Morado praises Palma: ‘She had the biggest heart today’

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out GALLERY: ONE Championship Kings of Destiny Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRemy Palma has the reputation not only as one fine middle blocker, but also as an even better person.And on Sunday Palma has found a new admirer.ADVERTISEMENT And that performance didn’t go unnoticed.Even Palma’s tears after the game transcended teams.“You can just see how Palma poured her heart out in the game, and I actually felt her emotions when she cried,” said Morado.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ After Ateneo ended Palma’s UAAP career in the Final Four of Season 79, Jia Morado took some time to praise FEU’s skipper.READ: Ateneo sets up sixth straight finals series with La SalleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“If there’s a person who has the biggest heart in today’s game, it has to be Remy,” said Morado after Ateneo’s four-set win, 25-22, 25-10, 16-5, 26-24, ay Mall of Asia Arena.Palma put on a spirited effort in her final collegiate game with 12 points, including three service aces. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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PSC slams Govt for slow pace of prison reform

first_img– urges fast-tracking of Mazaruni extension, privatisation of prisonsIn the wake of Sunday’s inferno that gutted the wooden Camp Street Prison, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has criticised the slow pace of prison reform that allowed the catastrophe to occur. In addition, the body made it clear that itPSC Chairman Eddie Boyerholds the Government accountable.According to the PSC, prison reform in its entirety should be a top priority of the Government. It noted that much of the recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into a fire at the same facility last year were not implemented.The PSC also expressed disappointment that there are monies allocated by the Finance Ministry (almost $30 billion) towards the Public Security Ministry that remain unspent. In view of this, it called for Government to operate more quickly. But the Commission also had recommendations of its own.It called for the immediate fast-track of the Mazaruni Prison modification and that the facilities in Georgetown be only for prisoners awaiting trial. In addition, the business representative body called for the Judiciary to be pushed harder to clear up back logs.“Ensure more civil society leaders are placed on prison related boards,” the PSC urged. “And consider privatising the prison system. (Also) review proposals for the establishment of a half-way house in the rehabilitative process… and immediatelyWhat is left of the Camp Street Prisonlook at working conditions for prison officers.”“We are sure that the responsible Minister is aware of what else should be done. We need to get it done faster. We urge the Government of Guyana to ensure that by the re-capturing of the dangerous prisoners that are on the loose, that the stability of our society is ensured.”Urging Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, his Ministry and the Cabinet to do more, the PSC also called on citizens to report any suspicious incidents to the Guyana Police Force.“The re-occurrences of Sunday must not be repeated. It could have been much worse. The PSC holds the Government of Guyana accountable and ask that top priority be given to the entire process of prison reform.”According to the PSC, it has observed with disappointment over the years the slow pace of implementing measures to mitigate the “results of a slow court system, the mixing of remand and other prisoners with serious crime prisoners and other causal factors that have placed us where we are with regards to prison management.”The Commission said that enough attention was not paid by Government to the deterioration of the prison system. It noted that efforts to speed up the Judiciary were not enough, resulting in the overcrowding and general decay of the system. Last year March, a fire had raged through the Camp Street Prison and claimed the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a CoI which cost the Treasury some $13 million was ordered by President David Granger. According to the report compiled by the Commissioners, the combination of overcrowded, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement are all ideal conditions for epidemics, for gangs to prosper and to propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”But despite these recommendations, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels himself confirmed that at the time of the fire, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison – a prison originally built to house half that number.Identities of prisonersMeanwhile, the PSC also urged the Government to fully declare the identities of persons being granted bail. It also called for the histories and other information of those prisoners to be released, while urging the Police to monitor these persons, wherever possible.“We urge the authorities to publish the true and accurate count of prisoners held prior to the incident, the amount transferred and the unaccounted prisoners. The lack of accurate official information has created much room for speculation and is fuelling fear in our society.”PSC also expressed disagreement with the utterances of Ramjattan, who at a press conference after the fire had said that he could grant remissions to prisoners serving a jail term; once they are classified as prisoners with good behaviour.“The PSC, having sought legal advice is of the view that the Minister is not empowered to do so and that this statement should be corrected,” the Private Sector body elucidated.last_img read more

