Paul Zamar headed to San Miguel Beermen

first_imgCarpio 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 TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’ MOST READ Paul Zamar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Zamar, whose long and equally arduous journey to the PBA became one of the season’s feel-good stories last season, opens another chapter in his hoops career.Zamar is set to find a new home with the San Miguel Beer after his stint with the Blackwater Elite, sources have told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The crafty guard who has made pro tours overseas—including a stellar stint in Asean Basketball League, will be sent to Beermen for second round draft picks in 2021 and 2022.Zamar’s shipment is among the multiple transactions the Elite will be making in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissShortly after the 2018 PBA Draft, Blackwater star big man Poy Erram was traded to NLEX’s first-round selections Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter.Zamar is expected to buy time for the Beermen to develop new playmakers as they prepare for the eventual slow-down of superstar guards Alex Cabagnot, 35, and Chris Ross, 33. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Left unsigned in the 2012 rookie draft, Zamar helped Thai team Mono Vampire push Alab Pilipinas to the limit in last year’s ABL Finals.San Miguel Beer will only be Zamar’s second PBA team at 31 years old.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Chairman, HR refused to cooperate with probe

first_imgGECOM hiring practices…refusal to answer questions “deliberate and wilful” – ERCChairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice James Patterson and other top officials refused to cooperate with the investigation into its hiring practices, in a move which was found to be “deliberate and wilful”.This is according to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), which was charged with conducting the probe following reports of racial preferences in the employment of staff at the elections body.The other listed uncooperative individuals are Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), Roxanne Myers and Human Resources Manager, Marcia Crawford.“The unavailability of key personnel did not allow for extensive deliberations to arrive at a more informed conclusion,” the report outlined.“As such, from the material placed before us, it cannot be said that there has been any evidence of deliberate hiring of Guyanese of one ethnicity rather than of another.”While ERC Commissioner Norris Witter said he is satisfied with the quality of the probe in spite of these challenges, another Commissioner, Norman McLean, admitted that the outcome of the investigation could have been different had these individuals cooperated.In the case of Justice Patterson, he made himself available for an interview with investigators on the overlooking of the top-ranked candidate, Vishnu Persaud, for the DCEO post. The GECOM Chairman made certain allegations which he could not back up with facts and as such, he undertook to provide the evidence.However, the reappearance of the Chairman to produce those documents to corroborate his claims never happened.On November 7, 2017, a month after he was interviewed, Justice Patterson was reminded via letter to submit his evidential documents but he never fulfilled his promise of doing so.Multiple requests to the Human Resources Manager to submit herself for an interview proved futile, resulting in the ERC’s inability to investigate the general hiring practices at GECOM. As a result, it was unable to determine whether there is an unfair practice of hiring at the elections body.Particularly, the ERC said it was prevented from adequately investigating 1) the allegation of ethnic imbalance at GECOM; 2) the allegedly discriminatory employment practices prior to and post-November 2017; 3) the methodology used in the selection of a successful candidate for employment at GECOM, among others.Regarding Myers’ nonappearance, the ERC explained that the DCEO knew that her appointment was one of the principal subjects of the inquiry and her refusal to present herself for questioning can be considered as putting her own personal interests above her public duty.In its report, the ERC said: “the failure of these persons to assist…in this inquiry is nothing but a clear and inexcusable dereliction of their public duty”.Going forward, the ERC said it would like to amend its laws so it can have subpoena powers, ie the authority to summon individuals.The Commission currently has some 20 requests for investigations, nearly half of it submitted by politicians.last_img read more

