Zark’s-Lyceum destroys AMA; new-look JRU roasts Mila’s Lechon

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jose Rizal University, meanwhile, unveiled its new look roster with a rousing 96-67 win over Mila’s Lechon in the other game.Veterans Jeckster Apinan, Ervin Grospe, and Paolo Pontejos steadied the ship for the Heavy Bombers as they all helped give Gio Lasquety his first win as a head coach.“It feels good. It feels better that I was the one guiding them on the floor. I’m thankful that the players responded and we were able to execute our defense,” said the 24-year-old mentor, who is the youngest mentor in D-League history.Apinan unleashed 16 of his 20 points in the second half pull-away, to go with 14 rebounds. Grospe scattered 16 markers while Pontejos got 14 points, six boards, and four assists to lead the charge for JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 CJ Perez added 15 markers, 14 boards, and five dimes.Gaining back-to-back wins after losing their conference-opener, Jawbreakers coach Topex Robinson praised his wards for sustaining their frenetic pace.FEATURED 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“Again, we want to keep on sustaining the energy. We want to change the way the D-League will be played,” he said. “They have to keep up with us rather than us keeping up with the rest of D-League.”The win also allowed Robinson to go 2-1 for the conference as he easily eclipsed Zark’s paltry 1-9 showing in the 2017 Foundation Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Canete of AMA fails to bulldoze his way past Mike Nzeusseu of Zark’s-Lyceum.—AUGUST DELA CRUZShowing no signs of slowing down, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylaid AMA Online Education, 109-85, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu led the balanced attack for the Jawbreakers as he collected 17 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks, plus one rim-rattling dunk over Andre Paras with 2:44 remaining to make it 102-80.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Gorayeb lauds Lady Stags’ ‘fearless’ character as Final 4 shot becomes clearer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

George Weah Records Ebola Song

first_imgEx-soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.Weah said he hopes the song will help stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 3,000 persons in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Nearly 3,000 people have been infected with the disease, and health officials have said they are struggling to contain it.”Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real,” the lyrics of the song exhort. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease’s spread. Some even doubt the disease’s existence.Weah said Liberia’s Health Ministry asked him to join their efforts to raise awareness, so he worked with the Ghanaian musician, Sidney, to record the song. Proceeds from sales will go to the Liberian Health Ministry.Weah said he feared that if not enough support and effort are forthcoming quickly the disease would spread beyond the four countries.”I know Africa will be greatly affected if we don’t take it seriously,” he said.Weah, the former Liberian soccer player, who is now at the head of the association, “Ebola Emergency France”, said that the Ebola epidemic “is killing the fabric of the Liberian society.”He called on African footballers to commit to the fight against the Ebola epidemic which has swept through West Africa.Weah spoke Tuesday about his involvement in the campaign against the outbreak which strongly affects Liberia, where over 413 deaths have been recorded.He called for more awareness about the epidemic, which he said, was an undeniable reality. APShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAELIC GAMES: FOUR DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED IN ULSTER SQUAD

first_imgJUST four members of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team have been named in the Ulster squad for the forthcoming Football Interprovincial series – Tyrone have eight representatives.Michael Murphy, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee and Mark McHugh (pictured) have all been chosen by manager Joe Kernan, who will tomorrow name his side to face Munster.The semi-final clash will take place at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Sunday. The final will be staged a week later. Kernan has named an initial 26-strong squad, with Monaghan’s Darren Hughes chosen as captain.“Players love playing in this competition, it is an honour to wear the Ulster jersey and a great experience for any player,” said former Armagh boss Kernan.“Not everyone, and not every team, can win an All-Ireland title but this competition provides an opportunity for the best players across all Ulster counties to play together and to play against the rest of Ireland.“That is something really special and it is a competition we should cherish. “Ulster are 100% behind this competition, and we’re in it to win it – to bring back the third consecutive Inter Provincial Cup to Ulster.”Ulster squad for Football Interprovincials : Armagh – Kieran McKeever; Antrim – Kevin Niblock; Fermanagh – Tommy McElroy; Down – Brendan McVeigh, Paul McComiskey, Mark Poland, Benny Coulter; Monaghan – Darren Hughes (captain), Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus; Cavan – David Gibney, Geroid McKiernan; Tyrone – Pascal McConnell, Joe McMahon, Sean Cavanagh, Martin Penrose, Peter Harte, Cathal McCarron, Justin McMahon, Conor McAliskey; Donegal – Michael Murphy, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee, Mark McHugh; Derry – Chrissy McKaigue, Dermot McBride.********Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day – more than 100,000 hits Every DayFollow the leader on: https://twitter.com/DonegalDailyGAELIC GAMES: FOUR DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED IN ULSTER SQUAD was last modified: February 13th, 2013 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:GAELIC GAMES: FOUR DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED IN ULSTER SQUADlast_img read more

