HARD WORK PAYS OFF

first_imgby Malik VincentA strong work ethic is what’s going to get you ahead in life moving forward, keynote speaker and former Pitt basketball star Jason Matthews shared with the student athletes being honored at the annual New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Luncheon. The June 4 event, held at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, honored 133 athletes who competed in football, boys and girls basketball, as well as track and field in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.“One of the challenges that I see with the 17- 22-year-old age group is the feeling of entitlement,” said Matthews, a 1991 Pitt graduate and native of Los Angeles. “During my high school career, I was told in order to play there and in college I had to shoot 500 jump shots, 200 free throws, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. That work ethic helped me make it through college and have a successful business career.”The smooth shooting Mat­thews was a three-time All Big East performer, whose three-point percentage mark still stands in the record books today.“I graduated 20 years ago and my record is still there,” he said. “That is telling me that young people today aren’t working hard enough.”Darnell Dinkins, a former pro tight end who played with four different NFL teams, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.He, too, spoke about the hard work that it requires to be successful in not only the realm of athletics, but in everyday life.“It’s not just important to work the muscles in your body,” he said. “But it’s also important to work the muscle (inside of the head) that stretches six inches between both ears.”Dinkins, a former All-City performer at Schenley, took his talents to the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a degree in criminology. Despite, having an extended NFL career in which he won a Super Bowl championship with New Orleans in 2010, he stressed the importance of achieving all one can on and off the field.He said it took him four attempts to pass the SAT’s in high school. He also talked about the adversities he faced academically in school and how he worked hard in the gym into the wee hours of the morning to qualify—physically—for the competition in the NFL.Chuck Sanders Charities was the platinum sponsor for the event. Other sponsors were: Port Authority of Allegheny County, Heinz Corp., Jim Rice Enterprises, the Trolley Station Oral History Center and the Pittsburgh Penguins.“The All-City Luncheon is something we do because we think it’s very important to acknowledge the City youth for the positive things they have accomplished, “ said Ulish Carter, managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier. “Thank God for Chuck Sanders who stepped up again this year to sponsor the luncheon. Even though we haven’t gotten the full participation from parents, schools and coaches that we would like, on the whole most have responded positively. We were extremely happy that Pittsburgh School Superintendent Linda Lane, PhD, participated this year. She presented the awards to the students. This is the first time a superintendent has attended.”Sanders, a native of Homewood, starred at Penn Hills High School then moved on to being one of the top running backs at Slippery Rock University before playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.“Honestly, it’s huge,” Sanders said about having the event in Homewood and honoring the kids. “I’m so blessed to be home. I literally got goose bumps thinking of being in the coliseum and Homewood and being able to see these kids. You look back and remember when you used to look up to who used to inspire you. Anytime I get an opportunity to support (City League youth), it’s a no-brainer.”Sanders was raised in Homewood but his parents moved to Penn Hills when he was a teen. He said he cried when his parents moved out of Homewood.Perry’s standout wide receiver, Devin Ghafoor—a 2011 first-team All-City football selection—hopes to emulate that same success as he’ll move on to a full football scholarship at Edinboro University in the fall.Statistically, he had one of the best years in the league with 48 receptions for 750 yards—10 of which went for touchdowns. On defense, he also enjoyed a good campaign with six interceptions plus one that went for a score.“I’m looking forward to, hopefully, getting some good playing time (in college),” Ghafoor said. “I had a great senior year at Perry. We started out training hard and we did well (all the way from the preseason).”Junior guard Justin Dobbs helped lead his city boys basketball champion Allderdice team to a second round game in the PIAA playoffs for the first time in his career. Named this year’s boys ­basketball All-City Most Valuable Player, he was the league’s leading scorer, averaging over 15 points a game on the season.“Last summer I was basically just playing basketball and sleeping,” Dobbs said. “I knew we’d lost a lot of people after last season, so I realized there was a lot that I had to pick up, but we still had some people coming back. I feel like there are a lot of people on our side, so we had to go out there and win for them, too.”Janay Bottoms led Allderdice to the girls basketball title in 2011, as well. She was crowned the Most Valuable Player, in addition, to a unanimous first-team selection, at the luncheon.“I worked so hard to get here,” Bottoms said. “It was unexpected that I would be honored. After not winning the title the year before, I wanted to do everything I could for my team to come back and win this year.Four coaches were acknowledged as Coaches of the Year in 2010-2011, by the New Pittsburgh Courier.Since taking over the program in 2001, Perry’s head football coach Bill Gallagher won his sixth title for the Commodores this past season. The team went a perfect 11-0 in City League play.“I’ve seen these kids, after football, excel in the classroom and excel in other sports,” he said. “They’re such a well-rounded group of kids. I wish (my seniors) all the best of luck in whatever they do.”Carrick boys basketball coach, Walt Malinski, enjoyed his first selection as Coach of the Year. His Raiders were one of the city’s most improved teams and made a rare appearance in the post-season in 2011, despite losing their leading scorer, guard Jordan Wilson to a season-ending leg injury.Dave Walchesky from Allderdice and Phyllis Jones from Westinghouse were honored as co-Coaches of the Year in girls basketball. Jones couldn’t attend the event due to her daughter’s high school graduation, but her other daughter Denise Jones accepted the honor for her.“This is one of the most important recognition events we do each year,” said Stephan Broadus, Courier assistant to the publisher.“It’s an honor to be able to showcase these talented young men and women as they move on in their academic and athletic careers.”last_img read more

