PSL: Sta. Lucia edges new team Marinerang Pilipina

first_imgView comments Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIEScenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sta. Lucia imposed its offensive might, out-attacking Marinera, 17-14, in the opening set and 15-10 in the second frame.But Marinerang Pilipina provided a scare, coming just two points away from taking the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFrom 23-22 Marinera lead, Austero came through with a block on Cesca Racraquin and then pushing the ball twice in a row to ice the match. Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption MANILA, Philippines—Rachel Austero scored three straight points late as Sta. Lucia Realty turned back newcomer Marinerang Pilipina, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, Saturday night at the start of the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference.Austero’s scoring binge came from behind the net, blocking and tipping to cap the Lady Realtors searing comeback in the third set after trailing 23-20.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Red-hot Creamline torches BanKo Perlas for 5th straight winlast_img read more

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Fast & Prayer Service Highlights Confession, Repentance

first_imgClergymen who participated in the 2015 National Fast & Prayer day service have stressed the need for Liberians to confess and repent sinful acts that do not reflect the true image of God and Christianity.Although there are other religious groups and beliefs in the country, the Christian congregation that converged at the historic Providence Baptist Church, the nation’s oldest church, believes that there are moral virtues that all must go by in making a country Godly.The clergymen, in their prayers for the nation, stressed that corruption, blood shedding, (for ritualistic purposes), discrimination, injustice and rape are some ills that both Christian teachings and those of other religious groups frown upon.One of the clergymen, Presbyterian Moderator, Rev. Sando Townsend,  compared Liberia to Nineveh in the days of Prophet Jonah, noting that when Jonah confronted the king after delaying to reach the city, the king and everyone in the country went into fast and prayer, confessing their sins and repenting and thereby averted God’s threatened punishment upon them.Others in their prayers underscored that God is not just compassionate, but is a God of justice, and that there is no way blessings will flow amid grave sins widespread in the nation.The Christians earnestly prayed for God’s intervention in making Liberia free of grave societal sins, and called on Liberians to adopt moral standards that will represent God in the land.In his Fast & Prayer sermon, Rev. Dr. Matthew Armah Jaiah of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church stressed that the fast and prayer themes of self-respect, high esteem, devotion, and other virtues constitute glory.He, however, noted that today’s church in Liberia is troubled because members are not living in accordance with what God desires and are not preaching the word of God.He stressed that all sorts of evil deeds now fill the church and such cannot allow God’s glory to fill the temple as it did as recorded in Exodus 14: 34.Preaching on the theme, “After glory what next?” Rev. Jaiah urged Liberian Christians to live above reproach and manifest those values that are acceptable to God and not to take the name of the Lord in vain.In his statement to members of the Liberia Council of Churches and the Christian community, LCC president, the Most Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, recalled the intervention of God in the Ebola scourge that faced Liberia last year and said it is necessary to “give glory the God for the great things He has done.”Archbishop Hart thanked the Liberian churches for their role in devoting time to pray for the country to be freed of Ebola, warning that Ebola was still around and people should observe all health protocols.Rev. Dr. Nuwoe-James Kiamu of the Liberia Association of Theological Institutions recounted that when Great Britain threatened Liberia in 1882, all government officials along with the President became speechless and frightened, and called for fast and prayer to ask God to deliver the country.“Liberia could not withstand the British, but God’s intervention delivered the country and its sovereignty was maintained.  It is based on this that the Legislature passed the bill setting aside a day in April to be observed as Fast & Prayer day,” he said.The Fast & Prayer service was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh and a few officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.No Legislator attended the Fast & Prayer, something that led the first vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown to state that the behavior of the country’s Legislators is contrary to the laws they pass.He also noted that the view some Christians have to make Liberia a Christian nation did not begin with the Liberia Council of Churches, but a practice of democracy.Fast & Prayer was declared in 1883 by an act of the Legislature following a threat by Great Britain to undermine Liberia’s sovereignty during the administration of Alfred F. Russell.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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The biggest names free to talk to new clubs in January, featuring Man United and Chelsea stars

