Valdez apologized for arriving late, along with Creamline teammate Jia Morado who is trying her luck for the first time.The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. conducted the first of two tryouts for the squad that will vie in the Asian Games in Indonesia this August. A total of 34 players have been invited.“We hope that for the next training we can commit our time because it’s really a sign of discipline,” Valdez said.De Jesus, who helped the country snag bronze in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games, admitted the big pressure on taking on global powers Korea, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan.“The critics will always be there. They can say what they want to say. But for me, we’re here because we want to fix the national team and welcome those who want to help,” said De Jesus, a 10-time UAAP champion for La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Among the big names that graced the first tryouts were Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Ara Galang, Cherry Rondina, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz-Behag, Kim Fajardo and Kim Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez, Philippine volleyball’s most recognizable player, once again made an appeal for unity in the sport that has seen mainstream success and leadership disputes on equal measure the past several years.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lady Eagles in vital outing against Lady Spikers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina This Valdez said on Friday night after taking part in the first day of tryouts for the national team, which is again being bombarded by critics starting from the appointment of coach Ramil de Jesus.“I will continue showing up because this is for the country,” said the soft-spoken but heavy-hitting open spiker in Filipino. “Hopefully, this continues and everybody gets united for volleyball.”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 crownAside from several groups attempting to take the reins from the current governing body of the sport, volleyball is also wracked by the bitter rivalry between Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleybal League.The 24-year-old Valdez, who rose to fame as the heart and soul of Ateneo in the UAAP, was among the 16 players who showed up in the national team tryouts at Arellano University gym. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern.The result that ended Brazil’s nine-match winning streak in openers left the national team two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 earlier Sunday.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 crownOne of the main title favorites, Brazil suddenly sees itself having to come from behind to keep alive its hopes of winning the team’s first world title since 2002. But although the result felt like a loss, there was no reason to panic just yet, as Brazil remains heavily favored to advance. Switzerland, No. 6 in the world, was considered Brazil’s toughest opponent in Group E.Another consolation was the fact that in 2010, Spain lost its opener against Switzerland but went on to win the title anyway. Also, Argentina and Germany also failed win in their openers in Russia, while Spain and Portugal drew when they played each other in their initial match. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week MOST READ 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 “Nobody can win or lose the World Cup in the first match,” Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus said. “We have two decisive matches ahead of us. Of course we didn’t want to draw, but we also didn’t lose. We are more alive than ever.”Brazil next faces Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg and anything but victory will be a disaster. But three points would put Brazil right back in position to advance from the group. Its final game will be against Serbia on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.“This is only the beginning,” defender Miranda said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We have to move on and keep going match by match. We’ll try to win the three points in the next one.”Brazil now hasn’t won in three straight World Cup matches, following the 2014 losses to Germany in the semifinals and to the Netherlands in the third-place match at the home tournament. It’s a winless streak that hadn’t happened since 1978, when it reached four World Cup games without a victory.Brazil followed that 1978 draw against Sweden with a scoreless tie against Spain before defeating Austria 1-0 in the last group match to survive and advance to the second round. It eventually finished the tournament in third place.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Brazil has conceded goals in six straight World Cup matches, going back to a 0-0 draw against Mexico in the second match of the group stage in 2014.The Brazilians complained of two key refereeing decisions that went against the five-time champions Sunday: A push on Miranda that aided Switzerland’s goal, and a no-call they felt should have produced a penalty.But coach Tite acknowledged his side could have played better. “This team can produce more,” he said.Brazil made too many mistakes with the ball, missing easy passes throughout the field and failing to capitalize on the chances it created, especially in the second half after conceding the equalizer.Switzerland marked Neymar well and didn’t let him play by making several fouls on the Paris Saint-Germain star. He was limping when he talked to reporters after the match but said it was nothing serious. Team doctors also dismissed any significant problem with Neymar, who was out for about three months earlier this year because of a foot injury.Tite said Neymar might not be fully fit until the team’s third match in Russia.A fully fit Neymar will be needed if Brazil can’t turn things around and arrive for the deciding match against Serbia on the brink of elimination.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brazil’s Neymar gestures during the group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SOCHI, Russia — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil.The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. 