NOFA Cup aims to produce future Azkals

first_imgMOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “There are a lot of teams that just want to have topnotch competition that will allow their players to develop,” said Yanson.“I think the NOFA Cup gives these teams that opportunity. We have a great facility here and we are looking forward to host these teams. Our purpose here is to develop players who will soon be the next Azkals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEight squads from Visayas are seeing action, while five teams each from Metro Manila and Mindanao make up the initial cast of teams in the 9-a-side tournament, held in partnership with Dynamic Football Club.The group stage and the quarterfinals will run from May 2 to 4. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BACOLOD CITY—One of the most active football organizations in the Philippines, the Negros Occidental Football Association hosts 18 of the strongest 13-Under teams in the country with the staging of the NOFA Cup from May 2 to 5 at Sta. Maria Football Field here.Realizing the need for more youth tournaments, NOFA president Ricky Yanson said the competition is their association’s contribution to the grassroots football program in the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Heartstrong as legacylast_img read more

Angelis zooms to 3-0 start

first_imgMOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bedic powers big Kaya win Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Later, guard Ian Melencio banked in a jumper with 9.1 seconds remaining as Imus-GLC Truck and Equipment spoiled Marikina’s home debut with a pulsating 72-71 win.Mark Guillen finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, but it was Melencio who made the game’s biggest shot off a Guillen miss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The win enabled the Bandera to end a two-game slide to start the season, tying their victims at 1-2.The Bandera put the clamps on Marikina’s leading scorer Yves Sazon, who was held to just seven points after averaging 30 in his first two games. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Muntinlupa—Angelis Resort leaned on ex-pros Allan Mangahas and Chito Jaime as it pummeled Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines, 85-69, on Wednesday night to extend its unbeaten start to three games in the MPBL Datu Cup at Marist School in Marikina.Mangahas, who played for Blackwater and Meralco in the PBA, knocked in 18 points and Jaime added 14 for the Cagers, who zoomed to the top of the South Division of the 26-team tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Messi a man on a mission in the Champions League

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the group B Champions League soccer match between FC Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi looked every bit a man on a mission.Messi started the Champions League in brilliant fashion Tuesday night, setting a record with his eighth hat trick in the competition to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Jerry Codiñera resigns as Arellano head coach Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Messi’s first goal against PSV was a beauty as he used his left foot to lift a free kick over the wall and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet. He netted two more goals from passes by Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.“(Messi) takes extraordinary things and makes them routine,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “The free kick got us going. It was a majestic strike . I have never seen anything like him in my career. We have to pinch ourselves to realize that we are seeing a player that is one-of-a-kind.”Messi’s first was his eighth goal from a free kick so far in 2018.Rakitic said that when Messi steps up to take a free kick, “often times, you’re already thinking about where to celebrate it.”Messi has scored twice from free kicks in six matches this season. He unlocked the Alaves defense to start a 3-0 win in the opening round of the Spanish league.Barcelona will seek to keep its lead of the Spanish league and get a fifth win in as many rounds when it hosts Girona on Sunday. Messi will also be aiming to increase his tally of seven goals in six matches across all competitions.Last season, Messi added to Barcelona’s 6-1 demolition of Girona by slotting a free kick under the defensive wall. He repeated that same trick to score against Alaves last month.PSV coach Mark van Bommel, a former Barcelona player, tried to take away that option for Messi by ordering a player to get on his knees behind the defensive barrier to block a low strike. Messi clipped it over their heads instead.“He put it right in the corner of the goal frame,” van Bommel said. “Technically, Messi is the best player in the world.”Barcelona will have to wait three weeks before its next Champions League match, when it visits Tottenham in London. “If last season was very good with the Copa and La Liga, we all still feel bad about our exit from the Champions League and how it happened,” Messi told Barcelona’s supporters in August. “Today we promise to do everything we can to bring that beautiful and coveted cup once again to this stadium.”Long after establishing himself as the club’s all-time leading scorer, Messi has finally taken on the role of undisputed team leader after inheriting the captain’s armband from Andres Iniesta.That meant shedding his reticence to talk in public. And when he spoke out, he set the bar as high as possible.Messi backed up his words against PSV to ensure Barcelona made a strong start in a tough Group B that also includes Tottenham and Inter Milan.Now 31, Messi also knows that his best chances to win the World Cup are most likely behind him after another disappointment with Argentina this summer, meaning his final place in football history will likely depend on sustained excellence at Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The outstanding performance was the first step toward Messi keeping his promise that the season would end with Barcelona lifting another European Cup.Barcelona’s otherwise excellent 2017-18 campaign that ended with the Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles had one blemish: a shock 3-0 loss at Roma in the Champions League that squandered a 4-1 first-leg victory and meant elimination in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat made it three years in a row that Barcelona has been ousted in the quarterfinals of a tournament that Messi has helped it win four times, but not since 2015. Meanwhile, Barcelona has had to endure rival Real Madrid winning it three times in a row.With that loss to Roma in April still hanging over the club, Messi addressed Barcelona’s fans at Camp Nou before the club’s traditional exhibition match to kick off the new season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Indonesia ready to host 3rd Asian Para Games

first_imgCommenting on this, Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said the ministry was helping the organizer by conducting training for volunteers involved in the Para Games and providing vehicles for people with disabilities.“This is our job, to give the volunteers training to interact directly with disabled people with their own uniqueness. To only have empathy without understanding is not right,” Agus told The Jakarta Post.Youth and Sports Ministry spokesperson Gatot S. Dewabroto was confident that all problems regarding the athletes’ preparation, including availability of equipment, had been resolved as of Wednesday.To accommodate people in wheelchairs, INAPGOC has upgraded the current facilities inside the stadium by increasing the number of wheelchair-friendly seats from 77 to 500.INAPGOC has appointed ticketing management system Loket to handle ticket sales. Tickets for the opening ceremony went on sale starting Thursday evening through loket.com.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FEU starts strong, routs UP Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The prices for the opening ceremony’s tickets vary from Rp 500,000 (US$33.70) to Rp 2.5 million. Tickets for the events vary from Rp 25,000 for a single event to Rp 200,000 for six days of Para Games events.For accessibility inside the venues, the organizer is in the process of completing several additional facilities, such as wheelchair ramps, spectator seating and bathrooms for people with impairments.INAPGOC venue director Budiono said his party targeted to finish all the installations by the end of this month, and expected to have them ready for use at least two days before the opening ceremony.“For some venues, we will build a temporary elevator — for example in Ecovention in Ancol, which will be the venue for table tennis — if they are not suitable for ramps,” he said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Indonesian table tennis para athlete Bander Johan Harahap carries a torch during a torch rellay for the 3rd Asian Para Games in Medan on September 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / IVAN DAMANIKJAKARTA — The Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) has expressed strong confidence that the upcoming third Asian Para Games, which will be held from Oct. 6 to 13, will run smoothly as it has completed almost 100 percent of the required preparations.INAPGOC chief Raja Sapta “Okto” Oktohari said a series of events related to the Games had been conducted since early September, right after the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games, including the torch relay, which started in Surakarta on Sept. 5.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown On the concept of the opening ceremony, Okto, who also chairs the Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI), said the opening ceremony of the Para Games would contain and promote values of humanity and solidarity.“We’re not at a place where we can compete with [the extravagance of] the Asian Games opening ceremony. But we [have to] excel more than the previous event,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBringing out the theme “The Spirit of Diversity”, the opening ceremony will involve 1,000 performers, including 40 performers with disabilities. Big names such as director Jay Subiakto and music composer Andi Rianto will support the festivities of the opening ceremony.The organizer intends to sell 20,000 out of 40,000 seats available inside the Gelora Bung Karno sport stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, for the opening ceremony. Two thousand free tickets for people with impairments will also be made available thanks to the Social Affairs Ministry. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Mbappe making case for Ballon d’Or with four-goal game

first_imgMOST READ PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Three months removed from scoring in the World Cup final and still three months shy of his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe is already a serious title contender for the Ballon d’Or award as the best soccer player in the world.The Paris Saint-Germain striker helped his case over the weekend, becoming the youngest player in the past 45 seasons to score four goals in a single French league game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar was out injured for a long spell last season and had a disappointing World Cup. He is not among the favorites for the Ballon d’Or. But Mbappe delivered breathtaking performances in Russia and has been consistent throughout the year.The only stain on his record so far this year is a red card — the second of his PSG career — he received during injury time on Sept. 1 in a 4-2 win at Nimes, which resulted in a three-game ban. That day, Mbappe reacted wildly to a challenge from behind, shoved his opponent angrily to the ground and had to be restrained by teammates.Mbappe has since made amends. Not yet the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who have shared the past 10 Ballon d’Or awards, the teenage wonder has a good chance to dethrone the pair in December despite the fierce competition from the likes of Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann, who are also among the favorites.“If he continues at this level, he can win it in any year,” Mbappe teammate Angel Di Maria said. “We see in each of his matches the potential that he has, he exploits it every time, even if he is only 19.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 3 chair umpires banned for life for match-fixing, gambling Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The Ballon d’Or? Why not? I don’t rule out anything,” Mbappe said after scoring his four goals in a 14-minute span on Sunday as PSG extended its unbeaten start to nine wins with a 5-0 rout of Lyon.With those latest goals, Mbappe is expected to be among the nominations for soccer’s biggest individual trophy when they are unveiled later Monday. Awarded every year by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or winner will be announced on Dec. 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMbappe, who won the best young player award at the World Cup in Russia after becoming the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958, delivered his most efficient display since joining PSG against Lyon.After Neymar put the hosts in front from the penalty spot early in the game, Mbappe single-handedly won a fiercely-contested match at the Parc des Princes which saw both teams reduced to 10 men in the second half. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum L’Equipe newspaper summed it up with a picture of Mbappe celebrating one of his goals in Neymar’s arms with the headline: “Here, it’s Mbappe,” a reference to PSG’s motto “Ici, c’est Paris,” which translates as “Here, it’s Paris.”With striker Edinson Cavani substituted by coach Thomas Tuchel following Presnel Kimpembe’s red card, Mbappe took the scoring responsibilities. He first missed a series of chances but finally scored PSG’s second goal in the 61st minute with a left-footed shot.The former Monaco player was then clinical: He made it 3-0 with simple tap in from Marquinhos’ cross in the 66th, completed a hat trick with a shot over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in the 69th, and sealed PSG’s win from the rebound after Neymar had had a shot blocked in the 74th.“For me he’s a phenomenon. I hope it will continue like that for several years because football will thank him,” said Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona to flee from the shadow of Lionel Messi but could now be eclipsed by Mbappe.Following his four-goal showing, Mbappe is now tied for the French league scoring lead with eight goals, alongside Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

ONE: Joshua Pacio wary of ‘explosive, cautious’ Japanese foe in first title defense

first_imgJoshua Pacio is wary of what kind of fighter his opponent Yosuke Saruta is ahead of their world title bout in ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Pacio knows he could be in for a dogfight in just his first title defense just four months after taking the strawweight strap from another Japanese in Yoshitaka Naito.“I don’t see any weaknesses in Saruta. The more well-rounded mixed martial artist capable of mixing up strikes and takedowns would end up winning this bout. It’s just a matter of who gets to land first,” Pacio said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He mostly throws crosses and hooks, so I have to try to counter with straight punches and mix my kicks properly.”Saruta may be a replacement fighter after Naito, who was supposed to clash with Pacio in a title rematch, sustained an injury, but he propelled himself to contender status following his stunning victory over Brazilian grappling specialist Alex Silva a month ago. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 31-year-old Saruta (18-8) beat Silva, a former strawweight titleholder, by unanimous decision.“Saruta is a well-rounded athlete, I watched his bout against Alex Silva. He has power in his punches and has good offensive and defensive wrestling,” Pacio (13-2) said.“He is both explosive and cautious. He’s not the type who would just move forward because he has good timing and can wait to cleanly land his power punches.”The Team Lakay star also believes Saruta deserved his title shot despite being only in his second fight in ONE.“He was a champion in another organization, who just defeated a former world champion in his ONE Championship debut. He is without a doubt one of the best in this division.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Without Bernadeth Pons, new era begins for FEU Lady Tamaraws Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter Julia Stevens dies in Nevada at 102

