Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES “I hear that a lot,” she says. “But I also hear people saying I’m a lot better than her.”There’s no ground for comparison, to say the least. Daquis, with her all-heart brand of play, media savvy and pretty face, has helped make local volleyball gain the level of popularity it has never enjoyed before.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 groundSoutheast Asian dominanceBut it was Barina-Rojas, a 5-foot-8 open spiker from Cebu, who laid down the foundation for the country’s dominance in Southeast Asia during her 14-year stint as a national player. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet In the know SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working A dream fulfilled for Christian 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Thelma Barina in her heyday.Some volleyball fans, those who are just experiencing the local sport’s “second coming,” are too quick to call her the Rachel Anne Daquis of her generation.For the record, Thelma Barina-Rojas doesn’t mind being compared to the new face of Philippine volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT She sharpened her all-around volleyball skills enough to land her a spot in the national team as its “captain ball” for many years.“I’m happy with what I see now in Philippine volleyball,” says Barina-Rojas, now a PE teacher at Makati Gospel School and head coach of its volleyball squad. “I’m very positive that we can bring back our glory days in the sport.”According to her, one of the national team’s biggest advantages now is its height.“We have many tall players now who are talented and very smart on the court,” says Barina-Rojas, who married volleyball referee Rodrigo “Buboy” Rojas and bore him three children, namely, Rossinni Tracey, Rodd Tyron and Ross Therese.She says she always watches games, especially those in the UAAP and NCAA, on TV and follows the sport and how it has progressed from being just a niche sport into a full-blown mainstream spectacle that it is today.“Back then (in the national team) we treated each other like real sisters,” says Barina-Rojas. “I guess that’s something no coach can easily teach his players.”She says that kind of relationship among teammates was the key to the country’s volleyball success back then. “We would signal each other (about our intended play) with our eyes and body language,” she recalls.During those years, especially before the SEA Games, the national team would hold training camps in Japan to strengthen the squad’s chemistry.“That’s how we learned about Japanese techniques,” she says. “During the training camps we matured as players and as a team. That’s what we need now if we want to become strong in the sport again.”And that’s coming from somebody who has “been there, done that.” She won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games when the Philippines battled Indonesia, not world-ranked Thailand, for dominance in the sport in the region. She helped the country win the gold medal in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1993 editions of the Games.Barina-Rojas took the Most Valuable Player and Best Open Spiker awards in the 1987 SEA Games, and was Best Service Receiver in the 1991 edition.Gold-medal droughtIt’s interesting to note that after the 1993 SEA Games, the Philippines has never won a gold medal again in the biennial competition.Barina-Rojas, now 56, embraced the sport when she took up accounting at Southwestern University in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
…of moral rottennessYour Eyewitness just can’t take it anymore with this stench from the pus of moral rottenness oozing out of the PNC-led coalition government, as the media continues to scratch the surface of the façade of sanctimoniousness they adopted when in Opposition.They have been wallowing in every moral failing they accused the PPP government of committing, and this is what makes it unforgiving.They cannot excuse the rapacious behaviour of their functionaries on the ground that they “didn’t know this could happen”. Forewarned should be forearmed. The point that they haven’t been able to prove their strident charges against the PPP (Nandlall law books are the best they can do?? Puleeese!!) makes their present orgy of raiding the public purse even more revolting.And let’s not think it’s only the PNC; they at least have the excuse they’re keeping up their party’s tradition. Let’s just look at “Mr Holier-than-thou” Rupert Roopnaraine from the WPA — a sitting senior minister of the government. Whatever happened to that corporation he and a host of hustlers formed to “develop” Durban Park for their big Jubilee Bash?? How many millions did they collect from businesses?? Why can’t they reveal who those businesses are, so we can be spared the exercise of connecting the dots when certain businesses collect their “political investments”?As Minister of Education, he can put his foot down and prohibit poor people’s children from writing more than 10 subjects at CSEC. So what if they do that, hoping to snag one of the few scholarships being offered to the complete student pool?? HIS daughter was able to get her scholarship with less than 10 subjects, didn’t she? Not to mention that his then junior minister, Nicolette Henry, also huffed one.But this “house rent” scam is in a league all by itself!! Okay, the 50% raise for ministers was hard to swallow — especially when 10% couldn’t be found for the government workers who actually do all the work the ministers take credit for, and the pay raised had to be investigated through investigative journalism by GTimes — but the people of Guyana swallowed. Then came the obligatory tinted black SUV with chauffer, maid, gardener, security guard (with luxury toilet!) and ,000 “housing allowance”. It was more difficult, but again Guyanese swallowed.But to be now informed that while all that raping of the treasury was going on, junior ministers were secretly getting rentals of 0,000/MONTHLY paid for by Parliament is just too much. And it’s not even “affirmative action”, since the Amerindian junior minister from the deepest Rupununi was forced to live in the government “Villas”.What next? That warehouse rentals are paid for even when there’s no warehouse?…in MathsLooks like Maths is also a challenge to the EU and some in the local press. They announced that, between 2006 and 2016, the EU delivered 8 BILLION to Guyana in support of our sugar industry for the 36% cut in prices they unilaterally imposed back in 2005. Now you’d think the EU would know this was RIDICULOUS!After all, the TOTAL amount they’d allocated for all 71 countries in the ACP to compensate for breaking their Lome/Cotonou Protocol on sugar was 1.2 billion Euros. This works out to around 8 billion Guyana dollars!! So did Guyana get ALL of the money?? Sheesh!! But of course, the Muckraker jumped all over the PPP to have them “explain” what they did with the8 Billion.Even though, on Jan 24, 2015, they reported, “To date, Guyana has received over B since the execution of the Guyana National Action Plan (GNAP) in 2006 on Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries alone.” And that after holding up payments, the EU gave the final .4B to APNU in 2016.Total?? .4B!!…and fishy storiesAgri Minister Holder acknowledged Climate Change is affecting the ocean’s salinity. And to deal with Guyana’s adaptation, he’s introducing new species of fingerlings!He plans to restock the ocean when we can’t even farm tilapia in ponds.
NONLEAGUE: Running back runs wild as Warriors go to 5-0, including wins over all three Torrance schools. By Matt Lopez STAFF WRITER Five touchdowns, 206 rushing yards and 337 total yards. They would be impressive single-game stats for just about any team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFor Brian Baucham, it was just another day at the office. West Torrance’s multi-talented running back put up the eye-popping numbers to lead West Torrance to a 42-7 victory Friday night over visiting North Torrance. “It’s the same thing for us every week,” Baucham said. “When the offensive line is opening holes like they did, it’s hard not to put up numbers.” Baucham posted the gaudy numbers after rebounding from early-game mishaps that saw him lose two fumbles in the first half. “We were a little slow to start, but it didn’t take us long to get going,” Baucham said. North attempted to limit Baucham’s effectiveness by punting away from him, but the plan backfired as Baucham proved he can make just as much of an impact without the ball in his hands. North punted seven times with five of them sailing out of bounds to keep the ball away from Baucham, giving West starting field position deep in North territory. “They wanted to limit his touches, but by doing that, they gave us great field position to work with,” West coach Greg Holt said. The field position was key in Baucham’s five touchdowns, three of which came on runs and one receiving. But Baucham’s first, longest and possibly most dazzling score of the game was a 98-yard kickoff return following Kyle Cryer’s 21-yard touchdown run on North’s second series of the game. “The blockers looked at me and told me to take it to the house,” Baucham said. “I found a few holes and just ran.” The win completed West’s sweep of its three city rivals (Torrance, South and North) and gave West its third consecutive victory over the Saxons. “We talk about it, but ultimately it’s a mythical achievement,” Holt said. “Our focus is to play well and get ready for league play.” Cryer was one of North Torrance’s lone bright spots in the game, carrying 11 times for 71 yards and the game’s opening touchdown. The night, however, belonged to Baucham. His final touchdown came on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Ronnie Clark near the end of the third quarter. “Brian is amazing, we know that we can give him the ball and great things will happen,” Clark said. Marc Oslund started the game at quarterback for West, ending any thoughts of a possible quarterback controversy. But Clark took over following West’s second series after Oslund re-injured the knee that kept him out of last week’s game against South Torrance. “He may have come back too soon,” Holt said. “He was feeling good before the game, a little sore but he looked ready to go.” Oslund’s status for next week’s Bay League opener at Mira Costa is unknown. What is known is that it won’t make much of a difference who lines up under center for West as long as Baucham is lining up behind him. “I don’t know what I can say that I haven’t already said,” Holt said. “He’s such an impact player and we love getting the ball in his hands.