Top five confirmed for finals in POM men’s softball

first_imgIn the A grade division: 1) Yokomo, 2) Brown Eagles, 3) PNG Power, 4) United Brothers,   5) Defence.President, Tony Daple said the two last placings in the A grade division were decided on percentages and verified by scorers-Vincent Varuna and Penni Tonga.He said the B grade division was straight forward.B grade division: 1) Brown Eagles, 2) United Brothers, 3) Stingerz, 4) PNG Power, 5) Bears.The finals for both A and B grade will start this Sunday at the Bisini Grounds.last_img

NBA-best Celtics hold off Warriors late to win 10th straight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Russell had 12 points and seven assists but also nine of his team’s 19 turnovers before leaving with that aching thumb in the Warriors’ sixth straight defeat. X-rays were negative and he will have an MRI.Injury-plagued Golden State — playing without Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — faced the NBA’s top two teams in consecutive games, losing to the Lakers on the road Wednesday.“We played our best defensive game of the year. That’s what really matters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Burks scored 20 points off the bench, making 11 of 12 free throws as Golden State’s cast of youngsters nearly pulled off a November upset by outhustling Boston for much of the night, crashing the boards and creating second chances.Jaylen Brown had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Tatum overcame a slow start to score 24 points for the Celtics, who lost Oct. 23 at Philadelphia to start the season before beginning their longest winning streak since 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption UP NEXTCeltics: At the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Boston has won the last four in the series and the past two road matchups.Warriors: At New Orleans on Sunday to start a four-game road trip. Golden State has won the last four meetings with the Pelicans and seven straight on the road, including 134-123 on Oct. 28.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, left, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Glenn Robinson III (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO— Yet another Golden State starter went down with an injury when D’Angelo Russell sprained his right thumb, but the Warriors still made mighty Boston work until the waning moments.Jayson Tatum dunked after a jump ball with 1:36 left to put Boston ahead, and the Celtics held off the undermanned Warriors 105-100 on Friday night for their 10th straight win since losing the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Davis block at buzzer seals Lakers win over Kings 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study An out-of-bounds call initially in Golden State’s favor went to replay review and was overturned, leading to the jump ball.Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer with 2:19 to play that pulled Boston to 97-95, then Daniel Theis made one free throw with 1:41 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Warriors got the ball back with 54.3 seconds left on another overturned replay, but Alec Burks missed a 3 that would have tied it and Walker scored on the other end.“We’re trying to get better and that starts with just competing,” Golden State center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “We’re taking little steps. Today we had a chance to win it.” “We knew that we were going to get their best shot,” Brown said. “They came out high intensity, they jumped on us early. As we’re a young team, we’re getting used to being the team that’s being (chased) and handling that better.”The Warriors hung tough until late, keeping the crowd engaged — something that hasn’t always been the case so far given the early struggles for a franchise that’s reached five straight NBA Finals.“Warriors fans have always appreciated high energy, hustle, toughness, great competition,” Kerr said. “You could feel it in the building tonight. Our fans really enjoyed watching our guys compete, and that’s important. We want people to come into this building and be excited about watching our team. It’s been a rough start, but if we can compete that way and play that way we’re going to win some games and our fans will enjoy what we’re doing.”Boston had four starters reach double figures in scoring after seven players did so in a 140-133 win against Washington on Wednesday.Each team was missing a star player following surgery for a broken left hand: Golden State two-time MVP Curry and Boston forward Gordon Hayward, who missed his third straight game and second since the procedure.TIP-INSCeltics: Brown and Tatum had three steals apiece, while Theis and Marcus Smart had two each. … Boston shot 7 for 23 in the first quarter and 10 of 22 in the second to lead 52-51 at the break. … The Celtics won their second straight on Golden State’s home floor and just their eighth in the last 24. … It had been nearly 50 years since Boston played in San Francisco, a 116-111 Warriors win on Feb. 21, 1970, at Civic Auditorium. … Boston is 3-0 vs. the Western Conference and 2-0 on the road.Warriors: Russell had his streak of five straight 20-point games snapped. … Curry, his hand in a brace, cheered when Golden State won a challenge midway through the third and a foul call on Eric Paschall was overturned. … C Kevon Looney, who missed the entire preseason and only played briefly in the season opener, will be re-evaluated next Wednesday for a nerve issue that has contributed to his right hamstring injury. C Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) is yet to play and also will be examined again Wednesday, the team said.GOLDEN STATE’S ROUGH STARTAt 2-11, the Warriors are off to their worst start since beginning 2-16 in 1999-00. The six-game losing streak matches their longest since dropping six in a row from Feb. 5-19, 2013.Golden State dropped to 1-6 at home in new Chase Center. The Warriors are 64-13 at home vs. the Eastern Conference since 2014-15, but 0-2 this season.QUOTEABLE“Nobody is preordained to get to play in the finals every year. It just doesn’t work that way. We sort of look at it the opposite way in that how lucky we’ve been to be part of this group over the last for me five years, for Draymond (Green) the last seven years, and have a lot of success. Maybe we were due for a year like this. That’s kind of how life works, so let’s make the most of it.” — Kerr on Green being the Warriors’ last healthy superstar. 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Tackling mental health issues

