Sports leaders predict at least 220 gold medals for Philippines in SEA Games

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New import for SMB Dancesports have projected at least 10 gold medals, athletics and gymnastics are convinced they can capture a minimum of nine golds each and skateboarding, which features Asian champion Margielyn Didal, are targeting to sweep the eight-event competition.The sportsfest to be held in scattered venues across Metro Manila and Southern Luzon, Subic and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, will see 1,115 Filipino athletes from 56 sports participating in 530 events plus 753 coaches and officials.Also anticipated to produce the needed golds are archery, billiards, bowling, chess, cycling, fencing, golf, ice skating, karatedo, muay, pencak silat, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and windsurfing.Team sports will likewise contribute to the golden collection with baseball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, softball and polo foreseen to emerge triumphant.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Leaders of national sports associations individually made a bold gold-medal prediction on Friday that collectively resulted in an astounding figure never achieved by Team Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games.According to 45 out of the 56 NSAs which will see action in the Nov. 30-Dec.11 meet here in the country, at least 220 gold medals can be won by Filipino athletes, enough to secure the overall title in the biggest edition of the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Athletes from contact sports are expected to bring in majority of the haul with arnis projecting at least 15 golds out of 20 events while fighters from judo, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, sambo, wrestling are confident they can contribute at least five victories each.A reliable source told the Inquirer that these fearless forecasts came out during the coordination meeting of the NSAs with Team Philippines chef de mission and Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The national boxers, a perennial multiple-gold performer, and wushu fighters have not declared their medal prospects as well as the taekwondo jins and dragonboat paddlers, but are certain to deliver based on their track records in previous SEAG editions, especially on local turf.There were apprehensions whether the NSAs can really pull it off, but sports leaders have high hopes that a repeat act of 2005, the last time Team Philippines hosted the 11-nation biennial tourney and won its first-ever overall title, is completely doable. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Controversial Broadcast (Amendment) Bill

first_imgA cursory research would reveal that freedom of the press is generally defined as the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the Government.Freedom of the media is understood to be the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials.Freedom of expression is the right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication, but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements. Freedom of the press is also part of freedom of expression.Even if a more extensive research is conducted, it would not change the basic tenets of what constitute the freedoms alluded to. These are not only enshrined, but have been growing across this evolving world, reaching places once considered impossible. With the aid of evolving technology, which continues to enlighten and empower, its global spread is unstoppable, and consolidates with every passing day.Unfortunately, there are still parts of the world where freedom is yearned for. For those who have attained and experienced freedom, the sense of empowerment and identity it precipitates is beyond belief. In such circumstances, a return to what originally obtain could never be contemplated.Here, in Guyana, an extensive period of post-colonial rule has been marred by oppression, when the most basic of freedoms — the right to express one’s self — was cruelly taken away. That was not only physically done in many instances, but the prevailing repression and persecution inundated our minds with fear; fear to publicly identify with the overflowing desire to break the shackles of domination. Eventually, as the old cliché of time offering hope would bestow, the freedom of expression and the media returned, after almost three decades. What followed over the years was unprecedented; a plethora of media entities of various mediums was established across the country.The right to expression then mirrored that of the free world — the bastion of democracy. In this once oppressed nation, through the newly established media houses, both print and electronic, criticisms which were often extremely harsh of the Government were unleashed, and became not only acceptable, but a norm. It was unheard of up to that point, and any suggestion of a semblance of muzzling through the articulation or writing of anyone was met with robust unified and widespread condemnation.That exemplified a transition in mindset, from one that was forced to be fearful to one that was not prepared to relinquish freedom. It also exemplifies the empowerment freedom brings to a nation and its people.That is why the recently passed Broadcast Amendment Bill is seen by many as a wanton attempt to infringe and erode that hard-earned freedom. Even if one were to see it from the Government’s perspective, the mere enshrining of a right by the authority, under the guise of public service announcements (PSA), to dictate to the media what must be broadcast, and when, is a direct violation of what constitutes freedom of the media.The fear started in the public domain over this Bill, which is awaiting assent by the President, is profoundly real. Given that these freedoms are enshrined, the constitutionality of the current Bill cannot escape scrutiny.Is the action of the Government, through the Bill, a manifestation of them fearing criticism through public airwaves? If not, is the imposition of what to broadcast and when an attempt to garner free mitigation of criticism through Government’s preferred content? At a conservative rate, one hour per day for an entire year can accrue to about ten million dollars. That is what broadcasters would be prevented from potentially earning for the slot they have to free up. In that context, one can easily regard the Bill as trampling on the right to earn. Clearly, one way or the other, the Bill infringes on rights.What has become heartening is the swift response by at least two international bodies, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders, urging the Administration to review and consult. The glaring lack of consultation during the crafting of the Bill, and the fact that the Bill has been introduced by an Administration which is, by and large, the same as that during the oppressive period, exacerbates the fear.The media establishments, and by extension the workers, that stand to be affected by the consequences of the Bill would be hopeful that the red flags raised would become noticeable by both civil society here and the international community, seen as the protector of such freedoms. If the pronouncements of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders are any indication, then it appears that the wind may be blowing the flags from obscurity. Even with such hope, the history of what transpired over the infamous three-decade period teaches a different and haunting lesson. Consultation, followed by redrafting, can therefore thwart a repetition of the nation’s history. Was that history a lesson learnt?last_img read more

Linden mechanic granted bail for larceny

first_imgA Linden mechanic was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge of breaking and entering and larceny when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Ejad Alli, 18, of Lot 244 Greenheart Street, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleges that between August 19 and 20, he broke and entered the house of Collette Stephens at Lot 439 Greenheart Street, and stole a Samsung television set valued $305,000 and a Blu cell phone valued $12,000.The young man was released on $75,000 and the case will continue on September 28.last_img

Tevez on target again as Juve stun Milan

first_img0Shares0000Carlos Tevez scored his fourth goal in a week to hand champions Juventus a precious 1-0 win over Milan, and new coach Massimiliano Allegri the bragging rights, at a packed-out San Siro on Saturday.Milan had taken full points from their opening two matches under new coach Filippo Inzaghi following two horrendous campaigns under Allegri and, latterly, Clarence Seedorf. But after a promising first half performance, the Rossoneri allowed themselves to be pegged back for the second before being punished by an alert Tevez 19 minutes from the end.It was the Argentinian’s fourth goal in seven days having scored once in a 2-0 win over Udinese last week and twice in the 2-0 Champions League win over Malmo in Turin.Tevez said: “It was a great game… they rarely put us in trouble.”Juve’s third successive win left them three points clear of Milan and Roma ahead of the latter’s game at home against Cagliari on Sunday.On Allegri’s return to the club he was dismissed from in January, the 47-year-old admitted it had been a “particular evening”.“I’m not a machine. I spent three and a half years at Milan …. but the important thing was for us to go out and win tonight and that’s what we did.“It wasn’t an easy game but the lads were patient, didn’t concede much and created a lot of chances.”Inzaghi said: “Before tonight I honestly thought we are really far behind Juve, but after this game I realisewe’re not so far.“There are things we have to improve on and although we’re not going to achieve that immediately I believe we’ll be on the right road once we recover the players who are still sidelined.“Juve have that extra ingredient, but I still believe we had a great game.”Allegri was roundly whistled as the team names were called out prior to kick-off. But by the end of the first half, Juve were on the ascendancy.Milan had shown promise in the tense opening exchanges, Keisuke Honda notably forcing Gianluigi Buffon to block his header from Sulley Muntari’s long cross at the back post on 27 minutes.But minutes later, a Tevez chip for Roberto Pereyra saw the Argentinian volley the ball back into the path of Fernando Llorente, who skipped a challenge before seeing his toe poke blocked by Christian Abbiati at the near post.Following a patient build-up, Abbiati was summoned minutes later to parry Pereyra’s shot from just outside the area after Tevez’s smart lay-off.Milan went to sleep when Claudio Marchisio took possession in midfield and hit a powerful shot which beat Abbiati but came off the upright. Jeremy Menez, who has made a big impression since joining from Paris Saint Germain, was again Milan’s top performer and dispossessed defender Giorgio Chilleni on the edge of the centre circle only to see Buffon block his drive.Juve continued as they left off after the restart, while Milan struggled to get out of an apparent slumber.Marchisio was allowed to dribble his way along the edge of the area before Ignazio Abate came to the rescue with a brusque clearance.Minutes later Muntari gave away possession in midfield and Paul Pogba’s dipping drive deflected off Adil Rami. From a short corner, Marchisio saw his first-time effort curl just wide of Abbiati’s far post as the Milan defence looked on.Milan were finally made to pay in the 71st minute thanks to a fine piece of Tevez magic.The Argentinian stumbled to the ground as he took possession on the edge of the area, but somehow got the ball to Pogba.Tevez then ran on to the Frenchman’s dink to beat Abbiati with a chip at the keeper’s far post.Fernando Torres was one of several substitutes to make a late appearance but the former Chelsea striker was given scant time to settle before earning a yellow card for an accidental strike on Kwadwo Asamoah, who was also cautioned after their duel.