Street court art, technology intersect in latest testimonial to PH love for hoops

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Xavi Nunag, an assistant coach for Meralco in the PBA, designed the training drills on the app by studying the tendencies of Nike athletes in the NBA. App users can actually select which player they will pattern their drills after. Irving’s profile, for example, puts emphasis on shooting and ball handling.“Its a godsend for us coaches,” said Nunag of the app. “It’s like having a coach there in the app without really needing the presence of a coach.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lascuña snatches crown with solid finish 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron James’ likeness is spread over two courts in Bonifacio Global City. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTorres is no stranger to millennial art, as he is known for his signature superhero-themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times best-selling books. Now, his artwork is sprayed in six hardcourts—a colorful encouragement for young kids to pursue their hoop dreams.“I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn,” Torres said. “Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can’t do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong—to anyone that’s ever said no to you.”James’ image was placed in the Titan Love Court in Taguig, while Bryant’s Hyper Court is at the Ususan Court also in Taguig. The Comembo Covered Court in Makati was transformed into Durant’s image, while the Scarlet Homes Covered Court in Paranaque has a drawing of the fiery Westbrook. The YCL Covered Court in Quezon City bears the image of Kyrie Irving.Match the inspiration the illustration creates plus the training courses the app produces and Nike hopes the next star will be one of the young kids doing drills on the Hyper Courts.“Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and training costs,” said Khera.ADVERTISEMENT A composite photo of all five courts featuring NBA stars (from left): Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at Ususan Court in Taguig, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook at Scarlet Homes covered court in Parañaque, Cleveland’s LeBron James at Tital Love Court in Taguig, Boston’s Kyrie Irving at YCL Covered Court in Quezon City, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant at Comembo Covered Court in Makati. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOStep into one of these custom-painted courts. Whip out your smartphones and tap on an app. Here, in Nike’s latest testimonial to Filipinos’ love for basketball, hoop artistry meets technology.The global sportswear giant unveiled five NBA-themed street courts and a specialized app that gives ballers access to drills and videos customized by some of the best players in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia,” said Nike Southeast Asia and India senior marketing director Bulbul Khera.“We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspect of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe partnership that brings to life this unique experience exemplifies this union-waiting-to-happen. Google is working in tandem with Nike to perfect the marriage of technology and basketball science.The app is, indeed, novel. But perhaps the one that is expected to draw much attention are the Hyper Courts that feature comics-inspired artwork from American artist Arturo Torres, who painted images of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Russel Westbrook. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LBDI Nets US$220M in Assets

first_imgThe Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has celebrated its 49th Anniversary in Monrovia paying tributes to several staff, both senior and middle levels, for their dedication and long-term services to the Bank. Nine staff including the Bank’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, was awarded honors for 15 years of service for the Bank. Two other staff members including Mr. Clarence W. Bai and Mr. Samuel Gborzoe were honored for 25 years of service and 20 years of service, respectively, while three staff members were honored for 10 years of service to the Bank. The Bank’s Management had ‘a low-key’ ceremony at a local hotel on Monday, November 24 where the CEO announced huge growth in assets from US$159 million in 2013 to an excess US$220 million in 2014. He declared equity position also grew from US$12.5 million in 2013 to over US$27 million in 2014. This growth took place in the face of the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country which has led the economy slumping from its projected 5.9 percent to (-) 0.4 percent. Ebola being a risk for which the banks hadn’t planned, most of the players in the banking industry say they are sacrificing profitability for liquidity. This is chiefly because the virus outbreak has created off-budget expenses on financial institutions that spend money daily to put anti-Ebola measures into effect.    Mr. Davies attributed the sustenance of the growth to God and to the dedicated staff who he praised for keeping LBDI liquid, sound and vibrant. Davies also attributed the growth to the migration to the international financial reporting standards required by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for all banks to migrate. He paid a special tribute to the staff: “I wonder where LBDI would have been during this crisis without our strong, dynamic and committed staff. We believe that the strategic crossroad we have reached as a financial institution could not have been attainable without you,” he told the staff. Mr. Davies emphasized the gratefulness to the customers for staying with LBDI despite the economic challenge. He also extended special appreciation to the Board of Trustees and the Management for the support and pledged the Bank’s commitment to going forward during difficult and good times. “Our foundation remains stronger than ever before despite the odds and we are prepared to take up the challenge and remain a major player in the industry,” said Mr. Davies amidst thunderous applause. LBDI is one of the top two banks in Liberia and the CEO assures that the Bank will continue to maintain its market share believed to be in the tune of about 40 percent. “We have a network of staff that has performed splendidly despite the low ebb at which the program is being held,” he stated. Also speaking at the ceremony, LBDI Board Chair and Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Mr. Amara M. Konneh, thanked the employees for holding together and keeping the Bank up during the Ebola crisis. “I stand here today to thank you for holding the Bank together and ensuring that customers get their money during the ongoing Ebola crisis,” said Chairman Konneh. “Had John not been the CEO of LBDI….probably I would have been…,” Konneh stated. “Our challenge is to continue to remain focus knowing very well that the Ebola crisis is not finished yet.” The Liberian Finance Minister noted that it is about time for government to spend responsibly and close all of the loopholes. Mr. Konneh reiterated his message that the government will increase spending in the agriculture and other sectors to deal with the Ebola outbreak and singled out LBDI as one of the banks that most of the funds will be channeled through. “LBDI will be a major vehicle for government funding to the agriculture and other sectors and this, in our minds, will help us to regain the 5 percentage point growth projection that we have lost to the Ebola crisis,” the LBDI Board Chair added. Minister Konneh explained how the financial soundness of the banking industry has given hope as Minister of Finance during the Ebola crisis and reiterated his thanks and appreciation to the honorees the services they’re rendering to the Liberian people through the Bank. The rest of the honorees that have served the Bank for 15 years are: William Jackson, Olivia Davies, Kou Giddings, Eugene McClain, Fatu Effiong, Onike Bedell, Reginald Goll and Aaron Kollie.Those who received honors for 10 years of service are: Doretha Yarsiah, Frances Williams and Akwenah Nyeamene.Speaking on behalf of the honorees, LBDI’s vice president for Buchanan Branch, Mr. Clarence W. Bai, thanked the Management for the recognition and pledged the honorees’ commitment to remain dedicated to the Bank and serve the Liberian people through LBDI.“I must be very frank…serving a bank like LBDI for 25 years is not easy,” said Mr. Bai as he commended the Bank’s Management for celebrating the 49th Anniversary of LBDI.He also appealed to the Management to conduct regular training for its entire staff including the vice presidents at branches. Mr. Bai also called for salary increment for staff noting that it would further motivate employees to go the extra miles in serving and protecting the Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At what point will our indebtedness be repaid?

