Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines

first_img“I’m really happy because I was telling ever since that I want to play five-on-five. I was given the chance and I really made the most of it. I just hope that I made the Filipinos proud,” he said.The younger Paras now embarks on a new journey with Cal State Northridge as he reboots his collegiate career in the United States.“When I go to the States, it’s strictly business. It’s not like here that I’m fighting for our country. There, I’ll play for myself and the future,” he said. “I love my teammates, I love everyone, and I can’t wait to get back there.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The younger Paras said he’s honored to have achieved something his dad has also done.“It feels good. When we won against Indonesia, my dad called me right away and joked that we both won gold. It just feels good that I was able to do something he has done at this age,” the young prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Kobe and Benjie were both 19 when they won the gold in the biennial meet, making the parallelism more interesting for the father-and-son tandem.The 6-foot-6 swingman, though, is just glad to finally have the opportunity to don the national colors and represent the country in five-on-five competition after years of strutting his stuff in the 3×3 scene. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Kobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Thirty years ago, Benjie Paras proudly trotted out his gold medal after leading the Philippines to the championship in the men’s basketball competition in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.Fast forward to today. It’s now his son Kobe’s turn to wear the gold around his neck for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Taming the ‘Beast’

first_imgBolt agrees to practice deal with Australian football club After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Alas has faith that Abueva still does. The former NCAA champion coach with Letran said he had already spoken with Abueva hours after the trade that sent the energetic forward to Phoenix from Alaska was approved by the Commissioner’s Office.“I told him: ‘Let me coach you, play for me,’” said Alas. “I told him that if he ever has any problems, he doesn’t have to look for for a person to talk to. I will always listen to him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He knows I respect him and he knows I won’t think twice when there is a need to call him out,” Alas added.Alaska received Phoenix’s first-round pick in 2019 plus wingman Karl Dehesa in exchange for Abueva, who makes up for his lack of size in the post with sheer will, energy and athleticism. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Louie Alas always had Calvin Abueva’s ear, back when the Phoenix head coach was an assistant to Alex Compton over at Alaska.“It’s usually the job of the assistant to pass along the head coach’s message during emotional moments,” Alas said. “And Calvin always listened.”ADVERTISEMENT But it was hard to limit that boundless energy on the court, and Alaska had to deal with Abueva’s on-court antics and off-court issues that led to his suspension by Alaska weeks before the trade. Alas says the new situation might help tame the “Beast” where it matters.“It’s hard to predict what will happen,” said the soft-spoken coach, whose demeanor is a stark contrast to Abueva’s fiery personality. “But maybe a different situation will be of help to him and to us.”Alas said Abueva will be a big boost to Phoenix, thus the Fuel Masters were more than willing to shoulder some of whatever baggage Abueva is carrying.“In the PBA, the difference between getting eliminated and making the playoffs is one possession,” Alas said. “I told Calvin, ‘you’re here to give us as many possessions as possible.’”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe numbers clearly show that women boost business, reduce workplace violence and increase workplace performance when placed in charge of workplace operations. A male colleague conferred (talked) with me the other day that when women are in charge, workplace competition is removed, and there is less room for envy, intimidation, harassment and unnecessary jealousy.When good employers encourage their young women there is less aggression in the workplace and women remain assertive in their pursuit of gender parity and the tacit conspiracy to undermine their capacity to contribute.As we get civilized, we need to remove all forms of stereotyping, misplaced perceptions that the workforce has been created and defined by men and animosity directed at young women is acceptable. We need also to remove subconscious biases. The nature of our male dominated workplace culture must change. In the words of Arianna Huffington, there are men who have made the workplace a boiler room for burn out. Consequently, we need to support the education of young women through internship programs that allow them to thrive, not stifle them. In some instances, women are adversaries of other younger women and rather than build them, they tend to tear them apart or in their own words, set them straight. Over time, we have noticed the need to resolve conflict through dialogue and tolerance for one another. Even though we come from different cultures, traditions, beliefs and value systems, we share common survival instincts. These instincts to survive and thrive must be sharpened for the benefit of self and others.As women become more secure in workplaces; women must mentor other women to succeed. According to Madeline Albright, “There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.”A good employer ensures equal pay for equal work and we need to address pay discrepancies in our civil service and private sector. A good work place is one that promotes a positive work environment and caters for the growth of young people. Employers can no longer remain bystanders and treat young people as mere beneficiaries to workplace ethos. A good employer would recognize the role of young people as leading, innovative, creative and passionate. Young people remain key drivers for the growth and transition program of any workforce.Furthermore, the responsibility of a good employer also lies with young employee who must hold their employers accountable for the workplace’s ever present opportunities and challenges. The fact that people have good and bad sides does not justify inhumane acts against them in workplaces. Making a case against passive, tacit or overt violence in any form should be supported by everyone.Until next week, when we bring to you Part IV of this interest generating article “Workplace Mob Violence: Violence, Intervention and Prevention in the Workplace. Let peace remain in our hearts, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace continue to prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers pound Whitecourt to snap 12 game winless streak

first_imgThe Trackers got things started early as they opened the scoring just over two minutes into the first period. They would add another marker with just under seven minutes left in the first and led 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes.Things continued to go the Trackers way in the second. The first half of the period was quiet, but they would add another two goals before time expired to lead 4-0 after the second.With the game well in hand the Trackers would add a final goal with 11:16 left in the third to round out the scoring and take the 5-0 win.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Trackers were Wes Shipton, Kohlman Brinsky, Ryan Friesen, Ethan Buck, and Alex Hanson.Getting the win in goal was Logan Edwards as he stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout.last_img

