La Salle’s ‘roller coaster’ ride ends with UAAP title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar 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 La Salle’s Desiree Cheng is UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP View commentscenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle coach Ramil de Jesus shared this group of Lady Spikers are unique in their own ways.“Of all the teams that I formed, this one has been a roller coaster,” de Jesus said after guiding the school to its sixth UAAP crown in the last 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Against all odds, the Lady Spikers snared the title on Saturday in a tough five-set classic over Ateneo, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10, to sweep the best-of-three Finals duel.Contrary to his past La Salle squads composed of surefire standouts, de Jesus has definitely been tested with this crew as it had to go through adversities throughout the season.FEATURED 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“Our performance has been up and down. Our bench is shallow that you can’t pull players on the fly,” he said.Despite those weak points, de Jesus said it made the players trust the system more as La Salle sought to successfully defend its title while also giving graduating setter Kim Fajardo a proper sendoff. “Through the course of the eliminations, we’re reviewing our games and we can see the difference, our advantages and disadvantages, so that’s where we put our focus. We concentrated in our trainings as hard as those were and they all accepted it,” he said.“The players trusted the system and put on the hard work, and they were all well-disciplined. That was the key.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

World Suicide Prevention Day

first_imgToday has been designated World Suicide Prevention Day by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Over the last decade, the awareness of suicide as a major problem in Guyana rose exponentially when we earned the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita rate of suicide in the entire world: 44.2 per 100,000.  As is their tradition, the organisers selected a theme for the day which highlights the need for interventions that can prevent, or at least reduce, suicide — which takes the lives of some 800,000 persons worldwide.This number is greater than the entire population of Guyana, and should offer a perspective on the enormity of the challenge in addressing the reduction of suicide. If one is concerned about the destruction of human lives by war, suicides presently result in more deaths than all wars combined; while concentrated in the same demographic: the young. The theme for 2017 is ‘Take a minute, change a life,’ and it reminds us that since suicide is almost always caused by depression — even if short-term when events occur in the lives of those around us that may cause them to become depressed — we should reach out and lend at least an ear to their problems.In Guyana, we have all become sensitised to one type of suicide in the young — when they believe their “true love” has been stymied. There is no question that parents especially should play a more sensitive role in listening and empathizing with their children who may be involved in relationships they consider “unsuitable” for one reason or another. Rather than berating the child, which is unfortunately the norm, parents should discuss openly and rationally the reasons for their stance. Rather than using categorically prohibitive language such as ultimatums, they should strive to look at the situation from their children’s viewpoint.Very often, the children know the parents love them, but conclude they just do not (or do not want to) “understand” their situation. The suicidal act becomes an impulsive one, to hurt the parent in an attempt to get them to reach that understanding. Unfortunately, the suicide is not a case as when Tom Sawyer faked his death to seen how sorry his Aunt Polly would be to see him gone: death is final. The authorities have, for years now, conceded that suicide is a public health issue linked to depression but, sadly, they have not taken a holistic approach towards addressing it.One gets the impression that, more than anything else, the Government has vacated the field to the NGOs that have sprung up over the last few years. These have staged more “walks” to bring “awareness” to suicide than contestants in the Boston marathon. They might have done some good work with their “walks” by “talking the talk” to raise awareness, but this is just the beginning. The Government cannot walk away from their responsibility in a Public Health crisis: it is time for them to “walk the walk” and initiate countrywide programmes.Take, for example, the long promised councillors in educational institutions. This is not a “chicken and egg” question – the “egg” of training councillors comes first. Have the Government worked with the University of Guyana to introduce the requisite training in the Social Work degree the latter offers? So they can be hired in the schools?  Then there is the “Gatekeepers Programme” which the previous administration had initiated, but has been allowed to die on the vine. This programme essentially trained locals in suicide-prone communities to be aware of suicidal “tell-tale” signs, and be available for offering counselling to persons who may be contemplating suicide. This programme was proven quite successful, and one wonders what has prevented its resuscitation.The WHO reported that Guyana is no longer number one in its suicide rate, which has dropped quite significantly to 30.6. All hands must be on deck, including the Government’s, to intensify this trend.last_img read more

Those abandoned parents

first_imgDear Editor,At this time of year many of us reflect on the year which is about to end: What we did good, what we didn’t do so good and what we did that was terrible. And I think there are many who do not reflect at all. I have occasion to visit many “inner villages” and the plight of some old people pull at my heart-strings. Are the base instincts of lower animals just under the skin of some humans? I am reminded of the bee colony.How else can it be interpreted when human beings abandon their parents – in a leaky shack or hospital, or wherever, and never show a care thereafter for them?It would be folly of me to debate whether (those) parents may have done their duty to their children in earlier years. But a basic truism in life might be worthy as a reminder to those who are parents and who have parents: “What goes around comes around”. The anecdote below is appropriate.A son, tired of his wife’s tirade about his sick and useless father, placed his feeble father on his shoulder and headed into the jungle. The father kept asking the son where he was being taken, but the son remained quiet. Troubled, pained—but quiet.The father’s uncertainty left him as he was taken deeper and deeper into the jungle. His questions became chuckles and then loud laughter. This puzzled the son, who asked his father why he was laughing. The father told the son: “What goes around, comes around sometime”.The father then told the son that he had, many years back, taken his own sick father into the jungle and left him to die. So he recognised that his son was now going to leave him in the jungle to die in like fashion, and he harboured no ill feeling against his son.He told his son, however, that he could let the cycle continue or he could stop the cycle. The choice was his son’s.It didn’t take long for the son to decide that he would not want his son to take him to the jungle and leave him to die. So the son took the father back home.The wife raged and raged. And the son said firmly: “I will have only one father in this lifetime, but I can have more than one wife”.Humbly submitted. The interpretation is the reader’s.Sincerely,Taajnauth Jadunauthlast_img read more

Ancelotti escapes middle finger punishment

first_img0Shares0000Carlo Ancelotti said he made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha Berlin fans.BERLIN, Germany, Feb 21 – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will not be punished for showing Hertha Berlin fans his middle finger but must make a donation to charity, the German Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.The Italian coach had made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha fans during Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Berlin on Saturday. The DFB said it had closed the case against Ancelotti “on condition the Bayern Munich coach makes a Sh545,547 ($5,270) donation to the Sepp-Herberger Foundation”, the federation said in a statement on its website.The foundation — named after the coach of the West Germany team that won the 1954 World Cup — is an association run by the DFB to provide opportunities for handicapped footballers and to help former prisoners reintegrate into society.Bayern had publically backed their coach after his gesture, saying: “Essentially, we find emotionally understandable the human reaction that drove Carlo Ancelotti to make this gesture, as a response to this vile attack.”On Monday, the DFB had invited Ancelotti to explain his actions — the Italian had already admitted his guilt to German television station ARD after the match.Tensions were high during the match, in which Bayern, whose players had been jeered throughout, equalised six minutes into added time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I supported Man United as a kid, reveals Wanyama

first_img“When I was young playing in the streets with my friends, I used to watch a lot of games on TV. I used to watch the English Premier League. I loved it and I wanted to play in the EPL so bad since I was young.”“Growing up I was a Manchester United fan, I used to love how they play and I loved some of the players there,” Wanyama revealed in an interview with CNN.The burly midfielder who has been a cog in the Tottenham side this season since signing from Southampton FC in a 12-million-pound move has also revealed he looked up to Roy Keane when he began his football journey and has underscored his desire to meet him in person some day.Mugubi, as he is now fondly referred as back home is expected to play another sterling role on Sunday evening when his Spurs side takes on Arsenal in the North London derby, a match that will be crucial in their outside bid to be crowned EPL champions.“Everyone is expecting a tough game; it will be a great game for both teams. It is a game that always has a great atmosphere and it will be a nice game to play. This is one of the biggest games of the season and we have to go there and do our best,” the midfielder further states in the interview>Spurs are four points behind leaders Chelsea and a win against Arsenal who have been on a resurgence coupled with a loss by Chelsea at the hands of Everton will inch them closer to a first EPL title since 1961.Already, Spurs on 74 points have surpassed their best ever points haul in a season.“Everything is possible we just have to take game by game and see what will come of it at the end of the season,” an optimistic Wanyama says.The midfielder at the same time went on to reveal his strong religious beliefs, saying his faith is all-encompassing and helps him as a man and as a footballer.“Sometimes it fills me up. Not only mentally, but physically as well. You feel the spirit. It’s important to have faith and it also plays a big part in my career,” Wanyama told CNN.He also revealed that during his three seasons at Southampton, one of many clubs providing spiritual support to their players, he would often visit the club’s chaplain to talk about faith and football.“We would talk about how you can have the relationship [between faith and football] and talk about how football can change people,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama celebrates a goal for Tottenham. PHOTO/Getty ImagesNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – Among local football fans, the greatest rivalry as far as the English Premier League is concerned has always between Arsenal and Manchester United.Kenya’s biggest football export, Victor Wanyama, who also skippers the national team Harambee Stars has revealed that he isn’t very far from such rivalry despite currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur, saying he supported Manchester United as a kid.last_img read more

