UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UST looks to ‘overachieve’ anew, targets twice-to-beat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Reyes, though, already has a plan on how to compensate for his missing stars in place.“The good thing is, we already knew that Ria and EJ won’t be with us for Season 80 long before the tournament started,” said Reyes.“We have prepared for what happened. And a similar thing happened before when Pam [Lastimosa] got injured in my first year. So we already have second options lined up and Carla Sandoval will be the one taking EJ’s place.”And even though Reyes won’t be having Laure and Meneses, he still has one more explosive trick up his bulging sleeve—Cherry Rondina.UST’s loudmouthed personification of kinetic energy will be Reyes’ main cog as he prepares to unleash Rondina come Season 80.Reyes said that Rondina was almost grounded when he assigned the captainship to the Cebuana in Season 79.And now that senior Shannen Palec has the underline on the jersey number, Reyes believes Rondina will be unbound of any burden except from producing the much-needed offensive power.“Actually right now, I’m just observing Sisi [Rondina’s nickname] on how she trains, on how she performs, if there’s something wrong,” said Reyes. “I don’t want to burden her with any issues of the court, and I just want her to concentrate on playing.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Head coach: Kung Fu ReyesLast season: 9-5 (no.3)Key holdovers: Cherry Rondina, Carla Sandoval, Dimdim PacresKey losses: EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Pam LastimosaKey addition: Milena AlessandriniADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIEScenter_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time A very famous superhero has the line “up, up, and away” as one of his signature lines, and it seems Kung Fu Reyes has somewhat adapted that catchphrase but with a little twist.Because for the head coach of University of Santo Tomas, the Golden Tigresses went up and up again, and Reyes hopes they can go up another level one more time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSince Reyes took over the Golden Tigresses in 2016, the bald headed coach’s “overachieving” team has gone on an upward trajectory and the Army sergeant knows they’re not satisfied with just reaching the Final Four in Season 79.“Actually, instead of feeling pressured I’m taking this one as a challenge,” said Reyes in Filipino. “We reached the top six in my first year then we doubled our win total in my second year and ended up at third.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Reyes, who is an alum of UST, first led the Golden Tigresses to a 5-9 record in Season 78 then to the third seed in Season 79 with a 9-5 record.UST’s sudden rise saw them face La Salle in the Final Four but eventually bowed to the eventual champions in four sets.“My press release has always been that we will go for the twice-to-beat advantage in Season 80,” said Reyes.And although Reyes already has his goals set in paper, there are two main pieces that won’t be suiting up for UST come Season 80.Season 77’s Best Blocker Ria Meneses sat out her final playing year while Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure is sidelined with a shoulder injury.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

State of our Union

first_imgAs planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WBD residents complain to PUC over sloppy utility services

first_imgOfficials of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Monday met with residents at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), where a number of complaints were received about the sloppy utility services in the area.The PUC booth ready to engage persons at the Vreed-en-Hoop stellingResidents visited the officials to discuss some of their unresolved utility problems from service providers, namely the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), the Guyana Power Light (GPL), Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) and Digicel.The initiative was primarily geared at informing the PUC of pertinent matters relating to the main services providers with the intention that it will be resolved.A majority of persons told Guyana Times that they were pleased that some pressing issues were heard.However, action needs to be taken on the part of the Commission to ensure that the services are bettered. For some time, they have been paying their dues while most companies have barely mustered to provide an average service.One of the major setbacks continues to be the unreliable supply of power from GPL, as a result of power outages. In the past months, some villages were slapped with blackouts which lasted many hours and up to one day.Telephone servicesOne woman, on the other hand, told this publication prior to visiting the booth that she was having issues with GTT and her charges, which were seemingly inaccurate. She contended that the fees were hiked even though the telephone usage was not increased.“My bills doubled within the last month and it wasn’t that we were using the phone more. Everybody in my house work and we’re out of the house. I just don’t understand,” she lamented.However, as it relates to the liberalisation of the communications sector for increased competition and better services, Government in March inked a “non-binding” agreement with Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) – a company owned by US-based Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN) — which has held the monopoly over the local telecommunications market for more than 20 years.A joint statement from the Public Telecommunications Ministry and GTT had stated that while the MoU was non-binding, the signing nevertheless represented a major step toward fully liberalising Guyana’s telecommunications market. This was after they would have missed the 2018 year-end deadline for the complete liberalisation of the public telecommunications sector.WaterIn the past year, communities along the West Coast of Demerara have also suffered from an unstable water supply. Back in September, a number of areas were without water for two weeks. During that time, many claimed that it was a constant issue which has not been rectified despite numerous written complaints. Affected villages included Zeelugt, De Kinderen, Tuschen and Meten-Meer-Zorg among others.In some instances, persons were forced to fetch water from long distances, some were forced to purchase water while others had to do without. The Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Tuschen-Uitvlugt had mailed written complaints to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) but they were reportedly told that there were no such reports.last_img read more