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Accompanied by her son and two grandchildren, Stevens got a warm reception from the crowd before New York’s 6-0 loss to Cincinnati.A New York sports writer dubbed the Bronx stadium “The House That Ruth Built,” and the Yankees retired Ruth’s No. 3 during their 25th anniversary celebration of Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948, the great slugger’s final visit to the ballpark.As Ruth’s daughter, Stevens’ family said, “she had many amazing experiences, which she was pleased to share with eager reporters and fans alike. Until the very end, she was very proud to call him ‘Daddy’ and she particularly loved recalling events from 1934 when she went on a ‘round the world’ tour with her parents” to Japan with a major-league all-star team.She is survived by her son, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren, according to the family’s Facebook post. 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Stevens was part of a circle of residents who read books aloud, according to Murphy.“She was so sharp and laughed at the right moments,” Murphy said. “She was a lovely lady.”Even well into her 90s, Stevens threw out first pitches at baseball games across the nation, attended Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, and appeared at the annual Babe Ruth Little League World Series.She authored three books about her famous father.“As long as there is baseball, Daddy’s name is always going to be mentioned. He was one of a kind,” Stevens once said. “My goal in life is to keep his name alive. He was a wonderful father and I remember him as that and just not as a baseball player.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 18, 1999 photo, Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth, prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park in Boston. Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a champion of his legacy, has died. She was 102. Stevens’ family says she died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)HENDERSON, Nev. — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced.Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Stevens was adopted by baseball’s biggest star soon after Ruth married her mother, Claire Hodgson, in 1929 when Julia was 12 years old. Hodgson died in 1976.Julia was the older of two daughters adopted by Ruth. Dorothy Ruth Pirone, who was Ruth’s daughter from a previous relationship, died in 1989 at age 67.Tom Stevens told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an interview earlier this year that it rankled his mother to be referred to as Ruth’s stepdaughter.He said Ruth was a match to provide Julia a needed blood transfusion when she was hospitalized as a young adult.“She said as far as she was concerned, between being adopted and the transfusion, ‘I’m his daughter, period,’” Tom Stevens said.Babe Ruth retired in 1935, days after playing his last game. He was with the Boston Braves that year after starring for the New York Yankees from 1920-34 and the Boston Red Sox from 1914-19.Ruth died from cancer at age 53 in 1948.“I sometimes wonder if the designated hitter rule would have been in effect when Daddy played, his career would’ve lasted much longer and he would’ve hit a lot more home runs,” Stevens once said. “It was his legs that gave out. He had trouble with his knees.”Stevens said Ruth taught her how to dance and how to bowl and “I couldn’t have had a better father than him.”She made her final trip to Yankee Stadium at age 91 in 2008 to say goodbye to one of her dad’s favorite places where he hit many of his 714 career home runs. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES In keeping with her wishes, her remains will be cremated with burial sometime this spring in Conway, New Hampshire, where she used to live, Tom Stevens said.“She lived such a full, interesting life,” he said. “She was an ambassador for Babe Ruth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTom Stevens said his mother moved from Florida to Arizona in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew and then to Nevada, where he lives.Diane Murphy, a fellow resident at Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma in Henderson, told The Associated Press that Julia Stevens had lost her sight but remained bright and vibrant. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pres. Sirleaf Consoles People of Togo, South Korea

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended condolences to the peoples of Togo and South Korea for the catastrophic accidents both countries have experienced in recent days.The President’s messages of condolence to these countries are on behalf of the people of Liberia and the Government. They are meant to register the deepest regrets and sorrow of the nation for the misfortune facing these two countries who share close diplomatic ties with Liberia.In her statement of condolence, President Sirleaf said, “Government received the tragic news of both incidents with profound shock and deep sorrow.”Making a reference to each country, the Liberian President prayed that God would grant the Government and People of Togo, especially the bereaved families, with strength, courage and fortitude as that nation goes through this period of national mourning.Recently, there was a head on collision between a bus and a truck on the national highway of Atakpame, North of Lome, killing 48 people and injuring 16 others.In South Korea, a ferry capsized and divers are still recovering bodies, President Sirleaf expressed deep regrets and extended her heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of that country over the tragedy.The ferry went from the South Korean Port of Incheon to the Holiday Island of Jeju. It sank while en route, leaving one hundred and ninety (190) people missing.The latest reports suggest that over 113 bodies have been recovered and divers were finding it difficult to get to people concentrated in certain areas of the vessel.The Sirleaf administration is committed to strengthening Liberia’s Foreign Relations; an initiative that began since 2006 when the President first took office following years of war and loss of international image.As a result of this post-war venture, over US$4 billion worth of debt Liberia accrued has been cancelled, making the country debt free; enabling it to borrow loans for development purposes.President Sirleaf’s condolence messages to Presidents Faure Essozimna  Gnassingb of Togo and Park Geun- Hye of South Korea, are not only a humanitarian reaction to tragic situations in both of these countries, but also a way of admitting that the President and the country are committed to maintaining strong relations that exist with both of these nations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gateway Development Liberia Builds Roads