Sixth record year for resales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Association executives and market analysts had predicted that 2005 would be another banner year – it’s the 10th best sales-wise since at least 1984, but there were some surprises. “In fact the market was stronger than we thought it would be. In price appreciation we did not expect the 20-percent-plus increase,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. In December the median price ranged from a high of $1.6 million in Calabasas to a low of $480,000 in San Fernando. But the latter is $6,240 more than the average median price for the entire Valley in 2004. And there were four other communities – Tarzana, Encino, Toluca Lake and Studio City – with a $1 million-plus median price. The smaller condominium market was likewise robust. December’s 340 sales boosted the full-year total to 4,717, the fifth-highest ever. San Fernando Valley residents bought slightly fewer homes last year than in 2004 but the market remained strong as the median resale price hit a record for the sixth consecutive year, indicate preliminary results for December. Last month’s 892 single-family home sales pushed the 2005 total to 12,569 transactions, the eighth-straight 12,000-plus year, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. December’s median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, was $590,000. That’s $10,000 under November’s $600,000 record and guarantees another annual mark. While final figures are not expected until later in the week, it appears that annual price appreciation could be in the 20 percent range. That would compare favorably with the past three annual increases of 26.3 percent, 21.3 percent and 19.6 percent. And the condo median price of $390,000, just under the November record of $393,500, also guarantees another yearly mark. There is a consensus that sales are past the peak for this market’s cycle but owners and shoppers are in for a gentle letdown rather than a collapse. In fact, some believe that the first part of next year will see continued strong sales with narrower appreciation gains. “We don’t think prices are going to come down and we do think it would be good for the rate of appreciation to moderate,” Link said. The wild card is mortgage interest rates. They have began moving up but still are low historically. But each increase pushes more potential buyers out of the market, especially one in which the least expensive home is just shy of half a million dollars. John Karevoll, a market analyst at La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems, said there are no fundamental signs of weakness across Southern California. Supplies, while building some, remain tight and demand strong. Nor is it unusual for sales to fall because they have been at high levels for an extended period. Lower-end homes are selling faster and appreciating faster than those at the high end of the market, something typical of a market at this point in its cycle, he said. Karevoll said this year should not bring a huge change, either. “This is a supertanker and you don’t turn those things 90 degrees on a dime.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 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

Federer advances in Open with ease

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Top-ranked Roger Federer dispatched wild-card entry Denis Istomin in the first round of the Australian Open today, cruising to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory. Federer was broken once, when he was serving for the second set, and faced only three break points in the 83-minute match. The overwhelming favorite for the title, Federer lost only one point on his serve in the second set until he made three uncharacteristically erratic errors to give Istomin the break in the second-to-last game. Federer drew a near-capacity crowd to Rod Laver Arena for the first match of the day. While the crowd was cheering for Istomin to mount a comeback and extend the match, Federer finished it off with a service winner, then basked in a standing ovation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“It’s never really easy, first round in a Grand Slam,” said Federer, who met Istomin for the first time in the locker room before the match. “As long as I win, I’m happy – it was a good start.” Istomin, a 19-year-old player from Uzbekistan, is ranked 195th. Playing in his first top-tier event, he had some highlights. He twice aced Federer in his opening service game and in the sixth game of the second set. He had eight aces overall, against only two for Federer. “I played good today, but had too many unforced errors,” said Istomin, who had 39 unforced errors. “It was very good for my career … he gave me seven games.” It was Federer’s second tour event since losing the final of the season-ending Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian at Shanghai, where he hobbled in on crutches because of an injured right ankle. center_img He defended his title at Qatar two weeks ago and played in an exhibition tournament at Kooyong last week. Former No. 2-ranked Tommy Haas, who upset Federer in the Kooyong exhibition last week, had a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Richard Gasquet. Gasquet was one of only four players to beat Federer in 2005. French women Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo advanced in contrasting fashion. Fifth-seeded Pierce, the 1995 Australian Open champion and a finalist at the French and U.S. opens last season, breezed past local wild-card entry Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-1 in 52 minutes. Mauresmo, winner of the season-ending WTA Championship in November, struggled at times in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over China’s Sun Tiantian, a doubles gold medalist at the Athens Olympics. A longtime contender, Mauresmo’s best showing at a Grand Slam event was her runner-up finish here in 1999. She was broken three times in the two-hour match and converted only six of her 15 break point chances, starting 0-6 until she got her breakthrough in the second set. Three-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis was to resume her comeback from retirement against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in a night match. 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

