Japanese coach targets Jamaican TT growth

first_img IT IS POSSIBLE New national table tennis coach, Satoshi Takashima, wants to take his two years in charge of the national programme to develop the island’s best talents, promote the sports and make Jamaica more competitive internationally. Takashima, a former Japanese player, will oversee the coaching of Jamaica’s national table tennis players and teams and he hopes that at the end of his stint, the island’s players would have made meaningful progress so that they can produce better results in international competitions. “The next two years I want the experience to coach top players and youngsters so I can help both and help promote table tennis in the country. I hope we see more table tennis players, also hope to see better results in international matches,” he told The Gleaner at the Social Development Commission (SDC)/Table Tennis Jamaica/Greater Whitfield Town Development Council’s community table tennis competition launch at the Full Gospel Baptist Church in Whitfield Town yesterday. The Japanese is aware of Jamaica’s rapid rise in international tennis, moving from the fifth division to the third division in the last three years and he believes with hard work and training the country can continue that upward trend. “It is not impossible. If we work hard and practise like Japan, like China it is possible to reach such a high level. I hope to take Jamaica as far as I can,” he said. “Before I came I try to get information about Jamaican table tennis and I found that the Jamaican table tennis team is getting better results in previous world championships. “The people in Jamaica and the table tennis association are very active to get good players to work hard for future championships. I am happy to be here to work with these people and our target is clear, we want to get a better result in international matches,” he added. Over the next month or so, Takashima hopes to meet with stakeholders so he can chart the way forward. Takashima has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He is the former coach of Bahrain and has eight years experience in coaching in the Middle East. He is also an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) instructor and has coached two previous Japanese world champions.last_img read more

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Alab sustains fiery ABL run

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Truly turning a new leaf in the new year, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to three games after holding off the Singapore Slingers in overtime, 89-80, Sunday in the Asean Basketball League at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman paced the Philippine side, which rose to 3-3, with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Brownlee triggered the pullaway in the extra period and finished with 17 points, seven boards and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 AJ Mandani forced extra time with a 3-pointer, 78-all, with 12.2 seconds left after Brownlee’s floater rattled out. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Koreans rule PH Amateur Open MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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‘You’ll never eat alone’: Football and fava on Egypt menu

first_imgMohamed Ahmed, 31, a DJ turned street food entrepreneur, came up with the idea with friend Mohamed al-Sayed before the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting due to end next week.The cart, which only operates between 11 pm and 3 am, is emblazoned with Sayed’s red and green design – after the Liverpool football club logo.Liverpool’s legendary anthem has been amended on the cart to read: “You’ll never eat alone.”“There’s no one who doesn’t love Salah. We’re avid football fans so the idea clicked one day while we were sitting around, and the response has been huge from the locals,” he told AFP.“As Egyptians we like to get together, especially during Ramadan, and have a communal meal. So the tagline came naturally and Sayed designed it perfectly.”Ahmed Adel, a 25-year-old engineer, spotted photos of the cart on Facebook in early May and has been a regular customer.He is circled every time by dozens of hungry patrons in a carnival-like atmosphere of loud music and football commentary on flat screen televisions.Egyptian supporters of Liverpool football club take a selfie in front of a “Liver Fuul” food cart in the capital Cairo © AFP / Ahmed HASANNamed after Liverpool’s Swiss star, Shaqiri-sterma, a mix of eggs and pastrami, is his favourite. A dish named “Mo Salah” is also on the menu.“The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly,” he said.He anticipated a Liverpool victory in the UEFA Champions League final against fellow English club Tottenham Hotspurs and two goals for Salah, who has become a source of national pride for Egypt.Ahmed, the food cart operator, said he was happy that his business had become a gathering point for the club’s fans in the capital Cairo.“I’m a winner either way, it’s not just about money for me,” he said.“The first week of business we were running at a loss, but with word of mouth and social media, it has really picked up,” Adel added.He was counting on Liverpool being crowned European champions against first-time finalists Spurs, after a heartbreaking loss to Real Madrid in last year’s final in which Salah went off injured.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egyptians cook at a food cart named “Liver Fuul”, a play on the Arabic name for fava beans and English football club Liverpool in a suburb of Cairo © AFP / Ahmed HASANCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 1 – Egyptian football fans readied to cheer on national hero Mohamed Salah in Sunday’s Champions League clash and tuck into food from a cart whose owner vows they’ll “never eat alone”.A tribute to the Reds, the “Liverfuul” cart serves up hot dishes of “fuul” (fava beans) in Ain Shams, a working-class suburb of Cairo.last_img read more

