JRU stint serves as inspiration for Alvarez in new volleyball journey

first_imgShola Alvarez (right) with Alyssa Valdez and a fan on stage during the PVL grand fans day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOShola Alvarez became the volleyball benchmark for Jose Rizal University when she led it to its first Final Four appearance and became the first Lady Bomber to win the MVP in the NCAA women’s volleyball in Season 93.The charming hitter, though, is ready to to embark on a new journey in the club level and she plans on using her learnings from her NCAA stint as a motivation when she suits up for Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canaleta’s 28-point effort for naught as Bolts lack ‘equal contributions’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Of course what I did and I didn’t do when I was in JRU serve as a source of motivation,” said Alvarez in Filipino during the grand fans’ day on Friday at TriNoma Activity Center. “It’s like I’m pulling off this inspiration from somewhere else.”Alvarez, who won her MVP in her fifth year with JRU, unfortunately wasn’t able to lift the Heavy Bombers past the Final Four after they fell to eventual champion Arellano University in straight sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd it’s this mix up of honor and heartbreak that Alvarez would bring to the PVL with the Lady Warays.“I finished my NCAA career with all these achievements so there are expectations for me to perform well,” said Alvarez. “My mindset right now is to become a better player for my club.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident To guide Alvarez in her quest are a couple of seasoned coaches in three-time NCAA champion Obet Javier and Nes Pamilar, who won titles both as a player and as a tactician from the bench.Alvarez is aware of the achievements of her coaches, with Javier taking up the deputy role and Pamilar being the chief man on the Tacloban bench, and even called them “legends.”“I’m excited with my career trajectory after playing in college because I have coaches who are almost legends in the sport of volleyball,” said Alvarez. “I’m excited to learn from them especially the things I didn’t learned in college.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Final report for submission to President today

first_imgPrison riot CoIThe report on the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly March 3, 2016 Camp Street Prison riot is expected to be submitted to President David Granger today May 31, 2016.Camp Street Prison where the riot unfoldedPresident David GrangerGuyana Times was informed last Wednesday that the Commission did not request an extension beyond May 31 and as such, the report will be submitted. This expected submission comes after two months of lengthy, at oftentimes emotional testimonies from witnesses and heated cross examinations by attorneys which concluded on May 9.The CoI began on March 8 and was expected to conclude on March 28; however, the Commission applied for a two-month extension which was granted. On April 20, the Guyana Bar Association withdrew, citing time constraints in cross examination of witnesses.It was after two days of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary that 17 inmates died after fire engulfed the Capital A Block on March 3 with scores of prisoners trapped.The fires were reportedly set by protesting prisoners.President Granger who serves as Chairman of the National Security Committee then ordered an inquiry into the fire after inmates met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister, Kemraj Ramjattan.At that meeting, the inmates and ministers reached a “gentleman’s agreement” where some of the concerns of the prisoners were addressed.These negotiations were however criticized by some sections of society.Outlined in the terms of reference, which covered the period March 2 to 4, the CoI aimed to enquire into all the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the prisoners on the morning of March 3, 2016; to report the findings and conclusions to the Minister of Public Security; and to make recommendations on any action that should be taken to avoid a recurrence.When the witness statements had concluded, Commission Counsel Excellence Dazzel noted that witness’ testimonies along with many other materials which the Commission had in its possession would have been used to compile the report.The Commission was able to secure the testimonies of inmates, an ex-inmate, fire officials, Police officials, Prison officials, a former prison official, a Pathologist, the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Probation Officer, Chairman of the Parole Board and the Chancellor of the Judiciary.“The Commission has before it several reports and other materials which it will be utilising in conjunction with the previously mentioned testimonies, to formulate its report,” Dazzel explained to the media.Retired Justice James Patterson served as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry while Dale Erskine and Merle Mendonca served as Commissioners.last_img read more