first_imgIt’s nearly that time of year when clubs turn to new players to help stabilise their seasons.While many view the January transfer window as a bit of a non-entity, it sometimes offers golden opportunities for a bargain.From the start of the new year, a host of household names will also be free to talk to other clubs with a view to a permanent move when their respective deals expire in the summer.The Bosman transfer has produced sensational results in the past – think Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014.So would any Premier League clubs look at opening talks with any of these established stars?We’ve ranked the biggest names out of contract at the end of the season who are available, with number one likely to generate serious interest across Europe.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which players made our list… 10 10. Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice) – From Newcastle flop to a potential France regular at Euro 2016, it’s been quite the turnaround for Ben Arfa. His displays in Ligue 1 have attracted interested from Borussia Dortmund and a host of Italian clubs. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – One of the best strikers in Europe potentially available on a free at the end of the season? Yes, the Swede’s wages are likely to be pricey but that won’t deter some of the more elite clubs. Could Ibrahimovic finally move to the Premier League? 4. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – The former Blue looked more like a manager during Zenit’s match 8. Joel Matip (Schalke) – Matip is an assured presence in both defence and midfield, so it’s hardly surprising to see him linked heavily with a move to Liverpool. 5. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) – The Algerian was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup and his goalscoring knack makes him a valuable asset from midfield. Inter are reported to have opened talks, while both Chelsea and Manchester United are also monitoring his progress. 10 7. Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan) – Still Milan’s club captain, the classy midfielder is a prominent part of the Italy setup ahead of Euro 2016 and could move on after the tournament finishes. getty images 6. Michael Carrick (Manchester United) – Carrick’s fitness is a concern but, at 34, he still seems ageless. It will be very interesting to see how his career transpires at United in the next six months. 10center_img 2. John Terry (Chelsea) – Similar to Ivanovic, Chelsea may eventually decide to cut ties with their iconic captain with Terry’s powers on the wane. A move to MLS would probably suit both parties. 3. Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG) – The mercurial Argentine winger would still prove a hugely valuable addition to any Premier League outfit, although Barcelona are reportedly considering a move once their transfer embargo is lifted. Lavezzi has long been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool. 9. Charlie Austin (QPR) – Austin is one of the most lethal finishers in English football and, after turning down a move to Crystal Palace on deadline day in September, will be available for free when his Rangers contract runs out in June. 10 10 10 10 10 10 10last_img read more

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Chelsea to break Arsenal’s win record? Man United to make top four? Coral

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points with a hard-fought victory over West Brom on Sunday.The Blues are fully expected to remain top at Christmas, at 1/16, with games against Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth their next three opponents and are favourites to win the title.Antonio Conte’s side are also 6/1 to stretch their winning run, which now stands at nine matches, to 14 games or more and break Arsenal’s record of consecutive wins in a single season.Manchester United, meanwhile, are now 6/4 to finish in the top four after they beat Tottenham to close to within six points of a Champions League qualification spot.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Norwich sporting director on shortlist for Man United role

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice tense The Sun report that Webber has a number of admirers at Old Trafford after the good work he has done with Norwich.He also helped steer Huddersfield towards promotion before taking up the role at Carrow Road.At the newly promoted club, he oversaw a radical strategy change from the academy upwards and they achieved Premier League status in two years following his arrival. 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Getty shining Talented youngsters James Maddison and Angus Gunn have come through to the first team since he joined the club.United have been searching for a sporting director to work with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. REVEALED Stuart Webber (far right) helped Norwich gain promotion to the Premier League gameday cracker center_img Ed Woodward is searching for a sporting director at Manchester United 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Stuart Webber has been put on Manchester United’s shortlist to be their sporting director.Webber is currently in the same role at Norwich City, who won promotion to the Premier League this season.The Red Devils are in the process of an overhaul behind the scenes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants an emphasis to be put on bringing through young players. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City They finished a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League this season and the club are set for a squad overhaul in the summer.A number of former players have been touted for the role, including Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand, but Webber is firmly in the running.last_img read more

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Rangers make loan bid for West Ham youngster Reece Oxford

first_imgThe player has represented England from U16 level all the way to the U20 team and has been tipped for big things by boss Slaven Bilic.Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman have already joined Rangers on loan during this month’s transfer window. Rangers have made a bid to sign West Ham defender Reece Oxford on loan.The highly-rated teenager recently signed a contact extension with the Hammers and the English Premier League club are keen for him to get game time.Mark Warburton’s side have opened talks over a temporary deal as they bid to strengthen their defence for the second half of the campaign.Oxford, 18, featured in Europa League qualifiers in the past two seasons before making his Premier League debut in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in August 2015.last_img

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Stratford boys basketball cruises past Prentice in Marawood crossover

