of many other young Liberians who had proffered innovative solutions but had been turned down for several reasons. My personal experience began in 2004 when I graduated with my first master’s degree. I had designed and written a system which I termed, “CENTINOL”, the acronym for Central Intelligence Network of Liberia and brought it to some officials in Liberia. My wish at the time was that the system would be adopted or be used as a framework for the development of a system that could be used by our security forces.  I was told then, that Liberia was not ready for such a system; and that was it!Most recently, I had requested the University of Liberia to allow me perform an action research which would ultimately lead to the development of an e-learning system. This system would be turned over to the University free of charge upon completion of the research. The proposal was Dead on Arrival (DoA) when it hit the office of one of the vice presidents (who is no longer within the employ of the University). I was told that the University was not ready for such an endeavor. SERIOUSLY? Are we not in the 21st Century? But yet, the University relies on an online  program that is done in Collaboration with an institution in India. So, are we leading or following?Over the years, I’ve come to realize that innovation is a concept which keeps driving businesses to find ways of doing things differently than how they were done before. Without innovation, organizations become stationary thereby losing their competiveness or competive advantage. New strategies, ideas, products, services, concepts, and methods must be incorporated more consistently if an organization wants to keep competitive and up to date in the market.For example, despite all of the recent promotions, organizational changes, etc, Novafone continues to remain the number three operator in the Liberian telecom market. On the other hand, even though Lonestar boasts of a larger number of subscribers, Cellcom “SEEMS” to be first to market when it comes to new products and services, thus giving it competitive advantage. So what makes Cellcom and Lonestar successful leaders in the Liberian telecom market? The answer is INNOVATION. Innovation forces competition which is good for the ordinary citizen, because it forces companies to emerge with better, if not the best, quality of products and services and sell them at lower prices.We need to develop a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable time in which we live. In Liberia, some leaders question innovation when it is proffered, forgetting to know that innovation is actually what brings development. I think it is time our leaders strive to be open to new and brilliant ideas that can lead to robust business models, bringing a unique customer/citizen experience instead of turning down proposals and saying “we are not ready for that yet.”People and things are changing rapidly, hence, we need to respond to those changes by being innovative. Currently, for example, Liberians are getting addicted to new technologies, connectivity and speed. The ongoing expansion of the mobile ecosystem, coupled with demand for high-bandwidth applications and services such as video (sports), will continue to place pressure on the industry to increase the availability and quality of broadband connectivity. Innovation is what actually facilitates the response to the changes that are occurring. Now, if the innovative “practices” that are occurring among our mobile operators parallel those in other sectors, we will have a lot of factories. With factories or a strong manufacturing ecosystem, a lot of Liberians could be employed.We need to encourage, espouse and support innovation whenever it is suggested. We have to embrace innovation and not be intimidated by it simply because it takes us out of our comfort zones. Thinking out of the box is not such a bad thing, after all, a person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing. Success therefore comes only when we are bold enough to take risks and that’s what innovation is all about; risks. The fear of new ideas is the fear of progress. The fear of progress means prolonged underdevelopment. So, I ask the question again: Can we be an innovation-driven nation? I believe we can!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Auto technician, doctor robbed by lone gunman

