Underdog mentality fuels Zark’s-Lyceum’s Cinderella run

first_imgLATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We came from the bottom, and that motivated us to fight for the championship. As long as we’re together, we have belief on ourselves,” said Perez, who tallied 26 points, six rebounds, and eight steals in the clincher.With Lyceum figuring in three Finals series and winning two championships, the Conference MVP could only be grateful for all the blessings that have gone Lyceum’s way for the past six months.“We’re just so blessed that in the last six months that we’ve played, we’ve been in three championships,” he said, as the Pirates crew won the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League title, and first conference of the PBA D-League.Perez also hopes that this victory would further build the team’s confidence ahead of their campaign this NCAA Season 94.“All the experience we gained here in the D-League, it’s all positive. We’ll take it all going to our run in the NCAA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith everything going down south, it would have been for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum to quit after falling behind by as much as 14, 49-63, late in the third quarter.But it’s not the character coach Topex Robinson has instilled to these players, and that was exactly what played in CJ Perez’ mind when the Jawbreakers mounted their incredible comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Foton nabs bronze in PSL Grand Prix Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “All we were thinking was that whatever happened in this game, we won’t die tomorrow. So we just gave our best effort and everything we got,” he said.Zark’s-Lyceum went on crippling 21-4 run to take control of the game for good, 85-74, with 4:06 left en route to the 92-82 Game 3 conquest for the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.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 crownThe victory capped off one of the most awe-inspiring runs to the crown in the PBA D-League history as the Jawbreakers became the lowest-seeded team to win the title.But Perez said that underdog mentality fueled Zark’s-Lyceum’s run. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

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6-month maternity leave soon to be part of legislation – Minister Norton

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton has announced that six-month maternity leave would soon be part of Guyana’s legislation.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow and another official after the unveiling of a breastfeeding message at the symposium on breastfeedingMinister Norton made this pronouncement while addressing the audience at the National Symposium held at the National Cultural Centre on Monday, which focused on addressing the protection, promotion and support of exclusive breastfeeding. This event was held as part of activities in observance of National Breastfeeding Week, which began on September 18.Norton said “breastfeeding is everybody’s business”, hence the new legislation, a Government Information Agency (GINA) release informed.Dr William Adu-Krow, Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Country representative, said the Organisations would continue to play their role in the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding. Dr Adu-Krow also advocated for at least six weeks paternity leave for fathers to assist and to further support exclusive breastfeeding.The PAHO/WHO representative supported six-month maternity leave for mothers and said through the strengthening of health information systems, workplaces would be able to better support this implementation.WHO regards breastfeeding as the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided that they have accurate information and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.The theme of this year’s National Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding: a key to sustainable development”. It speaks to breastfeeding being the key element in recreating the way people think about valuing well-being from the start of life. The theme also shows the links between breastfeeding and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Guyana, along with other countries, signed on to in 2015.These goals focus on ecology, the economy and equity worldwide. It has been noted that Guyana expects to achieve a 50 per cent exclusive breastfeeding rate by 2025; therefore, health officials strongly recommended exclusive breastfeeding from birth until six months.The expansion of exclusive breastfeeding awareness is currently being facilitated through accreditation of a number of hospitals to ‘baby friendly status’. Eleven hospitals attained baby friendly hospital status under the Public Health Ministry’s Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative (BHFI). This initiative, in collaboration with the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), seeks to recognise health institutions adhering to the breastfeeding policy. Twenty-nine other local hospitals are expected to attain baby friendly status after their evaluation. It has been noted that only 38 per cent of babies across the world are exclusively breast-fed.A large billboard, highlighting the Ministry’s full support of exclusive breastfeeding, will be erected during this week at the playfield, east of the Public Health Ministry, on Brickdam.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MUSICIANS RORY GALLAGHER AND JOHN CUTLIFFE LAUNCH SONG FOR GAZA