first_imgDear Editor,Having read the International Monetary Fund’s Guyana: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission, I feel compelled to share my analysis in layman’s terms.I believe the pertinent paragraph is “Guyana’s medium-term prospects are favourable. The commencement of oil production in 2020 will be a turning point. The main direct effect on the domestic economy will be through higher fiscal revenue, and spillovers to supporting activities. The balance of payments will swing sharply to positive after 2020. Oil revenue significantly improves the fiscal outlook, and is expected to place the public debt on a downward trajectory. The mission welcomed the progress made on establishing a comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”After the wheat is separated from the chaff, the report leaves no doubt that our nation’s economic survival is now dependent on oil production in 2020.In three short years, the dreaded ‘Dutch disease’ has overtaken a formerly robust economy. Our forecasted growth targets are not being realized. Spending is up, we have moved from a $10 billion surplus to a $48 billion deficit. Maladministration, caused by lack of vision; ad hoc approaches in place of policy; profligate spending; bypassing of procurement procedures; payment of billions in legal settlements; questionable tenancy agreements; refusal to declare assets to the Integrity Commission; expensive Commissions of Inquiry handed out like sweets to cronies; the list of reckless acts with the public purse is long, and continues to grow.The direct consequence is: the only way back to solvency for Guyana in the medium term is for ExxonMobil to pump oil and bail us out.Editor, while the IMF report speaks positively of a “comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”, I must ask at what point will our indebtedness be repaid, so the saving could begin? With two more years of APNU/AFC spending ahead of us, I can only see the “downward trajectory” alluded to by the IMF getting steeper.This report makes it clear why the APNU/AFC Administration will not countenance the possibility of reopening negotiations with the oil company; for when one’s hand is in the tiger’s mouth, one must pat the tiger’s head.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Bartica man accused of rape on $150,000 bail

first_imgRandy Peters of Carabese Hill, Bartica, was released on $150,000 bail by the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The 31-year-old salesman appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Monday.It is alleged that between January 1 to January 31, 2019, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 16.Reports revealed that family members of the 13-year-old became aware of the incident after she was questioned by a relative who became suspicious.The teen then related to her parents what had transpired between herself and Peters and a report was made to the Bartica Police Station.The accused will make his next court appearance at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on February 21, 2019.last_img

