‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We are on the right track. Luckily we have a new player stepping up,” added Reyes.“I’m happy that I was able to contribute to my team, I will also be ready to every time the team needs me,” added Jimenez.Idle Ateneo has a 9-1 slate and La Salle, at 7-3, are the only teams with better records than the Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws.“This was a very important game for us so I tried my best out there,” said FEU’s Heather Guino-o who topscored with 22 points.FEU coach George Pascua said the Lady Tamaraws are still at only “70 percent” and can still improve as the season goes on. They scored 16 points off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Judith Abil was the lone player for UE to score in double-digits with 11 points. The Lady Warriors had fewer errors (23-27) but were simply outgunned by the Tigress (38-25).Rookie setter MaFe Galanza opened the firing lanes wide for UST’s gunners with 26 excellent sets.“That’s the beauty of it, I have a strong 13-women lineup who can fill-up roles,” said Reyes, who continued to miss the services of injured top spiker Milena Alessandrini.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Far Eastern also rose to 7-4 and kept the Tigresses company in third spot after nipping University of the Philippines, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, in the first game.“These two on my left, it’s automatic, they’re my Batman and Robin,” said Reyes as Rondina and Laure sat on his left side during the winning coach’s interview. “But hopefully, I get a player on my right side every game. Because every time I have a player on my right side we win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLaure finished with 14 points and Rondina 11 as the Tigresses also ended the Lady Warriors’ hopes of making the semifinals at 2-9.Jimenez was that player by Reyes’ right, and she got that privilege after scoring a career-high 10 points and plugging the hole left by the off-form Dimdim Pacres. MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas, led by its “dynamic duo” and a new ally, proved too much for University of the East as the Tigresses pulled out a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 win on Saturday to better their Final Four chances in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at FilOil Flying V Centre.Coach Kungfu Reyes has named reliable scorers Sisi Rondina and Eya Laure as his “Batman and Robin,” who got a lot of help from rookie Ysa Jimenez coming off the bench for that extra boost that helped put the Lady Warriors away and give Santo Tomas its seventh win in 11 games.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Blaze Spikers breeze through to semis LATEST STORIES View comments
Assassination claim…GPF to go under microscopeWhile the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) set up to probe allegations of a plot to assassinate President David Granger has already commenced its work, membersPresident David Grangerof the public will be free to listen in to the testimonies from today.The CoI, which commenced on July 11, will seek to: inquire into persons, places, time and circumstances and events by and through which allegations and reports came to be made of an intention to assassinate the President; investigate the full range of the actions and responses of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to the reports and the extent to which such actions were conducted or executed with due diligence; determine whether any person, and in particular, officers of the GPF had information before and after reports were made of a plan to assassinate the President and whether any such officers communicated that information to a superior authority.Commissioners will also record and report on what official action was taken on the basis of the information received and whether there was due diligence by the officers of the GPF in the investigation of the plan to assassinate the President and determine whether there was failure, neglect or omission to thoroughly and properly investigate the plan to assassinate the President and determine whether such failure or omission was intentional.The Commissioners will seek to also determine the blameworthiness for the failure or neglect of officers or persons involved in the investigation and recommend action to be taken against persons found to be blameworthy.They will also recommend steps that can be taken to prevent the recurrence of such incident and identify systemic issues, if any, in the GPF’s competence to investigate matters of this nature.The CoI secretariat is now inviting persons desirous of giving evidence and/or making submissions to do so before the Commission.Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe was sworn in to head the CoI. He is being assisted by five other persons.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had opined last month that the move by the Head of State to set up a CoI into the allegation demonstrated his lack of confidence in the Police Force, a claim denied by Government.“You need another CoI…into this? That means you don’t trust your security forces or the Police to investigate this. You are saying that somebody didn’t investigate this properly,” Jagdeo had saidReports had surfaced in April this year of an alleged plot to assassinate the Head of State.Shortly after news broke of investigations into the alleged plot, the complainant, a well-known barber of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared on a local private television station to relate his story.In that interview, the barber revealed that he was offered $7 million and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.Reports indicated that he subsequently filed a complaint with the Police. However, the alleged witness to the offer had told investigators during the confrontation that the complainant had contacted him and offered a sum of money in exchange for him giving a statement claiming that he (the alleged witness) was present when two businessmen contacted the complainant about allegedly assassinating the President.According to a Police source, the complainant had only made the monetary offer after he informed the Police of the assassination plot.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are lining up an ambitious January swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels. (Daily Express)Angel Di Maria will be the man used by Louis Van Gaal to lure Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. (Daily Express)Roma are lining up a £2million move for Liverpool defender Glen Johnson. (Daily Star)Manchester City face losing England midfielder James Milner in the January transfer window. Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool will all be interested in Milner, 28. City will look to replace him with an English signing and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, 19, and Jay Rodriquez, 25, would be targets. (Daily Star)Arsene Wenger may look to bring in a free agent as defensive cover with Mathieu Debuchy facing three months out. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘Our season starts now’ insists Man United boss Van GaalRedknapp confident QPR will avoid the drop this seasonArsenal need to give Ozil more time, club legend tells talkSPORTExclusive – Hislop: Pardew’s time is up at Newcastle and Bruce should replace him
1 Koke Liverpool and Manchester United target Koke has opened up on his decision to stay put at Atletico Madrid during the summer.The Spanish midfielder shot to fame after helping Atletico win La Liga last season, and finish runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League.Koke’s team-mates such as Diego Costa decided to leave the Spanish capital after the team’s success last term but the 22-year-old went nowhere.Liverpool and Manchester United were part of the chasing pack which also included PSG and Barcelona, who seemed to be at the front of the queue.But, speaking to Sportium News, Koke explained why he decided to stay with Atleti.He said: “Atletico is my home, it’s my life.“I decided to stay to enjoy one of the best moments in the history of this club.“The club did not need to sell and I did not want to leave.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Anderson-Barrows employs some 550 workers at a Palmdale plant opened in 1989 to manufacture pipes and fittings. Deluxe Corp. employs more than 300 people at a plant it opened in 1993 in Lancaster to print checks and other financial instruments. U.S. Pole moved from Sun Valley to Palmdale in 2003 and employs 260 people making streetlight poles. Delta Scientific, a Valencia-based builder of security barriers for U.S. embassies and military bases, opened a 125,000-square-foot Palmdale manufacturing plant in 2003. A number of the Antelope Valley’s biggest employers are government agencies. Los Angeles County alone employs more than 3,400 people locally. The Palmdale School District employs about 3,000, the Antelope Valley Union High School District about 2,400 and the Lancaster School District about 2,100. Antelope Valley Hospital employs about 2,200. California State Prison-Los Angeles County employs about 1,300. The Federal Aviation Administration employs almost 500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Close to 20,000 Antelope Valley residents work locally in aerospace industry jobs – some 12,000 at Edwards Air Force Base alone, along with others at Air Force Plant 42 and the Mojave Airport. More than 50,000 commute daily down the Antelope Valley Freeway to jobs in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles or elsewhere. An additional 40,000 or so hold other jobs around the Antelope Valley in schools, hospitals, stores, government offices or in newer industries that have moved in, seeking affordable land and available workers. Antelope Valley businesses last year added nearly 3,500 jobs. Here are some of the Antelope Valley’s top private employers. Lockheed Martin has 4,200 employees making parts for the F-22 fighter, modifying C-130 transports, overhauling F-117 stealth fighters and U-2 spy planes, and other work, some secret. Boeing has some 1,000 workers on a variety of aircraft and space projects in Palmdale and at Edwards Air Force Base. Northrop Grumman has about 1,600 workers assembling center fuselage sections for the F-35 joint strike fighter, assembling Global Hawk robot spy planes, and doing modifications to B-2 stealth bombers. U.S. Borax has almost 800 employees in Boron, mining borates in a 650-foot-deep open-pit mine that is one of the world’s largest. They also work in the neighboring refinery. Wal-Mart employs 2,000 people in four Antelope Valley stores. Rite Aid has almost 1,100 employees staffing a million-square-foot distribution center big enough to cover 19 football fields. The center opened in 1999 to supply more than 400 stores in three states. Countrywide Home Loans employs 2,200 people in a loan servicing center opened in 2003 and immediately expanded. Lance Camper builds truck campers at a plant that opened in Lancaster in 1997 and employs about 350 people.
NEW YORK – The companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index have reported 16 straight quarters of double-digit earnings growth. If upcoming reports show that this spectacular growth continued in the second quarter, earnings per share might be pushed into double digits not because of stellar performance, but thanks to share buybacks and higher interest rates. Share buybacks have become a big-money endeavor. The cash-laden companies in the S&P 500 spent 45 percent of their capital expenditures on stock buybacks last year, which was especially significant because capital expenditures were on the upswing. Thanks to buybacks, the S&P 500 companies now hold 10 percent of their market value in company-owned stock, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P. Companies have never bought back this much stock before, Silverblatt said. Exxon Mobil Corp. has bought back its own shares 22 quarters in a row. Media company Tribune Co. at the end of June repurchased 15 percent of its outstanding shares. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sunoco Inc. approved $500 million in buybacks in early July. Retailer Limited Brands Inc. approved $100 million in buybacks at the end of June; it has already spent $70 million on buybacks under a previous $100 million plan. The shares don’t disappear when a company buys them back; they just sit in the company’s treasury. But when a company computes its earnings per share, those repurchased shares aren’t counted. Removing them from the earnings per share calculation can make the figure look much better than it would have otherwise. Within the S&P 500, earnings per share at 108 companies increased by at least 4 percentage points thanks to buybacks, according to S&P. Exxon Mobil, for instance, made headlines with its $8.4 billion first-quarter earnings. The company’s earnings per share rose 12.3 percent. But without buybacks, earnings for the quarter were only 6.9 percent higher, according to S&P. “Companies are buying back so much stock that you don’t even need a strong sales performance to get these double-digit EPS (earnings per share) any more,” David Rosenberg, North American Economist at Merrill Lynch & Co., wrote in a recent note. Once a company has bought back shares, it can cancel them, which is rare. It can reissue them, or it can use them for mergers and acquisitions, which Silverblatt feels is the most likely scenario for the shares that have been bought back. Buybacks aren’t the only factor goosing earnings; higher interest rates are also helping. The S&P 500 companies have an eye-popping $631 billion in cash. Their interest income on that cash increased 34 percent last year. This year S&P expects it to rise 60 percent. S&P expects the earnings for the S&P 500 to increase 11.1 percent this year. Of that, 1.3 percent is expected to come from the companies’ increase in cash income thanks to higher interest rates.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TODAY Blessing of the Cars, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Hansen Dam Recreation Center, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. Call (818) 899-8087. 35th Annual Malibu Arts Festival, through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 23555 Civic Center Way. Call (310) 456-9025. Southern California Indian Center’s 38th Annual Pow Wow and Arts & Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors/teens (13-17), $1 children 6-12; children 5 and under free. Call (714) 962-6673. “Grease” musical performance, 7 p.m., Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 299-5264. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesGovernment Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Panorama Mall, 8401 Van Nuys Blvd. Free. Call (818) 894-9258. Bead Faire, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave. Oxnard Salsa Festival, through Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Plaza Park between 4th and 5th streets along B Street. Call (800) 2-OXNARD. Realize America Day Yoga meditation program, noon-4:30 p.m., Santa Monica Pier area, Balboa Park, Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park. A 7 p.m. concert also will be held at Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4565 Sherman Oaks Ave. Programs are taught in several languages. Call (818) 986-9857. Mayan New Year Celebration, 2-9 p.m., MacArthur Recreation Center, 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 368-0520.
