first_imgMeralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Tamaraws hold a 6-6 record and still have a legitimate chance at the no.4 spot.“What this win has done for us is place us in a position to really fight for that no.4 slot, however, we would want to take it away from our minds because this is just a lingering thought,” said Perasol who led UP to its first seven-win campaign in 14 years. “This is just one win and we need another one. We need to put this win behind us and we cannot overthink there’s a more crucial game for us on Wednesday.”Bright Akhuetie and Janjan Jaboneta were the only ones to score for UP in the fourth quarter but they did enough to hold off any UST advancements.Jaboneta drilled a corner three that gave UP an 83-62 lead with 1:56 left in the game putting the game out of UST’s reach.ADVERTISEMENT Akhuetie finished with a team-high 25 points with 18 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons while Paul Desiderio had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Marvin Lee led UST with 26 points, on 7-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc, with five boards while Renzo Subido added 22 points on 4-of-10 three-point shooting.Cansino had two points and three rebounds before his exit. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fighting Maroons laid claim to the fourth spot with a 7-6 record while nailing the Growling Tigers to the sixth place with a 5-8 card.UST, which held a 34-26 lead midway through the second quarter, lost rookie star CJ Cansino to a left knee sprain with 5:57 left in the first half.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 ChrissCansino’s injury swept the Growling Tigers with a cold wave, which UP took advantage of going on a 22-4 run to across the second and third quarters to establish a 48-38 lead on Jun Manzo’s bucket.UP head coach Bo Perasol said they couldn’t rest easy even after the crucial win with his team still has to win its final game against De La Salle and also look out for Far Eastern University. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title University of the Philippines took out one more contender for the Final Four after eliminating University of Santo Tomas with a 83-69 win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA — Sterling Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi stepped off the ice at ten to six this morning after a heartbreaking loss, their third in the round robin at the World Junior Curling Championships.Taking to the ice against Scotland this morning, Team Tardi battled the team from the land that invited the sport in a close back-and-forth game, their last in the round robin. Though Team Canada started with the hammer, it was Scotland that stole two in the first end. After 15 rocks in the second end Scotland had shot rock, but skip Tyler Tardi made a take-out to even things up. Scotland made the most of the hammer in the third end, jumping out to a 5-2 lead.After blanking the fourth end, the Canadians narrowed the gap in the fifth, scoring two to make it 5-4 for the Scots. The two teams traded two point-ends in the sixth and seventh, before Scotland scored a single in the ninth end to lead 8-6. Facing defeat, Middleton drew in behind a Scottish guard near the Hog Line to give Canada shot rock. Scottish skip Cameron Bryce missed a raise takeout with his first rock, allowing Tyler Tardi to draw in and score two to force an extra end.- Advertisement -In the eleventh, Canada had shot rock for most of the end before Bryce made a successful takeout to give Scotland shot rock straddling the outside edge of the 8 Foot. With his last rock, Tyler Tardi tried to draw inside the Scottish stone, but sadly landed his rock just a couple inches too far from the button. With that, Scotland took the game 9-8 after an extra end.With the loss, Canada ended up tied with Scotland, Norway, and Team U.S.A. with a 6-3 record in the round robin. Due to their losses against Scotland and the United States, Canada will play Norway in a tiebreaker this afternoon at 5:00 Fort St. John time. The winner of that tiebreaker will play Scotland in the semi-finals Friday morning at 3:00.last_img read more

first_imgMiller, one of the top skiers on the World Cup circuit, came into the championships as a medal contender in several events. The same thing happened at the 2006 Turin Olympics, where he was favored in several events but went home empty handed. The only individual event left on the men’s schedule is the slalom, Miller’s weakest event in recent years. He has completed only one slalom in the last 13 months, and that came when he finished last in Schladming, Austria, in the final race before these world championships. “He had only trained on them in October,” said Marc Habermann, Miller’s spokesman. “It’s definitely unusual, especially for world championships, but that’s Bode. He said the skis were actually pretty good. It just took him a few gates to get used to them.” Ligety’s fourth-place finish Wednesday was the best result by an American man at these championships. He missed a medal by 0.07 seconds. While the men are zero for Are, Lindsey Kildow and Julia Mancuso have saved face for the U.S. squad with three silver medals at these world