Elite bloodline doesn’t faze Petro Gazz standouts

first_imgAngels skipper Stephanie Mercado (No. 4) says having famous relatives should be an inspiration.Marites Pablo and Cienne Cruz are adept at dealing with the fact that they have popular and accomplished sisters in volleyball. It comes with the territory, the two spikers of Petro Gazz say.Pablo is the younger sister of Myla Pablo, the former National U star in the UAAP who also won a conference MVP trophy in the PVL. Cruz, on the other hand, is the younger sister of former La Salle standout and ex-UAAP Finals MVP Cha Cruz.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End in sight to weightlifting woes Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Ditse (Cha) inspires us inside and outside the court,” said Cruz, whose twin sister Camille, another former La Salle standout, is the team manager of Petro Gazz. “She keeps telling us to ignore (negative) things people say. She said the comparisons will always be there but if we will just be ourselves, we can get even better.”Pablo, too, gets a lot of support from her older sister “in everything I do.”And when she broke the news that she was joining the PVL, Myla told her: “Do well, because we will play against each other.”Their sisters’ attitude toward their careers has lessened the pressure, indeed, and instead of being awed, there is a sense of gratitude and respect for what their siblings have already achieved.“I keep telling her, this one’s for you,” said Pablo.“It makes me proud to watch Cha make a name for herself and that motivates me to make a name for myself too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think for us who have well-known family members in sports, we should make them an inspiration instead of thinking of all their achievements and pressuring ourselves to match those achievements or be better than them,” Mercado said.The Angels got off to a good start in the Open Conference last Saturday when they hammered out an opening-day 25-22, 25-14, 26-24 victory Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.Mercado led the way with 14 points, 11 of which came off attacks and the other three on blocks.Mercado, Pablo and Cruz were recent guests at Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multiplatform sports talk show.As Cruz hopes to assert herself more and Pablo feels her way through the team, both feel that having a more famous sibling can be an advantage.ADVERTISEMENT But in case the two standouts need advice on how to handle being measured up against their celebrated siblings, they need not look far. Their teammate, Petro Gazz star Stephanie Mercado, has dealt with that type of scrutiny before.“There was a time when people would ask me about my mom and compare me to her a lot,” said Mercado, the daughter of Asian track legend and Filipino sports icon Lydia De Vega-Mercado.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 ChrissBut the young former La Salle anchor has learned to deal with the comparisons after all these years, mostly because mom Lydia made it easier by not putting additional pressure on her.Her advice? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Top horses gear up for Nand Persaud Classic

first_imgThe horse-racing season is in full force, and fan will be able to witness “The All Races Are Classic” as Sky Plus Inc presents its ninth horse racing event on November 3, 2019 at the company’s racing facility at Macedonia Estate, Number 36 Village Corentyne, Berbice.Thus far some of Guyana’s top horses have registered for the event. Confirmed for the races are:* G3 and Lower: T N T, Golden Dancer, Not this time* 2-year-old Guyana-bred Open: Flash the Cash, Dazzling Girl, Awesome Bandit* J and Lower: Uprising king, Awesome banner, Plane land* L open- Pikachu, The rock.This event will feature racing in seven categories as Guyana’s top horses respectively battle for supremacy over 880 and 660 yards, with more than $1 million in cash, trophies, and other incentives up for grabs.The feature event will be for horses classified G3 and Lower, and will be run over 880 yards, or four furlongs, for a winning purse of $225,000 and a trophy.There is an event for the H3 Maiden & Guyana-Bred Open, which will race over 660 yards, or three furlongs, for a winning take of $200,000 and a trophy.The event for animals 2 Years Guyana Bred Maiden will be run over three furlongs for a take=home prize of $150,000 and a trophy.There is an event for animals classified J and Lower, which will be run over four furlongs for a winning take of $150,000 and a trophy.There are two L Class races to be run over three furlongs, one is strictly for stallions and the other is strictly for mares, and each carries a winning prize of $100,000 and a trophy.The other event, labelled as the 4th & Below races 5 and 6 will see the animals competing over three furlongs for a winner’s prize of $100,000 and a trophy.The champion jockey, trainer and stable will all be rewarded with trophies and other incentives, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall.Persons interested in entering animals in these races are invited to contact Mohini on 600-4728, or Amanda on 618-5966. This event is being promoted through Sky Plus Inc promotion group.last_img read more

LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER

first_imgCOSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERCelebrities love their Parka and this iconic coat is back for another Autumn/Winter Season available in the traditional khaki as well as navy, black and printed designs.Expect a lot of over-sized faux-fur trimmed hoods to help keep you warm and stylish on that romantic winter walk. Here is a selection of Parkas in the stores and available online at the moment:Awear Khaki Hood PU Sleeve Parka€80.00***********************************DunnesParka With Faux-fur Lining€50.00*********************************** New LookKhaki Fur Hood Parka€59.99*********************************** New LookKhaki Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka€64,99***********************************AsosGilet Parka€117.12***********************************River IslandNAVY 3 IN 1 FAUX FUR PARKA JACKET€135***********************************WarehouseFAUX FUR HOODED BUTTON PARKA€110.00********************************OasisDip Hem Parka Jacket Longer LengthPrice: €85.00LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER was last modified: August 21st, 2013 by John2Share 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:AsosDonegal Daily FashionLIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERRiver Islandlast_img read more

Nantes teen sensation being tracked by Arsenal

first_img1 Amine Harit [left] in action for Nantes Arsenal are scouting teen sensation Amine Harit, according to reports in France.The 19-year-old has broken into the Nantes first-team this season and he has caught the eye with his performances.Back in December, Liverpool were linked with the attacking midfielder and now, according to Foot Mercato, Arsenal have joined the race for him.The Gunners reportedly sent scouts to watch Harit at the weekend as Nantes took on Lorient.The trip is said to be the first of several Arsenal scouting missions as they run the rule over the France under-20 international ahead of the summer.Harit is expected to attract plenty of suitors when the transfer window opens and Nantes are braced for a flurry of bids.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA EARN SUPERB WIN OVER BUNCRANA

first_imgGaeil Fhanada NotesFundraiser *** Gaeil Fhánada Euro 2016 Prediction Competition ***Gaeil Fhánada are delighted to announce this fantastic fundraiser being run by our club members. This competition will put your football knowledge to the test as well as an opportunity to win some very worthwhile prizes. You don’t need to be a football genius to enter so this competition will suit everyone. The format of the competition is simple, you receive points for every correct prediction you have. Sounds easy! It’s only €10 to enter and we are estimating a top prize of €350! There may be additional prizes added based on participation levels. Please check our facebook page for further instructions. Only a week to go!!Annual School Sports DayOur annual Schools Sports Day will be as usual on the second Tuesday of June 14th this year again.  As always we would be grateful for any volunteers on the day – anyone who would like to help in anyway please contact Bridie Doherty or Margaretta McConigley before this Saturday 04th June, either by text or facebook message, thanks. Lotto ResultsNos drawn were 02, 03, 04, 06, 07. B 08.  No jackpot winner. €100 winner Ben and Angela, Rosnakill  €50 winner Sami Gallagher, Morass.  Next week’s jackpot is €550.  Bridie and Mark on duty.  Come on support our club!Seniors and ReservesOur boys play away to Burt in Round 10 of Division 3 League in Hibernian Park, this weekend, day and time to be confirmed. Referees John Paul Houghton (Reserves) and Aidan McAleer (Seniors).  More information on Gaeil’s Facebook page. Best of luck boys!Division 3 League Round 9 – Gaeil Fhanada Seniors had a great win when they played Buncrana  1:12 to 1:07 last Sunday in Trialough. A great team effort from Gaeil Fhanada.  Keep up the good work boys!  Foireann:  Brendan Friel, Ciaran Coll, Paddy Heraghty, Frank Sweeney, Ryan McGonigle, Cathal Martin,  Fergal Friel, Shaun McElwaine, Michael Sweeney, Davitt Walsh 0:02, Seimi Coshia Friel 0:01, Mark Friel, Niall Carr, Johnny Friel, Seami Nanny Friel 1:08, Paul Dougie Coyle for Dougie, Oisin McFadden for Paddy Heraghty (Black card), Oisin Shiels 0:01 for Ciaran, Mark McConigley..Gaeil Fhanada Reserves 1:03 v Buncrana 0:06:  Reserves:  Seamus McAteer, Bernard Martin, Mark McConigley, Ken Dempsey, Conor McFadden 0:01, Kevin McGonigle 0:01, Oran Blaney, Rudi Feenstra, Damien McDermott, Patrick McAteer, Shaun McElwaine, Conor McConigley, Edward Shiels, Stevie McGonigle 1:01, Shane Friel,  Aidan McAteer for Conor McConigley. Congratulations to Mark Dorrian who refereed the County Minor game in St. Tiernach’s Park between Monaghan and Down last Sunday evening, well done Mark!  Also to his umpires John Cushnan, Hughie Shiels, Liam McConigley and Benny Trearty. Maith sibh uilig!Senior & Minors LadiesTraining this Sunday morning at 10.30a.m. Our next game is on the 26th June against Glenswilly. Hope to see all you ladies at training.U12 GirlsOur U12 girls continue their winning ways beating Termon comprehensively.  Another great team performance by a talented bunch of girls last Friday evening.  Well done to all team and management, keep up the great work girls!  Our girls play Downings next Tuesday 7th at 6pm (away). Ádh mór cailíní! U8s game in Downings this Friday evening at 6p.m sharp. Could all children that receive a text from Martin be down at the Downings pitch at 5.40p.m. This will last 1 hour and 15 mins approx.U10s played Termon at home last Thursday on a lovely evening for football on Trialough.  The travelled away to Cloughaneely on Monday evening 30th.  Both teams played really well. These boys are playing plenty games and they are improving with every game. Thanks to all the parents for all their support and encouragement to both teams. They play Downings away this Friday evening at 7p.m. Could all the boys be at the Downings pitch 6.45pm sharp.U14 training continues on a Wednesday evening at 6p.m.  All welcome, old and new.U14 championship game away to Glenfin this Friday June 3rd, throw in at 7.30p.m. Bus leaving Fanavolty at 5.30p.m sharp and Kerrykeel @5.45p.m sharp.Best Wishes to all doing exams, keep cool and you’ll get there!Dún na nGall v FearmanachGaeil Fhánada members can apply for tickets for the Donegal v Fermanagh game by text to 085-1555645 by Thursday June 2nd at 1 p.m. No further ticket orders will be accepted.Seated tickets can not be guaranteed. Please state the type of ticket while ordering.All ordered tickets must be paid for on collection.  Only members paid up by March 31st need apply.  Terrace tickets for non members will be available in usual outlets. Children under 16 free to terrace but must be in the ticket allocation.Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp will take place this year from July 25th to 29th.Could we encourage everyone to book on time so that the correct amount of gear can be ordered.  All children of primary school age are welcome to take part.  Application forms have now arrived and will be given out through schools in the next week or so.  Also available from Fiona Shiels.Notes to Margaretta before Sunday evening 10p.m. please!!GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA EARN SUPERB WIN OVER BUNCRANA was last modified: May 31st, 2016 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaSportlast_img read more

