30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Atlanta. APATLANTA, Georgia—Paul Millsap was proud of how well the Atlanta Hawks adjusted with Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha unable to play because of injuries.“We have a deep team,” he said. “It says a lot about our bench and what they bring, that they came in and did a great job and really set the tone for us, especially in the second quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Curry scores 35 points, Warriors top Raptors 127-121 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Millsap scored 21 points, Mike Muscala added 16 and the Hawks won their sixth straight game, a 107-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Jabari Parker scored 15 of his 23 points in the third quarter for Milwaukee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentMuscala started in place of Howard, who was sidelined with a left quadriceps contusion. The Hawks improved to 6-1 at home and tied Cleveland for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 9-2.Atlanta’s bench, led by 13 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., outscored the Bucks’ 35-25. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Antetokounmpo’s layup cut the lead to three a couple of possessions later at the 6:24 mark. That was as close as the Bucks could get.“Our backs were on the wall, so we had no other choice but to be aggressive if we wanted to try to make it close,” Parker said. “Those are still good habits to have leading into the next game. But we know from our mistakes that we can’t play the first half like we did.”The Hawks improved to 8-1 when leading after three quarters.Schroder and Kent Bazemore scored 12 points each for Atlanta.Howard was injured in the third quarter Tuesday at Miami, banging knees with Heat center Hassan Whiteside. He did not return and was unable to watch Wednesday’s game from the bench.Howard, the active career NBA leader in double-doubles, is averaging 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. The eight-time All-Star in his first season with Atlanta.Sefolosha, a reserve forward and the team’s best defender, did not play because of a strained right hamstring.His and Howard’s absence helped the Bucks outscore Atlanta 50-28 in the paint.During a 6-minute stretch of Atlanta’s 19-0 run in the second, rookie forward Taurean Prince was the catalyst. He blocked two shots, drew a foul, made two free throws, had three rebounds, a steal and a hard baseline dunk.Prince, the NBA’s No. 12 overall draft pick out of Baylor, finished with eight points and five rebounds in a career-high 19 minutes. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I thought Taurean was great,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Just the physicality he plays with, the aggressiveness he plays with, he really gave us a big boost on both ends of the floor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The defense was amazing,” Millsap said. “The second group came in and moved the basketball. We played how we’re supposed to play.”The Bucks, who have lost three of four, pulled within four points on Antetokounmpo’s dunk with 37 seconds remaining, but Millsap hit a layup on the next possession to make it 104-98.Milwaukee ended the first quarter with a 26-21 lead but missed their next 11 shots and didn’t score until the 5:50 mark of the second. They were outscored 31-9 in the period and went 3 for 27 from the field.Atlanta took its biggest lead at 24 points on Dennis Schroder’s 3-pointer early in the third, but Milwaukee scored 35 points in the third quarter and pulled within six with 9:06 remaining on Mirza Teletovic’s third 3 of the period.“It was definitely a character game for a young team to come back and put themselves in that position on the road,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “With 4 minutes left, it was anybody’s ballgame. Again, tip your hat to Atlanta. They made the shots and got the stops when they had to.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments
We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine More than 100 new positive test results have been unearthed by the IOC’s reanalysis, it says.Prime among the countries snared is Russia, whose athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics this summer because of state-sponsored doping.The IOC initiated the retesting program last year using improved techniques to catch doping cheats. CBBADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A laboratory technician prepares samples of urine for doping tests. AP FILELAUSANNE, Switzerland — Retesting of samples from the London 2012 Games is expected to reveal “many more” cases of doping, a senior International Olympic Committee official warned on Wednesday.The IOC has so far retested more than 1,000 samples from the London and Beijing Olympics, aiming to detect performance-enhancing drugs that were not identifiable four and eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Dozens of competitors have been caught doping, among them Olympic champions and other medalists, as the IOC attempts to clean up Olympic competition after one of the worst crises in its history.READ: Investigation into Russian doping still splits sports worldFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“There will be many more (cases) to come (from London) in the coming weeks and months,” warned Richard Budgett, IOC medical director.“We are still getting positive samples from London, I expect this will continue,” he told reporters in Lausanne, where the IOC is based. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Hail to De La Salle EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes
Arwind Santos believes that with San Miguel preparing for its third straight Philippine Cup Finals, it should have the distinct edge over Ginebra when it comes to experience playing in this grand stage.“Dapat mas gamay mo na kung paano manalo ng championship. Na-experience na namin ito eh (We should know better how it is to win a championship. We’ve experienced this before.),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Wizards acquire Bogdanovic in trade with Nets Santos stresses that with the way their team has been playing, the challenge for San Miguel is to prove that it truly is the best all-Filipino squad in the league.“Sabi ko dapat yung team ko pag all-Filipino conference, sa amin na dapat,” he said. “Yung lineup namin at yung samahan namin, ok na eh. Ngayon na nandito kami, nandoon ang expectation ko na dapat talaga makuha namin ito.”(I said to myself that when it’s the all-Filipino conference, we must get that. Our lineup and our chemistry have been okay. And now that we’re here, I have this expectation that we must get this.)Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. CDGADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t counting the Gin Kings out on the eve of their best-of-7 championship series, with him mentioning that the biggest mistake the Beermen can do is to feel complacent.“Kahit alam mo na kung paano manalo, syempre sila may preparation din na ginagawa na dapat paghandaan mo rin. Minsan, pwede ka ring madali kaya dapat handa ka lang at wag kang kukurap (Even if you already know how to win, of course, they’re doing preparations of their own that you have to prepare for. Sometimes, you might also be caught off-guard so you have to stay ready and don’t flinch.)” he said.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 returnSan Miguel is seeking to secure its third straight all-Filipino crown, which will also allow it to take home the gold-plated Perpetual trophy.READ: San Miguel, Ginebra promise ‘tough battle’ in PBA FinalsThe Talk ‘N Text squad under coach Chot Reyes has been the lone team to achieve such feat back in 2011 to 2013, which makes winning the championship this season all the more important for the Beermen. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident
Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFC Cup: Rampant Ceres puts 5 goals past Tampines Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon “He will be like a mentor to Joseph and to our younger players and I appreciate that. Maybe one day when he retires, Joseph will fill his spot,” Vanguardia said.Alolino needed only a conference playing with Wilson to feel convinced that his veteran teammate has the makings of being a coach.“I wasn’t surprised that he wants to be a coach someday. He’s the type of guy who is quiet sometimes but usually, he will approach you and give you pointers and at the same time, you can always go to him and he’ll tell you tips on how to be a better player,” said the 23-year-old Alolino.Wilson has a year left in his contract but his playing career depends on how his body feels from the wear and tear following another grueling season.“We’ll see from there after the end of my contract, but I’m not saying I’m gonna retire after that, we’ll see how my body feels. If it’s my time, then it’s my time and I’ll be okay with that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments 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 “I was at Ginebra playing for coach Jong Uichico so he’s actually the one who put the thought in my head about coaching and that I might be able to pursue that after basketball,” said Wilson, who played for Jong Uichico from 2008 to 2012.Standing only at 6-foot-3, Wilson thrived as an undersized big man due to his hard work, hustle and high basketball IQ.“I’m always that cerebral player. I’m not the most athletic guy, but I rely on positioning and just basically using my mind, court awareness and court instincts so that’s something that I can pass on and I think I can be very effective by doing that,” he said.Wilson’s job has already begun as a mentor to Phoenix’s budding players like second-year forward Joseph Eriobu and rookie point guard Gelo Alolino.“I’m taking him (Eriobu) under my wing. Just showing him what I know in areas that he can help the team and just how to be a better professional so that he can have a long career as well,” said Wilson, who won a title with the Gin Kings in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ The 37-year-old Wilson already has his post-retirement planned out as he takes on a dual role for the Fuel Masters starting next conference.“Willy is playing a greater role as a playing-assistant coach this Commissioner’s Cup,” Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday after wrapping up practice at Upperdeck Sports Center in Pasig City. “He wants a career in coaching after his stint so he’s been showing enthusiasm in it.”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 return“Of course after my career is done I wanna slide into a coaching role. As of now, it’s kinda like coaching in training and at the same time kind of helping out some of the younger guys and passing what I know to them,” said Wilson.Wilson, who is already in his 13th PBA season after being drafted in the second round by Alaska in 2004, said coaching is something that’s been on his mind for quite some time now. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Willy Wilson (middle) sits at the Phoenix bench during their game vs Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWilly Wilson knows he is at the tailend of his playing career and retirement is soon upon him.But the hardworking Phoenix forward doesn’t plan on walking away from the game he loves for good by the time he decides to hang up his sneakers.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
Seeing how deadly Eduard Folayang can be, Kiwi-Malaysian challenger Ev Ting braces for a tough fight when he finally challenges for the ONE Lightweight title at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“He’s a tough champion and he’s shown that. Look at him, he’s a specimen so I’m preparing for the best version of the champion,” he said Tuesday at City of Dreams in Parañaque.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why Ting is also gunning on executing the same perfect gameplan to dislodge the champion off of his throne.READ: Ting ready for toughest challenge yet in Folayang“There is no perfect fight, but I’ll be flawless, try to be a little bit sharper, a little bit cleaner, a little bit enough,” he said.“I’m preparing for the most well-rounded Eduard Folayang as possible. I’m ready for every scenario, every situation that can come up in the fight. It’s simply working harder and more.” LATEST STORIES 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Tough test ahead for Ting, assures Folayang Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Ting (13-3) has meticulously studied Folayang’s past fights, most importantly his title victory over Shinya Aoki last November.READ: Tough test ahead for Ting, assures Folayang 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 returnDespite his best efforts, that didn’t give him much insight into Folayang’s weaknesses as he noted that the defending champion has followed his gameplan to a tee in his past outings.“Watching his last fight, there wasn’t much to study. He had a perfect performance. He defended everything and showed superiority in striking and wrestling. There are no flaws I could bring up, so it’s a matter of believing in myself that I could do more and better him come fight night,” he said. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out
With its back against the wall, facing a 2-1 set deficit, Ateneo showed its character, hammering the Bulldogs with 15 attack points in set 4 to extend Game 2 to a deciding fifth set.The Blue Eagles continued to play catchup in the fifth set, crawling back from a 4-1 deficit with a Polvorosa service ace knotting the score at eight.Intal scored off the block to put Ateneo on the hill while Espejo delivered the finishing blow, denying Ismail at the net to seal the title.“Ever since the start of this season, we always had slow starts. the good thing is the players manage it and they know how to handle it. The maturity is there so it’s a big thing for our team that our seniors delivered,” said Almadro.The Blue Eagles weathered a tough defensive stand from the Bulldogs, who had 15 blocks in the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Finals MVP Tony Koyfman added nine of his 11 markers off hits, graduating seniors Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva both had 10 points, and Ish Polvorosa had 62 excellent sets for Ateneo.Ateneo swept the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball Finals in two games and stretched its winning streak to 30 matches dating back to last season’s campaign.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 return“From the very beginning, we didn’t expect that we’ll be able to sweep (the season), but the Lord is so good and gave us the strength and rescued us,” said Blue Eagles coach Oliver Almadro.“I admire my players, their maturity and their resiliency. They just believed that we can do the impossible.” Ismail led the valiant Bulldogs with 24 points, 19 coming from hits with five blocks, while Bagunas added 20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely FILE PHOTO – Marck Espejo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo extended its dynasty and snared its third straight UAAP men’s volleyball championship, outlasting National University in a five-set classic, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13, to complete a perfect season Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo powered the Blue Eagles as he pumped in 27 points including the title-clinching block on Fauzi Ismail.ADVERTISEMENT Quiñahan, Fonacier reunite with Guiao at NLEX Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle “We played with incredible attitude and personality,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for nearly two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zidane didn’t rotate his starting XI.The Frenchman went with the same side that withstood an Atletico Madrid revival to book their place in the Champions League final a week ago.And he was rewarded early on as Marcelo fed Isco and after he was dispossessed on the edge of the area, Ronaldo smashed the loose ball high into the net.“He has managed things very well,” Ronaldo added on Zidane.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel good. Everything is decided in the final weeks of the season and I am doing well. I am scoring goals and helping the team.”Celta have now lost eight of their last nine La Liga games having concentrated on their run to the Europa League semi-finals that was ended by Manchester United last week.However, they eliminated Madrid from the Copa del Rey earlier this season and put the European champions to the test once more.Daniel Wass stung the palms of Keylor Navas with a fiercely struck free-kick before Aspas fired just wide twice in quick succession.And Celta also had a penalty appeal waived away before the break when Raphael Varane handled inside his own area.“We scored early and then had 20 difficult minutes,” added Zidane.“In the second-half we controlled the game more because the first-half it was end-to-end which isn’t our game.”Having soaked up that pressure, a deadly Real counter-attack doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period.Isco was again the provider as he surged through the midfield before feeding Ronaldo to finish off the inside of the post.More controversy ensued moments later when referee Juan Martinez Munera showed Aspas a second yellow card for diving when he appeared to have been tripped by Sergio Ramos inside the area. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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 Despite their numerical disadvantage, Celta did manage to pull a goal back when Guidetti’s effort deflected past the helpless Navas off Ramos.However, the visitors went straight up the other end and Marcelo’s low cross was tapped home by Karim Benzema to restore Real’s two-goal cushion.Ronaldo should have completed yet another hat-trick when he somehow managed to fire wide with the goal gaping before he was replaced with six minutes remaining.Even without him, though, Madrid continued to stream forward and Kroos rounded off the scoring with a cool turn and finish two minutes from time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We will go there to win the game,” insisted Ronaldo. “We are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions.”Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half.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 groundIago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti’s deflected effort.However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates their third goal with Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid CF at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 17, 2017. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAReal Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Vietnam coach not crying foul over PH crowd’s fake countdown View comments
The Jamaica versus United States rivalry on the track will continue tomorrow in the women’s 400 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet. Both countries will parade four athletes each for the event. Six of these athletes competed at some stage in the Rio Olympic Games 4x400m . Those down to compete for Jamaica are Novlene Williams Mills, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby. The United States team will be led by Natasha Hastings and include Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Ashley Spencer. This race is expected to be one of the most competitive events on tomorrow’s programme as there is no clear favourite. Three of the American athletes in the line up went under 50 seconds last year. Okolo did 49.71, Hastings 49.90 and Francis 49.94. However, this is a new year and this will count for nothing as with the season so early no one has dominated the event so far and Hastings with a season’s best of 50.74 at the Shanghai Diamond League a week ago, when finishing second is the top ranked athlete going into the race. No other athlete has gone under 51 this year. The Jamaican to watch is Williams Mills. She has a season’s best of 51.45 when finishing fourth in Shanghai and normally runs her best races on local soil and a good performance is expected once again from her. McPherson, the 2016 Diamond League winner, was off to a slow start in Shanghai where she finished seventh and will want to make up for that performance while both McLaughlin Whilby and Day will be hoping also for big improvements on their season openers.While the front running American Hastings could go all the way her teammates Okolo, Francis and Spencer who finished third in the women’s 400m hurdles in Rio last year will be hoping to crash the Jamaican party. Okolo could make a big mark here. This is her first individual 400m of the season but she looked the best of the Americans when they won the 4x400m event several weeks ago at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. New year
PHIL UNDERWOOD from Alabama, United States, is exactly the kind of visitor that Sandals hopes to score a hole-in-one with as the resort yesterday teed off its 15th annual USA Travel Agent Golf Tournament at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton, St Ann. “I am here just for vacation, but I play golf everywhere I go,” said Underwood, who was raring to tackle the greens as soon as travel agents brought in from all across the United States by Sandals finished the first of two days on the picturesque 18-hole course with Team 11 on 61, holding a four-stroke lead ahead of three teams locked on 65 – Teams 15, 6 and 12. “If anybody is coming here, I would tell them to play golf,” said Underwood, unwittingly sounding like he was one of the 54 travel agents Sandals is hosting at the weekend as part of its continued push to market Jamaica as a golfing destination to the world. The Alabama native had to pause when asked how many courses he had played worldwide before naming, “Iberostar in the Dominican Republic, Canc?n (Mexico), Italy, Spain,” adding that it was his first visit to Jamaica, but it was his second day on the course after making his debut on Tuesday. “I played on Tuesday. The course is good, I like the layout. The greens roll good, but they are slow,” he said, before pointing to Oshae Hay, a product of Sandals’ Golf Academy, and adding,”great caddies”, a testament to the programme which targets youths in the Upton area, the likes of Romaine Evans, the 2015 Caribbean junior champion. Mike Norton, vice-president, group sales, Sandals, said having travel agents compete at the annual tournament gives them a first-hand experience of the course, which has been ranked among the top three in Jamaica by USA Today. “We are expanding our golf to get groups here, especially,” he pointed out. “We firmly believe more golfers are coming to Jamaica, and we are certainly getting more interest. “We now have recently appointed Jake Coldiron, who is from a golfing background and whose role is to increase the golf market by targeting golf tour operators, travel agents that focus on golf as well as to get country clubs on board,” Norton added, pointing out that clubs stand to benefit from a ‘sixth-room-free’ promotion during off-peak times.
Renuka Tewari is a self-taught craftswoman, who hails from the county of Demerara. As a teenager who loves crafts and designing, she has managed to create a business in less than a year, which brings to life the needs of her customers. CraftsCreations&Smiles, her online-based business, speaks volumes in bringing out the strange crafty demands of customers. What makes this enterprise a unique one is the fact that the items cannot be found in stores or on the Internet, since it customises items to fit the various occasions.Some of the popular items in recent months include dream catchers and elaborate floral crowns. However, mugs with catchy slogans, twisted copper necklaces, and eccentric bridal bouquets are also on the list.“CraftsCreations&Smiles is an online craft store and my aim is to provide the customised creations. We also have items that are already made. We do items such as bouquets, floral arrangements, floral crowns, mugs, corsages, and basically anything crafty.”Tewari recalled that it all started when a friend desperately needed a floral crown for his girlfriend and she decided to help him. It was that first creation of hers that sparked a latent aspiration to make craft-making an enterprise, rather than just a hobby.“After creating that piece, I posted it on social media and it received tons of likes. That’s when I decided that I can create even more amazing stuff and make a business out of it,” Tewari explained.“The main aim behind the business is to have persons being able to have their designs come to life, so we work with various specifications,” she related.She reminisced on the days when artsy ‘stuff’ was just part of her school projects, which would reflect her imagination and personality. Building on those memories, she continues to create for her business even more astonishing pieces that capture the attention of strangers everywhere.On numerous platforms, the 19-year-old has had the chance to showcase her products. Her creations have been showcased at Curl Fete and the recently-held Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.In both cases, customers are thrilled at the quality of work being handcrafted by Tewari and many of her items are sold immediately.She explained that making other people happy is one of the things that drive the business forward, since she is always working to please the customers and meet their needs. This epitomises her favourite quote, “Keep smiling and brighten someone’s day” which she turns to for inspiration.Bending copper into dazzling pieces is not just her way of making crafts, but it relieves stress and enables the mind to think beyond the norm.