first_imgSPECIAL REPORT: Donegal musicians John Cutliffe and Rory Gallagher team up with a multitude of Irish and international talent to raise money for children in Gaza. The summer of 2014 war was devastating the Gaza strip. More than 2,000 people were killed, 600 of which were children.Donegal musician John Cutliffe was in East jerusalem when he heard that patients from Gaza were being brought to Palestinian hospitals in the area. He went for what he thought would be one visit to see if there was anything he could do. That was the start of five weeks of daily visits to three different hospitals in the area. The wounded were men, women and children. in many cases they had lost everything including most of their family members, their homes and all their belongings. John along with other volunteers would visit the patients, find out what they needed and then go shopping to find them the essentials to just get by in the new scary surroundings.The children especially moved John and he was often overcome with emotion he had to find a quiet place to break down a little. Most people needed a lot of items but all they really wanted was to have someone visit them and understand. In the weeks John and his friends were there they saw horrific injuries and many of the patients died while they were in the hospital.John wrote a song for a little girl he met there called Shyma, who symbolised the sheer horror of what was happening. She was just four and had seen most of her family killed in the explosion that injured her. She was innocent and scared and hurt. One day when John was chatting to her she finally smiled for the first time.The next morning while waiting for a lift John wrote the bare bones of the song. “The melody of the verse was there and Shyma’a smiled lyric but very little else, just a feel for what it should be,” he said.John sent the shell of the song to his friend Rory Gallagher from Kilcar, Co. Donegal in Lanzarote who finished it, making it a modern day lullaby for peace.Now John has gathered friends from the UK, Ireland and even Jerusalem to sing and play on this song. With a zero budget he and some very talented and helpful people recorded in studios all over the world to work on this song, sending tracks to John in his current home of Amman in Jordan. The final tracks are being mixed in Nashville by a top engineer.All profits from the downloads of the song will go to two charities helping children in Gaza as they face an uncertain future – The Palestinian Red Crescent and The Qattan Center for the Child.The song features talented & well known artists; Rory Gallagher. John Cutliffe, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Liam O Maonlai, Donogh Hennessy, Honor Heffernan, Martin Tourish, Wee Glee Singers, Jerusalem Children’s Choir, Brian Mullan, Laurence Doherty, Clare Lindley, Claire McDaid, Kevin Cutliffe, Sophia Brock, Caroline Cutliffe. You can find more details & dates of when the song will be released on https://www.facebook.com/shymasmiledDONEGAL MUSICIANS RORY GALLAGHER AND JOHN CUTLIFFE LAUNCH SONG FOR GAZA was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:charityconflictGAZAJohn CutliffeRory Gallaghershymasmiledsonglast_img read more

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Starting over step by step

first_imgAmid the misery and destruction brought by Hurricanes Katrina and then Rita, with so many lives shattered and families displaced, the question I’ve heard many news commentators ask is a natural one: After you’ve lost everything, how do you start again? From the enduring lessons that my late parents taught me, I would say it is with patience and perseverance, with faith and courage, and by taking one step at a time. Let me make it clear that I don’t pretend to know what Katrina and Rita survivors have gone and are going through. Hurricane Frances and Jeanne did hit my hometown of Vero Beach, Fla., last year, but damage to our home was minor. My personal “hurricane” was political – when I was a teen-ager living with my parents, we lost everything we had in our native Cuba to seek a life of freedom in the United States. The older I get, the more deeply I realize the immense sacrifice my parents made in leaving and making sure I did not grow up under a Communist dictatorship. In their mid-40s, with a working but far from perfect knowledge of English, they left behind the life they knew and the new middle-class home they had worked so hard to afford. We arrived in this country in 1960 with literally the clothes on our backs and a total of $300 in cash, plus the promise of a job for my father with the oil company Texaco in Kansas City, Mo. Our story is hardly unique, of course. Millions of refugees from Cuba and other countries have done the same, including my wife’s late parents (we did not know each other at the time). Despite our financial struggles, this was a time we treasure because it brought the families closer together and taught us life lessons that still serve us well. Among the things we learned to do: -Recognize and accept reality, and go from there. Cherishing memories is good, even therapeutic. Dwelling in the past is not, unless it is to learn from mistakes. On that score, I still get plenty of e-mails from readers who lost a big chunk of their retirement savings to the 2000-2002 bear market. Rather than try to “get even” by clinging to the same risky investments that did them in, they need to come up with an appropriate and well-diversified asset allocation based on what they have now, not what they had then. -Better ourselves. Every day brings an opportunity to learn something new and make yourself more marketable. It can be done, a little at a time. For me, learning English was a painful necessity at age 16, and I did it partly by getting through an article in Reader’s Digest each evening, English-Spanish dictionary in hand. This nightly exercise, a kind of self-imposed homework, nurtured my love of language. Today, after nearly 40 years as a professional writer, I still go to the dictionary most days (English only this time) looking for nuances in meaning and searching for the right word. -Build on small goals. For my parents, saving for months to afford badly needed new mattresses was a highlight of our first year in the United States. For me, it was saving (after contributing my share to the family expenses) from my $1-an-hour job at the high school cafeteria to buy an Orquesta Aragon Cuban cha-cha-cha long-playing album. (I still have that music, now on compact disc.) Saving for those two purchases taught me more about financial discipline than anything else. Over time, the goals became more ambitious – the first starter home for my wife, Georgina, and me in 1978, for example; a larger home in 1985; retirement from full-time at work in 2000; and a new beachside home in Vero Beach in 2001. But the method and the discipline – set a goal and a deadline for accomplishing it, put a price tag on it and set money aside regularly to pay for it – never changed. -Share with others less fortunate, and grow. As a teen-ager in Kansas City, on a frightfully cold and windy Christmas Eve, I walked with our parish priest, knocking on doors and giving out toys to needy children from Cuban refugee families who had arrived after we did. My fingers and feet numb, I wanted to go back to the church where it was warm; the priest kept saying “one more,” over again. “One more” became at least 20 more stops. I experienced that night the joy of giving – and learned that the seemingly most arduous and difficult task can always be done, “one more” thing at a time. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Free catering course offers a tasty way to cook up a new career

