first_imgPH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denden Lazaro (13) of the Philippines receives the ball as teammate Alyssa Valdez looks on. Photo from asianvolleyball.netKUALA LUMPUR—A day after arriving in Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games here, national team head coach Francis Vicente and his staff announced that Dawn Macandili has replaced Denden Lazaro as the squad’s libero.“It was hard for us coaches because there was a change in the roster,” said Vicente in Filipino Saturday at Seri Pacific Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. “And we also need to carefully explain to Denden why she was replaced.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “As a player, that change hurt,” said Vicente. “But it was understandable because she was expecting to play but we can’t force her into the role because of medical reasons.”Vicente added Macandili’s award wasn’t part of their decision and that they can’t put Lazaro in further danger because of the injury.center_img READ: Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineupLazaro was chosen as the team’s libero a month before they suited up for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, but the former Ateneo Lady Eagle suffered a hamstring injury in July that hampered her performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Atenean was still able to play in the Asian Championship, but Macandili slowly emerged as the team’s first choice as she eventually earned the tournament’s 2nd Best Libero award.Vicente added that their choice to put in Lazaro, who was initially a reserve player, was a hard pill to swallow for Lazaro. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe pool at the Commonwealth Games Village has gathered impurities due to the incessant rain in the Capital over the past few weeks and has forced the Indian aquatics squad to delay moving in to the facility until Monday. The Indian team has been in the Capital since September 6 but has not shifted to the Games Village which was opened for athletes on Thursday.The team is currently staying at a hotel in Karol Bagh.”We have had a lot of rain in the past few weeks so the water at the swimming pool in the Village wasn’t good enough for the swimmers to use,” India Chef de Mission Bhubaneswar Kalita told MAIL TODAY on Sunday ” There are two pools at the Village and although both of them have been cleaned, we needed purification certificate so that they can be used.”We have already got it (certificate) and the Indian team will move into the Village tomorrow at 10 am,” he added.Kalita said the squad itself sought permission from the Organising Committee and him to stay at a hotel that is closer to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee aquatic complex where it goes twice a day to train.”The swimming complex is closer to the hotel where the team is staying so they preferred to stay there until we are fully ready with the pool at the Village,” he added.However, sources within the Swimming Federation of India ( SFI) claim that it was the OC which asked the team to stay at the hotel until it was asked to move in. While the majority of the team members were in the Capital much ahead of the Games, Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal arrived on September 19 from Bangalore with coach Nihar Amin.advertisementAmin said his wards are at the peak of their form and would come up with good performances when the Games get underway. ” They have been training very hard and their performance has also improved over the past one year.We have stiff competition in the Games with swimmers from Australia, England, Canada and South Africa, and I don’t want to predict the outcome at this point,” Amin said. ” At this point, I can only say that they are injury free and are well prepared for the challenge ahead.”last_img read more

first_imgNursing her ambition of still becoming Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister, Congress’ most enduring and much loved veteran Vidya Stokes – who says she has lived on a non-cereal diet for 50 years – hopes to finally achieve the goal in what could be the last fight of her over four-decade-long political career.But in a male-dominated state, where even past royalty is revered, Stokes, a long-time Indian hockey administrator and the daughter-in-law of an American missionary, is still looking to score that master stroke in politics.At 84, the oldest candidate in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, she is still in the field and welcomes the younger party aspirants in the electoral fray.”I am happy to see the younger lot in the fray. For me they are not a challenge. Our aim is to bring the party back to power in the state at any cost,” Stokes, a seven-time legislator, including five stints from this constituency in Shimla district, told IANS in an interview.Stokes stressed that throughout her political career, she has remained loyal to the Congress.”I have not demanded or bargained for any post from the party. Whatever the party offered me, I accepted it with grace,” she said.On the race for chief minister’s post if the party returns to power, Stokes, who is known for her proximity to the Gandhi family, said: “I think at this point in time, our objective is to bring the party back to power and get rid of this corrupt (BJP) government.”She said she has no qualms that she was never offered the top post in the state despite being active in state politics since 1974, after the death of her husband Lal Chand Stokes.”Look, when you are working in the party, serve it as a foot soldier. For me becoming chief minister is not important. Leave it for the party leadership to decide,” said Stokes.”If I couldn’t secure the top berth (in the state) that doesn’t mean the party has not taken care of me well. I was offered a (governor’s) post back in the 1990s, but I preferred to stay back in the state politics to serve the people,” she said to a query whether she was recently offered a gubernatorial berth.Political observers believe Stokes, a prominent apple grower, was always chief ministerial stuff but the personality of Raja Saab (as five-time chief minister and present state unit chief Virbhadra Singh