Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 A costly, catty dispute finally settled “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start View commentslast_img read more

Giants pick up club options on Bumgarner, Sandoval

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–In what will go down as one the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Giants announced Monday that they have exercised the 2019 club option on Madison Bumgarner’s contract.By picking up the option, San Francisco is slated to pay Bumgarner $12 million in 2019 before he’s scheduled to hit free agency next winter.The Giants also elected to exercise infielder Pablo Sandoval’s club option Monday, giving the team another season of control for the versatile utility player.Sandov …last_img read more

South Africa’s Western Cape invests in e-learning

first_img23 February 2015Premier Helen Zille and Education MEC Debbie Schafer outlined the details of the e- learning project the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is rolling out across the province.“This is a very exciting initiative that has taken years of planning and has the potential to make a major contribution towards improving the quality of teaching and learning in the province,” Schafer said ahead of the announcement, on 23 February.The strategy includes a number of components that are critical for e-learning in schools, namely:The linking of schools through a high-speed, real-time wide area network (WAN);The provision of local area networks (LANs) in schools;The refreshing of existing computer laboratories and the provision of new laboratories and technology-rich classrooms (smart classrooms);The development and expansion of online digital resources that are made available to all pupils, parents and teachers;Teacher training and development in ICT and the use of e-learning in schools; and,Private sector and donor funding.This follow’s Zille announcement of eight game-changers for the province on 20 February; one of these was the roll-out of e-learning in schools.“E-learning will assist us in tackling some of the problems we face, including increasing access to quality education in disadvantaged communities, providing support for struggling learners, contributing towards teachers’ training and professional development and improving management and administration at schools. It will also provide learners with the skills to participate in our increasingly technology-based economy in the future.”The WCED will invest heavily in this project over the next five years. Without taking into account the Western Cape government’s investment into the WAN, the rollout of the LAN and various infrastructure, equipment and devices, will cost the WCED R1.2- billion over the next five years.The WAN and the LANSchools will be linked through a high-speed, real-time WAN. The provincial government aims to connect as many schools as possible to the WAN by the end of 2016, and 366 school sites have already been surveyed for implementation.It is envisaged that the first schools will go live on the WAN Neotel network in April, while 1 250 schools will be connected to high-speed broadband by July 2016.Once the WAN is up, LANs will be installed, and schools will be fitted with a wireless distributed network (WiFi) for internet and inter-connectivity within a school. The tender for the implementation for the LAN closed at the beginning of February and the bid evaluation is under way. It is estimated that the first delivery and implementation of the LAN will be in August.The WCED aims to roll out the LAN project to 510 schools in Quintiles 1 to 3 and Special Education Needs Schools (LSEN) over the next five years.Lab refreshes and smart classroomsThe department will introduce the Smart School Project, which includes refreshing existing Khanya Laboratories and the provision of Smart Classrooms.High school laboratories will be upgraded in an on-going three-year cycle, and 126 will receive refreshed computer labs this year.A smart classroom is linked to the WAN and the LAN and is capacitated with mobile technology comprising a laptop for the teacher, a data projector, and other technological devices for teaching and learning.This financial year, 3 350 classrooms in 248 schools will benefit from the Smart Classroom Project, focusing on schools in Quintiles 1 to 3 and LSEN, with an invest of R65-million.In addition, the department has developed an online catalogue of digital education resources that can be accessed by teachers, pupils and parents. The catalogue will be launched in the next few weeks and will be regularly updated.It has also begun to roll out a comprehensive training programme to teachers and principals who will be affected by the Smart School Project over the next few months. Training of teachers began in January at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute and will continue to be a primary focus area of the WCED’s teacher training budget in the next financial year.While the provincial education department has budgeted R1.2-billion for the rollout of e-learning in poorer Quintiles 1 to 3 and LSEN schools, the private sector and donors will be encouraged to help get Smart Schools to Quintiles 4 and 5 schools.“This has been a long time in the making, but we believe that our intensive planning and resourcing of the project will ensure its long-term success. This project has the potential to revolutionise teaching and learning in our schools.”Source: Western Cape governmentlast_img read more

Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data

first_imgRoughly a year ago Google introduced “My Account,” a centralized privacy and security center where people could manage their data and information used by Google. Yesterday the company began a global rollout of a new panel within My Account, called My Activity.My Activity extends the mission of My Account and gives users a more holistic view of their search and browsing histories. This is the first time that Google has brought together all the activity data it has on individuals in a single place.You can view the history of videos watched, topics searched and other content consumed across Google, and across the web via Chrome. Particular topics or queries can be removed from your history across Google properties. For example, users could purge all research conducted on “nonprescription weight-loss supplements” or “Solar City” or “Bewitched” to avoid seeing ads or content recommendations tied to those topics.Any particular item of history from any property can thus be deleted. Google does caution users against deleting data, but the process is simple and pretty straightforward.In parallel with My Activity, Google is introducing “Ads Personalization.” This is an evolution of the older “Ads Preferences Manager” and newer “ad settings” manager, which allows people to influence the types of ads they see by indicating areas of interest or disinterest or by entirely opting out.The new Ads Personalization functionality is turned off by default and must be activated by consumers. Google will expose users to the new personalization option and invite them to turn it on. The company promises better and more relevant ads from opting-in. Google hopes Ads Personalization will not only improve the ad experience but give users a better sense of control over the ads they see — across devices.I was told that Google worked hard to make the explanation and language surrounding Ads Personalization clear and easy to understand. Here’s one communication:My Activity and Ads Personalization are overlapping and share themes of transparency and user control. Not everyone will see these as primary motivations however. Splitting the difference, I think we can call it enlightened self-interest.When Google introduces new features or capabilities like this it’s always something of an ink-blot test. If you’re cynical about Google’s motives, as many are, you’d likely see this as a way to incorporate more data for ad targeting while seeking to insulate the company against privacy objections. It’s also fair to say that some of this and other recent Google ad enhancements are a response Facebook’s targeting capabilities.Yet this is also a middle path and way forward — offering enhanced targeting and simultaneously instilling greater user confidence and opt-in participation through more transparency and control over data.While these announcements will probably raise few concerns in the US, they will almost certainly see push-back in Europe. EU Regulators have long objected to broad data collection practices by US internet companies such as Google and Facebook. However, they are also likely to applaud Google’s effort to give users more control over their data.Putting aside second-guessing Google’s motives, a practical question is: how many people will actually investigate and engage with these new tools? For example, the online ad industry initiative “AdChoices” has been a failure. However, Google indicated that it’s going to make a sincere and sustained effort to educate users about the new features.In a broader context, these tools are part of a larger Google project to improve ad quality and the overall ad experience, to combat the rise of ad blocking and increasing consumer ad avoidance.From our sponsors: Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over dataYou are here: Posted on 30th June 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingGoogle’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

SC rues ‘sorry state of affairs’ in Saradha probe

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday termed the allegation of the West Bengal police obstructing the CBI in its probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam as a “sorry state of affairs” and directed that the probe agency officials should not be summoned for questioning by the State police’s Special Investigation Team.The top court also observed that due to such obstructions, the prosecution of those accused in the scam was getting delayed.The issue came up when the counsel for CBI made certain allegations which were countered by their counterparts representing the State government.“They (CBI and SIT) are obstructing each other. This is a sorry state of affairs. We are not happy with it. This is not the way things should go on. Whoever is the culprit needs to be booked. It should not be the case that investigating agencies are siding with the accused,” a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and S.A. Abdul Nazeer said.The Bench said the SIT of the State police cannot summon CBI officials for questioning, as the apex court had in 2014 asked the Central probe agency to investigate the alleged scam.Justice Mishra said that when he was the Calcutta High Court Chief Justice, this case had come up before it for the first time but he had refused to hear it.last_img read more

Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins usually have a distinct bond and brothers Matt and Mike Nieto are no exception. As Matt laid bloodied on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala, his twin brother Mike had to be restrained on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga talked sense into Mike after the forward threw his towel on the playing floor during the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“To be honest, when Matt fell down, when Ben hit him with the elbow I felt that I also got hurt,” said Mike in Filipino after the Blue Eagles’ close 76-70 victory Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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“I didn’t want to see my brother get hurt.”Mike got his moment of vengeance in the fourth, although Matt was already playing after team physicians covered up the wound above the left eye, when he put on a personal 7-0 run that gave Ateneo a 67-59 lead midway through the final frame. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I didn’t want to retaliate by hurting La Salle physically or punching them, I just wanted to win the game,” said Mike, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. “I just got really motivated to win the game when Matt went down and I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I really needed to step up because the game was close and we had to enjoy those types of games.” Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough PLAY LIST 01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secure

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secureby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEd Woodward says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager no matter what happens against Liverpool on Sunday.Supporters are growing restless after United’s spluttering start which sees them in 12th with nine points from eight games.But Woodward insists the club have a long-term plan that includes Solskjaer at the helm.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward in an address to staff at Old Trafford. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates.”No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”He added: “Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance,” said Woodward.”The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be, we saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoMoyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay put

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay putby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba should stay with Manchester United, says former United boss David Moyes.The France international revealed in the summer he’s ready for a new challenge elsewhere.Moyes told talkSPORT: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player and I think Pogba can play for any team in the world. He’d get a game for any team.“I’m not sure he’s a player who is consistent and makes a difference all the time.“I think for the profile he’s got, you hope he makes the difference. He doesn’t always do that for me.“But I think he should stay at Manchester United.“I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or Ronaldo’s done for Juventus.“He’s a really talented player and he’s got a lot to give.“His best for me was then he was at Juventus. He joined in more and got closer to the opposition box. Pogba is at his best getting near the box and trying to score a few goals.“If you were picking United’s team, I still think that Pogba would be in their midfield.” last_img read more

Barcelona Real Madrid talk is fake news – Neymar declares

first_imgEarlier, there was a rumour that PSG were willing to let their forward Neymar leave next summer for €220m, with Barca and Madrid among his suitors.However, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has declared that the speculation or talk of returning to Barcelona or joining Real Madrid is ‘fake news’ and doesn’t hold water.The 26-year-old forward used his Instagram story to call out AS and Mundo Deportivo for their front pages report about him and was seen shaking his head in the Instagram story where he denied the report.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Brazilian also described claims that he met an ex-girlfriend in Barcelona as ‘fake news’.“I’d like to be Superman, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t teleport,” he added.PSG has grabbed 10 wins out of 10 matches in Ligue 1 without Neymar on Saturday as they thrashed Amiens 5-0.last_img read more

Joao Cancelo expressed gratitude to Inter after Fridays encounter

first_imgAfter Juventus defeated Inter Milan in Friday’s Serie A blockbuster classic, Joao Cancelo has expressed his gratitude to his ex-clubThe Nerazzurri have practically scouted the Portuguese wing-back for the Bianconeri, helping him to adjust to the Italian Serie A before his €40.4m transfer from Valencia to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.What’s more, the Milanese giants were determined to keep hold of Cancelo during the summer, but have failed to see the deal through due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.Known for his devastating pace and excellent technique, Cancelo has emerged as one of the best Europe right-backs, establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member under Max Allegri this term.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.After the derby, the skillful defender has revealed his affection for Inter.“It was an important victory against Inter, who are a great team and a direct rival for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia, which has later been transmitted by FourFourTwo.“Inter was a very important team for me, that made me grow a lot. Now I’m wearing Juventus’ colors, and I think only of Juve, but Inter remains in my heart.”last_img read more