DES MOINES — The boys state basketball tournament wrapped up on Friday in front of a sparse crowd at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Restrictions were put in place on Friday only allowing team members, game officials, essential tournament workers, Iowa Events Center staff, limited credentialed media and about 100 fans that were immediate family members of players.Class 1A — Wapsie Valley 65, Bishop Garrigan 53Class 2A — Boyden-Hull 64, North Linn 51Class 3A — Norwalk 70, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 68Class 4A — Ankeny 78, Waukee 70The Iowa High School Athletic Association tweeted on Sunday night that later today they, in cooperation with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Iowa High School Music Association, and Iowa High School Speech Association, would be providing guidance for member schools regarding spring activities for member schools. ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has announced he’ll donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for testing for the COVID-19 virus.The Minnesota-based medical system said it expects the money from Towns will help increase capacity for COVID-19 from 200 tests per day to more than 1,000 per day in the coming weeks.The Mayo Clinic has been working for the past month on developing its own test for the virus to supplement other existing avenues. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — College athletes who play spring sports had a lot of free time this weekend after conferences announced they were suspending or canceling competitions because of concern about the spread of the new coronavirus. That happened after the NCAA announced Thursday it was canceling all spring sports championships, along with remaining winter championships. Some good news came Friday when the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee informed schools spring athletes would be given another year of eligibility to make up for their lost season. That still doesn’t take away the sting for athletes who are sitting idle the rest of the spring. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments shook the nation. But more than two dozen other men’s and women’s championships won’t be contested this winter and spring, either, and that doesn’t include all the sports in Divisions II and III. The NCAA decision to cancel winter and spring sports championships means the College World Series will not be held for the first time since 1946. The Division I baseball championship is the NCAA’s No. 2 revenue producer and has been held in Omaha every year since 1950. The NCAA said the decision was based on the public health threat posed by the coronavirus. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The salary-cap-strapped Minnesota Vikings have terminated the contracts of two long-time starters: nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The moves will clear more than $18.5 million off the team’s salary cap. The free-agent market for now is scheduled to open on Wednesday. Joseph played six of his 10 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings. He was picked for two Pro Bowls, playing in 88 of a possible 96 regular season games as one of the league’s best run-stoppers. Rhodes was a first-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2013. He was picked for three Pro Bowls.
As voters prepare to go to the polls next week, Elections Canada is reminding the public they’ll need more than just their voting card to cast their ballot in this election.Under new legislation, voters are now required to produce proof of identity before voting. The new rules mean that a voter must produce either one piece of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, or two pieces of non-photo ID, with at least one containing the current address of the voter.- Advertisement -Voters can also be vouched for, by another person, who is registered to vote at the same location as them, and who has produced appropriate ID.Despite how new the process is, Susan Friend with Elections Canada says she doesn’t expect the rules to hamper elections turnout next week. [asset|aid=405|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88b598b379f0ae9e350a0b43d617c130-Friend-1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement A complete explanation of the new voter ID rules is available at the Elections Canada website: www.elections.ca.
Brazil will now meet the winners of Monday’s later match between Belgium and Japan, but after seeing Argentina, Spain and Portugal eliminated in the last 16, Tite’s men will fancy their chances.“We have to learn to suffer and we did suffer, it was a tough match,” said Neymar. “We knew they were a high-quality opponent.”Mexico made a bright start in their attempt to beat Brazil in a World Cup match for the first time.But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half.The match had been billed as a duel between Neymar and Javier Hernandez, but the West Ham striker was more noticeable for his platinum-dyed blond hair, a choice also made by central defender Carlos Salcedo, before being replaced in the second half.Brazil awoke from their early slumber late in the opening half, but Neymar’s angled drive was blocked by Guillermo Ochoa and striker Gabriel Jesus saw the ‘keeper block his drive after a smart one-two.After the interval Mexico lost drive and focus and Neymar broke the deadlock on 51 minutes.Brazil’s WIllian in action against Mexico in theWorld Cup last 16 in Samara. PHOTO/FIFAThe Paris Saint-Germain star drew several defenders as he ran across the edge of the area with the ball at his feet.He laid it off for Willian and darted into the box, stretching to convert the Chelsea midfielder’s superb delivery.Mexico were on the ropes, but Casemiro spurned a great chance to stretch Brazil’s lead, seeing his shot blocked by Ochoa.Osorio replaced the ineffective Hernandez with Raul Jimenez on the hour and Alisson dived to tip over Carlos Vela’s curling drive.But Brazil had moved up a gear. Neymar was starting to showcase his talents but he was left writhing in pain after a tussle with second-half replacement Miguel Layun.Replays appeared to show Layun caught Neymar on his ankle but he escaped sanction.With 10 minutes remaining, Tite replaced Barcelona midfielder Paulinho with Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.Brazil secured victory when Neymar turned provider in the 88th minute, finding Firmino in the box and the Liverpool forward made no mistake.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar scored one goal and created anotherSAMARA, Russian Federation, Jul 2- Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday.Bidding for a record-extending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered an early storm at Samara Arena before Neymar turned on the style to underline their status as favourites.
