Lyceum, Perpetual still undefeated in NCAA men’s beach volley

first_imgMOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa, who are gunning for their fourth straight crown, turned back Perpetual Help’s Marjito Medalla and Maria Aurora Bianca Tripoli, 21-19, 21-18, to seal their fifth straight win to move half a game behind the the talented Viray duo.The Virays and the Soltones-Eroa tandem will face off Saturday for the right to advance to the finals outright where the sweeper clinches the twice-to-beat edge.The Red Spikers are gunning for their first ever title in the sport while the Lady Altas their fifth crown.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors, Cavs return from All-Star break with wins Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon The Taneo siblings, meanwhile, flattened San Sebastian’s Christian Calonia and Jahir Ebrahim, 21-14, 21-17, to stay just half a game behind Badua and Presnede with a pristine 6-0 record.Lyceum and Perpetual Help part ways Saturday with the winner going straight to the finals where it will be assured of twice-to-beat advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The boys have trained hard with an intention of winning it this year,” said Lyceum coach Emil Lontoc in Filipino.In the women’s action, San Beda twins Maria Jeziela and Maria Nieza Viray dumped Lyceum’s Czarina Pauline Orros and Cherilyn Jhane Sindayen, 21-19, 21-13, to seize the solo lead with a perfect 6-0 slate. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual’s Relan and Rey Taneo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLyceum’s Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede pulled off a pair of three-set wins while Perpetual’s Relan and Rey Taneo hacked out a straight set victory to remain undefeated in the NCAA Season 92 men’s beach volley tournament at the beachfront of Subic Park Hotel Friday.Badua and Presnede survived Arellano’s Kenneth Aliyacyac and Joshua Esguerra, 17-21, 21-18 at 15-12, and Mapua’s Rey Arth Andaya and Sam Damian, 21-13, 17-21 at 15-12, to help the Pirates nail their seventh win in row.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal tieslast_img read more

Cutting (PPP’s) nose…

first_img…to spite Guyana’s faceOpposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo was once again forced to raise the issue of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project (AFHEP) – for probably the zillionth time. But really… why does this have to be so? Your Eyewitness can’t see any other reason than this PNC-led government doesn’t want to engage in any initiative that might redound to the credit of the PPP in general, and of Jagdeo in particular.Now… dear reader… while you may think this answer is rather simple, it is not simplistic. It’s based on the eminently sensible advice offered by Sherlock Holmes: Once you’ve eliminated all other possibilities, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. Now what are those “other possibilities? APNU and AFC have never claimed Guyana doesn’t need hydropower. In fact, Prezzie’s of recent jumped aboard the “Go Green!” Bandwagon with such fervour, you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s vying for the “Champion of the Earth award”.Hydropower is as green as you can get. Water falls off a cliff through gravity then through a turbine where it spins wire coils around an electromagnet to produce electricity that’s transmitted over “electric wires” to end users! Remember those old fashioned “dynamos” on bicycles that produced “light”?? Same thing, except the falling water does the work of your long suffering feet!! Not even an atom of that nasty Carbon Dioxide produced!Now before they joined at the hip to get into power, APNU and AFC claimed the PPP government wasn’t giving them a peek at the contracts with Sithe, the developer, and China Development Bank, the financier. Norway, of course, had already lodged Guyana’s contribution of US million. But as soon as Donald Ramotar became President in 2011, he shared all the paperwork with the opposition. Who declared they were “overcome” at the openness of the new government.But yet they didn’t budge. APNU initially said it was waiting for a “due diligence” report from the IDB, which had US0 million skin in the project. But then APNU suddenly announced they’d “relook” at the contract if they got into power. Now, Sithe’s no fly-by-night operator like, say, Surendra Engineering. They’re part of the Blackstone Group – one of the largest investment entities in the world. As a US corp it’s subject to very stringent financial scrutiny by their regulatory regimes. Not surprisingly, Sithe refused to be hobbled in this manner and walked. And the IDB, considering the project dead, ceased its due diligence study.So since we still need the hydropower and APNU/PNC’s in power, what’s the hold up now?Like we said, just blind hatred of Jagdeo!…on riceUnder the PPP regime, the rice industry broke all sorts of records in production and exporting. We became a significant player after exporting 600,000 tonnes and were poised to hit the million tonne mark. But then the government changed, the PNC-led coalition took Office and the industry collapsed.What happened? Well, the same thing that happened to AFHEP. An unwillingness to have anything redound to the credit of the PPP and Jagdeo. As a matter of fact, Jagdeo had personally intervened with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to broker a rice-for-oil deal under the latter’ PetroCaribe Initiative. Guyana was getting one and a half times the prices from other markets – and the farmers responded.Now as soon as they got into Office, rather than engaging the Venezuelans who’d indicated they were looking at Suriname for a better rice deal, the PNC-led coalition Government launched a feral blast at Maduro on the border front.To cut Jagdeo’s deal, they ignored that even during actual war, countries negotiated on other vital issues.…at Skeldon Sugar FactoryHow low can the PNC-led coalition Government sink in cutting Guyana’s face? Well, some pretty conclusive evidence’s surfaced that they’ve let the Skeldon Factory fall into disrepair.Just so to embarrass Jagdeo!last_img read more