first_imgOn March 31, 2018, Reona Payne was brutally murdered by her lover, Orwain Sandy, who was employed as a Captain in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). Sandy shot Payne over 14 times as he went berserk because she was reportedly having an affair.As the tearful Army Captain made his way to the courthouse for arraignment on the heinous crime last Tuesday, his Attorney related to the media that his client will need to consult with a psychiatrist because of his condition. While the Attorney did not divulge much detail, it would appear that the GDF Captain may have been dealing for years with challenging mental health issues.And while nothing justifies or excuses his actions towards Payne and her murder, there is need for those in authority within the country’s high security agencies to place more emphasis on dealing condignly with the mental health and competency of their members.As Hamlet had stated in his writings, “I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercise; and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory…”Depression is part of the human condition and Hamlet’s description of its symptoms matches those in a modern medical textbook. The categorisation has become more precise, the treatments more advanced, but the illness is still badly understood and its consequences often hidden. Depression remains if not a source of shame, then at least bewilderment to those who suffer from it and those around them. Yet it is on the increase, neurotic disorders affecting one in six adults at some point in their lives. Society, and medical science, needs a better response.Back in 2010, UK Journalist and the Guardian’s head of special projects, who led a team of Journalists investigating international trends and issues, Mark Rice-Oxley wrote powerfully of his “decline from unremarkable working dad of three to stranded depressive sitting on the floor doing simple jigsaws”.His shock was not just at the crushing effect of a condition that seemed to come from nowhere, but the confusion about how to overcome it.The truth is medical advances have controlled many diseases, but depression in its different forms is either becoming more common or being detected more often – and perhaps both. Pharmaceutical treatments, while restricted in their effectiveness, are being used much more widely: 39 million antidepressants are said to be prescribed in Britain each year.These drugs have strong side-effects and treat the symptoms, not the causes, of depression. For many people they are an essential relief, but a society in which a growing number of people depend on expensive chemicals to control their mental state cannot be healthy. Nor, however, is one in which depression is ignored, or regarded as a passing private issue, different somehow from illnesses with physical causes and consequences. The world has got better at understanding that people with depression are genuinely unwell and need help, but not always at offering that help. The choice sometimes seems to be between self-cure and potent drugs. Four out of five people experiencing some form of depression get better without treatment, but for many the symptoms return, and for a minority, recovery does not come of its own accord.Part of the challenge is defining what it is to be depressed. The term has such a wide common meaning that it can be used to cover anything from passing grief to long-term illness. The Royal College of Psychiatrists lists typical symptoms: feeling utterly tired; feeling useless, inadequate and hopeless; and feeling unhappy most of the time among them. But there can be no medical exactitude to an illness experienced in different degrees and different ways by different people – only that you know it when it comes.There are reasons to think that depression is a disease of affluence, or a consequence of the way modern urban life is lived. This argument can run close to suggesting that people who are depressed but otherwise healthy, wealthy and secure have no business being ill and that their lot in life is still better than that of most of the planet’s population. But it is a real illness and has real causes, not fully understood. Drink, drugs, a lack of sleep, too little company, and too much work can all help unbalance the mind. Sunshine and exercise can help restore it. But there is something deep about serious depression which cannot be driven away immediately by counselling, a brisk walk, kind friends or great music, though such things can help.The human mind is the most extraordinary and least understood part of the body, the source of joy and creativity. It can also, as Hamlet knew, create the horror of depression: “This brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.”last_img read more

