Rookie Samonte earns praise of Ateneo teammates

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJules Samonte is just in her first year with Ateneo, yet she proved that she can roll with the big girls.With Ateneo resting outside hitter Jhoana Maraguinot in its match against De La Salle at the culmination of the elimination round of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament, Samonte was immediately entrusted with the role of being one of the Lady Eagles’ primary scoring options.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Morado also said she was happy Samonte was finally given the chance on such a big of an occasion.“We’re really proud of her because we’ve been waiting for her to get a chance to play,” said Morado as her team topped the eliminations with a 12-2 record Saturday. “We know that she’ll always be ready to deliver every time. We see how hard she works in practices and it translated to the game today and that makes us very proud.”Mich Morente, who had 14 points in the game against De La Salle, was amazed with how Samonte was able to carry herself especially in a rivalry game.“I was speechless,” said Morente. “She stepped up, and can you imagine that she’s only a rookie and she was the one who stepped up for us. I’ll admit I was a little bit shaky during the game but watching Jules score those points made me feel confident about myself.”“That’s a rookie who displayed such bravery and she inspired me in my performance.”ADVERTISEMENT For middle blocker Bea De Leon, who herself is not afraid to show emotions on and off the court, the performance of Samonte in their 12th win was nothing short of magical.“If you’re going to compare her performance to mine, it’s a lot harder for her because I at least have the experience but Jules was the lucky pick for the biggest game that we played,” said De Leon who also finished with 14 points. “And Jules delivered. She’s a natural, she’s been doing really well in training, and we’ve always waited for her to get this break and we’re very happy about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 And Samonte delivered.Samonte finished with 10 points in the four-set win, 12-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19, in a match where she earned the appreciation of the Ateneo veterans, including Maraguinot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m really proud of Jules, and the funny thing was before the game started I was giving her instructions and she was hugging me saying ‘Ate Jho, Ate Jho,’” said Maraguinot. “I told her to just relax and that she can do it. And she delivered, I’m so proud of her.”Skipper Jia Morado said the absence of Ateneo’s primary point-getter wasn’t much of an issue. MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government TNT outlasts Mahindra for fourth straight win Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Ignores Sports in State of Nation Address

first_imgDear Editor:President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in fulfillment of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution, last Monday delivered her 10th State of the Nation address to the 53rd National Legislature.She highlighted cardinal issues relating to various sectors of the country, including security, education, health, economy and infrastructural development, amongst others, but without mentioning a single word about one of the most important sectors in the country for the second consecutive address – sports.During her 9th State of the Nation address, President Sirleaf, as the Chief Patron of Sports, did not mention sports in a single paragraph, as she did on Monday.She failed to do just a week after the County Meet when government officials and stakeholders of Grand Bassa County assembled in the county to celebrate their victory in the just ended national meet.In my own opinion as an emerging sports writer, this does not in any way represent a good reflection of the President as the Chief Patron of Sports.Different languages and vernaculars are spoken by people around the globe, but there is only one langue that everyone understands, that is SPORTS.Anthony Kokoi is a freshman student at the University of Liberia reading Public Administration and Mass Communications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 key agencies merged under Public Telecommunications Ministry

first_imgThe Public Telecommunications Ministry has announced the 100 per cent merger of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) and the e-Government Project Execution Unit.   The reconstituted entity, with immediate effect, will be referred to as the National Data Management Authority (NDMA).The NDMA’s most critical objectives are to modernise Government and public services to vastly improve their efficiencies, and ensure that all citizens of Guyana are included in this process, from Region One to Region 10.   Within this framework, the NDMA has established an IT Technical Working Group (TWG) that comprises the Heads of all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Departments in Ministries and agencies within the Public Sector.The Chairman is Floyd Levi and the General Manager is Francis Simmons.  The Executive Committee comprises Dr Marcia Thomas, Clement Henry and Lenandlar Singh.The Public Telecommunications Ministry on Monday stated that it recognised that Government’s national development agenda could only be realised through an ICT-based ecosystem that (1) efficiently delivers Government’s services; (2) ensures citizen engagement and participation; and (3) enhances the administration of Government.  It is also intended to build and strengthen national competitiveness on the business front.“The national ICT agenda would be best executed by this appropriately structured body with a legislative mandate,” the new NDMA Chairman said.   “This new organisation must be agile, innovative and very responsive to our citizens’ increasingly sophisticated demands for better ICT services, as well as the rapidly changing dynamics of ICT in the world.”Previously, the e-Government Project Execution Unit and the National Data Management Authority existed with identical mandates under Programme 332 of the Public Telecommunications Ministry.  For greater expediency, Minister Cathy Hughes consequently decided to rationalise these mandates and proposed to Cabinet the merger of the two entities under the NDMA Act of 1983.  By Cabinet decision, the e-Government Project Execution Unit was brought under the aegis of the NDMA and its 1983 Act.The Public Telecommunications Ministry is responsible for Internet governance, creation of digital skills and entrepreneurship, e-Government, postal services and telecommunications. The Ministry also holds some responsibility for cybersecurity.last_img read more

