Ramil De Jesus to critics: Before you say something, help first

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “Bago mag-salita, tumulong na muna (Before they say something, they should help first),” said De Jesus, whose appointment to highly-criticized position was made official Friday night during the first day of the tryouts.De Jesus, though, is expecting criticisms to come his way, but he knows just to focus on the task at hand, which is to prepare the national team.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 crown“The critics will always be there. They can say what they want to say. But for me, we’re here because we want to fix the national team and welcome those who want to help,” said de Jesus, who admits to being out of the loop on social media.The multi-titled mentor wants Filipinos to make waves in all the competitions they will join in later this year, the 2018 Asian Games in August, and  the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup in September. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New national team head coach Ramil de Jesus. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNew national women’s volleyball team coach Ramil de Jesus acknowledged that critics will always be present no matter how noble the cause is.That’s why he didn’t shy away from calling them out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But de Jesus is also looking beyond as he expects the Philippines to compete for the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.“Our target by next year is to make it to the Finals,” he said. “But I can’t do that through magic. I need the support, not only from the players, but also from the team owners and the schools who want to help the national team.”The tryouts for the national team pool hit the ground running with eighteen of the 34 invitees showing up in the first day at Arellano Gym in Legarda.National team mainstay Alyssa Valdez and a slew of de Jesus’ former La Salle players like Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, and Aby Maraño, and current wards like Dawn Macandili, Kim Dy, and Majoy Baron were all on hand.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Warriors ready for fresh start as they prepare to face Spurs Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Linden Highway & East Bank Public Road

first_imgDear Editor,Last weekend I drove to Linden and back. The surface of the Linden highway has deteriorated appreciably and it is definitely not safe on a number of stretches to drive in excess of 80kph. I was a successful racing driver and speak from experience, yet, while driving at that speed, minibuses and a number of private cars passed me as though I was standing still.The majority of them don’t have the skills to drive at those speeds even on a good road, but are content to put themselves and everyone around them at risk of a fatal accident.On two occasions I was overtaken on a blind corner and at the top of a hill. An oncoming car would have resulted in a head-on crash.On the East Bank Public Road, it was bumper to bumper traffic on Saturday morning, but minibus drivers continued to overtake and force their way into line when faced with oncoming traffic. Regular Police motorbike patrols in heavy traffic conditions could easily stop this nonsense.I describe this experience because it explains exactly why almost every day we read of fatal accidents on our roads. A substantial number of drivers are simply grossly indisciplined.People are dying because too many of our drivers deliberately drive dangerously regardless of the consequences.No amount of Traffic Police talk will cure this. When the Traffic Police and the courts together determine to suspend and cancel driving licences on each occasion that a charge of dangerous driving comes before them, we might get somewhere.It would also, of course, help if people were unable to buy their licences and bribe dishonest Traffic Policemen.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

Terry Fox Run Sunday

first_imgThe Terry Fox run goes on Sunday nationwide, with the local run slated for 2 pm starting at the rec centre.The Terry Fox Run raises money for cancer every year (all types of cancer) so if you would like to help raise some cash, you can download pledge forms at terryfoxrun.org. Now, if you are in the mood on Sunday, but haven’t raised any money, that’s ok – you can come out and just do the run in tribute to a great Canadian. – Advertisement -It’s free to take part in the run, registration is at 1, with the run starting at 2 pm – and there’s a 1 k, a 5 k, and a 10 k distance available.last_img read more