Gang-related threats cancel football game

first_imgMOJAVE – Mojave High School’s football game tonight against Frazier Mountain High School was canceled because of gang-related threats of violence, officials said Thursday. The game was canceled after a Mojave school deputy received information about “a retaliatory act” threatened as a result of a dispute between students, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. “We don’t know if (the threats) are credible, but we wanted to err on the side of caution so we decided it would be wise to cancel the game,” Mojave Superintendent Larry Phelps said. Phelps said several people had reported to school officials about hearing that violence might erupt at the game and it might be gang-related. The threats were made by people from the Los Angeles area, Phelps said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The information came to us through adults and minors,” Phelps said. The High Desert League game was canceled by mutual consent of officials at the two schools, Phelps said. Kern County sheriff’s deputies and Mojave district officials were investigating the threats. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ANGER AS SIX BEDS STILL CLOSED AT CARNDONAGH HOSPITAL

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the HSE to immediately reopen 6 beds at Carndonagh Community Hospital.According to the local TD, staffing shortages have resulted in the continued closure of 6 of 30 community beds in Carndonagh and it’s having a ripple effect across local health services.“These bed closures were initially supposed to be a short-term, when the hospital was experiencing staff shortages in April last due to sick leave and annual leave. But more than 5 months on, the beds are still closed,” explained Deputy McConalogue. “At the end of May the HSE committed to promptly hiring four additional full time staff from the panel of existing home help workers to work as multi task attendants. This was a sensible approach, providing the hospital with additional trained staff who are experienced carers, and providing those carers with career profession opportunities.But despite this commitment and repeated promises from the HSE, the beds are still closed.“It is unacceptable that Carndonagh Community Hospital has been forced to shut down 6 beds for such a long period of time. The hospital plays a vital role in health service provision in the community and in taking pressure off acute hospital services in Donegal. It must be fully supported by the HSE. It provides respite care for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services for patients discharged from Letterkenny Hospital, assessment for patients who need to be monitored over a period of time as well as long term care to many patients. It makes no sense that the HSE is still not allowing the hospital to operate at full capacity, particularly given that 25 beds are still closed at Letterkenny General Hospital as a result of flood damage.“I am again calling on the HSE to follow through on their commitment to reopen these beds immediately. The additional staff required at Carndonagh Community Hospital must be recruited immediately so that the facility can operate at full capacity and continue to play an important role in our local health services,” said Deputy McConalogue.  ANGER AS SIX BEDS STILL CLOSED AT CARNDONAGH HOSPITAL was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:bed closuresCarndonagh HospitalCharlie McConaloguelast_img read more

Appeal for missing man last seen walking towards Donegal border village

first_imgPSNI in Derry are appealing for information regarding a missing man who was last seen walking in the direction of Carrigans at the Derry/Donegal border. An appeal is ongoing to find Martin Crumlish (26), who has not been in touch with his family since Saturday 4th August 2018. He is described as 6ft 1, slim build with brown hair. It is believed he was wearing a coat and tracksuit bottoms.Martin was last seen walking on the Ballougry Road, heading in the Carrigans direction on Wednesday afternoon. PSNI officers are asking all drivers who have a dash cams in their vehicles and were in the area of Foyle Road/Letterkenny Road on Wednesday 8th August between the hours of 11am and 5pm to check their cameras for sighting of Martin.The family of the young man from Blighs Gardens in Derry, said his disappearance is ‘very out of character’ and they are concerned for his safety.If you have any information that will help authorities find Martin, please ring the PSNI on 101 quoting reference number 25 of 10/08/18.Appeal for missing man last seen walking towards Donegal border village was last modified: August 12th, 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

Delight as many Donegal schools to get more SNAs in September

first_imgAlmost 800 new special needs assistant posts are being rolled out to schools this coming September.The Education Minister Joe McHugh made the announcement today.Minister McHugh says special needs assistants are vital to the work of a school. About 37,500 pupils with additional care needs will be supported by SNAs in the coming school year.Almost 800 new special needs assistant posts are being allocated to schools for September.Minister McHugh is paying credit to the fantastic work that they do.And as the need for more additional supports is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 additional posts are expected to come on stream by December. It means there will be up to 15,950 special needs assistants working in schools by the end of 2019.This is a 51% increase on the number of SNAs who were working in schools in 2011, when the figure stood at just over 10,500.Delight as many Donegal schools to get more SNAs in September was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJoe McHughschoolsSNAslast_img read more

Call centre investment for Cape Town

first_img18 November 2009London-based firm Teleperformance UK, a leading provider of outsourced call centre services, has announced a major investment that will see the creation of over 2 000 new jobs in South Africa by 2012.The company, a subsidiary of international firm Teleperformance Group, announced on Friday that it would be starting work immediately on two new contact centres in Cape Town.The first facility, to be located in the city’s central business district, would “grow throughout 2010 to a potential of more than 1 000 seats”, while the second, planned for the city’s southern suburbs, was expected to start operating in 2011 with a capacity extending up to 2 000 seats.“We have chosen to further expand our facilities in South Africa as in our opinion it has the potential to become one of the fastest growing BPO [business process outsourcing] destinations,” Teleperformance UK CEO Jeff Smith said in a statement on Friday.“There is a real pool of talent that fits extremely well with our business needs in terms of both skill and culture,” Smith said. “South Africans have a justifiable reputation for their strong empathy with UK callers and for their excellent customer service skills.”Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, who was in London last week to help facilitate the deal, said that it “signalled investor confidence in Cape Town,” adding that the city would do whatever it could to enable investments that created more jobs for Cape Town’s residents.Also speaking from London, Mansoor Mohamed, Cape Town’s executive director for economic, social development and tourism, said the city had a strategy of “infrastructure-led economic growth and development”.The aim of this strategy was to make Cape Town “a globally competitive business and leisure destination, which will attract further investment and grow the economy,” Mohamed said.Cape Town has excellent capabilities in the call centre industry, including competitive real estate prices and a good choice of human resources.The city, named “Africa’s leading destination” at the World Travel Awards for two years running, is busy installing a mass public transport system and a municipal broadband fibre-optic network, and is one of the host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more