Teng drops 42 in AMA debut as Titans trip Batangas

first_imgGamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Given keys to the offense by coach Mark Herrera, Teng toyed with the Batangueños’ defense, finishing with the second highest output in league history, while shooting 12-of-27 from the field in leading the Titans to a resounding debut.“I didn’t expect it,” said Teng, a two-time UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player of his performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m just happy with this team. My mentality every game is to give my best and improve what I can improve on before I enter the Draft. It’s another basketball experience for me and I’m happy to improve here.”Teng, who once scored 104 points for Xavier in high school, felt Herrera’s trust and confidence in him to take over the game was just as crucial as his performance. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Huey, partner reach second round PBA IMAGESFor someone who’s used to scoring in bunches, Jeron Teng should be the least surprised of his latest achievement.But the former La Salle star chose to downplay his 42-point explosion as he opened his PBA D-League stint for the AMA Online Education Titans, who overcame Batangas, 101-95, yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ “That’s what I like about coach Mark,” said Teng. “He lets me be and he lets me play my game. He trusts my judgment and that’s the reason why my game also shows.”“He (Teng) really sparked the team and took on a leadership role which is what we really needed in a game like this,” said Herrera, who is looking to take his team beyond the elimination round with Teng leading the charge.Just when it looked like Batangas was making headway with a late burst in the third period, Teng took over with seven straight points to extend the lead to eight points.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Maiden CPL stint the beginning of my career – Simmons

first_imgBy Brandon CorletteKeegan Simmons takes a blinder during a GAW practice sessionOne of Trinidad and Tobago’s brightest young talents, Keagan Simmons will wear the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) kit in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The left-handed Simmons who was delighted with his maiden call-up CPL cricket, has dominated cricket at the junior level.He holds the record for the second highest score for West Indies U-19s at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also scored two centuries at the monumental U-19 showpiece which took place in New Zealand in 2018. The top-order left-hander sits with an elite group of West Indies batsmen as only the third player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat, after his cousin Lendl Simmons and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.Filled with elegance when batting, the left-handed stroke-maker made his debut at the senior ‘Regional’ level for West Indies ‘B’ in the 2018-19 season, wherein he scored 162 runs in five matches in the Super50 tournament in 2018.The compact top-order batsman who has played alongside veteran batsman Marlon Samuels in that tournament, scored two half-centuries, including a high score of 60 against his home team Trinidad and Tobago and currently has a batting average of 32.40 in List A cricket.  He has also added scores of 57 against the Windward Islands and 44 against Guyana to his credentials to cap an impressive debut Regional Super50 for the West Indies ‘B’ team.The motivated player who will also be aiming to make the most of his maiden CPL stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2019 recently inked a contract with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the upcoming 2019/2020 CWI Regional Super50 and 4-Day tournaments which is also another major boost to his young career.Pertaining to the future, this talented young player has said his aim is to perform to the best of his ability for the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW). “I am eager to show my ability at this level for the GAW team which has done well in previous CPL seasons,” Simmons disclosed.The Trinidadian with huge dreams also places much emphasis on preparation and training has been going through his paces in a smart and intense fashion. “My preparation has been smart and intense, and I will make sure I am ready to contribute significantly to the team,” Simmons stated. “This selection gives me that added confidence in my talent and performances. I feel this is just the start of my cricketing career, and I feel I have a lot of developing and growing to [do to] become as good as I can be,” Simmons declared.This year at the player draft in London, each CPL franchise were compelled to pick two West Indies emerging white ball players which resulted in Simmons and Jamaican speedster Odean Smith being snapped up by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. While Smith has CPL and international experience this is Simmons’ first showing at the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’ where he will experience Cricket Played Louder.last_img read more

Hypocritical Freddie Kissoon (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Although Gail Teixeira is a household name in Guyana, not much is known about this lady who has dedicated so much of her life to the land of her birth and its people. She is not one to blow her own trumpet.From the early age of 14, Gail migrated to Canada with her parents. Years later, she met Dr. Cheddi Jagan while he was visiting Toronto in 1976. Obviously impressed with the work she was doing in support of the People’s Progressive Party, Dr Jagan, after consultation with the PPP Secretariat, invited her to return to Guyana to be his Personal Secretary. The rest is history. Cheddi Jagan must have seen something in this young woman that made him make such a bold move. Throughout the years that followed, the astuteness of Dr Jagan and the PPP has not been let down by the choice they made, as they gained a woman who has been trustworthy, disciplined and loyal to the party, and dedicated to the people of Guyana, the country of her birth.The Gail Teixeira I know never flinched when the issues of principle were at stake, even when she was attacked both physically and publicly, as some people did not then understand the position of the People’s Progressive Party. Years later, the PPP has now been vindicated.Freddie Kissoon maliciously and falsely attacks Gail Teixeira as an “ideological Stalinist”. In fact, Stalinism died since 1953.  The newly formed PPP of 1950 never supported or defended Stalinism, and Gail Teixeira was a toddler when that era ended, thankfully. As an adult, she has always stood up for human rights and the respect and dignity of people. Her life has been dedicated to Parliamentary Democracy.But by now we should all recognise that Freddie Kissoon is deliberately dropping these loaded terms for a reason; he is the ‘Pied Piper’ playing to someone else’s tune, and sending signals to anti-PPP forces, both internal and external, that Gail Teixeira would not be acceptable. These forces know too well that it was the PPPC — despite the “communist bogey”  accusations of the 1960s — that moved this country forward as never before in the 23 years of its successive administrations, as it did when in Government in the early 60s. These same forces are now watching closely at the demise of Guyana again under an undemocratic, inept and corrupt APNU+AFC Coalition Government.In his column, Freddie Kissoon — as usual — praises the late PNC Leader Forbes Burnham, and demonises Janet Jagan. Kissoon seems to have a fetish about Mrs Jagan, as he repeatedly attacks her — a great woman leader of Guyana, who is recognised internationally as one of the revolutionary women of the 20th century. In this case, Kissoon uses this to opportunistically attack Gail Teixeira.Kissoon refuses to accept that, in 1997, Guyanese voted overwhelmingly for Janet Jagan when she was at the age of 77; giving her an even larger majority than her husband had received in 1992.He conveniently ignores the fact that Burnham robbed the people of this country of their dignity and the right to have their voices expressed freely and fairly at elections held in 1968, 1973 and 1980.This was repeated by Hoyte in 1985. When Burnham died, he left the country broken, fractured, and on its way to bankruptcy. The Historian David Granger and the former PNC Minister of Finance, Carl Greenidge, can both testify to this, but that would never happen.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Memberof Parliamentlast_img read more

Transfer report: Arsenal and Everton in battle to sign Hoffenheim playmaker

first_img1 Hoffenheim playmaker Kerem Demirbay Arsenal and Everton have been linked with Hoffenheim playmaker Kerem Demirbay, who is also a target for AC Milan.The 24-year-old has impressed in the number ten role since joining the German club from Hamburg in 2016.Demirbay scored six goals in 28 appearances last season and has two in 14 so far this term alongside some impressive all-round form.AC Milan are keen on luring the Germany international to Serie A but now, according to Newsmondo, they will face competition from both Arsenal and Everton.Everton are in the market for attacking reinforcements having scored just 25 goals in their 22 Premier League games so far.Meanwhile, Demirbay has been suggested as a like-for-like replacement for Arsenal man Mesut Ozil, who is still yet to extend his contract beyond the summer.last_img read more

Flying start for parade

first_imgPALMDALE – Hot air balloons floated over Palmdale on Saturday to kick off the seventh annual Antelope Valley Labor Day Sky Parade. Balloons will launch again today and Monday at dawn at Marie Kerr Park, on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West. The balloons include a 166-foot-tall pink Energizer bunny balloon, and a balloon that looks like Smokey Bear. The park festival includes wine and food tasting with all four local wineries participating, as well as vendor booths, breakfast, treats and music. Wine tasting begins each day at noon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Proceeds benefit charities in the Antelope Valley. Admission is free.last_img read more

