Bolick deserves to be top pick in PBA Draft, says Fernandez

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Ferandez believes his prized guard Robert Bolick should be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.Fernandez said Bolick can do it all on both ends and coaches in the PBA should be well aware of that by now.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “If the coaches just watch how he plays, he can play with the system, he can play without the system. I think he’s one of the best players who can play the one, two or three. He can play defense, he can score, can do everything,” said Fernandez.“I’m hoping that Columbian will change their mind because you got Bolick, he will be the best point guard coming in this draft.”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 ChrissThe Columbian Dyip own the rights to the first overall pick and reportedly have their eyes on Lyceum’s CJ Perez with Bolick and Ray Parks also among the top prospects.“He (Bolick) came from being benched or a benchwarmer in the other school and he came to San Beda and brought more championships to San Beda. He deserves to be No. 1,” he said. “No offense to CJ. I do love him, I do believe in his game but this guy (Bolick) deserves the No. 1 pick.” The 23-year-old Bolick had another stellar NCAA season where he made the Mythical Team and helped the Red Lions win their third title in a row after sweeping the Pirates on Monday night.The 6-foot-1 Bolick wrapped up his collegiate career averaging 8 points and 10.5 assists in the finals.Fernandez also vouched for his other graduating star in Javee Mocon, who is also expected to turn pro this year.“I’m hoping that the coaches can see Javee not only as a four-man but a three-man as well. We tried really to move Javee to the three-man because that’s his size in the PBA but during our season, he’s very consistent as our four-man so I think we just maximized the things he’s been giving us,” Fernandez said of Mocon, who was named Finals MVP.“Hopefully, No. 4 pick and up Im sure he will be in the first round. He deserves to be in the first round. But whatever happens I wish them all the best.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Guyana, India sign US$1M MoU for set-up of ICT centre

first_imgThe Government of Guyana on Wednesday signed a US million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government via its High Commissioner in Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam for the set-up of an information communication and Technology (ICT) Centre of Excellence in Guyana.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam and Minister of State Joseph Harmon shake hands after the signing on WednesdayThis centre will provide training for Public Sector ICT professionals to ensure the availability of a highly skilled ICT workforce, equipped with the requisite expertise to meet the increasingly complex demands of the public and Private Sectors.The MoU was signed at the Ministry of the Presidency by Minister of State Joseph Harmon in the presence of Floyd Levi, Head of the E-Government Unit; Vanessa Dickenson, Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Malcolm Williams, Director of Policy and Training, E-Government Unit.Minister Harmon noted that the MoU caters for the creation and operation of an ICT Centre of Excellence, which will be based at the National Data Management Building at the University of Guyana Complex. During the first two years of the project, training of trainers will be completed, following which the facility will be handed over to the Government of Guyana.“The parties will cooperate in the identification of required areas of training, the establishment of a centre for training in ICT with two classrooms of 25 students each, in the provision of academic material to trainup to 500 students per year for two years, among others,” Minister Harmonsaid.The Minister noted that the project will go a long way in the development of the human resources of the country. He noted that the prospects of such a centre are exciting.“High Commissioner, I want to thank you for this privilege. This has been an event that has been long in coming. It is a very significant moment in our history… The Government of India has persevered in ensuring that we have this centre established in Guyana. I am very excited about the prospects that this project will bring and I am extremely pleased to sign this agreement,” Minister Harmon said.Minister Harmon said that he expects that the centre will be opened within the next three to six months. In the meantime, India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Mahalingam, in brief comments, said that the centre provides an opportunity for the development of the country and the people of Guyana, which his Government was pleased to facilitate.“We have been waiting for this for a long time and finally it happened.This is only the first step. There are a lot of things that we need to do.We need to correspond with each other. We need to make the facilities available on your end… I am sure that this is going to be a real good opportunity for Guyanese to have training on various aspects of IT management and we look forward to working together,” Mahalingam said.last_img read more