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEW YORK – YouTube Inc. struck deals with CBS and two major music labels Monday as the popular video-sharing Web site races to befriend content providers and avoid copyright-infringement lawsuits. The separate agreements with CBS, Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment come less than a month after YouTube reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp. On Monday, Google Inc. said it was acquiring the video site for $1.65 billion. CBS Corp. said it will provide short-form video content for a CBS “brand channel” on YouTube’s site starting this month. It will include news, sports, Showtime and prime-time programming. Among the offerings CBS said it plans to offer are short clips from top programs including “Survivor,” as well as mini-previews for new fall shows. YouTube and CBS will share revenue from advertising sponsorships of CBS Videos, CBS said. Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG, also said Monday that it will make video content available on YouTube – and will also let YouTube users include some catalog songs in their own amateur video uploads. Sony BMG said it will share advertising revenue with YouTube for all music videos that incorporate audio or video works from the Sony BMG library. “YouTube is committed to balancing the needs of the fan community with those of copyright holders,” said Chad Hurley, chief executive of San Mateo-based YouTube. CBS shares rose 9 cents to close at $28.56 on the New York Stock Exchange, and American Depositary Shares of Sony lost 21 cents to settle at $37.57 on the NYSE.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We’re now able to offer select entertainment, news and sports programming to a new significant audience, get paid for it, and learn a few things along the way,” said Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive of CBS. CBS will also test new YouTube technology that will help the network find copyrighted content on YouTube and remove it. CBS will also be allowed to leave that content on the site, and share revenue from advertising that appears next to the copyrighted video. Separately, Vivendi’s Universal Music Group said Monday that it agreed to give YouTube viewers access to thousands of music videos. The company said it and its artists will be compensated not just for the official videos, but also for user-generated content that incorporates Universal’s music. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Universal Music Group said it will also use technology to filter out copyrighted content not authorized to appear on the YouTube site.
Small planes could previously fly below 1,100 feet along the river without filing flight plans or checking in with air traffic control. The FAA said the rule change – a temporary one – was made for safety reasons. The NTSB’s update outlined factual information about the crash, but did not conclude what the probable cause of the crash was. The full board will likely vote on a ruling at a later date.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A light wind was cited by federal investigators Friday for blowing a small airplane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle off course and into a New York City high-rise on Oct. 11. The National Transportation Safety Board said the wind, coupled with the pilot’s inability to turn sharply, forced the aircraft away from its intended path over the East River and into the building. The airplane, which also carried flight instructor Tyler Stanger, struck the building and fell 30 stories to the street below. Investigators do not say whether they determined who was at the controls of the Cirrus SR20. The report issued Friday said the airplane was flying along the East River between Manhattan and Queens when it attempted a U-turn with only 1,300 feet of room for the turn. To make a successful turn, the aircraft would have had to bank so steeply that it might have stalled, the NTSB said in an update on the crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Lidle and Stanger were making an aerial tour of Manhattan before flying back to California. Though Stanger was an experienced pilot, Lidle was not. Investigators found no problem with the propeller and engine, nor did they find any evidence of a fire or other damage while the airplane was in flight. If the pilot used the full width of the river to turn, he would have had 2,100 feet, the NTSB said. Instead, the pilot was flying closer to the middle of the river, leaving a smaller margin for error, the staff report said. Two days after the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered small, fixed-wing planes not to fly over the East River unless the pilot is in contact with air traffic controllers.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The people, they have to go to school to study that and take some courses in order to answer and have the right answers,” Bowers said after she couldn’t answer “What does the Constitution do?” and “Name one important idea found in the Declaration of Independence.” “Even with that, so many people, they barely read or write and can’t understand that kind of question,” said Bowers of Keene, near Fort Worth, Texas. Some of the questions were read to her over the telephone. But she said understanding the concepts will help people understand what’s happening in the country and why things are done a certain way. “It’s good because the people know how the system here in the United States works,” she said. Federal officials said that is what they hope to achieve. WASHINGTON – Alicia