‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson With San Beda holding an 86-82 lead with a minute remaining, Bolick took his spot at the top of the key and launched a triple in the face of Mike Nzeusseu that gave the Red Lions an 89-82 lead with 50.9 seconds left.San Beda eventually won 92-82 to clinch its 21st NCAA seniors basketball title and that championship trophy was Bolick’s payment for the confidence Fernandez had given him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I want to thank coach Boyet, because he was the one who helped me grow as a basketball player,” said Bolick in Filipino Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “He made me into an MVP, although I didn’t win the award because I was thrown out.”“When we lost twice in the eliminations, we had a team-building exercise and I told him to trust us because I think the only way to repay coach Boyet for what he has given us is to win a championship.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img And Bolick’s bone-crushing triple late in the game was the manifestation of the trust Fernandez gave him.“Coach Boyet always told me ‘I got your back’ so at the start of the fourth quarter that’s the moment you won’t be able to get back to,” said Bolick. “And I kept telling myself that this is the time to step up.” 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 View comments Robinson’s relationship with Perez ‘goes beyond’ NCAA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez putimmense trust on Robert Bolick in leading the Red Lions, and when it mattered the most the mustachioed guard delivered and repaid his mentor with the championship.Bolick finished with 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and a dagger that embedded itself to the collective heart of Lyceum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

First-hand level of narcissism

first_imgDear Editor,Quite recently, I had the chance, or should I say the misfortune of witnessing first-hand the irritating level of narcissism of some of Georgetown’s municipal leaders.Whilst standing in line in the immigration area at a popular North American airport on my way back to Guyana, I observed Town Clerk Royston King and Mayor Patricia Chase Green enter the same immigration area and attempting to utilise the protocol services and dedicated VIP facilities that have been set up in that airport to accommodate foreign dignitaries.These facilities are used by heads of states, including Presidents and other heads of governments, and royal parties including reigning monarchs from Europe, Middle East Asia and Africa. This is an expedited service that speeds persons through security, check-in, and passport control.Clearly these two are well below those categories but apparently do not recognise that fact.The whole episode was indeed very embarrassing as they had to be escorted from this area and placed in the regular immigration line by security personnel.I first was amused at witnessing the illusions of grandeur of these two individuals, but then I became sad at how clueless these municipal officials were.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

Albouystown man remanded for narco-trafficking

first_imgKeaster King of Lot 56 James Street, Albouystown, was on Friday slapped with several narcotics-related charges when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 29-year-old man, who is no stranger to the police, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the charges which stated that on March 27, at his James Street home, he was found with eight grams of cannabis strapped to his waist.King was also jointly charged for another matter, which stated on September 21, 2018, at Lot 2925 North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the police unearthed a quantity of cannabis from his property.After being questioned by police ranks, he claimed ownership and as such, he was arrested.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant has a pending matter of similar nature in another court.As a result, the unrepresented man was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on April 26, 2019, for the first charge and on April 18, 2019, for the second charge.last_img read more

Samsung unveils its version of Apple’s versatile iPhone

first_imgKim, the Samsung spokeswoman, said marketing plans for the Ultra Smart F700 remain unclear because the company wants to see what kind of reaction it receives at the Barcelona show. Last month, Samsung rival LG Electronics Co. announced its own touch-screen mobile phone, the KE850 Prada. The LG phone, produced in partnership with the Italian fashion brand, is to go on sale in late February for $780 at mobile phone dealers and Prada stores in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. It is to be launched in Asia in March.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Samsung said the Ultra Smart F700 has a full touch screen and a traditional QWERTY key pad that slides out “for users who are not yet familiar with a touch-screen-only user interface.” The phone can also access the Internet, play music, take pictures, show videos, handle e-mail and share photos, said Samsung, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of mobile phone handsets. Its third-generation (3G) technology is considerably faster than the iPhone’s EDGE system, and its 5-megapixel camera outclasses the iPhone’s 2-megapixel camera. “The Ultra Smart F700 is a good example of how (the) mobile phone will evolve in the future,” Choi Gee-sung, president of Samsung’s Telecommunications Network Business, said in a statement Thursday. Apple’s iPhone will cost $599 for the high-end model. SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a new mobile phone that features some of the sleek design and functions of Apple Inc.’s much-hyped iPhone. Samsung’s Ultra Smart F700 will be exhibited at next week’s 3GSM World Congress, a telecommunications exhibition in Barcelona, Samsung spokeswoman Sonia Kim said Friday. Mobile phone makers have been scrambling to match the iPhone, unveiled last month by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The device, which will be available starting in June, marks the iPod and Macintosh computer maker’s entry into the mobile phone business. The ultra-thin iPhone is controlled by touching the screen, plays music, surfs the Internet, and runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system, among other functions. last_img read more