‘Slow, ponderous, predictable’ – Liverpool hero’s verdict on Leicester defeat

first_imgLiverpool legend Ray Houghton believes it’s ‘back to the drawing board’ for Jurgen Klopp’s men after they were well beaten by a rejuvenated Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday.Many were expecting a Reds win against a side struggling for form and without the leadership of sacked manager Claudio Ranieri, but Leicester came out fighting.The Foxes rediscovered their title-winning form and scored their first league goals of 2017 in a brilliant 3-1 win, with two classic Jamie Vardy strikes and another from Danny Drinkwater.But if Leicester’s performance was a return to form, Liverpool’s was the opposite. Their sparking display against Tottenham a fortnight ago was a distant memory as Leicester outbattled and outwitted the pedestrian Merseysiders.And Houghton admitted Klopp is facing a battle to get his team motivated for their top four battle after seeing his side’s confidence slowly ebb away since the Christmas period.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Anfield favourite said: “It was a performance we’ve seen from Liverpool throughout 2017.“Up until New Year’s Eve they were brilliant – they beat Manchester City and looked like they were going to have a really good season. They were in the EFL Cup semi-finals and still in the FA Cup.“The signs were very good, but in 2017 it’s not been very good at all.”Victory would have lifted Liverpool above Manchester City into third place, but instead they remain fifth following a run of one win in their last seven league games.Houghton added: “They’ve only had the one league win against Tottenham – where they were excellent – they’ve had a period without a game between that match and last night and they just went back to the way they’ve been playing recently – slow, ponderous and predictable.“They went away to Spain for a training camp and were doing two sessions a day, so I don’t know if that affected them, but the players didn’t look as sharp as they did against Tottenham.“You knew Leicester would have a reaction to Ranieri leaving the club, and they got it. Liverpool never really responded. I never really felt they were going to get back into it“The players have lost their confidence. The goals they gave away were poor. they had no physical attacking presence, they weren’t putting crosses into the box and never really looked like they were threatening Leicester to get back into the game.“It’s back to the drawing board once again.”Listen to Ray Houghton’s Liverpool verdict IN FULL above!last_img read more

Why isn’t Wenger trying to sign Griezmann? Hartson demands transfer re-think

first_imgJohn Hartson has urged Arsene Wenger to re-think his transfer policy and buy established players to help the club compete for domestic and European titles once again.The beleaguered Frenchman is coming under increasing pressure to leave after four defeats in five in the league and an embarrassing 10-2 reversal in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.Supporters groups have arranged marches urging club hierarchy to not offer him a new contract, some have held anti-Wenger banners up at recent matches and a plane flew across the Hawthorns urging him to leave last weekend.But Hartson believes the Gunners need to cherry-pick top-class players to push for their first title since 2004.Hartson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Do I think Wenger can win the Premier League with this squad of players, the answer is no. My answer is also no in terms of winning the Champions League.“Wenger has this power, this grip over the board and if he stays he’ll need an awful lot of money to invest.“He doesn’t go in for the big hitters. Why doesn’t he go for Antoine Griezmann? Why doesn’t Arsene Wenger go for the very best players in the world to make Arsenal stronger?”Dissenting voices have grown louder in recent weeks and while it had seemed like a minority of fans calling for him to leave, the former Arsenal striker believes fans are now split 50/50 on whether the 67-year-old should stay.He said: “I said at the weekend that Wenger looked like he was ready to call it a day and leave Arsenal with his head held high at the end of the season.“I’ve always been in the Wenger camp, but I think it’s no longer a minority or little pockets of the crowd, I think it’s now probably closer to 50/50 in terms of fans who really want to see him gone.”last_img read more

Marco Silva says links to Everton do not distract him

first_imgMarco Silva says speculation linking him to Everton did not distract him as his side sailed to victory at Vicarage Road on Sunday.Goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison continued Watford’s superb start to the season and piled misery on new West Ham boss David Moyes. The rumour mill had been in full swing in the build-up to this game, suggesting Silva is about to leave the club, but the Portuguese insisted it was business as usual for him and his team.He said: “There has been zero distraction. We know what our work is, we did a fantastic week, the players worked really hard and today they performed really well and we deserved the three points.“My future is tomorrow, we start to prepare the next day, we have already planned the session, that is my future.“I understand the questions, some things we can’t control. I know what is in my hands and that is the session tomorrow.”Hughes, who scored the opener and set up Richarlison’s second, also maintained the game was the only focus this week.He said: “It wasn’t necessarily about the manger for us, we have been training all week as normal, nothing has changed for us.“We deserved the three points in the end and now we will focus on the next game.”Hughes bagged his first Premier League goal on just his second start.“It is a massive relief, just to be playing games is a big achievement for me,” he added.“To get the win in the end is the icing on the cake. It’s frustrating when you’re not playing, but we have been flying this season.” 1 Everton have made no secret of their wish to make Silva their new manager last_img read more