Head of Local Enterprise Michael Tunney.Members of the public are being urged to come along to a fantastic FREE business showcase in the Mount Errigal Hotel on November 28th.An amazing array of businesses from across the county will assemble for a networking opportunity and trade fair.The business showcase is the latest Doing Business in Donegal event organised by Donegal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and the vast range of trade stands confirmed for the day means there is certain to be something of interest there for everyone. Head of Local Enterprise Michael Tunney told Donegal Daily, “Not only is this an event that is free to the public, it is also free to businesses and interest was so keen from Donegal’s businesses that we have a waiting list of people hoping they might still get a last minute slot.He added that the lucky businesses that had booked quickly and have been allocated spaces at the event, range across a wide spectrum.“There are often fairs in the county that might specialise on one particular thing – like food, weddings, house and home or crafts.“But this will showcase all those and more in one place. We really will have a superb range of Donegal businesses offering a whole range of services all under one roof for the day. “With free admission we’re hoping that people will avail of the opportunity to come along.According to Mr Tunney, the businesses on display at the showcase in the Mount Errigal are typical of the type of enterprises that fuel the economy of Donegal.He also said the ‘Doing Business in Donegal’ event will be a great opportunity for members of the public to get to meet and interact with the people behind many of the county’s small and medium enterprises.Tunney said, “Like last year the early part of the day will be centred on networking among the businesses themselves, but from 12 noon until 5pm the doors will be open to the public.“Everyone is welcome to come in, view the stands and hopefully even do some business with some of the people there. The Doing Business in Donegal Showcase will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, November 28 with free admission and doors open to the public from 12 noon until 5pm.DONEGAL PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND FREE BUSINESS SHOWCASE AND TRADE FAIR was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessfreeLocal EnterpriseMichael TunneynewsshowcaseTrade Fair
THIS is the German man British police want to trace in their investigation into the abduction of Madeleine McCann.Madeleine, whose dad’s family are all from County Donegal, disappeared in May 2007 while on holidays in Portugal.The BBC will air a 25-minute reconstruction on Monday evening at 9pm, with broadcasts also going out in Germany and the Netherlands. Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate will fly to Germany later this week in a bid to boost the appeal.The two e-fits are of the same person in the town of Praia da Luz around the time that Madeleine disappeared, and his behaviour was different enough to raise suspicion amongst a number of people.These are e-fits that have been brought together from a number of different interviews that have gone on over recent times. The purpose of the appeal is to try and identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way.The McCanns will make a live appeal in the BBC studio, supported by the senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.The Incident Room will be staffed during the appeal and the days that follow, when the appeal moves to Holland and Germany. A dedicated call centre will also be opened at Hendon.DCI Andy Redwood, said: “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.“Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date. It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.“I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.” Madeleine’s disappearance and the heartache of their parents has been followed closely in Donegal.Gerry’s family are from the county; he has many cousins and friends here – and he visited this summer with his wife Kate and their twins.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.BREAKING NEWS: IS THIS THE MAN WHO SNATCHED MADELEINE McCANN? was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegale-fitGerry and Kate McCannmadeleine mccannportugalsuspect