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford boys basketball team closed out its regular-season schedule with a dominating performance as it whipped Prentice 67-40 in the fifth-place game of the Marawood Conference crossovers on Thursday night at Stratford High School.The Tigers (14-8) led 18-13 after one quarter and pulled away for good by outscoring Prentice (11-11) 37-17 in the second half.Stratford shot 55 percent from the field (29 of 52). Michael Bargender led the way for the Tigers, making 7 of 8 shots and scoring a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.Derek Schmidt added 10 points, and Jake Schmitt had eight points and eight rebounds for Stratford.Dalton Rohde led Prentice with 16 points.Stratford plays at Edgar in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal Tuesday at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 67, Buccaneers 40Prentice 13 10 8 9 – 40Stratford 18 12 18 19 – 67PRENTICE (40): Drew Rohde 3 3-8 10, Joe Jast 0 0-0 0, Brant Johnson 0 0-0 0, Cody Esterholm 0 0-0 0, Alex Urich 0 0-2 0, Taylor Brayton 2 0-0 6, Troy Komarek 0 3-4 3, Dalton Rohde 7 2-6 16, Beau Merriman 2 0-0 5. FG: 14. FT: 8-20. 3-pointers: 4 (Brayton 2, Merriman 1, D. Rohde 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: D. Rohde. Record: 11-11.STRATFORD (67): Dawson Gebelein 4-9 0-0 8, Nick Stoflet 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Bargender 7-8 4-5 18, Ethan Nagel 2-4 0-0 5, Derek Schmidt 4-7 1-2 10, Jake Reif 4-11 0-0 9, Mitch Guralski 1-1 1-1 3, Jake Schmitt 4-6 0-0 8, Tanner Weinfurtner 3-4 0-2 6, Brenden Fecker 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 29-52. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 3-11 (Schmidt 1-2, Reif 1-3, Nagel 1-3, Stoflet 0-1, Gebelein 0-2). Rebounds: 31 (Schmitt 8), Assists: 14 (Schmitt 4, Reif 4). Record: 14-8.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe families enjoy sweet success

first_imgThese Ugandan farmers are also finding that bee-keeping brings them a sustainable income.(Image: Rural Africa Facts) Bee-keeping is an ancient practice which still has many applications in the modern world. Chigondo Honey, produced by communities in Wedza.(Image: Environment Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Barnabas MawireEnvironment Africa country director,Zimbabwe+263 77 416 8260RELATED ARTICLES• Plant trees in Uganda, earn money• Makana: a beeline for success• Bee fence keeps elephants out• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voice• New crop of black emerging farmersSource: Irin NewsGarikai Samaita, 36, from Goto village in rural Wedza, about 100km southwest of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, has discovered how to take the sting out of bees and use them to sweeten his life.In September 2011 a bee colony settled in a tree near his homestead and became a nuisance, even stinging his eight-year-old son. This prompted Samaita to try to smoke them off his property.However, by coincidence an agricultural extension worker was visiting a relative in the village and discouraged him, advising him rather to approach international NGO Environment Africa (EA) for advice on honey production.So began an income-earning bee-keeping project.Samaita is one of several thousand people benefiting from EA’s programme, which aims to boost rural incomes for vulnerable households through the sustainable exploitation of the environment.Bees are our friendsBees play a critical role in the balancing of the ecosystem and, as agents of pollination, increase production of crops, fruits, seeds and vegetables. Their honey is also highly nutritious.“Bees used to scare me very much, especially after a friend of mine was stung to death by a swarm when I was growing up. We always lit huge fires underneath trees to drive them away, but the bees are useful friends now,” Samaita told Irin.Since embarking on his beekeeping, or apiculture, enterprise with two hives about nine months ago, Samaita’s honey yield has tripled from the regular harvesting of six beehives kept in a nearby forest.“I am now managing to get by and have enough money to look after my family, unlike in the past when we used to struggle,” he said. “Here in Wedza, harvests have been poor for a number of years because of drought, but I am one of the few in this area who have enough food in the house.”.According to USAID’s famine early warning systems, southern Zimbabwe has been badly affected by drought, and national cereal production for the 2011-2012 season is estimated at 1.1-million tons. This is a third lower than the previous harvest, and only about half of the annual national cereal requirement of about two million tons.The US$80 (R681) or so a week generated from honey sales along the highway and from customers in Harare is sufficient to buy food for Samaita’s family, pay the educational costs for his two school going children, and cover the costs of his ailing mother’s medication and hospital fees.Samaita takes his honeycombs to a community-owned processing plant at the nearby Wedza growth point, where EA assists in refining the produce and packaging the honey for sale.The EA initiative began in early 2011 and is currently benefiting about 5 000 poor and vulnerable rural families in 23 of the country’s 59 districts.Adding valueSome beneficiaries have creatively begun to add value to their apiculture through diversification, which does not detract from honey production. They’re selling beeswax, used mostly in candle-making, woodwork lubricants and wood preservation.Other revenue possibilities from beeswax include hair care products, such as shampoos and hair wax, as well as soap.The scope for other value-added products includes propolis – which has medical applications – royal jelly, a honey bee secretion specifically used for the nutrition of queen bee larvae and in demand by the cosmetic industry, and bee venom or apitoxin, a colourless liquid with anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties.On average, a beekeeper can produce about 60kg of honey per hive in a year, Barney Mawire, EA’s country manager, told Irin. The producer earns about US$10 (R85) a kilogram, which makes it “a potentially lucrative business for those that are involved in it”.Changing livesNellia Goromonzi, 40, a widow from Zvimba District about 90km northwest of Harare, has bought three head of cattle using the proceeds from her EA beekeeping enterprise.“My life has changed so fast. We sold all our cattle to meet medical expenses when my husband died four years ago and I never dreamt of owning livestock again. I no longer have problems sending my three children to school and I have joined three other beneficiaries so that we may start a beer selling business,” she told Irin.Goromonzi employs her cousin to hawk some of her honey produce along the road, and supplies shops in the nearby Murombedzi business centre in rural Zvimba in Mashonaland West province. She also receives orders from businesses in the nearby farming town of Chinhoyi.Economist John Robertson told Irin: “Beekeeping can indeed be employed to change the lives of people. Beneficiaries can generate enough money to fight hunger, buy assets and send their children to school or foot health bills.”Robertson added that strategies by stakeholders and the government, which will ensure the initiative is sustainable, are crucial for success.last_img read more

