GlobalPort deputy on collapse: ‘We stopped playing defense’

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Globalport assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said it was his team’s lackadaisical defensive effort in the final period that ultimately led to their 101-99 loss to Phoenix. “We stopped playing defense, we stopped running up and down in transition,” said Villanueva as the Batang Pier slipped to 3-3 while the Fuel Masters leapfrogged them to a 4-3 slate. “This helped them get easy points and defensive rebounds.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliPhoenix stole the ball seven times and forced GlobalPort to 19 turnovers as the Fuel Masters took full advantage of th Batang Pier’s miscues to convert 18 points off turnovers. Rebounding was also an issue for GlobalPort with the Fuel Masters taking a distinct 56-48 advantage and converting 25 second chance points.  Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course it’s unfortunate that we ended this year with a loss but we always look forward to the next game to bounce back,” said Villanueva who filled-in for head coach Franz Pumaren. “So we’ll just learn from this and hopefully bounce back in the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo doesn’t mind producing less numbers with SMB winning As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristmas may be over but GlobalPort experienced what it’s like getting a visit from the Grinch. On Wednesday, the Batang Pier was having their way against Phoenix but nothing would have prepared them against the Fuel Masters’ furious fourth-quarter fightback.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are younglast_img read more

Role reversal in

first_img6 May 2 2003The title of the latest SA movie to hit the screen, Hijack Stories, conjures up images of another predictably negative township story about criminals hijacking cars in the absence of anything else to do in Soweto. But there’s a lot more to the film.Indeed, there are scary moments in this local film about a budding young actor from a wealthy suburb of Rosebank (played by Tony Kgoroge) who desperately needs to land a lead role in a movie about a Soweto gangster. In order to play the role, however, he must of necessity experience the ways of real criminals. This takes him back to his roots, Soweto, in search of his true identity.At the risk of letting slip of the plot, there is a fascinating change of fortune in the movie when the criminal becomes an actor, and the actor becomes the criminal. But I will tell the story only thus far.Hijack Stories is directed by Oliver Schmitz, his second movie after the hit Mapantsula, in which he also explores criminal life. In Hijack Stories, Schmitz attains the almost-impossible – making the criminal look good. There will be few in the audience who do not like Zama by the end of the movie.Rapulana Seiphemo skilfully plays the role of Zama, whose cruel gaze is enough to scare the whole township. Surprisingly, however, Zama does not kill even a fly, at least not directly. And therein lies the strength of the film: it does not glorify criminality, nor does it attempt to moralise to the rest of the country about it.The sterling performance by Kgoroge as Sox, the actor who goes to Soweto in search of his identity, is something to behold. And the miniature Percy Matsemela is hilarious as a “Michael Schumacher of Soweto”, to use his own words, as he races through Johannesburg away from the chasing cops, whereas Moshidi Motshegwa fits like a glove into the role of Grace, a dope-smoking, idle township girl.Watch this movie for its excellent acting, its intensity of emotion, as well as for its wonderfully crafted script by Lesego Rampolokeng.The movie provides a more contemporary evocation of township life, but runs the risk of reinforcing the stereotype of Soweto as a den of criminal activity. Township characters in the movie are mostly career criminals whose lives revolve around drink, sex and crime.Released this week, the film was shot entirely on location in and around Johannesburg. It is showing now at Ster Kinekor cinemas at The Zone in Rosebank, Eastgate Mall and Southgate Mall.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

SA joins global road safety campaign

first_img12 May 2011 South Africa has joined the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, launched worldwide on Wednesday, with Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele saying the country would use the campaign to ensure that road safety became everyone’s business. The campaign, supported by governments, international agencies, civil society organisations and private companies from more than 100 countries, aims to save at least 5-million lives on roads around the world over the next 10 years. Speaking in Pretoria at the South Africa launch of the campaign, Ndebele said the government would work with various stakeholders to ensure that the message was spread everywhere – from mosques, temples, churches, schools and businesses – to ensure that everyone was on board in creating safer roads for South Africans. Ndebele said his department had already embarked on large-scale mobilisation of communities through Community Road Safety Councils. Council members include traditional leaders, religious leaders, the private sector, schools, government departments as well as civil society. These councils should always be inclusive, he said. “Road Safety is not what you do to a community; road safety is what you do with a community. Therefore, community-driven road safety through Community Road Safety Councils must become the primary driving force of this Decade of Action in South Africa.” Ndebele said the government wanted to empower communities to become self-liberating through Road Safety Councils. “Every road safety issue in a community, whether a faulty robot or a pothole in Boksburg, Soweto or Nongoma, must be the business of the Road Safety Council. Members of the community must know their Road Safety Council, which should be their first point of call regarding any road safety matter.” Ndebele said the government’s response to road deaths in the country included safety education taught at schools, plans to ensure the speeding up of the issuing of driving licences, and a planned driving school summit that would ensure that schools were better empowered to produce trained drivers. Ndebele said the government’s road safety plan, introduced last October, to stop and check one-million vehicles every month, had seen about 34 000 unroadworthy vehicles being impounded in the past six months. About 3.5-million fines had been issued for various traffic offences, 13 877 drunk drivers arrested, and almost 9-million vehicles stopped at roadblocks. “As of May 2011, no less than 10 000 drivers will be screened every month for drinking and driving.” Other plans include the national roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act and the points demerit system. A draft amendment of the Aarto regulations was published for comment in the Government Gazette on 15 April. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Telkom speeds up South Africa’s ADSL

first_img7 November 2013Telkom, South Africa’s main fixed line operator, is doubling broadband ADSL connection speeds for existing consumer and business customers, following its recently announced ADSL speed increases for the country’s internet service providers.The increased speeds will allow for improved video streaming, online gaming and video conferencing by reducing buffering and delays.Manelisa Mavuso, Telkom’s managing director of consumer services and retail, said in a statement announcing the latest speed increase last week: “Effectively, we are doubling the entry-level DSL speeds in the market.“This follows the evolution of capped services to SoftCap [access only to essential internet-based services after the customer’s cap has been reached], promotions on social media, gaming and movie packages, and differentiation of business and home usage products,” Mavuso said. “Customers currently on the SoftCap package will benefit from a double speed upgrade at no extra cost.“Telkom Internet is revising its data usage offers, especially on its uncapped products, to be in line with the improved DSL portfolio,” Mavuso added.“The improved quality does come with nominal fee adjustments for uncapped users, and depending on the customer’s specific package, that could mean either an increase or decrease in the overall monthly fee. Where there is an increase, it is important to note that this increase is far less than the actual value that customers are getting.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Why I Want Ohio State And Oklahoma State To Win Out

