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Pocari Sweat gains V-League finals

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Diones posts new triple jump mark, books 2017 SEAG slot Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Pocari almost paid dearly for looking too far ahead as the import-less UST side saved two match points in the fourth set to force a deciding frame.“They really made us work very hard,” said Pocari Sweat team captain Michele Gumabao.Gumabao, skipper of the Open Conference champion Lady Warriors, made eight points while import Breanna Mackie had 35 points.Myla Pablo added 11, Iris Tolenada eight and Andrea Kacsits seven for Pocari. EJ Laure unloaded 24 points for UST which, according to Abella, “is more than ready for the [coming] UAAP [season].” ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img Abella is also a member of UST’s coaching staff in the collegiate league. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young V-League Reinforced Conference at Philsports Arena.“We are ready [for the finals] and maybe that’s the reason we overlooked UST,” said coach Pocari coach Rommel Abella, admitting they were already sizing up either BaliPure and Bureau of Customs as finals foe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCustoms extended its final Four series with BaliPure after hacking out a 25-19, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17 win in the second game.  They clash at  6 p.m. Wednesday to determine Pocari’s opponent.Earlier, Cignal repeated over Champion Supra, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20, to seal a title clash with Air Force in the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Third Conference. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat is first into the finals and is ready to take on anybody.Stretched to its limits by the intrepid University of Santo Tomas Tigresses, the Lady Warriors escaped with a 25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-8 win Monday to sweep their best-of-three semifinals in the Shakey’s ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Corruption Risks in Education Sector ‘Grave’

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday launched the corruption risks report in the education sector in Liberia.The report was launched by the Acting Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. J. Augustine Toe at the head office of the Commission in Monrovia. The report, titled “Mapping of Corruption Risks in the Education Sector in Liberia” was funded by the UNDP.The report highlights the serious nature of corruption in the education sector in Liberia, especially Montserrado County where the study was done.The study revealed that 36 percent of students pay bribes for grades, while 27 percent pay bribes for promotion to higher grades and 23 percent pay bribes for exams.Cllr. Toe described the report as ‘grave’ and noted that it should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers in the country to provide more resources in support of education.Also speaking at the ceremony, a Consultant at the Ministry of Education, Madam Olivia Shannon assured the LACC of the Ministry’s cooperation and support in the implementation of recommendations in the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can Weah Do better Than Ellen?

