Japan halts Chinese Taipei, clinches last 8 spot at Asian U23 volleyball

Japan reserved a slot in the round of eight of the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship after dismantling Chinese-Taipei 24-26, 26-24, 25-23, 25-10, in their Group C preliminarieson Saturdayevening at Philsports Arena.

It was a rumble in the first three sets before Japan found its footing in the fourth.

Minami Higane scored an ace for Japan that ensured their perfect six points in the preliminaries stages after annihilating Maldiveson Friday.

Japan head coach Kiyoshi Abo, through a translator, said it was a “tough game” for them and defeating Chinese Taipei was no easy feat.

“Chinese Taipei had a great performance,” Abo said.

He acknowledged that their win was not a p…

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P23.6M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Cebu drug raid; big-time pushers caught

CEBU CITY—Two big-time drug pushers were arrestedon Saturdayafter the police seized two kilos of “shabu” worth P23.6 million during a buy-bust operation in San Remegio town, about 109 km north of here.

Maribel Ibo Arcenal and her brother-in-law Eduardo Batad Arcenal were placed under the custody of provincial intelligence branch (PIB) pending filing of charges.

Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, police provincial director, described the two as “big-time” drug pushers who allegedly sold shabu in the entire province.

Maribel is the wife of Reynaldo Arcenal, an alleged big-time pusher who is detained at the provincial jail following his arrest in 2011 on drug charges.

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Fire hits residential area in Makati City

A fire hit a residential area in Makati City on Saturday.

SFO3 Jaime Cera said the blaze hit Banaba corner Acacia Streets, Barangay Cembo, at6:55 p.m.

The fire has reached the fourth alarm.

Cera said eight firetrucks have been dispatched to the area.

 

Update: 9:45 p.m.

The fire that hit Barangay Cembo in Makati City on Saturdaynight has been put out.

Cera said a fire-out was declared on the blaze on Banaba corner Acacia Streets at8:43 p.m.

He said there were no reported casualties so far. RC…

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US rejects China’s offer over disputed islands

The United States on Friday swiftly rejected a suggestion by a top Chinese military official who said that disputed South China Sea islands could be used for international rescue and relief operations.

 

Beijing has been roundly criticized by the West for construction work on islands in the South China Sea, including the building of an airstrip and other structures.

 

The Wall Street Journal and other US news organizations, citing a report on the Chinese Defense Ministry website, said Admiral Wu Shengli made the offer to his US counterpart, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, in a video conference.

 

Wu said China’s reclamation work on the disputed islands “wi…

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4.8-magnitude quake jolts Sultan Kudarat

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Sultan Kudarat on Saturday night, state seismologists said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was recorded 15 kilometers south of Palimbang town at 5:02 p.m.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 15 kilometers.

Philvolcs said intensity 4 was recorded in Kalamansig and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, intensity 3 in Cotabato City and intensity 1 in Kiamba, Sarangan.

It said no damages were recorded and no aftershocks were expected. RC…

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Pacquiao is ‘fighting for God’

LAS VEGAS — If Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in it for the money, Congressman Manny Pacquiao wants to use the upcoming “Fight of the Century” to share his faith.

“I am most excited to glorify the name of the Lord, my God whom I serve,” the Bukidnon-born World Boxing Organization welterweight champion told a group of select reporters before the general press conference April 29 at KA Theatre inside MGM Grand. “I want to be an inspiration to the people—on how I treat everyone around me and how I live my life in humility.”

The southpaw fighter has repeatedly expressed immense gratitude to his creator. “The most important thing in my heart is to let the people know that there is God who …

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‘Valdez has been an inspiration,’ says Gorayeb

For Philippine head coach Roger Gorayeb, Alyssa Valdez is not only his unquestioned best player.

 

Valdez is the team’s inspiration.

 

“She’s been an inspiration,” Gorayeb said of his team captain.

 

READ:We’re all willing to sacrifice for our country–Valdez

Despite sustaining an injury in her right thumb in the second set of the Filipinas’ opening loss to Iran, Valdez had a valiant effort and finished the four-setter with 31 points.

 

READ:Philippines falls down against seasoned Iran side in Asian U23 volleyball

 

Gorayeb said that he will gauge Valdez’ injury if she can play on their second match on Saturday.

 

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South Korea to allow more journalists to visit North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Friday it will push to allow more journalists to travel to North Korea to cover civilian exchange programs between the rival countries.

Ministry officials said they are aiming at actively support sports, culture, academic and other civilian exchange programs with North Korea as a way to boost cooperation.

The announcement came a week after the end of annual military drills between Seoul and Washington, which Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. But it remains unclear whether North Korea would positively respond to the overture as it has been more interested in resuming lucrative cooperation projects with South Korea f…

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Couple charged with abuse of illegal maid

 

KUALA LUMPUR—An immigration officer and his wife were charged with a string of abuses against an Indonesian woman who was allegedly forced to be their maid.

Shahrul Azyrin Ahmad, 30, and his wife Zulaikha Nordin, 26, were charged in the Selayang Sessions Court with grievously injuring the 22-year-old woman using metal rods and a rotan.

The couple are also accused of human trafficking.

Shahrul and Zulaikha were hit with two more charges in a magistrate’s court for employing the Indonesian woman without a legal work permit and illegally withholding her passport.

The alleged offences occurred at their home in the Simfoni Heights condominium, Jalan Medan Selayang,…

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Transgender army major wins victory in conservative Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength. He was a perfect husband and father in a society that preaches family values. But for nearly his entire life, the major felt he was living a lie: Deep down, he was a woman.

Last year, he came out, telling his family and superiors that he was Helena — and starting therapy to become a woman. She did not remain Serbia’s first transgender major for long: The army asked for her resignation, saying she “posed a threat to the reputation of the army.” In April, Helena scored an important victory: A Serbian human rights body ruled that the army ha…

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