Spikers’ spectacle

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Thaisa Daher Pallesi, the Brazilian reinforcement of Turkish squad Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul, is also a certified stunner. The middle blocker is an Olympic gold medalist in 2012 and won Most Valuable Player honors when Brazil ruled the World Grand Prix in 2013.Eczacibasi’s team captain Neslihan Demir is also a head-turner. The 33-year-old opposite spiker from Turkey is one of volleyball’s most recognizable faces and known in the sport as the “Iron Lady.”A leader on the court, the 6-foot-1 Demir carried her country’s flag during the 2012 Olympics. She is married to Turkish actor Kamil Guler.Vakifbank Istanbul’s Naz Aydemir has that angelic face that belies her beastly game. The 6-foot setter is an Olympian for Turkey.In just the tournament’s first play date last Tuesday, Vakifbank shocked-and-awed Filipino fans by posting 27 blocks in a game—a record in the FIVB World Championship—with reinforcement Zhu Ting, also an Olympic champion for China, accounting for nine. She finished with 28 points.That was highest number of blocks by a player in the prestigious tournament until Ana Carolina Da Silva of Rexona SESC Rio topped it with 10 a few hours later.Women’s volleyball can thank the Internet for its popularity among mainstream sports fans. It turned out that Filipino volleyball fans, much like their football peers, are heavy on social media. It is said that many local players, such as Valdez and Reyes, command tens of thousands of followers. Oh, by the way, Valdez could not be picked for the PH Superliga-F2 Logistics Manila squad because she doesn’t play in the league. She sees action in the Superliga’s rival organization, Shakey’s V-League.Each spike, each dig, each block, each excellent set at the World Club Championship is being beamed live on television and many highlight action are posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook under the hashtag #FIVBWomensCWC.“You can’t help but notice the huge gap between these clubs and ours in terms of skills,” says Manel Sy-Ycasas, the many-time Southeast Asian Games taekwondo champion and volleyball fan. “But there’s no denying the Filipinos’ brave stand out there. When Jaja, Mika, Kim and Jovelyn are all inside the court, you will notice that the PSL-F2 plays even better.”Ycasas is referring to the Filipinos’ fine form in the third set against Rexona SESC Rio game where they even led the Brazilians, 14-7. EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter The Remarkable Ravenas MOST READ We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 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 View comments Local volleyball’s happy time recalls the days in the early 2000s, when the country hosted a couple of World Grand Prix women’s tournaments. Remember Leila Barros, the Brazilian national team bombshell and the events’ main attraction?For sure the tournaments lured capacity crowds of star-struck Pinoy fans to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, but these showcased top players from Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands, among others. No Philippine women’s team joined the fray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThis time, though, the Philippines—or at least half of the PH Superliga-F2 Logistics Manila squad (the other half being foreign reinforcements)—is front and center of volleyball’s latest “Big Event,” playing in the main evening match of the tournament’s inaugural day no less.For the past several days until Sunday, Rachel Anne Daquis, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jen Reyes and Ces Molina get to play against the giants of the sport at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila In their very first game against 11-time Brazilian league champion Rexona SESC Rio, all seven Filipinos managed to get on the scoresheet of the home team.Fajardo, the former La Salle Lady Spikers setter, scored the opening point by smashing a weak Brazilian overhead shot. The fans went wild from then on.If only for that point, the “It Girls” of Philippine volleyball have truly arrived.The tournament features many of the finest and prettiest stars in the sport. Among its top attractions is Mariana Costa of Volero Zurich, who has wowed the crowds with her ferocious spiking and good looks. Like Barros before her, the 30-year-old wing spiker is the tournament’s crowd darling.The 5-foot-11 Costa, an accomplished beach volleyball player and longtime mainstay of Brazil’s multititled national team, raised her profile—and the eyebrows of world volleyball officials—a few years ago when she posed for Playboy magazine.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway She adds that playing against the top players from around the world boosts the confidence of the Filipino volleybelles.“We still have a long way to go because these players are way, way ahead of us,” Ycasas says. “But if you understand volleyball, you will know that we are slowly getting there.”The FIVB Worlds is only the latest international exposure for the Philippines in the sport. Just last month, a local squad, Foton-Pilipinas, competed in the Asian Club Championship in Biñan, Laguna.With this kind of engagement, Philippine women’s volleyball will have firmer legs to stand on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netYou’ve come a long way, baby! Oh, that’s Philippine women’s volleyball—not the liberated woman referred to in a brand of slim cigarettes—and it’s having a lovely time with the staging here of the FIVB Women’s Club Championship.Don’t look now, but the local sport is having a delightful renaissance without its biggest draw, Alyssa Valdez.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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NBA: Raptors beat Knicks, clinch third seed in East

