CHAN 2014: Ghana play Mali in a friendly

first_imgA friendly against Mali has been included in Ghana’s preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship – CHAN.Maxwell Konadu’s home-based national team, who begin camping next week Tuesday will play Mali, who have also qualified for the competition on December 22 in Accra. Ghana, who lifted the GoTV Wafu Cup last month are aiming for a Cup success at the CHAN competition to be hosted by South African from 11 January – 1 February 2014.Sixteen African sides will be taking part in the competition reserved for home-based players of member countries.Ghana were losing finalist in the first edition of the tournament in 2009 hosted by Ivory Coast but were unable to make an impact in the 2011 event.last_img

Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat rose from two sets down to frustrate Air Force, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10, and book another finals trip in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo bled for her points but still came away with a game-high 22 points on 71 spike attempts to carry the Lady Warriors to their fourth appearance in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The Lady Warriors relied heavily on Pablo, Guino-o and Jeannette Panaga in the last two sets where the Lady Jet Spikers unraveled.Guino-o, who is a late addition to the team playing in only her fourth game, scored 14 points with four service aces.Pocari Sweat not only rallied in this game, but also in the best-of-three duel after dropping Game 1 in straight sets.De Guzman said he had no doubt his team is capable of coming back in the series.“I know that the team can really come back because I see how good they are in practice.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘Underdog’ Cignal wary of Marinerong Pilipino in their semis series Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas The Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth consecutive title going. Game 1 of the best-of-three finals begins on Saturday.Creamline and BaliPure dispute the last finals slot.Mary Ann Pantino had a team-best 16 points for Air Force.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It seemed like we didn’t want to win in the first and second set,” said Pocari head coach Sgt. Rico de Guzman in Filipino.The Lady Warriors were on the verge of a semifinals exit with the Lady Jet Spikers two points away from completing an upset.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’But that’s when Pocari Sweat’s championship experience showed. Down 23-22 in the third set, Pocari found an unlikely lifesaver in Heather Guino-o, who delivered back-to-back hits to extend the game. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Poll shows sharp split on illegal-alien issue

first_img “If I were in the White House, I would be pretty pleased about this,” said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor who studies public opinion. “It does suggest pretty strongly that the president has the opportunity to drive public opinion on this.” Arizona State University professor Bruce Merrill said immigration was the first issue he had seen in 20 years that did not clearly break along partisan lines. “Conservative Democrats don’t feel any different from conservative Republicans,” he said, with both camps strongly opposing the idea of rewarding people who broke the law to enter the country. The AP-Ipsos survey of 1,003 adults was conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Debate is swirling in Congress over a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000 immigrants each year. Two-thirds of those surveyed think illegal immigrants fill jobs that most Americans do not want, the poll found. But the survey found greater ambiguity on whether illegal immigrants are good or bad for American society. Fifty-one percent said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to society and 42 percent said they were mostly a drain. Likewise, there was deep division on how serious a crime it should be enter the country illegally. Fifty-one percent thought it should be considered a “minor offense” and 47 percent considered it a “serious criminal offense.” “Americans are quite divided, but it seems as if they are looking for a solution that involves some sort of legal documentation,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M. He predicted that as the issue gets more attention in coming months, more Americans will start forming strong opinions. Both pro- and anti-immigration interests predicted opinion would move in their direction as people become better informed. Michelle Waslin, director of immigration policy research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, said that as people consider the specific requirements that immigrants would have to meet to obtain legal status, they are more supportive of the idea. Paul Egan, director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors stricter immigration rules, said that when people fully understand the potential implications of the guest worker program, they will be more likely to oppose it. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. OK TO STAY: An AP-Ipsos poll found that more than one-half of those questioned – 56 percent – are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the U.S. FOLLOW THE RULES: A smaller segment – 41 percent – opposes offering any kind of legal status to those who did not play by the rules to get here. CAPITAL BATTLE: Congress is debating a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs. – Associated Press Some demographics and details about the AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about immigration. The results are taken from a poll of 1,003 adults conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Ipsos, an international polling firm. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. TEMPORARY WORKER PROGRAM: Some 56 percent of those polled said they favor allowing immigrants with jobs who are in the country illegally to apply for legal, temporary worker status. Democrats, at 62 percent, were more likely than Republicans, 52 percent, to support that proposal. Support decreases with age: 65 percent of those age 18-29 supported it, compared with 54 percent of those 35 and older. Support increases with education. Some 65 percent of those with college degrees support it, while 54 percent of those with a high school education or less oppose it. Support is higher in urban areas, 57 percent, and suburban areas, 59 percent, than in rural areas, 47 percent. CONTRIBUTION OR DRAIN: Some 51 percent of those polled said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, while 47 percent said illegal immigrants are a drain. Also, 61 percent of those age 18-34 were more likely to say illegal immigrants make a positive contribution, while 46 percent of those 35 and over felt that way. Those most likely to say illegal immigrants make a contribution are: people with college degrees, 64 percent; Democrats, 62 percent compared with 41 percent of Republicans; those earning more than $75,000 a year, 61 percent; young people from 18-34, 61 percent; and nonwhites, 61 percent. Those most likely to say illegal immigrants are a drain: people in rural areas, 53 percent; Republicans, 51 percent compared with 33 percent of Democrats; those over 65, 50 percent; people with income under $25,000 a year, 47 percent. WOULD A FENCE REDUCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Two-thirds of the general population say a fence would not reduce the number of illegal immigrants. Majorities in all groups express a lack of confidence that a fence would make a difference. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Americans are divided about whether illegal immigrants help or hurt the country, a poll finds. More than one-half of those questioned are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the United States. At the same time, people doubt that erecting a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border could help to fix such a complex and enduring problem, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Two-thirds do not think it would work. “You can’t go and round up 11 million people and ship them out of the country,” said Robert Kelly. The Chicago lawyer is among the 56 percent of Americans who favor offering some kind of legal status. “It just isn’t practical,” he said. A smaller but still significant share – 41 percent – opposes offering any kind of legal status, giving voice to a law-and-order mind-set that bristles at the notion of officially recognizing those who did not play by the rules to get here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Illegal is criminal,” said Louella Kelly, a 65-year-old grandmother from Round Rock, Texas. She said her 16-year-old granddaughter has had a hard time finding part-time work because of all the jobs taken by those who are illegally in the country. “If we’re going to give them amnesty, then why don’t we give amnesty to all the people who break out of jail?” Political analysts see an opening in such poll results for President George W. Bush, who supports a temporary guest-worker program. The Republican Party is divided. Business interests want to preserve their access to foreign workers as a cheap labor force, while many conservatives would rather get tough on illegal immigrants. The survey found 62 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans favored temporary worker status. last_img read more