PRUride PH cycling event unfolds in January

first_imgAs much as 36 racing activities are scheduled for the event, with seasoned cyclists Marella Salamat and George Oconer expected to figure at the PRUride Professional Road Race, a 160-kilometer course which will end at the historic Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan.The event will also see a Philippine version of the Brompton Challenge, where pedal-pushers will be racing at their formal tops, this time in barong tagalog or Filipiniana attires.A cash prize of P50,000 awaits the winners of all Elite professional categories for both male and female participants, while six all-expense paid trips to London are expected to be given off. Two will be given to the winners of the Professional Road Race in Subic, another pair to the victors of the Elite Criterium in McKinley West, and the last two being raffled off during the Bike Community Days.ADVERTISEMENT “We were inspired by the positive turnout in London and we are making it bigger and grander than 2016,” said Allan Tumbaga, Pru Like UK senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “More than a gathering of the country’s most passionate cyclists, PRUride PH 2018 continues our company’s commitment to promote responsible and safe cycling.”PRUride PH 2018 will run from January 11 to 14 next year at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and on January 21 at McKinley West in Taguig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s a Union Cycliste International (UCI)-accredited class B event sanctioned by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling).The first leg will see the participants traverse the picturesque landscapes of Central Luzon starting from Subic and ending in Bataan. Meanwhile, the second leg will be a repeat of the 2016 Criterium races in Taguig. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Matt ‘super proud’ of twin bro Mike as Nietos win 1st men’s title It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Officials from Pru Life UK and PhilCycling team up for PRUride PH 2018. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netReeling off from the success of its cycling event in England, British life insurer Pru Life UK is seeking to replicate that success here in the Philippines as it is set to stage one of the biggest cycling events in the country to open the new year.PRUride PH 2018 gathers some of the best cyclists from the nation and across Southeast Asia as it targets 5,000 participants, both professional and amateurs, in its two competition legs.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Unified Korea team grab historic gold at Asian Games

first_imgUnified Korea’s gold medallists pose for photographers during the awards ceremony for the women’s canoe traditional 500m boat race at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAthletes from North and South Korea combined to win an Asian Games gold medal for the first time in their history with victory in the women’s 500 meter dragon boat on Sunday.The two Koreas, competing together after a rapid improvement in cross-border relations, took gold with a time of two minutes and 24.788 seconds, edging past China on 2:25.092.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins It was the first gold at a major Games for a Unified Korea team, and came nearly three decades after their last title together — in the women’s team event at the 1991 world table tennis championships.North and South Korea have also joined forces in rowing and women’s basketball at the regional Olympics following a rapid improvement in relations this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’At last week’s opening ceremony, the Korean teams marched together behind the Unified Korea flag, held aloft jointly by South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol.They also competed together in women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, an event that ushered in a series of reconciliatory moves. Alaska humiliates TNT for 2nd straight win Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Food, gas pushes inflation upward

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Inflation at the wholesale level soared in February, pushed higher by gasoline and other energy prices and the largest increase in food costs in more than three years. The Labor Department reported that wholesale prices surged 1.3 percent last month. That was the biggest increase since November and more than double the 0.5 percent gain analysts expected. Cost pressures also showed up in higher prices for cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, appliances and children’s toys and games, which rose at the fastest clip in more than two decades. The core inflation rate, which excludes food and energy, climbed by 0.4 percent, more than forecast and double the January gain. A separate report showed that the labor market seems to be regaining its balance. The number of laid-off workers filing for unemployment benefits dropped by 12,000 last week to 318,000. It was the second straight weekly decline and eased concerns that arose after big increases in jobless claims earlier in the year.last_img read more

