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first_imgView comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Disagreements with national team choices are really nothing new. Announcing basketball lineups of the past and present has usually been a trigger for debate. In a pre-social media era, fans who didn’t like the coaches’ choices would write letters to the newspaper editors, voice objections on radio or express their disagreement wherever there was a crowd willing to listen.The criticism back then could be easily managed or even ignored since concerns could not go completely widespread or viral unlike what they do now in the digital century.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 crownLet’s get real about three points on this issue.First, fans can express what they feel as long as the posts or tweets are respectful. Using foul language is really out of place in the public domain. Disappointment over player choices can be expressed but should be within the limits of good online behavior. Pocari survives BaliPure in thriller, nears semis Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Second, the coaching staff, led by Shaq De Los Santos, obviously has a system in mind that emphasizes height and experience. What that system will be remains to be seen and developed. This national team will not have the luxury of time or preparation for that system and at best, the current efforts will be investments for the future.Lastly, the opposition this team will face will be formidable regardless of what bracket they end up in. Just as in basketball, we have to keep playing against the best in order to be more competitive. Philippine volleyball is popular today but it needs to measure itself against the region for the sport to reach new levels of play.There are those who say that sending a team right now is like walking into a den of lions or tigers. But how can we learn to fight back or improve in the volleyball jungle if we don’t play the tough games?ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Blame volleyball’s popularity, social media and the craving for a competitive national squad for what is being said about the recent line-up announcement of a possible team for the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in August and September.Some players, obviously fan favorites, were not included and the disappointment was expected. The announced roster has skipper Aby Maraño, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Ces Molina, Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Jia Morado, Kim Dy, Cha Cruz-Behag, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

Joshua says he won’t be as cautious vs Povetkin

first_imgAnthony Joshua (L) of Great Britain celebrates victory over Joseph Parker of New Zealand (out of frame) following their heavyweight unification bout at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, March 31, 2018./ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFLONDON — Anthony Joshua believes his cautious approach against Joseph Parker in his last fight was justified after watching Dillian Whyte struggle against the New Zealander.Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career to relieve Parker of the WBO heavyweight title and become a three-belt champion in March in Cardiff.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title ‘Ompong’ forces UAAP cancelation anew 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 However, he highlighted Parker’s fight with Whyte in July, in which both fighters were knocked down before the Briton earned a narrow unanimous points win, as proof that his strategy in Cardiff was correct.“If I didn’t win that Parker fight, I wouldn’t be here now,” Joshua said on Friday. “If I went to try and knock him out, anything could have happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Look at the fight with Dillian and Parker. By an inch he got that decision, and I don’t want fights like that. I want to win clear and make sure that it sets up bigger and better things.”Joshua’s three world titles will be up for grabs against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 at Wembley Stadium. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “How I approach this fight is going to be completely different to how I approach the Parker fight because he’s a completely different style of fighter,” Joshua said. “But I’m confident.”Povetkin’s only loss in 35 fights was in 2013 against Wladimir Klitschko. He’s won all eight of his fights since then.Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, said: “He’s got upper body movement, Povetkin, so you’ve got to time him. He’s not always there for the jab and the right hand, and he’s always dangerous with his counters, you can’t just let him walk in, dictate and throw, you’ve got to move and keep him off balance, as Klitschko did really well. He’s a top fighter and a dangerous opponent.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Tigresses bare teeth in win over Lady Maroons

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s a brewing rivalry between University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines.What started out in the Philippine Super Liga has transcended into the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament as the Golden Tigresses met the Lady Maroons for the first time since losing in the championship round of the Collegiate Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history UST avenged their offseason defeat to UP with a convincing four-set win, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in a match that showed the different side of the Golden Tigresses.The Tigresses played with a little bit more spunk and a whole lot of swag against the Lady Maroons which is something that rookie Eya Laure said the team needs to do more often.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I think we ought to show a little swag because people always say we’re a little too kind when we play so we tried it on our practices and it actually helped us today,” said Laure in Filipino.Rondina did not play with the Golden Tigresses during the Collegiate Grand Slam since she opted to suit up for Petron in the All-Filipino Conference and her absence attributed to UST’s 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, loss to UP in the finals. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I actually didn’t know that something happened in the PSL but as their leader I always guide them but I was kind of new to the ‘swag’ thing,” said Rondina.The swagger, though, did help Laure and Rondina as they put up 18 and 17 points, respectively, with UST improving to a 2-1 record for the second spot in the UAAP standings.Laure, however, said their tendencies earlier weren’t meant to rile up UP but to boost their confidence up.“We did that to boost our team spirit, it’s for us and not for our opponents,” said Laure.“We also did that for Milena (Alessandrini) because she’s so quiet,” said Rondina of her co-captain who led UST’s offense with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Filipino teen Carlos Yulo wins gold in World Cup Gymnastics Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Union not consulted on diversification plans for Wales – Chand