Council picks Burnaby company over Fort St. John company for new spray park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A purely price based process for awarding city construction contracts is now being questioned by those who believe it may be time for Fort St. John to follow other jurisdictions in the country, which have moved to a model that includes both price and other qualifications.The issue has surfaced again after city council received two Rotary Spray Park tenders more than $100,000 over the budgeted amount of $611,000.The two bids were about $65,000 apart, and council decided that was a significant enough amount, to authorize staff to enter into cost savings negotiations with only the lowest bidder, TGK Irrigation Ltd. of Burnaby, eliminating Fort St. John’s Kalmar Construction from the process.  Council could have changed the scope of the project and sent it out for tender again, but instead decided to negotiate with only the low bidder to try and bring the project in under the budgeted amount.- Advertisement -Not only did that raise local hiring concerns at a time of high local area unemployment, but it also raised questions about the fairness of the process.Aaron Henry is Vice-President of Kalmar Construction….Councillor Byron Stewart also believes the project should have been re-issued for tender and he also intends to explore the possibility of moving forward with changes to the cities tendering process.Advertisement Below you can listen to the entire debate during the June 13, 2016 Council Meeting (video was not available from this meeting).Below is a copy of the report provided to Council from City Staff.last_img read more

DANIEL INVITES HIS MILLIONS OF FANS HOME TO DONEGAL FOR THE GATHERING

first_imgHe has millions of fans around the globe and now Daniel O’Donnell wants them all to come home to Donegal for The Gathering.The singer, who meets and greets Donegal fans from Australia to America each year, wants to make 2013 a huge party back home.He revealed “It’s no secret that I love Donegal, in 2013 I would like to invite all my fans to come and share in my love of Ireland. “It is going to be a very special year with a packed calendar of entertainment.”Paddy Harte, Chairman for the Donegal Gathering, said it is a great honour to have Daniel O’Donnell supporting the Gathering.“His international stature and profile is world renowned and our plans for the coming year can only improve by having his support.”And he added “The Gathering 2013 is a people’s project. It’s about you, your family, your neighbours, your community, your sports club, your town and county. This is your chance to showcase the very best of Donegal by organising a special event and inviting people to Donegal to be part of it.” Over the last month five community meetings have taken place around the county aimed at generating ideas for gatherings of various kinds to coincide with The Gathering 2013.These meetings were a resounding success with many exciting ideas being put forward by the local community. A big thank you to all who took part!The Gathering website has 26 events already planned for Donegal which is the fifth largest in Ireland to date, and this number is continuing to rise!Anyone can list an event, clan gathering, festival, charity event, reunion or any other idea that you feel that would make a great event in 2013 by logging onto www.thegatheringireland.com and submitting the details. DANIEL INVITES HIS MILLIONS OF FANS HOME TO DONEGAL FOR THE GATHERING was last modified: October 2nd, 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)last_img read more

MAJELLA SET TO RELEASE ‘SEARINGLY MOVING’ BIOGRAPHY

first_imgMajella O’Donnell is set to give a ‘searingly moving’ account of her life so far in a tell-all new book, her publishers have announced.She will tell of the break-up of her first marriage, her fights with depression and later cancer and her life now with singer and husband Daniel.It’s All in the Head: My Story, charts her life story. The book will be released on October 9 by UK publishers Simon & Schuster just two weeks after her sister in law Margo O’Donnell launches her biography.Majella covers her decision to have her head shaved for cancer charities on the Late Late Show.“It was a public declaration from a private woman, a statement of enormous courage in her fight against breast cancer,” according to her publishers.Majella’s publishers promise readers a compelling story about “a woman who has learned about life the hard way, but who, with the love and support of her family, husband Daniel, and the public by her side has come through with a force of character and a deep-seated determination that will inspire us all”. Yesterday Daniel and Majella jointly undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge at The Irish Fiddler pub in Tenerife, making donations to both motor neurone and cancer services in Ireland. Daniel nominated Irish singer Dominic Kirwan, while Majella nominated Noeleen Murphy of the Irish Fiddler pub. MAJELLA SET TO RELEASE ‘SEARINGLY MOVING’ BIOGRAPHY was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:biographyMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Cape Town officially WDC 2014

first_imgAs the World Design Capital for 2014, Cape Town is expected to lead the way in turning design ideas into practical solutions that will improve lives.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Soon-in Lee, Icsid president, and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille at the host city signing ceremony.(Image: Icsid)MEDIA CONTACTS • Solly MalatsiSpokesperson for Patricia de Lille+27 21 400 1382 or +27 83 943 1449• Natalie DutilIcsid communications officer+1 514 448 4949 ext. 223Lorraine KearneyCape Town joined an exclusive club of four when it signed the official host city agreement for World Design Capital 2014.Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and Soon-in Lee, the president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), did the honours on Friday, 28 June.Other cities in the club are Torino, Italy, which was the World Design Capital (WDC) in 2008; Seoul, South Korea, WDC in 2010; and Helsinki, Finland, which is the World Design Capital this year.Cape Town’s official WDC2014 logo was also unveiled at the signing. Brightened by yellow, the colour that defined its bid, it signifies optimism and hope, and represents Cape Town’s urban future.“Our aspiration for the city is to continue to provide a platform that will empower Cape Town to be a leading example on the international stage, to encourage designers from diverse backgrounds and communities to share ideas and transform objectives into realities. We have no doubt that Cape Town will bring its own unique vision to the project,” said Lee.His sentiments were echoed by De Lille, who spoke of excellence in design as using what one had to focus on outcomes. “To become global leaders, African cities must look at what we have and work with it,” she said.As WDC, Cape Town would be an example of this. It was time to look at housing for the poor, for example, and how design could be used to transform it. “We can produce a level of service to the poor by creating vibrant, liveable, sustainable spaces.”Design could also make development environment-friendly.“What is design but the application of our humanity, and the search for excellence, elegance and solutions to the problems that we face? … We use what we have to get to what we want. We change the inevitable by combining with the aspirational.”De Lille concluded: “Above all, we sign for a new way of thinking, one that sees opportunities, not obstacles, challenges not dead-ends, and the roadway for other cities to follow in building a better future.”The host city signing coincided with World Industrial Design Day, an Icsid initiative, and the 55th anniversary of the organisation, which marks the contribution of design to improving the quality of life for all.It is also significant that 2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa.The way forwardIt is now time to look at the nuts and bolts of being World Design Capital 2014. Lee said Icsid would support Cape Town’s programme, and would give it a global signature.Speaking for the city, Richard Perez, the WDC2014 programme manager, said the municipality would create an enabling environment for the implementing agency to get on with the actual projects. It would look at the red tape and how this could be eased, but will have its own projects.Luyanda Mpahlwa, the chairman of the WDC2014 Interim Advisory Board, said the next step would be starting the legal process to establish the lead company.Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, the managing director of Cape Town Partnership, a partner in the initiative, spoke about setting up this implementing agency. It would be hosted by the partnership and supported by the city until it could stand on its own feet.Icsid secretary-general Dilki de Silva said the organisation would be involved in a number of signature events. Among these would be a celebration to welcome the WDC designation, which would be handed over from the existing capital. There would also be an international design week forum to share best practice.At heart, the idea is to reinvent the city in terms of social use; to bring about social transformation led by industrial design. Cape Town has allocated R60-million (US$7.4-million) so far to the project, and is hoping to raise more cash from the private sector.The World Design Capital designation focuses on industrial design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. It is an opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies.World Design Capital – what is it?World Design Capital celebrates the achievements of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and to improve social, cultural and economic life. In Cape Town, the theme for 2014 is Live Design, Transform Life. It will focus on encouraging people to find innovative, practical design solutions to everyday problems.WDC was introduced by Icsid’s board to impress on cities the importance and recognition of design as a leading development tool. It works with global design networks and governments to raise awareness of design and to showcase the importance of design in enhancing the social, cultural, economic and environmental quality of life.As a whole, the WDC designation focuses on the broader essences of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. It is a biennial award that gives the city the opportunity to feature its accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlighting its successes in urban revitalisation strategies.Icsid is a non-profit organisation established to protect and promote the profession of industrial design. World Industrial Design Day, held on June 29 each year, was first declared in 2007, on Icsid’s 50th anniversary, to promote awareness of industrial design.last_img read more