first_imgThis has been the question that has polarized the country for the last 10 years. The elephant in the room that is so big, no one has been courageous enough to tackle it. Yet, at least half the country believes the answer is yes — an increasingly disenchanted youth population that has always believed that Weah identifies with their various backgrounds and represents their hopes and aspirations.In 2005, Madam Sirleaf’s selling point and her trump card against Weah was the seemingly perfect combination of education and experience. She also won the votes of women across the country. But even then, it was a close call.Weah had a card too — one that was no doubt powerful, but seemed to fall short at the time. That card was the love of the people. Every time he made an appearance, he blocked traffic. The city shut down. He was an independent outsider, not a recycled politician, and by God, a soccer superstar! People loved him, particularly the youth population.But at a time when Liberia was just emerging from 15 years of civil war, the odds were firmly stacked against him. Many felt we needed an experienced hand at the wheel — one who could speak the languages of Economics, Finance, International Business and Development; one who understood the inner workings of the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank. It was clear that Weah had neither the credentials nor the experience Madam Sirleaf had that many Liberians hoped would turn Liberia around and give us a face lift in the comity of nations. How would Weah negotiate a World Bank loan? Debt relief? Concession agreements? What would be his economic strategy? Would he prioritize education? Even at campaign rallies, he had trouble, in fact seemed unwilling to control his supporters. In 2005, several reporters were beaten up and their equipment damaged. A major part of the problem was that he hardly ever spoke. Surrogates such as Cole Bangalu and Eugene Nagbe (both of whom have since jumped ship and defected to the Unity Party camp) spewed incendiary rhetoric on Weah’s behalf while the political leader and presidential candidate himself remained mute. Is that how he would rule the country?These were the questions that were staring us in the face.At the same time, Madam Sirleaf herself had skeletons in her closet. Education and experience notwithstanding, she had funded the civil war. Her hands were dirty, to be sure. Yet Liberians were willing to waive the memories, let bygones be bygones and resiliently forge ahead. And so by a very narrow margin, she won the 2005 presidential elections. In 2011, Weah ran again. By this time, he had acquired an education; yet the leadership experience was still lacking. The likes of Arcarous Gray, Mulbah Morlu and George Solo ran Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, which has since been characterized by in-fighting among executives. This has been particularly worrisome for the educated minds in the country as a poor indication of his ability to lead a war ravaged nation into peace and unity. Even in his own party, Weah seems not to be able (or willing) to lead hands-on.Madam Sirleaf, for her part, had scarcely fulfilled any of her campaign promises from 2005 — electricity and running water, and the fight against corruption. Besides debt relief (masterfully handled by then Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh and completed by her successor Augustine Ngafuan), and five yearsof lasting peace (thanks largely to the presence of UNMIL), Liberians had little to show in the way of development. Their lives were not improving at ground level. Nonetheless, Madam Sirleaf managed to convince Liberians that a) her first term was about laying a foundation for the development that would follow in the second term; and that b) one should not change horses in mid-stream.And so she won a second term. Said second term now has still failed to fulfill the promises of 2005. No electricity; no running water; corruption at an all-time high and with impunity; the nepotism of which she accused both the Tolbert and Doe administrations as a political activist; the country’s education system a mess under a highly educated female president; agriculture lying by the wayside in a richly fertile land; Liberians economically disenfranchised in their own country under a Harvard-trained economist.And now to add insult to injury, the mysterious deaths of political opponents. It is too sad to take. Those who voted for Madam Sirleaf; who put their necks on the chopping block for her; who trusted and believed in her education and experience; who hoped even against hope; are embarrassed and devastated.And so the shameful question loyalists have been forced to ask is “What happened?”Of course, here lies the irony. Is love of people and country better, after all, than education and experience? The Sirleaf administration boasted some of the most qualified, credentialed and experienced men and women in Liberian history. But look what happened to NOCAL under Randolph McClain of DuPont. Look what happened to the Justice system under UN-trained Benedict Sannoh. Look what happened to agriculture under Drs. Chris Toe and Florence Chenoweth. Look what happened to the country as a whole under Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! So we go back to the question of the day. Can Weah really do better than Ellen as he recently told a Ghanaian news station? That is not to say that because one educated president failed, Liberia does not need an educated president.Looking at the political landscape going into 2017, Weah’s biggest challenge would undoubtedly be former Central Bank governor Mills Jones. Surely, Jones has shown all of the right signs so far, championing the cause of the ordinary Liberian especially in terms of economic empowerment.Nonetheless, Weah will run for president; and his very large following is nothing to overlook. Can he do better than Ellen? Sure. It is not impossible. Just because a man is not a tapper doesn’t mean he does not know what good palm wine tastes like. Just because a woman cannot cook doesn’t mean she does not know what good palm butter is supposed to taste like. Same with Weah. He would need to distance himself from the mouth pieces he has used so far and surround himself with the right people for the job in every sector — education, the economy, agriculture, etc. And show zero tolerance not just for corruption but for non-performance. Articulate his expectations and ensure they are met — and this is where he seems to have problems. The question becomes what has Weah learned over the last 10 years, and is he willing and able to lead?Let us hope that Liberians will assess these questions critically and choose the right leader come 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Council ducks ‘wage’ fight

