Tokyo Olympic torch relay to pass through Japan’s disaster-hit areas

first_imgMore than 18,000 people were killed or went missing after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake caused a massive tsunami that smashed into Japan’s northern Tohoku region and led to the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant.The fallout from the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years forced more than 470,000 people to be evacuated.Tokyo beat Madrid and Istanbul in the race to host the 2020 Olympics, including the reconstruction of disaster-hit areas in its candidature file.The Flame Lighting Ceremony is scheduled to take place in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Games in Greece, on March 12 when a high priestess will ignite the Olympic flame by using the sun’s rays and a parabolic mirror. The Greek leg of the torch relay will then run for eight days before the flame is handed to Tokyo 2020 in Athens on March 19.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Rafael Nadal into French Open last 16 on 10th anniversary of Soderling shock Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch for the torch relay is displayed in Tokyo on March 20, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)The 2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay will commence on March 26 in disaster-hit Fukushima and pass through other areas in north-east Japan devastated by the 2011 tsunami, organizers said Saturday.The Olympic flame will begin its journey around Japan at the J-Village sports training center in Fukushima that housed workers battling to remove radioactive waste after the nuclear crisis triggered by the killer tsunami.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN It will then cross all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, traveling to 857 municipalities, and pass by many iconic landmarks over a period of 121 days.Around 98 percent of Japan’s population live within one hour by car or train of the proposed route, Tokyo organizers added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe torch relay will take in World Heritage sites such as Mt Fuji and the Miyajima shrine in Hiroshima prefecture famous for its “floating” gate.It will also visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the world’s first atomic bombing in 1945, before arriving at Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium to cap the opening ceremony on July 24. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yulast_img read more

Thanksgiving Day Preachers Emphasize Forgiveness and Gratitude

first_imgTwo Liberian clergymen have emphasized forgiveness and gratitude as virtues that Christians need to adapt to in their daily living.Rev. Dr. George W. Zorbah and Rt. Rev. John Kunkun in their separate statements on this year’s Thanksgiving Day in Monrovia, said for God’s intervention to come to Liberia, Liberians must learn to live by these virtues because God instructed His followers to show gratitude and forgiveness.Rev/Dr. Zorbah, who serves as president of the National Grass Root Pastors Association, spoke first and stressed that many Liberians, though claiming to be Christians, find it difficult to forgive their compatriots.Liberia’s unforgiving culture, he said, is leading some to call for the establishment of a war crime court in the country, which would only target certain people, leaving out many more.According to him, the Liberia war was fought by all Liberians, directly or indirectly, stressing that those who did not take up arms to fight supported fighters to kill other Liberians.Biblically backing his statement, Rev. Zorbah said Jesus Christ, to whom Christians pray, urged his followers to forgive 70 times seven times, which according to him, makes forgiveness to be infinite.Regarding “justice,” he said the Christian bible stresses it to be acceptable to God. He said justice is also forgiveness because if one does wrong and seeks pardon from the victim, the victim needs to demonstrate forgiveness as Jesus prayed, “… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”He said many Liberians were glad to see former Liberian President Charles Taylor incarcerated in the United Kingdom following his trial in The Hague, yet, they have made no changes in their own lives since Taylor was incarcerated.He said the unforgiving spirit in Liberia is a curse that could serve as a driving force to the prevalence of catastrophe diseases including Ebola, noting, “Liberians claim to be Christians, but they are so wicked and envious. This is what sparks up God’s anger to punish people with plagues.”For Rt. Rev. Kunkun of the City of Light Church of God, the need to show gratitude to people when they do good cannot be over emphasized.Citing an encounter Jesus had with the ten lepers, Rev. Kunkun said that among them only one person returned to thank Jesus.Comparing it with the attitudes of Liberians, he said they are good at complaining and seeking favor, but when favor is shown them, they quickly forget those who have met their needs.“Liberians are good at seeking God’s intervention in times of crisis, but when the crisis is over, they draw far away from God and engage in things that will please their bodies. During the Ebola crisis, they were much close to God and promised to always serve Him, but as Ebola is gone now, churches are no longer packed as they used to be,” he said.He said showing gratitude brings “wholeness,” adding that for wholeness to come “upon Liberia,” citizens must learn to appreciate what God has done for them before asking for future needs.He also called on Liberians to show gratitude to people who show them favor, stressing that it serves as encouragement for them that are fond of well-doing.Meanwhile, the National Thanksgiving service held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday was specially organized to memorialize Ebola victims.Clergymen and members of their congregations used this year’s Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to God and pray for the government, neighboring countries and Ebola survivors.Yesterday’s ceremony attracted government officials, among them Vice President and Mrs. Joseph N. Boakai, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Prince Johnson, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shinoyin, a representative of the Muslim community and Christians from various denominations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cool Smashers, Angels seal another pvl title duel with sweeps

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘Gago’ Twin shockers from NLEX, NorthPort View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCreamline and PetroGazz made quick work of their semifinal assignments Sunday to seal a second straight clash for a championship in the Premier Volleyball League.At full strength and not holding back punches, Creamline overpowered Motolite, 25-18, 25-15, 25-8, for its 18th straight win that sewed up another title series slot for the most decorated franchise of the league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study The Cool Smashers will defend their crown against PetroGazz, which earlier overwhelmed BanKo Perlas, 28-26, 25-17, 25-17.Both swept their best-of-three semifinal series and extended their seething rivalry. They also battled it out during the recent Reinforced Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It’s going to be a tough series because we know how strong PetroGazz is,” said Jia Morado, Creamline’s playmaker who had 21 excellent sets.“We need to work on our consistency and chemistry. That’s what coach Tai (Bundit) is asking from us,” added the national team stalwart. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee PetroGazz scored 11 kill blocks—four coming from Jeanette Panaga—compared to BanKo’s two.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Game 1 of the best-of-three finals is on Nov. 6 at FilOil Flying V Centre, where Sunday’s losers, Motolite and BanKo Perlas, clash for bronze medal in a separate series.Morado said the finals will be exciting because Creamline is out to avenge its loss to PetroGazz in the last import-flavored conference.“We still have a whole week to prepare against them and maybe we can work on our communication better,” added Morado, who along with Alyssa Valdez divide their time between the national team and Creamline.PetroGazz leaned on its well-balanced system with Jovielyn Prado hitting 13 points. Stephanie Mercado and Jonah Sabete helped with 11 and 10, respectively, while Cherry Nunag had seven.But the most telling aspect for the Angels was their defense, which threw a wrench on the Perlas Spikers’ usually effective offense.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SEA Games: Philippines bows out of gold medal race in ice hockey

first_imgThe Philippines failed to defend its title in ice hockey, exiting in the semifinals. Hockey Philippines photoMANILA, Philippines–Philippines bowed down to Singapore, 4-3, putting an end to its bid to keep the Southeast Asian Games ice hockey crown Saturday night at Mall of Asia ice skating rink in Pasay.EJ Sibug came through late for the Filipinos, scoring a goal in the final minute to tie the game at 3-3.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ “No one was expecting us to win. We’ve got nothing to lose,” said Singapore’s Ang Yu Jin, whose crew face unbeaten Thailand in the gold medal round.“I guarantee you we’d get that medal,” said the Nationals’ coach Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But James Kodrowski answered back in the final 19 seconds to frustrate the hosts and relegate them to the bronze medal match against Malaysia set Sunday.“We need to be more efficient with our scoring chances,” said skipper Steven Füglister, who visibly rued the squad’s meltdown in the dugout after the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Eagles gave up an early 2-0 edge in the middle frame allowing the visitors to dictate the pace going into the third and final period.The Nationals will try to salvage at least a bronze this Sunday, 3 p.m., when it goes up against Malaysia, a team it drubbed 15-1 in the opener. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ SEA Games: Gilas routs Myanmar ahead of KO semis vs Indonesia Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgNext Game: at University of Waterloo 11/23/2019 | 2:30 p.m. Live Stats Matchup History Previewcenter_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The No. 3 nationally-ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team took sole possession of first place with a 2-0 victory over the No. 8 York Lions on Thursday night (Nov. 21) at Varsity Arena.The Blues are now 8-2-0 and sit in first place, three points ahead of the Nipissing Lakers, Ryerson Rams and York Lions.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues opened the scoring late in the first period as rookie forward Natasha Athanasakos found veteran defenceman Jana Headrick off the face off. Headrick fired a rocket from the point past Lions goalie Serena Vilde for her first goal of the season and the Blues took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Jana Headrick’s point shot goes through traffic on the PP!TOR 1 | YRK 01st | 3:35WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 22, 2019 After a scoreless second period, which saw Blues netminder Erica Fryer make 11 saves, third-year defenceman Gabrielle De Serres added an insurance marker, Toronto’s second powerplay goal of the game, with just over seven minutes remaining. The Ville Mont-Royal, Que., native received a pass from Cristine Chao and sent a booming shot from the point into the left corner of the net.WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Gabrielle De Serres rips one from the point to put the Blues up by two!TOR 2 | YRK 03rd | 6:56WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 22, 2019 Fryer ended the night with 24 saves in her first shutout victory of the season.UP NEXT: The Blues head to Waterloo, Ont., to take on the Warriors this Saturday, November 23. The puck drops at 2:30 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UC schools to test plug-in hybrids

first_imgThe other prototype is going to UC Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program. Toyota would be the first big automaker to put the new generation of electric-gas hybrid cars on U.S. roads for daily driving if the Priuses are delivered to Berkeley and Irvine as planned in the fall. Plug-in Priuses have gotten gas mileage of more than 100 miles per gallon. SAN FRANCISCO – Researchers at the Berkeley and Irvine campuses of the University of California will get to test drive a pair of experimental plug-in Toyota Priuses, the car maker announced. The prototype hybrid vehicles run mostly on their electric motors and their rechargeable batteries can be refueled overnight by conventional 110-volt home outlets, Toyota spokesman Bill Kwong said. They carry two nickel metal batteries so they can last longer between charges, he said. The UC researchers are receiving the cars, which also were approved Wednesday for road tests on Tokyo streets, as part of a study of plug-in auto technology, air quality and electricity demand in California. Staff, faculty and students affiliated with Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies plan to get behind the wheel of one of the new Priuses to see how it does during daily activities such as commuting to meetings and running errands, said Susan Shaheen, the institute’s research director. 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

Disney reports 5 percent profit jump

first_imgBURBANK – The Walt Disney Co. reported a 5percent jump in third-quarter profits Wednesday and announced that it has purchased Club Penguin, an online site for kids, for $350million. Disney is eager to add the fast-growing virtual world for kids and families with more than 12million activated users to its portfolio. Disney President and CEO Bob Iger said, “Combining the creativity and knowledge of the Club Penguin team with our existing Disney Online assets will help us further achieve our objective of establishing clear leadership in the kids and families online worlds space around the globe.” The Club Penguin announcement came just before Iger and Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs discussed its third-quarter results with analysts after the markets closed. Domestically, attendance at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., was up by 4percent, while attendance at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim was relatively flat. Internationally, Disneyland Paris enjoyed a 9percent attendance increase, while attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland remains sluggish. Despite the blockbuster success of “Pirates” followed by strong domestic grosses for the Pixar Animation title “Ratatouille,” revenue for studio entertainment was up by only 4percent to $1.8billion. This was largely because of the tough comparisons in home entertainment revenues, which has spiked in the 2006 third quarter with the success of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” The once-struggling consumer products division might have a lower profile than movies, television and theme parks, but it can boast of the biggest revenue leap – an increase of 23percent to $549million. Shares of Disney rose by 83cents, or 2.5percent, to $33.83 on the New York Stock Exchange. (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” nearing $1billion in international grosses and strong performances by its TV networks, theme parks and consumer products division, Disney’s net income rose to $1.2billion, or 58cents a share, up from $1.1billion, or 51cents per share a year earlier. Revenue climbed 7percent to $9billion, from $8.47billion in the 2006 third quarter. “We are well on our way to delivering another year of double-digit earnings growth,” Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs told analysts. Disney’s media networks, which include the ABC broadcast network as well as cable channels ESPN and ABC Family as well as ESPN Radio and Radio Disney, saw revenue jump by 6percent to $3.8billion. ABC Studios productions “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Scrubs” enjoyed higher international, domestic syndication and DVD sales while higher advertising rates for the network were partially offset by lower ratings. The parks and resorts division had revenue of $2.9billion, an increase of 6percent. last_img read more

