Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said their disappointing loss to Thailand in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship will serve as a lesson as they try to finish the tournament on a high note.But the following day, the volleybelles dropped another three-setter for a second straight game, this time to Chinese-Tapei.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “Definitely this is a challenge for us to be consistent, to be on top of our game every game,” said Valdez Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena. “This is a learning experience for us.”READ: Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Valdez, after putting up her tournament-high of 20 points in the Philippines’ win against Vietnam, labored for nine points, and converted on just 8-of-26 of her spike attempts against the Thais.The 24-year-old was visibly frustrated throughout the match as her attempts either bounced got blocked or just went awry. Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings She finished with 13 points versus the Taiwanese but was disappointed with how they lost their early third set lead.READ: AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th placeValdez said they just have to keep their heads high with the tournament about to wrap up.“We’ll just have to fight because we can still achieve great things if we just fight for it,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is a game, there will be losers and there will be winners, but let’s just think of the brighter things and let’s hope that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Walker will make his second straight All-Star Game appearance. He is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists.Porzingis was the fourth player drafted by captain LeBron James who had to be replaced because of injury, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and John Wall.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 folkThe NBA also says Detroit All-Star center Andre Drummond will replace Porzingis, the defending champion, in the Skills Challenge. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, knocks the ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as he drives to the rim in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 121-104. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK — Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been picked to replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA All-Star Game.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Walker on Thursday for the opening on Team LeBron that was created when Porzingis tore his left ACL on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding PVL: Pocari-Air Force steadies course, trips Iriga-Navy Gilas’ promising big man Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a difference having a 7-footer makes, especially when that big man is as promising as Kai Sotto.Sotto finally made his debut for the Gilas cadets in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup and his presence made all the difference despite playing only 13 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT The 7-foot-2 Sotto made every second count, collecting five points, three rebounds and two blocks to help the young Nationals get an elusive win over the University of the East, 63-61.“Isn’t it great to have a 7-footer?” a beaming Gilas coach Jong Uichico wondered.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“I’m happy to be part of the lineup and play with the best players in the Philippines,” Sotto said in Filipino. “I hope we keep winning until the end of the tournament. We have two games left so we need to play well.”Uichico let Sotto play out the fourth quarter along with the likes of amateur standout Abu Tratter and collegiate star Ricci Rivero. MOST READ Sotto did not disappoint.“He played the whole fourth quarter and most of the fourth quarter he did not make a mistake mentally. Physically, maybe but mentally I did not see him make a mental mistake,” Uichico said.“I thank coach for trusting me and I did my best not to let them down,” Sotto said. “I did my role which is to defend my man and rebound. It’s good that we won.”The 16-year-old Sotto missed the first six games of the tournament after attending summer classes at Ateneo but interestingly, his first game came against his former high school coach Joe Silva.Silva stepped down as the Blue Eaglets head coach after leading the team to the UAAP Season 80 title in March and was tapped to call the shots for the Red Warriors just late last month.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments “It’s a different feeling because he was still my coach only two months ago and now he’s my opponent,” said Sotto. “But of course, I miss coach Joe and it’s good that I was able to beat him.”The two did not talk after the game but Silva said Sotto went to him before tipoff.“He approached me before the game and told me, ‘Coach, I miss you,’ and I told him, ‘I miss you too,” Silva recalled.“Now I know what other coaches feel being on the other side of things. I feel the kind of presence Kai Sotto brings.”Sotto said playing against older competition growing up helped him in dealing with the physicality and competition facing college players.“I didn’t have a hard time adjusting playing against them because, in my mind, I know that basketball will be tougher along the way so I’m already prepared for it before it happens,” he said.Sotto had a couple of dunks and a pair of emphatic rejections, the kind of highlight plays he normally do in a high school game.He said it doesn’t matter who he is up against or whether he’s playing in the juniors or seniors division.“My mentality is that I can take them all and I will do anything to help my team win and play my role.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
A Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) report has indicated that Member States have met almost all of their health targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, is saying Guyana is lagging behind the other countries.The report, which was presented to Health Ministers across the Region at the 55th Directing Council of PAHO, shows that the targets related to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (MDG1), reducing child mortality (MDG4) and ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG7) were all achieved between 1990 and 2015. MDG6 (combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases) was partly achieved, and progress was made toward MDG5 (improving maternal mortality), although the goal was not met.Acting Chief of PAHO’s Special Programme on Sustainable Development and Health Equity, Kira Fortune, said “as the result of 15 years of efforts, the countries of the hemisphere significantly improved the health of their populations”.Fortune highlighted that today, people in the Region are living longer, healthier lives, thanks to the MDGs and they are at less risk of dying from malaria, and babies are more likely to survive childbirth and reach five years of age.To promote human development, the world’s nations endorsed the MDGs in 2000 at the United Nations, making a commitment to tackle important issues for the future of humankind, such as the eradication of extreme poverty, environmental conservation, and the protection and promotion of people’s health, among others. One of those goals was to improve maternal health and reduce it by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015.However, Dr Norton stated that Guyana has failed to meet two of its health MDGs – maternal health and neonatal care.“Other countries might have achieved their goals but we have not yet we are getting nearer. We have managed to reduce infant mortality from 37 incidences to seven. And we plan on reducing it further. We might be struggling with maternal deaths but our fingers are crossed and we are actively addressing it,” he said.As of December 30 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 maternal deaths. However, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270 per cent in 1990 to 86 per cent in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target, Guyana would have to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 per cent by the end of 2016.
Mr. Justice Phillip Banks and his colleague, Madam Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie, last week dissented against the Opinion of three of their colleagues on the Supreme Court bench. The case involved a petition against the Code of Conduct which became law after the Senate and the House of Representatives adopted it and it was signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, May 12, 2014. It was meant to serve as “an integrity check” for employees of the three branches of government and a guide to unwarranted behaviors, especially corrupt attitudes. When she signed the Bill, the President said it was the first of its kind in Liberia and said it would make Liberia “a better country.”The President could not be more wrong in her perception. Such a law, which this newspaper is on record as deeming unconstitutional, instead of making Liberia “a better country,” would rather be a recipe for conflict—conflict that could lead us back into war.The Civil Law Court decided that James Brooks, Chairman of the Citizens Solidarity Council, which filed the petition for declaratory judgement against the Code of Conduct, was indeed of legal standing to file the suit. But the Justice Ministry’s lawyers took exception to the Civil Law Court ruling and filed an appeal to the full bench of the Supreme Court. There were two issues: first, the government lawyers contended that the Chairman of the group did not have the legal standing to bring the case against government. Second, that section 5.1 says that all officials appointed by the President of Liberia shall not: (a) engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) use government facilities, equipment or resources, in support of partisan or political activities; (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party or the campaign of any independent candidate. The Code’s section 5.2 says, “Wherein any person in the category stated in section 5.1, appointed by the president or by a board of directors, who desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position should resign the post at least two years prior to the date of public election.” Section 5.2 b states that any other official appointed by the president, “who holds a tenured position and desires to contest a public elective office, shall resign said post three years prior to the date of the public election.” Petitioner Brooks and his colleagues contended that these provisions in the Code of Conduct are unconstitutional.The government lawyers, on the other hand, argued that the Code of Conduct is not unconstitutional, and that Brooks, who