Alex Cabagnot of the San Miguel Beermen. PBA IMAGESUsing a hot start to bury the enemy early, San Miguel Beer last night returned to defending champion’s form and mangled NLEX, 106-80, in a Petron Saturday Special game to seize the solo lead in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.Before a huge crowd at Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro City, the Beermen hit 7 of 11 triples in the opening frame and 10 for the first half to open up a 60-37 lead heading into the third and seal a third straight win in a 4-1 card.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan 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 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Razing a monument After being pushed to the wall by lowly Mahindra last week and winning by just three, the Beermen came out with all guns cocked and firing and left the Road Warriors eating their dust as NLEX, after a season-opening win, slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat.Alex Cabagnot hit three triples in the first quarter and San Miguel dropped a total of 18 on the hapless NLEX perimeter defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCabagnot finished with 18 points, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo had 15 and 12 rebounds and Arwind Santos chipped in with 15 and eight. RR Garcia came off the bench and hit all of his 12 points in the first two periods.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m. while Alaska tangles with crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra later in the evening as action shifts back to Smart Araneta Coliseum today. Paul Lee and James Yap, traded for each other in the offseason, will be facing their old squads for the first time.“We just hope that Paul (Lee) is the one who plays with a lot of overeagerness,” said new Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ
PBA D-League: Wangs shakes off pesky Victoria Sports-MLQUPBA D-League: Wangs shakes off pesky Victoria Sports-MLQU
NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—report The Couriers took charge early and established a 21-point lead, 49-28, before the end of the first half behind the efforts of Von Tambeling and Allen Enriquez.Robbie Herndon willed Victoria Sports within five, 72-67, with 7:12 left in the fourth, but Wangs recovered just in time and held off the newcomers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTambeling finished with 17 points, 12 coming in the first half, to go with seven rebounds, while Marlon Gomez got a double-double in tune of 17 markers and 13 boards, to go with three assists in the win.Rey Publico also chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Wangs Basketball set the tone early and held on to a 92-83 triumph over Victoria Sports-MLQU for its first victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The win is because of our early preparation. We had communication both on offense and defense and maganda kasi nakapag-execute kami,” said coach Pablo Lucas.Herndon topped Victoria Sports with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while John Ragasa got 16 markers in the loss.The Scores:WANGS 92 – M. Gomez 17, Tambeling 17, Publico 14, Enriquez 10, Acosta 6, Tayongtong 5, Brana 4, Labing-isa 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 4, Regalado 3, C. Gomez 2, King 2.VICTORIA SPORTS 83 – Herndon 19, Ragasa 16, Koga 9, Nicholls 8, Plata 8, Grimaldo 7, Dionisio 6, Bitoon 4, Lao 4, Ayonayon 2, Mag-isa 0.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’
US women’s soccer team beats Germany 1-0 to open 2017US women’s soccer team beats Germany 1-0 to open 2017
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing United States’ Lynn Williams, left, celebrates near Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan after Williams scored a goal during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)CHESTER, Pennsylvania—Lynn Williams scored her second career goal and the U.S. women’s soccer team kicked off its 2017 slate with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday night in a matchup of the world’s top two teams.Alyssa Naeher made an early diving save and earned the shutout for the top-ranked Americans in the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament that also includes England and France.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “We want to be playing teams like this—this caliber, the best in the world,” Lloyd said. “It’s going to test us. That’s what we need ultimately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Federer upset by qualifier Donskoy in Dubai, Murray wins Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “At every level, we got tested,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “But the confidence I think our players had on the ball is a big card to put in our back pocket as we move forward.”In the 56th minute, Christen Press struck the crossbar following a great individual effort and, after Tobin Heath’s follow was blocked, Williams pounced on the ball in the box to score the contest’s only goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 23-year-old Williams is one of the young players Ellis is looking to build around as the team begins to look ahead to the 2019 World Cup.“I happened to be there at the right time to put in the goal,” Williams said. MOST READ U.S. captain Carli Lloyd, who won the last two FIFA Women’s Player of the Year awards, was held scoreless in a homecoming but created some dangerous chances in her first game in four months. She grew up about 30 minutes from Talen Energy Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, and was greeted by huge cheers from the crowd of over 16,000.“I thought we definitely outplayed them,” Lloyd said. “We definitely could have had three or more four goals.”The game pitted the reigning champions of the last two marquee tournaments. No. 2 Germany took gold at the 2016 Olympics and the U.S. won the 2015 World Cup.Earlier in the day at Talen Energy Stadium, No. 3 France rallied to beat No. 5 England 2-1 behind a goal from Wendie Renard on the final touch of the match.The tournament continues Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, with the U.S. facing England. The Americans conclude SheBelieves Cup play vs. France at Washington’s RFK Stadium on Tuesday, with the winner then determined based on total points through the three games.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