Galatzan picks up support in race for LAUSD board

first_img“It absolutely makes no difference in the race.” But Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, predicted that voters who supported Pugliese in the primary will determine the winner of the upcoming race. “It’s a very significant boost for her because it’s a low-turnout election and he got a significant share of the votes, and very often in L.A., the runoff election leans toward the candidate who gets the support of the third- and fourth-place finishers,” Sonenshein said. “Pugliese can’t deliver every single person who voted for him, but if he delivers a majority, that’s a significant boost for her. That’s quite important.” Armed with $1.3 million contributed by the mayor’s Partnership for Better Schools, Galatzan captured 44 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Lauritzen, who got $475,000 from United Teachers Los Angeles. Pugliese picked up the remaining 16 percent of the 29,165 votes cast. The mayor’s committee is expected to spend $1 million more on the runoff campaign, with the UTLA also vowing to spend as much as it takes to get Lauritzen re-elected to the District 3 seat. That runoff and one for the District 7 seat in South Gate are critical in Villaraigosa’s effort to get a majority of his supporters on the seven-member school board who push forward with his plans to reform the LAUSD. Villaraigosa launched an effort two years ago to take control of the nation’s second-largest school district, saying it was the only way to improve student test scores and reduce the dropout rate. He subsequently collaborated with the UTLA and authored a bill that was approved by the Legislature, giving him a lesser but still significant role in the district. The bill has been ruled unconstitutional by a state appellate court, and Villaraigosa is weighing an appeal to the California Supreme Court. (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Galatzan, a career city prosecutor who has received Villaraigosa’s political and financial support, said her campaign will benefit from Pugliese’s endorsement. “This is someone who’s been in the classroom and has seen what works and what doesn’t work and the challenges teachers face every day. The fact that he has looked at both candidates and has decided I am this district’s best shot at reform, that’s very encouraging to me,” she said. “Louis’ endorsement is another voice out there saying that this district is in desperate need of reform and that I am the best shot at getting that.” John Shallman, Lauritzen’s campaign manager, dismissed the impact of the endorsement, saying Pugliese’s decision is not a setback for the board member who has taught for more than three decades in Los Angeles Unified schools. “Who is Louis Pugliese?” Shallman said. “The only reason people voted for him in the primary was because his ballot title said `teacher,’ and now the only teacher on the ballot is Jon Lauritzen. The score is 42,000 teachers for Jon, one for Tamar,” Shallman said. Front-runner Tamar Galatzan picked up steam Wednesday in her million-dollar challenge to LAUSD board member Jon Lauritzen, snagging the endorsement of third-place finisher Louis Pugliese in the May 15 runoff. Pugliese, a teacher who captured more than 16 percent of the vote in the March 6 primary, decided to back Galatzan for the San Fernando Valley seat after meeting with her and the incumbent, as well as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and teachers union President A.J. Duffy. “The current administration and school board is entrenched in a culture that resists change,” Pugliese said. “I’m afraid the current bureaucracy thinks about preserving the current bureaucracy and they think more about regulations and rules than they do about what’s best for kids.” Pugliese said he was swayed by Galatzan’s detailed proposal for reforming the district – which was sent to voters in a 23-page mailer – while Lauritzen had not drafted any such plan. last_img

High temperatures and low precipitation creating wildfire problems and farmer woes

first_imgHowever, the biggest fire of interest in the Rocky Mountain region of Alberta, covering an estimated 1,500 hectares west of Nordegg, not far from Banff National Park. The predicted Fort St. John high today is 28 and tomorrow it is expected to reach 30.The low precipitation continues to raise crop and wildfire concerns across the area, as the total for the first 6 days of July is less than 3 millimeters, coupled with the May – June  precipitation total of less than 50 per cent of the norm.The Prince George Fire Centre is still locked at the top of the provincial list in terms of confirmed wildfires and burn acreage this season.- Advertisement -The latest report yesterday from the Wildfire Management Branch puts the number of fires discovered in the Prince George Centre since the first of April at 127.That’s 12 more than the Kamloops Centre and more than double the totals of each of the other four centres.Meantime, the burn total in the Prince George Centre is up to 4,960 hectares, 86 percent of the province-wide total.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sky’s the limit for Pep’s Manchester City slickers

first_imgThe highlight of the opening period was a bizarre opener for Sergio Aguero, who netted his 199th goal for the club direct from a punt down the field by City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo -– a rare route-one goal for a side renowned for their intricate football.But it was men against boys after the break as City totally dominated a disappointing Arsenal side, cantering to a 3-0 win with further goals from an ecstatic Vincent Kompany and David Silva.The League Cup may seem like small fry to a man with a glittering CV that includes two Champions League triumphs while in charge of Barcelona and a clutch of league titles with Bayern Munich.But an emotional Guardiola knows that winning the first silverware is crucial to infusing his runaway Premier League leaders with the belief to go on and win bigger prizes.“It’s important,” said the Catalan. “We’re so happy, and big congratulations to all of Manchester City, and our fans. This trophy is for Manchester City and not for me.“The first half was not good but in the second half we played really well,” he said.“We were in the second half like we have been so far (this season) so of course big congratulations for all Manchester City.“That’s why it’s important to win titles because it’s going to help us win the next games in the Premier League.”– Quadruple dreams –City saw their dreams of an unprecedented quadruple shattered just six days before the Wembley final when third-tier Wigan dumped them out of the FA Cup.Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola poses with his assistants, (L-R) Rodolpho Borrell, Mikel Arteta and Domenec Torrent, after their victory in the English League Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKBut a 13-point lead in the Premier League means they are champions-elect and they have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-0 victory against Basel in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Guardiola said although winning his first trophy at the club means a lot to him personally, he is just a chapter in City’s history.He knows that for all he has reshaped the club in his image, it was three veterans of City’s defining 2012 Premier League title triumph who delivered the goods at Wembley.Guardiola said Aguero, Silva and Kompany were three legends who had helped turn the club from perennial under-achievers into regular trophy winners, capable of going toe to toe with the heavyweights of Europe and challenging regularly for honours.“They help us to understand what it means for the club because they won titles, they put pressure on us to continue to win titles,” he said.“If we are able to win more titles in the future the people who are coming here, they have to know here you have to win titles and that’s why it’s so, so important.”A relaxed-looking Guardiola thanked the club’s hierarchy for sticking with him during a barren first season at the helm of the club last year, when many questioned whether his “pure” brand of football would work in England.He admitted he had imposed heavy demands on his players but said he never doubted himself.Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, one of the standout players in England this year, said the sky is the limit for the club.“We have had a good season already, and now we need to keep going,” he said. “We have this one in the bag and now we have to maintain the same focus in the Premier League and the Champions League.“The potential for this club is amazing, and the way we play is probably one of the best in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate after their victory in the English League Cup © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Pep Guardiola’s League Cup triumph against Arsenal could usher in an era of dominance for Manchester City but he had three veterans to thank for a comprehensive win at Wembley.City were not at their best in a scrappy first half on a bitingly cold February day on Sunday, failing to hit the exalted heights of their football earlier this season.last_img read more

Jewelry store robbers sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suspects got into an awaiting car, which was being driven by a third suspect and sped away from the mall parking lot. There were as many as five customers in the store at the time of the robbery, but no one was injured. The suspects were described as medium build black men in their early to mid 20s. They were wearing dark colored shirts and pants. The getaway car was described as a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser. No description is available for the getaway driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery-Homicide detectives at (213) 485-2511. After hours and on weekends contact the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855). WOODLAND HILLS – Police today were seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected in an armed hold up of a jewelry store in Woodland Hills. The heist occurred Friday just after 4 p.m. when two men entered the De Jaun Jewelry Store, in the 6600 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, police said. As one of the suspects showed a gun that was tucked in his waistband, the other one smashed the display case with a sledgehammer, police said. The men then grabbed jewelry and ran out of the store. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NASCAR Loyalty takes hit

first_img Jamie McMurray, under contract to Ganassi through 2006, upset the apple cart by signing a deal with Jack Roush for 2007. In turn, Roush was burned when defending Nextel Cup champ Kurt Busch signed to drive for Roger Penske in 2007. Suddenly, NASCAR looked very much like the stick-and-ball sports, albeit with a slight twist. In the end, money and opportunity had replaced loyalty. … Southern California is remembered by many people for many things. But in NASCAR circles, there is one lasting memory of Fontana and California Speedway: trash. The talk among the drivers after the last two Cup races at Fontana has been the volume of trash blown onto the track. A hot dog wrapper stuck in an air opening can rob a car of the power it needs on a horsepower track. So what’s the solution? Nothing but hot dogs on a stick? More trash containers? Less paper products to protect food? Actually, the answer is quite simple: Put the trash in the can instead of letting it drop. Police your own area. … What are the odds NBC opens Sunday’s telecast with a scenic shot more associated with Hollywood than either Fontana or San Bernardino County? Is there a sight in and around Fontana that can compete with the traditional Hollywood sign shot, or the Santa Monica pier? But unlike last year, there won’t be repeated mentions about the West Nile virus, which had all of NASCAR concerned last September – especially after footage of vector trucks spraying around the speedway. … If Tony Stewart should win Sunday night, will he climb the fence? Stewart will try, but the chances of him reaching the starter’s stand are pretty remote. The bottom trap door is accessible only from the grandstand, and if Stewart is as tired as previous winners, it’ll take a huge effort to go over the top. Furthermore, the fence is at a steep angle from the track and stands atop a 4-foot wall. Nonetheless, if Smoke continues his streak and does take the checkered flag, fans will be happy if he only climbs part way. … Traffic should not be an issue for Sunday’s race, although it might have an impact for Friday night’s Grand National West event. Because of Sunday’s late starting time (5 p.m.), fans are expected to drift in all day in Fontana. Some will tailgate all day, some will arrive for the 2 p.m. concert by Everclear and some will just make it in time. Nothing like 90,000-plus trying to get in by 11 a.m. as in the February race. There is less stress to get out. Most fans will not work Monday, cutting the tension level. … It’s unlikely Sunday’s race will sell out, which will cause the Eastern press to question whether Southern California deserves a race, let alone two. But don’t take that talk seriously. International Speedway Corporation owns the facility. When it starts to bark about the lack of fans, then it’s time to listen. But until then, ISC is content to take the proceeds from 100,000 fans to the bank. Louis Brewster covers motor sports for the Sun. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASCAR fans were loyal to the driver, and, just as important, loyal to the sponsor. Such devotion attracted corporate America to the sport. In turn, drivers were loyal to the men who owned the cars. Sure, some drivers went from team to team, but the top-tier stars regularly remained with their teams and sponsors through thick and thin. Owners garnered big headlines in the rare occurrences when they “let” a driver go, usually for poor performance. Random thoughts before the start of a very busy – and much anticipated – NASCAR weekend at California Speedway, wondering whatever happened to former NASCAR Winston West driver Ruben Garcia. For years, what set NASCAR’s top level of competition apart from the country’s other major professional sports was the loyalty factor. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After all, stock car racing is a performance-driven sport. But the landscape is changing. And loyalty is taking a hit. Sponsors are quick to jump to a team it figures might produce better results, whether in a race or on its bottom line. Chip Ganassi, who made his reputation in open-wheel racing, shook the NASCAR garage several years ago when he tried to lure Tony Stewart out from under his contract with Joe Gibbs. It’s quite possible Ganassi wasn’t the first to employ such tactics, but he was the first to take it public. Ganassi’s bold move came back to haunt him and partner Felix Sabates this summer. last_img read more

