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Perlas, 2 others eye 2nd wins

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 20th, 2020

first_imgDzi Gervacio of Perlas CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPerlas Spikers and two other teams seek their second straight victories Tuesday when the Premier Volleyball League (PVL)resumes at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.The Spikers turned heads when they stopped the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline on Sunday, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Power Smashers drubbed defending champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-9, 25-22, 25-21, also in Sunday’s opener.“There are no superstars for me,” said Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar. “All of them must do their best. This is their time to show what they can do. I don’t want them to show off. They need to help each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Amy Ahomiro and Dzi Gervacio powered Perlas in the stunning win, firing 17 and 13 points, respectively.Gervacio capped her breakout game with a spike that hit Valdez squarely on the face, shocking fans and earning her a wave of haters on social media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPerlas will gun for win No. 2 against Air Force at 6:30 p.m., while BaliPure and Power Smashers collide at 4 p.m.Sta. Elena and Café Lupe clash in the men’s match at 1 p.m. View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 RunRio 42K earns course certification Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Red Lions eye No. 17; Stags try to ice semis cast

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 15th, 2020

first_imgEqually crucial is the San Sebastian-Mapua duel at 4 p.m., with the Stags looking for a win that could mean No. 4 ranking—and last semifinal seat. Rosario hits key shots as TNT ‘D’ bares teeth Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images San Beda tries to dispatch the first of two remaining obstacles to an elimination round sweep on Thursday when the razor-sharp Red Lions battle revitalized St. Benilde in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.And coach Boyet Fernandez is experienced enough—and definitely wise enough—to keep his players focused on the task at hand.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I don’t want to look that far ahead. It would be better if we deal what’s in front of us first,” said Fernandez, whose Lions wrap up the eliminations with their finals arch nemesis Lyceum on Tuesday.Game time is 2 p.m. with the Blazers coming into the contest fresh from snapping a six-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4An elimination-round sweep would mean automatic entry into the best-of-three title series, leaving the next three best teams to fight it out for the last berth.As things stand, the Pirates have a lock on No. 2, and that is vital since finishing second would mean playing a fatigued foe in the semifinals as Nos. 3 and 4 will slug it out in a KO match. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunalast_img read more

’24’ trailblazes with its first female president

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 6th, 2020
first_imgThe series has been an Oval Office groundbreaker before, with Dennis Haysbert playing President Palmer, the nation’s first black president. Asked whether Fox would scrutinize scripts for potential election-year political content, Liguori said that, as with any show, “24” will be looked at “from a dramaturgical perspective, not a political perspective.” Series co-creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran and fellow executive producer Howard Gordon have always kept real-life politics from the show, he said. “`24′ took place in an election year in the past,” Liguori said. “How you see Joel, Bob and Howard articulate drama is telling on how they deal with politics. The two are separated.” In a February article in The New Yorker magazine, Surnow described himself as a rare conservative in Hollywood. But show producers say they hold a variety of political viewpoints and deny “24” takes a solely conservative approach, the magazine reported. Jones, winner of best-actress Tony Awards for “The Heiress” and “Doubt,” has appeared in films including “Ocean’s Twelve.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – The United States will have a female president next year – on the Fox TV series “24.” Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will play President Allison Taylor when the show about the exploits of counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns in January for its seventh season, the network announced Sunday. Jones’ term will coincide with Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, but Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori said fiction and real-world politics will not intersect. “It’s a dramatic decision. … The president is a very important piece of `24,”‘ Liguori told The Associated Press. “We’ve had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?” last_img

Private equity’s lobbying may stop bill

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 6th, 2020

first_imgLike hedge funds, private-equity firms have ramped up their hiring of lobbyists and doling out of political contributions in recent months. That’s because lawmakers eyeing burgeoning federal budget deficits are seeking new ways to boost tax receipts. The eye-popping compensation of their executives – into the billions for some – has made hedge funds and private-equity firms even juicier targets. Blackstone is a founding member of the Private Equity Council, a new lobbying group representing 10 of the biggest firms. Another lobbyist for Blackstone is Ogilvy Government Relations, which received approximately $120,000 in fees from Blackstone in the last half of 2006, according to disclosure forms filed with Congress. Ogilvy is a division of WPP PLC, which also owns the lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates, whose co-founder – Ed Gillespie – this week was named a top adviser to President George W. Bush. As its profile rises, private equity faces a pushback from labor unions, who contend the industry’s mega-deals hurt workers, cost jobs and widen the country’s income inequality. WASHINGTON – The private equity industry’s lobbying juggernaut may be able to crush proposed legislation that would increase the tax burden on firms that go public. Fortunately for Blackstone Group, which plans a first-of-a-kind public offering of stock later this month, Washington has already felt its influence: The Senate tax bill includes a provision giving the big private-equity firm a significant edge over rivals. The bill would close a perceived loophole that gives a tax advantage over corporations to private-equity firms and other partnerships that go public. But it also gives firms that have already had IPOs or filed offering documents for them until 2012 before they would be subject to the stricter tax regime. Those descriptions apply to New York-based Blackstone and the hedge fund Fortress Investment Group, which went public earlier this year. As for the current loophole, “Giving a tax break to these funds that others don’t get doesn’t make a whole lot of common sense. But then, when campaign fundraising is involved, common sense and principles are usually two animals that are as nonexistent as the dinosaurs,” said Lynn Turner, a former chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WATCH: Sheffield Wednesday forward Marco Matias scores sensational volley against Leeds