Fourth fire erupts in Santa Clarita

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One that started near Magic Mountain is heading southwest toward Simi Valley, but is still a good 10-15 miles away, a Ventura County Fire Department dispatcher said. Fire personnel are conducting precautionary evacuations in the area of Tapo Canyon Road and Bennett Road on the city’s north side. SANTA CLARITA – Another fire has broken out in the Santa Clarita Valley and is threatening homes, authorities said. Firefighters are evacuating residents of a mobile-home park and condominium complex at Soledad Canyon and Sand Canyon roads just above the 14 Freeway, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said. The fire started about 10:40 p.m. It’s only two acres but is very close to homes, the dispatcher said. There already are three fires burning in the Santa Clarita area that have been charred close to 80,000 acres combined. last_img read more


first_imgA firebrand MLA accused of sectarianism after backing Donegal in the Ulster Championship so that Tyrone couldn’t celebrate has himself been the victim of sectarianism after his car was burned put.DUP politician Ian McCrea said on twitter he was with Donegal’s victory because Mid Ulster taxpayers wouldn’t have to fund ‘needless’ civic ceremonies if Tyrone were to progress to the final and overcome ‘Londonderry’.He tweeted: “Great to see Ulster beat in the Ulster semi’s today hope Donegal beat Londonderry in the final to keep the celebrations out of Mid Ulster.” Mr McCrea found the car in flames outside his home early on Sunday morning.He insisted: “I can only speculate what the reasoning behind this is.”“At this stage there isn’t really any evidence to suggest it has been carried out by a specific person or group.“The story is that someone came and attacked my property and burnt my car,” he said. “My children are the ones frightened to go to sleep at night in case people come back and attack our property again.”He said the car was only yards from his home and a gas cylinder and there was “nothing but the shell left”.Speaking directly after the attack he said: “I expect to be the target of verbal criticism but targeting my family home is outrageous.”The first and deputy first ministers in the Six Counties condemned the arson attack.“Those who carried out this attack are attempting to heighten tensions as we reach the height of the marching season and this action must be condemned,” said Martin McGuinness. First minister and fellow DUP MLA Peter Robinson “unreservedly” condemned the attack.“I know those responsible do not speak for their community,” he said.“Regardless of our political views, no one has the right to engage in such criminal and hate-filled behaviour.”Police are treating the fire as suspected arson and have asked anyone who noticed unusual activity in the area to contact them. UNIONIST WHO BACKED DONEGAL HAS CAR BURNT OUT IN SECTARIAN ATTACK was last modified: July 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:arson attackDerrydonegalGAAIan McCreasectarianismTyronelast_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE Men’s hockey team manager David Buchanan declared his “sheer delight” today as his side beat Portadown 4-1 to get through to their first ever Irish Senior Men’s Hockey Trophy final.It didn’t look so good for the Co Donegal side as the visitors scored within a minute of the start of today’s game at the Royal & Prior school grounds.But the Raphoe men came storming back with goals from Gavin Lecky and Ian McGonigle before storming to a 4-1 victory in the second half. Now the Donegal men will be hoping they’re no fools when they take on UCC in the final on April 1.That match takes place at the UCD campus grounds – and a large Co Donegal contingent will be there hoping to see an historic win.Said Buchanan afterwards: “We’ve already made history by reaching the final and we hope we can now go on and win it. There were difficult conditions here today but we are utterly delighted; over the moon.”Raphoe: Johnny Rankin, William Kilpatrick, Rodney Bates, William Wauchope, William Lecky, Ian McGonigle (Captain), Richard Patterson, George Patterson, Keith Meehan, Gavin Lecky, John Watt. Subs: Alan Meehan, Lee Coll, Trevor Patterson, Simon Goudi, David Moore. Portadown: Johnny Rot, John McCracken, Neil Gilmore, Gareth Trot, Stephen Wylie, James Ferguson, Geoff Edcar, Jonathan Harkin, Jonathan Magill, Jamie Wright, Matthew Gray. Subs: Jamie Nipe, Mark Miskelly.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on RAPHOE THROUGH TO FIRST EVER SENIOR HOCKEY FINAL was last modified: March 4th, 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:HOCKEY: RAPHOE THROUGH TO FIRST EVER SENIOR HOCKEY FINALlast_img read more


first_imgSIMMERING tensions between Fianna Fail and Mayor Frank McBrearty have continued with the county’s biggest party refusing to take up their place on the New York St Patrick’s Day trip.Fianna Fail were entitled to send one of their party councillors to accompany the Mayor on the week-long trip later this week.However when Fianna Fail met to discuss who would accompany the Mayor, none of their councillors wanted to go. There have been several bust-ups between Mayor McBrearty and members of Fianna Fail in the council chamber in Lifford in recent months.At a meeting last month – which was held behind closed doors – councillors could be heard shouting at each other from outside the corridor.At the Fianna Fail meeting to select who would go on the €24k trip, all the party’s representative declined the offer.  TENSIONS BETWEEN MAYOR AND FIANNA FAIL AS COUNCILLORS REFUSE TO GO TO NEW YORK was last modified: March 7th, 2013 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