END OF A POLITICAL ERA AS LEADING COUNCILLOR SAYS HE’S STANDING DOWN

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known county councillors has signalled his intentions to stand down.Noreen McGarvey was selected to go forward to convention tonight.Cllr David Alcorn from Burtonport revealed tonight that he will not stand for election in May.An emotional Cllr Alcorn revealed his decision at tonight’s Fianna Fail Cumann meeting in Burtonport. He has been a county councillor since being elected in 1999.He will be replaced at convention by Noreen McGarvey from Meenmore, Dungloe.Ms McGarvey works as a secretary at MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher’s office.But Ms McGarvey may not have things all her own way despite being selected to replace Cllr Alcorn at convention. There are strong indications that former Senator Enda Bonner is considering standing at convention when it happens on March 8th next. END OF A POLITICAL ERA AS LEADING COUNCILLOR SAYS HE’S STANDING DOWN was last modified: February 4th, 2014 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:burtonportconventioncounty councilDavid Alcorndonegalfianna failNOREEN MCGARVEYlast_img read more

New port of call for information on Killybegs Harbour services

first_imgA new view of the modern and vibrant harbour of Killybegs is available following the release of a brochure highlighting businesses opportunities in the area this week.The Killybegs Harbour Business brochure, which showcases Killybegs as the forward-looking harbour location off the North West coast, was launched on Monday, 24th October in the Bayview Hotel, Killybegs. This brochure aims to market the facilities available locally and the online version can be adapted to reflect the ever-changing landscape and services in the harbour. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District stated that ‘Killybegs is very much open for business with the people of Killybegs having a ‘can do’ attitude’.Eugene McBrearty from the Killybegs Business Focus Group said ‘we focus on the promotion of the town and we look forward to using this brochure and in particular the online version to market our fantastic facilities to harness any opportunities and ideas that could assist development, employment and marketing of the town and harbour’.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely stated at the launch that ‘as a local authority, we are delighted to have witnessed the evolution of Killybegs into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors, Killybegs plays a very vital role within our county and the economic and tourism spin-off is very significant’ he added.In launching the brochure, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey encouraged all companies and organisations to use it to promote Killybegs as an offshore centre of choice for a range of vital services. The brochure outlines all the key facts about Ireland’s premier sea-port from the manufacturing and engineering companies who operate effectively to deliver their products to various parts of the world from their Killybegs base, to the more recent facilitation of cruise ships into its deep water harbour – where they can disembark and explore our beautiful county.Local facilities, services and service providers are all covered as well as showcasing Donegal Airport and the important role it has to play in providing a transport hub and air-support base for offshore operations since exploration activity commenced off Ireland’s Western and North Western seaboard in 1998.Pictured at the launch on Monday evening of the new Killybegs Harbour Brochure are back row l to r: Jim Parkinson, Sinbad Marine, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, Eugene McBrearty, Killybegs Business Focus Group, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Caroline Britton and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Front Row l to r Cllr. Noel Jordan, Minister Joe McHugh, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence SloweyThe brochure also acknowledges the important role LYIT has in delivering practical and theoretical education in Wind Energy Technology and in the Tourism Sector with a range of courses now offered from Marine Tourism, Destination Tourism to Tour Guiding.The continued investment in the harbour in Killybegs has allowed it to evolve into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors. This new brochure shows how Killybegs is an offshore centre of choice for logistics, cargo handling, manufacturing, engineering, vessel support and leisure cruising.Killybegs has a wealth of expertise and its adaptability and flexibility ensures that it can meet any challenge in our ever-changing environment.The brochure is available to download at www.donegalcoco.ie or by clicking here. New port of call for information on Killybegs Harbour services was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Juventus, PSG seal league titles as Barca edge closer to La Liga crown