Chipolopolo’s return sparks delirium

first_img0Shares0000LUSAKA, Zambia, February 14 – Zambia’s national team arrived home Monday to an ecstatic welcome from thousands of fans who gathered to greet the Copper Bullets after they won the country’s first Africa Cup of Nations title.Brandishing the gold trophy they claimed in a nail-biting penalty shootout against Ivory Coast on Sunday, the African champions waved to a massive crowd that had been gathering for more than nine hours in sweltering heat at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital, Lusaka.The team then boarded a bus for the Lusaka showgrounds, where an estimated 200,000-strong crowd dressed in the orange, green and black of the national team had gathered for official celebrations after an unofficial all-night party. The crowd sang solidarity songs while others blew vuvuzelas, and when the team finally entered the arena police had a tough time trying to control the situation.The Zambian players, dressed in matching blue suits and red ties waved to the crowds as they passed the trophy from one player to another.Amid chaotic scenes, Zambia’s vice president Guy Scott and the team were soon whisked away, a move that angered some of Lusaka’s football-crazy residents.“This is poor organisation. They keep us here the whole day and leave without saying anything. This is rubbish,” moaned Barbara Zulu, dressed in Zambian colours and with her face painted.The 8-7 win on penalties after 120 goalless minutes in Sunday’s final had emotional overtones for Zambia.The final was staged in the Gabonese capital Libreville, off whose coast a military aircraft carrying the 1993 Zambian national squad plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 30 players, officials and crew on board.French coach Herve Renard and his young squad, just one of whom lines up for a first-division European club, had vowed to bring the trophy back to Lusaka as a tribute to those who died.Many fans attributed their success over the star-studded Elephants to the benevolent spirits of their fallen comrades, who died travelling to a World Cup qualifier.“From the word go, I knew that Zambia would win, because that is where our fathers are resting, in Gabon,” said Michael Mwale.Thousands of Zambians paid sombre tributes to the fallen 1993 team, bringing prayers and flowers to their graves at the now-mothballed Independence Stadium.“We have been helped by the fallen heroes to get this far, and now they should rest in peace,” mourner Brenda Mwale said at the graveside.Elsewhere it was pure celebration.Fans at the airport held placards celebrating the victory of Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets, named for the country’s chief export) and deriding the much-favoured Elephants.“Elephants fail to withstand bullets,” read one.“My hero is Mweene, he is the one that made us win!” said Antony Kabwe, referring to keeper Kennedy Mweene, who was decisive in the victory.Shouting above the deafening roar of vuvuzelas, the long plastic trumpets made famous by the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Angela Chanda said the victory added to excitement around the new regime of President Michael Sata, who won office in September after beating a party that had been in power for 20 years.“We have a new government and things are moving our way,” she said.The homecoming followed an all-night party that erupted after the team lifted the Nations Cup trophy in Libreville’s Stade de l’Amitie in the early morning hours local time.State radio joined the jubilation, playing songs predicting Zambia’s victory. Until the Cup was won, the songs had been barred from the airwaves as unduly optimistic.“Our tears for the team that perished in Gabon should now be eased with the Zambia victory,” go the lyrics of one of the many songs composed in local languages.A heavy police presence helped prevent the partying from getting out of hand, after 11 deaths in traffic accidents were earlier blamed on celebrations tied to the three-week tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, November 9