Letting go of the CM dream

first_imgFormer Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane’s decision to quit the Congress party on Thursday also meant giving up his dream of becoming the Chief Minister for another term.With the option of joining the Shiv Sena already closed, Mr. Rane is now left with either joining the Bharatiya Janata Party or floating his own party. Mr. Rane is most likely to be reduced to a regional player and will desperately try to win back his home turf of Konkan. In an attempt to prove his mettle, Mr Rane has already announced that he will be contesting the upcoming gram panchayat elections as an independent.Mr. Rane also has the responsibility of ensuring the political safety of his two sons: one a sitting Congress MLA and the other, a former Congress MP. Nitesh has not resigned from the MLA post, and neither have his supporters. He has been on a quest to join the BJP for the past six months. It was the BJP that had alleged when it was in the Opposition that Mr. Rane was involved in a number of criminal cases. However, the party is now in need of a face in the Konkan region to counter the Shiv Sena.Sources say Mr. Rane might maintain an independent status and could switch sides just before the elections. Mr. Rane’s rise in State politics is attributed to Sena founder Bal Thackeray, who elevated him to the top post in 1999. A hardcore Sena leader with tremendous muscle power, Mr. Rane turned out to be an effective Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly after 1999. His relations with the Sena soured after Uddhav Thackeray took over the reins of the party. He quit the Sena after openly expressing discontent with Bal Thackeray’s inner circle of leaders. “His statements while quitting the Sena were similar to the ones he made today. Then he did not criticise Balasaheb, today he kept quiet over Rahul Gandhi,” said a senior Congress leader on the condition of anonymity.In the Congress, first as Revenue Minister and later as in-charge of the Industries Department, his ambition to head the State was never a secret. In his journey from a rustic Shiv Sainik to mild Congressman, Mr. Rane never managed to convince the top leadership of the party to trust him with the CM’s post in one of the most developed States in India. He was always trounced to the post by party loyalists such as Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan.last_img read more

India’s major science funders join open-access push

first_imgTwo of India’s major science funding agencies are joining the push to make the results of the research they fund freely available to the public.India’s Ministry of Science & Technology earlier this month announced it will require researchers who receive even just part of their funding from its biotechnology and science and technology departments to deposit copies of their papers in publicly accessible depositories. The two departments are the primary government sources for life science research funding in India.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Researchers are required to submit papers to a repository within 2 weeks of acceptance by a peer-reviewed journal. Some papers may not become freely available for 6 to 12 months, however, if the journal asks for a delay to protect its subscription revenue. In including such delays, India’s policy tracks similar policies adopted by many other public and private funding agencies around the world.“[I]t is important that the information and knowledge generated through the use of [public] funds are made publicly available as soon as possible,” states the 12 December statement announcing the new policy.“It is a step in the right direction,” says Shahid Jameel, CEO of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance in New Delhi, a collaboration between the research charity Wellcome Trust and the biotechnology department. Jameel says the policy is likely to affect “an overwhelming majority of scientific research in India” that is supported by public funds disbursed by the Indian government.“This is a hugely positive move forward on what appears to be an inevitability for all funders, globally,” says Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare, an online repository based in London. “Open access to research is rapidly becoming de facto research.”Under the policy, any institution that receives funding from the two departments will be required to set up a digital repository that will archive papers written by researchers at that institution. The ministry, in turn, will maintain a “central harvester” linked to each of the institutional repositories; it will allow users to search for papers across the entire system. If an institution does not yet have its own institutional repository, researchers can temporarily use central repositories maintained by the two funding departments.The policy is retroactive; it applies to all papers that are the products of funding awarded since fiscal year 2012 to 2013. “Authors are recommended to also deposit manuscripts of their earlier publications even if they are unrelated to current projects” funded by the departments, the policy states.The policy also requires researchers to submit “metadata and supplementary materials” associated with a paper, but does not directly articulate a policy requiring the public posting and free use of all publicly funded data. “The current policy in India does not demand open data,” Jameel notes. “But the global mood today is shifting toward open data.”Posting a paper in a repository is no substitute for publishing in a peer-reviewed journal, the policy suggests. Officials “expect that the recipients of funding will publish their research in high quality, peer-reviewed journals,” it states.Institutions will also have to plan annual “Open Access Day” activities that promote the free sharing of research results, the policy states. The activities, which could include “sensitizing lectures, programmes, workshops and taking new open access initiatives,” should occur during International Open Access Week, which in 2015 is set for 19 to25 October.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Rahul Dravid behind Delhi Daredevils’ sensational revival, says Quinton de Kock

