Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ It had its chance to top the group stage but the Philippines yielded a straight-set loss to Vietnam (26-24, 25-12, 25-23).Vietnam, the silver medal winner in the last SEA Games, and Indonesia were locked in the other semifinal battle.If Vietnam wins, the Nationals will have to deal with Indonesia, a team led by explosive spiker Aprilla Manganang.Manganang had a beef to settle against the Philippines, whose officials questioned her gender during the 2015 Singapore edition.However, the 25-year-old Indonesian said the controversy is now water under the bridge when she came to the Philippines last year for the Asian Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The defeat sent the Philippines to the bronze-medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.Coming into the SEA Games, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought in the biennial meet that dates back to the 2005 Manila edition, when they bagged a bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us, making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.Formed just three months ago and playing as one team just six weeks back, the Philippines barged into the Final Four with a rousing win over Malaysia (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) Thursday. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Philippines’s Jovelyn Gonzaga (top L) returns the ball against Thailand players during their volleyball women’s semi-finals match at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.The Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championship and Olympics, didn’t hold their punches against the all-heart Filipinos and played their best players up until the end.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Gin Kings ‘overwhelmed’ as Ginebra fans brave bad weather to attend victory party

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A total of 1,435 NEVER SAY DIE Fans braved the flood and rain and joined us in the victory party. MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA INYONG LAHAT. Ingat po kayo pauwi.#BestFansInTheWorld #NSD pic.twitter.com/VYjiFUmLz0— Richard del Rosario (@charddelrosario) August 12, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES High-flying forward Japeth Aguilar, who played through a foot injury since the best-of-five semifinals series against Rain or Shine, couldn’t be more grateful for the love Ginebra has been continuing to receive.Grabe yung support ng fans kanina, nakaka overwhelm talaga. I know many more wanted to come but was unable to due to the weather. I hope all of you are safe. See you soon at practice or the games.— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) August 12, 2018Ginebra toppled San Miguel Beer in six games to win the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The entire Ginebra team from the players, coaches and team officials were present and made the victory party a memorable one for the fans, who got to take selfies and have some of their stuff signed. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lao boxers face uphill battle at Asian Games Photo taken from Aljon Mariano’s Twitter accountNot even the bad weather kept the legion of fans of Barangay Ginebra to show their unwavering support for their beloved franchise on a rainy Sunday afternoon.Around 1,500 people showed up at Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig City as the Gin Kings celebrated their title conquest with their loyal supporters amid the stormy weather.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins It marked the first time in 21 years that the Gin Kings ruled the league’s second conference.Justin Brownlee, the newly-minted Best Import, and Scottie Thompson, who was named Finals MVP, led Ginebra to its third championship since Tim Cone took over as head coach in 2015.The party doesn’t end for the Gin Kings, who will have another celebration on Monday. this time exclusively for the San Miguel Corporation employees to be held at their main office in Mandaluyong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

