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Pocari Swear nears PVL semis

first_imgMOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Pocari Sweat-Air Force strengthened its bid for a semifinals berth after a 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 thriller over BaliPure-NU in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Phoenix makes case for quarterfinals spot, sinks Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lady Warriors need to win their next game against Tacloban Fighting Warays on Saturday to book a spot in the semis.Janisa Johnson’s 35 points went for naught for BaliPure. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Lady Warriors import Madeline Palmer’s crosscourt kill sealed the outcome.“The team woke up after I said in the fourth set that we are facing a team mainly composed of high school players, who are just banking on two imports,” Pocari Sweat head coach Jasper Jimenez told reporters in Filipino.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 crownPocari Sweat came back from four points down to win the fourth set, 26-24, and extend the game to a deciding frame.The trio of Myla Pablo, Arielle Love, and Palmer combined for 57 points for Pocari Sweat, which needs one more win to formalize its entry. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Middleton reflects on gold medal experience at Youth Olympics

first_imgFort St. John’s Sterling Middleton is back from Norway after winning gold at the 2016 Youth Olympics in curling. Playing lead on his squad, Middleton and the rest of his teammates took the top spot on the podium after defeating the United States 10-4.“Throughout the round robin we didn’t really start off our strongest but we definitely built off of each game,” Middleton said reflection on his team’s run. “We got more comfortable with the ice and with each other, team systems and what we were doing. We just gelled as the week went on and started to find our stride.”The team had a very methodical mindset going through the games, first setting their sights on the playoffs then focusing on bigger and better things.- Advertisement -“Being from Canada there’s always going to be that expectation. We’re a fairly strong curling country so that is always in the back of our mind. Our goal was to just make the playoffs. If we can make the playoffs and just have three more solid games from there then maybe we can take it all the way,” Middleton said.Middleton was the lead on the team as Team Canada was skipped by Tyler Tardi. Joining them were Mary Fay, Karlee Burgess, and coach Helen Radford.In the team’s gold medal showdown with the United States they were able to get comfortable early. They had the hammer in the first end and put it to good use putting up a five spot on the way to the win.Advertisementlast_img read more


January 12, 2020 0

Local heroes

first_img Loren Rosen capped a three-run bottom of the seventh inning by winning the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Matt Lewis to lead Buckley of Sherman Oaks to a 10-9 win over of visiting Oakwood of North Hollywood at the Crossroads Tournament. Kyle Leonard and Tommy Grillo each drove in four runs to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village to a 10-6 win over visiting Ventura in the Easton Tournament. Anton Arboleda shot an even-par 34 to lead La Canada to a 179-190 win in nonleague play over Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta at LaCanada Country Club. BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Stephen Thompson had 17kills and Adam Quinn had 35assists as host Oak Park defeated Carpinteria 25-20, 25-21, 26-24 in Tri-Valley League play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL Junior second baseman Matt Freeman went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run triple to help Taft of Woodland Hills rally from a 10-run deficit to defeat visiting Westchester 13-11 in the Southern California Invitational. center_img Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead visiting Chatsworth to a 9-0 win over Hart of Newhall in the Easton Tournament. Angelo Pizzo hit a grand slam, triple, four stolen bases and had seven RBIs as Cleveland of Reseda routed host Fremont of Los Angeles 16-2 in nonleague play. SOFTBALL Kristin Ware pitched a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts as host Quartz Hill defeated Alemany of Mission Hills 9-0 in nonleague play. BOYS’ GOLF last_img read more


