Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Austria admitted to being lucky in a way for coming up with the win after Paul Lee missed a running jumper in the waning seconds which could have turned the game around and buried the Beermen in a 0-2 hole.“I hope that we have momentum going into the next game,” he said. “We have to work really hard because Starknows our weaknesses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundGame 3 is set this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.San Miguel survived a mammoth 25-point, 35-rebound night by Star import Ricardo Ratliffe, but insists that it is offense that will take them to yet another title series appearance and that shot to keep their Grand Slam dream alive. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “We are the No. 1 offensive team in the league,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s their (Hotshots’) defense or our offense just didn’t get going.”To their credit, the Beermen didn’t yield much, either.After scoring 109 points in winning Game 1, Star was starved to 33 points less as the San Miguel defense held Allein Maliksi, who shot 26 points in the series opener, to just five.Ratliffe’s 35 rebounds now stand as the second most all-time in a playoff series, next only to the 45 Michael Hackett had for Ginebra San Miguel in the 1985 battle for third place in the Reinforced Conference.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela expects Barangay Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone to stage a comeback in Game 2 of their series Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Azkals out to regroup vs Tajiks after China rout MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s a master tactician,” Racela said as he braces for Cone in their 7 p.m. duel, also at MoA Arena.Racela said the two-time Grand Slam coach would surely make the necessary adjustments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer showed the other facet of its game and knotted its best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Star on Monday night, and coach Leo Austria has just one wish for the coming games.“I hope we can unveil our (offensive) arsenal,” Austria said after his Beermen escaped with a 77-76 decision of the Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in a highly defensive Game 2. “This is not yet our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments
“I’m really confident,” Hummingbirds coach Nevers said. “As a coach I’m confident and always say I’m going to win. You don’t have to win, but I’m always confident. I would really want to take this final for the first time coaching a professional league team.” His team is balanced, but strongest in attack with a national front-court of centre Paula Thompson, Hasana Williams, Shanice Beckford and high-scoring goal shooter Sabrina Spence, who still topped the league in scoring despite missing their last two preliminary matches, due to injury. Spurs assistant coach Patricia Jackson says that the team is happy to be back in the final. “We’re just going out there to play,” she said. “We have nothing to lose, we’re just going out there trying to execute and be the champions this year. “We 100 per cent really need to get this title because we’ve a talented set of ladies, so we’re very hungry for a final right now. We have equal chances. All our shooters have to do now is come up because our defensive area has been doing well for the past matches.” Game Two is set for Wednesday, January and Game Three, if necessary, on Saturday, January 26, also at NISC. Defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds and Manchester Spurs will renew their rivalry for Netball Jamaica’s Berger Elite League title, when both meet in the Game One of the best-of-three finals showdown at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) tonight at 7:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. there will also be a third-place play-off between St Ann Orchids and Clarendon Gaters, who both lost semi-final fixtures at NISC on Saturday. The final promises to be a high-class encounter, based on the vast spread of national players on either team, their impressive form throughout the season and the tight battles between both in the preliminaries. Besides title honours, the teams are motivated by a number of factors, with Spurs hunting their third consecutive hold on the title and a first for head coach Winston Nevers, who is having his first stint. Manchester Spurs need no greater motivation than the fact that they have never won the league. Confident
Tomorrow night will be the darkest and longest one of the year. To us in Guyana, who are near the equator, the lengthening is not as significant at those for countries nearer the North Pole. In India, for instance, from where almost half of our population originated, at this time, early man would have reaped his crops and prepared for winter. Lights were lit to celebrate the harvests and also to mark the gradual lengthening of the days and the return of light.This was the birth of Diwali, that joyous festival in which God — in the female form of “Mother Lakshmi”, the giver of wealth and light — is worshipped. Food was wealth to early man, and one can understand why She is worshipped at this time. Hindus are very clear about the need for man to acquire wealth: it is his duty, for without wealth man cannot take care of any of his mortal obligations. But even more important than acquiring wealth is its distribution for the upliftment of society. The Hindu is exhorted to “earn with a hundred hands; give with a thousand”.The first prayer uttered by the Hindu upon awakening, while looking at his open palms, is: “Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) is on the tip of my fingers; Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge) is in the middle, and Govinda (The God of protection) is at its base.” Man, then, is responsible for earning wealth; but, to do so, he must acquire knowledge. Armed with wealth and knowledge, he will be able to protect him/herself, family, community and country.This acquiring of knowledge is one of the “lights” that Diwali reminds us must be lit. In Guyana today, there is much ignorance abounding; and because of this, society suffers. The knowledge of how we can make our society more harmonious is available; many countries also had similar challenges, but worked successfully to address them. Is there a Guyanese who really does not have the “information” that the leaders of all the groups of Guyana must cooperate for the development of our country? But information must be validated through action to become “knowledge”; and until we all choose leaders who are prepared to work together for the common good, we are all ensuring our dark nights will only lengthen.But Diwali also suggests another message — for the individual. When the nights were getting longer, early man would have seen that the individual lights did not make a difference, but, together, the sun could be evoked. Let there be light! And this is what we also have to do in Guyana. In addition to selecting leaders who have the interests of all the people at heart, individuals also have to light their own lights to eliminate whatever darkness that confronts them. Is it a problem with a neighbour? A co-worker? Then do what it takes to resolve the problem; that will be “lighting a light”.But the actual festival of Diwali has also come down to us with other practices that are of immense value to creating a more cohesive society; the process is as important as the content. There is a complete and most thorough cleaning of the home by all members of the Hindu family, to welcome Mother Lakshmi into that home. There is also the cooking of sweetmeats and creating of diyas (fast disappearing) which all help to bring the family closer together. The sharing of the sweetmeats with neighbours and friends spreads that closeness far and wide in the community.In multi-ethnic and multi-religious Guyana, it is a welcome development that groups other than Hindus are participating in this festival of Diwali, which can play such a positive role in nation-building. The Hindus themselves have increasingly begun to take the festival into the public space, where the rest of the country can be engaged. The Diwali Motorcade has long been a feature in Guyana’s cultural heritage, and has been joined lately by the “National Diya”.Let us all celebrate tomorrow!!
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Story Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to New York City for two non-conference dual meets against NCAA competition.Toronto’s women defeated NYU, while the Blues men topped Columbia. The Blues dominated the competition, winning all but one event between the two meets.”This has been a great experience because we raced people we have never seen and had a tough day of travel and still swam well later that night,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “I also loved the fact we had an alumni weekend here and so many showed up.”Over 20 alumni were at the meets and reception. Some alumni are based in New York City and some flew down to make a weekend out of it. “This is quite impressive and shows the strength of the swim alumni,” said Robin Campbell, executive director of advancement and alumni affairs, who was also on hand to celebrate. The star of the meet for the Blues was fourth-year veteran Hannah Genich, who won three individual races in the 100 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.”Hannah has had an ankle injury ever since the FISU world university games in July and has had to swim with a brace on her ankle ever since. It has been very frustrating yet she has persevered and only recently was she allowed to race without it. She is right back on top form,” added MacDonald.Ainsley McMurray won the 100 and 200 freestyle events, while Kate Randall won the 500 1000 freestyle races. Rookie Abby McDonald had a pair of gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Solo wins were registered by fourth-year captain Rachel Rodé in the 100 backstroke, Sarah Polley in the 50 freestyke and Georgia Kidd in the 200 IM.Almost all of the men’s races were tight contests and the Blues came out on top in all but one race. “Winning by tenths is exciting and it means the athletes are learning to do the right things when it counts,” said MacDonald.The men had five swimmers win a pair of wins each. Captain Cam Kidd continued his resurgence as a dominant sprinter by capturing the 50 and 100 freestyle.Fifth-year veteran Oswald Nitski had a great race in both butterfly events with a rookie from Columbia who is from the Toronto area. Sophomore Graeme Aylward won the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while rookie Bernard Godolphin showed his freestyle process with wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Rookie Tyler Wall continues to impress, winning both the 100 and 200 backstroke.”Tyler was a key recruit for us and he is showing why. His backstroke wins were impressive,” said MacDonald. “It can be a challenge to convince the athletes from the West coast to venture East so this was a big step for Tyler and a real coup for U of T.”For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
Meet Bobby McKinney. Your local Avon man. “Forget the product, forget it’s Avon. This is a very viable business,” says the 58-year-old fire code inspector from Winter Haven, Fla. He made about $800,000 in sales last year along with his wife and has about 170 sales reps under him. McKinney is one of a growing number of male salesmen selling products from the New York-based beauty company. It’s also part of a strategic move by Avon to broaden its appeal. Sales to men and an increasing number of products for them has helped Avon’s bottom line, with sales growing from about $6.2billion in 2002 to $8.7 billion in 2006. Yankees star Derek Jeter partnered with the company to create Driven, his own line of products which includes cleansers, cologne, aftershave and deodorant. His cologne became Avon’s best-selling men’s fragrance of all time, and its second best-selling fragrance overall. By Kelli Kennedy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ORLANDO, Fla. – This Avon rep wears a hard hat and carries a pile of company catalogs to his day job on a construction site, encouraging the men to buy their ladies a little something. Perfume and lingerie are his top sellers. Oh, and he won’t go a day without the women’s wrinkle cream. Avon recently produced its first men’s catalog, which features a PROExtreme skin care line, boxer shorts and power tools. New recruiting brochures also picture both men and women. “Anti-aging is very intriguing to (men),” said Regina Dinisio, public relations manager of Avon fragrance. “They want no-hassle products, but they want to see the real benefits.” Industry experts say the men’s market is ripe, although still in its early stages. “We have seen that men are more interested in pampering themselves and taking better care of themselves overall,” said Karen Grant, senior beauty industry analyst at market research company NPD Group Inc. She’s seen an increase in sales in the men’s beauty market, along with a host of new products since 2003. U.S. sales of men’s skincare products totaled $68.9 million in 2006, up from $45.8 million in 2000. In comparison, women’s skincare sold about $2.1billion in 2006 and $1.7billion in 2000, according to NPD. Less than 13,000 of Avon’s 650,000 representatives in the U.S. are male, although that figure is rough because applicants are not required to state their gender. Competitor Mary Kay says 5,738 of its 700,000 sales reps are men. McKinney entered the Avon world three years ago when he realized his wife, Joy, a 20-year Avon veteran, was doing six-figures a year in sales. With some experience in network marketing already, McKinney started teaching sales courses to new reps, passing out brochures and filling orders. Today, about 80 percent of his clients are men. Jovial and stocky with a blond goatee, McKinney’s a Marine Corps vet who says he twice took shrapnel hits in Vietnam and wrestled professionally under the name “Cowboy Bobby Steel.” He’s no David Beckham-styled metrosexual. Neither is Sal D’Amico, a corrections lieutenant in Levittown, Pa., who finds a way to work Avon into every conversation – at the gym between bicep curls, at his kid’s soccer games, standing in line at the bank. Sure he gets a little razzing from his fellow officers, but he shrugs it off. “A lot of those guys that were willing to mock Avon ended up buying Avon in the future from me,” said the 34-year-old D’Amico. At first, he just helped his wife, Katrina, stick labels on her brochures. Then after he joined her four years ago, their sales figures doubled. Now the parents of two have turned their garage into an Avon office and make between $30,000 and $50,000 a year.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Attention, late-night talk show hosts: Vice President Dick Cheney is going hunting again. Cheney became the butt of jokes for wounding a companion in 2006. On Monday, the vice president is picking up his shotgun for an outing in New York’s Hudson River Valley. He is expected to spend the day at a hunting club in Dutchess County. Cheney, on a hunting trip in Texas on Feb. 11, 2006, shot attorney Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face when he pulled the trigger on his 28-gauge shotgun. The shooting was ruled an accident.
Jose Mourinho felt Manchester United fully deserved to beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 88th minute winner being all that separated the sides.Paul Pogba’s opener was cancelled out by a well-worked team goal converted by James McArthur, and it appeared Palace had done enough to secure a much-needed point.But United, who dominated possession and recorded 10 more shots than their opponents, did enough to break the Eagles’ resistance and keep pace with the Premier League top five.And Mourinho has no doubt his team deserved their three points, as they controlled the majority of the game.“We deserve, we were the best team,” he said. “They had a little reaction and they scored the goal in that period, then we had the best period in the game.“In the first half we had control but in the last 20 minutes we were super dominant, we created a lot and we won in the end fairly deservedly.”Mourinho also believes sixth-placed United are playing well enough to be challenging the teams at the top.He added: “We are doing enough for that (to be in the top six). If we had the points we lost at home with draws in matches that we did more than enough to win we would be close to the top of the league.“But we lost these points and in this moment we are just closing the gap to the top four positions, so let’s try.“There are three more matches until the end of the year and let’s see how it ends on December 31 and we can feel then and smell what is possible to do in the second part of the season.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It won’t take long for Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary coach Pete Smolin to get a line on the talent available for his program for the next several seasons. Smolin, who doubles as the school’s athletic director, has put together an awesome schedule this season for his freshman football team. The Heralds open at home against Redlands (yikes!), then travel to take on Valencia West Ranch and Rosemead. Chaminade is next, thankfully at home, but then they take the road against for Oaks Christian (yikes again!!), Don Bosco Tech and San Marino. For the stretch drive, they’ll be at home against Burbank John Burroughs, Loyola (double yikes!!!) and Oak Park (whew). The team was 8-2 last season, the only losses coming against Long Beach Poly and Oak Park, and the overall success may have contributed to Smolin’s ambitious approach to building this year’s list of opponents.
SANTA CLARITA – A 19-year-old man was detained by sheriff’s deputies late Friday after officials found him naked and screaming at the Hyatt Valencia, officials said Saturday. Lt. Diane Walker said hotel security called deputies at 11:52 p.m. after the man became violent when his three friends tried to take him back to his hotel room. Deputies found the man screaming and thrashing around in the hotel’s public area. The man was not arrested, but deputies handcufffed him and took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. The man, who was believed to have been under the influence of drugs, was being detained at the hospital for 72 hours, Walker said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’None of his friends were arrested. Hyatt officials declined to comment. State law prohibits the release of the man’s name because no arrest was made. email@example.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!