Hamilton on top in Sochi as Vettel admits Ferrari ‘struggling’

first_imgVettel, desperate to trim Hamilton’s 40-point lead in the championship, was 0.543 seconds adrift of the Englishman who continued to demonstrate his current rich vein of form after four wins in the last five races, including triumphs in Italy and Singapore.“Sochi has been one of the weaker circuits for me in the past, particularly last year,” said Hamilton, who finished fourth in 2017.“So I’ve done a lot of work to understand the balance and see where I can improve to try and rectify this -– and today has been good in that sense.“From every race we’re learning more and more and particularly the last few races have helped us to really gauge which foot we need to start on for the weekend.“We’ve brought more upgrades this weekend and there’s so much work going on at home.“It’s just really encouraging when you come to a race and you get an upgrade, knowing that this late in the season we’re also already working on next year’s car -– it motivates me to get the best out of everything.“It’s been a good day for us so let’s hope that it continues tomorrow.”Vettel of Ferrari had been fastest earlier in the opening session, but was unable to deliver the same level of competitive pace in the afternoon.The German had a spin during the session and seemed ill at ease with his team again. He said his day was “tricky” and had left him with much to do to close the gap.— ‘Far away from rest’ —Struggling: Sebastian Vettel © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC“We look quite far away from the rest of the field so it’s not ideal,” he said. “We are struggling a bit for one lap and also on the long runs.“From just looking at ourselves it wasn’t a good day. I think we have some catching up to do.”Bottas warned that he expected Ferrari to respond.“It seemed like Ferrari weren’t really showing everything they have, so they will probably be stronger tomorrow. I think it’s going to be very close, so we’ll have to keep pushing,” he said.Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who face engine penalties that will see them start from the back of the grid, were third and fourth, nearly half a second off the pace, but ahead of Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Sauber-bound Kimi Raikkonen.Sergio Perez was seventh for Force India ahead of Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso and Esteban Ocon in the second Force India with Marcus Ericsson 10th for Sauber.McLaren and Williams, the two struggling once-great British teams, ended the day in the final four places.Ricciardo and Verstappen were penalised for exceeding the limit for engines changes during a session.They were sanctioned after it emerged the team switched engines more than three times.For Ricciardo it will be the fifth time in his past eight events that he has been hampered by mechanical issues.Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were also penalised.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Championship leader Lewis Hamilton bounced back to top the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Friday’s second practice for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVSOCHI, Russian Federation, Sep 28 – In-form championship leader Lewis Hamilton bounced back to top the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Friday’s second practice for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.The four-time world champion clocked a best lap time of one minute and 33.385 seconds to outpace the Finn by two-tenths of a second at the Sochi Autodrom where title rival Sebastian Vettel was fifth quickest.last_img read more

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti attends the press conference in Munich, southern Germany, on April 11, 2017, on the eve of the Champions League quarter final first leg against Real Madrid © AFP/File / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Apr 13 – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off. The Bavarians now have it all to do for the return in Madrid next Tuesday.Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break in Wednesday’s first-leg, but Arturo Vidal, who headed the hosts into a first-half lead, skied a penalty.The first-leg turned after the break as Ronaldo equalised, then Real dominated Bayern with the numerical advantage and peppered the Bayern goal.Real deserved the win which Ronaldo sealed by reaching the 100-goal milestone on 77 minutes.It could have been a higher score and Real captain Sergio Ramos had the ball in the net late on, but the goal was disallowed.Ancelotti says the Germans still have a fighting chance in Madrid.“We don’t have a big chance, but it’s still a chance — we’re still alive,” said Ancelotti.“They could have killed it (the tie) by scoring another goal, but they didn’t.“We had the game under control in the first-half, but we lost our efficiency after the break.“It made life hard when we went behind, but we still have a chance.”Bayern have won only three of their 11 European matches at the Bernabeu — the last of which was on penalties in 2011/12 after it finished 3-3 on aggregate.Germany striker Thomas Mueller says the Bavarians have the necessary belief.“We don’t need a footballing miracle. The belief is still strong, or we wouldn’t be FC Bayern Munich,” he said.“In my opinion, we didn’t have the 100 percent conviction that we are the better team.”Winger Arjen Robben says the Bavarians will have to raise their game having been outplayed in the second half.“We have to find the ten to fifteen percent in Madrid that we lacked this time,” demanded Robben.“We gave them too much respect and had too little bite.“You have to pick your chin up, put the extra percent on it, and put in an outstanding performance in Madrid.”Ancelotti hopes to have striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg with a bruised shoulder, and defender Mats Hummels, ankle, back for the return.“We have six days, we hope they will both be back,” said the Italian.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer kept Bayern in the tie with a string of saves and believes his team can book a sixth straight semi-finals berth.“It’s important to finish the game with 11 men,” said Neuer, on his first game back after foot surgery.“We didn’t have so much possession and we were missing our usual self-assurance.“It could have finished much higher, but we believe we can still do it.“We were the best team in the second half and it could have been two or three nil up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rasshan Makes His Move

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: Former quarterback looks good at wide receiver. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER It was early June, and Osaar Rasshan had just finished dominating UCLA’s 7-on-7 passing workout in which he caught passes over the middle, some on the sideline, and even diving in the corner of the end zone. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and with quick feet, a smart mind and a desire to play immediately, Rasshan stood out in training camp more than anyone else. “You can’t teach that size and you can’t teach that athletic ability,” UCLA receivers coach Eric Scott said. “The sky’s the limit for him because his ceiling is real high.” In the two weeks since practice began, Rasshan already has moved into the receiver rotation, and is set to make his debut Sept. 1 at Stanford. And, after all, that was the whole reason the position change took place. Rasshan, a redshirt sophomore, wanted to play. But with redshirt juniors Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan ahead of him, the chance of doing so was remote for the next two seasons. The scuttlebutt around UCLA, as it pertained to Rasshan, always revolved around a switch to receiver, with talk of how well the move worked for NFL veteran Drew Bennett. Several people associated with the football program believe Rasshan can be a first-round draft pick if his anticipated progression continues. Yet, Khalif, a long-time school teacher, needed to make sure the move was in his son’s best interest. “I wanted to give him my takes on the historical aspect of being an African-American quarterback, and let him know what’s at stake,” Kahlif said. “At the same, I wanted to allow him the autonomy to make that decision. “To be honest, I wasn’t happy at all.” The Bruins have not had an African-American quarterback play in a game in nearly 30 years, a school spokesman said. Khalif thought it was importat people understood it was not a switch made because of intellect, but rather preference. Osaar had always been an exceptional student, and that has not changed at UCLA. “(The switch) had to do with his urgency to play,” Kahlif said. “I feel comfortable because Osaar made a choice, and I want to stand by him. I don’t have to sit on the bench for him. He made a choice that he wants to play. He told me, `Dad, I want to play.”‘ However, before the move was finalized, Rasshan had to complete his own inner struggle. “(Quarterback) was just my love,” said Rasshan, who spent two seasons sitting on the bench at UCLA. “It was my choice (to change positions). I knew in my heart, if I were to make a switch, that I felt I would be very successful. Maybe from a little bit of a pride standpoint (there was hesitation). That was my love, I never thought I would play receiver. “My father wasn’t as pleased about it, but he realized I’m growing up, I’m a man and I have to make decisions for myself.” Rasshan added: “I wasn’t at ease (initially), knowing my dad wasn’t that happy. When I cleared up things with him, knowing that he had my back, that really is what helped me out.” So does remarkable athletic ability and a passion to play a significant role this season. Rasshan, who was also a standout pitcher at Garey High in Pomona, possessed a strong base knowledge of UCLA’s ultra-thick playbook because of the two years he spent as a quarterback understudy. What he needs to learn are the intricacies of his new position, which is where senior Marcus Everett comes in. Everett is UCLA’s top receiver, and Rasshan’s training camp roommate. During down time, the two go over the playbook, talk about proper route running and blocking techniques, defensive reads and so on. “He’s been with me all summer,” Everett said. “I’ve got to show him the position, and a different mindset. He has to use his speed a lot on routes. I have to show him things. That’s my little prot g .” During spot duty in scrimmages and practices the last two years, Rasshan’s throwing accuracy was inconsistent, at best. But when he was flushed from the pocket and ran in the open field, he showcased an elusiveness second-to-none at UCLA. That ability to side-step tacklers and a burst into the open field is whhas the Bruins so excited. “He has a lot of talent,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “He still has to learn how to play within the realm of a receiver. The challenge for him is the technique of how receivers play, running routes and stuff like that. That’s not just something you learn to do in a short period of time. It takes a lot of work, and that’s really been his biggest struggle right now.” Rasshan made three catches during UCLA’s Saturday scrimmage, but also glaring was a dropped touchdown over the middle, and his inability to adjust to a poorly thrown pass along the right sideline. That stuff will come, Rasshan believes, because everything else about the transition went so well already. “Maybe it’s more natural because that’s how it’s supposed to be from jump,” Rasshan said. “I see the game and I feel comfortable and I’m happy out there.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As teammates spoke about UCLA’s latest quarterback-to-receiver switch, each one gave a glowing scouting report of Rasshan, the receiver. Everyone was thrilled with the move, except the two most important. Rasshan’s father, Khalif, wanted his son to remain at quarterback. And because the blessing wasn’t coming from his dad, Osaar was having second thoughts. “I wanted him to understand that it’s a serious matter to be a black quarterback because you are a representation of these young kids that decide, `Hey, I can do that, too,”‘ Khalif said. “But the other side is, `Dad, I want to play.”‘ During a series of discussions throughout the summer, father and son gave their sides, and because of the outcome, UCLA has arguably its most physically gifted receiver since Coach Karl Dorrell arrived in Westwood. last_img

Four of top 10 car makes sold in Donegal are Toyota!

first_img2016 has proven to be another fantastic year for the Toyota brand in Co Donegal.Toyota’s known qualities – reliable, best resale value in Ireland, high levels of specification , competitive pricing , wide range of models, pioneers of hybrid motoring, consumer led offers etc …. are well documented in the various press & media outlets throughout the course of the year.It is however at the end of each significant registration period when official statistics are released that we get a true picture of our performance for the year. We were delighted yesterday as SIMI published official statistics for 2017 to hear that we have retained our No.1 position in Donegal as the best selling passenger car brand for 2016. This has been further enhanced by Toyota having also secured the No1 position nationally.In a year that saw the Irish motoring market experience growth of 17.5% Toyota enjoyed 18.5 % year on year growth, becoming the best-selling car brand in Ireland with sales of 15,530 passenger vehicles and an overall market share of 10.6%. On a local note, there were 3,525 vehicles registered in Donegal of which 534 were Toyota’s occupying an impressive market share of 15.15%.We are not surprised that four of the Top 10 models sold in Donegal are Toyota branded.They are the Toyota Yaris (128 cars), Toyota Auris (111 cars), Toyota Rav 4 (110 cars) and the world’s best selling Toyota Corolla with 109 cars. A true reflection off the ability off the Toyota range to suit all needs from a small hatchback to the family sized saloon to the ever popular SUV. Our hybrid market increased by a significant 28% in Donegal in 2016. The move to hybrid vehicles is increasing as customers recognise the advantages and superior driving experience that they offer. Luckily Toyota are world leaders in this market and now have five of their mainstream models available in a hybrid option including the yaris, auris, prius, rav 4 and the new C-HR launched prior to Christmas.Toyota Ireland cites its brand and Dealer Network strength in addition to competitive pricing, high levels of specification as well as consumer led offers as the key to its success.Commenting on the news, Steve Tormey, Chief Executive, Toyota Ireland said “2016 was a great year for Toyota and we are proud to have once again regained the status of being the best-selling car brand in Ireland. Particularly pleasing was the continuing strong demand we experienced right across our range coupled with significantly increased consumer movement into hybrid vehicles. We believe this trend will continue with our newest model, the C-HR as well as other new model introductions later this year.As we get ready for another busy 2017, we extend a welcome to all to visit our dealerships in Mountcharles & Letterkenny, our sales staff will be delighted to discuss your individual requirements and hopefully we will have product which will suit your needs.You can visit us at Port Road, Letterkenny or Drumbeigh Mountcharles, alternatively visit our website www.kellystoyota.com . Toyota Built for a Better World. Four of top 10 car makes sold in Donegal are Toyota! was last modified: January 5th, 2017 by StephenShare 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

Why Rooney leads the line of this all-time combined Man United v Liverpool XI

first_img 11 Central midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Man United) – scroll through the gallery to see Thierry Henry’s all-time Man United v Liverpool XI, formed of the best players he played against Man United v Liverpool betting – get a first scorer boost here.Thierry Henry played against some of the best players in the world during his time as an Arsenal striker.And writing in The Sun on Sunday, the Frenchman picked his all-time Man United v Liverpool XI made up of those he considered to be the best of the best from both teams.Remember, this was when United boasted Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roy Keane in their side, while Liverpool had Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Xabi Alonso. It was a ‘tough’ task, according to Henry.Scroll through the gallery to see Henry’s selection and click here to read the rest of his column in SunSport. 11 11 Left-back: Patrice Evra (Man United) 11 Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand (Man United) Wide forward: Ryan Giggs (Man United) Right-back: Gary Neville (Man United) Wide forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United) 11 Centre-back: Jaap Stam (Man United) Central midfield: Paul Scholes (Man United) 11 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Roy Keane (Man United) 11 Centre forward: Wayne Rooney (Man United) – “I wanted Ruud van Nistelrooy up front, but had to pick Wayne Rooney at no.9 – he always scored against us!” Read the rest of Thierry Henry’s SunSport column here.last_img read more

Extra Time Weekend podcast with Tom Latchem and Ged Mills

first_imgListen to the best bits of Extra Time from the weekend with Tom Latchem and Ged Mills.Tom and Ged’s chat about 1990s TV show ‘You Bet’ takes on a life of its own and leads to a bizarre exploration of the career of multi-million selling ‘whistler’ Roger Whittaker.Plus, former Charlton and Leyton Orient footballer Bradley Pritchard joins the boys to discuss racism in football, while former Cardiff striker Rob Earnshaw tells all about his trademark somersault celebration.last_img

Strachan: Second place is still a realistic target for Scotland

first_img“But as I said it’s a crazy gang here in this group we have got so you never know.“Second, yes. We will definitely go and try and get second at least and if we end up getting first then great.“But second is our target as we sit here. I don’t think it has changed in the last two games.“I think if you said to us, realistically, then second is a target for us.” Gordon Strachan has said that Scotland’s realistic aim is to grab second place behind England in their World Cup qualifying group.The Scotland boss is preparing his side to face Slovakia in Trnava in what has already been judged by some as a “must win” match following the 1-1 draw with Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday.Second seeds Slovakia have already suffered two defeats in their opening games and Strachan said that it was a peculiar group but that England were favourites to come out on top but Scotland could be right behind them.“I think most of us expect, the footballing world, that England would win it,” he said. A positive result against Slovakia would be key to that aim and Strachan revealed that much of his thinking about the fixture had to be revised after Jan Kozak’s team altered their style over the summer.“They have changed dramatically since the two games I’d seen them in the European championships,” he said.“I think I could have wasted my time going there but I enjoyed the fans and the Welsh fans in particular were good fun, sharing a plane with them.“But I saw them there and it was basically a 4-3-3 with two wide men.“I thought about that for the last couple of months – no wide men any more. It has changed a bit.“But Steven Pressley was out having a look at them and brought back great information.“Kenny with the video analysis put a lot of stuff together on Saturday night, Sunday morning and we had a look at that on Sunday night.“The players know that it has changed a bit but we have to be on our toes, it might change again.”last_img read more