Bowers, a Panamanian immigrant, can easily recall that George Washington was the first U.S. president. She knows the three branches of government are legislative, executive and judicial. But Bowers, who took a course to study for the U.S. citizenship test she plans to take, was stumped when asked why there are three branches of government? She also couldn’t answer two other draft questions the government wants to try out on 5,000 immigrants who volunteer in 10 cities in an attempt to revise the citizenship test. The government unveiled to mixed reaction 144 draft test questions Thursday. Officials plan to begin trying them out early next year and begin using a redesigned citizenship test in 2008. Emilio Gonzalez, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Homeland Security Department agency, said immigrants should know what they are swearing allegiance to when they take the oath of citizenship. “You ought to internalize by that time the very values that make this country what it is, the very reason why you are raising your right hand. … Citizenship is not test taking.” Among the draft questions are some hinging on current events, such as “What major event happened on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States?” and “Who is the speaker of the House of Representatives now?” The answers are: Terrorists attacked the United States, and, come January, Nancy Pelosi will be speaker when Democrats take over next year. Applicants must answer six of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the test. Some questions will have more than one answer. Like the current test, the questions are not multiple choice. Immigrants can apply twice for citizenship and get two tries per application to pass the test. The passage rates on the first application are 84 percent and on second application are 95 percent with the current test. Citizenship and Immigration Services expects to spend about $6.5 million to revise the test. The agency attempted once before to try out new questions, but failed and scuttled those. After the question tryouts, the government will spend a year honing and whittling them to 100, again with consultation from the various community groups and educators. Fred Tsao, policy director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago, said the questions may cause problems for community educators who teach citizenship classes and “are already trying to cram a lot of material into a relatively short time span.” The draft questions pleased Matthew Spalding, director of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Center for American Studies. He said they shift away from mere facts to questions about concepts. Citizenship test Can you pass the test? A sample of questions and acceptable answers from the new citizenship test, as well as from the current test: New test There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one. (Answer: Any citizen over 18 can vote. A citizen of any race can vote. Any male or female citizen can vote. You don’t have to pay to vote.) What does it mean that the U.S. Constitution is a constitution of limited powers? (A: The federal government has only the powers that the Constitution states that it has. States have all the powers the federal government does not.) Name two of the natural, or inalienable, rights in the Declaration of Independence. (A: Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness.) Current test What do the stars on the flag mean? (Answer: One for each state.) What is the Constitution? (A: The supreme law of the land.) What is the executive of a state government called? (A: The governor.)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to fans as he was substituted against Arsenal “He [Arnautovic] played his part in a good team performance that was worthy of a victory, Pearce said on talkSPORT after the win over Arsenal.“I would have liked to have seen him darting in behind a little bit more often but I think he played regular game. ADVICE West Ham United ace Marko Arnautovic in action. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice huge blow REVEALED He started in their 1-0 win over Arsenal and showed no signs of having his head turned but did wave towards the home fans when substituted, with many fearing this is a sign his time at the London Stadium is over.But instead of being worried about life after Arnautovic, Pearce, who spent two campaigns in east London, believes their better equipped than ever before to cope with such a prominent player departing thanks to their summer acquisitions. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED REVEALED REPLY 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Former West Ham United star Stuart Pearce has told talkSPORT the club are in good place to handle the sale of Marko Arnautovic should he complete a transfer to China.The Austrian forward has been the subject of a £35million bid from an unnamed club, which has been rejected but the player is keen on making the move. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Latest Football Stories MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 BEST OF “He’s a real talent at this football club and they have accumulated players well. Anderson is a very good player and intelligent, Fabianski is intelligent.“They are a much stronger squad than they were last year and if Marko was to leave the club I think they are in a better position to deal with that.”