CH&PA Chairman defends sole-sourced contractor, inflated estimate

first_imgCore homes ‘corrective’ worksChairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Hamilton Green has defended the decision to sole-source contractor Ivor Allen for the execution of corrective works on several homes under the Government’s Core Homes Project.In documents seen by Guyana Times, the Board said that by way of round robin, it selected Ivor Allen to execute the works on the homes it listed as “moderate income”.Chairman of the Board of Directors of CH&PA Hamilton GreenThe Board in an internal memorandum, dated June 10, 2016, stated that it had considered and approved Ivor Allen to be awarded the contract to execute the corrective works to 11 houses (lot numbers provided) at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Based on the information seen by this publication, the Board of Directors of the CH&PA handpicked Allen, a close associate of the coalition Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).According to Green, the Board handpicked Allen since he was one of the four contractors that built the core homes and the only one whose constructions were done without complaints from the occupants. “It turned out that only one of the four contactors houses we received no complaints from, that contractor was Ivor Allen…we felt it prudent that since he had worked in that area to award him the contract to do corrective works.”Green further highlighted that the reason the contract for remedial works did not go to tender is because the 11 houses outlined were the “worst cases” and the corrective works were deemed “extremely urgent.” He noted that at a meeting, the residence complained that “it is inappropriate for them to have a house that they can’t use, can’t occupy.”“We could not wait to proceed with tenders because the people were anxious, paying mortgages and paying their rent. People complained to us in tears about the conditions, some doors moved away, some can’t close, it’s really a horror story,” said the CH&PA Chairman.As it relates to the discrepancies in cost outlined for the remedial works, Green said that the Board had no confidence in the figures given by the engineering core since this is the same group that produced figures from time to time, which resulted in the very poor quality work.“I am prepared to anchor our reputation on the one contractor who did works for which we received no complaints… the Board is not prepared, to either deal with that estimate or give it to the same engineering core and have two weeks after, to receive complaints that we have been receiving from the occupants,” he noted.The Chairman surmised that the estimates given on the “Summary of Bills” seen by Guyana Times was produced by the engineering core and was inadequate to execute quality corrective works on the 11 “worst case” homes that were listed. He said Allen’s prices were higher because the works done by the contractor were of a high standard, and as such, the memorandum issued by the CH&PA reflected the costs needed to execute the corrective works properly.The “Summary of Bills” seen by this newspaper puts the cost for the works at $7,467,227. However, the internal memorandum issued by the Secretary to the CH&PA Board put the cost for the same 11 homes (verified by matching lot numbers) at a whopping $16,727,623, a difference of over $9.2 million which worked out to an increase of 124 per cent.Green in April had declared that the Authority will be spending over $100 million on corrective works to core homes built by contractors under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration.“Bad roofs, leaking roofs, walls that are twisted, paint peeling, septic tanks porous, floors that were doing a special dance, among other things,” was how Green described some of the defects found.His claims were quickly rebuffed by former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, under whose stewardship the programme was initiated.Ali had said that Green’s statement was “shocking” as he questioned the quoted $100 million Green planned to spend on fixing the ‘defective’ homes.Ali said that CH&PA had previously stated that corrective works on the turnkey homes would have cost about $20 million.“How is this now estimated at $100 million plus,” Ali had asked.last_img read more

Prince Toles: “No Illusion of Winning Mont. District 8”

first_imgMontserrado District #8 candidate, Prince Toles: “I have no illusion that victory on October 10 is a foregone conclusion.”Liberty Party representative candidate, Prince Toles, one of the 22 aspirants vying for the coveted Montserrado County District #8 representative seat, said he is certain of victory in the ensuing presidential and legislative elections. “I am number 21 of the 22 aspirants, but having contested in the last election,” he said in a recent interview, “I have no illusion that victory on October 10 is a foregone conclusion.”Toles’ position is strange in a crowded field of 22 aspirants, but he seemed sure of the trust he has built in the electorate with regards to his political ambition. “I know we are many in the contest,” he admitted, “but our campaign is going well. I understand my people and I’m convinced that I have won their confidence.”The 35-year old businessman explained that he can do much for the community and the country when he represents his people in the House of Representatives. His platform includes improvements in infrastructure, the economy, health, agriculture, and security. “As a lawmaker,” he said, “I can look after the interest of the people and make it better.”Toles said he has lived in his Camp Johnson Road community since childhood, adding, “I understand what our people need.” His priority, he stated, is to work for the transformation of his community, which should come with what he described as “good laws.”Though he did not go into details what laws he had in mind, he said while there may be good laws in the country, “We need to reinforce their application to have an impact on our people and the country.”Toles is not speaking off the top of his head. As one of the youngest members of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) during the last decade, his active participation in the organization earned him the respect of fellow members and private sector stakeholders, including the Commerce Ministry, which frequently dialogued with him and other entrepreneurs for insight to help direct relevant policy.“As a lawmaker, you have an oversight responsibility to get things done for your people,” Toles said, and I think with my understanding of the needs in my community, I will be going to the House with the mandate of my people.”Toles has a BBA in Management Accounting. He said he owned his first business when he was 22; and at the present age of 35, he believes that he has gained enough experience to understand the larger issues that confront his community in particular and the country at large.Married with two kids, he is convinced Liberia deserves better than what is presently obtaining, stating that his objective is “to put Liberia back on the road of transformation.”“I am ready for the total makeover of my country; it is for people of such vision to work together to get the job done,” he said.Residents of Crown Hill and neighboring areas said Toles is the leader among the candidates who have earned their trust. “He is young but he has the heart to listen when we call on him,” a resident said. “With such an attitude, he can go far.”And this supports Toles’ position that the people of District #8 are tired waiting for some level of transformation in the last twelve years, for which he said he deserves a chance to make things right for the people.“That’s why I now enjoy their support, which will be climaxed on October 10,” he said. “I am ready to lead the change that is needed in District #8.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Telemedicine to come on-stream by year end

