Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Not all victors return home with a happy face despite winning the gold.Ronie Trinidad, this year’s gold medalist in the dance sports category of the Palarong Pambansa held in Vigan City, came home to his hometown in Koronadal City, South Cotabato with a heavy heart.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Maraguinot not returning to Ateneo next year MOST READ In an interview with Inquirer.net, Trinidad said his mother originally wanted him to take piano lessons, but he decided to attend a summer training program in dance instead.He shared that he eventually got his mother’s support to pursue the sport until he became the gold medalist for the Latin dance sport in this year’s Palarong Pambansa. He said his mom would have been with him in Vigan if she did not get sick.“Na sad gid ako. Pero gin isip ko nga dapat maging strong gid ko. Mayad lang ara ang coaching staff kag team mates ko nga nag comfort sa akon [I was really sad, but I kept the motivation to go on, to compete, and get the gold medal. My coach and teammates were there for me],” Trinidad said.“Pagtawag sang gold, happy kaayo ko kah emotional. Pati mga team mates ko emotional man [I am very emotional. I cried when they called my name to announce that I won the gold medal.] I really want to make my Mama and Papa proud,” he added.When Trinidad first joined Palaro last year, he finished with a bronze medal. He said he promised his mother that he will win the gold this year.“Ma, kung nandyan ka man, bantayan mo kami, sila Kuya, Papa, sila Tita, pati mga pinsan ko,” he added. /eeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident After waiting for 11 days to come home, Trinidad finally made it to Koronodal City to offer his medal to his mother, Maricar Trinidad, who had a fought a long battle with cancer.Ronnie’s cousin, Alex Christian Namoca, tweeted that right after arriving home from the games, he offered his medals to his mother.“My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan,” Namoca posted on twitter.My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan. 😭 pic.twitter.com/wJVigHkIcG— uɐᴉʇsᴉɹɥƆ xǝl∀ (@xtian197) April 20, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames While competing in the national games, which is every student athlete’s dream competition, his mother died of stage 4 lung cancer.Behind the stellar performances of competitors in the Palaro were narratives of fine hard work, sacrifices, and bitter-sweet triumphs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLike all athletes, Trinidad left his hometown and went to Vigan focused on winning the game and bringing home the gold medal, but even before he can perform on the dance floor, he received the news of his mother’s passing.Despite the sad news, Koronadal’s dance athlete prevailed and went on to win the gold medal for Juvenile D Latin Dance Category and a silver medal for Juvenile C Latin dance category.
Dear Editor,Recently, Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder lamented the challenges the Fire Department faces in its bid to saves people’s lives and property. Mr. Holder was quoted in the media as saying that fire tenders with blaring sirens are ignored by minibus operators/touts until they “have filled and packed their bus, and until they feel they should move aside” to allow fire tenders passage to get on with the business of fire-fighting.Obviously, the passengers are complicit.To protect its people, the United Kingdom issued a terse travel warning to its citizens planning to visit Guyana: “Avoid Using Minibuses.” The advisory states that the buses are driven dangerously, and are responsible for the majority of road accidents in Guyana.Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, in November last year, urged commuters to speak out and condemn errant minibus operators, because remaining silent can worsen the situation.Traffic Chief Dion Moore concurred, stating: “If we need our roads to be safe, then we must change our attitude when we use the road. Many times we see other persons doing things that are not in keeping with road safety practices, but what we do? We sit, relax, or we go about our journey without saying a word. If we speak out, we can make a difference.”But to tell minibus operators to slow down their pace or to turn down their music is actually to make a conscious decision to incur their unrestrained aggression and abuse, making your bad day worse, or spoiling your good day. I believe that many people, already dealing with challenges in their lives, rarely want to make this decision; and decide to bear the discomfort and play a bit of ‘Russian roulette’.However, I would like Traffic Chief Moore and others in authority to see how best we can protect our commuters and pedestrians. I have a few controversial suggestions in order to institute discipline. First, implement regulations for minibuses to be painted in a standard colour, and give owners six months to comply. No more wraps.Secondly, make it mandatory for drivers and conductors to wear a specific type of clothing, maybe a white shirtjack and black pants. A neat identity card bearing their names and photographs should be clipped to their shirts at all times.Thirdly, ban music on all minibuses providing public transport. I have seen Police officers turning a deaf ear to these moving dancehalls. I have also seen the Police attempt to stop buses from playing loud music on board.What usually ends up happening is a silly game of