Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown

first_imgShare John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 Submit Related Articles HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman June 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Ahead of today’s AGM, Sportech Plc has issued a trading update,  informing investors of further COVID-19 pandemic impacts and countermeasures undertaken by the LSE-listed wagering technology group. Updating investors, Sportech explained that it has implemented its pandemic cost-saving measures announced during March trading, based on its forecast scenario that global sporting events would be curtailed through to the end of June 2020.Based on the actions undertaken, Sportech’s board anticipates net cash contributions to be £8.9 million at the end of interim trading.As previously forecasted, Sportech stated that pandemic impacts have hit all areas of its business during Q2 trading following the suspension of the global racing calendar.Despite interruptions to its day-to-day activities, Sportech has shifted focus to its commercial capacity in which the company has agreed new deals and extended contracts with US clients TVG New Jersey,  Emerald Downs, Monmouth Park, and Borgata Casino. Meanwhile, in the UK, Sportech secured the lead international pool systems supplier contract for the revamped UK Tote Group, leading the development of the combined global ‘Superpool’ with Ascot Racecourse and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.Further client wins have seen Sportech secure a new technology agreement with the Macau Horseracing Company, in which it will upgrade its entire racetrack provisions to its Quantum systems and wagering platforms. As global sports resume, Sportech underlined that it continues to trade with a ‘determined vigilance of its cost base’, helping manage staggered reopenings of their business channels.  Richard McGuire, Group CEO of Sportech, said: “Despite the unprecedented challenges that have affected us all, I have been humbled and impressed by the universal willingness of Sportech colleagues to support our clients, support our business and support each other.“The delivery of critical client projects and the securing of a significant number of new contracts in the midst of this global pandemic is testament to the resilience of the Sportech team and highlights the integrity of our people and the Group’s digital strategy progression. “Challenges obviously remain, especially as our business resumption timetable is governed by external factors. However, as a group, we have no debt, a stable balance sheet and we intend to emerge from this pandemic operationally and technologically stronger.”last_img read more

Aubameyang nets again as Gabon draw, Cameroon eye quarters

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – Raft of injuries –Guinea-Bissau, known as the ‘Wild Dogs’, now have to win their next game against Burkina Faso if they are to stay alive, although they could be aided by the injuries that have hit Paulo Duarte’s team.The Stallions lost star man Jonathan Pitroipa and Jonathan Zongo to injury as they failed to hold onto the lead given to them by Nakoulma midway through the first half in the Gabonese capital.Gabon were level again before the interval, Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang scoring his second goal in as many games at this Cup of Nations from the penalty spot after being brought down by goalkeeper Herve Koffi.The Panthers had the best chances to win it, not least when Denis Bouanga met Aubameyang’s knockdown with a first-time effort eight yards from goal only for Koffi to make a superb block.“The Ivory Coast won the last Africa Cup of Nations after drawing their opening two games,” recalled Gabon coach Jose Antonio Camacho.“Maybe it is a good omen. Everything still depends on us. If we beat Cameroon we will qualify.”However, Gabon’s hopes going into that game have already been hit by injuries to Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina and full-back Johann Obiang, with Camacho ruling both men out of the rest of the competition.The injuries put the state of the pitch in Libreville in the spotlight, but Burkinabe coach Paulo Duarte was philosophical.“The injuries are nothing to do with the pitch or our preparations. That’s just football at the top level,” he said.The action moves back to Group B in Franceville in south-eastern Gabon on Thursday as Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria meet Tunisia in a north African derby in the afternoon.Later, Africa’s top-ranked side Senegal know a win against outsiders Zimbabwe will secure their place in the last eight. Action in the Gabon game that ended in a draw.Cameroon close on last eight as Aubameyang, Gabon held againFT – Gabon 1 Burkina Faso 1; Guinea-Bissau 1 Cameroon 2Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Cameroon closed in on the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on Wednesday while hosts Gabon were left still waiting for a win despite another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Indomitable Lions came from behind to defeat Guinea-Bissau with Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu netting after Piqueti’s contender for goal of the tournament had given the debutants the lead.Cameroon now know a draw against Gabon in their final Group A game on Sunday will secure them a place in the last eight after a build-up to the finals marred by the refusal of several marquee names to accept call-ups.Earlier, Aubameyang’s penalty allowed Gabon to come from behind and draw 1-1 with Burkina Faso after Prejuce Nakoulma had put the Stallions in front at the Stade de l’Amitie. It was their second 1-1 draw in as many matches.Cameroon travelled to Gabon with arguably their weakest ever squad at the Cup of Nations but Hugo Broos’s side played well for much of their opening draw with Burkina Faso and showed great spirit to come from behind against Guinea-Bissau.The west African minnows were heading for their first ever win at the tournament after Piqueti, who plays for Sporting Braga’s B team in the Portuguese second division, put them in front in the 13th minute.It was a breathtaking goal as he collected possession midway inside his own half, lobbed one opponent and then outpaced another on his way into the box, where he crashed a shot past Fabrice Ondoa.However, Cameroon equalised when skipper Benjamin Moukandjo laid the ball off for midfielder Siani to hammer a first-time effort into the net from 20 yards just after the hour.Ngadeu, the Slavia Prague defender, then fired in a low shot at the near post to win it, although Belgian coach Broos was still not too happy at the end.“Our first-half performance was not worthy of Indomitable Lions, it was more like tame lions,” he said.“I have never seen such a weak team. There was nothing, no aggression, no fight.“But I think we deserved to win the game on the basis of our second half. We came here to get through the group.”Aubameyang with ball after scoring.last_img read more

