Molde leads UP to historic volleyball title, bags PVL Finals MVP

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Isa Molde lifts the trophy after UP claimed the PVL Collegiate Conference championship after surviving FEU in five sets. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonIsa Molde never expected to win MVP of the conference despite leading University of the Philippines to the PVL Collegiate Conference Finals.But after spearheading the Lady Maroons to a historic volleyball championship, the school’s first in 36 years, there wasn’t any doubt who the Finals MVP was.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UP wins first major volleyball title in 36 years, sweeps FEU in PVL Finals Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college She tallied 16 in Game 1 where UP also won in five sets after rallying from two sets down.“She’s been my MVP since we started playing,” UP head coach Godfrey Okumu said of Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal READ: UP star Isa Molde named PVL Collegiate Conference MVP“I’m so happy. It felt like winning the UAAP,” said Molde, who was named Finals MVP, in Filipino during a TV interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We just picked each other up and fought,” she added.Molde, who took much of the offensive load with Tots Carlos out the whole conference with a shin injury, led all scorers with 22 points, including a hit that put the Lady Maroons at match point after trailing, 7-13. View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Dedicates U$6M Emergency Operating Center

first_imgAs part of the rebuilding of Liberia’s health system following the Ebola outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned over a newly erected Emergency Operating Center to the Ministry of Health (MOH).The center is located opposite the MOH and adjacent to the TB Annex at 72nd Junction. It is meant to enhance collection of data and information about Ebola and other life threatening diseases.According to CDC Country Director, Desmond Williams, the center will be a place to train health workers to be adequately prepared for outbreaks and surveillance.He said prior to dedicating the center yesterday, about 30 health workers were trained there in Epidemiology.Mr. Williams said at a press briefing that CDC spent US$6 million to erect the structure.He also indicated that US$75.7 million has been invested in the counties for operation of emergency centers.In separate remarks, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and officials at the Centers for Disease Control said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program provided US$100 million toward the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Ambassador Malac said the newly dedicated center is now the final home of the Emergency Operating Center having operated in a temporary facility in Sinkor for a year and a half.A representative of CDC, Jeffrey Bryant, in his remarks expressed delight over the construction of the center and attributed the success to the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.He said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program was very timely in responding to their request for help to West Africans affected by Ebola when they at CDC expressed the need for a quick emergency response and intervention to the outbreak.Also making remarks, Brennan Banks, Deputy Director for Programs at the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program said the center has several pieces of equipment, including computers which will help Liberian medical personnel to quickly respond to data gathering and training of local staff to address disease outbreaks.He hoped that the center will be an establishment of excellence for all Liberians to benefit.In her words of gratitude to the US Government, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn said the erection of the center is in compliance with the consensus reached with partners to revitalize the health sector.Dr. Dahn said the Ministry has developed nine pillars, among which are the erection of the Emergency Operating Center, training of competent health workers, establishment of public health facilities and information gathering and data collection.She underscored that the US Government has been working along with the Ministry of Health in implementing the plan to rebuild the collapsed health system.The support is evidenced by the establishment of Emergency Operating Centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties, said Dr. Dahn.She further indicated that the dedication of the center put government under obligation to make budgetary allotment for its operations.Meanwhile, the CDC also pledged to support government through the Ministry of Health to ensure that technical equipment and training are provided to get Liberia prepared for any emergencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Probers nosing into nose gear

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The NTSB will ship the problematic nose-gear assembly to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which is JetBlue’s hub, and then dismantle it to determine the problem. The agency also will interview the plane’s six crew members, who have been instructed not to talk publicly until after they are debriefed. Nose-gear problems on other A320s have been blamed on software in a braking-and-steering control unit; on aging O-ring seals on a valve; on a malfunctioning landing-gear control-interface unit; and on a misinstalled shock absorber, records show. The FAA also was told in 1999 that the braking-and-steering control unit could rotate the nose wheels if the valve to which the O-ring is attached fails, but records indicate that unit has not been modified. “Airbus had indicated … that it is considering a modification to the BSCU (braking-steering control unit) that will maintain the nose gear in the neutral position in flight,” a 1999 FAA report reads. Airbus has made several changes to its maintenance guide as a result of the 1999 incident, but the NTSB’s preliminary investigation shows no mechanical changes to the plane itself, Plagens said. Airbus officials would not comment on the 1999 reference to modifying the BSCU, but they are convinced the A320 is safe. “We are not worried,” Airbus spokeswoman Mary Ann Greczyn said in an e-mail. “The situation is rare, though flight crews are trained to handle it and our aircraft are designed and built to withstand it. “The outcome of (Wednesday) night’s situation was exactly as Airbus anticipated – a safe landing with no injuries.” Plagens said the NTSB will examine maintenance records of all A320s to determine whether the nose-gear problems constitute a pattern. Airbus Industrie in France has manufactured more than 1,400 of the twin-engine jets. “We’ll look at these other incidents and see where it takes us,” Plagens said. “If there’s a pattern, we’ll certainly do something.” Aviation expert John Nance said malfunctions could be recurring because the earlier modifications weren’t sufficient or the fix wasn’t done to all the airplanes, or a different set of problems could be occurring. Nance said he doubts that the Flight 292 malfunction was a result of failure by JetBlue to follow required maintenance procedures. “It wouldn’t be characteristic of JetBlue. They’ve got very good maintenance,” said Nance, an author and former Alaska Airlines pilot who flew Boeing 737s. Because of redundant safety factors built into modern airliners and airlines’ maintenance practices, Nance said he was surprised the malfunction occurred. But he said he was not surprised the plane landed safely and with little damage to the aircraft itself, since its main landing gear was working and the rudder was functioning. “The outcome was not in doubt,” Nance said. Officials released more information Thursday on the three-hour flight out of Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, which ended with a dramatic landing on an auxiliary runway at LAX. The jetliner, nicknamed Canyon Blue, pulled out of its gate at Bob Hope Airport at 3:17 p.m. and left the ground 14 minutes later. As soon as it left, at 3:31 p.m., a fault-detection light in the cockpit alerted Capt. Scott Burke to a problem with the landing gear shock absorber. At 3:32 p.m., a second fault light indicated that there was a problem with the nose-wheel steering. Burke steered the plane toward Palmdale, where he could circle while consulting with experts from JetBlue’s New York base. Soon after, Burke flew the A320 to Long Beach – JetBlue’s Los Angeles hub, where the airline had the most local mechanics – and flew low past the tower so people could see whether the nose gear was really down. Until then, he couldn’t be sure the problem was anything more than a faulty sensor light. After ground crews confirmed that the front wheel was extended and cocked 90 degrees, Burke and JetBlue officials decided to land the plane on LAX’s long, wide runway. Burke circled over the Pacific Ocean, burning fuel to lighten the plane. The flight crew rearranged luggage and passengers to put as much weight at the back of the plane as possible, so Burke could keep the front elevated as long as possible once he landed. Flight 292 was moving at 140 mph when it touched down on Runway 25 Left at 6:20 p.m. When the nose gear touched down, the tires collapsed and caught fire, followed by the magnesium wheels. The plane stopped 10,000 feet into the 11,000-foot runway. “This was certainly a best-case scenario, but it was also what many observers, people familiar with aviation, expected to happen,” FAA spokesman Donn Walker said. “JetBlue has some of the best-trained pilots in the world and some of the best-trained flight attendants anywhere, and that is one of the most common simulator events.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The twisted front wheel that forced JetBlue Flight 292 to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport was at least the seventh such problem on an Airbus A320, documents obtained Thursday show. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the malfunction that occurred Wednesday when an entire nation was captivated by the dramatic, televised landing of the crippled aircraft with 145 people aboard. The problem is similar to ones that prompted FAA modification and maintenance orders in 1994 and 1999, but then continued to occur, records show. “There have been previous incidents and some recommendations were made,” Howard Plagens, the NTSB’s lead investigator into the incident, said Thursday. “We’re examining those closely.” last_img read more