All eyes on Alyssa as semifinals kicks off

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour clubs start their royal rumble for a spot in the championship round on Sunday, but all eyes are on fixed on league darling Alyssa Valdez, who hasn’t won a title in almost three years.Valdez will be front and center for top seed Creamline, which will battle rebooted three-time champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force in a best-of-three semifinal series of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Mixing hoops and academics–the Ateneo way Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also serving up their own series—in a much low-key manner—are PayMaya and BanKo Perlas.The last time the 25-year-old poster girl held a trophy was in 2015 when she helped PLDT Home Ultera to back-to-back titles along with the likes of Jaja Santiago and Grethcel Soltones.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 crownWith the Cool Smashers building their team around Valdez, fans are hoping to finally witness the end of a long title-drought.Having Valdez’s back are imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Nikolina Asceric, and fellow local superstars Michelle Gumabao, Risa Sato, libero Melissa Gohing and Jia Morado. LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees But out to spoil the fun are the Lady Warriors led by Myla Pablo, who can match Valdez’s power and skills—and gallery appeal.Imports Arielle Love and Madeline Palmer will beef up Pocari along with role players Jeannete Panaga, Del Palomata, Angel Antipuesto, libero Jellie Tempiatura and playmaker Wendy Semana.Not to be overlooked is the separate showdown between the High Flyers and the Perlas Spikers.“I think we’re just about even in manpower although they’ve got strong imports and PayMaya is a well-coached team,” said BanKo-Perlas mentor Dong dela Cruz, whose charges are riding on a seven-game winning run.He is hoping the string of wins can give the Perlas Spikers needed momentum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Emergency services conduct training exercise off West Donegal

first_imgGardaí have issued a notice to reassure the public that a training exercise is underway at Bunbeg this Sunday morning.People are advised not to be alarmed if they see the joint Garda Síochána/Irish Coast Guard operation at Machaire Gathlán Pier.The aim of the exercise is to review search, rescue, recovery operational capacity and to enhance communications between a range of organisations. Also taking part in the exercise will be personnel from, Marine Rescue Centre, Malin Head, the R.N.L.I. and Irish Underwater Council Search and Recovery Divers.The pre-planned training operation will take place from 8am to 1pm this Sunday 19th May.Emergency services conduct training exercise off West Donegal was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks coach discusses Haley’s role: “we’re going to play him”

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Micheal Haley’s “vacation” is over. On Thursday, he’ll get back at work, rejoining the Sharks lineup after a two-year sabbatical with the Florida Panthers.In a span of just 72 hours, Haley went from being the castaway of a non-playoff team to landing a spot in the lineup of a squad that’s a top contender for the Stanley Cup.  After getting waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, Haley got picked up by his former-team on Wednesday, getting inserted into the lineup immediately for …last_img read more

Proposed tariffs could have a huge impact on Ohio’s corn and soybean producers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another round of talks in the ongoing trade war with China has led to another set of concerns for agriculture due to the potentially huge ramifications for the nation’s exports and commodity process.Ohio’s crop producers are holding out hope that, in the end, things will work out for the good of U.S. trade, but the stakes are very high for Ohio’s top agricultural crops. The political rhetoric and potential for massive demand impacts for corn, soybeans and wheat change by the hour on this ongoing one-upping of tariff roulette. At press time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was set to begin collecting additional duties on designated Chinese goods July 6.“We should address our trade challenges by increasing our competitiveness, not creating new barriers,” said Allen Armstrong, Ohio Soybean Association president and Clark County soybean farmer. “Exports have been one of the few bright spots for farmers in recent years, and we can’t afford another hit to the bottom line.”The Ohio Soybean Association denounced the White House’s decision to impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion in Chinese products, which China has said it will answer with a retaliatory 25% tariff on imported U.S. soybeans, corn and over 100 other American products. China purchases 61% of total U.S. soybean exports and more than 30% of overall U.S. soybean production.“The collateral damage in this trade war will include not only Ohio grain farmers, but all Ohioans,” said Scott Metzger, OSA first vice president and Ross County soybean farmer. “Farm incomes are at multiyear lows, and this action will harm our state’s largest industry by undermining our top agricultural export.”Across Ohio, the loss of soybean exports to China would be an estimated $241 million annually, according to research from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio’s $1.8 billion in soybean exports in 2017 accounted for more than 3.5% of all Ohio commodity exports. Ohio is the sixth largest producer of soybeans in the U.S., with 4.8 million acres planted in 2017 and more than 60% of the state’s entire soybean production exported to international markets. China imported $13.9 billion in U.S. soybeans in 2017, 61% of total U.S. soy exports.When combined with losses from corn prices, Ohio State University researchers have projected a 59% loss in annual net farm income based on historical trends in yields on corn and soybeans and projections for price drops in both commodities due to the tariffs.For the study, the researchers compiled data from six Ohio corn and soybean farms of similar size and created a representative Ohio farm comprised of 1,100 acres split evenly between corn and soybeans. They used the representative farm to determine the financial toll a tariff could take on an Ohio farm.Net annual income on that representative Ohio farm was projected to drop from $63,577 to $26,107 under the proposed tariff, according to the study performed by Ben Brown, manager of CFAES’s farm management program and Ian Sheldon an agricultural economist, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in CFAES.“There are farmers who are struggling across the state,” Brown said. “If the proposed tariffs go into effect, we’re going to have farmers who will have to exit the industry.”The financial losses stem from an expected drop in Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans and corn and in the world price for both crops.“The biggest impact will be on profits from soybeans, however corn is affected too,” Brown said.Other international trading partners, including Canada, the European Union, and Mexico have recently announced retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as well, that could also dip into the profits of Ohio farmers.The losses from soybeans sales are projected to be far greater than for corn. Every year, 31% of the soybeans and 2% of the corn Ohio produces are exported to China.China is the largest buyer of soybeans in the world, and Brazil is its top supplier with the United States being second. If China imposes the threatened 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans that will drive up the price that Chinese companies have to pay for U.S. soybeans and encourage them to buy even more soybeans from Brazil, Brown said.“The U.S. remains the largest producers of soybeans, but it is safe to say that Brazil could become the number one producer of soybeans in the world with increased demand for their products,” said Brown, who along with Sheldon are in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.The United States may not be able to regain its share in selling soybeans to China, Sheldon said.He pointed to how the United States lost market share for its beef beginning in 2003 following Japan’s ban on imports of U.S. beef due to cases of mad cow disease in the United States. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Australia was able to increase its exports of beef to Japan, and the United States has not regained its share in that market, Sheldon said.“Why lose market share when you’re competing as well as you can,” Sheldon said of U.S. exports of soybeans and the prospect of a trade war with China. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”last_img read more