GPA bemoans Govt’s rigid posture against media

first_imgPress Freedom Day…condemns continued interference in State mediaThe Guyana Press Association (GPA) has bemoaned the Guyana Government’s increasingly rigid posture against sections of the media by refusing to concretely address several concerns. In observance of World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated today, the GPA calls on the Government to “immediately desist” from carrying out certain actions that are inimical to press freedom and instead to subscribe to its promise of breaking with the past.The Association also condemned the moves by some Government Ministers to steer the editorial content of the State media and once again voices its objection to the role of a senior Alliance For Change (AFC) member as the Chairman of the Board of the Chronicle newspaper.“We continue to receive complaints of Government/political interference in the work of taxpayers’ funded State-owned media… The continued presence of Mr Imran Khan, the Director of Public Information, as the Chairman of the Board of the Chronicle newspaper, sends a message of direct State control and runs counter to public statements by the President that his executive will not undermine the professionalism of the State media,” GPA expressed.Further, the GPA said it has received complaints that its members have been accosted by presidential public affairs personnel and pulled away although President David Granger had expressed a willingness to speak.A similar situation was experienced by a Guyana Times reporter on April 21 at an Earth Day event whereby a presidential public affairs personnel aggressively pushed the microphone away as the journalist attempted to interview the Head of State.“These actions taken together clearly send a damning message to the regional and international media community that Guyana and Guyanese media workers need to take decisive action to arrest what could very well be the continuation of media repression by successive political directorates under the guise of repeated public declarations in support of press freedom,” the GPA stated.Press freedom environmentThe GPA emphasised that the Government needs to play a significant role in helping to shape the press freedom environment especially in an era of digital delivery of information on which people are increasingly dependent on, like conventional mass media, to make a wide array of decisions that affect their lives.In this regard, the association called on President Granger to hold periodic press conferences of no less than one hour.“While we do appreciate the fact that he is not averse to speaking with the media on the sidelines of public events or during his ‘Public Interest’ programme, the GPA believes that accountability to the Guyanese people will be best served through press conferences at which he can be questioned in detail about his Government’s policies and programmes.”The Association also called on the President to advise the media in advance of his overseas engagements to allow media houses the opportunity to plan or decide whether they would like to cover those visits at their own expense.RSF reportAccording to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Guyana dropped three places down at number 60 on this year’s Index; and according to its commentary on press freedom in the country: “Journalists are subjected to harassment that takes the form of prosecutions, suspensions and intimidation.”RSF also pointed out that members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the President, and this restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licences.However, Government has since disregarded the report, noting that it was “deeply flawed.”Government’s statement on the issue noted that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has portfolio responsibility for information, is unaware that the RSF has conducted any survey or inquiry into press freedom in Guyana, and questions whether its findings were based on credible sources.However, the GPA had announced that it will be submitting a report to the RSF about its concerns regarding Government’s interference in State media.Moreover, the Administration has pointed to two recent cases of unjust suspension of State media employees which were robustly condemned by senior Government officials, and has said that both matters were addressed to the satisfaction of the affected employees.The statement was referring to the last year suspension of National Communications Network (NCN) Sport Editor Jocelle Archibald-Hawke and the removal of journalist Natasha Smith from anchoring duties because of her pregnancy.However, the GPA had only recently condemned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for attempting to drive fear into the State media when he wrote a letter expressing disappointment over the placement of articles in the Chronicle Newspaper.The Prime Minister had also come under fire from various bodies for his perceived attempts to influence and/or intimidate reporters attached to the State media when he expressed disapproval of an article’s headline.Meanwhile, in its World Press Freedom Day message, the GPA also underscored the importance of a strong judiciary in the protection and promotion of free media as part of the promotion of a healthy democracy in which ordinary people and decision-makers alike can share competing ideas, constructive criticisms and suggestions for nation- building.The GPA also emphasised the importance of fact-checking and verification of relevant and authentic sources material before dissemination on social media.The theme of this year’s observance is “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.”last_img read more