Klitschko admits what boxing fans always knew: he was boringKlitschko admits what boxing fans always knew: he was boring
FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko, right, and Britain’s Tyson Fury exchange blows during a boxing bout in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Fury won the bout. During Klitschko’s rein as champion, every opponent was kept at arm’s length. Punches were traded cautiously _ probably with good reason, considering what Lamon Brewster did to him back in 2004. Klitschko never won any style points, though he kept winning against a series of opponents who could never seem to crack the code. Then Fury entered the picture, making Klitschko look slow and old in breaking his 11-year winning streak to win his heavyweight titles. Now Klitschko challenges the unbeaten Anthony Joshua for the title. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade.He understands why, even as he looks to change his ways in what could be his last hurrah next week against Anthony Joshua in London.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not as boring as it was with me during all those years,” Klitschko said. “You can like me or hate me but when one person conquers it all, it is boring. I totally get it.”READ: Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight reign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt wasn’t just Klitschko’s dominance that soured boxing fans on him. It was the way he fought.Every opponent was kept at arm’s length. Punches were traded cautiously — probably with good reason, considering what Lamon Brewster did to him back in 2004. 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Then Tyson Fury entered the picture, making Klitschko look slow and old in breaking his 11-year winning streak to win his heavyweight titles.READ: Wladimir Klitschko eyes Olympic return Now Klitschko challenges the unbeaten Joshua for the title once again. He does so as an underdog going into enemy territory, with 90,000 fans expected to be cheering their countryman on a week from Saturday at Wembley Stadium.At the age of 41, he says he feels like a new fighter. Even better, he says he feels like really fighting.“I understand I don’t have titles anymore, but in a certain way I feel relieved,” Klitschko told The Associated Press in a call from his training camp in Austria. “I feel calmer, more free. Before it was all defending and caution. Now it’s different, and I like the feeling that I don’t have any pressure.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The fight shapes up as a familiar boxing matchup, with the up-and-coming young slugger from England tested by the aging veteran who has piled up a deep bag of tricks over the years.READ: Tyson Fury ‘medically unfit’ to defend title vs KlitschkoBoth are Olympic gold medalists (Klitschko in 1996, Joshua in 2012). Both are massive heavyweights with the skills usually found in smaller fighters. Both have the kind of knockout power that may make it a short night in London.And Klitschko now says it’s time to throw caution to the wind.“I have nothing to defend so I need to bounce back and be the hunter,” he said. “Joshua has the title and it’s something I will need to get. It will be a totally different attitude. I will not hold myself back.”If experience is a key in the fight, Klitschko has a huge advantage against Joshua, who began his amateur career late and has only 18 professional fights.After regaining a piece of the heavyweight title in 2006, Klitschko made 18 successful title defenses in a row before losing to Fury in a desultory effort. He’s won 64 of 68 fights and has fought for the heavyweight title 28 times.But with the wins came the criticism. Klitschko, who lost the title by knockout to Brewster in 2004, was widely panned in boxing for playing more defense than offense as he won fight after fight against a group of mediocre challengers.“I think after so many years of defending the title, unifying the title, it built up the pressure,” Klitschko said. “At some point, it cramps your style.”Klitschko plans have his brother, Vitali, in the corner as he usually does for his fights. Vitali Klitschko, now the mayor of Kiev, was a dominant heavyweight champion in his own right, before retiring to take up politics in his native Ukraine. Meanwhile, he’s enjoying the preparations for a fight he never thought he would get after his rematch with Fury was derailed by Fury’s emotional problems.“I think I’ve been very, very fortunate with having Joshua as my opponent,” he said. “For the first time in a long time I’m an underdog. He’s either great, or I’m still great. The question marks on both fighters make this a fight for the fans.” Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
Dave Moralde was then forced to foul Jaymo Eguilos, who only mustered a split as the Rhum Masters eked out the tight victory.“I hope we can play better but I’ll take the two-point win anytime. Maybe, we also need these kinds of games,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson, as Tanduay scored back-to-back wins and improved to 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAlvarez carried the load for the Rhum Masters with 15 points and two assists, while Eguilos chipped in 10 markers and seven boards.Louie Vigil and Emil Palma both had nine points in the win. Bummer buddies: Roomies Fowler, Thomas fizzle at US Open FILE PHOTO – PBA IMAGESTanduay needed a lucky break in the end to survive Marinerong Pilipino, 76-74, for its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After draining the game-tying undergoal stab with 3.1 seconds to go, John Lopez went from hero to zero for the Skippers as he was whistled for a technical foul, leading to a go-ahead freebie, 75-74, by Lester Alvarez. ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer It was a tough defeat for Marinerong Pilipino, who battled back from an early nine-point deficit, 21-12, and lost a 56-50 advantage at the start of the fourth period.Achie Iñigo topped the Skippers (1-2) with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Julian Sargent got 10 markers, four boards, and two dimes.The scores:TANDUAY 76 – Alvarez 15, Eguilos 10, Palma 9, Vigil 9, Terso 8, Santos 6, Tambeling 6, Varilla 6, Taganas 4, Sollano 2, Gaco 1.MARINERONG PILIPINO 74 – Iñigo 14, Sargent 10, Marata 9, Lopez 8, Isip 7, Javillonar 7, Moralde 7, Alabanza 5, Javelona 5, Gumaru 2, Nicholls 0, Publico 0.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Quarters: 23-17, 41-39, 55-59, 76-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’
Pablo scores 30 as Pocari Sweat withstands Power SmashersPablo scores 30 as Pocari Sweat withstands Power Smashers
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Abueva on dustup with Standhardinger: I was just introducing myself McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LSU title parade draws massive crowds LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jeanette Panaga added 15 points while Elaine Kasilag and Maricar Nepomuceno chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.Melissa Gohing was also solid for Pocari Sweat as she came away with 42 excellent sets and 23 digs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Lady Warriors claimed solo leadership with a 3-0 record while the Power Smashers dropped to 0-2.Regine Arocha and Dimdim Pacres had 17 points apiece for the Power Smashers. View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat avoided collapse and fended off a resilient Power Smashers side, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo carried the Lady Warriors with a game-high 30 points but she also got ample help from her teammates as three others hit double-digit scoring.ADVERTISEMENT
Jamaica starting 11 named for Carib Cup Semi FinalJamaica starting 11 named for Carib Cup Semi Final
Jamaica’s starting 11 for this afternoon’s Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup semi final versus French Guiana has been named. Dwayne Miller starts in goal while Ladale Richie, Sergio Campbell, Oneil Fisher and Shaun Francis are the defenders. Kevin Lambert will be partnered in midfield by Ewan Grandison and Michael Binns while Jermaine Johnson, Junior Flemmings and Cory Burke play in attack. This afternoon’s game kicks off at 5 p.m. Jamaica time.
“We have done well so far with four wins and two losses on the road, and coming home, we would like to improve on that,” states Sangakkara. “St Lucia may be struggling and are facing early elimination, but in their line-up are a number of world-class players. This means that they can come to the party at any time.” The Tallawahs, who are aiming to become the first team to cop consecutive titles in the five-year-old tournament, will enter the contest in somewhat of a confident mood, having played well in their four wins. In fact, in their two defeats, firstly to the Barbados Tridents and to St Kitts in their last match, they were never outplayed. Against Barbados, the Tallawahs made 130 for six in response to 142 for seven, while, against the Chris Gayle-captained Patriots, they scored 171 for seven in reply to 208 for three. “We have been playing some good cricket, and once we continue to do that, we should be okay,” Sangakkara said. The Tallawahs will again rely on their frontline batsmen Lendl Simmons, Sangakarra and recent recruit, 20-year-old South African opener Glenn Phillips, as well as the in-form Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell. Their bowling will centre around seamers Mohammad Sami of Pakistan, Vincentian Keswick Williams and hometown boy Krishmar Santokie, as well as spinner Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Stars skipper, Australian Shane Watson, will be hoping for explosive batting from Marlon Samuels, who knows Sabina Park very well, New Zealander Jesse Ryder, and openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles. Pacer Jerome Taylor and off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Rahkeem Cornwall are set to lead the bowling. The clash will represent the return-leg fixture between both teams with the first encounter in St Lucia ending with the Tallawahs scoring a five-wicket win. The Hero Motorcorp Caribbean Premier League party is on at Sabina Park tonight with Jamaica Tallawahs facing the lowly St Lucia Stars. Set for an 8 p.m. start, the match-up will see the Tallawahs, third in the six-team standings on eight points, looking to secure their fifth win of the season from seven encounters, and with it book a ticket to the play-off and elimination stages. St Lucia, meanwhile, are in sixth position and yet to register a single victory from eight outings with a no-result due to rain providing their only point to date. Trinbago Knight Riders, 14 points, and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 11, are both first and second, and have already booked their passage to round two. Tallawahs captain, the experienced Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, knows a lot about the unpredictability of T20 cricket, however, and says his team will not take the Stars lightly. DONE WELL SO FAR
