Not your typical role model

first_imgLATEST STORIES “When I’d run low on tempura to sell, I’d tell her to run to the grocery to buy flour and cooking oil,” her mother, Julie, said in Cebuano in an interview with Cebu Daily News. “After a while, I’d wonder what was taking her so long to come back. I would already run out of tempura to sell.”Turns out, Didal would be at a nearby skate park, renting skateboards with whatever loose change was in her pocket and practicing her moves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Margielyn was 12 years old at that time.She is now 19. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Margielyn thus became the fourth gold medalist for the Philippines in this 45-nation Olympics of the region, and with it comes a P6-million windfall from the government and the private sector, which she will use to give her family a better life and acquire passports for her parents so that they can join her the next time she competes abroad.“I just want to show everyone that skateboarding is a serious sport, and that it can be fun as well,” said Didal in Filipino after totaling 30.4 points to dominate the field, with Japan’s Isa Kaya placing a distant second with 25 and 12-year-old Indonesian Nyimas Bunga tallying 19.8 for the bronze medal.Girl power is what has saved this Philippine campaign here, with weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz performing to expectations for the 53-kilogram snatch and clean and jerk events gold and the young troika of golfers led by Yuka Saso sweeping the individual and team championships last Sunday.That fourth gold not only extended the country’s improvement of its past performance in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014, but it also matched the haul during the 2006 edition in Doha Qatar where the bulk of the contribution came from two boxers, wushu and billiards.“My joy is overflowing, especially for my fellow skateboarders,” said Didal, a veteran of the prestigious Street League Championship held in London last May, where she was the first Southeast Asian competitor invited to the prestigious tournament.Didal used to be a literal street kid, hooked to skateboarding because her mom sells “kwek-kwek” and tempura near the Concave Skate Park in Lahug.While Julie said she’ll never give up selling street food because “it’s the business that helped me send my kids to school,” Margielyn will give most—if not all—of her winnings to her parents to improve their stall and maybe even “start a small business.”Didal performed with dogged determination and led from start to finish, opening up with a “board slide” trick on the rails to garner 6.7 points before performing an “Ollie” for 14.4 points. Isa tallied 13.3 before the tricks side of the event came about.Skaters are given five tries in the tricks, with the top two scores to count, and Didal totally annihilated the opposition in her third and fourth attempts with scores of 7.1 and 8.9 highlighted by backside 50/50 with a 360-degree flip-out that whipped the crowd into a frenzy.“This was the first time that Margielyn tried that stunt and is the highest score garnered by any skateboarder so far in the street event,” said Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 PALEMBANG, INDONESIA— Every Sunday, while her mother cooked and sold fried tempura near a church in Lahug, Cebu City, Margielyn Didal would collect a few pesos of her own by selling newspapers and guiding cars to parking spaces.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Fuller to the rescue Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Margielyn Arda Didal of the Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the women’s skateboard street final during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANChased around the streets of Cebu by cops for practising her passion, Didal would often get scolded and spanked by her father, Lito, for skipping school to ride her board.“We didn’t like her to skateboard because it’s dangerous,” said Lito in the live interview aired on CDN’s Facebook page via correspondent Chris Ligan. “I told her to stick to school. But she’d leave for school in uniform and when she’d come back home, she’d be wearing her skateboard outfit. She would sometimes sneak out of our house just to practice.”She may not be your typical role model. But Didal is the country’s latest Asian Games heroine, a gold medal around her neck and P6 million in her pocket.The daughter of a carpenter and a street food vendor reaped the fruits of all her hard work—and teenage stubbornness—by bagging gold in the women’s street skate event Wednesday afternoon at sprawling Jakabaring Sports Complex here by performing tricks with the same reckless abandon that used to drive her mother to her knees.“In the end, we would just pray to God to keep her safe, far from harm. No matter what we, her parents, would say, she’d always follow her passion,” said Julie.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Jackpot! Golden Knights get star Pacioretty from Canadiens