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DeRozan connected on 11 of his 15 shots from the field and also made 13 of 15 free throws in  made 11 of 15 shots on his typical combination of mid-range jumpers and drives to the rim. He also hit 13 of 15 free throws in just under 30 minutes n the floor.Kyle Lowry added 17 points and 11 assists in his third game back after missing 21 with a right wrist injury.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 Raptors took the lead for good at 76-75 on DeRozan’s layup with 25 seconds remaining in the third. Toronto build their lead early in the fourth, and sealed the game with a 10-0 scoring run that stretched their lead to 98-82 with 5:36 to play.The Raptors could still be seeded as high as second in the East, but only if they beat the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers in their regular-season finale and the Boston Celtics lose their last two games. CBB Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, left, fights for the ball with New York Knicks’ Ron Baker, right, and Courtney Lee during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in New York. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 110-97. APNEW YORK, United States — DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points as the Toronto Raptors clinched at least the third playoff seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 110-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.DeRozan extended his own team record with his 32nd game this season with at least 30 points. He also joined Vince Carter as the second Raptor to reach 2,000 points in a season.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ginebra rips Starcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View commentslast_img read more

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GOL Reform Agenda under Threat

first_imgFormer interim President Dr. Amos C. Sawyer says many reform initiatives the Unity Party government has embarked on since its inception in 2006 will be of no use if certain people are bent on marginalizing others in the Liberian society.Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County at the National Development Summit on Monday Dr. Sawyer, chairman of the Governance Commission, said that the numerous on-going reform exercises in the country are meant to make Liberia an inclusive, peaceful and harmonious society. This would be unlike the past when a minute segment of the country’s population had onto itself the wealth of the country and influenced every sector, economic, social and political, thereby marginalizing majority of the citizenry, he said.Making a presentation at the event, the GC boss noted that exclusivity, which is entrenched in the Liberian society, was the root cause of the prolonged civil crises in the country that brought the already underdeveloped Liberia to its knees.Some of the major reform initiatives that the government has embarked upon include, land, the governance structure, the revision of the constitution for possible amendment that would reflect the aspirations of all Liberians and many more. He said it is ambiguous to note that while all of these are being undertaken for Liberia to reflect a unified country, there are some people trying to bring division through legislation.Dr. Sawyer told President Sirleaf and others present that one important issue that is currently occupying the Governance Commission and other reform bodies on the software side of the reform agenda is the constitution review process.“We learned that the joint committee at both houses are finished with their work and have made presentation to the full body,” he said.Dr. Sawyer said the logic about the reform initiative in the country is about inclusive growth, reducing marginalization, and participatory government, but some of the propositions are totally against these principles.“The constitution review process is not a different point of the national agenda for reform, but rather it is part and parcel and it is the logic driving all of these documents. This logic is about inclusive growth, reducing marginalization, and participatory government,” he said.Dr. Sawyer added, “And that is the spirit within which we should see the propositions. So if there are propositions that are going in another direction, these fundamental logics that we hold so dear are under threat. It is dividing us rather than uniting us. It is against the whole spirit and direction of the reforms. We are talking our national vision – one people one nation. We want to end marginalization that kept our country backward for so long.”He also spoke about the electioneering process in the country, which he described as another important area on the soft component of the country’s reform agenda, which the GC and others are working on. He said adequate preparation, logistical preparedness, voting education and efficient management system and prompt mediation into arising claims will be extremely important to ensure free and fair election processes in the country.“These will be very important as we go into the electioneering processes that are fast approaching. These are some of the important things that we should focus on while tracking our success in the agenda,” he said. He stated that all stakeholders in this regard, including the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, are being engaged to ensure that the country comes out successfully in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nyangweso banks on Makwatta in Hilal return

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars STAND-IN COACH Benjamin Nyangweso gives instructions on the touchline during his side’s 4-1 win against Kariobangi Sharks in a GOtv Shield Semi final on October 1 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso is hoping the availability of forward John Mark Makwatta for the CAF Confederations Cup return leg tie against Libya’s Al Hilal Benghazi on Saturday will hand the soldiers a major boost to progress to the first round.Makwatta missed the first leg in Cairo, Egypt last Friday due to the unavailability of his passport which was in the United Kingdom embassy for visa processing as he is due to travel for the friendly match against Hull City February 27. The forward who was Ulinzi’s top scorer last season with 26 goals in all competitions will be available for Saturday’s second leg where they will be looking to overturn a 1-0 defeat they suffered in the opening leg.“It is something great that he is back, but having not trained with us for some time it will not be guaranteed that he will start. But his presence will be key for us and will add more options and I am pleased he is available,” Nyangweso told Capital Sport.The military side has been training at the Kabete Barracks after returning from Cairo and will need to win by a margin of more than two goals to progress to the first round for the first time in their history.John Mark Makwatta celebrates sealing his hat-trick.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNyangweso has rued missed chances in the first leg, but insists they will do their best to win the match at home.“It will not be easy because they are a tactical team. We should also be wary because they are good at time wasting and an early goal would be ideal for us. It is a beatable team and we are working hard to ensure we improve our finishing,” Nyangweso said.“In the first leg we conceded because of a slight lapse in concentration. My defenders slowed down when a ball was played forward thinking the referee would call for an offside but he didn’t. We had chances to score, even two penalties denied. Overall, I think we played well,” Nyangweso added.A victory for the soldiers will land them a date back to Egypt where they are scheduled to play Smouha in Alexandria, a side that reached the group stages of the Champions League in 2015.Nyangweso peg their hopes on getting to the group stages and have vowed to play their hearts out against Al Hilal to progress.Ulinzi will play three stages before getting to the group stages. If they go past Smouha in the first round, they will progress to round two where they will play a knockout phase against teams eliminated from the Champions League. Winners in this stage qualify for the group stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Solicitor General surprised at Fort St. John’s progress on cannabis sales: Mayor Ackerman

first_img“Not only did we do public consultation we’ve also reached out to those agencies, where a lot of communities, their Council or their staff have made the decisions without going out to the public to get that feedback.”The Peace River Regional District meanwhile is currently going through the process of banning the sale of not only recreational cannabis, but also banning the sale of cannabis accessories, which are defined as “a thing that is that represented to be used in the consumption of Cannabis, such as pipes, bongs, vaporizers, or similar accessories.”The proposed bylaw passed second reading last Thursday, and the PRRD will be holding a public hearing on the proposed bylaw at the August 23rd Regional Board meeting, which is taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After meeting with B.C.’s top cop earlier this week, Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman said that he was surprised at the steps the City of Fort St. John has taken in allowing the sale of recreational cannabis ahead of the legalization of cannabis this fall.On Monday, Ackerman met with Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, who is currently touring the province speaking with local government officials and police detachments to talk about a number of policing issues including the upcoming legalization, which according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking place on October 17th.“He was surprised at how advanced we were. I think he was impressed that we have our allowable zones in place, and that we are now moving forward to look at our business license bylaw. That will capture other attributes of how this new retail market comes out into play in Fort St. John.”Ackerman said that the pair also discussed the topic of cannabis production facilities, and whether the City would be open to allowing such operations.- Advertisement -While city staff have said that they’ve received close to 50 inquiries about cannabis retail so far this year, Ackerman said that so far there’s been no inquiries from anyone looking to grow cannabis locally, adding that the Peace Region has a short growing season necessitating a greenhouse or other enclosed structure for commercial cannabis production.Asked about why Farnworth was surprised about the City allowing cannabis retail, Ackerman cited both the City’s public feedback campaign and the feedback received by other agencies including the RCMP, Northern Health, School District #60, and the Chamber of Commerce.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Every club’s best performing player from Premier League matchday 15

