Gilas has to ’embrace pressure’ in must-win duel vs Iran, says Guiao

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines is in a fit in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after getting into a third-place tie with Japan at 5-4 in Group F.It’s certainly a must-win situation for Gilas Pilipinas but head coach Yeng Guiao said the team is ready for the pressure that’s lingering over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT “Of course, our next game is a must-win one and of course there’s pressure, but that’s what we signed up for,” said Guiao Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena before the team’s practice in preparation for its game against Iran on Monday. “We just have to embrace the pressure and accept the consequences.”There will only be seven teams from Fiba’s Asian region that will qualify for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China and the Philippines still has a chance to get one of those slots.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 tricky part, however, is that only the top three teams from Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance and Gilas is tethering between that third and fourth spot in Group F.Gilas has to at least lock up the third seed in order to avoid any complications as they go further in the tournament and a win against Iran could bump the Philippines in a second place tie with the Iranians at 6-4 while also getting a half game of separation from Japan. And one factor Guiao is looking at in getting the better of Team Melli on Monday is having a big but skilled frontcourt.Guiao emphasized that Gilas not only has to be big but also has to be “quick and strong.”“There’s a common belief that if we just become bigger then we’re supposed to be better but it doesn’t necessarily follow,” said Guiao. “There are a lot of big guys in the international game but if you’re just going to be big for the sake of being big that’s not going to be enough.”Iran has four players who stand at least 6-foot-9 in center Mohammad Torabi who stands at that height, Meisam Mirzaeitalarposhti and Keyvan Riaei who are both at 6’10” and all those are listed as centers.And there’s power forward Rouzbeh Arghavan who stands at 7’0” making him the tallest Iranian in the competiion since Team Melli, as of writing time, doesn’t have the 7’2” Hammed Haddadi in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 3-way tie for lead in Bahamas with Woods at the bottom MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippines’ best player is four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo who stands at 6’10” and he will have a reliable stretch four with him in San Miguel teammate Christian Standhardinger who’s at 6’8” and will be Gilas’ naturalized player on Monday.“You have to be big, quick, and strong, and I think that’s what we need to factor in this game against Iran,” said Guiao. “You can’t just be big and expect to be stronger. You have to be big, you have to be skilled, you have to be quick, and those are the kinds of big men we have to contend with.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Niedermayer still unsure of return

first_imgIt’s hard to see how that won’t happen. As the Ducks prepare to defend their championship, they won’t know when, or if, they will be joined by Niedermayer, who won playoff MVP honors last season. The Ducks open their season with a two-game series against the Kings in London on Sept. 29-30. Niedermayer won’t be there, and estimated that he would need four weeks of training to be game-ready. Instead, Niedermayer will sit out training camp and early-season games and wait to see if he still feels the desire to play. Niedermayer said he doesn’t consider this a “test retirement,” even if that’s how it sounds. “Hopefully once things get rolling here, I’m going to get a better feeling of whether I need to be on the ice or not,” Niedermayer said. “It’s a big commitment, and right now I just don’t feel that I have the energy and am willing to make that commitment to start camp.” General Manager Brian Burke said he wanted to dispel any notions that Niedermayer was creating difficulty for the Ducks or his teammates, but he didn’t want to create any false hope that Niedermayer’s going to play a partial season. “Right now, we’re starting without him,” Burke said. “If he wants to come back, that’s great news.” Officially, the Ducks will suspend Niedermayer, in order to preserve his roster spot and get relief from his $6.75-million salary. If Niedermayer decides to return, however, he will be welcomed back and the Ducks will have to make room on the roster and cut enough salary to fit him under the cap. There’s another factor. Veteran wing Teemu Selanne is also undecided about playing this season and reportedly has tied his future plans to Niedermayer’s decision. “Both players deserve and are entitled to some patience on our part,” Burke said. rich.hammond@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NHL: Ducks may wait until midseason for playoff MVP’s decision. By Rich Hammond STAFF WRITER Scott Niedermayer will either retire or become hockey’s version of Roger Clemens. Niedermayer, who captained the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship last season, has yet to decide whether he will return for a 15th NHL season, even though training camp begins on Tuesday. The situation might not be resolved soon. Niedermayer, who turned 34 last week, held a press conference Thursday morning and said he leaned toward retirement earlier, but remains undecided. “It’s 50-50 until I make it 100-0,” Niedermayer joked. Niedermayer ruled out nothing, including a midseason return – a la Clemens with the New York Yankees – or sitting out the entire season and returning next year. Niedermayer, whose brother Rob is a Ducks winger, gave no timetable for a decision. “It’s sort of unfortunate that a decision has taken this long for me to make,” Niedermayer said. “It’s definitely become harder than I envisioned. The last thing I want to become is a distraction.” last_img read more

AUDITIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR CHANCE TO STAR IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE

first_imgMOVIE-makers behind some of the world’s biggest movies will be in Letterkenny this weekend – looking for their next star.Nick McGinley worked on the casting for The Guard – and his director Paki Smith has worked on the Batman movies.Auditions for a young boy performer take place at the Mount Errigal Hotel this Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Nick told Donegal Daily: “We’re holding Open Auditions for a Boy aged 8-11 for a feature film this Saturday October 27th 10am-5pm at the Mount Errigal.“I cast the little boy in The Guard through auditions like this in Galway and the director Paki Smith has worked as Set Decorator on the Batman films and Production Designer on Eamon and 32A. We’ve held auditions in Dublin, Galway and Cork for this film and the part as written is that of a Donegal boy.“Auditions are for a part in a feature film A Long Way Home (Samson Films, Director Paki Smith) Acting experience is an advantage, but not essential. We’d love it if your readers could see this and help us find a new star for the big screen.”If you are interested, contact Casting Director Nick McGinley for appointment and sides (the 2 scenes we’ll be playing out on the day)nick@nickmcginley.comMobile: 086-8239035  AUDITIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR CHANCE TO STAR IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE was last modified: October 23rd, 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:AUDITIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR CHANCE TO STAR IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIElast_img read more

Reseda rebirth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Community members are pinning a lot of hope on the Reseda Theater as they seek the economic resurrection of the surrounding Sherman Way commercial district. But why not? It happened just down the road in Canoga Park with the renovation of the Madrid Theatre. Indeed, if any one thing can spark the revival, it would be the reopening of the theater after nearly 20 years. It will take a lot of work, and some serious investment by the city, which owns it. But the payoff – a renewal of the Reseda neighborhood’s commercial core – would be well worth it.last_img read more

Twin towns to turn on Christmas lights this evening

first_imgBallybofey and Stranorlar are to flick the switch on their Christmas lights this evening.Festivities will begin at 5pm, and sources say Mr. and Mrs. Clause will make the trip down from the North Pole to meet all of the good boys and girls of Ballybofey and Stranorlar.Minnie and Mickey Mouse, along with some of the cast from Paw Patrol, will be in attendance. Twin towns to turn on Christmas lights this evening was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BallybofeyChristmas lightsStranorlartwin townslast_img read more

Newcastle leading race for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro – reports

first_img REVEALED IN DEMAND Sturaro in action during Juventus’ last 16 tie against Tottenham in the Champions League last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Since being placed on the market, the 25-year-old has attracted plenty of interest – particularly from clubs in England.Leicester City reportedly made a bid for the midfielder while West Ham have enquired about Sturaro but – according to Tuttosport – it is Newcastle leading the way.The Magpies have reportedly made an offer of around £12m and they are deep in talks.Juventus had been holding out for £17.5m for Sturaro, but it is thought a compromise can be found. Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.The Italian has been told he can leave Turin this summer and Juve need the funds from his sale to bolster the squad. moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED 1last_img read more

KILLYBEGS SNATCH DRAMATIC LATE DRAW WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgKillybegs earned a draw against Gaoth Dobhair thanks to a late score from Brendan McGuire.Killybegs just love championship football, they’ve struggled all year in the league, but tonight they delivered an excellent performance to earn a well-deserved draw against Gaoth Dobhair.A late point from the lively Brendan McGuire ensured Killybegs earned a share of the spoils.Gaoth Dobhair were hot favourites coming into this fixture, in contrast Killybegs have been decimated by emigration and have really struggled in Division Two this season. However, as the old saying goes, form counts for nothing when championship comes round, and so it proved to be.Killybegs took the game to Gaoth Dobhair early on and Hugh McFadden and Brendan McGuire excelled for the hosts.Points from Hugh McFadden, Brendan Boyle and McGuire gave them a good early platform to build on and when the fisherman netted midway through the first-half, they were in the driving seat.Gaoth Dobhair rallied and reeled off three points, and went in at the break trailing by three points. Half-time score Killybegs 1-03 Gaoth Dobhair 0-03.Scores were hard to come by, Gaoth Dobhair registered two points in the second half to get within a point, but a Hugh McFadden free stretched it back out to two.However, there was late drama, Gaoth Dobhair netted with a few minutes to go to lead by a point and it looked like they’d snatched an unlikely victory.But up stepped McGuire, who was a thorn in the Gaoth Dobhair defence all day to level the game.Final score Killybegs 1-05 Gaoth Dobhair 1-05  KILLYBEGS SNATCH DRAMATIC LATE DRAW WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairKillybegsnewsSportlast_img read more

Online Retail Thriving: 8% Growth Expected This Holiday Season

first_imgYesterday we reviewed the past decade in online retailing. Today we look at some forward-looking statistics about e-commerce. In particular we analyze the upcoming holiday season and how online retailers can expect to fare. Amazon.com was founded in 1995, but it famously didn’t make its first annual profit until 2003. Those days of struggle for e-commerce vendors are long gone. In its State Of Retailing Online 2009 report, Forrester Research reported that the vast majority of Web retailers were not only profitable in 2008– in a recession – but also that their overall level of profitability grew. The e-commerce market is expanding, due to a combination of factors. One is that consumers are no longer afraid to buy things online, as they once were. Also brick-and-mortar businesses are migrating more of their operations online. We also have technology advances to thank: better recommendations technology, social media, the emergence of mobile commerce.E-commerce Continues to Grow, Despite EconomyE-commerce has ridden the ups and downs of the general economy over the past decade, but it has continued to grow throughout. In the State Of Retailing Online 2009 report, Forrester Research reported that retailers saw their Web divisions grow by 18% in 2008. Given that Forrester described 2008 as “one of the worst years ever” in retail, that’s significant growth in online retail activity. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Holiday Season Predicted to Grow 8%Online shopping has always been a seasonal market and there are promising signs for the upcoming holiday season. The latest comScore statistics show that toy web sites grew 9% in October, which comScore claimed was due to some parents getting in early for holiday gifts. The retail apparel segment also grew by 9% in October. Overall, Forrester Research predicts that online holiday retail sales (over November and December) will grow 8% this year to $44.7 billion. Brick-and-Mortar Stores a Success on the WebA noticeable trend over the past decade has been the slow but steady flight of ‘brick-and-mortar’ retail stores to the Web. In the early days of online retailing, Web operations were typically isolated from the main sales channels. But nowadays, Forrester notes that Web operations are a strategic part of the entire organization.Two recent stories from industry website Internet Retailer show how traditional retailers are not only adapting online, but thriving. Best Buy’s traffic has grown 18% over the past 12 months according to Nielsen Online. Meanwhile for the quarter ended October 31, 2009, Gap’s Web sales increased 4.9% to $298 million. The web accounted for 8.3% of sales at Gap in Q3 09, compared to 8.0% in Q3 2008. Forrester outlined a number of reasons why online channels are appealing during a “challenging” economy – including enabling consumers to find products online that they can’t find elsewhere, offering comparisons on product features and pricing, avoding holiday crowds and more. Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… All of this data is very encouraging to online retailers. Even during a down economy, the Web has come through for most of them. Web entrepreneurs, if you’re looking for opportunities then look no further than online retailing!Photo credit: S?ndy richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Land acquisition: Mayawati hits back, says Congress mother of corruption

first_imgUnder attack over violence in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Congress and BJP on the issue of land acquisition, saying farmers in states ruled by the two parties were agitated over poor compensation. Addressing BSP workers from Delhi at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, the BSP chief alleged that Congress is considered as the “mother of corruption” in the country. Mayawati, under attack from opposition parties in UP on the issue of corruption, used the opportunity to attack the ruling party at the Centre on the same issue. Citing irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, she said the money wasted in corruption could haver been used to upgrade the living conditions of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who have come the national capital to earn a living. Mayawati alleged that the “corruption” during the Commonwealth Games had the patronage and encouragement of Congress-ruled Delhi government. On the issue of land acquisition, said before accusing her party of wrongdoings on acquiring farmlands in the backdrop of violence in Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, Congress and BJP should take stock of situation in states ruled by the two parties. She claimed in Congress-ruled Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and BJP-ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, farmers were agitated over receiving poor compensation for their lands acquired by the state governments. “Right under the nose of the central government, lands of farmers ares being acquired in Delhi at poor rates,” Mayawati said. Mayawati said BSP would press for an amended Land Acquisition Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament and if need be the party workers would ‘ghearo’ the Parliament House on the issue. She claimed that unemployment and recent hike in fuel prices have aggrevated the problems being faced by the common man but Congress-led UPA was not serious in dealing with the situation as its leaders were busy pursuing their “narrow political interests.” The BSP asked the cadre to prepare itself for the next assembly elections in Delhi and said they will have to work with a missionary zeal if they wanted to have the party’s government installed in Delhi.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Hundreds of expensive CWG gizmos go missing

