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i-tri Incorporates STEM

first_imgPolar is the first national partner for i-tri, a triathlon training program for middle school girls that helps them grow self-confidence and meet goals, now within the context of STEM education. Independent/Courtesy i-trii-tri has partnered with Polar so girls can train with heart rate monitors, incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math principles into their learning curriculum. As a part of the STEM-based program, The Science of Triathlon, the middle school students will be studying the effects of technology on their training process. Polar, an over 40-year-old wearable sports and fitness technology brand, is hoping the personal data will educate the girls on the physics and biology of their bodies during exercise while boosting self-esteem. “Polar’s partnership with i-tri is a major step in empowering adolescent girls to be active and understand from a young age how real-time data is a reflection of what goes on inside our bodies,” said Tom Fowler, president of Polar U.S. “We look forward to further promoting that inspiration and providing resources to help. Introducing an active lifestyle early is key for encouraging healthy habits throughout adulthood.” Polar, which began with heart-rate monitoring, has since expanded into multiple training solutions for elite athletes, coaches, and active fitness enthusiasts. This is the first national partnership for i-tri, which formed in 2010. The community-based nonprofit utilizes triathlon training as motivation. “Because of their longstanding history of accuracy, Polar was the clear choice when we decided to partner with a sports technology company,” said i-tri founder and executive director Theresa Roden. “After training for and completing my first triathlon in my 30s, I saw more than just a physical transformation — I saw the way it positively affected me from an emotional and self-esteem standpoint, and I wanted to create a community to foster those same goals for girls in their formative years. We are confident that the technologies Polar offers will help do exactly that while creating the next generation of engineers and scientists.” Sharelast_img read more

Liner Reliability Plunges

first_imgLiner service reliability fell to a record low in January as the effects of US West Coast congestion and the phasing-in of new alliance services took their toll, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight.The overall on-time performance for the three key East-West trades slumped to a disappointing 48.6% in January, down by 9.4 percentage points on December, which itself was one of the worst months of 2014, the shipping consultancy said.On a trade lane basis, the Transpacific (based on 3,351 voyages) was the worst offender with an on-time performance of just 36% in January, down from 47% in December, the performance insight shows.48.6% performance reliability in JanuaryThe smaller Transatlantic trade (437 voyages) fared little better on 45%, down by 1.4 points against the previous month, while the Asia-Europe trade (7,697 voyages) fell by 10 points to 54%, its worst performance since August.“Drewry had anticipated some service deterioration in light of the new alliance formations which took effect in January and posed some risk from vessel repositioning,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry. “Additionally, ongoing congestion at US west coast ports was also expected to adversely impact overall performance levels. But the extent of the decline is particularly disappointing.”Maersk Line was once again the most reliable carrier, recording an average on-time performance of 76% in January, virtually unchanged from December. In a distant second place was COSCO on 61, while the worst performer was PIL on 21%.“The sizeable margin between the most and least reliable shipping lines reemphasises that not all carriers are the same. It also demonstrates how vital it is for retailers and manufacturers to fully understand the relative performance of different carriers and associated liner services in order to support procurement decisions,” said Heaney.“Shippers are getting much lower value for money at the moment as reliability is falling from an already low point, while all-in freight rates are rising. We expect reliability to improve in the coming months as new alliance services settle down and each carrier group seeks to make their new services more attractive to customers.”Source: Drewrylast_img read more

Top News of the Week, 30 January – 5 February 2017

first_imgGermany Launches First Competitive Offshore Wind Tender, 1.55GW Up for GrabsGerman Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has issued an invitation to tender as part of the first competitive bidding process for offshore wind under which the bidders with the lowest offered prices will be awarded contracts.Siemens Installs 8MW Prototype in ØsterildSiemens has installed the SWT-8.0-154 at the national test centre in Østerild, Denmark.Vattenfall Ready for German Offshore Wind Tender with 3 ProjectsVattenfall is expected to participate in the first competitive offshore wind tender in Germany with three projects.Aarsleff Nets Nissum Bredning DealAarsleff has been awarded a contract for the 28MW Nissum Bredning project in Denmark, where Siemens will test a variety of its new offshore wind solutions.Smulders Wins EOWDC Foundations ContractSmulders Projects has won a contract to manufacture and assemble suction bucket foundations for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).Offshore WIND News Stafflast_img read more