Giuliani stresses leadership in speech to state GOP

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received a warm welcome Saturday from California GOP activists, who responded to his strong leadership in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Being mayor, he said at the California Republican Party convention, “prepares you as best you can be prepared to be the president of the United States.” Giuliani spoke for nearly 45 minutes – touching on health care, crime, terrorism and Iraq – in a speech laden with references to a possible bid for president. He mocked inaction in Washington, saying he would be a decisive leader. “Presidents make decisions and move things forward,” he said. “That’s the kind of president I would like to be.” Giuliani took another step in that direction Monday, when he filed a “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission. During a news conference, Giuliani, who has faced questions about his commitment to the 2008 race, was asked, “Are you in this for good?” “Yes, I am committed,” he said. “This is something I believe I can bring something to, from the experiences that I’ve had.” When asked about when he would make a formal announcement, he responded, “Well, formally announce? I don’t know. If you go back to my speech, I think I may have. I’m not sure.” On a day when a leading Democrat, Sen. Barack Obama, announced his presidential bid by invoking Abraham Lincoln, Giuliani said Lincoln’s legacy, holding the nation together through the Civil War, really belonged to Republicans. 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

We weren’t good enough, says Guardiola as City blow title party

first_img0Shares0000Don’t look back: Pep Guardiola leaves the pitch with Jose Mourinho after his team’s 3-2 defeat on Saturday © AFP / Ben STANSALLMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 7 – Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City had only themselves to blame as the leaders wasted a chance to wrap up the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United.City were cruising towards the win they needed to seal the silverware thanks to first half goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan at Eastlands. But Guardiola’s side crumbled in unexpected fashion in the second half as Paul Pogba’s brace and a Chris Smalling strike put City’s title champagne on ice for at least another week.“We were not good enough in the end. Our team tried to create and attack, that is what we have done all season, we tried to produce all of that quality and goals,” Guardiola said.“A special day for United which is a pity. We did absolutely everything in the first half but then for 10-15 minutes we conceded goals.“United found their game, found their actions, they have spirit. We have to defend a little better in the second half.”After their chastening midweek 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, surrendering the lead against United was another bitter blow for City.They could still be crowned champions next weekend if they win at Tottenham and second placed United lose to struggling West Bromwich Albion.But for now Guardiola has to focus on restoring his players’ morale for the second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday.“It’s a little sad for fans and players, we will try to be in a good mood next Tuesday,” he said.“We will try to pick ourselves up for Liverpool, we are professionals.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Tottenham? No one has called me!’ – Serie A star’s agent plays down transfer talk

first_imgTottenham have yet to make contact with the agent of Simone Zaza and could be forced to switch their attentions elsewhere if Juventus decide to take up their option of re-signing the Italy international.Zaza was strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane back in January but the move never materialised.Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen his forward line as uncertainty surrounds the long-term future of Emmanuel Adebayor, and is believed to retain an interest in the 23-year-old.But with Juventus retaining a buy-back option on the Sassuolo forward, the Italian giants could decide to bring back the prolific forward at the end of the season.Zaza’s agent Christian Maifredi insists there have been no talks with any clubs over his long-term future and says they will keep their options open.Maifredi, speaking on Tuttomercatoweb, said: “It’s too early to talk about the future.“Juventus are in the middle of their League campaign as well as other objectives, and with Sassuolo yet to attain safety they’re hardly thinking about the transfer market.“Tottenham? No one called me, I don’t know if Sassuolo had contacts. Being a striker for the national team was good for him, no doubt, but he’s only thinking about Sassuolo.” Simone Zaza 1last_img read more

Yosemite trails slated for repairs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Yosemite has about 800 miles of trails. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YOSEMITE – Nearly 100 miles of Yosemite National Park’s most popular and heavily damaged trails would be repaired and rebuilt under a multimillion-dollar effort to improve access for hikers and preserve natural habitat. The project will cost more than $13 million, including $3 million in government money and $10 million in private donations, the National Park Service and The Yosemite Fund announced Friday. Targeted trails include the west end of the loop around Yosemite Valley and a northern section of the popular backcountry John Muir Trail. Others include trails in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, those leading over Red Peak Pass, and one leading to the summit of 10,850-foot Mount Hoffmann. “Some of these trails have been neglected for a long time,” said Park Superintendent Michael Tollefson. Better trails “will help get people out of cars. It will be a great boon for a much better trail system,” he said. last_img read more

