Diaz’ weightlifting success inspires kids in Mindanao Children’s Games

first_img“But we’re not only expecting to get children into sports. We also want to mold them as responsible and well-rounded future leaders of our country,’’ said Ramirez.“This is the real gold medal that we should be aiming for. Once we encourage kids to play here, their lives can change through sports,’’ he added.Next stops for the Children’s Games in the coming weeks are Cagayan de Oro, Butuan City, Bacolod, Cebu, Tacloban and the Cordilleras, among others.Ramirez said the Games, which aims to discover talented athletes on the barangay level, have been conceptualized to execute President Duterte’s marching order to make sports available to the youth.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARRODAVAO CITY—Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz started out young before she turned into a weightlifting icon for the Philippines more than a decade later.Diaz’s story became an instant inspirational piece for the participants of the 2017 Mindanao Children’s Games that pushed through on Thursday despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I have traveled in different countries and all over the Philippines, studied and earned a living because of sports,’’ Diaz told over 600 children at the Almendras Gym here, most of them out-of-school youths.She started lifting those metal plates at 11, about the same age as the kids set to play in the Games designed for 12 years old and below.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez said the raging armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur between government forces and the Maute rebel group has emboldened him to push the Sports for Peace vehicle in Mindanao further.Ramirez pointed out that getting these young kids into sports early would prepare them for bigger tournaments ahead like the Batang Pinoy Games, Palarong Pambansa and eventually in international meets while playing for the national team. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Playing coach Avenido carries Gamboa past Zark’s LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

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Pocari, Creamline shoot for quarterfinal headstart

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The Lady Warriors dropped their last two matches in the classification phase and lost to the Power Smashers in the tiebreak for the second and last outright semifinal berth.Pocari thus dropped to the cutthroat quarterfinal phase, where they face the resurgent Air Force Jet Spikers for the second time in three days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundPocari hopes to get back at Air Force, which dealt them a stunning 25-19, 24-26, 25-27, 25-21, 15-6 defeat that yanked them out of an outright semifinal berth.Pocari battles Air Force at 4 p.m. hoping to suit up ace Myla Pablo and cover up for the absence of import Edina Selimovic, who is out with a hamstring tear. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIEScenter_img Rates stands tall after three, leads Masters by 2 Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Pocari Sweat hopes to steady the ship after a wobbly end to the elimination round when it takes on Air Force in the playoffs of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Creamline, meanwhile, hopes to add consistency to an up-and-down campaign when it battles Perlas in the other women’s match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Creamline, meanwhile, battles Perlas at 6:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’last_img read more

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Roces rues lack of teamwork as BanKo Perlas remains winless

first_imgTrump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit “We haven’t been complete since the start of the conference,” said Roces who had 12 points in the loss. “We really lack the players so we really can’t rotate our pieces, and we still lack the teamwork.”“Just a little more, but we still need to be complete as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’BanKo started its campaign in the Open Conference without Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, who were on vacation after graduating from University of the Philippines, and Rysabelle Devandero.Roces said they’re able to practice but some players have day jobs and they couldn’t organize off-court activities where the players can bond outside of volleyball. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img View comments “We’re able to practice every day but some of us are working, some are only able to join us at night,” said Roces. “We don’t have any time to bond so I guess that’s another thing we have to work out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos MOST READ Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas skipper Sue Roces said Wednesday it’s her team’s lack of teamwork that’s been the major factor in their skid at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.The Perlas Spikers started the tournament 0-2 and their latest defeat was at the hands of Pocari Sweat in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Jamaican umpire to stand in English County matches

first_img “We see it as a vital part of the process as our regional umpires look to broaden their on-field experience in foreign conditions, as well as gain an appreciation for the cultural differences which exist among the playing nations.” He added: “The programme is now in its eighth year and we have seen great benefits. It is a clear demonstration of the WICB’s intent to develop all aspects of cricket in the West Indies and we hope to see our umpires grow and improve.” Earlier this year, English umpire Graham Lloyd stood in matches during the regional first class championship, as part of the programme. ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Regional umpire Patrick Gustard is set to stand in matches during the ongoing English County Championship as part of the umpire’s exchange programme between the West Indies Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board. The 45-year-old Jamaican will spend two weeks in Britain between this month and next month, and follows in the footsteps of fellow Caribbean officials Joel Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid and Leslie Reifer Jr, all of whom have participated in the programme in England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “The exchange programme is an important step in the umpires’ development pathway at the WICB,” said Rawl Lewis, the WICB’s cricket operations officer. VITAL PARTlast_img read more