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fort St. John’s top cop retiring this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s RCMP detachment commander, Inspector Mike Kurvers, will be retiring at the end of this week.Fort St. John City Council took a moment to thank Kurvers on Monday for his 28 years of serving with the RCMP, the past four of which have been in the Energetic City. Kurvers was born in the Netherlands, and began his career with the RCMP in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1990.After several years, Kurvers’ career took him across the country, working general duty in Richmond and Mission, B.C. He spent seven and half years with the Emergency Response Team, the RCMP’s equivalent of the SWAT team, before moving to the West Shore RCMP in the Victoria area.- Advertisement -Moving back to the Lower Mainland to stops at the detachments in Burnaby and Richmond once again, Insp. Kurvers got to experience first-hand the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics while serving as the detachment’s liaison for all of the City’s planning to host the Games.“The Olympic experience was fantastic,” said Kurvers. “We weren’t part of the integrated security unit, so Richmond had to development its own plans because we had the Olympic Oval and YVR. We created an operations plan for the Celebration site. I kind of lucked-out because Holland House was involved. I’m fluent in Dutch, so it was very handy.”After Richmond, Kurvers moved back to the Island District detachment in Victoria with the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit before moving to become the detachment commander in Fort St. John in 2014.Advertisement Kurvers said that the experience of commanding the detachment has been incredibly rewarding.“This place has been fantastic. The city has been great, Mayor has been great, Council’s been great, and members are good. They come and do their jobs.”Kurvers said that while he isn’t involved in the search for another Inspector that will take over as detachment commander, he says that Staff Sergeant Perret will serve as interim detachment commander for the time being.last_img read more

Apple, AT&T under attack for charge-to-quit service

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Apple iPhone has enjoyed favorable reviews since its recent debut, but it came in for some rare criticism on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The phones, which Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. debuted late last month for up to $600, are usable only on AT&T Inc.’s wireless network and will remain that way until 2012. Even though the phones become expensive paperweights if customers quit AT&T’s wireless plan, the company will still charge a $175 early termination fee, said Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., chairman of a House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet. It is a “Hotel California” service – “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave,” said Markey, referring to the late-1970s song. “You’re stuck with your iPhone, and you can’t take it anywhere.” The issue arose at a hearing on whether Congress should grant the industry’s wish and pre-empt states from regulating wireless phone companies. State public utility commissions have no authority over pricing on wireless plans, but they have the authority to regulate the terms and conditions of wireless service agreements. Verizon Wireless general counsel Steven Zipperstein said the wireless industry opposes “patchwork, utility-style regulation” as “unnecessary and harmful.” Verizon wants a national framework for wireless oversight that would take authority away from state utility commissions while still allowing state attorneys general to protect against unfair and deceptive industry practices. Tony Clark, a North Dakota public utility commissioner and chairman of the telecommunications committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, said the states should be allowed to maintain their enforcement authority. “The bottom line is that state regulators are seeking a middle ground that relies on each level of government doing what it does best: the federal government setting standards that apply to all, and the states enforcing those rules and tailoring them to specific emerging issues,” he said. Timothy Wu, a law professor at Columbia University and commentator on technology issues, described the industry as a “spectrum-based oligopoly” in which customers must give up their property rights. “Imagine buying a television that stopped working if you decided to switch to satellite – or a toaster that died if you switched from Potomac Power to ConEd,” Wu said. The Federal Communications Commission is considering rules that would dictate the use of a valuable swath of spectrum to be auctioned in the next six months. Among the proposals is a requirement to make one block of airwaves in the spectrum accessible to all wireless devices, which would include the iPhone.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