Liverpool reach League Cup quarters after 10-goal thriller against Arsenal

first_imgLiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph on Wednesday.Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Unai Emery made 11 changes for the fourth round tie, but the understudies served up one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield.Arsenal enjoyed a memorable 6-3 League Cup quarter-final win at Liverpool in 2007, but this time they squandered multiple leads in an even more dramatic clash.In the shoot-out, Dani Ceballos’ penalty was saved by 20-year-old Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher before 18-year-old Curtis Jones converted the winning kick.Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times and they remain on course to lift the trophy for the first time since 2012.After Granit Xhaka’s astonishing outburst at Arsenal fans during Sunday’s traumatic Premier League draw with Crystal Palace, this was another body blow for Arsenal, who lost despite leading 3-1, 4-2 and then 5-4 with seconds to go.Xhaka was absent while Emery debates whether to strip the midfielder of the captaincy, but Arsenal were unable to take advantage of Liverpool’s youthful line-up.With an average age of 23 years and 122 days, it was Liverpool’s youngest starting eleven in any competition since January 2017 as teenagers Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster and Sepp Van Den Berg all featured.Liverpool’s rookies went ahead after just six minutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent over a low cross and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, sliding in to clear, accidently deflected it onto his knee and into the back of his own net.Yet, with all of Liverpool’s star defenders rested, the Premier League leaders were far less solid than usual and Arsenal drew level in the 19th minute.The goal came via an assist from the rarely used Mesut Ozil, who was making his only his third appearance of the season and his first since September 24.Ozil picked out Bukayo Saka in space and when his shot was saved, the unmarked Lucas Torreira slotted home despite Liverpool’s appeals for offside.– Origi heroics – Emery’s team took the lead in the 26th minute after more sloppy defending allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to cross and Gabriel Martinelli was on hand to fire into the roof of the net from close-range.Martinelli struck again 10 minutes later when Ozil intercepted Elliott’s loose pass to send Saka clear and he produced a low cross for the 18-year-old Brazilian forward to grab his seventh goal in seven appearances this season.James Milner reduced Liverpool’s deficit with a 43rd minute penalty after Elliott went down under minimal contact from Martinelli.Milner gifted Arsenal their fourth goal in the 54th minute when Maitland-Niles seized on his under-hit back-pass.Ozil kept the ball in play with a nimble piece of footwork and Maitland-Niles tapped into the empty net.Oxlade-Chamberlain got one back for Liverpool with a thunderous long-range drive four minutes later.And Divock Origi equalised with an even better strike in the 62nd minute as the Belgian spun sharply before blasting into the top corner from the edge of the area.But Willock restored Arsenal’s lead in the 70th minute with another contender for goal of the night, the midfielder sprinting away before unleashing a 25-yard rocket.It was only the second time Liverpool have conceded five goals in a home match in the last 66 years.Remarkably, that wasn’t the end of the scoring and Origi acrobatically volleyed Liverpool’s equaliser in stoppage-time, setting the stage for their shoot-out success.Aston Villa moved into the last eight with a 2-1 win over local rivals Wolves at Villa Park.Anwar El-Ghazi put Villa ahead and, after Patrick Cutrone’s equaliser, Ahmed Elmohamady bagged the winner.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Saint Martin’s University’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySix alumni of Saint Martin’s University and High School will be honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards at the University’s annual Homecoming festivities on Saturday, February 11, on the University campus.Alumni are nominated, then chosen for the honor based on outstanding community service, professional achievement and/or service to Saint Martin’s. The University began formally recognizing its alumni of note in the early 1980s.