Shay Logan’s late winner saw Aberdeen book their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after a 1-0 win at Ross County.It was no more than they deserved but just when it looked as if County had done enough to force a replay, the Aberdeen full-back curled a ball in off the far post.County had the first effort on goal in the third minute when a Marcus Fraser cross was headed well over the crossbar by Martin Woods.A promising Aberdeen move ended with an Adam Rooney shot being charged down on the edge of the 18-yard box, and at the other end Fraser burst into the Dons’ box but his low drive flew a yard past the upright. County’s Tim Chow became the first player in referee Bobby Madden’s book for a rash tackle on Johnny Hayes. Niall McGinn then tried his luck from 22 yards but County goalkeeper Scott Fox managed to tip his shot over the bar.Then Kenny McLean got on the end of a deep cross from Hayes but his glancing header flew wide of the far post.Aberdeen were in the ascendancy and they came close again in the 34th minute with a Hayes free kick which flew narrowly over.Some frantic defending from County in the 43rd minute kept the score goalless with efforts from McGinn and Graeme Shinnie being blocked. Michael Gardyne needed treatment just before he break after he collided with Dons’ keeper, Joe Lewis who charged from his goal to clear the ball.McGinn had a chance to break the deadlock right at the start of the second half when he dispossessed Jay McEveley but his shot was well saved by Fox.The home side were under pressure and Fox did well to keep out a strong shot from Dons’ skipper Ryan Jack.Milan Lalkovic replaced Gardyne in the County line-up in the 53rd minute and he was soon in action, firing a shot just wide of Lewis’s right hand post.But most of the action was at the other end, and after Fox got a hand to a Hayes shot, Shinnie flashed an effort wide of the the far post.The visitors were getting closer and following a Hayes corner, an Andy Considine header and a Taylor shot were both kept out at close range.Aberdeen continued to press for the winner but the County defence was resolute with Fox outstanding in the home goal.But the winner did come with just three minutes to spare. Logan picked the ball up wide on the right and his low drive flew in off the far post with Fox finally beaten.County threw everything forward in the dying minutes in search of an equaliser but the Dons held on for a place in the next round.
“Our positioning didn’t allow us to keep the ball well enough and move into the areas that hurt and probably our final pass was loose and heavy at times.“But a moment of magic before the half time puts us 1-0 up and in the second half I thought we were excellent.”Dembele had scored hat-tricks in two of his previous three matches, but Rodgers had no qualms about replacing him with Griffiths with 20 minutes remaining.The Northern Irishman said: “Like I said before, there is no individual bigger than the team and I always think about the team. Brendan Rodgers hailed a “moment of magic” from Moussa Dembele after the French striker struck twice in the win against Hamilton Accies to take his tally to the season to 29.The win meant the Hoops extended their unbeaten domestic run since the start of the season to 32 games, maintaining their 24-point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the table.“I was really pleased with the performance,” Rodgers said after the game. “The control of the game was very good, especially in the second half.“We maybe didn’t find the spaces that we wanted to often enough in the first half. “He was outstanding today. Maybe he could have got another hat-trick, but it doesn’t matter, he got two, the first goal was great and the second one showed composure.“The boys oozes quality and to see the improvement he is making for a 20-year-old is fantastic.“But Leigh has been working very hard. We can’t go with just one striker.“I need to have two as fit as they can be. Moussa is at a high level and Leigh is working his way back and it was a nice 20 minutes for him.”
“I literally can’t stop smiling,” Knight said in quotes reported by paralympics.org.uk.“It is the best feeling in the world. I just waited until I could hear what Brett’s reaction is because I can’t see the screen and when Brett said ‘Yes!’, I knew it was good.”Sports body sportscotland said it represents more success for the pair after a “spectacular” run of form on the world stage.They brought home Britain’s first gold medals at the World Alpine Para Championships in Tarvisio in January. Last season they also notched up seven World Cup wins, making them overall visually-impaired World Cup downhill champions.Sportscotland chairman Mel Young said: “Congratulations to Millie Knight and Brett Wild on winning a silver medal to get ParalympicsGB off to a flying start in PyeongChang. “They produced a fantastic run when it mattered and this medal is thoroughly deserved.”He added: “We’re delighted with the high Scottish representation on ParalympicsGB for the Games. “Over the last four years, outstanding performances from Scottish athletes on the world stage, across a range of sports, have demonstrated that Scotland’s approach to developing a sporting pathway to performance sport is delivering.” A Scot has helped Britain get off to a “flying start” at the Winter Paralympics.Glaswegian Brett Wild, 25, was the guide for Millie Knight as she took silver in the women’s visually impaired downhill skiing on the opening day in PyeongChang, South Korea.It was the first medal of the Games for the British team.Knight, 19, from Kent, finished 0.86 seconds behind Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova.