first_imgCarpio 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Soriano, though, declined to take credit for beach volleyball’s boom in the Philippines, saying that the sport already had a foothold in the past.“I just want to stress that beach volleyball has been here for decades,” said Soriano. “There was a break when it comes to the program so we just reintroduced the sport to the public and this is a humbling experience that the local government units we’ve worked with fully embraced.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP, UST face off for UAAP men’s football crown Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Beach Volleyball Republic founder Charo Soriano.It was in June of 2015 when Charo Soriano and her friends looked at the sands as not just an alternative for indoor volleyball, and in less than three years, they have helped thrust Philippine beach volleyball into the world stage.The Philippines is set to host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open—a one star FIVB beach volleyball event—which would put the spotlight on the country’s sand courts and volleyball talent.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ It was Beach Volleyball Republic, which is now the country’s premier beach volleyball league, that helped the sport take its act to the higher level.But Soriano doesn’t see this as the crowning achievement but instead just the beginning of something bigger.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 crown“This will be the start of something for everybody,” said Soriano Thursday at Coconut Club in Bonifacio Global City during the press conference for the World Tour. “We’ll work hard to make this event a sustainable program for everybody.”BVR, which was also co-founded by  Tan, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Dzi Gervacio, and Alexa Micek,  started as a summer league that went around different coastal provinces in the Philippines. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER – Like most Southern Californians, Lester and Kathy Ellett had a very busy weekend trying to keep themselves cool during the state’s recent scorching heat wave. They watched movies, ate at restaurants, visited the beach and even went bowling to be in cooler temperatures than at their home in the 8000 block of Catalina Avenue. “I feel bad for our waitress at Chili’s,” said Kathy, 62. “We stayed at the restaurant for the air conditioning for as long as we could.” They joined the 29,260 other Southern California Edison customers who experienced power outages in and around Los Angeles County. The electricity went out at noon on Saturday, and it wasn’t until 5 p.m. Tuesday that power was restored to the Ellett residence and their neighbor to the north. Theirs were the only two residences affected on the block. “We came home at 2 (p.m.) on Saturday, and it was off,” said Denise Jahinian, 37, the couple’s daughter. “The neighbors said it had been out since noon.” But unlike a lot of those suffering without power in the triple-digit heat, the Ellett home serves as a residential facility for mentally impaired adults. When Jahinian called Edison’s customer service line Saturday, she was given an estimated energy restore time of 11 p.m. The time came and went, but nothing. Since Saturday, Jahinian said she had called Edison 11 times. Each time, she said, the calls became less cordial. “I was told by `Erica’ at 6:30 this morning her supervisor would call when he got in at 8,” Jahinian said. By 2 p.m. Tuesday, she hadn’t heard from anyone, nor had a crew come out to evaluate the situation. An Edison representative said a crew had been out Sunday to assess the situation. A transformer for a few houses in that part of Catalina caused the outage, said Sylvia Southerland, Edison Regional public affairs manager. “Sometimes our people on the phones don’t see the notes from the crews out in the field,” she said. “I know things like this happen during a heat wave,” Janinian said, “but the lack of a response is what has made the situation worse.” If they had not been promised over the past few days that the electricity would be turned on within a matter of hours, the Elletts would have tried to make other arrangements. Southerland said she is concerned an ETA was given because it’s not the company’s custom, especially during a heat wave. Even so, different accommodations would not have been easy. Two of their live-in clients, brothers Mark Deasy, 46, and Patrick Deasy, 53, would not be able to stay in a hotel. “They have their routines,” said Lester Ellett, and because of their mental handicap, they could not handle the stress of not staying in their own room. Two other clients, Daniel Lopez, 34, and Douglas Bogner, 53, also have their own rituals which have been altered. “He sings along with his radio every day,” Lester, 64, said, pointing to Lopez. Because of the home’s residential-care facility status, the couple has to keep at least seven days’ worth of perishables and two weeks’ worth of other food items. The Elletts, who have lived at their place since 1999, estimated losses of $300 in spoiled food. They have also paid money to eat out for three meals a day for six adults, in addition to buying batteries for their battery-operated fans and lanterns. Their medication, such as insulin and heat-sensitive pills, was put on ice in a cooler. “We just want to get things back to normal,” Lester said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img