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 4 RANKED Loftus-Cheek scored in Chelsea defeat by Wolves 4 Mahrez starred for City as they won at Vicarage Road Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Another round of Premier League fixtures have come and gone, with Manchester City and Liverpool remaining unbeaten in the top two places.City overcame Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, before Liverpool secured a victory at Burnley the following evening. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester UnitedAnder Herrera (8.0 rating vs Arsenal)NewcastleFabian Schar (8.4 rating vs Everton)SouthamptonSteven Davis (7.3 rating vs Tottenham)TottenhamHarry Kane (8.2 rating vs Southampton) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 huge blow no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY shining Kane netted his ninth Premier League goal of the season on Wednesday Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News REVEALED The midweek was not as great for Chelsea, who were beaten by Wolves, while Manchester United and Arsenal held each other to a draw at Old Trafford.There were some brilliant individual performances across matchday 15, with Man City claiming their win courtesy of a fine showing from Riyad Mahrez; the hosts, on the other hand, had Ben Foster to thank for keeping the score respectable with the goalkeeper excelling between the posts.Elsewhere, Harry Kane scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season in Tottenham’s defeat of Southampton, and Virgil van Dijk continued his brilliant form for Liverpool, even chipping in with an assist against Burnley on top of his defensive duties. ADVICE WatfordAbdoulaye Doucoure (7.7 rating vs Manchester City)West HamRobert Snodgrass (8.7 rating vs Cardiff)WolvesMatt Doherty (8.0 rating vs Chelsea) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Liverpool remain hot on Manchester City’s tail But who were the best performing players in matchday 15 of this Premier League season?Using data from WhoScored, we reveal every club’s highest rated player from the midweek fixtures, and you can see the results below…ArsenalLucas Torreira (7.6 rating vs Manchester United)BournemouthCallum Wilson (8.0 rating vs Huddersfield)BrightonDavy Propper (7.8 rating vs Crystal Palace)BurnleyJack Cork (7.2 rating vs Liverpool)CardiffNeil Etheridge (7.3 rating vs West Ham)ChelseaRuben Loftus-Cheek (8.6 rating vs Wolves) Crystal PalaceAndros Townsend (6.9 rating vs Brighton)EvertonRicharlison (7.5 rating vs Newcastle)FulhamCalum Chambers (7.8 rating vs Leicester)HuddersfieldPhilip Billing (7.8 rating vs Bournemouth)LeicesterJames Maddison (8.5 rating vs Fulham)LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk (8.8 rating vs Burnley)Manchester CityRiyad Mahrez (8.8 rating vs Watford)last_img read more

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Clermont stars impressed by Michael Murphy’s rugby skills