first_imgA 28-year-old auto body technician and his friend, a doctor attached to a city hospital, are now nursing gunshot wounds at the Georgetown Public Hospital after they were trailed from a city bank and shot by a lone gunman.The injured men have been identified as Ramesh Kissoon of Lot 8 Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and Dr Lewis (only name given).Guyana Times understands that the duo had just left a city bank and proceeded to Kissoon’s workshop housed in the lower flat of his Industry house. Kissoon reportedly parked his motor car bearing registration number PSS 7498 and was preparing to exit the vehicle when a silver grey motor car pulled up alongside him.A lone perpetrator allegedly whipped out his gun and shot Kissoon to his arm. HeRobbery victim Ramesh Kissoon’s motor car was seen parked with the right side window shatteredthen exited his vehicle and pointed the gun at Dr Lewis and shot him to his left leg. The bandit quickly grabbed a bag containing $400,000, which Kissoon had withdrawn from the bank, reentered his vehicle and sped away.Jaganauth Kissoon, the father of the auto technician, related that he was awakened by the sound of what he believed to be squibs which turned out to be gunshots. According to the man, after exiting his bedroom, he went outside to check on what was happening and it was then he saw his son holding his bloody hand.“When I watch outside, I see my son running and he was holding his hand and I see blood dripping. I didn’t even know that was gunshot; I thought was squib until I realise that is my son got attacked,” Kissoon relayed.He further revealed that relatives and workmen, who were at the establishment at the time, ran to the aid of the injured men.“We had to wrap up the wounds them and then my daughter had to rush them to the hospital … I ain’t really see what happened, because I was asleep; I could only tell you what I see when I come out, but my daughter who carry them to the hospital, she see what happened,” the traumatised man explained.The injured men were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were said to be in stable condition, with Kissoon reportedly suffering a broken hand as a result of the gunshot breaking bone.When this newspaper visited the scene, Kissoon’s motor car was seen parked with the right side window shattered. The matter was reported to the Police, and a manhunt has since been launched for the perpetrator.last_img read more

Dawson Creek elementary teacher mandated into anger management

first_imgNorquay is listed on the staff directory of Rolla Discovery School, located in Dawson Creek. A report released by the Teacher Regulation Branch attributes numerous incidents of inappropriate behaviour, such as striking students’ hands and arm, as well as “inappropriate yelling” and pointing “her finger in students’ faces.”“On January 28, 2013, the District issued Norquay another letter of discipline following an investigation into an allegation that Norquay had struck a student on his hand with his pencil when he failed to follow her instructions to stop drawing,” the report reads.As a result of such incidents, Commissioner Bruce Preston has mandated Norquay “successfully complete, at her expense, the course ‘Dealing with Anger’ through the Justice Institute of B.C.”- Advertisement -She will also complete a second anger management course as a pre-requisite to her success.If Norquay does not complete the courses by August 1, 2015, the branch says additional measures may be implemented.“If Norquay fails to provide satisfactory proof of completion of the Courses… the Commissioner may require the Director of Certification to suspend Norquay’s certificate of qualification… until such time as she successfully completes the Courses.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Napoli to target Premier League duo if they miss out on Liverpool midfielder

first_img1 Napoli will switch their attention to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Manchester City’s Javi Garcia if they fail to agree a deal for long-serving Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.Rafa Benitez, the Napoli boss, wants a reunion with Lucas, who he brought to Anfield in 2007, and has been boosted by the fact that current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is willing to sanction his departure.Reports claim preliminary talks are already underway although Napoli want an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal, while Liverpool would prefer to sell the Brazilian outright.Benitez will raid the Premier League if his current and former clubs fail to reach an agreement, with Schneiderlin and Garcia in his sights.France international Schneiderlin’s future at Southampton is unclear following a mass exodus of players from St Mary’s this summer. Arsenal and Tottenham have also been tipped to lure him away from the South Coast.Meanwhile, Garcia is expected to leave Premier League champions City after they signed Fernando from Porto earlier this summer. Liverpool and Brazil star Lucas Leiva last_img read more

SUPERB-LINE UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEKEND AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR

first_imgJimmy Buckey had the place rocking last weekend.ENTERTAINMENT: Management at The Millbridge Bar have secured another top class line-up of entertainment for patrons this weekend. The newly refurbished bar and restaurant is now the place to be every weekend.On Friday night the jukebox in the bar is the perfect way to kick-start your weekend.Jimmy Buckley had The Millbridge rocking last week and now its the turn of Kenny Crawford to do the same on Saturday night.While on Sunday, Kilmacrennan’s very own traditional band Ciorcal Iomlan will play in the Snug Bar from 6pm to 9pm. On Sunday we also have our carvery lunch in the newly refurbished Ivy restaurant, 4 courses €16.95 (tea or coffee) kids eat for  €4.95Live premiership matches shown ALL weekend.3 pints for €10 (Mon-Fri)Loyalty cards also available offering 10% off all food and drink.Steak nite special on Tuesday’s.*Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Donegal Daily for our Christmas party nights specials.*For any more info check out our Facebook page or contact us on 074 91 39800.SUPERB-LINE UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEKEND AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

