Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 3

first_imgCherry Rondina has been nothing but spectacular for University of Santo Tomas.It’s hard to imagine seeing a 5-foot-6 person strike fear in a game that usually sees height as an advantage, but the diminutive Rondina proves that she’s the UAAP’s atomic fireball.UST played just one game this week and that ended in a three-set sweep of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, in match that left Lady Falcons head coach Air Padda speechless.“We didn’t fight her, my players totally bowed down,” said Padda as Rondina unleashed 22 points on them. “They were scared on defense, we couldn’t stop Rondina at the net.”“Cherry is capable of taking a whole set… the girls were intimidated.”And after the third week, Rondina and Santiago are tied atop the scoring ladder with 92 total points apiece.4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Last week: N/A Three weeks in and the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament just got more interesting.National University, the league’s top seed, has distinguished itself as the early power after a thrilling five-setter against defending champion De La Salle, the league’s no. 2 team.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 folkIt’s in the middle of the ladder that things suddenly got compelling as Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and Adamson University are all tied for the third seed with 2-2 records.And that’s about it for the third week, a late happy Chinese New Year to you ladies and gents and here are the seven players who got the best fortune in Week 3. Dimdim Pacres has featured in her own narrative lately for the Golden Tigresses.Since Season 79, Pacres has been UST’s third scoring option behind Rondina and EJ Laure and head coach Kung Fu Reyes expected that from her this year.Pacres, however, struggled to find her groove in Season 80 as one of the team’s scorers behind Rondina and rookie Milena Alessandrini.In the three games prior to UST’s dismantling of Adamson, Pacres was averaging just 6.7 points and Reyes wanted more.Pacres responded with 13 points, almost double than her average, in a redemption game that brought her confidence back.“I had to step up and I was really frustrated the past few days because I really can’t bring my game back,” said Pacres in Filipino. Jaja Santiago has been nothing short of dominant in the UAAP as she showed her force against the Lady Spikers in an epic five-set win, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, over the defending champions.NU’s captain poured in 27 points that treated a La Salle defense like fodder.And Santiago had her final two points in dramatic fashion against the Lady Spikers.Unable to come on to the floor in the waning moments of the fifth set, and La Salle needing just three points to win the match, Santiago had to watch in agony as NU hasn’t rotated enough for the middle blocker to take the floor.So when Aiko Urdas scored NU’s ninth point in the fifth set, Santiago entered the floor in a chorus of cheers as if Joan of Arc suddenly appeared on the field.Santiago’s mere presence alone inspired NU to hold on, and as if magic caused La Salle to commit three errors, to tie the set at 13-13.Then Santiago went to work, first sending a booming kill down La Salle’s defense for the 14-13 lead then another one for the 15-14 match point.2. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Last week: No. 6Weeks on list: 2 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. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Martinez ‘surprised’ with Olympics showing after just 3 weeks of training MOST READ Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 3It’s almost befitting that the first rankings in the Year of the Dog features a Lady Bulldog at the forefront.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Jasmine Nabor is the Robin to Santiago’s Batman.And if the narrative in the match between NU and La Salle was for battle of supremacy between two undefeated teams, there’s also a chapter within this tale and that involved Nabor’s playmaking duel with Michelle Cobb.It’s safe to say that Nabor schooled the up-and-coming Cobb as NU got to a 4-0 start while La Salle slipped to 3-1There’s no denying that Cobb has finally distinguished herself as a capable playmaker for La Salle, she did end up as the no.2 player of Week 2, but Nabor worked with magic against the Lady Spikers.Nabor had all of NU’s 53 excellent sets, more than double than Cobb’s 27 and 20 more than what La Salle had as a whole team.And Santiago’s clutch kills in the final set? That was courtesy of Nabor’s fine passing.3. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed La Salle will usually see different players lead its offense, but defense is Macandili’s and hers alone.After three weeks, Macandili is the top at the Best Diggers list with 6.83 digs per set and the no. 2 at the Best Receivers column with an efficiency of 47.62 percent.6. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AIt’s been a longtime coming but Kianna Dy is in this list, and for lukewarm reasons.There’s no denying that Dy is a phenomenal player since she’s, arguably, the best opposite hitter of her UAAP generation but the Lady Spikers went 1-1 this week bumping her to this low in the list.Dy averaged 14.5 points this week and was crucial in the Lady Spikers’ five-set win, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, over the Lady Tamaraws.7. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Last week: N/A Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Okay, okay just bear with this a little.Sure Maddie Madayag scored just 12 points in Ateneo’s four-set win over University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, but it was her leadership that shone through here.After starting the season with two straight losses, the Lady Eagles have now steadied and climbed to 2-2 and that’s thanks to no small part to Madayag’s leadership.Madayag was visibly talking to teammates while on the floor and on the bench, and the fourth-year middle blocker knows how important that is to a young team.“We need more confidence especially we have a new setter and new liberos,” said Madayag pointing out to the departure of Jia Morado and Gizelle Tan. “It’s like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future.”5. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: No. 5Weeks on list: 3There’s just one constant in De La Salle’s play, and that is Dawn Macandili’s impressive defense.last_img read more

Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 awardcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wellslast_img read more

County polishing off Val Verde park upgrade

first_imgThe strip of land is overgrown and has an abandoned shed marred by graffiti. “We want to improve and beautify the park facility for the community,” said Tony Bell, a spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “And this parcel will allow the park department to do that.” County officials still are finalizing the date for the April dedication ceremony. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 Val Verde, a rustic canyon town with a population of 1,500, is a community that was built around the park. Historically, Val Verde was a refuge for African-Americans barred from recreational venues in Los Angeles, and until the mid-1950s the park and swimming pool were an African-American resort for blacks who traveled there. Now Val Verde is a multiracial mix. Briano, who is with the Val Verde Community Benefits Funding Committee, said he believes the park was neglected until the county started the improvements in 2005. The old playground had “antique” equipment, and the baseball infield had so many rocks it was too dangerous to actually play baseball – only softball, Briano said. Now the infield is upgraded with crushed brick – a prized addition to any baseball diamond. Other improvements that have gone into the park include a new basketball court to replace one that had cracked pavement; a new tennis court; improved landscaping and irrigation; and new restrooms. Within weeks, the county Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to spend $220,000 to buy 10,420 square feet of land at the entrance of the park with the goal of making it into a better gateway. VAL VERDE – The face-lift the county has given to Val Verde Community Regional Park in recent months is about finished and ready to be unveiled. The new basketball court is nearly ready – it just needs a couple of hoops. The baseball diamond is much improved over the sometimes-treacherous field children played on before. And there’s a new playground. In all, the county has invested $3 million in the park, with more plans to improve the facility. Even as county officials move to acquire a plot of land at the park’s entrance, an April dedication is scheduled for improvements already in place. “We certainly feel that it’s about time they brought this improvement to our little town,” said Jaime Briano, branch manager of the Boys & Girls Club at Val Verde Community Regional Park. last_img read more

Tips on changing your life one minute and $1 at a time:

first_imgRecycle, recycle, recycle. Compost food scraps. You’ll cut down on garbage and create free fertilizer. Buy used furniture. Mailbox – Stop getting annoying junk mail by registering for the National Do Not Mail List at directmail.com. If everyone did it, it could save nearly 100 million trees each year. Commute – Get on the bus. For $1.25, the Orange Line will take you from North Hollywood to the Warner Center in about 45 minutes, saving you $7 in gas and a chunk of change on your insurance bill. You’ll also have time to read the paper. Your car – Inflate your tires properly. Sagging rubber burns 2 percent or more gas than perky tires. Oil changes make the engine run cleaner. Take the junk out of your trunk. A lighter load doesn’t suck up as much fuel. Convert your diesel car to run on biodiesel. Home – Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescents. They cost more but last much longer and use less juice. Electric bill – Use Energy Star appliances. Buy green energy through your utility company. Open your home’s windows and let the cross breeze cool your home instead of air conditioning. Install solar panels and zap your utility bill. Unplug energy-sucking wall warts like your TV, computer and chargers when not in use. Swimming pool – Keep the cover on to reduce heat loss, and turn down the heater. If you are thinking of installing a pool, consider a European-style one that filters water with plants and is chlorine free. Grocery bill – Plant a garden and eat what you grow. Trash can – Download your music and avoid wasteful CD packaging and production. Give up bottled water. Only one in four bottles are recycled, pumping up landfills. Back yard – Plant a tree. It provides much-needed shade during the summer. Water bill – Jump in as soon as the shower is hot. Turn off the water while you brush. Don’t leave the hose running while you wash your car. SOURCE: Ideal Bite, Auto Club of Southern California, Big Imagination Group160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘If he leaves I may never watch football again!’ Man United fans on £60m rumour