filed the petition, had no legal standing.In their Dissenting Opinion, Mr. Justice Banks and Madam Justice Wolokollie argued that Petitioner Brooks and his Citizens Solidarity Council do in fact have legal standing to present the case to the Supreme Court; and further that the Code of Conduct itself violates the Liberian Constitution because it affects only certain persons and not others in government. It does not affect the President, Vice President, neither members of the Legislature. So these may remain in power and use government resources to campaign for reelection.The Chief Justice, His Honor Francis Korkpor, and his two collaborators, their Honors Justices, Kabineh Ja’neh and Sie-a-Nyene G. Yuoh, overruled the decision of the Civil Law Court, and ruled that Mr. Brooks and his group lacked the legal standing to pursue the case. Because of this, the Supreme Court threw out the entire case, without going into the constitutional merits of the case.Justices Banks and Wolokollie, in their Dissenting Opinion, argued that Brooks and his group do in fact have legal standing. The dissenting Justices further argued that the Code of Conduct is itself unconstitutional because it only singles out a particular group of people—presidential appointees. What next, since the Supreme Court’s decision is final?There are many thinking Liberians who argue that those who are still holding positions in government and who intend to contest the elections may be affected by the Code of Conduct. But those who have already resigned before this Supreme Court ruling are not affected by the Code of Conduct.The latter group’s most tangible argument is, it is only recently, since their retirement from office that they decided to seek election. Who can hold that against them, and on what constitutional grounds? If, however, their candidacy is challenged before the Elections Commission, then these former officials who are now running for public office would, according to a prominent Liberian lawyer, have no other recourse, but to run to the Supreme Court. For they, the candidates whose candidacies will have been challenged, would definitely have the legal standing to pursue their case before the High Court.And such candidates would need to run to the Supreme Court, because time would be of the essence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The fourth Information Communication Technology (ICT) training programme was launched at the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI) by the Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry’s Board of Industrial Training (BIT). During the launch, ETI Principal Rawl Pearce offered two scholarships in ICT specifically for the valedictorian and best graduating students of the BIT-ICT programme. Each scholarship will guarantee the student’s studies for two years.“We are going to offer scholarships for two years for the valedictorian and best graduating student. Let this be the drive to push you to do well in this programme,” he stated.Pearce encouraged the participants to take full advantage of the opportunity being afforded to them in furthering their education. He reminded them that ICT was becoming increasingly important and was used in almost every facet of life.Meanwhile, BIT representative Mohammed Shaeed also took the time to admonish the participants to complete the five-week programme as it provided a platform for elevation.“It is the mandate of BIT to offer a skill set to youths and vulnerable sections of the society so that they can be equipped with the requisite skills necessary to become more competitive… We are hoping at the end of this five-week programme, you can look at this programme as one that you can build on,” he said.Additionally, ETI Chairman Dileep Singh said that the ICT training programme being offered by the Office of the First Lady was timely as it targeted vulnerable youth.“We have a beautiful country to develop and young people are the most important assets to that development that we [Guyana] have and we want to ensure that you are equipped for that task,” Singh said.The ICT programme has set its aims as providing youths with skills in the areas of information technology; literacy and numeracy; entrepreneurship; sexual reproductive health; and Science, and Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).The programme is being facilitated by Fitzroy Younge, and it is expected that on completion of the programme, participants will receive accredited certificates from BIT.
– granted ,000 bailA local young man who went viral on social media in mid-2016 as a “budding” singer, was on Wednesday slapped with a robbery charge when he appearedLeon Clarke, also known as “Tear Drop”before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Twenty-three-year-old Leon Clarke, also known as “Tear Drop”, pleaded not guilty when he was read the charge by the Magistrate. Clarke is being accused of breaking into the home of East La Penitence resident Vincent Howard, and robbing him of approximately $1.1 million in cash, GTT and Digicel phone cards and Scratch tickets.The accused was positively identified as the young man whose music videos took Facebook by storm for a short period last year, as he proclaimed himself as a “future singer from the Ghetto.” These 15 minutes of fame resulting in him being placed in the spotlight by a few media outlets.Clarke was granted bail in the sum of $75,000 and he is expected to return to court on October 4.
CELL phone chatters were sorely disappointed when the FCC recently turned down U.S. airlines’ requests to allow mobile conversations during flight. The reason for the denial – the risk of other passengers being annoyed by loud, blaring, strident monologues going on and on and on for hours – aargh! Sorry. But, if we’re going to be honest, the government didn’t go far enough. Sure, cell blabbers can be irritating, but they’re hardly the worst offenders in the air. Why can’t our federal agencies do something about some of the other exasperating habits of our fellow inmates – I mean, companions – during a flight. These include: The Arm-Restler: Granted, most of us have two arms. One of these days, airplane designers will acknowledge that fact and provide us with an armrest for each of them. Until then, in coach, it’s one armrest to a person. Could somebody tell the guy who’s using his – and mine? Pee-nuts, anyone? OK, we’re all human. After a drink or two, a meal, it’s natural. But, this considerate individual waits until after we’ve scrunched in for our fitful nap to try to climb over our knees. “Oh, did I wake you?” Fear of Flying: OK, you can have the additional armrest – I see the white knuckles – but, please, please, can we pass on the grabbing every time we hit a tiny bit of turbulence? The airplane was built to fly, though I’m not sure about you. So, why stop at cell phones, Washington? There’s a whole slew of frustrating – and frustrated – fliers you can address, especially with peak vacation season coming up soon. I think this is a perfect task for the FDA – it regulates sardine cans, doesn’t it? Frankly, the best solution is for the oxymoronic “economy class” to be outlawed completely. Let’s allocate some of our plump pork budget to defending the dignity and rights of airline passengers – and subsidize business class for everyone at an economy price! I’m ready; may I have mine well done, please? Linda Reid Chassiakos, M.D., is director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Pack Rat: This flier can’t bear to let anything go – so she brings it along. Not only is your overhead bin ready to erupt, but the obstacle course on the floor by your feet is worthy of basic training. Once you do manage to sit, you get the inevitable question, “Can you squeeze this under your seat?” The Jung and the Restless: What is it about “the kindness of strangers” that leads some usually reticent individuals to pour their hearts out – to you? You’d hoped to finish “The Secret,” not listen to the secrets of a garrulous neighbor who has somehow mistaken you for Dr. Freud. “It’s just an allergy, cough, cough, sniff, really.” I’m sorry, I didn’t carry on extra tissues. They’re safely packed in my checked luggage so I can easily find them tomorrow when I’ve caught your cold. I-pods, U-pods, We all scream at I-pods: I do understand that you may not share my affection for the original cast recording of “Oklahoma!” On the other hand, I’d prefer to leave the heavy metal on the plane’s wings where it improves lift. I might be wrong, but shouldn’t earpieces or headsets send sound only to the listener, and not everyone in rows 36-38? Better yet, maybe now is the time to buy stock in hearing-aid-manufacturing companies. Another Round, Bartender: I know that you can’t stand the music either, but I did see you downing a few quick ones at the terminal, too, so let’s try another excuse. Alcoholism, perhaps? Would you like a breath mint – or 10?
0Shares0000Manchester United’s Europa League victory was crucial to their financial performance © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Jan 23 – Manchester United narrowly pipped Real Madrid to remain the top revenue-generating club in the world as Premier League sides underlined their growing financial clout, Deloitte’s “Money League” report said Tuesday.It is the 10th time United have topped Deloitte’s list, with revenue in 2016/17 of 676 million euros ($828 million, £593 million) — just 1.7 million euros ahead of Spanish giants Real. United on Monday confirmed the signing of Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that is expected to make him the Premier League’s highest-paid player.Barcelona — one of Sanchez’s former clubs — are third in the 21st edition of the list compiled by the British-based business advisory firm, followed by Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Arsenal.Combined revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs in the 2016/17 season grew six percent to 7.9 billion euros, a new record.United’s Europa League victory was crucial to their financial performance, with Real Madrid’s figures boosted by winning the Champions League and La Liga.A record 10 English clubs feature in the top 20, generating a total revenue of 3.8 billion euros, helped by income from the first season of the current record Premier League broadcast rights deal.Football’s highest earning clubs © AFP / Laurence CHUBroadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the Money League clubs, making up 45 percent of total revenue, and there is increasing speculation that the likes of Amazon and Facebook could become serious players, potentially giving a fresh cash injection.“The Deloitte Football Money League has a particularly English feel this year and with the new broadcast deal and UEFA competition performance driving broadcast revenue growth of over half a billion pounds for those in the top 20, it doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Tim Bridge, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.