ROBERT EMMETS CLINCH UNDER 14 LADIES C TITLE

first_imgRobert Emmets celebrate their win.The Ladies U-14 County C Final took place today at the Red Hugh’s GAA grounds between Robert Emmets from Castlefinn and Naomh Padhraic of Muff.In a very close first half with both sides nip and tuck it was Muff who went in at the break with a two point gap 3-04 to Robert Emmets 3-02.The management team of Emmets made a few positional changes at half time bringing their full-back Naoimh Mc Granaghan up to the midfield area and the game was then dominated by the girls from Castlefinn. Catherine Mc Glinchey made some terrific runs and seemingly scoring at will her total was 4-01.Truda Mc Daid and Naoimh Mc Granaghan controlled the midfield area and Muff where confined to just one point in the second half while all the Robert Emmets girls were growing in confidence and were playing well all over the field scored 3-04.Great scenes at full time with the final score Robert Emmets 6-06 Muff 3-05.A gallant effort from Muff but Robert Emmets had a little too much for them.  ROBERT EMMETS CLINCH UNDER 14 LADIES C TITLE was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:muffRobert EmmetsUnder 14 Clast_img read more

Poland vs Colombia: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_img 3 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago but are the lower-ranked of the two teams (16th), with Poland rated as the eighth best side on the planet.When is Poland vs Colombia?The match will take place on Sunday, June 24 and will kick off at 7pm UK time.It will be at the Kazan Arena, which has a capacity of around 45,000. Poland and Colombia meet on Sunday knowing defeat will send one of them home early from the 2018 World Cup.Both teams suffered defeats in their opening Group H matches, Poland losing 2-1 to Senegal and Colombia going down by the same scoreline against Japan having had a man sent off early on. Robert Lewandowski during Poland’s defeat to Senegal Poland or Colombia face an early exit from Russia 3 3 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?Robert Lewandowski was ineffective against Senegal but the Bayern Munich star is one of the best strikers in world football and will be even more determined to score his first World Cup goal against Colombia. Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland (55 goals in 96 games) and their leader too.For Colombia, Lewandowski’s Bayern teammate James Rodriguez is without doubt their star man. The playmaker was outstanding at the last World Cup, winning the Goldon Boot and earning a move to Real Madrid, and is the man his country looks to for inspiration.What is the team news?Poland have brought forward Dawid Kownacki into their starting XI after an impressive cameo against Senegal, while influential centre-back Kamil Glik is not fit enough to return as he continues to struggle with a shoulder injury.Rodriguez was on the bench for Colombia’s defeat to Japan due to a calf injury but is back fit and starts.Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Rybus, Kownacki, Goralski, Lewandowski.Colombia: Ospina; Mojica, Sanchez, Mina, Arias; Barrios, Aguilar, James, Cuadrado, Quintero, FalcaoWhat does Group H look like ahead of the match?last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois wins 2018 World Cup Golden Glove award

first_img 2 Thibaut Courtois has won the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup.The 26-year-old helped Belgium to a third-place finish. He played in every one of the Red Devils’ seven matches and conceded six goals, keeping three clean sheets along the way.Chelsea’s Courtois becomes the latest in a long line of elite goalkeepers to be named the best glovesman at the World Cup.Manuel Neuer won the award at the 2014 edition after Germany’s success in the final, continuing a run of three successive Golden Glove awards going to the keeper of the winning team.Oliver Kahn was the last player to be named Golden Glove winner despite not winning the World Cup, with Kahn’s Germany beaten by Brazil in the 2002 final; Kahn also won the Golden Ball award that year, becoming the only keeper in the history of the tournament to do so. Courtois was named the best keeper of the tournament 2 Kahn won both the Golden Glove and Golden Ball award in 2002 Courtois joins Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball, and Harry Kane, who finished top scorer, as the three main award winners for the 2018 World Cup.last_img read more