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Caymanas tips

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Busy transfer window as RSPL start nears

first_img SEVEN FOR BOYS’ TOWN Several Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) outfits were busy doing business during the first transfer window that closed on Friday, a little over a week away from the league’s kick-off next Sunday. Reigning champions Arnett Gardens added 14 new players, mostly youth, to the already quality talent pool at the Trench Town-based club. The Jerome Waite-coached club will be looking to give an opportunity to players who have little experience in the nation’s top-flight league. Cavalier, who are back after being demoted two seasons ago, have tied deals with 21 players, the most by any top-flight club so far this season. Among Cavalier’s experienced new players are goalkeeper Peter Harrison, formerly of Arnett, and Oshane Roberts, who transferred from Waterhouse. The Cavalier team included little-known players from the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association leagues and St Catherine competitions. Waterhouse boosted their squad with 11 new players. They have included Dasha Satchwell, who joined from Arnett; Rickcardo Harriott, also from Arnett; as well as Shamar Dyer, Rodico Wellington, Denardo Thomas and Ricardo Thomas – all coming from relegated Maverley-Hughenden. Boys’ Town signed seven players for the 2017-18 new season, including Phillip Peddie and Wayne Williams, both coming from relegated Maverley-Hughenden. Tivoli Gardens’ roster is bolstered with nine new players. However, they have opted for only two players with RSPL experience. They are Andrew Whyte, formerly of Maverley-Hughenden, and Lloyd Tyme of Portmore United. Former champions Harbour View have acquired 16 players from other clubs this season. Among the players with Premier League experience are Cleon Pryce, Kaheem Manning and Ryan Wellington from Portmore United; and Andrew Allen and Kimarley Fray – both coming from Boys’ Town. The University of the West Indies signed four new players. They are Oshane Roberts and Ryan Miller – both coming from Cavalier; Fabian McCarthy from Montego Bay United; and Stephen Barnett from Harbour View. Last year’s beaten finalists, Portmore United, and Sandals South Coast, who will be making their RSPL debut this season, have not done any business, according to the Jamaica Football Database. Humble Lion’s big signing is former Harbour View and Waterhouse creative midfielder Romario ‘Rom Rom’ Campbell. They have also acquired Darren McLeod from Montego Bay United, Oakum Henry (Jamalco), Rahju Watson (Jamalco), Romu Parkinson (Sporting Central Academy), Matthew Taylor (Marcus Garvey United), and Rohan Ranger (Marcus Garvey United).last_img read more

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Classy ‘Maneater’ slams rivals

first_imgHall & Oates said it all in the chorus of their 1982 Billboard Hot 100 number-one song: ‘Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up (Oh here she comes) She’s a maneater’ Not only did Wayne DaCosta’s SHE’S A MANEATER chew up rivals in yesterday’s six-furlong None Such Trophy, she spat them out close home, winning by a length and a half with Omar Walker declaring victory after weaving through traffic inside the last half-furlong. Racing in the purple and white silks of Ian Kong for the first time, ownership passed down by his elderly father, Winston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER caused lumps to grow in her backers’ throats when almost 10 lengths behind down the backstretch while stablemate MR UNIVERSE fended off SIEMPRE BUENO on the lead. Turning for home fifth along the rail, with only two horses behind, SHE’S A MANEATER started picking off rivals to get within striking distance a half-furlong out. However, with the speed predictably collapsing and already in tight quarters along the rail, Walker skilfully switched the filly to split CHACE THE GREAT and SIEMPRE BUENO with the winning post fast approaching. The splits were torrid, 22.0, 45.1, but bound to come back to the big filly, who closed rapidly to clock 1:10.4 with topweight 126lb, the fastest time at the distance this season. Walker was the star jock on the 10-race card, opening the programme with CUE THREE at odds of 9-1 before bringing down the curtains in dramatic fashion with rank outsider, HOVER CRAFT, who stormed home on the stands’ side to land the 10th at 15-1, completing a two-timer for DaCosta. SHE’S A MANEATER’s victory solidified DaCosta’s chances of again sweeping the major grade one races with the seven-furlong Gold Cup on the horizon, followed by November’s 10-furlong Superstakes and December’s Diamond Mile, both of which she won last year. Midweek racing returns on Wednesday, a meet rescheduled from earlier this season.last_img read more

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TT coach home after Grenada clinic

first_imgPeter Kavanaugh, a Jamaican table-tennis coach from Mandeville, returned home yesterday after conducting a training course in Grenada. Kavanaugh’s visit to the Spice Isle follows interest from countries in the region in the services of Jamaican table-tennis coaches. Kavanaugh says Grenada is enthusiastic about the sport. Speaking on Friday, the last day of the Level 1 coaching seminar he conducted, he reported, “The mood is enthusiastic. Coaches were drawn from the police, from the civil service, teachers and so forth.” Kavanaugh took the aspiring Grenadians through a course he has taught several times in Jamaica. “What it means to be a coach, styles of coaching, psychology of young players in development”, he began. “Then, you move from that into, if you’re dealing with six- to nine-year-old kids, how it is that you’re going to introduce them to the concepts of table tennis,” he added. Earlier in the year, Table Tennis Jamaica president Godfrey Lothian had indicated that some of his regional colleagues had approached him making requests for Jamaican coaches to assist in their countries. Kavanaugh was happy to be of service. “We’re brothers and sisters, all the English-speaking Caribbean, even the non-English-speaking’, he explained. “You have to be a Caribbean person, maybe in your thinking, to probably have this interest because some people will have the certification and it just stands at their yard, and if you look at it, I’m not interested in that.” Absent when Kingston hosted the 60th Caribbean Senior Championships in September, the Grenadians could be back at the table in the foreseeable future. “But, you see, there’s no point not having your team up properly and just entering for the sake of entering,” Kavanaugh advised. His suggestion to local table tennis there was to concentrate on junior players. Accordingly, he exposed young players to the sport in Grenada. “I got the kids to come on Tuesday, and I was able to interact with in excess of 30 or 40 kids”, he recalled. “Normally, this wouldn’t happen during a Level 1 course, you know,” he said. “In level one, it’s just the coaches, but I insisted [on] kids, and I wanted persons who are disabled, and by Wednesday, we had a disabled person there in his wheelchair,” he noted.last_img read more