is popularly known) has always overshadowed her.An observer said, “Every time when the Congress came to power, Stokes, being the seniormost leader in the state, made a serious bid for the chief ministerial post but Virbhadra Singh managed to get it. This time too he has not given up his hopes for a comeback.”Interestingly, Stokes and Virbhadra Singh, who have been at loggerheads for the last two decades, have joined hands before the elections and, unlike the past, the latter is also campaigning for her.Stokes is also known for being on a non-cereal diet for the last 50 years. During her long backbreaking campaigning in this constituency which she represented five times – 1974, 1982, 1985, 1990 and 1998 – she prefers to eat only salads and vegetables.In the last two assembly elections, 2003 and 2007, she represented Kumarsein, a seat scrapped in the delimitation exercise and its areas merged with Theog and Shimla (rural). She is now back in her old constituency.Throughout her political and sports administrator career, Stokes never courted any controversy. “One should remain sincere with one’s work; nobody will dare to harm you then,” Stokes advised the IANS correspondent.Stokes is known for not taking even a penny of her salary, be it as a legislator or as a minister, throughout her political career.Stokes’ father-in-law Satyanand (Samuel Evans Stokes Jr), an American missionary, first introduced high quality apples in the Kotgarh-Thanedar belt in upper Shimla in the early 1920s. Stokes now manages most of her family’s orchards.On being asked what career she would have chosen had she not been in politics, she said: “I would have been a successful banker.”Before venturing into politics at the age of 36, I was the youngest State Bank of India woman director,” said Stokes.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMan Utd, Real Madrid target Eder Militao favours England optionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto defender Eder Militao is keen on a move to England.Militao is a target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month.However, UOL Esporte says Militao favours a move to England.The Porto defender has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks with Militao looking set to depart at the end of the campaign.Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are all credited with interest from England in the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £45m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSaturday night, Hollywood came together to support Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home Gala, presented by Giorgio Armani at the Montage in LA.U2 Performs at the 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home GalaCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationApproximately $6 million was raised. Sean Penn remains committed to Haiti — and Hollywood and its A-list moguls and stars are standing with him to shine a light and raise much needed funds.The Edge, Sean Penn, Bono, Winona Ryder and Asaf AvidanCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief OrganizationHosted by Anderson Cooper, the evening included a performance by U2.Talent in attendance included Charlize Theron, Bono, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Chris Hemsworth, Bette Midler, Usher, Winona Ryder, Pamela Anderson, Eric Dane, Idris Elba, Rebecca Gayheart, Diane Kruger, Piers Morgan, Samantha Ronson, Sarah Silverman, David Spade, Oliver Stone, Uma Thurman and many more.J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010 J/P HRO began working immediately to make an impact in Haiti. J/P HRO works with both government and non-governmental agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and developing housing and education facilities. The goal of J/P Haitian Relief Organization is to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better life.last_img read more

Emotions ran high after Ohio State won a match against Penn State on Nov. 12. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was hungry on Saturday, and unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, they were on the night’s menu. The Buckeyes put on arguably their best performance of the season, toppling No. 10 Penn State at St. John Arena in five sets (25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 25-22, 18-16). OSU’s last win over the Nittany Lions dates back to 2006. The Buckeye momentum started rolling on Friday evening with a home sweep over Rutgers. Moving into Saturday, nearly 4,400 fans — including a rival student section, a rarity in collegiate regular season volleyball — packed into St. John Arena to watch the underdog defend their court against the Nittany Lion powerhouse. Penn State swept the Buckeyes in University Park during their last matchup on Oct. 19. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he was overjoyed with the performance and determination that his team showed. “I’m so happy for our team as a whole, but especially our seniors,” he said. “We’ve been grinding hard to get a win like that, and to be on the brink of defeat so many times but to be able to fight back like we did, I couldn’t be more proud.” Carlston started out the game by changing his offense. His team ran a 6-2 against Penn State for the first time this season, which utilizes two setters and a total of six hitters, depending on rotation. Right from the beginning of the first set, OSU limited the Nittany Lions’ multiple-point runs and stifled Penn State’s pair of dynamic hitters, Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington. Four straight Buckeye kills mid-set would make the score 15-10. With few points left in the first set, Penn State inched their way back into contention, tying the score at 19, 21, 22 and 23. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe secured three kills in the final five points to give the Buckeyes an edge. An attacking error from the Nittany Lions would give the first set to OSU. Senior libero Valeria León said the Buckeyes came out with a solid mindset, and that helped them play strong coming out of the gate. “We believed that we’re good enough to beat them, so we came out with that thought,” she said. Things turned sour for the Buckeyes in the second set as unforced errors caused OSU to play catch-up. They allowed Penn State to go on costly runs without countering. Penn State held the Buckeyes to just a .077 attacking percentage, which allowed the Nittany Lions to capitalize on OSU’s mistakes and secure themselves the second set. Carlston said to his team during intermission that they were going to have to fight back if they wanted a victory.