Up close and personal at the Pakenham Show

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Towering Sotto leads under-16 Gilas’ trouncing of Singapore

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Quarters: 33-12, 56-26, 84-35, 108-42Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Nothing but a workout for PH 5 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “I’m expecting the physical play,” said the Ateneo standout, named Rookie of the Year in the UAAP juniors.“I think that’s the first thing that coach will say every time other players defend me. But I have teammates who help me and give me confidence, which makes my job easier on the court.”Oliver said Batang Gilas is expecting tougher resistance from Indonesia, which has quicker and defensively sound players.PHILIPPINES 108—Sotto 17, Padrigao 14, Fortea 14, Go 11, Guadana 9, Pascual 9, Calimag 9, Lazaro 7, Lina 6, Cortez 6, Chiu 4, Tan 2.SINGAPORE 42—Teo TL 9, Tor 9, Li 4, Amado 4, Teo ZM 4, Chuabio 4, Chin 4, Soh 2, Tan 2, Lacsado 0, Razali 0, Lim 0.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Rence Padrigao also sparkled with 14 points and six assists for Batang Gilas, which opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back.“The players were still feeling each other out, but fortunately they recovered right away and focused on defense,” said PH coach Mike Oliver, whose squad guns for its second win against Indonesia at noon on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Defensively, we’re there, but the offense needs work because we are still disorganized. But the important thing is following the game plan which is to stay aggressive.”There was plenty of hype surrounding Sotto and rightly so because of his towering frame. Sotto said he’s ready to mix it up with other big men in the tournament despite his lean frame. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jose Miguel Pascual vs Reuben Amado. PBA IMAGESWith Kai Sotto showcasing his ever-improving game, Batang Gilas got its Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Under-16 Championships campaign off to a rousing start by demolishing Singapore, 108-42, on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tipped as a future star of the national team, Sotto, who at 15 is already an inch taller than 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo, fired 17 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Batang Gilas to victory on the first day of the tournament it was expected to dominate.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

London Diamond League | Fraser-Pryce speeds to impressive 100m win

first_imgOlympic and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sent out a very strong message to her rivals that she is slowly getting back to her best, after clocking a season best 10.98 seconds, to win the Women’s 100 metres at the London Diamond League today.  Fraser-Pryce, who is returning to competition this year after giving birth, is using the season to tune up for upcoming cycle of championships that start with the World Championships in 2019. Competing at the same track where she posted a meet record of 10.77 seconds in 2013, Fraser-Pryce was left back at the start but ran back strongly to take the win ahead of the United States’ Dezerea Bryant, who was second in 11.04 seconds, as Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith finished third in a personal best 11.07 seconds. Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Janieve Russell, like she did in Lausanne, lost narrowly to the United States’ Shamier Little in the Women’s 400m hurdles, after finishing second in 53.96 seconds, as Little won in 53.95 seconds, with Dalilah Muhammad of the United States taking third in 54.86 seconds. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey finished sixth in 56.07 seconds. Several other Jamaicans competing at the meet produced season best in their events. After a 9.99 seconds clocking in his heat for second place, former World champion Yohan Blake improved in the finals to 9.95 seconds in a close fourth place finish. The United States’ Ronnie Baker won the event in 9.90 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, 9.93 seconds with third going to Akani Simbini from South Africa in 9.94 seconds. National champion Tyquendo Tracey finished sixth in 9.98 seconds but earlier sped to a personal best of 9.96 seconds when finishing fourth in his heat. Tracey became the 20th Jamaican to dip below 10 seconds in the 100m. The other Jamaicans competing on today’s first day of the two day event, Nathon Allen, was seventh in the  Men’s 400 metres in 44.72 seconds, while Kemoy  Campbell finished 15th in the Men’s 5000m in a season best 12:23.73. The Meet, which ends tomorrow, will see several other Jamaicans competing. These include Elaine Thompson in the Women’s 200 metres, Anastasia Le-Roy and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the Women’s 400 metres. Danielle Williams will feature in the Women’s 100m hurdles, Natoya Goule in the Women’s 800 metres, Akeem Bloomfield in the Men’s 200 metres and Ronald Levy in the Men’s 110m hurdles.last_img read more

Child abandonment must cease

first_imgDear Editor,Please print my factual observations in regards to one of the most despicable and sinful acts of parents; be it men or women who have for over hundreds of years deliberately abandoned their responsibilities in providing basic childcare for their offspring.Many governments worldwide have tried many different strategies to assist these children – the results are poor and in many cases, these children end up abused, raped and forced into prostitution.This social disease in Guyana has to be researched, documented by a ‘truth commission on children abandonment’. The composition of this commission must be from practicing honest and truthful religious scholars, whose actions speak louder than their words.The main cause of this despicable action is the blatant opposition and refusal of the blessed institution of marriage which was granted by our Creator as a protection and mercy to mankind.Ignorance of our religions and failure of these religious institutions and their leaders to plan and execute proper programmes to educate their flocks about the spiritual, family and community benefits of the institution of marriage has contributed to the proliferation of common-law unions. These social unions tend to lead to more broken homes, which in turn lead to child abandonment.The Government also has its role to provide funds for orphaned children homes and in cases where there are no family memebers available to take care of these children, they should be placed in foster care. Minister Lawrence’s regional guardians board with due respect is a band aid solution.The constitutional laws enforcement threats to deadbeat fathers failed in many countries; in Canada for example, they garnish your wages from your employers. The legal framework must be in place, along with education in all schools, all religious bodies and all employers.Yours truly,Sheik Allylast_img read more

Oliech upbeat as Stars get Sh7.5m boost

first_imgThe French Ligue 1 AJ Ajaccio striker is nonetheless, confident that the Super Eagles will not ride roughshod over the Kenyans at the Port City of Calabar where the game will be played.With the team’s sponsors, Kenya Breweries and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) bosses waxing lyrical during the send off luncheon in Nairobi on Tuesday, Oliech and the playing unit present were in the zone, with the enormity of the task ahead not lost on their faces.The relief among Stars ranks was the zeal in which Celtic FC star, Victor Wanyama, trained with on Tuesday morning, allaying fears he would miss the clash due to an injury that forced his withdraw at half time during their UEFA Champions League second leg clash against Juventus.In a bid to lift the spirits, the sponsors, through their marketing manager Anthony Esyalai, extended Sh7.5m ($87,209) in additional sponsorship to the team for their Nigeria assignment although details of how it would be appropriated were not divulged.Belgian coach, Adel Amrouche, who will make his competitive debut with the team, was pragmatic as he sought to temper down expectations.“We have a good team and we are ready for the match and the Nigeria game will give our team a good test but we should be looking to the future,” he added.During Tuesday’s training session, Amrouche had the chance to see his entire line-up and his animation on the touch line was evident as he urged his charges to get their act together.“We don’t know why they took the match to Calabar that is so far from Lagos where they said there were no stadiums; maybe it is a means of trying to scare us. We are not afraid to face them wherever it is,” FKF chief, Sam Nyamweya, bellowed.“We are making arrangements to see whether the national broadcaster will air the game live but Oliech and his boys are ready,” he added.Amrouche has made two alterations to his line-up Abdallah Juma being replaced by Bandari’s Aboud Omar and Paul Were replaced by Peter Opiyo of Tusker.Keeper Arnold Origi and South Africa based Johanna Omollo will link up with their team mates in Lagos with the team departing on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 19- “I don’t want to speak much because my work is done on the pitch. We are prepared to go to Nigeria and make out country proud.” That was how Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech saw it fit to emphasise his team’s mission ahead of what is their sternest test in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they face Africa champions, Nigeria on Saturday.last_img read more

U.S. employment and wage picture brightens

first_imgWASHINGTON – The nation’s employment health – it turns out – is not dangerously deteriorating after all. Tweaking a phrase from Mark Twain, worries about the job market’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Fears that the country could slide into a recession eased in September as employers created the most jobs in four months and workers’ wages grew solidly. The unemployment rate crept up to 4.7 percent, the highest in over a year but still low by historical standards. “After a couple more tests, it now looks like the patient is in much better health,” said Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWall Street breathed a sigh of relief. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 91.70 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the measure most closely followed by market watchers, reached a new closing high of 1,557.59. The tally of 110,000 net new jobs generated in September clearly heartened investors and analysts. Yet what they really took comfort in was the revelation that the job market – a main pillar for the economy – didn’t crack under the pressure of a painful credit crunch and housing slump in August after all. The Labor Department’s fresh snapshot of employment conditions nationwide, released Friday, showed the economy actually created 89,000 jobs in August. That was a huge and crucial turnaround from the loss of 4,000 jobs – the first decline in four years – reported a month earlier. At the time, that news had sent Wall Street into a nosedive, stoked fears the economy was heading toward recession and was seen as cementing the Federal Reserve’s decision to lower interest rates. To be sure, the ill effects of the housing and credit problems have hurt some employers, slowing national job growth this year. But the situation is nowhere near as dire as many were led to believe from the initial August employment report. “We are on much sounder footing,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. “To be fair, it is clear the pace of monthly job creation has slowed and the unemployment rate is creeping higher but neither measure is indicative of an imminent recession, which was the scenario on everyone’s lips just a month ago.” The main reason behind the turnaround in the August payroll figure? A big gain in government employment, especially in hiring teachers at local schools. The bump up in the unemployment rate from 4.6 percent in August came as hundreds of thousands of people – perhaps feeling better about their prospects – resumed job searches. The new rate of 4.7 percent, the highest since the summer of 2006, is still considered low by historical standards. After the country’s last recession, in 2001, the unemployment rate peaked at 6.3 percent. More than two decades ago, meanwhile, civilian unemployment went over 10 percent as the economy suffered through deep downturns. President George W. Bush, coping with record-low approval ratings for his handling of the economy, welcomed the new employment figures.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

The man Giggs replaced at Man United tips ‘Giggsy’ to be boss ahead of Mourinho

first_imgManchester United should replace Louis van Gaal with Ryan Giggs, NOT Jose Mourinho, claims Lee Sharpe.Reports in the Spanish press claim the Portuguese has signed a pre-contract agreement to take over from the Dutchman in the summer.Former Red Devil Sharpe, though, has revealed he doesn’t want the club to employ ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho.Sharpe won seven major trophies during his Old Trafford career after bursting into Alex Ferguson’s side as an exciting teenage attacker, but was replaced by Giggs as both United teen prodigy and on the left wing.And he believes if anyone should replace current United boss Louis van Gaal, it’s his assistant manager Giggs.“I really don’t want Jose Mourinho in charge,” he told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast show.“As entertaining as he is, and as good as he is, I just don’t think his teams are Manchester United teams.“He plays to spoil rather than to go out and win and let people express themselves and I think Ryan Giggs would do that. I think Giggsy would be perfect.“Giggsy is perfect for the job. Manchester United need someone who knows the club and knows the way they should be playing and that has a comradery with the fans and he’s got all that.“I know it’s a risk because he’s a brand new manager and he’s still young, but he’s worked under the best. He’s been under Sir Alex Ferguson, he’s seen David Moyes there, who was a bit of a tactician, and now he’s seen Louis van Gaal there for a couple of years.“I think he’s got plenty of experience, plenty of knowledge and plenty of know-how to have a proper go at it.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call Al Ferdman at (661) 713-9344. World War II Veterans from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Tuskegee Airmen will speak, 7 p.m. at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4918. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Planned Giving seminar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 27710 N. The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3023. Medicare lecture will explain Medicare Part D, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Information meeting for students interested in traveling to China, 4 p.m. in room R-206 in the library at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call Sherrill Pennington at (661) 362-3717. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Dynamic Interventions, 28494 Westinghouse place, No. 115, Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260 for a reservation. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet to socialize, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Mystery authors will discuss their books, 7-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.AllValleyLeTip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Beyond the Honeymoon class for engaged or newly married couples, 8 p.m. at the home of Dan and Carli Broyles. Call (661) 296-6826 for information or directions. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733.160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSanta Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. last_img read more

Hogsett resigns after four years

first_img“It has been an honor to serve in this office for the last four years because I have had the privilege to do so alongside a talented group of Assistant United States Attorneys. I owe them and our tireless support staff a debt of gratitude for the dedication and resilience that has been displayed every day of my tenure…The result of this effort has been the most exciting period in the office’s history. We have set new records for the number of defendants charged and the total number of criminal convictions. The office has led the nation in average length of sentences imposed on criminal defendants. Fiscally, annual office spending has fallen every year I have served, and is currently at a level not seen since the Bush Administration.But numbers alone are not sufficient to describe the office’s accomplishments. Rather, the full story is told through the thousands of victims who found some sense of justice over the last four years – children who had faced horrific exploitation, grandmothers who had watched their retirement funds disappear, neighborhoods that used to live in fear of violent gangs that operated with no regard for the rule of law.”In July 2010, Joseph H. Hogsett was nominated to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office on October 7, 2010. Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today his resignation from office, effective July 31, 2014.In a letter submitted to Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, Hogsett thanked his staff and reflected on his time as U.S. Attorney:last_img read more

How to Master Your Elevator Speech

first_imgMastering your elevator speech is as essential as preparing your resume to perfection. Mastering this task is no rocket science but it does require you to think about what your goals are and what you are seeking out of the conversation.What is an Elevator speech?Elevator speech is any idea or thought that you are trying to promote or sell as an individual. It could be either an idea or your profile as an individual for a specific position that you might be interested in.How to prepare your Elevator Speech?Follow these five simple steps:Know yourselfBefore you even begin preparing, you need to know yourself. Know who you are, what are your ambitions and goals and what do you want to get at the end of the conversation? Some important questions to consider are:Who am I?What can I offer to the person I am talking to?What problems have I solved so farWhat should the listener expect out of this conversation?What makes me different from others?Know your target audienceALWAYS research your audience before preparing your elevator speech or even your resume. You are much likely to succeed if you know who your target audience is, what they do, and what would interest them in continuing the conversation with you.Outline your USP and key strengthsWrite down your unique selling points and your key strengths on a piece of paper. Write down every single strength that comes to your mind. Below are some questions to help you further:What are my key strengths?How would I describe myself?What adjectives can I use to describe myself?Finalize your speechOnce you prepare the draft about your strengths and work experience, narrow it down to a few points. Select five best strengths and USPs along with a 10-15 seconds summary of your work experience. Read it aloud a few times until you are sure that it sounds ok.Practice, practice and practiceThe key to master any task is to practice. You can use a mirror to practice your speech or you can do a mock conversation with your friend.The famous saying “do not judge a book by its cover” does not apply here. Your elevator speech will define who you are and will help the other person understand what you want to seek at the end of the conversation. Your chances of success depend on these 30 seconds! It is essential that you master your elevator speech.last_img read more