With UP faithful in mind, Bright Akhuetie pushes past pain to deliver huge shot

first_imgBright Akhuetie knew that playing through some pain was just a small price to pay for him to help University of the Philippines get to the finals of the UAAP for the first time since 1986.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Battle of Katipunan’ rages on with witty memes, jokes from Iskos, Ateneans and UAAP fandom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Adamson and UP then traded shot after shot in the fourth in a heartstopping fashion before the Fighting Maroons eventually gutted out the win in overtime thanks to no small part to Akhuetie’s heart.Fatigued and pained, Akhuetie grabbed the offensive board and scored on layup that tied the game at 84-84 with 1:09 left and that was the precursor to Paul Desiderio’s two straight baskets that sealed the win for UP.“I was fighting with myself, struggling with myself and I was just thinking ‘you have to do it’ because this wasn’t the right time to stop so I just pushed through,” said Akhuetie. “God gave me the strength, the coaches and the community. Look at everybody out there, you just can’t give up on them.”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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP’s hulking center fought through cramps the whole second half and overtime in the Fighting Maroons’ 89-87 win over Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four—a minor inconvenience for a major achievement.If not for Akhuetie’s persistence, the Fighting Maroons may have just seen their finals hopes crumble but the soon-to-be-crowned league MVP knew he couldn’t let his teammates let alone the thousands of UP supporters who packed Smart Araneta Coliseum down.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 Chriss“I was very tired during the game, I was cramping and that’s what slowed me down, and the moment I put pressure on my right leg I felt it coming back again,” said Akhuetie who played for 38 minutes and had 13 points and 17 rebounds.There were several instances when Akhutie visibly struggled with his movements before cramping up in the third quarter, paving way for the Soaring Falcons to gain momentum for on a 23-4 run to take a 67-64 lead heading into the fourth. View commentslast_img read more

THE RESOLVE TO BE AND DO BETTER (PART TWO): MEANING AND PURPOSE

first_imgThe focus of this second article of the series centered on how to improve self and help others do the same, is on meaning and purpose. A key requirement for making oneself and others better is a sense of meaning and purpose in life. What is the purpose of existence? Why are we mortals here on earth? Is there any meaning to most of what we do? Let us explore a bit below. The introductory article observed the following major points:Now we turn our attention to definitions. To resolve is to make a conscious decision and to stick to it; to be firm in solving a problem or in achieving a goal. To work in our context means to go beyond talking and planning to concrete actions to achieve a goal. It is to pay the price for a positive result. To improve is to make better, make progress, and to move to the next level in life.This series is offered against the background that life as a whole is a precious gift from the Creator and as such is an opportunity that can be turned into success or that can be wasted. The ELBS former boss, Ambrose Mah, once said (perhaps quoting from someone else) ‘You are the architect of your own life”. That means among other things that each person is responsible for success or failure in life. In large measure each person determines the overall outcome of his or her life.From a Christian perspective life is a priceless gift from God who is the ultimate architect of all of life but who requires human cooperation to fulfill the purpose for each life. God has created humans with a freewill and will not force anyone to be what she/he does not want to. We need God and God requires our cooperation to make success out of us. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot and without us God will not.” In other words, we cannot do without God. We need God’s grace, natural resources (air, vegetation, sunshine, rain etc), protection, guidance and power to achieve so many things. But God requires our cooperation to achieve his purposes for us and the world. So many good things cannot be done unless people avail themselves and take advantage of the opportunities around them by turning them into assets that can benefit self and others.It is therefore incumbent upon every person to seek ways to make something good out of one’s life of whatever kind. The Bible through the Apostle Paul encourages believers to make the most of the opportunity (Ephesians 5:16). This is how he puts it: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.”So then, the series is meant to assist everyone to trust God, plan and work hard to achieve many positive things in life for the glory of God and the good of self, family, community and the wider world. Let us stop missing opportunities and make something of ourselves and contribute to the betterment of life.Meaning and purpose becomes a key impetus for self-improvement and for achieving a lot of good things in life. Many people do badly or poorly because they have no reason or purpose to live for and to achieve anything for. They go through life purposelessly and aimlessly. Meaning and purpose differs from person to person, culture to culture and generation to generation. But Christianity and the world religions believe that there is an overall purpose and meaning for all humans regardless of age, culture, and status. What is it?The catechisms (basic doctrinal teachings of a denomination) of some mainline denominations of the Christian faith put it succinctly and beautifully like this: “The purpose of man is to know, love, glory and enjoy God forever”. Man was created in God’s image for love and fellowship. King Solomon, the wisest and richest King whoever lived, penned down these words: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of everyone” (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:13).The fear of God and keeping his commandments are fulfilled in having and maintaining good relationships with God, fellow human beings and the environment. God’s will is justice, fairness, peace and wellbeing for all. We worship and glorify God by doing what is right and helpful to all. Every person then finds his/her own purpose in life (divine purpose or calling) in whatever area of life that excites, generates passion and drive in him/her and is in the areas of human endeavors that up lift all humanity. This covers every honorable profession and field of human endeavor. It can take the forms of teaching, serving, entrepreneurship, politics, law, sports, business, pastoring, administration, hospitality, envisioning and the like. Every person, then, ought to find out his/her unique purpose in life and seeks ways to improve and use self for God’s glory, his/her own good and the good of others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sterling Products Ltd employees’ children receive $65,000 bursary

