La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’

first_imgMOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Read Next Kianna Dy, who started the game watching from La Salle’s bench, ultimately chose a word that once again described Rondina’s volatile style of play.“Oh my God when I was in the bench I told myself ‘shucks I want to get in [and face her],’” said Dy in Filipino. “And when the game was over I told her ‘you’re a monster.’”“She’s very aggressive. Backline, frontline, wherever the ball goes she’ll jump for it.” In the storied history of De La Salle’s volleyball program, only a handful of entities have managed to live up to the mythos of the Lady Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UST rookie Alessandrini impresses in UAAP debut vs DLSU Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES “Every year she just gets better, the character that kid has is tremendous,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “Before there was Alyssa [Valdez, who won three MVPs], but now there’s Rondina.”“We don’t have someone like Rondina, UST has, she will do whatever it takes to lift her team up,” added De Jesus.Rondina finished the game with 28 points to lead all scorers, a mark that was just two points shy of her career-high.And if De Jesus’ choice of words were in praise of Rondina, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron’s statements perfectly exemplified the intimidation UST’s dynamo inspires in the UAAP.“Rondina has this aggressive style when she hits the ball so it really disrupts our blocking,” said Baron, who had 19 points, in Filipino. “I think all that aggressiveness sometimes takes away our confidence when we prepare for a block.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Recently, Ateneo became La Salle’s archrivals after fighting over the championship for six straight years since 2012, but even before the Lady Eagles dueled against the Lady Spikers there were Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas.And on Saturday, the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament there was a certain Golden Tigress that La Salle found too difficult to stop and had the Lady Spikers just straight up gave their collective respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat person was Cherry Rondina.Although La Salle ultimately won in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, there was no denying that Rondina terrorized the Lady Spikers for more than two hours.last_img read more

Memes swamp social media after Duke star cager’s sneaker blowout

first_imgMOST READ Others used GIFs to insert comedy on the incident:Me returning my Nikes tomorrow after seeing Zion’s shoe explode.— Juan Calderon (@juancalderon) February 21, 2019 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra — Zion’s Sneaker (@ZionSneaker) February 21, 2019Another parody account for Williamson’s shoe tweeted, “How should this legally work? Do I sue Zion for tearing me apart? Do I sue Nike for making me so poorly? Does Zion sue me for hurting him? Do the fans sue me for wasting their ticket money?”How should this legally work?• Do I sue Zion for tearing me apart?• Do I sue Nike for making me so poorly?• Does Zion sue me for hurting him? • Do the fans sue me for wasting their ticket money?— Zion’s Shoe (@ZionWShoes) February 21, 2019 Nike headquarters tonight— TooTallVol24 (@thecollinsay) February 21, 2019 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time PLAY LIST 00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief WATCH: Thirdy Ravena soars high for massive block in Gilas win MANILA, Philippines — Memes have stormed social media after Duke University star cager Zion Williamson’s shoe got ripped off during a highly anticipated match against the University of North Carolina (UNC) on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines).READ: Duke star Zion Williamson injures knee after Nike shoe blows out ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Current mood at Adidas and Under Armour Headquarters … #nike— sean frank (@Seanfrankey) February 21, 2019 Nike after Zion broke through his sneakers mid game— Jahan (@H00PINATI) February 21, 2019Meanwhile, Nike already released a statement wishing Williamson, a projected top overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a speedy recovery.“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue,” the sports giant said.  / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Williamson did not return to the game which ended with top-ranked  Duke losing to North Carolina, 72-88.This prompted an outcry in social media with netizens and some personalities expressing dismay,  while others turned the situation around with comic memes.Someone apparently made a Twitter account for Williamson’s shoe with handle @ZionSneaker.“Guys, I’m really sorry. I let us all down, including my main man Zion Williamson,” a tweet attached with the shoe’s photo read.Guys, I’m really sorry. I let us all down, including my main man Zion Williamson. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Less than a minute into the game, Williamson’s shoe, a Nike PG 2.5, got torn apart, resulting in what Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski called a “mild knee sprain” in a report by’s shoe: destroyed 😳 STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

2 Students Give Birth to ‘WAEC Babies’

first_imgThe maxim—‘wonders shall never end,’ was manifested again at this year’s tests when two pregnant high school students went into labor while writing their West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams at different testing centers in Monrovia.The two students have been identified as Cynthia Sam, 20, and Hajah Fahnbulleh, 19. They both gave birth to their first children: a boy and a girl respectively.The students went into labor on Wednesday, May 19, 2014, while they were writing their tests on the campuses of the Liberia Dujar Association High School in Gardnersville and the William V.S. Tubman High School on 12th Street, Sinkor.Cynthia Sam gave birth in the Barnesville Community at about 3 a.m., outside Monrovia, while Hajah Fahnbulleh delivered at the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor, around 12 midday.Midwives and nurses who attended to the two births have referred to the babies as “WAEC Babies.”Ms. Fahnbulleh, who delivered at the S.D. Cooper Hospital in the neighborhood of her school, was taking her exams when she got went into labor pain and was immediately rushed by her friends and other female students to the hospital.She delivered the baby without any complications, doctors there said.A short while later, she told this paper in an interview at her bedside that she had earlier experienced contractions, but that was prior to the distribution of the examination questionnaires in the morning hours.“I managed and stayed on because I was desirous to finish the tests which I have throughout the year struggled to overcome,” she told our reporter as she tried to smile.She has, therefore, expressed her willingness to continue writing the tests in the coming days, “Because I kept the courage not to remain at home while I was already pregnant.”Additionally, Ms. Fahnbulleh said she had wanted to ensure that, despite all of the criticisms she received from friends during her pregnancy, she did not give up the hope to meet the challenges of writing the WAEC. And certainly, she made it, but for only two days.She explained rather sorrowfully that she endured many challenges during the pregnancy. “Even to wake up in the morning to make my way to school was sometimes difficult, because this was the first time I had conceived.”The young mother was, however, encouraged by her immediate family members and some ‘good neighbors’ to preserve in her academic sojourn until the WAEC exams were completed.“I thank the Almighty God, who carried me safely. I hope that the head of WAEC can see the academic reason and make the necessary way for me to re-sit the tests that I have already missed while I was in labor pain,” she pleaded.While on her hospital bed, Ms Fahnbulleh made a call to the testing center after giving birth to ask if there was any possibility for the supervisor to allow her continue writing the test. “Because I was feeling well and wanted to ensure that what I started is completed…,” she explained.Ms. Cynthia Sam, a student at the Bishop Grimley High School, was sitting the WAEC at the Liberia Dujar Association High School when she experienced labor pains.She delivered her bouncing “WAEC Baby” at 3 a.m. the next morning.It is always important, she said, to motivate people in such a situations, especially first-time mothers who muster the courage and continue their education pursuits to reach as far as writing the WAEC.After giving birth to the baby, Cynthia was later that morning accompanied by one of her sisters to the testing center to continue writing her exam.She unfortunately arrived too late to continue. Whether or not she will be allowed to re-take the exams has not been confirmed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Retired teachers likely to become school counsellors

first_imgAs the Education Ministry aims towards enhancing the education sector, it is mulling the possibility of having retired teachers return to the school system but this time to serve as counsellors.This is according to Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, who over a year ago had revealed plans by the ministry to initiate a central counselling body that would comprise of counsellors for students and even parents.The Ministry is now, however, working on reintegrating retired teachers back into the system where they will work with the students in the area of counselling as opposed to academics.Dr Roopnaraine had reported to another section of the media that schools might very well be seeing retired teachers act as counsellors since they have already been a part of the system and gained experience in the field.He made this declaration while noting that the Ministry is committed to having counsellors placed in schools across the country; a move that has been in the making for quite some time.Given that there is a large contingent of retired teachers who still have the capabilities of working in the school system, they have been the first choice of the Ministry.“We have a very large number of recently retired teachers. We have teachers retiring at 55. At 55, they are really at the top of their game. Well I want really to look at this large group of retired teachers and recruit from within that group,” he had pointed out.To this extent, the Ministry will be placing advertisements so that retired teachers can fill the vacancies if interested.Subsequent to this, the teachers who have indicated their interest will be required to undergo training so that psycho-socio support becomes their major. Using this, they can be able to work along with students and parents to combat societal problems that affect their daily lives, according to Minister Roopnaraine.Citing similar initiatives in other advanced countries, the Minister is hoping to follow the pattern so that counselling becomes a crucial and unfailing part of Guyana’s school system.This initiative had been highlighted as one of the ambitions by the Minister to have education and young people remain a vital part of the country’s affairs.last_img read more

