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Healthier living helps USA veterans Bird, Taurasi on court

first_imgFILE – In this July 14, 2012, file photo, U.S women’s Olympic basketball players Diana Taurasi (12) and Sue Bird (6) watch during practice in Washington. For nearly a decade the duo was playing over 100 games a year around the world and barely getting any time off to rest and recover. Besides making the lifestyle changes, the USA Basketball mainstays are now just playing in the WNBA, not putting the additional wear-and-tear on their bodies. Both players credit the changes off the court for the success on the court. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Veterans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each had one of their best WNBA seasons.Both players credit changing the way they take care of their bodies off the court for their successes on it. Eating healthier, getting more rest and doing more stretching has helped. Also, the USA Basketball mainstays are only playing in the WNBA during the summer and not overseas in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dawn Staley played with Bird and Taurasi on a few Olympic and World Cup teams. Now she is coaching them on the U.S. national team.“You’re looking at iconic figures in our sport,” Staley said. “We see what they’ve done on the court. The sacrifices they’ve added to their lifestyle should be commended and what younger players should implement in their lives.“Am I amazed? Not at all. I’ve seen them grow up. First-time Olympian, first-time World Cup participants, I knew back then. The basketball part of it will take them a long way. What they’ve added to their diets and lifestyles, they’ve already beaten Mother Time to be able to play at a high level today.”Bird and Taurasi deflect questions about retirement and who can blame them. Bird helped Seattle win its third WNBA title. Taurasi had Phoenix within a game of reaching the championship round before falling to her friend’s team.Neither hesitated about joining USA Basketball again. Bird is playing in a record fifth World Cup and Taurasi in her fourth. Both know they don’t have to do much heavy lifting for the U.S.“I think that’s one thing about USA Basketball that’s nice, is that the load is going to be distributed evenly. Everyone has a little piece,” Taurasi said. “Literally, I come down, pass the ball to the best post players in the world and wait for an open 3. That’s my job for USA Basketball for 12 years. I’m really content with that.”Asked if she could do it another 12 years, Taurasi smiled and said, “Why not?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES For nearly a decade, the duo played more than 100 games a year with little time for rest and recovery. WNBA players make most of their money playing in more lucrative leagues in Russia, China and Europe during the winter.“I think there’s so much more information on diet and recovery and taking care of the body,” said the 36-year-old Taurasi. “In my career, my first couple of years, until now. I changed the way I lived my life — from what I eat to how I rest. Therapy to the stuff off the court that makes sure you are fit on the court. I had to change the way I looked at basketball and myself and my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBird made the changes a few years back and credits working with sports performance consultant Susan King Borchardt. It’s clearly paid off, with Bird and her Seattle Storm teammates winning the WNBA title this month.“She’s the one I credit for saving my career,” said Bird, who turns 38 next month. “I started working with her four years ago, do the math.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum One innovation Bird uses is the WHOOP fitness tracker. It’s a little black band on her wrist, along with teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd.“Basically, it’s a heart monitor, on top of that, it has a unique tracking system that helps you with your recovery,” Bird said. “It monitors if you have a workout, what your heart rate is, how hard your workout was. Where it really comes in will be to tell you how much sleep they recommend for you that night. Tonight, you need eight hours or 10 hours, it varies.”For the past year and a half, Bird answers a few questions on her phone and the WHOOP app tells her how much sleep she got. That data is also available to Borchadt. They come up with a plan to figure out what Bird needs for peak performance.The younger players have taken notice. Stewart, the WNBA MVP of the regular season and finals, approached Bird in late March about her routine.“The thing she said is that you have to be all the way invested in it, you can’t do it (halfway),” Stewart said. “I said ‘Would you do this if it was available when you were 23?’ and she said ‘Absolutely. It’s a no-brainer.’ I want to have as successful a career as Sue has had and to play that long. Do it early. Change my diet. Not just going hard in basketball workouts, but doing things to make sure I’m well-rounded in all areas of my life.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew HBO throws in towel on live boxing coverage after 45 years Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Norway-Guyana deal still on the table – Harmon

