Sta. Lucia hopes to turn over new leaf with coach Babes Castillo in tow

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Lady Realtors’ most successful conference of the 2018 season was the Grand Prix wherein they went 5-5 before losing to Foton in the one-game quarterfinal.“I don’t want to focus on the perspective of just winning because that’s one thing you don’t have a hundred percent control of,” said Castillo.A major reason why the Lady Realtors had such a forgettable All-Filipino campaign was because of the injury to MJ Phillips, who tore her Achilles tendon.“I just want to bring the ladies’ confidence up and that’s the one thing we’ve worked on, just to give the team a direction,” said Castillo, who added that Phillips is expected to miss the first month of the Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sta. Lucia is heading into a new start in the Philippine Super Liga, and so is its new head coach Babes Castillo.The Lady Realtors struggled for most of the 2018 season including an All-Filipino Conference wherein it went a combined 0-17 in the first and second rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ As for Castillo, he’s into his first coaching stint since a disappointing exit with National University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament that saw the Lady Bulldogs claw their way to the fourth seed only to be immediately eliminated by eventual champion De La Salle.“Well the people can expect a more energetic and vibrant team,” said Castillo, who’s in his first PSL coaching job, in Filipino during the league’s opening ceremonies on Sunday at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’re trying to build a vision and I think [the players are] getting it and they’re loving the work more than anything.”Castillo replaced George Pascua who’s now solely focused as the head coach of Far Eastern University and the former NU coach said he’s trying to guide the Lady Realtors not to immediately win games but in how to achieve victories. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Terrence Romeo, Beermen blast Hotshots for 2nd straight win Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Route 56 minibus owners peeved over Association’s operation

first_imgRoute 56 minibus owners are peeved over the way the Berbice River Bridge Owners Minibus Association is operating.Among some of the issues, Guyana Times understands, that are affecting the bus operators include the lack of elections in a timely manner within the Association and the abuse being meted out to them.The Association has always been considered a model as drivers are only allowed to work three of four days per week and only a certain amount of buses are allowed to operate each day so that everyone gets a fair chance at operating.The association has seven groups consisting of seven buses each and only fourNadira Swarswattiegroups of 28 buses operate each day. Arrangements are also in place to determine which days a particular group will be the first set of buses to be filled and which will be last.Moreover, the system also allows for buses to be filled in an orderly manner by a dispatcher. However, some of the bus owners are upset at the way they are being treated by dispatchers.One of the owners, Takoor Singh, told this publication that as an owner/operator, he is dissatisfied with the association.“The dispatchers’ attitude towards drivers is very bad,” he said while relating a recent incident.“They are not dealing with us in a way that we can operate in a balance, sometimes they curse you,” he added.Another owner/operator, Nadira Swarswattie, who was only allowed to join the Association after purchasing a bus from a member who was migrating, related that there is a penalty for drivers who arrive late.Drivers are required to be at the parks in New Amsterdam or Rosignol at 06:30h and if a driver arrives after that time, then he/she can no longer hold the prearranged position and is sent to the back of the line.But the peeved operators noted that this punishment is only meted out to certainThe Route 56 minibus park in New Amsterdamdrivers, while others are given preferential treatment. According to Swarswattie, this has been brought to the attention of executive members of the Association but nothing has been done to address their concerns.“These dispatchers would abuse you when you speak for your rights. Sometimes the President is there and he does nothing,” she stated.Swarswattie also related that almost one year ago, one of the Vice Presidents of the Association disrespected her by exposing private parts of his body to her. This incident, she said, was reported to the police and nothing had been done.Furthermore, the female driver also expressed concerns that as operators, they are required to give the dispatchers $300 every time they are leaving the park with passengers.She related that the dispatchers are not there from the first trip and sometimes arrive at the park until 10:00h and they are still required to give them money for trips made in their absence.Meanwhile, President of the Association, Dennis Chesney, in an invited comment said he too has been verbally abused by the dispatcher, who is also the secretary of the association but not a bus owner. He noted that the police has been contacted on the issue.On the other hand, some of the members say elections were due two years ago and Chesney’s tenure is now illegal. According to them, it was since 2014 that the last election was held but Chesney says that his term will be up in March this year.The association is being considered a close-knitted one which denies new and large membership thus ensuring that existing members can make a living.One bus owner, Sundat Sukhai, explained that he had applied to join the Association but was refused until he was able to purchase a bus from a member who as migrating. He also pointed out that the Association had allowed one of the dispatchers to bring a new bus into the Association and become a member.The Route 56 bus owners/operators are now calling for the intervention of relevant authorities to address their concerns.last_img read more

