Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has commended Jamaica’s Senior National Football for a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Sunday, July 26, and in the tournament overall.”I congratulate all members of the team and coaching staff under the leadership of head coach Winfried Sch‰fer for the strong second-place finish and an overall solid and encouraging performance throughout the tournament,” the prime minister said.Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesperson on Sports, Information, Gender Affairs, Culture and Entertainment, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, also congratulated the Reggae Boyz.”I know a lot of Jamaicans are disappointed with the failure to win the cup, but we must be buoyed by the overall performance of the team during the tournament. We should be happy to have split the two so-called giants of CONCACAF football – Mexico and the United States – and showing that we are capable of competing with the best teams in the region and, by extension, therefore, the best teams in the world,” Grange said.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):World sprint champ-ions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have copped the major titles in the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards, organised by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA).Bolt was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of T&T and O’Dayne Richards of Jamaica (athletics).The Jamaican sprinter success-fully defended his titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.The judges chose Fraser-Pryce for the sportswoman of the year from a list of 11 nominees, including runners-up Yarisley Silva of Cuba (athletics) and Alia Atkinson (swimming) of Jamaica.Fraser-Pryce continued her sprint dominance to win gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in Beijing, including anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in a championship record time of 41.07.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP): Newcastle continued to show some late determination to avoid relegation from the top tier, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City yesterday after Sergio Agüero became the second-fastest player to score 100 English Premier League goals. With their title dream effectively over, City were seeking to strengthen their grip on third place and automatic Champions League qualification. They moved a point ahead of Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester United, with both teams having a game in hand. Leicester lead with 73 points, 12 more than City, with four games left. Newcastle will take the most encouragement from their rousing recovery at St James’ Park, despite remaining 19th and two points from safety. The Magpies rallied against Agüero’s 14th-minute disputed opener with Vurnon Anita equalising in the 31st to grab a point for Rafael Benítez’s men. “The reaction from the team was so positive,” Benítez told the BBC. It was Agüero’s 147th league match. Alan Shearer is the fastest player to score 100 EPL goals, managing that feat in 124 matches. With Vincent Kompany back at the heart of the City defence, the victory Benítez so desperately needed looked a tall order.
Former national Under-19 and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) batsman Rasheed Outar has described the time it took him to score a century against Manchester CA in the second round of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island Limited Overs Championship at the weekend as “hard”.Outar, a former Jamaica senior team trials invitee, hit 115 to help pilot his team to a 27 runs win over Manchester at Up Park Camp.The soldiers, who were asked to take first strike, posted 293 for seven off their allotted 50 overs. Sean Bennett with 60 best supported Outar with 60 against Damian Bryce two for 50 off seven overs.Manchester, in reply, were then limited to 266 off 40.5 overs with Sherdon Allen getting 97 and sidelined national off-spinner Jamie Merchant 53.West Indies ‘A’ fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who recently returned from Sri Lanka after picking up an injury, in returning to action, claimed four for 41 off nine overs, while Rayon Bennett finished with three for 46.”It is one of my hardest hundreds, as batting, it was not flowing,” stated Outar, who was dismissed in the 50th over while attempting to help his team set a bigger total.FINDING THE GAPS”I was not middling the ball with the bat most of the times, I was not finding the gaps that often, and it took a lot out of me.”As a matter fact, I had to run a lot of twos and threes, and scored only one boundary in the first fifty runs I made.”But I wanted the hundred, so I spent as much time at the crease as I could, and in the latter part of my innings, the runs started to flow.”The win was the second for the JDF in as many matches.Elsewhere, St Thomas got the better of defending champions St Catherine CC by 176 runs, Kensington defeated St Mary by seven wickets, Clarendon edged Melbourne by one wicket, St Catherine CA beat Lucas by two wickets, St Ann defeated Kingston and St Andrew by 81 runs, and St James overcame the challenge of Boys’ Town by five wickets.The Portland versus Trelawny encounter at Folly Oval was not played due to rain.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s vision and Anthony Martial’s cool finishing helped Manchester United into the English League Cup semi-finals as two of the team’s out-of-favour forwards showed their worth yesterday. United’s 4-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford was illuminated by Mkhitaryan’s touch and eye for a pass in only his third start for the club since his high-profile move from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason. The Armenia captain set up goals scored early in each half – by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Martial – before getting a standing ovation from United fans when substituted in the final minutes. By then, Ibrahimovic and Martial had each grabbed their second goals of a comfortable win that set up a semi-final match against Hull. United manager Jose Mourinho has been holding back Mkhitaryan while he adapts to the English game. On this evidence, it’s time for the last season’s Bundesliga Player of the Year to be unleashed on a regular basis. “We were waiting for his adaptation,” Mourinho said, “and it looks like it’s coming.” In the other quarter-final match on Wednesday, Southampton beat a largely second-string Arsenal team 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand at Emirates Stadium. Southampton advanced to the semi-finals of England’s second-tier cup competition for the first time since the 1986-87 season, and will now face Liverpool.
