Ex-PBA player Joey Mente passes away at 42

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones,” said Alapag through his Twitter account.The 5-foot-9 Mente made his name through his high-flying athleticism, winning the 2001 Slam Dunk contest.“Rest in paradise Joey Ments. It will always be memorable for me competing against you, your flare and sportsmanship helped pave the way for others,” said Allado in a tweet.“Rest in Peace Joey ‘Kuryente’ Mente!” posted PBA legend Vince Hizon on his Facebook page.“Sad to hear the news of the death of a friend and fellow basketball player idol Joey Mente,” said Mark Andaya. “Few years back, I was just playing against him. He aged but he is a healthy dude, ‘til he got sick.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Asian Games: Guiao slams choice of Hong Kong referee in loss to China Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Former PBA player Joey Mente passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 42.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Mente, who played in the PBA from 2001 to 2008 with San Miguel and Welcoat, now Rain or Shine, was fondly remembered by his fellow players in the league.Jimmy Alapag, Don Allado, coach Allan Gregorio, and Vince Hizon were among those who expressed their sadness and sympathy through their respective social media accounts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Cell Requires Two Keys to Let Cargo Pass

first_imgFor high-security environments, guards sometimes require two independent authentication methods. Before humans came up with this trick, the cells in their bodies were already using it. Itoh and Camilli explain in the May 13 issue of Nature:1Our cells contain a series of distinct compartments that do different jobs and have different properties. The membranes that clad each of these compartments – like the plasma membrane that encases the cell – are defined by precise molecular compositions, which are preserved despite the continuous influx and efflux of components in transit to and from other cellular locations. Precision is the hallmark of this flow of traffic, too, which must be directed appropriately between compartments. All of this is achieved, in part, by the reversible recruitment of regulatory proteins from other parts of the cell to specific membranes or membrane regions. A growing amount of evidence hints that membrane lipids cooperate with membrane proteins to control this recruitment.They refer to work by Godi et al. in Nature Cell Biology that shows a dual-key authentication mechanism in the cell. With “at least two independent, but synergistic, mechanisms,” cargo is only allowed to bind to a membrane if it binds correctly to two cytosolic proteins. This can be envisioned as a kind of code:The interaction of cytosolic proteins with both lipids and proteins on a target membrane is an efficient dual-key strategy to control their recruitment to membranes. Only when both the lipid-binding and protein-binding sites are engaged is the interaction with the membrane strong enough. The two elements of the code can be controlled independently, affording the possibility of fine-tuning the spatial and temporal regulation of recruitment.Itoh and Camilli provide no suggestions on how such a system might have evolved.1Toshiki Itoh and Pietro de Camilli, “Membrane trafficking: Dual-key strategy,” Nature 429, 141 – 143 (13 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429141a.There’s a coded message in this story. Can you decipher it?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA call centres ‘set to boom’

first_img17 January 2007South African IT services company Galdon Data announced recently that it was experiencing an increased demand for call centre solutions and services in Cape Town.In a statement issued last month, the company said it strongly believed the call centre industry was set for major growth over the next few years as South Africa became the preferred call centre hub in Africa.“London-based market analysis firm Datamonitor expects the number of call centre agent positions in South Africa, which is favoured by British companies for its cultural affinity with Europe, to more than triple by 2010,” Galdon Data said.“According to Calling the Cape, a body that promotes call centre development in the province, call centres are crucial for economic development in the Western Cape. Nationally, the number of jobs is expected to grow to 100 000 by 2009.”Galdon Data CEO Garry Ackerman said this growth was mainly as a result of the country’s affordable labour, good language skills and time zones that chime with Western Europe.“There has been a sharp rise in offshore investors, local companies developing customers’ contact facilities for the first time, and new outsourcing businesses, many of them black-owned,” Ackerman said.“South Africa is an appealing option for investors because it shares a time zone with Western Europe, and the high levels of education and familiarity with European culture means it is often seen as a high-quality niche market.”However, he noted that some investors were deterred by the relatively high telecoms tariffs in SA.Galdon Data provides services and solutions for call centres especially in the areas of business process automation and unified messaging. “This encompasses information capture, business information delivery, convergence and document solutions using the Microsoft, Captaris and Autonomy (Cardiff) range of products,” says Uwin Young, Galdon Data’s regional manager for the Western Cape.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mafikeng adopts Obama’s team