first_imgThe financial challenges of the sugar sector resulted in the recent declaration by the Finance Minister that the industry was “not as sweet” as before. As such, the call for diversification of Estates has been made to assist in the sustenance of the ailing industry.However, there has been a lack of consultations with some of the requisite stakeholders on the part of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).This is according to President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, who, in an interview with Guyana Times, on Tuesday, said that GuySuCo has not engaged the Union in discussions on the plans to diversify the industry.“The Union was not told by GuySuCo about the nature of the ventures; we were told in January that they would reach us back to inform us about that,” Chand said.The GAWU President noted that previous attempts at diversification were unsuccessful.GAWU President Komal Chand“GuySuCo went into dairy, aquaculture in the 70s, [but] they all failed and were abandoned and the employment of workers and persons in those ventures [were] very minimal,” Chand expressed.These sentiments were echoed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who on Monday noted that any attempt at diversification has to be realistic.“Diversification of sugar was attempted in the 1970s, but we have to do more than attempt, we have to be realistic,” the Finance Minister pointed out.Government, through the Government Information Agency (GINA), announced on Wednesday last that the Wales Sugar Estate would be converted into a factory that would process dairy products and fruit juices among other products. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had pointed out that the reorganisation of Wales would “create opportunities for local farmers”, and noted that since the lands will no longer be used for sugar cane cultivation, it will be allocated for cattle rearing, and cultivation of a myriad of crops to sustain the operations of the juice plant.“We can see the land being used for dairy production, and we can see some land being made available to people in the area so that they could farm and provide milk, provide fruit juices, provide things of that nature, and we would want to see that replicated in other estates,” Holder told GINA.He further noted that the decision presented an opportunity to convert the Estate into a model for others in terms of the sugar industry’s diversification.Earlier this year, the Government pointed out that finances were “simply not available” to divert funds from the other Estates to keep Wales afloat as this would “seriously jeopardise” the future of the other estates. As such, the Administration had maintained that the decision to close the Wales Estate was final.In January, Government confirmed that the Wales Estate would cease sugar operations by the end of this year.last_img read more

LIMU Announces First Convention In Seven Years

first_imgThe authority of the Liberia Movie Union has said it will be hosting its first convention in seven years, and called on movie practitioners to join the effort.The convention chairperson, Saydee Roberts, said the convention is keeping in line with the constitution to discuss a wide range of issues, including discussing and resolving constitutional matters so as to debate and adapt the draft 2007/2008 constitution.“Not only that, we will also be promoting the agenda of reconciliation among past and present leadership, and highlighting challenges and growth,” he noted.Mr Roberts said the union’s constitution contains many ‘clauses and uncertainties’ that need to be made clear to its members during the convention, and to make any necessary changes before it can be adapted.“Unless the union’s membership come together to argue and later on agree on the constitutional matters, the union is far from unity and success. “I want to use this opportunity to call on aggrieved members who have not been active in the union for the past year to see this convention as a means of settling all issues once and for all for the betterment of the union,” Mr Roberts said.Chairman Roberts said time is not in favor of the union and any other future accomplishments, like training of members and the annual awards, will depend on the outcome of the convention.Mr Roberts also appealed to all movie practitioners in Liberia to remain committed and supportive of the union’s cause, adding that this convention is the beginning of transformation.According to him, the convention will open with a grand parade from the headquarters of LIMU on Capitol Bypass at 7:30 a.m on Friday, and is expected to be graced by stakeholders, officials, chairpersons of various guilds and associations and the union’s membership.AnalysisThe convention itself is a milestone for the leadership, but it is also an opportunity for ordinary members to express their dissatisfactions with the performance of the union’s leadership.Much of the issues that will be discussed and accepted will help curb these challenges. However, they may not be implemented as there is not much cooperation among union leaders.Currently, the leadership is under serious pressure to come up with plans to make actors and actresses receive pay for their works. They hope to do so from the convention since they have failed to come up with plans to this effect.Critics will call the convention a “marred big mouth area,” but the union leadership is trying to send out the message that despite financial challenges, required for many things to work, they remain committed to development of the union, and will definitely implement any resolution coming from the convention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alberttown man jailed for 4 years for narco-trafficking

first_imgTishawn Haywood of Third Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, was on Thursday sentenced to four years in prison by Magistrate Leroy Daly after he was found with 56 kilograms of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Convicted drug trafficker, Tishawn HaywoodThe charge that was brought against him stated that on December 6, 2018, at Alberttown, he had 56.7 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris told the court that there was sufficient evidence to substantiate the charge that was brought against Haywood.Harris also revealed that Haywood had been under Police surveillance for some time, and on the day in question, he was seen by ranks unloading the said drugs with the help of another, storing same in a pen in the yard where he was apprehended, the court was told.Before handing down the sentence, Magistrate Daly told the man that he wasted the court’s time. The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him at his first appearance and was subsequently remanded to prison but was later released on $100,000 bail.During the trial several witnesses testified.last_img read more

Moose FM – Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer Sep 12 & 13

first_imgChances Fort St. John, Moose FM and the United Way of Fort St. John present Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer.  It all happens Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th.Tickets are available at the Pomeroy Hotel front desk or Chances Fort St. John.  Tickets are only $60 each and include dinner from the Pomeroy Hotel.  You’ll enjoy all the hits from Dr. Hook like Cover of a Rolling Stone, A little bit More, Only Sixteen and more.  Tickets are moving fast and the best part is proceeds from the ticket sales go to the United Way of Fort St. John.- Advertisement -You can also win tickets from Moose FM and M&M Meats.  Until September 11th, head to M&M Meats and put your name in the draw.  We’ll pick ten lucky winners who will each get a pair of tickets to the show.Both nights the show starts at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm.  The dinner buffet will also start at 7pm.  For more information please contact Chances Customer Service 250-262-2005.Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer, September 12th and 13th at the Pomeroy Hotel presented by Chances Fort St. John, the Pomeroy Hotel, M&M Meats, the United Way and Moose FM.last_img read more

Teachers, district reach tentative pact

first_imgWHITTIER – Teachers and the Whittier City School District reached a tentative, three-year contract agreement that includes a 3percent pay hike retroactive to last month, officials said Monday. But the deal could be in trouble. Teachers’ union officials say lingering bitterness over protracted negotiations that left teachers working without a contract for seven months, plus a recent clash with the school board president, could sink the tentative pact. “It’s gotten really ugly,” said Martha Winans, president of the Whittier Elementary Teachers Association. Teachers voted on the agreement Thursday and Friday. The lack of an agreement had caused teachers to picket in front of schools and at the school board’s meetings. School board President Javier Gonzalez, who is also a teacher, took issue with the union’s tactics. He said the district could not offer teachers a big pay raise without having to cut programs and classified staffers. But Gonzalez also implied that teachers could look elsewhere for jobs if they weren’t satisfied. That prompted outrage from teachers and parents. “The problem is that they are just acting like, I don’t know, like we’re a gnat they just want to get rid of,” Winans said. “There is some good contract language in this agreement,” she added. “But overall, there are negative feelings. And because of what’s gone on, I’m not sure if it’s even going to get ratified.” The tentative agreement includes a 3 percent pay hike effective as of Feb. 1. It also includes increases in paternity leave, from one day to seven days, and more so-called “no questions asked” days off, from two to four annually. It also gives National Board-certified teachers a $500 stipend. District officials praised the agreement. “We were pleased to reach a tentative agreement last week,” Superintendent Carmella Franco said. “Pending a teacher vote on \… it may come up for a board vote on March 20.” Winans was not so sure. “I don’t know what the outcome is going to be,” Winans said. “I’m sitting on pins and needles.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘I will gamble again’ – Chelsea boss Mourinho has no regrets over injured Costa

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that playing Diego Costa was a gamble worth taking, despite the Spanish international hobbling off with a hamstring injury 11 minutes after being introduced.The Blues’ striker started the 2-1 victory over Stoke City on the bench, having suffered the muscle problem while on international duty, and although he was deemed fit enough to feature, he now faces a period on the treatment table with the season reaching its conclusion.When asked whether he regretted introducing Costa at half-time, Mourinho responded that it was risk he needed to take.“It’s part of the job,” he told talkSPORT.“I have to risk things when my team is not winning matches, I have to gamble sometimes.“Nobody is upset, it is just part of the game. In the end the most important thing is our victory.”While nothing has been confirmed yet, Mourinho continued that he would have no issues risking his star goalscorer again, should he regain sufficient fitness before the end of the season.“If I have to gamble again, I will gamble again,” he said. “We will do everything to reach our objective. We want to be champions.“He will be out next week and maybe the following two or three, but the important thing is the three points.”last_img read more

Bowyer ‘very proud’ of his battling Blackburn despite FA Cup exit

first_imgBlackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has nothing but pride for his players after they exited the FA Cup with a noble display against Premier League side Liverpool.The second tier outfit produced a battling performance at Ewood Park but eventually fell to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant 70th minute winner.Rovers secured a home replay in their sixth round tie after holding the Reds to a goalless draw at Anfield, and they had a host of chances to cause a cup upset in front of their own fans.Simon Mignolet produced two saves in quick succession to deny Tom Cairney’s brilliant long range effort and then Ben Marshall’s stooping header early in the second half.And, after Coutinho opened the scoring with a low drive, Rovers goalkeeper Simon Eastwood came agonisingly close to a remarkable equaliser in stoppage-time, with his thumping shot saved by Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet.The hosts were given a standing ovation from fans following the final whistle, and Bowyer lavished praise on his side after the game.“I’m hugely proud of the team and the whole football club,” said the Rovers boss.“The supporters were tremendous tonight as well. There’s a hint of disappointment because we’ve not got through.“We’ve certainly pushed them over the two games and had a right good go. Mignolet’s pulled out several good stops over the two games. We just haven’t quite had enough.”Bowyer admitted he would like to see the side who dumped his men out now go on and lift the trophy for their outgoing captain Steven Gerrard, whose 35th birthday falls on the day of the final.“I wish Liverpool all the very best,” he added.“It would be fitting if they could win it for Steven Gerrard, it would be a great way for him to finish his Liverpool career.“He’s been one of the best midfielders for a long, long time in this country. Whilst I wasn’t wanting it to happen, now we’re out of the cup I certainly hope it does.” 1 Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer last_img read more