Rampant Chelsea fire five past Schalke

first_img0Shares0000GELSINKIRCHEN, November 26- Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea marched into the Champions League’s last-16 as confirmed Group G winners after their emphatic 5-0 win at Robert di Matteo’s Schalke 04 on Tuesday.Mourinho’s Premier League leaders brushed Di Matteo’s ineffective Royal Blues aside in Gelsenkirchen as captain John Terry put them ahead within just two minutes of the kick-off. Further first-half scores by Willian and an own goal from defender Jan Kirchhoff was followed by second-half strikes from Didier Drogba and Brazil midfielder Ramires.The result fell just short of Schalke’s record European home defeat when they were hammered 6-1 by Real Madrid in last season’s round of 16, first leg, in February this year.Chelsea remain unbeaten in all 19 matches this season and are now four-points clear in the table ahead of their final match at home to second-placed Sporting Lisbon in a fortnight.Schalke drop to third, having been leap-frogged by Sporting who won 2-1 at home to Maribor, who they now face away in Slovenia in their final game next month.Di Matteo, who is just eight games into the Schalke job, remains the only Chelsea manager to win the Champions League title and Mourinho refused to even talk about him in the match’s build-up.The self-styled ‘Special One’, who won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 and Porto in 2004, is bidding to win the European crown at the fifth attempt with Chelsea and his side dominated their hosts in Gelsenkirchen.Chelsea needed less than two minutes to take the lead at Schalke’s Veltins Arena.Eden Hazard put Diego Costa away and the Spain striker tested Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann, who palmed his shot away.Cesc Fabregas floated in the corner from which Chelsea captain John Terry rose highest to head home barely challenged.Cameroon striker Eric Choupo-Moting gave Schalke brief hope on 13 minutes when his shot deflected off Gary Cahill’s boot and looped over Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, but clattered off the bar.Chelsea were unpicking the Schalke defence with worryingly ease as they doubled their lead.Hazard timed his pass to Willian perfectly and the Brazilian’s low drive shot under Faehrmann’s dive on 28 minutes to put the guests 2-0 up.Booes and whistles echoed around the Veltins Arena by the time defensive midfielder Jan Kirchoff turned the ball into his own net on 44 minutes and raised to a noisy crescendo when the referee ended a miserable half moments later.With his side facing eight games in a busy December period, Mourinho replaced Costa, who has netted 11 goals this season, with veteran forward Didier Drogba with an hour gone.He scored their fourth when Fabregas put through a superb pass to Willian, who squared to present Drogba with a simple tap in on 76 minutes.The guests fifth goal followed just two minutes later as Drogba crossed for Ramires, who out jumped the porous home defence.Only good keeping by Fahrmann denied Chelsea replacement Andre Schuerrle, then Hazard, in the final five minutes as the guests hunted a sixth goal.The home side were again booed at the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

For the record

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR THE RECORD A story in Thursday’s Daily News about the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Saban Center For Health and Wellness incorrectly reported actor Harold Gould’s age. He is 83.last_img

Major Arsenal blow as key man ruled out of Manchester United showdown

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Laurent Koscielny will miss Sunday’s match with Manchester United.The defender limped off during Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos after suffering a hamstring injury.He is now facing around three weeks on the sidelines, ruling him out of this weekend’s clash at the Emirates.That also makes him a major doubt for the crunch Campions League meeting with Bayern Munich on October 20.“Laurent Koscielny will certainly be out, he has a hamstring strain. It looks like it will be three weeks [out],” said Wenger.Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will also be missing against United, but Francis Coquelin is expected to be fit. Laurent Koscielny 1last_img

Dodger Stadium eyed for ’09 World Baseball Classic

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIf county supervisors decide to support the Dodgers’ application, county officials will work with city officials and the Dodgers to ensure that all games at Dodger Stadium in conjunction with the 2009 World Baseball Classic are provided with all of the necessary public safety, transportation and hospitality support. “If Dodger Stadium is selected as a host site for the 2009 WBC, it will directly benefit the county by continuing to showcase Los Angeles as the entertainment capital of the world,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said in her motion. “This event will provide tremendous economic, social and cultural benefits for the entire county.” Los Angeles County has had a long history of playing host to major international and national sporting events, including the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games, the finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and seven Super Bowl games. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected today to approve a motion supporting the Los Angeles Dodgers’ application for Dodger Stadium to be a site for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The inaugural World Baseball Classic was held last year and featured many of the world’s top baseball players in the world competing for their countries. The tournament was played in seven venues in the United States, including Anaheim and San Diego, Japan and Puerto Rico, with approximately 750,000 fans attending the games. The games were broadcast in over 200 nations in seven different languages. The World Baseball Classic Inc. is in the process of receiving bid proposals for potential sites for the 2009 tournament. Possible sites will be selected next month and the winners will be announced in December. last_img read more

