Mac Cardona hopes to make a return to the PBA and his potential comeback could also be a reunion of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 35-year-old Cardona, who survived a pill overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly a year ago, is trying out for the GlobalPort Batang Pier, a team that is all to familiar with the veteran swingman.ADVERTISEMENT “We are looking for other options and we feel Cardona is in the equation,” GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren told INQUIRER.net in a text message Thursday when asked if Cardona is trying to make the team. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pumaren cleared Cardona is not yet part of the team and that he has to prove that he can still play at a high level.“We still have to take a look at him in the next few days if he is still capable of playing in the PBA,” Pumaren said.Cardona last played in the PBA with the NLEX Road Warriors in 2016 until he was let go by the team before the start of the 42nd season after a series of misfortunes that included an arrest due to domestic violence and sleeping pill overdose that almost ended his life in August of last year.Cardona saw action in the PBA D-League as a member of Zark’s Burgers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Mac Cardona to suit up for Zark’s BurgersCardona created a stir on social media after posting a photo of himself joining the Batang Pier in one of their practice sessions at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.In the Instagram photo, Cardona is with former fellow La Salle alums Mike Cortez, Ryan Araña and Rico Maierhofer, Renren Ritualo and Arnold Van Opstal and Pumaren, who was his coach with the Green Archers.Cortez and Araña were teammates with Cardona during their collegiate days.READ: Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his lifeADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games #KicksStalker: Is a Filipino signature shoe on the horizon? LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. APThe skies lit up with dazzling fireworks as an emotional China brought the curtains down on the biggest Asian Games in a riot of colour, foot-tapping music and a cultural extravaganza at the Haixinsha Island on the Pearl River in Guangzhou on Saturday.If the opening ceremony held at the same riverside venue on November 12th was high on technical wizardry, the closing was a heart-touching display of warmth by the people of this South China city whose infrastructure has improved remendously as a result of hosting the Games which saw India record their best-ever medal haul till date.Late charge helps IndiaNov 26 | India record its bestCLOSING EVENT: SEE PHOTOSHIGHLIGHTSAsiad closing: Vijender India’s flagbearerIndia finished sixth on the medal rostrum with a record 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for an overall tally of 64, eclipsing their earlier record of 57 medals in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.South Korea’s Ji Youngjun celebrates with his national flag after winning the men’s marathon at the 2010 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. APThe closing ceremony was also used by the Games hosts to present cultural segments representing the different regions of the continent, including South Asia in which Indian singers Ravi Tripathi and Tanya Gupta enthralled the capacity crowd.Hosts China were unstoppable in their relentless march to titles and at the end of the Games had an incredible harvest of 199 gold in an overall haul of over 400 medals, proving once again that they are in the top-most echelons of world sports.advertisementKorea finished way behind in second place while Japan were third that underlined the fact that the Asian Games, the second largest sports event after the Olympic Games, are still being overwhelmingly dominated by the far eastern nations of the continent.The prelude to the official part of the ceremony was punctuated by dance of Qiling (a legendary animal symbolizing good luck) to celebrate the success of the Games that was followed by an exhibition of acrobatics and dance.Performers staged “Dragon drunk on the Pearl River”, “Painting of Toy figuring in Emotion” and “Wind of the Yao Ethnic Group” dances while flashbacks of the Asian Games actions were shown on sail-shaped screens before the Chinese President Hu Jintao and Olympic Council of Asia Chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah entered the arena to the strains of the Chinese Military Band.With nine plumes of red smoke rising up from the Guangzhou Tower, an athlete jumped out of the screen while the eight sail-shaped screens showed some memorable moments of the Games competitions.The plumes changed shape one by one and the fireworks started on the Guangzhou Tower to symbolize the success of the Games and the happiness it produced. The five-starred red flag of China was unfurled and the hosts? national anthem was played by the Military band.A small cultural segment was then presented with fishing lights shaped as starlight and the crescent moon used as major props to create a dream-like atmosphere of changing colours and flowing figures, the images giving the crowd an impression of fairy tales and scenes of fishing.The face of a smiling child appeared which turned into a beautiful girl from this city of ten million who frolics in the night sky amidst the stars.When she extended her hand all the stars and moon fell into her grasp and she, with a laugh, threw the stars and moon to the Games Torch Tower in the centre of the square.As they fell to the ground, hundreds of children appeared like magic and scattered in all directions to form the Asian Games emblem.A ship resembling a crescent moon with singing children on board gently set sail on the front waterway and hundreds of chorus singers with stars in their hands in four groups entered from two sides.A child singer picked up a Lingnan-style fishing lantern made of bamboo splits ecclosed by paper from the water.Almost immediately several fishing lights in different colours appeared on the scene winding in groups or strings through the site as the children with star lights in their hands flashed those lights to give an impression of a sea of lights.This was followed by the representation of India and the Ganga with the holy river appearing on the sail-shaped screen and running towards the famous temples of India while the screen also showed images of the Taj Mahal and modern architecture.advertisementSeveral dancers led by Cai Yushan and Xi Chuhang performed to