The longer Brownlee stays in PH, the more he feels at home Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Of course there’s Alvin’s 49 points, I’m proud with the way he played because his true potential came out this season and I personally recruited him,” said Pumaren. But despite making noise, Pumaren said the Red Warriors could’ve done more after getting booted out of Final Four contention on Sunday.“I think we could’ve done more, we could’ve done better with the way we played,” said Pumaren Sunday after losing to Far Eastern University, 79-63.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“But I’m actually proud with how the boys played.”The Red Warriors walked out of Smart Araneta Coliseum with a 3-10 record, but they had their moments. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UE beat UST, 96-91, to register its first victory in the tournament and won two more games in a span of three playing days to get to 3-7 and make itself a Final Four threat.The Red Warriors’ chances, though, went down the drain when the Tamaraws gave them third straight loss.“Despite the odds we’ve faced, we don’t have an import, my players gave it their all,” said Pumaren in Filipino. And as Pumaren and the Red Warriors prepare to bid adieu to their season, he can’t help but have a soft spot for his burly forward Pasaol.UE’s talisman produced the highest-scoring individual performance in recent memory when he dropped 49 points in their 106-100 loss to defending champion De La Salle. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East has been one of the most surprising teams in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.From “Manong” Derrick Pumaren’s flashy outfits, to Alvin Pasaol’s scoring exploits and the Red Warriors’ late resurgence, UE has produced a lot of fireworks this year.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments
Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving elbows Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn on the face as he goes past Dunn to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. APBOSTON — Kyrie Irving makes spinning baskets off the dribble and converts drives in the lane while leaning in all sorts of different directions.It’s the simple jump shot that earns praise from Boston coach Brad Stevens.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Mayweather challenges Kobe: ‘I’m ready to play you one on one for $1M’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in the third quarter and outscored the Bulls 38-18.“They just had more edge than us, specifically that stretch in the third quarter,” Lopez said. “They seemed pretty comfortable out there, especially on offense.”Brown nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven points as the Celtics opened the third with a 13-2 run, pulling out to a 73-60 lead.After the teams alternated baskets for a couple of minutes, Boston took charge by scoring 15 of the next 19 points. Irving had a pair of 3s during the run and Tatum added one.Boston led 98-76 after three.Chicago missed 12 of 18 shots overall in the third and committed six turnovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “He’s one of the best — a true point guard that comes out, makes the right plays, the right decisions,” Brown said. “He’s assertive. He makes it easier for us.”Jayson Tatum added 13 points, and Al Horford and Aron Baynes each had 10 for the Eastern Conference leaders as all five Celtics starters were in double figures. Reserve guard Marcus Smart scored 11 points and rookie Daniel Theis grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 10 points.Bobby Portis paced the Bulls (10-22) with 17 points. Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen both scored 10. Chicago lost its second straight after a seven-game winning streak.The Celtics avenged a lopsided defeat in Chicago on Dec. 11, when they lost by 23. Irving didn’t play in that game because he was rested.“We knew they were going to come out and try and be aggressive because of that,” said Bulls guard Kris Dunn, who went 1 of 12 from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Irving scored 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and the Celtics coasted to a 117-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Well known for his acrobatic moves, Irving shot 9 for 15 from the floor against Chicago — including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think that’s the one thing that gets lost in all the handles and all the different moves, and the plays that end up on YouTube, is how skilled he is shooting the ball,” Stevens said. “He’s just a tremendous shooter. He doesn’t miss when you’re just shooting without defense. He’s an elite shooter.”Thanks to Irving’s sweet shooting, the Celtics (27-9) halted a two-game skid. They haven’t lost three straight all season. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Philadelphia was without its top two shooting guards. JJ Redick (cracked bone below his knee) is out at least a week and Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) didn’t dress.Luwawu-Cabarrot, a French guard in his second NBA season, stepped into the starting lineup and made 3 of 5 3-pointers. His 3 capped a 13-0 run early in the fourth as Philadelphia built a 97-82 lead.The Sixers showed good depth early. Nine players scored in the first quarter, and they built a 53-37 lead before halftime.After committing just three first-half turnovers, the Sixers threw it away 11 times in the third, and Middleton and Eric Bledsoe (14 points on 5-of-18 shooting) helped the Bucks rally to tie it.Embiid responded with a dunk and a block on Bledsoe and a three-point play to end the third and give the Sixers an 84-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT PHILADELPHIA, PA -JANUARY 20: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates in front of John Henson #31 of the Milwaukee Bucks after scoring late in the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 29 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away from the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games.Ben Simmons added 16 points and nine assists, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points in a rare start as the Sixers (22-20) moved past Milwaukee (23-22) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Khris Middleton had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks in their second straight loss. They were without top scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sitting out the first of two games to rest a sore right knee.Fellow starter Malcolm Brogdon (family matter) also wasn’t available. Tony Snell (15 points) and Sterling Brown (14 points) moved into the lineup, and the Bucks rallied from 16 points down to tie it before fading in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAntetokounmpo practiced Friday, but the Bucks announced Saturday morning that the two-time All-Star would be out until Friday against Brooklyn to “manage” his ailment. Knee pain also kept Antetokounmpo sidelined on Nov. 22 and Dec. 23.