Vanilla starts Mashramani feva with “Mash up de Place”, “We Run Tings”Vanilla starts Mashramani feva with “Mash up de Place”, “We Run Tings”
As Mashramani draws closer, music fans will be happy to know that their favourite local artiste Vanilla is back at it again with new music. Now, her newest single “Mash up de Place”, which was released just days ago, has already gained popularity on the airwaves and has been featured as Song of the Day, Song of the Week and Booming 9.The highly anticipated music video for this chart topper will be released today. On Thursday, Vanilla continued the momentum by launching a second single for the Mash season, “We Run Tings”, then later in February, fans will see a third track being released to addto the road march soundtrack. Though the artiste has been taking a step back from the music scene, several factors spurred her creativity which led to these new projects. Chief among these was calls from fans and support from her producer and writer Burchmore Simon to release new music. She also made the observation that the airwaves needed local music to support the Mashramani festival. “So “Mash up de Place” kind of revived it and now I have noticed more songs are being released for the season,” the artiste stated.Vanilla also credits the efforts of Hits and Jams for helping the song to catapult to popularity, and admitted that this was the first time she has received such avid support for her music from the company and she looks forward to its continued support.These tracks are also part of her upcoming album, which, Vanilla said, is “coming along beautifully”. Set to be released this year, songs for the album will be recorded in the Sound Garden Studio by Kross Kolor Records.The finished product, she said, will see a fusion of sounds and a step away from her old material. Referring to it as “an experiment”, Vanilla said that the album will also feature some crossover work, including from fellow Kross Kolor artiste Gavin Mendonca.“I’ve been working to build the brand Vanilla and so these mixtures of things will look to make the brand stronger, and that includes crossovers and mixed genres.”Speaking of her brand, a large part of what Vanilla is about also includes film and fitness. She revealed that she is currently working on some new film projects, while continuing to build her fitness portfolio. She currently serves as an instructor at Space Gym and Fitness 53 and also leads the annual Digicel Mash Fit event – which is another project she is passionate about.Digicel Mash FitThis is the third year that Vanilla will be hosting Mash Fit – the six-week long fitness extravaganza that allows gym buffs to work on that ‘Mash’ body or just lose some weight through an intense daily workout.“We get a lot of success stories every year; the first year we had about eight to 10 persons losing between 15 and 20 pounds. Last year, our aim was to get one person to lose 50 pounds and we got very close with 49 pounds,” she said. Focus is also placed on providing nutrition and other health tips during the six-week stints to help get persons on a healthier track. Seeing the way Mash Fit has impacted people’s lives, Vanilla lauds Digicel for hosting the event annually. Moreover, she commends the company for still providing the opportunity for persons this year despite not having a 2017 Mashramani band themselves.Fans can look forward to many more projects in the pipeline from Vanilla as she continues to expand her brand with her musical, fitness and filmmaking talents.
Twelve mature Guyanese women over the age of 30 will showcase their talent, creativity, and professionalism, and highlight their many roles in and contributions to society when the Miss Renaissance Pageant is held in August 2017.The delegates were sashed at a simple ceremony earlier this week at the Umana Yana. This will be the eighth year for the pageant, which is organised by Negla Brandis. The delegates are all professional women and will be going through rigorous competitions leading up to coronation night.However, on pageant night, the delegates will be judged on the introduction, talent and evening gown segments.Jennifer Lall ShiwbalakGuyana Times Entertainment caught up with one of the delegates, Jennifer Lall Shiwbalak, a mother of two, who is also a teacher at the Diamond Secondary School.Born on January 12, 1980, this professional is not a stranger to pageantry, since she won several titles as a young lady growing up. Actually, it all started while she was attending the Covent Garden Secondary and she decided to enter the Miss Covent Garden Secondary Sari Pageant.She outshone her rivals and copped the title. That was in 1993; in 1994, she went on to win the Miss East Bank Sari Pageant. In 1995, Shiwbalak was crowned Miss Phagwah. After a four-year hiatus, she returned in 1999 to pageantry when she competed in the Miss Diwali Pageant and again, she was successful.Her pageant résumé was boosted with the titles of Miss Queen on Light in 2000 and Miss Music Fantasia Phagwah in 2002.Mrs Shiwbalak is a trained Class One Grade One teacher and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Guyana. She is confident that she will do well in the pageant and as such, called on the public to support the contestants.The elegant woman believes that the pageant will not only remind her of being in pageantry in her younger days, as she plans to use the opportunity to meet a list of professional women of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.