Fort St. John Flyers improve to 2-0 after win in Spirit River

first_imgSPIRIT RIVER, A.B. – The Fort St. John Flyers improved their record to 2-0 last night in NPHL action.The Flyers were in Spirit River last night taking on the Rangers. Spirit River struck first with a powerplay goal midway through the first, but Jeff Shipton answered back for the Flyers with a powerplay goal of his own assisted by Daylen Pearson and Brody Busche with 25 seconds left.Shipton struck again with another powerplay goal 8 minutes into the second assisted by Rick Cleaver and Adam Horst. The Rangers answered back once again with a shorthanded goal five minutes later, before Robbie Sidhu scored on the powerplay with one second left in the frame to put the Flyers up 3-2. Busche and Horst tallied assists on that goal.- Advertisement -Going into the third, the Flyers continued to dominate. Shipton scored less than 5 minutes in to get the hat-trick on a feed from Cleaver and Cody Hildebrand. After Spirit River responded with a pair of goals to even things up just past the halfway mark, it was all Fort St. John from then on. Brody Busche tallied his third point of the night, scoring with 2:59 left in the third assisted by Shipton and Cleaver. Thirty seconds later, Shipton himself scored his fourth to add some insurance for the Flyers, helped out by Andrew Payou. Robbie Sidhu sealed the fate of the Rangers to give the Flyers a 7-4 win with a minute and a half left, assisted by Pearson.The Flyers are back on home ice on Saturday night to host the Falher Pirates. The puck drops at the North Peace Arena tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Philippe Coutinho makes huge claim about Mohamed Salah and Neymar

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho has claimed Mohamed Salah and Neymar have a “serious chance” of eclipsing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and becoming the world’s best players.Coutinho has played alongside Salah and Neymar and currently plays with Neymar for the Brazil national team. 2 2center_img Brazil’s star man, who now plies his trade at PSG, has been brilliant since he signed for Barca in June 2013 but has struggled to reach the same level as the Argentine and Portuguese poster boys.And Liverpool and Egypt talisman Salah has risen to global stardom after his phenomenal season which saw him score 43 goals for the Reds in the 2017/18 campaign.Both Neymar and Salah are looking to represent their respective countries at this summer’s World Cup in Russia but they have had to deal with injury setbacks in the lead up to the tournament.However, Neymar recovered from a broken foot to score against Croatia in a friendly on Sunday night, while Salah is showing good progress from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final defeat.And Coutinho seemed confident that the pair could take their game to the next level and stressed the opportunity both of them had to showcase their talent at the World Cup.The ex-Liverpool man said: “It feels like the right moment for someone to take their chance at this World Cup.“Messi and Ronaldo have been up there on their own for so many years.“I think it may be time for other players to aspire to be the best in the world – and the best at this World Cup, too.“For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that.“It depends on how the tournament goes, of course, but they have the talent to do it.“Those are the players I would pick out.“Watching Mo Salah since then has been amazing.“He is going to be a player who will be a big hero at Liverpool for a long time, I am totally convinced of that.“He can do well in the World Cup, too – it all depends on how far his team can go.“But we also know what Neymar can bring. He is a special player.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has demanded that the handling of the discretionary medical card review be addressed now and that all those entitled should not be left waiting following the suspension of the review.“Taking away medical cards from those who rely on them the most is barbaric, but simply suspending the review process is not going to solve the situation when it means that the thousands of people that have already lost their discretionary cards will not have them restored,” said Deputy Pringle.“This week in the Dáil I raised the problems with the medical card system, the removal of discretionary medical cards and the withdrawal of medical cards from seriously ill children and children with life-limiting disabilities. Myself and others have been raising these issues in the Dáil continuously in the past year and a half, but the government wouldn’t listen and look where we are now. “The government’s decision to suspend the review of discretionary medical cards is not going to solve the problem any time soon because those who have already had them taken away – and we have all heard these heart-breaking stories – will not see justice being served for them. These people are were granted these cards due to having considerable medical needs and now they’re being left in the dark which is very sad indeed.“The entire assessment process for medical cards needs to be reformed and if this government intends to change the system and make it more responsive, I believe it could be done easily. When an application is received, rather than starting with assessment of means, it should be assessed on medical grounds initially to ensure that if somebody has a medical need they do not need to go through a means test and the card can be awarded. The problem is that applications are being dealt with in such a way that people are prevented from getting their entitlements.“If this government is serious about rolling back on the discretionary card fiasco, they would not just suspend the review, they would reverse it, and that’s what needs to be done now,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE DEMANDS RE-INSTATEMENT OF MEDICAL CARDS NOW was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:medical cardsreviewThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Scottish business delegation in county to forge trade links

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh is hosting a trade delegation from Scotland in the county this week as part of efforts to build business links between the two regions.“I am delighted to welcome Linda Scott, chief executive of the West Lothian Chamber to Donegal over the next few days to show off what is best in our county and deepen trade links,” Mr McHugh said.“During a visit to Glasgow last month I formally invited the Chamber to come and see firsthand what we have to offer. “The interest that Ms Scott and the Chamber have shown is a timely reminder of the unique ties that exist between Donegal and Scotland and I’m confident that the basis is there for deepening these links.“Over the course of the next few days the delegation will get an insight into the growing enterprises supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through Údáras na Gaeltachta in Donegal and also get a flavour for the wide variety of other businesses which excel in Donegal, from food to pharmaceutical to consultancy, as well as seeing the state of the art Údáras facility that is Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair.“The ultimate aim is that the West Lothian Chamber will return later in the year with clients and businesses interested in setting up in Donegal as they see the county as the perfect base for establishing new operations.“This visit will set the groundwork for a trade mission in the Autumn.” Linda Scott, Chief Executive of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, said: “With plans already in place for a trade mission to Donegal in October 2018, West Lothian Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be back in Ireland to continue moving forward with strengthening the Scotland-Ireland business link.”Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, attended the Causeway – Ireland Scotland Business Exchange awards night in Glasgow last month to celebrate businesses with links to both regions.Mr McHugh said: “In Donegal we have a huge amount to be proud of and offer would-be investors.“Donegal has one of the most scenic airports in the world in Carrickfinn, which offers easy access in and out of Scotland. We have a high quality of life. We have a diverse and growing economy with a strong mix of homegrown enterprises and multinationals.“My own work on developing Donegal-Scotland business links goes back a number of years having visited Scotland for the St Patrick’s Day programme in 2015 and the following year having accompanied President Michael D Higgins to Scotland where I met with the Irish Business Network Scotland in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. “The arrival of the West Lothian delegation is a natural development of these ties having also led an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Scotland in November 2017, which also included a Donegal-Glasgow business event hosted by the Consulate involving Údáras and Donegal County Council.“Over the last two years my contacts with Causeway have become stronger and I will work to ensure that we see results from this week’s trade trip in Donegal.”Mr McHugh added: “I would like to thank Údáras chief executive Micheál Ó hÉanaigh for his work and the strong team he has In Donegal for helping to facilitate this trade visit and look forward to seeing how Údáras can build on this.”Scottish business delegation in county to forge trade links was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:BusinessdonegalScotlandTradelast_img read more

Rocks Don’t Lie, But Liars Rock

first_imgA geologist, trying to be nice to religious people, not only deals fast and loose with rock, but rolls into circular reasoning.Geomorphologist David Montgomery believes science and religion can get along, as long as religion gives up any claim to epistemic truth about the world. His new book, The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood, was given friendly air time on Science Daily with no critique or rebuttal. The article makes it clear that Montgomery views science epistemically superior to the Bible at the outset: “The purpose is not to tweak people of faith but to remind everyone about the long history in the faith community of respecting what we can learn from observing the world,” he said. By drawing a contrast between himself and “people of faith” he denies the use of faith himself. By “observing the world,” he presumes “people of faith” are not accustomed to doing so. In short, if he can get “people of faith” to receive their revelation from geologists, he is willing to patronize them.The article informs the reader matter-of-factly that the earth really is millions of years old, there was no universal global flood (which is impossible, in Montgomery’s view), and the Noah’s Flood story got its start in Mesopotamian myths. This is nothing new, of course – skeptics have been claiming this for two centuries. Montgomery, though, tries to put forth a kinder, gentler kind of scientific superiority complex: he allows that religious myths might have gotten started with half-truths: e.g., global flood myths based in local floods. He even mentions some large local floods: a Tibetan flood, the Channeled Scablands of Washington, and islands that experienced devastating tsunamis. By acknowledging that evidence for a “folk tale might be reality based,” he tosses a few scraps from the science table to the religious puppies.In fact, one of his goals in writing the book was to improve scientific literacy among non-scientists. Example: “He noted that a 2001 National Science Foundation survey found that more than half of American adults didn’t realize that dinosaurs were extinct long before humans came along.” Another of his altruistic motives is “to coax readers to make sense of the world through both what they believe and through what they can see for themselves, and to keep an open mind to new ideas.” He said, “If you think you know everything, you’ll never learn anything.”Update 9/22/2012: Martin Rudwick, a historian of geology, reviewed the book on New Scientist. Rudwick, who is well aware of the “Scriptural geologists” that were prominent before Lyell, nevertheless wrote disparagingly of creationists, even giving a political jab at them to scare readers: “This book may not change the minds of any creationists, but with luck it may cause some of the undecided – of whom, in the US, there are alarmingly many – to pause before supporting claims that creationist ideas deserve ‘equal time’ in the public sphere.” He did not specify what public sphere; presumably he means public schools, otherwise his comment reeks of censorship in violation of the First Amendment. Rudwick misrepresents the fact that no creationists have sought equal time in public schools since the 1980s; now, Darwinians and their lawyers have made it difficult for Darwin skeptics (a much broader company) to get the lies and distortions out of textbooks, let alone give any alternative viewpoint any time at all. Rudwick also joined in the glittering generality that the Grand Canyon requires millions of years.Let’s take Dr. Montgomery at his word and see if he is willing to learn something and keep an open mind. Dr. Montgomery, do you have faith? Do you have faith in science? Do you have faith in your senses? Do you have faith in your ability to comprehend the world? Do you have faith in your interpretations of the evidence? Assuming your answer is yes, then you need to lump yourself into the Venn Diagram U labeled “people of faith.” Everybody has faith. Nobody knows everything. No human being alive today saw how the world came to be. We would classify you within U in a box called, “people of faith in scientism.”We can already hear the comeback: “but I’m a scientist. I go out and observe the world to learn from it. I keep an open mind.” Are you aware, sir, that creation geologists do that? Have you ever read the creation journals with their detailed analyses of specific rock records interpreted without the secular lens bequeathed by Lyell and other disciples of that quaint Victorian myth of Darwinism? It’s very easy and convenient for you to commit the glittering generalities and bandwagon fallacies by lumping Tibetan locals in the same camp with Bible scholars as “people of faith,” but you are not doing your job unless you take on the best of your opponents: the likes of Dr. Steven Austin, Dr. Andrew Snelling and others with PhDs’s in geology who hold to a Biblical world view.While talking to them, you might ask if they keep an open mind and admit they don’t know everything, provided you are willing to honestly answer that question yourself. You might consider admitting that your straw-man descriptions of a global flood are simplistic and wrong. Your ignorance of what creation geologists teach is matched by your ignorance of the Biblical record. According to the Flood account, it would have involved extensive ruptures of the earth’s crust, rapid plate movements, and a reworking of the continents from low relief to high mountains and deep ocean basins. These clearly would have caused catastrophic deposition and erosion, not a placid sea rising over post-Flood mountains as you described it. You might also consider the possibility that world-wide accounts of a flood are local memories of a true global Flood after all, not, as you have chosen to interpret, memories of local floods in their region. Creation geologists believe people took these memories around the world after the Tower of Babel. Over time the accounts became corrupted, while retaining a kernel of truth. Are you willing to consider that maybe the Mesopotamian flood accounts are corruptions of the Mosaic account? Have you read the scholarship on that?Speaking to our readers now, the question is not who has faith, but which faith is a better starting