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined by Matt Scott and Dave Kidd to discuss all the latest sporting action.The lads reflect on all the weekend’s Premier League results, including Swansea’s shock win over Arsenal and Tottenham’s defeat to Stoke, as well as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s battle for the Formula 1 title.last_img

Chelsea midfielder set for loan spell in Portugal

first_img1 Ulises Davila in action for Mexico Chelsea midfielder Ulises Davila is on his way to Portugal in a loan deal for the rest of the season.Vitoria Setubal expect to announce the transfer of the attacking midfielder in the next few days.Davila became the first Mexican to sign for Chelsea when he moved from Guadalajara on a five year contract in August 2011.But the South American wonderkid, now 23, has yet to make a Premier League appearance for The Blues.He has most recently been on loan at Tenerife in Spain having previously had spells with Vitesse, Sabadell and Cordoba.last_img

Regulation of air fresheners sought

first_imgIn response to the groups’ petition filed Wednesday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Walgreen Co. quickly pulled three of its air fresheners off the shelves of its 5,850 stores nationwide. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the Alliance for Healthy Homes and the National Center for Healthy Housing filed the petition asking the agencies to more strictly regulate the industry, which is expected to have $1.72 billion in sales this year. Scented sprays, gels and plug-in fresheners offer no public-health benefits yet contain harmful chemicals linked to breathing difficulties, developmental problems in babies and cancer in laboratory animals, according to the petition sent to the two federal agencies. The environmental groups commissioned independent lab tests of some popular brands and also cited health studies that call into question the safety of some chemicals found in the air fresheners. In spite of Walgreens’ move, representatives of some companies that make air fresheners said their products pose no health risk and help contribute to a better quality of life in many households. HEALTH: Groups want government to test the safety of items they say create many risks. By Jane Kay SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE SAN FRANCISCO – A group of heavyweight environmental organizations is asking the federal government to crack down on air fresheners, products scientific studies show can aggravate asthma and pose other health risks. The environmental groups argue that in houses, offices and restrooms, Americans suffer significant exposure “to a veritable cocktail of dangerous and potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds. In cases of mold and damp indoor environments, air fresheners may hide an indicator of potentially serious health threats to the respiratory system.” Consumers assume that products on the market have been evaluated and are safe, the petition said. “Unfortunately, with regard to air fresheners, these consumers are mistaken.” The groups want the federal government to require manufacturers to conduct health and safety tests, including the respiratory effect of breathing the fresheners.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


first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Today’s Weather: Very mild at dawn with temperatures starting the day at 8C, perhaps a couple of degrees lower along the coasts, where mist and fog may linger into the morning.Generally a dry day with bright sunny spells especially in the afternoon. Temperatures are 5C above average for this time of the year with Donegal seeing the warmest weather today of 15C, or even 16C at times, especially in the south of the county. The warmer weather will continue, according to Met Eireann, though BBC NI reckons it will be cooler for the rest of the week with wetter weather for the North West.IT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.  15C AND (MAINLY) GLORIOUS! THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherMount Errigal HotelTuesday deallast_img read more

Man City in pole position but Celtic struggling: CL group permutations revealed

first_img Celtic (Group B) – Of all the British teams, Celtic are in the most precarious position in relation to their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage. They know they have to defeat Bayern Munich at Parkhead in the next matchday if they are to have any chance of progressing – and they must do so by more than a 3-0 scoreline to gain the advantage in the head-to-head. Should they manage that feat, they would then have to match or better Bayern’s results for the remainder of the group stage, to ensure they finish at least level on points with the Germans. Managing that feat would send them through to the group stage instead of Bayern due to their head-to-head record. Liverpool (Group E) – The Reds’ poor start in the Champions League means they have only won five points from three games, though they still sit top of their group following Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Maribor. Liverpool cannot guarantee their place in the knockout stage in matchday four, knowing that the earliest they can do it is the following week. Beating Maribor at home and Sevilla away would put enough breathing space between them and the Spaniards to secure progression. A draw against Sevilla in matchday five would also be enough as long as Liverpool beat Maribor and Sevilla lose to Spartak Moscow in matchday four. Chelsea (Group C) – Top of their group after three matches, Chelsea can guarantee their place in the knockout stage in the next matchday, as long as they beat Roma in Italy and Atletico Madrid fail to beat Qarabag at home. That would put the Blues on 10 points with Atleti eight points behind – with only six left to play for. If Atleti win, Chelsea cannot progress until matchday five. They would have to beat Roma and then Qarabag to move onto 13 points. The Blues can afford to draw both their remaining matches against Roma and Atletico, as they would finish one points ahead of the Spaniards – even if Diego Simeone’s side win their other two matches. 6 6 6 6 Manchester City (Group F) – City can book their place in the knockout stage in matchday four, and it is all in their own hands. A draw away at Napoli will give them a six point lead over the Italians with only six to play for – and a better head-to-head record having beaten them at home on Tuesday. A defeat in Italy would make their position slightly more precarious, and they would need three points from their remaining two matches (and hope Napoli don’t beat City by a scoreline bigger than 2-1), or four points to guarantee they finish on more points than the Italians. Of course, Napoli could beat City but then drop points in their remaining matches, and Pep Guardiola’s side need to ensure they finish with more points than the Italians. Manchester United (Group A) – click the right arrow to see what the other British teams must do to reach the Champions League knockout stage – The Red Devils currently lead their group by three points, and can secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League during the next matchday. They have to beat Benfica at Old Trafford and hope Basel defeat CSKA Moscow in Switzerland. Those results would put United on 12 points and CSKA (in third) on three, meaning the Russian outfit could not overtake them in one of the top two spots. If CSKA, as well as United, win in matchday four, the Red Devils would have to pick up one more point to guarantee they qualify for the next round. They can do that against either Basel in matchday five or CSKA themselves in matchday six. 6 We have reached the halfway point of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage, and all the English clubs are doing well.Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all leading their respective groups, while Spurs sit second in their group despite holding the exact same record as leaders Real Madrid.Celtic, the remaining British team, are not enjoying themselves as much, with only one win from three matches, though their plan to still be in Europe after Christmas remains intact with Europa League football on the cards for Brendan Rodgers’ side.Still, all six British teams can qualify for the knockout stage… but how can they get there?Click the right arrow, above, to see what every British team must do in their final three matches of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage to qualify for the knockout stage… 6 Tottenham Hotspur (Group H) – Borussia Dortmund and Apoel have both won one point in the group stage this year, meaning Spurs can book their place with as little as three draws in their remaining matches. They cannot guarantee a spot in the knockouts in matchday four – even if they defeat Real Madrid – unless Dortmund and Apoel play out another draw at the same time. That would put Spurs eight points clear with only six to play for. If Spurs are beaten by Real, they can progress by defeating Dortmund in matchday five. A draw against the Germans in matchday five – or Apoel in matchday six – is also good enough – even if either of them wins all their other remaining matches – as it would put both teams on eight points at the end of the group stage – but Spurs would have the better head-to-head record with a draw and a win over both teams.last_img read more