first_img…US$14M to be released for alternative projectsBy Samuel SukhnandanThe innovative forest conservation for money Norway-Guyana deal is “well and alive”, but will be redirected to a number of different viable projects, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told the National Assembly on Thursday while making his contributions to the 2018 National Budget debate.Harmon announced that the Kingdom of Norway has agreed to release US$14 million for a Sustainable Land Development and Management Project. In additionMinister of State, Joseph Harmonto that, some US$17 million will be released for several Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects, while funding for the Amerindian Fund and Amerindian Land Titling project is ongoing.“Financial delivery on projects added between May 2015 and 2017 has improved to 35 per cent in just half term and this Government expects to reach more than 60 per cent delivery by the end of 2018,” Harmon told the National Assembly while providing an update on the facility. According to him, Norway has also extended the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) Trustee Account that ended in December 2016 to December 2021. He said 285 grants and 120 loans have been approved under the Micro and Small Enterprise Project as against the previous two-year figures.The release of these funds forms part of the US$80 million, which was earmarked for the Amaila Falls Hydro Project. However, the Government has made its intention known that it does not wish to proceed with it. Instead, the funds will now be channelled to a number of different ‘clean energy’ initiatives.Harmon reminded that these considerations emanated from a December meeting in Paris, among delegations from Norway and Guyana and representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It was at that meeting that Guyana’s position was reiterated; that it cannot support the Amaila project.He noted that this was mainly on account of a number of unresolved issues regarding the viability of the venture and concerns on the least cost of the project, which was started under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government. The Government has said too that it did not intent to attract any debt.When the new Government took office in 2015, it decided to review the feasibility of proceeding with the project with the intention of creating a Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and a Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap, to add to the joint concept of the Guyana-Norway concept.“Mr Speaker, the importance of the Norway Agreement to the advancement of Guyana’s green agenda cannot be overemphasised and as a result, I have, as recently as yesterday (December 6, 2017), sent a letter to the Honourable Minister of the Environment of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr Vidar Helgesen requesting his consideration for a meeting of Environment Ministers of Guyana and Norway,” he told the House.The State Minister noted that the aim of the meeting was to further discuss how the partnership between the two countries could continue to yield benefits. He noted that Guyana has already advanced work on all aspects of the joint concept notes, which include the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU-FLEGT).HydropowerIn addressing the issue of hydropower, Harmon said that it would form part of Guyana’s renewable energy mix which includes solar, wind, biomass, and bagasse. He said the Government also remained committed to delivering close to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.The Minister said based on the request from Norway, it was agreed that an independent assessment be conducted on the Amaila Falls Hydro Electricity Project by the firm Norconsult. The report of that assessment produced evidence that the configuration of the project was not fit.“The evidence from the Norconsult Report indicates the reason why we need an energy mix. Amaila is no silver bullet. The focus is hydropower generation. Hence, the consideration of the options for hydropower and there are equally competitive alternative hydropower solutions.”The Minister also stated that Norway would give support to the Guyana Power Light (GPL) for its efforts to improve energy efficiency, as this overall is a low-carbon initiative and could get GPL to qualify for monies from the GRIF. The GRIF goes back to an agreement signed in November 2009, in which Norway agreed to provide Guyana with up to US$250 million by 2015, in performance-based payments for avoided deforestation in support of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).The Government has been pursuing a national energy policy and refining the Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap. “In the meantime, it makes sense to use our natural resource – natural gas, coming on stream than to flare it; natural gas that uses modern efficient plants emits 50-60 per cent less carbon into the atmosphere than other fossil fuels such as oil. So, hydropower generation is alive and we are committed to delivering such solution to the nation,” Harmon added.Since the agreement was signed, Guyana has earned US$190 million. Some US$69.8 million had been transferred to the GRIF while US$80 million was transferred to the IDB for the Amaila project.Norway had strongly supported the Amaila project, which was the flagship project of the previous PPP/C Administration’s LCDS and was envisioned to deliver a steady source of affordable, reliable, clean and renewable energy. The project was supposed to eliminate at least 92 per cent of Guyana’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and it was said that this would likely make Guyana the world’s number one user of renewable energy by 2017.last_img read more

Local artist performs for Olympic crowds

first_imgPhoto: Garry Oker (right) performs at the Four Host Nations’ Aboriginal Pavilion on Sunday night, while other musicians play on – Courtesy of Motion Media. Oker says more than ten thousand people have visited the Aboriginal Pavilion since it opened last week. By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – center_img A local artist and past chief gave visitors to Vancouver a unique perspective on Northeastern B.C. on Sunday as part of the Olympic cultural celebrations.Garry Oker, of the Doig River First Nation, showcased a multimedia presentation at the Four Host Nations’ Aboriginal Pavilion in Vancouver on Sunday evening.The show included a video presentation of Oker’s artwork, along with video footage of the Northeast. [asset|aid=2528|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=75f3fed59b0065bdc3e9954ddf36a54f-Garry Oker 1_2_Pub.mp3] Oker’s presentation involved other artists, who incorporated various forms of traditional music.Advertisementlast_img read more

Koscielny injury boost for Arsenal

first_imgHe subsequently underwent surgery and has now returned to training.Having lost their two opening Premier League matches this season and conceding five goals, Koscielny will be a welcome boost when he finally returns to action.Speaking at his press conference ahead of facing West Ham this weekend, Emery said: “He’s working very hard. He came back to us last Sunday.“We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.“It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Unai Emery is delighted with the progress made by captain Laurent Koscielny as he bids to return to full fitness.The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.last_img read more

