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Asian Games: Philippines’ ‘inexperience’ showed in loss to Thailand, says Valdez

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The volleybelles return to action Tuesday afternoon, playing another force in Japan this time as they hunt for that one win in group action that will shove them to the next round and make this trip worth it.“This is a good experience for us because we know we can beat Thailand,” coach Shaq delos Santos told Filipino scribes. “But we’re still in the process of rebuilding and hopefully, our performance improves as we go along.”And because it is experience and cohesion that this team is looking for, Delos Santos actually played all of his charges against the Thais, who dominated with impunity in the last two sets and ended the Filipinos’ agony in just over 70 minutes.Valdez knows that’s important for a team as young as they are while admitting that they’re really here for a goal they need to accomplish next year.“We have to know what we’re playing against, and experiencing it first hand means a lot,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Hopefully, we still have time,” Valdez said of the target, which is actually to beat the Thais next year in the Philippines and end their stranglehold of the Southeast Asian Games gold. “If we can get the experience, who knows?“Because in most cases, in tight games, the experienced teams almost always prevail.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It should, at the very least, dampen the spirits of the members of the team.But not Alyssa Valdez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img 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 Jordan Clarkson likens being PH flagbearer to being in NBA finals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal SPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The talent is there, you all saw that we can play with them,” Valdez told the Inquirer Sunday night, referring to a close first set shave the had the Filipinos blowing a 9-2 lead before losing, 25-22. “But our inexperience playing together as a team told heavily in the end.”Valdez believes that they are a work in progress and that nothing but success will follow if the powers-that-be in the sport will continue to keep them together and expose them to high-caliber tournaments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago of womens volleyball team of the Philippine celebrated after scoringThailand opponent during their first game in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang. Photo from PSCJAKARTA—The Philippine women’s volleyball team marked its return to Asian Games action on Sunday afternoon by getting a clinical dismantling from regional power Thailand.The straight sets loss certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth, considering that people back home are expecting more from this glamorous all-star team to do better, never mind if it hasn’t played at this level in the last 36 years.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Weah Apologizes to Liberians

first_imgCongress for Democratic Change (CDC) senatorial candidate George Weah has openly apologized for his “actions and inactions, which in one way or another, may have hurt Liberians along the way.”Weah told a gathering of predominantly current and former lawmakers at the Capitol Building yesterday that he is sorry for what he knowingly or unknowingly did to individuals or a group of people while serving the nation in his capacity as Peace Ambassador and political leader of his party.Specifically on the political wrangling that has affected the CDC, Weah again apologized, stressing; “Some of the hard decisions taken by the party at the time were intended to move the party forward.” It is not clear what the “hard decisions” are because he did not go into them.He called for unity among party officials in the ensuing election period while re-echoing his confidence to sweep the senatorial election in Montserrado County.The nation’s former Peace Ambassador assured his supporters that he would remain focused on the senatorial race, dismissing speculations that he wants to give in to Robert Sirleaf.He spoke at the Capitol Building when 17 lawmakers organized a program to pledge their support to the CDC candidate for the upcoming senatorial election.In their statement the group of lawmakers declared that: “recognizing the roles played by Amb. Weah as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the numerous contributions he made nationally and internationally;“Acknowledging the unifying character of Amb. Weah prompting his preferment as Peace Ambassador of Liberia, we are convinced that the presence of Amb. Weah in the Liberian Senate will further strengthen the capacity to deliver to the Liberia people.”The lawmakers affirmed their confidence in Weah, adding that they believe he is capable of providing quality leadership to the people of Montserrado County in the Senate.“We now hereby resolve to endorse the candidacy of Amb. Weah as Senator of Montserrado County and call on all citizens of Montserrado County to rally support for his overwhelming election as Senator,” the lawmakers declared.Weah was endorsed by Representatives Bill Twehway, Gabriel Nyenkan, Henry Fanhbulleh, Edwin M. Snowe, Abraham V. Corneh, Edward S. Forh and William V. Dakel among others.For his part, Forh described Weah as “a symbol of Liberia” and their action represents the first of a long travel to 2017 presidential and legislative elections.In a related development, the House of Representative has extended its stay in session to the 12th of December 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anti-working class character of APNU/AFC regime