first_imgClearly understanding the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the ongoing development and modernisation of our economy, the Public Telecommunications Ministry is working to accelerate advancements in the ICT sector.Public Telecommunications Minister, Catherine Hughes explains how the video-conferencing equipment works to residents of Orealla in Region sixAccording to Department of Public Information (DPI), under the $7Billion (US$34M) National Broadband Project, the government has installed videoconferencing equipment for use in telemedicine applications in four of the 30 health clinics identified.In particular facilities Baracara and Orealla in Region 6 and the New Amsterdam and Bartica Regional Hospitals in Regions 7 and 6, respectively.An operational manual has been developed and in the second half of this year, medical personnel in these locations will receive training on the correct use of the equipment. Videoconferencing equipment was also purchased for the instalment at health facilities in Regions 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 with training slated for health professionals stationed at the facilities before the end of 2019.In April, the telemedicine initiative came onstream in Orealla Health Centre allowing the doctors and other medical personnel stationed there to have direct video communication facilities such the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital and other hinterland health centres. It was highlighted that the service vastly improves the health centre’s capacity to conduct diagnoses and facilitates direct contact with specialists. It allows the staff stationed there to speak in “real-time” with specialists.Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence welcomed the project stating that it will open new doors within the health sector.“When this programme is launched it will cut dependency on the current medevac services for interior residents, especially alleviating Maternal and Child Health issues in the Hinterland regions.”According to PAHO/WHO office in Georgetown, the Guyana Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) will act as the national telemedicine hub, building capacity in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for the effective implementation of the telemedicine programme.Other benefits will see the expansion of decentralised specialist care from the country’s four main regional hospital providers development and the development of a community of practice for telemedicine to provide teaching and counselling around complex cases.last_img read more

Paddle for the Peace

first_imgmoves forward with its Site C pre-consultation process, opponents of a third dam on the Peace River are poised for another protest. This year’s Paddle for the Peace Event is set for Saturday and will parallel the one in 2007 which drew more than 300 participants.This year, participants will gather at the Halfway River Bridge, on Highway 29.Danielle Yeoman is one of the organizers… [asset|aid=92|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Danielle-Paddle for the Peace_1_Pub.mp3] The launch is scheduled for 11 am and will conclude at Bear Flats, about 17 km downstream, with a campground dinner. The dinner will be sponsored by the West Moberly First Nations, a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Peace Valley Environment Association. For more information you can call Danielle, at 250-785-8510 or, go on line to… www.paddleforthepeace.ca.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Aunt: Suspect in baby theft not well after 2 miscarriages

first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas – A woman accused of abducting a newborn from the mother’s hospital room last week had recently experienced her second miscarriage, a relative said Tuesday. And her attorney, citing statements from authorities, said Rayshaun Parson, 21, has tried to kill herself more than once since her arrest. The attorney is seeking Parson’s release to an adult psychiatric facility in San Diego. Parson has become so depressed that family members scarcely recognize her, her great-aunt said as the suspect was arraigned Tuesday on a federal kidnapping charge. “We do not know this person,” said D. Taara Williams of Lafayette, La., a bishop with the Maryland-based African-American Catholic Congregation. “This is not the Rayshaun we know and love and have nurtured.” In addition to being in court Tuesday to support Parson, family members came to Lubbock to extend an olive branch to the baby’s family. “When someone’s offended, you go to them, look them in the eye and ask for forgiveness,” Williams said. Williams said she believes a medical exam will confirm Parson’s recent miscarriage. The family will also request a psychiatric evaluation, she said. Mychael’s family members declined to comment Tuesday, a spokeswoman at Covenant Lakeside Hospital said. Parson told Clovis police she had taken Mychael from the hospital in Lubbock, court documents show. A restraining order was issued against Parson in May 2004 in a case involving a boyfriend, and she was charged with fraud in January 2005, according to court documents and a prosecutor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Parson will be held in a jail in Dickens, Texas, pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday. Federal authorities charged her Monday in the abduction of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu, who was 3 days old when taken. Since her arrest, Parson has “attempted suicide more than once, by swallowing two latex gloves and part of a notebook” and by taking pills, Assistant Public Defender Helen Liggett said in a legal filing. Liggett’s motion also says Parson has had miscarriages, including one as recently as January. Liggett is asking the court to send Parson to move up the detention hearing and send Parson to San Diego “because further detention would be detrimental to her mental health.” Parson’s mother and grandparents live nearby in California, the lawyer said. A woman posing as a medical worker walked out of Covenant Lakeside Hospital on Saturday with the baby in her purse, police said. The newborn was found a day later in Clovis, N.M., about 100 miles away. At no time was the newborn “in harm’s way,” Parson’s great-aunt said. last_img read more

Anything better than a bad mug?

first_imgJames said he distributes more than 8,000 copies weekly and struggles to keep stores stocked. The paper sells for $1 at about 175 mom-and-pop convenience stores in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. James delivers them himself. “We sell out of them each week,” said Rafael Gil, manager of the Plaza Market in Orlando. “I had to place the paper by the cash register because customers thought it was free and were walking out the door with it.” Thousands of arrests each week in the paper’s three-county distribution area provide plenty of material, all obtained free from police and sheriff’s departments. Some of the photos are organized into sections – cold cases, convicted state prisoners, missing persons, sex offenders and impounded dogs and cats. James carefully chooses the mug shots that go on the front page. (He has learned that attractive women on the front sell more copies.) Sue Cravens, a bail agent in Sanford who advertises in JAIL, said the paper may have helped authorities capture some suspects. Sindy Lowe, who manages a gas station that sells JAIL, said she has recognized several people in the paper. “Once I even saw my sister-in-law in there after she violated her probation,” Lowe said. “I didn’t even know she had been arrested.” She added: “You need to know who your neighbors are. Somebody might be living next to you and they may be a killer or a child predator.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In JAIL, the stars are the readers’ neighbors, charged with everything from drug possession to prostitution to murder. James said he got the idea nearly a decade ago after doing a three-month stint in the Orange County Jail following a loud fight with a girlfriend. He published two issues in 1999 but gave up when it didn’t take off. Using $600 he earned moving furniture, James launched the paper again in December. “The timing is right for this paper now,” he said. Before jail and JAIL, James’ journalism experience consisted of reading the occasional magazine or newspaper. ORLANDO, Fla. – America loves a good mug shot. The more frizzed, frazzled and frantic, the better. An Orlando entrepreneur has seized on that fascination, recently starting JAIL, a weekly newspaper filled with nothing but unflattering booking shots – page after page of them, with only a few ads in between. “A mug shot is a couple notches below your driver’s license picture,” said Devin James, 41. “And everyone takes a messed-up driver’s license picture.” Mug shots have gained popularity online thanks to sites like The Smoking Gun, which feature embarrassingly bad arrest photos of pro athletes, musicians and Hollywood A-, B- and C-listers – among them, a wild-haired Nick Nolte, a grumpy-looking Glen Campbell and a blowzy Wynonna Judd. last_img read more