The Warm Up with Jon Richardson and Matt Forde – Saturday, April 9

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.Ex-West Ham and Wales defender joins the boys in the studio to discuss the Hammers’ fortunes and how his countrymen could do at Euro 2016.Meanwhile, Lemar talks about his beloved Tottenham Hotspur and Anthony Joshua’s fight with Charles Martin.last_img

READ DL 2016 TO TAKE PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTY

first_imgThe official launch of READ DL 2016 will take place on Thursday, 4th February at 6pm in the Central Library in Letterkenny.READ DL 2016 will be launched by Irish Times reporter Frank McNally.READ DL is a community literacy initiative based on the worldwide ‘One Book, One Community’ project.Its aim is to remind us about the joy of reading for all the family and to get local schools and communities reading. The author chosen for Read DL 2016 is Gerry Hunt and his book entitled ‘Blood Upon the Rose 1916’This is a list of all schools and centres participating in READ DL this year.School/Centre Location1. Crana CollegeBuncrana2. Scoil Cholmcille DrummanRamelton3. Scoil ChonaillAn Bun Beag4. Scoli BhrídePorthall5. St Riaghan’s NSGlenties6. Scoil EoghainMoville7. Scoil Náisiúnta Na Croise NaofaDunfanaghy8. Letterkenny Educate TogetherLetterkenny9. sn ghort a choirceGortahork10. Scoil AphoirtArranmore Island11. Scoil BhrídeLettermacaward12. Moville community collegeMoville13. Royal and PriorRaphoe14. Carndonagh Community SchoolCarndonagh15. St Patricks girls schoolCarndonagh16. Finn ValleyBallyboffe17. Murlog NSLifford18. Mulroy CollegeMilford19. Errigal CollegeLetterkenny20. crannóg BuíArdara21. Gairmscoil Chú UladhAn Clochán22. Holy Trinity NSDunfanaghy23. Moyle National SchoolNewtowncunningham24. Scoil CholmcilleMalin25. Ballyshannon YouthreachBallyshannon26. Scoil MhuireRamelton27. St. Joseph’s N.SRathmullan28. Lifford NSLifford29. Lifford Youth reachPaula Donaghy30. Scoil an choiminGlenfin31. Clochar LoretoLetterkenny32. St. Eunans laghyLaghy33. The WorkhouseDunfanaghy34. Glenties ComprehensiveGlenties35. scoil mhuireBuncrana36. Deele CollegeRaphoe37. ETB Adult LiteracyLetterkenny38. Kilkenny N.SGlenties39. Letterkenny Youth ReachLetterkenny40. Cranford N.SCranford41. Youth Reach GortahorkGortahork42. Youth ReachBuncrana43. Illistrin N.SLetterkenny44. Abbey Vocational School,Donegal Town45. Lurgybrack N.SLetterkenny46. LYIT Access Dept.Letterkenny READ DL 2016 TO TAKE PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTY was last modified: January 27th, 2016 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:donegalREAD DLlast_img read more

ARMY CALLED IN AFTER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND WASHED UP ON DONEGAL ISLAND

first_imgThe air corps arrive on Tory Island today. Pic by Owen Clarke.BREAKING NEWS: Part of a Co Donegal had to be cordoned off after an explosive device was discovered on a beach.A man out walking on Tory island came across the object last night.The marine marker which contained explosives. Pic by Owen Clarke.The object had a warning written on the side of it telling anyone who found it not to handle it and to contact either the coastguard or the military. The man, who was walking on the south-side of the island close to its lighthouse, contacted the local coastguard unit who in turn contacted the army.An army air corps helicopter containing members of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit was dispatched to the island today.Members of the team due a hole, surrounded it with sandbags and then made the devise safe using a controlled explosion.Three members of the air corps along with two members of the local coastguard unit took part in the operation. The area is cordoned off by the coastguard.The devise was identified as a ‘marine marker’ which contains both explosives and phosphorous and could have caused injury if it had detonated.King of Tory Island Patsy Dan Rodgers told Donegal Daily said he is thankful none of the children form the population of about 150 on the island cam across the device which contained phosphorous.“I’m so glad the army were called and the devise was disposed of properly. You just never know with these things. A tragedy could have occurred,” he said.Patsy recalled how in 1934 a torpedo was washed up on the island.On that occasion the army were also called to the island and the remains of the torpedo have been left on the island as a memorial to the occasion. ARMY CALLED IN AFTER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND WASHED UP ON DONEGAL ISLAND was last modified: December 21st, 2014 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:Air CorpsbeachCoastguarddonegalexplosivesTory Islandlast_img read more