Courts to protect SA’s water

first_imgThe Department of Water Affairs will belaunching courts that will address watercrimes that threaten the securityof supply to lawful water users.(Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library) South African Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on 11 August 2010 that environmental courts will be set up to address crimes that threaten the quality and supply of water.Sonjica, speaking at the Agri SA water conference in Johannesburg, said her department was concerned about the impact of deteriorating water quality in South Africa, as it’s among the most water-scarce countries in the world.She said the new courts would help deal with all water-related crimes, but that role-players in the agricultural industry should also come up with ways to protect the country’s water supplies. She named agricultural practices, mining and urban development as the main contributors to water pollution.“It’s a serious matter for us and you will soon be invited to the launch of the first courts because we want to strengthen our regulatory bodies in this regard. I understand that water pollution is one of the areas of great concern for the agricultural sector today,” she said at the conference.The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) will be working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users, the minister said.She added that unauthorised or illegal water abstraction was also a problem, and the department was strengthening its enforcement capacity to deal with such offenders.She said 14 water-management inspectors had been recruited and trained, and that the capacity of the compliance, monitoring and enforcement directorate had grown significantly.“We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring all offenders to book.”Incentive schemesTurning to the issue of municipal waste-water, Sonjica spoke about the Green Drop Certification Programme, which encourages municipalities to comply with drinking-water and waste-water legislation put forward by the DWA.Being awarded Green Drop status implies excellent waste-water management and a respect for the environment and the health of the community.“Currently we have more than 50 qualified assessors conducting consultative audits on the management of the waste-water treatment works to guide local authorities in the direction of excellence,” the minister said.According to the Green Drop Report (PDF, 1.22 MB), released in 2009, 203 of the 449 waste-water systems assessed scored better than 50% when measured against the set criteria for quality and management, while about 7.4% of all waste-water systems were classified as excellently managed.Sonjica said the department was well on its way in meeting the 2010 target of assessing all the municipal waste-water treatment works in the country.She added that the design competency of some of the waste-water systems was stretched to capacity due to population and economic growth, which compromised the quality and management of the waste-water systems.“Shortcomings in the local government funding model as well as the skills deficit in the labour market exacerbate the problem even further.”In closing, Sonjica urged the farmers attending the conference to work with the department to fight illegal water abstraction.“Without effective regulation, your water may dry up or the quality may deteriorate significantly,” she said.last_img read more

$2 Billion Valuation Reported for Russian Blog and Email Portal

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Related Posts Fifteen percent ownership of Russian email, news and blog portal Mail.ru was purchased this summer for $300 million, according to new reports today from Russian journalists citing sources close to the deal. That puts the full value of the company at a whopping $2 billion, 30% more than Google paid for YouTube. The shares were bought by internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, which now controls 50.6% of Mail.ru. You can see a clumsily Google-translated version of the site’s “blogs” section here.According to the Quintura blog, the site is the most popular web property in Russia with 14.7 million monthly visitors. Search engine Quintura provides the most exhaustive English language coverage of the internet industry in Russia on its blog. [disclosure: Quintura is a RWW sponsor]ContextTraffic analysts Quantcast estimate the site sees almost one million visitors each month from the US. For context, Facebook says it sees 100 million unique visitors per month from around the world.Another 32% of Mail.ru is owned by South African conglomerate Naspers, the same company that we reported acquired African social media aggregator Afrigator earlier this month. Naspers says that Mail.ru generated $56 million in revenue last year, meaning presumably that it’s either growing revenues quickly and/or is now drastically over-valued. 40X annual revenue is the kind of valuation that people make fun of Silicon Valley for.The moral of the story here is that there is huge internet activity all around the world and not just in Silicon Valley. Many of our international readers are fully aware of that but even we need occasional comments or multi-billion dollar valuations in order to remember.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Cloud Adoption Uneven Across Countries in Europe

first_imgLast week Friday we looked at two surveys about the scope of cloud acceptance — a survey by CA Associates that found that 93 percent of companies are using the cloud, and another one by SWC Technology Partners that concluded that less than 4 percent of companies are using applications hosted in the cloud.  The conclusion was that there is currently a huge split between what different segments of  companies are doing. segments.  It’s not clear exactly what the parameters are that make up the profile of a cloud-adopter company versus the cloud-abstainer ones, but  both the location and size of company seem to play a significant factor.A number of other recent surveys continue to highlight the uneven acceptance of cloud computing.  Compare the following two cloud adoption reports, one surveying usage in the UK, and the other in Norway.Cisco’s 2011 CloudWatch report on cloud adoption in the UK found that only 7 percent of companies in the US are using the cloud.  That number is expected to expand to 23 percent in two years time.  But Ian Foddering, CTO and technical director at Cisco UK and Ireland, thinks that part of the reason why the adoption rate appears low is that people are just not aware that they’re using the cloud.  “People don’t even realize they’re consuming cloud-based services [even when they use software like Salesforce.com or Cisco WebEx].”The Cisco report also cited another possible reason why companies in the UK have been slow to move on cloud computing: lack of standards.  95 percent of companies said that the lack of common cloud standards is a major concern, and 65 percent said that cloud standards were critical.  But again, not all companies share the same perspective.  Foddering said that  “some vertical sectors are very concerned about the lack of standards, and some, like healthcare, see the lack of standards as a barrier to entry, while some service providers, don’t see it as a factor at all.”But then consider a report from Rammboll which surveyed cloud adoption in Norway.  The report found that over the last year the use of cloud computing has doubled.  Now more than  35% of public sector bodies and private sector companies are using cloud-based application, compared to just 14% from the previous year.  The Rammboll report found that in Norway the main concern about cloud computing is security.  Security was cited by 91 percent of public sector companies and 83 percent of private companies as their number one worry.Terje Mjøs, one of the authors of the report on Norway, said that “suppliers of cloud computing must be able to reassure their customers that the supplier has the expertise needed to use software and virtualisation to establish watertight walls between different businesses in the cloud, and that the supplier can implement user management and access control that is 100% reliable. Users want to be reassured that cloud computing is secure and reliable. Storms in the cloud will keep users indoors, where they are today.”last_img read more

Prosecution appeal against Oscar Pistorius verdict accepted

first_imgIn this Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Photo: APOscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.The sensational case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine’s Day last year.Judge Thokozile Masipa, who convicted Pistorius and sentenced him to five years in jail, acknowledged that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate “questions of law” that should be studied by the appeals court.”This might have a practical effect” on the conviction, Masipa said.”We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling,” Pistorius’ family said in a statement.Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.Under his current sentence, Pistorius could be released from prison and placed under house arrest after serving 10 months, or one-sixth of his sentence. It is unclear whether the appeals court will have ruled on his case within 10 months.Nathi Mncube, the prosecution spokesman, said he hopes the appeal will be “expedited,” but acknowledged that the process can take a long time.”We’re happy,” Mncube told journalists.The approval of an appeal represented a victory for South African prosecutors who had been disappointed that Pistorius was acquitted of murder.advertisementIn another disappointment for the state, British businessman Shrien Dewani left South Africa on Tuesday after being acquitted of the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.The appeals court has panels of three or five judges and does not meet again until Feb. 15, according to the website of the court, which is based in the South African city of Bloemfontein. Decisions are based on the opinion of a majority of judges.”Witnesses do not appear before the court, and the parties need not be present during the hearing of an appeal. A written judgment is usually handed down shortly after the argument,” the court’s website says.In arguing for an appeal, the prosecution said Judge Masipa incorrectly interpreted a legal principle. Under that principle, a person should be found guilty of murder if he foresaw the possibility of a person dying because of his actions, and went ahead with those actions anyway.While approving an appeal against her own verdict, Masipa rejected the prosecution’s argument for an appeal of the sentence for culpable homicide. Prosecutors had said it was too lenient.In any case, if the appeals court finds Pistorius guilty of murder, the sentence would automatically be raised to match the severity of the crime.Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in the house when he killed Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV star; prosecutors allege he killed his girlfriend after an argument.Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because he was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect. However, he grew up playing sports with prosthetics. The sight of Pistorius racing at the London Olympics on carbon-fiber blades was one of the enduring and inspirational images of the 2012 games.last_img read more

Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy rested as South Africa turn towards youth in T20Is vs Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa head coach, Russell Domingo, is excited to usher in the next generation of international cricketers in the upcoming T20 International series against Sri Lanka. The Proteas’ squad boasts six new caps in Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi, players who have been rewarded for consistent performances in the domestic T20 Challenge.  The series will be an opportunity for Domingo and the selectors to have a look at the depth of their resources, and more importantly, unearth new talents on the international stage. Although the date for the next ICC World T20 has yet to be officially confirmed, the youngsters in the new-look squad will still see it as an opportunity to make their mark for further international honours with one eye on the next tournament.  (Also read: 3rd Test: Sublime South Africa smash Sri Lanka to sweep series)Farhaan Behardien will make his captaincy debut as stand-in captain for the first two matches, and will gain valuable leadership qualities which will no doubt add value to the strong senior-player group in the Proteas environment.”I’m excited by the group of players that I’m going to be working with,” Domingo said. “I’m not going to be seeing Faf (du Plessis), JP (Duminy), Hashim (Amla), AB (de Villiers), KG, there are going to be 13 completely new players who will be so hungry and desperate to make an impression on South African cricket, that is exciting for us (coaches).”I’ve told our coaches that we have to have our ‘A’ game because it will be like the first day of school for a lot of these players. They are so desperate to play for their country and it’s exciting for me to get to work with those type of new players.”advertisementThe first match of the series will take place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.last_img read more