PSL: PLDT back on track after sweep of Marinerang Pilipina

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_img“We only have a slim chance to rise from no.6 so we just have to maintain it and get ready for the next round.”Ivy Remulla and Nica Guliman led Marinerang Pilipina with nine and eight points, respectively, as they dropped to the eighth spot with a 0-12 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—PLDT Home Fibr got back on the winning column after a 25-16, 25-23, 25-20 victory over winless Marinerang Pilipina in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Grethcel Soltones led the Power Hitters to the winners’ table with 11 points, 19 digs, and 13 excellent receptions after they lost their previous match against defending champion Petron.Aiko Urdas and Sasa Devanadera played support for PLDT Home Fibr with nine points apiece while setter Jasmine Nabor had 14 excellent sets and five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Power Hitters improved to a 4-7 record to bolster their hold of the sixth seed and head coach Roger Gorayeb is already gearing up whoever ends up at the no.3 spot during the knockout quarterfinals.“At least we got a win today, we’re just trying to get confidence from our remaining games,” said Gorayeb whose team will still face Cignal, Generika-Ayala, and F2 Logistics. View comments Terrence Jones: KaTropa ‘underdogs’ vs Beermen in PBA Finals MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


President “fooling around” if he rejects third list – Gaskin

Posted On Jan 13 2020 by

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanNow that a third list of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been submitted to President David Granger, close attention will be paid to how the President responds to this new submission, especially after he rejected two previous lists.Outspoken political commentator and economist, Ramon Gaskin, thinks if the President rejects this list, it would send a clear message that he is more focused on complicating the process of selecting another Chairman for one of the most important constitutional offices in Guyana.“It would mean that he is fooling around and that he wants to put his own person there. And it also means that he is trying to get (Bharrat) Jagdeo frustrated, because once Jagdeo stops submitting lists he could say that he has no list in front of him,” he opined.Gaskin reminded that the Constitution allows the President the option of appointing someone of his choice, but only on the basis that the Opposition Leader fails to submit a list. “The Constitution says (David) Granger could pick somebody. That is what I think he would like to do. He may not get away with it, but that is what he may want to do,” the political commentator added.He continued, “(David) Granger is only confortable with people he picks. He has to pick the person who he is comfortable with. He likes to pick military people and People’s National Congress (PNC) people. He wants to be able to pick the person… he has strong dictatorial tendencies.”Gaskin also made reference to the recent incident which was brought to the public’s attention, where the President through Minister of State Joseph Harmon, instructed the Police Service Commission (PSC) to put a hold on promotions for senior Police ranks. The commentator reminded that this move breaches the Constitution, as Granger cannot dictate when senior Police ranks should be appointed.Shifting his attention back to the GECOM chairmanship, Gaskin said he sees no reason why the President would want to reject the third list of nominees. “I would hope that he chooses somebody from the third list. There are some good candidates there and I hope he chooses one. I don’t think he can say that this list is no good. You have people there who are more qualified. He should be able to find somebody.”On submitting the third list on August 25, the Opposition Leader said he is hopeful that the President would take into consideration the ruling of the acting Chief Justice (CJ) in regard to the constitutional stipulation governing the appointment of a Chairman for the GECOM.This list of nominees for the GECOM chairmanship includes Major General (retired) Joseph Singh; Teni Housty; Sanjeev Datadin; Annette Arjune-Martins; Onesi LaFleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.In a letter to the President accompanying the list, Jagdeo said arriving at the six names was not an easy task. He said that regarding the antecedents in relation to the matter and a subsequent meeting with the President at State House back in June, he continued to elaborate and protracted consultations with various stakeholders in an exercise that lasted for several weeks.During that process, Jagdeo said he solicited their views and sought nominations in efforts to ensure that six names were presented to the President that satisfy the requirements contemplated by Article 161(2) of the Constitution.Regarding the nominees, Jagdeo explained that one is a former Chairman of GECOM, while two are attorneys with over 10 years of “good standing” at the Guyana Bar, and both are qualified to be appointed as Judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana.Another of the nominees, he explained, is an attorney with over 40 years of good standing, and is a former Magistrate who served in that capacity for over 20 years; another nominee is a business executive in the local airline industry, and has received national and international acclaim for her work in protecting Guyana’s biodiversity; while the other person has distinguished himself as an agriculturalist, and has made a sterling contribution in Guyana and the Caribbean in the area of education and religion.Following the rejection of the second list, a consultation was held among Jagdeo, Minister Harmon, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and PPP/C parliamentarian Irfaan Ali to find an amicable solution to the issue.It was agreed that in the event that the third list is rejected by the President, a high-level team would be established, representing the President and the Opposition Leader, to begin working instantaneously on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to the matter. However, there has been no word on this team.GECOM has been without a Chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down after 15 years at the helm.last_img read more