first_img Tags: French Ligue OneGerman BundesligaItalian Serie ASpanish La Ligatop Comments Juve have won the Serie A with 5 games to spare (Agency Photos)Juventus are the 2018/19 Italian Serie A champions. Not that it was unexpected, they did it this past weekend following a 2-1 home win over Fiorentina on Saturday afternoon.The Old Lady trailed as early as the 6th minute as Nikola Milenkovic put the visitors ahead. Alex Sandro restored parity for Juve with 8 minutes to the break before a German Pezzella own goal handed Maximiliano Allegri’s side victory.Victory saw Juventus move onto 87 points, 20 ahead of Napoli who host Atalanta on Monday, with just 5 games to play.In the race for the two other Champions League spots (3rd and 4th), Inter Milan (3rd) drew 1-1 with Roma (5th), AC Milan (4th) also saw a similar result away to Parma, Torino (7th) were 1-0 winners at Genoa while Lazio (8th) lost 2-1 at home to relegated Chievo. With only five games to play, only four points separate Milan in 4th with Lazio in 8th.Elsewhere, there were also victories for Cagliari, SPAL and Bologna this past weekend. Cagliari beat Frosinone 1-0, SPAL were 4-2 winners away to Empoli while Bologna took care of Sampdoria 3-0.In the French Ligue One, PSG were also crowned this season’s champions after seeing off Monaco 3-1 at the Parc de Princes on Sunday night.On a night that saw Naymer Jr return from a lengthy layoff, it was Kylian Mbappe who grabbed the headlines once again, scoring all three of PSG’s goals. Monaco’s Russian import Alexander Golovin scored their consolation goal late on in the game.Mbappe scored a hattrick on Sunday night.After second-placed Lille were held to a 0-0 draw away to Toulouse, PSG move 19 points clear of Christophe Galtier’s side with only five games to play in the season.In the race for the remaining Champions League spot, all of Lyon (3rd), Saint Etienne (4th), Marseille (5th) and Montpellier (6th) triumphed in their respective fixtures. Lyon beat Angers 1-0, Etienne defeated Reims 2-0, Marseille were 3-1 winners at Guingamp while Montpellier powered past Strasbourg 3-1.Elsewhere, Nimes, Nantes, Dijon and Caen were also victorious in their respective weekend’s fixtures.Nimes beat Bordeaux 2-1, Nantes were 3-2 winners at home to Amiens, Dijon took care of Rennes 3-2 while Caen ran out 1-0 winners away to Nice.In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona maintained their 9 points lead at the top of the standings, defeating Real Sociedad 2-1 at the Camp Nou.Defenders Clement Lenglet and Jodi Alba scored Barcelona’s goals in between a Juanami equalizer.Alba (right) scored one of Barca’s two goals last Saturday.Barcelona now move onto 77 points, 9 ahead of Atletico Madrid with just five more games to play in the season.For Atletico, they were also winners this past weekend, scrapping to a 1-0 win away to Eibar on Saturday.Atletico