Prosecutor: DNA found in attacks

first_imgLANCASTER – A state prisoner accused in a series of violent sexual assaults in Lancaster in 2003 is linked to the crimes through DNA evidence and by victims who identified him years later as their assailant, a prosecutor said Monday. DNA evidence against 23-year-old Jacob Renald Smith includes samples found on a white plastic cup from which the attacker drank water and a bandanna that he wore and used to tie a victim’s hands, a prosecutor said in opening statements of Smith’s trial. “There are several types of evidence, which will be testified to, that indicate Jacob Smith is the person who committed these crimes,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. Smith, imprisoned since September 2004 for a San Bernardino County burglary, was linked later to the Lancaster sex crimes under a state law that requires all felons to submit DNA to a database that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Smith’s attorney, Dale Atherton, did not make an opening statement on Monday. The trial is scheduled to resume today. Smith, who was being held in lieu of $12 million bail, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges that he assaulted four women, shot a fifth and was defied by a sixth who managed to call 911 on her cell phone despite threats to kill her and her child. Smith is charged in six incidents in 2003 involving assaults, sex crimes – including some against women who had small children with them – and a home-invasion robbery in which a woman in her 60s was shot in the chest. Interviewed by detectives in June 2005, Smith at first denied any involvement, but then changed his story after being told that DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, Cromer said. In one incident, Smith said he and a woman simply got into a scuffle. Smith claimed “it was a case of sex for drugs” with four of the victims, Cromer said. In the home-invasion robbery, Smith claimed the gun went off accidentally, Cromer said. “In all six of the incidents, the defendant admitted he did have contact with the women and was the person they were talking about,” the prosecutor said. Some of the assaults occurred in daylight in public places – including a park, a coin laundry and a parking lot – within a 1 1/2-mile radius of central Lancaster, near where Smith lived in early 2003, officials said. All but two of the six attacks occurred before late March, when sheriff’s officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third. Two days after the drawing was released publicly, a man fitting the rapist’s description bicycled up to the rural east Lancaster home of an elderly mother and daughter and asked for a drink of water and to use their phone. He shot the younger woman and robbed the home. Then the attacks stopped until August, when a woman walking near Lancaster City Park was forced down the side of an Antelope Valley Freeway overpass and assaulted. Seven weeks later, Smith was arrested as an ex-felon in possession of a gun, and he was sent to prison for 7 1/2 months. Three months after getting out, he was back in prison on the San Bernardino County burglary conviction. In January 2003, a victim was attacked while on a morning walk in an open field near Avenue K-8 and Gadsden Avenue, Cromer said. A bicyclist passed her, asked her for the time and then ordered her to stop. “She was knocked to the ground, slapped in the face, and her head was pulled back by her hair,” Cromer said. In February 2003, a woman who was visiting relatives stopped at a doughnut shop at Division Street and Avenue K to ask for directions, Cromer said. Her 4-year-old son and a pet dog were in the back seat. A man got into the passenger seat, and the victim drove him to an alley after he pulled out a handgun. After she refused to perform a sex act, the man shoved the gun in her mouth, chipping a tooth and cutting her, Cromer said. The man fled after she was able to return to her car and call 911 from her cell phone, Cromer said. In March 2003, a woman washing clothes at an East Avenue J coin laundry was forced at gunpoint to perform a sex act while she held her 5-year-old daughter. “The child said, `Don’t hurt my mommy.’ The suspect said to turn around and don’t look,” Cromer said. About two weeks later, another woman was sexually assaulted near Tierra Bonita Park in east Lancaster at gunpoint after a man came up to her car and produced a sawed-off shotgun, Cromer said. “He tied her hands with a bandanna that was on his head, took the keys and left,” Cromer said. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Conte bemoans loss of Morata ahead of Everton trip

first_imgThe Spain striker, who had come off the bench, initially stuck the ball under his shirt in a gesture to his pregnant wife but he earned the caution for kicking the ball away as Bournemouth attempted to restart the game quickly.It was Morata’s fifth booking of the season, earning the forward a one-game ban and leaving Conte with a decision to make about how best to replace his side’s leading scorer.Michy Batshuayi is the squad’s only other recognised central striker but the Belgian failed to impress after being handed a rare start this week. Previously, Conte has preferred to fill the gap by employing Eden Hazard as a false nine and he is expected to do that once again.“For sure, Morata should have played against Everton,” said the Chelsea boss. “He would have started the game, for sure. But now I have to prepare a different plan.“I have different options. I have a day to make the best decision ahead of the Everton game. At training everyone was in good form, and I have time to make a decision.”Chelsea remain 14 points adrift of City in third place and the current priority is to maintain the four-point gap to fourth place.“This match is very important for us, the last game before Christmas,” said Conte. “I’d like to spend a good Christmas with a good game, a good win.“It would be very important to get three points, but we know very well that, in the last five games, Everton won four games.“They are in a good moment of form. They changed the coach and are having good results. For this reason, we must pay great attention on Saturday.”Everton have picked up  13 points from 15 available since Sam Allardyce agreed to become their manager last month.That run has lifted the club to ninth, with 11 league goals scored and only two conceded in that time.Former England captain Wayne Rooney is also enjoying a revival, with six goals in his past five appearances, including one on Monday as Everton beat Swansea 3-1 at Goodison Park.Winger Aaron Lennon suggested that Allardyce’s arrival has lifted the mood of the players.“We all know Chelsea are a great side but we’re in a good run of form and at Goodison we fancy our chances against anyone so we’re looking forward to that one,” Lennon said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s striker Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Stoke City September 23, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 22- Antonio Conte says the loss of Alvaro Morata for Chelsea’s trip to Everton is a blow to his side’s hopes of maintaining their distant pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.Morata was booked after scoring the added-time winning goal in the midweek League Cup quarter-final victory over Bournemouth that set up a semi-final meeting with Arsenal.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal man has future at club despite loan exit

first_img1 Carl Jenkinson Arsene Wenger says he wants to keep defender Carl Jenkinson at the club.The England international has spent the current season on loan at West Ham, where he has impressed under manager Sam Allardyce.Reports had claimed that the Hammers would like to sign the 23-year-old permanently in the summer, but Wenger has now insisted he wants to keep hold of the right-back.“I met Carl this week to speak about his future. We will sit down together at the end of the season, but my target is to keep him here at the club,” said Wenger.“He has had a great season for me and he has moved forward and overall he has gained a lot of confidence.“The decision I have to make is do I bring him back now or does he need one more year now to play in the Premier League. It is not decided yet.”last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal scout leader has received the highest honour in scouting.Hazel Brown with her awardHazel Brown form the 9th Donegal (Muff) was presented with the Order of Cú Chulainn from Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick for her outstanding commitment and service over a period of 20 years to Scouting.She received her award as Scouting Ireland held their Annual Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rosses Point last weekend. A number of adult volunteers where recognised for their service and commitment to Scouting with their local groups.Another who received recognition was 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Leader Dara Coll who received the Bronze Meritorious award in recognition of her work in setting up and establishing her local group.Congratulations and well done to both from all their friends and colleagues in Errigal Scout County.Dara Coll gets her award form Chief Scout Michael John ShinnickDONEGAL SCOUT GETS ORGANISATION’S HIGHEST HONOUR was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 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:Dara CollHazel BrownScouting Irelandlast_img read more

DDTV: Irish dancers treat tourists at Slieve League!

first_imgA video of Irish dancing students has gone viral after they were filmed giving an open-air performance on top of Slieve League!The students at Taylor Scallon School of Irish Dance had just completed their Gaeltacht residential course at Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne in Teelin and decided to bust a few moves on top of Slieve League; the stunning scenic location made the perfect backdrop for the skilled dancers to show off their talent. The video has racked up over 45,000 views!Well done to the students!DDTV: Irish dancers treat tourists at Slieve League! was last modified: August 12th, 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:donegalIrish DancingSlieve Leaguetaylor scallon school of dancinglast_img read more


first_imgPROUD Donegal manager Jim McGuinness said after the triumph at Croke Park that he used jibes by Kildare to inspire his team.Jim said accusations thrown at Donegal that they cynically fouled opponents helped inspire his Tir Chonaill braves to victory over Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter final.And ironically in extra time it was Kildare who played a cynical game, taking out Donegal players with rugby tackles and then time-wasting during fake injuries and kick-outs. McGuinness claimed after Saturday’s epic extra time battle that Kildare had contacted national newspapers before the game in relation to the referee and Donegal’s alleged cynical fouling.“We’re very, very disappointed and we are happy the referee (David Goldrick) did not take the bait.”“It was motivation for us and I’m so proud of the players.”McGuinness said he had been contacted by papers on Friday to respond to what had come out of the Kildare camp but he refused to comment then. Said Jim: “Kieran McGeeney was a phenomenal player and he never cried or whinged – we were not impressed by what we read.“If anyone watched the Kildare players in extra-time, there was a lot of cynical fouling.“You should do your job on the coaching field – you should not try to beat teams through the media.“We do not coach cynical fouling. We coach hard work and turning the ball over, we make no apologies for that.“Donegal have been lambasted the last two years, that they didn’t have the heart to turn the ball over, and now we are criticised for it. “The players have come through the pain of losing big games, now we are winning games and hopefully it will continue into the semi-finals.”And so say all of us Jim.SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO JIM AND THE TEAM IN THE COMMENT BOX BELOW:GAA TRIUMPH: ‘WE USED KILDARE MIND GAMES TO MOTIVATE US’, SAYS PROUD McGUINNESS was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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 GAAJim McGuinnesskildare foulingkildare mindgameslast_img read more