The Hunt Continues for a Killer

first_imgEmmanuel Swen, commonly known as Poor Boy, is accused of killing his friend and roommate Jerry Lewis in cold-blood on August 20, 2015 in the vicinity of Caldwell, Monrovia. The police have yet to apprehend him.“Since the incident occurred, we have yet to lay eyes on him, but we believe his mother knows where he is. She has not been arrested for any charges, but we’ve asked her to help us in finding the suspect,” stated a source at the LNP headquarters.Poor Boy is said to be a gravedigger by profession and may be lurking around graveyards in Sinoe County or somewhere along the Ivory Coast border. He is also described as being a heavy drinker, with a raspy voice.“He loves to cut shot and gets visibly drunk,” added Handfoot, the victim’s sister.On August 20, 2015, Jerry Lewis, commonly know as X-Poly or Success, was stabbed multiple times in his head, chest, shoulder, back, arms, hands and stomach. Witnesses say Poor Boy attacked him after he and Success had a misunderstanding.Meanwhile, the police need your help in finding the accused. Poor Boy is 5’5’-5’6 in height and was last seen in the VOA community with his child’s mother, whose name has not been released.Anyone having any information is asked to call the Liberian National police or 0777-472-772/0886-510-178Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Promises to Protect Endangered Spices of Fish

first_imgBetween 2013 and 2016, Environmental Justice Foundation recorded 19 sharks and rays species that are found on the red list of threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of NatureThe government through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFFA) and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) recently launched a three-year National Plan of Action to sustain sharks and rays management, a release from the entity has said.The new plan of action for sharks and rays, according to the release, is expected to address activities that are undermining the sustainability of sharks and rays, because data on the species are expected in the three years for the the National Plan of Action for sharks (NPOA) that comes as part of a response mechanism to conserve the spices and ensure the long-term survival of sharks and rays.A field-based research report presented by EJF at NPOA launch states that at the period of 2013 and 2016, EJF recorded 19 sharks and rays species that are found on the red list of threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), EJF report says.Species on the red list of IUCN include the Great Hammerhead Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark,  Smooth Hammerhead Shark,  Blackchin Guitarfish, White-spotted Guitarfish,  Bigeye Thresher Shark,  Chilean Devil Ray, Bentfin Devil Ray, Giant Devil Ray, Blue Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, and Longfin Mako Shark.Additionally, EJF report claims that industrial vessels, small-scale traditional fishing fleets, and illegal fishing practices have a big share in the drastic reduction of sharks and rays in Liberia. The report further states that shark and ray lack a legal form of protection in the West African State.However, EJF’s Project Coordinator for West Africa, Amdeep Sanghera, says that the execution of Liberia’s first sharks and rays sustainable management plan of action could change the way fishers react to sharks and rays in the country.Sanghera says that the bold commitment undertaken by the Liberian government to sustainably manage sharks and rays confirms Liberia as an emerging leader on marine conservation.“Undertaking this bold commitment to act now to conserve its threatened sharks and rays highlights not only strong national governance but also confirms Liberia as an emerging leader on marine conservation in the region and in the eyes of the world. EJF looks forward to working with the Liberian government to help make implementation of the national plan a success,” says Amdeep Sanghera, EJF’s coordinator for the project.A statement sent from the  the director-general of NaFFA, Emma Glassco, stresses that careful monitoring and sustainable management of sharks and rays is key to reaching a long-term solution for both Liberian fishing communities and the ecosystems on which they depend.Mrs. Glassco, applauds EJC for their findings, as she assures effective implementation of NPOA for sharks and rays.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Missing L$2Bn Was Discovered from the Shipment’s Documents’

first_imgBaba M. Borkai, program manager of the Enforcement and Investigation Division at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), and one of prosecution’s witnesses— Prosecution’s first witnessProsecution’s first witness in the ongoing trial that involves five current and former officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), accused of their respective involvements in the ‘missing’ L$16 billion, told Criminal Court ‘C’ on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 that the government charged the defendants because of information collected from documents that accompanied shipping containers full of the printed Liberian banknotes.Baba M. Borkai, the program manager of the Enforcement and Investigation Division at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), said that the actual newly printed Liberian banknotes shipped from January 2016 up to, and including August 2018 by Crane Currency to the country was L$18,151,000,000, contrary to the defendants claim that they printed and shipped L$15,870,000,000.However, the  defendants, including former CBL Executive Governor Milton Weeks, his deputy for Operations Charles Sirleaf, Director for Finance Dorbor Hagba, Director for Operations Richard Walker, and Deputy Director for Internal Audit Joseph Dennis, denied earlier when they were arraigned before the Court to answer to the indictment.They are charged with Money Laundering, Economic Sabotage, Criminal Conspiracy, Facilitation and Solicitation.Borkai, who is also one of the investigators of the CBL missing money, put the difference, which he alleged the defendants pocketed amounted to L$2,645,000,000, claiming “in excess to what the defendants printed and shipped to the country.”The prosecution witness also claimed that the discovery was made when the accused officials presented to the investigators packing lists of the then newly printed Liberian banknotes that included L$5, L$10, L$20, L$50, L$100 and L$500, which marketers have often refused to accept owing to it feature as that the L$10.The packing list is intended to let transport agencies, government authorities, and customers know the contents of the package.“It was during our analysis of the documents that we discovered from packing lists attached to the containers of the printing banknotes that Crane Currency shipped to the country,” Borkai said in his testimony.“This is how we found out that the printed and shipped money was L$18,151,000,000, instead of L$15,870,000,000.”The much-anticipated report was carried out by investigative auditing firm Kroll Associates, an American Firm, which the US Embassy near Monrovia subsequently released to relevant authorities, including the General Auditing Commission (GAC).According to Kroll, the House of Representatives passed a resolution for the order of L$5 billion to remove and replace old banknotes on the market.The Central Bank requested additional L$10 billion, but the request was denied by the Senate. The Bank went ahead anyway and engaged a company to print the additional banknotes.“CBL management subsequently explained to Kroll that due to the urgency for new banknotes, the CBL did not follow its own internal tendering policies for the procurement of Crane AB,” the report says.Kroll explains in the 67-page report that despite repeated requests, the Bank did not provide any explanation as to who had approved the injection of new banknotes into the Liberian economy without first removing the equivalent quantity from circulation.The case continues on Thursday, September 18, 2019 at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prince George Peace River MP Jay Hill on the budget

