Pasig Chooks bows out early in Fiba 3×3 Kunshan Challenger

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Vasic ended the contest with a long deuce with 2:13 to spare to end Pasig’s campaign.Munzon and Statham were the only players to score for Pasig as they finished with six points each.Kojic, who scored just four points during their encounter in the Doha Masters, led the balanced Liman attack with eight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Philippine-based club team was shown the door by Liman, the third-ranked club in the world, 12-22, Saturday evening at Huaqiao International Service Business Park in Kunshan, China.With a 0-2 record, Pasig Chooks bowed out early in Pool A as Liman (2-0) and Sosnovy Bor (1-1) advanced to the knockout playoffs on Sunday that will determine the last two entries in the World Tour Chengdu Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPasig got off to a fast start after taking a 3-0 lead before the Serbian side imposed its will, going on a 14-3 blitz to put the defending Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions away.Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham tried to get Pasig in the thick of things but Liman simply had too much firepower with the quartet of world No. 4 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 5 Mihailo Vasic, No. 8 Stefan Kojic, and Maksim Kovacevic in the fray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks-to-Go suffered a pair of tough losses just two hours apart in its campaign in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger.After losing to Russia’s Sosnovy Bor on a game winner, Pasig failed to regroup and got manhandled in a must-win duel.ADVERTISEMENT Family of champions: Little sister Dani Ravena wins first UAAP title NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

FIFA gets tougher on racism in disciplinary code update

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer LATEST STORIES In recent seasons, FIFA and European soccer body UEFA have closed cases of alleged racist abuse for lack of evidence beyond testimony of the players involved.“In the past some players have felt let down by the action taken,” said Piara Powar, executive director of the Fare network, soccer’s leading discrimination monitoring group.Overhauling its disciplinary rules, FIFA will also impose transfer bans on clubs that default on debts in cases processed in-house and at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).FIFA is also preparing to open the doors of some judicial hearings, offer free legal counsel to parties, and publish more verdicts online.“For the first time, certain types of disciplinary hearings — concerning doping and match-manipulation cases — will be open to the public if the parties request it,” FIFA said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Paraguayan boxer gets parole after winning title in prison Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division To modernize and improve its work, FIFA worked with London-based Fare and now includes specific language including sexual orientation as a discrimination issue, bringing it into line with FIFA’s statutes.“We welcome the clear reference to homophobia,” Powar said. “FIFA has sanctioned acts of homophobia quite extensively in Latin America in particular, but the previous rules were not fit for purpose.”When players are subject to abuse by fans, FIFA already has an escalating three-stage process for referees to act, leading to games being abandoned. It applies in all 2022 World Cup qualifying games, which Fare observers will attend after assessing the risk of discrimination.FIFA has clarified that abandoned games are forfeited as a 3-0 loss by the fans’ team “unless there are exceptional circumstances.”“Our expectation is that national Football Associations will mirror the new procedures and implement them,” Powar said of FIFA’s 211 member federations.Transfer bans — typically imposed for breaking rules to sign youth players — will be extended to cases of defaulting on debts to players, coaches or other clubs. Previously, clubs risked a deduction of league points.“A transfer ban has been shown to be the most effective instrument for this purpose,” said FIFA, which will lift a ban when debts are paid. Currently, teams are deducted points in about 10 mostly low-key cases per year, which are not publicized.FIFA’s move toward more transparency will see judicial panel leaders make the final decision — to approve a request in a doping case or require it in a match-fixing prosecution — on allowing the media in and live-streaming proceedings.This follows a European Court of Human Rights ruling last year which required CAS to relax secrecy around its traditional closed-door hearings. However, lawyers are rarely expected to recommend openness for their clients. FILE – In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side’s fifth goal after hearing racist chants, during their Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match against Montenegro at the City Stadium in Podgorica, Montenegro. FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings. Stricter handling of racism and discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA Disciplinary Code which takes effect next week. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)GENEVA — FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings.Stricter handling of discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next week.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Benefits of township living MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals,” soccer’s world body said in a statement Thursday.The minimum ban for players or officials rises from five to 10 games, and victims can soon be heard in person by FIFA judging panels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse,” FIFA said, adding the victims “may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.”“For a first offense, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,” FIFA said. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Relief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed relay test

