“Our coach told us to take it easy,” said UP star Tots Carlos. “No pressure for us, but our goal is to beat beat La Salle by playing our own game.”UST will also try to play to its new identity—something that the Tigresses are only starting to warm up to.They have found some spunk and mental strength, attributes that have benefited rising middle blocker Milena Alessandrini. The awkward 6-foot-2 sophomore is just beginning to gain confidence commensurate to her big talent.“I’d like to thank my teams, players, coaches and officials for helping me stay positive,” said Alessandrini, who drilled in 22 points against the Lady Maroons. “But I know we have to maintain that attitude.”Against the Lady Tamaraws, they do. FEU is smarting from a defeat at the hands of Ateneo in a match where the Lady Tamaraws were leading two sets to none.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses may need more of those game smarts if they want their old glory to resurface.UST, who only made the Final Four once in the last three seasons, faces a stern test when it takes on an equally tough former powerhouse Far Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe clash of traditional collegiate heavyweights is expected to steal some of the spotlight off the marquee match, where unbeaten La Salle tests the mettle of a University of the Philippines team trying to bounce back from a stinging loss in the other match of the double-header starting at 2 p.m.UP, one of the pretournament favorites after winning two crowns during the varsity offseason, is coming off a loss to UST and the Lady Maroons will try to calm themselves in front of the rampaging defending champions. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nietes vacates WBO throne, eyes pricey fights Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor University of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes, the only thing that hinders the Tigresses from reaching full their potential is mind-set.“The problem with us is we dwell on our mistakes too long and carry them to the next set,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Sometimes we need ‘henyo moves’ to pull off victories.”ADVERTISEMENT “We are staying positive. It’s still a long tournament,” said FEU coach George Pascua. “We just to need to develop our killer instinct.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
…“I feel really messed up about what happened to me” – victim…“I see no basis for showing you mercy” – Judge tells accusedBy Shemuel FanfairFollowing a series of attacks on a young victim, Rohan Daniels, a logger, also known as “Shine Buck” was on Wednesday evening found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court. The panel deliberated for about three hours and they were tasked with handing a verdict on four separate counts of child sex activity.An 11-1 proportion found him guilty on the first count and a proportion of 10-2 determined that he was guilty on the third count. However, on the second count, the jury was unable to return a formal verdict (9-3 proportion), while he was unanimously found not guilty on the fourth count.Guilty! Logger Rohan Daniels was found guilty on two counts of child sexual activityAccording to the particulars of the first and fourth counts for which he was found guilty, “Shine Buck” between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor. She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks.After hearing the jury’s decision, Daniels with a stony appearance was unrepentant when the court enquired if he had anything to say. “I am not guilty of this act; that’s all, thank you,” the soon to be convicted man related.A relative of the Virtual Complainant read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males. According to the victim, since the sexual abuse, she often has nightmares and bad dreams with constant flashbacks of the harrowing attacks inflicted upon her. She said she does not play with friends and spends much time self-harming herself.“I want him to go away for life and I want him to die there; he will be judged by God. I want all men when they see people’s girl children, they must leave them alone,” the victim stressed.“I feel messed up about what happened to me,” she added. During the trial, it was highlighted that the victim’s mother had walked in when one of the illegal acts were being committed.In handing down the sentence, Sexual Offences Court Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall observed that she considered the nature of the offences, the circumstances under which the acts were committed and that the accused violated the child in the presence of other siblings and also when the victim’s mother was away at work.Justice Ramlall stressed that Daniels expressed no remorse after being found guilty and said she saw no basis for the court to show him mercy. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for each count and the prison terms will run concurrently. The accused who attempted to shield his face with a book while being led away by Police will at the very least spend the next 40 years behind bars before he has the chance to be paroled.
One-year adjustable rate mortgages or ARMs rose to 4.89 percent. This was up from 4.85 percent last week and pushed the one-year ARM to its highest level since it was at 4.91 percent the week that ended April 26, 2002. Rates on five-year hybrid adjustable rate mortgages averaged 5.59 percent this week, up from 5.57 percent last week. The nationwide averages for mortgage rates do not include add-on fees known as points. The one-year and five-year ARM carried a nationwide average fee of 0.7 point while the 15-year mortgage had an average fee of 0.6 point, and the 30-year carried an average fee of 0.5 point. A year ago, 30-year mortgages averaged 5.69 percent, 15-year mortgages were at 5.07 percent, and one-year ARMs averaged 4.02 percent. Freddie Mac does not have historical data on the five-year ARM, which it began tracking this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rates on 30-year mortgages rose this week to the highest level in 15 months while one-year adjustable rate mortgages climbed to the highest level in 4 years. Analysts expect rising mortgage rates to cool the booming housing market in coming months. The mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the nationwide average for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose this week to 6.10 percent, the highest level since 30-year mortgages were at 6.21 percent in late July 2004. Last week the 30-year mortgage had risen to 6.03 percent, marking the first time it had been above 6 percent since the last two weeks in March. Rates on all other types of mortgages were up as well this week, reflecting growing nervousness in financial markets about inflation pressures triggered by the sharp rise in energy prices after the Gulf Coast hurricanes shut down production. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The nation’s housing market has been booming in 2005 with sales of both new and previously owned homes expected to set records for the fifth consecutive year. However, economists are forecasting that the sales pace will slow next year under the impact of higher mortgage rates. “Higher mortgage rates will inevitably lead to slower housing activity,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight, a private forecasting firm in Lexington, Mass. “We are looking for a slowdown in housing – no collapse, no awful scenario.” Most analysts believe that the slowdown in sales will moderate the large run-up in home prices. But economists cautioned that it is difficult to forecast just when the slowdown will occur. They noted a government report Tuesday that construction of new homes and apartments, which had been expected to decline in September, instead rose to an annual rate of 2.11 million units, the fastest pace in seven months. “The housing market has shown amazing resiliency. I believe the market is peaking, but it is at an incredibly high level of activity,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Economy.com, another private forecasting firm. Rates on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, a popular choice for refinancing a home mortgage, averaged 5.65 percent this week, up from 5.62 percent last week.