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgCheck out this sensational strike from Sheffield Wednesday striker Marco Matias!The Portuguese forward scored his first goal in English football in some style as the Owls secured a 1-1 draw with Leeds United in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby.The 26-year-old arrived at the Hillsborough club this summer for Portuguese outfit Nacional, and it’s taken just four games to open his Wednesday account, and his first goal will surely have fans thirsty for more.Timing his run to perfection, Matias cut in from the right, beat his man with a crafty flick before sending a fine volley over the goalkeeper and into the far corner.Check out the wonderful strike below! Sheffield Wednesday forward Marco Matias celebrates against Leeds 1last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Friday, October 2

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 30th, 2019

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Celtic boss wants redemption rather than revenge against Ross County

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 24th, 2019

first_imgRonny Deila wants his Celtic side to prove a point when they once again face Ross County this weekend.The Hoops were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by the Staggies at the semi-final stage less than two weeks ago, ending their hopes of a domestic treble.The Norwegian refused to accept that Saturday’s Premiership clash is a revenge mission for his players, but confessed that redemption is on his mind.He said: “I think it is the wrong word but at the same time we really want to bounce back after the semi-final. Deila has no doubt that Leigh Griffiths can handle Twitter trolls who have prompted the Celtic striker to abandon the social media site.“I haven’t talked to him about this, but I think he will be in a positive way on Saturday,” said the Norwegian.“He is strong mentally and he knows what is right and wrong. He has performed very well this season and he just needs to keep his focus on what he has been doing until this point.”But the Celtic manager refused to be drawn on whether players should refrain from engaging in social media.“It’s different times,” he said. “People are allowed to do whatever they want to do in their spare time and private life. “But it’s about understanding what consequences there can be if you have a lot of opinions in the media. “You can get the kind of things that Leigh is into. It’s something to reflect over and to try to do the best out of the situation so you perform well on the pitch.” “I think that [proving a point] is better. It is about getting momentum, getting on the right track and winning football games.“First of all, it is to win. That is the most important thing but we also want to win playing beautiful football.“We want both but if I have to choose I will take the first one. We have prepared well and are looking forward to the game.“We want to take with us the 12-15 minutes [at Hampden] where we created a lot of chances and do that for 90 minutes.”last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Boyle Celtic manager Darren Hurd

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 22nd, 2019

first_imgBoyle Celtic boss Darren Hurd spoke to Darragh Cox ahead of his side’s FAI Junior Cup sixth round tie against VEC FC…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

K9 Arry quickly catches up to Chatham man

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 21st, 2019

first_imgA 35-year-old Chatham man got a first-hand look at K9 Arry, of the Chatham-Kent canine unit in action early Thursday morning.Police said an alarm was received at 1:50 a.m. to a Richmond Street business in Chatham.The business was not entered, but a man was seen riding his bicycle away from the scene.Police said the man was identified, and it was learned there were a number of outstanding warrants for his arrest.K9 Arry was called to the area and pursued the accused, catching the suspect him a short distance away.The accused was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Break and entersChatham-Kent police are investigating more break and enters and thefts around the community.Police said a Tiki Hut at a Grand Avenue business in Chatham was cut to gain entry around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, resulting in the theft of alcohol.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Bryan Vaughan at or 519-4360-6600 ext 87310.Police said a home on Early Street in Chatham was broken into on Monday, resulting in the theft of money and a cellphone.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Wright at or 519-436-6600 ext. 87310.Police report copper cables were stolen and a generator suffered $2,000 in damage after a locked shed was broken into on Louise Street in Tilbury some time overnight Tuesday.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Jeff Murray at or 519-436-6600 ext. 87108.Anonymous calls regarding any of these incidents can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Stolen pickup recoveredChatham-Kent police recovered a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup truck reported stolen from Maynard Line in Harwich.On Wednesday morning, officers in Wallaceburg saw another pickup truck with a stolen licence plate attached.When officers followed that truck to a nearby home, they discovered the 2016 GMC Sierra pickup that was reported stolen.Police said two Chatham men, both 29, were arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000.They were taken into custody pending a bail hearing.last_img read more