first_imgSAinfo reporter and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee 16 March 2009 The strains of “The Star Spangled Banner” were heard at Redibone Middle School in Mafikeng, North West province on Friday as South Africa’s “My 2010 School Adventure” campaign arrived at the school. The campaign, which aims to promote both education and participation in football, has seen schools in all nine of the country’s provinces “adopting” teams participating in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. Along with the rest of North West province, Redibone Middle School – whose under 14 boys and girls teams won the North West region’s Confederations Cup schools tournament, which also part of the campaign – have adopted North American Concacaf champions the United States. “I am very excited about South Africa hosting the Fifa Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as it is such a world-spanning tournament and the first time the African continent is hosting such an event,” US Consul General Andrew Passen said as he addressed 1 000 pupils at the school on Friday. “You are not only a school of champions,” Passen told the children. “You are in fact a school of double champions. I really hope I get to watch my province become the national champions,” Passen added, referring to the upcoming national finals of the schools tournament, which will see the four finalists from each province battle it out for the title of national champions in May. “I felt so good when we won, but we are now training very hard for the national finals,” said Reginah Olehile, a member of the under-14 girls team. “It is great to have won, because I want the opportunity to play as much football as I can, I want to play professionally, I want to play for Bafana”, said Omphile Lemphane, a forward for the under-14 boys team. A total of 8 349 schools across South Africa are participating in My 2010 School Adventure, which also sees pupils learning more about the culture, football, history and language of Confederations Cup contenders Spain, Italy, Brazil, Iraq, New Zealand, Egypt and South Africa. “I am learning so much about America, and now I want to go there myself,” Lemphane said. “I want to meet Barack Obama.” The programme is a partnership between the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A Successful Sales Call Requires a Focus on the Outcome

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now When planning a sales call, you might want to start by creating an agenda, the topics you want to cover with your dream client. You might also want to make a list of questions you want to ask to gain clarity on where your prospective client might need help and how you may assist them. It’s also helpful to make a list of the questions your prospect may ask you, based on any prior conversations or promises you made. While these are good and necessary, it isn’t how you plan any client interaction. Instead, you start with the end.What do you want to happen at the end of the meeting? What do you want your dream client to agree to do next?You start with the outcome and design the agenda and plan the interaction to deliver the result. You work backward from there.What Is the Outcome?At the close of the meeting, what do you want your prospective client to what do you want your dream client to say yes? In almost all cases, you want them to agree to take the next step, and the next step is almost always another meeting.If you have a great first meeting, what you might call The Commitment to Explore, the next meeting may be to Collaborate or start building Consensus around Change (you can find more about how to gain these commitments in The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales). Alternatively, you might need another meeting to go deeper into why your dream client should consider changing.Everything you do should lead to what you want to happen next, even if the nonlinear nature of sales requires you to be flexible enough to make adjustments that move you forward when your prospect needs something different from you.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. How Do You Get There?What has to happen in a meeting to make it likely that your prospective client agrees to take the next step?First, you increase your odds of getting to your next yes if you prepare for the meeting. Do you have insights and ideas you are prepared to share with your dream client? Have you done enough preparation to have a theory about why they should do something different? Do you have a robust value-creating agenda? Can you create enough value in this meeting to earn the next meeting?Second, you need a next step that is valuable enough for the contacts you are meeting with to agree to the next one. Your sales process might provide reliable guidance on what you need to do next to increase your chances of winning a deal, but if you can’t translate that next step into words that cause your client to believe that it is valuable for them, you are going nowhere fast.Why should they follow you down the path you are taking them? What do they get out of the meeting, even if they never buy from you? What do you have to trade in value to tip the balance in your dream client’s favor so much that a yes is not only likely but all but certain? When you can answer this question, you improve your odds of linking meetings together in a way that enhances your control of the process (a critical concept and skill for salespeople).Without knowing the outcome and how to achieve it, you jeopardize the result you want. You also lose control of the process, and you increase the odds that you chase your dream client. Focus on the outcome, and work backward from there.last_img read more

Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Klisura, Foton target 7th victory June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro and Matthew Wright sprung into action to put some fight in the Philippines after going down by twin digits right in the first three minutes, 2-12.“June Mar saved us,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. “We got off to a terrible start.”Gilas just couldn’t quite shake off Taipei—much like Japan in their 77-71 opening win in Tokyo—as the Taiwanese hung around for most of the second half until Wright stepped up to provide the spark the Filipinos needed in the final quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipino-Canadian Wright knocked in all of his 11 points in the fourth period, nine coming from three-point range, that gave Gilas some breather, 84-76, going into the last two minutes.Castro led the Philippines with 20 points, the same number he dropped in Japan, while Fajardo also delivered 17 points and eight rebounds. The Taiwanese last threatened at 73-72, at the six-minute mark before a Castro three-point play and the last of Wright’s three triples put the Filipinos in command for good, 79-72.Despite the perfect start, the pressure mounts as Gilas takes on powerhouse Australia next in the tournament’s second window starting Feb. 22, 2018 in Adelaide.Taipei’s naturalized player Quincy Davis dropped 12 of his team-best 20 points early to lift the Taiwanese to a 19-8 edge, before the Filipinos rallied to wrest the lead, 44-42, at halftime.Aussies whip JapaneseIn another qualifying match, Australia, nowhere near its full strength but still posing as the biggest hurdle for Gilas Pilipinas in the first round of the qualifying series, whipped Japan, 82-58, at Titanium Arena for a similar 2-0 start.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Australia kicked off its campaign with a lopsided win over Chinese Taipei, 104-66, on Friday at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.Despite the final score, Australia did not have an easy time against Japan, not with the visiting Japanese shooting well in the early goings and trailing by just one, 23-22, at the end of the first quarter.The Akatsuki Five stayed within striking distance of the Boomers up until the payoff period, where Australia outscored Japan, 22-8, to put the game beyond reach.Tall orderReyes described the bid to beat Australia, which finished fourth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as “suntok sa buwan (a long shot) to the highest degree” even minus Aussie NBA stars like Ben Simmons, Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova.Australia, its current roster bannered by Olympic veterans like Chris Goulding, Brad Newley and Damian Martin, is among the favorites to qualify in the region as the new Fiba grouping merged Asia and Oceania.Australia ranks ninth in the world rankings, the highest in the Asia-Oceania group, followed by Iran (22nd), China (24th), New Zealand (27th) and the Philippines (30th).True to form, Australia wasted no time in showing its might when it torched Chinese Taipei with a 62 percent shooting clip from the field.Daniel Kickert, who dropped 15 points in just over 17 minutes of action, led five Aussies who finished in twin digits against the Taiwanese. —WITH FIBA.COMPHILIPPINES 90—Castro 20, Fajardo 17, Wright 11, Pogoy 11, Ravena 9, Abueva 8, Blatche 6, Norwood 5, Aguilar 3.CHINESE-TAIPEI 83—Davis 20, Chou Y. 17, Huang 16, Liu 7, Tsai 6, Lee 6, Chou P.C. 4, Chou P.H. 3, Chen 2, Chiang 2, Hu 0, Lu 0.Quarters: 18-23, 44-42, 65-64, 90-83 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERIn defending its home court, Gilas Pilipinas got a bit sloppy.The old reliables, though, managed to clean up the mess as the Philippines turned back Chinese Taipei, 90-83, for a 2-0 start in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READlast_img read more

Jama Masjid attack: US, Oz, NZ issue travel advisories

first_imgThe shootout outside Jama Masjid on Sunday has worried various nations, especially those participating in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG). Concerned about the security of their people, the embassies of Australia, New Zealand and the United States have issued travel advisories for major Indian cities. Australia on Monday issued a warning stating there was a “high risk of terrorism” in the city during the Games, while New Zealand expressed concerns about the security arrangements during the gala sporting event. Australia’s latest travel advisory to its citizens travelling to India says: “Australians in New Delhi should be aware that the Commonwealth Games will be held in a security environment where there is a high risk of terrorism. We continue to receive reporting that terrorists plan to attack public places, including hotels and tourist locations, in New Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities.” Aussie athletes have also been advised to exercise “extreme caution” during the Games. New Zealand too seemed concerned about the security arrangements in the national capital but it still had some faith in the system. Prime Minister John Key said the situation was being monitored but the country was committed to participating in the Games. The New Zealand travel advisory said: “There is a significant threat from terrorism in India and New Zealanders travelling in India should take account of the potential for terrorist attacks by militant groups. We continue to receive reports of plans for terrorist attacks in India. Terrorist attacks in India may be directed at national institutions within major cities, religious sites, festivals, tourist sites, hotels, markets, fairs, major sporting events, and public transport.” Earlier, the US was first to react to the Jama Masjid attack issuing a travel advisory to its citizens. Its advisory asked Americans to be cautious and to maintain a low profile while in India. “US citizens are urged to always practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. US citizens are advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security while visiting public places, including religious sites,” the US advisory said.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new deal

first_imgWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves striker Austin Samuel has penned a new two-and-half year contract.The 18-year-old joined Wolves as an under-8 player, progressing through the Academy system, and will now remain a part of the club until 2021.In 2009 Samuels was spotted by a local scout and first signed for the club in May that year, having previously played locally for Newbridge Rangers.Since then he’s rose as high as under-23 level this season, appearing six times in all competitions for Rob Edwards’ side.The striker netted in victories over Newcastle United and Sunderland, and featured in the Checkatrade Trophy against Mansfield Town’s first-team. He could come into contention for the under-23s’ return to action against West Brom on Monday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goals

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goalsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists they deserved something from their 2-1 defeat at Burnley.Jeff Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.Ranier said, “Football is fantastic. We deserved more but that’s football.”They had three chances and scored two own goals. We are alive, we never give up and we continue to fight.”I am satisfied with our performance. We knew it would be a battle, they won so they are right and we are wrong.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more