Government moves to cut ‘no win, no fee’ libel costs

first_img Early notice to the publisher if ‘After the Event’ (ATE) insurance has been taken out; A 42-day ‘cooling-off period’ where, if the defendant admits liability and it leads to a settlement, the ATE premiums won’t be payable by the defendant; A mandatory cost budgeting pilot for defamation proceedings, aimed at ensuring that costs are proportionate and within the agreed budget, with close judicial supervision. Justice secretary Jack Straw said: ‘Freedom of expression and investigative journalism are fundamental protections to the democracy of this country, of which we are rightly proud and the government is working hard to protect. ‘Spiralling costs and disproportionate legal fees are too often a feature of defamation proceedings, skewing justice as defendants choose to settle unwarranted claims rather than face huge libel costs. ‘ATE insurance premiums, a common accompaniment to “no-win, no-fee” civil proceedings, coupled with generous success fees, can make libel cases difficult to fight for some defendants, particularly regional media organisations. ‘That is why the government is taking action to ensure that, where ATE insurance is taken out, defendants are notified as early as possible, and given the opportunity to reach a settlement without being liable for the insurance premiums. ‘As recommended by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, publication proceedings will also be part of a mandatory costs budgeting pilot, with judges scrutinising costs as cases progress to ensure that they are proportionate and within the agreed budget. ‘But these are only the first steps. We will be watching the pilot carefully and actively considering whether further measures are needed to control costs in this area.’ Media commentators responded by point out that today’s announcement does not cover success fees which allow claimant lawyers to double the charges they levy on publishers who lose. It is understood a second consultation on limiting success fees will be issued by the MoJ shortly. The Ministry of Justice will bring in new rules from 1 October to cut ‘no win, no fee’ libel costs, as revealed by the Gazette in August (see [2009] Gazette, 20 August). The ‘first raft’ of measures constitutes the government response to its February consultation ‘Controlling Costs in Defamation Proceedings’. Three major changes will take effect a week today: last_img read more

SNCF sets service level on TGV Est

first_imgON FEBRUARY 2 SNCF announced details of services planned over the TGV Est Européen line when it opens on June 15 2007.In contrast to other French high speed lines where there has been a gradual build-up, TGV Est Europ‚en will offer frequent services from day one with 85% of the full service in operation. Around 95% will be running by the end of 2007, with a few trains added during 2008 to complete the package.SNCF has agreed the level of services following a detailed nine-month study commissioned from civil engineer Claude Liebermann by a project steering committee of RFF, SNCF and local government representatives. The study analysed traffic potential, journey times and the benefits to passengers.Using a fleet of 51 trainsets able to run at 320 km/h, TGV Est Europ‚en will provide direct services to 32 destinations, one-third of which are outside France. Headline timings for domestic services will see Strasbourg brought within 2 h 20 min of Paris, with 25 services a day in each direction. Metz and Nancy will be reached in 1 h 30 min, and a Paris – Reims trip will take just 45 min.Luxembourg will be 2 h 15 min from Paris, with Paris – Frankfurt-am-Main trains taking 3 h 45 min. Saarbrücken will be just 1h 50min from the French capital, with Paris – Basel trains taking 3 h 30 min. A Paris – München service will take 6 h, with a call at Stuttgart, which will be 3 h 50 min from Paris.Inter-regional servicesWhile most services will run to and from Paris Est, SNCF plans a number of inter-regional trains offering direct links to other destinations around the capital: Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Marne-la-Vallée and Massy. Lille – Strasbourg services will complete the trip in 3 h 30 min, while direct trains will also run from Alsace to Nantes and Rennes, with timings from Strasbourg of around 5 h. There will also be a direct Bordeaux – Strasbourg service.Regional authorities in eastern France have been keen to ensure that a large number of destinations are given good connections in and out of the high speed services. Assuming a connecting time of 15 min, Paris – Sélestat will take 2 h 55 min with a change in Strasbourg, Paris – Givet 3 h with a change at Reims, and Paris – Pont-à-Mousson 2 h 7 min with a change at Nancy.SNCF expects the new line to carry 11 million passengers a year, around 65% more than current traffic to and from the areas served by the line. Shorter journey times are expected to be a major draw, and 21 out of the 32 locations served will have timings cut by at least one-third compared with present schedules.Three tracklaying depotsThe line has been designed for a maximum line speed of 350 km/h, although when it opens the highest permitted speed will be 320 km/h. Overspeed testing at 360 km/h is envisaged.Tracklaying and installation of railway equipment is being carried out from three bases, at Ocquerre, Vadenay-Saint Hilaire-au-Temple and Pagny-sur-Moselle. Each is handling work over a 100km section, and the timescale calls for the line to be handed over for test running by the end of 2006.The site at Vadenay opened last October, and February saw the other two sites come into use. Tracklaying from Vadenay has been progressing at around 1 200 m a day, with four ballast trains every working day delivering about 5 000 tonnes; these are hauled by Class 56 and 58 locomotives hired from English Welsh & Scottish Railway in the UK. A total of 3·2 million tonnes of ballast will be required, together with 1 300 km of 60 kg/m rail. About one million twin-block sleepers are needed; Nabla fastenings are being used over most of the line, the exception being a 40 km section near Vadenay where Pandrol Fastclips are being installed. Around 12 000 catenary masts are being erected.StationsThe line will have three new stations. The first is located at Bezannes, 5 km south of Reims, and this will be known as Champagne-Ardenne TGV. A short link is under construction between Reims and the new station so that local trains can connect in and out of the high speed services. A second station called Meuse TGV will be built at Trois-Domaines, about halfway between Verdun and Bar-le-Duc. Around 40 000 passengers a year are expected to use this station.Controversy surrounds the third station, named Lorraine TGV. According to RFF, this is to be built at Louvigny near Metz-Nancy regional airport, is 27 km from Metz and 37 km from Nancy, and the station is forecast to handle 600 000 passengers a year. In fact, preparations for the station are already in progress at Vandières, where the first phase of the new line joins the existing network. However, the contractors are providing for platforms and a basic station building at the Louvigny site.last_img read more

