‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_img“That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.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’Valdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View commentslast_img read more

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LRA Reminds Lawmakers about Tax Obligations

first_imgLawmakers in the House of Representatives have been reminded to pay their real property and other applicable taxes in line with new election laws.In a letter to the House, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) informed the lawmakers that the real property tax payment season has commenced and runs from January 1– July 2, 2017.The LRA’s information is in consonance with Article 30 (b) of the 1986 Constitution that compels citizens to honor their tax obligations, as the New Election and LRA Laws have indicated.According to Article 30 of the Constitution, “Citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature: a) for the Senate, have attained the age of 30 years and for the House of Representatives, have attained the age of 25 years; b) be domiciled in the country or constituency to be represented not less than one year prior to the time of the election and be a taxpayer.”LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda S. Tamba’s letter said: “We humbly request all members of the august body that have not complied for prior periods to please prioritize (given their very busy schedule) the registration of your property (s) and payment of the applicable lawful taxes, for both the prior and current periods within the statutory timeframe.“Also given that this is an election year, we request your approval to establish a special purpose Taxpayer Service Booth to facilitate compliance by the Legislators. A focal person from the Real Estate Tax Division of the Domestic Tax Department will be available to answer all inquiries.”Incumbent lawmakers who are seeking reelection as well aspirants are obligated to produce their Real Property Tax receipts or certificates to the National Elections Commission (NEC) to qualify to contest the election. “The NEC and LRA are collaborating to ensure that these Real Property Tax receipts or certificates are factual,” said an executive member of the LRA. An LRA staff who begged anonymity said several lawmakers owed over US$300,000 in real property taxes, including current tax obligations.Meanwhile, about 67 lawmakers are seeking reelection and over 150 citizens are contesting for Liberia’s 73 electoral districts, whereas 24 individuals are running for President of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Security guard who fatally stabbed handyman, freed

first_img…after jury delivers unanimous not guilty verdictKelvin Chisholm who was accused of fatally stabbing a handyman to death for stealing two items, walked out of court a free man after he was acquitted by a 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown on Thursday. Chisholm, a security guard, was reported to have confessed that the deceased, Nigel Lawson, stole his cellphone and I-pod and that he rode his bicycle, pursed and stabbed him after they had a scuffle on Quamina Street, Georgetown on the evening of May 1, 2014.However, when the matter was handed over to the jury for deliberation, after two hours of discussion, Chisholm was unanimously found not guilty of both murderFreed: Kelvin Chisholmand manslaughter. Presiding Judge, Justice Navindra Singh encouraged the former accused to inform the Police in the future when such matters arise before telling him that he was free to go. After he departed the Judge’s court room, Chisholm told Guyana Times that he was grateful to be acquitted and attributed his freedom to much prayer.It was on Wednesday that main witness, Rollin Sarrabo testified via Skype from the United States, that he saw the two men arguing loudly in front of his Quamina Street home. He had also said that he saw Chisholm make a motion towards Lawson but did not see what the accused used to stab Lawson with.Police Detective, Inspector Herbet Henry had testified to witnessing the caution statement of Chishlom and that he took him back to the scene on Quamina Street. Henry told the court that the accused man said that the deceased “thief me thing and I went behind he and he cuff me; we had a scuffle and ah tek me knife and bore he.”Henry had also told the jury that he went to the place where Chishlom said he was guarding and recovered the cellphone, I-pod and bicycle. Similarly, Police Lance Corporal Quinn Sandy testified that the accused told him that the now deceased man went into his yard and stole his cellphone and I-pod. Sandy claimed that Chisholm told him that the two men had a “fine scuffle”.Lawson, who did odd jobs around the area, died from perforation to the heart and lungs via a stab wound. Chisholm was represented by lawyers Hewley Griffith and Compton Richardson while Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Tiffini Lyken represented the State.last_img read more

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Driver in New Year’s Day fatal accident received bail

first_imgThe driver of motor car PNN 7862 on Tuesday made an appearance at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court where he was slapped with a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.The defendant, Lakeram Puran pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on January 1, 2019 at Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD), he drove motor vehicle PNN 7862 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Rodwell Emanuel James.Reports stated that on the day in question, James was attempting to cross the road when the motor car struck him. As a result, the driver of the car lost control and slammed into a utility pole.Both the defendant and the victim received injuries and were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state.The driver was later discharged while 22-year-old James, formerly of Lot 1315 Bachelor’s Adventure, ECD, died while receiving medical attention.Magistrate Fabayo Azore granted Puran bail in the sum of $350,000. The matter is set to continue on February 21, 2019.last_img read more