Mayor Jim and the Trail System

first_imgWhile conceding that it’s not a year-round solution, Mayor Eglinski is promoting Fort St. John’s Trail system as part of the plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking on Issues and Answers this week he said he would like to eventually see the system extend from Charlie Lake to Taylor…[asset|aid=125|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Mayor Jim-Trails_1_Pub.mp3] He says it’s a given that at -30 people can’t ride bicycles but he’s suggesting that even six months of extended use in the warmer weather could make a significant local environmental and fitness impact.- Advertisement –last_img

GT Beer/Keep Your Five Alive starts Thursday

first_imgFollowing a brief lull in the indoor format, the National Gymnasium is again expected to burst alive when the 7th Annual GT Beer/Keep Your Five Alive’ Futsal Tournament commences next Thursday, with opening action beginning from 19:00hrs.Part of the action in the 2018 edition of the tournamentPromoter Kevin Adonis, speaking recently, disclosed that this year’s competition has been tailored to provide riveting action throughout the seven days; while, unlike in previous years when the top two teams were the only ones compensated, this year will see the top four teams winning cash in excess of one million dollars.Adonis said he has acquiesced to a request made by the teams, and will now reward the top four teams with cash prizes and other incentives.Another change made is that the total number of teams invited to the tournament has moved from 32 to 24, and they will be divided into 6 groups of four, with the top two from each group automatically advancing to the knockout phase, along with the best four third-placed finishers following completion of the round-robin stage.The teams invited are: Gold is Money, Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, Tiger Bay, Albouystown, BV, Melanie, Vryheid’s Lust, Avocado Ballers, Future Stars, Back Circle, North East La Penitence, Showstoppers, Broad Street, Alexander Village, GWI, Upsetters, LA Ballers, Bagotstown, Sophia, Spot 7, Charlotte Street, OL Skool Ballers, and Bent Street.Adonis added that team representatives will very shortly be provided with all the relevant information regarding group placements and fixtures, along with the breakdown of the individual prizes for the respective winners.Among the corporate entities that have signalled their intention to support the tournament are: GT Beer, Hits and Jams 94.1 Boom FM, Star Party Rentals, Royal Castle, Prime Security, Fireside Grill and Chill, Keep It Clean Car Wash, Flashback 2020, and BK. International.The defending champion is Gold is Money.last_img read more

Realty company opens A.V. office

first_imgAbout Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc. Lee & Associates, founded in 1979, is one of the largest regional commercial real estate providers in the United States. Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc., a member of the Lee & Associates Group of Companies, is headquartered in Sherman Oaks, with additional offices in Calabasas, Oxnard and Palmdale, serving clients needs for industrial, office, retail and investment/multi-family property across the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura County and the Antelope Valley. For more information, contact Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura office at (818) 986-9800, 15250 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 100, Sherman Oaks. For more information about the organization, visit us online at www.lee-associates.com. Vanessa Showalter handles publicity for Lee and Associates. She posted this story April 9 to the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In addition, Van Horne recently left the Sheriff’s Department with the rank of captain. Also joining the firm is another local veteran, Susan Champion. An expert in TIC transactions for residential and commercial development projects, Champion worked for Dunn TIC Management, LP, where she specialized in investments. In addition to Battle, Van Horne and Champion, the new Antelope Valley team includes the following Lee & Associates-LA/North Ventura Inc. brokers: Scott Romick and Alexander Wadley (office leasing); Team Hagelis (retail specialists) Bill and Linda Hagelis, and Paul Capra and industrial properties specialists Peter Steigleder and Paul Bellgraph. In addition to focusing on tenant representation for local companies, the Lee Team will working with some of their key clients, which include Martin Properties Inc., Larwin Investment Group, Martin Teitelbaum Construction Inc., Royal Investors Group, S&Y Ventures LLC, Social Vocational Services and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Lee & Associates’ new Antelope Valley office will be temporarily located at 936 W. Ave. J-4, Suite 201, Lancaster; phone: (661) 341-3300, and will relocate to the new 120,000-square-foot Challenger Business Park – a retail, medical, office and professional business campus. Owned by Lee’s client, Martin Properties LLC, the business park is located at 38440 5th St. West in Palmdale. This is the fourth office for Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc., and the 33rd office for The Lee & Associates Group of Companies. In continuation of the company’s business model of going where the business is, Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc., a member of the Lee & Associates group of companies, has opened an office in Lancaster to accommodate the company’s clients’ growing real estate needs in the Antelope Valley. Under the direction of Mike Tingus, president of Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc., brokers in this new office will serve the greater Antelope Valley area. “Opening an office in Antelope Valley is part of our strategic plan to continue our growth into emerging markets,” Tingus said. The company’s Antelope Valley team includes seasoned brokers who specialize in office, industrial and retail properties. Leading the new team is John Battle, SIOR, who has more than 25 years experience in office, industrial and multifamily properties. In addition, Lee has recently hired Errol Van Horne, a retail and office specialist who has spent the last 25 years doing business in the area, most recently with Coldwell Banker. last_img read more