“They have a lifetime of achievements:  personally, professionally and with Saint Martin’s University, and we are honored to have them as alumni,” says Cecelia Loveless, vice president for institutional advancement.Award recipients for 2017 are Paula Bouwer-Ronshaugen ’86, Bremerton; Peter Fluetsch HS’56, ’58, Olympia; Andy Hwang ’94, Federal Way; Ivan Lui-Kwan ’67, Honolulu, Hawaii; Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. ’65, Lacey; and Jim Swenson HS’74, Lacey. Here are some highlights about each of this year’s award recipients:Peter Fluetsch, HS’56,’58Peter Fluetsch is a successful entrepreneur, respected in the community and within his industry. He and his wife Kathy founded Sunset Air, a heating and air-conditioning, business in 1976. He has long been active in the community, including serving as mayor of Tumwater for four years. He helped found the Thurston County Economic Development Council and served several terms on its board, and for 12 years, was chairman of public works in Tumwater. His work on the boards of several South Sound nonprofit organizations includes service with the Olympia Master Builders, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Knights of Columbus and the Providence St. Peter Foundation. He also has served as a bank director and as a board member for several industry-specific organizations.Andy Hwang ’94Andy Hwang, who graduated with a degree in criminal justice, started a career with law enforcement while still in high school, serving as a police explorer for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department. Fast forward 30-plus years, and he is now Federal Way Police Chief. Hwang leads 160 employees and manages a $30 million budget, serving 93,000 citizens of Federal Way. Hwang is active in several professional associations and organizations: King County Police Chiefs Association; Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs; International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also serves on the boards of Woodstone Credit Union and Federal Way Advancing Leadership.Ivan Lui-Kwan ’67For more than 40 years, Ivan Lui-Kwan, a graduate in political science, has practiced law in Hawaii, focusing on land use, administrative and real estate law. He is a director of the law firm Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher in Honolulu, and has been recognized by the peer-reviewed publication, “Best Lawyers in America®” for administrative/regulatory law and government relations practice. He was named 2015 “Best Lawyers in America®” Lawyer of the Year in government relations practice in Honolulu. Lui-Kwan also was recognized in 2014 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pacific Edge Magazine. In 2015, he was a Queen Emma Ball honoree for his many contributions to the St. Andrew’s Schools and the people of Hawaii, and as ambassador for the United States to Maori King Tuheitia and the Maori Tribes of New Zealand.Paula V. Bouwer-Ronshaugen, ’86When Paula Bouwer-Ronshaugen earned her degree in community services in 1986, she was the first Saint Martin’s student with a hearing disability to graduate. She is employed as deaf services manager with Washington Vocational Services, a non-profit staffing agency, where she advocates for clients to potential employers who may have no education or knowledge about how to work with a person with a disability. About 80 percent of those with disabilities she has placed are deaf or hard-of-hearing; the remaining 20 percent have other disabilities.  For more than 20 years, Paula has been lauded as a top job placement specialist in finding employment for people with disabilities in a region that spans from Everett to Tacoma and from Tumwater to Silverdale.Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. ’65Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., has been an integral part of the Saint Martin’s community for 59 years, and has served as abbot since 1993. Abbot Neal was raised in Yakima and entered Saint Martin’s after high school. After graduating with a degree in secondary education, he continued his education, earning master’s degrees in both education and divinity. For many years, he taught at Saint Martin’s High School and College, as well as serving parishes in the Seattle Archdiocese. As abbot, he is the major superior of the Abbey of St. Martin’s, president of the Saint Martin’s Abbey Corp., chancellor of Saint Martin’s University and a long-standing member of University’s Board of Trustees. His faith in and commitment to the Abbey’s mission to develop and sustain Saint Martin’s University can be seen in the many University events he either participates in or officiates. For Abbot Neal, “The values taught at Saint Martin’s are the values that everyone should have: ethics, service and community.”Jim Swenson HS’74Jim Swenson, of Lacey, has served Saint Martin’s for many years through his work with the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association. He has translated the love he feels for his alma mater into countless volunteer hours spent working in the concessions trailer and the Capital Food and Wine Festival, both of which raise money for scholarships for Saint Martin’s students.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website atwww.stmartin.edulast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Soccer