Video: Southampton bring in ‘colour expert’ to help with new kit launch

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgCheck out this superb mockumentary from the Saints…last_img


CONFIRMED: Danny Simpson signs new three-year contract with Leicester City

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img Danny Simpson played 31 games last season on the way to the Premier League title 1 Leicester defender Danny Simpson has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions. The right-back has committed his future to the Foxes until 2019 after helping them win a shock title by 10 points last season. Simpson is the second Leicester player to sign fresh terms this week after Marc Albrighton agreed to stay at the club until 2020.Simpson said: “I’m over the moon. I’ve been here two years now and the club is going places, I’ve said all last season.“The group that we’ve got here is so close and the manager since he’s come has helped me so much and still is helping me improve as a player.“It’s not just the players and coaches, but the whole club. Everyone is just so close and it’s a special feeling. I’m happy that I’m staying here for another three years.“I came here two years ago and it’s always difficult coming to a new club. It took me a while to get my debut and get a few games but that was just because of the competition. I managed to get a run of a few games and the end of that first season, we survived.“I think that helped us a lot for the next season, because we knew what it meant to play in the Premier League. A new manager, Claudio (Ranieri), came in and you obviously don’t know whether you’re going to be playing. I was given the chance to play and perform and I felt I did that.”Simpson joined Leicester from QPR in 2014 and has made 52 appearances for the Foxes, including playing in 31 of their 38 league games last season.Boss Ranieri has also signed a new deal this summer along with Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, Ben Chilwell, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater.Leicester broke their transfer record for the second time this summer to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani on deadline day but despite the big spending and being champions, Simpson insisted the squad has not changed.He added: “We’re loving every second of it and just enjoying it and even though we are the champions, it’s not changed anything in the dressing room and at the training ground.”last_img read more


Man United post ‘Fred appreciation tweet’ and ‘catalyst’ keen for more praise

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgManchester United midfielder Fred was hailed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who described him as the ‘catalyst’ for their 3-1 win over Brighton.Fred has failed to live up to expectations following his move £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, but his recent performances have improved considerably and he turned in his best display for the club in the 3-1 win. 1 LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekHarrogate vs Portsmouth (Monday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Scunthorpe vs Sunderland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southend vs AFC Wimbledon (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Montenegro (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Rochdale (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Azerbaijan vs Wales (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Wycombe (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Kosovo vs England (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Since Paul Pogba is sidelined until December through injury, Fred has now played the full 90 minutes of United’s last five Premier League matches, striking up a impressive partnership with Scott McTominay.Against Brighton, Fred was involved in two goals, playing in Daniel James for Andreas Pereira’s opener, before his pass to Anthony Martial allowed Marcus Rashford to score the third.The Brazilian’s resurgent form saw United post an appreciation tweet for him, while Solskjaer praised his commanding showing against The Seagulls.“He set us off today with his midfield play, we won the ball, had to get after them,” said Solskjaer.“[Davy] Propper and [Dale] Stephens, we couldn’t let them get on the ball and Fred was maybe the catalyst.”center_img Fred was excellent in the win over Brighton 👏 @Fred08oficial appreciation tweet 👏#MUFC pic.twitter.com/AJtyknxKep— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 10, 2019Speaking ahead of the Brighton game, Fred spoke about playing alongside McTominay and hoping to continue his run in the starting XI.“For the work me and Scott are doing in midfield it’s very important to us. We work very hard for our places in this team, as it’s a high-quality team. So receiving such praise is important,” he said.“As I said, I hope we can continue this run. Of course, we want all the players to come back from injury and join us to strengthen the squad further. But I’d like to continue this run in the team and doing my best for Manchester United.” Getty Images – Getty last_img read more