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Bryant ready for spar with Arenas

first_imgArenas never misses a chance to point out real or perceived slights, something that’s getting tougher as he piles up Eastern Conference player of the week awards and heads to his third All-Star Game – as a first-time starter, no less. He’s willing to give Bryant the benefit of the doubt in this instance. “Kobe and I have been friends since I came into this league, and I didn’t take offense to it. At the end of the day, he’s my idol. That’s who I grew up watching and that’s who I grew up trying to be like,” Arenas said. “So as far as I’m concerned, the blood is still good between me and him.” Don’t get Arenas wrong, though. It’s not as if he’s preparing to be a bit player today. “I didn’t say I’m not going to be in attack mode. I’m going to be in attack mode – you can believe that,” he said. “It’s just going to be a good game. He has a reputation that he’s trying to uphold, and everyone is wondering, `What is Gil going to do?’ And I’m going to do what I do: I’m going to attack him.” Bryant also warned, “I’ll be ready next time.” Well, next time for two of the NBA’s top four scorers comes today, when Arenas’ Wizards play host to Bryant’s Lakers. Asked this week about his “conscience” comment, Bryant put his best spin on it, saying, “That was a compliment.” Perhaps in a further effort to extend an apologetic hand, Bryant said of Arenas: “He’s playing extremely, extremely good basketball.” WASHINGTON – It sure sounded like an insult. A dismissive dig, at least. The sort of thing Gilbert Arenas loves to hear so he can store it away for extra motivation. After Arenas scored a franchise-record 60 points to lead the Washington Wizards past the Lakers in December, Kobe Bryant sniffed, “He doesn’t seem to have much of a conscience,” and made reference to his counterpart “just chucking it up there.” center_img Arenas is second in the league with a 29.5-point scoring average, while Bryant ranks fourth at 28.8. Both have their teams winning much more than a year ago. Washington is atop the Eastern Conference at 27-18, and the Lakers entered Friday’s game at Indiana with a 28-18 record, good for second place in the Pacific Division. There are other players who could help determine the outcome today, of course. Washington’s Brendan Haywood against Andrew Bynum in the paint, for example. Or Jarvis Hayes, who moves into the Wizards’ starting lineup to replace Antawn Jamison, out at least three weeks with a knee injury. The game also could mark the Washington debut of Darius Songaila, a much-needed big man who’s missed the entire season after back surgery. At practice Friday, Songaila said a decision on his availability will be made after today’s shootaround. But the focus certainly will be on the two biggest stars on the floor: Kobe vs. Gilbert. Caron Butler, who played for the Lakers in 2004-05 and now is Arenas’ teammate, has no doubt that Bryant is looking forward to this rematch. “Kobe marks dates on his calendar and is secretly saying, `That’s my game right there,”‘ said Butler, who’s headed to his first all-star appearance. “I’m almost positive this game is marked on his calendar.” It sometimes seems that Arenas figures out a way to circle every date on the schedule. Under the heading “Lakers and Kobe Up Next” on his NBA.com blog, Arenas says, “I’m going back to the Hibachi days,” a reference to the hot grill he likens himself to when his game heats up. “At the end of the day, hopefully we win,” Arenas continues. “No matter what goes on during the game, we want that win and that’s the most important part about it.” AP Sports Writer Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Aggies survive in triple-OT

