Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT AFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United MOST READcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

US$100M capital fund for Guyanese entrepreneurs launched

first_img…Govt urged to liberate Guyanese of “digital constipation”Guyanese entrepreneurs will soon have the opportunity to access financing as a Guyana-born businessman and telecommunications expert, Mike Singh on Saturday launched a US$100 million venture capital fund at the 2018 Digital Wealth Creation Summit.Telkom Caribe Group Chairman and CEO Mike SinghSingh, who was one of the featured speakers at the event held at the Marriott, which saw the attendance of hundreds of persons, said that many brilliant ideas died because very often borrowers did not have the collateral to access loans.While declaring that sometimes banks “kill entrepreneurship”, Singh, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telkom Caribe Group, a telecommunications company based in Miami, Florida, announced the setting up of this fund to the applause of a receptive audience of mostly young people.Singh, whose business has offices in Abu Dhabi and South Africa, was critical of Government’s efforts to promote and capitalise on the use of modern digital technology. He shared with the audience how surprised and shocked he was that almost the entire hinterland region was without Internet.The Indigenous people of Guyana account for 12 per cent of the total population, and they should demand from Government that they too are connected, he said. “If I were them, I would have hold whoever is in power and say that ‘don’t fix the net, we not voting for you’. They are Guyanese too and they are being left behind,” he told a cheering audience on Saturday.Speaking of his experience of working and travelling to different countries around the world, Singh said even Afghanistan in the midst of war had Internet service, but the Kaieteur National Park had “literally no Internet there”.A section of the gathering at the Digital Wealth Creation Summit held over the weekendThe businessman and philanthropist said for the coastal region, the bandwidth was also poor and stated that it must be improved in order for Guyana to reap the full benefits of digital wealth. “What we need is fibre. We don’t need 50 megawatts, we need one gigabyte,” he asserted.Singh continued, “Because you cannot fuel innovation and wealth creation in the country in the Internet age unless you have bandwidth. Bandwidth helps to fuel intellectual capital growth and innovation. Your competition is not here in Guyana, but some man from India, or Shanghai.”While declaring that many jobs would be replaced with technology in the near future, Singh said before Guyana could begin to create Internet wealth and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, “we need to solve the bandwidth quagmire and liberate the people of this country from the digital constipation they are forced to live with”.Intellectual capitalAnother important topic Singh touched on was the need to safeguard intellectual capital of locals. The businessman is of the strong opinion that the laws in relation to this are sadly inadequate. He has advised that policy decision makers have more discussions around this with the aim of trying to set a stage for this to take effect in Guyana. This area, he claimed, has the potential to create massive wealth.Singh also raised concerns over the country’s reluctance to embrace fully the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). This most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet, is already being used in many countries, especially those in the developed world.The Summit, which was hosted for the second year, was aimed especially for entrepreneurs (whether veteran or aspiring); service professionals; students; or anyone who has a burning dream and desire to do what they love and to relentlessly pursue their dreams.Some of the speakers and presenters included: Dr Rosh Khan, the brain behind the event who is the CEO of the Masterclass Institute and SocialRankMedia as well as the local franchise holder/lead consultant of FranklinCovey; Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes; Gabriel Abed, the founder of Bitt.com, a Barbados-based blockchain startup; Ramesh Persaud, the CEO of the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED); Valrie Grant, founder and Managing Director of GeotechVision, and Samantha Sheoprasad –a 2017 recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.last_img read more

Harwell doesn’t want to redshirt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m graduating, and I’d like to go out with my senior class,” Harwell . “I want to try to help my team this year.” That’s good news for UCLA, since it’s sustained several injuries to the defensive line. Yet the happiness is tempered because there’s no timetable for Harwell’s return. Harwell tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the BYU game and has missed the last six games. “I’m just trying to take it week by week,” Harwell said. “I’m doing drills, and I still have a ways to go. I get the weekend off and those two days have helped.” In the injury sense, they’ve helped, but watching UCLA games from the couch is another story. He’s had to watch a few ugly losses, including the debacle at Washington State. “I’m not even going to say what I did in my apartment,” Harwell said. “I just want to come back this year. It’s frustrating. This team means so much to me.” Patrick Cowan should be a more mobile quarterback than he was against Washington State last week, and that would be a big thing for the Bruins. “I think he’s getting in better shape,” Coach Karl Dorrell said. “The more he’s practicing, the more comfortable he’s getting wearing that brace. He’s getting in shape. I think the knee is getting stronger. It’s good – a good sign.” said He won’t play Saturday at Arizona. More mobility Linebacker John Hale has a slight hamstring pull, according to Dorrell. Hale injured it at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would need to practice today in order to play on Saturday, Dorrell said: “We’ll see.” … Defensive end Jeff Miller has a sports hernia and is expected to have surgery. Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw the ball for the first time since he sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Saturday. Carpenter is expected to play when the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (8-0) visit No. 4 Oregon. “I thought he threw it real well,” Coach Dennis Erickson said. UCLA injury report Carpenter throws well Around the nation LSU: Linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property, according to Baton Rouge police. Soon after the report, Odom was kicked off the team, Coach Les Miles said. Tennessee: Tailback LaMarcus Coker and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden will miss the game against Louisiana-Lafayette because of a violation of team rules. Bolden is a starter on the defensive line while Coker returns kicks and plays behind starter Arian Foster. Tulane: Conference USA officials said referees in the Tulane-Memphis game got the call right when they kept the clock running after the Green Wave completed a pass along the sidelines late in a 28-27 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The league announced its findings a day after Tulane coach Bob Toledo said he had sent video of the play to conference headquarters as part of a formal complaint. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter Staff Writer Brigham Harwell wants to play for UCLA again – this year. Harwell has returned to limited practice and is doing drills with the defense. He said he doesn’t plan to redshirt. last_img read more