Japan training for Asiad-bound national volleybelles

first_imgView comments The Nationals are getting exposure via the Philippine Superliga, which accepted the squad as a guest team in the ongoing invitational conference.The team thwarted Smart-Army, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Down 11-16 in the third set, the Nationals unleashed a blistering 14-1 surge to seal the outcome.“Smart helped us be alert especially in their third set performances,” said Philippines head coach Shaq Delos Santos. But team captain Aby Maraño said the Japan camp would accelerate their preparations if only for the fact that the players’ club commitments would be set aside to allow them to focus solely on the national squad.“We haven’t had a training where the team is complete due to commitments to our club teams so I cannot measure our performance yet. We will see after the training camp,” she said in Filipino.The former La Salle star said the Asian Games would also double as their preparation for the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines will host next year.“I’m looking forward to the experience of playing with seasoned players in the Asian Games for us to be familiar with their playing styles,” she said.“We will practice whatever skill or lesson we get from there so that we’ll know what to prepare for the SEA Games,” she added. —WITH A REPORT FROM JUSTIN ROBERT VALENCIAADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volleyball national team head coach Shaq delos Santos talks to the players after their training session on Thursday. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine women’s national volleyball team will hold a training camp in Japan in August to better their chances of coming up with a competitive stint in the 2018 Asian Games.The Japan stint is expected to provide the team a better preparation for the squad, which has been the target of critics questioning its inclusion to the quadrennial event.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kim leads by 4 afer 65 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Bible Name Found on Jerusalem Artifact

first_imgA man named Temech has risen from the pages of the Bible.  The Jerusalem Post reported that his clay seal was found in a dig south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, who earlier found a portion of a wall from the same Nehemiah period (11/30/2007).  The article shows a picture of the seal.  This adds to the growing list of Bible characters found in archaeological digs (e.g., 07/11/2007).    Temech (or Temah) is mentioned in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 as one of the returnees from Babylonian exile.  His seal may have been purchased in Babylon and brought to Jerusalem.  The date of the seal is 538 to 445 BC and is significant for identifying a temple servant from the First Temple period.  The blog at Bible Places also mentions the discovery.Update 02/02/2008: Bible Places Blog mentions that “Temah” is probably an incorrect translation.  Instead, the name may be that of another Bible character of the same period: Sophit, daughter of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19).The seal seems to indicate a degree of syncretism with Babylonian religious imagery.  This should not be surprising.  “The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal,” the article states as Mazar’s opinion.  We know from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that the people needed repeated reprimands to purge their lifestyles of pagan influences.  Some returnees were more committed than others.    Popular idols are hard to exorcise.  Undoubtedly a future historian would wonder about the mixed messages in artifacts found among the remains of a typical 2008 church.  What icons of idolatry might be found among your own artifacts?  Would pins or rings with emblems of pop stars, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other non-Christian iconic images make a future archaeologist wonder how to interpret the find?  Would an icon of Darwin be the modern equivalent of the Babylonian god Sin?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

In the shadow of fear

first_imgParental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces.Ask any Indian parent what the most important aspect of parenting is, and he is likely to say ‘ discipline’. And this doesn’t mean the positive kind of discipline recommended by psychologists either: 90 per cent of Indian parents are reported to shout at their children and almost the same number favour slapping as a method of keeping their children’s behaviour in check. According to a recent UNICEF report, 3 out of 4 children in India have been subjected to harsh verbal and psychological discipline while half have been physically punished.This news should hardly surprise any of us who are familiar with the Indian’s ‘ fear based’ methods of parenting.Parental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces. This almost insurmountable nexus between parents, the educational system and society is based on instilling fear in children – of failure, ridicule, and repercussions.The Chinese are no different, as evident from the recently published memoir of a Chinese mother Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother . The author says that raising her daughters the ” Asian” way meant denying them playtime, sports and TV. It meant pushing them to play the piano for up to three hours daily. Once Chua even refused to let her daughter go to the bathroom until she mastered a difficult piano piece.Chua’s confessions have led to widespread uproar and debate about whether laws should be formulated to prevent parents from practicing such coercive and emotionally abusive methods of child rearing. We Indians should ask ourselves the same question. One look at statistics is enough to prove that we are a society that undervalues and shames its children.advertisementThe condition of adolescent children in India is among the worst in the world, says a recent UNICEF report on the ‘ State of the World’s Children’. Aside from the dismal health scenario of these teens, one third report being physically abused.Children who are subjected to constant humiliation learn to humiliate.Those who are punished and treated aggressively become aggressive towards other children and grow up to be violent adults who abuse their spouses and children. Deep down, we know this.We know we are a society in the throes of a parenting crisis each time an incident of aggression, suicide or murder is reported among minor children. An 11 year old girl hangs herself because her mother marches off to the principal of her school to protest against the little girl’s confessions about a crush on a boy in her class. A class VIII student of a Delhi school kicks and punches his teacher and then slashes her face with a sharp object when she tries to stop him from cheating in an exam.Numerous similar stories appear daily, jolting us into the realisation that we can no longer get away by saying that western societies breed violent children. Nor can we keep blaming the violence on TV and movies for the unruly behaviour of our children. Any shrink will tell you that aggressive behaviour is bred by a child’s family environment and the social and economic conditions in which he was raised and that we need to come up with less archaic and more thoughtful ways of raising our children.The only way to stop this violence from escalating is to stop yelling and slapping and make an effort to adopt more constructive methods of disciplining our children. Let’s consider parenting our children without controlling them. Positive discipline parenting can be learned through the workshops conducted by counsellors in the city, and book shops are full of guides on the topic.Teachers should practice the classroom management model, which consists of a specific set of behaviors for rewarding good behaviour and curtailing negative behaviour. It really is up to mothers, fathers and teachers to act as agents of change by evolving new methods of disciplining children that don’t diminish them.last_img read more