“After the second set, we talked about, “Moral victories suck,”” he said, recalling his pep talk following the second set. “We’re just as deserving as Penn State to win this match, but the game is not just going to give it to you.”The Buckeyes improved slightly in the third set, but old habits from the prior set still lingered. A late OSU effort put the team within four points of the Nittany Lions at 19-23, but two Penn State kills quickly fell and ended the set. Penn State then held the advantage 2-1. Both teams had a lot to lose in the fourth set, and the nine tie scores showed it. León led the Buckeyes on a three-point run to lock the score up at 9-9. Not long after, Penn State’s Abby Detering took the Nittany Lions on their own three-point run to an 11-13 edge. Nearing the end of the fourth, it was anyone’s game. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe emerged with monstrous kills and a look on her face of pure determination. She put down eight kills without any trouble, and gave OSU the set win it needed to stay alive. Entering the final set, the Buckeyes briefly held the lead before it changed hands to the Nittany Lions. Down by three points (7-10) in the critical fifth set, OSU took a timeout to evaluate their strategy. It was once again Sandbothe who slammed down another kill out of the break and helped to pull the Buckeyes out of the hole. Back and forth play pushed the set to extra points, and the biggest crowd OSU has seen this season made themselves heard. Senior setter Abby Fesl said it was motivating to hear those yells and cheers, and their voices added to the anticipation of the moment. “Just hearing everyone towards the end of game five, really getting into it – I could tell people were feeling it with us, and that’s when you love to play the game,” she said. Tied at 16-16, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer shined in the final moments. She swung away for two kills to give OSU the match victory and the upset. Carlston said the fifth set says a lot about a team, and he’s glad his team persevered through the fire.“The fifth set is just about heart and guts and grit. I was so happy with the heart and grit we showed, especially at the end,” he said. Sandbothe led the team’s offense with 25 kills and tied sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold in attacking efficiency with .320. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes had the program’s first triple-double in at least five years with 10 kills, 34 assists and 12 digs. Fesl also contributed 27 assists on the night, while León added 24 digs. Fesl said the unsatisfying defeat they faced at Penn State on Oct. 19 was in OSU’s mind during tonight’s match.“Going to Penn State mid-week a couple weeks ago and dropping three straight sets kind of sat with us for a while, so this win was really big for us,” she said. “It means a lot for us going forward.” León has been through four years of losing to the Nittany Lions, and she said she’s proud to help put an end to that streak.“They (Penn State) fought. They played hard, and they didn’t give it to us. We went out there and we got it,” she said. “It’s one of those feelings I’m not going to be able to recreate.” Carlston said the nature of the Big Ten conference relies a lot on timing and opportunity.“This is a league you put a lot of heart and soul into, but you have to be really patient (to get a win),” he said. Ten years of patience paid off for the Buckeyes on Saturday. read more

Rep Roberts career counseling bill signed into law

first_img08Nov Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill signed into law Categories: News,Roberts News Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation by state Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) to give Michigan students improved access to college and career counseling.“Education is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Roberts. “This bill gives school counselors all of the tools they need to guide students toward the career that suits them best.”Counselors are currently required to dedicate 150 hours of professional development over a five-year period to remain certified by the state of Michigan. Roberts’ legislation sets a standard that 25 of the 150 hours be dedicated to career and technical education (CTE), 25 hours for college preparation and five hours on military-based opportunities to assist in post-high school graduation preparation when working with students in grades 6-12.House Bill 4181, now Public Act 151 of 2017, was approved unanimously by the state Senate and garnered strong bipartisan support in the state House. The state Department of Education, Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling, Michigan College Access Network, in addition to multiple public and intermediate school districts, also voiced their backing of the legislation during committee testimony.“Kids who are preparing for the professional world need to know that there are plenty of different options available to them,” Roberts said. “There are thousands of career opportunities in Michigan’s skilled trade industries. These careers pay well, have great security, and allow recent graduates to kickstart their professional lives right out of high school. This legislation will give students better access to opportunities like these.”Gov. Rick Snyder today signs legislation by state Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte), during a ceremony at the governor’s office. Among others, the ceremony was also attended by Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Township), and Stephanie Schafer, who sits on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors for Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Ingham, and Genesee counties.last_img read more