Sylmar quake’s impact still felt 35 years later

first_img Jordan, the first person to arrive at the Caltech seismic lab after the quake, will address the California Seismic Safety Commission in Los Angeles today on lessons learned since the Sylmar temblor. The jolt lasted 10 seconds. For some, it felt like 60. “I got thrown out of bed. I ran into my son’s room … (and) caught him just as he was falling out of his upper bunk bed,” said John Hartman, 66, of Castaic, who lived five houses away from the VA during the quake. “I had three windows intact when it was done.” His gas pipe looked like someone hit it with a razor blade. His rare 1929 Viking automobile lay squashed in his garage. Hartman, a former Los Angeles County firefighter, would work five 12-hour shifts as a heavy equipment operator freeing bodies from the VA wreckage. “I remember one lady, she was in the doorway. Another two seconds and she would have been out,” he said. At the VA, two main buildings at the circa-1926 hospital collapsed. At Olive View, the psychiatric ward crumbled as day-room towers flanking the the newly built hospital peeled away. Pacoima Dam experienced a record 1-gravity jolt. And Van Norman Reservoir, which threatened to burst, caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Residents were forced to endure without water, gas and power for weeks as the Salvation Army doled out trucks of hot food. “We had camping gear, with canteens and stoves, for five weeks,” said John Brooks, 75, of Sylmar, who was initially knocked out when three rifles fell off the wall and whacked his head. Following the quake, the San Fernando reserve officer and security guard at Olive View raced across town on his motorcycle to check the patients. He rode past the Ford Thunderbird, buried below its roof in a pothole on Glenoaks Boulevard. Past electrical transformers dancing in the street. Past a hotel naked at the loss of its facade. “There was a man sitting on the toilet when it happened … he must’ve hung on for dear life,” Brooks said. And past residents in sheer panic from the early morning shaker. “I know of some families that ran out of their homes as bare as the day they were born,” said Brooks, who would guard the area against looters for days following the quake. Fred Iversen, a former San Fernando cop, had thought the nation was under nuclear attack as he sat in his patrol car beneath a crumbling church. “Bricks were bouncing off the police car and the sidewalk like popcorn – I actually thought it was the end of the world, that the Russians had hit us.” Then he saw “what looked like a flying nun” – only it was a VA nurse calling to him for help. He would soon spot a mother cradling a small boy. “Out of the shadows a woman emerged with what looked like a rag doll,” said Iversen, 59, of Valencia, a retired sheriff’s deputy whose voice cracked with emotion. “She said, ‘Help, my baby. Help, my baby!’ “He was about 5. I could tell he was dead.” Iversen recalled the earthquake from the center of Veterans Park, an idyllic glade of shorn grass, towering pines and mature palms whose rock walls appear to be the only trace of the VA hospital. He clutched the only visible remnant of 35 years ago, a clock that reads 6:01. To honor the dead, the former lawman has organized an informal service for 10 a.m. today in the center of the park. “They were all brave people,” said Mary Gilman, 78, of Sylmar, a former VA charge nurse who’d worked 20 years at the Sylmar hospital on the hill, crying. “I’ve prayed for these people and their families all these years.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 w=18.5IF YOU GO An informal tribute to those who perished in the Sylmar Earthquake will be held at 10 a.m. today in the center of Veterans Park, 13000 Sayre St., Sylmar. The California State Seismic Safety Commission will recognize the 35th anniversary of the 1971 quake during a panel at 9 a.m. today in the council chambers of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nurse Betty Van Decar had just signed off on “a quiet night” at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital when her world collapsed in a pile of twisted rubble. The Sylmar Earthquake struck at dawn. The time, frozen onto clocks across the San Fernando Valley, was 6:01 a.m. The date: Feb. 9, 1971. That’s when Van Decar witnessed Ward 5 and its inhabitants vanish into a cold dark morning. “It buckled down, caved in, the whole building. There was an awful sound – you could hear the ground rumbling,” recalled Van Decar, now 83, of Granada Hills. “I thought: They’re not going to make it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Many didn’t. When the dust cleared on what scientists call the San Fernando Earthquake, 58 people lay dead – including 49 at the VA complex – and 2,000 more were injured. Freeways collapsed. Sewer lines broke. Gas lines exploded. Power lines fell. Chimneys toppled. Dams threatened to burst. Two hospitals, the VA and Olive View Medical Center, were destroyed. Thousands across the Southland awoke to topsy-turvy homes and businesses – and more than $500 million in property damage. The Sylmar Earthquake, 35 years ago today, will be remembered during memorials and scientific round tables as the 6.5-magnitude temblor that would rob precious lives and trigger a slough of new safety standards for hospitals, buildings, dams, freeways and land-use planning across the state. “It was a milestone earthquake,” said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and a professor at the University of Southern California. “(It) led to significant actions by our society to deal with the earthquake problem.” last_img read more

Benfica man who almost joined Sunderland agrees personal terms with Newcastle

first_img1 Newcastle United have agreed personal terms with Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris.The 28-year-old almost joined Sunderland during the January transfer window, but a deal collapsed at the 11th hour.More recently the Greece international has been a target for Everton as the Toffees continue to spend big this summer.However, according to O Jogo, Samaris is now closing in on a move to Newcastle after agreeing personal terms with them.The midfielder has reportedly agreed in principle to a four-year contract worth just over £40,000-a-week.Newcastle must now agree a fee with Benfica and it is said the Portuguese club want to bank around £18m from any sale. Andreas Samaris has agreed personal terms with Newcastle last_img

Liverpool want Napoli ace to replace Philippe Coutinho

first_img Philippe Coutinho is likely to cost Barcelona around £100m 2 Insigne, who has a contract running until 2022, scored 18 Serie A goals last season and created nine, but despite Napoli insisting he is not for sale, the money Liverpool are likely to get from selling Coutinho may be enough to tempt them.The Brazilian handed in a transfer request on Friday and could cost Barcelona as much as £100million. 2 Liverpool want Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne to replace Philippe Coutinho if the playmaker is sold to Barcelona.According to The Mirror, manager Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the 26-year-old, who usually operates on the left of Napoli’s attack.last_img