first_imgDear Editor,In responding to the striking teachers’ demands for salary increases, Junior Minister of Social Protection, Keith Scott, said the teachers are “selfish and uncaring”.This statement exposes not only the anti-working class character of the APNU/AFC regime, but also that regime’s unadulterated double standards and hypocrisy.When the regime awarded its ministers a huge increase in salary, claiming that they could not be expected to live on their already high salaries by Guyanese standards, was that not an act that was “selfish and uncaring”? It was a slap in the face of the majority of Guyanese, who are expected to survive on a tiny fraction of what ministers earned before their salaries increased. It is clear that Keith Scott’s intention was to influence impressionable young minds to believe that the striking teachers are obstacles to their educational achievement, when the real obstacle is the neo-liberal Government that he represents.The teachers and other public sector employees, sugar workers, security guards, petrol pump attendants, small business owners, and the unemployed youth must not allow the bourgeois politicians leading the PNCR, AFC and PPP/C to continue to make fools of them.If we can stand together and focus our energies on the real fight for true independence and economic justice in our lifetime, then the victory of the people is inevitable.Sincerely,Gerald A Perreiralast_img read more

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GECOM putting cart before the horse with fingerprint cross-matching – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has positioned that moving ahead with the proposed fingerprint cross-matching exercise is useless at this point in time since it would not yield any significant information while wasting valuable time.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis announcement was made during his weekly press conference on Friday, where it was clearly explained that the cross-referencing of registered fingerprints is done solely at the end of the Claims and Objections period to remove duplicates.To move forward with such a step now, he noted, would not produce any pertinent data such as the names of new registrants but rather, only cases where duplicates are present. He insisted that the main attention should focus on new names to be added to the National Register of Registrants (NRR) before forging ahead.“They want to now cross-match the fingerprints. At the end of the Claims and Objections, that is something that is necessary. You have to check all the fingerprints, cross-match to see that you don’t have duplicates. That will come at the end. Before then, they want to do that now too, and spend nearly (US) $350,000 of our money in a lengthy process that will only tell you if there are duplicate fingerprints, not who the new registrants are,” he informed.Jagdeo also shared concerns about the time this process would take, further pushing elections to a later date. Adding to that, it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.“This current fingerprint matching exercise is a waste of time to delay once again the elections because, at the end, you still have to cross-match when you finish the Claims and Objections. That’s the final test of the list…It’s a useless activity that will cost us a lot of money,” Jagdeo directed.The House-to-House Registration exercise ended on August 31, as ordered by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh. However, it was decided that persons registered during that time would be merged to the NRR. At that time, 370,000 were already registered.Immediately after the decision was taken, however, the People’s Progressive Party nominated GECOM Commissioners were less than happy about the decision to merge the House-to-House Registration data. According to Commissioner Robeson Benn, this was not a product of their proposals.“The difficulty we have is merging and verification of the data. It was not our proposal. We have said that any merging or verification of the data is wrong. It will take a long time and it will contaminate the NRR. It will result in duplicates. And having appeared as duplicates, each one of those will have to be investigated.”Once again, Jagdeo contended that only the new registrants should be merged to the list since a complete combination of the database would take much longer. Merging all 370,000 persons would also present difficulty in eliminating the names of those who were already registered since their names would be listed twice. For this, he also questioned the accuracy of the software that would be used to eliminate duplicate names, since a simple error can result in anomalies on the final list.“You don’t have to merge the entire database and take three months. First of all, prepare it because it is in registration forms…You can do it easily otherwise and in the Claims and Objections period, the 2000 new people could easily be registered. Not that they would be disenfranchised,” the Opposition Leader stated.He added, “They want to create a new dataset and then merge the two to find out who the others are. We pointed out that even if you do a software that recognise duplicate names and eliminate them, if they make an error in the inputting or the enumeration of your name, then the computer would read that same person with an error in the name, because it is spelt differently as a new person, and merge that person over to the NRR.”After last Tuesday’s statutory meeting, it was noted that a team from GECOM including the Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers and the Information Technology Manager were in Jamaica, observing the process of cross-matching fingerprints.Upon their return, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield will prepare a plan, proposing the timeframe to merge the data with the register.Notwithstanding these decisions, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had also asserted that the registration data could not be used in the NRR.“The decision says House-to-House will be terminated. And the second component of the decision is more disturbing. It is that the data will be merged into the database. So we are rewarding those who acted in defiance of the Constitution. The data generated by this exercise is deeply flawed,” Nandlall said.last_img read more

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Sizzling Chinese economy spurs worries over inflation

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stocks later stabilized in the United States – unlike the panic selling on Feb. 27 that sent the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 416 points in the worst one-day rout since the Sept. 11 attacks. But the “China effect” on investors around the world remains palpable, due in large part to just how important trade with China has become for most nations. On Thursday, the State Council in China vowed that it would take steps to keep the economy from overheating. It has said the same thing several times in the past year, to little avail. The economy keeps exceeding growth expectations even though interest rates have been increased three times in the last year and curbs have been imposed on investments in real estate, the auto industry and other fields. The latest evidence that the restrictions haven’t taken hold: Beijing reported Thursday that fixed-asset investment countrywide grew a stunning 23.7 percent during March. But the real shocker for investors was the news that the consumer price index in March rose 3.3 percent, its highest since hitting 3.9 percent in February 2005. China has said it wants to keep inflation under 3 percent for the whole year after it increased 1.5 percent in 2006. BEIJING – The signs of a surging economy are everywhere: flashy luxury cars, glitzy shopping malls, expensive restaurants and construction cranes in many neighborhoods. For most Chinese, this is a good thing. It means more jobs, higher incomes and rising affluence. But China’s leaders, fearful of accelerating inflation and the risk that all this investment could collapse in a debt crisis if borrowers go bankrupt, are trying to apply the brakes. How well they succeed is taking on an increasing global importance, as a slide in stock prices in Asia and then Europe on Thursday demonstrated. The reaction came after Beijing reported its economy expanded in the first quarter a sizzling 11.1 percent from the same quarter a year ago and that inflation was the highest in two years. last_img read more

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2 given shelter from deportation

first_imgChurches gave sanctuary Wednesday to two men from Mexico and Guatemala to protect them from deportation and launch a nationwide effort to pressure lawmakers to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. More than 30 priests, pastors, imams and rabbis blessed the men during a raucous ceremony attended by 300 people at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in downtown Los Angeles. “We are here to raise our voices for those who can’t raise their own,” said Cesar Arroyo, pastor of San Pablo’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, which will house the man from Guatemala. The immigrants each had two children in tow as they sat in front of the altar. The Guatemalan, a gardener who gave his name only as Juan, said he worried about what might happen to his young daughters if he was deported. Both girls are U.S. citizens because they were born in this country. “I want to ask the politicians to see the suffering of the immigrant families,” he said. The 44-year-old Mexican, who gave his name only as Jose, will live at the downtown church. He sat next to his two teenage sons who wore the latest American fashion and spoke more English than Spanish. They are also U.S. citizens. Jose said he had been in the country 17 years, working as a cook at Los Angeles International Airport until he was injured and his immigration status was revealed. After the ceremony, he went to his room in the church, which has a single bed, a sink and a toaster oven. “I’m going to stay here until this is resolved,” he said, referring to his deportation order. Organizers don’t believe immigration agents will make arrests inside the churches.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

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‘Fighter’ Neymar will be fine for World Cup – Jesus

first_img0Shares0000Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus expects to be playing alongside Neymar at the World Cup © AFP/File / PHILIPPE HUGUENLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus backed Brazilian international team-mate Neymar to make a full recovery in time to lead his country’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week to repair a broken bone in his foot just over three months from the tournament getting underway in Russia. Jesus was Neymar’s strike partner as Brazil stormed through qualification once Tite took over as coach in June 2016.But he too has had to bounce back from injury as he scored on his first start for over two months in City’s 2-1 Champions League defeat by Basel on Wednesday after recovering from knee ligament damage.“Neymar sent me a message right after his injury,” said Jesus.“I told him how I felt and how my recovery was. He is a fighter and everything is going to be fine.”However, Jesus admitted he will take some time to get over the “fear” that a potential injury setback could cost him his place at the World Cup.“When you are in the game, without wanting it, you end up thinking about the previous game where you got injured, you have a bit of fear.“I think I still played with some fear, there’s some movements when I still have some worries about getting injured again.“I know anything can happen but I’m sure that the more you play, the quicker that fear is going to go away.”Jesus had displaced City’s all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero at times earlier in the season when Pep Guardiola opted for just one recognised striker.Aguero, though, has fully reestablished himself as Guardiola’s first choice in Jesus’s prolonged absence by doubling his tally for the season in the last two months to move onto 30 goals for the campaign.And Jesus insisted his is happy to play a supporting role in City’s bid for Premier League and Champions League glory.“Aguero is my team-mate and I’ll always cheer for him to score and help the club,” he added.“When the opportunity comes for me, I’ll do my best and I’m sure that they’ll support me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Betway rewards fan with AFCON fully paid trip

first_img0Shares0000Betway country manager Leon Kiptum announcing the winner who will watch live Harambee Stars take on Algeria in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – With Kenya playing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, one lucky fun Stephen Oketch will get to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience after betting firm Betway gifted him with a fully paid trip to watch the opening match pitting Harambee stars and Algeria June 23 in Egypt.Oketch was the lucky winner of the Road to Egypt promotion, which ran from the March 4 to April 28. His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for him and a partner to watch the Kenyan national team, the Harambee Stars, live in Egypt for their Cup of Nations match as they take on Algeria June 23 in their opening match.Out of the many Betway Kenya customers who participated in the promotion, Stephen Oketch emerged as the winner of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.In addition to watching the Harambee Stars take on the best teams in Africa, the six-day trip will include a visit to some of the most popular Egyptian tourist attractions including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Papyrus Institute.To be entered into the draw, players simply had to place a bet on any soccer event from the 4th of March to the 28th of April.Each bet would earn the player an entry into a weekly draw to win cash, smartphones, and Free Bets, as well as an entry into the grand prize draw to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt to watch Kenya take on Africa’s best.“Betway Kenya is pleased to give Stephen and his partner this great and once in a lifetime opportunity to experience African football at its best. We take pride in giving our customers memorable sporting experiences such as this one through our various products.” Leon Kiptum, Betway Country Manager said.“We encourage more people to continue playing with us and stand a chance to win just like Stephen,” Kiptum added.As one of the most popular sports betting brands in the country, Betway Kenya has rewarded many of its registered customers with great giveaways through its various promotions such as 4-To-Score, in which Doreen Kanana was a winner this month. Betway would like to congratulate Stephen Oketch and wish him and his partner well on their trip.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier is hosting an open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. The club is located at 7905 Greenleaf Ave. For more information, call (562) 945-3787.Chavez biographer comes to library SANTA FE SPRINGS Award-winning children’s author Kathleen Krull will give a presentation on her book, “Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez” at Cafe Libro in the Santa Fe Springs Library on Friday.Her visit, scheduled for 7p.m., is part of the city’s first-Friday guest series. Every child who attends the event will receive a free copy of Krull’s book. The Santa Fe Springs Library is located at 11700 Telegraph Road. For more information, call (562) 868-7738.Whale watching tour scheduled LA MIRADA — A whale- watching event will be sponsored by the city from 10:15a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 29.Participants can expect to see the annual mass migration of the California Gray Whale along the Orange County coast. They may also spot dolphins, seals and sea lions.The boat departs from Newport Landing in Newport Beach. The last day to register for the event is April 17. Cost is $20 for all ages. To register or for more information, visit the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd., or call (562) 943-7277.Celebrity Chefs to arrive Friday NORWALK — The American Red Cross Rio Hondo Chapter will host the 15th annual Celebrity Chef’s Event from 6-10 p.m. Friday.The gala is slated at the Norwalk Marriott, 13111 Sycamore Drive. Tickets for this fundraising event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Guests will have an opportunity to savor culinary specialties from a slew of southeast Los Angeles restaurants.All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross’s first-aid and CPR programs, local emergency relief and national disaster relief efforts.For advanced tickets or more information, call Stephanie Milano at (562) 945-3944 or log on to www.arcriohondo.org.Adult basketball leagues are set LA MIRADA — The city’s adult basketball league system has undergone some changes. The new format at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, located at 15105 Alicante Road, will be divided into a “C” and a “D” division.Both groups will play on Thursday nights, with games from 6-9 p.m., but will not play against each other. The league will also have a maximum of 16 teams registered.Priority registration for teams currently in the league will begin April 10, and open registration for new teams begins April 17.Registration fees are set at $350, which includes a $50 refundable forfeit fee. Teams must also provide a $25 officials fee per game.Games for the 12-week league will begin May 25.All players must be 18 years old at the beginning of the league. Teams must provide their own jerseys with permanent numbers on the back. Those who are currently playing on a high school or college basketball team are not eligible to play.For more information, call (562) 902-2938. From staff reportslast_img read more

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Humboldt State’s Madison Williams earns first CCAA Pitcher of the Week award of the season

first_imgArcata >> As the No. 2-nationally ranked Humboldt State softball team proved over the weekend, the Desert Stinger Tournament can provide some pretty gaudy offensive numbers.That was certainly true for the Jacks. But not necessarily the case for HSU’s opposition to open the 2017 season.That was due in large part to the efforts of senior right-hander Madison Williams, who has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Pitcher of the Week after an impressive opening weekend in …last_img

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