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BETTER PREPARED W.|Visayas braces for ‘destructive Tisoy’

first_imgOffice of Civil Defense Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez says the public should remain prepared for typhoon Tisoy, although it will not directly hit Western Visayas. Screencapture from earth.nullschool.net These villages include Barangay Pagbunitan in Sigma; Barangay Sto.Angel in Dumalag; barangays Tinaytayan, Poblacion Ilaya and Salcedo in Dumarao;barangays Enseñagan and Tincupon in Panit-an; and Barangay Malagab-i in Cuartero.  “Mag-raise tayo ng blue alert status starting 8a.m. on Monday. Kailangan nating i-activateang operation center para ma-monitor at maka-response kaagad samga areas especially in Panay,” OCD Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez. He cited the state weather bureau’s forecast, saying Tisoy will notdirectly hit Western Visayas. The typhoon’s center will mostly affect areas inLuzon and some parts of the Eastern Visayas, he said. Although the region is not along the typhoon’s projected path, theOffice of Civil Defense (OCD) is not leaving anythingto chance as Tisoy’s outer rain bands may bring scattered rains andthunderstorms. In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the PhilippineAtmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said“Tisoy” was located 1,165 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes packing maximumsustained winds of 150 kilo-meters per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 185 kph.It is moving west southwest at 15 kph.  The provincial DRRM office of Capiz, meanwhile, reported on Nov. 29 thateight barangays from its five municipalities were flooded.     “Ako ay nanawagan sa lahatdito sa Western Visayas especially saPanay areas na si bagyo “Tisoy” ay na sa Pilipinas na at ako’y nanawagan sa mga landslide prone areas and flood prone areas na ‘wag antayin na ang national government ang magsabi na masiglikas na kayo. Pag-medyo alam ninyo na mataas naang tubig mag-evacuate kaagad,”Nuñez said. “Mostly doon na areas tatama ang ulan so dapat bantayan ‘yung areas especially Capiz, Aklan and Boracay na flood prone areas and Antique naman na landslide prone,” Nuñez added. ILOILO City – Starting Monday, the entire WesternVisayas will be under a “blue alert” status in preparation for typhoon Tisoy, whichentered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday. “‘Yung preparation o paghahanda dapat sa kanila sa LGU toidentify the landslide- and flood-prone areas para ma-monitor. Andthose bridges and posts natin allover Panay kailangan tingnan andma-assess para mabilis at madali ang pag-responsenatin,” Nuñez said during the RDRRMC’sPre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting on Saturday. He also advised the landslide- and flood-prone areas in the region tonot wait for the order to evacuate if they see a rising water level in theirareas, reminding the LGUs to identify and put signs in evacuation centers to beused by the locals.  Nuñez, however, alerted the provinces of Capiz, Aklan and Antique,including the Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan for a higher possibility ofthunderstorms in their area if typhoon “Tisoy” enters the Philippine Area ofResponsibility today.      Meanwhile, Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas issued Executive Order No.148 which raised a “blue alert” status in the city on Nov. 29, activating theIloilo City Emergency Operations Center to provide command, control,coordination, and communications” in preparation for the typhoon. Nuñez, who chairs the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and ManagementCouncil (RDRRMC) 6, urged the local government units (LGUs) and DRRM councilsparticularly of Capiz, Aklan and Antique to intensify their monitoring of thelandslide- and flood-prone areas. The flooding subsided as of this writing and none has so far beenbrought to the evacuation centers, Nuñez said.  The “blue alert” status means all local DRRM councils with the concernedagencies including the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the ArmedForces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of SocialWelfare and Development, and the Department of Health will monitor thesituations in their respective areas at all times and to file a situationalreport to the Operations Center of the RDRRMC which will be tasked to submit a reportto the national DRRMC./PNlast_img read more

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Leicester forward Jamie Vardy wants to put casino race slur behind him

first_img It has led to comparisons with former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker – flattering comments but Vardy is more aware than most how quickly he can be “chucked out of that bracket”. “The secret’s just lots and lots of hard work and the motivation that this is exactly what I want to be doing,” he said ahead of Monday’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania. “It’s putting into practice on the training field, making sure that it’s there on matchday. “As long as I put the work in all the way to the training field, or even if it’s just in the back garden at home, it needs to be done to make sure you better yourself and you can make that transition and the step up.” Hard work and dedication has been a hallmark of Vardy’s career, which started at boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday before taking him to Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax, Fleetwood and then Leicester. He will forever be thankful to Nigel Pearson for giving him a chance at the King Power Stadium, where the Foxes are flying high in fifth under successor Claudio Ranieri. “When he came in, he said he watched us all the way through the end of the season when we were on our great run – the ‘great escape’ as it was called in the papers,” Vardy said. “He said he didn’t want to change much. He saw what we had and what was good and just wanted to change slight little things, and that is what he’s done. “He’s not changed the way we play, he’s kept that all the same and is so tactically bright with the opposition. “He’s constantly watching the next opponents and even when we’ve played them we might do a few tactics on the Monday about the game we just had. “So he’s brilliant tactics-wise and it is working for us.” A season that started off so badly is now shaping up to be one to remember for Vardy, with a place in the Euro 2016 squad tantalisingly close for a player that a few years ago was grabbing fast-food on the way to training after a long day at work. “No one can take their place for granted,” Vardy said. “It’s all up to me. “If I want to be in that squad, I’ve got to keep banging in the goals. “I need to make sure I stay in the manager’s plans, and if I’ve done that come summer we’ll see.” The 28-year-old Leicester and England forward made headlines for all the wrong reasons in August, when footage emerged showing him racially abusing a fellow gambler. Leicester handed Vardy a substantial fine and ordered diversity awareness training after an incident which has understandably taken the gloss off the striker’s remarkable start to the season. Press Association Jamie Vardy will always regret using a racial slur during a casino bust-up, but is desperate to move on and let his “feet do the talking”. Seven goals in eight matches puts the Englishman top of the Premier League scoring charts and it is form he wants to continue as he tries to move on from that shameful moment. “I regretted it massively,” Vardy said. “It was very uncharacteristic of me and that is why I wanted to meet the chap himself. “We sat down and had a chat and just said it was literally silly, stupid. Things were said on both sides, we shook hands and that was it, it was done. “As far as I’m concerned I just want to concentrate on my football now and let my feet do the talking. “I appreciate all the backing that I had. There was a lot of support out there and it was a massive learning curve. “It was uncharacteristic and stupid of me but I’ve learnt my lesson and moved on and just want to concentrate on my football.” City’s decision not to sack the striker was perhaps a catalyst for this season’s fine form, having risen from non-league football to enjoy the best form of his career. last_img read more

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Angels’ Mike Trout named AL MVP for 3rd time