the singing of Tripathi and Gupta and there were also motorcycle stunts done in front of the Games Torch Tower.One hundred men performers with Indian flower wreaths in their hands danced in two groups behind the bikes and formed two crescent moons on both sides of the Torch Tower while over 1000 chorus members holding multi-coloured Indian light-reflecting towels danced in harmony.When the two Indian singers came to the front, male dancers ran along the two sides of the Torch Tower to form a triangular pattern and danced with gusto while around 200 women dancers ran out, divided themselves in two groups and performed various Indian dance forms.The men and women dancers came together to form a semi circle they danced together to the song in typical Bollywood style.The other regions of the continent were also given their prominence in the cultural milieu before flashbacks of the Asian Games competitions and athletes being awarded their medals were shown along with emotional scenes, symbolizing the excitement and harmony that was visible during the Games.The cultural show ended with all the participants coming on to the stage forming different patterns while singing and dancing with abandon to bring an end to the cultural part and the commencement of the formal part of the ceremony with the arrival of the athletes.The Indian flag was carried by gold medal winning star boxer Vijender Singh with his left hand in a cast following the thumb injury he sustained during last night’s final against two-time world champion Atoev Abbos of Uzbekistan.OCA President Sheikh Al-Sabah, accompanied by the president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Liu Peng, executive president of the Games organizing committee Huang Huahua, and the mayor of Guangzhou Wan Qingliang, delivered the keynote address and declared the 16th Asiad closed.The OCA flag was then lowered and the OCA anthem played before the national flag of Korea, the next Games hosts at Incheon in 2014 was raised, in the presence of the vice president of the Korean Olympic Committee and the chief of the Incheon Games organizing committee.Guangzhou mayor Qingliang handed over the Asian Games torch to the OCA chief who, in turn, handed them over to the mayor of Incheon.Later the flag of the first Games held in Delhi in 1951 and the OCA flag were handed over to the Korean representatives by Huahua and Peng.The Koreans presented a short segment to the accompaniment of percussion instruments and taekwondo, the country’s martial arts, which is also part of the Games programme and “Welcome to Incheon” and “See you at Incheon in 2014” were flashed on the screen.The Games flame was extinguished before the fireworks lit up the night sky to signal the end of the closing ceremony.MORE MEDALS FOR CHINAEarlier, just five gold medals were on Saturday presented at the Asian Games, providing a rather slow-paced denouement for an event the Olympic Council of Asia president referred to as “one of the best ever.”advertisementZhou Chunxiu won the women’s marathon, giving China its 198th gold medal of the games, one shy of its eventual total. Myanmar took its first two – in the men’s and women’s doubles finals in sepaktakraw, and OCA chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told a closing news conference that even a military conflict on the Korean peninsula last Tuesday during the games could not damage the event’s image.North and South Korean “athletes stood shoulder-to-shoulder to compete even though there had been some problems in their countries,” Al-Sabah said.After 48 gold medals were presented Friday in a hectic penultimate day, Zhou won the first of the last-day medals when she finished the marathon in 2 hours, 25 minutes, about 90 seconds ahead of her Chinese compatriot Zhui Xiaolon. Kim Kum Ok of North Korea won the bronze.Ji Young-jun of South Korea won gold in the men’s marathon, finishing in 2:11.11, with Japan’s Yukihiro Kitaoka second. That ended China’s chances of capturing 200 gold medals at Guangzhou.Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, won its previous gold in sepak takraw in 1998 in the women’s regu division of the acrobatic volleyball-like sport in which competitors use just about everything but their hands to get a rattan ball over the net. Myanmar’s men beat South Korea 2-0 and its women defeated China 2-1.”We have a new flag and we are proud to have won the gold medal under it,” said Myanmar coach Kyaw Zin Moe.China won the first gold of the games on Nov. 13 when Yuan Xiaochao finished first in wushu martial arts event, and took the last on Saturday. The Chinese women’s volleyball team came back from two sets down to beat South Korea 21-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 16-14, leaving its final gold medal count for the games at 199.The closing ceremony, featuring a performance by the military band of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the official handover from Guangzhou to Incheon, was scheduled for later Saturday.With inputs from PTI/AP
Pravin Amre has worked with a number of India players.Such is the magic of one-day cricket that it can make one forget even excruciating losses suffered in Test cricket a short while ago.The gap between Tests and ODIs in England was not long, yet in that span of time, skipper MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher had to face intense media scrutiny, and rightly so. The moment India slipped back into winning mode in the shorter form of cricket, all talk is about winning again.Till some time ago, Suresh Raina was the butt of ridicule when he played abroad as he was unable to score on tracks which offered something to the pace bowlers.Suresh Raina trained under Amre for four days before leaving for the England tour.Call it a metamorphosis or getting into the right mode mentally, Raina was able to conquer the demons and hammer a hundred in style in the second ODI.As reported by Mail Today, the sudden transformation for Raina came after some good “mental sessions” with Pravin Amre, whose stature as a private coach is now rising.We all know that in a sport like cricket, coaches are usually associated with a batsman or a bowler in the initial stage of development. From the time a budding player picks up a bat or starts bowling with a tennis ball, then a cork ball and then the red leather cherry, it’s all about individual efforts.It’s only when the player starts performing and gets associated with a good local club that he gets assistance from coaches. In a place like Delhi, there are so many coaching ‘shops’ being