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In pictures: Arsenal’s new £7m signing poses in Gunners shirt for first time

first_img1 Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel. The midfielder becomes the Gunners’ first signing of the January transfer window, joining amid injuries to Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere, with his fee understood to be in excess of £5m.Arsene Wenger is optimistic that Elneny will be registered in time for their Premier League clash against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. Before his debut, Arsenal have posted images of their latest addition posing in the club shirt.Take a look at the Egypt international, donning the Gunners kit, below. Arsenal’s new signing Mohamed Elneny center_img PICTURES: Check out the first images of @ElNennyM in an @Arsenal shirt: https://t.co/WFHfZcdVte pic.twitter.com/sJXi2Zfv6x— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 14, 2016last_img read more

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GREAT DONEGAL SWINDLE: SOURCES WARN IT COULD BE TWO YEARS BEFORE CASH IS RELEASED

first_imgUPDATED: INTERPOL has seized millions of euro from accounts they believe is linked to the foreign national crook who has swindled dozens of Donegal investors, we can reveal today.The con artist, who has tricked dozens of Donegal investors out of their cash had referred to them as ‘turkeys’ and had boasted: “They’ll never see a cent.”The brazen foreign national crook has bagged millions of euro in a get-rich-quick scam which is being investigated by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation. Tonight we can reveal that investors may get some of their money back – and may have to prove it is theirs to garda detectives – but that process could take up to two years.A reliable source revealed: “A number of bank accounts containing considerable sums have been frozen as the investigation continues.“The inquiry now has several different aspects and several different police forces are involved. The good news is that we have found several million euro, but we don’t believe that is enough to cover the investments.“However at a future stage, people could make claims and at least they will get something back. The downside is that may take some time and may well be after the court case. That could take a couple of years.” Detectives have already raided rented premises in a number of towns in Donegal as part of extensive international investigations into the swindler.Donegaldaily.com has been talking to a number of sources about how the fraudster operated his scam.He told cash investors they could get returns of up to 40% in a matter of months – and that he bought liquidated stock and companies and re-sold them at huge profit.The fact is that he just kept the cash. And now he is telling investors that if they want their money back, they should sue him.And he is also boasting: “They should have read the small print – the investment can go down as well as up.” But it is his brass-necked boasts – details of which have been passed to us – which will infuriate up to 90 out-of-pocket investors right across the county.Earlier this week we are told that when the crook was asked if people would get their money back, he said: “There are no guarantees in this life. If they (the investors) think they can have their money back, then they are a bunch of turkeys.”One source told us: “He is wrapping himself up in legals. He is basically saying the investments didn’t work and that’s the end of it. If people want to sue him, they can go ahead. He doesn’t care.”Detectives however believe the balding roly-poly swindler has tried to pull off the ‘perfect crime’ – persuading people with hidden cash to invest and hoping they won’t report it to the authorities for fear of being investigated by the Revenue Commissioners. One investor who has lost a huge six figure sum told us: “My money was legitimate and all declared. In fact I took it out of the bank to give to that fat bastard.“If he thinks he can come here and pull the wool over my eyes, he had better think again. I can’t begin to tell you how angry people are.”We have been told that four cars loaded with investors has been looking for both the swindler and his sales people in recent days.The crook ran a so-called Ponzi scheme, similar to the one run in the USA by conman Bernard Madoff. He is serving 150 years behind bars for conning investors out of billions of dollars.The Donegal con is believed to have involved up to €10M.The crook is currently winding up all his business concerns both here and in Belfast.GREAT DONEGAL SWINDLE: SOURCES WARN IT COULD BE TWO YEARS BEFORE CASH IS RELEASED was last modified: December 23rd, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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American exec puts mark on Toyota