first_imgLaura and her fellow hens and some guy who dropped in!There’s usually plenty of ‘wallys’ willing to pester girls out on a hen night.But only a very brave man would have bothered Laura Melaugh from Killygordan on her night out in Navan recently.Laura is getting married on December 4th next to Seamie Scanlon from Glenfin. But Seamie needn’t have worried – Laura and the girls were tucked up in bed before 11pm.And if you believe that……..!WHICH ‘WALLY’ DROPPED IN ON DONEGAL WOMAN’S HEN NIGHT? was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalhen partyLaura Melaughweddinglast_img read more

Serious collision occurs on main south-west Donegal road

first_imgA section of the main Donegal-Ballyshannon road is closed this morning following a road traffic collision. The collision occurred just outside Laghey on the Ballyshannon side of the N15,Emergency services are attending the scene, where one of the cars had overturned and was blocking the northbound lane. A stop/go system is in place as Gardaí and fire tenders clear the route.The extent of injuries sustained is not yet known.Serious collision occurs on main south-west Donegal road was last modified: February 21st, 2018 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)last_img read more

787 to dominate Etihad’s fleet

first_imgEtihad Airways plans massive expansion with the Boeing 787 as 64 more aircraft are set to be delivered over the next few years making the Dreamliner the mainstay of its long-haul fleet.On Thursday June 2, Perth will become the second Australian city to be served by Etihad Airways’ 787-9 with Brisbane served in June 2015.The Dreamliner is currently also deployed to Singapore, Washington DC, Zurich and Düsseldorf and services will commence to Istanbul, Johannesburg and Shanghai throughout the remainder of 2016.The B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins. With 299 seats, it delivers 14 per cent more capacity than the Airbus A330-200 it replaces. In the high-demand Business Class cabin, it offers 30 per cent more seats.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner reflected the importance of Western Australia to Etihad Airways.“Since launching flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi two years ago we have enjoyed strong two-way demand from business and leisure travellers on the route.“The Dreamliner, which adds 518 weekly seats to the route, gives us the extra capacity needed to meet this ever-increasing demand.“It also enables our guests to experience the luxury, comfort and hospitality for which Etihad Airways is world-renowned.“Our Dreamliners, with ground-breaking innovations in all cabins, have raised the passenger experience bar, setting the benchmark in world aviation for superior comfort, entertainment, inflight connectivity, and service.”“Together with our partner airlines, we offer travellers from Europe, the Middle East and east coast USA, the comfort and convenience of one-stop flights to Perth with seamless transfers at the Abu Dhabi hub.”WATCH: Take a peek into the Etihad 787 Business Class cabin.The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner features the airline’s highly acclaimed next-generation interiors with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.The onboard décor and lighting have been inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the airline’s eye-catching ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery.The 28 Business Studios all offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in the finest Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.The 271 Economy Smart Seats provide enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches, and an 11.1” personal TV monitor.The Dreamliner fleet features the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system which provides more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment including seven live TV channels, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins. The aircraft has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with USB and power points at every seat.The airline’s world-renowned hospitality offering includes innovative services such as Flying Nannies and onboard Food and Beverage Managers. A Flying Nanny, trained by the world-famous Norland College in the UK, is on board every B787-9 Dreamliner flight to provide assistance to families travelling with young children. Food and Beverage Managers, handpicked from the world’s top hotels and restaurants, guide guests in Business Class through the extensive a la carte and dine anytime options and provide recommendations on the optimal food and wine pairing.Etihad Airways uniquely offers travellers from Western Australia the convenience of US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport. This facility, exclusive to Etihad Airways in the Gulf region, allows guests to complete immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for the USA while in transit at Abu Dhabi – avoiding lengthy queues upon arrival at US airports.Guests on the Dreamliner enjoy the industry’s largest windows; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for better comfort; large overhead stowage bins, soothing LED lighting; and technology to sense and counter turbulence for a smoother ride.last_img read more