“As the Premier League is currently in the middle of its rights tender for the next cycle from 2019/20, the results of this will be crucial to determining the long-term composition of the Money League.”A separate study released earlier this month showed Premier League leaders Manchester City have greater financial muscle than any other club in world football, with Arsenal second and United in seventh place.– Premier League power –The Soccerex Football Finance 100 ranked the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt.Deloitte Sports Business Group senior consultant Timothy Bridge told AFP that the figures show the impact of the current Premier League broadcast deal, which came into effect in 2016/17.“United’s revenue growth and their position at the top is underpinned by the uplift that all Premier League clubs benefited from and while the Europa League might previously not have delivered the same level of financial return, winning the competition was critical in keeping them top.”But he said the question of whether Premier League clubs could maintain their dominant position would depend on the value of the next deal, which will start in 2019/20.“We’ve 70 percent growth the last two cycles and if this happens again then undoubtedly the Money League will become even more English-focused. However, if there is more moderate growth, then it may allow others from other countries to move into, or up, the Money League. “A new German broadcast deal has commenced this season and that will have an impact as will any Spanish deals in the future. Also, the changes to the format of the Champions League (where four clubs from the four top-ranked countries automatically make the group stages) will likely give boosts to clubs outside of England, particularly in Italy.”Deloitte Football Money League — 2016-2017 revenue.Note: The first figure in brackets is the club’s position in 2015-2016 and the second is their revenue in that period.1. (1) Manchester United 676.3 million euros (689 mln euros)2. (3) Real Madrid 674.6 (620.1)3. (2) Barcelona 648.3 (620.2)4. (4) Bayern Munich 587.8 (592)5. (5) Manchester City 527.7 (524.9)6. (7) Arsenal 487.6 (468.5)7. (6) Paris Saint-Germain 486.2 (520.9)8. (8) Chelsea 428 (447.4)9. (9) Liverpool 424.2 (403.8)10. (10) Juventus 405.7 (338.9)11. (12) Tottenham Hotspur 355.6 (279.7)12. (11) Borussia Dortmund 332.6 (283.9)13. (13) Atletico Madrid 272.5 (228.6)14. (20) Leicester City 271.1 (172.1)15. (19) Inter Milan 262.1 (179.2)16. (14) Schalke 04 230.2 (224.5)17. (18) West Ham United 213.3 (192.3)18. (n/a) Southampton 212.1 (166.2)19. (n/a) Napoli 200.7 (144.2)20. (n/a) Everton 199.2 (162.5)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Not really,” says Kelly. In fact, unless you own a high-performance car, you’re unlikely to notice any difference between different grades of gas. “In theory it does (boost performance), but the difference would be minuscule or hard to notice by any average driver,” Kelly said. It sounds counterintuitive, but higher octane levels prevent an engine’s gasoline-air mixture from spontaneously combusting before the spark plug fires. High-performance engines compress the gas-air mixture more than regular engines, giving the tiny explosions that drive pistons more force. But if a lower octane fuel is used, the mixture will sometimes explode before it has been completely compressed, delivering less power to the engine or, in some cases, working against the other pistons. In older cars, this caused “knocking,” which was just the sound of pistons firing prematurely and out of sequence. Newer cars are designed to detect and compensate for premature piston firing, preventing the knocking noise, Kelly said. But their pistons can still fire prematurely, preventing engines from running at maximum power, he said. Older cars also sometimes knock due to carbon build-up in the piston chambers, which reduces the chambers’ size, causing premature firing. Detergent gasoline additives required since the mid-1990s have solved that problem in many cars by keeping engines cleaner, Kelly said. While premium gas won’t help most cars run perceptibly better, high octane fuel has another benefit: “You get a slight advantage in fuel economy,” Sundstrom said. But that advantage is usually more than offset by the fuel’s higher cost. “For consumers that are worried about the high cost of gasoline, they’re going to do just fine purchasing the regular grade of gasoline,” Sundstrom said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “For the majority of cars out there, their engine was designed to run on 87 octane,” the octane rating of most regular gas, said Patrick Kelly, fuels associate at the American Petroleum Institute. It is true that some high-performance cars are designed to run their best on premium high-octane fuel. The manuals of many such sports cars or vehicles with “super-charged” or “turbo-charged” engines say they require premium gas. “Generally speaking, those vehicles will run fine on regular gas,” said Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for AAA. They just won’t run as well as they would on higher octane fuels. Does that mean a Honda Civic will accelerate like a Corvette when fueled with premium? By John Wilen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Question: Does it matter whether I fill my car with regular, medium-grade or premium gas? Answer: Probably not. Experts say most cars on the road will run just fine on regular – even if the owner’s manual says a car “requires” premium gas.