first_img Anthony Martial celebrates scoring for Manchester United Manchester United supporters are already fretting about losing Anthony Martial after it was all but confirmed they could not qualify for the Champions League.Rivals Man City drew with Swansea City on the final day of the campaign, which means the Red Devils need to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals to sneak into fourth spot.So with the club facing the prospect of Europa League football again, it was almost understandable one of their best players would immediately be linked with a transfer away.Paris Saint-Germain are the team said to be targeting Martial, as they look to replace the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.L’Equipe in France has reported a £60million move for the player and Manchester United fans are already worried.See what Red Devils supporters had to say about the rumours on Twitter below… 1last_img read more

GYM’LL FIX IT FOR PEOPLE OF KILLYGORDON

first_imgCllrs Paddy Mc Gowan and Martin Harley cuts the ribbon to officially open the NewCamp Gym watched by John Starrett, Vice Chairman, DLDC and Leader Project Officer Martian Whoriskey, Gym Instructors and members of the committee and Gym Members . Photo by Gerard Mc HughThe community of the Finn Valley and particularly those in the Crossroads and Killygordon areas will now have no excuse if their New Year’s resolution is to be fitter and healthier in 2014.A new state of the art gym has been officially opened and the membership is quickly growing.The gym is located at the newly named NewCamp Sports Complex at Killygordon and will complement and enhance the already excellent facilities at the centre. Funding for the facility was provided by LEADER which is administered by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).Speaking at the official opening, Vice Chairman of DLDC said, “The Board was thrilled to be involved in such a tremendous investment in this facility which will benefit the entire community.Cllr Martin Harley tries out the Gym Equipment watched closely be Dean Mc Devitt (Tus), Michael Doherty, Hugh Doherty, Gym Members, Stephen Mc Namee (Tus), Cllr Paddy Mc Gowan, Nathan Harran and John Devine Gym Members.Photo by Gerard Mc HughHe congratulated the committee and paid tribute to their hard work in making the NewCamp complex such a tremendous amenity for the area.He also noted that in this programme alone, LEADER had provided funding to over 200 projects administering €12.7M in funding with a total investment of over €20M including match funding. John O Loughlin on behalf of the local committee thanked everyone involved, but particularly the Board members and staff of Donegal Local Development Company and in particular Martina Whoriskey for her help and said without them we would not be here today.He also thanked the contractor Johnny Bradley including his workmen and Barry Mc Cullagh, the architect for the project. In closing, he also stated that he wished to thank DLDC again for their ongoing support this time through the “Tus” scheme and the “Jobs Initiative”, and in particular Ruth Cleary, Kate Campbell, Stephen Mc Namee, Bridget O Brien, Dean Mc Devitt and Eunan Brolly.Cllrs Paddy Mc Gowan and Martin Harley who jointly officially cut the ribbon to open the Gym, also paid tribute to the committee and the local community who have developed the complex from a green field site to a state of the art facility.The facility already hosts several outdoor amenities including the walking track, which is used, extensively by walkers and joggers, an astro-turf facility, playing fields as well as an indoor sports hall and meeting rooms.This new facility will certainly complement the several other recreational amenities. The gym is open 9.00am – 9.30pm weekly and Saturday 9.00am – 3.30pm. Membership is now open for 2014 at very keen rates with Christmas Gift Cards available on request. For further information please call 0749193788 or email newcampgym@gmail.comGYM’LL FIX IT FOR PEOPLE OF KILLYGORDON was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KillygordonNewCamp Gymlast_img read more

Costa Rica World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, plus probable line-up

first_img 4 Costa Rica will take part in their fifth World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com deliver an in-depth look at the Group E nation…MANAGEROscar Ramirez is Costa Rica through and through. He played his entire club career in the country, earned 75 caps for the country and now manages the country.As a club boss, Ramirez won five Costa Rican league titles with Alajuelense before being appointed for a second stint as assistant coach for the national team in 2015.This time he was elevated to the main job, as the man he had been appointed to work under (former Man City striker Paulo Wanchope) resigned after being caught brawling with a steward during an under-23s match.Since Ramirez’s appointment the Ticos have played at two major tournaments. They were knocked out at the group stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario and the semi-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup.CAPTAINThe current Costa Rica captain is ex-Fulham man Bryan Ruiz.Now 32, the Sporting Lisbon man holds plenty of big game experience for his country, having also captained them back at their most successful World Cup performance in 2014.Ruiz led from the front by netting a famous winner against Italy to take the Ticos through from the group stage in 2014. He then scored in their round-of-16 draw against Greece before also scoring a shootout penalty as his nation qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.KEY PLAYERGiven that he is the country’s only footballer who turns out regularly for one of the world’s best teams, there is no doubt that Keylor Navas is Costa Rica’s key player. Navas made his name at the last World Cup, and he has gone from strength to strength since then, joining Real Madrid and helping them win numerous trophies, including three European Cups in a row.ONE TO WATCHJoel Campbell made his mark at the 2014 World Cup as a mere 21-year-old. Now 25, he is remarkably still an Arsenal player and has spent another four years flitting around on various loans.While his inconsistency at club level in concerning, Campbell is one of his country’s most promising attacking talents and will be looking to shine on the big stage again in Russia.FIXTURESSunday, June 17: Costa Rica v SERBIA (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 13:00Friday, June 22: BRAZIL v Costa Rica (Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg) – kick-off 13:00Wednesday, June 27: SWITZERLAND v Costa Rica (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod) – kick-off 19:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGCosta Rica entered CONCACAF qualifying in the fourth round of five.As the highest seeded side from North/Central America, they were drawn from pot one into a group with Panama, Haiti and Jamaica. They won this group and went unbeaten.This took the Ticos through to the fifth and final round of CONCACAF qualifying which featured one six-team league including all remaining participants. Mexico topped the standings with Costa Rica finishing second above Panama, Honduras, USA and Trinidad and Tobago.Despite some rocky results along the way, they ended up qualifying comfortably with two games to spare.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSCosta Rica will play three matches prior to the finals, against Northern Ireland at home on June 3, England away on June 7 and Belgium away on June 11.BASE CAMPHilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum, Saints PetersburgPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4last_img read more

David Seaman reveals shocking list of objects thrown at him by football fans

first_img🧤 “I have had all sorts thrown at me…”After Steve Bruce had a CABBAGE thrown at him last night, @AliBenderTV asked @TheDavidSeaman what things he had thrown at him during his playing career…*WARNING: Maybe don’t watch this while eating your frosties… 😳 pic.twitter.com/WltTHf20CR— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 3, 2018Former Liverpool and Wales striker Dean Saunders, who later joined the show on the phone, also revealed he was involved in an incident with a sheep… 1 David Seaman was a guest co-host on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast The former England and Arsenal goalkeeper was responding to Tuesday night’s events in the Championship, which saw a fan hurl a cabbage at Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.Bruce was furious after the vegetable attack, saying after his club’s 2-2 draw with Preston North End: “It sums up the society we are in at the moment – there’s no respect for anyone.”But Bruce isn’t alone in coming under-fire from strange objects, as Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host Seaman explained…“I’ve had all sorts thrown at me,” the former goalkeeper said.“Condoms full of urine, bottles full of urine, fireworks, rocks, loads of coins…“But the worst thing that’s ever been thrown at me was a dart!“I was substitute for England, and while I was warming up a yellow dart with a full on metal point went over my shoulder and landed in the goal mouth.“It literally just missed me. We did the rest of the warm up in the middle of the pitch!”center_img David Seaman has told talkSPORT of all the bizarre and downright dangerous things that were thrown at him during his playing career – including one near miss which would have seriously hurt! Steve Bruce gets a cabbage thrown at him by a disgruntled #AVFC fan… 👀…but Dean Saunders thinks he can go one better. 🐑🙈 pic.twitter.com/5K16Ec1VAi— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 3, 2018last_img read more

YOUR CHANCE TO ARRIVE IN STYLE AT THE ULSTER FINAL!

first_imgDiver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny are giving away the ultimate weekend to celebrate Donegal’s appearance in the Ulster Final in two weeks time.The well-known garage is asking people to get behind Jim McGuinness and the boys by sporting Diver Hyundai Donegal GAA stickers.The stickers only have to remain on your car for the next two weeks until Donegal’s footballers make it a historic two-in-a-row (hopefully!) And in return Divers will give away a cracking prize.It includes two Donegal jerseys and two Ulster Final Tickets.And what better way to get to the final in Clones than in the new Hyundai Veloster – with a free tank of fuel thrown in.The sporty new Hyundai machine (as seen above) is certain to turn heads. Now all you need to do is to get down to Divers beside the new Dunnes Stores outlet and ask for your free sticker to be in with a chance.Each sticker is individually numbered and will be picked at random. YOUR CHANCE TO ARRIVE IN STYLE AT THE ULSTER FINAL! was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diver’s Hyundaifree carletterkennyUlster Finallast_img read more