World rolling stock market July 2012

first_imgAustralia: UGL has won four contracts totalling A$190m to supply 38 locos. Rio Tinto has ordered GE Evolution locos, while C44ACi locomotives will be supplied to QR National, PN Rail, and Xstrata Coal Brazil: MRS Logística has ordered a prototype articulated double-stack container wagon from AmstedMaxion and a second from Randon. They will be used in trials for a proposed intermodal network linking the port of Santos with inland terminals. ALL has taken delivery of seven 4400 hp Dash-9 BBW40 locos from GE Transportation of the USA. The remainder of the 16 to be deployed on 1000 mm gauge routes in Paraná are being produced by GE in Brazil. China: CSR Qingdao Sifang has won a 200m yuan order to provide 20 Type 25T seating, five baggage and five dining cars for Hong Kong – Guangzhou services. Costa Rica: FEVE of Spain has sold a further six Class 2400 two-car DMUs to Incofer for €4·5m. Czech Republic: At a cost of Kc630m, Pars Nova Šumperk is to refurbish 40 CD Class 363 electric locos; 20 will be equipped for push-pull operation and 10 converted to Class 362 with a higher top speed. Europe: Alstom has signed a contract to maintain 17 Prima locomotives operated by Eurotunnel subsidiary Europorte, which will assist with testing Prima II locomotives. Germany: Solaris has won a €33·1m contract to supply 15 Tramino low-floor cars to Braunschweig in 2014, with an option for three. The 1100 mm gauge unidirectional trams will be 36 m long with 77 seats and a total capacity of 201 passengers. India: IR has ordered 250 high capacity wagons from Besco. The supplier is developing a wagon factory at Baruipur, and also seeking to enter the Russian bogie and coupler market. RCF has begun production of ‘fire-proof’ stainless steel coaches. GATX has entered the Indian market with the purchase of 450 container flat wagons which will be leased to Arshiya Rail Infrastructure. ‘We believe rail wagon leasing in India will provide an attractive growth opportunity’ said GATX President Brian A Kenney. As an experiment in improving passenger comfort, ICF has equipped a Central Railway EMU with rubberised coir padded seats instead of wood in second class. International: Last month a number of withdrawn Queensland Rail locomotives were shipped to South Africa where they will be refurbished by Transnet Rail Engineering for sale to other African countries. Italy: Trenord has exercised an €67m option for 10 five-car Alstom Coradia Meridian EMUs. They will have an interior configured for commuter traffic, and are scheduled to enter service by the end of 2013. Kazakhstan: Having already supplied 50 shunting locomotives to KTZ, CSR Ziyang has signed an agreement to assemble locos at Taraz. Morocco: Under a US$7m contract with NREC, TZV Gredelj is to supply remanufactured GT26 locomotives to haul heavy freight trains on non-electrified routes. Netherlands: Hermes has appointed Voith Railservice to maintain the nine Stadler GTW units it will operate on the Arnhem – Doetinchem line from December. Poland: Pesa was sole bidder for a contract to supply KM with two 214Mb (SA135) single-car DMUs. PKP IC has awarded contracts for the modernisation of 68 coaches used on the Przemyl – Kraków – Wrocław – Szczecin route. FPS is to modernise 20 second class 141A cars for 54m złoty, Newag 10 second class 111A cars for 24m, Pesa and ZNTK MM 18 first class 140A cars for 46m złoty, 10 second class 111A cars for 22m and 10 first class 112A cars for 31m złoty. Four DMUs ordered by Arriva for use around Szczecin will be the first to be powered by Voith Turbo’s own R2876T3-390 horizontal six-cylinder engine, the second rail-specific engine developed by Voith under a co-operation agreement with MAN. Zachodniopomorskie has cancelled a deal with Newag for two DMUs, and signed an 24·6m złoty order with Pesa for two-car Link units suitable for cross-border services to Germany. SKM Trójmiastvo has awarded a consortium of Škoda Poland and Tabor Szynowy Opole a €24m contract to modernise 21 Class EN57 EMUs. Russia: Transmashholding has awarded Faiveley Transport a contract to supply braking system components for 40 Type EP20 locomotives in 2013-14. Under an agreement with leasing company Brunswick Rail, NCBE is to produce up to 1000 open wagons a year with Amsted Rail 18-9836 bogies from 2013. Brunswick Rail announced a seven-year agreement to supply petrochemicals group Sibur with 150 type 15-1780 propane and butane tank wagons built by Poltavhimmash Voith is supplying roof-mounted engine cooling systems with SilentVent fans for 50 DMUs being built by Metrovagonmash with Stadler traction equipment for delivery from 2014. Sweden: Last month Storstockholms Lokaltrafik placed a €440m order for a further 46 Alstom Coradia Nordic six-car EMUs to be delivered from 2016. SL has now ordered 129 of the units under a 2002 framework agreement. Taiwan: Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp has ordered an additional four Series 700T 12-car 300 km/h trainsets to be delivered by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Toshiba between December 2012 and November 2015. The contract includes two options for four more. USA: Bombardier announced on June 4 that New York MTA had signed the $599m order for 300 R179 metro cars (RG 5.12 p19). They are to be built at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, New York, with Mitrac traction and control systems supplied from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10 pre-series cars are to be delivered in Q3 2014, with production cars following from mid-2015 to early 2017. MBTA has awarded Alstom a $104m contract to overhaul 86 Type 7 light rail vehicles used on Boston’s Green Line.last_img read more