first_imgEight months after the Commonwealth Games, skeletons continue to tumble out of the taint-ridden Organising Committee’s closet.The stock-taking of the assets purchased for the October 2010 Games has thrown up an endless list of expensive gizmos that were purchased but are now untraceable.The OC officials are finding it difficult to fix the exact worth of these gizmos as the files pertaining to their purchase are also missing.As many as 125 laptops, 45 television sets, including 33 LCDs, 25 desktops and over 40 DVD players are found to be missing. The list of missing gadgets is endless. “About 580 mobile phones issued during the Games can’t be traced, as is the case with 15 missing printers, two scanners, 10 microwave ovens, 80 web cameras which were installed on desktops, 10 projectors and 110 phone sets used for internet facility at the venues. Someone has even taken away about 80 pedestal fans from our possession,” OC chief executive officer Jarnail Singh said.Even the plaques, which were to be gifted to the heads of the Commonwealth Federation, were not spared. As many as 180 plaques were designed at a cost of Rs 23 lakh.Today the OC can account for only 89 of them. As they were not gifted to any representative of the Commonwealth Federation, the OC officials were perplexed about the fate of the remaining 91 plaques. The OC officials realised that the plaques had been stolen only when one of their consultants was caught carting it away on a close circuit TV camera. The consultant was later confronted and the plaque retrieved.The disclosure made by the OC chief to Mail Today part of the report being prepared for the Union sports ministry which will present it to the Cabinet at the monsoon session of Parliament.advertisementThe missing inventory is apart from what the Prime Minister appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee has pointed out in its report about the irregularities in giving of CWG contracts and the corruption trail being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Senior officials claimed that the “missing inventory” does not include furniture, which would be more in numbers than what has been disclosed so far.”Unlike government offices, we never kept a record of our furniture, nor did we number it according to the year of purchase. It’s a poor asset management, which has been repeatedly pointed out by the audit teams of sports ministry since 2006. But we failed to correct ourselves,” a senior officer of the OC’s finance wing, said.The OC CEO Singh said, “We can’t even claim back our own furniture because we don’t have proper records of that, nor can we put its worth in rupees as we don’t know in which year it was bought.” The ministry’s audit team would be doing the final exercise very soon. But it would be a messy affair still as there would be many missing links as usual, Singh said.”We are preparing this official note where we are going to present the correct picture to the ministry and also admit that tracing the missing stocks is beyond our capacity,” a senior OC official said.There is something more baffling for the OC officials as they try to bring the shutters down at 1 Jai Singh Road, the OC headquarters.”A lot of our stocks is not matching the purchases in account books as we get ready for our last audit. Besides the list we have prepared for the ministry, there were a lot of items purchased between 2006 and 2008 in the run- up to the 2010 Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune. A lot of these items are missing in our current stocks and mostly got misplaced or stolen when OC headquarters shifted to its present address,” another senior OC official said.The OC’s poor asset management and lack of proper stock verification exercises in the five years leading to the Games is reflected in what OC officials have to face daily. Contractors and vendors make a beeline to the OC headquarters almost daily to claim payment of bills for the logistics support they provided during the Games.”The problem is that the official files do not have the bills while officials within the OC authenticate their claims. We do not even have those logistics to allow for the payment. At the same time the account books cannot be completed without settling these claims,” the official said.These are mostly small vendors who did the contract in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and may are approaching the court to settle their claims, he added.advertisementNo one in the OC is able to resolve the mystery of missing gizmos, files and bills. Perhaps the jailed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and his henchmen would be able to do it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more