Accurate WeatherSet was the lowest bidder and selected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to provide 5,000 sprinkler controllers regionwide. The MWD will distribute them through pilot programs or customer rebate offers. “We have high hopes, but we don’t know (how they’ll perform),” said Lynn Lipinski, manager of the MWD’s outdoor water conservation program. “We have to do a series of pilots over two years to get a sense of the technology. There’s a lot of excitement about it statewide.” The MWD and the DWP pooled revenue from a Proposition 13 water bond measure passed in 2000 to help pay for the $2.5 million project. The DWP plans to track water consumption and customer satisfaction at homes where the smart sprinklers are installed. If they work well, Gackstetter envisions someday a smart sprinkler in every yard in Los Angeles. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 firstname.lastname@example.org SMART SPRINKLER Here’s how Los Angeles DWP customers can apply for the giveaway program. Call (800) 422-9426 to reserve a controller. There are a limited number available on a first-come, first-served basis. Have an existing sprinkler controller system, which you have to trade in to get the new smart system. Attend an hourlong training program in Sherman Oaks on Nov. 5. Participate in a survey and be willing to allow the DWP to visit and check out the system once it’s installed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to cut wasteful watering, the Department of Water and Power is giving away 100 “smart-sprinkler” systems designed to increase or decrease irrigation, depending on the weather. The giveaway is part of a pilot program to test the ease, effectiveness and reliability of the weather-sensitive sprinklers. DWP Water Conservation Manager Tom Gackstetter hopes that, if successful, smart sprinklers could eliminate several problems, such as irrigation systems than run too long and spill onto sidewalks and streets, or those that still come on when it rains. “It kills me,” Gackstetter said. “Are these people just not paying attention? Do they not care? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Working at the DWP, I recognize how precious our water supply is, and to see it wasted in that fashion, it really hurts me,” Gackstetter said. Weather-sensitive sprinklers take the guesswork out of watering and have cut household consumption by 40 gallons a day in Orange County. That kind of conservation could save a DWP customer roughly $50 per year. The system includes a rain and sunlight sensor that’s installed on the roof and feeds weather information to a controller in the garage. The customer sets the controller according to what’s being watered – flowers, shrubs or lawn – and the controller calculates how much water is needed based on the weather. Residents must already have an efficient in-ground irrigation system and sprinkler controller. The system was invented by Winnetka-based Accurate WeatherSet and would retail for $395. There are other smart irrigation systems on the market that use satellite technology or historical weather data to set the watering schedule.
A Letterkenny man has been fined after firing a volley of abuse at members of the public.Gardai were called to Long Lane on June 6, 2017, after reports of youths throwing stones. William Reilly approached Gardai and said he’d ‘solve the problem’.Letterkenny District Court heard that Reilly came onto the road and ‘starting insulting members of the public in a threatening manner’.Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that Reilly began shouting ‘rat’, ‘whore’ and ‘f****** tramp’ to bystanders.Garda Hynes asked Reilly to desist, but the accused continued being abusive and was subsequently arrested.Defending solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said that Reilly, who has 38 previous convictions, was ‘known to us all for the wrong reasons’.Reilly was subject to a curfew at the time of the incident.“He was in bed observing the curfew and Gardai were called to a disturbance not involving him,” Mr Gallagher said.“He came from his own house and was interacting normally. Third parties, who may have been subject to certain toxins, were causing the disturbance. His words and actions were directed at those third parties, not to the Gardai.“Mr Reilly lost the head. He was sober and none of the abuse was directed to the Gardai.”Reilly is currently in custody and due for release on July 7.Judge Paul Kelly said that Reilly had a ‘remarkable catalogue of offences’ and fined him €250.Man with ‘remarkable catalogue of offences’ fined after verbal attack on neighbours was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtWilliam Reilly
Couples dithering over setting their wedding date might have their problems solved – if they win the top prize in a competition run by a luxury Donegal hotel.The Shandon Hotel & Spa, on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, has set the date for January 30 next with the lucky couple being offered a free wedding up to the value of €7,000 – with a spa day thrown in for good measure.Now hotel manager Carolynne Harrison is hoping the unique prize will convince couples to just go for it! “There are loads of different wedding competitions out there and we wanted to do something unique that stood out from the crowd,” said Carolynne.“We have loads of wedding bookings for 2020 and even 2021 but we wanted to reach out to that couple who are madly in love, want to tie the knot but haven’t gotten around to nailing down a date yet.“Well one lucky couple – the couple who win the competition – will know pretty quickly when they’re going to have the best day of their lives and of course where, right here at the Shandon Hotel & Spa, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.”Weddings in the McCarthy Suite at the Shandon Hotel & SpaThe hotel is also offering lucrative runners-up prizes and €500 off weddings for all couples who enter. “We recognise getting married is a big step in the lives of any couple,” said Carolynne.