Julio Cesar signs for Benfica following QPR release

first_img Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has left Queens Park Rangers 1 Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica after being released by QPR.The Portuguese giants confirmed on their website on Tuesday evening that the 34-year-old had signed a two-year deal.Cesar, who arrived at Loftus Road on a free transfer in August 2012, had been under contract for another two years with the Premier League newcomers.A club statement read: “QPR have agreed to release goalkeeper Julio Cesar, with the player set to sign for Portuguese side Benfica.“The Brazilian, who was contracted until June 2016, has left Loftus Road by mutual consent with immediate effect.”Cesar played in all seven of Brazil’s matches at this summer’s World Cup – including their 7-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Germany – but was omitted from the 22-man squad new national team coach Dunga announced on Tuesday for next month’s friendlies.He joined QPR following seven years at Inter Milan, with whom he won five Serie A titles and the 2010 Champions League among numerous other trophies.After making 27 starts in all competitions for the Super Hoops, the Brazilian joined MLS side Toronto FC in February and played seven times for the Canadians before being recalled by QPR last month.However, he was not involved in Rangers’ opening Premier League match at the weekend, with Rob Green starting in goal and Brian Murphy sitting on the bench in the 1-0 home loss to Hull.QPR added: “The club would like to thank Julio for his services to QPR and wish him all the best for the future.”last_img read more

FIANNA FÁIL PUBLISHES COMMITMENT TO IRISH LANGUAGE IN GAOTH DOBHAIR – Ó DOMHNAILL

first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Leader Éamon Ó Cuív was in Gaoth Dobhair this weekend to launch the party’s commitment to the protection and promotion of the Irish language.  The launch coincided with the Republican Commemoration at the Phádraig Mhícheáil Áirt (Pat O Donnell) commemoration event.Speaking at the event, local Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “Our commitment to protect and promote the Irish language is central to the founding principles and current policy of Fianna Fáil. It is fitting that our renewed Irish Language Policy is launched at a republican event to commemorate those who lost their lives in the struggle for Irish independence. Pat O Donnell was one of those brave men.“Fianna Fáil has supported Irish as a community language and we have a proud record on delivering for the Gaeltacht transforming the infrastructure of Gaeltacht regions and the Islands. “Our record shows that we;Enacted the Official Language Act;Set up the office of the Language Commissioner;Established the North-South body Fóras na Gaeilge; andExpanded the provision of Third Level Education through Irish.“With the support of the Irish language community Fianna Fáil succeeded in making Irish a working language of the EU.  In Government the party produced an ambitious 20 Year Strategy on the Irish Language last year which sets out nine areas for action including education, the gaeltacht, the family, public services, the economy, the media and legislation.  The overall aim is to increase the number of daily speakers of Irish from 83,000 to 250,000.“However we are deeply concerned about this Government’s commitment to the Irish language.  There is a real worry that Fine Gael and Labour jeopardise recent achievements in promoting our national language, through their proposals to remove Irish as a core subject for the Leaving Certificate along with their worrying lack of urgency in replacing Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta Teo with a new LEADER Funding provider.“This Government are also jeopardising the future of Údarás na Gaeltachta, with Fine Gael and Labour proposing to remove power from Gaeltacht people to directly elect the Board of Udarás. Instead they want to give complete complete control over board appointments to politicians.   In addition to this, the Government has pulled funding from several important pieces of infrastructure in Gaeltacht regions, including sports and community facilities, Coláiste Gaeilge, roads, housing, water and piers and so on.“This total lack of commitment to the Gaeltacht and our national language of which we are so proud, is a cause of great concern.  Fianna Fáil has launched a campaign to highlight these concerns with Gaeltacht communities over the coming months,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill. FIANNA FÁIL PUBLISHES COMMITMENT TO IRISH LANGUAGE IN GAOTH DOBHAIR – Ó DOMHNAILL was last modified: November 14th, 2011 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