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers made it look easy in capturing the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer title this past week in Creston by dumping the host Prince Charles Comets 3-0 in the championship final. The Bombers now advance to the B.C. High School tournament November 7-9 in Burnaby against the best the province has to offer at the AA Division.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Bombers Team of the Week.The squad, coached by Jamie and Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest, includes, coach Jamie Spendlove, Dylan Bennett, Shota Ida, Luis Loeschnick, Simon Sheppard, Andrew Tranfo, Andrew Woodward,Cole Sutherland, Nick Wethal, Cormac Southam, Ethan Perkins, Jef Vreys and Greg Syvertsen.Front, Ryan Lewis, Lucas Burrows, Bruno Moro, James Miller, Daniel Rodman, Trace Cooke, Theo Bakas, Nigel Ziegler and coach Dave Spendlove.last_img read more

Japan Journal: Avoiding jet lag on the trip to Tokyo for A’s baseball

first_imgTOKYO, Japan — Konnichiwa!That’s about the extent of my knowledge of the Japanese language, unfortunately. But the good news is I have arrived in the land of the rising sun for MLB’s Opening Series between the A’s and Mariners.There are plenty of things I’d like to explore out here and will share with all of you by putting together these journal entries throughout the week.But they say the journey is just as important as the destination and the journey I’m coming off of is quite a unique …last_img

Housing: partnerships to boost delivery

first_imgSince its inception, the agency has facilitated the acquisition of land for housing developments across the country, allowing for more than 240 000 new houses to be handed over to new owners between 2008 and 2009. Sexwale says the growing demand for shelter and the mushrooming of informal settlements in most urban areas has necessitated a new approach to the housing challenge, one which will minimise corruption in the delivery of adequate houses. Focus on partnerships The basic entry requirement for the programme is that individuals need to be part of an already organised community group, or must have indicated they want to participate in a community-driven housing project. Dyantyi says that, if implemented correctly, the policy could benefit millions of people in need of houses, and could be the answer to the country’s housing delivery challenges. The development also forms part of the southern extension of the township. According to data from the Department of Human Settlements, some 2.7-million houses have been built in South Africa over the last 14 years. Building voucher system Authorities, however, admit that there have been challenges: “It’s a challenge and it’s going to take us time, but we will get there, it’s going to take one step at a time,” says Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale. With a backlog of over two-million houses, the government is embarking on radical changes that could turn the tide of housing delivery in South Africa through partnerships with NGOs and local community groups. Source: BuaNews One of the strategies listed in the policy, the People’s Housing Process (PHP), will see the establishment of a new funding mechanism that will allow for more community-driven projects in the delivery of what is now being termed “human settlements”. The government has realised that just building houses, without proper monitoring and maintenance, has resulted in unscrupulous contractors costing the state more than R1-billion to rebuild badly constructed houses. People’s Housing Process Housing Development Agency The department has, however since agreed to review the guidelines. Provinces are required to manage their demand databases more effectively to prevent confusion on waiting lists that has led to conflicts in many parts of the country. The PHP’s policy framework and guidelines were at one stage also met with much resistance from some quarters, as they were said to be too narrow in their focus and apparently did not redefine the policy in a way that community-driven initiatives could be included. He is adamant the new national housing policy could turn the tide in the delivery of houses, an issue that has become central to service delivery protests throughout the country. But the PHP has not been without challenges. One of the concerns, raised during a conference to debate the policy, is the amount of time it takes for municipalities to release land for PHP projects, something believed to be causing delays for some community projects. “PHP encourages government supporting those communities who want to work with government to build human settlements in terms of a demand-led approach … This must be viewed and managed constructively so that is not seen as a means of queue-jumping,” reads the policy document. Spending on housing delivery had also increased from R4.8-billion in 2004/05 to R10.9-billion in the last financial year, increasing at an average rate of 23%. The PHP policy further proposes an alignment of the existing housing delivery programmes, but with a focus on partnerships among non-governmental organisations and community groups. The process involves beneficiaries actively participating in decision-making over the housing process and housing product. Richard Dyantyi, special adviser to Sexwale, says plans are under way to introduce a voucher system, in which organised communities will be given vouchers to access building material and short courses to enable them to start their own housing projects. “These are the proposals that we need to debate and take to the people, because a lot is involved with human settlement – you need parks, you need clinics … So it’s very important that we empower these communities so they can deliver human settlements that will be sustainable,” Dyantyi said. The demand became so high that the then Department of Housing was forced to look outside itself for solutions to meet its deadline for delivery when it announced the establishment of a Housing Development Agency in 2009. Government officials acknowledge that post-1994, South Africa marked the beginning of an unprecedented demand for houses as more people moved to urban areas in search of economic opportunities created by the new democratic order. 31 August 2010 “We don’t just build houses anymore, that thing is not working, we are building human settlements … People must have clinics, police stations and places where children can play, and we are involving communities in that,” he said during the launch of the first PHP-model housing development in Plettenberg Bay recently. “Beneficiaries are empowered individually and collectively so that the community ultimately takes control of the housing process themselves,” the policy document reads. “This includes identifying the land, planning the settlement, getting approvals and resources to begin the development.” The model has also been introduced in Gauteng province, where 907 units were handed over to residents of DoornKop, Soweto two weeks ago. Once completed, it is expected to create more than 24 000 housing opportunities for people who qualify for subsidised housing and those who earn between R3 500 and R7 500 monthly. Challenges, concernslast_img read more

Ateneo holds off NU to keep perfect slate

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After taking a slim two-point lead at the end of the third, 67-65, the Blue Eagles ramped it up in the fourth going on a 15-5 run with Matt Nieto capping it off with a booming triple 2:22 left that gave Ateneo an 82-70 lead.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said it was NU’s zone defense that forced them to create shots from distance, and it was a challenge they had to respond to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“NU played hard, they came up with a game plan, they switched defenses on us and they zoned us a lot,” said Arespacochaga. “We kind of expected and it was just a matter of telling our players to just read the defense.”Ateneo used a strong three-point shooting to slowly distance itself from the Bulldogs with the Blue Eagles converting 11 of their 32 attempts from deep while holding NU to just three three-pointers. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We hit 34 percent from three-point range so I think we did a good job of not getting rattled by their defense.”Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 15 points, eight boards, and two steals while Jolo Mendoza and Matt Nieto added 10 points apiece.J-Jay Alejandro put up a game-high 22 points to go along seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals to lead NU while Issa Gaye had eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its immaculate card in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after turning back a strong stand from National U, 85-72, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles hiked their unbeaten run 9-0 while the Bulldogs slid 3-6 and stay unmoved at sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