first_imgTORRANCE – One of the most important auto executives in the country drives a pickup truck to work, greets employees by name and likes to relax by competing in triathlons. Later this month, Jim Press will become the first non-Japanese president of Toyota Motors North America, overseeing sales and engineering divisions as well as 12 manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada. In his last job as head of Toyota Motor Sales, Press led Toyota’s rapid sales climb from a 9.3 percent market share in the U.S. in 2000 to 13.1 percent in 2005. So far this year, Toyota is running ahead of DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group in domestic sales and has pulled closer to industry leader General Motors Corp., which commands nearly a quarter of the domestic market. Toyota reported overall sales were up 17 percent and car sales were up nearly 25 percent in May. He is credited with helping the Prius hybrid become a must-have among energy-conscious consumers. He also helped launch Toyota’s new youth-oriented brand, Scion, which is helping the automaker play to the next generation of American drivers. “It’s really hard to argue with the success the group has had, and certainly Jim was very much a part of that,” said Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting for the auto information company J.D. Power and Associates, based in Westlake Village, Calif. Press is also a managing director of Toyota, one step below the board of directors. Yet he brushes aside a suggestion that he could one day run the company in the same way Sir Howard Stringer last year became the first non-Japanese head of Sony Corp. “In our company, we still have very good people,” Press said in a recent interview. “Our company has many `next in line.’ They don’t need to move down to my place on the list.” Press was promoted after the departure of Hideaki Otaka, who retired as president of Toyota Motors North America after a former assistant accused him of sexual harassment. Otaka said he expects to be vindicated but stepped down to avoid problems for the company. Press said the charges would be thoroughly investigated, and he noted Toyota has a zero-tolerance policy. Press revealed that he had been stalked two years ago by a female employee, an experience he said gave him perspective on the harassment issue. Press was reluctant to elaborate, but said the problem was handled by the company’s human resources department. “I know how uncomfortable you can be made in the workplace,” he said. “It worries you.” In his new job, Press will spearhead Toyota’s push to capture at least 15 percent of the U.S. market. For the first five months of the year, GM led all automakers with 23.5 percent of the market, followed by Ford Motor Co. with 17.4 percent. Toyota was No. 3 with 14.6 percent, just ahead of Chrysler at 13.7 percent. A major challenge for Press will be maintaining Toyota’s reputation for quality as the company seeks rapid growth against competitors such as GM, which has installed new management and is working to improve its sagging fortunes. “It’s not easy, and it’s something that internally we worry about,” Press said. “We just have to keep understanding what got us here,” he added. “We’ve got to keep paranoid.” Toyota’s rise has not been without bumps. Its recalls doubled in 2005, and the company has not been able to keep up with the demand for the Prius. Press said the company was diverting some hybrid components from its Prius line to get its new Camry hybrid up and running. “By year-end, we will have produced more Priuses this year than last year,” he said. But Press said there are no plans to start building the Prius in the U.S. “We started with the Camry hybrid here in Kentucky and that will begin the process of getting our suppliers located here and developing the capability, and over time it makes sense for more vehicles of hybrid production in North America,” Press said. “But right now there is no plan beyond the Camry.” Hybrid technology, which combines gas engines with electric batteries, will remain a focus of Toyota, even as the company explores other alternative fuel technology, including hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol and gas-ethanol mixtures such as E85. “Ethanol can be a component, especially to stop dependency on foreign oil. But it’s not the answer to everything,” Press said. In his new job, Press will move from his longtime base in Torrance, just south of Los Angeles, to Toyota’s North American headquarters in New York. He spends about two weeks every month in Japan. “Wherever my shoes are, I’m in my office,” he said. He said Toyota Motor Sales has no plans to leave California, as Nissan Motors recently did when it relocated to Nashville, Tenn., to cut costs. “This is the car mecca of the world when it comes to trends,” Press said of Southern California. “Why would we move out of here? Where would we want to be?” As he begins his new job, Press said he intends to focus on the fundamentals and not become satisfied with success or preoccupied with market share. “My grandfather said, `When you get to the top of the mountain, you keep climbing,”‘ he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Press is known as a driven executive who works long days and is never far from his Blackberry. But in person, he is soft-spoken and humble, radiating a Zen calm he attributes to the 36 years he has spent with Toyota exposed to Japanese culture. As the executive in charge of U.S. sales, Press was key in persuading his Japanese bosses to build the kind of cars and trucks that Americans wanted to buy. Press was instrumental in helping Toyota enter the competitive – and very American – truck market, analysts say. Early Toyota pickups just weren’t powerful or tough enough for U.S. buyers. Press helped his Japanese counterparts better understand the market. The result is the 2007 Toyota Tundra, scheduled to come out in January, which has door handles wide enough to accommodate the thick gloves of construction workers and a center panel deep enough for a laptop computer, also an important tool on work sites. Stories about the Press influence abound. The popular Sienna minivan, with its large cupholders, reflects his understanding of what American car buyers want and his ability to communicate that to Japanese executives. “Toyota reflects Jim Press to some extent,” said Rebecca Lindland, an auto analyst with the consulting firm Global Insight. “Just as Jim Press has been able to blend in to this very Japanese company, this very Japanese company has been able to blend into the U.S.” last_img
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UNIQUE GAA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN DONEGAL

first_imgA unique GAA conference looking at injury prevention, conditioning and psychology with the game is to be held in Donegal.The conference ‘Practical Tools on Injury Prevention, Strength & Conditioning and Psychology for GAA Coaches’ is on Friday the 3rd of February in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey.The cost of the conference is €10 and all profits go to The Lions Club to help local charities. The idea of the conference is to give club and school managers, coaches and anyone interested in the area, practical information on how they can prepare their teams for the upcoming season.It will look at the latest advances in areas of Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Strength & Conditioning, and Performance Psychology. Those who attend will then be able to go back to their teams and apply these methods.Normally these events are held closer to Dublin and are expensive to access but this is a unique event, organised with the backing of the Donegal County Board who are hoping to see the rewards later in the club season.     UNIQUE GAA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 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:donegalGAA conferenceInjury OPreventionLions ClubTommy Gallagherlast_img read more