first_imgRoger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ “That alone would lower the risk of athletes getting heatstroke. That may be one of the realistic measures,” he told reporters.The International Triathlon Union would examine increasing the number of water supply points and was deploying medical staff every 500 metres along the course in case of an emergency, Mori added.Aside from the problems at the triathlon, about a dozen people, including a spectator, were taken ill at a rowing test event last week with suspected heatstroke.A construction worker also died on an Olympic site as Tokyo sweats through a prolonged and deadly heatwave.The triathlon test events have courted controversy even without the heat — two British athletes were disqualified on Thursday for crossing the line first holding hands.Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown fell foul of ITU rules stating that “athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be disqualified”. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graftcenter_img “I don’t think conditions were as bad as Thursday when we raced,” South Africa’s Gillian Sanders told AFP.“I don’t think it’s too hot not to race or too hot to reduce the distance,” added Sanders, who said that the water quality also felt better.“Personally, I don’t think I’ve acclimatised properly because I haven’t been here for long. I’ve been here five days and I think you need two or three weeks. So it’s a really good learning curve,” said the 37-year-old.‘Realistic measures’ against heatBattling the heat of the sweltering summer has become the main challenge for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who have otherwise won widespread praise, including from the International Olympic Committee, for their preparations.Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of the Tokyo 2020 Games Operations Bureau, said athletes needed to have greater access to water during the race.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Olympic rings are pictured near the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on May 22, 2019. – Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9 next year. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)France won a thrilling mixed triathlon test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday, which passed off as planned in a welcome boost for organisers after difficulties with high temperatures and water pollution.The swimming leg of the paratriathlon on Saturday was scrapped after water tests showed levels of e-coli bacteria more than double the acceptable standard and the running section of a women’s test event on Thursday was curtailed in blistering temperatures, with French athlete Cassandre Beaugrand treated for heatstroke.ADVERTISEMENT Missing NBA stars spark Australia consumer watchdog probe But on Sunday in the Japanese capital with the temperature a slightly cooler 30 Celsius, the levels of bacteria reduced to within permitted levels.The mixed relay, a new event for Tokyo 2020 involving two men and two women, was won by France in a photo finish from Great Britain after a nail-biting final sprint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDorian Connix chased down Alex Yee on the final straight despite being behind for most of the race and breasted the tape fractionally ahead of his British competitor. A powerful United States team came third.The format is much shorter than the individual race with each athlete completing a 300 metre swim, a 7.4 kilometre cycle and a 2km run before handing off to a teammate, making it less demanding in hot weather. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Audit Office hindered in its duties – AG

first_img2017 estimates…grapples with staff shortage after proposed budget slashed by GovtThe proposed budget for the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) was slashed by the Government side in the National Assembly during consideration of the 2017 Estimates of Expenditure, and the resultant consequences have since included the AOG grappling with not having adequate staff, or adequate funds to pay them.The proposed estimate for the AOG in the last budget was $771.2 million for that constitutional agency that is tasked with auditing ‘the state apparatus’, but Finance Minister Winston Jordan had decreased this sum to $754.9M.Auditor General Deodat Sharma says the AOG has been affected by the cut, being forced to relinquish plans to hire additional staff. And although central government’s accounts have been brought up to date, work has to be done on statutory bodies.“It (the budgetary cut) affected us because we were unable to bring on the rest of the staff that we needed, especially when carrying out our extended mandate,” the Auditor General related in a recent interview.“What is happening (is that) the country’s accounts have been brought up (to date), (and) I’m trying to bring all the other statutory bodies and their accounts up to date,” Sharma pointed out. “And without the adequate staff, it will delay me to bring these accounts up to date.”The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been vocal in its opposition to the budgetary cut. The party pointed out that the total budgetary allocation for constitutional agencies in 2016 was $8 billion, whereas it is only $6 billion in 2017.Former Junior Finance Minister Bishop Juan Edghill had, during a conference, reminded that a budget was a financial plan which articulated the direction of an organisation and the cost to get there. Therefore, he argued, by cutting the budgets, affected organisations would now have to re-organise priorities and neglect funding for some critical undertakings.“Whenever the Government reduces the allocations for constitutional agencies, they are actually preventing themselves from being scrutinised. For example, the Auditor General would say, ‘This is what we need.’ If you cut the Audit Office (budget), the Auditor General would have to re-organise his priorities, and so something will be left out; which means less scrutiny for Government,” he explained.The AOG has a wide remit, being responsible for auditing the public accounts of Guyana and presenting reports of those audits to the Minister of Finance, thence to the National Assembly. As laid out in Article 223 of the Constitution of Guyana, the AOG is authorised to audit all officers and authorities of the Government, including commissions.Slashing of the AOG’s proposed budget came on the heels of AG Deodat Sharma declaring in his 2015 Audit Report that Government had kept more than $500M, rather than depositing same into the Consolidated Fund. That report, made public in October 2016, had spoken of the millions of dollars used on the D’Urban Park construction, Mashramani celebrations, and $51.5M being spent on ‘music’.Nor was the AOG the only agency to have its proposed funding re-adjusted. PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had lamented that constitutional agencies had altogether requested some $11 billion, but Government was willing to approve only some $6 billion, a difference of over $5 billion.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has suffered the deepest cut in its budgetary proposals, with its 2017 budgetary request being slashed from $5.8 billion to a mere $2 billion.Government also reduced the budgetary requests for the Ethic Relations Commission (ERC) from $141.2 million to $84.9 million; the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC’s) budgetary requests from $15.02 million to $10.02million; the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission’s (IPC’s) requests from $33.1 million to $24.4 million; and the Rights of the Child (ROC) Commission’s request from $97 million to only $41.5 million.The Women and Gender Equality Commission requested $62.9 million but received only $42 million, while the Human Rights Commission received $34.1 million of the $74.9 million requested.The Minister of Finance also slashed the budgetary request of the Office of the Ombudsman — still without a head — from $50.3 million to $48.3 million; and the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, which has not yet been established, received $12.4 million of the $13.9 million requested.In response to questions emanating from the Opposition, Minister Jordan had argued that the allocations were made “in context of existing fiscal space and the consideration of the agencies’ requests within national development priorities.” (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Wenger: Welbeck if perfect for us

first_img“His qualities are his team attitude and his pace. As well, as you could see with England, his goalscoring.”With French striker Olivier Giroud sidelined by a broken tibia, Welbeck appears set to be given an extended opportunity to play in the central attacking role that he prefers.The 23-year-old scored twice as England beat Switzerland 2-0 in their opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match on Monday and he believes the performance proved he can thrive at centre-forward.“It is well known I prefer to play through the middle, so when I get my opportunity, I just want to show what I can do,” Welbeck said, in comments reported in the British media on Thursday.“Once I get into the box and get the opportunities, I have got faith in my ability. Before I wasn’t getting into the box because I wasn’t playing too much as a striker and I had to worry about my defensive work.”Wenger refused to confirm whether Welbeck will be handed his full debut in Saturday’s Premier League showdown with champions City, saying only that it was a “possibility”.He also revealed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey had “a little chance” of playing after twisting his ankle while playing for Wales in their 1-0 win over Andorra on Tuesday.“He had an ankle sprain. It is a minor one, that is for sure,” Wenger said.“I am relieved because I had been haunted in my head by last year’s injury that was much more serious than expected. At the start it was a little muscular injury and then it was three months.”Welbeck’s former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville on expressed incredulity over the club’s decision to sell the England forward to rivals Arsenal for a relatively low fee.Welbeck joined Arsenal from United on transfer deadline day in a £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) deal and is in line to make his debut for his new club against Manchester City on Saturday.“I can’t work it out,” Neville, now a television pundit and member of England manager Roy Hodgson’s back-room staff, told talkSPORT radio station.“After all the prices I’ve seen paid this summer, and obviously I’ve been working with him the last week, I’m thinking how is it just £16 million?“It really does feel strange that it’s a centre-forward and actually it’s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and fourth places with United this season.”Figures associated with United have expressed dismay over the club’s decision to sell a young home-grown player such as Welbeck, with former assistant manager Mike Phelan claiming their identity had been “broken”.But current assistant manager Ryan Giggs has insisted that United will never betray their commitment to giving young players a chance.“The club will never change,” he said at the Soccerex conference in Manchester. “The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.“OK, Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing, because you never want to see a home-grown player leave, but this is a manager (Louis van Gaal) who gave (Clarence) Seedorf his chance, (Patrick) Kluivert his chance, (Andres) Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller. He has got a track record of giving young players a chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, September 11- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday that Danny Welbeck’s versatility made him a good fit for his new club.“Danny Welbeck is an ideal signing for us because he can play through the middle, where I think is his best position, but as well on the flanks,” the Frenchman told his weekly press conference.last_img read more