SMB’s Ross makes mental health a personal advocacy

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Dela Cruz, on the other hand, had himself as an example.“We’re men and we’re taught to be strong and to hold your feelings in and not to let your emotions out. Don’t get checked up for this, don’t get checked up for that, but life is tough for some people and you go through things. It is not easy for everyone,” he said.“I made some really bad choices. I lost my wife, I lost my kids, I’m trying to keep up my life again. But I wished somebody would have talked to me early on as a player to say that if you’re hurting or if you’re going through something, you need to talk to somebody, we put some phone numbers up here,” Dela Cruz shared.“I’m just one guy that has a voice. All it takes is one to reach out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re spending that training with basketball for maybe five to six hours,” Ross said of a basketball player’s life.“But the other 18 hours? You’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard. It’s more than just basketball,” Ross said during the recent Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player Orientation program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old playmaker is currently using his voice to push for mental health awareness—a topic that many players have eluded talking about.Ross was joined by former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz in the event. The pair walked PBA players through the delicate matter and suggested ways on how to approach it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Professional basketball players, like ordinary persons, also grapple with the same problems many deem reserved for non-athletes.San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross hopes to blot out the notion that they are immune from everyday issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tabuena eyeing third PH Open jewel Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players, well a lot of people have families, a lot of people have businesses,” the playmaker said.“I had two really close friends in the US … And then when I came back here, I had another close friend that actually took her life,” Ross revealed to reporters.“So when you’re growing up, you kind of think that those kind of things will never affect you, that they’re never going to get close to you. But the longer you live and the more people you’re around, things like that do get to you,” he added.Ross slowly stepped into the role of a poster boy for his advocacy when he sought for the PBA fans to “just go check on people”  in a heart-felt post-game interview televised across the nation earlier this month.Ross’ motivation comes from two friends who struggled in coping, and another who actually took his life.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ – 2008 Masters Games

first_imgThe 6th Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from 1 to 9 November 2008 on the magnificent Gold Coast.An anticipated 10,000 participants from all over the world will compete in the multi-sport event which has stamped itself on the calendar at the beginning of November every two years.In 2008, 34 sports will be on the program with team sports including softball, touch football, soccer, basketball and baseball to individual sports ranging from swimming, athletics, archery and tennis.No qualifying standards or times are required to enter the Masters Games. The only criteria is that participants meet the minimum age requirement for their respective sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age. Participants compete in their age group ensuring that the sport is played fairly, competitively and in tremendous spirit.The slogan of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is ‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ which encapsulates its competitive, participatory and social environment.The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the official Games Village for the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games. It will feature live nightly entertainment, a sport’s expo, fully catered hospitality and a venue for the Games sportspeople to socialise, meet up and enjoy the camaraderie the event is renowned for. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is an award winning multi-purpose venue that is close to accommodation, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, the beach and central to the Pan Pacific Masters Games sport’s venues.Pan Pacific Masters Games services including registration, timetables, photography and exhibitors featuring sporting products and event merchandise are all located within the Games Village.The Pan Pacific Masters Games began on the Gold Coast in 1996 as the Queensland Masters Games, before undergoing a transition in 1998 to become the larger Asia Pacific Masters Games. The Asia Pacific Masters Games were held three times on the Gold Coast in 1998, 2000 and 2002.With the growth of the event and increased interest from Asia, Japan, the Americas, Oceania and New Zealand, the Games were renamed in 2002 to the Pan Pacific Masters Games. The 2006 Pan Pacific Masters Games attracted almost 10,000 participants who enjoyed the week long festival of sport and social activities.The 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games is another major event managed and presented by Queensland Events Gold Coast – a wholly owned subsidiary of Queensland Events.For more information about the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games:Visit www.mastersgames.com.auPhone +61 7 5564 8733, Fax +61 7 5564 9733 , Email: info@mastersgames.com.aulast_img read more