Donegal musicians tune up for performances at popular folk festival in Cork

first_imgA host of Donegal’s best musicians are preparing to make the journey to Cork at the end of this month to perform at the 38th Cork Folk Festival.Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Na Mooneys, Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Bríd Harper have been busy rehearsing ahead of their performances.On the 28th of September Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill will take to the stage at Triskel Christchurch in Cork. The sisters belong to a renowned singing family originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Tríona, who was a member of The Bothy Band, formed Skara Brae in the 1960s with Maighread, Dáithí Sproule her late brother Mícheál. More recently in 2007, the sisters joined Moya Brennan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh to form the group, T with the Maggies. Maighread and Tríona live performances are unforgettable heart-rending events, their unique style and repertoire of traditional singing comes down to them through generations of the Ó Domhnaill family.On the 30th, Na Mooneys will put on a performance at the CIT Cork School of Music. This is a family group comprising of sisters Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).Mairéad is well known internationally through her music and her work with Altan and String Sisters. Ciarán is also well known for his music through his playing with Caitlín & Ciarán and Fidil and he achieved Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana at TG4 Gradam Ceoil in 2014. Anna was a member of Macalla, an all women musical group, and organised Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy. Gearóid was a member of Ceoltóirí Altan and Ragairne.On the 30th, attendees will be treated to a performance by An Spailpin Fanach. Featuring three of Ireland’s most well known and revered musicians, Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Bríd Harper this gig guarantees spellbinding music and a concert that traditional music fans cannot afford to miss. Dermot hails from Buncrana in the Inishowen peninsula and has played the accordion from a very young age. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. Dermot has guested on collaborations with many great musicians and bands including Altan, Sharon Shannon, Salsa Celtica, Tommy Peoples, Tim O’Brien and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. He recently recorded a duet CD with French Harpist Floriane Blancke.Bríd Harper is originally from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and is now living near Dungannon Co. Tyrone. She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time. She was senior All-Ireland Champion, Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas winner in 1988. Bríd has recently released her Solo Album which has been hailed as one of the best traditional albums of 2015.Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Cooney started his professional musical career at the age of seventeen. He has played in rock bands including Bushwhackers, Fruitcake and the successful folk/rock band Red Gum. In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland where he joined Stockton’s Wing, playing bass guitar and didgeridoo. Since then he has been very active performing and recording with Séamus Begley, Sharon Shannon, Martin Hayes, Mary Black, and many others.Cork Folk Festival has attracted thousands of music fans over its 38 year history. In 2016 ‘The Lonely Planet’ described the festival as; “Pulling pub backrooms and grand old theatres into service for fruitful traditional music that ranges from the foot-stomping to the hushed.”Donegal musicians tune up for performances at popular folk festival in Cork was last modified: September 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cork folk festivaldonegalMusicianslast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike sponsorship shows that athletes have more power than they realize

first_imgBy Victoria Jackson | Special to The Washington PostTraditionally, athletic sponsorship deals go something like this: A shoe company gives an athlete money. In exchange, the athlete suits up in that company’s gear and transforms into a slam dunking, touchdown scoring, buzzer-beating advertisement for its products. No star has filled that role more tidily than Michael Jordan, whose iconic silhouette still adorns Nike’s products more than 15 years after his retirement.Colin Kaepernick’s …last_img

Top marks for IEB matrics

first_imgMost private schools in South Africa writethe IEB exams, while public schools writeexams administered by the state.(Image: Emily Visser) School-leaving matric candidates who wrote their 2010 final exams under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) had reason to smile on Tuesday 4 January, with more than 98% passing their exams – 1% more than last year. A 98.38% pass rate was achieved in the 2010 IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, with a total of 8 285 pupils from 172 schools writing the exams in late 2010.Most of those who passed – 81.5% – qualified for entry to degree study, 14.5% for diploma study and 2.4% qualified to study at the higher certificate level.“These performances reflect the dedication of the teachers to the very important work they do,” IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer said in a statement. “They reflect too the amount of work that learners have done to ensure that they know and understand the important aspects of the subjects they have studied. Their education, as reflected in their results, ensures them of a successful future in their selected area of study or occupation.”Most private schools in South Africa write the IEB exams, while public schools write exams administered by the state.Oberholzer added that last year’s exams had seen an increase in the number of pupils writing the IEB Mathematics Paper 3 among the IEB pupils.“Since the inception of the NSC in 2008, participation in Mathematics Paper 3 at the IEB has increased by 68.5% from 1 414 candidates in 2008 to 2 383 candidates in 2010.”In 2010 a benchmarking study by UK Naric, a British agency which provides information and advice about vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world, found the NSC to be a school-leaving qualification on a par with the international best.“From that study we have been reassured that the NSC is a qualification with an underlying level that is both robust and fit for the purposes of examining senior secondary school levels,” Oberholzer said. “In terms of the qualification’s comparability, the report concludes that the National Senior Certificate at Grade 12 is broadly comparable to the GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS-level).”Public school matric results will be released on Thursday 6 January. Students will be able to get their results from their schools, via text message or in national newspapers.The suspension of classes during the 2010 World Cup and the public servants’ strike are both expected to have a bearing on the results.•    On Thursday, students can get their results via text message from the SABC News Matric Results SMS Service by texting their identity number to 35935 and their examination number in the reply SMS. Alternatively, they can call 082 152, select option 6 and listen to their results after punching in the relevant digits.last_img read more