The Tour de Kruger: a wild ride

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 19th, 2019

first_imgThe Tour de Kruger takes bikers on a70-kilometre ride every day for five days,through pristine African bushveld. A close encounter with elephants.(Image: Children in the Wilderness)Fiona McIntosh“You’re going to cycle for five days through wild game reserves?” exclaimed my friends when I told them of the bush adventure that I’d just discovered. “Are you crazy? What about the elephants? And the lions? You’ve clearly got a death wish.”But I could think of nothing more exciting than getting up close and personal with the big herds of elephant, buck and other game of the southern African bush. As for seeing lion … we’d be lucky.I’d signed up for the annual mountain-bike tour that supports the Children in the Wilderness programme. Our route would take us from northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, through the World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe, finishing up in the Pafuri concession of the Kruger National Park.It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – where else in the world can you ride for five days through wilderness, knowing that at any moment you might encounter one of the big five? This was to be a real immersion in Africa yet, outside South Africa, the tour seemed to be a well-kept secret. I suspected a conspiracy – the locals didn’t want foreigners snapping up the limited places!Previous tours had been held in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, through western Mozambique and the Pafuri concession of northern Kruger, but this route from the Tuli block approached Pafuri from the west, so was entirely new ground even for tour veterans.Most riders took advantage of the transfers laid on from Johannesburg, hopping on their bikes at the reserve gate to stretch their legs on the final few kilometres to camp. We spent our first night under canvas next to the airstrip and were treated to the impressive sight of a classic aircraft, a shiny DC-3, swooping in to collect some of the reserve’s guests. Our kit bags, numbers and detailed race manifest were waiting on arrival and, once we’d labelled and parked our bikes, we were guided to our tents, all neatly numbered into respective groups.Then it was time for the pre-race briefing. We were out to have fun, but there were ground rules designed to ensure our safety. I’ll admit to being a bit nervous as we rode to camp, but now my fears about riding through elephant country the next day were allayed.Each group of 15 or so riders would stick together as a tight unit behind an experienced, rifle-toting front guide. The back guide was also trained in the ways of the bush and was in constant radio contact with the front guide, the other groups and HQ. They carried satellite phones just in case there was no radio contact. I slept well that night. This was one well-organised operation.Close encountersThe importance of the tight drill was soon evident. After a long, 70-kilometre day in the saddle we were less than five kilometres from the South African border and our camp. The thought of a cold beer was putting new life into my weary legs. Suddenly our lead guide stopped in his tracks.“Over there,” he whispered. Just about to cross the track we were following was a big breeding herd of elephant – females with tiny calves that looked as if they were going to be stomped upon any minute. It was not a happy group. They’d clearly sensed our presence, and were becoming increasingly anxious.“There’s another group in the trees to our right,” whispered the guide. “We’ll back off.” Suddenly loud trumpeting and the crashing of branches broke the silence of the bush and we mounted our bikes and fled back to the nearest group of big trees. So close, and yet so far: the herd was between us and camp, so we retraced our route until we found a safe place to cross the sandy riverbed.Some of the guides from an earlier group were sitting out in a hide on the South African bank as we took off our shoes and carried our bikes across the narrow channel of the Limpopo.“Was that you the elephant were revving?” they laughed. “We heard all the commotion then saw a load of riders retreating at speed.” I’d been praying for some intimate bush encounters, but that was a trifle too exciting for my liking.Mountain-bike countryThat was our third encounter with elephant that day. We’d also been treated to sightings of giraffe, impala, scuttling warthog and a ridiculously raucous display of snorting and histrionics from the clowns of the bush, a big herd of galloping wildebeest, as we followed the game trails through the mopane forest.It’s classic mountain-bike country, with wide open spaces and a seemingly endless network of single track – the work of elephant matriarchs carving out paths for their young to follow down to the water sources.The paths weaved through dense sections of bush, forcing us to bunny-hop over fallen branches and dodge thorn trees. There were a few technical sections – the odd rocky downhill, stretch of sand or loose gravel climb, but on the whole it was easy flowing riding past towering baobabs and over dry, stony riverbeds.This part of southern Africa is not only famous for its elephant, but is rich in history and home to important paleontological remains such as the dinosaur footprints of Vhembe in South Africa and the dinosaur skeletons of Sentinel in Zimbabwe. Our second night was spent at Mapungubwe – a place as seeped in history as it is prolific in game.The camp was in an incredible spot high up on an escarpment, and the dramatic rock formations of the park glowed in the late sun as we walked to the viewpoint where a bar had been set up.We toasted surviving the first day and our unscheduled detour from the route. It was an atmospheric place. Below us was the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers and the point where Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa meet. Now that the