Pilot study shows new epilepsy treatment promising

first_imgVALENCIA – A new treatment for people with epilepsy stimulates a nerve in the brain and has cut the number of seizures in half for many participating in the study, according to a recent report. Published in the July journal of Epilepsia, the Olive View and UCLA Medical Center pilot study takes the treatment of epilepsy in a new direction, away from medications used to control the disease characterized by recurrent seizures that can be disabling to the 2.5 million Americans living with it. “It’s a whole new direction to go to treat people’s epilepsy with those who have poorly controlled seizures,” said Christopher DiGiorgio, UCLA neurology professor and attending Olive View physician. “We’re on the ground floor of a whole new direction.” In the study, participants wore small electrode-containing silver discs on their faces for 12 to 24 hours each day. The electrodes passed currents about every 15 to 30 seconds to the trigeminal nerve, which extends into the brain from the face and forehead and can inhibit seizures. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesFour of the seven participants who used the stimulator during the study reported a 50 percent reduction in seizures. Still in its research phases, the treatment is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. DiGiorgio said the mechanism helps patients who don’t respond to medicines prescribed to control seizures, and at the same time, it doesn’t have any side effects that medications can bring. About one million Americans with epilepsy don’t respond to medicines to treat it, he said. Jennifer Rees found that medicines to control her epilepsy left her feeling lousy. One gave the 44-year-old severe arthritis pain and left her unable to drive. Eager to find another treatment, Rees participated in the study and wore the electrodes on her face at night – the time her seizures typically occur. After a few months, her seizures dropped from eight to two a month on average. Researchers are now looking to their next study, in which the device will be implanted under participants’ eyebrows. The Valencia-based Advanced Bionics supported the study and is creating electrodes for the surgically implanted device. Pleased with the results so far, Rees said she’ll likely have the operation one day to implant the mechanism permanently. “When it gets to the point where they’ll implant it, I’ll opt for that because I know it works for me,” she said. Even without the implantable device, DiGiorgio said the external treatment could one day be offered to people around the world who don’t have access to high-tech medical care. They could still assemble the stimulator at a low cost and find relief from epilepsy. (661)257-5254160Want 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

Cameras are watching to make parks safer

first_imgLANCASTER – Looking to cut down on crime and bolster a feeling of security among residents, city employees and sheriff’s deputies are using remotely operated cameras to watch two parks. The digital surveillance cameras, which cost the city $77,000, are in operation at Jane Reynolds and Eastside parks, and they can be operated from desktop computers by deputies, park rangers and parks department leaders. “This is a worthwhile investment of city funds,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. “With all the beautiful facilities Lancaster has to offer, we want to make sure that residents feel secure in our parks.” The cameras are part of a three-pronged effort to provide security at city parks. The other prongs are park patrols by a sheriff’s team and patrols by city park rangers to act as eyes and ears for deputies, said Lyle Norton, director of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. “If people feel safe in parks, they will take advantage of the opportunities for recreation each park provides,” said Bob Greene, assistant director of the parks department. “That means there will be more activity, and, generally speaking, more activity leads to a safer environment.” The cameras are from OSC Digital, a company that has made cameras for the Navy, the U.S. Border Patrol, several Las Vegas casinos and several Fortune 500 companies. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In addition to viewing what the cameras are seeing, from their computers city personnel and deputies can change camera views and zoom in on areas of interest, Norton said. Some of the cameras can be relocated to other parks. Each camera is capable of storing a month’s worth of data that can be used during investigations, city officials said. In a survey of residents conducted this summer, people who said they did not use the city’s parks or recreation programs cited feeling unsafe as the leading reason. “The main opportunity for improvement is with residents’ perceptions of the sense of safety and security at facilities,” the consultants wrote. “Overall, this finding seems to be more of an overall feeling than a problem at a specific facility.” City officials said they think the cameras will help residents feel more secure at the parks. last_img read more