“Hopefully, after missing these two games, he doesn’t have to miss any more,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Back’s fine as Federer serves up warning to rivals TIP-INSBucks: Brogdon is expected back Monday. … Marshall Plumlee, signed to a two-way contact five days earlier, made an impact in his team debut. He had six points and six rebounds and started the fourth quarter … Milwaukee plays the Sixers three more times, including at Philadelphia on April 11 to end the regular season.76ers: Rookie G Markelle Fultz participated in shootaround as he tries to regain his shooting form following a right shoulder injury. The No. 1 overall pick has missed 38 straight games. … Simmons didn’t attempt a 3-pointer for the 12th time in 13 games. He’s 0 for 10 from long range. … With the game in hand, fans turned their attention to Sunday’s NFC championship game with several “Eagles” chants.UP NEXTBucks: Home vs. Phoenix on Monday night.76ers: At Memphis on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis walks to a meeting during the NFL owners meetings, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for NFL)ORLANDO, Fla. — That’s a catch.Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn’t one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.ADVERTISEMENT The committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s, including a pass to the Jets’ Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was “so grainy you could barely make it out.” He mentioned Bert Emanuel’s non-reception in the 1999 NFC title game when the tip of the ball touched the ground even though Emanuel had it in his clutches.The major emphasis on re-examining the rule stems from Bryant’s non-catch in a playoff game at Green Bay. Reconstructing that play through video, Riveron explained how the proposed change will seize logic — in other words, make what should have been a catch into a real catch.“I think the Dez Bryant was the start of us realizing something needs to change,” McKay said.Each year, there have been similar examples that made everyone from the guys throwing the ball to the coaches on the sideline to the fans in the stands and on their mobile devices wondering what was going on. When James’ apparent winning touchdown reception against New England was overturned even though the Steelers tight end made a football move to extend the ball over the goal line, it prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to forcefully endorse seeking adjustments to the rule.The competition committee heeded such instructions.So, a receiver must:—have control of the ball;—get two feet down or another body part;—make a football move: taking a third step or extending the ball or something similar.Gone, Riveron emphatically said, is surviving the ground. View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES According to committee chairman Rich McKay and league officiating director Al Riveron, it’s time.“We want to take these great catches and make them into catches,” Riveron said Monday at the NFL meetings, where the owners likely will vote Tuesday on the adjustments to the catch rule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSuch phrases as “slight movement of the ball” and “surviving the ground” will disappear, and fans, players and coaches will get the fulfilment of knowing what they were sure was a reception actually is.The committee looked at dozens of plays dozens of times. They discovered that the previous attempts to clarify what is a catch only confused the issue. So much so that the language of the rules was getting in the way of making the proper call. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery All 4 No. 1 seeds reach women’s Final Four Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation,” said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons “and that did not serve us well.“We felt like the word slight was getting people caught up. It’s really loss of control. If you lose control of the ball, then you haven’t satisfied (the process). If you have movement of the ball but haven’t lost control of it, then you still have it.”Added Riveron: “If we see total loss of control, that’s the way we’re going to rule it. But we understand there are situations where the ball is going to move. We have to see loss of control.”McKay pointed to touchdown receptions by Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. In both cases, the ball moved a bit in the receiver’s hands. In both cases, though, on-field officials, then Riveron handling the video review, determined there was possession throughout.“Those are catches,” he said, noting that under current language in the rules, “the ground trumped everything. It didn’t make a lot of sense.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “That’s out,” he said. “No mas.”There will, however, be more emphasis on the on-field officiating calls. McKay reminded that game officials overwhelmingly get the calls correct at full speed.“The rule is a lot cleaner, so the answer is yes,” Riveron said, adding that game officials were consulted as the committee worked on the language of the proposal.Of course, with more catches, there could be more fumbles as receivers try to extend plays and get extra yardage. Riveron has no problem with that.“If we end up with 10 more fumbles but five of the most exciting plays of the year,” McKay said, “it’s a trade we’d make any day.”Notes: No proposals were made nor votes taken regarding the national anthem before games. The owners did focus on implementing the social justice platform with the players and unanimously approved a local matching funds program. Each of the teams will match fundraising proceeds of the players and teams and its players will work together to determine where to allocate the funds in a local market. 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MOST READ “I’m happy to see that we’re slowly regaining our teamwork and our game is starting to show,” said Santiago in Filipino. “We can still be better but at least we played a good game.”Santiago fired a game-high 22 points while Sato added 13 points, including nine attacks, two blocks and two service aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith the victory, the Lady Bulldogs also eliminated University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas from semifinals contention.Mary Ann Mendrez paced also-ran UE with 14 points while Shaya Adorador chipped in 11. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University ended a five-game losing skid after scraping past much-improved University of the East, 26-24, 26-24, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday bat Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago and Risa Sato showed the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who assured themselves at least a playoff for the last Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Saigon import Scott on loss to Alab: ‘We may have just lost to the champions’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments