NU fends off FEU for 1-0 lead in PVL Finals

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Aiko Urdas delivered a pair of clutch hits for NU and FEU committed a couple of costly errors from Heather Guinoo and Celine Domingo to end Game 1.Sato added 12 points while Jasmine Nabor had 46 excellent sets. Urdas finished with eight points and 16 digs.Czarina Carandang paced the Lady Tamaraws, who were without team captain Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, with 17 points.Pons and Atienza are focused on playing for FEU in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament and likely to miss Game 2 as well.ADVERTISEMENT After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA Santiago, who averaged 26 points per game in the semifinals, picked up where she left off with 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces. “The game was a bit tight but I give it to the evolution of the team,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “They played a bit relaxed under pressure, though, they have yet to find the balance between being relaxed and assertive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We will try our best to win. Hopefully, very, very convincingly. We have to limit our errors, we want to be more intelligent and organized,” Castillo said.The Lady Bulldogs blew a big lead twice. The last instance was in the fourth set where the Lady Tamaraws rose from six points down, 21-15, to tie the match at 22 after Risa Sato’s attempt went out. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its record unblemished but not after overcoming a gritty stand by Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago dominated anew for the Lady Bulldogs, who shoot for a finals sweep and a perfect season in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UK-Born Jamaicans Who Take Up Citizenship to be Recognised

first_imgSpecial ceremonies are being planned by the Jamaican High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK), to recognise UK-born persons of Jamaican heritage, who take up Jamaican citizenship. High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba, said the Mission has been encouraging the second, third and fourth generation UK-born Jamaicans to recognise their “Jamaicaness”. The ceremonies, she said, would also strengthen the bonds with the next generation of UK-born Jamaicans. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba was speaking on Saturday, February 2, at a meeting of UK-based Jamaican community members and business leaders, at the High Commission, where activities for 2013 were outlined. “We have also been encouraging UK-Jamaicans to apply, once they are able to prove that their parents are Jamaicans,” the High Commissioner said. The High Commission receives up to 15 citizenship applications each week, and Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that the proposed ceremonies will be a special recognition for those who go through the process. “We have the certificates and I feel that although we don’t have it (the ceremony) formally as part of the process, the recognition is important. We have decided that at least twice a year, we are going to have a recognition ceremony at which those people who become citizens will be acknowledged,” she added. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that other planned events include a Bob Marley Tribute in February; a series of meetings by the National Land Agency in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham in May; an Independence Church Service on August 3 at Southwark Cathedral; and a Cultural Evening in October, showcasing literary arts.The High Commissioner also encouraged community members to nominate persons in the UK for Jamaican National Honours.last_img read more

Let private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in Nova

first_imgHALIFAX – A new study cautions governments against putting public cash into new port infrastructure in Nova Scotia, and suggests private investors should choose who wins the battle for East Coast container traffic.The document, paid for by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the province’s Transportation Department, examines the prospects of the Port of Halifax and proposed container port facilities in the Strait of Canso and in Sydney.It says private-sector stakeholders should determine which projects go forward.“A large investment in infrastructure, such as the construction of a new terminal, is risky and should be driven by private sector stakeholders that understand the business and are prepared to take on most of the risk,” says the document, dated March 23 of this year.Former prime minister Jean Chretien — who has been an adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners — told reporters on March 20 that he hoped the Nova Scotia government would support the Novaporte proposal in Sydney, though he didn’t provide specifics on what assistance is needed.There’s been no commitment from either the province or the federal government on the various proposals.The former Liberal leader did not respond to emails seeking comment on the report.The report by CPCS consultants continues to highlight challenges, raised in a previous report published in 2016, faced by the Novaporte development at the Port of Sydney, including the lack of railway access and the possibility of ice in the harbour.“Halifax is a better geographical location,” it says at the beginning of a chapter comparing the merits of the existing port and the two proposed container terminals.In its conclusion section, the report says governments can best support the growth in container traffic by, “supporting incremental improvements to existing facilities (Halifax) so that a Nova Scotia port call continues to be a viable option for shipping lines.”Regarding new proposals, it concludes government should support “more major projects only when the lion’s share of risk is taken by the private sector.”However, the 48-page document obtained by The Canadian Press also notes both the Sydney site and the Melford proposal in the Canso Strait could handle large vessels for which Halifax may not have the capacity.“One of the significant advantages of the proposed … projects of Melford and Novaporte is that they could be designed for the ultra-large ships,” says the report.The report describes a rising flow of container traffic coming through the Suez canal towards North America’s eastern seaboard, and the past two years have seen improvements in the volume of cargo.“Increased use of the Suez for South East Asian and Indian cargoes to and from North America will offer a real opportunity for Nova Scotia as its ports are first-in, last-out on this routing,” it says.It says the new proposals in Melford and Sydney have some “significant advantages,” such as reduced handling costs due to using new technologies, while Halifax’s costs are simply “in line with industry standards.”Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor of geography at New York’s Hofstra University in Long Island, said in an interview that after reviewing the report he sees a message of caution to governments.Rodrigue, who consults on transportation issues, said “the only way this is going to work out is if there’s some private money to put some stakes in this game.”He also said he remains “a little bit skeptical” about the viability of a second Nova Scotia container port, due to the lack of a large local market in Atlantic Canada.The veteran observer of the marine industry said it may be likelier that Quebec City will develop a container port first, to accompany the plans to expand port facilities in Montreal.“It’s not just a Nova Scotia issue, it’s an eastern Canada issue. You have to consider it in the context of the entire Canadian eastern seaboard,” he said.Still, Rodrigue said it remains difficult to tell which of the various East Coast Canadian port options will prove viable, until a private company says it’s willing to take on a project.“The federal government is waiting to see what the private sector is saying, and at this point the private sector is very uncommitted,” he said.– Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

WTO upholds South Korean ban on Fukushima seafood

first_imgSeoul: The World Trade Organization has upheld South Korea’s import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, overturning a ruling by a lower panel last year that said Seoul was unfairly discriminating against Japanese products. The decision is a setback for Japan, which has promoted Fukushima’s recovery from the nuclear disaster and the safety of its agricultural and fisheries products ahead of next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSouth Korea on Friday welcomed the decision and said it will continue to block all fishery products from Fukushima and seven neighboring prefectures to ensure “only foods that are confirmed as safe are put on the table.” Japan said the WTO ruling was “extremely regrettable” and vowed to get the import ban reversed through bilateral talks with South Korea. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korean Ambassador Lee Su-hoon to convey Tokyo’s displeasure. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The government will continue to maintain and strengthen our quarantine sovereignty and safety net,” said Yoon Chang-yul, an official from South Korea’s Office for Government Policy Coordination. Yoon said the WTO ruling allows Seoul to maintain the ban “indefinitely” until it views the safety concerns as fully resolved. When asked about the possibility of the seafood ban fueling larger trade and diplomatic disputes, he said that “hopefully, that won’t happen.”last_img read more