The consensus was that all the pressure was on the Premiership leaders, not least because of the greater depth and quality of squad Deila has at his disposal. Sviatchenko could only find a place on the bench after recovering from a thigh injury, with Mulgrew remaining in central defence alongside Dedryck Boyata. With Michael O’Halloran and Billy King cup-tied, Harry Forrester injured and Martyn Waghorn not ready to return from injury, Warburton’s squad was stretched to its limit with midfielder Dean Shiels handed a rare start and only five substitutes named. Rangers stormed out the traps, taking Celtic by surprise. Gordon pulled off a great save from Miller before the Parkhead men came back, with skipper Brown drilling wide of the target from 16 yards. An angled drive from Celtic’s top scorer Griffiths fizzed past the far post before the Light Blues opened the scoring. Halliday’s pass towards the box was deflected by Brown into the path of Miller, who swivelled and knocked the ball low past Gordon to send one half of the stadium into raptures. Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney went close moments later before Rangers skipper Wallace fired wide of the far post. Deila brought on Sviatchenko for Boyata in the 25th minute and the Dane was booked five minutes later for a foul on Shiels. Celtic, however, should have levelled in the 33rd minute when Griffiths’ low drive from the edge of the box beat Foderingham before rebounding off the post into the path of Patrick Roberts but, with goal wide open, the on-loan winger somehow hit the side-netting. Rangers finished the half in control and the interval whistle brought a crescendo of boos from the green and white fans. Celtic came back out fired up. Griffiths stung the hands of Foderingham with a free-kick early in the second half as the Hoops forced a series of Roberts corners, one of which Sviatchenko powered high into the net. Griffiths fired two efforts over the bar before extra time arrived. Celtic looked slightly the stronger but in the 96th minute the blue half of Hampden erupted when, after Rangers took a disputed throw-in, McKay picked up the ball, turned and fired high past Gordon from 25 yards. The drama was not over. Rogic, on in the 84th minute for Stefan Johansen, swept in a Tierney cut-back to level at the start of the second period of extra time. Foderinghan made saves from Rogic and McGregor, on for Gary Mackay-Steven. Griffiths cracked the bar with a 25-yard free-kick in the penultimate minute but, when it came to the penalties, Rangers came out on top. Andy Halliday, McKay, Lee Wallace and substitutes Gedion Zelalem and Nicky Law scored their penalties, while James Tavernier fired his over and substitute Nicky Clark had his saved by Craig Gordon.For Celtic, Charlie Mulgrew, Nir Bitton, Leigh Griffiths and Mikael Lustig scored, with substitute Callum McGregor hitting the bar and Wes Foderingham saving from skipper Scott Brown.Mark Warburton’s men will play Hibernian in the May 21 final after their fellow Championship side won their penalty shoot-out against Dundee United on Saturday.Ronny Deila’s men had comfortably beaten their traditional rivals 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final last year, and this defeat will pile more pressure on the Norwegian despite Celtic sitting in a strong position at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and on their way to their fifth straight crown. Rangers won through to the William Hill Scottish Cup final with a 5-4 sudden-death penalty shoot-out victory over Celtic at a breathless Hampden Park.Former Celtic striker Kenny Miller opened the scoring for the Light Blues in the 16th minute of a first half bossed by the Championship winners. Hoops substitute Erik Sviatchenko levelled with a header five minutes after the break – his first for the Parkhead club since arriving from FC Midtjylland in January.Gers winger Barrie McKay fired in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards in the sixth minute of extra time, but that was cancelled out by substitute Tom Rogic 10 minutes later before the drama of penalties arrived.Rogic was the seventh penalty-taker, but blazed his effort over the bar to the delight of the Gers support.
Apaches now 2-2 in Marawood SouthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterEDGAR — Auburndale earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Edgar in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Tuesday at Edgar High School.The Apaches won 19-25, 25-16, 26-24, 16-25, 15-6 and are now 2-2 in the Marawood South. Edgar drops to 0-4.Mackenzie Raab had 10 kills, 16 assists, and 18 digs; Alexis Soppe had four service aces; and Rachael Bolder had four aces, 15 assists, and 12 digs for Auburndale.Auburndale will compete at a Marawood Conference Crossover Challenge Tournament on Saturday at Marathon.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Merrill came to Marshfield on Jan. 25 for a division showdown. After several lead changes in the first half, Merrill came away with a 28-26 lead at halftime. Marshfield’s offense was hot in the second half; however, overpowering Merrill, leading Marshfield to their fourth-straight win with a score of 62-52.Merrill’s Michael Casper was high scorer for the night with 21 points for the Blue Jays. Marshfield’s Anthony Posteluk scored 16 for the Tigers.