first_imgMichael Murphy appears to have impressed during his week with French Top 14 rugby side Clermont Auvergne.The Donegal captain spent last week at Stade Marcel-Michelin as part of AIB’s Toughest Trade series, which also saw Welsh legend Shane Williams spent a week with Murphy’s club, Glenswilly.Murphy traveled to Clermont last week for a week with the results to be shown by RTE. According to ex-England internationals Nick Abendanon and David Strettle, Murphy was quite at home at the oval ball game.“He didn’t look out of place at all in any of the training sessions we did,” Abendanon told The Irish Times’ Mark Rodden.“He’s obviously very well athletically built. He was there or thereabouts in terms of lifting the same weights as us in the gym.“I was pretty impressed with his speed. He seemed pretty quick in his agility off the mark . . . you wouldn’t be able to tell that he was actually an amateur.” Strettle was quick to point out how Murphy’s ‘kicking and catching’ had impressed.He said:“Especially being a back-three player, you do appreciate somebody who’s obviously got a good catch on them.“We were doing some high balls in one of the training sessions and you can see the skill set that the boys have so it’s definitely impressive.”Murphy’s tales of the GAA’s parish rule and the weekly schedule of a typical inter-county player certainly impressed the pair. Strettle said: “I didn’t realise that the town that you’re born in, that’s the team you play for, which I think is amazing. I could just imagine the unity that builds in a team.“It’s really nice to win things with your mates but I can imagine if you win things with the people that you went to school with or people growing up in exactly the same village and towns as you, it must be unbelievable.“One thing which is really important to us is our downtime because we get trained really hard and we do need some time off our feet.“But those guys don’t get it. When they’re needing downtime, that’s when they’re actually going to do their proper jobs, doing their nine-to-five work. It’s really impressive.” Clermont stars impressed by Michael Murphy’s rugby skills was last modified: January 31st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Clermont AuvergneglenswillyMichael MurphyShane WilliamsToughest Tradelast_img read more

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Lululemon Sues Ross Stores over ‘Lowest-Quality’ Counterfeit Yoga Pants Ever

first_imgLululemon has hit Ross Stores Inc. and one of its suppliers with a lawsuit claiming that the discount retailer has been selling shabby knockoffs of the company’s high-end yoga pants in stores in California.Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. filed suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California bringing claims of trademark infringement and counterfeiting as well as state and federal claims of unfair competition against Ross Stores and IOPA Inc., a Los Angeles-based distributor of athletic apparel. According to the lawsuit, Lululemon representatives bought 20 counterfeit products from Ross-operated dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in San Leandro and Hawthorne for $7.99 each.“Genuine versions of the Lululemon All The Right Places Pant and Fast and Free Tight sell for $128 each,” wrote the company’s lawyers at Sideman & Bancroft. “Lululemon analyzed the Counterfeit Products and determined that they were among the lowest-quality counterfeit leggings that Lululemon had ever encountered,” they wrote… The Recorder- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Official behind earthquake advice to stand trial in Italy

first_imgA high-ranking public official who sent a group of scientists to L’Aquila to assess seismic risk ahead of the deadly earthquake that struck the city in 2009 is to stand trial on charges of manslaughter, a judge ruled today. His trial follows the October 2012 conviction and sentencing to 6 years in prison of the seven experts, and the acquittal of all bar one of them last November.Guido Bertolaso, who at the time of the earthquake was head of Italy’s civil protection department, set up a meeting of the experts as full or acting members of an official panel known as the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks on 31 March 2009, ostensibly to analyze the risk posed by a series of small- and medium-sized earthquakes that had been shaking the region around L’Aquila for several months. 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The prosecution alleged that they made a series of unjustifiably reassuring statements that led some people to abandon traditional precaution and remain indoors during the quake.The new trial centers on a telephone call that Bertolaso made to a local official the evening before the experts’ meeting, a police recording of which was released by the newspaper La Repubblica during the original trial. In the call, Bertolaso described the meeting as a “media operation” that he was setting up in order to “shut up” a technician from a nearby physics laboratory who had allegedly made a series of alarmist predictions that had panicked the local population.During the call, Bertolaso also told the official what the scientists would say in their meeting—that the ongoing tremors were positive because they discharged energy and so made a major earthquake less likely. Many witnesses during the trial said that it was this idea of an energy discharge that had particularly reassured their relatives, leading them to remain inside and perish on the fateful night.Manslaughter investigations against Bertolaso started just a few days after the recording of the phone call came to light in January 2012 but it is only now that judge Guendalina Buccella has ordered him to stand trial. The prosecutor in the original trial, Fabio Picuti, twice requested that the case against Bertolaso be dropped, and on both occasions that request was contested by lawyers representing relatives of some of the victims. But judge Buccella today ruled that the former civil protection boss should be tried, and that the first hearing should take place in L’Aquila on 20 November, just a day after the trial of the seven scientists reaches the Supreme Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest appeal court.last_img read more

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