ATHLETICS: CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE LIST REVEALED

first_imgCross-Country Fixtures and Venues for the coming season. DateEventVenueSept 26thPrimary Schools Cross-CountryFinn Valley CentreSept 27thSecondary Schools Cross-CountryFinn Valley Centre   Oct 7thDonegal Even Ages & MastersCastlefinnOct 14thDonegal Uneven Ages & NoviceKillybegs   Oct 21stGerry Farnan & Masters TrialsPhoenix Park   Oct 27thUlster Even AgesRostrevor   Nov 4thDonegal Senior ChampionshipsTBC   Nov 11thUlster Uneven & NoviceKillybegs   Nov 17thBritish & Irish Masters InternationalStormont   Nov 25thAAI Inter-County and Even AgesMeath   Dec 9thAAI Novice & Uneven AgesThurles Racecourse   Jan 12thUlster SeniorGreenmount   TBCUlster Junior & MastersTBC   Feb 3rdAAI Masters & Inter + B ChampsGransha, Derry   Feb 24thAAI Senior & Junior +  Juv RelaysTullamore  Cross Country Distances for 2012County: Region: National: Girls  Actual;Under 10 1000m. 1000m.Under 11; 1200m. 1200m. 1500m.Under 12; 1500m. 1500m. 2000m. Under 13; 2000m. 2000m. 2500m.Under 14; 2500m. 2500m. 3000m.Under 15; 3000m. 3000m. 3500m.Under 16; 3000m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 17; 3000m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 18; 3000m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 19;                     3000m. 3500m. 4000m.  BoysUnder 10 1000m. 1000m.Under 11; 1200m. 1200m. 1500m.Under 12; 1500m. 1500m. 2000m.Under 13; 2000m. 2000m. 2500m.Under 14; 2500m. 2500m. 3000m.Under 15; 3000m. 3000m. 3500m.Under 16; 3500m. 3500m. 4000m.Under 17; 4000m. 4000m. 5000m.Under 18; 5000m. 5000m. 6000m.Under 19; 5000m. 5000m. 6000m. ATHLETICS: CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE LIST REVEALED was last modified: August 30th, 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) Tags:ATHLETICS: CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE LIST REVEALEDlast_img read more

Young South Africa: ‘Make NDP yours’

first_imgSouth Africa’s youth have to make the National Development Plan work for them.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Gordhan: we can do better• Entrepreneurship key for jobless youth• National development plan unveiled• Taking youth empowerment abroad• Keep our youth drug-freeYoung South Africans were urged to engage with and take ownership of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) at a youth dialogue session hosted by Brand South Africa.The NDP is about the future and the youth, so our young people must look at the document and find out how they can make it work and how it can actually enhance their opportunities in skills development, in training, in improving the quality of life for all,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize told the large gathering at Durban’s Hilton Hotel.The NDP is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances.Monday’s event was one of a number set to take place around the country to encourage young South Africans to help define and carry out the plan. Citizen buy-in neededThe key message all speakers were keen to get out is that for the NDP to work, buy-in from all citizens is required.“We should all take responsibility and play our part,” Khulekani Mathe, the acting director-general of the National Planning Commission, told SouthAfrica.info on the sidelines of the event.“Talking about 2030, it’s not about the older guys, it’s about the youth. These guys are going to inherit a messed up world unless we get them involved in making this a better country.”As one, the speakers stressed that education was key to meeting the goals of the NDP, the three most important of which are, according to President Jacob Zuma in a recent address: “Raising employment, improving the quality of education, and building a capable developmental state.” Education as force for change“The only thing that I know that changes the fortunes of someone who comes from a small village like me is education,” said Mathe. “I don’t know of anything else; but, of course, it requires hard work.”During his speech, Mathe warned: “If we continue along the same trajectory, things will implode. A new growth path needs to be found. Economic growth is absolutely critical. If things are left as they are, we are in trouble. Labour unrest suggests that the situation is dire and a solution is needed. It is everybody’s problem. A new path must be found.”Leading the way for the youth was the evening’s MC, Lynette Ntuli, the head of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Durban Hub.WEF Global Shaper, Ntuli explained, is about the youth playing a part in the direction the world is taking. The youth are tomorrow’s leaders, thus plans for 2030, could be discussed without the youth, she said. Ignite South AfricaWith Monday’s session falling on 24 June, the opening day of Wimbledon 2013, it was something of a surprise to see former Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Curren in attendance.Curren is involved with Brand South Africa, helping to create exposure for the brand on different platforms in South Africa and Africa, including through Ignite South Africa, which aims to bring young people together to help build South Africa’s future.Ignite South Africa has already had “some amazing success stories,” Curren told SAinfo. “Part of what we do with television is that we are going to tell those success stories and how they have made a difference in their communities, and that can work together with what the person next to you is doing.”Brand South Africa’s Leo Makgamathe said he was thrilled with Monday’s turnout and active response from the young people of KwaZulu-Natal.Further NDP Youth Dialogue Sessions are planned for Johannesburg on 26 June, for the UCT Graduate School of Business in September, along with other events in Limpopo, the Free State and the Northern Cape.last_img read more

Creativity brings economic growth

first_imgPerformance art in South Africa is burgeoning.(Image: African Creative Economy Conference)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim Peters Congress Secretariat+27 21 674 0013.• Judy Bryant Media Liaison, Judy Bryant Communications+27 83 286 7168.Lorraine KearneyThe creative industries are among the most rapidly expanding sectors across the globe. According to the United Nation’s (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), the sector has a growth rate of 13.9% in Africa, beaten only by the Middle East, where the rate is 17.6%. By contrast, North and Central America post a growth rate of just 4.3%.And in 2011, the world export of creative goods reached $441-billion (R4405-billion). These figures were bandied about at the African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC), being held at the Cape Town City Hall from 7 to 10 October. The second day of the conference was given over to discussions on culture and sustainable development, with particular reference to the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Framework.The ACEC intention is to unlock the continent’s creative industries’ potential and leapfrog into emerging high-growth sectors of the world economy, say the organisers. Africa’s share of the global creative economy is currently less than 1%, and in 2011 its arts exports was just $2.2-billion (R219-billion). North Africa has the best performance in terms of exports, led by Egypt, followed by southern Africa, led by South Africa. These exports are predominantly design, followed by arts and crafts, and publishing.“Culture has huge potential for growth and jobs,” said Nils Jansons, the deputy head of the European Union (EU) delegation to South Africa. “It is the beginning and end of development. It is important to social fabric and it enhances self-esteem, improves dialogue and a sense of community and belonging. It helps fight fanaticism and xenophobia.”It could contribute, he emphasised, to poverty reduction. The EU promoted the conservation of cultural diversity and had earmarked $200-million (R2-billion) for arts and freedom of expression in Africa. In South Africa, in particular, it was working on research with Arterial Network on gathering data on trade in cultural goods and services.Millennium Development GoalsThe euro zone promoted culture as a contributor to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in the post-2015 framework it wanted to include culture as necessary for good governance and building growing, inclusive and sustainable societies.Carolina Quintana, the networking and partnerships officer at Unctad, pointed out that post-2015 the world needed a new people – and a planet-sensitive agenda. “We must design new products, adapt what exists, improve eco-efficiencies. The creative industries are well-placed to be a part of this as some of the most dynamic sectors in the global economy.”The United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development was actively promoting the creative economy, particularly in Africa, as it had high levels of talent and creativity that could be tapped for economic growth, poverty reduction, economic diversity and job creation. Driving this growth were global demand, technology and tourism. However, Quintana and several other speakers pointed out that a crucial element for the creative economy to flourish was the protection of intellectual property rights.Also key to driving the creative economy were intellectual property rights and technology, and the protection and promotion of cultural diversity, said Rochelle Roca Hachem, a programme officer in the section on the diversity of cultural expressions at Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which had seven internationally binding cultural agreements. The most important of these was the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. There were 172 parties to this, 70% of which were in Africa.Promoting growthThe UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had two tracks for promoting the creative economy worldwide: funding and technical assistance, which included a ‘train the trainer’ programme, through which 32 people from 25 African countries were being trained and will help their own and other countries with policy development.Its International Fund for Cultural Diversity had 61 beneficiaries in 40 developing countries to bring change through capacity building, business models, partnership and policy development. The organisation’s goals were to strengthen governance for culture in developing countries and establish legal and institutional frameworks and policies for national cultural sectors.The third Unesco creative economy report, Widening Development Pathways, would be published on 14 November in Paris. It would focus on the creative economy at a local level, specifically in developing nations, and at how the creative economy could be practically promoted on the ground.In addition to money, the creative industries promote diversity, esteem, community, social cohesion, identity, individuality and the possibility for exchange. But the obstacles to its growth include lack of capital, entrepreneurial skills and infrastructure.Voice of dissent“The African creative economy does not exist,” said Christiaan de Beukelaer, a PhD researcher from the United Kingdom’s University of Leeds. “This is not because there is no cultural production, but because there is no conceptual clarity.” De Beukelaer’s research focuses primarily on the role of culture and cultural industries in international development. He has spent the past eight months in West Africa researching in the field.There was universal agreement on the growth potential of the creative economy, but some dissent on the necessary preconditions to drive it in Africa. De Beukelaer said it was difficult to create a cultural capital. Cities that had traditionally been strong in the sector retained these positions. “If there was consensus on what these preconditions were, we would be implementing them, not talking about them,” he said.For Jansons, it was more an issue of access to financial resources and the right, flexible education. Hachem echoed his words, speaking about the importance of arts education, access to finance, and better infrastructure. “But in Africa, there are such vast differences between places that there is not one single answer.”Links with science, technology and innovation were crucial. Culture was the source of creativity and innovation, she said. Quintana added that the creative economy was a process in the making. Africa had assets in terms of high levels of talent and creativity. It needed to harness technology to get this to a wider market. In its favour was its young population: young people would be more influenced by technology and so were important in developing a creative economy on the continent.The conferenceThe ACEC brings together some of the continent’s leading thinkers, academics, cultural producers, and experts in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, heritage and museums, design, fashion, craft, festivals and cultural events, film, literature, and stand-up comedy. It also attracts entrepreneurs, politicians and funders whose interests lie in expanding the creative economies across the continent. The conference focuses on the creative industries not just as economic drivers, but also considers how the creative sectors can eradicate poverty. The conference takes place each year in a different city. In 2013, more than 300 delegates from about 40 countries participated in Cape Town, South Africa.last_img read more