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Florida State faces rare ACC cupcake

first_img “It’s more difficult now,” Bowden said. “We’re playing in a lot tougher league right now than we were 12 years ago. It’s really gotten tough with these large stadiums and all of the crowd getting into it.” Of course, none of that really has anything to do with Duke. The Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4 ACC) clinched their 11th consecutive losing season with a lopsided home loss to Georgia Tech a week ago, and they rank last in nine conference statistical categories. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Now they get the unenviable task of being next up on the schedule for the 11th-ranked Seminoles (5-1, 3-1). “That is the thing, there is no exhale,” Duke coach Ted Roof said. “Each week, it seems like there is a top-25 team that we are teeing it up against. That is part of the wonderful thing about being in this league.” Bowden has his own issues besides simply bouncing back from that loss to the Cavaliers. Earlier this week, he dismissed reserve cornerback Joe Manning from the team while suspending wide receiver Fred Rouse and backup guard Cornelius Lewis for one game. Manning shouldn’t be missed, since he has yet to play in a single game, but Rouse figured to be a prominent part of the game plan. Leading receiver De’Cody Fagg is out with a separated shoulder, so freshman kick returner Kenny O’Neal will see more playing time. Rouse created a sideline disturbance last week when an assistant coach corrected him for running the wrong route on a play in the third quarter. DURHAM, N.C. — Bobby Bowden noticed a change long before Florida State lost its first game this season. Spurred on by the success of the Seminoles not to mention the addition of Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College the rest of the teams around the Atlantic Coast Conference are better than ever. That includes Virginia, which dominated throughout on its home field and beat Florida State last week. center_img “We probably got on him and it frustrated him,” Bowden said. “So there is a lot of learning there that has to be done.” Too bad Rouse can’t do some of it this week. Florida State is 13-0 against Duke all since joining the ACC in 1992 with an average margin of victory of 36 points. When the Seminoles come to Wallace Wade Stadium, they are particularly tough on their host. In four previous trips, Florida State has scored at least 45 points in all, including a 56-7 victory in 2003. Two of the Duke “home” games were moved to other venues to make more money, with one held in Orlando, Fla., and the other up the road in Jacksonville. The reason? Not surprisingly, the Blue Devils have a difficult time drawing a crowd, with an average of about 17,000 turning out so far this season. And that includes an announced attendance of 25,000 for a rout by Virginia Tech, with fans of the Hokies accounting for a large portion of the total. Florida State averages better than 82,000 for games at Doak Campbell Stadium. “All you can do is tell them about it. It is different in the regard,” Bowden said. “Actually, they would like to play before of a lot of people. As far as their play is concerned, I don’t think it will affect them.” Getting over that first loss shouldn’t be a problem, either. “You know if we play our best, we are one of the best teams in the nation,” linebacker A.J. Nicholson said. “Things like that happen, you win some and you lose some. This was the type of team that we shouldn’t have lost to, but we have to move forward and make this the best season that we can have.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nation Branding in action: reaching the masses in 2018

first_imgIt is imperative that one takes the time out to look back and reflect on the efforts put into achieving a successful year. To review the work and the impact it has unearthed and most importantly opportunities that arose to help leverage in improving the mandate that Brand South Africa has to fulfil.As the custodian of the Nation Brand, tasked with marketing and managing its image, Brand South Africa makes efforts to continuously engage and collaborate with stakeholders in business, government and civil society. To articulate and get support in order to strengthen the Nation Brand’s competitiveness.Reflecting on the economic, political and social landscape, 2018 was an eventful year in South Africa. For Brand South Africa, it meant we had our work cut out for us in ensuring we continue to drive a positive narrative of the Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally.Our flagship programme, Play Your Part, made positive strides reaching over 12 million people, encouraging South Africans to be active citizens, for corporates to strive for a positive footprint that influences and contributes to the upliftment of our communities.Let’s, for a moment take a trip down memory lane, some of the most creative – and award-winning – campaigns executed over the past financial year with the help of our creative agency – The ODD number.Over the past year, Brand South Africa, and our 100% Black Owned Advertising Agency, The Odd Number were proud recipients of multiple awards at the Loeries Awards. A testament to the messaging that resonates with citizens, the creative executions went on to win other awards such as the coveted Marklives Ad of the Year, Pendorings, and a couple of Ad of The Month awards. A proud moment for us indeed!The year ahead promises to be a great one for the country as we celebrate 25 years of democracy and for Brand South Africa as we strategically utilise challenges to further strengthen the Nation Brand image, and together with our partners we’re looking forward to inspiring new ways for our beloved Mzansi and the whole world to see.last_img read more

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