Valdez, Creamline yet to solve Bali Pure puzzle

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Bualee is the PVL’s most decorated import with her achievements dating back to when the league was still named the Shakey’s V-League.Included in Bualee’s resume are six Best Scorers, two conference MVPs, and one Finals MVP.Valdez added they have to find a way to finish matches stronger after dropping the third set against the Water Defenders in quick fashion.“It’s really frustrating, you get the first set, you almost win the second set then your energy and confidence, as a team, just plummets come the third set,” said Valdez, who had 12 points in the loss. “This is a learning experience for the team and I hope we can change the mindset come the second game.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure edges Creamline in Game 1 of PVL semis MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said Saturday that their miserable record against Bali Pure has certainly affected the entire team, and with the Cool Smashers battling for a spot in the finals the ace hitter added they better change their mindset.“Definitely the record is affecting the team,” said Valdez after losing for a third straight time to the Water Defenders, dropping a 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez and company are 0-3 against the Water Defenders dating back to the elimination round.Bali Pure’s first win came off a four-setter, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26, back in May 16 when Valdez carried the Cool Smashers with 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline again lost for a second time a week later, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, but Valdez played sparingly and she finished with just two points.“We’re really working hard to perform well and give a good fight, and we failed to give our opponents that,” said Valdez. “Bali Pure is a veteran team with Jeng [Bualee] and Grethcel [Soltones] have played in commercial leagues and international competitions.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gameslast_img read more

Dhoni recommended for rank of Lt Colonel

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni could soon get a legitimate reason to wear fatigues, something he loves to sport whenever he is not in cricketing gear.When the defence ministry clears chief minister Arjun Munda’s letter of recommendation to make the Team India skipper an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, Dhoni would join the likes of his teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who has been named honorary group captain in the Indian Air Force.”It will send a message that a player can also be a jawan of the country. Besides, it will help us in the process of nation building,” Munda said.It was for the first time that the chief minister was making recommendation for awarding honourary degree to a person from Jharkhand. It comes after Dhoniled India to a spectacular World Cup triumph in April.After the historic win, Dhoni met Army Chief of Staff Gen. VK Singh, who had offered him a commissioned rank in the Territorial Army.Explaining the concept of the Territorial Army, an officer of the armed forces said it was a part of the army and its present role was to relieve regular personnel from static duties and assist the civil administration whenever required.An officer of the Territorial Army has to sign up for a six-month training period at the Indian Military Academy on physical endurance and tactics.As a lieutenant colonel, Dhoni will be given the Ashok Emblem and one star for rank.He would be entitled to every other facility available to military officers.advertisementNot only will he have access to officers’ mess and army canteens, he will also be entitled for medical assistance at military hospitals.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic gives his verdict on WengerAC Milan rumours

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out the prospect of Arsene Wenger taking charge of AC Milan as he won’t fancy the challenge involvedThe former Arsenal boss has been linked with a surprise move to AC Milan due to his connection with new chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who left the Gunners in October.But former Milan star Ibrahimovic can’t imagine any scenario that sees Wenger ever head off to the San Siro.“I think it’s more likely that I’ll come back to Milan than Arsene Wenger will go there,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe.“I don’t think he wants to go to Italy and face that challenge. Milan is not an easy challenge.”The Swedish striker enjoyed a stellar first season in the MLS with new club LA Galaxy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Ibrahimovic managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games, but was unable to help Galaxy reach a playoff spot.The 37-year-old is uncertain over what the future holds for him.“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I know that a lot of European clubs are interested, but I’m happy here,” Ibrahimovic added.“I love my life here and my family do too.“And I need a challenge, a reason to keep playing: I don’t want to go to a club just because I’m Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“I want to go to make a difference. That’s what I’ve always done, everywhere.”last_img read more

Grant Williams Keeps the Baltimore Convention Center Humming

first_imgGrant Williams III (inset right) is the man behind the scenes at the Baltimore Convention Center.Superstar actress and singer Vanessa Williams lit up the stage in the ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 25, as one of the “unexpected delights” promised to patrons of the United Way fundraiser to reduce homelessness in the city.Even as Williams dazzled the estimated 700 well-dressed guests, however, another Syracuse University alum worked backstage—unseen and most likely unacknowledged—to ensure guests were delighted not just by the entertainment, but the entire experience.It is an unglamorous but weighty charge Grant Williams III has shouldered for the past 10 years. Williams is the superintendent of operations, the “go-to guy” responsible for managing preparation for all the meetings, trade shows and other events that happen at the Baltimore Convention Center.“Repeat business is at the heart of what we do,” said the 54-year-old in an interview with the {AFRO}. “Whether we are preparing for 50 people or 38,000, the expectation that I express to my employees is that we be friendly and professional at each event and that we must ‘wow’ the customer, leaving them inspired and eager to return.“When people leave the convention center, they may not remember your name or what you look like, but they will remember how they felt,” he added. “And when I say a guest’s total experience should be premier, I mean down to the restrooms.”It is a massive undertaking. The convention center is a near-1.3 million-square-foot, four-floor facility that includes a 36,372-square-foot ballroom, 50 meeting rooms, 32 covered loading docks, 27,000-square foot outdoor terrace, dedicated show offices, VIP suites, industrial kitchen, cafés with complimentary wi-fi and—of course—several restrooms.Williams is responsible for ensuring that every square inch is clean, stocked, equipped, serviced and ready to accommodate the needs of the center’s guests.“My perspective is wide-screen,” the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member said. “It is my responsibility to see the little things that were overlooked that will make an impact.”Williams’ days are rarely the usual 9-to-5. His job begins before he steps into the building—he checks the landscaping to ensure it is cared for, and the massive glass walls to ensure they are clean. After meeting with his assistant to get updated on the tasks for the day, he handles paperwork, including payroll for three shifts of employees and contracts for vendors such as carpet cleaners. He also ensures employees are deployed to their assigned tasks, does walk-throughs of meeting rooms, bathrooms, etc. with supervisors in preparation for an event and he interacts with customers. Many times, he has to juggle tasks for several events at a time.“That’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of,” he said of his role. But the pressure “keeps you going and it’s exciting.”A large part of what makes the center run efficiently is the staff—many of whom may not be initially prepared for their job, but whom Williams said he takes the time to train and mentor.“Now that I am on the other side—interviewing and hiring people—I would recall my early days when I needed a chance and I take a chance and invest in young people,” he said, adding, “We’ve made a lot of inroads in the industry, and that’s because when you help people and they respect you they will work hard for you.”Forecasting and prior planning are also the keys to his—and the convention center’s—success. Right now, for example, the facility is booked through 2017 and tentative operational plans have already begun to be put in place.That kind of foresight was something he learned at the hands of his parents growing up in upstate New York, Williams said. His father was a major in the Syracuse police department and his mother, a school principal once named among the top 50 in the nation. One kept him out of trouble; the other ensured he was educated, Williams added.“I’m blessed to have had two wonderful parents who taught me the value of making a commitment to anything that you do and about planning for the future,” he said. “When you have that kind of foundation at home it’s easy to realize your dreams.”Williams’ corporate experience began when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at Syracuse and was chosen out of 88 students to be Anheuser-Busch’s on-campus marketing and distribution liaison.“That was quite the feat for me at the time,” he recalled, adding with a chuckle. “I was known as the B.N.O.C.—the Budweiser Man on Campus.”Upon his graduation in 1985, Williams continued to work with the company, earning eight promotions over 10 years. From 1990-1998, Williams worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Johnson & Johnson, and led the entire Mid-Atlantic region in sales his first year. He then moved into banking, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a Bank of America branch in Hunt Valley, Md., until his move to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2005.A natural-born leader, Williams said he always aspired to stand out from the crowd.“I want people to remember my name because it was my father’s name and his father’s name. And I want to bestow a good name to my son so he would be proud of having it when I’m gone,” he said.Anonymity, though, is more the norm with his current position behind the scenes.“Success happens here in an unsung kind of way. [But] when you’re an unsung hero you do what you do without accolades and you don’t expect rewards,” he said.His reward, he said, comes from knowing he is doing what he feels born to do—to lead and to serve.“It’s about knowing what you have to offer the world and then doing it,” he said. “You have to make a contribution or difference wherever you are and whatever you do.”last_img read more