Many Have Forgotten the Most Important Attribute for Success

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Too many people have forgotten the most important attribute for success. In sales. In management. In leadership. Even for your personal success.This attribute is no longer written about, talked about, or given the attention it once was. It is, unfortunately, out of fashion.This attribute has taken a back seat to things like “brand” when brand means your social reach. It’s fallen behind ideas like “hacking,” whether that be life hacking or growth hacking or 10Xing your results. In the age of selfies, this attribute is overshadowed by fame, even as more people are famous for being famous or for being provocative. Or for demonstrating a lack of this attribute.The most important attribute is character.The Role of Character in SalesNo one wants to buy something from a person  they believe lacks character. You can’t trust someone without character. Even when someone is likable, a lack of character prevents the relationship from going any further. The more risk there is, the more character matters.Once you demonstrate a lack of character, you eliminate the possibility of success in sales. No one wants to buy from you if you lack character. You can’t be sketchy or self-oriented and sell.The Role of Character in ManagementAs a manager, you need to have character.A few months ago, a number of readers of this blog and my Sunday Newsletter noticed that their manager was plagiarizing my work. They wanted to report their manager’s lack of character to his leader, and they wrote to me to tell me that this offense made it difficult to work for him. Their view was that his lack of character in this instance was evidence that he lacked character in other areas.If some part of your work is dishonest, it leads people to believe that you are dishonest in other areas.The Role of Character in LeadershipLeadership is built on character. A leader is the person who can be counted on to do the right thing even when the right thing is difficult. They’re the person who not only helps to create and maintain the values of the organization they lead, they also embody those values.The leader’s character becomes the character of the organization they lead.Character counts. If you want to sell more, then be someone worth buying from. That means character. If you want your people to follow you, then provide them with the example of what you want from them.Focusing on the quiet work of character is more powerful than attention. It’s important to be known, but it’s more important that you are known for the things that make you worth knowing.last_img read more