PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Knowing the game, [situations like these happen] … I hope it just doesn’t happen again,” Ravena, in Filipino, said of TNT’s near meltdown. “Fortunately we had a cushion.”The Dyip managed to narrow the gap to just three points in the final 48 seconds of the game behind Rashawn McCarthy, but Columbian’s skipper missed a chance to send the game to overtime as his attempt from top of the rainbow only hit the rim’s front iron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT drew 20 points from its grizzled playmaker Jayson Castro, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario each pumped in 19 markers. Two more members of KaTropa posted 12 or more points.The victory propelled TNT—now 7-3—closer to idle Rain or Shine, which half a game ahead at no. 2, to stay in the hunt for the last twice-to-beat incentive. TNT 101 – Castro 20, Reyes 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, Semerad 2, Washington 1, Cruz 0, Trollano 0, Miranda 0.Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 13, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 20-19, 47-37, 80-67, 101-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barangay Ginebra is the other only team left to challenge ElastoPainters for the second spot, having three games more left to play in the first round.“Our focus now is to win our last game this Sunday. The rest? We have no control over it. Whatever happens, happens,” Ravena said.TNT closes out its elimination round campaign against ousted NorthPort this Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.Columbian ended the conference with a 4-7 record but is still set to play yet another game—a waiting one—as its bid for a playoff berth now lies on the results of Magnolia, Alaska, and NLEX’s last two games.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro leads TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — TNT grabbed the lead early and held off Columbian’s last-ditch rally for the 101-98 win Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.“We knew how important our last two games our. So we stuck to the plan,” KaTropa coach Bong Ravena said. “There were lapses.”ADVERTISEMENT Zion Williamson in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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25 Liberian Students Stranded in Cairo

first_imgThe plight of 25 Liberian students who are presently stranded in Cairo, Egypt without any source of income has once again resurfaced with an appeal to the Liberian government to come to their assistance.Mohammed Kiawhen, president of the Liberian Students Union in Cairo, in a letter to the Daily Observer, said without financial support, all the students are ‘struggling to simply survive in a strange land that has been too difficult for them.”The letter said since 2011, financial allowances arrangement from the Civil Service Agency, (CSA) was discontinued.“We were awarded scholarships by the Liberian government through the Ministry of Education in the same manner as other beneficiaries in various partner countries.“Students in Egypt, like all other students, upon hearing of scholarship awards through advertisements submitted necessary credentials which were further scrutinized and vetted by both GoL and the Egyptian government through its Embassy in Monrovia.”Kiawhen’s letter said the 25 of them were selected as qualified candidates in which they were to undertake studies in undergraduate studies in various academic disciplines.“We were supposed to study engineering, medicine, accounting and computer science, and so on,” he wrote.However, Kiawhen said, “Upon our arrival in Egypt, we were made to undergo Islamic and Arabic studies at Al-Azhar (University) on the grounds that this was the actual scope and content of the scholarship and not what the Ministry of Education in Liberia had incorrectly made us (students) to believe.”Kiawhen said, “All this while we have been actively pursuing means of transferring to the requisite fields of studies, including engineering, medicine, computer science, etc.”He said, “Fortunately, the Egyptian authorities agreed in a meeting with the delegation of the Inter-Ministerial scholarship Committee (IMSC), headed by Ms. Robtel Neajai Pailey, during which both partners unanimously asserted that such could be effectuated through an official communication from the Liberian government through its embassy near Cairo.”Accordingly, Kiawhen said, “We (25 students) continued to contact both the MOE through its scholarship department and the Inter-ministerial Scholarship Committee to implement the said agreement (immediate transfer of students to departments in alignment with GoL capacity building strategy) but to no avail since 2011 up to present.”He wrote: “The delay and or failure on the part of GoL (Ministry of Education and Inter-ministerial Scholarship Committee) to implement the immediate transfer of the students and the sudden stoppage of our allowances for about two and half years has consequently resulted to endless suffering and lack of our progress, educationally, morally, socially, medically, among others.”Kiawhen appealed to the Government of Liberia to restore their allowances and to enable them complete their respective academic activities.A letter signed by then CSA Director George Werner, (now Education Minister), said: “The program in Egypt was evaluated and decisions were made about two years ago. Going forward, the Liberian Embassy in Cairo plays a vital role as do we ourselves.“The students know this. The students themselves know that we will not honor any communication from them until they comply with our policy and reconcile with the Liberian diplomats in Cairo. We have had too many exchanges and the students were told to return home.“The Egyptian authorities were told to facilitate the process of their return home. The Liberian Embassy facilitated these communications. The policy has not yet changed.”In a related development, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan spoke recently at the occasion marking the official celebration of the 63rd Anniversary of the July 23rd Revolution of the Arab Republic of Egypt and at a farewell dinner in honor of Ambassador Lofti, whose tour of duty had ended.He made no mention of the plight of the stranded students in that Arab country. However, the Minister said that the relations between Egypt and Liberia have been cordial, mutually respectful and beneficial, with Egypt providing technical assistance to Liberia including short-term training programs and long-term bilateral scholarships. These opportunities are based on Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Egypt Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa and the Government of Liberia, which continues to greatly impact the human resource development of the country. 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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Snowfall Warning issued for Pine Pass