first_imgAlabama: 11-1Florida: 11-1Auburn: 12-1Georgia: 13-0Are you telling me Alabama and Auburn are getting left out of the CFB Playoff because they didn’t win their conference? Please. So you can see if you take this out to its extreme end point, the lunacy prevails. Can you imagine the revolt if all four of these teams were included and four other conference champions were not? Or vice versa? And if this is true, then why even have conferences? Why not tell teams “go play whoever you want and we’ll sort it all out at the end”?This is where I actually feel sort of bad for OU. What if OU had played, say, Pittsburgh at home in a non-conference game instead of Ohio State? It would probably be in the top six with a clear path to the Playoff, right? So it gets punished for playing Ohio State early in the season before it was fully formed as a team? It is going to win 16 straight Big 12 games and miss the CFB Playoff? That’s crazy.There is a disincentive for teams to play big-time non-conference games right now, and that stinks because we need more OU-Ohio State in our lives. That was everything college football should be about. Of course there is a simple solution to all of this, and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned it on Wednesday morning: Eight teams.Utah’s Kyle Whittingham tells @outkick CFB playoff should be expanded to 8 teams & all five major conference champs should get auto bids.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 16, 2016This solves so many issues. Every conference would always get a team and you would provide a life raft for, say, Ohio State this year which should definitely make any sort of postseason tournament college football puts on. The regular season would be still be incredibly meaningful (maybe even more so) because teams like Oklahoma State and West Virginia would know they’re still alive for the national championship.To not let conference champs settle things is to let your biases take over as a governing body. It’s impossible to help this — it always will be. So you have to let games be games and wins and losses decide national champions.There would still be arguments about the Nos. 8-9-10 teams which is great because arguments are part of what makes all of this supremely enjoyable. But there would also be a clear path to the playoff. Win your conference. That’s it. And if you’re elite but somehow didn’t win your conference, we’ll pick you up as one of the three wildcard teams. Plus you could throw in the random Boise St. or Western Michigan and see what happens.Let the top four teams (I’m actually fine if the committee sorts them out) play home games to emphasize the importance of finishing strong in the regular season. This incentivizes teams to play elite non-conference schedules if they want to (doesn’t matter if you lose) and enhances the postseason conference bragging rights match-ups. That’s the best you could send at our conference champ, ACC?It almost makes too much sense.Do I want this playoff to eventually expand to 16 teams? I do not. And if it doesn’t include all conference champions then I am in favor of moving the North Texas’ and Texas States to a different division altogether. But I also don’t want it to stay at just four teams.Because while four is better than two and the CFB Playoff is far better than the BCS for that reason, there still is not a clear and unadulterated path to playing for the national championship trophy. And is that what we want college football to be, Nick Saban?No, it is not. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is currently overrated by the CFB Playoff committee. How’s that for a lede? I do not think Oklahoma State is the 11th best team in the country. It should not be ranked in the top 11 even though that is where OSU was ranked on Tuesday evening by the CFB Playoff committee.I’m not the only one who thinks this, either, if the goal is to determine the best teams. Vegas doesn’t think so either (and this is part of my broader point which I’ll get into in a minute). First, here’s a look at how Vegas would rank the teams.Vegas Rankings compared to Playoff Committee Rankings …— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) November 16, 2016With all my cards on the table there, can we put aside for a minute that I’m writing this as a piece of Oklahoma State propaganda? I simply want to look at the logic behind crowning a national champion in the second-most popular sport in the United States.The CFB Playoff committee’s intended goal is to find the four best teams in the country every year. We looked at this yesterday. That’s a worthwhile goal. A worthy cause. And Oklahoma State has certainly not proven itself to be in that four (or eight, or even 12) so far this season … yet. It just hasn’t happened.You can’t play Central Michigan, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Iowa State to within one possession and expect to be considered one of the best. You just can’t. If the committee was choosing “most resilient” or “best at playing above its talent level” or “teams with coaches with the best hair” then maybe OSU is in the top four. But not right now. No reasonable person would argue that OSU is even one of the 10 best teams in the country, much less four.But the reality is that OSU still has a very clear path to win its conference championship. Beat TCU. Beat OU. Big 12 champions. That’s the simplicity of it. It is a straightforward 120 minutes to hoisting its second Big 12 trophy in six seasons. Then what? Probably nothing. A Sugar Bowl against Auburn.As it stands right now, there is a scenario where No. 2 Ohio State could win out, get to 11-1, lose its division, not play for its conference championship and still make the CFB Playoff. It would be the first time a non-champion got in the Playoff (and it would be well deserved based on the committee’s criteria of “best teams”).Conference champions matter, until they dont with Ohio State. #CollegeFootballPlayoff— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 16, 2016This is actually what I want to happen. I want both Oklahoma State and Ohio State to win out and for Penn State to win the Big 10.I want the committee to have to look at the two OSUs — one that won its conference and the other that didn’t win its division — and pick the one that didn’t win its division. I badly want that to happen because I think it’s the thing that would effect change. It would be 2016’s version of 2011 all over again.My issue is not with the committee. I think they do a very good job (biases aside). My issue is not with Ohio State. They are pretty obviously one of the three best teams in the country.My issue is with the process. The process being to pick the four best teams in the country. This seems like a reasonable way to go about things, doesn’t it? Just pick the teams that are best. But it creates a thicket of issues when trying to measure inequitable schedules and performances across 128 teams. It’s an exercise in absurdity, and it is getting more difficult.My real issue, I suppose, is with the power structure I see slipping from the Big 12. You almost have to go 12-0 as a non-OU or non-Texas Big 12 team to even be considered for the CFB Playoff. As the perception that the Big 12 stinks pervades among college football fans everywhere, this idea will only be exacerbated.This goes to my point about North Texas yesterday — why are they even in the same division of football as Alabama when they can never win the national championship? What are they playing for? I ask the same about the Big 12 — what are they playing for? If you’re saying “these are the five conferences that matter — this is who we’re picking from” but then don’t pick a Big 12 team because all the other Big 12 teams stink, then why even include them in the exercise? Oklahoma can’t change how putrid Kansas and Iowa State are.So should the choices be the “best” teams or “most deserving based on what happened on the field”? Because right now the CFP Playoff committee literally has a clause in its intended purpose that states that injuries should be taken into account when determining the best teams. This is outrageous. Here is that clause.Other relevant factors such as key injuries that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely will affect its postseason performance.What?! This is insane. Injuries are part of football. You are trying to have the best of both worlds here, and it’s silliness. You might as well let Vegas decide which teams are “best” if that’s what you’re going for.Consider the following illustration. I like to take scenarios out to their natural end to reveal the lunacy inherent in a structure that is built on shaky ground.What if next year Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida all play three elite non-conference games and win them all by three touchdowns? Then what if they all run through their SEC schedules and finish 11-0 before they face each other in the final SEC game of the year. What if Auburn beats Alabama in a thriller and Georgia does the same to Florida. And then Georgia beats Auburn in the SEC title game so that you have the following:last_img read more