who now have 68 points, had Thomas Lamer to thank for scoring the winner, five minutes from time.In Madrid, Real returned to winning ways, brushing aside Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. After a goalless first half, it was Karim Benzema who once again poped up with the goods, scoring three time in the second and in process, hand Real their 20th victory of the season.Zinedin Zidane’s side (64) remain only four points behind second-placed Atletico on the log.In the race for the one remaining Champions League spot, Getafe (4th) defeated Sevilla (6th) 3-0 on Sunday while Valencia (5th) ran out 2-1 victors away to Real Betis on the same day, Getafe now have 54 points while both Valencia and Sevilla are on 52.Elsewhere, only Villarreal and Celta Vigo were the other winners this past weekend. Villarreal defeated Leganes 2-1 on Sunday while Celta were 2-1 winners at home to Girona the day before.In the German Bundesliga, the top two of Bayern and Dortmund all registered victories this past weekend.Bayern required a Niklas Sula deflected strike to scrap to a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen while Marco Rues, Mario Gotze, Jardon Sancho and Paco Alcacer were all on target as Dortmund beat Freiburg 4-0 away from home.Bayern remain top of the standings with 70 points, one ahead of Dortmund with just 4 games to play.Bayern are still top of the Bundesliga.In the battle for the two other remaining Champions League spots, Leipzig (3rd) defeated Gladbach (5th) 2-1 at the Borussia Park, Hoffenheim (6th) were 5-2 winners away to Schalke while Leverkusen (7th) overcame Nuremburg 2-0 at the Bayer Arena.Eintracht Frankfurt who are in 4th take on Wolfsburg away from home on Monday night.Elsewhere, Mainz retained their Bundesliga status thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Dusseldorf while Augsburg thrashed Stuttgart 6-0.All Serie A Results:-Parma 1-1 AC Milan-Lazio 1-2 Chievo-Cagliari 1-0 Frosinone-Bologna 3-0 Sampdoria-Udinese 1-1 Sassuolo-Empoli 2-4 SPAL-Genoa 0-1 Torino-Juventus 2-1 Fiorentina-Inter Milan 1-1 Lazio*Napoli vs AtalantaAll French Ligue One Results:-Dijon 3-2 Rennes-Lyon 2-1 Angers-Guingamp 1-3 Marseille-Nice 0-1 Caen-Nimes 2-1 Bordueax-Strasbourg 1-3 Montpellier-Nantes 3-2 Amiens-Toulouse 0-0 Lille-Reims 0-2 Saint Etienne-PSG 3-1 MonacoAll La Liga Results:-Deportivo Alaves 2-2 Real Valladolid-Celta Vigo 2-1 Girona-Eibar 0-1 Atletico-Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Huesca-Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad-Levante 2-2 Espanyol-Getafe 3-0 Sevilla-Real Madrid 3-0 Atletic Bilbao-Betis 1-2 Valencia-Villarreal 2-1 LeganesAll Bundesliga Results:-Bayern 1-0 Bremen-Leverkusen 2-0 Nuremburg-Augsburg 6-0 Stuttgart-Mainz 3-1 Dusseldorf-Gladbach 1-2 Leipzig-Schalke 2-5 Hoffenheim-Freiburg 0-4 Dortmund-Hertha Berlin 0-0 Hannover*Wolfsburg vs Frankfurtlast_img read more