first_imgA bright new school termSterling Products Limited employees who have children attending school were late last week granted back-to-school relief in the form of bursaries of $65,000 each.The company handed out the money on Thursday last and explained that this move was to lessen the expenses the parents have for the September school term. Angela Persaud, Alika Shaw, Tarun Saktua, Akeelah Persaud, Emika Thomas, Samir Ishmael, Romel Persaud and Daniele Shaw were the seven students who received bursaries. Sterling, in a statement, said that it has been contributing to the education of employees’ children through annual bursary awards for over 25 years.At last week’s presentation, Human Resources Officer Yvette Fiedtkou said that seven students qualified for the bursary award by attaining at least 75 per cent of the total marks obtainable at the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). Meanwhile, Sterling Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramsay Ali highlighted that the children were embarking on a new chapter in their education that was vastly different from primary school.“We are happy that we can afford to do this and assist you a little bit as you get into a new area of your life…,” Ali observed.Assistant Chief Education Officer at the Education Ministry, Samantha Williams said that the Ministry saluted valuable assistance of this nature and hoped other companies could contribute in similar ways to raising the standards of education and preparing students to succeed in academic life.Sherwood Clarke, A representative of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) which represents the company’s workers was also present at the ceremony. He explained that trade unionism was not only about fighting for workers’ rights and good working conditions but also enhancing workers’ education. He commended the CEO and the company for agreeing to increase the disbursement, and also praised the company’s adult literacy programme, in place for some employees.last_img read more

Matsuzaka arrives

first_img“I have a few days left before camp officially starts,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter during a five-minute interview session in the baggage claim area. “My excitement has not reached its peak, but I would love to meet my teammates.” Moments earlier, his non-stop flight from Los Angeles touched down on schedule two months after bumpy negotiations led to a six-year, $52 million contract. That’s on top of the $51.11 million the Red Sox paid the Seibu Lions for winning the right to negotiate with him. All that money bought a 26-year-old right-hander who was revered in Japan since he pitched a no-hitter in high school and has a catchy nickname that already has shown up on T-shirts around Boston. But he has one spring training goal shared by all major leaguers. “I would try not to get injured,” he said. It’s all about Daisuke Matsuzaka. He arrived at the airport early Monday night, then got in a car for a ride to Fort Myers, about 130 miles away, to settle in before his first workout at the Boston Red Sox training camp. TAMPA, Fla. – Dice-K arrived at spring training. And so did crowds of reporters, photographers and television crews who flocked to Florida to chronicle the $103 million Japanese ace’s landing. That didn’t count the handful of puzzled passers-by who wondered what all the fuss was about Monday at Tampa International Airport. center_img Matsuzaka, arriving in Florida wearing a pink polo shirt with an alligator logo, strode briskly from the escalator to a waiting media horde – 17 photographers, 10 TV cameras and about a dozen reporters – nearly all from Japanese outlets. Some bystanders joined in and took pictures with cell phones and digital point-and-shoot cameras. With a serious expression, Matsuzaka politely answered a rapid-fire series of questions as cameras flashed throughout. Is he concerned about a new spring training routine? “I think my experience getting ready in Japan is not that significantly different,” he said, standing beside a member of the marketing firm that represents him in Japan. What was it like to train in Southern California for about the past month without a team coach’s supervision? “Compared to outfielders or hitters, I don’t have to do the same thing,” he said, “basically just running and building my strength.” His arrival at spring training had been eagerly anticipated since he reached a contract agreement on Dec. 14. There were varying reports about his travel itinerary. Some had him flying by private jet to Fort Myers. Others had him traveling on a regularly scheduled flight from Los Angeles to Tampa. His plans weren’t announced until early Monday – commercial from L.A., but in the first-class cabin, of course. The first official workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Sunday. Matsuzaka plans to hold his first formal news conference in Fort Myers late Thursday afternoon. By then he will have met teammates who also showed up early. “I want to see what he brings to the table,” Jonathan Papelbon, another newcomer to Boston’s rotation, said Monday, then broke into a smile. “He’s got a new acupuncture guy he’s bringing in so I might try some acupuncture. “If he needs something, obviously I’ll be there. And, hopefully, if I need something, he’ll be there for me.” While Papelbon is making a transition from the closer’s role, Matsuzaka’s adjustment is more demanding – a new team, a different culture and a load of expectations that come with his past success and present salary. His new pitching coach, John Farrell, thinks he can handle that. “The calmness and the mound presence he shows is outstanding,” Farrell said recently. Matsuzaka joins a rotation that includes Papelbon, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield. It could be one of baseball’s best. And for Matsuzaka, it’s just starting. On Monday, seven photographers focused on the down escalator, waiting for their first glimpse of him. One female passenger from Switzerland asked who they were waiting for and was told it was a Red Sox pitcher. “A soccer player?” she asked. Matsuzaka isn’t universally known, and there was one reminder that his journey to major-league stardom has a ways to go. The message board above Belt 9 showed which flights’ bags would be unloaded there. One was the flight from Los Angeles. Just under it was a flight from Boston. That’s where he should be pitching in two months – at Fenway Park in front of passionate, demanding fans where he will make another much anticipated arrival. “I would like to meet everybody’s expectations by playing well,” the $103 million pitcher said. He picked up the one bag he carried and walked quickly to the car taking him to his new job while others waited to collect his luggage. 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