Nelson Curling Club Crowns League Playoff Winners

first_imgNelson Curling Club wrapped up the 2015-16 season with its League Playoffs Saturday.Major winner’s included the Nando Salviulo rink capturing the Men’s Title, the Marla Dreher rink taking home bragging rights in the Ladies League and the Brent Pihowich foursome walking away with the Mixed Crown.The Salviulo rink, including third Grand Davidson, second Harry Davidson, leaad Joe Duncan and fifth Bill Levey, defeated the Randy Zelonka rink in the final to capture the title.Salviulo got past Garry Meadows in the semi final round. Ladies Champs, Dreher, third Deanna Cownden, second Deanna Holitzki defeated the Kristina Little rink in the final.Little’s rink includes third Carol Bennett, Marcie Stefiuk and lead Terri Wilkinson.Mixed Champs, Brent Pihowich rink of third Kathy Centrone, second Al May and lead Karen MacDonald, defeated the Douglas rink to claim the top prize.League playoffs capped off a very busy year for the Nelson Curling Club, the highlight was the hosting of the BC Men’s Provincial Curling Championship won by the Jim Cotter rink from Vernon.As well the youth development program delivered curling to hundreds of school age participants.There were also many events and bonspiels hosted by the Nelson Club during the season.Registration for the 2016-2017 season will take place beginning in September of 2016, please visit our web site for more curling information at  www.nelsoncurling.calast_img read more

SA mining fatalities at record low

first_img8 May 2012 A safety crackdown reduced the number of fatalities at South Africa’s mines to a record low of three in April – down from an average of 11 or more per month.“There has been a significant improvement on health and safety since the department intensified enforcement measures at the mines,” Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Monday.“In fact, the month of April 2012 has recorded the lowest fatalities ever, of three deaths, when compared with other historical figures, which were generally more than 11 deaths per month.”South Africa’s mines are the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous, and Shabangu’s ministry has been leading a drive that has included a surge in inspections and stoppages for safety violations.This year to date, 39 people have lost their lives in South African mines compared with 42 in the same period in 2011, while the number of mine injuries fell 35 percent to 668, Shabangu said.South Africa’s mining output fell sharply in volume terms in February, the latest month for which data is available, highlighting the impact of the safety push.Production of platinum group metals (PGMs) fell 47.6 percent, while gold output fell 11.5 percent in volume terms in February. Total mineral production was down 14.5 percent compared with the same month last year.Sapalast_img read more

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television. The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, is based on a British miniseries called “House of Cards,” that starred Ian Richardson as a Machievellian prime minister. Deadline Hollywood reported that Netflix could pay more than $100 million as part of a deal for 26 episodes, allegedly outbidding HBO and AMC. A two-season deal is somewhere between uncommon and unheard of (most series are given funding for a pilot first) and are no doubt part of the appeal for MRC. DH pointed out that the 14-year-old company, though a leader in streaming video rental, has competition. “(Netflix) has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly.”Netflix is said to be deep in conversation and negotiation with a number of different Hollywood production houses to act as first point of distribution for new series and movies. This deal may also prove to be another step in Netflix’s possible move toward a DVD-free future where all video is delivered online. last_img read more