championships. “The women are definitely carrying the team,” Ligety said. “Too bad Bode and I haven’t come through yet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Miller, the 2003 world champion in giant slalom, was sixth after Wednesday’s opening leg. He had an adventurous second trip down the slope, though. He head-butted a gate midway through his run and committed several more errors before standing up and slowing as he crossed the finish line. “We had some good stuff going on out there and we got really close, but we fell a little short,” U.S. men’s head coach Phil McNichol said. “Bode had a bunch of mistakes on that second run, and you just can’t let down at all. You have to be in full-on attack mode, right to the bottom.” Miller left the finish area without speaking to reporters. He hasn’t won a major championship race since he took the super-giant slalom and downhill titles at the last worlds in Bormio, Italy, two years ago. Miller’s best result through four events at these championships is sixth in combined, after leading the downhill portion of that event. At last year’s Turin Olympics, his best result was fifth in downhill. For the giant slalom, Miller used skis he never had raced on before. center_img ARE, Sweden – Bode Miller is on the verge of being shut out for the second year in a row at a major championship. Miller hit a gate with his head during an error-filled second run on new skis in the giant slalom at the world championships Wednesday and finished 15th in a race won by Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal. Ted Ligety was fourth, but the American men still lack a medal with the championships drawing near a close. last_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale was left in a right spin after taking part in a charity initiative.The Real Madrid star man and his mates were helping to raise awareness for The Global Goals campaign by attempting to score a ‘dizzy goal’.See how he get on above and find out more about The Global Goals campaign here:last_img

first_imgAs their long-running campaign for an end to what they term the “unfair two tier set-up” continues in respect of pay, school secretaries have urged politicians to attend a meeting in Letterkenny tonight, Monday, to back their push for parity.They claim that any school Board of Management or Principal willing to stand over a low rate of pay for dedicated secretaries or administrators should be “named and shamed.”Kathleen O’Doherty, Letterkenny based representative on the Education Division of FORSA, said listening to repeated stories of how badly paid these particular school employees were over the past ten to fifteen years also brought shame on the Department of Education. “Our local Education Minister Joe McHugh has the ball at his feet and hopefully he will kick it in the right direction to ensure all school secretaries are treated with respect and fairness.“We want to put an end to the existing unfair two-tier set-up successive Governments have allowed to continue. All we want is parity and respect within a public service building. All our work is public service related, yet the Government refuse to treat us as equal to our colleagues who are employed under a 78/79 scheme. It’s bizarre to say the least,” the local representative insisted.Pointing out that the Support our Secretaries (SOS) campaign was continuing to gain momentum, Ms O’Doherty called for a good turn out at tonight’s meeting in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel including a strong political presence.“I am well aware the date is Monday following the elections. If those politicians who have been calling to my door and seeking my vote are worth their salt, they will support us on the night whether they get elected or not.” She praised those school Principals and Board of Managements who were very supportive of the campaign for a fairer deal for school secretaries.The FORSA representative stated: “I only wish all Principals and Boards of Management would support their secretary and help right a very wrong by putting pressure on the Department of Education.“Any school Board of Management or Principal willing to stand over such a low pay rate of 8.65 euro minimum rate for a number of years for their dedicated secretary/administrator should be named and shamed,” claimed Ms O’Doherty.Last November school secretaries from all over the county attended a meeting in Letterkenny held to clarify the findings of the Workers Relations Commission Arbitration.“Although the report reads as a 10% increase for non-teaching staff which sounds good, it is well worth reading the small print. The 10% to be paid over four years at 2.5% to these workers, the majority of which are on a very low rate of pay does not equate to much of a raise. Where does decency and fairness come into this recommendation?,” the Letterkenny representative demanded. Those in attendance at the meeting expressed their wholesale disappointment at the WRC findings after years of campaigning for a fairer deal to rectify a two tier system where some school secretaries are paid by the Department of Education on a recognised pay scale while the rest are dependant on a grant issued to the schools out of which come other expenses.“Rates vary from school to school and almost all are paid below the scale paid to equivalent public service workers,” added the FORSA spokesperson.The meeting in the Radisson Hotel has a starting time of 8.p.m.‘Support Our School Secretaries’ to host Donegal meeting was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon. They finished the season 52-27 at the Coliseum. With Tampa Bay’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, the A’s remain two games ahead for the first wild card spot.Tanner Roark continued his rough stretch of games, allowing a career-high four home runs (five total), in a season-low three inning outing. Roark has a 9.69 ERA in his last three starts.A.J. Puk … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