STUNNING SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL HOSTS SUPERB OPEN NIGHT AHEAD OF OFFICAL OPENING

first_imgFEATURES: THE SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL hosted a superb open night yesterday evening as locals got a glimpse of the stunning state-of-the-art facility – ahead of it’s official opening tomorrow.Since news emerged that The Shandon Hotel and Spa had been bought by new owners – a flurry of excitement was expressed by those in Dunfanaghy and across the county who had sampled the superb Spa before it closed in 2011. While the hotel continues to undergo renovations ahead of its official opening next Easter, management have pressed ahead with the launch of the Spa.The brand new Spa was only opened a few years before the Shandon closed and is one of the most luxurious facilities in the North-West.Manager of the Spa, Chanelle Da Silva has been extremely busy organising everything ahead of the official launch and has ensured that the Spa is ready to open today.She told Donegal Daily, “We are grateful to all the people that joined us tonight for our opening night. “We look forward to welcoming you again soon. There already has been a huge influx of people that have already pre-booked the Spa ahead of its official opening today.We wish the new management team well on their new venture ahead.   STUNNING SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL HOSTS SUPERB OPEN NIGHT AHEAD OF OFFICAL OPENING was last modified: August 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

GAA: TERMON LADIES WIN TOP-OF-THE-TABLE CLASH

first_imgTermon senior ladies came out on top at the burn road overcoming a young Moville side. After an opening game in the Under 16 ‘A’ league in which a well drilled Moville team triumphed over the Termon challenge, the tables were turned in the senior match.The first half saw the majority of goals with Emer Gallagher, Geraldine Mclaughlin and Roisin Yankee netting the majors for Termon. Moville’s opening goal came from an excellent flowing attack started by Niamh Mclaughlin in her own defence and finished to the Termon net by the impressive Kathy Mclaughlin. It could have been followed soon after with another goal for Moville as they again moved the ball swiftly through the Termon defence only for keeper Laura Gallagher making an excellent stop with the boot keeping Moville at bay. Termon kept the pressure on the Moville defence by kicking a number of points, two of the best coming from Grainne Mcdaid and centre half back Therese McCafferty storming forward to kick over. Moville not to be outdone contributed the final score of the half with a fine pointed free from the left boot Marie Kelly.The second half opened with a flurry of scoring from Termon, Roisin McCafferty pointing twice in succession followed by mid-field partner Dara Kelly. Niamh Mclaughlin tagging on a point for Moville after fine build up play from Orlaith Furlong at mid-field but Termon seemed to find another gear to race ahead in this match with Petra McCafferty and Maureen O’Donnell knocking over points followed by two from Annemarie Mcdaid. Kathy Mcalughlin kicked over a point for Moville’s final score of the match before Geraldine Mclaughlin landed two more for Termon. Best for Moville was Niamh and Kathy Mclaughlin who caused the Termon defence a number of problems throughout and also Lorraine Malarkey who was tasked with the hard job of keeping tabs on Geraldine Mclaughlin.For Termon a number of excellent performance’s with the full back line of Shauna Kelly, Nicole Mcalughlin and Shauna Kelly putting in a fine display, but a stand out performance covering every blade of grass and contributing five of Termon’s points midfield pairing of Dara Kelly and Roisin McCafferty had a huge influence on the game.Termon now sit two points clear of Moville in Div.1 but it is still all to play for in the return leg in a number of weeks in Moville and as shown in the opening u-16 game Moville and Termon have a number of excellent young players who will surely contribute massively to the senior teams in the near future.  GAA: TERMON LADIES WIN TOP-OF-THE-TABLE CLASH was last modified: May 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ian Rush believes Liverpool can win the Premier League title next season