point for interpreting the world: the word of Someone who was there and told us what He did, or the word of believers in the secular religion of scientism who weren’t there and don’t know everything. David Montgomery’s interpretations are consistent with his world view: he looks at the world and sees millions of years. He commits circular reasoning: “I believe in millions of years, therefore when I look at the rocks, I see millions of years.” Example: He looked at the strata of the Grand Canyon. What did he see? “Hiking a trail from the floor of the Grand Canyon to its rim, Montgomery saw unmistakable evidence of the canyon being carved over millions of years by the flow of the Colorado River, not by a global flood several thousand years ago as some people still believe.” That’s because he is among other people who “still believe” in millions of years. He went looking for millions of years. Lo and behold, he found them in the missing layers: he found a billion missing years between the bedrock granite and the Tapeats Sandstone. He found 100 million missing years between the Muav and Temple Butte limestones. He found 10 million imaginary years between the Hermit and Coconino. There they were, right behind his eyeballs in his world view!What he didn’t see were the fault lines passing through the whole canyon from bottom to top, the twists and folds of strata (strata supposedly separated by millions of years) showing soft-sediment deformation as a unit, the evidence of high-velocity current flows in the Tapeats sandstone, the pancake-flat strata over thousands of square miles arguing against long ages, the billions of nautiloids buried in a single layer of Redwall limestone, the evidence of sheet erosion over the continent, the rapid downcutting of the canyon, and much more. He didn’t see them because he wasn’t looking for them. He was asking different questions, not “What evidence is there for catastrophic deposition and rapid erosion?” but “What do I see that comports with my chosen worldview?” The creation geologists see these evidences and write about them. So we need to ask Dr. Montgomery why his eyes are blind to contradictory evidence when he goes about observing the Grand Canyon. Doesn’t he know that even many secular geologists no longer believe the Colorado River carved the canyon, but instead use catastrophic flooding in their theories? What gives him, or any finite human being living 70-odd years in the 21st century, the right to state categorically that the Grand Canyon was not carved by a global flood?So, for Dr. Montgomery and the other patronizing positivists out there, along with Seance Daily and the rest of the lapdog media, we would like to open your eyes to evidence you are not seeing, and invite you to consider asking new questions. Do you recognize yourselves as “people of faith”? Do you recognize your particular faith as scientism? Do you recognize that a particular sect of your faith called secular geology requires a statement of faith in the doctrine of uniformitarianism? Are you aware of the many inconsistencies between your own faith and the evidence? Are you being honest with the history of your geology, that it has suffered numerous reversals of interpretation and falsifications since the days of Lyell? Is it possible that you are blinding yourselves to evidence supporting Creation and the Biblical Flood because of your prior commitment to millions of years? Are you willing to stop patronizing people who have good evidential reasons for disbelieving your interpretations of the evidence? Are you willing to stop insulting your opponents with the accusation of scientific illiteracy just because they do not agree with your belief that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago? Have you seriously considered the soft tissues in dinosaur bones, or evidence of people who saw dinosaurs and recorded their observations in words or pictures? If Noah’s Ark were to be found, would you be willing to abandon your position based on that evidence, or would you seek to explain it away within your faith position?Let’s stop, therefore, this nonsense about “people of faith.” Since the universe U of human beings is coextensive with the universe U of people of faith, it’s a redundant term. We should be asking, “Which faith?” Which people have reasonable faith? It’s not the size of the group that matters, but their evidence. (Trusting in the numbers of secular geologists, or their political clout, commits the bandwagon fallacy.) Who can support their faith with evidence and solid reasoning? Creation geologists do that routinely, because they examine the evidence from both worldviews as part of their normal practice. Secular geologists, by contrast, are blind to their faith, and so thoroughly ignore the creation position that they expose their illiteracy about both Biblical scholarship and creation geology. “People of faith” is hereby rendered a meaningless term. More useful terms might be people of fluff, and people of froth. In the Venn Diagram, those two categories often overlap.(Visited 91 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sports bosses approach PM on sports bill