Ed Begley Jr.’s green ways go mainstream

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champOn “Living with Ed,” featured on HGTV, Begley and his wife, Rachelle, conduct “green audits” on celebrity homes, show how to recycle waste and use solar energy. In an upcoming episode, for example, Begley will install a Greenswitch Home Energy system. With a flip of a light switch, the system shuts off wasted, standby power, including cell-phone chargers and other “vampire power.” “Going into the show, I thought I had a wealth of knowledge, but I’m learning something new all the time,” Begley said. “There are many great companies out there offering new products.” The two-day conference is being coordinated by iHollywoodForum, which introduced the topic of how the entertainment industry could take a leadership role to become an incubator for green technologies. IBM announced a new strategy to cut the number of computer servers used in the entertainment industry in half. There were 6,000 computer servers used to make one “Lord of the Rings” film, and all those servers are stored in massive air-conditioned “data centers.” For years, people thought he was an extremist for his ultra-green lifestyle, but now Ed Begley Jr. has become the focus of major corporations that work with Hollywood on how to produce environmentally friendly entertainment. On Tuesday, Begley, a Studio City resident and star of the reality show “Living with Ed,” offered a keynote address at the first Hollywood Goes Green conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Representatives from General Motors, NBC Universal, Subway restaurants and IBM joined other companies to discuss ways to reduce waste and increase the use of natural energy to produce films, music and TV shows. “I had hoped all of this would happen at some point,” Begley said of the industry’s interest. “There’s a lot of people that can come together to do this, because in addition, it makes financial sense.” Nationwide, there are 6,500 of these data centers, and combined they consume as much energy as the entire state of Utah, said Jim Gargan, who represented IBM. “We want to produce less amount of energy for the same amount of entertainment,” Gargan said. Actor Larry Hagman also shared how natural energy saves money. After he installed his first solar panels on his home’s roof in 2003 for $750,000, his annual electric bill for his mountaintop Ojai home and 46-acre ranch fell from $37,000 to $13. The “Dallas” star, who played the conniving and anything-for-a-dollar oil baron J.R. Ewing, said going green ultimately saves greenbacks. “Anybody that uses electricity in the next 10 years will be paying a tremendous amount of money for it,” Hagman said. “And I won’t be paying anything.”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


first_imgWhy not get on your bike for the Sligo to Letterkenny charity cycle this Sunday?The untimely death of the late Michael Toner was the catalyst which set in motion the Sligo to Letterkenny Cycle Event which has raised more than a staggering €500,000 for charity to date.Over the past twenty two years, hundreds of cyclists have willingly endured the 111 kilometre challenge and have raised a significant amount of money for Cancer Research.The number of those who have become regular participants is testimony to the success of this event which takes place again on Sunday next, July 13th. This year the cycle will be without one of its loyal members, Phonsie Surpless, who recently passed away. Phonsie took great pride in being one of its oldest participants.An event of such magnitude could not happen without the loyalty and generosity of a number of contributors, the hard work of a large group of volunteers who turn out year after year and endure all kinds of weather to provide support to the cyclists and to ensure that the event runs safely and smoothly and the media who willingly publicise the event.This year, the emphasis is on a ‘Fun Cycle’; it is hoped that this will encourage many more to ‘get on their bikes’ and raise money for this very worthy cause.Motorists are asked to be considerate, to give plenty of room to the cyclists and to take into consideration that many of them may be suffering from fatigue after having travelled such a long distance. A hoot of support on the horn from motorists and a cheer along the route from spectators will be greatly appreciated. Early registration is available in Clarke’s Newsagent on Thursday 10th July from 7 to 9 pm. Those requiring further details should get in touch with Paddy Delap on 0863859696.Or for all other details please click on the link to the group’s Facebook page below. are a must.+Early bird registration this thursday in Paddy Delaps shop Main Street Letterkenny (opp town library) Advertisement +€35 or two persons for €50 for one day only (this Thur).+Registration on the day in sligo is €50.+Under 16s €5 with parental conceit forms available at the shop or in Sligo morning of the event.+All riders will be provided with a pinned number at regs. Advertisement +Loading of bike will take place on Saturday 12th July at community centre, Letterkenny 5-7pm sharp.(please wrap your own bike please).+Bus to sligo leaving sunday morning 7.45am sharp from again community center letterkenny (PM here to reserve seating).+Full service will be provide on route to all riders.+Four water stations on route.+hot showers after in community centre.+food served in Mc Ginleys Bar, Main Street immediately after.+Red cross providing Emergency assistance.+Sligo-donegal town-ballybofey-letterkenny Garda in full support.+2 portaloo toilets in sligo for all to use male & female+cycle up mainstreet L/kenny in mass at end help create cancer awareness. GET ON YOUR BIKE FOR THE GREAT SLIGO TO LETTERKENNY CYCLE EVENT THIS SUNDAY! was last modified: July 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cycle eventdonegalPaddy DelapSligo to Letetrkennylast_img read more

Tony Pulis ‘pleased’ with West Brom takeover and expects to continue in job

first_img1 Tony Pulis Tony Pulis does not expect much change at West Brom following the takeover of the club.There had been speculation that Pulis might leave the Hawthorns in the build-up to Thursday’s completion of a takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited – led by Guochuan Lai.But Pulis on Friday declared himself “pleased” the deal was done and said he had no problems working under foreign ownership.It is understood that former chairman Jeremy Peace will remain available in a consultancy role while chief executive John Williams was announced as the new chairman last month.On the pitch, Pulis, who is in the final year of his contract, expects an air of familiarity to remain there too.“I don’t think the new owners will change too much from the way Jeremy has run the football club,” Pulis said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Ham.“They’ve bought into Jeremy’s model so I don’t think there’s going to be a great change in the way the club’s run. I think they are going to try to run it on similar lines.“I’m pleased, the chairman and the new owner are pleased to get the deal done. It’s been going on for a while so they’ll be pleased that it’s all sorted and done.“The way it drifted and moved, you get involved in it, no question of a doubt. So it’s pleasing for everybody that we now know and we can move on from here.“I still think Jeremy is going to be involved a little bit. John Williams now has moved in as chairman so there will still be that continuity but obviously now the Chinese own the football club and are the shareholders so it will be interesting to see how it works.“I’ve worked under foreign owners before so I have a good understanding of how it works, both with Icelandic owners and Milan (Mandaric) at Portsmouth.”Asked if he had chance to speak with the new owners yet, Pulis said: “That will come, I think. What Mr Lai has done more than anything, and the people around him, is just concentrate on getting the deal done and getting it through.“John (Williams) is in today so I will sit down and have a chat with him later.”last_img read more

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen’s career slide continues

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to return to Barcelona this summer after loan club Roma passed up the option to land him permanently.With first-team chances at the Nou Camp scarce for the centre-back, he decided to join Roma on a season-long loan deal last summer but it has not gone to plan for the 31-year-old.Vermaelen has managed just four Serie A starts in yet another injury-affected campaign for the Belgian.So it is no surprise that, according to reports in Italy, Roma have decided against signing him on a permanent basis with a return to Barcelona now on the cards.However, it is unclear what the future holds for Vermaelen, who has played just 11 La Liga games in his two seasons at Barca following his move from Arsenal in 2014. 1 Thomas Vermaelen in action for Roma last_img read more