Can Mason Rudolph Make Bedlam History With His Second Win In Norman?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When we look back at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks who have beaten the Sooners, the list is predictably short. One name that does appear on that list is current Cowboy, Mason Rudolph.But if Rudolph leads the Cowboys to a victory on Saturday, he won’t be the first OSU quarterback with multiple Bedlam wins (although he would be the first to do it twice in Norman).Let’s look at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks that have been able to get multiple wins against the Sooners, in the modern era. (Bob Fenimore played halfback but led the team in passing both years as the Cowboys won Bedlam in 1944 and 1945.)Tony Lindsay1997: That last time Oklahoma State was favored in Norman was back in 1997. The Cowboys were led by the eventual Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Tony Lindsay. Lindsay went 9 for 16 for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to R.W. McQuarters.Cowboys won in Norman 30-7.1998: As a redshirt-sophomore, Lindsay had an impressive four-touchdown outing at home.Going 16 of 24 for 138 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, Lindsay also had a huge game on the ground. He rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, just shy of this fourth career 100-yard rushing game.Cowboys win at home 41-26, completing the first pair of back-to-back Bedlam wins in 30-plus years.Lindsay’s Bedlam record as a starter: 2-1Josh Fields2001: In one of the most dramatic games in OSU history, the heavy 27-point underdog Cowboys were led by true freshman Josh Fields.Okay, so technically Fields didn’t start this game. He came in after early after Aso Pogi went 2 for 9 with two interceptions and was “the guy” from there on out.Fields went 19 for 38 for 231 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But that one touchdown was a memorable one. “The catch” in the back of the end zone solidified Fields and all-time leading receiver Rashaun Woods in OSU lore.OSU won 16-13 in Norman.2002: Fields had one of the best games of his career going a super efficient 18 of 27 for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Rashaun Woods had 134 yards and two touchdowns and Tatum Bell added 106 on the ground.Cowboys win in Stillwater 38-28.Fields’ Bedlam record as a starter: 1-1 (but we’re counting him as 2-1)Mason RudolphSo were does that leave Rudolph?2014: The record-setting junior first endeared himself to Cowboy fans when he led his 21-point underdog team to a 38-35 nail-biting win in Norman.Rudolph went 19 of 35 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, looking stellar for a true freshman in just his second start.Oklahoma had pushed the lead back to 14 when, late in the fourth quarter, Rudolph hit Brandon Sheperd on back-to-back plays. A 14-yard pass followed by a 43-yard touchdown pass not only brought the Cowboys within a score with less than five minutes remaining, but made me believe Sheperd would go All-Big 12 his senior season.You probably know the rest of that story. Bob Stoops decided to re-punt and Tyreek Hill went house setting up the game-winning field goal in overtime by Ben Grogan.Not only did Rudolph beat Oklahoma, he reignited an offense that had been mostly inept the first ten games of the season.2015: Rudolph didn’t start the game due to an injury he sustained the week before against Baylor. He was unceremoniously trotted out for one series in lieu of J.W. Walsh with little chance of success. OSU’s coaching staff basically told Mike Stoops, “We’re going deep here.”. The result was an interception and some head scratching by all who watched.But this year Rudolph is healthy and for once in his career appears to have the running game needed to help his prolific passing attack flourish.If the Cowboys can pull it off this weekend, Rudolph will be the second OSU quarterback to win multiple starts and the first to win twice in Norman.Rudolph’s Bedlam record as a starter: 1-0 (and counting)last_img read more


first_imgAs a part of the restructure of the sport of Touch Football in Australia, a review of staff requirements in all states has been conducted. In Qld, this has resulted in the creation of the new position of Qld Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious professional to lead and develop Touch Football in the state. Under the direction of the National Game Development Manager, you will lead a dedicated team of development officers, administrators and volunteers to deliver and expand Touch football in Qld. Primary performance indicators will include measures of the quantity and quality of service and assistance provided to affiliates, the expansion of programs as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of administration. Key to your performance will be the ability to build and develop relationships with stakeholders including participants, volunteers, administrators, sponsors, and state and local governments. This unique opportunity requires a pro-active and proven leader with a combination of strong management, analytical and communication skills. You will possess tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate prior successes in both sports and program administration. A remuneration package in the range of $60-80,000 will be offered to the successful candidate. A copy of the position description is available on the national website below and the state website . Applications must address the selection criteria and a brief resume should be attached. Applications should be sent by e-mail in Word format to: [email protected] . Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 7 October 2005. For further information, contact Colm Maguire, National Game Development Manager on 0402 893 104. QLD MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTIONlast_img read more


first_imgAs per the tournament conditions the 2006 NTL Managers Meetings will be held at the following times:Thursday March 9 at 1pm and 3pm for the Opens/20’sTuesday March 14 at 1pm and 3pm for the SeniorsA team/permit delegate must attend one of their respective meetings to receive new/updated information and to ensure all paperwork and registration forms are correctly filled in and handed out.last_img

2017 NTL Livestream Link

first_imgCan’t make it to the 2017 NTL? We have got you covered. Livestream coverage will begin at 8.50am ADST on Wednesday the 7th March 2017. To view the livestream, click here.Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 National Touch League:Facebook – – Instagram – – – tfaofficial Related LinksLivestream Linklast_img read more

Govt Focused on Equity and Inclusion in Education

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to an education system that promotes equity and inclusiveness,  providing opportunities for all students up to age 18. Minister Reid was speaking during the Ministry’s back-to school conference for regions three, four and five held recently at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mount Salem, St. James. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to an education system that promotes equity and inclusiveness,  providing opportunities for all students up to age 18.As such, he indicated that focus will be placed on interventions at the earliest level, even before children enter the formal system.The Minister said he has “asked that the system pull back a little and strengthen the foundation” by engaging persons at the community level, ensuring that vulnerable homes and parents are being taught about good parenting and children are properly developed and stimulated from birth.“It doesn’t make sense we spend money at the top end without fixing the root. What we want is equity in readiness and preparation for the education system,” he said.Minister Reid was speaking during the Ministry’s back-to school conference for regions three, four and five held recently at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mount Salem, St. James.Additionally, he noted that a K-13 strategy has been employed where every child up to 18 years old will be properly stimulated and engaged.“So, the overarching framework is that the youth in Jamaica no longer should detach themselves from education, training and certification because our aspiration is that by the time our youth in Jamaica reaches age 18, they must have acquired training and certification equivalent to at least an Occupational Associate Degree,” he outlined.Senator Reid noted that part of the K-13 strategy is to provide opportunities for all  students to participate and learn.“We need special education institutions, inclusive educational institutions in every parish.  As systems become more inclusive, efforts to build the capacity of schools to respond to the needs of students with exceptionalities, from those with higher levels of intellectual abilities to those who need special care and attention [ will be increased],” he said.The back-to-school conference was held under the theme: ‘Ramp It Up and Fix It Up; K-13 – An Inclusive Education for All.’ “We need special education institutions, inclusive educational institutions in every parish.  As systems become more inclusive, efforts to build the capacity of schools to respond to the needs of students with exceptionalities, from those with higher levels of intellectual abilities to those who need special care and attention [ will be increased],” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more