first_img“Best road game I’ve ever played in,” Pacioretty said following a 6-3 defeat. “When you experience it for yourself, that was a treat to play, and I wish we played them more than once a year.“It was unbelievable,” he added. “Everything was top notch. Couldn’t ask for better music, better atmosphere, better fans.”Pacioretty is also familiar with Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant, who was an assistant coach under Montreal’s Michel Therrien in 2012.“He’s a hell of a coach and a hell of a guy,” Pacioretty said in February.Tatar had 20 goals and 14 assists last season with Vegas and Detroit. The 27-year-old was acquired ahead of the trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico’s cartel heartland 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 View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) pauses on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. In a deal announced late Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights have acquired All-Star forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty is heading from the Original Six to the Sin City.The Vegas Golden Knights acquired the All-Star forward from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Suzuki, the 13th-overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Golden Knights, had just finished playing in his second rookie game in two days at the team’s practice facility less than an hour before the announcement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vegas announced the deal, which sends the captain of one of hockey’s oldest franchises to a club coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season.Pacioretty was named the Canadiens captain in 2015 and has played all 626 of his NHL games with Montreal. He recently denied reports that he had requested a trade. His name has been mentioned in trade speculation since last season’s trade deadline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 29-year-old Pacioretty is entering the final season of a six-year deal that will pay him $4.5 million.When the Canadiens visited Las Vegas in February, Pacioretty raved about the atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Gym Unhealthy for 2018 Olympics Training

first_imgFive Liberian kids in the persons of Hawa Kortee, Diana Rally, Ringsiale Rally, Jousah Galarkpai and Emmnauel Allen are presently being prepared for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, according to the Liberia Boxing Association.And due to the lack of support to the development of boxing in the country, I visited the national boxing gym on Broad Street and have at least a firsthand account about the preparation.The training is from Monday to Friday at 4:30pm; and is under the supervision of Coach Arku Kortee and his deputy Marcus Mitchell.There is nothing attractive about the gym, much more boxing that President Solomon T. Davis will insist boxing still has a life in this country.First thing, the gym is filthy. The only surviving boxing ring is still waiting in the gym, broken. There is a big hole in the middle of the ring and it is not fit for any one, let alone children at ages from 14-17 to use to train for an international competition like the Olympic Games.And as if the executive committee members of the boxing association have lost their glasses, there is nothing to thank anyone about since boxing, like many other sports, is dead already.“The executive committee of the Liberia Boxing Association has manifested its thanks and appreciation to the LNOC for the opportunity afforded the five athletes,” was the lame release sent to the Liberia National Olympic Committee.When was the last time any official of the LNOC and anyone who cares about boxing visited the gym? I am referring to the Baby Joe House of Pain?Coach Arku Kortee may be itching to travel but he must realize that with the current status of boxing and with nothing much to be proud of he would likely get nothing from the young people he swears he is training.Let me remind him of this: In the last Olympic Games in London, the LNOC took a young Karate/Taekwondo athlete to represent Liberia in that discipline. Without proper supervision, the time came and the athlete joined the team with a couple of officials, including one of course from the Ministry of Youth & Sports. The minister at the time was Samson T. Varpillah.It was after the Liberian delegation arrived at the scene of the Olympics before it was discovered that the athlete they had taken along could not, and had never fought in that particular discipline.Imagine the embarrassment when LNOC officials could not explain to their counterparts why they chose a wrong athlete for the tournament. The truth was that the unfortunate athlete, like the five young kids, never had a good training. And with a broken ring and filthy gym, the five young athletes would not have any quality training. They will not know how to meet an opponent in a competition and fear will destroy any of their determination to make it. This is because in other countries, athletes are prepared better, of we don’t.The lone London guy was overwhelmed with the idea that he could make it, and without official and technical collaboration helped to disgrace and humiliate the Liberian Olympic team.Another one is just beginning and unless someone somewhere with the responsibility to make things work better decide to do something about it, this too shall pass and in the embarrassment will be brushed under the carpet, like the London disgrace was done, and we will wait for another Olympic Games to mess up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Lofa Rep Sworn In

first_imgThe newly elected Lofa County Electoral District # 2 Representative, Mrs. Julie Fatorma Wiah, has been inaugurated as a member of the 53rd Legislature of the House of Representatives.Speaker J. Alex Tyler administered the oath in the House during its 2nd day sitting of the 5th Session yesterday, owing to a unanimous decision from the Plenary.Supporters, friends and family members of the newly elected lawmaker attended her installation.Hon. Wiah’s induction follows the receipt of a letter from the National Elections Commission (NEC) declaring her the winner of the by-election replacing Lofa County District # 2 Representative Hon. Fofi S. Baimba who died four months ago.“Based on the votes obtained by each of the ten contesting candidates, I am pleased to inform you that Mrs. Julie Fatorma Wiah, Independent, who obtained 1,974 or 20.11% of the total valid votes, was on Saturday, January 2, 2016 declared winner of the by-election,” the NEC letter stated. Mrs. Wiah was subsequently certificated in the City of Voinjama.Madam Wiah won as an independent candidate defeating nine other contestants, including partisans of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberty Party (LP), and Unity Party (UP).Cllr. Korkoya disclosed that contestants in the by-election of which two were women represented eight political parties. The rest were two independent candidates. The election of Hon. Wiah is a plus for women’s representation in the legislature by increasing their number to 12. There were previously eight female lawmakers in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who Will Rebuild Fortesville?