Horse stables forced to close

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Susan Maclean has boarded horses at the Pico Rivera Stables for 19 years and stops by most days to care for Katie, her frisky 6-year-old horse. Now, after city officials announced plans this week to shut down the stables by the end of June, Maclean is worried about Katie’s future. “This means I will probably have to find a house in Avocado Heights to board my horse, or I will be forced to sell her,” she said, walking Katie around the stable’s corral. “I am very, very angry and disappointed,” she said. Pico Rivera officials said they hate to see the stables close, but they had no choice in the matter. The city is being forced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to meet increasingly tougher environmental standards for the property, officials said. The Corps of Engineers’ spokesman was not available to comment Friday. But Pico Rivera Councilman Ron Beilke, who voted with the rest of the council Tuesday night to close the stables, said the Army Corps’ concerns center on the fact that stables are in the flood basin near city water wells. A sewage system would have to be built to handle urine and feces from the horses, which are contributing to pollution and pose a threat to drinking water supplies, Beilke said. No such sewage system currently exists, he added. “We understand that it would be a futile effort to even invest in such a sewer system because none exist that could meet the total maximum daily load,” he said. “We feel bad for the horse people out there, because there aren’t many places left to board horses. But environmental standards get more restrictive every day.” City officials plan to notify each stable boarder of the closure by mail. Boarders will have 90 days to find another boarding facility, said city officials. Eventually, the facility will be demolished. The stables, which now house about 200 horses, opened in the late 1970s, next to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, which also opened around the same time. In 1998, Ventura Productions began operating the stables and the sports arena through a contract with the city. City officials said the stables’ closure had nothing to do with Ventura Production’s operation of the facility. The company has done a good job, Beilke said. Elaine Hauser, a spokeswoman for Ventura Productions, declined to comment. The stables had operated without problems for a number of years, said manager Rafael Salazar. Recently, however, Army Corps officials increasingly had stopped by to check on drainage at the facility, Salazar added. Rumors that the stables were on the verge of closing had been floating around for years, but Salazar said he never thought it would become a reality. “There was talk of a golf course and then that never happened,” he said. “So I guess we felt safe.” The closure will impact not only the 150 people who board horses at the stables, but employees who have worked there for more than 20 years, he said. “It will displace a lot of people because the horse community is very tight,” Salazar said. He also believes more stables along the San Gabriel River could be threatened with closure. “If you follow the river, you will find a lot of stables and in the neighborhood north of Peck Road and there are at least 200 horses in people’s backyards,” said Salazar. “If it’s an environmental issue, you could see more places closing.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

Oh buoy, what an adventure! – Donegal teen joins 10-day tall ship voyage

first_imgA Donegal member of Irish Girl Guides had the experience of a lifetime recently when she sailed the seas on the tall ship the Pelican of London.Gráinne McElchar (16), a member of Convoy Senior Branch, described the 10-day return trip from Dublin to Cork as “an extraordinary experience”.“They were quite possibly the best and most memorable days of my life,” she said. “There was never a dull moment on board and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” She said she was both “terrified and excited” when she arrived at Dublin Port to board the ship but was relieved to discover that three other members of Irish Girl Guides were taking part too.Pictured aboard the Pelican of London before setting sail from Dublin Port were (from left): Amy Gorman, Eimear O Sullivan, Grainne McElchar and Tarah Fleming.“We soon got to know the other trainees and, by the second day, it felt as if I had known some of these people for my whole life,” she said.Gráinne’s adventure included learned to sail a ship, climbing the rigging and helming. There was never an unenjoyable watch, she said.“We were always supervised by a member of the crew who were all very helpful and understanding,” said, Gráinne. Pushing herself to try “new and scary things” included swimming off the boat, given that Gráinne is not an accomplished swimmer.“The crew helped me out by giving me a buoyancy aid,” she said. “Many of the other trainees were more adventurous and jumped from the bikini deck, a rope or the bowsprit but I decided to start small and just jumped from the rail. This worked well for me the first time but, the second time, my swimming suit got caught on a pin and ripped! Luckily not many people saw this and, those who did, just wanted to help. At the time I was a little embarrassed but I can now see the funny side!”Highpoints of the voyage included seeing dolphins, stunning sunrises and sunsets and gazing at the stars. A sing-song at the end of the trip also provided some great memories.“I loved every minute of the trip and would recommend it to anyone and everyone,” said Gráinne. “If I could go back and change anything I would probably just have packed more warm clothes but, other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing and, if given the chance, I would go again in a heartbeat. It was a truly unforgettable experience.”Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5-30 and volunteer adult leaders from age 18+. For further information see www.irishgirlguides.ie Oh buoy, what an adventure! – Donegal teen joins 10-day tall ship voyage was last modified: July 10th, 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