Stubbs: If you’re not feeling pressure you’re not pushing yourself

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgHe said: “Listen, I’ve dealt with pressure throughout my playing career and throughout my very early managing career.“That is part of football.“Anyone who doesn’t walk in to work in the morning and put pressure on themselves to be even better that day, needs to look at themselves.“There is pressure on everybody, in every job that you do. If there is not then you are not pushing yourself enough. Alan Stubbs has insisted he can handle the pressure of leading Hibernian to promotion via the play-offs.Hibs trail Raith Rovers 1-0 going in to Saturday’s quarter-final second leg at Easter Road.Stubbs fell short of leading the capital side back to the Scottish Premiership at his first attempt last season and there is expectation on Hibs to earn promotion alongside Rangers this term.But Stubbs said he is more than happy to talk about being under pressure to deliver, because he puts himself and his players under pressure every day. “We push ourselves to the maximum every day we can here to try and better ourselves.“We put pressure on ourselves to be the best we possibly can.“I’ve got no problem talking about pressure – other people might have, but I’ve got no problem with it.“I am at a big club, you expect results and we have delivered on a lot of that.“We’re in two cup finals this season and we have another big game [on Saturday]. Let’s see what happens at the end of the game.”last_img read more


Tax Reform: House Bill Delayed to November 2; Senate Bill Expected Next Week

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgHouse Republicans pushed the unveiling of much-anticipated tax reform legislation from November 1 to November 2. After a late evening meeting on October 31, House Ways and Means Republicans decided to hold the bill because various policy issues remained unsettled. Therefore, the house bill was delayed and is now scheduled to be released at 9:00 a.m. on November 2.House Bill Delayed“In consultation with President Trump and our leadership team, we have decided to release the bill text on Thursday. We are pleased with the progress we are making. We remain on schedule to take action and approve a bill at our committee beginning next week, ” Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said in a late October 31 statement.The policy decisions on which Republican House taxwriters are trying to reach consensus are (1) how to handle the state and local tax (SALT) deduction and (2) the tax treatment for Code Sec. 401(k) retirement plans. According to several reports, the key unresolved decisions center around the need for revenue raisers to offset the proposed tax cuts.Ways and Means ranking member Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., sent a November 1 letter to Brady regarding the announcement that the tax reform bill’s released would be delayed. He urged Brady to delay the committee markup of the legislation that is scheduled for November 6, saying the “hastily-drafted bill” is being subjected to “unrealistic and artificial deadlines.”SenateMeanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) continues to finalize its own tax reform legislation following the unified tax reform framework released by the Senate, House and Trump administration. The Senate’s bill is expected to be released on November 8.SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, has consistently said his committee’s bill is likely to look different from legislation released in the House. Reportedly, a key difference will be the Senate’s choice not to repeal the estate tax.Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized House Republicans on November 1 in a series of tweets. Schumer commented on leaked House bill language that proposes (1) lowering the current 401(k) tax-free contribution amount, and (2) eliminating the SALT deduction. “If true, the GOP will hike taxes on middle-class Americans’ retirement savings so they can line the pockets of the wealthy and biggest corporations, ” Schumer said.Currently, 401(k) contributions can reach up to $18,000 for the 2017 tax year and, for taxpayers who are over 50 years old, $24,000. For 2018, those amounts, adjusted for inflation, will be $18,500 and $24,500, respectively, under current law.According to Brady, the bill text to be released will likely not convey the full picture of tax reform policy proposals and agreements among House Republicans. Brady told reporters that he will likely offer some provisions by way of amendment.White HousePresident Trump tweeted on November 1 to promote the idea of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) individual mandate to help pay for tax cuts. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that repealing the provision would save the federal government more than $400 billion over a 10-year period.“Wouldn’t it be great to repeal the very unfair and unpopular individual mandate in Obamacare and use those savings for further tax cuts for the middle-class…the House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along. Push biggest tax cuts ever,” Trump said in a series of tweets.However, Brady has expressed concern that involving the repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate could hinder tax reform’s chance of success in the Senate. “What I don’t want to do is to add things that could again kill tax reform like health care died over there,” Brady said during an October 31 interview. “Look, I want to see that individual mandate repealed…I just haven’t seen, no one has seen, 50 votes in the Senate to do it.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLetter from Ways and Means Ranking Member Neal to Chairman BradyLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more