January 11, 2020 0

Local preparing for international beauty pageant

first_imgBorn and raised in Cecil Lake, Faulkner runs a bookkeeping business in Fort St. John, but on the side she’s been competing in pageants since her early 20’s. Most recently she earned the title of Mrs. Canada Galaxy in October 2012 through an online competition, which earned her a space at the international pageant taking place the first week of August. Since then she’s been volunteering at a number of local events, including the Relay for Life, the Mother’s Day 5K Run and the CDC Show. Giving back is what she says is her favourite part of holding a pageant title.I love how pageants give you a platform to give back to your community,” she says. “I like to help out with as many organizations as possible.” – Advertisement -That’s something she hopes to pass on to her son, who turns two this August. “I want to be a role model to him. I want him to look at what I’ve done and want to strive to be actively involved in his community too.” Advertisement Pageant week begins July 27, and in addition to several appearances, Faulkner is busy preparing with photoshoots, practicing her walk and interview skills, as well as a strict gym schedule. There are five different categories the women will be judged on: interview, interview, photogenic, swimwear, evening gown, fun fashion wear. If she were to earn the crown, Faulkner would be headed even further away from the Energetic City, making appearances and helping with preliminary pageants around the world. “Basically, it’s what I choose to do with it, and if I do win I would love to make as many appearances as possible,” she explains. “It’s only one year, so you want to be as active as you can. I would love to go to schools and talk to children about pageants.” She’d also like to restart the pageant portion of the Mrs. Canada Galaxy competition, which has been solely online for the past two years since its director resigned. Advertisement Although she would love to be the first Canadian to win the Mrs. Galaxy title, she’s most looking forward to the people she’ll meet while in Orlando. “It’s so much fun. You meet so many amazing girls who are well educated, who have goals and ambitions. You make some really good friends; that’s the part I love,” she gushes, adding, “Mrs. Canada has never won a Galaxy pageant. The closest to winning was two years ago when one of the girls got first runner up… so hopefully this year!” To contact Faulker for an appearance, visit www.mrscanadagalaxy.com.last_img read more


January 11, 2020 0

‘Trampling on rights and dignity’: S.Africans livid at Semenya decision

first_img0Shares0000Decision time: Court of Arbitration (CAS) Secretary General Matthieu Reeb reads the verdict on Wednesday © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIJohannesburg, South Africa, May 1 – South African fans of Olympian Caster Semenya Wednesday expressed shock and disappointment after their star athlete lost a bid to challenge IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.In a landmark ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IAAF regulations which require women like Semenya, with higher than average natural female testosterone levels, to take medically-prescribed drugs to lower their testosterone levels or be kicked out of competitions. “We are bitterly disappointed,” said Bathabile Dlamini, the minister for women.“This is a disappointing judgement, it actually removes Caster Semenya’s agency as person, as an athlete, as a person who trains hard,” Dlamini said.“As the department of women we are particularly angered (that) we are expected to conform to western notions …for our athletes to compete”.She said Semenya was being targeted because “she is so successful through her hard training and her dedication”.“It’s a violation of her rights as a woman, the violation of her rights as human being”.– ‘Beyond outrageous’ –Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said the “regulations trample on the human rights and dignity” of the 28 year-old who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019.Athletics South Africa (ASA) said it was “deeply disappointed and profoundly shocked” that the Court had ruled in favour of the new regulations, and that it would consider appealing the “disgraceful” decision.“We are … reeling in shock at how a body held in high esteem like CAS can endorse discrimination without flinching.“South Africa knows discrimination better and CAS has seen it fit to open the wounds of apartheid, a system of discrimination condemned by the whole world as a crime against humanity,” said ASA in a statement. – ‘Reeling in shock’ –The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it was “appalled” by the court decision.“It is rather disheartening to learn that the Court has ruled against Caster Semenya in her fight to be treated equally and without prejudice,” it said in a statement.It accused the IAAF of “acting in a prejudicial manner that divides rather than unites athletes.” “Shocked” by the decision, the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called on the government and sporting federations to “use all available processes to oppose this decision and fight for her right to compete on the international stage without having to take any drugs to suppress what she was naturally born to do”.Semenya, who has dominated the 800m over the last decade and had remained largely silent through the court battle, on Wednesday vowed in a statement that the court decision “will not hold me back”.She said she knew “that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger”.“I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.” On social media her fans were furious.From Cape Town, one tweeted that the decision was “beyond outrageous” adding “I thought sport was about not putting hormones in your body”. A Pretoria-based fan wrote the CAS decision smacked “of racism, sexism and bigotry rolled into one”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