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s definitely pretty surreal,” Trout said. “Being in the same conversation as Bonds is pretty incredible. Having the same amount of MVPs as Albert is obviously special. You see what he did over his career. Being in the same conversion with the all-time greats means a lot.”Trout, who also won in 2014 and 2016, has also finished second four times. In his eight full seasons, his lowest finish was fourth, when he was hurt for two months in 2017.This year, Trout said he had what he believed was his best season. He hit .291 with a career-high 45 homers, to go with a major league-leading .438 on-base percentage and a league-leading .645 slugging percentage.However, the MVP race was in doubt for two main reasons.The Angels finished 72-90, far out of the race for the postseason. Although team performance has become less significant than in the past among MVP voters, it still was likely an issue in the eyes of many. Bregman helped the Astros to a division title.Also, Trout missed the final three weeks of the season because of surgery to remove a Morton’s neuroma in his right foot. (He said Thursday that he’s almost back to 100 percent, and will “definitely be ready for spring training.”) Trout played 134 games and had 600 plate appearances, while Bregman played 156 games with 690 plate appearances.Bregman also had on his résumé that he had moved from third base to shortstop to help the Astros while Carlos Correa was injured.Despite that, enough writers cast their votes for Trout, 28, to get him the award.In the first season after signing a 12-year, $426.5-million contract, Trout, 28, delivered exactly the type of season the Angels have come to expect. He has posted an OPS of at least .939 in each of his eight full seasons. He has been over 1.000 each of the past three years.According to Baseball-Reference, he has amassed a cumulative WAR of 72.5 in his career, which ranks 87th in major league history, despite having played just eight seasons.“One of the greatest players that I’ve ever laid my eyes on, and one of the better people I’ve also been around inside this game,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said from this week’s GM Meetings. “Great ambassador, total role model, yeah, he’s awesome.”Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield This race was close because Trout missed the final three weeks of the season after foot surgery, while Bregman kept putting up big numbers for the playoff-bound Astros.“I definitely was (nervous),” Trout said on a conference call after the announcement on Thursday. “I would be lying to you if I (said I) wasn’t. Bregman had an unbelievable second half and I couldn’t go out and perform and it was killing me. I’m very excited for the award and very humbled.”Trout got the news while on a hunting trip in Iowa with his friends and family. He was sitting in front of a crackling fireplace on a live MLB Network broadcast when he learned that he had joined elite company.By winning this time, Trout became the 11th player to win the MVP at least three times, a group that includes teammate Albert Pujols, who won three times with the St. Louis Cardinals.Barry Bonds is the all-time leader with seven MVPs. Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt also won three MVPs. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout did something familiar, but in an unfamiliar way.The Angels superstar center fielder won his third MVP award on Thursday, joining an elite group with that many awards. This time, though, he needed to sweat out the closest race of any of the previous six times when he finished first or second.Trout received 17 first-place votes, while Houston infielder Alex Bregman picked up 13. The votes, cast prior to the postseason, came from two writers representing each of the 15 American League cities. They are tabulated on a system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th.Trout finished with 355 points in the weighted voting system, just 20 more than Bregman. In the previous six years in which Trout had finished first or second, the closest race was in 2016. That year, Trout won by 46 points, with a 19-9 advantage over Mookie Betts in first-place votes. The Mike Trout archiveAngels’ Mike Trout wins seventh Silver Slugger awardAngels’ Mike Trout wins Hank Aaron Award, Sporting News Player of the YearAngels’ Mike Trout talks about the MVP, injuries and hope for the futureAngels make Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426.5-million deal officialMike Trout is a believer in the Angels’ long-term plan Angels hitting coach Jeremy Reed said, in a statement released by the team: “Mike’s abilities simply continue to amaze. He is an MVP on and off the field. His determination to be the best drives him to new levels each day.”Trout also took a greater leadership role with the Angels this year, helping guide them after the tragic loss of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was one of his closest friends.“This year was probably the toughest year, mentally,” Trout said. “Obviously, losing Tyler, losing a teammate is tough. I just felt like I needed to step up as a leader. I think it was my time, being here for such a long time.”While Trout has firmly established himself for his individual performance, the next step will be for the Angels to support him well enough to get to the playoffs. They’ve reached the postseason just once in Trout’s career, a three-game sweep against Kansas City in a 2014 AL division series.Trout said he’s optimistic that Eppler and his staff can make enough moves this winter to make the Angels contenders again.“I hear a lot of good things from the front office saying they are going to go out and get some guys to build a championship team,” Trout said. “The reason I signed here is I have confidence in the guys up there who can bring guys in and make a run to the playoffs.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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Massive win for B’dos Pride

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):A dominant Barbados Pride flexed their muscle as they blitzed Combined Campuses and Colleges by 200 runs on Wednesday night, to remain unbeaten in the Regional Super50.Behind Test batsman Roston Chase’s top score of 76, the hosts stormed to 294 all out off their 50 overs at Kensington Oval before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (three for 25) spun a web around Marooners to send them tumbling for a meagre 94 all out off 36.2 overs.The victory was the fourth straight for Pride, propelling them to 17 points and to a healthy lead in Group B, while the defeat for Marooners was their second, leaving them on eight points.Opting to bat first, Pride’s innings revolved around Chase’s enterprise, but opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked 44, left-hander Jonathan Carter, 40, and opener Anthony Alleyne, 39, to lend support.Brathwaite and Alleyne provided the foundation with an 86-run, first wicket stand which carried Pride near the halfway stage of the innings.When they batted, Marooners slumped to 17 for three in the 11th over and never really recovered despite Mohan’s top score of 29 and Amir Jangoo’s 23.Captain and fast bowler Jason Holder (2-14) started the rot when he removed Kyle Corbin for one to a leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Hope at four for one in the fourth over and then had Aaron Jones caught at first slip by Benn in the sixth over (0) with two runs added.Captain Jamal Smith then edged fast bowler Kemar Roach to Benn at slip in the 11th over to fall for six, to leave Marooners in turmoil.last_img read more

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