Sister confesses to killing brother

first_imgEssequibo stabbing…claims self defenceThe sister of Maxton Lawrie confessed late Thursday evening to Police that she stabbed her brother in self-defence.Dead: Maxton LawriePolice have since concluded their investigations and have sent the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.Investigations revealed that the sister perpetrated the act after she was verbally aggravated by her brother, who was armed with a knife at the time.According to reports, Lawrie, 30, went home about midnight on August 24, 2016 under the influence of alcohol and began to argue with his father, Maxwell Lawrie. The argument escalated and it is alleged that Lawrie dealt a cuff to his father’s right eye.After assaulting his father rushed to his sister’s room, armed with a knife, and knocked on her door. Stephanie Lawrie, 24, opened the door and was confronted by her brother who was hurling expletives and remarks about her personal life – still wielding the knife.Lawrie allegedly tried to hurt his sister with the knife when she, in self-defence, stabbed him to his right side lower abdomen.Bleeding profusely, Maxton was rushed by family to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lawrie was in a common-law relationship, and his wife is said to be four months pregnant.The deceased was described as a habitual drinker who constantly verbally abusing his parents.last_img read more

NPHL to expand to nine teams this season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Hockey League held its annual general meeting Wednesday, and announced that the league will see several big changes for the upcoming season.NPHL President Jack McAvoy announced the High Prairie Regals and Manning Comets will be rejoining the league. The Comets are back after a year’s absence in which they didn’t have enough committed players.The addition of High Prairie brings the leagues total to nine teams.  Allan Lamouche and Jim McLean attending on behalf of High Prairie, reassured the league that player commitment wouldn’t be a problem. Lamouche said, “we have a lot of graduating local midget players and are confident we will have a good competitive team.” The projected Regals team list also consists of a number of players currently playing for other teams within the NPHL. However the league decided that a player would be granted his release if he chose to play for High Prairie.- Advertisement -The 2017/18 season will consist of a the 22-game partial interlocking schedule, which means every team will play each other twice, some three times.  The schedule will be released on October 9th. With the season starting on October 28th.As for the Flyers, their first of two practices of the pre-season next Monday and Wednesday at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

41 killed at mostly Shiite college

first_imgThe blast flung blood-soaked notebooks and backpacks among the lifeless bodies and wounded. Cement walls were pockmarked by the hail of ball bearings. Parents rushed to the site and some collapsed in tears after learning their children were killed or injured. Students used rags and towels to try to mop up the blood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Security guards at the Mustansiriyah University annex scuffled with the bomber before the blast, witnesses said. Most of the victims were students, including at least 46 injured, said police Suicide bombings by women are unusual but not unprecedented in Iraq’s chaos. The main campus at Mustansiriyah, about 1 miles away, was the target of twin car bombs and a suicide blast last month that killed 70 people. The students at the business college were returning to midterm exams after the Iraqi weekend. A 22-year-old student, Muhanad Nasir, said he saw a commotion at the gate. “Then there was an explosion. I did not feel anything for 15 minutes and when I returned to consciousness, I found myself in the hospital,” said Nasir, who was wounded in the head and chest. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A female suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge Sunday, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college whose main gate was left littered with blood-soaked student notebooks and papers amid the bodies. Witnesses said a woman carried out the attack at the business school annex to Mustansiriyah University. Interior Ministry officials said they were still investigating those reports. The school’s main campus was hit by a string of bombings last month that killed 70 people. The political situation in Iraq was further thrown into question after President Jalal Talabani, a 73-year-old Kurd, was taken to Jordan for medical tests after feeling ill. Talabani’s son, Qubad Talabani, said his father was suffering from fatigue and exhaustion. “He did not have a heart attack” or a stroke, he told CNN. A doctor said Talabani was being treated at the heart center at King Hussein Medical City in Amman because the facility has modern equipment, not necessarily because the president suffers from a heart ailment. last_img read more

Mortgage checks come in on time

first_imgDespite a spike in foreclosures late last year, Californians are still keeping up with their monthly mortgage payments, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Tuesday. Nearly 4.95 percent of all home mortgages in the annual survey were delinquent – 30 or more days past due – in the fourth quarter. This, in part, has been fueled by lending to high-risk borrowers with weak, or subprime, credit. When compared with other states, California ranked 43rd in delinquencies with a rate of 0.43 percent, and 40th in foreclosures with a rate of 0.58 percent, the association said. Mississippi had the highest delinquency rate at 10.64 percent and Ohio had the highest foreclosure rate, 3.38 percent. And while foreclosure activity here also spiked, it is just now approaching average levels, according to market tracker DataQuick Information Systems. Foreclosure activity soared an annual 145.3 percent across California during last year’s fourth quarter to its highest level since 1998, but still remained below average, the company said. “Most of that big jump is because the year-ago numbers were unnaturally low,” DataQuick analyst John Karevoll said at the time. “We’re jumping up, but we are nowhere near even the average, not to mention the severe problem we had back in the early 1990s.” During the last three months of 2006, the DataQuick report showed that 7,445 property owners in Los Angeles County received foreclosure notices, up an annual 113.9 percent. The peak was 21,444 notices in the first quarter of 1996. About 2.03 percent of subprime mortgages in California entered foreclosure, which is more than the 1.83 percent of loans that were already in foreclosure during the third quarter. Homes typically stay in foreclosure for several months. Around the country, states such as Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia and Texas also had high and rising foreclosure rates. The state statistics are not seasonally adjusted, unlike the national data. Daily News wire services contributed to this report. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The market is working, culling overcapacity from the industry. Far from being a problem, these clear and effective market signals and actions will help the market to more efficiently regain its equilibrium,” Doug Duncan, the association’s chief economist and senior vice president of research and business development, said in a statement. However, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that Congress is eyeing tougher standards for risky, higher-interest home loans made to people with blemished credit records in response to the default activity surge. Some analysts and executives said lawmakers and regulators missed earlier opportunities to scrutinize the mortgage industry, and they worry that a belated overreaction could make matters worse by choking off funds to the poor and further weakening the housing market. Lawmakers “did nothing while the industry created this problem,” said Christopher Whalen, a New York-based managing director for Institutional Risk Analytics, which analyzes the risk level of companies. California, the nation’s biggest residential real estate market, is mired in a slump that dates back to the 2005 fourth quarter. Sales plunged last year and appreciation rates shrank into single digits. last_img read more

Arsenal test as murky finances threaten AC

first_imgBut behind the scenes European football’s governing body UEFA have voiced concerns over the club’s complicated financial situation under their new Chinese owners.There have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for 740 million euros ($918mn) last April, spending more than 200 million euros on new players in the summer.The seven-time European champions have a massive loan for repayment and are in trouble with Financial Fair Play restrictions, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) given the mandate to refinance debts.AC Milan are working to refinance more than 300 million euros in high-interest loans from US hedge fund Elliott Management. If the club is not able to refinance by next October the US hedge fund will seize control of the club.But limited information on the source of Chinese owner Li Yonghong’s wealth is proving a barrier to refinancing with the 48-year-old businessman last month dismissing reports he was insolvent when he purchased the club.The club are also in the firing line with UEFA.European football’s governing body in December rejected AC Milan’s offer of a voluntary agreement to restructure finances, stating “there are still uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder”.UEFA will assess Milan’s finances again in the coming months with possible punishments including limits on transfer spending, player salaries, and squad sizes for UEFA competitions.– Europa League boost –In the meantime a board meeting will be called to approve a capital increase to get the club through to the end of the season making the revenue generated by their Europa League run of increased importance.“I’m very optimistic about any potential refinancing of the club’s debt,” said Marco Fassone, AC Milan’s managing director as the club announced losses for the first half of the season to December 31, 2017 were down to 22.3 million euros from 39.4 million for the same period in 2016.Gattuso’s side can help lighten the financial burden by defeating Arsenal and keeping their Europa League campaign alive as long as possible, to move closer to a Champions League place for next season.A packed San Siro Stadium should certainly help with more than 70,000 fans expected in the stands, before the second leg in London on March 15.AC Milan beat AS Roma 2-0 away in their last Serie A game, as they sit joint sixth, and reached the Italian Cup final in midweek after overcoming Lazio in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.But their derby showdown with Inter Milan on Sunday was postponed due to the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, so the team will be rested for Arsenal as they will look to extend their winning run to seven games.Arsenal, meanwhile, are in crisis, having lost eight of their last 13 games in all competitions, to sit sixth in the Premier League, with the Europa League representing their only remaining chance of success this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AC Milan have undergone a renaissance under former player Gennaro Gattuso © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Mar 7 – AC Milan’s superb recent run faces a stiff test against Arsenal in the Europa League last-16 first leg in Italy on Thursday amid a backdrop of murky finances which are threatening one of Italy’s most successful clubs.Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has turned around the fortunes of the struggling former European power on the pitch, with his side unbeaten in 13 games, and back within reach of Champions League qualification.last_img read more

Finland defends gun laws

first_imgAuvinen, who had no previous criminal record and belonged to a shooting club in central Helsinki, shot the victims with a .22-caliber pistol that he bought from a local gun store days before the attack. Police revealed Friday that Auvinen had settled for the pistol after being denied a license for a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. “The application was rejected because a 9 mm gun is considered too powerful … for target practice shooting,” Detective Superintendent Tero Haapala told The Associated Press. “He was recommended to get a .22-caliber gun.” After Wednesday’s shooting drew international attention to Finland’s gun culture, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying firearm sales were “strictly controlled.” Before granting a weapons permit, police “assess the applicant’s suitability to possess a firearm, his or her way of life, behavior and possible mental health problems,” the statement said. Applicants must also prove they have a legitimate need for a gun, such as hunting or target practice. Self-defense is not a valid reason. “Almost every Finnish family has a hunting gun at home,” said William Wadstein, a gun shop owner in Helsinki. “We are used to seeing guns.” He added that Finnish children are brought up knowing that guns are not toys: “Guns are very, very dangerous things. They are used for hunting, not murdering.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HELSINKI, Finland – A teenage killer’s deadly school rampage has put Finns on the defensive about their relationship to guns. With 1.6 million firearms in private hands, the Nordic nation is an anomaly in Europe, lagging behind only the U.S. and Yemen in civilian gun ownership, studies show. The government said Friday it would raise the minimum age for buying guns from 15 to 18 but insisted there was no need for sweeping changes to gun laws shaped by deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness. “If you look at the rate of homicides with firearms (in Finland), the figure is very low,” Interior Ministry spokesman Ilkka Salmi said. “People using guns are hunters. They live in rural areas. It’s part of the life over there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre According to a government study in 2002, 14 percent of homicides in Finland are gun-related. In the U.S., nearly 67 percent of murders reported to police in 2002 were committed with a firearm, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. International gun control activists have urged the Finns to rethink their laws in the wake of Wednesday’s tragedy. Finns are sensitive to their international image and often complain their country is portrayed as a gloomy northern outpost of Europe, where long dark winters drive people to binge drinking, suicide or random outbursts of violence. Wednesday’s bloodshed did little to help. Pekka-Eric Auvinen, described by police as a bullied 18-year-old outcast, opened fire at his high school in southern Finland. He killed six students, a school nurse and the principal before ending his own life with a gunshot to the head. “There are all kinds of people living in Finland, like everywhere else,” said Tero Aaltonen, a customer in a Helsinki gun shop. “But I rather think it’s the influence of the media and all the things people are exposed to that might make someone do a thing like that.” last_img read more