January 18

Investigation launched into abuse claims by ‘Garlic Girls’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jang also denied any funds had been withheld from the athletes, saying that the team had agreed that prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions.“We thought it was not right to distribute the prize money to each athlete for private use, because that money was earned as a national team supported by the KSOC and other sports organizations,” he said. “Besides that, money received from non-sports events was all paid to the curlers’ private accounts.”The investigation will begin next week and will include officials from the sports ministry, the national Olympic committee and the team’s home province of North Gyeongsang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, Kim Eun-jung, of South Korea, throws during their women’s curling final in the Gangneung Curling Centre at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Five-member women’s curling team accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)SEOUL, South Korea — The darlings of South Korea’s Winter Olympics are back in the headlines eight months after their stirring run to a curling silver medal in Pyeongchang.South Korea’s sports ministry on Wednesday announced a joint investigation with the national Olympic committee into allegations by the so-called Garlic Girls of abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The five-member women’s curling team that shot to international renown in February and sparked unprecedented national attention for their sport sent a letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) last week to outline their allegations.The women, from a remote province famous for its garlic, captured hearts in a country that barely recognized curling before and became sought-after models for commercials.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe attention was so great during the games that their coach took away their cellphones to shield the curlers from any pressure. The Garlic Girls ultimately lost to Sweden in the gold medal match.In the letter, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong and Kim Cho-hee as well as the sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ “The human rights of the athletes are being violated,” the athletes, the first Asian team to win a curling silver, wrote. “We’ve reached a point where it has become unbearable.”The curlers also accused coaches of holding back prize money and trying to sideline captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family.The coaches “tried to rule Kim Eun-jung off the team after she got married in July,” the letter said. “They separated the skip and the team captain’s role to minimize Kim Eun-jung’s status on the team. They also tried not to include Kim Eun-jung in team training.”The players that they no longer wish to work with head coach Kim Min-jung, daughter of Kim Kyung-doo, and her husband, Jang Ban-seok, who is mixed doubles coach. The coaching staff deny the allegations.“Kim Eun-jung had a plan to have a baby, and as a coach, in that case, we need to think about having a new skip,” Jang said in a statement. “We’ve never trained in a way that would lead to a curler being kicked off the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: A naked Chiellini photobombs Ronaldo-Bellanova pic Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

January 6

QPR finally set to offload Brazil goalkeeper to Benfica

first_imgJulio Cesar is in Portugal ahead of a season-long loan move from QPR to Benfica.The Brazil goalkeeper is surplus to requirements at Loftus Road, and manager Harry Redknapp is keen to offload the 34-year-old, who is currently earning £100,000-a-week at the west London club.Redknapp, who stuck with former England stopper Robert Green in his side’s Premier League opener on Saturday, said: “Benfica are supposed to want him. Cesar is supposed to be over there. I hope he’s there anyway.”Cesar joined QPR in August 2012 and spent last season on loan at Toronto FC, before playing in all seven of Brazil’s World Cup matches this summer. 1 QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar looks set to join Benfica last_img read more

August 17

Flight Centre raises profit expectations

First half growth encourages increased profits. Flight Centre Limited has raised its underlying profit before tax (PBT) expectations after achieving strong growth during the first half of the FY2012-13.Expectations were raised from the initial US$305 million-US$315 million target to US$325 million-US$340 million, in lieu of 8 percent PBT growth in the first half of the financial year.If achieved the upgraded guidance will represent a 12-17 percent increase on the US$290.4 million achieved during FY2011-12.“Year-to-date, our 10 countries are profitable and several are on track to record full year EBIT contributions,” Flight Centre Limited managing director Graham Turner said.“This includes Australia and the United Kingdom, which are typically our largest profit generators.”Australia’s leisure market has made a turn-around in the second half of FY2012-13 to more than offset the soft domestic corporate travel market.“Similarly the UK leisure business has performed well at a time when corporate clients have been down-trading,” Mr Turner said.In the United States Flight Centre’s corporate business is flourishing, now the largest individual operation in the U.S., consistently outperforming leisure and wholesale business.New Zealand is on track to record its best full year result since 2008, South African corporate is blossoming, India is suffering from local trading conditions and Canada reports soft leisure results.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. read more