Ayo on loss to Ateneo: La Salle still ‘lack maturity’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may just be the preseason, but La Salle coach Aldin Ayo admitted that La Salle’s 80-78 loss to Ateneo on Sunday in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup left a stinging pain.“It’s like already the UAAP. These are the kinds of losses that really sting,” Ayo said.ADVERTISEMENT “We can’t get anything from our team. The rookies we had were capable of playing, but they seemed overwhelmed with the hype that comes with Ateneo-La Salle. They still have to adjust to how they are performing in our practices,” he said.Ayo said that regardless of who the Green Archers’ foe is, the team must come in motivated to get the victory as he tries to cultivate the same winning culture he has ingrained last year in Taft.“Every game, we’re motivated to play, so it’s not necessarily who’s the favored and who’s the underdog. When the light is on, we have to perform,” he said. “I told them, with the way we practiced the whole week, we deserved to win, but with the manner we lost, this is a good loss for us. For sure, we’re going to learn from this.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in With things getting heated at times, the intensity is comparable to like any other Ateneo-La Salle game before. Regardless of what’s at stake, both teams just won’t flinch as they refused to bow down to their fierce rivals.Still, Ayo noted that the Green Archers must lick their wounds and come out better after this heartbreaking loss, while also picking up valuable lessons going forward to the upcoming UAAP season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We saw that we still lack a lot in terms of maturity, especially with the rookies. There were defensive situations that the rookies weren’t able to follow my instructions. In those three times, the ball went to the corner and Ateneo made those shots and made us pay,” he said.Not helping La Salle’s cause was its health issues as the team missed the services of Kib Montalbo, Prince Rivero, and Brent Paraiso for the game, forcing Ayo to extend the minutes of Ben Mbala and Aljun Melecio, who were the lone bright spots. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’center_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Penguins end Predators magical postseason runlast_img read more

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Govt, GPL to defend $4.6B contract to Chinese firm

first_imgThe Government and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated will have to show why their decision to award a $4.6 billion contract to a Chinese group for the rehabilitation of the power company’s low and medium voltage distribution network should not be quashed when the matter is called up in Chambers at the High Court today.This is following an application for an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari by rejected bidder Fix-it Depot, filed by owner Paul James, who is contending that the contract awarded to China National Machinery Import and Export/China Sinogy Electric Engineering Co Ltd Consortium is “in flagrant breach” of the Procurement Act and the bid invitation did not meet the tender evaluation criteria.The court action was filed on January 31, 2017, and during a hearing on Monday, acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards granted an order directing the respondents, namely: Guyana Power and Light Inc; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; the Ministry and its Permanent Secretary, Balraj Balram, and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and its representatives, to show cause why a writ of Certiorari should not be issued quashing: firstly, the rejection of the applicant’s (Fix-it Depot’s) tender for the rehabilitation works and secondly, the award of the contract to the Chinese group.According to the court documents seen by this newspaper, the application is made on the grounds that the process of rejection of tender and award of the contract was in violation of the provisions of the Procurement Act 2003 and in violation of the terms of the Invitation for Bids.The Main Street, Georgetown establishment is further contending that the decision was “made and issued arbitrarily, unreasonably, irrationally, unlawfully, illegally, erroneously, in bad faith and in breach of the rules of natural justice,” and were “procedurally improper, unfair, and unreasonable without the requisite transparency by failing sufficiently to disclose contract award criteria and weightings in advance and by failing to properly apply those criteria which were disclosed; and (iv) are null and void and of no legal effect” .The court noted that the application would not be granted “unless cause can be shown why the said Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari should not be made absolute”.According to James in his Affidavit in Support, the essence of this dispute has to do with the legitimacy of the decision and the decision making process undertaken by the parties named in the court documents in rejecting the tender submission by Fix-it Depot to rehabilitate 328 kilometres of GPL’s medium and low voltage distribution network, despite the fact that the tender was the lowest by more than $1 billion and the fact that there was no legitimate reason to reject it. Fix-it Depot had formed a joint venture with Colombian civil engineer Enrique Lourido Caicedo, and bid for the contract at some $3.5 billion when the engineer’s estimate for the project was $3.8 billion.“The decision to award the contract to [the Chinese group] in no way benefits the public since the tendered sum is G$1,093,737,993 higher than the Applicant’s tender, that amount resulting in a waste of taxpayers’ funds, being approximately 25 per cent higher than the engineer’s estimate…,” the rejected businessman stated.Moreover, James outlined that not only did a plain reading of the tender evaluation criteria reveal that they were vague and without the requisite transparency, failing sufficiently to disclose the contract award criteria and weightings in advance, but GPL failed to properly apply the disclosed evaluation criteria and in so doing, improperly awarded the tender to the Chinese group, a company which did not satisfy the tender evaluation criteria.In this regard, James submitted that the decision to reject the applicant’s tender and subsequent award of the contract to the Chinese consortium must be quashed in its entirety, as that decision and award was unfair, irrational, ultra vires, and without lawful basis, and the tender and contract award process fundamentally unfair, illegal and flawed.The rehabilitation of 328km of GPL’s low and medium voltage network, including the procurement and installation of smart meters throughout the network, is part of the Power Utility Upgrade Programme, which is intended to enhance the company’s operational efficiency. It is being funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan.last_img read more

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Gossip: Liverpool want €150m for Coutinho, Man United target Spurs star and more

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Carlo Ancelotti could return to Chelsea – as a replacement for current boss Antonio Conte. The Blues apparently do not expect Conte to see out his contract until 2019, and are already planning for his departure. (The Sun)Meanwhile, in-demand Watford boss Marco Silva has told the club he will stay at Vicarage Road despite links to the Everton job. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool want €150million for Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho in January – €50m less than they asked for the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)Arsenal will ask for at least £30m from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez in January. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are monitoring Tottenham left-back Danny Rose and will make a move for the England international if Luke Shaw fails to prove himself to manager Jose Mourinho. (Manchester Evening News)England Under-17 starlet Rhian Brewster is set to be offered a new contract at Liverpool when he turns 18 next year. The young striker has scored seven goals in the Under-17 World Cup in India, including hat-tricks in both the quarter and semi-finals. The Young Lions play Spain in the final on Saturday. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have held talks with Stuttgart’s Berkay Ozcan after scouting the 19-year-old. It is claimed the midfielder is not in a rush to move to London, but that he would like to join them in the future. (Daily Mirror)World Cup-winning Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is on the radar of Liverpool and Newcastle. The 36-year-old is currently unable to get a game at Porto and both Premier League clubs might look to take on the former Real Madrid star. (The Sun)Leicester City are considering a move for France international and former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa – currently rt Paris Saint-Germain – in the January transfer window. (RMC Sport)Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all made enquiries about Barcelona’s 22-year-old forward Jose Arnaiz, who scored on his Barca debut in the Copa del Rey this week. (Mundo Deportivo)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has slammed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for his remarks about the Carabao Cup and only targeting ‘real trophies’ this seasonNapoli have slapped a £45million price tag on Chelsea, Everton and Southampton target Kalidou KoulibalyInter Milan are confident of completing a January loan move for former Chelsea midfielder RamiresManchester United are tracking Benfica full-back Alex GrimaldoSevilla are preparing a January swoop for Brighton target Stevan JoveticManchester City sent scouts to watch Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in action for Lazio on WednesdayChelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly asked Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to move to Stamford BridgeTurkish giants Fenerbahce are preparing a January swoop for Manchester United target Arda Turanlast_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTHURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Eric Riddle at (661) 274-8252. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will attend the Celebrate Downtown Lancaster street fair, 7:15 p.m. at the main stage at Fern Avenue and Lancater Boulevard. Call (661) 267-2586. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club hosts cancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $2. Call (661) 945-3734 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month, when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. last_img read more

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Brown: Title triumph would be sweetest Old Firm win

first_imgScott Brown believes clinching the title against Rangers on Sunday would be his “sweetest” Old Firm win.The Celtic captain has enjoyed many fine moments against the Ibrox side but said winning the league in front of a sell-out crowd at Parkhead would top the lot.Brown also played down his treble triumph at the club’s Player of the Year awards and praised the progress winger James Forrest has made this season.He also expressed his hope that Brendan Rodgers will not be tempted by the managerial vacancy at Arsenal. Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, Brown said: “It would be the sweetest Rangers-Celtic victory.“Especially with our fans there as well. “It would be the icing on the cake.”Celtic could have secured a seventh successive title on Saturday but lost 2-1 to Hibernian at Easter Road. Brown said: “Everyone wanted to do it but Lenny has got Hibs flying going for second spot. “It was a great result at the weekend for them and now they can push on.” Asked if Rangers should expect a backlash from Celtic after the defeat, the ex-Scotland international replied: “Yes.”Celtic are now ten games undefeated against their rivals and the most recent match ended in a convincing 4-0 win.Brown agreed Rodgers’ side have the psychological advantage going into Sunday’s match and he acknowledged the club’s fans will relish an Old Firm title triumph.He added: “They will love it.“It puts a smile on everyone’s faces again.“But we need to make sure we turn up and do our job.“We need to make sure we win as well.“We have had a couple of hard games against them at Celtic Park.“The pitch is looking good and the lads are looking forward to it.”The midfielder expects Rangers to go at Celtic from the start.Speaking at an event to launch the club’s new kit, he said: “I think they are going to have to come after us a bit more and set their own mark on the game“But we will do what we always do.“We will turn up and play out own game.“As I have said before we know that when we turn up we know we can beat any team in the country.“We have done it in the past and we will do it again.”Despite Celtic’s dominance Brown said Graeme Murty’s side will make it tough for their rivals.He added: “They are going to make it harder for us that they have in the past but we believe that when we turn up we can dominate the game.”Brown scooped three awards at the club’s Player of the Year awards on Sunday and said his consistency was down to remaining injury-free and only picking up one suspension.But he added: “For me, James Forrest has been outstanding this season and he has really kicked on and showed his potential this season.”The Celtic skipper hailed Rodgers’ contribution to the club over the last two seasons as “unbelievable”.But the prospect of an unprecedented double treble means the former Liverpool boss will inevitably be linked with other clubs, such as Arsenal.Brown said: “He has been fantastic for myself and everyone in that dressing room so we hope he stays.“He is loving his time here and he has got the seventh title to pick up as well.”last_img read more

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Works progressing on €7M Fintra Bridge project

first_imgThree designs for the new Fintra Bridge for South Donegal have been presented to Donegal County Council this week, marking a major step in the progress of the project.A workshop was held in Donegal Town on Tuesday for Consultant Engineers Roughan and O’Donovan to present designs to Chair of the Donegal Town MD Cllr Michael Naughton, officials from Donegal County Council and Engineers from Donegal County Council Road Design DepartmentThe €7 million bridge project will link the South Donegal area to the Glencolmcille area and will be another vital infrastructural link for the people of South and South West Donegal. Cllr Michael Naughton welcomed this week’s design presentation and commented, “This bridge on the R263 Killybegs to Glencolmcille Road is very narrow. It is reached by a series of dangerous bends on the Killybegs side. Only one lane of traffic can cross the bridge at a time and it is particularly challenging for long vehicles. Yet it is used by HGVs, buses and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way Tourist Route.“The road is the main artery to south west Donegal and with so much being invested in developing tourism to Sliabh Liag, Glencolmcille, Carrick and Kilcar by Donegal County Council and Tourism Organisations, a major realignment of the bridge is crucial.”“Three extremely well designed proposals were put forward for discussion at County Council Level at our Donegal Town Municipal District meeting and we look forward to now showcasing the three designs to the public and local community in Killybegs soon.“ This investment to our road infrastructure is welcomed by the local community and business owners in this part of the county,” concluded Cllr Naughton. The Donegal County Council Road Design and Engineer Department will meet with local landowners before it goes to public consultation. The public consultation evening will be held in Killybegs soon after, where the three designs will be displayed and discussed before agreeing the final design and proceeding with the construction of the new bridge.Works progressing on €7M Fintra Bridge project was last modified: October 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr. Michael NaughtonFintra BridgeSouth Donegallast_img read more

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New Details and a Recap of What to Expect When Exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar

first_imgShare This!©DisneyWow! Yesterday was a flurry of new information all about Pandora – World of Avatar courtesy of a plethora of ABC shows -“The Chew”, “Good Morning America“, “The View“, and “Nightline.”  The goal of these spots were clearly to get excitement ramped up and it most certainly worked!So if you’re looking forward to the official opening of this new land as much as I am, here’s what you should know courtesy of recent news developments. (If you want to avoid minor spoilers about the land, stop reading now. This is your only warning!)According to James Cameron. The story is that we are found in a generation of Pandora after all the movies when the warfare between the humans and Na’vi is over. The Na’vi have welcomed us to Pandora to help us understand nature and ourselves better. Essentially, we are welcome because we are here to learn and educate ourselves.There are two Pandoras that Guests will get to experience. Day and night. Trust me, you will want to see this place lit up at night!Guests walk through an opening and will be immersed in the Valley of Mo’ara. Here, Guests can walk right under the enormous floating mountains. The land is lush and is a mixture of earth plants and Pandorian foliage that all helps to gives the idea that it’s a real ecosystem. Of course, these plants will come to life with beautiful bioluminescence each night.The Valley of Mo’ara will also include a Na’vi-built drum circle that will contain instruments that are playable by all, Na’vi totems and other cultural items found. For those who are Wilderness Explorers fans, there will be brand new challenges and badges to collect in Pandora too! Guests who visit may even come across tour guides from Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI), or even an eclectic expat or two!©Disney ©Disney The main dining establishment is the Satu’li Canteen which has taken over a former RDA mess hall. It is adorned with Na’vi art and cultural items. This fast casual dining establishment (which I suspect will be similar in concept to Be Our Guest at lunch where you order and food is brought to your table) will offer cuisine that is international-inspired with vegetarian options available and specialty libations. Dishes such as the Satu’li Bowl with wood-grilled beef, served atop whole grains and dressed with charred onion chimichurri will include wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. Oh and don’t forget dessert, as you’ll want to make sure to pick up the Na’vi blueberry cheesecake served with passion fruit curd. At Pongu Pongu, which is a beverage and snack stand that is “owned” by a friendly expat serving out-of-this-world drinks. Pongu Pongu means “Party Party in Na’vi is a spot where Guests will be able to enjoy Na’vi-inspired refreshment – one of which is actually frozen, biolumicent and glows with passion fruit boba balls on top.At Pongu Pongu, Guests will also be able to try Lumpia, a cream cheese and pineapple spring roll. These are of Chinese origin, but they are popular street food in the Philippines and Indonesia. Traditionally, they are filled with meat and veggies, but of course, Disney decided to plus them up. If they are served warm like they appeared to be on “The Chew,” I will certainly be getting one (or five) of these on my first visit!©Disney On the Na’vi River Journey, Guests will glide down a gentle, mysterious river and feel a sense of wonder. As your expedition begins, climb aboard a reed boat and drift downstream. After coasting through a series of caves, Guests head into a ceremonial forest. Here you will pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures of the rainforest. (Like viper wolves, comparable to a coyote.) You’ll soon find yourself face-to-face with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. The adventure comes to a conclusion as the Shaman demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora. Na’vi River Journey features no height requirement, so it’s perfect for all ages.©Disney On Avatar Flight of Passage, Gusts will experience an all-new expedition that lets interstellar explorers climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s incredible landscape.  In the pre-show area, you will be scanned, “decontaminated” and matched to your very own Avatar. You will then don special glasses and once on the attraction, and sit on linked chairs that will actually connect us to the banshee and will make us feel like you are flying on your own personal creature. According to the video on Nightline, Guests will not straddle a “banshee” creature like has been suspected, but will instead sit on a platform that sort of resembles a stationary bike that you will walk into and sit down on. (Note, my interpretation from the video.) Avatar Flight of Passage has a height requirement of 44 in. It is apparently extremely exhilarating.©Disney At Windtraders, Guests will be able to discover exotic merchandise and souvenirs that Pandora. Here, the walls have long since been overtaken by natural root structures, which serve as the displays for a variety of mementos and take-home treasures. Guests will be able to purchase Na’vi cultural artifacts and animal toys to science kits and Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) apparel.The final experience Guests can partake in on Pandora is Colors of Mo’ara. This kiosk will allow you to paint your face with Na’vi-inspired artwork. Colors of Mo’ara is run by local expats and will feature the ability to get authentic Pandoran markings, along with purchasing select merchandise.May 27 cannot get here soon enough, as it will be so exciting to finally get to explore the land of Pandora – The World of Avatar.last_img read more

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Buitendag lines up elite surf Tour place

first_img14 August 2012South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted places on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP six-star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.Competing in peaky, small waves of only half-a-metre to a metre in size, 18-year-old Buitendag built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight earlier by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals.She bowed out in the last eight to world number five, Courtney Conlogue of the USA, to finish in fifth place overall. The result was worth 1 560 rankings points, the second highest haul of the year to date for Buitendag.RankingIt sees sees the South African maintain her number five ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods of Australia.Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel and Paige Hareb – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.Sarah Baum also had a good run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP world number six Malia Manuel and Buitendag.RisingBaum picked up 920 points for her ninth place result, which moved her up from twelfth to tenth in the rankings.With four of those ahead of her already qualified for the WCT, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.Rosanne Hodge, the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish.She finished third behind Baum and Conlogue in their round 24 encounter, and her 13th place was worth 650 points, which lifted her to 28th in the rankings.ASP WOMEN’S STAR RANKINGS(After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11 810Sage Erickson (USA) 9 870Malia Manuel (Haw) 9 840Paige Hareb (NZ) 8 170Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 7 813Rebecca Woods (Aus) 7 040Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Pauline Ado (Fra) 6 890Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 6 050Sarah Baum (RSA) 5 490SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Tension at Work? Find the Root Cause

first_imgQ: I supervise a group of about 20 employees. We’re a diverse group, and have a variety of ethnicities and races as well as a wide range of personal lifestyles, folks with kids and without, single parents, straight and gay. Different ages. It’s a healthy snapshot of the modern workplace. Most of the time, we all get along fine. Sometimes however I can sense an underlying tension. When I dig deeper, the issues seem to be petty, and grudging. Not anything substantial I can address. How should I deal with an environment that’s not quite hostile yet feels chilly?A: What you’re describing sounds like there may be some unresolved conflict among staff which they’re unable to resolve on their own. When people don’t know how to deal with conflict in a healthy professional way (very few of us do), they sometimes resort to pettiness, passive aggressiveness and holding grudges.I’d categorize your situation as an example “interpersonal conflict” between individuals as opposed to “group conflict” (when marketing feuds with accounting).Conflict resolution experts tell us there are 12 root causes of interpersonal conflict, and surprise, many of those can be acerbated by diversity.Let’s look at some root causes:Values – Different perceive the world differently. These incongruent views are traceable to upbringing, culture, race, experience, education, socio-economic class. We generally respond best to people who’re most like us because we can understand their behavior better.Bias – This means that one person may clash with another based simply on how he/she feels about that person based on personality or prejudice.Sensitivity  – When someone easily feels hurt or attacked by criticism or other interpersonal directness, because of low self-esteem, insecurity, or previous conflict.Misunderstanding –  Often, the instances that look like interpersonal conflict are actually communication breakdown. If not attended to with care, communication can fail. If it does, a listener’s unwarranted inferences about a speaker’s intent often create inter-personal conflict.Unfulfilled Expectations – These contribute to many of the above. Unfulfilled expectations are the ultimate cause of divorce, firings, and other forms of relational breakdown. The major reason that expectations go unfulfilled is that they are unreasonable, inappropriate, too numerous, or unstated.Do these sound like they may be at the root of your problem?Luckily, there are ways to address conflicts methodically, next week I’ll offer suggestions on what can be done about it.  Stay tuned. Originally published on HR Box blog.last_img read more

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Why Would a Newspaper Company Launch a Startup Incubator?

first_imgFor most print publishers, the transition from ink to pixels has been at least somewhat painful. Over the last few years, the industry has seen widespread layoffs, furloughs, bankruptcies and newspaper closures. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are no exception. The company that previously owned the two daily papers filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and ended up selling them the following year. The new owner, a company called Philadelphia Media Network, has since been trying to reposition its publications for the twenty-first century.Today, PMN fulfilled a promise it made last year by doing something few would expect a newspaper company to do. Project Liberty, the company’s tech startup incubator, is now open for business. Project Liberty is launching with three hand-picked local startups, all of which are recent graduates of the DreamIt Ventures accelerator program. The companies will be housed in the same building as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com for the next six months. During that time, each company will receive free office space and access to resources within the building. The products they’ll be building all have a potential future home at PMN, but there are no guarantees. Digital Tools Fit For a News PublisherCloudMine, one of the companies enrolled in the incubator, is a mobile backend-as-a-service provider for developers. It offers a pay-as-you-go API that hooks into their hosted server-side platform, freeing developers up from having to code custom backends. Why would a newspaper company have any interest in the success of such a tool? In PMN’s case, a service like this could aid the company’s ongoing efforts to bolster their mobile products and tablet strategy. Last year, the company made headlines by offering a $99 Android-based tablet with specialized news-reading apps for the Inquirer and Daily News. It was a bold move for a print media company, even if its earliest iteration was largely based around print-to-digital shovelware. An even more obvious choice for a newspaper is SnipSnap, a smartphone app that lets consumers scan printed coupons to save and redeem later. SnipSnap CEO Ted Mann, a veteran of the newspaper industry, left his position as Digital Development Director at Gannett New Jersey last year to launch the startup. Today, Mann returns to the newspaper world, however temporarily, as he and his team set up shop in the Inquirer building. They will work alongside the newspapers’ digital sales team, although SnipSnap is not officially a product of PMN. Those on the editorial side will have the opportunity to collaborate with the folks working on ElectNext, a Web app that helps voters choose the best candidate in an upcoming election on the local, state and federal levels. The app works by asking users a series of questions about social and political issues and then matches them with the appropriate candidates. Rebranding the “Newspaper”Beyond the nature of the companies being incubated, there are few other obvious reasons for a newspaper company to make a move like this. For one, it serves as a marketing tactic to help rebrand a print publisher as a forward-thinking, tech-savvy multimedia company. By selling news-reading tablets and housing tech startups, PMN can paint itself as a media organization of the future rather than a soon-to-be relic. Another formerly bankrupt news company, the Journal Register Company (now known as Digital First Media), is taking a similar approach this year by launching a tech incubator of its own, which will be geared toward startups specializing in advertising, editorial content and audience development. Like PMN, this move helps Digital First Media find innovative potential future partners and fits in with a larger strategy of rebranding itself for the twenty-first century. PMN’s experiment may be the first of its kind at a big city daily newspaper, but its not the first time that any publisher has tried incubating startups. Hearst and Conde Nast have both launched digital products built by in-house startups, some of which have nothing to do with the publishers’ traditional businesses. A few years ago, moves like this would have been seen as particularly revolutionary and forward-thinking. Today, they’re still smart, but are more about survival than thinking ahead. As print revenues continue to decline, traditional news publishers desplast_img read more

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