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Pine Pass today.Meteorologists say that a frontal system will move into the B.C. Central Interior tonight bringing heavy snow. Snowfall accumulations of between 10 and 15 centimetres are expected before the snow eases early Sunday morning.A view of the Pine Pass from a BC Highway webcam as of 11:16 a.m. Mountain Time. Photo by DriveBC.- Advertisement -Officials are reminding motorists to be prepared to adjust to the changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

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Paris Hilton ordered to appear in court

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Hours after Paris Hilton was sent home under house arrest Thursday the judge who originally put her in jail ordered her back to court to determine whether he should return her to jail. Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer issued his order after the city attorney filed a petition late Thursday afternoon demanding to show cause why Sheriff Lee Baca should not be held in contempt of court for releasing Hilton Thursday morning and demanding that Hilton be held in custody. Hilton was ordered to report to court at 9 a.m. Friday, Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini told The Associated Press. “My understanding is she will be brought in in a sheriff’s vehicle from her home,” Parachini said, adding that although Hilton was at home she was technically in custody already because she was under house arrest. Hilton, who reported to jail Sunday night after attending the MTV Movie Awards, was fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and sent home about 2 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. She was ordered to finish her 45-day sentence under house arrest, meaning she could not leave her four-bedroom, three-bath home in the Hollywood Hills until next month. 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

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Institution gets grant for autism programs

first_img“What the Weingart Foundation allows us to do is really build our capability. You can’t just add clients, you have to add staff that’s trained and ready,” said Vice President of Development Gioia Pastre. The majority of Villa’s 75 school-aged patients, aged 3 to 22, suffer from moderate to severe forms of autism, which can affect everything from social interaction to language skills and overall communication. At 22, they must transition out of the school program and into adult-care programs and – for those capable – into part-time work. New programs at Villa would take a career-development focus, and teach individuals to live more independently in assisted living facilities. While the organization already does some training, there is a much greater need to be met, Pastre said. Like service providers nationwide, Villa is seeing a boom in autistic clients. While scientists do not agree on what’s causing the disease, most acknowledge the higher rate is probably do to a combination of greater occurrences and more accurate diagnosis. PASADENA – Villa Esperanza Services has been awarded an $830,000 grant to fund expansion plans that include new job training programs for young adults with autism. The three-year grant awarded by the Weingart Foundation will allow the nonprofit, which works with the developmentally disabled from early childhood on, to increase its number of clients by 21 percent by 2009, Villa officials said. The bulk of the grant will go toward hiring and training employees to serve in Villa’s comprehensive school, adult care program, speech center and residential homes. Funds will also aid in staffing new programs for young people with autism as they grow out of children’s services, and for the increasing numbers of disabled hitting middle age and beyond. And with the first major wave of people with autism reaching their 40s, Villa must put more resources toward the aging disabled population as well, said Pastre. “For some of them, it’s really rough. It’s hard enough for us to age, but when you don’t really understand what’s going on with your body … some of them age very quickly,” she said. cortney.fielding@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 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