first_imgCouncilman Greig Smith, who had opposed the old proposal, also voiced doubts about the new one. “I don’t see what’s different about this,” Smith said. “The old one required the hotels to pay a living wage. This requires the hotels to pay a living wage. To me, this looks like the bait-and-switch of the century.” Smith and Councilman Bernard Parks argued that the new proposal contains no guarantees – for either the hotels or the city. “It seems like we are going after this in the reverse of what we should be doing,” Parks said. “We should be doing studies on the economic impact before we enact this, not afterward. It seems to me like all we are doing is putting off the inevitable of another referendum on this issue. “And it still appears to be infringing on private industry.” Zone to be defined The plan calls for studies on creating a pool to provide health benefits for employees and on whether the hotels could form a group to provide insurance. Meanwhile, city government would establish a zone – to be called the “airport hospitality overlay zone” – to define where it would increase investment to attract more tourists. There also would be a study of developing a conference center in the zone and boosting advertising, work-force training programs, marketing campaigns and improvements to streets and sidewalks. The deal was heralded by business leaders who had been concerned that imposing a wage law on the hotels would set a precedent that could spread. Negotiator relieved “What we have achieved is a certainty that the living wage will not be imposed on other areas of the city,” said attorney David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and a key figure in the negotiations. “What concerns me is that if this was allowed to take effect, it would create uncertainty for businesses. The last thing we need is something to encourage business to not locate in Los Angeles, to look at going to any of the other 87 cities in the county.” The dispute over the hotels’ wages has festered for more than a year, with operators rebuffing organizing attempts by unions. Councilwoman Janice Hahn proposed extending the living-wage measure after she had a confrontation with security guards at one of the hotels near the airport. By November, the council had extended the ordinance, which previously had only applied to firms doing business directly with the city. A heated business community gathered thousands of signatures to force a voter referendum estimated to cost as much as $15 million. Talks to head off the showdown had been under way in earnest for the past five days, with business and union leaders meeting in separate rooms in City Hall. Villaraigosa, council President Eric Garcetti and others went back and forth between the rooms in an effort to reach a settlement. Villaraigosa said it involved some heated give-and-take. “I would go there and listen and sometimes yell a bit to get people’s attention, but made sure they stayed at the table,” Villaraigosa said. Fleming said he believed an agreement had been reached last Sunday but it fell apart overnight in a dispute over how much workers who receive tips would be paid. Business promise For the business community, the biggest gain was the promise of language that will prevent future proposals on extending the living-wage ordinance to private enterprise citywide. As part of the deal, the city will agree to require a study on the impact of the living wage by a three-member panel of economists. For City Council members, the agreement was seen as a way to deal with the potential problems of an election. “I think this was an example of city government doing what it can do best. … How do we turn something that is a problem and make it something that is mutually agreeable?” Garcetti said. “We are not telling employers they have to solve this by themselves. We are not telling the workers to fend for themselves. We were able to be pro-business and pro-worker.” Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said the agreement served as an important symbol to the workers. “This is about fairness for the workers and making sure they have a decent income,” Durazo said. “People who hold hard-working jobs should be paid a decent salary so they can support their families. That’s what this is all about.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It also remained unclear what the final costs might be for Los Angeles taxpayers. Many were cautious, but Villaraigosa called the deal a success. “This is a win-win for everyone,” he said at a City Hall news conference packed with city officials, business leaders, labor leaders and nearly two dozen hotel workers. “We had a decision to make: Do we engage in a costly, divisive fight that would tear our communities apart, or do we come together and work together for the common good? I can say, unequivocally, we made the right decision.” Under broad terms of the plan, LAX-area hotels would increase salaries by July 1 to reach a living-wage level of $9.39 an hour with benefits, or $10.40 an hour without. “We’re pleased the ordinance was rejected, and we’ll wait and see what happens with the final language in the new measure,” said Harvey Englander, spokesman for the hotels. “Our initial goal was achieved – to rescind the living-wage ordinance (for hotels). There is no new ordinance yet. A lot depends on what it says.” In a last-minute deal including promises of future city investment in the Century Corridor, the Los Angeles City Council backed down Wednesday on its decision to impose a “living-wage” law on a dozen hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. The council’s 14-0 vote to reverse itself headed off a multimillion-dollar battle over a voter referendum that business leaders planned to get on the May ballot. They were outraged at extension of the law beyond firms doing business directly with city agencies under contract. But many of the deal’s details remained unclear Wednesday after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city, business and union leaders held a series of feverish eleventh-hour meetings. And while the council voted 12-2 to draft a new measure that would require the hotels to voluntarily phase in a living wage for most of their 3,500 workers, it remained unclear whether the hotels would agree. last_img read more