first_imgA 12-member delegation of sports bosses, led by the acting president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vijay Kumar Malhotra, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and sought his intervention to prevent the implementation of the National Sports Development Bill.While there has been a huge uproar over the bill for more than a year, the prime minister has little idea about the whole issue which has led to a standoff between the sports bodies of the country and the government.But IOA chief Malhotra, who was accompanied by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla, was optimistic about the outcome of the meeting and said Singh was sympathetic to their concerns.”The bill is illegal and unconstitutional and we have informed the prime minister about how the bill aims to centralise all the powers in the sports ministry,” Malhotra said soon after the 25-minute long meeting.”At this point of time, the prime minister doesn’t know much about the bill but he said that he will discuss the matter with the sports ministry,” Malhotra added.Besides Malhotra and Shukla, Jagdish Tytler, Anurag Thakur, Tarlochan Singh, RK Anand, Abhay Chautala and Avtar Singh Sethi were among those who represented the IOA and national sports federations.Two of the most contentious clauses in the bill are those which put a cap on the age and tenures of office- bearers of the federations.However, Malhotra made it clear that it wasn’t just a couple of clauses that are flawed. “Under the garb of good governance, the ministry wants to restrict the role of federations and the IOA. We are not against good governance and transparency and all the federations are ready to get their accounts audited.advertisement”Sports federations are autonomous bodies. Government’s interference would affect the performance of the athletes because if there’s a change in the government, the new regime might have its own preferences.”Tytler, who heads the Judo Federation of India, said the delegation also informed the prime minister about International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) stand on the issue. “We also informed him what the IOC feels and the repercussions. We cited the example of Kuwait, whose Olympic body was disbanded after the country’s government interfered in its functioning,” said Tytler.However, everyone is wondering what will happen if the bill is tabled in Parliament.”The Olympic qualifiers are already underway and there are a lot of other qualifiers to come. So it wouldn’t be appropriate to table the bill. We have informed the prime minister about that as well,” said Malhotra.Last month, BCCI officials had met the prime minister regarding the same issue as the sports ministry wants to take the cricket body in its ambit through the bill.”We are an independent body and we don’t take any grants from the government. Our accounts are audited regularly,” said Shukla.He asserted that neither BCCI nor the other federations would accept any interference.”Tomorrow they would interference in the selection matters also.We are clear, no government control is acceptable, we are capable to run our respective sports bodies,” he stressed.last_img read more

Hall of Fame Gymnastics Coach Valorie Kondos Field Leads UCLA Women’sTeam to National Championships

first_imgBy Vasilis PapoutsisLOS ANGELES, CA – The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Women’s Gymnastics team has won the NCAA Champaign Regional, a competition that coach Valorie Kondos Field considers ”the most stressful meet of the year” and is now preparing for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis are set to begin April 14.Her teams have won six National Championships and despite the low scoring at the Regional, Field believes that if they have a great meet at the finals, they still have a chance to win.LIFELONG PASSIONField’s impressive career as UCLA’s women’s gymnastics coach has exceeded a lot of people’s expectations, including her own. As a young girl she suffered from scoliosis, a condition of the spine in which the backbone curves to the side. Doctors recommended dancing as a way to strengthen the back muscles and she began taking ballet lessons at age 7.She grew up in Sacramento to parents Gregory Kondos, an accomplished landscape painter, and Rosie Thalas, a hairdresser. Rosie was the Lodi Festival queen when her future husband first noticed her and decided to pursue her. “My father was like a Greek Picasso, very talented and very charming but also very volatile as many artists are. My mother was a saint,” Field said.Along with her ballet lessons, Field also took piano lessons and practiced Greek folk dancing at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento. Her piano lessons paid off when she got a summer job at age 16 playing piano for floor exercises at Agilities in Carmichael, CA. “While I was playing the piano I could not stop talking and giving instructions to the athletes and eventually I became a dance coach,” she said. When she graduated high school her father told her to either go to college full time or work as a dancer full time, but not do both. “My father encouraged me to live my life large and follow my dreams,” she said.She decided to pursue dancing and worked as a professional dancer with the Sacramento Ballet, and Capital City Ballet in Washington DC. In 1983 she was hired as a choreographer and assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics team. When in 1991 UCLA Athletic Director Dr. Judy Holland appointed Field in the head coaching position, the disapproval of the gymnastics world was loud and clear. To hire a choreographer as a gymnastics head coach was an unorthodox move. Field had her own doubts: “I was not sure if I could be successful. I told them I will take the job for a year until they find a more qualified candidate. And on that