Struggling Nyamitobora visit Police at Lugogo

first_imgBalinya (left) scored 9 goals in the first round (Agency Photo)STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUEPOLICE FC VS NYAMITOBORA FCLUGOGO @4PMLUGOGO – Police FC host struggling Nyamitobora FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, second round opener at Lugogo on Tuesday.Nyamitobora lost the reverse fixture 2-1 at Wankulukuku and it should be remembered that it was Police’s second win in the first round back then.Abudallah Mubiru will aim at winning the tie home and away while Asaph Mwebaze who replaced James Odoch believes he can get the three points.What the coaches say:Abudallah Mubiru (Police FC).“There are no easy games and it will be another task for us but we hope to use home advantage well and get the desired points.“My players are ready to win the second leg as well, so am confident we are going to win.Asaph Mwebaze (Nyamitobora FC).“We are going to play well and see that we win this game. The boys are all in good conditions and I have no injured players, so we are ready. The unveiled players, some of them will feature in today’s game.”Team news.Andrew Okiring is out for the Cops with injury but the rest of the squad is fine.Nyamitobora FC has no injured players therefore they are ready for the game.The hosts will hope Juma Balinya returns with the form he enjoyed in the first part of the season. Balinya finished the first round joint second top scorer with 9 goals. Mubiru will as well hope Ruben Kimera and Johnson Odong can produce the magic.The visitors will rely on Ibrahim Dada for goals with Alex Komakech also in the mix.Police sit 8th on the 16 team log with 21 points while Nyamityobora are third from bottom with 9 points.The other games on Tuesday:-Tooro United vs Express FC, Buhinga Stadium-Fortportal @4:30pmComments Tags: abdallah mubiruasaph mwebazeJuma BalinyaNyamityoborapolice fclast_img read more

Overjoyed Di Matteo hails players after FA Cup triumph

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo hailed Chelsea’s players after they beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup at Wembley.Their 2-1 victory meant the Blues lifted the trophy for the fourth time in six years.“I’m very happy for the players because we’ve been heavily criticised this season and we’ve got the trophy and have the chance for another one,” Di Matteo told ITV.“It’s been a difficult season but the players have made the club proud. It’s been hard work but we came through it.“It’s quite a unique situation to be able to win the FA Cup as a player and then coach the team to win it. I feel honoured to have had this chance.“We played well, we scored two very good goals, didn’t concede too much, they pressed hard in the second half but we defended well and scored two good goals.”More reaction to follow.Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quizSee also: Drogba strikes again as Chelsea beat Liverpool in controversial finalCech insists Carroll’s header did not cross the lineFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dear Client. You Are Wrong.

first_imgThe customer is not always right. You are not a customer service representative. You are a salesperson. And it is not the job of the salesperson to tell the customer that they are right or that they can have what they want (at least not the way they want it).When you call a company for support, you expect the support person to help you get the outcome you need. It’s not the customer service person’s role to tell you that you are wrong, that you can’t have what you want, or that you are wrong for even wanting whatever it is that you want. That’s not what a customer service person does. They give you the help you need.If you are a salesperson, acting like a customer service rep will make you a weak, ineffective salesperson, or what we would call an order-taker. Your relationship with your client is different, and you have a greater responsibility. This often means you have to tell your client that they are wrong, and that they can’t have what they want the way they want.Dear Client, You Are Wrong.You want to be consultative. You want trusted advisor status. You want to create the highest level of value. If you want these things, you are setting the bar very high for yourself.Your client doesn’t know what they don’t know. They don’t know what other companies are doing. They don’t know what you are doing for your other clients. Most of the time, they don’t know what all of the options for producing better results are, and a big part of the reason they don’t is because they don’t know that they should be dissatisfied.You have to tell your client that what they believe isn’t true–when it isn’t. You have to tell them the truth about where they can produce better results. And you have to tell them how they can do better, which brings us to the second part of your responsibility.Dear Client, You Can’t Have What You Want.Any of your clients can have anything they want, provided they are willing to do what is necessary. And, if it were up to them, most of them would want the better results you promise without making the changes they need to make–and without investing a penny more than they are investing now.You do your client a disservice when you allow them to believe that they can have what they want without changing what needs to be changed. You have to tell your client what needs to change, why it needs to change, and how to change it.You aren’t helping your client by allowing them to believe that they can have what they want without investing more. You have to tell them why they have to spend more and what that spending gets them. That’s helping them. Letting them believe a lie is not.If you want to be consultative, a trusted advisor, a peer, then you can’t act like a customer service representative. You need to be liked, which means you do all of this with a good spirit, and you need to be trusted, which means you don’t shy away from talking about the big issues.You aren’t going to lose your relationships by tackling difficult issues. You’re going to lose your relationships by avoiding them.last_img read more