Ukrainian goes with Bitcoin ATMs to bypass banking system

first_imgUkraine will soon have 150 new ATMs for both buying and selling cryptocurrencies, with around 30 of the machines slated to open by the end of August, The Kiyv Post has learned from Mike Chobanyan, head of the Bitcoin agency in Ukraine.The devices will allow both selling and buying hryvnias, the national currency, and a variety of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoins, Ethereum (or Ether), Waves, and Golos.Ukrainian entrepreneurs want to install the ATMs because of the troubled situation with the Ukrainian banking system, which generates problems for businesses, Chobanyan told The Kyiv Post. Using cryptocurrencies allows businesses to bypass the traditional banking sector, he said, declining to reveal the names of the machine buyers.Chobanyan himself brought the first Ukrainian cryptocurrency ATM to Odessa, a city in southern Ukraine, in April 2017. This device allows users to withdraw amounts of at least 500 hryvnias or 0.1 Bitcoin, around $20 at the current exchange rate.Bitcoin began being accepted by pioneering Ukrainian merchants as early as 2014. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Tags:#atm#bitcoin#Fintech#Ukraine center_img 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps Related Posts Trevor Curwinlast_img read more

Crucial CWG file goes missing from OC office

first_imgAfter accusing organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and his aide Lalit Bhanot of creating hindrances in the probe, the investigating agencies now claim that some crucial documents which could throw light on the deals related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) have gone missing.Sources told Headlines Today that the contractual obligations and authorisation files related to the Queen’s Baton Relay are not available. They said that Gen Raj Kadiyan was bypassed on arrangements for the relay.The probe agencies fear that the absent documents could have either been destroyed or hidden.The revelation came during a series of searches carried out by a team of 20-30 sleuths at the OC office and its secretary general Lalit Bhanot’s residence in November. In order to get a grip on the investigation process, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would approach sports ministry for the removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot.CBI Director A.P. Singh had earlier this month written to Union Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar urging the immediate removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot from their posts in the OC.It was earlier reported in September that a crucial file containing information on Mahendroo’s record of service and details of his trips to the UK for the baton relay had gone missing from the OC office.A number of agencies — Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI — are on the look out to nail the perpetrators who indulged in irregularities during the mega sporting event held in October 2010.advertisementThe CBI has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC director general V.K. Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs for the contracting of AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s joint director general T.S. Darbari and deputy director general Sanjay Mohindroo for their alleged complicity in these deals.last_img read more

Babar Azam slams 26-ball hundred after being hit for six sixes in an over

first_imgPakistani batsman Babar Azam had the misfortune of having to bowl to his compatriot Shoaib Malik in a T10 charity match, when the latter decided to celebrate Christmas letting off the fireworks in the stadium.The former Pakistan captain, Malik smashed Azam for six sixes in the seventh over of the first innings. Azam though had his revenge as he blasted a hundred off just 26 balls.Malik was representing Shahid Afridi Foundation Red team, and helped them to post 201 in 10 overs. But Shahid Afridi Foundation Green,thanks to a crazed Azam knock, registered a nine-wicket victory.Shoaib Malik’s six sixes -Shoaib Malik smashes 6 sixes in an over off the bowling of Babar Azam in the Shahid Afridi Foundation charity match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/lV1b4s4cfY- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Babar Azam’s 100 off 26 balls -Babar Azam’s excellent 100 off 26 balls at the Shahid Afridi Foundation match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/dsKLLuyDE4- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Earlier in December, Shahid Afridi began his T10 cricket stint with a bang as an inspired bowling spell helped the Pakhtoons pick up a victory in the newest format of the game.The veteran all-rounder picked up a hat-trick with the first three balls he bowled to help his team beat a Maratha Arabians side captained by Virender Sehwag by 25 runs.Talking about his new experience, he said: “I really enjoyed it, it is totally different,” Afridi said after the game. “The boys did really well.”advertisement”If the ICC is thinking of cricket in the Olympics, T10 could be the right format because the match gets over in 90 minutes. So it’s like football where the result will come (in quick time). Also, one or two people can win you a match so even the smaller countries can produce those players,” he said.Rohit Sharma, who equalled the record for the fastest century in T20Is in the second match against Sri Lanka, will be heaving a sigh of relief as Azam’s knock won’t stand as it was not an official match. Rohit’s 35-ball ton is the fastest century, along with David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017. The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary. His whirlwind of an innings ended when he fell for 118 off just 43 balls to Dushmantha Chameera  in the 12th over. This was the fastest hundred byan Indian batsman in the format. The previous one was held by KL Rahuloff 46 balls against West Indies in 2016 at Lauderhill.The Hitman blasted 10 sixes and 12 fours in his innings.last_img read more