Jail inmate charged in 2017 murder case

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgA Jefferson City man is now a suspect in a 2017 murder case.ABC 17 reports the charges were just filed this week against Shavontay Estes. He’s been in Cole County Jail for about a week over an unrelated case.Dennis Thompson was shot and killed at an apartment building west of Jefferson City in June 2017.Another man facing unrelated criminal charges right now, Javontay Knight, just changed his testimony. Now he says Estes admitted to the shooting on Collier Court.Estes is accused of second degree murder.last_img


Antihydrogen Abounds

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgAntihydrogen has it all backward, yet the topsy-turvy antimatter substance still obeys the rule that more is better. Just a few weeks after one team of antihydrogen-making physicists announced that it had created 50,000 atoms of cold antihydrogen, a rival team says that it has created more than three times as many and is starting to analyze their properties.Ordinary hydrogen is made of a light, negatively charged electron orbiting a heavy, positively charged proton. Antihydrogen is exactly the opposite: A light, positively charged antielectron orbiting a heavy, negatively charged antiproton. Because antielectrons and antiprotons are hard to come by and are usually moving very fast when they are created, it’s a tough job to slow them down enough to form antihydrogen atoms. By studying whether antihydrogen behaves differently from hydrogen, physicists hope to learn a great deal about the fundamental relations between matter and antimatter.But to study antihydrogen, you have to make it and detect it. Last month, the ATHENA team at CERN announced that it had cooled antiprotons and antielectrons in a magnetic bottle and detected gamma rays that stream from the annihilation of the antihydrogen when it collides with a chunk of matter (ScienceNOW, 18 September).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now Gerald Gabrielse, a physicist at Harvard University, has announced that his ATRAP team, also based at CERN, has created antihydrogen using a similar magnetic bottle. Their instrument has one extra feature: It allows neutral particles such as antihydrogen to flow into an ionization well, a trap that pulls apart the antihydrogen. By counting the antiprotons that are torn away from their antielectrons, the team got an unambiguous sign that ATRAP had created antihydrogen, and by analyzing how strong a field must be before it tears apart an antihydrogen, physicists can tell how tightly bound the antielectron is to the antiproton. “What we could tell is that they’re in a very loosely bound state,” says Gabrielse. “It’s really exciting to get a first glimpse into the [anti]atom.””I personally believe it. It’s a very interesting result and very exciting,” says Rolf Landua, a physicist at CERN with the ATHENA collaboration. But the real goal of both collaborations is to trap enough slow-moving antihydrogen so researchers can zap it with a laser and see what light it absorbs and emits–an atom’s “fingerprint.” Neither ATRAP nor ATHENA can do this yet, but with both teams announcing their first significant results, the game is certainly afoot.Related siteCERN’s antimatter sitelast_img read more


Surprise! There are four species of giraffe, not one

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgGerald couldn’t dance; Abigail couldn’t count; and Geoffrey was a klutz. Now, these gangly storybook giraffes, with their long necks, legs, eyelashes, and prehensile purple tongues, have to worry too about what species they are. A closer look at the genetics of Africa’s giraffes suggests that Giraffa camelopardalis really represents four distinct species. With an estimated 90,000 browsing the savanna treetops, this charismatic animal is one that most conservationists have not been too worried about. But, if this new family tree holds up, one species numbers fewer than 5000 individuals, making it one of the world’s more endangered mammals. The new classification came about after researchers from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation in Namibia collected skin samples from 190 giraffes throughout Africa. They asked researchers in Germany to analyze the DNA in these samples. Given how mobile giraffes are, one would expect a lot of interbreeding, so the researchers were surprised by how different the DNA could be—some genetic differences greater than those between a grizzly and a polar bear, which are separate species. Thus, the team reports online today in Current Biology that, based on their genetic differences, the continent’s nine subspecies really break down into four true species that separated between 1.25 million and 2 million years ago. They may still interbreed, but group in these four genetically distinct categories. The new categorization divides these animals into the southern giraffe (G. giraffa), the Masai giraffe (G. tippelskirchi), the reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata), and the northern giraffe (G. camelopardalis). There are more than 40,000 southern giraffes, but fewer than 5000 northern giraffes, and given that the total giraffe population has dropped from 150,000 to about 90,000 in the past 30 years, northern giraffes could be in trouble in the near future, the researchers say.last_img read more