5 reasons to be optimistic about Africa

first_imgIt is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa’s rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty alleviation, people’s views on the region’s outlook remain stubbornly polarised.Let me state up front that I am cautiously optimistic that Africa is taking off. This year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is marking 25 years of change in Africa. Looking back, there is no denying that Africa has made remarkable progress over the past two decades. Here are five reasons why I am optimistic.One, the regional economy has grown steadily since 2001 and continues to do so at a rate of about 5% a year. Its macroeconomic environment is sound with low government debt, rising domestic resource mobilisation and reduced inflation rates.By 2013, more than 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa had per capita gross domestic product (GDP) greater than $1 000 (R11 524). Infant and maternal mortality has reduced significantly and access to primary education has increased. According to the UN human development index, 15 countries have attained medium to very high human development.Two, the consumer market is rising in tandem with its growing population. In 2008, McKinsey estimated that African consumers spent $860-billion on goods and services, which was 35% more than the $635-billion that Indian consumers spent, and just over the $821-billion spent in Russia.Three, the environment for doing business is improving. According to the World Bank, between 2013 and 2014, sub-Saharan Africa realised the largest number of business regulatory reforms, and five of the top 10 countries that improved the most were from sub-Saharan Africa.Four, access to financial services is rising, thanks to the adoption of technology and innovation. For example, Equity Bank in Kenya reaches more than 8-million customers through its combination of an extensive network of physical bank branches and mobile financial services.Five, Africa is closing its gender gap. According to the WEF’s global gender gap index 2014, Rwanda now ranks among the top 10 most gender equal societies in the world in terms of economic and political participation. Burundi and South Africa rank 17th and 18th respectively.CautionNow for the note of caution. Africa is made up of 54 countries and, while on average they have done well, individually some have fared better than others.Even within countries there are differences in the performances across rural and urban areas, sectors and populations. In the global context, the continent is subject to forces beyond its direct control, such as the recent plunge in global oil prices that has been a blessing for majority oil-importing countries and a curse to minority oil-exporting countries.The past six months have also demonstrated unequivocally that the continent is vulnerable to shocks and, more disturbing, that a crisis in a single country can adversely affect the investment climate for the whole of Africa.Road mapAt the WEF on Africa in June, we will be calling on our regional and global leaders to rethink Africa’s road map to prosperity in the 21st century with respect to three contexts.First, Africa is challenged to better mobilise, efficiently use and safeguard its various resources in order to meet the enormous demands that it faces. For example, over the past five years, about 30% of global oil and gas discoveries were in sub-Saharan Africa, yet only one-third of Africans have access to electricity. Africa has 60% of the world’s arable land, and yet is a net importer of food – importing food worth $35bn a year.And every year, although 10 million to 12 million young people join the labour force, nine in 10 rural and urban workers are employed in the informal sector.Second, Africa is challenged to accelerate the competitiveness, productivity and efficiency of its various markets.The continent’s current population of about 1 billion people is projected to double over the next 25 years, yet trade between African countries, at less than 15 percent, remains the lowest in the world. Africa is mainly exporting natural resources to the rest of the world, yet its share of global trade is about 3.3 percent.Unique environmentThirdly, Africa is challenged to be more creative in developing solutions that are suited to its unique environment. At the end of 2013, there were 3.4-billion unique cellphone subscribers – just below half the global population – yet only 20% of African families have access to banks. South Africa hosts the largest radio telescope in the world, the Square Kilometre Array, yet only 5% of students in sub-Saharan Africa complete tertiary education.Standing at this crossroads, Africans need to build on their rich cultural heritage to inform the difficult and complex intergenerational decisions that they face.The array of opportunities is mind-boggling. For instance, should Africa’s leaders invest more in “flying donkeys” building on the drone technology, in underground subways, in high-speed trains, in modernising maritime services, in rural roads or in virtual technology?Let me end with the tale of the hyena that started off the day hunting for an antelope, on the way stumbled upon a warthog and chased after it, then got distracted by a rabbit and ended the day staring at a rabbit hole.Elsie Kanza is the senior director and the head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.Source: Agenda – WEF Bloglast_img read more