Perlas spikers rally past BaliPure to keep semifinal hopes burning

first_imgIn the darkest moments of the match Saturday night, Perlas-BanKo found a way to shine.ADVERTISEMENT Perlas BangKo worked its way to a rousing 24-26, 13-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-11 win over BaliPure and remain in contention for a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.“We really held tight. We didn’t want to give up that third set because we know that if we lose it, it’s goodbye to the semis,” said Kathy Bersola, who exploded with 20 points for Perlas-BanKo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRefusing to yield that easily, Perlas-BanKo capitalized on an error-prone BaliPure in the third frame. In an instant, the Perlas Spikers were clutching a 20-11 lead that extended the match.But the fourth frame didn’t start well for the Perlas Spikers as they trailed, 7-14, after Grethcel Soltones, who fired 17 points, clustered back-to-back markers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img MOST READ But the Water Defenders soon fell into complacency and committed easy errors, which the Perlas Spikers gamely pounced on through Bersola, Tiamzon and Ella de Jesus.“We have become one solid team and we proved that we can rely on each other,” said Nicole Tiamzon.At 3-3, Perlas-BanKo can make it outright to the next round with another victory.BaliPure is also still in contention but its fate will also depend on the results of other squads.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thy kingdom come his best is yet to come National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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IDB to Provide More Than US$50 Million Per Year for Investment Projects in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is making more than US$50 million a year available for investment in a number of projects in Jamaica, through its investment arm, IDB Invest. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is making more than US$50 million a year available for investment in a number of projects in Jamaica, through its investment arm, IDB Invest.IDB Invest General Manager, James P. Scriven, who made the disclosure on Friday (October 19), said that tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, as well as the financial sector, are the areas identified to benefit. He said the funds will be made available over “a couple of years”.He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the IDB’s new Executive Director for Caribbean countries, Ambassador Selwin Hart, at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC.Mr. Scriven told the Caribbean Ambassadors and IDB officials in attendance that IDB Invest is taking keen interest in Jamaica and its development, noting that the funds being made available will support key growth projects.Meanwhile, he affirmed the IDB Group’s commitment to supporting investments for projects within the wider Caribbean.“We have over US$300 million that we will loan to various projects in the Caribbean, as we feel the IDB needs to pay more attention and give more financial support to the Caribbean,” he informed.He noted that the Bank had employed staff in all the Caribbean countries where it has a presence, in order to ensure that the necessary groundwork for the expansion of IDB Invest can take place.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, welcomed the announcement of IDB funds to be made available for projects in Jamaica.“This latest expanded financial framework from IDB Invest, which will allow projects as small as US$1 million to be included, will help tremendously in improving small and medium-sized enterprise investment in our tourism, infrastructure, transportation and financial sectors,” she pointed out.Ambassador Marks said that as Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, she is pleased that IDB Invest is looking to help finance a number of projects throughout the region.“A major focus of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors over the next couple of months is to find ways to attract new investments into the Caribbean and with new investors, the partnership with international financial institutions such as IDB Invest, will add credibility and viability to projects. I am, therefore, happy to note this additional over US$300 million for investment projects throughout the Caribbean,” she pointed out.Ambassador Marks congratulated Ambassador Hart, who is from Barbados, on his IDB appointment, and expressed support on behalf of Caribbean Ambassadors in Washington, DC, “in working together to get the job done”.Ambassador Hart, for his part, said the Caribbean office is “strategically engaging key departments across the IDB Group to identify new opportunities for the region, and are keen to work with management on bringing more Caribbean talent into the Bank, including at senior levels”.“We are working on strengthening our internal coordination and collaboration to better project a strong Caribbean identity across the Bank, strengthening existing relationships and building new ones, as well as working closely with the other CARICOM countries that are not formally part of our constituency on the Board but, nevertheless, share the same priorities and interests,” he added. He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the IDB’s new Executive Director for Caribbean countries, Ambassador Selwin Hart, at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC. IDB Invest General Manager, James P. Scriven, who made the disclosure on Friday (October 19), said that tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, as well as the financial sector, are the areas identified to benefit. He said the funds will be made available over “a couple of years”. last_img read more

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Diana Shipping Finds Work for Panamax Bulker

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk owner and operator Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Rotterdam-based Glencore Agriculture B.V. for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the M/V Calipso.The gross charter rate is USD 12,200 per day for a period of about fifteen to eighteen months.The charter is expected to commence on March 12, 2018.The Panamax bulker, built in 2005, was previously chartered to Transgrain Shipping B.V., also from Rotterdam, at a gross charter rate of USD 9,000 per day.“This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 5.31 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter,” Diana Shipping said.Diana Shipping’s fleet consists of 50 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.54 years.last_img read more

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Shaq ONeal Speaks Out About Binge Drinking

first_imgLast week, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, Ed.D. joined The Century Council on Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their top staffers. Dr. O’Neal spoke about The Century Council’s effort to address college binge drinking across the country and highlighted new research completed by Morgan State University on binge drinking among Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students.Morgan State University, funded by a grant from The Century Council, conducted and compiled research which revealed that consumption and attitudes about alcohol among HBCU students are different that the national college sample: Two-thirds of HBCU students like to pre-game versus thirty-six percent of the national sample. Eighty-two percent of HBCU students have a good grasp on their drinking limits and maintain them versus seventy-eight percent of the national sample. One-third of HBCU students don’t always realize how drunk they are until later compared to 39% of the national sample. One-half of HBCU students who drink and go out socially report binge drinking on a weekly basis while two-thirds reported binging in the national sample.Using the results of this recent research, The Century Council plans to pair Shaq and Morehouse College to create a new communications campaign to fight binge drinking among African American students. The Century Council’s research on college binge drinking shows an important aspect of a successful campaign to fight college binge drinking is the students’ own voices. This new initiative will be in addition to The Century Council’s student-generated college binge drinking initiatives presently on various campuses across the country.“The Century Council has made a considerable commitment to developing impactful initiatives to combat dangerous overconsumption on college campuses across the country,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Century Council. “We wanted to understand the differences, if any, in binge drinking behaviors among students on HBCU campuses versus other colleges and universities, and we found some. With the new insights that we gained from the recent research into binge drinking on HBCU campuses and the creativity of Shaquille O’Neal, we know we can make an impact.”“Binge drinking on college campuses is dangerous and has got to stop,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “Strategies to combat it need to be more effective on a national level, which is why I am proud to lend my support to this effort by working with Morehouse College and The Century Council. I am sure that the campaign we develop will be creative and is going to have a large impact. It’s exciting work.”Blackman noted that “perceptions and how students handle drinking on HBCU campuses is different from non-HBCU students. One-size-fits-all approaches to issues like college binge drinking don’t work and we believe that this new data and initiative will help to address a problem at a more strategic level. It goes without saying that Dr. O’Neal will generate a lot of attention in launching this important initiative.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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