first_img“It seems it is Labour who are the party of centralisation!  But at least Ms Boyack has confirmed that the council is the responsible organisation, allowed to set its own priorities for flooding as part of its overall budget allocation. ‘Responsibility for flood defence investment was transferred back to local authorities by the SNP Government, something which Ms Boyack argued against at the time.’ “Labour should start to live up to the responsibilities they have in Dumfries and Galloway and get their finger out. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council is not doing enough to make flooded individuals and businesses aware of the £1500 individual grants made available to them by the Scottish Government an MSP has said.Joan McAlpine MSP says she is a concerned that the council website does not publicise a scheme announced by the Scottish Government for Dumfries and Galloway in December which gives affected individuals, businesses and community groups up to £1500 each, as part of an additional £700,000 allocated to Dumfries and Galloway by the financial secretary John Swinney.The £1500 sum per household / business from the Scottish Government is much larger than the £500 grants being made available in Cumbria by David Cameron.Ms McAlpine said:“Locals who have suffered from the flooding need this money now.  The council should publicise it and make it easy to claim – instead leading Labour councillors are being deliberately misleading about flooding money and not mentioning the extra funds available let alone how to claim them.  The danger is that this money will not go to individuals who need it and will be kept by the council.“The contrast in the websites of Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria councils is striking. Cumbria County Council website tells people about the UK government fund and how to claim it, indeed it offers to pay the £500 directly into their bank account!  Dumfries and Galloway doesn’t mention the Scottish Government money let alone how to claim it.  This is very worrying as there is likely to be more Scottish Government money coming in the wake of Storm Frank – as announced by the First Minister in parliament this week.“I suspect this is all about politics – the Labour councillors who run Dumfries and Galloway don’t want to give any credit to the Scottish Government and they want to keep the extra money for their own pet projects. As we have seen with regards to the debate over the Dumfries Whitesands, many of these pet projects have failed to win local support.”Ms McAlpine also accused Labour of double standards when their Scottish environment spokesman condemned the SNP for giving councils local responsibility for flooding – at the same time as local Labour politicians argued the opposite.She said“I was astonished to read a Labour press release this week from their environment spokesman Sarah Boyack which said: “Instead of political point scoring they should welcome the extra £700,000 they received from John Swinney and ensure it goes where it is needed most. I would urge everyone badly affected by the flooding to call the council and ask how they can apply for this help.”last_img read more

