Arellano kicks off home-and-away format, hosts dangerous San Sebastian

first_imgArellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View commentslast_img read more

Armed Robbers Revisit Coca-Cola Factory Community

first_imgIn less than two weeks, suspected armed robbers carrying cutlasses, single barrel guns and automatic rifles reportedly stormed the Coca-Cola Factory in Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville once again pillaging the community.Toos Dehgar, 35, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the suspects climbed the fence and damaged the back windows of one of the buildings in the compound.“While the rest of us were sound asleep, the armed robbers took advantage of our situation and held other residents at gun point as they broke one of the windows and made away with all the mobile phones,” Mr. Dehgar narrated sadly.He added that one of the occupants of the two houses that were attacked lost most of the valuable items including an unspecified amount of cash. According to Mr. Dehgar and Benjamin Lee of the White Fence Block ‘D,’ the suspected robbers also made away with computers including laptops.In separate accounts, Dehgar and Lee recalled that a few weeks ago a lot of strange people frequented the Soul Clinic Community, creating mistrust in the minds of residents.Mr. Lee, an electrical technician, said when he encountered the suspects during the recent attack, one of them attempted to amputate his left hand with a sharp cutlass that seriously injured his hand.“After half an hour tussle the armed robbers succeeded in damaging the door and started beating on my wife with the back of the cutlasses that fateful morning,” Mr. Lee narrated.When the robbers stormed the doors at the long apartment building, they used special locks to lock up the rest of the rooms, preventing the other occupants from coming to their rescue.He said the incident has since been reported to the Soul Clinic Police depot which has launched an investigation into the incident.“I must let you and the rest of Liberians know that we are living in constant fear as those suspected armed robbers have made it their business to come every night to steal our properties,” victim Lee lamented.He suggested that the police and other security agencies step up their regular patrols during night hours in the various neighbourhoods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Bay job market outlook: slow growing

first_imgFORECAST: The slowdown is largely `in line’ with trends in the economy as a whole, analyst says. By Muhammed El-Hasan Staff Writer AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Employment growth in the South Bay will slow down this year and next as the construction and manufacturing industries shed jobs and international trade sees slower growth, according to an economic forecast to be released Wednesday. However, the South Bay’s expected job growth – 0.9 percent this year and 0.7 percent in 2008 – is “about in line with what’s going on out there in the overall economy,” according to the study’s author, Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Kyser will discuss the study and general South Bay economic issues Wednesday at the South Bay Economic Forecast Conference at the Torrance Marriott. The event is sponsored by the Torrance-based South Bay Economic Development Partnership. In 2006, the South Bay’s annual job growth was 1.4 percent, more than double the forecast growth rate for 2008. Total South Bay employment this year is estimated at 490,542, with next year’s job forecast at 494,030, the study says. Manufacturing, the region’s second-largest employment sector, will see a drop in jobs by 0.8 percent this year and 0.6 percent next year, the study says. Still, the losses in manufacturing are not as steep as in 2002, when the sector lost 5.4 percent of jobs. And the South Bay’s manufacturing sector has “held up better” than the overall sector in Los Angeles County, the study says. The difference is because of the South Bay’s “unparalleled” aerospace and high-technology sector, the study says. Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., Boeing Co. and numerous smaller contractors form the South Bay’s vibrant aerospace sector. At many of these firms, competition for skilled employees is fierce. Ace Clearwater Enterprises, a Torrance-area maker of parts for military and commercial aircraft, spends nearly $4,000 a month to advertise for job openings, Vice President Gary Johnson said. “We can’t add them fast enough,” Johnson said. “We have right now at least eight positions unfilled. If we could hire 30 people and start a night shift; we have the work for it.” Johnson added that the weak dollar has increased opportunities from foreign customers. “We’re seeing a lot of opportunities from abroad, like from Europe,” Johnson said. The construction sector, hit hard by the real estate slump, will experience a 4 percent drop in jobs this year and a 2.7 percent drop next year, according to the forecast. Other sectors to see job losses during the forecast’s two-year time frame include transportation and utilities, information, financial activities and public administration. “If you talk to businesses, they will tell you it’s sort of a different scene than it was a year ago,” Kyser said. “A year ago, business was strong, they were willing to hire. But (now) they’re being a little bit more cautious, and they don’t want to get stuck with staff they have to lay off. ? There’s just an air of caution out there.” In addition, the South Bay will see more moderate growth for the international trade sector, which feeds off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as LAX. This reflects slower growth in the U.S. economy and “efforts by U.S. business to bring their inventories into line,” the study says. Concern that the ports have reached capacity also may be driving away ships filled with foreign goods, Kyser said. “There’s a lot of people wondering if maybe the ports have sort of peaked and we’re going to start seeing slower growth in the future because it’s getting more expensive to send goods through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” Kyser said. “You’ve got yellow lights flashing on international trade because of the cost issue.” Kyser’s study also cites three so-called “boutique” industry sectors that boost the local job market – the auto industry, a small biomedical sector and refineries. Torrance is home to Toyota’s U.S. sales and marketing headquarters and Honda’s North American headquarters. “The South Bay is somewhat lucky in that it has its boutique industries like auto, biomedical and petroleum refineries,” Kyser said. “So you have a more diverse industry base than, say, West Los Angeles.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com total160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img