Frisky Kitty wins battle with city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2City officials have been trying to shut down the nude-dancing club on Oxnard Street for eight years. Last winter, the City Council ordered City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to shut it down. Last month, the city filed a lawsuit against the business alleging it was violating city zoning laws by being located within 500 feet of residential areas. Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs denied the city’s request for a temporary restraining order to close the business. On Monday, she denied the city’s request for a preliminary injunction. Haddad has counter-sued the city, alleging the zoning ordinance is unconstitutional. Both suits are expected to go to trial later this year. If Haddad wins at trial, his Santa Monica attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, estimates taxpayers will end up paying $100,000 to $150,000 in legal costs. “The trouble is the taxpayers will end up paying,” he said. “And people wonder why our taxes are so high. Why there are so many potholes. Nobody understands how much money is wasted.” The issue boils down to how the city measures the distance between the strip club and the nearest residences. Under the way the city measures it, the club is within 500 feet of homes. But under other cities’ measurements, the club is more than 500 feet from homes, Roger Diamond said. “The municipal code is silent on how you measure,” he said. In the meantime, Councilman Dennis Zine said regardless of what Delgadillo decides to do next, a conclusion needs to be reached on whether zoning laws are going to be enforced. “If zoning laws are not going to be enforced due to the court decision then I believe many communities will be highly enraged,” Zine said, adding that more legislation might be needed to decide what can go in certain areas “so you don’t have a landfill next to a preschool or a bar next to a nursery school.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge Monday denied a request by Los Angeles city officials to shut down the Frisky Kitty adult cabaret in Tarzana for allegedly being located too close to a residential zone. “First of all, I’m happy because we prevailed,” said Kitty owner Jamal Haddad. “I run a clean business. That’s why I won. The judge advised (the city) not to try something different, but I don’t think they are going to listen. We are going to go to trial and I think we are going to prevail again.” City Attorney’s office spokesman Jonathan Diamond said the city is trying to get the business to conform to zoning laws. “And so it’s important to note that the judge in her ruling did acknowledge there was a zoning code violation there,” Diamond said. “We are reviewing what our options are. We will get our relief. It’s just a question of how. But ultimately, we’ll get there.” last_img read more

No clue how mayor would help LAUSD

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONE thing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can do well is line up his political ducks. His Los Angeles Unified School District takeover bid, enabled by proposed Assembly Bill 1381, now has the support of many of the usual power brokers – the City Council, key players in the state Legislature, the governor and most importantly (and surprisingly) the teachers unions. But what the mayor has not done well, probably because he doesn’t have to, is enunciate what exactly he is going to do with the L.A. schools. For example, Villaraigosa says he will improve graduation rates. How will he do this? He won’t say. His comments on this subject are always negative, e.g. – “The status quo is unacceptable” – a typical electioneering gambit that does not constitute a policy statement. Perhaps the mayor knows that if he gets into actual policy, he will step on toes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.For instance, there is reason to believe that graduation rates have been too high. The California Exit Exam, effective for the first time last June, held back about 4,000 LAUSD seniors from graduation. The mayor’s figures for graduation rates are from previous years, so they are too high in the sense that many of those graduating seniors did not learn what they were supposed to learn. Incredibly, the mayor has not joined the recent debate on the exit exam as it faced court hurdles (which it passed). He takes easy potshots at LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer, but at least Romer acts like an educational leader and speaks to issues like the exit exam. We know what Romer thinks of it, and why. We don’t know what the mayor thinks. We also don’t know what a mayoral takeover would do for teachers. The most formidable foes the takeover bid could have had are United Teachers Los Angeles and the California Teachers Association, and indeed both opposed AB 1381 until Villaraigosa’s lobbying trip to Sacramento last month. No one knows what he said to the unions, but it was clearly persuasive because within a day of his return, CTA and UTLA were e-mailing their memberships about their new partnership with the mayor. There ensued much fury within UTLA’s board of directors and the rank and file about the abrupt and unexplained shift in policy, so UTLA sent out a “Q & A on AB 1381.” The lengthy document is more telling for what it does not say than for what it does. It includes no mention of salaries, of work conditions, of policy matters that might affect graduation rates, of problems of discipline, or attendance and tardy policy – all matters dear to the hearts of teachers. The only claimed victory for teachers is a vague promise that they will be able to state their views on curriculum during the bargaining process, with a disclaimer that the legislation “will not give teachers control over curriculum, and the gains should not be overstated.” No money, no workplace improvements, not even the much-vaunted “control of curriculum.” Teachers are scratching their heads wondering what their union got from supporting AB 1381. We should all be scratching our heads. It’s one thing to be mad at the LAUSD. It’s another thing to restructure its governance in the name of … nothing. We are asked to let our anger and impatience guide us, and that’s the politician’s favorite climate for manipulation. Doug Lasken teaches English in the Los Angeles Unified School District and consults for the State Board of Education.last_img read more