Armenian heirs try to document their loss

first_imgThe American missionary wrote his notes on a small tag, trying to keep track of the Armenian families he had come to know and whom he was powerless to save as they were deported. “Pallanjian and family have not been heard from since leaving Platana June, 28, 1915,” the Rev. Lyndon S. Crawford wrote in his notes, which he later sent to store owner Hagop Palanjian’s surviving brother. While the missionary may not have known what was happening to all the Armenians he knew, some of whom like Hagop Palanjian entrusted him with jewelry and other property when they were forced from their homes in Trabizond, he knew what was happening in some parts of the Ottoman Empire. “All reports agree that no men got beyond Erzinghan – all killed,” wrote Crawford. Claimants need not prove their insured relatives were murdered, because the 2004 settlement calls for the company to pay off unpaid claims on policies issued to Armenians from the Ottoman Empire during that era. More than 2,300 policies were issued. Engin Ansay, the Turkish consul general in Los Angeles, said some Armenians in the Ottoman Empire had received arms from Russia during World War I and were fighting the Turks. “Missionaries, of course, reported that Armenians were being killed and this should stop,” Ansay said. “If I was there, I would have done the same thing, but that does not prove that it was genocide.” One letter is about American-educated college president Armenag Haigazian, who died in a hospital in 1921 of typhoid following deportation and a stint in an isolation camp. “He was very quiet and slept a great deal the last few days,” American Dr. Mark Ward wrote a year later to the professor’s widow. “Sometimes the nurse would hear him singing some of the good old hymns to himself.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said the House International Relations Committee’s approval of his resolution calling on Turkey to recognize the deaths as genocide makes him hopeful the full House will do the same. “Nations around the world have recognized the genocide,” Schiff said. “Historians from all around the world have recognized it. The facts are about as clear as they can be, and I think Turkey has taken a political position, not a historical one.” Among the thousands of documents submitted as part of the New York Life claims process are many intended to show line of descent from an insured individual. They do not attest to whether mass murders occurred, but they illustrate Armenians’ lives decades ago under Ottoman rule and later under the rule of the Soviet Union. One claimant submitted a Soviet workbook owned by a relative who needed the document to work as a teacher. Photos show the shift from traditional to modern ways of life, with more than one family photo showing men wearing fezzes next to relatives wearing Western suits and bow ties. In one early 20th-century photo, a woman poses for a wedding picture wearing a traditional necklace of gold coins and a white headdress. There are also documents written in Ottoman Turkish, the flowing Arabic writing that Turkey later replaced with Latin letters. Claims have been received from more than 20 countries and with documents in a variety of languages. The payment of the claims is expected to occur over the next year. “I’m very pleased that so many personal stories can be told with evidence and with documentation,” said Paul Krekorian, president of the Burbank school board and a board member for the settlement office. “Because with a horrible mass crime like this, sometimes you can get lost in the statistics and when you see individual stories of how this impacted on particular families I think it’s a very compelling, heart-wrenching story.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Decades after an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died in the Ottoman Empire, thousands of personal documents are being filed in a downtown Los Angeles office as part of the $20 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against New York Life, which insured some of the dead. Missionaries’ notes and letters, family photos, birth certificates and other items provide a glimpse into the lives of the Armenian families affected by the deaths of friends and relatives from 1915 to the early 1920s. For many of the Armenian claimants, the personal documents are a reminder of organized mass murder that the governments of the United States and Turkey have not acknowledged. “These documents that I got – cards, letters, whatever – (were) sent by foreign missionaries, American missionaries, and I kept it for future purposes. It’s a proof,” said claimant Henry Palanjian, 72, whose uncle Hagop is the man Crawford’s notes mention as having gone unaccounted for, along with his family. Palanjian, a Costa Mesa resident, is seeking to collect payment for his uncle’s New York Life policy. His is among nearly 4,000 claims, most of them submitted from the United States or Armenia and some of them unknowingly submitted by more than one family member for a single ancestor. last_img read more