Last year, with an import-laden team led by NBA veteran Al Thornton, the Philippines won the Jones Cup via a sweep.Gilas last won the event in 2013, when Reyes became the first Filipino coach to triumph.Reyes will fly to Taipei from the US where he attended to some business matters.Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Fonzo Gotladera, Raymar Jose, Bobby Ray Parks, Von Pessumal, Mike Tolomia and Almond Vosotros are the other members of the team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Guevarra, Aguilar eye PPS tennis repeat in Naga Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jones Cup will be the first full event of Paras, the high-leaping son of PBA legend Benjie seen by many as one who could dominate the pro league in the future.“Kiefer, Kobe and Christian will have no problems adjusting to the PBA [brand of play],” Reyes told the Inquirer on Thursday via text message.Gilas will be using the Jones Cup to get the momentum it needs for two more events before playing in the World Cup Qualifying proper starting November.The Filipinos, with import Mike Myers, open up against a club team from Canada at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the first of their nine straight games.They wind up against Iran on July 23—the likely title match.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes will take with him a very young team that will be the face of Team Philippines in the future.Members of the Gilas Cadet program, a hardy bunch of professional rookies now enjoying the good life, will don the country’s tri-colors in the multination event that the Philippines will try to win for the sixth time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright will play their second straight international tournament together with amateur stars Kiefer Ravena, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Kobe Paras.The trio first played with PBA superstars in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association tournament that Gilas ruled with ease two months ago. The first step to the World Cup in China will be taken Friday when Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 flies out to Chinese Taipei for the 39th edition of the Jones Cup Invitational.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
France eased into the Euro 2016 semi finals, thanks largely to Olivier Giroud.The Arsenal striker scored twice in the 5-2 thrashing of Iceland in Paris but he wasn’t the only player Gooners have been lavishing praise on.Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey have both had good Euros, while some supporters ‘were in tears’ over Mesut Ozil’s display against Italy.Giroud and compatriot Laurent Koscielny will now face Ozil’s Germany in the semi-final.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from happy Arsenal fans. Arsenal fans insist their players are among the best performers at the Euros 1
29 November 2010 Partnerships between the government and the private sector were crucial to improving education in the country, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told a business breakfast hosted in Johannesburg on Monday by the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Motlanthe, accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, her deputy, Enver Surty, and Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan, told the gathering of top businessmen and women that the government was well aware of the flaws in South Africa’s education system, and was implementing a plan to address these. “[W]e continue to have backlogs in infrastructure and facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries and sporting amenities,” Motlanthe said. There was also still the need to improve the quality of teaching in the country’s schools. While a new curriculum had been introduced and was constantly being improved on, “many of our learners are still exiting the schooling system under-prepared for the world of work and life challenges”.‘A milestone occasion’ Strong partnerships were crucial to tackling these challenges, Motlanthe said, and he was therefore encouraged by the private sector’s “overwhelming response” to the call for building partnerships in the education arena. “Accordingly we see this occasion as a milestone towards cementing this partnership with the private sector that is already investing in our education system, and therefore, our future.” Motlanthe identified a number of areas that required investment from the government and business, including teacher development; school facilities; school management and governance; adult education; and bursaries and scholarships for promising but needy students. The Deputy President said that education was one of the government’s top five priorities, along with health, job creation, rural development and fighting corruption.Education the ‘single critical equaliser’ “As proven elsewhere in the world, education plays a pivotal role in the economic growth and development of a country.” For a country like South Africa, in particular, overcoming social ills such as poverty and inequality called for a strong education system “that empowers ordinary South Africans to respond with confidence to the imperatives of modern society”. Motlanthe said he was optimistic that “when we meet again in the near future we will receive some encouraging reports on how we are collectively taking this partnership to the next level. “One of the lessons we have learned from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is that if we set our eyes on a particular target and mobilise society behind it, we can indeed deliver excellent results.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2It was a day of incredible variability for the tour in western Ohio. We saw 200-bushel corn fields and generous estimates of 70 bushels per acre in other fields. The Putnam, Paulding, and Van Wert County fields were dismal, while Hancock, Allen and Auglaize offered much more impressive fields. The average yield for the day in the northwest quadrant of the state was 141 bushels per acre. We can’t wait to see what awaits as we move into southern Ohio.
Turkey in a weekWe are making a trip to Turkey, but we are limited to one week. I want three full days in Istanbul. Please suggest if we should do Ephesus next or Cappadocia? -Tanaaz Bhasin, MumbaiIstanbul by itself is a fabulous city to spend time in and thereafter a visit to Cappadocia gives you the following benefits over Ephesus. En route you can make multiple stops to enjoy the beauty of the Black Sea region. This route is also great for some window shopping. For instance, you can buy figs, pickled vegetables, tahini and nectar from Sapanca. While continuing your journey take a break at Abant and take a walking or horse cart tour of Lake Abant. Alternatively, you could even continue onwards to Ankara, but Abant is recommended over Ankara.Thereafter spend two nights in Cappadocia. Vsit the famous volcanic valleys, old Christian monasteries and troglodyte villages. Stop at the old Greek village of Sinasos, which is full of elegant stone houses and the old churches. Visit Avanos to purchase handicrafts. And keep some time for visit of Kaymakli Caves and Uchisar castles.A visit to Cappadocia is incomplete without a stop at the Goreme open air museum. Time permitting you could visit Konya, the birthplace for Sufism, which is also the city of Whirling Dervishes.Please remember that you have to travel mostly by road. Though the drives are quite comfortable, the journey to and fro is going to be pretty long.Walking LondonI have two days in London in October during which I would like to take as many walking tours as possible. Could you please give me some of the best options for someone with an interest in history, culture and sports?-Raghu Vishwa, ChandigarhLondon is a fun place to walk in and the city offers plenty of walking tours, where one can take in the moods and moments of the metropolis at a sedentary pace. In fact, the city has thousands of professional companies that organise walking tours and these can be booked online. Some of the popular walking tours that may interest you are as follows:Tower of London and London Bridge: This allows you to explore London’s wealth of historyJack the Ripper’s walking tourThe London East End walk, for art, fashion and cultureTrafalgar Square Sights Walk that includes many attractions such as the Nelson’s Column and The National Gallery.There is really a lot to see on foot in London, therefore we would recommend that you refer to some of the following to make a selection: www.londonwalks.com, www.viator.com.If you would like to cover more of London try the Bigbus Company, the open-top double deck buses for their hop-on hop-off day pass tours; www.bigbustours.com-Arun Khanna, National Head-Business Development, Club Mahindra TravelSend your queries to Quick Fix, India Today Travel Plus, 9th Floor, Videocon Tower, E-1 Jhandewalan Extn, New Delhi-55, or e-mail: [email protected]