“And while it is a serious commitment, it should be a fun day for the happy couple and we think there are loads and loads of engaged couples out there who really don’t care about the date and would love the opportunity to get married here at the Shandon.”Couples hoping to win the top prize – which includes dinner and bubbly for 100 guests – will face a ‘Mr & Mrs’ style interview with the Shandon’s wedding organisation team.“We don’t know what to expect in terms of entrants,” added Carolynne.“I suppose we’re looking for a fun couple who are so madly in love that they would be happy to just go with our date – January 30, 2020 – and enjoy it all.” Entry to the competition is by appointment for interview on 0749136137 with a closing date of April 22.Hotel to name the date with free wedding for lucky couple was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Shandon Hotel and Spawedding
In mid-2018, we invited the geocaching community into a conversation about cache quality. As we said then, HQ has taken steps in recent years to bring cache quality into greater focus, because we think it is very important to the continued vitality of the game.But before we continue with more projects to encourage cache quality and expect the community to focus on quality, we first wanted to hear geocachers’ thoughts on the subject. We started with feedback threads in our User Insights forums. We then built a survey directly from your feedback and ideas. For example, cachers gave qualitative feedback about what makes a high-quality geocache in the forum threads. For the survey, we turned those results into questions to receive quantitative feedback.Nearly 12,000 people from 58 countries participated in the survey. The respondents were some of the community’s most experienced and engaged players: 80% own a cache, 85% have found 500+ caches, and 95% are Premium members.Following are the results of the survey, broken down by categories.Most important factors for a high-quality geocacheAround 92% of survey respondents ranked accurate coordinates as very or extremely important for a high-quality geocache. By comparison, only 24% said that the largest container for a location was very or extremely important.The factors, in order of importance, were:Accurate coordinatesDoes not harm the environmentOwner maintains the cache regularlyContainer suited to the environmentAccurate Difficulty and Terrain ratingsWell hidden from non-geocachersInteresting locationWell-written descriptionAccurate attributesHelpful hintClever or custom containerFun and/or challenging puzzleIncludes parking coordinates, if availableLargest container for locationIf more geocache finders took certain steps, how helpful would each be to improving geocache quality?Unlike the first question, there wasn’t as much separation between the top and bottom ranked answers here. According to respondents, the best step finders can take is to log “Did Not Find”, “Needs Maintenance,” and “Needs Archived” logs whenever necessary. 79% said it would be very or extremely helpful. But a strong majority (74%) also said assisting geocache owners with minor maintenance would be very or extremely helpful, while 72% said the same about writing honest, constructive online logs.All answers, in order of how helpful they would be to improving geocache quality:Log ‘Did Not Find’, ‘Needs Maintenance’, and ‘Needs Archived’ whenever necessaryAssist geocache owners with minor maintenance (e.g., replace wet or full log sheets)Write honest, constructive online logsDo not install new cache containers (e.g., throwdowns) without consent of cache ownerAward Favorite points more oftenIf more geocache hiders took certain steps, how helpful would each be to improving geocache quality?The results showed the best things hiders can do is to be more thoughtful about the cache location/container, and maintain their geocaches more regularly. Around 80% of respondents ranked those steps as very or extremely helpful.All answers, in order of how helpful they would be to improving geocache quality:Be more thoughtful about cache location and containerMaintain your own geocaches more regularlyHide the kind of geocaches you would like to findProvide mentoring to new cache hidersHost workshops to teach about hiding and finding geocachesIf Geocaching HQ were to adjust the requirements for hiding a cache, how helpful would certain ideas be to improving cache quality?The top ranked idea was to require players to find a geocache before hiding one of their own. Nearly 60% said it would be very or extremely helpful. A similar percentage said the same about requiring cache owners to address maintenance issues on their current hides before permitting new caches to be placed.All answers, in order of how helpful they would be to improving geocache quality:Require finding a certain number of geocaches before hiding a cacheRequire cache