January 6, 2020 0

Bears complete sweep

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – California freshmen Devenai Hampton and Alexis Gray-Lawson combined for 43 points as the Golden Bears slipped past USC 73-68 at Haas Pavilion on Sunday, completing Cal’s first sweep over USC and UCLA in Berkeley since 1993. The Bears (11-3, 3-1 Pac-10), under new coach Joanne Boyle, are off to their best start in the past 14 seasons. The loss completed an 0-2 Bay Area trip for the Trojans (8-5, 2-2), and neither Southern California team managed a win against either Cal or Stanford. Gray-Lawson finished with 22 points and five rebounds, and the 6-foot-3 Hampton had 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. Another freshman, Ashley Walker, added 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Bears. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Camille LeNoir led the Trojans with 24 points and Shay Murphy had 16. last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

Saugus girls winning with youth

first_img Conn, who stands 5-foot-10 and is averaging 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, has given the Centurions a formidable post presence that has been especially important after they lost all-league forward Serena Blair to a broken finger. Sophomore guards Breann Wilson and Danielle Mofsowitz also have made big contributions. Blair, a junior who was averaging 10.2 points and 9.6 rebounds, is expected to return in time for the second half of league play. Up and down: Inexperience has been a big factor in Valencia’s inconsistent play. The Vikings were decimated by graduation, losing 10 seniors, including all five starters and three key reserves. Valencia (11-6, 0-1) is off to a respectable start, but coach Jerry Mike doesn’t quite know what to expect from one quarter to the next, let alone from one game to the next. “Over the course of a game, we’ll look fantastic at times, and at other times we’ll be sloppy,” he said. Junior shooting guard Brooke Sansone and junior center Danielle Jenkins have made big contributions. Sansone is averaging 9.5 points; Jenkins is averaging 9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Both played on last season’s league champion junior-varsity team that went 24-2. Shocker: Consensus Foothill League favorite Hart, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, was upset by Burroughs of Burbank, 54-53, on Tuesday. Hart (12-4, 1-1) fell into a three-way tie for second place with Saugus and Burroughs (9-8, 1-1). Canyon (16-2, 2-0) defeated Saugus, 41-34, on Tuesday to take sole possession of first place. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I thought we’d be good, but I really didn’t know what to expect,” Saugus coach Eric Olsson said. “They’ve played well beyond what I expected.” The Centurions have won with defense, allowing 30.2 points per game – just 11 in a 43-point nonleague trouncing of Littlerock on Jan. 5. “We press the whole game,” Olsson said. “We’re inexperienced, and we don’t score very well, so we have to win by playing great defense.” The big surprise for Saugus has been the strong play of freshman point guard Nicole Hicks and center Gabby Conn. Hicks is averaging five steals per game and possesses great quickness. She has the potential to be one of the best players in school history, Olsson said. SAUGUS – It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Saugus High’s girls’ basketball team, and the Centurions’ prospects grew even more grim when they lost one of their few players with significant varsity experience to an early season injury. But they’ve surprised nearly all by winning despite an underclassman-heavy lineup with two freshman starters. Saugus (14-3 overall, 1-1 Foothill League) opened league play Friday with a 49-46 victory over Valencia. The Centurions have won two tournaments (Nordhoff of Ojai and Santa Paula) and reached the championship game of another (Costa Mesa). last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

DD Travel: In love in Saint Lucia

first_imgby Adam Jacot de Boinod. St Lucia is steeped in history after it was fought over and colonised by the English and the French. These days America adds her custom to this heady mix of influences. Aboriginal traits also persist with the Arawak tradition of carving out the bark of a gommier tree to use as a canoe dating as far back as 200AD.St. Lucians are a sociable lot descending on each other as neighbours over the Christmas period, They even repaint their house as an act of hospitality. Interiors are typically white while the exterior tend to be brightly coloured. I decided to work my way up the island by road and by boat. More than anywhere St. Lucia is best visited by being on the move. The thing to do is to change hotels every few days. For all its beauty and fecundity, the island can be quite restrictive especially if you want to stretch a leg as the beaches are small and the hillsides are steep. Each cove (which the French called anse) is a hideaway and hotels vie to offer the most romantic setting. St. Lucia wins the award for ‘Honeymoon island of the Caribbean’ year after year.I descended steeply down from hills still stricken with their trees deracinated from the storm. Starting from the international airport in the south I reached the Viceroy Sugar Beach. This American hotel has surely secured the choice location of the island. It’s between the famous twin peaks of Gros and Petit Piton These upright, precipitous mountains reach over two thousand feet in height and are the consequence of an historic earthquake balancing its neighbouring sea with equal depth.They gave me a sense of being grounded with their majestic presence dwarfing all below. I needed to see them panoramically. From the sea as well as the land. At different angles they alternate between one being a pyramid and the other a multi-faceted shape. At the hotel the Guyanese imported white sand works perfectly and the ‘New English’ style of the villas’ all-white interiors reinforced a sense of light, purity and space. Off to the Tet Nature Trail for a delightful wander amongst all the wonder of such a fertile island. Providence has given her pineapples, mangos, papaya, bananas, guava and plums to name a few. Sometimes they’re even growing all side by side.It’s so amazing to see all these fruits as real vegetation rather than wrapped produce. For me almonds, coffee and chocolate are the most exciting of all.Onwards and upwards I went past two quaint looking fishing villages. At one, called Canaries, I watched chickens crossing the street and local laundry being transported on ladies’ heads and then washed in the stream in which the children splashed, sprayed and swam.The next village along is Anse La Raye. Across the island there are specific weekly fixtures. On Friday there is a ‘Fish Friday’ evening where cooked versions of the fresh catch is offered up from the stalls specially set up along the main street beside the seafront at Anse la Reye. You can then follow it up with a ‘Jump Up’ street party in Gros Islet and then, the next day, there is ‘Fish Saturday’ in Dennery.Onto Capella Marigot Bay. This hotel’s location couldn’t be more idyllic as it overlooks its marina. Here I got a strong sense of the nautical character of St. Lucia as I looked around at premier yachts berthed from all over the world. The bay is known as ‘hurricane hole’ from its position on the west side of the island. It’s surrounded by mountains and experiences minimal tidal changes. Yachties tinker with their equipment and there’s a serenity in this secluded and secure haven. A serenity reflected in the philosophy of the hotel.As I moved up the island the vegetation changes and the sand gets whiter. Next came St. James’s Morgan Bay. The rooms have double balconies and it is beautifully set within the sound of lapping waves and has views of the sea offering stunning sunsets. It’s for those preferring organised entertainment. There’s a spoiling range of six restaurants and always somewhere open to eat. Le Jardin is for the fine diners while the Bamboo has fabulous seafood salads. They lent me a sailing catamaran and off I went after one lesson. How liberating! And with their rescue service how reassuring! Next and on past Castries the capital and onto Cap Maison. This classy boutique villa resort has a Mediterranean feel. Spanish meets Moroccan. Walking beneath crenellated roofs, past trickling fountains, under vaulted brick corridors and through inner courtyards with birds twittering, I half expected to be responding to peeling church bells. It is located on the northernmost tip in Cap Estate, a highly exclusive area.I took a trip to Pigeon Island. It is like a miniature version of the Pitons with her two humped hills. It was joined up to the mainland in the 1960s by a causeway that is now a picturesque tree-lined avenue. It’s the best spot for snorkeling and is great for hiking as I climbed up the proudly kept nature reserve to its natural look out point.I returned back down the Atlantic coast to the accompaniment of the brightest rainbow I had ever witnessed. A magnificent send off to such a colourful island. The calm after the Matthew storm!Adam Jacot de Boinod has worked on the first series of QI, the BBC programme compared by Stephen Fry. He is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books. DD Travel: In love in Saint Lucia was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:carribeanholidayshoneymoonst luciaTravellast_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Patience pays off for Sharks, and for Timo Meier