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Investor concerns about economy drive stocks down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Dow Jones industrial average fell 120.96, or 0.91 percent, to 13,110.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 19.43, or 1.32 percent, to 1,451.15. The Nasdaq composite index fell 25.81, or 0.98 percent, to 2,618.51. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 10.87, or 1.39 percent, to 771.60. Government bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, slid to 4.14 percent from 4.25 percent late Wednesday. Oil prices slipped on the New York Mercantile Exchange, where a barrel of light, sweet crude fell 66 cents to settle at $93.43 after domestic crude oil and gasoline inventories rose more than expected last week and OPEC forecast fourth-quarter demand for oil would be less than expected. Gold prices fell as the dollar strengthened. Investors were troubled by corporate news. J.C. Penney reported a 9 percent drop in its fiscal third-quarter profit on weak sales and cut its fourth-quarter forecast, indicating that housing market problems are taking a toll on shoppers, as well. J.C. Penney fell $2.40, or 5.1 percent, to $44.33. NEW YORK – Wall Street skidded lower Thursday as investors grappled with concerns about the strength of consumer spending and the overall economy after downbeat comments from J.C. Penney Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. Investors soured on retailers and banks, while falling oil prices hurt shares of energy companies. Wall Street is concerned about rising gas prices. Although oil has come off the highs seen last week, prices remain elevated and could crimp consumer spending as the all-important holiday shopping season approaches. “The J.C. Penney comments in terms of their guidance have sort of put another nail in retail. The assumption is the consumer has given up,” said Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. “Three-dollar to $3.20 a gallon gas and house prices falling at 5 percent a year is really a double-whammy the consumer can’t overcome.” 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

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Man United v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp plays down size of Premier League clash

first_img Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their trip to face arch-rivals Manchester United does not take on any extra significance just because both teams are back battling at the top end of the table.Man United v Liverpool betting: get a first scorer boost hereThe Reds went into the weekend in second place while United’s six successive Premier League victories – as part of a nine-match winning run – have taken Jose Mourinho’s side to within five points of their bitter north-west rivals.October’s meeting was a dour goalless draw as United were still getting to grips with Mourinho’s tactics after his summer appointment, but even though the stakes appear higher at Old Trafford on Sunday Klopp said that is not the case.“It is not about making it bigger than it actually is,” he said.“You can be 10th and they can be first, or they are 15th and we are first – it makes no difference to the game.“It is very important we know about this. It is a special game and we are aware of it. The players know more about the fixture, most are experienced enough.“If we can win there it would be nice but there are a lot of games to play and a lot of points which you should get and these are only three of them.“Both teams, especially in the long term, are in a good shape. We can lose against each team and we can win against each team.”Klopp will go head to head with Mourinho looking to get one up on his counterpart after the Portuguese ‘won’ their first meeting having completely nullified the threat of a free-scoring Liverpool side.Now United are on an upward curve the task will be even harder and Mourinho will be no less determined to beat his rival.“He was always (the most competitive) but I don’t think there are a lot of managers who don’t want to win,” Klopp added.“It is not new and we should not be surprised about this.“We have this kind of angriness in us also. We go there for a result, no other reason.“Last year (in the Europa League) was the first time I’d had the experience to play there and it was a good, intensive game.“I don’t think Jose or myself, no matter how much we want to win, can make the difference.“The players have to perform, that’s how it always is. We were ready for it (in March) and we will be ready again.“In each game you need to have this little bit of luck in decisive situations, but that is for both of us.”It is in attack where Liverpool have struggled in their last two matches, failing to score against Sky Bet League Two side Plymouth in the FA Cup and drawing a blank against Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final in midweek.Despite that Klopp stressed that did not mean it was time to look to change what had worked so well so far in the season or for players to become concerned.“It was only one game where we didn’t create a lot of chances – the last one – but that is how it is in life,” he said.“If something doesn’t work you have to think about it. But there is no time for looking for excuses when you miss a pass, you have to be ready for the next situation.” 1last_img read more

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Transfer ALERT! Sean Dyche admits Burnley could miss out on Robert Snodgrass

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has conceded the club could still be beaten in the race to sign Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass.The Clarets had an offer in the region of £10million accepted for the Tigers star on Wednesday, but they are not the only admirers of a man who has scored 12 times in 28 games for club and country this term.West Ham are also keen on the 29-year-old, while Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed they have had an offer rejected from Hull.Burnley are currently leading the race, as their accepted bid means they are now allowed to open discussions with Snodgrass and his representatives over a switch to Lancashire but, for several reasons, Dyche is remaining cautious.“There’s a considerable difference between any kind of fee being agreed and any player joining,” Dyche said.“There’s no imminent moment that the player is here or going to sign. In theory they gave us a chance to speak to the player and take it from there. I get the feeling there’s a number of clubs who have been interested.“The reality is I could be as confident as I want. If the player’s numbers don’t work or he didn’t want to come or another bid goes in even higher than our bid – which I’m told there’s a strong chance that that has happened – then that changes everything.”The need for midfield reinforcements has been increased by the news 32-year-old central midfielder Dean Marney has torn his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in two years.Marney has made 21 appearances for the Clarets this term but sustained the serious injury during Sunday’s loss to Arsenal.“He’s seeing a specialist [on Thursday] but unfortunately he has done his cruciate, his right ACL, which is the one he did before so it’s obviously a long period of rehab needed for that one,” Dyche added.“It will be [season-ending], definitely. He’s come through that once before. In a good-bad way he knows the script, he knows what his rehab is, how long it is. It’s a blow for him and it’s a blow for us because he’d be playing and doing very well.“You don’t want to lose any player, he’s been an important part, not just this season but what we’ve achieved here over a number of seasons. Obviously with his experience and his general experience in the game, you don’t want to lose any player but certainly not at the experienced end of the market.“He’s disappointed, obviously. It’s one of those things, it’s the unfortunate side of being a player. Sometimes these things happen.“He’s a tough-minded man, he knows he’s got the full support of everything here. The only good thing is he has been through this before so he understands the rehab, and how long it takes and the different markers along the journey back.” 1last_img read more

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SCE hit by outage claims

first_img“We call this heat wave an extraordinary situation and the outages resulted basically from the weather,” Conroy said. “We can’t control the heat.” That is not to say that Edison will not consider a claim valid based on other circumstances that occurred during the heat wave, Conroy said. “There may have been somebody that lost service as a result of a car hitting a pole, or something that Edison may have been able to avoid or another party was responsible for,” he said. “That is why we are encouraging our customers to file any claims, and we will look at each one based on its own merits.” Your homeowners’ insurance won’t help either, said Bob Kuhn, owner of Alandale Insurance Agency in Glendora. “It is not an insurable loss because it is not sudden and accidental, like a fire,” said Kuhn, who has been providing homeowners, auto and commercial insurance for 40 years. “Power is not guaranteed, as much as we would like it to be. We all get upset by such outages, and I happened to be one of those affected, but it is not something that can be covered from an insurance aspect.” That doesn’t mean that people don’t have a case against Edison for having faulty or antiquated equipment that contributed to the heat-related blackouts, Kuhn said. “But how do you prove that?” he asked. “You have to assume that they are using older equipment as long as they can, but it would have to be an awful hard-up attorney to take up that case against Edison. You have to essentially prove that Edison was negligent.” Jimmy Lane, 59, of Glendora said he lost close to $500 in food and gas from running a generator after being without power for about four days. “This is a wake-up call for all of us to get prepared, get a generator or arrange to share one with your neighbors,” said Lane, who added he does not plan to file a claim. “Things like this can happen, and they are beyond anyone’s control. Just like an earthquake, you better be prepared for the heat.” Conroy admitted many people were without power for days, but contended it was not because Edison was unprepared. “We had about 1,300-plus transformers involved, and we had more than enough transformers on hand” to replace them, he said. “We also had crews working 24 hours a day since Saturday, when we first started seeing this transformer failure phenomenon. So there was no resource issue going on.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – Claims are pouring into Southern California Edison as a result of losses suffered by customers during heat-related power outages over the past week, Edison officials said Friday. But most claimants face an uphill battle when it comes to getting any money, an Edison spokesman and an insurance agent said. “We have already received a number of claims from this heat wave, and it is a growing number,” said Edison spokesman Steve Conroy. “And we are reviewing those claims on a case-by-case basis.” But heat-related claims have a strike against them from the start, Conroy said. That’s because, under company policy, Edison is not responsible for loss or damage resulting from interruptions or shortages beyond the company’s control. last_img read more

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Indiana Receiving $6.2 Million in Highway Funds

first_imgThe Federal Highway Administration has announced Indiana will receive nearly $6.2 million in emergency relief funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by severe storms and flooding a year ago.The flooding caused by heavy rainfall and melting snow closed numerous roads across both Indiana’s northern tier of counties and parts of southern Indiana along the Ohio River.The FHA announced the Indiana funding Tuesday as part of more than $705.7 million in funding to help 34 states and three territories make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.last_img read more

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