Pontejos hopes to see more international exposure for PH women’s team

first_imgJanine Pontejos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine women’s national team failed to win a single game in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, but a winless slate did not dampen the spirits of one of its central figures.Janine Pontejos captivated the basketball-watching public when she erupted for seven long balls in Perlas’ last two games in the group stage and she didn’t stop her shooting exploits in just the games alone.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s very obvious that women’s basketball is largely neglected in the country and that showed in the Fiba 3×3 tournament where we had a competitive team but everything they achieved they did on their own,” said Mascariñas in Filipino. “We can do better if there’s support for women’s basketball, and we are willing to support the development of women’s basketball.”Pontejos hoped that Perlas could play in more international tournaments not just in the 3-on-3 format but also in the 5-on-5 one especially that the team wasn’t elected to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games.“Hopefully we’re given a chance to show our talents against other countries and I hope we have more opportunities to play,” said Pontejos. “I think what we did in the World Cup will lead to more opportunities for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All is well with PetroGazz after miscommunication China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES “We’ve shown that we can’t just compete here in the Philippines but we can also go against the bigger countries and its better players.”READ: Height disparity too much for Pontejos, Perlas vs Spain And Pontejos just found a viable supporter in her wishes for women’s basketball to go further.Bounty Agroventures president Ronald Mascariñas, the parent company of Chooks to Go, promised to lend a helping hand for women’s basketball in the Philippines.The Philippines is ranked no.47 in the Fiba women’s rankings and Mascariñas said that ranking could go higher with the right support.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The 5-foot-5 gunner was also named as the tournament’s best shooter in both the men’s and women’s division after taking the gold in the shooting competition.READ: Janine Pontejos gets gold in Fiba 3×3 shootout FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd with the newfound awareness Perlas got after the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Pontejos hopes the women’s national team would have more exposure in the future.“I think we’ve shown them the talent of women basketball players from the Philippines,” said Pontejos in Filipino during their thanksgiving party Thursday at Holiday Inn. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’s Tori Pena opened her 2012 season in style competing in the U C S Spirit Pole Vault Summit overnight.She went for and hit a new Irish record of 4-45m edging closer to that much sought 4-50m mark needed for London Olympic Qualification.Her previous best 4.35 indoors and obviously a winter spent with an elite training group in Phoenix is beginning to show a return. This mark in itself puts her in line for world indoor selection and European championship selection next July but the focus is very much on being on that plane from Derry to London.A number of other high profile meets are planned in the weeks ahead Stateside so fingers crossed.She is pictured here at a recent Donegal game with Michael McGonagle.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  DELIGHT AS TORI SETS ANOTHER IRISH POLE VAULT RECORD was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Finn Valley ACnew irish recordtori penalast_img read more

3 Free Apps to Help You Network Like a Pro

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 30, 2013 As the saying goes, it’s not what you know but who you know that can get you ahead in the world of business. While it also helps if you’re amazing at what you do, there’s no question that networking can help you get further faster.If you’re working on building your startup but need a professional connection or two to take it to the next level, these three networking apps can help you collect new contacts and keep track of the ones you have.1. INTROThe designers of this app believe that talented people are all connected by no more than two degrees of separation. Since you already have so much in common, all you need is a third party to introduce the two of you and that’s where INTRO comes in.The app uses your LinkedIn and Facebook connections to find new people with the same interests then it automatically sends you an introduction card that you can accept or decline. If you’re looking for someone with a specific skill, you can initiate a search and send an invite. INTRO will automatically find people near your location but you can use the “teleport” button to find people located elsewhere in the world.INTRO is free for iPhone and Android. You must login with either a Facebook or LinkedIn account.Related: Mobile Apps to Make Business Travel Easier2. BrewsterThis app gathers all of your contacts from your phone, your email address book, LinkedIn and Facebook and merges them into one searchable address book. With Brewster, you can find all of the contact information for, say, all of the developers you’ve met. Or all the people who worked at a specific company or everyone associated with your child’s Little League team.Once you’ve organized your contacts, Brewster helps you keep in touch using lists. You can see who is currently trending on social media and who is in your area so you can meet up. Pay special attention to the “Losing Touch” list. If you value these contacts, take a moment to reach out and reconnect.Brewster is free for iPhone and you must connect through either Facebook or Twitter to use the app.3. BumpSometimes all you get is a brief moment to make contact with someone. You’re about to board a plane or you have to get on an important call. With Bump, all you have to do is literally bump smartphones and you’ve instantly traded contact information. It’s faster than digging out a business card and often more practical since cards can be easy to lose or forget to bring with you.You can also use Bump to instantly share your resume, business plan or any document on your phone. The downside is that the other person also has to have the Bump app installed on his or her device. But it works with both iOS and Android so device preference should be less of an issue.If you need to change your contact information, send a single remote update to everyone who bumped you in the past. Bump is free but it does require a strong internet connection and standard data rates will apply.Related: How to Apply PR Skills at Networking Events Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Why This Weird Wearable Let Me Down and What It Taught Me

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 6 min readcenter_img June 12, 2017 What do you do when people rip on your company and product, with The Washington Post questioning whether it’s a “Russian scam?” You put your heads down and work on the next version.Healbe, a Moscow-based startup, released the crowdfunded GoBe in 2015, which it promised to be the first wearable device to accurately track calories. While it acquired some fans and decent reviews, it ultimately didn’t shake up the market. Many people were disappointed that they had to manually activate the device before eating. Now, the company has introduced the second version of the device (current stock of the device is sold out, but it’ll be available again on Sept. 30) with the manual tracking requirement removed. The reaction to it, at least on the Google Play store and in one review, is lukewarm, rather than hostile.Related: 5 Ways Switching to Plant-Based Diet Boosts Your ProductivityMeanwhile, Healbe CEO Artem Shipitsyn says the Healbe team felt validated when it entered a five-year agreement with University of California, Davis, to test the GoBe 2. The research is designed to determine the value of wearable devices for research purposes as well as to segment groups within a population by factors such as health conditions.The idea of a device that tracks calories is pretty much the Holy Grail for those who want to monitor their diets. As someone who used to keep a digital food diary, I was enthralled by the possibilities of a device such as the GoBe.I wore a GoBe 2 on my left wrist for about a month. My skin was still irritated a week after I stopped wearing it — but that’s beside the point. I can say that the data it creates is interesting, but not that helpful.Image Credit: Stephen BronnerSo how does the GoBe track calories? “Healbe FLOW technology uses three of GoBe 2’s six onboard sensors — including an impedance sensor, an accelerometer and a Piezo sensor,” according to the company. “The non-invasive impedance sensor sends high- and low-frequency signals through the skin to calculate the volume of water (which is bound to glucose) entering cells within the user’s body. These measurements are made continuously and track the movement of water, which is affected by the consumption of carbs and protein, to evaluate the nutritional intake and calculate fat and calories digested over 24-hour periods. The Piezo sensor measures blood flow and heart rate, while the accelerometer measures body movement and activity.”In an extensive 2014 takedown of Healbe, Pando’s James Robinson spoke with several medical doctors, who were very dubious of Healbe’s technology claims. One choice quote, from San Francisco-based physician Mark Savant, reads, “The product defies the laws of science as I understand them.”Related: 10 Simple Ways to Take Care of YourselfWhat I can say is that, anecdotally, GoBe 2 does seem to track food intake and creates some interesting graphs, but it’s not insightful enough to be the breakthrough product that the everyday person would strap on to monitor their caloric intake. A recent Stanford study found that wearable devices — the GoBe was not part of the study — were terrible at tracking calories. Technology still can’t solve the nutrition problem that most people don’t have a grasp of.According to my data, there were spikes following when I ate, and it seemed to accurately track the amount of calories I consumed. The largest spikes occurred while I was asleep. This makes sense, as humans burn fewer calories in this state.The GoBe 2 also tracks hydration level, but from the time I strapped it on, it nearly continuously told me my levels were low, no matter how much I drank. And I drink about 48 ounces of water every morning.Of course, being a fitness device, the GoBe 2 counts steps taken. I have no doubts about its ability to accurately do this — the pedometer on the smartwatch I wear on my right wrist (fashion be damned) had similar readings.But calorie tracking is the main show here. When I first started wearing the Healbe, I’d look over the data daily. After a few weeks? I almost forgot about the app. I did check my calorie balance on the device itself, but the number wasn’t really informative. Sometimes I’d have a negative balance, but would actually display a higher weight on the scale in the morning. Other times, the opposite was true. Of course, weight fluctuations go beyond calories. In my experience, however, there seldom were surprises when I stepped onto the scale — if I had eaten well the day before, I would expect to maintain my weight or lose a little. If I had eaten poorly, I would know that number would likely go up.Image Credit: Stephen BronnerThis all builds to a large question: How can we trust our devices to know and understand our bodies when we ourselves still don’t? The concept of a calorie is engrossing: It’s a simple tool used to figure out the energy value of foods. And the widely held concept is, calories in, calories out. But it’s not that simple. Not all calories are equal. For example, 200 calories of fruit and vegetables is not the same as 200 calories of chips. Our bodies also break down food in different ways, and we all respond differently to exercise.Related: Why Would We Expect Wearables to Get Calories Right When We Usually Don’t?That’s why the allure of the GoBe 2 is so powerful. It’s a device that aims to give us a greater understanding of our bodies. Unfortunately, I believe there’s a long way to go until a device that helps us live healthier lives exists.Shipitsyn told me that in the future, he’d like the GoBe to provide health recommendations based on individual data, such as what foods to avoid and when to exercise. That would go a long way toward making the device more valuable to its users. Perhaps that functionality could come via a software update, or with a possible GoBe 3 (third time’s the charm, right?).For now, I’d only recommend the Healbe GoBe 2 to data nerds looking for some insights into their bodies. For everyone else striving to be healthy, stick to a plant-based diet free of processed foods and utilize a device that’s been around for hundreds of years: the scale.last_img read more