run by former cricketers who have played club cricket or domestic cricket.advertisementThe more business-like former international cricketers are ready to lend their name to an academy where fundamentals are imparted and youngsters turn up in whites for nets.The way cricket is played has changed drastically over the years and emphasis is no longer on what was called ‘copybook’. It’s not just Raina who has gained from Amre, who played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India.Amre has made a mark with his ability to help out a few other well-known cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa and Naman Ojha as well.By Amre’s own admission, his job varies from case to case and he is quite happy doing a freelance job sitting in Mumbai. He knows he will not be travelling with Team India and whatever contributions he is going to make will be from home.You and I may think that Amre needs to be present at the nets to iron out the chinks but so advanced has technology become today that the guru can see it all on television. Today, TV replays and videos are available easily and for a coach to spot any major chink is not a problem.Then again, just as the top tennis professionals from Roger Federer to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic hire the best personal coaches for working on technique and tactics, cricket is seeing a new trend emerging.It’s good to note that former cricketers like Amre are able to give back to the sport what they learnt from guru Ramakant Achrekar. Today, cricketers are professionals and have a right to earn, be it an active player or anyone offering assistance.The days of charity are over when Bishan Singh Bedi offered tips to almost anyone who wanted his guidance, be it a player from India or overseas. One of India’s best left-arm spinners has a sharp cricketing brain and never minces words when he has to be critical.One does not expect the newage freelance coaches in India to offer free service like Bishan paaji, but they should take pride in what they do. Amre, for instance, was able to work with Rahane differently, as the latter lacked power in his shots.Amre relied on “baseball techniques” to improve Rahane’s hitting in the shorter format of cricket where generating power in shots is important. And the results are there to see.Before this, one also heard of India opener Gautam Gambhir taking help from Tamil Nadu’s W.V. Raman to help him out with his technique. Cricket is now an art and a science thanks to the three distinct formats.Gambhir and Raman were part of the same IPL franchise – KKR – but the time has come when more batsmen and bowlers could be seeking professional help as they have the money to do it.advertisementIf people like Amre and Raman are recognised for their contributions as coaches, there are former bowlers who have also helped. Manoj Prabhakar has been readily available for teaching budding bowlers the art of reverse swing.There are some more names like Subroto Banerjee, T.A. Sekhar and Narendra Hirwani, who offer valuable insight to bowlers.So the day is not far when we could have a Team India captain planning strategy and tactics with “foreign coaches” while cricketers seek professional help from personal coaches for perfection in technique.Dangerous for the likes of Fletcher, isn’t firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Government of Jamaica is well aware of the closely bound interaction between energy security and food security. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that for agriculture to maximise its full potential, high energy costs must be kept in check.“We cannot speak of transforming and modernising our agricultural sector without addressing how to alleviate those high energy costs,” he noted.“The Government of Jamaica is well aware of the closely bound interaction between energy security and food security.We are now developing an energy ecosystem that is diverse, environmentally sensitive and affordable,” he added.The Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean on March 7 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.He noted that the Government has a target to meet 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2030, and “we are currently at 18 per cent and on track to achieve that 30 per cent”.He said that the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will also explore the utilisation of biofuels to further diversify the country’s energy sources.The Prime Minister argued that the possibilities for the agricultural sector greatly increase when electricity and other energy-related costs are less vulnerable to volatile oil prices.He argued that with diversified energy sources, small farmers and agro-processors, and others who are employed in the agricultural sector will benefit from reduced operational costs through the use of renewable energy.Such investment, he said, will serve to boost the agricultural sector, which he noted is important for rural development and economic growth.“This is significant, because as empirical data have shown, in Jamaica overall, economic growth is strongly positively correlated with the growth in the agricultural sector,” the Prime Minister said.“We are addressing the crucial nexus between energy and food security and finding solutions to secure both to put these two sectors in sync, which is a necessary component for sustainable development,” the Prime Minister added. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that for agriculture to maximise its full potential, high energy costs must be kept in check. Story Highlights He noted that the Government has a target to meet 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2030, and “we are currently at 18 per cent and on track to achieve that 30 per cent”.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Steadies frontman Earl Pereira says playing with Riverdale star KJ Apa was incredible. (The Steadies/Instagram) It all started when they invited Apa’s friend, the bar’s sound tech, up to sing. Pereira noticed Apa in the crowd and asked him to come play with the band. Then he asked him to come back. Facebook What started as a normal gig turned into a night Earl Pereira will never forget.On Saturday KJ Apa, star of hit Netflix series Riverdale, jammed with Pereira’s band The Steadies for half an hour onstage at Guilt & Company in Vancouver.“It was epic,” said Pereira, lead singer of The Steadies. “It was so good. I had a good feeling he was going to hold his own up there, which he did, and then some.” Login/Register With: Advertisement