World Cup: Road to the final

first_img0Shares0000Griezmann scored the first penalty to be awarded by VAR in World Cup history against Australia © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – France play Croatia in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Here is each team’s path to the showpiece match.France Group stageFrance had a helping hand from the video assistant referee (VAR) in their World Cup opener and a dash of good fortune when Paul Pogba’s effort deflected off Australia’s Aziz Behich and into the net to seal a 2-1 win. A low-key 1-0 victory against Peru put them in a prime position to qualify and a 0-0 draw against Denmark ensured they topped their group.Last 16A 4-3 win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina was one of the standout matches of the tournament. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado cancelled out an early Antoine Griezmann penalty before Benjamin Pavard struck a wonderful equaliser and teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice. A late Sergio Aguero goal was not enough to save Argentina.Quarter-finalFrance had far too much quality for a Uruguay side missing in-form forward Edinson Cavani, winning 2-0. Defender Raphael Varane headed France ahead towards the end of the first half and Griezmann scored thanks to a terrible error by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.Semi-finalFrance knew they had a tough job on their hands to contain a Belgium side boasting Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku but for the second consecutive match they kept a clean sheet. Samuel Umtiti scored the winner in the second half from Griezmann’s corner to take the team through to their third World Cup final as 1-0 winners.CroatiaGroup stageLuka Modric scored a magnificent goal as Croatia crushed Argentina 3-0 © AFP/File / Martin BERNETTICroatia were one of only three teams in Russia to win all three of their group matches, beating Nigeria 2-0 in their opener and Iceland 2-1 in their final game. But their standout performance came in their second match, when they swept aside two-time winners Argentina 3-0 to make a huge statement of intent.Last 16Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero, saving three penalties in the shootout as Croatia squeezed past Denmark. Earlier, they had conceded a goal in the opening minute but hit back quickly to equalise through Mario Mandzukic. Luka Modric missed a penalty shortly before the end of extra-time but Croatia survived.Quarter-finalCroatia looked like they would have too much quality for a solid but limited Russia side but were again taken to extra-time and penalties. Goals from Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida cancelled out a Denis Cheryshev opener but Croatia watched in agony as Mario Fernandes snatched a late equaliser. Ivan Rakitic struck the decisive penalty to send his side through to the semi-finals.Semi-finalCroatia were again forced to dig deep against England. Zlatko Dalic’s side looked in deep trouble after conceding a early goal in Moscow but regrouped to equalise midway through the second half. Despite dominating the second period they were unable to force a winner until deep into extra-time, when Mandzukic struck to break English hearts and win the match 2-1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

talkSPORT hosts Brazil and Cundy clash over Wayne Rooney’s England return

first_imgSince then, however, it has been revealed that tickets sales will NOT be donated to the Wayne Rooney Foundation – which has only levelled more criticism at the governing body.Sports bar host Cundy believes Rooney’s involvement is just an ‘embarrassing’ ploy from the FA to drive up ticket sales, and that the player and manager Gareth Southgate have been forced to go along with the plan.Mr Alan Brazil, though, did not agree.Hear what the talkSPORT duo had to say about each other in the clip above! 1 Alan Brazil and Jason Cundy have been involved in a spot of on-air sparring over Wayne Rooney’s upcoming England send-off at Wembley Stadium.The Football Association have come under heavy fire for their plans to allow the 33-year-old to come out of international retirement to make his 120th and final Three Lions appearance in a friendly against the USA.While many have backed the idea to celebrate one of England’s greatest players and record goalscorer, others have questioned the FA’s motives.When initially announced, the FA stated the Wayne Rooney Foundation International game would raise money for the player’s charity, as well as give fans the opportunity to say goodbye to their former captain.center_img Rooney is England’s record scorer with 53 Three Lions goals last_img read more