first_imgSouth Africa and Delhi Daredevils opener Quinton de Kock has heaped praise on his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise mentor Rahul Dravid, saying that the confidence and advice given by the former India batting legend has helped the side’s youngsters go out and express themselves on the cricket pitch. (Full Coverage|Points Table)After a sloppy eight editions in the cash-rich T20 tournament, former India skipper Dravid was included in the side as a mentor to improve fortunes and the 43-year-old, alongside head coach Paddy Upton, has turned things around, helping the side climb from bottom of the points table to promising heights. (Also read: Delhi Daredevils eye comeback against battered Kings XI) Nice to have Dravid around “It has been nice to have Rahul around in the team, especially with a young team here. He has guided us a lot and helped us along the way. It is so nice to have a mentor like that. It gives us the confidence to go out and play freely,” de Kock said. (Also read: Comeback man Shikhar Dhawan targets consistency)”He (Dravid) hasn’t given me tips, as he knows that I play enough cricket on my own too, how to deal with bat and the like. So he hasn’t given me much, but I am sure he has given the other youngsters some sort of support and guided them, I don’t know how but yes he has I think,” he added.Feels nice to kick into some form The 23-year-old Proteas opener has been in good form with the willow, both for his country and for his franchise lately. Being the first batsman to hit a ton in the ongoing ninth edition of IPL, the Johannesburg-born star credited his consistent run to luck.advertisement”I have not worked on much. Just the matter of me being a bit luckier, that’s what it comes down to eventually. Yes, I had a great time last year here and it feels nice to kick into some form and score runs again. There is no magic formula into it, just being lucky I guess,” he said.No competition with Kohli, Root Despite being rated as one of the top young batsmen in the modern era besides India’s Virat Kohli, England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, de Kock stressed that he does not play the game to keep pace with and challenge the others, but it is his hunger for runs that drives him to score more in every outing.”I play this game not to keep up with them. I am sure they will also agree that they don’t play to keep up with each other. We just play and try and score as many runs as possible and do well for the team. I don’t want to keep up with them in any way,” said the fourth player to score three successive One-Day Internationals (ODI) centuries.People make assumptions about Test cricket When asked about the future of Test cricket after the advent of T20, the left-handed batsman said, “I think Test cricket is going to be around for a while. I think people making assumptions… non-cricketing people and people who used to play cricket a long time ago, make these assumptions. Maybe they don’t know what’s really going on inside the cricket world. I prefer longer formats than what the other guys prefer. As South Africans are known to like, enjoy the longer format, as we dominate quite well in it.”Commenting on South Africa’s poor run in International Cricket Council (ICC) events over the years, de Kock — the second player to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday — expressed disappointment, saying that losing key moments of the game made it tough for his country to win a World title.”I think SA lacks luck, I guess, when it comes to ICC and World events. We never get lucky breaks or anything. The thing which I have watched playing for a couple of ICC events is that we lost those key moments in the game which hasn’t been good for us,” he said.The star opener singled out Sri Lanka’s veteran pacer Lasith Malinga as the bowler who was the toughest he faced.”There are a whole lot of different bowlers; Malinga was the bowler who used to be the best I faced or the hardest bowler to face at that time. I have faced a lot of them around the world and tough to comment now,” de Kock concluded.advertisementlast_img read more