premise, I accepted the position.”WOODEN’S INFLUENCEDespite all her efforts, the second year the team finished in a worse position than in the first. Field was deeply disappointed and decided that it was time to quit. “I was not succeeding as a coach and I was walking to the athletic director’s office to resign. On my way there I stopped by the store and while walking around I glanced at [renowned UCLA basketball coach John] Wooden’s book A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court and started reading it.” At that moment, she decided to go back to her office and kept reading. While reconsidering her decision to quit, “I began asking myself what qualities do I bring to the job? I realized that a lot of the traits that I had developed as a ballet dancer can be applied to the field of gymnastics as well,” she said. That was the turning point. She did not quit but she “stopped mimicking other coaches and decided to follow my instincts and be myself.” Success soon followed and after winning a couple of Pacific-12 championships in 1997, she won her first NCAA National Championship. In 1998, she, along with her husband, UCLA Associate Athletic Director Bobby Field, invited Coach Wooden to their home for dinner even though they had never met him before. The coach accepted and he and Field clicked immediately. As Humphrey Bogart famously said in Casablanca “it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship” that lasted for many years.Wooden was not only Field’s mentor and beloved friend, but he also attended meets on a regular basis even at age 95 when he did not have a ride, he drove himself to Westwood for a meet because he wanted to keep his promise.Today, Valorie Kondos-Field is the most decorated coach in women gymnastics. In addition to six national NCAA titles, her teams have won 13 Pac -12 championships. She has been awarded National Coach of the Year honors 4 times and been Pac -12 Coach of the Year 5 times. She also had the distinct honor to be named Pac -12 Coach of the Century.The most important factor in her success? “Discipline. Confidence and attention to detail are also very important but discipline is on the top of the list. The pain of discipline is never as great as the pain of regret.”She mostly embraces Wooden’s “confidence and steady demeanor. He never had to ‘switch’ to his coaching personality. He was always himself. He was funny, polite and respectful, he was never mean or insulting.”MISS VALField, who is affectionately called “Miss Val”is well known for her nurturing personality, a trait she inherited from her Greek mother. Stella Savvidou, who joined the team in 2016 after graduating high school in Australia and competing for the Cyprus National Team, wanted to attend an American university with a great gymnastics program that would also be a great academic school. Savvidou, who had three offers from other universities including Yale, turned them down once she met UCLA’s coach. “After meeting Coach Val I knew I wanted to come to UCLA. She was a caring and loving person, she touched my heart.” Her mother, Chrysanthi, added to the coach’s praises.“Once I met Coach Val, the choice was obvious. We felt that anytime in the sphere of Valorie’s influence would be invaluable. Everything that has happened since only strengthen our conviction.”Most coaches emphasize winning at all costs. Field loves winning too, but she puts emphasis on effort above all. “If we perform the best we can and don’t win on a particular day I am okay with that.If we don’t put our best effort forward then I have a problem with that.” Her ballet background has contributed to craft floor routines that excite audiences. At a recent meet at Pauley Pavilion more than 12,000 people showed up. UCLA women gymnastics is also a hit in social media as they have the largest social media in the all women collegiate sports ranking No.1 on both Instagram and Twitter. “We have the most entertaining floor routines. They evolve as the season progresses,”said Savvidou, who has a ballet background as well.CHAMP OFF THE COURT TOOField is also a champion off the court. When she got the call from her doctor that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she pulled off the freeway and started thinking of what will come next. “I heard a voice in my head saying to be anxious for nothing and grateful for everything. God was speaking to me, telling me to fight.“Breast cancer changed my life for the better in every way possible. I knew that if I did the treatment and kept a positive attitude I would have the chance to overcome it, so I switched my attitude completely. I was grateful that I had the ‘opportunity’ to do chemotherapy so I said to myself and others that I get to have chemo, not that I have to have chemo.” Field called the medical facility she received chemotherapy a “chemo spa” because the word spa implies pampering. And she conveys this message to the attendees of her speeches time and time again.Field is in the process of writing her first book, Choreograph Your Life. “People kept asking me ‘where can I buy your book?’ I decided to write one, I want to help people empower themselves.” Field was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Wooden was there. “When I received the induction letter I thought to myself, maybe I am a good coach now.” Moderation aside, Field is not just a good coach, she has attained legendary status in women gymnastics. Even the great John Wooden would agree.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more