day visitors had left we had the park to ourselves, and I began to appreciate the privilege of being part of the tour.Bush cuisineAlthough you ride hard by day, Tour de Kruger is a charity ride to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness, not a race. Groups are arranged according to rider ability and fitness with the speed freaks and the odd professional cyclist breaking the trail and social riders like myself bring up the rear. The emphasis is on enjoying the bush, game sightings and the bush cuisine – a legendary feature of the tour.You can easily gain weight over the five days despite cycling around 75 kilometres a day in the hot sun. After the first 25 to 35 kilometres of each day there’s a morning tea stop where encouraging Wilderness Safaris staff hand out copious quantities of fruitcake, muffins, hot-cross buns, biltong and sweets, as well as wetwipes, sunscreen, lube and tender loving care.Lunch is a proper cooked meal, and then there’s another tea stop before you reach camp, where, if you’re still hungry, another cooked lunch awaits. And the spoiling continues once you’ve finished for the day, with abundant quantities of energy drinks, massage and bike repair services, hot showers, a bar and a slap-up dinner.MapungubweDay two took us through the impressive koppies of Mapungubwe National Park. The archaeological site of Mapungubwe was discovered in 1932, unearthing a long history of human habitation in the region including the earliest recorded archaeological gold in southern Africa.Among the human remains were golden ornaments, gold beads and wire jewellery. The most famous find was that of a single-horned golden rhinoceros. All southern African rhinos have two horns, so this find has intrigued archaeologists – some of whom suggest that it’s a representation of a rhino from Asia, where one-horned species exist. As you ride through the park you can’t help being somewhat overawed by this incredible place.For the second half of the day we cruised the sandy tracks of a privately owned section of the park, the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, a De Beers property which is well stocked with big game and an integral component of the World Heritage Site.Our camp that night was on the Limpopo River, a truly glorious setting right on the sandy cliff. We sat listening to the soothing sound of running water as we sipped our sundowners then ate out under the stars. The handful of foreign riders couldn’t believe the beauty of the African bush – the tour had exceeded all their expectations.The next day started with a rollercoaster ride along the river cliff – some of the most demanding riding of the event with steep down- and uphills. The rising sun created a dappled effect in the trees and we flew along, happy, if a trifle saddle-sore. That afternoon we rode into Kruger National Park, through a back gate and into an area that visitors to the park do not see.We were now in serious big five country. The briefing had been fierce – stick together at all costs and keep moving. The final day through the Pafuri Concession was magnificent. We left our bikes at the tea-stop and climbed up to Lanner Gorge for a view out over the gorge cut in the Luvuvu River. The sight of the great chasm was worth every ounce of energy expended on the 6.4-kilometre sandy trail.We rode through great forests of glowing fever trees, enjoyed the antics of baboons and saw kudu, impala, warthog as well as some great sightings of tuskers in Elephant Alley.Our final detour was to Crooks Corner – the point where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet. We watched a breeding herd of elephant come down to the water to drink then, once they’d left, scrambled down onto the sand bank for a team photo keeping a wary eye open for crocs.Early in the afternoon we arrived at Pafuri Camp where, in the usual slick manner to which we’d been accustomed, our bikes were taken off to be loaded onto the appropriate transfer vehicles – back to the start in Tuli, the Wilderness offices in Joburg or, for those with flights the following evening, onto the coaches that were taking us back the next day.Taking leaveClean and refreshed, we lounged around the camp watching buck graze next to the raised platforms of the tented rooms and elephant drinking in the river. The event ended with a slide show and presentation and we relived the thrills and spills.It had been a magnificent ride that had brought together people from all walks of life, united in their wish to intimately experience the African bush, to rise to the challenge of the ride and to support Children in the Wilderness. It was hard to leave – after five days together the members of each cycling group and the support staff had become a close-knit family.So was I mad to sign up? Well, it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park, but anyone who’s reasonably fit and with a bit of mountain-biking experience would enjoy the ride. The distances are manageable for recreational bikers, and the presence of guides and technicians means that you can seek assistance in the event of bike problems, or hop in a back-up vehicle if you’ve had enough for the day.The organisers go out of their way to make your life as easy and as much fun as possible. But for all that it’s a challenging ride, largely along fairly straightforward single track or dirt road with a few more tricky sections to amuse the downhill addicts – most of which I walked, and felt no shame.What makes the ride really special is the opportunity to journey through bits of the reserves that most visitors never see. You can help but feel privileged that these areas have been opened up for the tour to come through. Makes me want to get on my bike again.Related articlesSouth Africa’s national parksThe adventure starts hereThe biggest nature park in the world Holidays that save the worldTracking elephants across AfricaUseful linksChildren in the WildernessWilderness SafarisKruger National Parklast_img read more