More learning, more success

first_imgThe younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out. Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Lone Star B’ball Skipper Earns CPA Degree

first_imgThe captain and guard of former basketball champions, NPA Pythons, Raphael M. Quaye, who is also the captain of Lone Star has graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, earning a Certified Public Accountant degree.The basketball icon, 38, graduated on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Accra, Ghana.Quaye would be admitted as a member of the CA in September-2014 after a completion of a three-day induction course.“I’m happy to strive to be a mentor to upcoming basketball players,” he said. “I want to encourage other basketballers to pursue education while playing.”Quaye qualified to earn a CA when he successfully passed the Uniform Chartered Accountant Examination administered by the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).The LICPA further said basketball playerQuaye qualified along with three others to complete part four of the institute’s professional examinations.He works with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The Executive Director of LICPA, James Dorbor Jallah said this is the very first time that local accountants have qualified as full professionals without traveling overseas.Quaye is an aggressive basketball guard and also a three-pointer.He began playing basketball with Commissioner, from 1993-1995 and later joined NPA Pythons in 1996, where he is still playing as a Point Guard.Former Python’s Coach Matthew Gbamore said his presence on the team helped the team to capture seven 1st division championships.Chartered Accountant (CA) originated from British Royal Charter and widely spread to the Commonwealth since its inception in 19th century, while the CPA is the brand title of qualified accountants in the United States.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Private schools stand against 14% VAT on private education

first_imgThe protest against VAT on private education was, early on Thursday afternoon, given new life when demonstrators — parents of Guyana’s Private Schools United — picketed the Finance Ministry, demanding that Finance Minister Winston Jordan remove the burdensome tax on private education, implemented in February 2017, because it is penalising those who opt for private education.The protest against VAT on private education was revived on Thursday“What you (the Finance Minister) are effectively doing is causing your society to depreciate in terms of the level and quality of individuals that you have,” one parent stressed. That parent also noted that he has had to take on additional employment to pay the increase in fees charged by private schools.Attorney-at-Law Nadia Sagar, another parent, highlighted that the public school system would not be able to accommodate an influx of private school students, which is estimated to be well over 10,000.“If you had to place those children in public schools, where would they go?” she asked,” adding, “So, rather than penalizing private schools, you really ought to be looking for ways to help them”.Sixth Form School of the Nations students have complained of the challenges they are facing with the inclusion of VAT on their education. “If we can’t afford our education, how are we going to live?” questioned a first year sixth form student of that institution, who indicated that the protest would last for as long as it takes to reverse the imposition of VAT on private education.“Some parents don’t even have like one child, they have like five children, and they just want the best for their children,” second year student Nandanie Deokarran highlighted.School of the Nations Academic Director told the media that the group would protest until Government responds. It has been disclosed that more than 14,000 students had signed the petition against the imposition of VAT on private education.“We’re willing to hold it up as long as it takes to get a response from the Government. At first it was Nations behind the petition, but now we’ve joined with all the private schools,” she disclosed.Bishop Juan Edghill, who has a child enrolled in a private learning institution, spoke against Government’s decision to charge VAT on private education: “I stand in solidarity with all the other Guyanese parents and families who are feeling this hardship. Whether it’s at University, an upscale private school or regular private school, this imposition will have an adverse effect on all families,” the former Junior Finance Minister explained.The arrogance that is being displayed — the insensitivity and the lack of care by the Granger Administration — must be highlighted,” he lamented.Many of Thursday’s protestors have also supported the 8-week-long anti-parking meter protest. Another protest against the VAT measure is scheduled for next Wednesday. Earlier this month, businessman Roshan Khan had led a smaller protest that also called for the removal of the 14 percent tax on private education.last_img read more

Centre for Independent Living host annual awards

first_imgDuring the week the Donegal Centre for Independent Living Annual Presentations took place in the Raddison Blu hotel.Emily Kennedy received the Leader of the Year award and Mary Jo Gallagher received the PA of the Year award.Emily Kennedy says; “I was honoured to receive the Leader of the Year award. The DCIL provides a wonderful service which enables so many people with life challenges to lead and enjoy life to the fullest. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.” A great night was had by all at the annual Christmas party. Centre for Independent Living host annual awards was last modified: December 10th, 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:awardsCHristmasDCILDonegal Centre for Independent Livingradissonlast_img read more


first_imgTwo men have appeared in court charged with murdering Malin Head man William McKeeney.The well-known truck-driver was killed just yards from his home in Glasgow n Sunday morning last.Asif Rehman, 20 and Adil Ishaq, 19, who are both from Glasgow, were remanded in custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Mr McKeeney, 57, died in Melville Street, in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, at around 12.40am on Sunday as he walked home from a night out.He was allegedly attacked in the street. His partner Ann Marie is believed to have witnessed the gruesome incident.Mr McKeeney was taken by ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary, where he died from his injuries.Rehman and Ishaq made no plea or declaration and the case was continued.TWO MEN CHARGED WITH MURDERING DONEGAL MAN IN GLASGOW was last modified: January 20th, 2012 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:Glasgowwilliam mckeeneylast_img read more


first_imgA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to having almost €200,000 worth of drugs when caught by Gardai last year.Hong Wei Wang appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and pleaded guilty to a number of related charges.He admitted having the drugs with a street value of €187,200 in his possession for sale and supply at Burnfoot on May 15th, 2011. He will be sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan on July 20th.CHINESE MAN ADMITS HAVING DRUGS FOR SALE AND SUPPLY IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 10th, 2012 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:drugslast_img read more


first_imgSHAY GIVEN shook off an attempt to blind him by Macedonian football hooligans in Skopje last night.The big Lifford goalkeeper went on to have one of his greatest ever displays in an Ireland shirt as Robbie Keane’s double strike gave us an historic victory.The Dublin striker’s goals took him over the 50 mark for his country – one of just 13 European players to reach that level. But it was also the display by Shay which helped Ireland to victory, pulling off a string of world class saves.Just as the game was starting, Macedonian soccer hooligans targeted the Donegal man with potentially blinding lasers.However it didn’t deter Given.Shay Given had to pull off a fine save from Goran Pandev at point-blank range with 13 minutes gone, and he was back on his feet in time to deal with Goran Popov’s follow-up when it arrived at pace. The Ireland goalkeeper had to be at his best to turn away substitute Mario Durovski’s curling 68th-minute effort as it arced towards his top corner, with the home side making a final desperate push.And there was a superb performance in the game from Donegal’s Aiden McGeady, the tricky winger worked tirelessly throughout the game.Macedonia may now face sanctions from UEFA over the laser pen incident.SHAY UNINJURED AFTER MACEDONIA FANS TARGET HIM WITH LASER PEN was last modified: June 5th, 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:hooligansIrelandmacedoniaShay Givenlast_img read more

Big costs of gender gap in sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgAfrican girls are better educated than a generation ago. Women are taking more leadership roles and building successful business careers. However, a new United Nations report says gender inequality on the continent costs it $95-billion a year. African women earn, on average, 30% less than African men. (Image: Universal Giving) Sulaiman PhilipGender inequality costs sub-Saharan economies $95-billion (about R1.4-trillion) a year, according to a newly released study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).That Africa loses 6% of continental gross domestic product is blamed on governmental failure to put into effect legal protections and break down harmful social norms. Failing to act means a large percentage of African women are locked out of opportunities to participate in the economic, social and political life of their countries.The report was released this weekend on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference of African Development in Nairobi, Kenya. UNDP administrator Helen Clark pointed out that a 1% increase in gender inequality reduced a country’s Human Development Index score by a similar amount. “If gender gaps can be closed in labour markets, education, health and other areas, then poverty and hunger eradication can be achieved,” she said. “Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is the right thing to do, and is a development imperative.”The Human Development Index (HDI) measures a nation’s achievement in key human development areas – access to education and medical treatment, quality of life and standard of living. African girls score high in access to primary education, but fail to access higher education or opportunities to join the labour market. The average for women in Africa is also lowered because of the continent’s still unacceptably high maternal mortality rate.Professional workProfessionally, African women fare even worse. A total of 61% of all African women work outside the home but their jobs are poorly paid and their efforts go unappreciated. Despite holding the majority of positions in the non-agricultural sector – 66% – women earn 70 cents for each dollar earned by a man. Across Africa there are, at most, just 30% of firms with a female manager.By not addressing the social norms that limit opportunity for women, Africa has no hope of attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or achieving its own Africa Agenda 2063 ambitions. UNDP Africa director Abdoulaye Mar says that the African Union’s lofty goals of equality are hamstrung by social norms.African girls spend less time in education, are paid less for their labour and spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water. They have limited access to economic and financial assets and are less likely to have bank accounts. “Closing the gender gap would not only set Africa on a double-digit economic growth track, but would also significantly contribute to meeting its development goals.”Africa is moving beyond the era of legislation and non-discrimination laws and quotas ensuring women’s participation. The African narrative remains to an extent, that girls don’t have the same opportunities as boys to get a decent education, that women are shut out of jobs and assets to uplift themselves and their families.Despite almost universal access to primary education, African girls are empowered more than they were but only to a certain age and stage in their lives – until they get married. (Image: Brand South Africa)Fundamental changeFor most people outside the continent, Africa is still a place where women have too many children and thousands die in childbirth because they have no access to basic health care. In parts of Africa this remains true, but Africa holds many secrets. Closer study shows that African women have also made important progress.There is World Bank research that suggests a deeper reading of the statistics tell a different story. The international financial institution says that the lives of African women have fundamentally changed over the last decade.Since 1990, enrolment of girls in primary school has come close to matching boys and the number of women dying in childbirth has halved. In work and politics Africa leads the world in female representation. The ratio of women to men in formal employment is greater than the rest of the world and the number of women in continental parliaments has doubled. Rwanda and Senegal have the highest proportion of women in government and in Cape Verde parity at cabinet level was achieved more than a decade ago. Africa’s women and girls are its greatest untapped resource. It is they who will build the solid foundation of African prosperity. (Image: Brand South Africa)Social growthSocial attitudes are also changing in Africa. As more people become aware of gender bias, it is becoming less prevalent. Over the last decade, fewer women are reporting sexism and sexual harassment at work.Fewer people believe it’s better for a woman to look after the home while a man goes out to work. The number of people, of both genders, who believe that children are hurt if they are raised by working mothers has also decreased over the last decade.  More men are saying that work does interfere with home life, actively seeking employment with companies that offer paternity leave and flexible work hours.In business the tide is turning as well. A recent poll found that younger employees believe women make better managers. In 2006, one in two women believed that an equally qualified woman would be passed over for a promotion because of gender. By 2014, it was a belief shared by four out of every five. And more women are now also earning more than their husbands.Empowerment and equalityTo go forward, the UNDP report maps out four routes to empowerment and equality:Adopting legal reforms;Building national capacity to accelerate women’s involvement in decision-making;Adopting multisectoral approaches in promoting gender equality; and,Accelerating female ownership of assets and management resources.Co-operation and cross border collaboration between nations will boost the social changes that are improving the lives of African women. In the opinion of the UNDP researchers, two initiatives will speed up equality and empowerment. They propose the establishment of an African Women’s Investment Bank and the awarding of Gender Seal certification for businesses that promote gender equality.Africa’s economy is booming. Banking, retail and telecommunications are driving growth. Large-scale construction projects are improving the continent’s infrastructure and making it easier for Africa to trade with Africa.Growth is changing the continent’s landscape by strengthening its economy. Development is narrowing income gaps between citizens and nations and boosting continent-wide economic integration. And strong working economies disproportionately benefit women.Africa is changing. It is moving beyond seeing gender equality as a token in development policy. As Africa changes, it is taking a leadership position in the conversation about gender. As the prospects of African girls and women improve, the continent gets to lead by example. As more African women realise the freedom to choose their own future, the more they become the champions of and the great hope for women across the world.last_img read more

Free Vintage Film Look Plugins for After Effects

first_imgGive your project a unique vintage style with one of these After Effects film look filters!As digital video quality increases and image clarity is sharper than ever, there’s an ironic desire to replicate analog film looks with this high resolution footage.  There are many paid plug-in options for achieving these vintage looks in post-production, but the following After Effects color filters can quickly add a retro film style to your footage for free.Discover how each of these After Effects film plugins and filters can tweak the color of your project for a unique, trendy look.Instagram Filters for After EffectsInstagram’s so hot right now.  The Instagram acquisition by Facebook for a BILLION dollars is a testament to the incredible interest in this photographic style.  Premiumbeat friend, Brent Pierce has created a set of free After Effects filters that can apply Instagram color effects to video projects.  Brent took existing Instagram actions for Photoshop and converted them for use within After Effects.  This vintage filter pack includes each of the popular Instagram photo filters – a quick way to achieve a hip, vintage look in After Effects!These Instagram filters for video use Red Giant Software’s free LUT Buddy app for integration into AE.Visit for more information and download the Instagram filters for After Effects.Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick LooksIf you’re looking for a quick way to add a vintage look to your After Effects project the Magic Bullet Quick Looks from Red Giant will likely fit the bill.  Quick Looks doesn’t offer the same customization of its successful big brother app Magic Bullets Looks, but for a quick fix – and no cost – it’s a great option for giving your After Effects project a high-end film look.  Magic Bullet states these After Effects vintage looks were inspired by the stylized “look of feature films like The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, and Traffic.”Quick Looks film plugin works with After Effects as well as Premiere Pro and legacy versions of Final Cut Pro.Visit Red Giant for more information and download instructions.Epic Film After Effects PresetsFilmmaker and photographer Christian Johnsson offers up a set of free film look plugins for After Effects.  The presets, entitled Epic War, Epic Summer and Epic Thriller, emulate a retro film look by desaturating and tinting colors while boosting contrast.  Tweak these film looks to create a retro After Effects style that’s all your own.Visit Looozaaa Studios to download the epic film looks for After Effects.last_img read more

An Open Letter to the Graduating High School Classes of 2018

first_imgDear New High School Graduate:It feels good to complete something, doesn’t it? But it also feels good to begin something new. Your high school graduation is more of the latter than the former, but you may not recognize it for some time. Here are a few things you ought to know.In some ways, high school prepared you for what comes next, but in other ways, it left you completely unprepared, even though there is no reason to worry. You learned some things that will be important as you move into college or whatever comes next. The math that you believe is useless is useful because grown-up humans have to be able to do arithmetic. The science classes helped you understand a little bit—a very little bit—about how things work in our Universe, including Earth. These classes taught you a bit about the objective truth, the things we can see and touch and measure.While those classes were important, the more important classes were English, history, art, and psychology (if you were lucky enough to get a class on psychology). The ability to understand the arc of human history (with all its successes and failures), the ability to understand other people, the ability to communicate effectively through language. These classes, with any luck, helped you see what is good, since the lessons of history always include morals (or should), and art is a look at what is beautiful.What high school is less likely to have helped you understand is that you are pure potential. What you are now is a mere fraction of what you might become—and what you are becoming. You weren’t born to be ordinary. It’s doubtful that anyone shared with you that you can be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. In fact, that is what you are here to do. This point in time is a chance for you to set off on a path of personal discovery, one that requires you to grow and to put your potential to work.It doesn’t matter if you know what you want to do. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know who you want to become. The reason prior generations knew what they were going to do is that their life expectancy was half of yours. They didn’t have the time to explore because they were too busy doing what was necessary to survive. As you grow into your potential, at some point, you will bump head into something that feels like what you were put here to do. Your college major will likely have very little bearing on whether or not you find yourself.Because of the circumstances of your birth, namely the time and place in which you were born, you may have been born into a relatively new form of adversity. The adversity that is the lack of adversity. Your generation is guilty of collecting participation trophies, something that is going to be missing from this point forward. But not to worry, adversity is what will shape you. You should look for situations that make you uncomfortable, and you should stay away from safe spaces and crying closets. Instead, expose yourself to people and ideas that are in direct opposition to what you believe.High School is a weird time. During your teenage years, there is a lot of pressure to conform, to belong. There are cliques that exclude others as a way to maintain status (exclusivity is a powerful force). The people who were popular in high school may have peaked at 17 years old. Sometimes they try to relive that time for the rest of their life. You don’t want to peak in high school. You shouldn’t aspire to be a 30 under 30. Instead, you want to work on yourself and peak somewhere around 40 or 45 years old.If you go straight into the workforce, look for two things. First, look for a place where you are going to get training and development opportunities. You want to seek out a place where the leadership team is serious about building a pipeline of leaders and high performers. You also want to work for a great leader. A leader that cares about their people is what is necessary for you to grow. That caring will allow them to see something in you that you don’t yet see—and that leader will help you see it.Don’t worry about not knowing everything you need to know to take a job. Say yes, commit, and then figure out how to get done what must be done. If you ask for help you will get it. If you give help to those who need, you’ll find that there are people that will work with you to help you succeed.Finally, and this may be most important, but you have to protect yourself from negativity. Much of the people around you will believe that externalities, the things that are outside of their control, deserve more of their attention and emotional energy than the areas of their lives where they have control. The end up infected with negativity, become skeptical and cynical and, eventually, angry. They won’t know that they infected, and they will infect others—including you—without knowing they’re doing so. Be aware of world events, but don’t give them so much meaning that you aren’t positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered.You were given a life. It’s your job to figure out why you were given it—and it is your job to live it to its fullest.last_img read more