first_imgLiverpool legend Ian Rush believes his former side will challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.The Reds finished 25-points behind Pep Guardiola’s league winners in fourth last time out, but managed to reach the Champions League final. When asked whether Liverpool can win the league next year, Rush told talkSPORT: “Why not?“If you look at last season, I think there’s something to build on, they did really well and were great to watch.“We weren’t expecting to get to the Champions League final, we got there and we’ve got to move forward now.“Moving forward, realistically, is challenging Manchester City for the league. We beat them three times last year.”The Reds have already secured the services of Naby Keita for next season and recently added Monaco’s Fabinho to their midfield. Lyon’s Nabil Fekir also looks set to join in the coming days.But Rush, who won the league five times and remains the Reds’ all-time leading goalscorer with 346 goals, believes the club still need to sign another few players.He continued: “We need three or four players in, but if we get that, I think we can genuinely challenge Manchester City.”last_img read more

Liverpool shine in penultimate pre-season friendly against Napoli

first_imgThe Reds got off to a fast start and took the lead on four minutes when Sadio Mane pulled back for Milner to whip home a shot into the top left hand corner of Napoli’s net.Things quickly got worse for the Italians’ goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis as he made a mistake for the second.His clearance from a corner fell directly to James Milner, who played a return ball which was headed home by Wijnaldum.Alisson had fans marvelling at his performance on his debut for the club, making a smart save from Lorenzo Insigne with the score at 2-0 and continuing to impress with his ball distribution throughout. Alisson’s debut went as well as he could have imagined Liverpool comfortably saw off Napoli in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 5-0 winners in Dublin, with goals from James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mo Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno. 2 The Reds then scored a controversially disallowed third, but that didn’t stop their momentum, and they eventually did go 3-0 up through Salah, who curled a left footed effort into the far corner.Sturridge added a fourth after Divock Origi’s shot rebounded to him for a simple finish and Moreno wrapped things up, smashing in a move started by a remarkable cross-field pass from Sturridge.Liverpool now face Torino on Tuesday before their Premier League opener against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday. Salah scored Liverpool’s third 2last_img read more

5K HOSPICE WALK AT GLENVEAGH THIS SUNDAY IN MEMORY OF JOE

first_imgGlenveagh Castle. The 5k starts at the main car park at noon this SundayTHERE’S a 5K walk in aid of Donegal Hospice on this Sunday in Glenveagh National Park at 12pm.The 5K walk is in Memory of Joe McTeague who passed away in November.Joe worked in Glenveagh for  37 years. There will be a raffle on the day with great prizes and there will also be a balloon release in memory of all loved ones who have died from cancer.All support will be greatly appreciated.So get out there – and enjoy it.  5K HOSPICE WALK AT GLENVEAGH THIS SUNDAY IN MEMORY OF JOE was last modified: August 28th, 2015 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:cancerdonegalfundraiserHospice 5klast_img read more

Kwaito blasts British airwaves

first_img22 November 2005Kwaito, the music of South African urban youth, is blasting over the UK airwaves with the launch of a new radio station, Hills 102fm.SA DJ Dennis Matsane hosts the station’s morning show, and has already treated his audience to the music of top kwaito stars Zola and Malaika, according to the Sunday Times.“In the UK, African music gets almost no airplay, in favour of huge European and American acts,” he told the newspaper. He has played Malaika’s hit song Destiny and songs from Zola’s new album, Ibuthu, and believes this is the first time kwaito has been played on a UK radio station.Kwaito, which first emerged in the 1990s, is is a mixture of 1920s marabi, the kwela of the 1950s, mbaqanga of the hostel dwellers, 1980s pop and imibongo, African praise poetry, with influences from hip-hop, dub, jazz and UK house music.Hills 102fm broadcasts live from Coventry to the Warwickshire region. This is the home county of reggae band UB40 and, long ago, of William Shakespeare.Now in his late 30s, Matsane has lived in England for four years, according to the Sunday Times. He got the job at the station after working as a part-time DJ at several pirate radio stations.“I remember when a truck drove into the premises of the station I last worked in and confiscated the broadcasting material while we were on air,” he told the newspaper.His experience on pirate stations led to his appointment at Hills 102fm. He says the only way South African music can break into the international market is by getting frequent airplay there.“I intend to play a lot of kwaito music on my show – as much as I possibly can,” he told the Sunday Times. He hosts the 6 to 10am weekday slot, which offers chat and music with an entertainment slant.The English response to the kwaito on their radios has largely been positive – even if they don’t get the lyrics.“Most of them liked the music, but they mostly listen to the rhythm of the songs as they can’t understand the words.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more