first_imgA young boy gets training on ball controlskills from one of the Liverpool coaches UK based football team Liverpool FCspent time in South Africa, coachingyoung footballers.(Images: CONTACTS• Nicole JohnstonOxfam International+27 12 423 9900/9918+27 82 468 Nosimilo RamelaExcitement swept through football-loving communities in South Africa recently when members of UK’s well-known Liverpool FC stopped off at a few sports grounds to give coaching and wellness workshops.The tour ran from 19 to 22 May and covered Gauteng and North West provinces. It was made possible through a partnership between Oxfam International and Fair Play for Africa.“We want to spread our Truth 4 Youth messages,” said Liverpool head of community coach Bill Bygroves, referring to the team’s strategy of using football to teach youngsters how to lead responsible and healthy lives.“The messages we use to teach are: show racism the red card, give bullying the boot, kick drugs into touch, shoot goals not guns, we is better than me, before you please think disease, health is wealth, knives are for eating not for fighting, more important than being a good footballer is being a good person, and you’ll never walk alone.”Bygroves was joined by four other Liverpool coaches. Some of them, like Michael Yates, are also former players for the team. “I’ve played with some of the greats, such as Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard,” said Yates, who became a junior Liverpool player at age eight.I was lucky enough to follow the UK delegation on its third and fourth day in South Africa, as it passed through Soweto and Randfontein, situated south and west of Johannesburg.My first stop was Meadowlands Zone 5 in Soweto, where I saw boys and girls dashing to the nearby stadium after school on Friday afternoon. With football boots in hand, they practised their best moves along the way and, once at the grounds, quickly changed into their kit and started warming up. They were clearly keen to make a good impression as they waited for the Liverpool stars to arrive.The Soweto Ladies Football Club was also there, eagerly anticipating the workshop. Coach Fikile Sithole gathered her team members and gave them a quick talk: “Remember to be disciplined. Take this opportunity to learn and share your skills and your experiences with Liverpool. They are here to learn from you as much as you are here today to learn from them.”Sithole is a former captain of South Africa’s national women’s football squad, which is nicknamed Banyana Banyana, meaning “the girls”.Her sporting career includes playing for Liverpool’s local development team at the tender age of 10, and playing for Swedish women’s club Oxaback Marc IF. But “I returned to South Africa to start rebuilding the Soweto ladies club, which was dying. There were only seven players left,” Sithole said.With the help of fellow coach Colleen Hans, manager Oupa Thebe and public relations officer Thanda Dlamini, she has now grown it into a squad of 32 players.Turning to her players, Sithole announced: “Liverpool is a few minutes away!” Shouts of joy and anticipation rung through the modest arena.After introducing themselves to the Meadowlands group, the coaches split players into different categories. Yates took a group of 10 girls and taught them different techniques, like how to control and protect the ball while also looking out for opponents. The participants listened attentively and practised each move carefully after the demonstration.“We are very honoured to have the team here – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be trained by great coaches,” said Khethiwe Mlangeni from the Soweto Ladies Football Club. “We’ve wanted such an opportunity for a long time, so were grabbing it with both hands.”Yates said they were humbled by the overwhelming response from the players they worked with. “The children have been really enthusiastic and very receptive. Their skills are really good, and I was really impressed by the girl’s technical skills.”At the end of the workshop the coaches gave a talk on healthy living and protection against HIV/Aids. They later thanked the Soweto locals for hosting them and being so enthusiastic during the training. All players got free footballs and T-shirts, while the best performers of the day received autographed posters and official Liverpool football jerseys.‘Humbling’ visitThe UK team took time between coaching clinics to visit disadvantaged communities hard hit by HIV/Aids. One of the stops was in Orange Farm, just outside Johannesburg. “Being there and seeing such poverty was really humbling,” Bygroves said.In Orange Farm they also stopped at a hospice run by a woman called “Mama Rosy”, who cares for the terminally ill. “It was very moving and emotional to see how the community has pulled together to help give those who are sick the best care and comfort during their last days,” said Eddie Sullivan, Liverpool’s children’s coach.Bygroves, who is also the teams’ chaplain, prayed with patients and their families at the hospice, and the others handed out team caps and T-shirts before saying goodbye.“This is one of the memories I will take back with me, and it will stay with me forever,” said Yates.“For the young people here, playing football is more than just a fun sport – it’s an escape to a place they can go to, to leave all their hardships behind. Football brings joy and hope to the young people here. I admire how these youngsters can still laugh and play with us so freely and just let go of their circumstances for a while.”Giving xenophobia the bootOn Saturday the Liverpool team attended the Anti-Xenophobia Football Tournament at the Mohlakeng Stadium in Randfontein. This was held in recognition of the countrywide outbreak of xenophobic attacks in May 2008, which targeted migrants from Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa. Sixty-two people died in the violence.The Human Sciences Research Council later identified competition over scarce jobs and essential services, such as housing and healthcare, as the main cause of the attacks.“We organised this tournament to unite the community and promote social cohesion,” said Amir Sheikh, the public relations officer for the African Diaspora Forum. “We want people to live together without fear, and we saw football as an effective way of driving that message forward.”The Liverpool delegation was asked to guest-coach the eight teams involved, but they also had time to play against some of the youngsters there. “I found it difficult to play on this pitch, it’s quite bumpy,” said Yates. “The local boys played with such ease, though. That on its own is a testament to their technical skills”.Hundreds of community members supported the tournament and cheered the English visitors on as they demonstrated their ball-handling tactics.A taste of AfricaAfter the action on the pitch the coaches were treated to a spread of African cuisine and dancing by Rwandans, South Africans, Ghanaians, Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Mozambicans, Zambians and Ethiopians.The dancers invited the guests to join in and taught them a few simple moves. The locals clapped and whistled at the sight of the English swinging their limbs and jumping to the beat of African drums.After an elaborate African lunch, the Liverpool members listened and clapped along to a performance of local popular football songs and lively vuvuzela-trumpeting, and then taught the crowd some of their own war cries.Soon one of the team’s best-known anthems, You’ll never walk alone, filled the stadium as locals joined the guests in song.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early October, the Oak Hill FFA traveled to Hocking College to compete in the State Forestry CDE judging. The competition required students to participate in timber cruising where students are required to identify ten different types of trees, the diameters of the tree, number of logs you can get out of that tree, and then determine the amount of board feet, in addition to the value per tree.  Additionally, students were to identify the tree by their leaves and to determine what type of lumber was used to create specific wooden projects.  Students then have to identify modern forestry harvesting tools and equipment. The students who attended this event were as follows: Michael Adkins, Chase Dickens, Owen Greene, Josie Hackney, Connor Hughes, Morgan Lahrmer, AJ Meldick, Bailey Ward, and Lane Wright.  These students competed against other FFA chapters from all over the state of Ohio, and finished in the top 25 in the state, and as a reminder there are over 300 FFA Chapters in Ohio.last_img read more

first_imgI participated in a really interesting webinar the other day about the new proposed HOME STAR program. Some call it the “Cash for Caulkers” program, which, according to Efficiency First, “…would provide direct incentives to American homeowners who invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes.”Our own GBAdvisor Matt Golden is one of the driving forces behind both Efficiency First and the proposed $6 billion HOME STAR program. He has worked hard to make sure that HOME STAR gets both the financial structure and the building science right in this new program, poised to become federal legislation in the coming weeks.Here are the key elements to the HOME STAR program:HOME STAR has two types of incentives for homeowners, Silver Star and Gold StarSilver Star is the “quick-start” part of HOME STAR program, providing for the installation of new insulation, air sealing, furnace or water heater, each one DONE RIGHT. Silver Star rebates can go up to $1500 per measure capped at 50% of project costs or $3,000, whichever comes first.Gold Star is the “long-view” part of the program; it’s all about whole house performance retrofits. The energy efficiency measures are queued up based on performance audits and energy modeling, all conducted by approved Building Performance Institute (BPI) or Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) or equivalent providers and raters (BPI or RESNET can do the QA but only BPI can do the actual Gold Star retrofit work). Homeowners can get $3,000 for modeled savings of 20 percent, plus $1,000 for each additional 5 percent of modeled energy savings, with incentives up to $8,000, not to exceed 50 percent of total project costs.It’s all performance-based, testing in and testing outQuality assurance is an essential part of the HOME STAR program, with Silver Star requiring a testing rate of 20% and 15% for Gold Star. There is an exception: if 100% of workers are fully trained and certified in high performance building science and standards (such as BPI, Labors’ International Union of North America — or North America Technicians Excellence — NATE), testing QA goes down to 10%. The Efficiency First HOME STAR overview expresses the quality assurance element of the program this way: “This system…ensures that a portion of all jobs are inspected by credentialed professionals, and offers an additional incentive to contractors that invest in a trained and certified workforce.”RESNET and BPI are combining forces on HOME STARHOME STAR is about a TON of work to be done. We will need all of the more than 100 providers and 4,000 raters from RESNET, all of the 8,000+ BPI certified professionals, and more for a program of this magnitude. The HOME STAR webinar included both directors of BPI and RESNET, Larry Zarker and Steve Baden. It’s a great sign that these organizations are working together on this effort, as opposed to competing to protect just their own.HOME STAR is designed to fit with existing programsHome Star will supplement (not supplant) existing incentives, so a project could qualify for a local or state or utility incentive AND Home Star rebate.HOME STAR is a financing/incentive/job creation programThe unemployment rate within the building industry is scary, with 1.6 million jobs lost since December 2007. The strength of HOME STAR is that it ties together solid financing structures, great incentives for homeowners, and excellent opportunities for skilled jobs at the installation and quality assurance levels.HOME STAR will pick up where American Recovery and Reinvestment Act left off and be a link for the longer term climate-change based Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program.Download a copy of the HOME STAR pending legislation.More information on how HOME STAR works.last_img read more

first_imgWith Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury making it clear that he is not keen to seek a third term to the Rajya Sabha, sections in the Congress are demanding that the seat in the Upper House be given to their party.Elections to six seats from Bengal will be held in August. For five seats, the Trinamool Congress [TMC] will nominate its members. The sixth seat is up for grabs between the Congress and the Left parties.In 2011, the Left parties nominated Mr. Yechury and the Congress sent Pradip Bhattacharya to the Upper House. Their terms will expire in August.A number of Congress leaders have made it clear that the Rajya Sabha nomination should be from their party as the party has more seats in the State Assembly.Congress sources said party chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi have told them that the party would “either back Yechury or no one from the Left.”“We had decided on supporting Mr. Yechury but in the circumstances if the party leadership seeks my opinion, I will try to come up with the best possible choice,” West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.Mr Bhattacharya, 72, is not averse to another term. But former MP Deepa Dasmunshi and State Congress general secretary Omprakash Mishra are considered strong contenders.Soft cornerThe party has a soft corner for Ms. Dasmunshi because of her ailing husband, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. “The Gandhi family has a soft corner for Priya-da, but the question is how long will they back someone like Deepa Dasmunshi, who has steadily lost her base in Raiganj,” said a senior Congress leader.In the last Lok Sabha polls, she was defeated by the CPI-M’s Md Salim and has since kept a low profile.Mr. Mishra has not won a major election but is a popular face of the party on television. He can effortlessly articulate the party’s position on many issues, according a leader close to the Central leadership.He has a good understanding of Asian politics, especially China, which may help the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, a section of the leadership feels.More importantly, he is considered the architect of the Left-Congress alliance in the 2016 Assembly polls, an alliance that is still surviving and perhaps is the only hope for both the Left and the Congress.The Left parties, however, are keeping their cards close to their chest. “It is too early to comment on the matter. The Rajya Sabha nomination will be decided by the end of June,” CPI-M polit bureau member Md Salim said.last_img read more