first_imgOver $12 billion has been pledged over the next 2 years for infrastructure in Canada.Now, how much of that infrastructure money will be coming to this region? Prince George Peace River MP Jay Hill says there’s still cash to come from last year. [asset|aid=856|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay-budget-1_1_Pub.mp3]Now, there has been some concern that Federal money will only be made available to Municipalities prepared to match funding. [asset|aid=857|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay-budget-2_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Hill says a few of the projects will be entirely funded by the feds. Mr. Hill also believes that Municipalities will have to make difficult choices, just like the Federal government, in order to come up with the matching funds. [asset|aid=858|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay – 3_1_Pub.mp3]Of course, all of this is contingent on the budget actually passing. The NDP and Bloc have renewed their pledges to vote against it, while Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has scheduled a press conference for 11am Eastern time tomorrow, to announce his party’s intention.last_img read more

Northern Health, North District RCMP team up to provide residents with ATV safety tips

first_imgNorthern Health and the North District RCMP conducted a teleconference Friday where they spoke about safe riding practices for ATV’s.Shellie O’Brien, Northern Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator, said the most common demographic injured in ATV-related accidents are men aged 15 to 29.She added that, while there are greater opportunities for ATV-related activities in the north, the region also sees the largest amount of injuries from ATV-related activities in the province.- Advertisement -That number is four times the provincial average, added Holly Christian who is Northern Health’s Regional Lead, Men’s Health/Physical Activity.O’Brien said that most ATV-related injuries are preventable.“We ask all northerners to take the time to honesty reflect to determine you have taken every precaution before heading out on your ATV,” O’Brien added.Advertisement Some common causes for injuries on ATV’s include driving under the influence, not wearing a helmet and driving recklessly.Northern Health said that most of those injuries can be prevented if riders wear a helmet, drive sober, drive at safe speeds, not ride with passengers and take an ATV safety course.You can listen to the teleconference here.last_img read more

Garda Keith Harrison battles to quash Disclosures Tribunal findings

first_imgDonegal-based Garda Keith Harrison has begun a High Court challenge seeking to quash findings made against him in reports from the Disclosures Tribunal.Harrison is claiming that Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton was biased due to an alleged prior professional involvement with Donegal’s Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn, who was a witness before the tribunal. The Disclosures Tribunal report found that all allegations of Garda Keith Harrison and Marissa Simms examined by the tribunal were “entirely without any validity”.Now, Harrison has launched proceedings aimed at quashing the report’s findings about him.RTE News reports that Harrison has alleged prior engagement between Mr Justice Charleton and Chief Supt McGinn when she was the garda liaison to the Morris Tribunal, which considered allegations about gardaí in Donegal in 2002-05 when Mr Justice Charleton was that tribunal’s Senior Counsel.Solicitors for Garda Harrison say in light of the alleged prior involvement wrote to the tribunal seeking to have the reports about their client set aside.The tribunal said in a reply that the steps sought on Garda Harrison’s behalf “were absurd and repugnant to the duty to the Oireachtas and the people of Ireland”.In his action, Garda Harrison seeks an order from the High Court quashing findings made in the tribunal’s second interim report and the findings of the third interim report in so far as it relates to Garda Harrison.He also seeks orders prohibiting the further publication of the second interim report and the parts of the third interim report that relate to him, and that the judge is precluded from dealing with any other matters relating to Garda Harrison and the tribunal.He further seeks a declaration that the judge has acted in breach of the garda’s rights to natural and constitutional justice and under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Permission to bring the action was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, at today’s sitting of the High Court.The judge said he was satisfied that arguable grounds had been raised to allow Garda Harrison bring the action had been raised.The case will return before the courts in two weeks’ time.Garda Keith Harrison battles to quash Disclosures Tribunal findings was last modified: November 13th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