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School survey allows parents to express views

first_img tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Parents of Whittier high school students, here’s your chance to speak out. For the first time ever, parents in the Whittier Union High School District are being mailed extensive surveys that ask them to detail what they like about schools, programs, activities and other services. The surveys query parents in six general areas: classroom teaching and learning; student guidance and counseling; communication; school activities and events; priorities for improvement; and parent education. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the educational environment at Whittier Union,” said district Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “There is no more important voice than the one belonging to the parents.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventTo compile the survey results, the district has hired Pasadena-based Public Works Inc. The results, Thorstenson said, will hopefully translate into concrete ways the district can improve students’ grades and their overall experience. The survey responses are due back May 1, officials said.Parents can also respond online. “The fact that they’re asking shows they’re concerned about what we think our children need,” said Eileen Heckel, 53, of Whittier, whose children attend California High School. School board President Alex Morales said the mass-mailing will make it “easier for people to provide input, give us their ideas and help impact our efforts.” For more information, call (562) 698-8121. last_img read more

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Neil Warnock reminds media how he nearly signed Virgil van Dijk for just £6million

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice Warnock missed out on the chance to sign Van Dijk when he was a Celtic player 3 3 “Van Dijk – I’m delighted he’s playing like he is,” said Warnock.“We could have bought him at Palace for £6million but my chief scout told me he was too slow. I think he’s still in a job as well!”The Welsh side face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday after sealing their first win of the season against Fulham last weekend.However, Warnock said three points against Jurgen Klopp’s men in their own back yard is a “virtually impossible” task.“It is virtually impossible for any team in the current game,” he added. tense deals “Their front three is probably the best front three in the world. But we’re playing quite well – I think we can cause them problems. You have to go there and believe you can.“It must be lovely being in charge of a team like that but he’s created it. They haven’t always been like that. He saw what weaknesses there were and he’s shored them up.“Yes, he’s spent big money but at that level – you saw how much they made in the Champions League last year.“They’ve already paid for most of the players they’ve signed. He’s an exceptional manager. We’re very lucky to have the managers that we have in what is the best league in the world.” Liverpool have conceded just three Premier League goals so far this season REVEALED shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Premier League News gameday cracker REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Why Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Virgil van DijkVan Dijk joined to Southampton before moving to Liverpool in January for £75million – a world record fee for a defender.The Dutchman has been worth every penny and has been a key player in helping the Reds achieve their best defensive start to a season in the club’s history.Warnock told talkSPORT last December about the events which nearly saw Van Dijk become a Palace player and shed more light on it ahead of Cardiff’s trip to Anfield on Saturday. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Warnock believes a win at Anfield is a long-shot for Cardiff Neil Warnock retold the tale of how he almost signed Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk only for Crystal Palace to pull the plug on a deal due to fears he lacked pace.The Cardiff City boss wanted to bring Van Dijk to Selhurst Park from Celtic in 2014 but the deal was blocked.last_img read more

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Chivas draw helps Galaxy

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FC Dallas (13-10-7, 46), with a 2-1 victory over Columbus, climbed past L.A. into second place. Colorado and Dallas have two games remaining; the Galaxy has one. Chivas (4-21-6, 18) pulled within one point of fifth-place Real Salt Lake (5-21-4, 19). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Dedi Ben Dayan’s fourth goal in as many games gave Colorado a 33rd-minute lead, but Borchers deflected Matt Taylor’s cross into his goal two minutes later. Chicago clinched a playoff berth in the East with a 2-2 tie with the visiting MetroStars. center_img DENVER – Chivas USA needed a little help Wednesday night to extend its unbeaten streak to two games – both on the road – and in doing so provided some aid to its cross-stadium rival, the Galaxy. A first-half own goal by Colorado defender Nat Borchers gave Chivas a 1-1 draw at Invesco at Mile High, leaving the Rapids (12-13-5, 41 points) five points behind the third-place Galaxy (13-12-6, 45) in the Western Conference with two weeks remaining in the regular season. last_img read more

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Education Minister invited to see ‘unacceptable’ conditions of local schools

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has invited the Education Minister Richard Bruton to visit local schools which are awaiting upgrade or sanctioning of grant aid for improvements.Deputy Gallagher is calling on the Minister to grant urgent approval for repair projects at seven schools: namely Scoil Adhamhnain, Luinnaigh, St Eunan’s NS Raphoe, Abbey VS, Donegal Town, Scoil Mhuire NS, Creeslough, The Royal and Prior Raphoe.Minister Bruton is due to visit Letterkenny next week for another school opening, which has prompted Deputy Gallagher to call on him to see first-hand the conditions that other staff and students face in schools which are ‘overcrowded’ and in buildings ‘not fit for purpose’. In a written invitation to the Minister,  Pat the Cope stated: “as you are aware I have being raising the issue of a number of Donegal schools for some time and I am most anxious that we make progress in our improvement plans for these respective schools.“I understand that you are to attend a school opening in Letterkenny on the 23rd of February, can I invite you to visit the schools in question, especially Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistrí in Donegal Town, the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town and St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar in the case of these schools new buildings are required as their current building conditions is just not acceptable.“Indeed St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny urgently requires major improvement and would require your personal attention also.“The other schools which are in urgent need are Scoil Adhamhnain, Luinnaigh, Gaoth Dobhair, St Eunan’s National School Raphoe, Scoil Mhuire National School, Creeslough and The Royal and Prior School Raphoe – all of these schools either require additional accommodation or improvement works. “If by chance you do not have the time to visit all of these schools perhaps a delegation can meet with you and your officials at a location of your choice”.“I greatly appreciate your busy schedule but you like I, understand too well the importance of seeing first-hand the current state of repair of these buildings, schools and the future needs of the children currently going through their education in these schools.“Many of these schools are overcrowded and under considerable pressure of numbers and the buildings are no longer fit for purpose.“It is in that context that your personal intervention is urgently required in order to move these projects forward to construction stage. I would also expect the Minister of Education to meet the ETB while in Letterkenny,” concluded Pat the Cope.Education Minister invited to see ‘unacceptable’ conditions of local schools was last modified: February 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Deputy Pat the Cope GallagherEducation Ministerschoolslast_img read more

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Sharks react to Taylor Hall trade to Arizona Coyotes

first_imgSAN JOSE — Coach Bob Boughner is as familiar with Taylor Hall as anyone in the Sharks organization.The two won Memorial Cup championships together in 2009 and 2010 when Boughner was the coach of the Windsor Spitfires and Hall was an elite talent about to become the NHL’s No. 1 overall draft pick.“He’s a guy that if you give him space, he’s going to make you pay with his speed,” Boughner said. “It’s all about working above, good gap by our defensemen and just taking that space away in the …last_img

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Weird science of Vredefort Dome

first_img11 May 2006“It’s like being in the Bermuda Triangle,” says Rodger Hart of the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Science in South Africa. I take the compass to see for myself.At first the needle points in a steady direction, which for all I know could be magnetic north. But then I take a step forward, and the needle swings to a completely different quadrant. Another step, and yet another direction.Next I put the compass down against the large rock outcropping we are standing on. Now as I move the compass across the rock, with every few centimetres of motion the needle swings around.The location is the centre of the Vredefort Crater, about 100 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg. Vredefort is the oldest and largest impact remnant on the planet, created about two billion years ago when a 10-kilometre-wide asteroid slammed into the earth. Evidence of older collisions exists elsewhere, in South Africa and in Western Australia, but in those cases no geologic structure has survived the ravages of time.Vredefort itself is not obviously a crater to the untrained eye. Geologists estimate the total crater size at 250 to 300 kilometres across, but the rim has long since been eroded away. The most obvious structure remaining is the Vredefort Dome, which is the crater’s “rebound peak” – where deep rocks rose up in the crater’s centre after the impact.According to Hart, the probable source of Vredefort’s weird magnetism was a strong and chaotic magnetic field generated by currents flowing in the ionized gases produced at the height of the collision.Laboratory experiments confirm that impacts cause intense magnetic fields in that fashion. Scientists have calculated that a mere one-kilometre-wide asteroid, one tenth the size of Vredefort’s, would create a field 1,000 times that of the earth’s at a distance of 100 kilometres.Vredefort’s intense but random magnetism was not apparent from aerial surveys. Those analyses showed anomalously low magnetism over the crater, like a hole punched in the prevailing magnetic field. All the magnetic madness on the ground averages out to nothing when seen from too high up.The results could have implications not only for earth geology but also for studies of Mars. The immense Martian basins Hellas and Argyre displayed virtually no magnetism when measured by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor.The conventional explanation runs like this: when these craters formed around four billion years ago, the impacts wiped out the preexisting magnetization of the rocks. Therefore, at the time of their creation Mars must not have had a magnetic field, because that field would have been preserved in the magnetization of the basins’ rocks when they cooled. Mars does not now have a magnetic field, but long ago it did. Thus, the standard explanation implies that Mars lost its field very early on.But as Hart points out, if the Hellas and Argyre basins show the same properties as the Vredefort Crater, one cannot conclude anything about Mars’s magnetic field when they were formed – it may have still been going strong. Mario Acuna, a principal investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor project, however, points out that data from smaller Martian craters of about Vredefort’s size do not agree with Hart’s scenario.Back on earth, Hart has proposed a high-resolution helicopter survey of Vredefort’s magnetism, from an altitude low enough to see the magnetic variations. That would produce a complete magnetic map – and make some sense of the crater’s weirdness.This article originally appeared in Scientific American. Graham P Collins is on the board of editors of the magazine, to which he has been a contributor for several years. His visit to South Africa was funded by the International Marketing Council as part of the 2005 SA Solutions tour of leading science journalists to centres of scientific and technological excellence in South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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