Egyptian, French presidents discuss regional issues, focus on war-torn Libya

first_imgBetter incomes in Libya attracting Egyptian migrants FILE PHOTO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File PhotoEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the development of several regional issues, including the situation in Libya.During a phone call, Macron said he is keen to exchange views with Sisi over these issues as Cairo plays a key political role in the region, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.For his part, Sisi affirmed Egypt’s firm position towards the Libyan crisis based on restoring Libyan national state institutions, ending the spread of criminal groups and terrorist militias.He added that Egypt also gives top priority to combating terrorism, achieving stability and security and putting an end to illegal foreign interventions in Libya.The two presidents agreed to intensify their coordination in the coming period, stressing the necessity to end the Libyan crisis by reaching a political solution that paves the way for the return of security and stability in the country, the spokesman said.They showed support for international endeavors as well as implementing the results of the Berlin process to end the conflict in Libya.Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.The Libyan conflict escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli and another in the northeastern city of Tobruk allied with self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.While Egypt supports Haftar’s LNA that seeks to take over Tripoli, Turkey backs the Tripoli-based GNA.Related Pressure mounting on Egyptian government to intervene in Libyacenter_img Egyptian warplanes strike alleged arms convoy from Libyalast_img read more

Ginebra trumps Alaska, 94-80, in Govs’ Cup

first_imgImport Justin Brownlee led the way with 22 points for the defending champion Ginebra, which notched a four-game winning run (4-1) after last night’s game.Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar added 19 and 15 markers, respectively, while Gregory Slaughter and LA Tenorio contributed 12 points apiece for Kings.Kings jumped to an 11-2 start on inside hits by Slaughter. The lead grew further 18-6 on conversions by Devance and Brownlee, but Aces later trimmed it 14-24.Ginebra kept dominating in the second frame, surging 35-17 behind hits by Aguilar and Brownlee. Alaska responded to come to within 31-44 but Kings restored a 15-point halftime lead on an LA Tenorio basket.Kings went to build its largest lead 68-48 midway in the third canto following hits from Brownlee and Devance, but Aces went on a huge run in the fourth to close the gap 61-72 on an Abel Gallinquez basket.Ginebra quickly increased its lead 78-61 on a Tenorio triple. After Aces made its last push 66-78, Kings pulled away for good on back-to-back hits by Earl Scottie Thompson.Calvin Abueva finished with 22 points while Joachim Thoss chipped in 11 markers for Alaska, which suffered its sixth straight defeat in as many games./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Scottie Thompson (left) drives to break the defense of Alaska Aces. PBA [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ Ginebra trumps Alaska, 94-80, in Govs’ Cup ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_image src=’’ attachment=’115398′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings continued its winning ways in the Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup, scoring 94-80 against Alaska Aces at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu province.last_img read more

Petron dominates Cocolife in Superliga

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Petron dominates Cocolife in Superliga’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Saturday, March 17, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers overcame the absence of one of its imports to score a 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20 win over Cocolife Asset Managers in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the San Juan Arena. American Lindsay Stalzer led the way with 22 points while Frances Molina and Ilongga Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 21 and 13 points, respectively.Now, the Blaze Spikers remains unbeaten in seven games.“Talagang pinaghandaan din kasi namin. So para sa amin, expect namin na magtatrabaho pa kaya dapat ma-sustain namin ang dapat namin igalaw,” said Blaze Spikers head coach Shaq Delos Santos on Thursday night.The Blaze Spikers struggled early in the opening set as it have to erase an 11-15 deficit before forcing the Asset Managers to numerous deadlocks. Mika Reyes clinched the set for the Blaze Spikers on a block.The Blaze Spikers, however, had an easier time in the second set as it build a 19-13 lead. The Asset Managers was able to come to within 18-21 but the Blaze Spikers came up with four straight points from Molina and Stalzer to close the set.After losing the third set, the Blaze Spikers responded with a strong start in the fourth for a 16-8 lead. The Asset Managers had its last push at 20-24 but Stalzer came up with a finishing hit to clinch the victory.In the first game, defending champion F2 Logistics Cargo Movers did damage from the service box to cruise to an easy 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over slumping Cignal HD Spikers.Maria Jose Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player awardee, delivered 15 kills to finish with game-high 16 points while Kim Fajardo uncorked five aces to go along with 18 excellent sets for the Cargo Movers (4-1)./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more