owners to address maintenance issues on their current hides before hiding new cachesRequire new cache owners to successfully complete an online tutorial before placing a cacheSpeed up the process for problem caches to receive reviewer attentionRequire cache owners to include a photo of their cache placement when submitting the cache for reviewRestrict total number of geocaches one person may ownWe also asked about possible tools and projects that Geocaching HQ might undertake to encourage higher cache quality. Keep in mind that these ideas were the ones most mentioned in the User Insights forum threads.Tool ideas, ranked by how helpful they would be to improving cache quality:Add function to search by Favorite point percentageCreate rating system (such as 5 star) for cachesCreate a place for cachers to say why they favorited or rated a cacheAllow Basic members to give Favorite pointsProvide unlimited Favorite points to Premium membersProject ideas to recognize cache owners, ranked by how helpful they would be to improving cache quality:Create visible website status for owners of high quality cachesGive option to hide a unique cache type (like Virtual Rewards)Other project ideas, ranked by how helpful they would be to improving cache quality:Souvenir promotions that reward a variety of caching, rather than high number of findsRename the “Needs Archived” log to “Needs Reviewer Attention”As noted when the survey was conducted, we can’t guarantee implementation of all these ideas. But these results give us a much clearer picture of the community’s feelings about cache quality. Your feedback will help us prioritize projects and greatly inform our work in general. The survey results also show how geocachers can directly improve quality, both as finders and hiders of geocaches.We’re very grateful to everyone who participated!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLet’s talk some more about geocache qualityDecember 4, 2018In “Community”Let’s talk about geocache qualityJune 18, 2018In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 23): Cache Carnival, AR cachesMay 2, 2019In “Podcast”
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games NU showing no signs of slowing down with another UAAP cheerdance crown While the NSA’s leadership is confident that the country can perform well and bring home medals, a guarantee of a golden sweep is “foolhardy,” according to its vice president Anthony Claravall.“It’d be a real disservice to come out and say that we are going to sweep all the gold medals,” said Claravall in an interview with the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We have to be realistic, this is a sport in its infancy especially in this arena of this kind. I just want to make sure that the Filipino public understands, looking at every other sport, nothing is guaranteed.”The Philippine skateboarding team will be led by Margielyn Didal, who rose to fame after her sensational performance in the Asian Games that earned her a gold medal. MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis FILE – Asian Games gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Philippine skateboarding is tempering expectations for its campaign for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, acknowledging that other countries are likewise bringing their respective teams to rule the competition.An earlier report quoted Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines president Monty Mendigoria as saying that the Philippines “is unbeatable in all of the events we have included.”ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “All of the athletes have to train overseas or travel if they’re PH-based athletes they’re overseas to train or they won’t have to the opportunity to train in Olympic facilities.”According to Claravall, this is what the PH skateboarding association is also looking to focus on.“Some of these athletes could be world-class but with no facility at home and no funds the potential you might fall short of the potential,” he said. “We’re here to stay and our intention is to build a successful program and successful programs are not built overnight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Star recruits like Christiana Means, Jericho “Kiko” Francisco and other talented Filipino-foreign athletes are also suiting up for the team.“We have a diverse team. Some of them are ranked in the top 10, 15 in the world and some are top 10 in Europe or in Asia. We have the best team and skaters representing the PH, but that being said every country in bringing their best.”Claravall said he’s making the clarifications “for the athletes” after some of them felt bothered by the golden sweep pronouncement.“These are really young athletes, 17 to 20-years-old and we have some guys who have been thrust into the limelight and it’s a lot of pressure and a lot of hardship to have this on them,” added Claravall.Claravall admitted that support for the sport remains a problem with the lack of Olympic-standard skate parks in the country which affects athletes’ preparations.ADVERTISEMENT View comments