first_imgDonegal ETB are currently recruiting for a Catering Course to provide people with skills to cut their teeth in an exciting career in the thriving hospitality industry.This course will give students the vital skills to meet the needs of local employers. Trainees will gain job opportunities arising from the continued development of the Wild Atlantic Way and the shortages of skilled Catering Assistants across the county.The Catering industry is calling out for skilled workforce in the Catering Sector. Donegal ETB are answering these calls by providing Catering Courses at QQI Level 4 which will allow students to enter employment directly in the sector or progress to higher education opportunities within the sector. The Letterkenny-based course is free to all job seekers and job changers, which is sure to be an enticing factor that attracts people seeking exciting new career paths.This is a full-time programme beginning on November 6th 2017. Over 33 weeks, students will gain a focused education in Catering develop their practical skills and enhance their catering knowledge along with gaining valuable work experience with local employers to put their skills into practice.What would I learn?Modules on the course cover all aspects of the catering industry. Tutors will lead classes in Short Order Cooking, Kitchen Skills, Meal Service Skills, Customer Service to name a few! Do you want to boost your employability in the catering industry?This Major Award at QQI Level 4 will benefit learners who want to gain practical skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the Catering Industry.The possibilities are endless, with opportunities to secure employment at home or abroad or to progress to higher education.Your career starts here… so don’t delay contact Donegal ETB today!Why should I study with Donegal ETB?TheDonegal ETB has carried out interviews with employers and identified the demand for catering skills needed. Along with the development with the Wild Atlantic Way this is a sector that is expected to experience continued growth throughout the county.This 33 week long course includes work placement which will allow the learner the opportunity to put their new skills into practice with good opportunity to secure employment. There is an expert team of multidisciplinary tutors with Donegal ETB who will be available to support students at every step of their course. Tutors at the Donegal ETB are well-known for taking an active interest in each learner to ensure they succeed. Tutors will be visiting students regularly during the work-based learning placements to ensure employers are getting what they need and the students are gaining competence in the sector.Would you like a thrilling new career in a kitchen?Am I eligible to apply?The course is open to jobseekers and job changers.Applicants should have a QQI level 3 qualification or equivalent.Competent IT skills are essential and you must have an interest and an aptitude for catering and hospitality. A good level of written and spoken English is also required.How much does it cost?The programme is free to all job seekers and job changers. A Training Allowance will be paid to participants who have an entitlement to a Department of Social Protection payment.Travel and accommodation expenses are payable (Conditions apply). Childcare places are also available through the new Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) Scheme.How can I apply, and when can I start?The course will begin 6th of November and run for 33 weeks, including 4 weeks work placement. To find out more, call 074 91 20500 or email coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ieWould you like more information?Visit www.donegaletb.ie  for more detailsContact: Donegal Education and Training BoardLetterkenny Training CentreBallyraine Industrial EstateLetterkennyCo DonegalTel: 074 91 20500 E-mail: coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ieFree catering course offers a tasty way to cook up a new career was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cateringDonegal ETBEmploymentjobsWild Atlantic WayWorklast_img read more

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Loco pilots awarded for jumbo feat

first_imgThe Northeast Frontier Railway has awarded six staff, including two locomotive drivers, who stopped a passenger train to let a herd of elephants cross the track.Loco pilot Amar Nath Bhagat, alerted by his assistant Pawan Kumar, had on August 24 stopped the Bamanhat-Siliguri Junction passenger train between Sivok and Gumla stations in northern West Bengal to let a herd of seven elephants pass.NFR general manager Sanjive Roy presented a certificate and cash award of ₹2,500 each to Mr. Bhagat and Mr. Kumar for their presence of mind that helped avert a “possible mishap”.The other awardees included Shib Shankar Singh, a gateman who alerted after noticing heavy smoke in a coach of Kamakhya-Ranchi Express on July 21, and fellow gateman Prasenjit Roy who noticed sparking in the Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail and helped avert a mishap. The other two were Sone Lal Ram and Kundan Kumar who detected a defect in a goods train wagon at New Jalpaiguri station .last_img read more