England can go all the way at the World Cup, claims Nigeria ace

first_imgNigeria captain John Obi Mikel reckons England are potential World Cup winners.England beat the Super Eagles 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday as goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane kicked off the Three Lions’ preparations for Russia with a win.Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors, who are also World Cup-bound, but the hosts did enough to secure the victory.Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel played the whole 90 minutes and was impressed by what he saw from Southgate’s men.“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”Nigeria were completely outplayed by England in the first half but reacted after the interval as they aim to go further than the round of 16 that they reached in Brazil four years ago.Gernot Rohr’s side are in Group D alongside Argentina – who they beat 4-2 in November – Iceland and Croatia.Mikel, 31, is an elder statesman of the squad these days and the Tianjin TEDA man is keen for the squad to develop together as they head to Russia.“We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia,” he added.“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side so we can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.” 1last_img read more

‘Mourinho has been left behind by Guardiola and Klopp’, says ex-Man United star

first_img 3 silverware “He’s got some unbelievable forward-thinking, attacking players in his team and he doesn’t seem to get the best out of them.“They’re not creating enough chances, they’re not scoring enough goals and they’re giving too many goals away – that’s never going to win you anything.“Alexis Sanchez was unbelievable at Arsenal, Marcus Rashford has been fantastic but only plays bit parts of games and comes in and out. Anthony Martial is the same, he’ll play a couple of games and then get left out for a couple and that makes it really hard to get any consistency going.“He’s not getting the best out of his players, there’s a lack of confidence in the squad and there’s an upset in there because of the Pogba situation.“It’s just a bit messy and unsavoury at the moment.” Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes Jose Mourinho’s style of football is outdated and ineffective, suggesting the ‘Special One’ has been left behind by rival coaches Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.Mourinho is under huge pressure at Old Trafford after a shock 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday meant United have suffered their worst start to a season in 29 years.The Red Devils currently sit tenth in the Premier League table, a full nine points adrift of joint-leaders Liverpool and Manchester City, and reports claim his immediate future is in doubt.Many have pointed the finger at United’s players for their poor start to the campaign, but Sharpe believes the manager is struggling to get the best out of the wealth of creative talent at his disposal at the club, and that his trademark defensive style just isn’t suited to the modern game anymore.“The thing with Mourinho is his football has always been on the defensive side,” the ex-United star said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“When he was at Chelsea he was very defensive and he liked to play two holding midfielders, and it was good in the era that he was successful at Chelsea.“But now Guardiola and Klopp have come in and shown that high-tempo, high-pressing, quick-passing and quick-moving football is more successful, and I think Mourinho is struggling with his creativeness. tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com Sharpe believes Fergie would have kept a lid on the Pogba situation and more if he was still manager Sharpe has also suggested that ‘unsavoury’ mood in the Old Trafford camp would have been avoided under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.The former England international admitted his surprise and concern at how public Mourinho has been with some of his criticism of certain players during his tenure.He added: “Everything has always been done in-house there. If there was a problem between the manager and the player it would have been done in the manager’s office.“Players being called out for individual poor performances and things that are going wrong off the pitch, that’s a big thing. That’s never happened before at the club. “I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson went through spells where results weren’t going well and players weren’t happy, that sort of thing goes on at every football club, but it’s how it’s dealt with and how it’s managed.“One of the things all the players respected Sir Alex Ferguson for was that everything was kept in house. Nothing was leaked to the press or came out in the public, it was all dealt with in his office or in the dressing room.“He kept things as private as he could, and that doesn’t seem to be happening at the club at the moment.”Listen back to Lee Sharpe on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Rumours of rift deepened after Manchester United star Paul Pogba was substituted against West Ham REVEALED 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mourinho looked at his wits end during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man Citylast_img read more