first_imgThe world knows that most of the Reeveses in Liberia hail from Fortesville, Grand Bassa County. There were some prominent ones among them, including Chapman Reeves, Member of the House of Representatives, Albert Reeves, Deputy Minister of Justice, another, who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia and another, who was a Senator from Grand Bassa.The Reeves produced many sons and daughters. One of them, Melvin Reeves, became the first Foreign News Editor of the Daily Observer. His younger brother Lemuel is currently Commissioner of Immigration, Republic of Liberia.A cousin, Z. Moulay B. Reeves, a 1963 Cuttington graduate, along with his wife Ruth Lymas Reeves, was for many years Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs and a graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of law, though he never practiced law.One of the best known Reeveses was Rev. Toimu A. Reeves, who in the 1970s and 80s was a great Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, the nation’s oldest, founded in 1822. Rev. Reeves preached many powerful sermons. In one of them in 1975 he predicted to the date the death of Steve Tolbert, Liberia’s first Finance Minister during the administration of his brother, President William R. Tolbert, Jr. Following the April 14 Rice Riots in 1979 Rev. Reeves delivered another powerful sermon entitled “A Strange Sunrise in Eden.”Providence’s current pastor is another Reeves, Rev. Samuel Reeves, younger cousin of Toimu. One of his cousins, Dr. Bismark Reeves, is former Dean of the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry. Bismark’s son Varmu is a computer expert with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.There are other prominent Bassonians, including the Findleys, one of whose scions was Joseph Patrick Henry Findley. Joe Findley was appointed a Judge at the tender age of 29, the youngest judge in Liberian history. He became a Grand Bassa Senator in the 1970s. His son is former Senator Pro Tempore Gbezhonghar Findley, and one of his sisters is Mrs. Findley-Toe. The Findleys, who hail from Edina, have a close family connection with the Portes of Crozierville and those of Grand Bassa. Three of the Porte brothers, born in Crozierville following the 1865 immigration from Barbados, the West Indies, settled in Edina and Kingsville, Grand Bassa. Former Ambassador Prince Porte is a product of that Bassa connection. His father Rufus Porte spent his early years in Edina.Kenneth Y. Best, in his book on Albert Porte, recalled that one of the Portes, Daniel Porte, fought and killed a leopard in Grand Bassa. Mr. Best quoted a story told him about Daniel Porte by Rockefeller Findley, Cocoa Cola Franchise Director for Francophone West Africa and son of former Member of the House of Representatives T.I.B. Findley. Rockefeller said he remembered seeing the scar on Daniel Porte, Rocky’s grand uncle, “inflicted by the claws of the leopard during that fight.” Daniel Porte’s sister Sarah became the grandmother of the Findleys. The Findleys are also connected to the mother of former National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker and her siblings. The same question we ask as the theme of this Editorial is one which we could well ask of Edina and so many of the settlements of Grand Bassa and other counties—who will rebuild Fortesville? Who will rebuild all the other settlements—like Lexington in Sinoe County, Bunker Hill in Maryland, Millsburg in Montserrado, and Tala in Grand Cape Mount?Though Fortesville is situated right along the paved highway to Buchanan, it is now so insignificant a town that it could easily be bypassed unnoticed. How sad for a place that produced so many outstanding sons and daughters!Rev. Samuel Reeves told this newspaper that one of his brothers is pastor of the Fortesville Baptist Church, the church into which most Reeves were born. Many of the Reeveses, like so many other Liberian families, now live abroad, mostly in the United States. Reverend Samuel Reeves, his brother, the Fortesville Baptist pastor, their cousins Bismark, Lemuel and so many others here ought to plan an occasion, perhaps an important anniversary of the church, and invite the Reeveses in the Diaspora to return for a nostalgic visit to the old landmark—to touch once again “the green, green grass at home.” Perhaps this may inspire them to join those on the ground in making a bold, determined attempt to rebuild Fortesville and restore her pristine glory. This may well inspire many of them to return and revive the good old Fortesville.Many, from various other deserted villages around the country, seeing what the Fortesvillians shall have done, may take heart and return to rebuild and revive their own. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SCV Film Festival to screen family-friendly shorts

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The screening will be held at the Repertory East Playhouse located at 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free; seating is limited. The Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival will feature a night of short, family-friendly films made by local filmmakers at 7 p.m. March 11. The program will include films from this past year’s festival, animation by California Institute of the Arts alumni and “Rachel’s Fortune,” a live-action short film featuring Emma Allebrand, a Santa Clarita 8-year-old in her first film role. “Rachel’s Fortune” pulled from Santa Clarita talent. It was written, directed and produced by film festival co-founders Ramon Hamilton and Jennifer Fischer. Local sound and theater guru Nanook did the sound mix on the film. Former College of the Canyons student Brad Hoffarth was the cinematographer for the film, with Matthew Bowers, who also lives in Santa Clarita, also working on the project. “Rachel’s Fortune” was recently selected for the San Francisco International Children’s Film Festival. The March 11 screening is part of the SCV Film Festival’s ongoing Monthly Film Screening series, which provides local filmmakers with opportunities to show their work. last_img read more

Leicester launch £6.5m move for Sporting Lisbon striker

first_img1 Islam Slimani Leicester City have bid £6.5m for Sport Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, according to reports in Portugal.Slimani impressed for Algeria at this summer’s World Cup, scoring two goals and helping his country reach the last-16 for the first time in their history.The 26-year-old only joined Sporting last summer, netting eight goals during his first season with the Portuguese club.However, according to O Jogo, Leicester have now tabled a £6.5m offer for the striker in an attempt to lure him to the Premier League.Slimani is keen on a move to the Premier League, with West Ham also reportedly interested in the hitman.His determination to leave has angered Sporting Lisbson president Bruno de Carvalho, but that is not likely to prevent his exit.last_img read more

Former Man City boss Pellegrini now clear favourite for Everton job – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Everton are still searching for a new boss after sacking Roberto Martinez a fortnight ago.Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been backed into 6/4 for the job, while Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer are 4/1 and David Moyes is 8/1 for a return to the Toffees hotsteat.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Woman arrested after drugs found in Canyon Country home

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – A 55-year-old Canyon Country woman was arrested Friday night after cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and Ecstasy were found in her home. The discovery came after authorities arrived at the Palo Verde Place home around 10 p.m. for a probation search involving 21-year-old Alexander Ingram, but he was not home, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Sgt. Darren Harris. Instead, they arrested Jackie Ingram on suspicion of child endangerment and for permitting the sale of narcotics. Children she had been watching were turned over to their mother, deputies said. Six handguns and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were discovered at the home along with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sheriff’s deputies along with the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the countywide COPS team conducted the search. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 (661) 257-5254last_img read more

The best pictures from Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph in Cardiff

first_imgIt’s been another season to remember for European champions Real Madrid.Los Blancos became the first club in the modern era to retain the Champions League after thrashing Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff – sealing a first league and European Cup double since 1958.So it’s only right to look back on a memorable night in the history of the 12-time European champions – selecting the best pictures from Saturday night’s final.Scroll through the gallery above to check out a selection of brilliant Real Madrid snaps.  16 The captain gets the party started in Cardiff Cristiano Ronaldo pumps up the Real Madrid support ahead of kick-off Ronaldo grabs his second of the night to widen the gap against the Old Lady 16 Cristiano Ronaldo gives his side the lead with an expert finish 16 Ronaldo celebrates at the full time whistle Marco Asensio caps off the emphatic win with Madrid’s fourth goal of the night Casemiro hits a long distance strike to put Madrid 2-1 ahead on the night Real Madrid line up for their pre-match photo 16 16 16 Ramos gets ready to lift European football’s biggest prize 16 The Brazilian is mobbed by teammates including substitute Gareth Bale 16 16 16 16 16 16 Bale prepares to enter the action as Zinedine Zidane passes on last minute instructions 16 Sergio Ramos’ theatrics earn Juan Cuadrado a second yellow card Madrid boss Zidane became the first coach of the modern era to retain the Champions League Bale gets his hands on the trophy after making a brief cameo appearance Ronaldo grins for the cameras after collecting his fourth Champions League 16 And displays his trademark celebration in front of the Juventus faithful 16last_img read more