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Farooq Abdullah versus Uma Bharati on autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgFarooq AbdullahPeace can never be restored in Jammu and Kashmir unless autonomy is restored.Farooq Abdullah Uma BharatiJ & K Chief Minister If we grant autonomy, every state will start demanding it. Jammu and Kashmir is a special category state.Uma BharatiUnion Sports Minister,Farooq AbdullahPeace can never be restored in Jammu and Kashmir unless autonomy is restored.Farooq Abdullah Uma BharatiJ & K Chief MinisterIf we grant autonomy, every state will start demanding it. Jammu and Kashmir is a special category state.Uma Bharati Union Sports Ministerlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni lauds armed forces amid freedom of speech debate

first_imgWhen the country is going through an uproar concerning freedom of speech, Team India’s limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni has praised the armed forces, saying because of them the nation is in a position to debate.As v have this debate on freedom of speech our forces r making sure v stay in position to keep debating.&; Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) February 21, 2016 Spl forces and commando unit’s r normal ppl like u and me who r highly motivated and trained to put the interest of the nation before self&; Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) February 21, 2016Dhoni is a honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Territorial Army. Dhoni’s comment comes at a time when there is an ongoing debate over freedom of speech after anti-national slogans were raised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.last_img read more

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MCC urge BCCI to back cricket’s Olympics inclusion

first_imgMCC World Cricket committee has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to back the bid for the sport’s Olympics inclusion.Cricket was last played at the Olympics in the 1900 Paris Games and the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) has said most of its members backed the inclusion of the 20-overs format in Olympic Games.WATCH VIDEO  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is open to cricket’s future inclusion provided all top teams compete but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the game’s richest and most influential board, has been rather reluctant.After the MCC Committee meetings this week, the panel of former players requested the BCCI to reconsider its stance.”It’s one of those things that has frustrated me,” committee chairman Mike Gatting told a news conference.”We would like to urge the BCCI to have a look at it again and support the main body of boards that would like to get into the Olympics…”It seems strange that everyone else seems happy to get in there because it’s just going to be so good for the game,” said the former England captain.”Free-to-air TV all over the world. It’s only once every four years. It’s not going to be a scheduling matter. It just seems they seem reticent to try and get involved.”The Indian board has not been keen on cricket’s Olympic inclusion partly because of apprehensions that BCCI might lose its autonomy and be answerable to the country’s Olympic committee.advertisementFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who is part of the 14-person independent committee along with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, Indian Sourav Ganguly and Rod Marsh of Australia, said the sport must be represented by its best players at the Olympics.”We’re very conscious of not lessening the product we’re putting out,” Ponting said.”If cricket makes it into the Olympics it has to be the best players and showcasing the sport for what it is.”The players would want it because of how beneficial they would see that being for the game going forward.”The independent committee also discussed the wage gap in the international game, making helmets compulsory and DRS technology among a variety of other topics.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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BookMyShow forays into int’l event ticketing

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Online entertainment ticketing platform BookMyShow (BMS) today said it is expanding into international event ticketing as part of its efforts to strengthen its non-movie business over the next 2-3 years. “We are foraying into ticketing for events being held outside of India with the multi Tony-award winning production of Rodgers & Hammersteins THE KING AND I. This is our second production after our partnership with Disney for the musical Aladdin in India,” BMS COO-Non Movies Albert Almeida told PTI. He added that in the next 2-3 years, the movie ticket booking business and non-movie business is expected to be evenly split. Almeida explained that the move will help the company target two sets of users — leisure travellers who want to attend events when they travel abroad and people looking at attending specific international events. “Our customers in India will now be able to get their tickets seamlessly for some of the biggest international events happening around the world be it live concerts, theatre or even sport,” Almeida said. He said the non-movie segment has been growing at about 60 per cent annually as the company is looking at further strengthening its portfolio of events ticketing. Talking about the partnership with Trafalgar Entertainment Group for THE KING AND I, Almeida said BMS has been working with partners across the world to bring some of the best entertainment experiences to India. “While we are looking to bring this majestic production to our country in the near future, as co-producers we are also keen to work with leading production houses such as Trafalgar Entertainment to adopt some of their best practices to ensure our audiences here get the same world class experience that they would at Broadway or the West End,” he said.advertisement He added that the company is also open to working on shows in Indian languages. PTI SR SBT SBTlast_img read more

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