New app helps reporters tell a better story

first_imgCadet journalists, community reporters, activists and others interested in reporting on a news story and submitting it to a community newspaper can now make use of the Pocket Reporter app.The Pocket Reporter is designed to help citizen journalists or reporters working at a grassroots level. This app is seen as the editor who advises the users on the types of questions to ask while reporting. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanAn app has been developed to help improve journalism at a community or grassroots level. The Pocket Reporter, touted as a “news editor in your pocket” is aimed at citizen journalists, community journalists of independent publishers, and those who want to get it right when writing a news story.Raymond Joseph, a journalist at Code for South Africa (Code4SA), says Pocket Reporter was developed because there are many journalists, especially freelancers, who do not have access to a news editor.“When I started out, I was briefed by my editor before I went to the scene of a news story. After I returned from that news story I would be briefed by my news editor again,” he explains.Pocket Reporter was developed by Code4SA in partnership with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).Joseph says the partners undertook market research before building the app. “Not enough people have Blackberry phones. Only a few have iPhones. The most common cellphone among citizen- and community journalists is the Android.“I also know that young people use their phones as typewriters.”The app was designed to be as simple to use as possible. Changes were made following testing on some community journalists. Joseph and his team at Code4SA tested the app again before launching it.How the app worksSome of the newspapers that are members of the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)The Pocket Reporter is an easy to use tool that helps the reporter collect all the information needed, Joseph explains. “It makes sure there are no holes in the story. This tool will help to improve content and make sure the people ask the right questions.”First download the app, which then walks you through a news story:Go to Google Play and search for “Pocket Reporter”, then download the app on to your Android phone.Enter + to choose an article type, or go to My Stories to add more info to previous articles.Choose your article type.Name your article and click “start this story”.Work through the questions and fill in the answers in the boxes with the information you gather.You can now email your information to yourself to work on your story later, or email it to your news editor.If you don’t have all the information to answer the questions asked on the app, Joseph says, you can return to the story. “It is saved on your app automatically. You can always go back to add information.”No internet connection neededTo overcome data costs, no internet connection is needed to use the app. “You only need an internet connection to download it or if you want to update the app.“Also, you need an internet connection to send the information to your own email address or to the editor.”For security, you don’t have to give any personal details when downloading the app, assures Joseph. “You stay in charge of the information. You can delete the story or the app after you are finished using it.”Your information is safe, because there is no server that saves it, he adds.Association of Independent PublishersThere are 204 independently owned newspapers in South Africa, according to the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)The Pocket Reporter was launched in October at the AIP national conference in Johannesburg.The AIP is a national organisation for advancing the interests of independent grassroots print media in South Africa. It comprises mostly small, independent newspapers, but also represents newsletters, magazines and online publications.The AIP holds a two-day conference with the theme “My South Africa, my story” in October 2016. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)Established in 2004, the AIP has about 250 members nationally, most of which are small, community based, grassroots publishers living in the communities they serve.Louise Vale, executive director of the AIP, says community media are growing.According to her, AIP members employ 2 000 people directly and 2 000 indirectly, such as freelancers. In South Africa, independent publishers are generally small, micro and medium enterprises. “They contribute about R150-million every year to the economy,” says Vale.One of the challenges is that they do not get much financial support, especially through advertising. “This is despite the fact that these independent publishers’ advertising rates are the lowest – lower than a mainstream newspaper would be.”It is difficult for independent publishers to run their businesses, Vale says, because of lack of funding from big companies or the government. “It’s sad because these independent publishers provide a real service to the people on the ground.”Gauteng has the most independent publishers in the country, followed by the Eastern Cape. This graph shows the monthly print order and publication frequency. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)Pocket Reporter is a great tool for journalists, she says. “It will help people a lot to get facts out in the field. There are lots of interns in the industry and the editor won’t necessarily have time to brief them.”Editors of independent publishers often have to do other tasks too, such as selling advertising space or social media marketing.Community media reports use voices on the ground, Vale adds. “We should actually have a platform where the mainstream media work with these community journalists. That way they get to hear the voices on the ground and give that input to the national agenda.”Independent publishers have about 28 million readers a month.Diversity in community mediaAIP members publish primarily in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, in a diverse range of languages and service a diverse range of interests.More than 80 members publish in a combination of English, Afrikaans and a local language. The AIP represents print media published in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and Tshivenda, among other languages.A total of 78% of publications are black-owned, and 28% are owned by women.The geographical communities served range from rural Cofimvaba to the urban people of Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and the Cape Flats, from Makhado to Gansbaai, from Mangaung to Jozini and further.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more