Another bad loss highlights the bad vibes around the Warriors

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicePerhaps nothing matters for these Warriors until the playoffs start.Perhaps the Warriors’ embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday is totally irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. After all, the Warriors have proven a few times this year that their top gear is better than anyone else’s in the NBA. And these are …last_img

South Africa brand ambassadors

first_imgSenior managers from Absa Bank will soon be leaving for North and South America to investigate sustainable business practices and observe new trends that they can bring back to South Africa. Mpumi Mabuza of Brand South Africa said that in order to properly represent the country, the Absa group needs to understand the direction it is taking.(Images: Kgopi Mabotja) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles  Brand South Africa  Digital content manager  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • New slogan for Brand South Africa • Building a thriving African brand • Developments from the Brics summit • Deals a-plenty at fifth Brics summit Kgopi MabotjaBrand South Africa hosted a high-level delegation from banking leader Absa on 3 July, to hold discussions on how the country was perceived globally across a spectrum of issues including economics, politics, education and skills availability.The group from Absa were on a leadership training program run by the company; they will soon leave for New York and São Paulo respectively on a mission to investigate sustainable business practices and observe new trends that will contribute to South Africa’s knowledge and skills base.Speaking on the day, Enoch Malisa, head of debit and cheques at Absa, said the trip abroad will also help the group to “get a context for the role of South Africa in the world economy”.Mpumi Mabuza, Brand South Africa’s manager of stakeholder relations for business, said it was important that the Absa group understood the direction the country is taking, as a basis for their mission and to be good ambassadors of South Africa.“We invited you here today because you are going out of the country and you are brand ambassadors. It is important that we speak in one voice and remain consistent in our messaging because the way we are perceived outside our borders affects our brand,” said Mabuza.Brand South Africa’s research Manager Petrus de Kock presented a wide range of information, painting a comprehensive picture of South Africa’s position in relation to the rest of Africa and the world.De Kock said South Africa has made huge strides since the advent of democracy to position itself as a global player, and that its inclusion in the Brics bloc of developing nations and the G20 structures was an affirmation that its role in the continent and in the world was paramount.“We did not ask to be included in Brics – we were invited. China made a very strong case for our inclusion, and it’s a strong endorsement of South Africa’s growth in global governance. An important part in our messaging is to tell that story,” he said.Drawing a comparison between South Africa and other developing countries in Brics, De Kock said the country was on par.“If you look at the overall performance of Brics in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report, China is at 29, Brazil at 48 and South Africa is at 52, which means we are third in the group in terms of competiveness.“But if you look at South Africa’s overall performance in the financial market development we remain third in the world out of 144 countries. This is one of our key international messages as Brand South Africa,” said De Kock.He said if South Africa as a developing nation is ranked amongst the 40s and 50s in world then the country is on the right path. “The Obama visit is one of the important stories that attest to our recognition.” A great journey lies aheadDe Kock said in spite of the progress made since the dawn of democracy, there is still a great journey ahead. Brand South Africa’s specific focus leading up to 20 years of democracy in 2014 will be used to communicate the direction which the country is taking, as well as key government strategies such as the National Development Plan (NDP).“Twenty years of democracy is becoming quite a priority for us as Brand South Africa. In terms of messaging we have already started emphasising that point in some of our international programs. The NDP forms part of our key messaging,” De Kock added.He urged the Absa group to speak about the NDP whenever the opportunity arises – “Not only what the plan is about, but to raise awareness of our long-term policy projects projection. It’s important that we have the NDP which is a multi-stakeholder thing owned by the whole country, including business and civil society. All people here have a role to play in contributing not only to the debate but taking ownership as well.”The NDP, launched in early February is a long-term governmental strategy which aims, among others, to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to this plan South Africa can realise its goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnership throughout society. Major infrastructure developmentAsked about the major focus of the current administration under President Jacob Zuma, De Kock said that the infrastructure drive was central to the objective of developing a flourishing economy.“Hence we have the national infrastructure plan, which is in the ownership of the presidential infrastructure coordinating committee. I would say this has been a highlight of President Zuma’s administration.”De Kock said infrastructure alone could add colour to the Absa group’s discussions. “The kind of infrastructure we delivered during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is an interesting talking point, especially now that you will be going to Brazil.”Logan Redhi, Absa’s supplier relations manager, raised the point about South Africa using its stadiums post-World Cup, ensuring they did not turn into white elephants. “This makes a good selling point on sustainability. We have been able to hosts concerts, rugby games and many other events.” Talking about educationOn education and skills, De Kock said research shows positive indicators that education has become more accessible since democracy, even though its quality needs improvement. “Yes there can be a lack of skills, but we cannot forget that already we have tremendous skills in the mining, financial, and manufacturing sectors, so we must build on that.”Another possible talking point suggested by De Kock was the on-going discussions about the creation of a trilateral free trade area, a project that trade and industry minister Rob Davies is part of.“It will basically create a common market among Southern Africa’s developing nations and in East and Central Africa to connect about 650-million people. Free trade area will have a combined GDP of US$624-billion (R6.25-trillion),” he said.Redhi later said: “For me it has reinforced my thinking about the awesome country we live in.”Wyna Modisapodi, Absa’s corporate legal counsel, said the occasion was “an eye opener about the blossoming county that is South Africa.”last_img read more