Tottenham close to £11m N’Koudou deal – WATCH some of his Marseille best bits

first_imgTottenham are close to finalising their third signing of the summer transfer window, with a deal for Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou almost completed.Following the arrivals of Victor Wanyama from Southampton and Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, Spurs have agreed an £11 million fee with the Ligue 1 outfit for the 21-year-old winger, as per the Guardian.N’Koudou is set for a medical in the coming days, and his arrival at White Hart Lane should be formalised by next week with a five-year deal agreed in principle.But, just how good is N’Koudou?The winger signed for Marseille last summer, being brought in from Nantes, and he has gone from strength to strength at the Stade Velodrome.He scored 10 goals and registered five assists in 41 games last term, and you can watch the best of his highlights above as he closes in on a move to Spurs…last_img read more

Feds may seek death penalty for drug suspect

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The federal government may seek the death penalty for the accused kingpin of one of Mexico’s oldest and most notorious drug cartels, a prosecutor said Monday. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, 36, did not seek bail during his second court appearance in five days. He pleaded not guilty last week to racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to import and distribute controlled substances and money laundering. Laura Duffy, an assistant U.S. attorney, said the government may seek new charges against Arellano Felix that would allow for the death penalty or life in prison if he is convicted. She did not elaborate on the possible charges at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns. Arellano Felix currently faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison under a 2003 indictment that accused him and others of moving tons of Colombian cocaine and Mexican marijuana to the United States and involvement in a string of assassinations or plots, U.S. authorities said. Another brother, Eduardo Ramon Arellano Felix, remains at large. According to Kirby, he has exited the day-to-day operation of the cartel.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLast week, Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said Mexico would seek Arellano Felix’s extradition to Mexico, but perhaps not until he had been tried and sentenced for crimes in the United States. Arellano Felix, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled at his wrists and ankles, gave one-word answers in Spanish to procedural questions at the bail hearing Monday. He was captured by the U.S. Coast Guard last week off the coast of La Paz, Mexico, aboard a U.S.-registered sport boat. Seven other men aboard the yacht were arrested and taken to the United States last week, including Arturo Villarreal Heredia, whom U.S. authorities said was a high-ranking figure in the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel. On Monday, Burns ordered the release of one, Luis Raul Jiminez Toledo, who will be returned to Mexico. The other six, who have not been charged with any crime, are being held as material witnesses. Burns rejected a request to release Francisco Javier Mesa Castro after the defendant’s attorney, Andrew Nietor, said his client was only a crew member aboard the fishing boat. John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor in San Diego who worked on the 2003 indictment, said Arellano Felix took over field operations after his older brother Benjamin was jailed in Mexico in 2002 and brother Ramon was killed that same year. last_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Louie Cruz Beltran & His Latin Orchestra, 6 p.m., AMC Walkway at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Road, Burbank. Free. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal stars make up Premier League team of the weekend

first_img 11 Centre midfield: Will Hughes (Watford) – Hughes is starting to establish himself in Watford’s first-team after a slow start to the season. He was man of the match in their 2-0 win over West Ham, having scored the opening goal and assisted the second. Hughes dominated the midfield, and was constantly looking to create chances for his grateful teammates. Left forward: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – This was the kind of performance that places Hazard near the top of the best player in the world rankings. He scored two goals against West Brom, and also forced the save from Ben Foster that led to Alvaro Morata’s opener. He was a joy to watch at the Hawthorns, and needs to sustain this form. Centre forward: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – There were a number of impressive performances from strikers this weekend, but only Wilson scored a hat-trick. There was a sense of fortune about his first two goals against Huddersfield, but they all count. If Wilson stays this lethal in front of goal he could be in line for an England call-up in the coming months. 11 Centre midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Man City found it harder against Leicester than they have in recent weeks, but De Bruyne continued his exceptional 2017-18 form to ensure Pep Guardiola’s side claimed another three points. He is incredibly influential in midfield, and popped up with one of the goals of the season moments after Leicester almost equalised to take the game away from the Foxes. 11 Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the team of the weekend – A top class performance from the Watford star to prove he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. He made point-blank saves from Cheikhou Kouyate and Marko Arnautovic, with the triple stop against the latter arguably the best save of the Premier League season so far. 11 Right forward: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Another two goals for the Liverpool wonder to take his Premier League tally to nine for the season. Salah continues to excel in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and prove wrong the people who doubted him when he moved to Anfield over the summer. 11 11 Centre midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Straight back in the team after his long-term injury, Pogba was instantly back to his best. He assisted Anthony Martial’s equalising goal – sending in a cross after some fine individual work – before adding a goal of his own. Pogba runs the game when he is in this kind of exceptional form. 11 11 Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Back to his best after a poor 2016-17, Bellerin was in exceptional form in Arsenal’s 2-0 win in the north London derby. He had complete control of the right flank, rarely letting anyone past him and attacking at will. He combined brilliantly with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the final third. 11 Left back: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – Daniels was one of many star performers in Bournemouth’s 4-0 rout of Huddersfield. He defended well and always looked to get forward and put the pressure on Huddersfield’s defence. He played a key role in Bournemouth’s opening goal, though his tackle to win the ball off Florent Hadergjonaj in the run up should have been considered a foul. Centre back: James Tarkowski (Burnley) – Another brilliant performance from one of 2017-18’s best defenders. Tarkowski helped Burnley keep another clean sheet, as they beat Swansea to move one point behind the top four. Tarkowski won four tackles and four aerial duels, further enhancing his reputation as a top class combative centre-back. 11 Another weekend of Premier League football has finished, with Monday’s clash between Brighton and Stoke set to round off matchweek 12.There were routine wins for Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, while Arsenal surprised many by securing a convincing win over Tottenham in the north London derby.But who were the best players over the weekend? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend… Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – Both Mustafi and centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny were exceptional against Spurs, though the former earns his place in the team of the weekend as he also opened the scoring. His header was remarkably well taken, even if there was a hint of offside about it. Mustafi also excelled at the back, keeping Harry Kane a peripheral figure when he is normally so effective against Arsenal. 11last_img read more

Attitude fuels Series can-do

first_imgThird baseman Blankemeyer, an Antelope Valley College sophomore, is among five players competing on the Big League team for a third consecutive season, the result of a rule change allowing players who were 18 on Dec. 31 of last year to remain eligible. In previous years, the cutoff date was July 31. Pitcher Laura Calvert (Quartz Hill/AVC), first baseman Brooke Stix (Quartz Hill/AVC) second baseman/pitcher Nicole Torres (Quartz Hill/AVC) and catcher Rebecca Zapata (Palmdale) are the others. Outfielder Alaina Devenney (Quartz Hill) and shortstop/pitcher Johanna Ilejay (Palmdale) are among seven returnees. Calvert won’t join the team in Kalamazoo because of college enrollment obligations. Blankemeyer believes the team’s cohesiveness correlates directly with its success. “We communicate really well. It’s like we know what each other’s thinking when we’re on the field,” Blankemeyer said. “When someone’s down, we know how to pick each other up.” The benefits extend beyond moral support. “There’s a comfort zone when you’ve played with each other and … you know how everybody hits and their habits,” longtime District 51 manager Walt Patison said. “The on-deck batter can tell the next batter, `Hey, you’re pulling your head,’ or `You’re dropping your shoulder.’ ” Zapata said teammates take pride in making newcomers feel welcome, too. “It helps the team when you feel comfortable with your teammates that you have,” Zapata said. “We let everybody in, so it’s not like there’s a `clique factor.’ ” Patison said creating that environment figures prominently in the selection process. “We don’t just look for talent,” he said. “Of course, we want talented players, but we also look for attitude and we look for character because that’s what you’ve got to build on. They’ve got to get along, so attitude and character is No. 1. Talent comes in after that. I won’t have a girl who won’t get along with the team or thinks she’s better than anyone else. I don’t care who she is.” It is especially important considering the team has players from seven area high schools (all six Golden League schools, and Paraclete). “The beautiful thing to me (is) that they can play against each other and pound each other all year long and then they can come together and be one solid team,” Patison said. “That’s what’s always been special about this team.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The friendship factor is in keeping with a District 51 tradition that began in the mid-1990s, when it emerged as an elite national program. It has, by all accounts, spawned another tradition. District 51’s team travels this week to Kalamazoo, Mich., for the Big League World Series, where it makes its eighth appearance in 11 years. District 51 is the defending World Series champion. It has appeared in three title games in 11 years, winning championships last season and in 1996. It lost to Michigan in 2000. The team’s cohesiveness has been especially pronounced this season. PALMDALE – Kelsie Blankemeyer is among seven District 51 Big League softball teammates who at one point played together for perennial Golden League power Quartz Hill High. Others on the team played for less successful programs such as Antelope Valley and Palmdale. But during the summer months, none of that matters. “We get along on and off the field; we’re all really good friends,” Blankemeyer said with a smile. last_img