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Business and Software 2018: Trends Include Serverless Computing, Agile, AR and Microservices

first_imgWhat changes can we expect to see with Software Development over the next 12 months?  Forrester has made predictions for 2018 that were recently reported by Christina Cardoza at SDTimes.Devtest bots powered by machine learning and AI will speed software developmentAgile will become even more widely usedAPIs and Microservices will be central to DevOpsServerless programming and low-code development will increasingly be usedAugmented Reality will be used more frequentlyVoice recognition and natural language processing will enable the use of conversational computingForrester predicts that “for AD&D leaders, 2018 will be a year of parallel initiatives. First, they will continue on their journey toward modern software development practices and architectures — Agile, DevOps, microservices, and automation — that underpin continuous delivery. At the same time, they will take on new opportunities that new technologies and platforms — especially AI and low-code — will present.”last_img read more

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Updated: Canada reinstates mandatory census, to delight of social scientists

first_imgThe new Canadian government today announced it would restore the country’s mandatory long-form census.”Our plan for open and fair government starts today with restoring the long-form census,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, speaking in Ottawa alongside Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children, and social development. “We’re focused on good evidence-based policies.”Bains said that Statistics Canada would be able to meet the 2 May deadline to roll out the 2016 census, which is conducted every 5 years, and that there would be no additional costs to making it mandatory. 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Such a move would also signal his commitment to reversing many of the policies of the former Conservative government under longtime Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Harper’s government cancelled the mandatory long-form census in 2010 and replaced it with the voluntary National Household Survey. The move was deeply unpopular with social scientists, as well as municipal and provincial governments and business groups. But last February the Parliament voted down a bill by former Liberal Member of Parliament Ted Hsu to reinstate the census.The voluntary survey had a much lower response rate—68% versus more than 90% for the previous mandatory questionnaire—making the data collected of much lower quality. Voluntary surveys also tend to exacerbate sampling bias. Response rates are lower among certain groups, including immigrant populations, aboriginals, and low-income families. When it released the results in 2013, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) included a disclaimer that researchers should be cautious when comparing the survey with previous census data.Social scientists took that warning seriously. “I haven’t seen people using data from the survey in their research,” says Miles Corak, an economist at the University of Ottawa and former StatsCan employee. “I stop at 2006 for my own work, and haven’t even made the effort to check if the survey data are valid.” Corak predicts that researchers will probably just skip the 2011 survey if the government reinstates the mandatory long form, or include it with the caveat that the information cannot be trusted.But Corak hopes that StatsCan will retain some of the innovative approaches it adopted to deal with the poor data. For example, the agency became more adept at using administrative data from other government departments, such as tax records, to gather information electronically. “I don’t want a closed mindset that it should just go back to what it was before,” he says. “The world is evolving.”Supporters of the mandatory census are keeping up the pressure until the government acts. “Data from the census is the cornerstone of informed policymaking at all levels of government,” says Katie Gibbs, executive director of Evidence for Democracy, a science advocacy group based in Ottawa that has sponsored a write-in campaign.Hsu says he expects the new government to act “immediately” after today’s event. But he warns that Trudeau cannot wait if he wants the next census, scheduled for May 2016, to be mandatory. “The big question in my mind is not political, but whether StatsCan went far enough in their transition planning before [the election] so that they now have the flexibility to quickly switch over to a mandatory questionnaire,” he says.Munir Sheikh, the former head of StatsCan who resigned in 2010 over the cancellation of the long-form census, has said that he thinks it should be possible to make the change as long as the government moves quickly. The change back to a mandatory census could also prove to be a money-saver. In addition to producing suspect data, Sheikh says the voluntary survey also cost $22 million more.last_img read more

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