first_imgSAN JOSE — This could have easily been Timo Meier’s second time in a Western Conference Final.Meier, just three months after he was drafted ninth overall, was impressive enough at training camp in 2015 that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, Tim Burke, then the director of amateur scouting and now an assistant GM, and coach Pete DeBoer thought briefly about keeping him around for at least the start of the regular season.No doubt, an 18-year-old Meier would have loved being in the NHL.“A …last_img read more


December 20, 2019 0

Africa’s carbon-trading potential

first_imgAfrican companies could invest in cleanenergy technology such as solar panels toearn carbon credits, which they would thesell to more polluting industries.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library.)Delegates at the first all-African carbon forum in Dakar, Senegal, agreed the continent’s entrepreneurs need cash to break into the expanding international carbon emissions trading market.The carbon forum matched investors seeking a higher greenhouse emission allowance than permitted by the Kyoto Protocol with profitable projects that cut greenhouse gases in developing or emerging countries. Each investment translates into “certified emission reduction credits” (CER).The investor buys the right to pollute by helping someone else not to pollute.Projects that come under this scheme, known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) include tree-planting, and renewable wind and solar energy initiatives, which help cut greenhouse gases.Africa-based projects currently make up about 4% of a nascent industry that already turns over US$57-billion (R450-billion) a year. Entrepreneurs in Africa say the continent cannot afford to fall behind.“The lack of ownership by African investors is one of the major constraints for the future development of this continent,” said Thierno Bocar Tall, director of a regional biofuel and renewable energy project. “This market is destined to grow, and Africa, particularly its private sector, must develop a larger presence in it.”BenefitsSub-Saharan Africa produces less energy than Spain, leaving about 500-million people without electricity, according to Dana Rysankova, a World Bank energy specialist in the Africa Department.By boosting its participation in carbon reduction projects, Africa’s private sector can spur economic growth, boost energy production and reduce carbon emissions according to Ryasnkova.But to even begin meeting their own energy needs, African governments will need to dedicate 6% of their annual budgets to their energy sectors, she said.Increasing investmentsAbout 3 200 low-emissions energy projects have been identified across sub-Saharan Africa, which are seeking investments of $175-billion (R1.4-trillion).If financed, officials at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change says these projects have the potential to cut global carbon emissions by more than 700-million tons per year, while quadrupling sub-Saharan Africa’s current level of energy production.The World Bank recently signed Senegal’s first CDM with the state-run Rural Electrification Agency to provide 1.5-million energy-efficient light bulbs to families in rural areas. Investors and entrepreneurs have identified 24 other projects across the country, including a wind farm in Saint-Louis 185km from Dakar, which aims to reduce the country’s gas and diesel dependency by producing 30 000 MW of energy a year.The UN Environment Programme (Unep) has invested $30-million (R235-million) in building up local expertise in carbon trading in Africa.“Africa has an enormous potential to be eligible for more investment,” said Bakary Kanté of Unep.Financial barriersFor Mario Lundovic, an adviser at the African Development Bank, most African banks are too small to interest large-scale carbon reduction projects.Private-public investment partnerships are complicated to pull off anywhere, but particularly in Africa, according to Moctar Diaw, director of sustainable energies in the Senegalese cement industry.He says he wants to reduce how much energy his industry uses, but finding investment has been tough.Source: Irin NewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more


December 19, 2019 0