first_imgA Liberian-based infrastructural company, Gateway Development Liberia (GDL), has begun the reconstruction of two community roads in Virginia. Gateway Development says their focus on innovation and the use of new technology will help to ensure the roads are functioning at optimal levels for ten years.In a 30-minute tour of the two roads outside Monrovia this past Wednesday April, 23, the company’s Chief Executive Officer,  Adam P. Saffer, said the roads are being constructed through an experimental approach.According to Mr. Saffer, the initial road project was granted by the office of the Liberian leader for ‘Special Presidential Projects’ on community empowerment and sustainable development.During a tour of the roads, our reporter observed that the materials used appeared solid.It was observed that the engineering process was fully computerized and used modern software like Auto-CAD. While the lay out and actual construction was done by the latest machinery operated by fully trained professionals.Mr. Saffer told the Daily Observer that his company aims to help Liberians build a sustainable infrastructure.He expressed the belief that new technology is the best way to assist Liberians in achieving their development goals while cutting down on the considerable costs associated with the various construction projects in the country.He explained that GDL has worked in many countries and has a track record of professional, sustained and durable work that would help minimize the difficulties experienced by Liberians during and after the country’s Rainy Season.Mr. Saffer concluded by urging Liberians and their partners to initiate projects that would have a long life span in order to maximize socio-economic growth.Residents and business owners from the two out-of-Monrovia communities expressed their delight over the construction work. “We are finally saying goodbye to bad roads and dangerous accidents in our two communities,” Francis K. Beyan, a businessman, declared.Mr. Beyan stressed the need for the Liberian Government to consider giving additional community road contracts to the GDI engineering team in the country.Restaurant owner, Mae Dennis Sackie, told the Daily Observer, “I’m grateful to God and the managers of GDL for fixing our roads.” Thomas K. Jonson, a motorcyclist, expressed his satisfaction with the construction work and said he would like more road contracts to be awarded to GDL since the company has introduced innovative methods that would ensure the durability of the country’s roads.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC Team Commends RIA Ebola Response Measures

first_imgThe Management of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) has received commendation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team, which has been helping to build the airport’s capacity in response to the Ebola situation.The team comprising, Dr. Douglas H. Esposito, a Medical Epidemiologist and Vanessa C. Jew, an Epidemiology Quarantine Public Health Officer of the CDC pointed out that the Management of RIA has embraced every effort aimed at keeping the airport safe in the on-going fight against the Ebola Virus Disease and as such, this was commendable.They said the various safety measures currently in place including a regular temperature check for employees and primary and secondary screening procedure which are mandatory for passengers are ways the airport has complied to recommendations of health experts on the control and prevention of Ebola.These remarks were made during the presentation of certificates to 11 staff of the Roberts International Airport following a training series on measures to combat Ebola.Those certified are: Abraham T. Simmons, General Manager, Robert F. Morris, Deputy General Manager-Administration and Regina Ajavon-Benson, Human Resource Manager while nurses who received certificates include Kou Slawon, Diana Dahn, Patience Collins and Loleyah Kollie. Others are Hawa Morris, Bendu Kekeh, Christine Kollie and Dorothy Naplica all of the RIA.The training covered key areas including the usage of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Implementation of Primary and Secondary Exit Screening and the complementation of the Ebola Recognize, Isolate, Notify, Give, Support (RING) Model Training.In response to the commendation and certification, RIA General Manager Abraham T. Simmons said the airport welcomes the training as it strives to stop the Ebola virus from spreading to the entity. He said the airport since the outbreak has gone great lengths with the institution of several safety measures on Ebola as recommended by health experts.He added that RIA will use the training acquired from the CDC to maximize its potential to contain and stop the spread of the disease. Mr. Simmons then commended the CDC for the continuous capacity strengthening initiatives to keep the airport safe for travel. RIA has remained robust in the fight against Ebola since the outbreak and has extended its outreach to nearby communities while at the same time funding sensitization messages on community radio stations around the airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more