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: A&M holds on to defeat Fresno State. By Chris Duncan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M turned to its powerful running back to stave off Fresno State on Saturday. The temperature was 90 degrees at kickoff, and the humidity made it feel even hotter. By the third overtime – more than four hours later – players on both sides were on their knees, exhausted and fighting off cramps. But Lane, often chided for his weight, was still running over tacklers at the end. “People can say what they want to say,” Lane said. “Put eight or nine guys in the box, I’m going to still get my yards. You can’t stop me.” The Bulldogs still had a chance to tie the game one more time after Lane’s final score. Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater scrambled left and found tight end Bear Pascoe in the end zone to cut the Aggies’ lead to 2. On the 2-point conversion try – required starting in the third overtime – Brandstater overthrew receiver Marlon Moore in the corner of the end zone, giving the Aggies their ninth consecutive nonconference victory on their home field. Brandstater finished 21-for-31 for 260 yards. “We could have come out with a victory,” Brandstater said. “It’s unfortunate, the way things turned out.” Both teams missed out on chances to win on Fresno State’s first play of the first overtime. After Matt Szymanski kicked a 27-yard field goal to give A&M a 32-29 lead, Moore caught a Brandstater pass and tried to stretch the ball over the goal line with one hand. He fumbled into the end zone as he stepped out of bounds, and the Aggies recovered. The official on the spot ruled that Moore went out at the 1. Officials reviewed replays and ruled that Moore had fumbled, but A&M nose tackle Henry Smith was flagged for roughing the passer. Fresno State (1-1) was given a first down inside the A&M 13. Clint Stitser kicked a field goal to force another overtime. Anthony Harding scored on Fresno’s next chance, but Lane had a 1-yard TD run to force the third overtime. “There were times when the odds didn’t look good for us,” A&M coach Dennis Franchione said. “We just kept going.” A&M’s defense dominated in the first half, helping the Aggies build a 19-0 lead. But Brandstater completed his first eight passes in the second half and hit Pascoe with 5 seconds left in regulation to force the extra periods. The Bulldogs’ offense mustered only 78 total yards and five first downs in the first half. The Aggies got the ball to start the third quarter, but quarterback Stephen McGee was hit by Fresno linebacker Eric Brown and fumbled at the A&M 32. On third-and-8 from the A&M 16, Brandstater found Pascoe on a slant route for a touchdown. Bulldogs tailback Clifton Smith fumbled at the Fresno 30 early in the third quarter, but A&M could only muster a 32-yard field goal by Szymanski to go up 22-7. Fresno State answered with its best drive of the game, marching 80 yards on 12 plays. Brandstater found a wide-open Seyi Ajirotutu for a 33-yard gain before Ryan Matthews scored on a 10-yard sweep with 3:06 left in the third quarter. While the Bulldogs offense hit its stride, the Aggies’ offense turned suddenly inept, gaining only 46 yards on its first four possessions of the second half. The Bulldogs were on the move again early in the fourth quarter. Brandstater found Moore across the middle for 25 yards and Harding barreled into the end zone from 2 yards out with 11:53 left in the game to make it 22-20. Ajirotutu caught a pass in traffic on the 2-point conversion to tie the game. The Aggies turned to their running game to retake the lead. McGee rushed for 41 yards on A&M’s final march of regulation and Lane finished the drive with a touchdown with 1:52 left.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jorvorskie Lane rushed for two of his four touchdowns in the second and third overtimes as the 23rd-ranked Aggies beat the feisty Bulldogs, 47-45, in the first triple-overtime game in A&M history. The 6-foot, 268-pound Lane barreled for his final touchdown from 3 yards out, then charged into the end zone again for the winning 2-point conversion on A&M’s final possession. “I knew what the situation was,” said Lane, who rushed for 121 yards. “They couldn’t stop us in the running game.” The Aggies (2-0) rushed on 18 of their 19 plays in the three overtimes. Ten of them were handoffs to Lane, who’s heavier than three of Fresno State’s four starting defensive linemen. “When they went to pound the big guy on us, I knew we were in trouble,” Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. last_img read more

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Tony Bennett turns 80 … again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Tony Bennett 80th-birthday celebration rolls west. Bennett was honored with an all-star bash in New York on Aug. 3, his birthday. Next up: a glittering celebration in Los Angeles. George Clooney, Paul Newman, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis will gather Nov. 9 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre for the charity fundraiser, “Singers and Songs Celebrate Tony Bennett’s 80th,” music producer Lou Adler announced Monday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA variety of artists will perform at the gala, including Bennett, a 13-time Grammy winner. Ticket prices for the event, at the Kodak Theatre, range from $50 to $5,000. Besides honoring the entertainment legend, the night will raise awareness and funds for Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps, a nonprofit organization with nine camps worldwide for children with serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. The guest list at the Aug. 3 fete in New York included Robert DeNiro, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Katie Couric, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump and Billie Jean King.last_img read more

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British plane makes emergency landing after bomb suspected on board

first_imgROME – A British passenger plane to Egypt diverted to a southern Italian airport Friday after the pilot reported that a bomb was suspected to be on board, Italian aviation officials said. Authorities searching the plane found a handwritten note in English that said there was a bomb on the plane, Salvatore De Paolis, a spokesman for border police at the airport, told SKY TG 24 television news. All 280 passengers were safe and had exited the plane, state police at the airport said. The Excel Airways Boeing 767 requested an emergency landing in Brindisi because of what was described as a suspected bomb, the Italian air traffic agency ENAV said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe plane was flying from London’s Gatwick airport to Hurghada, Egypt, ENAV said. Italy’s Air Force said it had sent an F-16 to intercept the plane before it landed. Excel spokeswoman Jane Sebuliba said the landing was “a precautionary diversion” and declined further comment, saying Excel planned to say more soon. There has been a series of aviation-related terror alerts and scares in the wake of British authorities’ announcement last week that they had foiled a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights with liquid explosives. 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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Santa Fe, La Habra ranked Nos. 1-2

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 5:00 p.m. Santa Fe is ranked No. 1 and La Habra No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section, Southeast Division preseason rankings released Tuesday. Others in the division included Schurr, No. 7, and California and La Serna were among others receiving votes. Whittier Christian was ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Division.last_img read more

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Ross County secure return of defender Paul Quinn from Aberdeen

first_imgThe move has been on the table for several weeks but was pushed to the back burner when the sides met each other in the league on January 17. Aberdeen won the fixture 3-2 but Quinn did not make an appearance off the substitute’s bench. He has not played since the 2-2 draw with Inverness on Boxing Day. Ross County have signed defender Paul Quinn from Aberdeen less than a season after he left Dingwall.Paperwork was completed on an 18-month contract which was agreed by all parties to see the player return to Jim McIntyre’s men.Quinn played for the Staggies last season where he netted three goals in 30 appearances but made the move east when he became a free agent in the summer.He slotted into the Aberdeen first-team after signing a two-year deal and scored the winning goal against Celtic in September which moved them to the top of the Scottish Premiership table.last_img read more

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Sappi buys Finnish paper firm for R8.9bn

first_img30 September 2008 An increase of Sappi’s European graphic paper production capacity from 2.6 million tons per annum to 4.5 million tons per annum The transaction has received the support of Allan Gray and RMB Asset Managers, who manage some 34% of Sappi’s shareholding, and the deal now only awaits regulatory approval from competition authorities in the US and Europe. South African multinational paper and pulp giant Sappi is to acquire the coated graphic paper business of M-real for €750-million (about US$1.1-billion or R8.9-billion), subject to a purchase price adjustment for net debt and working capital. An enhancement of Sappi’s leading position in the coated fine paper sector in Europe and globally Significant synergies from the acquisition, which should result in savings of approximately €120-million over a three-year period, through maximising capacity utilisation and distribution, integration of sales and administration and rationalising manufacturing across the Sappi group “We are excited about the transaction and the benefits it brings to Sappi, the industry, as well as to our existing and new customers,” said Boettger. “The products and brands which have been acquired are an excellent complement to our strong market offering, enabling us to offer our existing, as well as new customers in Europe, north America and globally, a broader range of products coupled with excellent customer service.” “This transaction is in line with Sappi’s stated intention to improve profitability and returns, and to seek out opportunities that will add value to and grow Sappi’s business as a market leader in coated fine paper and chemical cellulose.” “This acquisition will significantly strengthen Sappi’s market position in Europe and globally by combining M-real’s strong brands and assets with Sappi’s already powerful product offering,” Sappi CEO Ralph Boettger said in a statement this week. Boettger said that the company had built its global footprint through the acquisition and integration of businesses in north America and Europe, and the acquisition provided an opportunity for the company to achieve its goal of becoming the most profitable company in the pulp, paper and chemical sectors in which it operates. According to the statement, the acquisition will result in the following benefits for the company: SAinfo reporter An expansion of Sappi’s wood-free coated product offering and customer base, as well as the addition of the strong brands and significant market position of M-real’s magazine paper Global expansion Two paper mills, situated in Sweden and Finland, will remain in the ownership of Finnish-based M-real, and continue as contract producers for Sappi under supply agreements. The transaction includes the acquisition of M-real’s coated graphic paper operations, its brands and technical expertise, as well as four coated graphic paper mills in Europe. These are situated at Kirkniemi and Kangas in Finland, Stockstadt in Germany and Biberist in Switzerland. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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