Allen preached the value of practice to the team in his five-minute impromptu speech, instilling to the young Pirates that the pain comes before the pleasure while encouraging them to continue working hard as they prepare for the bigger wars ahead.“It’s hard when you’re at the top, right? Because you have to work extra hard,” said Allen. “One of the things that I’ve always prided myself on, in my whole career, is execution. Now you have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”“Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process. You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Perez said he was honored to meet someone like Allen, who has won two titles in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.“We’re all starstruck and we’re very happy because he told us what we need to do, which is to continue preparing hard because we’re the number one team and the other teams are already going after us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their wedding Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Pirates, who are undefeated this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after nine games in the first round, got a surprise of a lifetime as NBA veteran Ray Allen dropped by their team dinner on Tuesday.Lyceum’s top gun CJ Perez shared that the whole team was shocked to meet the legendary sharpshooter, who is in the country for a couple of days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’re surprised to see someone like Ray Allen go to our school. It’s a rare thing to happen for us,” he said.In the video posted by Lyceum’s official page, the two-time NBA champion was seen shaking everyone’s hands before asking, “I heard you guys were in first place?” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Lyceum gets all the good things these days.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments
Kolkata, Sep 1 (PTI) Moments after Kolkata duo Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar clinched the men’s pair bridge gold in the Jakarta Asian Games on Saturday, Indian men team’s non-playing captain and coach Debasish Ray said he now hopes more youngsters would take up the sport. Ray, who was also the national selector for the Asian Games, had to return to Kolkata on August 29 in preparation for Inter-State Bridge Championship to be held in Mysore from September 5-9. “I feel the moment of reckoning has finally arrived for the sport. I hope the youngsters will finally take up bridge after the Asian Games success,” Ray told PTI here. “I’m on phone since the news has spread, and both my lines are busy, so much so that I’m still to talk to them (Bardhan and Sarkar) after they won. But I’m very happy as we badly wanted this to happen. Finally there will be awareness for bridge,” an ecstatic Ray added. In a sport where the average age is 50-plus in India, Ray feels the youngsters involvement will improve the quality by leaps and bounds. Terming it the most-scientific mind game, Ray said: “It’s more advanced than chess. It has got higher number of permutation and combinations that you won’t believe.” “But let me tell you, it will be highly beneficial for the youngsters if they take up bridge. It’s a mind game. But nobody ever cared for our sport; it’s mostly confined to veterans now,” the 61-year-old said. When asked about popular perception that card games are synonymous with gambling, he said: “Cricket is the most gamble sport in India. But look at the awareness and it has helped the sport.”advertisement Ray, however, wants to be realistic and says: “If not cricket, at least bridge can look up to chess. Look how many youngsters play the sport in India. I hope now bridge too can attract youngsters now.” He further pointed out that the sport can offer you job security. “Railways have been offering job to successful bridge players for over 10 years now, while new avenues have opened up in Income Tax and Central Excise departments,” Ray, who is the youngest-ever winner of the National Ruia Gold Cup and Singhania Trophy, said. A veteran of the sport since four decades, Ray was in constant touch with the gold medal winning duo of Bardhan and Sarkar till they won by a handsome six-point margin against Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen. A businessman in Santoshpur area in South Kolkata, Bardhan is a family man with a grand daughter. Sarkar, who is an employee of Hyderabad-based Navayuga Engineering Company Limited, is unmarried and stays in a one-room flat in Salkia in Howrah district. But they do nothing other than playing bridge whole day, Ray says. “They play bridge online for about 10 hours a day. They know each other for about 20 years now and good friends off the board,” he said. The duo had a solid preparation in the build up to the 18th Asian Games where bridge made its debut. Early this year, the duo won a invitational tournament in Incheon where Asia Pacific countries competed, besides winning a team bronze for India in the Asia Cup in Goa in June ahead of the Asian Games. India returned with one gold and two bronze medals — men’s team and mixed team — in bridge from the Asian Games. “I am sure this success will make the sport popular in India. Finally there will be publicity in the media, something that was our biggest regret so far,” he signed. PTI TAP SSCSSC
zoom Philippine port developer International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) posted a revenue from port operations of USD 1.244 billion for the year ended December 31, 2017.The results are 10 percent higher compared to USD 1.128 billion reported in 2016.Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) were also 10 pct higher year-on-year standing at USD 578 million.Net income attributable to equity holders for the full-year was USD 182.1 million, up one percent from the previous year.ICTSI said the increase in net income was mainly due to the continuing ramp-up at its new terminal in Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), strong operating results from the terminals in Iraq, Mexico, Honduras, Madagascar, China, Poland and Brazil, along with the gain related to the termination of the sub-concession agreement in Lagos, Nigeria.The port operator’s handled consolidated volume came at 9.15 million TEUs in 2017, five percent more than in 2016.“The increase in volume was primarily due to continuing improvement in global trade activities particularly in the emerging markets, continuing ramp-up at ICTSI’s operations in Basra, Iraq, new services at Manzanillo, Mexico and contribution of new terminals in Matadi, DRC and Melbourne, Australia. Excluding the new terminals, the consolidated volume would have increased by four percent,” the group said.For 2018, the group has earmarked USD 380 million for capital expenditure, which will mainly be allocated for the capacity expansion in its terminal operations in Manila, Mexico and Iraq.In addition, ICTSI capital will be directed to the rehabilitation and development of its container terminal in Honduras, procurement of additional equipment and minor infrastructure works in its newly acquired terminal operations in Papua New Guinea, and the completion of its new barge terminal project in Cavite City, Philippines.
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $14 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 2 will be approximately $17 million.The Canadian Press