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FEU’s UAAP Finals return product of ‘trusting the process’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Ray Parks is back-to-back ABL Local MVP In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s been 10 years since the Lady Tamaraws lifted the biggest prize in UAAP women’s volleyball history and it was back when a certain Rachel Anne Daquis still played in college.Now that the Lady Tamaraws are back in the Finals, Pascua is ready to lead the charge bearing the pride of a school he has called home for the past 26 years.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 crown“Of course I’m elated because we’re back and the players have worked terribly hard for this and although it’s been so long since we’ve been to the finals but I trust the process,” said the Filipino-speaking Pascua Wednesday in a chat with Inquirer at FEU.“We trusted the process wherein we’ve accomplished this and I’m thankful that it has materialized.” There’s no “prodigal son” narrative around here but George Pascua may just be the chosen one for Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT During the decade-long title drought, the Lady Tamaraws have featured in the semifinals five times and they’ve ventured in the Final Four three straight times from Season 77 to 79.And all those trips ended in early defeats, but Pascua vowed that he would bring an inspiration to his team unlike those before him.Pascua, who won UAAP titles as a player and as a coach for the Tamaraws, said he wants to repay FEU for the trust it gave him since he donned the green-and-gold jersey in the early 1990s.“I promised FEU that I won’t coach our competitors in the UAAP, if I will serve one team it will always be FEU,” said Pascua. “FEU was once, and still, my home so I want to return the investment FEU has given me from the start.”“You can’t just abandon your home, your family. This is my home, this is where I started.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

House on shaky ground

first_img“It’s kind of ironic how they want to put us there for lack of a better place,” Scott Bowles said. Other residents say they are concerned the city is not paying enough attention to its roots. “We’re dismissing the indigenous people, as well as the founding families,” said Senya Lubisich. The lack of solicitation of resident input “seems to be more of a pattern with the city, and we’re just concerned.” Lubisich’s husband, Eloy Zarate, is a founding member of the Friends of La Laguna, a group that led successful efforts to preserve an artist-built playground in Vincent Lugo Park in recent months. Questions regarding the future of the Hayes House and plans for development were referred to Deputy City Manager Steven Preston. Preston did not return repeated calls for comment since last week. “All that is the subject of discussions right now,” said City Manager Mike Paules. Paules said the city hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ratkovich Company in the next month or two. “Financially, if it’s possible to keep it in place with the proposed project, then that would be something to consider. But right now I don’t know if it’s possible,” said City Councilman Kevin Sawkins. “Where the Hayes House and museum are, it takes up a pretty big piece of land. It may make the project unfeasible.” The proposal is a key component of the city’s effort to revitalize the Mission District, in which the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel is located, and which has not been as successful as had been hoped. “It’s a very, very important project,” Sawkins said. The two structures sit on a lot roughly 100 by 100 feet. The parking lot is about three acres. It makes economic and logical sense to keep the historical house in the historical district, said Scott Bowles’ wife, Isela. “This is the founding region of Los Angeles,” she said. “Everywhere you turn there is history that no one has anymore.” The Victorian house, with its gray wood clapboards, bay window and white cresting at the tip of a gable roof, was built in 1887 on Pine Street between Broadway and Live Oak Avenue. It was built by George Findley Bovard, who later became the fourth president of USC. In 1893, it was purchased by Milton Scott Wilson, a justice of the peace for the town. It stayed in the family until Wilson’s granddaughter, Mary Ruth Hayes, left the house to the historical association after her death in 1990. Inside, the family’s possessions have been saved, including Hayes’ collection of cat figurines, tea cups and dolls. Armchairs, wood stoves, a cabinet-looking ice box and lighting fixtures also remain. “They were the original pack rats,” Williams said. “They never threw anything away.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Gabriel Historical Association President Bill Williams said he would prefer to have both structures remain together in the Mission District. “We’re in a position where we don’t know,” Williams said. “All we know is they’re talking about it.” The Hayes House was moved to Broadway in 1991. It is named for Edwin Hayes, who helped organize the first San Gabriel City Council and the San Gabriel Union Church. One proposed new location for the house is Smith Park, Williams said. The park is dedicated to the Gabrielino-Tongva, the indigenous people occupying present-day Los Angeles and Orange counties, and their descendants, according to the city brochure. The Gabrielino-Tongva town of Sibangna once stood in the vicinity of the park. SAN GABRIEL – City staff and developers are considering a mixed-use project that may squeeze the 19th-century Hayes House and the San Gabriel Historical Association museum next door from their coveted corner in the Mission District. The struggle between change and historic preservation is especially poignant for some residents in a city that touts itself as the “birthplace of the Los Angeles region.” “Mission life in American reached its fullest development in California, and in no other city is this more evident,” a city brochure reads. The city is “dedicated to preserving the culture, vision and ideals of our heritage.” “These are very strong words here,” said Scott Bowles, pointing to the text. “These ideas are what us residents like.” last_img read more

FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC 5K TO OLYMPIC GLORY FOR MO FARAH!

first_imgDONEGAL athletics fans are celebrating this weekend after one of its adopted sons won Gold at the London Olympics.Mo Farah, who won the 10,000m race on Saturday night, is pictured here taking part in the St Stephen’s Day 5k run at Finn Valley AC four years ago.So when he went for gold FVAC members were right behind him. As were the people of Milford.That’s because super Mo’s manager is Milford man and former Finn Valley AC athlete Ricky Simms!Mo spent Christmas in Donegal with the Simms family a couple of years ago.Farah, who was joined on his lap of honour by wife Tania and daughter Rihanna, said afterwards: “I just can’t believe it, the crowd got so much behind me and was getting louder and louder. “I’ve never experienced anything like this – it will never get any better than this, this is the best moment of my life.“It doesn’t come round often and to have it right on the doorstep and the amount of people supporting you and shouting out your name.”Farah, who moved to London from Somalia with his family when he was eight, ran a near-perfect race to cross the line in 27 minutes 30.42 seconds, with his training partner Galen Rupp (USA) in silver and Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele in bronze.All eyes now turn to another athlete managed by Simms – someone called Usain Bolt.FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC 5K TO OLYMPIC GLORY FOR MO FARAH! was last modified: August 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help!

first_imgStaff at the Radisson Blu hotel in Letterkenny had a very unusual emergency call to make yesterday.The hotel found itself without enough water for its guests to shower after a disruption locally.Management contacted the local fire service who came to their rescue. Quick as a flash, two units of the Letterkenny fire service were on hand to fill the tanks of the popular hotel and there was no delay in guests getting ready for the day ahead.Council staff followed up on the quick response of the fire service with a permanent solution to the water shortage.Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help! was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Stanbank secures $100m European loan

first_img11 December 2009Standard Bank has signed a six-year US$100-million (about R747-million) loan agreement with three European development finance institutions. The loan will be used to fund infrastructure projects and project finance lending in Africa.The loan was coordinated by Germany’s Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), along with Netherlands’ FMO and the Austria’s Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank (OeEB).“The deal will hopefully serve as a platform for future cooperation between Standard Bank, DEG and the other lenders across a range of different banking products and geographies,” said Standard Bank Africa CEO Clive Tasker in a statement last week.It is the first transaction between Standard Bank of South Africa and DEG, one of Europe’s largest development finance institutions.“The tranche, made available by several development finance institutions, will enable Standard Bank to finance investments in the infrastructure sector,” said DEG chairman Bruno Wenn.Boosting continental trade, investmentStandard Bank has been very active in securing international credit facilities to fund trade and investment on the African continent, especially in light of the global financial crisis.In April, it received a $400-million credit line from the International Finance Corporation’s Global Trade Liquidity Programme to support trade in sub-Saharan Africa.In September, it raised a further US$1-billion loan facility with four major Chinese banks: the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau), Bank of China, China Development Bank, and China CITIC Bank.And, in October, it signed a further $150-million loan agreement with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to boost trade on the continent.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Unlocking Africa’s competitiveness

first_img5 May 2011African economies have made important strides in improving their economic environments in recent years, but much remains to be done to sustain recent strong growth, according to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2011.The report, jointly produced by the World Bank, World Economic Forum and African Development Bank, was released at the start of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday.It argues that African governments must better harness the region’s resources through stronger integration into international trade and finance, improved educational systems, enhanced entrepreneurial opportunities for women, and developing their tourism sectors.“Africa must focus on the policies and strategies that are key for the sustained economic recovery and inclusive growth of the continent, such as higher education for skilled manpower and entrepreneurship development, and financial instruments that will support vibrant private sector development and regional integration and trade,” Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice-president of the African Development Bank, said in statement on the release of the report.Four focus areasThe report highlights four areas on which Africa should focus “to ensure strong, sustained and shared growth”, namely: diversifying products and markets; upgrading managerial skills and higher education; expanding women’s entrepreneurship; and reaping the full benefits of tourism.“African countries have much to gain by diversifying exports and by further opening up regional trade,” the World Bank says on its Africa Competitiveness Report web page.Despite improving over recent decades, the report finds, Africa’s share in world trade remains low, being heavily concentrated in natural resources, while intra-African trade is limited.Regional integration could also “help African countries become more competitive and resilient to external shocks”.Not enough university studentsOn managerial skills and higher education, the report states, African higher education enrolment remains extremely low by international standards, while most African students avoid science, engineering technology and business. “The result is a skills mismatch – university graduates remain unemployed, while African countries continue to face shortages of skilled labour.”The report finds the rate of women’s entrepreneurship to be higher in Africa than in any other region, without necessarily signaling economic empowerment. “This is because women are concentrated in the informal, micro, low-growth, and low-profit areas.”The report shows that while women are less likely to be operating larger firms in higher-value-added sectors, those who do so in fact manage firms that perform equally well as those run by men. “What is critical is not to increase entrepreneurship per se, but rather to enable women to move into higher-value-added activities.”Tourism riches unexploitedAnd when it comes to tourism, the report finds that Africa’s rich natural and cultural resources “represent a major unexploited endowment … The region has many advantages on which to build its tourism industry, including price competitiveness, a strong affinity for tourism, and rich natural resources supported by efforts toward environmental sustainability.“However, a number of obstacles remain to developing the sector, notably improving safety and security, upgrading health and hygiene levels, developing infrastructure and access to African sites, and fostering the region’s human capital.”In addition to assessments of competitiveness, trade performance and the ability to attract investment, the report includes an analysis of what is needed to upgrade higher education in Africa, how to best expand women’s economic opportunities on the continent, and the extent to which African countries have created environments attractive to travel and tourism.Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said the report was “the third comprehensive effort by our three organisations to place the continent in a broader international context and to shed light on the important aspects of development in the region, which are so critical to ensure sustained and shared growth for Africa’s citizens.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA animation wins over kids in Brazil

first_img13 August 2013 South African animated 3D movie Adventures in Zambezia won the “best feature for children” award at the 21st Anima Mundi international animation festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week. The award is the latest in a string of successes for the debut feature from Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which followed up with its second feature film, Khumba, earlier this year. Last year, Adventures in Zambezia became the first African 3D feature animation to be nominated – for best music and best voice artist – for the Hollywood-based Annie Awards, the most prestigious in the animated movie industry. It was also named best South African feature film at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, and best animation at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. According to the National Film and Video Foundation, the film has been sold to over 40 territories, and within 12 weeks of its release in five of those territories had sold over 1-million tickets, notably reaching number 2 at the box office in Russia and Germany. On Wednesday, the film will be widely released – at 477 screens – in France, having been snapped up by a French distributor, along with Khumba, at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival in May. Adventures in Zambezia tells the story of a young falcon that leaves his home and his father in the desert to make a life for himself in the big city of Zambezia – only to find that surviving the urban jungle can be more difficult than living in the wild. Directed by Wayne Thornley, it features an all-star cast including Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nemoy, Richard E Grant and Samuel L Jackson. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa CEO: ‘Successful brands should be authentic’

first_imgMelissa JavanA brand should behave and uphold the message it communicated, said Kingsley Makubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, ahead of the South African Top 50 Brands announcement.The leading brands will be announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on Thursday, 15 September at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. This will be the fourth annual survey released on South Africa’s Top 50 BrandsHow the top brands are valuedThe Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing brands on three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of brand commonly used in the marketplace, reads Brand South Africa’s site. “The levels include: brand business value, brand contribution and brand value.”South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by domestic and international audiences, it adds. “As such, commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.”Brand Finance defines brand as the “trademark and associated IP (intellectual property) including the word mark and trademark iconography”.Last year, the five Most Valuable Brands in the country were MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank and First National Bank. Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank were the strongest brands in South Africa in 2014-15. The cellphone network MTN was the Top Valuable Brand in the country.The top 50 corporate brands in South Africa last year were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, reported Media Club South Africa.News portal Business Tech reported that the Top 50 Brands survey was conducted by Brand Finance, which calculated brand value using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Characteristics of top brandsLast year, Thebe Ikalafeng, chief executive officer of Brand Finance Africa, said the key pillars of a brand’s success were its performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money it spent on equity.This week, Makhubela narrowed the characteristics of a successful brand down to authenticity. “This is an especially important principle in positioning the Nation Brand positively.”Authenticity, honesty, reliability and credibility are crucial to how a brand is able to weather crises that may impact on its reputation.”It was very important for a brand to be able to generate positive emotions to help it to enable the conversion of attention into loyalty, according to Makhubela.Why celebrate top brands?Commercial brands were important carriers of the South African brand and message, he said. “It conveys the story of a South Africa that is innovative, caring and entrepreneurial.”Commercial brands can also carry a message of a country that is grounded in the principles of good governance,” he said. “Behaviour to the contrary impacts negatively on the corporate entity as well as the nation brand.”In international markets, the corporate entity is sometimes a consumer’s first experience of a country. South Africa’s corporates are therefore very important in our work to position South Africa positively.”South Africa’s Most Valuable Brands of 2014 and 2015 are listed here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Amid contrasting claims, J&K Governor dissolves Assembly

first_img Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said the BJP-backed PC claim only hinted at “illegitimate means the two parties were planning to employ in J&K to cobble together the required numbers.”“Initially, the BJP claimed an alliance of the NC, PDP and Congress was on the directions of Pakistan. It was bizarre. The BJP’s bid to project the head of a two-MLA party as new chief minister only showed the party’s desperation and illegal design to break parties here. Unfortunately, the BJP was supporting a leader who started his political career with a gun in his hand against the state of India and whose family still preaches separatism. And they call it nationalism,” said Mr. Akhtar.Undemocratic, says SozSenior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz termed the Governor’s decision “unconstitutional and undemocratic.”“Ms. Mufti should approach the court as the Governor dissolved the Assembly at the behest of the Centre,” said Mr. Soz.Earlier, in an eventful day, arch rivals, the National Conference and the PDP, decided to join hands to form a unity government, with the Congress openly offering its support.“The move was made with the sole aim of safeguarding the special status of J&K, which is under threat,” said PDP leader Altaf Bukhari.Ms. Mufti said the move was also necessitated because “the Governor’s administration randomly was amending the laws concerning the special status of the State and the BJP had started engineering defections in other parties for furtherance of its political motives.”“Governor Malik’s [earlier] decision not to dissolve the Assembly till 2020 kept the options of horse trading open. It was a serious situation,” said Congress president G.A. Mir.The sudden decision to form the government came just a day after a senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baigh publicly supported Mr. Lone and the BJP-backed third front, triggering hectic political parleys among the three parties.“The BJP had started engineering defections in other parties for furtherance of its political motives. The three parties came together to stop horse trading too,” said Ms. Mufti.PDP’s Bukhari is emerging as a consensus candidate to lead the alliance as of now.Senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta said these parties were worried because their ground was slipping in the State, as reflected in the recent elections.“This alliance is coming together on the directions of Pakistan. Meetings were happening in Dubai too. Even the Hurriyat is onboard for this,” said Mr. Gupta. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday dissolved the State Assembly, as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Conference (PC) separately staked claim to form a government after day-long political drama.“Governor Malik has passed an order in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by clause (b) of subsection (2) of Section 53 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir to dissolve the Legislative Assembly,” read a Raj Bhavan communique.Earlier, two parties, the PDP and the PC, after daylong political wrangling, wrote to the Raj Bhavan on email and WhatsApp to stake claim to form the government, as the Governor’s official fax failed to respond.Former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in the letter, claimed that she had the support of 15 MLAs from National Conference and 12 MLAs of the Congress, in addition to her 29 MLAs, putting the total number at 56.The Assembly has 87 members and any party would require 44 MLAs’ support to form a government.On the other hand, PC chief Sajad Lone, who has two MLAs, claimed the support of 25 MLAs of the BJP and 18 more MLAs.National Conference leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah cried foul over the Governor’s decision. “The NC has been pressing for Assembly dissolution for five months now. It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba’s letter staking claim the order to dissolve the Assembly suddenly appears,” said Mr. Abdullah.Also Read J&K Assembly dissolved: as it happened last_img read more

Dilshan to lead Sri Lanka during England tour

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan was on Monday appointed as Sri Lanka’s captain for all three formats for next month’s tour of England, following Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation after the World Cup.T Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka captain for next month’s England tour. AP”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the appointment of of TM Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” a Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) statement said.The selectors, however, have not named a vice-captain for the tour because “the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question.”Sangakkara had resigned from the post of Sri Lanka captain a few days after his team’s loss to India in the final of the World Cup, their second successive loss in the title clash of the quadrennial extravaganza.A day later, vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and all the national selectors also resigned from their respective posts.The 34-year-old Dilshan, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had previously led Sri Lanka in two Twenty2O internationals in 2008 and 2009, and also during a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2010.The big-hitting opener’s appointment to the top post ended the speculation over whether he, or the 23-year-old all-rounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara’s immediate successor.With exactly 500 runs under his belt, Dilshan was also the highest run-scorer in the 2011 World Cup, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and Sangakkara.advertisementDilshan has till date represented Sri Lanka in 66 Tests and scored 3990 runs at an average of 42.44 with 11 centuries and 16 half fifties to his credit.In 203 ODIs, Dilshan has accumulated 5456 runs at an average of 36.61 with 160 being his highest score. He has also played 32 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more