catch-me-if-you-can. The drivers turn down the music when passing a cop, and turn it back up when out of earshot. So clearly, allowing music at a moderate decibel level isn’t working.Fourthly, erect secret cameras at strategic locations to record those speeding minibus operators as they go about their business of adding chaos to the lives of Guyanese.Fifthly, place more Police officers on the road, not singly, but in small groups of three or more, to make them less susceptible to being bullied by hostile minibus operators.I believe that turning a blind eye to small things has propelled major slips and slides in our society. And similarly, by taking small, concerted and dedicated steps, we can restore order.Let’s not get distracted with politics and oil while persons without respect for law and order run amok. Let’s not get comfortable with chaos.Sincerely,Concerned citizen
Cross-section of participants at the launch of the Action for Accelerating SHR Rights and Policy Implementation (AASPI)Partnership for Sustainable Development (PaSD) a not for profit organization recently launched an action plan to create awareness and engage relevant stakeholders on the need to prioritize the realization of reproductive health rights (SHR) in the country.The project, known as Action for Accelerating SHR Rights and Policy Implementation (AASPI), was launched in Monrovia recently with a host of representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), the student community and health practitioners.Keynote speaker Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, Dr. Catherine Cooper said with the numerous challenges confronting the Ministry (MOH) it is a laudable initiative that CSOs get involved in helping to curb most of the challenges.“MOH cannot do it all alone. We need civil society organizations and a lot of other partners to appreciate the fact that health matters are matters of urgency and completely void of politics,” Dr. Cooper said.She said the maternal and infant mortality rates in the country are too alarming and there is the need for prompt action at all levels to curtail or put an end to them.Cooper added: “We have a high fertility rate of 4.7 percent of our infant mortality rate. This means that the infant mortality ratio now is 54 to 1,000 lives birthed. The newborn mortality is 26 to a 1000 lives birthed as well.”She said most of the maternal and newborn deaths can be attributed to preventable and treatable conditions.“It is evident that without quality health for women and children the country will not yield the demographic dividend. There are many hindrances to the quality of health services in Liberia and we find out that predominantly we are more troubled on the supply side,” Cooper said.She pointed out that there are critical gaps in the health system which include the unavailability of essential drugs, equipment, medical supplies at the various health facilities across the country.“We have a weak distribution system. We have limited trained workforce to intervene in this area. The access to health care is further hindered by no service quality and inequality of the distribution of health facilities. There are still many counties where our population does not have access to health care,” she said.About government’s efforts to curtail some of the challenges in the health sector, Dr. Cooper said in 2016 the MOH developed a reproductive maternal newborn child and adolescent health investment case (RMNCH).According to her, this is a national strategy for improving reproductive maternal newborn and child and adolescent health issues in the country and it is a direct response to one of the sustainable development goals that have been promoted by the United Nations.She added that since 2016, the Liberian government has made several strides towards achieving RMNCH.“There is an improvement of service provision in many of the health care facilities. Service is now being taken to the communities. We now have community health assistance program. Community health workers are recruited and are going around finding out cases and informing the MOH for quick intervention,” she said.Dr. Cooper said the government is reviewing the reasons that are causing the deaths and at the same time find the means to reduce or prevent the deaths of parents at childbirth or their infants.“There is a new Redemption Hospital undergoing construction in Caldwell. When completed, there will be more facilities to cater to patients, mainly our women and children who suffer the most in times of health crisis,” she said.Cooper added that for the power outages experienced at health care facilities across the country, the MOH has provided suitcases with solar lights for midwives to attend to pregnant women. She said over 274 of those solar panels have been installed at health facilities.Eight maternal waiting homes have been constructed in seven of the fifteen counties. Pregnant women who live far away from health facilities can now come to these maternal waiting homes before their delivery.Cooper said: “Holding factors constant that traditional practices are hampering the MOH’s intervention in many cases, such as women making sure they are delivered of their babies at health care centers rather than at home there is an increment by 32 percent in pregnant women being delivered at health care centers as compared to before the percentage was far lower than the 32 percent.”Cooper said there are two rural midwives schools now in Grand Gedeh and Lofa that are already training midwives in those rural parts of the country for prompt intervention in the delivery of women instead of unprofessional people attending to them.About the history of PaSD and an overview of the AASPI, PaSD acting national executive director, David P. Flomo said his organization’s thematic areas of focus are the campaign against gender-based violence, women’s access to comprehensive and reproductive health services and sexual health of young girls.Flomo also outlined challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes, and laws as another set of thematic areas of focus. Meanwhile, PaSD executives sought partnership with civil society organizations present in adopting and presenting a petition to the 54th Legislature to pass into law “The Domestic Violence Act.”The Domestic Violence Act was introduced by a consortium of civil society organizations under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s regime.PaSD and all who affixed their signatures to the petition also called on President George Weah to see reason and reintroduce Executive Order 92.Executive Order 92 was introduced by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in an effort to curtail or eliminate violence against women at all fronts.“Civil society organizations, including youth and women groups championing an end to sexual-gender based violence (SGBV), infant and maternal mortality were particularly moved and applauded by President Weah’s call for the 54th Legislature to pass into law several essential bills, especially the domestic violence act,” the petition said.The CSOs called on Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Senate Pro Tempore Albert Chie to fast-track proceedings leading to the passage of the Domestic Violence Act.Signatories to the 13th February 2019 petition were PaSD, National Budget and Human Rights Forum (NBHF), Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), Save the Children International (SCI) and More for Education (ME).Others are CSOs of maternal newborn child advocacy working group, Liberia CSOs WASH Network, Midwives Association of Liberia and United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia.Also, signatories to the document were the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), the University of Liberia and the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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After Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, supporters have voiced their frustration with manager Manuel Pellegrini as the Blues remain winless after their opening three games in the competition.City led their Russian opponents 2-0 at half-time but conceded twice in a calamitous second period.In their earlier Group E matches Pellegrini’s men suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich before drawing 1-1 with Roma at the Etihad stadium leaving their progression to the knockout stages in the balance and City fans took to Twitter to air their views… Manuel Pellegrini has come under criticism from fans 1
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is preparing for a “big battle” as the Gunners look to secure another top four finish in the Premier League.The Gunners currently sit in fifth but are level on 42 points with fourth placed Southampton following a thumping 5-0 home win over Aston Villa on Sunday.It was a third straight league victory for the north London side, who swept aside the top flight strugglers despite the injury absence of top scorer Alexis Sanchez, with Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and teenage full-back Hector Bellerin all on the scoresheet at the Emirates Stadium.This season’s race for Champions League qualification is setting up to be the most open contest for years, with the Gunners, the Saints, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool all still in contention, and even West Ham just six points outside the top four.And Wenger knows there remains plenty of hard work ahead, with the Frenchman saying his side must focus on maintaining their consistency to ensure Arsenal’s place.The Frenchman said: “We’re 11 points behind [league leaders] Chelsea. We want to get as close to them as possible, but at the moment they’re too far for us [to catch them].“We’re not looking behind, what is important is to look in front.“It’s a big battle to be in the top four. Everyone has quality and we need to be consistent to be in there.“We have maybe found a better consistency, that will be very important until the end.“Let’s show that we can win more and it shows you as well that when the confidence level is higher and when everybody’s back defensively, it makes a difference.”On the Gunners’ impressive attacking display against Villa, Wenger added: “Our offensive game was good, even though I believe we had some weaker periods in the game when Aston Villa were in possession.“We always looked dangerous when we got their lines and defensively we were sound as well. Overall it is a positive day for us.”Arsenal signed centre-half Gabriel Paulista last week from Villarreal, and the Brazilian was among the unused substitutes.It was a much-needed arriving for the Gunners, who have suffered numerous injuries at the back this season, but Wenger is not expecting a hectic final 24 hours of the transfer window before Monday night’s deadline.“I don’t think I will be busy,” he said.“We have done what we wanted and, unless there is a huge surprise and somebody calls me, then why not? [But] at the moment, nothing. It’s very quiet.”