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“Dedication to Daddy” for NCC on Sunday

first_imgH&T Theatre Arts Group will be staging its Father’s Day Cultural Extravaganza titled “Dedication to Daddy” at the National Cultural Centre on June 18, at 20:00h.The production will be staged under the directorship of Sheron Cadogan-Taylor, Playwright/Director/Producer, who promises that it will be a night to remember.The musical-drama depicts the trials and triumphs of our male folk, young and old, and will see performances by award-winning dramatists Mark Luke-Edwards, Nathaya Whaul, Sean Thompson, Simone Dowding, Sonia Yarde, and Paul Budnah. Colin Ambrose, Barbara Lee, Keon Heywood, and Cleveland Hutson will be serenading the audience with their melodious voices, while Makini Harry-Thompson will lend her voice in poetry.In addition, the show will feature dance performances from Free Souls Dance Theatre and Jennifer Ramdeo.The producers have indicated that a few fathers will be given special honours during the show.The programme starts at 20:00h sharp and tickets costs $1500. The producers promise a spectacular show with treats for all fathers in attendance. It is entertainment for the entire family.last_img read more

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The impact of higher oil prices on Guyanese economy

first_imgReuters reported that oil prices edged up on January 10, 2018 to a near two-and-a-half year high after data showed strong demand for crude imports in China and increased US refining activity that drew more crude from inventories.The current price of WTI crude oil was US$66.15 per barrel. Pipeline outages in Libya and the North Sea seem to be the main culprit this time as OPEC production cuts seemed to be compensated smoothly by an expansion in US shale oil production. In the final analysis, the current market conditions and the near-term outlook for oil reflect the interplay of production, stocks and consumption as the graph below illustrate, but it all points to creeping increases in oil prices. What’s next, US$70 oil in 2018?Higher oil prices affect Guyana’s economy through a variety of channels:1. There will be a transfer of income from oil consumers (like Guyana) to oil producers (like the USA). The negative growth effects of higher oil prices have proven in Guyana’s case to be substantial and are expected to eat as much as 0.5 per cent to one per cent of the GDP during 2018 if this trend continues towards US$70 per barrel of oil.2. There will be a rise in the cost of production of goods and services in the Guyanese economy. Given our dependency on fuel as a source of energy, we must expect a less competitive productive sector in 2018 as the price of oil increases. This exposes how “dotish” the Granger regime’s policy remains with regards to rejecting the only sure low-cost and reliable energy source that is bankable at this time – the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.3. There will be greater inflation leading to price levels for every shopper climbing in an environment of declining real income as the Granger regime stingily deny workers a living wage. In their quest to starve the workers so that they can feed their greed machine for their friends and family in the Granger cabal, the ordinary man will find life more challenging financially because of the increase in oil prices. As an example, transportation costs will go up and who rides the minibuses in Guyana? Also, the merchants will have no other choice but to recover lost profit by way of increased prices. These responses can create a situation of social stress (reckless living in hopelessness).The Granger regime clearly has not worked out a game plan to deal with the reality that Guyana has a low per capita income but a high level of oil imports relative to GDP. Such a situation is like an economic Molotov cocktail where our current account deficit is expected to further deteriorate, our debt will climb and the access to global capital will wither. More expensive oil imports is not the solution President Granger; Amaila Falls Hydro is.The fundamentals of running an economy always lead back to how you are influencing aggregate demand. If more of the income from the nation is diverted to purchasing more expensive fuel and that situation is supplemented by an inefficiently run Public Sector that is taxing the Private Sector more to pay for its inefficiencies, then less will be left to drive domestic demand and that is why Minister Jordan will have the unenviable duty in 2018 to revise his growth projection downwards.I was in Guyana and what I saw was a rapid deterioration of the private real estate in many parts of Georgetown and even worst deterioration in rural areas. Guyana is in financial crisis and listening to President Granger’s New Year’s message clearly exposed that he is a man who has taken the role of a proverbial ostrich in a mental bubble all by himself.If this situation with this creeping increase in oil prices continues at this rate, Guyana can expect a sustained annual decrease of GDP about 0.5 per cent to one per cent annually and it can be more as the productive sector further deteriorates. So let us be clear, sugar production and oil prices are intimately connected, only the decision makers in the Granger regime seems unaware of this fact. The adverse financial impact on the lives of the ordinary people will be quite severe in 2018. In an environment of policy paralysis from the Cabinet of President Granger, the experiences for the ordinary people will be brutal. A wise President would ask for help and stop being aloft and this clueless.last_img read more

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