Pingris, Magnolia thriving in PBA’s physical play

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Marc Pingris, Magnolia needed a few bumps here and there to knock some sense back into the team.Bullied by the desperate GlobalPort to start the game to fall behind by as much as 20 in the first quarter, the two-seed Hotshots were shell-shocked as the prospects of wasting their twice-to-beat advantage slowly loomed over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jarencio takes blame for GlobalPort meltdown: ‘I wasn’t able to prepare my team’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The veteran forward is relishing the new physicality in the PBA, which has been one of the changes under new commissioner Willie Marcial.“The game in the PBA now is different. It’s more physical and I like it because we’re used to that type of game. That’s how it is in the provinces: a little physical but without any intention to hurt,” he said.But Pingris is not falling complacent as Magnolia prepares for its semifinals date against either NLEX or Alaska.“We can’t tell what will happen because the way the game is officiated, it changes in the semis and in the Finals,” he said. “You can’t take away the physicality, but you should always have the right mindset to play your game. Hopefully, with the changes, we can have the opportunity that we’ve long prayed for, to once again make it to the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “In the first quarter, we didn’t show any defense. We were too excited to beat them and that’s how we fell behind,” he said in Filipino.“Coach [Chito Victolero] told us to relax and remind ourselves who we are, how our defense was, and play our game. That’s what we did: bank on our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the Hotshots playing again like the juggernaut that they were in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it didn’t take long before they overtook the Batang Pier and claimed the 86-79 win on Tuesday to once again proceed to the semifinals.Pingris could not let Magnolia back down from the opposition as it matched GlobalPort’s physicality on his way to 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.last_img read more

Blues eye Cahill, striker eyes QPR

first_imgChelsea are reportedly preparing to steal England defender Gary Cahill from under the noses of rivals Tottenham.Arsenal are also interested in signing the Bolton centre-back, who almost joined Spurs in August.But the Daily Mail say Chelsea now lead the race for Cahill – and are set to offer highly-rated young midfielder Josh McEachran as bait.The paper suggests Chelsea will offer Bolton £7m for Cahill plus McEachran on loan in a bid to get their man.Meanwhile, Ghana striker Derek Asamoah plans to train with QPR in order to keep fit ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.Helguson has been in great form.The 30-year-old told Accra-based Asempa FM he will link-up with Rangers after a three-week rest following the end of the season in South Korea, where he plays for Pohang Steelers.And with QPR discussing improved contracts for a number of players, the Mail picks up on a possible new deal for Heidar Helguson.The Icelander has netted six goals for Rangers this season and been compared to Bolton stalwart Kevin Davies by manager Neil Warnock.The fall-out from Fulham’s controversial victory over Liverpool is still in the news, with Luis Suarez expected to discover today whether he will face another FA charge.The Liverpool forward has already been charged for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at Anfield in October.And he could also be in hot water for his obscene gesture towards Fulham fans as he left the pitch at Craven Cottage on Monday.Meanwhile, it looks like Brentford will have to dig deep if they are to have any chance of signing striker Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville.Bees boss Uwe Rosler recently flew to Northern Ireland to watch him in action, but the Welsh media are reporting that Swansea have made a £100,000 bid for the 19-year-old.This page is updated throughout the day.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

South Fork baseball falls to Credo in title game

first_imgWith their backs against the wall for the majority of Saturday’s North Coast Section Division-VI championship game, the Cubs continued to fight.But after four innings the No. 1 seeded South Fork High baseball team ran out of steam, relenting a slough of runs in the final few innings to No. 2 Credo — Rohnert Park before falling 8-3 in the section title game Saturday afternoon at South Fork High.“We finished second in league — came very close to splitting it — and second in the NCS, so overall …last_img read more

Amazon Continues Its March Into Enterprise Clouds And Wallets

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Matt Asay Amazon CEO Jeff BezosDespite being five times the size of its next 14-largest cloud competitors, Amazon isn’t content. It wants the enterprise, too, and all signs point to a major push to dominate enterprise cloud computing, just as it does public cloud computing.Game over?Amazon’s Hiring BingeEarlier this year I reported that much of AWS’ business was concentrated on small to medium-sized enterprises, and often even this was test and development workloads. To win the cloud war, Amazon had to get serious about the enterprise. And it has.As Business Insider reported in March, AWS has been on a serious hiring binge, pulling in over 200 enterprise salespeople since 2011, and retaining over 95% of these. While most have been account executives, AWS has also pulled a few big-name coups, like hiring VMware sales vice president Mike Clayville. I personally have seen several friends from Microsoft, Red Hat and other companies join the AWS team. Each of them has been what I’d term an “A” player. Back in 2011, Amazon hardly employed anyone to sell its still nascent cloud services, and those that were involved might not have been the strongest employees. Today, there are hundreds of Amazon folks affiliated with AWS sales on LinkedIn, and if my personal sampling is any indication, these are quality hires.Part of what Amazon has had to do to appeal to the enterprise is, of course, to provide appropriate technology and service levels. But getting people in front of CIOs with big budgets is equally important, and that’s clearly happening:This hiring boom is critical because we’re in the early days of an enterprise cloud Gold Rush.Enterprise IT: More And Faster Adoption Of CloudAccording to new data from Gartner, a mere 38% of enterprises are running cloud services today. But a whopping 80% expect to adopt cloud services within the next 12 months, including 55% of those that currently don’t have any cloud services running. A mere 6% expect to decrease their investments in cloud services over the next few years. And they are almost certainly wrong.As Gartner notes, there are three primary drivers of cloud adoption in the enterprise:The road to increased cloud usage will be through tactical business solutions addressing specific problems, not through broad, strategic infrastructure replacements.The business impact of cloud services increases as they continue to move up the cloud services value chain, from infrastructure services to business process services.The introduction of cloud solutions will lead to a more diverse solution portfolio with widely varying implementation and migration timelines.Each of these factors will be heavily influenced by a strong enterprise sales force. While some businesses have managed to thrive without an enterprise sales force (e.g., Atlassian), these are the exception, not the rule. No enterprise spends millions of dollars with a credit card over the web. And it is invaluable to have a relationship with a prospective customer when she’s evaluating tactical projects. Though open source and cloud have both enabled enterprises to evaluate technology without dealing with a sales representative, it’s still the case that big purchases nearly always involve a trusted sales advisor. By hiring an army of such advisors, Amazon has positioned itself to influence the next generation of IT decisions.The Future Of The EnterpriseNot that Amazon is going to turn into a crufty, old-school enterprise software vendor tomorrow. It’s still Jeff Bezos’ baby, running on incredibly lean margins. The AWS enterprise sales team is a means to an end, and that end is more mission-critical enterprise workloads running on AWS. To get there, Amazon needs to help CIOs understand what developers already know: the cloud is the first-choice platform for the next-generation applications. Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#Gartner Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick

first_imgGuiao also had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old Ravena, who won two UAAP titles and a couple of UAAP MVPs with Ateneo“Kiefer, on the other hand, we all know that he can be a go-to guy, he can also create for his teammates, he has leadership. He’s not afraid to take over a game. He’s a very intelligent, high-IQ player, so those are the things that a team like ours could really need.” China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comNLEX will most likely pick second overall in the 2017 PBA Draft that has head coach Yeng Guiao licking his chops given the potential of talents that would be available.So far, only Christian Standhardinger has officially applied for the draft among the highly-touted prospects eyeing to make the jump to the pros this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Guiao both described Standhardinger and Ravena as “immediate impact players.”He likes the fact that Standhardinger is a seasoned player having played in Basketball Bundesliga, a top tier professional club league in Germany.“Standhardinger is coming into the draft at 28 years old, he’s mature. He’s got experience, so you don’t need to put him through a learning process,” said Guiao.“He understands the game from what we’ve seen. He’s a hard worker, he can fit right into any team’s system.”The 6-foot-7 Fil-German introduced himself to Philippine basketball when he was tapped to play for the national team in the Jones Cup before suiting up as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup as a replacement for Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments But the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and other big names could also follow suit.Most coaches keep their cards close to their chest but Guiao didn’t beat around the bush when asked who intends to select.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“Nothing but the obvious so if Standhardinger is No. 1, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer. If it’s Kiefer’s No. 1 then we’ll go with Standhardinger because most likely we’ll be No. 2, so it’s really that obvious, I guess,” said Guiao.“We have another draft very early in the second round so we’ll see who are the best available talent in the second round.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Heres What The Previous MTN Innovation Awards Winners Have Been UpTo