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has praised ‘incredible’ striker Jamie Vardy.The England marksman netted a brace in the 2-0 victory over Liverpool and the win keeps the Foxes three points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Vardy volleyed in from 30 yards and ran riot over Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, having regained top form following groin surgery.He finished well for his second, hours after it emerged the club are in talks to extend his stay at the King Power.The Italian told Sky Sports: “It’s incredible what Vardy did.“He watched the ball, watched the opponent and watched the keeper. It’s amazing, fantastic. This opened the match.” Leicester dominated for long spells and deserved their victory but Ranieri admitted they face a different test when they go to their top of the table clash against Manchester City at the Etihad at the weekend.“On Saturday we have to run, run and run a lot,” he said.“It’s important to see my players fight and try to win. We know sooner or later we’ll lose a match but it’s important how we lose.“If there is a great goal, well done, but we have to fight. If Manchester City fight more than us, well done to them.”
CAN YOU BELIEVE THE PLAYERS ABOVE HAVE ‘WON’ THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? BUT ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HASN’T? TAKE A LOOK AT 11 OF THE BEST PLAYERS NEVER TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – CLICK HERENot everyone is blessed with footballing ability to win the Champions League – we can’t all be Lionel Messi.Only the best in the business can help their teams to glory in Europe’s elite competition and lift Ol’ Big Ears aloft, right?Wrong. It might not surprise you too much that there have been some less talented players (we’re looking at you, Igor Biscan) to win the trophy but, not only that, there are also men who are seemingly completely undeserving of a winner’s medal.Some players have extremely miniscule parts in their team’s triumph but somehow find themselves adorned with a winners medal.So who are the most undeserving Champions League winners ever? Click the right arrow above to find out a selection of contenders. 8. Jamal Blackman (Chelsea – 2012) – We can accept Ross Turnbulls role as back up to Petr Cech as the Blues triumphed in Munich but Blackmans medal for being a squad member seems a bit generous to us. 10 9. Oier Olazabal (Barcelona – 2011) – The goalkeeper made only one La Liga appearance for the Catalan giants in seven seasons with the club and not a single minute of Champions League action. But, thanks to Jose Manuel Pintos red card in their semi-final first leg, he made the bench for the return match and the final against Manchester United at Wembley. 10 4. Valdo (Real Madrid – 2002) – The Cape Verde international joined the clubs reserves at the start of the 2001/02 season and made three appearances for the senior side the same year. Two were off the bench in Champions League clashes Lokomotiv Moscow and Panathinaikos, which got him his medal. Squad mates Ruben and Carlos Sanchez run him close too. 10 1. Carlos Aranda (Real Madrid – 2000 and 2002) – Striker Aranda didnt play a single La Liga match for Reals first-team but a start against Molde in 1999 and an appearance off the bench against Lokomotiv Moscow in 2001 saw him land TWO winners medals. After winning the second he joined Numancia and spent the rest of his career moving from club to club in Spain. 10 10 10 10 5. Scott Carson (Liverpool – 2005) – Bought in January 2005 to rival Jerzy Dudek for the No.1 shirt at Anfield as injury problems blighted Chris Kirklands career, the £750,000 signing made nine appearances in total for the Reds but his role on the bench for six games and one start against Juventus when he boobed to let Cannavaro score saw him pick up a medal ,as the Reds went on to miraculously beat AC Milan in the final. 7. Marko Arnautovic (Inter Milan – 2010) – Now starring at Stoke, the Austrian once had an unsuccessful spell with Inter Milan where he made just three substitute appearances in Serie A. He didnt make a single Champions League appearance but got a medal after appearing on the bench against CSKA Moscow and Barcelona. He even wore a pair of boots embroidered with ‘CL winner 2010’. 10 10. Rene Krhin (Inter Milan – 2010) – click the arrow above, right, to see who else can claim to be a Champions League winner – The Slovenian youngster made the bench for one group match with Rubin Kazan and wasnt in the 18-man team for the final, which they won by beating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Bernabeu. Hes still got a medal to polish though, while he now struts his stuff at Granada in La Liga. 10 6. Valerio Fiori (AC Milan – 2003 and 2007) – Think Richard Wright is the ultimate third choice goalkeeper? Think again! Fiori joined Milan at the age of 30 and spent eight seasons barely even warming the bench. He made two appearances across his time with the club, but in 2003 he was on the bench on five occasions enough to bag a Champions League winner’s medal and, 90 minutes on the bench for a group stage match with Lille in 2006 earned him his second UCL gong, when his team-mates went on to win that season’s trophy. No wonder he had the time to get a law degree in 2007. 3. Jonathan Greening (Manchester United – 1999) – In the treble winning season, academy product Greening made seven appearances in total but not one was in the Champions League, despite sitting on the bench in the final not that he will give a damn. 2. Vladimir But (Borussia Dortmund – 1997) – But became the second Russian ever to win the Champions League when Dortmund beat Juventus 3-1. It will always remain on his honours list but in the run to the triumph in Munich he only made the pitch for a total of four minutes in a substitute appearance against Steaua Bucharest. 10
The students then watched rescuers on personal watercraft zoom through the water. Inflatable rescue boats were the last stop. Fire officials stressed that rescue conditions aren’t like the picture-perfect ones at Castaic Lake on Wednesday. “People need to realize when they go into the flood control channel, they are not only endangering their lives but also the lives of all rescuers,” said Jason Hurd, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman. Fast-moving water filled with debris such as cars, couches and shopping carts makes a dangerous situation even more treacherous. “It’s muddy. It’s cold. It’s dirty,” Chapman said. “You usually get sick afterwards.” If you do fall into a storm channel, firefighters say you should try to float on your back and point your feet down river. Once you have been spotted, you should not shout, which will help you conserve energy, they said. Megan Badovinac, an eighth-grader at La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country, said she got the message to stay out of the water. “It’s really dangerous, things like this,” the 13-year-old Canyon Country resident said. Hannah Langley, an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Middle School in Valencia, said no one should go into a channel. “It’s not worth it,” said Hannah, 13, of Santa Clarita. The students were given county public service announcements and videos titled “No Way Out” and “Danger! Debris Flow” to share with their classmates. The county’s campaign also focuses on the dangers of flash floods, mudslides or debris flows in areas burned in the recent wildfires. firstname.lastname@example.org 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – About 100 firefighters, lifeguards and other emergency responders from the Los Angeles area sharpened their water-rescue skills Wednesday at Castaic Lake. County officials used the exercise to get out their “Stay Away & Stay Alive!” message, urging people – especially children – to stay out of flood control channels and local urban rivers, particularly during the rainy season. The message comes ahead of a storm expected later tonight that weather officials say could drop between 2 and 5 inches of rain through Sunday. “Stay away from the rivers to stay alive,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Derrick Chapman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocal swift water rescue teams respond to an average of 100 calls per year, with children ages 5 to 15 comprising the majority of those rescues. The event was organized by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in conjunction with the county’s Office of Education and Department of Public Works. More than a dozen students from Santa Clarita middle schools watched as a Blackhawk helicopter hovered over a portion of the lake and dropped a wire with an orange capture ball in the water. The rescuer and victim hooked onto it and the rescuer used hand signals to communicate with the individuals in the helicopter. They were pulled out of the water and then dropped onshore. Several of the students captured the dramatic mock rescues on their camera phones before they got sprayed with sand from the helicopter’s powerful rotors.
11 17. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 5. Gabriel (centre-back) – see the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 11 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 23. Danny Welbeck (forward) Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon as they look to ensure they finish in the Premier League’s top four.The Gunners currently sit six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, while West Ham are also hot on their heels.Arsene Wenger’s men saw their title hopes fade to all-but over as they drew 3-3 in a thrilling clash with the Hammers last weekend, and will want to make up for it this time out against the Eagles.Petr Cech is likely to return as he reaches full fitness, but Jack Wilshere is not quite ready for a first-team role as he steps up his comeback from long-term injury.So, who will start the match at the Emirates? talkSPORT takes a look at Arsenal’s predicted XI against Crystal Palace… 34. Francis Coquelin (midfield) 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (midfield) 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) 11 11 11 45. Alex Iwobi (midfield)