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of November 16, 2019

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsNo, this isn’t a repeat of last week’s news…the awards just keep flowing in! This time, DCL was named the Best Cruise Line for Families in the 2020 rankings by the US News & World Report – for the seventh year in a row!Have you started collecting Wishables, the new cute little plush toys featuring classic characters? There’s a new line available onboard, and they are all adorable in their nautical wear!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Captain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameAladdin Toy Story 4 Lion KingThe Nightmare Before ChristmasMaleficent: Mistress of Evil For future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationFancy living that suite life on deck? Then DCL concierge may just be the thing you need! It’s no doubt the ultimate pampering onboard. The spoiling starts on land, 120 days before your cruise to be exact. Getting up for that 12 a.m. ET booking window to grab a coveted cabana or Remy reservation? Nope. You snooze, and the Shoreside team takes care of all those requests for you. Embarkation day is nothing but smooth sailing, starting at a dedicated check-in area, then being personally escorted onto the ship and up to the lounge, where one of your magnificent hosts will greet you with a snack, beverage, and basically a magic lamp of wishes to make your cruise everything you dream it to be! But then….your stateroom. Oh my the rooms!! All the ships have a Category V – which is the same size/layout as the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. It’s a lovely room! But if it’s the suite life you are dreaming of, you’re going to want one of the other options. The Category T is the 1-Bedroom with Verandah. The layout is different between the Classic and Dream class ships, but both are full of luxury. Between the separate bedroom, the two bathrooms, the living area, the walk-in closets, and did I mention the master bathroom with the huge jetted tub?? The Classic ships also have a Category S, a 2-bedroom option – all the glory of the T, but with an extra bedroom and half bath. On the Dream class ship, you could DIY a setup like this, with a connecting Category T to a V.But, it doesn’t stop there. Because on each ship, you will find two, yes just two, Category R staterooms. R is for Royal, and the Royal Suite absolutely lives up to it’s name!! Oh and speaking of names, one is named the Walter E. Disney and the other is the Roy O. Disney. Natch. The setup differs between the Classic and Dream class ship, but the name of the game is the same for all – decadence. Bedrooms with twinkling star lights in the ceiling. Whirlpool tubs set next to full size windows overlooking the water. A pantry and wet bar, with a fabulous coffee maker I might add. Now, the interior of the Dream class Royal suites is a bit smaller (only sleeping 5, vs. the Classic Royals which have a second bedroom to sleep 7), but the verandah MORE than makes up for it. And it does that in three precise words: private hot tub. I know not everyone is a hot tub person, but if you are, it is private or bust. Not sorry.A few weeks ago, I was so lucky to hang in the Walter E. Disney Suite on the Dream, as my dear friend and fellow TouringPlans blogger Tammy Whiting was the super lucky one to stay in this suite for her birthday cruise! If you want to know all about her thoughts (spoiler alert: she loved it) on the Royal suites, read all about her experience here! Have you ever stayed Concierge? Would a stay in a Royal suite be on your bucket list? Tell me in the comments!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.last_img read more