Linebacker Jeff Shott emerges as Humboldt State’s leader on defense

first_imgArcata >> Jeff Shott doesn’t need many fingers to count how much scholarship money he had to his name the first time he walked onto the field at the Redwood Bowl.That’s because there wasn’t any.As a walk-on in 2013, Shott flew about as under the radar as one can. He wasn’t one of the 17 players on the annual press release announcing Humboldt State’s recruiting class. And because of that, he’s had to earn everything he’s accomplished thus far as a football player in Arcata.There were days …last_img read more

‘Agoa 2.0’ to underpin US-Africa growth

first_img14 August 2013The United States will be looking to work with African experts and leaders on forging an improved “Agoa 2.0” ahead of the planned renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, US Trade Representative Michael Froman told a two-day forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.Agoa, which enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States, has seen total African exports to the US more than quadruple, and US exports to sub-Saharan Africa more than triple, since its inception in 2000.Stressing that Agoa “remains at the heart of our strategy for increasing US-Africa trade and investment”, Froman told the gathering of US and African government, business and civil society representatives that US President Barack Obama had made it clear that his administration wanted a “seamless” renewal of Agoa before the expiry of its current version in 2015.At the same time, he said, Agoa needed to be reviewed and reshaped to take account of shifts in global trade relations and a changing, growing Africa.“We need to lay the foundation for Agoa 2.0, informed by the lessons of the past 13 years, reflecting the changes in the global trading system, and driven by the ideas of today and tomorrow.”Agoa, Froman said, could act as a stepladder to Africa’s further growth and development by helping the continent to fit into global value chains, increase value-added production, and avoid bad policies and common pitfalls, such as “rigid localization requirements that serve as barriers to trade and hinder the development of competitive industries”.Tariffs were only part of the story, Froman said, noting that there were a range of other factors that affected the ability of African firms and farms to provide goods in the quantity and quality and at a price that would make the continent competitive.“We will want to talk about why the costs of getting goods to market are higher here than anywhere else in the world and what we can do, through trade facilitation, customs harmonization, infrastructure development and other measures to address that.”South African Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, also addressing this week’s forum, said Agoa should be developed into a programme that supported African integration more directly.“This is where we need to be innovative in defining mechanisms that support Africa’s integration,” Thabethe said, adding that larger, more integrated African markets would underpin growth and development in Africa, which in turn would encourage growth in US trade and investment to Africa.Froman said that the US secretaries of commerce, energy and treasury were expected to travel to Africa in the coming months to discuss the expansion and deepening of US-African economic ties.“And when the President convenes African leaders in Washington in 2014, I look forward to reporting back on our plans for Agoa renewal and, beyond that, a clear vision of the future of US-African economic relations.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more