‘Frightening’ United lift Van Persie

first_imgVan Persie, who knows van Gaal well from their time together with the Netherlands national side, insisted the manager wanted input from the United players at team meetings as the club looks to recover from a relatively low seventh-place finish in last season’s Premier League which denied them European football this term.“He wants players to get involved in the meeting too. You have to give your own input, which is what the staff likes. That’s a bit of the Dutch thing. Everybody gets involved in the project. We are all working on it. Everyone has their own say, which is maybe new for some players but not for me as I know how he works.”Van Persie said a top four finish in the Premier League, which would qualify United for next season’s Champions League, was a “realistic target”.He added: “We have to make at least the top four. That’s a realistic target but it’s still early in the season.“We are here, everybody wants to win every game, every training session and even if we are playing a different kind of game like table tennis. We are winners. We are not here just to set low standards. We want them to be as high as possible, winning games and winning trophies.“This year we have a great manager, great staff, great fans so when you look at everything together it makes it hard (not to be in the Champions League). “Everything is in place to be up there competing with the very best teams. I think we can do it and we will.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) However, United’s defensive problems, which have seen them concede 13 goals in seven games so far this season, have limited the impact of their attack.Nevertheless van Persie was heartened by the way United held on to beat West Ham 2-1 last weekend despite being reduced to 10 men after Rooney was sent off.Asked if United will be able to frighten teams with their firepower, Dutch striker van Persie, speaking Monday at the launch of United’s first global sustainable technology partner Abengoa, said: “I think we can be able to actually do that. If you look at these players, they are great players in their individual way.“But now we are working together on this project and I think games like winning 4-0 against QPR help. We had a setback against Leicester (losing 5-3), but to win in these circumstances like the weekend sends a message and shows that even in these difficult games we can win. Now we have to extend that.“The first half was 11 v 11 and we were playing really well as a whole team. Eight minutes later it was 10 v 11 and the whole thing changed, but the way we fought for each other was unbelievable. It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, but we dug in and we did it so it gave us a lot of confidence.”– Top four ‘realistic’ – 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, September 30- Robin van Persie believes Manchester United’s expensively-assembled forward line have it in them to frighten their opponents. United manager Louis van Gaal has brought both Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria to Old Trafford create an offensive quartet, featuring both van Persie and England’s Wayne Rooney, which would be the envy of many a side.last_img read more

Religious Events Calendar

first_img “The Carpenter,”a two-act musical by Howlett Smith, 7p.m. Feb. 3, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Ave., Encino. Call (818) 342-4686. “Marriage: A Journey to Holiness,” teachings of the Orthodox Church on marriage and family life begins with Divine Liturgy at 9a.m. followed by registration, 10:30a.m. and part one, 11a.m.-1p.m. Feb. 10, St. Innocent Orthodox Christian Church, 5657 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. Lunch, 1-2p.m., is followed by part two, 2-4p.m. Fee: $15, $25 per couple; includes lunch. Reservation requested by Feb. 5. Call (818) 881-1123. Holy Spirit Retreat Center classes: “Way of the Cross – Gateway to Resurrection,” an Ash Wednesday day of prayer led by Sister Rochelle Mitchell and Sherry Clements, 9a.m.-2:30p.m. Feb. 21. Fee: $45 with lunch, $35 without lunch; reservation and $10 deposit by Feb. 14. Call (818) 784-4515. “How to Use It: Wings” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday when the Center of Spiritual Awareness meets at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Meditation at 10a.m. Call (818) 713-3636. “The Quest for a Science of Consciousness” will be the discussed by Craig Hamilton, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101 or see www.emersonuuc.org. “What God Wants at Heart of the Valley” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “The Guy with the Great Nickname” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “Health Care For All” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Devin Carroll, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. “Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living-Church of Religious Science, meeting at the Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. Entertainer Freddie Weber will be the guest speaker, 10a.m. Sunday, Religious Science Church of Glendale, meeting at the Glendale Masonic Center, 244 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 244-1404. “Praying Like Jesus” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “I’m a Cracked Egg Ready to Break,” part of a sermon series on “Under Pressure,” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5 p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. “Is it God or God and ?” will be the message delivered by guest speaker Laney Clevenger, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “How is My God Different?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-8136. “Messy Spirituality” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paula A. Ferris, 9and 11a.m. Sunday, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. Call (818) 886-1555. “Everything About Life is Good” will be the message delivered by actor-singer Robert Clink, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave. Call (818) 249-4396. United Methodist Women’s Sunday, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 762-8231. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tu B’Shevat Shabbat service and dinner 5p.m. Friday, Chabad of Westlake Village, 2524 Townsgate Road. Dinner reservation due by Monday. Call (805) 374-8666. Conejo Jewish Academy events: “Seeing Stars: Astrology and the Kabbalah,” a lecture by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, 8p.m. Monday. Admission: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Wednesday Lunch and Learn, a study group focusing on “The 13 Attributes of Divine Mercy” led by Rabbi Moshe Bryski, 12:30p.m. Wednesday. Dairy lunch follows the hourlong class. “Toward a Meaningful Life,” 8p.m. Wednesday. Fee: $18. Events held at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. Camarillo Christian Women’s Club meeting, 11a.m. Feb. 7, Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave. Luncheon reservations by Wednesday; $21. Call (805) 987-7134. Israeli Elik Elhanan and Palestinian Sulaiman Al Hamri will discuss their transformation from fighters to peace advocates, 8p.m. Wednesday, in the Magnin Auditorium at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:30p.m. Reservation requested. Also, 7:30p.m. Thursday, Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (310) 621-6654 or see www.combatantsforpeace.org. “The Songs and Stories of Shabbat: A Musical Tour of the Day of Rest,” presented by Benny Friedman and Rabbi Moshe Bryski, 7p.m. Thursday, West Valley Jewish Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Call (818) 585-1888 or see www.JewishCalabasas.com/concert. “Standing Room Only,” a Christian dance, 8-11:30p.m. today, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7347 Jordan Ave. Admission: $15. Strict dress code. Dance lesson at 7p.m. Call (818) 402-3863. “Praying the Anglican Rosary” will be the topic of Suzanne Edwards Acton, 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193. Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish festival of New Year for Trees will be observed, 11a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, Shalom Institute, Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. Admission: $5, free for children under 3. Call (818) 889-5500, Ext. 102, or see www.shalominstitute.com. Taiz service, 6:30p.m. Sunday, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. Child care available. Call (818) 886-1555. last_img read more

Artesia gets back at La Mirada

first_imgThe win avenged the Pioneers’ 67-65 loss to La Mirada on Jan. 17 that was Artesia’s first loss of the season. Artesia (22-2, 9-1), which played games Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, the latter a 73-66 loss to Huntington High, built a lead, then had an answer every time La Mirada (18-6, 8-2) made a run. Renardo Sidney, the Pioneers’ 6-foot-10 sophomore center, scored 26 points to lead the way, with 6-5 wing Malik Story adding 15 points and A.J. Gasporra 13. Artesia raced to a first-quarter, 22-13 lead that featured thunderous, two-handed dunks by Sidney, seven points from James Harden and a 14-5 edge in rebounds. The Pioneers led 42-28 at halftime after a 9-4 scoring rut in the final two minutes. “I’m a little disappointed,” La Mirada coach Larry Kaupang said. “I don’t think we played well in the first half. I don’t think we were ready to play when we came out, and it’s always tough to come back against a team like them.” The Matadores did come back with an 8-0 run to start the second half and closed within six points. They trailed 48-39 going into the final quarter, but Artesia made 14 of 21 free throws in the quarter to preserve the victory. LAKEWOOD – The Artesia High School boys basketball team didn’t just step off the plane and into the gym before meeting La Mirada Wednesday night, but it was obvious that playing four games in five nights – including one on the other side of the country – had little effect on the players. Less than a dozen hours after returning home from Huntington, W. Va., Artesia defeated visiting La Mirada, 72-55, in their Suburban League rematch. center_img Guard Taylor Siemens’ 19 points led La Mirada, most of them coming on drives through the lane. Keith McGill added 17 points. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

Inspired Saints compound Chelsea’s hell

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane (2nd R) of Southampton celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. PHOTO/Getty/Yahoo!LONDON, October 3- Chelsea’s disastrous season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday that left Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions 10 points off the pace in 16th place.Having taken an early lead through Willian, Mourinho’s side collapsed alarmingly, with Steven Davis levelling for Ronald Koeman’s team before second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle wrapped up the win. Mourinho had suffered just one home league defeat in over four seasons at Chelsea coming into the season, but has now already seen his side beaten twice at Stamford Bridge during the current campaign, following an earlier defeat by Crystal Palace in August.There were few signs Chelsea are ready to return to the form that saw them cruise to last season’s title and the growing discontent around the club was apparent when home supporters greeted the final whistle with a chorus of boos.By his own admission, this is the worst spell of Mourinho’s career and the manager this week found himself in the unfamiliar position of being forced to defend his methods following reports of discontent within his squad.The failure to beat struggling Newcastle United seven days previously had summed up Chelsea’s problems, with Mourinho describing the first-half display at St James’ Park as being “on a scale of one to 10, minus one”.That was followed by defeat at Porto in the Champions League and the Portuguese reacted by making four changes.Skipper John Terry returned to make only his second start in six games, while Radamel Falcao was handed his first league start of the season in place of the suspended Diego Costa.After the recent turmoil, Chelsea needed an early break to settle any nerves and it came after just 10 minutes when Willian punished the visitors after Oriol Romeu had fouled Eden Hazard.– Cahill, Terry at fault –Curling the free-kick in from the left-hand side of the box, the Brazilian directed the set-piece beyond goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and into the top-right corner.Had Oscar managed to beat Stekelenburg with a curling shot midway through the half, the home side might have gone on to dominate.Instead, though, they allowed Southampton to come back into the game with Koeman’s side growing in confidence and fuelled by a sense of injustice when a strong appeal for a penalty was turned down after Mane appeared to have been tripped by Ramires.Mane was becoming increasingly influential and his threaded pass presented Ryan Bertrand with the chance to mark his return to Stamford Bridge with a goal, only for the left-back to be denied by Asmir Begovic.The equaliser came two minutes before the interval when Pelle held off Gary Cahill and chested Jose Fonte’s long ball into the path of Davis, who struck the ball on the full past Begovic from 20 yards.Chelsea’s belief appeared to have disappeared when the game resumed after the break and it took another excellent Begovic save and a block by Gary Cahill to repel efforts from Mane.Both Cahill and Terry appeared vulnerable to the pace of Mane and both defenders were at fault when the Senegal forward put the visitors ahead in the 60th minute.First, Cahill lost possession deep inside his own half, then Terry was easily turned by Mane as the forward collected Pelle’s pass and shot beneath Begovic.Worse was to come for Chelsea when Hazard’s misplaced pass was intercepted near halfway by Pelle, allowing Mane to break towards the home penalty area before returning the ball to Pelle, who shot inside the far post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Platini quits as UEFA chief after ban appeal fails

first_img0Shares0000Michel Platini had been favourite to take over as FIFA president in a February election, but the UEFA leader is suspended because of the Swiss investigation. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, May 9 – Michel Platini on Monday resigned as UEFA president after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed though it was cut to four years.The Frenchman said he was resigning to pursue the case over a suspect $2 million payment in Swiss courts in a bid to clear his name. He has been UEFA president since 2007 and the FIFA ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport effectively ended his career as one of the most powerful figures in sport.The CAS rejected the appeal saying it was not convinced about the “legitimacy” of the payment ordered by ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.It did cut the ban from six years to four and reduced a fine from 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,000) to 60,000 Swiss francs.“I note today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but I consider it a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement.“This decision inflicts a suspension for which the length stops me, de facto, and by luck, from being a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election,” he added.“As agreed with the national associations, I resign as president of UEFA to pursue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity in this case.“Life has always kept beautiful surprises for me, now I am free to live them,” said the former French football star.The decision means that Platini will not be able to take any official role in the European Championship finals that start in France on June 10. He was a key organiser of the event until the FIFA payment scandal erupted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more