My 2013 Balance Sheet

first_imgIt’s the last day of the year. Time to do some year-end accounting.DebitsI blindly put too much trust (and invested too much money) in people I didn’t know and who didn’t deserve it. I was angry with them when I have only myself to blame.I created dependents and was angry when they continually needed me for what I should have better prepared them to do for themselves.I sometimes over-committed and struggled to keep up. Any stress I felt was a result of my unwillingness to say “no” to some smaller things so I could say “yes” to bigger ones.I didn’t read nearly enough.I sometimes didn’t follow the systems and processes I put in place, and in some cases didn’t build a system or process where I needed one.I sometimes allowed myself to enter a frustrated and unresourceful state and gave up when I should have worn people down until they relented and did what was right.I was sometimes unclear with my instructions. I sometimes delegated poorly.I was sometimes short with people when I should have exercised empathy, patience, and understanding.I sometimes made poor decisions about my health and my diet.I was sometimes unavailable. I didn’t leave enough margin.CreditsI hired Beth to help with my bookings.I hired Jess to help with my calendar.I spoke in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Ireland, Washington, DC, New York, South Africa, Columbus (Hometown Gigs!), Canada, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Danville (Illinois) San Francisco, and Abilene, Texas.I had the opportunity to share ideas, coach, and consult with salespeople, sales managers, and sales organization from around the world.I met dozens of new people I am now happy to call friends, and some I now call family.I licensed three frameworks to ThinkSales out of South Africa.Every business in which I am involved is bigger than the prior year by at least 12%.I became a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine.I spoke 40 times in 2013.I shed 25 pounds.I saved and invested more money than I had planned to.I took two family vacations (much more difficult than it sounds, back to that margin thing).I drafted the manuscript of book one (editing now for a 2014 release).I drafted the manuscript of book two (editing after the launch of book one later in 2014).I built a new site for my speaking business which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.I built a training site for salespeople and sales organization which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.On balance, a good year for me. Now what about you?QuestionsWhat were your major “debits” in 2013?What were your major “credits” last year?What does your balance sheet tell you that you need to do in in 2014?last_img read more

Rica Rivera making most of last chance to cap off redemption journey with UAAP crown

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue After recovering from two knee surgeries, Rivera returned to the Golden Tigresses’ lineup in Season 80 but had a dismal season and failed to crack the Best Diggers and Best Receivers list with UST finishing the year at 4-10 for the no.7 spot.Rivera’s fortunes did not immediately turn around at the start of Season 81 with UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes opting for rookie libero Janel Delerio to start most of the games.“I didn’t have a great start this year and now I finally recovered from it, I’m starting to get back up,” said Rivera who closed out the elimination for UST playing stellar volleyball in two straight games against La Salle en route to the finals.“This is my final year, I’m a senior, my mindset now is I won’t have another chance at this.”Rivera closed out the playoff for the no.2 spot against the Lady Spikers with 11 excellent digs in two sets helping UST to the 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated After starting the game at the bench in the no.2 playoff, Rivera was given the starting nod in the Final Four and she rewarded Reyes with 21 excellent digs and 21 successful receptions in UST’s 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-8 win.“The trust that coach gave me was always there and I’m very thankful, as a senior, that I should be the one to help carry this team,” said Rivera. “The composure that he’s searching for should start from me and the other seniors.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—It has been a whirlwind of a collegiate career for Rica Rivera.ADVERTISEMENT In her five years with University of Santo Tomas, Rivera reached the pinnacle of her career when she won two UAAP beach volleyball titles but suffered through a couple of anterior cruciate ligament injuries that slowed her down.Rivera’s fifth year with the Golden Tigresses also had its ups and downs when she initially spent much of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament riding the bench before getting back to her starting position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd entering her first finals appearance in the indoor volleyball circuit, Rivera knows she finally defeated the demons that haunted her in the early part of her career.“I’m happy because this is my redemption year and I know I redeemed myself and somehow my road to recovery wasn’t that easy because of the injuries and a lot of heartaches last year,” said Rivera. Not just Giannis: Deep Milwaukee Bucks roar into East finals Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Pledge Your Support For Women In Sport

first_imgThey aim to have 100,000 people pledge their support for Women In Sport. Please follow this link to pledge your support now: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/women-in-sport/online-pledge/Become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539Follow Women’s Health on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/womenshealthaus  or use the hashtag #isupportwomeninsportlast_img

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgThis communication is to outline information related to the compulsory transition to Touch Football Online. Days Remaining: 47 Touch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website –www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015. In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme. As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. Through a strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1 January, 2015). TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payments/financial details, but also track member data and facilitate more effective engagement and communication with members. Regardless of the size or scope of your affiliate, TFO can build new efficiencies into your business processes (e.g. vastly reduced paperwork), saving you time and enabling you to manage your competition information the most effective way. It is important to note that associations who are using the Sportzware Central program, that this program is being phased out and there will be no further development of this product, so it’s time for users to join TFO. TFA has invested in and are continuing to invest in communication, training and education of these changes, by making available the Touch Football webinars and learning resources for affiliates whom excel in transitioning to the new systems. To learn how you can prepare for moving your association to TFO, and to arrange your conversion, please email [email protected] or contact the TFA office on (02) 6212 2800. For more information, please click on the attached flyer. Related Filescompulsory_transition_to_tfo-pdftouch_football_online_flyer-jpgRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more