first_imgThe 2017 MTN Innovation Awards will be hosted at the Kampala Serena Hotel – where one winners in each of the 9 categories will win an MTN innovation award accolade and a cashprize of USD$3000 Advertisement Today, nine innovations will be recognized at the gala dinner of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017. The first ever MTN Innovation Awards were held in 2015, recognizing several developers for their products that were helping in improving the livelihoods of Ugandans where winners from each category was awarded a cash prize of USD$1,000 each and an MTN innovation award accolade.In 2015, the winners included, ClinicMaster, BrainShare, Yo! Payments Gateway, Intelligent Works, Outbox, Fezah, Lyndsay Handler of ReadyPay – Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Solomon King of FundiBots – Innovation achiever of the year.As the yellow branded telecom firm prepares for the awards Gala dinner [which is to be held today], here’s what the the previous winners were up to. – Advertisement – Lyndsay Handler – Most Outstanding Woman in Innovation Handler is the founder and CEO of Fenix International, a company responsible for the building and selling of the ReadyPay Solar Power System. She won the 2015 Most Outstanding Woman in Innovation for the ReadyPay product. About 150,000 households in Uganda are currently using the ReadyPay system and has since moved its innovation headquarters to Uganda from San Francisco, United States.In October 2017, Engie, a French-based energy company agreed to acquire 100% stake in Fenix International. Fenix International has invested about USD$30m in developing the ReadyPay off-grid solar power system and Engie was seeking to tap into this space as and an opportunity to make a return on investment.“This new investment from Engie will enable us to expand into other countries in Africa. We are looking at Ivory Coast, Nigeria and we recently expanded into Zambia. Power is a means to an end and we want to see more households being able to acquire our kit. It is still unacceptable that people are still using Kerosene. It is dangerous,” Lyndsay explains.ReadyPay is an expandable, lease-to-own home solar system financed through installments over Mobile Money.Intelligent Works (now Alien Age LTD) Nansana Town. That is the location of what was then known as Intelligent Works. Now called Alien Age, this application was the winner of the SME Category of the MTN Innovation Awards 2015. “When went to register the company after winning the $1,000, we found that the name Intelligent Works had already been taken. That is how we opted for a new name,” explains Martin Katumba the founder of the company.Alien Age is more of a school management system that helps schools generate reports, track student performance, track school fees payments and can run offline. Katumba says that they have about 200 schools using their system that is upgraded every year with new features.“We are indeed making some money and have two companies that are currently selling our licenses. The company has been growing and we continue to see more schools coming on board,” he adds.ClinicMaster International Located along Bukoto Street, in Kamwokya, the winners of the best application in the Health Category at the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards, Clinic Master boasts of growth.“2016 has been our biggest year in terms of growth. From the numbers we are seeing, 2017 could even be better. On average, we have had 30% growth in clientele since 2015,” Wilson Kutegeka, founder and CEO ClinicMaster explains.ClinicMaster is web-based health information management and billing system used in several hospitals and clinics around the country. Kutegeka notes that the endorsement from the MTN Innovation Awards 2015 helped them build a company that is known for its good reputation. Importantly, he says that recognition of entities already operating instead of concepts that were still on paper.Yo! Payments Inside the UAP Nakawa Business Park, Yo! Payments, a mobile money payment aggregation system. It was the winner of the Financial Services category of the MTN Innovation Awards 2015. As a business, Yo! Payments has expanded its operations, aggregating mobile money for more entities, including commercial banks.“We’re still delivering the promise of a cashless economy. It requires a paradigm shift and is a constant agenda. We have been growing since the company was started in 2006 and we continue to see the opportunity since cash is still king in the country. That is the opportunity,” says Gerald Begumisa the CEO Yo! PaymentsBrainshare The winner of the Education category, Brainshare, at the MTN Innovation Awards 2015, has also continued to expand. Its founder, Charles Muhindo, explains that the student revision platform has been rolled out to more schools in the country.“The schools understand that there is an opportunity to share knowledge but also a chance for some revenue to be made when their school past papers and reading material are accessed by other schools,” he says.Muhindo explains that the application will continue to grow in terms of access to more schools get online, computers and understand why knowledge sharing is important.[related-posts]last_img read more