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Dear Editor,For quite a number of years, I’ve always gotten angry whenever illegal immigrants caught in Guyana are hauled before the courts. Some get fined and deported, and I cannot recall any being jailed. I’ve always had the opinion that it is wrong, and reading Thursday’s papers, I felt a great relief when reading the article wherein our Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that steps would be in place to accommodate those desirous of entering Guyana.There are many reasons that cause people to enter another country, especially illegally; either for better opportunities, and like how we are witnessing problems in neighbouring countries that are causing people to migrate from their country all around. I must applaud Mr Greenidge and say it’s a much welcome move.However, Editor, I urge that even though we would be allowing immigrants, I hope that before this plan is executed, the authorities install proper mechanism in place to prevent lawlessness to occur. No doubt, once the floodgate is open, many would utilize the opportunity to enter, especially criminals/fugitives and drugs mules/dealers/barons.Our whole country is being kept back from development by means of technology because of our dinosaur’s era internet service we are getting for ages, and I hope that all ports of entry would be equipped with internet-ready computers and have network access with other countries, so that background checks could be made on those desirous of entering Guyana. And plans should be in place for monitoring of suspicious characters and the various offenders that would use the opportunity to enter here.Over the years, I’ve witnessed many deportees returning to Guyana, and they would amass followers and boast of the country they got deported from, and compare Guyana with those countries. Sadly, many would believe these disgraced criminals, unknown to them that sometimes the stories they are telling are not true; but it would motivate many of our ignorant youths, and they would end up looking at these deportees as some sort of saviour, and the deportees would encourage them to do all sorts of things, including crime and using illecit drugs.I’ve personally witnessed more than one such incident, so I am just using that as an example so that the authorities would put mechanisms in place to protect our youths; because they are vulnerable, especially our girl children. Not everyone entering Guyana would be bad, and I am quite sure we would be getting a lot of talented people also.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bates
The Executive Protective Service (EPS) Director, Sam Gaye, on Monday, January 30, told Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dismissed Darlington George based on credible information she received about him allegedly brutalizing Esther Glain.Prior to his dismissal from the EPS, Darlington George served as the Deputy Director for Operations.Director Gaye’s testimony came when he was subpoenaed by state lawyers to produce the investigative report that led President Sirleaf to dismiss the defendant. In his testimony, Director Gaye claimed that when he took over as director, he was briefed by his office staff about defendant George’s involvement in an allegation of simple assault, for which the President dismissed him.“There was no investigation conducted by the EPS into the alleged assault that caused the President’s action,” Gaye told the court.Defendant George and another EPS officer, James Tamba, who was then assigned with Vice President Joseph Boakai, were charged with aggravated and simple assaults, and criminal facilitation in connection with the reported brutal act against Esther Glain in the Barnersville Estate Community in 2015.Further to his testimony, Gaye claimed to have received the information when the President got hint of reports that two EPS officers had allegedly assaulted a lady.“Upon hearing that, the President swiftly took the information as being credible and went straight to dismiss her two guards,” Gaye said.“President Sirleaf acted upon the allegation she had received about the incident.”Asked how the case ended up at the police, which subsequently charged the pair, Gaye answered, “I am not sure how the matter went to the police, but the matter was referred by the President.”Asked if he was aware of the case, he responded: “I did not know anything about the entire matter.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and other local law enforcement agencies are working closely with overseas counterparts to crack down on the local drug trafficking network as investigations into the arrest of Guyanese businessman Shervington Lovell continues.Lovell was arrested along with two others on Thursday morning on drug trafficking charges at the Normal Manley International Airport in Jamaica after arriving on a Fly Jamaica flight from Guyana.According to information reaching Guyana Times the men appeared in a Kingston court on Thursday and Lovell has filed proceedings to fight the extradition case, filed by the United States law enforcement.This was confirmed by a source close to CANU.Lovell is the co-owner of Tower Hotel on Main Street, Georgetown.Meanwhile, the source added that efforts are continuing to crackdown on the drug trafficking network in Guyana.Police Commissioner Leslie James recently told reporters that the Police Force is assiduously working with sister-law enforcement agencies to get those “big drug traffickers”.“We are fully aware of our mandate and as long as we get leads to track down drug traffickers, that is it, they will have to answer questions. We are not afraid of those large drug traffickers,” the Commissioner lamented.Guyana Times understands that the hotelier is expected to face several charged of drug trafficking along with money laundering.A vessel, property of Lovell, was also intercepted which is suspected to be used by the businessman to ship the illicit drugs from Jamaica to St Maarten.
Fewer flights were canceled Thursday as a winter storm that scrubbed hundreds of departures over the previous two days eased its icy grip on the Midwest and Northeast. But icy runways and high winds caused average delays of several hours in the New York area. And some carriers were still licking their wounds from the disruptions earlier in the week. JetBlue Airways Corp. was dealing with irate customers who were stuck on planes for up to 11 hours at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday. The airline planned to offer refunds and free flights to the stranded passengers. “It was a horrible situation,” JetBlue Chief Executive David Neeleman said on CNBC television. “It’s going to certainly impact us and it’s going to be many millions of dollars that we’re going to lose from this.” JetBlue canceled nearly 200 flights Thursday – about one-third of its schedule – to avoid a repeat. Ground delays at JFK were topping six hours. JetBlue and other airlines expected conditions to return to normal today. Still, analysts said airlines would lose some revenue because of all the cancellations this week. Luckily for the airlines, they had enjoyed relatively mild weather for the first six weeks of the year, when demand for air travel is usually a bit slack anyway. American Airlines, the nation’s biggest carrier, expected to cancel 30 to 40 flights Thursday, many at New York’s Kennedy Airport, after canceling more than 700 flights nationwide the previous two days. Port Authority crews at JFK were struggling to clear runways, said Tim Wagner, a spokesman for American, a unit of AMR Corp. Ice on the runways triggered tighter federal rules about airplane loads at takeoff, which further complicated operations, Wagner said. Continental Airlines Inc. said only two flights had been canceled due to weather by Thursday afternoon, but there were delays, especially at Newark, N.J. Strong crosswinds limited the runways that could be used by arriving flights. As a result, delays for incoming flights in Newark and at JFK and New York’s LaGuardia Airport averaged more than two hours by Thursday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines Inc. said the carrier canceled some flights Thursday at New York’s Kennedy Airport, but that they weren’t having a ripple effect on other airports.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RIO VISTA, Calif. – Hope dimmed Wednesday for two lost, wounded whales as scientists spotted the humpbacks wildly slapping their tails on the water in possible distress as they lingered far from their ocean home. Deep cuts on the mother whale and calf, likely caused by a run-in with a boat, were worsening after more than a week in freshwater that the pair are not physically well-equipped to inhabit, biologists said. “I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of optimism right now,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “They may surprise us again. They may just take off and head down river. But as long as they continue doing what they’re doing, we’re very worried about them.” For a third day, the whales frustrated efforts to herd them past a Sacramento River bridge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I don’t care. I want the star (on my shirt for World Cup winners). If I get that star, I don’t care about how we play,” the 27-year-old Atletico Madrid forward told a press conference at France’s training base outside Moscow.Griezmann said he had changed the way he plays for France in order to benefit the team.Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann share a joke in training ahead of the World Cup final © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHe finished top scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals but France lost the final to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on home soil.He has scored three goals in Russia, two from penalties and one largely thanks to a goalkeeping howler from Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera, but he has also contributed two assists.“I was top scorer but we lost, so I said to myself: ‘I am going to score less to see if we can win’.“My game is changing, now I am more likely to dictate the rhythm or hold onto the ball.“If I score, then that’s great, but I am more a player who thinks of the team than of scoring.”After a slow start in Russia, France have picked up form. Their blend of experienced campaigners like Griezmann and Paul Pogba, and young stars like Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Pavard, ensures they are the bookmakers’ favourites.Midfielder Blaise Matuidi said the defeat in the Euro 2016 final — when France seemed to freeze in front of their own fans at the Stade de France in Paris and Portugal nicked a 1-0 win — would be in many of the players’ minds when they walk out at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.“The tears have dried from Euro 2016 but it’s still there in a little corner of people’s minds,” Matuidi said on Friday.“It will be useful for us on Sunday, even if I don’t like to keep bringing up the past. It will serve as a lesson to us and it means we know what it is to play in a final.“We’ll approach it differently and hope that we play really well and win it. It’s up to us to put everything into place to achieve our dream of lifting the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann says he does not care how France play on Sunday as long as they win the World Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFEISTRA, Russian Federation, Jul 13 – France forward Antoine Griezmann said Friday winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it.Belgium’s players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps’ team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti’s headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism.
Mourinho believes United let crucial points slip away in defeats to West Brom, Huddersfield and Newcastle.However, the Portuguese coach reckons even if those errors are eradicated next season, it will be difficult to challenge for the title if free-spending City bolster their squad once more over the summer.“I think we should have eight, nine or 10 points more than we had,” said Mourinho after reaching the FA Cup final by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Saturday.“It was not acceptable the last defeat (to West Brom), not acceptable the performance at Huddersfield, not acceptable the performance at Newcastle, so we lost a few matches where we should do better.“Can we improve next season? Let’s try. Can Manchester City keep this level or improve this level? Only they can say.“If they have the team they have, and they are going to invest on the top of the team they have, of course it’s going to be difficult.”United have spent hundreds of millions themselves since Mourinho took charge just under two years ago, splashing a then world record £89 million fee for Paul Pogba in 2016 and beating City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez in January by reportedly making the Chilean the highest paid player in Premier League history.However, Mourinho hinted at only minor alterations to his squad this summer to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, whose contract expires in June.“We are going to improve the basics to improve our squad. We need to find a replacement for Michal Carrick, if Felliani leaves, we need to find a replacement for Felliani,” added Mourinho.“We believe that more than spend, spend, spend (it) is more (about) the evolution of our players.“We have some young players who need to get with both hands opportunities for their evolution.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side have little chance of catching Premier League champions Manchester City next season unless the standards set by Pep Guardiola’s side slip.Second-placed United trail City by 16 points with four games of the league season to go after Guardiola’s men kept up their chase of a series of Premier League records by thrashing Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.
targets LIVING THE DREAM targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Rugani played under Sarri while the pair were at Empoli 2 talkSPORT told you last month that Chelsea have already made one bid for Rugani, but their £35m offer was knocked back by Juve, who want closer to £45m (€50m). three-way race REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, if Chelsea raise their bid to Juve’s asking price, they will close the deal to sign Rugani.The 24-year-old Italy international is said to be keen on moving to west London this summer, firstly to play under Sarri again, and secondly because Chelsea are ready to double the salary he currently receives at Juventus. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Latest transfer news moving on Chelsea want to make Rugani their second signing of the summer 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea can sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus as long as they pay £45m, according to reports.Rugani, the centre-back, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri was first rumoured to be taking charge of Chelsea. The former Napoli boss was in charge of Empoli when Rugani had his breakthrough seasons in 2013/14 and 2014/15, and Sarri reportedly wants to make Rugani his second signing in west London after Jorginho, the midfielder, was brought in. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK With all parties keen on the deal, it is now up to Chelsea to match the Serie A club’s asking price if they are to get Rugani’s signing over the line in the next few weeks.