Calacanis Announces 2nd Open Angel Forum Event In Boulder

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Hot on the heels of the inaugural Open Angel Forum in Los Angeles this Thursday, event organizer and notable investor Jason Calacanis has announced a second event will be held in Boulder next month. Announcing the event on his weekly live video podcast This Week in Startups, Calacanis says he has booked Foundry Group’s Brad Feld, and TechStars founder David Cohen, though he plans to have at least a dozen more angels attend.The Open Angel Forum – which Calacanis considers a “jihad” rebuking VC firms with “pay-to-pitch” practices – provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity for free and open access to angel investors.“It’s low-class, inappropriate and predatory for a rich person to ask an entrepreneur to PAY THEM for 15 minutes of their time,” Calacanis wrote on his blog last fall. But for Calacanis, his blogs, Tweets and overall outrage over the subject was not enough – so he created Open Angel Forum. Announced in December, the forum held its inaugural event this past Thursday in Los Angeles, placing 5 lucky companies in front of 18 investors – all at no cost to the entrepreneurs.Among the investors was Matt Coffin, Ron Conway and entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Mark Suster who finds the “pay-to-pitch” practice “insane”.“Many would-be entrepreneurs feel that they don’t have enough access to investors and that the opportunity to present to a group will help them short circuit the fund raising process,” Suster wrote yesterday on his blog Both Sides of the Table.In a time where “lean startups” are a growing trend, free and open events like Calacanis’ are exactly what the venture capital industry needs to find the truly innovative entrepreneurs and get the right money in the right hands.“We don’t need competition,” writes Suster. “We need more overall organizations like Jason’s to helping young entrepreneurs more easily reach angel investors with no payola.”Photo by Joi Ito. Tags:#events#start chris cameron Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tips from Pixar: Maintaining Creativity Over The Long Haul

first_imgAbout to embark on an ambitious project? Learn a few lessons from Pixar on helping your creativity go the distance.Pixar films, like most animated film, can take years to make. In fact, from start to finish they can take upwards of 4-7 years to complete, although the animated production may only last for about 6-8 intensive months. So how do Pixar’s world renown storytellers maintain their creative juices over such a long haul? Here are a few insights into how they achieve such a feat, and how you can too. Meticulous MethodThe process of creating an animated film gives rise to some of the essential structure that helps to refine and maintain creative quality throughout the whole endeavor. Many years of preparation go into the story, structure and pacing of the film, well before any expensive, time-consuming and technically challenging computer generated 3D animation is attempted. As Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” So it is with Pixar’s films and so it should be with any project.Getting your project right on paper, creating fast iterations of inexpensive mockups and repeatedly testing and improving them is a great discipline for any creative.This Disney blog takes you through each department’s involvement in creating Monster University from scratch, providing a simple overview of the whole process from story to final rendering. If you’re about to start creating your own animated masterpiece then you should definitely check out Pixar’s behind the scenes videos which provide plenty of insights into their creative process from all sorts of artistic and managerial perspectives.Though not a Pixar film, as a bonus check out this short explanation of how to create an animated feature film from Steve Carell of Despicable Me 1&2 fame.Building DesignOne of the less obvious elements of Pixar’s immense creativity reserves is the strategic design of it’s studio space. What’s most often picked up on in behind the scenes videos at Pixar, is the way in which each animator can customise their own little cubicle space in anyway they wish.  However what’s more important to generating creativity is the spaces in between those cubicles. In this insightful post from The 99 Percent they review how creative companies like Pixar and Google have maximised the possibility of serendipitous interactions on stairways, hallways and eating spots through smart and intentional building design.“If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll lose a lot of innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity. So we designed the building to make people get out of their offices and mingle in the central atrium with people they might not otherwise see.” – Steve JobsAlthough you might not be able to re-design your creative space to such an opulent degree, open plan work spaces allow people to stop by a desk for a chat, mingle with people from other teams and see what others are up to. Encouraging communal dining is also another a great way to both foster community and creativity.LeadershipEd Catmull has been near or at the top of Pixar animation studios since the beginning and in this interview with Martin Giles from the Economist he shares some of his leadership insights and reveals some of the internal working methods of Pixar. It’s a fascinating discussion and well worth a watch, largely because it demonstrates how much leadership is necessary to any successful creative endeavor. Leaders must develop a culture that promotes creativity on every level.I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a person who has a vision for a story. And we do things to try and protect that vision and its not easy to protect it, because they feel these pressures. They also have misconceptions about the creative process sometimes. We do have these people who we give a chance to on the belief they’re right, and can rise to the occasion, and we are wrong sometimes, because we can’t see what goes on in their heads. And our measure, because we can’t see inside people’s heads, is the team. If the team is functioning well, and healthy, it will solve the problem.last_img read more