Miner stabbed to death during drinking spree at Mabaruma

first_imgA drinking spree turned tragic for 43-year-old Elroy Marks of Aruka River, North West District (NWD) and formerly of Dartmouth Essequibo Coast after he was stabbed to death on Saturday at Kumaka Waterfront, Mabaruma, North West District (NWD).Based on reports received, the now dead man and a colleague were consuming alcohol at a popular shop in the Kumaka Waterfront area when an argument broke out between them. This quickly escalated into a fight during which the suspect armed himself with a broken beer bottle and dealt Marks a stab wound to the left side of his neck.As a result, the victim collapsed and started to bleed profusely as the suspect escaped. Marks was picked up and taken to the Mabaruma Hospital where he was seen by a doctor and admitted. However, he died while undergoing emergency surgery.His body is at the Mabaruma Regional Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem. Meanwhile, Police acting on information arrested the suspect at his Hotoqui Village, NWD home. He is being processed for court.last_img read more

Man City without Jesus for up to two months

first_imgJesus appeared to injure himself in the 11th minute when he lost his footing, but he soldiered on for another 12 minutes before going down again and being replaced by Sergio Aguero.The Citizens are also sweating on Kevin De Bruyne, who was stretchered off in stoppage time after being caught by a high challenge from Jason Puncheon, who needed to be substituted as well.Guardiola conceded that the Brazil international is set for a spell on the sidelines, while he faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage suffered by Belgian star De Bruyne.“Gabriel will be out for a little bit more than one month, hopefully,” the Spaniard said after the match, which saw Ederson save a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic to preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign.“Kevin, we will see tomorrow what he has; whether it’s just a kick or something else. Hopefully just a huge kick but maybe he will not be ready for the Watford game.“We were lucky (with challenges) in previous games. I admire the physicality of the Premier League but the referee has to protect the players – that’s all I ask. Hopefully it won’t be tough.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus heads the ball during their match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 18, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Manchester City’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday came at a heavy cost after they lost Gabriel Jesus to injury for at least a month.City boss Pep Guardiola came up just short of equalling the 19-match winning streak he achieved with Bayern Munich, although the Premier League leaders remain undefeated this season.last_img read more

Italian side kicked out of Serie C after 20-0 defeat

first_imgBefore Sunday’s game at Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, bottom club Pro Piacenza had already forfeited three matches and a fourth would have seen them kicked out of Serie C.So they took to the pitch with seven players, all teenagers born between 2000 and 2002. An eighth player could not initially start having forgotten his identity papers, and came on after an hour.One of the two players born in 2000 was named on the match sheet as the coach, with a team physiotherapist even taking to the pitch at one point to substitute a player who was suffering from cramps.Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina had slammed the match as “an insult to sport” and vowed it would be “the last farce”.Lega Pro sports judge Pasquale Marino on Monday ruled that Pro Piacenza would be excluded from Serie C, with the “farcial match” assigned as a 3-0 defeat.In a statement Lega Pro slammed “Pro Piacenza’s unacceptable behaviour” which it said was also dangerous for players who had not been adequately prepared from the competitive point of view.Team physio Alessio Picciarelli, who came onto the pitch to replace a player, was disqualified until December 31, 2019.Pro Piacenza will also have to pay a fine of 20,000 euros ($22,615).The Italian third division, which is made up of three groups of 20 teams, is professional in Italy, but many of the clubs have financial problems.Last week Matera were kicked out of the league after forfeiting a fourth match with their players on strike since December, having not been paid since September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina had slammed the match as “an insult to sport” and vowed it would be “the last farce”.MILAN, Italy, Feb 19 – Italian third-tier side Pro Piacenza were on Monday excluded from Serie C after fielding a team of just seven players in a 20-0 defeat by league rivals Cuneo, governing body Lega Pro announced.Financially troubled Pro Piacenza, a side from northern Italy, have been unable to pay their players and staff, who have been on strike for several weeks.last_img read more

Boreham Wood vs Arsenal: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick off time

first_img possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener predicted How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What time is kick-off?The Gunners make the short trip to Meadow Park on Saturday, July 14.Kick-off is at 3pm.Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and new signing Sokratis all start for Arsenal.Which channel can I watch it on?You’re in luck – this game is free to stream in the UK.Head to Arsenal’s official website and make a digital account, allowing you to stream the action.Sadly the game isn’t available on any TV channel. FOOTBALL LATEST How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Unai Emery’s Arsenal begin their pre-season against National League side Boreham Wood.The Spaniard takes charge of his first game after spending two weeks running the rule over his new side. gameday 🚨 Our starting XI for @UnaiEmery_’s first game in text:📃 Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Aubameyang, LacazetteRight, who’s excited then? 😆#UnaiBegins pic.twitter.com/sdzvZ0Z3Tb— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 14, 2018 Getty center_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 1 Emery takes charge of the Gunners for the first time ALTERED who plays? talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? NEW ERA last_img read more

What we learned from Raiders’ first day in London

first_imgLONDON — The Raiders landed in London early Friday afternoon and got right to work at the Hilton London Wembley hotel, holding a walkthrough in the grand ballroom and speaking to a larger-than-usual media contingent with a couple dozen British reporters in attendance.The Raiders will host a walkthrough Saturday at Wembley Stadium, the most famous soccer stadium in the country and the site of Sunday’s 6 p.m. local time kickoff between the Raiders (1-4) and Seahawks (2-3).Jon Gruden and several …last_img

Gecko-inspired adhesives allow people to climb walls

first_imgIn the 2011 movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise climbs the exterior of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, using nothing more than a pair of gloves. Now, scientists have invented the real deal: hand-sized, gecko-inspired adhesives that can lift a human up glass walls—and that one day may even catch space junk.“This is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in years,” says biomechanist Kellar Autumn of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, who was not involved with the study. “This has been a real dream of mine.”Geckos run up walls and scurry across ceilings with the help of tiny rows of hairs on their feet. The hairs, known as setae, generate a multitude of weak attractions between molecules on the two surfaces that add up to a secure foothold. Moreover, making and breaking the bonds that hold individual setae to a surface is easy. 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Even the gecko hasn’t solved this problem, Autumn says. In theory, each gecko hair is so sticky that the animal, which has about 6.5 million setae, should be able to hold up a 130-kilogram linebacker. In reality, a gecko can lift only 2 kilograms with its front feet.The scaling problem stems in part from the fact that loads don’t distribute uniformly across large areas of adhesives, report researchers from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in a study published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. In gecko toes, for example, only a fraction of the setae are in close contact with the surface, and those that are don’t share the load equally among themselves. This could be because the gecko skin, like a rubber band, becomes stiffer to stretch as more force is applied to it, the team suggests. When a gecko runs up a wall, the setae are stretched unevenly such that some have more force applied to them than others. So some hairs max out their stickiness, whereas others are underutilized or not attached to the surface at all. So a gecko patch’s stickiness should increase if researchers can find a way to distribute forces more evenly.To create their artificial gecko adhesive, the Stanford team started by making silicone microwedges, which imitated gecko hair. They assembled these into 24 stamp-sized tiles, each of which contained hundreds of thousands of microwedges. The team then connected the tiles to springs with tendonlike strings and attached them on an octagonal-shaped plate. Unlike gecko skin, the springs apply the same force to the tiles after they are stretched beyond a certain threshold, thus distributing loads evenly among the tiles. This allowed the assembled patch to offer similar adhesive strength for sizes from a square millimeter to a human hand. Even if an individual tile peels off, the weight it carries is transferred to tiles with the lightest loads, where the springs haven’t stretched past the threshold, so that the overall system remains sticky.Mechanical engineer Elliot Hawkes of Stanford tested the new adhesive by strapping his feet to footholds connected to the patches through a rod. He found that he could easily peel off the patches one at a time and stick them to a wall with his hands—which was how the 70-kilogram Ph.D. student ascended a glass wall behind his lab on a crisp December afternoon (see video). At the end of the climb, he even let go of both his hands in a thumbs-up while the patches stuck securely onto the wall, providing him with two secure footholds.Though he climbed only 3.6 meters, Hawke says the patches could work just fine carrying him up to the top of the Burj Khalifa—if he’s not too tired of walking up 830 meters, that is.The Dubai sandstorm that nearly foiled Cruise in the movie would pose a problem, though, as the device works only on clean, smooth surfaces, Autumn says. But therein lies the beauty of the system: It could easily adapt to different situations, just by replacing the adhesive tiles with other types of geckolike adhesives—for example, adhesives that self-clean like real gecko hairs.The team is now working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create adhesive-equipped robots that can catch space junk such as defunct satellites, Hawkes says. In a recent experiment in a zero-g environment, a bot equipped with a small adhesive patch gripped the solar panel of another 400-kilogram robot, slowed it down, and gently pulled it in another direction.“This is the future of bio-inspired design,” Autumn says. “It’s not just about copying nature, but understanding it deeply enough to go beyond it.”last_img read more